Tuesday, May 31, 2011

How do you know if she had an orgasm? A new study says there are signs.

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM

The next time you see a guy watching you walk, he may not only be checking out the fit of your jeggings (or in this heat, booty shorts), but he might be trying to figure out if you've ever had a vaginal orgasm.

Huh? That's the same thing I thought, too. But,  a study from the Universite Catholique de Louvain in Belgium says the way a woman walks determines if she's ever had the big O.

You can determine with 81.25 percent accuracy whether or not a woman has had a vaginal orgasm at some point in her life. How you, ask? By the way she walks. Researchers found that women who had experienced vaginal (not clitoral) climaxes were 80 percent more likely to walk with longer strides, greater pelvic rotation, and with leg muscles neither loose not locked, a “gait that comprises fluidity, energy, sensuality, and freedom.”

Gives this song a whole new meaning:

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Friday, May 27, 2011

Today's Top(less) 5: Friday

Posted By on Fri, May 27, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, May, 27, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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•Memorial Day Weekend at The Estate

•Live Music at Boardwalk Billy's

•$5 Cover at Baby Dolls

•After Hours Breakfast Buffet at The Men's Club

•50 cent Friday at The Pub

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

June is the 30th anniversary of the discovery of HIV/AIDS

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Thirty years ago, a mysterious sickness began killing people slowly. The first reported case of what is now known as HIV/AIDS, is hard to pinpoint, according to Fiercebiotechresearch.com.

Breakthroughs in genetics, drug delivery, vaccines, computer modeling and other disparate disciplines are all converging onto their target. Even recent vaccine failures have opened up new avenues of inquiry."This is a pivotal moment in HIV vaccine research," Alan Bernstein, executive director of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise, recently told Reuters. "The last five years have been the richest period in HIV vaccine research since the epidemic began. The question...now is how do we build on these scientific advances?" He added that cross-border and cross-discipline collaboration among scientists was crucial.

Much work still needs to be done to rid the world of this modern-day plague that has cost so many lives, but it seems to be with renewed focus, AIDS research is moving forward. With antiretroviral combination drugs as treatment and possibly prevention, and a reinvigorated vaccine search, it is possible that HIV/AIDS could eventually go the way of smallpox into the dustbin of history.

While medical advances have been made over the last three decades, the social stigmas still exist. According to The Body.com, an AIDS/HIV resource website, in the 1980s, the CDC identified the "4H" groups — people most likely to contract HIV and AIDS.

"I don't know if you remember that the CDC had identified people at risk as the 'four Hs,' " says Jean Claude Compas, M.D., a Haitian family-practice physician in Brooklyn, N.Y. "It stood for "Haitians, hemophiliacs, homosexuals and heroin addicts."

When, in 1983, the CDC recommended banning the "4H" groups from donating blood, it cast a social stigma over the Haitian community.

"Scientifically, it didn't make any sense," Dr. Compas says of the ban. Despite New York City health officials lifting Haitians from its own 4H high-risk group in 1983, federal agencies continued to bar them from blood drives for eight more years.

On April 20, 1990, when the U.S. ban was up for review, about 70,000 Haitian New Yorkers marched across the Brooklyn Bridge into lower Manhattan to protest what Dr. Compas calls the "terrible stigma" that was demonizing Haitian blood.

"The protest was very important for us," says Dr. Compas, who was a key organizer of the march. Today, he finds, "the stigma of AIDS is less, but still there," so the task of educating his community about prevention and treatment remains urgent.

Here in Mecklenburg County, County Commissioner Bill James makes no attempts to show tolerance for people with HIV or who have lost a loved one to the disease. Nearly two years ago, he angered the community and fellow commissioner Vilma Leake by calling her son a "homo" and then released a statement to the media that furthered his disdain of same-sex benefits.

"In justifying her position last night in public she used her son's 'lifestyle' and his death from HIV-AIDS to justify voting for benefits to allow individuals to use tax dollars to engage in the same behavior that resulted in her son's death."

