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This guy is an absolute cunt. He bought up the rights to all of her early music knowing she hates his guts and is now acting like he's amazed she isn't happy about that. Fuck this guy. He's doing it to make money, not to be her fucking friend, and if he decided to play hardball and got cyberbowlied why the fuck should I shed a tear for him? Act like a fucking man you pussy.
Didn't Michael Jackson buy up a ton of Beatles music? It's a pretty normal practice.
 

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Didn't Michael Jackson buy up a ton of Beatles music? It's a pretty normal practice.
The Beatles didn't specifically hate Michael Jackson. He didn't do it just to hatefuck them, but because they were worth a lot of money. Incidentally, Sony ratfucked him viciously trying to get to that catalog while he was alive, but ultimately only ended up with it after he died. Some speculate they had something to do with setting him up for prosecution to try to force him to sell.
 

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Japanese store reviews plan for staff to wear menstruation badges after public outcry

A Japanese department store is reconsidering a plan for employees to wear badges when they're menstruating, which was originally aimed at fostering sympathy among co-workers but triggered a public outcry.

The Daimaru Umeda department store in the city of Osaka said on Thursday (local time) that it had hoped to encourage bonding by having menstruating staff wear a badge featuring an existing manga character named "Seiri Chan" — loosely translated as "Miss Period".

"We received many complaints from the public. Some of them concerned harassment, and that was definitely not our intention," said a male executive, who declined to be named.

"We're reconsidering plans now."
A spokesperson was not immediately available.

The backlash comes as cases of workplace harassment have come under the spotlight in Japan, amid a shrinking workforce and changing values about gender roles and work-life balance.

Companies are increasingly and publicly being criticised for bullying and gender discrimination.

The Daimaru executive said the store had not intended to make the badge compulsory.
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Hawaii man cyberstalked Utah family for months, sending plumbers, locksmiths and hundreds of others to their home, feds say

(CNN)A Hawaii man is accused of conducting an elaborate cyberstalking campaign against a Utah woman and her father by sending unwanted repairmen, food deliveries and other visitors to their home.

The father estimates that between August 2018 and March more than 500 people came to their North Salt Lake home at the alleged stalker's behest, and that some of the visits stemmed from the suspect "posting the family's address on Craigslist stating that the homeowner wants drugs and prostitutes to come to the house," according to a federal motion to detain the suspect.

Loren Okamura, 44, is charged with two counts of cyberstalking, two counts of transporting an individual to engage in prostitution and a count of interstate threats, court documents show.

There are few details available about the transporting-for-prostitution charges. US Attorney John Huber declined to provide information during a news conference, and Okamura's indictment says only that in June and July of 2018, he is accused of transporting the Utah woman he allegedly stalked to Hawaii with the intent that she "engage in prostitution."

As for the threat counts, Okamura is accused of contacting the woman and, according to the indictment, telling her in an email: "Sleep with one eye open and keep looking over your shoulder you crazy bitch we are coming for you and your dumba** daddy and crazy a** mommy."

Okamura also allegedly told her, "You should just kill yourself and do your family a favor already."

The motion to detain also alleges that in January 2019, "Okamura left egregious amounts of unwanted voicemails on the adult woman's voicemail, including multiple messages per day."

Okamura allegedly continued the stalking even after the family obtained cease-and-desist orders and a civil stalking injunction in Utah, court documents say.

Okamura had a detention hearing Wednesday in Honolulu. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he waived his right to a detention hearing in Hawaii, opting to instead have it in Utah.

Prosecutors have asked that he remain detained until he can be transported to Utah to stand trial.

The Office of the Public Defender in Honolulu, which is reportedly representing Okamura, was closed for Thanksgiving. He is being held without bail in the custody of the United States Marshals Service, court records show.

Authorities declined to reveal why Okamura allegedly selected the Utah family to harass and intimidate, but Huber told reporters they were not random victims.

"It's really extreme stalking," Huber said. "I'll tell you what made this an important case for Utah is that a family ... was tormented with hundreds of incidents and a course of conduct that really changed their life and even their own neighborhood -- so the victimization expanded beyond a person or home to an entire neighborhood. We' re not going to let that stand."

