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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Study: 'Modern' Couples More Likely to Split

Posted By on Sat, Sep 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

A new study indicates that couples who share household chores are more likely to divorce than those in homes where the woman does most of the housework. In fact, researchers said the divorce rate is almost 50 percent higher among couples who divy up the cooking and cleaning.

"In modern couples, women have a high level of education and a well-paid job, which makes them less dependent on their spouse financially," said Thomas Hansen, co-author of the study, entitled Equality in the Home. "They can manage much easier if they divorce."

Hansen's native Norway has a long tradition of gender equality, but when it comes to housework, Norwegian women still do most of it in seven out of 10 couples, accordinng to the study.

The research emphasized women who did most of the chores did so of their own volition and were found to be as "happy" as those in "modern" couples, according to The Telegraph.

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Survey: Women Stare At Breasts As Much As Men

Posted By on Wed, Aug 15, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Ahem ... eyes up here. That includes you too ladies.

A new study claims women stare at women's breasts just as much as their male counterparts. The study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, looked at how people process images of men and women.

Not surprisingly, the women were far more objectified than men, but researchers found that men and women are both just as guilty of looking at women as a "collection of parts," Science Daily reported.

"We can't just pin this on the men. Women are perceiving women this way, too," said Sarah Gervais, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the study's lead author.

According to the study, men are perceived in more of a "global" way while women are measured as a collection of various body parts in what researchers called "local" cognitive processing, Yahoo! News reported.

"Local processing underlies the way we think about objects: houses, cars and so on," Gervais told Science Daily. "But global processing should prevent us from that when it comes to people. We don't break people down to their parts — except when it comes to women, which is really striking. Women were perceived in the same ways that objects are viewed."

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

No Overabundance of Cheer in Final Report on Rivers' Holiday Market

Posted By on Wed, May 9, 2012 at 8:40 AM

Boise developer Mark Rivers, who created and helped fund a $750,000 Holiday Market for the city of Niagara Falls, N.Y., turned in his final report to city officials of the Upstate New York city this week, indicating that the inaugural event "achieved its principal goals," but at least one official, Niagara Falls Council Chairman Sam Fruscione, an outspoken critic of the event, said the final audit did not provide enough specifics and that "the organization was terrible."

The Niagara Falls Gazette reported that the final accounting showed that the 37-day event, which ran between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, grossed $750,656 but event expenses totaled $792,422.

Rivers wrote in the report that the event brought "activity, commerce and holiday spirit" to the honeymoon capital.

But according to this morning's Buffalo News, Fruscione "accused Rivers of using public money for his own gain and even suggested he could face civil or criminal penalties."

Fruscione said he opposed a 2012 verson of the market, but Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster said the market drew thousands of people to a an area that had been desolate in wintertime and was generally open to the idea of another market.

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Burning Man to Appeal BLM Probation for Exceeding Crowd Limits

Posted By on Sun, Apr 22, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The 2013 edition of Burning Man, the counterculture gathering that attracts tens of thousands of partiers, is under threat of having its license pulled if it continues to exceed the capacity of its permits on federal land.

The Associated Press reports that the Bureau of Land Management is upset because last year's offbeat gathering in the Nevada desert drew crowds of more than 53,000 attendees, exceeding its permit, which allowed no more than 50,000. According to the AP, it's the first time Burning Man has been placed on probation since moving its event from the San Francisco area to the Nevada desert.

Burning Man representatives said they'll appeal the probation, because if the probation stands for two straight years, the BLM could suspend or cancel future permit applications.

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Friday, April 6, 2012

Activists Rally to End Sexual Abuse

Posted By on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 at 3:05 PM

On the steps of the Idaho State Capitol Friday morning, activists turned out to commemorate Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month. The cold, windy morning set dozens of blue and silver pinwheels spinning.

Representatives of the Women and Childrens Alliance address the crowd.
  • Representatives of the Women's and Children's Alliance address the crowd Friday to commemorate Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Prevention and Awareness Month.

"We love wind," said Roger Sherman, executive director of the Idaho Children's Trust Fund, "because we love pinwheels."

The Pinwheels for Prevention, as they're called, are a symbol of Prevent Child Abuse America, aimed at keeping the issue of childhood sexual abuse in the minds of everyone. The attendees cheered Sherman as he talked about the problem of abuse in American society.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Britannica Stops Printing Encyclopedias

Posted By on Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Being the go-to resource for more than two centuries, Encyclopaedia Britannica is about to stop the presses. Its 2010 edition will be its last printing.

Volumes of the encyclopedia were a fixture in American living rooms through much of the 20th century, but the realities of the digital age have sometimes made the books irrelevant. According to The New York Times, the last print version, from 2010, was 32 volumes and weighed 120 pounds. It had a price tage of $1,395. Only 8,000 set were sold.

Sales of the Britannica peaked in 1990, when 120,000 sets were sold in the United States. But today, 85 percent of the company's revenue comes from selling text books on math, science and the English language.

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Most Overused Words of 2011?

Posted By on Sun, Jan 1, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Among the year-end lists of "bests," "worsts" and "mosts" comes the annual list of words most overused.

Students at Michigan's Lake Superior State University come up with the list each New Year's Eve, and previous winners have been "shovel ready" in 2010, "battleground states" in 2005, "24/7" in 2000 and "family values" in 1995.

Leading the list in 2011 was "amazing," with nominees pointing to Martha Stewart, Anderson Cooper and most reality television hosts as regular abusers of the word.

Other nominees this year were "occupy," "shared sacrifice," "blowback" and "mancave." Other vote-getters included "the new normal" and "ginormous."

The school began its list of words proposed for banishment in 1976, when it named "at this point in time" as a linguistic dud.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Top 10 Banned Books

Posted By on Sat, Oct 1, 2011 at 10:57 AM

As it does every year at this time, the American Library Association is marking Banned Books Week with its list of the top 10 most frequently challenged books of the year. The list includes vampires, sexually-curious teens and vampires.

1. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins
5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6. Lush by Natasha Friend
7. What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones
8. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
9. Revolutionary Voices by Amy Sonnie
10. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

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