A Shocking Number Of American Women’s First Intercourse Experience Was Rape | Betches

Trigger Warning: This article contains details about sexual assault and rape. A new study in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine found some deeply upsetting and frustratingly unsurprising information about American women’s experience with rape. According to the study, more than 3.3 million American women ages 18 to 44 were raped the first time they had intercourse. That is…a huge number, and absolutely heartbreaking. What’s more, which pulled data from 2011 to 2017, the data comes from surveys given between 2011 and 2017. Since 2017 and the dawning of the #MeToo movement, many women have felt more comfortable coming forward with experiences of assault, suggesting this already-shocking number could be even higher. Rape is disgustingly common for women. In fact, earlier research has found that …

GOP Trump challengers slam canceled primaries: ‘Only the weak fear competition’

(CNN)All three Republican primary challengers lambasted state GOP leaders — and President Donald Trump — for opting to cancel their 2020 presidential primary elections in a show of support for the President. It is not unprecedented for state Republicans or Democrats to decide not to hold a presidential primary when an incumbent is running essentially uncontested. In South Carolina, a key early primary state, Republicans decided to nix their presidential primaries in 1984 and 2004, when Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush were up for their second terms, while state Democrats skipped their contests in 1996 and 2012, with Bill Clinton and Barack Obama running for reelection. “Each of us believes we can best lead the party. So does the …

Famed MIT Computer Scientist Who Defended Epstein Resigns

A renowned MIT computer scientist resigned from two jobs Monday amid outrage over his remarks describing a victim of financier and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein as post on his personal site, Richard Stallman, a visiting scientist at MIT and well-known open source software developer, was unapologetic: To the MIT community, I am resigning effective immediately from my position in CSAIL at MIT. I am doing this due to pressure on MIT and me over a series of misunderstandings and mischaracterizations. He also resigned as president of the Free Software Foundation, an organization that advocates for the development of open source software, according to a emails to MITs Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab made 2003, he wrote, I think that …

No, You Can’t Make A Working Knife Out Of Frozen Feces

In a peer-reviewed piece of myth-busting research, scientists have sadly concluded it is not possible, even in the polar winter, to freeze your own shit and use it as a knife. Just in case you were wondering. Explorer Wade Davis tells the story in his book Shadows in the Sun of an Inuit man whose family took his tools away in an effort to force him to move to a settlement. According to the story, which has since become wildly popular online (more bacterial than viral we think), the old man took a dump outside the igloo and shaped it into a knife. In the bitter cold, this became hard enough for him to use it to kill a dog, …

BBC announces main cast for Terry Pratchett miniseries ‘The Watch’

BBC Americas Discworld miniseriesThe Watch just announced its main cast, adapting Terry Pratchetts novels about crime and local politics in the fantasy city of Ankh Morpork. Northern Irish actor Richard Dormer will star in the lead role as grizzled and cynical police commander Sam Vimes. Game of Thrones fans will recognize Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, but he also has a long career on stage and screen, most recently starring in the arctic thriller Fortitude also as a local police chief, albeit a much less likable one than Vimes. Jo Eaton-Kent, a genderfluid actor, will play Constable Cheery, a forensics expert whose role in the Discworld universe is roughly analogous to being transgender. (This tweet from one of the writers suggests …

How Friction Causes That Familiar Static Electrical Shock

An explanation has been offered for static electricity, the charge built up when insulators are rubbed together, potentially illuminating one of the oldest mysteries in physics. The first recorded description of static electricity comes from Thales of Miletus 2,600 years ago, who picked up leaves with charged amber, although cave people probably noticed the effects of running tree sap through furs millennia before. Yet in all that time, no one has been able to explain why rubbing things together creates sparks (no not like that, this is physics). Finally, the mystery may have ended, with it all being about the bending of microscopic protrusions. We’ve all had that painful zap when touching something metal after walking in socks over carpet and seen the sparks jump …