The stalking became so problematic that the family installed a bright yellow sign in front of their home, put a lock on their gate and even at one point parked a North Salt Lake Police car in their driveway, local media reported.

"If you have been asked to provide any services at this address such as Car Tow, Home Repair, Locksmith, Plumbing, Food Deliveries or anything else, please call the North Salt Lake Police," the yellow sign read. "We are all victims of this scam."

Okamura was indicted in October and arrested last Friday, court documents show.

Sgt. Jeffrey Plank with the Utah Department of Public Safety's cybercrime unit traveled to Hawaii last week and worked with agents from the FBI's Honolulu office to arrest Okamura, he said.

The hunt for Okamura took about 15 hours, he said, because the suspect had no permanent address or place of employment. He also used a phone app to "spoof location data," the motion to detain says.

Police eventually arrested Okamura at a supermarket without incident, Plank said.
 

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Hawaii man cyberstalked Utah family for months, sending plumbers, locksmiths and hundreds of others to their home, feds say

(CNN)A Hawaii man is accused of conducting an elaborate cyberstalking campaign against a Utah woman and her father by sending unwanted repairmen, food deliveries and other visitors to their home.

The father estimates that between August 2018 and March more than 500 people came to their North Salt Lake home at the alleged stalker's behest, and that some of the visits stemmed from the suspect "posting the family's address on Craigslist stating that the homeowner wants drugs and prostitutes to come to the house," according to a federal motion to detain the suspect.

Loren Okamura, 44, is charged with two counts of cyberstalking, two counts of transporting an individual to engage in prostitution and a count of interstate threats, court documents show.

There are few details available about the transporting-for-prostitution charges. US Attorney John Huber declined to provide information during a news conference, and Okamura's indictment says only that in June and July of 2018, he is accused of transporting the Utah woman he allegedly stalked to Hawaii with the intent that she "engage in prostitution."

As for the threat counts, Okamura is accused of contacting the woman and, according to the indictment, telling her in an email: "Sleep with one eye open and keep looking over your shoulder you crazy bitch we are coming for you and your dumba** daddy and crazy a** mommy."

Okamura also allegedly told her, "You should just kill yourself and do your family a favor already."

The motion to detain also alleges that in January 2019, "Okamura left egregious amounts of unwanted voicemails on the adult woman's voicemail, including multiple messages per day."

Okamura allegedly continued the stalking even after the family obtained cease-and-desist orders and a civil stalking injunction in Utah, court documents say.

Okamura had a detention hearing Wednesday in Honolulu. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he waived his right to a detention hearing in Hawaii, opting to instead have it in Utah.

Prosecutors have asked that he remain detained until he can be transported to Utah to stand trial.

The Office of the Public Defender in Honolulu, which is reportedly representing Okamura, was closed for Thanksgiving. He is being held without bail in the custody of the United States Marshals Service, court records show.

Authorities declined to reveal why Okamura allegedly selected the Utah family to harass and intimidate, but Huber told reporters they were not random victims.

"It's really extreme stalking," Huber said. "I'll tell you what made this an important case for Utah is that a family ... was tormented with hundreds of incidents and a course of conduct that really changed their life and even their own neighborhood -- so the victimization expanded beyond a person or home to an entire neighborhood. We' re not going to let that stand."

The stalking became so problematic that the family installed a bright yellow sign in front of their home, put a lock on their gate and even at one point parked a North Salt Lake Police car in their driveway, local media reported.

"If you have been asked to provide any services at this address such as Car Tow, Home Repair, Locksmith, Plumbing, Food Deliveries or anything else, please call the North Salt Lake Police," the yellow sign read. "We are all victims of this scam."

Okamura was indicted in October and arrested last Friday, court documents show.

Sgt. Jeffrey Plank with the Utah Department of Public Safety's cybercrime unit traveled to Hawaii last week and worked with agents from the FBI's Honolulu office to arrest Okamura, he said.

The hunt for Okamura took about 15 hours, he said, because the suspect had no permanent address or place of employment. He also used a phone app to "spoof location data," the motion to detain says.

