Saturday, July 6, 2013

How to Find Out if Any of Your Ancestors Were Famous – or Infamous | How Life Works

How to Find Out if Any of Your Ancestors Were Famous – or Infamous | How Life Works

How to Find Out if Any of Your Ancestors Were Famous – or Infamous

How to Find Out if Any of Your Ancestors Were Famous – or Infamous
The Internet is an amazing modern tool, creating new ways to shop, entertain, and communicate.  But one of the most profound things the Internet is doing right now is helping people to discover their family histories.

While it may be a cliché to say “We can’t know who we are until we know where we came from,” don’t tell that to the millions of people who have taken to the new online craze for family research. While some Americans are lucky enough to know their family tree going back hundreds of years, most people only know of a few generations before things get murky. However, new online services are changing that for many people.


How Penny Stocks Are Creating Millionaires Every Day | How Life Works

How Penny Stocks Are Creating Millionaires Every Day | How Life Works

How Penny Stocks Are Creating Millionaires Every Day

How Penny Stocks Are Creating Millionaires Every Day
You may have noticed a lot of buzz lately about Penny stocks. 
Penny stocks refer to the common stock of smaller public companies that trades for less than a dollar per share.  Like other shares of stock, they are regulated by the SEC and other authorities, but instead of trading on the major markets like the NYSE, they trade on “over-the-counter” markets.

Europe's New War on Nightlife - Feargus O'Sullivan, The Atlantic Cities - The Atlantic Wire

Europe's New War on Nightlife - Feargus O'Sullivan, The Atlantic Cities - The Atlantic Wire

Europe's New War on Nightlife



Saturday, June 29, 2013

You'll Never Know if the NSA Is Breaking the Law — or Keeping You Safe - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire

You'll Never Know if the NSA Is Breaking the Law — or Keeping You Safe - Philip Bump - The Atlantic Wire
Philip Bump 9:10 AM ET
What if the NSA's surveillance isn't legal? What if its collection of phone records and its electronic surveillance of foreigners and Americans violates the letter of the laws that the agency cite as its newfound authority, the Patriot Act and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act? We'd be where we are now, with the government relying on unprovable arguments for efficacy instead of demonstrable legal rationalization...........

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Stereotypes and the second sex - Hindustan Times

Stereotypes and the second sex
Zofeen Maqsood, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, September 15, 2012
First Published: 22:42 IST(15/9/2012)
Last Updated: 01:26 IST(16/9/2012)

Anybody who is even remotely in touch with the news is aware of the split between Hollywood actress Kristen Stewart and her boyfriend, Robert Pattinson, but it took a while for the feminists to cry foul. Some time after the blogosphere erupted with reactions to the news - with some even calling
the 22-year -old "a slut" on some social media platforms - the feminist viewpoint began to be heard that there was something wrong here.
The reactions, various articles noted, showed a classic trap of slut-shaming a young girl who was caught doing what many youngsters may do while letting the much married man (Rupert Sanders) emerge unscathed.
This, they suggested,  pointed towards a culture of skewed emancipation of women. Stewart, wrote Nico Lang in Huffington Post, is only the latest victim.
"The media beatings that Sarah Jessica Parker and Hilary Swank take for not fitting the norm of Hollywood glamour highlight the restrictive expectations we have for women today."
The article further says: "We are shocked when women don't fit into that narrative, and the scrutiny is especially harsh when every blogger in the world is ready to tear you apart."
Look closely, and it's a similar story in how Indians view female public icons. While rich and glamorous public female figures may look like they exist outside the realities of a culture, often, they are as much victims as representations of it.
Firdous Azmat, Centre for Women's Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia says,  "Popular culture is a good indicator of whether the change is for real or not. We expect positive changes to reflect here first and also seek inspiration."
Celebrity as yardstick
So while the country claims to herald a new area by acclaiming woman boxer Mary Kom, some see the constant mention of her role as a mother and a wife as diluting her core strength - aggression - and suggest we are comfortable with reconciling this with our idea of Indian femininity.
"Mary's dichotomy of roles holds intrigue but yes, perhaps a male boxer wouldn't have been photographed so vividly with his kids, or been asked about his cooking and cleaning routine," says Anita Roy, senior editor, feminist publishing house, Zubaan.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Getting doubts about your marriage? Don’t ignore them - Hindustan Times

Stressed woman (Representational pic)
When women have doubts before their wedding, their misgivings are often a warning sign of trouble if they go ahead with the marriage, psychologists have warned.

The UCLA study demonstrates that pre-wedding uncertainty, especially among women, predicts higher divorce rates and less marital
satisfaction years later.

“People think everybody has premarital doubts and you don't have to worry about them,” Justin Lavner, lead author of the study, said.

“We found they are common but not benign. Newlywed wives who had doubts about getting married before their wedding were two-and-a-half times more likely to divorce four years later than wives without these doubts. Among couples still married after four years, husbands and wives with doubts were significantly less satisfied with their marriage than those without doubts.

“You know yourself, your partner and your relationship better than anybody else does; if you're feeling nervous about it, pay attention to that.
“It’s worth exploring what you’re nervous about,” he said.

For the study, psychologists studied 464 newlywed spouses (232 couples) in Los Angeles within the first few months of marriage and conducted follow-up surveys with the couples every six months for four years.

At the time of marriage, the average age of the husbands was 27, and the average age of the wives was 25.
When asked, “Were you ever uncertain or hesitant about getting married?” at their initial interview, 47 percent of husbands and 38 percent of wives said yes.
Yet while women were less likely than men to have doubts, their doubts were more meaningful in predicting trouble after the wedding, the researchers found.

