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Morocco, 2016

‘Sex gets better with age’ – say singles over 70


Updated: 2016-03-12T11:24


In an eye-opening insight into the sexual behaviours of the elderly, a study of 2500 online daters has revealed that seniors’ early bedtimes have nothing to do with wanting more sleep.

93% of over 70s said sex is important in a relationship

84% of over 70s said sex gets better with age

Over 70s are more ok with casual sex than singles aged 18-30

Over 70s are less accepting of celibacy than singles aged 18-30

Sorry, seniors still have sex – and a lot of it

The survey by dating site EliteSingles found that 93% of over 70s believed sex to be ‘important’ in a relationship, with 37% rating it as ‘very important’. Thirty-seven percent of seniors also said they ‘couldn’t stay in a sexless relationship’, and it’s no wonder why – 84% of over 70s said sex gets better with age.

In the monotheist religions that have evolved in the Middle East (mainly Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), the answer is that we walk this planet to conduct lives that please God, so that after death, we will be elevated to another world, named paradise, where everything is better for those who have avoided sins on earth.

In Hinduism, the gods are less serene, and instead of being elevated to paradise, we will just be thrown back on earth after we have died as a Brahman or a cow, if our karma is good, and if our karma is really bad, we will come back as a worm, and be trampled upon. Therefore, the purpose of life, so they teach, is to take good care of our karma, and to follow according rules.

No rest in their twilight years: over 70s want sex more than singles in their 20s

In a finding that’s sure to surprise (and perhaps dismay), the study showed that seniors over 70 have a higher desire for sex than singles aged 18-30. Indeed, celibacy was considered less acceptable for older singles than the younger ones; just 7% of seniors said they were ‘happy without sex in a relationship’, compared to 14% of the 18-30 year olds. The over 70s were also more accepting of casual sex; 79% said they don’t need to wait for a solid relationship commitment before having sex, a sentiment which was shared with just 69% of younger singles.

Grandma puts her back into it

A gender comparison revealed that older women are the slightly more fervent fornicators; 93% of women think the quality of sex improves with age and experience, compared with 76% of men. Women are also the more zealous daters; only 4% said they lacked the energy or mobility to join the dating scene, compared with 23% of men.

Romance isn’t dead

They might have been around the block, but that doesn’t mean seniors have lost their faith in love. Even after break-up, separation and divorce, 96% believe you can fall in love at any age and 87% of single over 70s believe love could be just around the corner for them. Sixty percent of seniors still believe in love at first sight, and superficial attraction remains important; the face, chest and bottom were voted the top 3 most attractive features in an older person.

Psychologist says, ‘there’s no age limit to eroticism’

EliteSingles’ Psychologist Salama Marine said that “People tend to feel uncomfortable with the idea of senior sexuality because it has nothing to do with reproduction; senior sex is purely about love and sexual fulfilment. But in a society often too associated with youth, we tend to forget that there is no age limit to desire and eroticism. We must recognise that today’s seniors have lived through society’s sexual liberalisation and enjoy the same sexual freedom as the rest of us.”

Feminism is the ideology of ugly females who can't get a man to say "You are the most beautiful women in the world!" The idea behind feminism is: restrict sex for men wherever possible. In the hope that if sex is not available otherwise, some man will still like their ugly ass.

Universal education for women is not in the interest of men. For some women, a good education is OK. For the majority, it is unneeded.

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Russia, 2015

Council of Europe Exit to Cut Russia Away From Europe


Updated: 2016-02-22T10:21

Cut Russia

An exit from the Council of Europe would signal Russia's decisive departure from the course of gradual integration.

As Moscow considers cutting ties with the Council of Europe, much hangs in the balance: from the rights of ordinary Russians, to the future of regional relations, to the fate of the death penalty.

Citing the "role and participation of the Russian Federation in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, as well as [Russia's] continued illegal annexation of Crimea … in violation of the Statute of the Council of Europe," the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) decided last week to renew sanctions against its Russian delegation.