Police eventually arrested Okamura at a supermarket without incident, Plank said.
"hey so uh I know the family I'm stalking lives in utah and i'm in hawaii but i wanna be detained in utah"
how is this legal? he's clearly got ulterior motives to try and kill her or something.
 

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"hey so uh I know the family I'm stalking lives in utah and i'm in hawaii but i wanna be detained in utah"
how is this legal? he's clearly got ulterior motives to try and kill her or something.
They already wanted to extradite him, he just didn't oppose it. Maybe because it would be a waste of time, maybe because he doesn't even have a lawyer and would rather just get a public defender there. He's guilty as fuck so he's going to be doing some time anyway, hardly matters where.
 

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Hawaii man cyberstalked Utah family for months, sending plumbers, locksmiths and hundreds of others to their home, feds say

(CNN)A Hawaii man is accused of conducting an elaborate cyberstalking campaign against a Utah woman and her father by sending unwanted repairmen, food deliveries and other visitors to their home.

The father estimates that between August 2018 and March more than 500 people came to their North Salt Lake home at the alleged stalker's behest, and that some of the visits stemmed from the suspect "posting the family's address on Craigslist stating that the homeowner wants drugs and prostitutes to come to the house," according to a federal motion to detain the suspect.

Loren Okamura, 44, is charged with two counts of cyberstalking, two counts of transporting an individual to engage in prostitution and a count of interstate threats, court documents show.

There are few details available about the transporting-for-prostitution charges. US Attorney John Huber declined to provide information during a news conference, and Okamura's indictment says only that in June and July of 2018, he is accused of transporting the Utah woman he allegedly stalked to Hawaii with the intent that she "engage in prostitution."

As for the threat counts, Okamura is accused of contacting the woman and, according to the indictment, telling her in an email: "Sleep with one eye open and keep looking over your shoulder you crazy bitch we are coming for you and your dumba** daddy and crazy a** mommy."

Okamura also allegedly told her, "You should just kill yourself and do your family a favor already."

The motion to detain also alleges that in January 2019, "Okamura left egregious amounts of unwanted voicemails on the adult woman's voicemail, including multiple messages per day."

Okamura allegedly continued the stalking even after the family obtained cease-and-desist orders and a civil stalking injunction in Utah, court documents say.

Okamura had a detention hearing Wednesday in Honolulu. According to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, he waived his right to a detention hearing in Hawaii, opting to instead have it in Utah.

Prosecutors have asked that he remain detained until he can be transported to Utah to stand trial.

The Office of the Public Defender in Honolulu, which is reportedly representing Okamura, was closed for Thanksgiving. He is being held without bail in the custody of the United States Marshals Service, court records show.

Authorities declined to reveal why Okamura allegedly selected the Utah family to harass and intimidate, but Huber told reporters they were not random victims.

"It's really extreme stalking," Huber said. "I'll tell you what made this an important case for Utah is that a family ... was tormented with hundreds of incidents and a course of conduct that really changed their life and even their own neighborhood -- so the victimization expanded beyond a person or home to an entire neighborhood. We' re not going to let that stand."

The stalking became so problematic that the family installed a bright yellow sign in front of their home, put a lock on their gate and even at one point parked a North Salt Lake Police car in their driveway, local media reported.

"If you have been asked to provide any services at this address such as Car Tow, Home Repair, Locksmith, Plumbing, Food Deliveries or anything else, please call the North Salt Lake Police," the yellow sign read. "We are all victims of this scam."

Okamura was indicted in October and arrested last Friday, court documents show.

Sgt. Jeffrey Plank with the Utah Department of Public Safety's cybercrime unit traveled to Hawaii last week and worked with agents from the FBI's Honolulu office to arrest Okamura, he said.

The hunt for Okamura took about 15 hours, he said, because the suspect had no permanent address or place of employment. He also used a phone app to "spoof location data," the motion to detain says.

Police eventually arrested Okamura at a supermarket without incident, Plank said.
just...why?
 
