The founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks today defended his decision to publish thousands of secret US military files about the war in Afghanistan, faced with criticism from the White House for placing troops in danger.

Julian Assange rejects accusation that publishing thousands of secret US military files about the war in Afghanistan has compromised America’s national security

Alexandra Topping and Jo Adetunji

Monday 26 July 2010

The founder of the whistleblowing website Wikileaks today defended his decision to publish thousands of secret US military files about the war inAfghanistan, faced with criticism from the White House for placing troops in danger. Continue reading

The absence of regret frees us from pain – Christopher Nolan’s message in Inception

The Hidden ‘Inception’ Within Inception

By Bilge Ebiri

July 18, 2010

As pretty much everyone knows by now, Inception‘s titular concept is the placement of an idea into a character’s subconscious — a notion that the film presents as being more or less unprecedented. And the plot mostly concerns the efforts of our heroes, led by master dream extractor Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) to somehow convince Fischer (Cillian Murphy), the heir to a major energy titan, to split up his father’s empire, without realizing that the idea came from them. But since this is a Christopher Nolan movie, we’re not convinced it’s all that simple; the director’s films almost always turn in on themselves. We think there might be another inception going on in Inception. Needless to say, there are spoilers here, so you should probably not read this if you haven’t seen the film. (Though if you haven’t seen the film, you probably won’t know what the hell we’re talking about anyway.) Continue reading

Circumcision is unnatural, and it desensitizes the penis head! C’mon people. Why don’t we just cut off our babies’ ears and rip off their eyebrows while we’re at it? Life goes on without those too…

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  • Milos MR, Macris DR. Circumcision: male – effects upon human sexuality. In: Human Sexuality: an Encyclopedia Vern L. Bullough and Bonnie Bullough. (eds.) New York: Garland Publishers, 1994:pp. 119-122



Circumcision, once accepted as the norm in the United States, has become controversial. Technically, circumcision is the surgical removal of the skin that normally covers and protects the head, or glans, of the penis. At birth, the penis is covered with a continuous layer of skin extending from the pubis to the tip of the penis where the foreskin (prepuce) folds inward upon itself, creating a double protective layer of skin over the glans penis. The inner lining of the prepuce is mucous membrane and serves to keep the surface of the glans penis (also mucous membrane) soft, moist, and sensitive. The prepuce is often erroneously referred to as “redundant” tissue, which allows the medical community and society-at-large to consider the foreskin an optional part of the male sex organ and, therefore, to condone its routine removal in a variety of procedures collectively known as “circumcision.”

Circumcision, however, was also a part of religious ritual, including Judaism and Islam as well as others. However, 85 percent of the world’s male population is not circumcised. Circumcision in 1992 was still the most commonly performed surgical procedure in America, where 59 percent of newborn males underwent this operation. Circumcision reached its peak of 85 to 90 percent during the 1960s and 1970s. The surgery, usually performed on baby boys within the first few days of life, is often considered “routine.” The most popular methods, the Gomcoclamp and the Plastibell procedures, differ somewhat in technique and instrumentation but the effects on the penis and the baby are basically the same. Most of the American circumcisions are not done for religious reasons, but rather, for hygienic ones. Continue reading