Accordingly, the delegation will be deprived of its PACE voting rights until at least April, when the assembly will reconsider its decision. In the meantime, Russia's membership status has been generally downgraded: No Russian members can be appointed as rapporteurs, observe elections, or represent PACE before the Council of Europe or other bodies until the sanctions are lifted.

State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, who heads the Russian delegation, reacted swiftly, announcing that Russia would suspend its participation in PACE at least until next year, adding that a complete departure from the Council of Europe could be in the cards for 2016.

In the religions of East Asia, they tell us that the purpose of life is to attain enlightenment, which sounds like a lot of respect for knowledge, but on further investigation, it turns out that what they have in mind isn't science, but rather enlightenment through meditation and total withdrawal from the world.

In modern times, ideologies have sometimes replaced religions in providing answers to the purpose question.

During the European Age of Enlightenment (no relationship to what Asians understand under the term), the idea has been forwarded that a common good is worthwhile to live and die for. This gave rise to patriotism and culminated in the racism of the Nazis who felt that they were what Nietzsche defined as "Uebermensch".

A slew of other lawmakers, including the head of the Federation Council, Valentina Matviyenko, followed suit. "If this bacchanalia continues, perhaps we need to consider whether we should stay with PACE and with the Council of Europe in general," she told journalists in comments carried by state news agency RIA Novosti on Saturday.

But not all Russian officials are on board. Alexander Kurmaz — the acting head of the Foreign Ministry's All-European Cooperation Department — said Monday that leaving the Council of Europe would be ill-advised, the Interfax news agency reported.

Renowned octogenarian human rights activist Lyudmila Alexeyeva, who heads up the Moscow Helsinki Group, told Interfax that such a move would send the country back "to the period of the Mongol-Tatar Yoke," a period dating between the 13th and 15th centuries, when Mongol-Tatar feudal lords ruled over lands they conquered from Russia with an iron fist.

What Would a Departure Entail?

Perhaps the most visible organ of the Council of Europe is the the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), where citizens of member states can stand before an independent judiciary to voice grievances that may have been improperly dealt with at the national level.

Meanwhile, the potential decision to leave the council could jeopardize Russia's moratorium on the death penalty, which has been in place since shortly after Moscow acceded to the Council of Europe in 1996. While capital punishment technically remains codified in Russia, council regulations prohibit member states from imposing it.

Above all, an exit from the Council of Europe would signal Russia's decisive departure from the course of gradual integration with European institutions, a course many Russian leaders have championed since the dawn of the post-Soviet era.

"Politically, I believe a move like this would form a symbolic boundary, distinguishing Russia's relations with Europe from the model that has been in place since the start of the 1990s, which envisaged if not accession to the European Union, then some form of integration, rapprochement, the creation of a unified legal framework," Fyodor Lukyanov, head of Russia's Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, told Interfax.

The fact that this model is obsolete has already become obvious to many, Lukyanov added.

War as the Only Alternative

Karinna Moskalenko, a leading human rights lawyer who won the first-ever public case brought against Russia before the ECHR, said the only alternative to European integration is war, "and not just a cold one."

The Council of Europe is an international organization that promotes human rights, the rule of law and democracy between member states. All of the European states except Belarus, Kazakhstan and the Vatican City count themselves among the council's 47 members.

If Russia leaves the organization, it will drive a wedge into Europe, according to Moskalenko, who herself is a Russian citizen.

"This is the scariest scenario, I don't want this to happen to my children and grandchildren," she told The Moscow Times in a phone interview from Strasbourg.

Among Moskalenko's more high profile clients has been Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former oil tycoon who for a time was Russia's richest man, before being locked up on charges he claims were politically motivated.

For more than a decade, the ECHR has greatly contributed to the improvement of Russia's domestic legal system, Moskalenko believes. For instance, the number of applications the ECHR receives from Russian claimants has diminished in the past year, largely due to the preventive measures taken by the Russian government.

