It's almost impossible to visit a major news website today without encountering headline after headline about the Democratic convention. I, too, am excited about the convention, so that's cool. Except that it's becoming increasingly difficult for me to find stories that are not in some way related to the convention.

So here's my own little compilation of interesting stories:

Okay, this one is related to the convention, but I couldn't resist listing it: there appears to be a positive correlation between sex trade and conventions. Imagine that! Politicians who like to pay for sex? No way! Seriously though, can we really be so surprised that with such a large number of politicians all in one area, the demand and supply of sex increases? Methinks not so much. The article mentions that there is concern that:

the boom in sex business they are expecting will bring harm to underaged girls who have been coerced or forced to sell sexual services
Ummm, yeah. Did nobody realize that would happen? No mention of how they might try to prevent that.

In keeping with the theme, people are bartering sex for goods and services. And apparently, there's a biological reason for it - we're attracted to partners that provide more resources. First of all, I didn't realize it was news that students use sex to get what they want. I saw it all the time. Whether inadvertently or with complete awareness, I saw countless relationships and hook-ups that had more of a what's-in-it-for-me attitude than anything else. Second, I'm not entirely sure how I feel about this "phenomenon" in general. Much like my ambivalence about the sex and feminism issue, this makes me think "well, that seems fair to me" as much as "umm, something is not right here."

Still not enough attention on what China's up to, including deporting foreign activists. This is also not a surprising story, but I really wanted to bring it to everyone's attention, especially because of this statement:
The statement said China hoped "the relevant countries will teach their citizens to abide and respect China's laws."
If that doesn't raise a flag about how nothing has changed simply because of the Olympics, I don't know what will. On a related note, check out Sungold's post about the dawn of the Chinese Century.

And a fun one to end the bunch: Karma is a dick for Spain's Olympic basketball team. I don't generally have anything against them (or particularly strong feelings for things basketball-related), it's just that I couldn't help but laugh when I thought about the fact that the losing team was also the one with the ad featuring slanted eyes. Okay, I'm done.

Got any other headlines?


At Wed Aug 27, 12:28:00 PM Habladora said...

I've been too busy for even a browse through my Bloglines this week, so you can expect a rash of past-peak-relevance posts from me this weekend. Sigh.

At Wed Aug 27, 01:51:00 PM frau sally benz said...

Ooooh! I can't wait to see them!


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