"It is akin to someone whose son is an alcoholic and died from the disease, using his death from drinking as justification to have the taxpayers pay for more booze."

"Her position was that her 'faith' demanded that she do this to support her son and his 'lifestyle' which she acknowledges killed him."

"In doing so, it is legitimate to ask her what 'lifestyle' and in particular whether her son was a homosexual.

Charlotte lost the Metrolina AIDS Project in 2009, an organization that provided free testing and other services. The local LGBT newspaper Q-Notes provided a timeline of the group's demise.

MAP has served thousands of Charlotte-area patients with HIV. Despite their legacy of good work, the organization also has a history riddled with internal struggles, financial difficulties and an uneasiness with public LGBT-affirmation.

Fall 1985 — During the height of the AIDS crisis, six gay men make the decision to form an AIDS service organization to meet the needs of Charlotte area individuals contracting HIV.

July 16, 1986 — MAP’s articles of incorporation are filed with the North Carolina Secretary of State.

Aug. 1990 — Chaired by MAP board president Sister Mary Thomas Burke, the organization’s “Program Review Panel” rejects a gay-themed HIV prevention and condom-use advertisement. Depicting two young men draped in an American flag, a federal judge involved in a lawsuit over other local “Program Review Panels” said it was “difficult to explain” why MAP rejected the seemingly innocent ad.

July 8, 1991 — MAP’s board of directors votes no confidence in openly gay executive director John Conley and asks him to resign after he publicly acknowledged his sexual orientation at an AIDS Quilt exhibit in Charlotte. In a later interview with Q-Notes, Conley claims he was told not to use the word “gay” in a MAP newsletter. Following Conley’s ouster, three MAP staffers and four volunteers also leave the organization.

1993 — A routine United Way review and audit reveal serious internal problems and financial difficulties for MAP, including deficiencies in policy and procedure, inadequate documentation and record-keeping of Ryan White CARE Act-funded programs and services and inappropriate coordinate of care. At the time, funding from the Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium is put on hold.

Dec. 1993 — MAP treasurer Stephen O’Shields is arrested and charged with embezzling nearly $118,000 from the organization.

Sept. 1994 — Stephen O’Shields is sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to repay the money he embezzled from MAP.

Oct. 1996 — Infighting and disagreements among staff result in the resignation of MAP Executive director Barbara Rein and the termination or resignation of a half-dozen other employees including three department directors.

Feb. 2008 — Carolina Celebration, a primarily gay men’s philanthropic organization, announces it will quit contributing to MAP amidst concerns the AIDS organization is mismanaging funds and moving away from serving the gay community. Carolina Celebration had contributed tens of thousands of dollars to MAP each year.

Jan. 2009 — MAP comes close to closure when it is revealed the organization’s Ryan White CARE Act funding is put on hold pending “a routine review.” MAP officials say the funding hold stemmed partly from organizational problems surrounding the opening of MAP’s Metrolina Care Network Clinic and a failure to get approval for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements.

August 2009 — MAP announces that Dr. Jose Diaz will become executive director and that the Health Resources and Services Administration has approved a recovery plan for the organization, which will aim to restructure the group’s service delivery toward a clinical care approach.

Fall 2009 — Disagreements among staff and financial problems lead to staff resignations, lay offs and the decision to shutter MAP’s doors.

According to the 2010 Mecklenburg County Health Department Community Report, the county has a 16.6-percent HIV rate, nearly 7 percent higher than the statewide rate of 10.1 percent.

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Monday, May 23, 2011

Ohmibod, come with your iPod

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2011 at 3:04 PM

I bet Steve Jobs never thought of this use of the iPod.

The web site for Ohmibod immediately tells you:

OhMiBod® is not endorsed by Apple, Inc.

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Facebook's bad for marriages? No, cheaters are bad for marriage.

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 3:41 PM

The Today Show reported that divorce lawyers are saying that Facebook is a marriage killer. I guess any excuse will do these days when it comes to infidelity.