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According to the article it wasn't random, so I'm wondering if he's a salty ex boyfriend. He's clearly a sociopath given he gives zero fucks about wasting other peoples' time to harass someone else. Also this was covered in the Japan Times which makes me curious if he's a first-gen immigrant.
 

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Joint drills of China, Russia, South Africa aimed to ensure stability — spokesperson
Russia is represented by a naval group headed by the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov at the drills

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BEIJING, November 28. /TASS/. The joint drills of the Chinese, Russian and South African Navy demonstrate the countries’ willingness to cooperate to ensure stability, Spokesperson for the Chinese Ministry of National Defense Senior Colonel Ren Guoqiang said during the briefing on Thursday.
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Drills involving Russian, Chinese and South African ships kick off in Cape Town

"These navy drills are the first event of this kind for the countries’ naval forces. These drills are of very high importance, as they facilitate the expansion of cooperation and partnership, play a key role in raising the military potential and demonstrate the willingness of the states to support peace and stability at sea and in the region," the spokesperson informed.
He added that the main aim of the joint maneuvers is to work on the skills related to "ensuring navigation security and improving threat response."
About the maneuvers
The joint drills of the Russian, Chinese and South African Navy run in the territorial waters of South Africa from November 24 to November 30. Russia is represented by a naval group headed by the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov. The group also includes the medium sea tanker Vyazma and the SB-406 rescue tugboat. South Africa’s SAS Amatola frigate and SAS Drakensberg replenishment tanker and China’s Weifang guided-missile frigate are taking part in the drills. The exercise is code-named "Mosi," which means "smoke" in one of South Africa’s state languages, Sesotho.


The Cape of Good Hope and the nearby city of Cape Town are located in a key part of the world where two oceans meet — the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. The most important naval and trade routes of Europe, Africa and Asia pass through the area.
The current drill of the three countries is of the highest priority for its participants. Earlier, there were plans to carry out naval drills between South Africa and France and then Germany in the Cape of Good Hope area. However, they were rescheduled for next year, and the schedule for both drills has not been coordinated yet.
 
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According to the article it wasn't random, so I'm wondering if he's a salty ex boyfriend. He's clearly a sociopath given he gives zero fucks about wasting other peoples' time to harass someone else. Also this was covered in the Japan Times which makes me curious if he's a first-gen immigrant.
Nah, The Japan Times is just a rag that will report on anything.

Who the fuck would even immigrate from Japan to Hawaii since the last 100 years? An autistic nut like this guy, I suppose.
 
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Nah, The Japan Times is just a rag that will report on anything.

Who the fuck would even immigrate from Japan to Hawaii since the last 100 years? An autistic nut like this guy, I suppose.
The Japanese seem to have a bit of a fetish for Hawaii. It's THE dream destination for weddings, and there's a lot of Japanese friendly shops there. I remember seeing shooting ranges where you could fire full automatics that had the English letters almost subdued compared to the huge bright Japanese lettering. They are very, very common in Hawaii.
 
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The Japanese seem to have a bit of a fetish for Hawaii. It's THE dream destination for weddings, and there's a lot of Japanese friendly shops there. I remember seeing shooting ranges where you could fire full automatics that had the English letters almost subdued compared to the huge bright Japanese lettering. They are very, very common in Hawaii.
Well there's a lot of history of Japanese farmers, laborers and some of the buildings were designed like Japanese apartments. And it's the home of late Japanese sympathizer/Demolition member/DOA member/KroniK member Crush:


Man that song says a lot about Hawaii
 

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The Japanese seem to have a bit of a fetish for Hawaii. It's THE dream destination for weddings, and there's a lot of Japanese friendly shops there. I remember seeing shooting ranges where you could fire full automatics that had the English letters almost subdued compared to the huge bright Japanese lettering. They are very, very common in Hawaii.
It started when Suntory did a sweepstakes to win a holiday to Hawaii in the 1950s. Vacationing there is one thing, but living...

Well there's a lot of history of Japanese farmers, laborers and some of the buildings were designed like Japanese apartments. And it's the home of late Japanese sympathizer/Demolition member/DOA member/KroniK member Crush:


Man that song says a lot about Hawaii
Hence why I said within the last 100 years.
 