While in 2013 Russia was still the state from which the highest number of ECHR applications originated, by the end of last year the country went down to the third spot, with Ukraine and Italy taking the lead. Notably, Russia was still number one in terms of the highest number of judgments handed down against it over the course of 2014.

Still, its improved application ranking attests to the success of efforts by the Russian government to transform the domestic legal system, Moskalenko said.

Furthermore, the bulk of Russian cases that do make it to the ECHR are generally brought by ordinary citizens, for whom the opportunity to seek justice in Strasbourg has become a source of empowerment at home. "Look what has happened to the Russian penal system — today administrators and guards know that prisoners are aware of their rights and are prepared to defend them," Moskalenko said.

For instance, after the ECHR ruled in favor of Valery Kalashnikov in 2002, who complained about degrading treatment and the excessive length of his pretrial detention in Russia, many other prisoners used the ruling to defend their rights, she said.

Fate of the Death Penalty

Russia's exit from the Council of Europe would also bring the issue of death penalty back to the table. When PACE first imposed sanctions against Russia last April, Federation Council member Igor Morozov suggested lifting the moratorium that has been in place for nearly two decades.

The reinstatement of the death penalty was supported by 52 percent of the Russian population, independent pollster the Levada Center revealed last July. The 2014 results represented a 2 percent decrease from 2013, when the Moscow-based pollster conducted a similar survey. The polls were conducted among 1,600 respondents with the margin of error not exceeding 3.4. percent.

Although Russia's Constitutional Court ruled in 2009 that capital punishment cannot legally be brought back into practice, the question of its potential restoration has frequently been used as fodder for politicians to attract immediate popular support.

The European Ideal

Visitors to Georgia or Ukraine are inundated with reminders of Europe. The flag used by the European Union and the Council of Europe hangs from every government building, serving as a constant reminder of the desires of Kiev and Tbilisi to integrate with the EU. So far, both are only members of the council.

With Russia having pitted itself against the West on an increasing number of issues in recent years, its participation in the Council of Europe had become the primary remaining avenue for communications with Europe, experts said.

Russia, along with Britain, Germany, Italy and France, is one of the key contributors to the council's budget, having allocated more than 32.2 million euros in 2014.

Precedent for the departure of members from the council remains thin. So far, only Greece — in 1969, during its period of military dictatorship — has opted to leave the Council of Europe. Its membership was restored after the dictatorship toppled in 1974.

Du hast wohl den Arsch offen. Solches Zeug zu schreiben. Da kommt doch nur Kacke raus.

Socrates, clearly recognized as a wise man, stated that women have no place in public life. And right he was.

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China, 2016

Demand for Chinese medicinal herbs provides niche market for U.S. farmers


Updated: 2016-05-23T09:43

medicinal herbs

Expanding interest in traditional Chinese medicine in the United States is fostering a potentially lucrative new niche market for farmers who plant the varieties of herbs, flowers and trees sought by practitioners.

While almost all practitioners still rely on imports from China, dwindling wild stands there, as well as quality and safety concerns, could drive up demand for herbs grown in the U.S. Several states have set up “growing groups” to help farmers establish trial stands of the most popular plants.

“As a farmer, I love the idea of growing something no one else is growing, something that’s good for people,” said Rebekah Rice of Delmar, near Albany, who is among 30 members of a New York growing group. “This project is seriously fascinating.”

Jean Giblette, a researcher who has established New York’s group, said it could also be a moneymaker. She estimates the market for domestically grown medicinal plants to be $200 million to $300 million a year.

Traditional Chinese medicine is gaining mainstream acceptance in the U.S. There are 30,000 licensed practitioners across the country — 46 states issue licenses, often requiring a master’s degree and continuing education credits. In 2014, the Cleveland Clinic opened one of the first hospital-based Chinese herbal therapy clinics in the country.