Among women, 19 percent of those who reported pre-wedding doubts were divorced four years later, compared with 8 percent of those who did not report having doubts.

For husbands, 14 percent who reported premarital doubts were divorced four years later, compared with 9 percent who did not report having doubts.

Doubt proved to be a decisive factor, regardless of how satisfied the spouses were with their relationships when interviewed, whether their parents were divorced, whether the couple lived together before the wedding and how difficult their engagement was.

 In 36 percent of couples, the husband and wife had no doubts about getting married. Of those couples, 6 percent got divorced within four years. When only the husband had doubts, 10 percent of the couples got divorced.

When only the wife had doubts, 18 percent of couples got divorced. When both partners had doubts, 20 percent of the couples got divorced.

“What this tells us is that when women have doubts before their wedding, these should not be lightly dismissed. Do not assume your doubts will just go away or that love is enough to overpower your concerns. There’s no evidence that problems in a marriage just go away and get better. If anything, problems are more likely to escalate,” Lavner said.

The study has been published online in the Journal of Family Psychology.

French mag publishes 'topless' snaps of Kate, royal couple upset - Hindustan Times

Royal Couple: Prince William and Kate Middleton
A French magazine has published topless pictures of Prince William's wife Catherine on Friday, in a move met with dismay by the royal couple.

Announcing a world exclusive, Closer magazine invited readers, via its website, to pick up the new edition and enjoy "the photos that the
world can't wait to see  the Duchess of Cambridge topless on a guesthouse terrace". The pictures were apparently taken while the British royals were on holiday in France last week.

 Splashed on the front cover and inside on five pages, many of the grainy photos feature what appears to be Catherine wearing just the bottoms of a black and white bikini and looking so fit that the magazine said "Victoria's Secret angels can stand aside."
The couple are currently in Malaysia and a source travelling with them said that "their royal highnesses were saddened to learn about the alleged photos". "The incident, if true, turns the clock back 15 years," the source said, referring to the intense media attention on William's late mother Diana, who died in a car crash while fleeing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

The royal source added that the monarchy was investigating the authenticity of the photos and would then "make a decision about what to do". The story was picked up in the British media on Friday, less than a month after the publication of naked pictures of William's brother Harry. Britain's younger royals are touring the globe throughout 2012 as part of celebrations marking the 60-year reign of William's grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

They are now on a nine-day trip that started in Singapore. They arrived in Malaysia on Thursday, and will move on this weekend to the Solomon Islands and later Tuvalu. Visiting a hospice in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur Thursday, Catherine made her first comments on foreign soil, discussing care for disease sufferers as the British monarchy continues to ease her into her official role.

On Friday, the royal couple will make a highly-anticipated public appearance at a park in central Kuala Lumpur before visiting a nature conservation site in the Borneo jungle Saturday. But the photo row threatened to overshadow the tour, which was meant to help introduce the couple overseas after their pomp-filled marriage last year.

The April 2011 ceremony was watched by up to two billion TV viewers around the world, sparking fresh excitement in Britain's monarchy after years of crisis. Last month a US celebrity gossip website published grainy camera-phone pictures of William's brother Harry cavorting naked with a mystery woman during a wild party in a Las Vegas hotel suite. Harry, the third in line to the throne and a military helicopter pilot, has since been deployed to Afghanistan for a second tour of duty.
A man holds a copy of the French magazine Closer showing pictures of Kate Middleton and Prince William (Reuters Photo)

ROYAL EXPECTATION: Is Kate Middleton pregnant?
Kate Middleton is reportedly expecting her first child with husband Prince William. The couple, who tied the knot on April 29th last year, has reportedly been trying to conceive for some time and are overjoyed with the news of Kate’s conceivement.

“Friends say Kate is convinced it’s happened, and while she and William are keeping the news close to the vest, they’re delirious with joy,” quoted a source as saying. READ MORE
Kate Middleton vows to support Harry
Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton has vowed to support her brother-in-law Prince Harry through his naked photo scandal.
The duchess has a close bond with Harry and told her husband Prince William they should pledge their full support to him following the incident, which saw him pictured nude following a game of 'strip billiards' in his Las Vegas hotel suite.
"William called Harry straight away and gave him a bit of a telling off. But Kate pointed out he had already been through the ringer and deserved their sympathy," quoted a source as saying.
"She's promised to support him as much as possible and offered to help him come up with a recovery plan to get his public image back on track," the source added.
Duchess of Cambridge Kate
Prince Harry kissed a blonde at Vegas party?A blonde girl who partied out with Prince Harry in Las Vegas, has claimed that she spent 15-20 minutes kissing the naked royal in his hotel bedroom.

British-born Carrie Reichert reportedly had been handpicked with nine other girls to join Harry in his penthouse suite, but soon the royal heart-throb led her away, so that they could be together.

“We kissed, he was naked at the time, and pretty open. It was a drunken fumble. It wasn’t romantic, just fun,” the Mirror quoted Reichert as saying. FULL STORY
Prince Harry's naked scandal not the only one for British royaltyPrince Harry's naked Vegas photos have gone viral on the internet and have created quite a storm, but the playful British bad boy is not the only member of the royal family to get into trouble.
In fact, the list runs long, and is reminiscient of erstwhile scandals of the ultra secretive royals.
Here are some other incidents that probably had the royal office running around for cover, or as in Prince Harry's case- controlling publication. MORE ON THIS
Wills-Kat to embark on second honeymoon
Unlike most couples who can’t hope to manage a second honeymoon until retirement, it has come around rather quickly for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – the couple are again heading to a deserted paradise island but this time in the South Pacific.,,,,,,,,,,,