The Amazons Tallest Tree Just Got 50 Percent Taller And Scientists Dont Know How

Sometimes even the largest natural wonders can remain hidden from human view for centuries. The Amazon is a dense place, full of life with new species of flora and fauna being discovered every other day. Now, using the same technology that takes driverless cars from A to B, we – led by Eric Gorgens and Diego Armando da Silva, and along with colleagues from Brazil, Swansea, Oxford and Cambridge – have discovered the tallest tree in the rainforest. At 88m tall, it dwarfs the previous record holders by almost 30m. And it’s not alone either. The Guiana Shield of north-eastern Amazonia, which accounts for nearly 9% of the world’s remaining tropical forests, may contain lots of these gigantic trees. With …

24 Scooby-Doo Lookalikes Just In Time For The Shows 50 Year Anniversary

We all have those little somethings we cherish so much that brings back our most precious childhood memories. It can be anything from a box of cereals of some special kind to an adorable childhood series. And ruh-roh, does time really fly! Can you believe it has been 50 years already since the childhood favorite “Scooby-Doo” first appeared on TV screens? It brightened the days of a couple of generations and is still going strong. In order to celebrate the anniversary of this adorable show, we compiled a list of some cute little doggos who look exactly like our childhood hero! Scroll down to take a look! #1 The series first hit TV screens in 1969 and was originally named …

Cloudflare co-founder Michelle Zatlyn on the companys IPO today, its unique dual class structure, and whats next

Shares of  TC: Where does one go for these roadshows? MZ: You have the usual suspects; there’s a travel roadshow circuit, with some variations based on people’s vacation schedules, but New York, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Baltimore is common, Kansas City, Indianapolis, Toronto. You go in person to some places and in others, people dial in. But the whole thing gave me new insight into these pools of capital after venture capital. It was really interesting. TC: Cloudflare said in a recent amendment to its S-1 that it was in touch with the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control back in May after determining that its products were used by individuals and entities that have been blacklisted by the …

Photoshop Fail Of The Week: Another Day, Another Jenner | Betches

I usually try to avoid using Kardashian/Jenner photo editing fails because honestly, this entire series could be about them alone. But alas, they keep giving me material, so here we are. And this one is so, so bad. You would think being super young, beautiful, a billionaire, having chefs and personal trainers, and having your entire body and face augmented by the best surgeons in the world would mean that you can just post your banging body without editing, right? YOU WOULD THINK. It’s like LuAnn says, guys. Money can’t buy you class, and it definitely cannot buy you self-esteem. Here is what Kylie posted earlier this week: View this post on Instagram

UPDATED: Caroline Calloway Is Responding To ‘The Cut’ Essay | Betches

Before I even got a chance to post a painstaking piece in which I attempted to recap the latest Caroline Calloway drama, spurred by a recent essay in The Cut, I made the mistake of checking Instagram, and I saw that Caroline had uploaded what I assume to be the first of many rebuttals to Natalie Beach’s essay about their friendship (among other topics). To provide a brief recap: Caroline Calloway is an Instagram influencer (of what variety, I’m not entirely sure—travel? Writing? Both?). Natalie and Caroline were friends, Caroline became big on Instagram, and they collaborated on her Instagram captions, and later, on her memoir. This all blew up when Natalie wrote an essay for The Cut about what it was like working and …

Gay Dads Sue Trump Admin for Denying Daughters Citizenship

When an official at the U.S. passport office in Los Angeles first raised questions about their infant daughter Kessems citizenship last spring, Adiel and Roee Kiviti figured that it was just a misunderstanding. After all, they were both U.S. citizens; their names were on her birth certificate; her older brother, Levwho like Kessem was born in Canada with the help of an egg donor and a gestational surrogatehad no problem obtaining his own U.S. passport when he was born in 2016. We sort of naively thought that this is just a big mistakethat once the government realized, perhaps through media, that this was a mistake, it would be sort of rectified, clarified, Roee told The Daily Beast. Since then, weve …

Dem Congressman Invites Colleagues to Pep Rally for Narendra Modi

Over the last month, the government of India has moved thousands of troops into conflict between the two nuclear powers may be closer than ever. Despite that, an American member of Congress from California is urging his colleagues to appear with the countrys prime minister at a massive rally in Houston on Sept. 22. The event, called Howdy, Modi! includes a segment purporting to honor human rights heroes. Rep. Brad Sherman, a California Democrat, sent a letter to members of Congress on Aug. 23 asking them to participate in the event. The letter says Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will appear at a reception at NRG Parkwhere the Houston Texans playwith 50,000 people. The event will be broadcast to more …