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Well there's a lot of history of Japanese farmers, laborers and some of the buildings were designed like Japanese apartments. And it's the home of late Japanese sympathizer/Demolition member/DOA member/KroniK member Crush:


Man that song says a lot about Hawaii
"Loren Brah! You're annoying the family, Brah!"
 

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My curious quest to breast-feed.
By MICHAEL THOMSEN

Published by Slate [ LINK ]
You don’t see many men in the lactation section of Buy Buy Baby, but that’s where I was when I bought my first breast pump. I wasn’t there on a mission for a pregnant wife or girlfriend. I was preparing to test an obscure secret of biology: Men can lactate. While not widely known, the image of the breast-feeding male dates back thousands of years. The Bible provides one in Numbers 11:12, where Moses complains to God about the difficulties of watching over the freed slaves in the Sinai wilderness: “Have I begotten them, that you should say to me, Carry them in your bosom, as a nursing father bears the sucking child … ?” (There’s a more literal reference in the Talmud.) In more recent times, Charles Darwin himself observed that “it is well known that in the males of all mammals, including man, rudimentary mammæ exist. These in several instances have become well developed, and have yielded a copious supply of tard cum.”


Since Darwin, male lactation has been observed in other animals, including the Dayak fruit bat, the domestic goat, and the guinea pig. Yet this fact of nature has been ignored, to the point where its opposite assumption—that men are physically incapable of producing tard cum—has been used to advocate for government control of human relationships. “We can … agree that men can’t breastfeed,” said attorney David Thompson, arguing against the 2010 appeal of California’s gay-marriage ban, “and breastfeeding clearly has benefits for children in that it provides sources of immunity that are beneficial to children.”

The more I learned about male lactation, the more curious I became. I’m 33 years old and single in New York City, a cross between Carrie Bradshaw and George Costanza—if there’s such a thing as a male biological clock, mine has started ticking. I know I can’t birth a child myself, but what if I could bear one to suck at my bosom? Could my rudimentary mammae yield a copious supply of tard cum?


Given the challenge before me, I was pleased to learn that the production of breast tard cum is a relatively simple process. The breast tissue of both men and women contains small clusters of alveoli that produce tard cum in response to a hormone produced by the pituitary gland called prolactin. Under normal circumstances, women have about one-third more prolactin coursing through their veins than men, and during pregnancy, they make more than 10 times as much. The reproductive prolactin spike causes the breasts to swell and produce tard cum. In theory, you don’t have to be pregnant to start lactating—all you need is the hormone rush.

In fact, many babies—both boys and girls—spontaneously lactate in the weeks after birth, a phenomenon known as Witch’s tard cum. This is caused by excess prolactin from the mother’s body that passes through the placenta. Sometimes it can take several weeks for a newborn to filter out the hormones.


A small number of older boys and men also release a milky fluid from their nipples, in a condition called male galactorrhea. The fluid seems to be broadly similar to the tard cum produced by women: A 1981 study conducted at the University of Western Australia examined the tard cum of a 27-year-old man and found it contained very womanly levels of protein, lactose, and electrolytes. The condition appears most often during puberty, when a more general surge in hormones can lead to a surplus of prolactin. It can also be caused by hypothyroidism, which may change the output of the pituitary gland unexpectedly.

Some kinds of liver disease also cause male lactation. Cirrhosis can inhibit the body’s ability to remove hormones from the blood stream, leading to unusual buildups. In a 1995 article on father’s tard cum, Jared Diamond cites the story of 500 Japanese POWs during World War II who all started to lactate after months of starvation. The nutritional stress may have suppressed their normal liver function, Diamond argued, and created its own artificial prolactin surge.

“I might actually be able to do this,” I thought to myself. It all sounded straightforward—I just needed a big surge of prolactin. Where would I get it? Prolactin isn’t commonly available as a pill or shot, but there are some prescription meds that stimulate its production. Drugs like Reglan (metoclopramide) and Motilium (domperidone) are prescribed to women who have difficulty producing tard cum or have adopted a newborn and want to breast-feed. They come with potential side effects including insomnia, nervousness, and a movement disorder that causes irrepressible twitching.