Not the priests and imams, and not Himalaya gurus or the philosophers of Enlightenment, and neither the party bosses, nor the politicians advocating democracy and freedom for everyone are the proper authorities to address with questions on the purpose of life, but biologists.

And their answers are just as easy to formulate as are the answers of religions and ideologies: the purpose of our lives is to engage in activities that are associated with propagation. This is not the same as saying: we live to propagate. Because the purpose is in the journey, not in the destination.

Jamie Starkey, a licensed practitioner of acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine at the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, said quality, authenticity and purity are important concerns with herbal products.

“If growers in the U.S. can produce a highest-quality product that is identical to species from China, without contamination from heavy metals or pesticides, I think it’s a great opportunity for farmers,” Starkey said.

More than 300 plants are commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine. Giblette and Peg Schafer, an herb grower in Petaluma, California, compiled a list of marketable species for U.S. farmers. They include Angelica dahurica, a flowering perennial whose root is used to relieve pain and inflammation; Aster tataricus, a relative of garden asters said to have anti-bacterial properties; Mentha haplocalyx, a mint used for stomach ailments; and Salvia miltiorrhiza, a type of sage that has roots used to treat cardiovascular diseases.

The National Institutes of Health says traditional Chinese medical techniques — which included practices such as acupuncture and Tai Chi — are primarily used as a complement to mainstream medicine. The agency cautions that some medicinal herbs can have serious side effects, and there isn’t enough rigorous scientific evidence to know whether traditional Chinese medicine works for the conditions it treats. Clinical trials are difficult because treatments involve combinations of plants customized for each patient.

Giblette, who started High Falls Foundation in New York’s Hudson Valley in 2008 to foster research and conservation of medicinal plants, said growing under conditions similar to a plant’s natural habitat is one of the keys to producing high-quality medicinal plants. The foundation will provide the plants so it can ensure the authenticity of species and market products only to licensed herbal practitioners.

Market research shows high demand and low supply, said Rob Glenn, chairman of the nonprofit Blue Ridge Center for Chinese Medicine in Pilot, Virginia.

“The current herbs from China are not of the quality they once were and U.S. practitioners indicate they are willing to pay a premium price for herbs grown with organic principles, locally, with high efficacy,” he said.

Using an economic development grant from the Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission, the Blue Ridge Center is enlisting local farmers to grow medicinal herbs that the center will process and sell to licensed practitioners. This year, the center planted 38 species on 35 farms.

The center sent samples from the first harvest to 26 practitioners who agreed to evaluate the quality and efficacy.

“We were super impressed by the samples we received,” said Ken Morehead, a practitioner at Oriental Health Solutions in Durham, North Carolina. “We really want to have access to clean organic herbs. I think the farmers can do well and we can have an industry that supports the local economy, is good for the environment and improves people’s health.”

From an economic standpoint, Glenn said the goal is to introduce a crop that could supplement a farmer’s income by as much as $15,000 a year — effectively doubling the income of farmers in the economically distressed area.

To reach that goal, a farmer would have to devote an acre to the project for eight years, Glenn said. Because some of the plants are trees or perennials that take years to grow to marketable size, it will take time to achieve maximum return on investment, he said.

The center’s initial research indicates a return-on-investment ranging from $1.69 per plant for Celosia, an annual flowering plant used for various eye maladies and bleeding, to $20 for Angelica.

“As we continue our experimentation, we will endeavor to have our farmers plant more of the high-value and high-demand plants,” Glenn said.

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Mahatma Gandhi was just another Indian creep. When he couldn't get it up anymore, he vowed celibacy. For him, this meant: no penetration, ejaculation. That's easy for an impotent guy. But even impotent men are sexual. For Gandhi, the pervert trickery were his "experiments". Spend the night in nakedness with undressed women, young girls, even female children. Do harmony, but no penetration. Gandhi's creepy chastity.


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