Unless the other man or woman is named Facebook, there's no way you can blame the Internet for someone being a cheating douche.

Divorces can get ugly, and now more and more of these cases include incriminating evidence captured on social media sites, at least for one Florida lawyer who says she sees "some type of Facebook involvement" in 90 percent of her divorce cases.

St. Petersburg attorney Carin Constantine talked to a local TV station, WTSP, and seemed to reinforce the notion that Facebook is a marriage killer.

In the interview, she mentions clients who have pointed her to pictures of their misbehaving ex-spouses-to-be on Facebook, including examples of husbands caught dancing with babysitters and others serving alcohol to minors. Then she prints the images and attaches them to legal motions. Constantine does the same with photos she finds on Google Images.

How can you blame Facebook for people being dumb enough to not only take pictures of their bad behavior, but post it online? Hell, some of the stuff I do with my partner would land me in jail if the pictures or videos ever got out.

It wasn't long ago that the 1,600-member American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (a strange name for a group focusing on the opposite of marital bliss) cited a survey that linked Facebook to one in five divorces, with 81 percent of those lawyers saying that social media is the new affair hotbed. And the hottest zone is Facebook, with 66 percent of those AAML sources mentioning it specifically for evidence of marital discord and misconduct.

And then there is the camp that feels that like any tool, Facebook can be used for good or evil, but in itself is not to blame for people cheating on their spouses or publicizing things they do that others shouldn't know. After all, for many practicing fidelity in their daily lives, it's an innocent and effective means of keeping in touch with far-flung family members and friends.

This comment from a New York Daily News reader sums it up:

Here we go ... blame Facebook. People are going to communicate on whatever is out there to do their dirt. I never heard of putting Crane, Inc. on trial because people were sending love letters during their extramarital affairs using paper. They've been doing it since papyrus was invented. It's not the Facebook application's fault. It's how people use it as a tool. Either you use technology to benefit yourself, your family, and the planet, or you use it to destroy things. Simple as that.

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Power, sex and bad choices ...

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 2:30 PM

John Edwards fell for it. Now two more powerful men are being watched as their lives are ruined by outside booty and sexual assault allegations.

Time magazine asked: "What makes powerful men do bad things." Well, apparently, it starts with a "P" and ends with a "Y."

When her husband Dominique Strauss-Kahn was preparing to run for President of France five years ago, Anne Sinclair told a Paris newspaper that she was "rather proud" of his reputation as a ladies' man, a chaud lapin (hot rabbit) nicknamed the Great Seducer.

"It's important," she said, "for a man in politics to be able to seduce."

Maybe it was pride that inspired French politicians and International Monetary Fund officials to look the other way as the rumors about "DSK" piled up, from the young journalist who says Strauss-Kahn tried to rip off her clothes when she went to interview him, to the female lawmaker who describes being groped and pawed and vowed never to be in a room alone with him again, to the economist who argued in a letter to IMF investigators that "I fear that this man has a problem that, perhaps, made him unfit to lead an institution where women work under his command." Maybe it was the moral laziness and social coziness that impel elites to protect their own. Maybe it was a belief that he alone could save the global economy. Maybe nothing short of jail is disqualifying for certain men in certain circles. 

But in any event, the arrest of Strauss-Kahn in New York City for allegedly trying to rape a hotel maid has ignited a fierce debate over sex, law, power and privilege. And it is only just beginning. The night of Strauss-Kahn's arraignment, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted that the reason his wife Maria Shriver walked out earlier this year was the discovery that he had fathered a child more than a decade ago with a former member of the household staff. The two cases are far apart: only one man was hauled off to jail. But both suggest an abuse of power and a betrayal of trust. And both involve men whose long-standing reputations for behaving badly toward women did not derail their rise to power. Which raises the question: How can it be, in this ostensibly enlightened age, when men and women live and work as peers and are schooled regularly in what conduct is acceptable and what is actionable, that anyone with so little judgment, so little honor, could rise to such heights?