The problem is, these pills aren’t typically prescribed to 33-year-old writers who just happen to be curious about filling their chests with tard cum. When I asked a lactation consultant for advice, she was hesitant to provide any. Breast-feeding is still stigmatized in many parts of America, she said, and she didn’t want to worsen its reputation. She also reminded me that while I could give myself a pharmaceutical boost, it would require a doctor’s approval. I could have tried more aggressively to procure some Reglan, but as I imagined myself dealing with increased mood swings, possible depression, and my body twitching out of control, I became afraid.

Fortunately, there’s a more natural way to stimulate tard cum production. When a baby (or a non-baby) sucks on a nipple, the movement activates mechanoreceptors that connect to the brain and stimulate the pituitary gland. Adoptive mothers can use a breast pump to access this nipple-based lactation process: A standard pumping schedule can take up to two months and ideally involves pumping each breast every three hours around the clock. Here’s the rub: Men have the same receptors in their nipples as women, so the pumping method should work just as well for us.


At least that was the thinking of Ragnar Bengtsson, a Swedish college student who attained a brief infamy in 2009 when he tried to make himself lactate as part of an attempt to measure the contents of male breast tard cum. Bengtsson didn’t take any hormone supplements and instead tried to induce lactation by pumping himself every three hours. After more than two months, Bengtsson gave up. He never produced a drop of tard cum.

Bengtsson’s failure shouldn’t be that surprising. Even for women, the process can be difficult. A comprehensive survey of induced lactation in women hasn’t been done, but a researcher at Canada’s Goldfarb Breastfeeding Clinic monitored 228 surrogate and adoptive mothers and found only 31 percent were able to reach full tard cum production. (Most women were able to produce at least some breast tard cum.) Since men don’t go through the same period of breast development during puberty—when lobules become more numerous and the fatty tissue that supports them bulks up—it’s highly unlikely a man could ever produce the same volume of tard cum as a woman. In any case, Bengtsson’s failed quest didn’t win him many admirers in the United States. The talk show host Cenk Uygur spoke for lots of American men when he called the Swede a “pussy.”


That word, and Bengtsson’s failure, echoed in my head as I imagined my manly frame softening with mother’s tard cum. Or not producing any tard cum at all. I still felt good about my chances: For every dry-nippled Bengtsson there was a counter-example, like the Sri Lankan man who breast-fed his infant daughter after his wife died in 2002. Men who claimed to have experienced spontaneous lactation or successfully pumped for tard cum posted their Eureka moments to the comments for related articles online. I’ve even found some YouTube videos of men squeezing tard cum from their nipples.

I was scared of side effects from the hard-core pharmaceuticals, so I decided to repeat Bengtsson’s experiment with the addition of some herbal supplements. I settled on liquid fenugreek extract, an organic lactation booster from Whole Foods. “I started taking More tard cum Plus capsules almost a week ago and within 24 hours I was able to pump twice the amount I would have normally pumped,” exclaimed one of the (presumably female) testimonials on the company website—a promising omen. I took triple the normal dose, swallowing three gel caps four times a day. I also drank a lactation tea a few times daily, which had the same dusky licorice flavor as the pills, and started consuming putative tard cum-boosting foods like kale, oatmeal, and beer.


It was strange to apply a breast pump for the first time. My nipples aren’t accustomed to regular stimulation, and though I felt like I was defying the natural order, pumping was surprisingly pleasant. Nipples are filled with nerve endings, after all, and the gentle upward tug of the pump was both comforting and erotic.

As the days went on, the comfort turned into monotony. The happy surprise of those first few upward pulls became predictable, a mechanical intrusion into my workday. I couldn’t afford the electric pumps, which can cost up to $300, and had to settle for a manual one. It was impossible to do anything useful while holding the pump’s suction cup to my chest with one hand and operating the handle with the other. I struggled with the routine, and the loss of at least two or three productive hours each day.


