“There are some obvious flaws to the study. For one, it’s based on the assumption that the subset of men who buy condoms online is representative of the state as a whole. Also, men could be ordering condoms in the wrong size, either mistakenly or purposefully — if you’ve ever spent some time in the company of middle school boys, you’ll know what I’m talking about.”—Step away from the ruler: Penis size studies are pretty worthless
The number of countries in which homosexuality can be punished by at least 14 years in jail. In 10 countries, you can be punished with life imprisonment. In Somalia and Nigeria, there’s no law against murdering LGBT individuals.
“It’s almost an overworn joke to notice how many white guys tell you that (sorry!) they aren’t into black women, or how many gay guys will include “No Asians” in their profiles. (I think I’ve read like 18 Huffington Post pieces alone about that last anecdote.) This is real racism, blatant and banal, casual and even comfortable. For those who say that “people have their preferences,” I would simply ask them whether it’s worth broadcasting them simply to prevent the appearance of a picture of a black woman or an Asian man in your inbox.”—
In 1485, King Richard III of England was killed during the Battle of Bosworth Field, the last major battle of the War of the Roses. (No English king since Richard has died on the field of battle.)
During his final battle, Richard led a desperate cavalry charge against Henry Tudor’s men, and didn’t go down without a fight. His last words, after finally being surrounded: “Treason! Treason! Treason!” He was killed with a pollaxe, the fateful swing delivered so powerfully that it crushed his helmet into his skull. After Richard was killed, his body was paraded in the streets until Franciscan friars took him into their care. He was interred at Greyfriars Church in Leicester.
In the five centuries that followed, the location of Greyfriars was lost. Archaeologists, however, recently announced that its ruins had been discovered beneath a parking lot used by Leicester city council functionaries, and with it, Richard’s body.
“There have been several HIV scares when I had to make those phone calls and figure out for myself how close I was to patient zero. There are no groups within porn protecting performers; it’s always been up to performers to keep track of their scene partners, to check tests for themselves, and to make those phone calls no one wants to make.”—
The number of low-income families set to lose rental assistance vouchers, thanks to Congress’ sequestration policy. That will save $2 billion, the same amount the government shutdown cost in back pay to federal workers.
For every week in the month of December, TheWeek.com's entertainment editor Scott Meslow will be recommending an overlooked 2013 release that’s currently available on Netflix Instant Watch. This week: Upstream Color.
I want you to watch Upstream Color, but I’m going to tell you as little as possible about it. While its elliptical story can’t exactly be spoiled, Upstream Color is a movie worth experiencing — and I’d encourage anyone who’s curious about Upstream Color to avoid reading any detailed reviews or plot summaries until after they’ve seen it and taken a few days to reflect on it for themselves.
So what can I tell you? Upstream Color follows Kris, a troubled woman (Amy Seimetz) who forms an intense bond with an similarly troubled man named Jeff (Shane Carruth). For reasons neither neither Kris nor Jeff can explain, they’ve been drawn into a complex natural process much bigger and stranger than they can begin to comprehend — a process that alters the course of their lives in profound ways. Blue orchids, a pig farm, and Henry David Thoreau’s Walden come to play pivotal roles as the story slowly unfolds.
If it wasn’t already clear, there’s a lot going on in Upstream Color, which features elements of romance, tragedy, sci-fi, and horror during its multifaceted, gorgeously directed runtime. But as interesting as that story turns out to be, Upstream Color is about far more than the raw beats of its narrative. It’s about the mystery of nature, and the bonds that hold people together (or drive them apart), and the inescapable forces that end up determining so much of our lives. For all its strangeness, at its core, Upstream Color is just about living — and while it may affect each viewer who consumes it in a completely different way, I guarantee you’ve never seen anything quite like it.
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