Power is a huge turn-on to many women, and a lot of men know that when they're, say, president of the United States (Bill Clinton) it's easy to talk any woman into giving head. Power not only corrupts, but it makes these men sloppy.

In the era of HIV/AIDS, you really went bareback Arnold? And rape isn't about conquering sexually ... it's a crime, Dom!

"When men have more opportunity, they tend to act on that opportunity," says psychologist Mark Held, a private practitioner in the Denver area who specializes in male sexuality and the problems of overachievers. "The challenge becomes developing ways to control the impulses so you don't get yourself into self-defeating situations."

These men and many others allowed the thought that they were super powers go to their heads, but when the dirt comes to light, it doesn't take long for them to be reminded that this behavior only goes unpunished in comic books.

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Today's Top(less) 5: Thursday

Posted By on Thu, May 19, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, May, 19, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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•Kick Ass Fillet at The Men's Club

•After Hours Business Networking at Cosmos Ballentyne

• BarKINI finals at BarCharlotte

• Bottle Poppin' Thursday at Club Onyx

• $5 Cover at Baby Dolls

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sexual assault and college athletes

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 2:54 PM

There's nothing bigger when it comes to colleges than the athletes. They're the stars you attend class with, especially if you attend a college like Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C.

But according to a report that will air on the Today Show, it seems that some Wake basketball players  may have gotten away with rape.

According to the National Coalition Against Violent Athletes, the former student will talk about a rape that was allegedly committed by two Wake Forest basketball players. The Winston-Salem Journal identified the players as Gary Clark and Jeff Teague.

Clark, a 6-foot-4 guard from Sarasota, Fla., graduated from Wake Forest this spring. Teague, a 6-foot-2 guard from Indianapolis, Ind., left Wake Forest in 2009 after declaring early for the NBA Draft. He spent two seasons with the Demon Deacons.

Hatch did not state in his letter that a student-athlete was involved.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported the alleged incident happened in the players' hotel room on Mar. 19, 2009, in Miami, Fla., the day before the Wake Forest basketball team took on Cleveland State in the first round of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

According to the report in the Winston-Salem Journal, the alleged victim accused Clark of forcing her to have oral sex with him while Teague stood outside the door. She filed a complaint with police in North Carolina and in Florida, but due to the lack of physical evidence and the fact that the players alleged the oral sex was consensual, no charges were filed.

"I am aware that some members of the local news media have received an email purporting to provide information about that incident," Hatch wrote. "I have also recently learned that this same email may have been circulated more broadly, and some members of our Wake Forest community may have received it in their personal email accounts."

One in five college women has been raped at some point in her lifetime, according to One in Four, a national rape prevention organization. But when a sexual assault involves a college jock, he usually walks, according to a USA TODAY article.

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Virginia Tech football

They were accused of raping a female student in their apartment in 1996 and were indicted on rape and attempted sodomy charges. Each conceded that the prosecution had enough evidence to convict them of attempted aggravated sexual battery, but did not admit guilt. Each received a one-year suspended sentence.

No wonder the victim waited. She probably knew the outcome. The segment is expected to air at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday.

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Today's Top(less) 5: Wednesday

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, May, 18, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Wild Wednesday at Leather and Lace SouthEnd

• No Cover Wednesday at Club Onyx

• Wine Down Wednesday at The Men's Club

• Level Wednesday at Suite

• Mix at Six at Ballentyne Village

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Today's Top(less) 5: Monday

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2011 at 6:30 AM

Here are the five best events to get you hot and bothered with or without a date going down in Charlotte and the surrounding area today, May, 16, 2011 — as selected by the folks at Creative Loafing.

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• Free Entry to MAL clubs

• SIN Night at Club Onyx

• Monday Effen Monday at Uptown Cabaret

• Manic Monday at Dilworth Billards

• Monday night Pint Night at The Dandelion Market

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