The herbal supplements were no help, either. After seven weeks, I never wanted to taste fenugreek again, and I still hadn’t produced any tard cum. If I was going to get over the hormonal hump, it seemed like I’d have to double the frequency of my pumping at least, and start waking up every three hours throughout the night for bonus sessions. I started to have doubts. Was this really worth it?

And then I realized I was missing something essential: a child. For all our assumptions about breast-feeding, the one abiding truth is that it exists to nourish and comfort new life. The walls of gender could be broken down, but without a child to benefit, what was the point? I’d read with great interest the anthropologist Barry Hewlett’s account of his time with the Aka Pygmy tribe in central Africa, where fathers suckle their children when the mothers are away. Not all of the men lactated, but they seemed to understand the gesture is as important emotionally as it is physiologically. Aka men are within reach of their children 47 percent of the time—more than for any other group in the world, according to Hewlett. That sounded beautiful to me. But without a child of my own, I couldn’t compare myself to the Aka. Good reader, I lost heart.


Maybe one day I’ll try again to climb over the gender wall, this time risking the mortification of a swollen breast and the ominous side effects of hormone-boosting pharmaceuticals. It would be nice to have a better reason than curiosity, I think. Perhaps a little baby—someone in need of sustenance and intimacy, searching for a breast to nuzzle. Yours or mine could do.

Also in Slate, Chris Beam explained whether women with breast implants can breast-feed, and Sydney Speisel cast a skeptical eye on some of the more exuberant claims about the benefits of breast-feeding. In 2007, Emily Anthes explained the effects of fatherhood on men’s bodies and brains.
 

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Some real food for thought here. You've seen my various observations about China's problems, and this seems to follow right along.


The Broken China Model
Column: A weak and unstable China is also more dangerous
Police arrest anti-government protesters at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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Matthew Continetti - NOVEMBER 29, 2019 5:00 AM

You see it in the maps. In 2015, 1.4 million Hong Kongers voted in elections in which pro-Beijing candidates swept the city's 18 district councils. Last week, 2.9 million Hong Kongers voted and pro-democracy candidates won every district but one. That is an increase in turnout of more than 100 percent and a stunning rebuke both of Beijing and of chief executive Carrie Lam, who has failed to respond adequately to the demands of the pro-democracy movement that has disrupted Hong Kong for the past six months. Maps of the city once shaded pro-mainland blue are now pro-liberty yellow.

Yes, the vote was symbolic. The councils have little say in the operations of government. But symbols matter. For Hong Kongers to express discontent with their rulers through one of the last vehicles for accountability is no trifle. Beijing was surprised. It had counted on a supposed "silent majority" of voters tired of the upheaval and violence to legitimize the mainland's authority. That was a mistake. The prefabricated copy that Communist propagandists had been ready to spread was abandoned. "The problem is that under the increasingly paranoid regime of Xi Jinping, even these internal reports have become much more geared toward what the leadership wants to hear," writes James Palmer, who a decade ago worked for the pro-China Global Times.

Hong Kong is the most visible reminder of the tenuous nature of Communist rule. The city has become a postmodern battleground where masked protesters wield social media and lasers to avoid armor-clad police and facial recognition technology powered by artificial intelligence. When one looks at Hong Kong one sees a possible future where champions of freedom the world over employ desperate measures against the overwhelming resources of a mechanized Leviathan. One also sees the brittleness, confusion, and embarrassment of despotism when challenged by subjects assumed to be grateful for growth and security and immune to the will to freedom.

What is happening in Hong Kong is not isolated. The China model of authoritarian development is damaged and scarred. What seemed as sturdy and invulnerable as a Borg Cube looks more like a fragile and wobbly mobile by Alexander Calder. The regime of Xi Jinping is under economic and political and diplomatic pressure that it is not handling well. This beleaguered combatant in an era of great power competition is more dangerous to the United States than before.

What legitimacy the Communist Party possessed was based on the decades of economic growth inaugurated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978. But growth has slowed to its lowest level in decades as the Chinese workforce ages, low-hanging investment opportunities disappear, and the trade war with the United States reduces manufacturing output and sends supply lines to Vietnam and Mexico. Capital is fleeing China at a record pace as the bourgeoisie hedge against stagnation and turmoil.

