Peers pose a large threat

June 10th, 2017

Deutsche Welle: Study shows German students frequently exposed to sexualized violence. “A German study has found that 48 percent of surveyed students aged 14 to 17 have experienced verbal or physical sexual violence. Researchers said that the violence was often carried out by the students’ peers.”

“When presenting the results on Thursday in the city of Wiesbaden, the study’s two main researchers highlighted one of the study’s main takeaways – that fellow students are often the perpetrators.

“The main risk for [perpetuating] sexualized violence are other youths – meaning their peers,” Professors Sabine Maschke and Ludwig Stecher said.

Around 48 percent of the perpetrators of physical sexual violence and 64 percent of those who carried out non-physical violence were “friends” or “classmates” according to the study.

Additionally, students reported that over 50 percent of non-physical sexualized violence occurs at school.”

The Tories will be the largest party but may not have a majority, according to the general election exit poll.

June 8th, 2017

BBC News: Election 2017: Exit poll predicts Tories to be largest party.

“The survey taken at polling stations across the UK suggests the Tories could get 314 MPs when all the results have been counted in Thursday’s election.

Labour would get 266, the Lib Dems 14, UKIP none and the SNP 34, the NOP/Ipsos MORI poll for BBC/ITV/Sky suggests.

The first election results are due before midnight with the final result expected by Friday lunchtime.

The exit poll suggests the Conservatives would be 12 short of an overall majority.

Diese Woche in der Zeit

June 7th, 2017

Die Zeit 24/2017: Anthropologie: Erster! “Neue Funde zeigen: Der moderne Mensch ist viel früher entstanden, als Forscher bislang dachten. Und er hat Wurzeln in ganz Afrika.” Von Ulrich Bahnsen.

“Sie sind die Prototypen unserer Spezies, die allerersten modernen Menschen, von denen jemals Überreste entdeckt wurden – und sie lebten offenbar vor mehr als 300.000 Jahren dort, wo heute Marokko ist. Forscher um Jean-Jacques Hublin vom Leipziger Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie haben Fossilien, darunter Reste eines Schädels und eines Unterkiefers, untersucht, die zusammen mit Steinwerkzeugen und anderen Spuren menschlichen Lebens entdeckt worden waren – in einer eingestürzten Höhle in Marokko. Die Forscher halten die Knochen für 100.000 Jahre älter als alles, was man von Homo sapiens bisher an Fossilien gefunden hatte. In der Fachwelt wird der Fund, der aktuell im Magazin “Nature” präsentiert wird, als Sensation gehandelt. Denn wenn diese Datierung stimmt, muss die Geburtsstunde der Menschheit zurückdatiert werden.”

The Mental Load

June 6th, 2017

Emma: You should’ve asked.

“When a man expects his partner to ask him to do things, he’s viewing her as the manager of household chores. So it’s up to her to know what needs to be done and when.

The problem with that is that planning and organizing things is already a full-time job.

At work, once I started managing projects, I quickly stopped participating in them. I didn’t have the time.

So when we ask women to take on this task of organization, and at the same time to execute a large portion, in the end it represents 75% of the work.

Feminists call this work the mental load.”

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Trump: “I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris”

June 5th, 2017

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO): . (YouTube, 20:57min) “Donald Trump plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement on climate change. That’s bad news for anyone who happens to live on this planet.”

President Trump: “The Green Fund would likely obligate the United States to commit potentially tens of billions of dollars, of which the United States have already handed over $1 billion. Nobody else is even close.”

John Oliver: “It would have been equally as accurate for him to say “Compliance with the Paris agreement would likely require all ducks to wear jean shorts and that it would potentially cost each and every American citizen five fish and a dump truck full of hamsters.”