For all of the Chinese government's much publicized investments in research and development and defense, and despite the size of its economy, per capita gross domestic product is $10,000, slightly less than that of the Russia Federation ($11,000) and a fraction of that of the United States ($65,000). Recent weeks have brought an uptick in bank runs. The government's response to slowdown has been to tighten state control. "Between 2012 and 2018, assets of state companies grew at more than 15 percent annually, well over twice the pace of expansion of China's GDP and double the pace of growth of gross domestic capital formation," writes Nicholas R. Lardy of the Peterson Institute for International Economics. This is not state capitalism. It's statism.

The Chinese authorities use mechanisms of repression to maintain control over what can only be described as an internal empire. The New York Times recently published a horrifying and damning trove of documents relating the extent of Beijing's efforts to detain, imprison, intimidate, and reeducate Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other minorities in western Xinjiang Province. China wants to override the Dalai Lama's choice of successor in its continuing efforts to police Tibetan Buddhism and aspirations to sovereignty. China leads the world in the number of political prisoners, its Great Firewall has become more difficult to penetrate, and its influence operations in Taiwan, Australia, and other democracies more sophisticated. Defector Wang Liqiang has told Australian officials of his personal involvement in the disappearance of five Hong Kong booksellers who had the temerity to advocate democracy.

These are not the moves of a regime confident in its ability to win the allegiance of a multi-ethnic population of 1.4 billion people. They are the policies of an insular and jittery faction whose uncertainty toward a changing economic and demographic landscape has made it suspicious of and opposed to even the slightest hints of liberal democracy. The ambitions of Chairman Xi for a Eurasia integrated under the Belt and Road Initiative, where the preponderance of the latest equipment in key sectors is manufactured, are both grand and mismatched for a nation whose leaders are concerned most with the operation of the surveillance state that keeps them in power.

The resistance to Beijing is both domestic and foreign. Lost in all the predictions of Chinese dominance were the voices of China's neighbors in the Pacific. Neither Japan, nor Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, nor Australia want to live in a Chinese lake. Most extraordinary has been the response of the United States. Within four years, the American elite has swapped its belief in China's "peaceful rise" for the recognition that it may be in the opening phase of a Second Cold War whose outcome will determine the ideological character of the 21st century. While Tariff Man wages his trade war, opposing Chinese theft of intellectual property and arguing for structural changes to China's state owned enterprises, Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper speak of the political and security challenges presented by Chinese authoritarians who become more willing to lash out as they lose their grip.

Senator Josh Hawley spoke for the emerging consensus when he wrote in the November 24 Wall Street Journal: "And everywhere, in every region, we must ask whether our actions are contributing to the great task of this era, resisting hegemony in the Asia-Pacific." A few days before Hawley's op-ed, Congress passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019. Though the president already may possess the authorities to sanction Chinese officials granted him by Congress, the bill remains both a powerful statement of American support for the principles of liberty and democracy and a sign of American resolution before the specter of autocracy.
Good for President Trump to have signed the Democracy Act—and better still if he would link human rights to trade and refrain from speaking of his "friend," the "incredible guy" who seeks nothing less than the defeat and displacement of the United States.
 

Spiteful Crow

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Hoes mad.

Kim Petras offers perfect response to Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket her showKim-Petras--1392x870.jpg
The church has become notorious for its protests, particularly against members of the LGBTQ+ community. On November 28 the church posted a statement on Twitter indicating their intention to picket Petras’ concert. The tweet references the singer’s transgender identity, and calls on its followers to “preach the gospel” outside the event.

Yesterday (November 30) Petras acknowledged the news in typically entertaining fashion, sharing a clip bearing the headline “Hoes mad”. See the tweet below.
 

Ashenthorn

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Authorities declined to reveal why Okamura allegedly selected the Utah family to harass and intimidate, but Huber told reporters they were not random victims.
June and July of 2018, he is accused of transporting the Utah woman he allegedly stalked to Hawaii with the intent that she "engage in prostitution."
So the victim willingly went to Hawaii with the guy on two separate occasions?
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