Japan’s Hottest New Sex Trend Is Not Having Sex


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Why have sex when you can manage a virtual candy store in a video game? That’s the question millions of Japanese young people are asking themselves, as they increasingly choose to stay single and not have sex. Here are 11 things we learned from the Guardian’s investigation of Japan’s “celibacy syndrome.”

1) In Japan, a third of people under 30 have never dated anyone ever.

2) 45 percent of women say they have no interest in sex or even “despise” it, and over 25 percent of men feel the same way.

3) In 2012, more adult diapers were sold in Japan than baby diapers (which means the birth rate is plummeting.)

4) 61 percent of men and 49 percent of women under 35 are not getting any (i.e., were in no kind of romantic relationship).

5) 90 percent of young women say staying single is better than what they think…

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IRS Says Tax Season Will Be Delayed Due to Shutdown


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Thanks a lot, TED CRUZ! (I know you don’t give a damn.)

Originally posted on U.S.:

The Internal Revenue Service announced Tuesday it will delay the start of next year’s tax filing season by at least a week to allow programmers time to update the agency’s computers.

The delay, which the IRS said was caused by the 16-day government shutdown, will affect early filers, many of whom do their taxes in a hurry in order to quickly get refunds. Filing season had been set to start Jan 21, but will now begin either Jan. 28 or later. The IRS said the agency hopes to shorten the delay and will announce the new start date in December. The April 15 tax deadline remains unchanged.

[Bloomberg]

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Russian Suicide Bus Bombing Sparks Terrorism Fears for Sochi Olympics


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Naida Asiyalova, the suicide bomber who blew herself up on Monday on a crowded bus in the Russian city of Volgograd, killing six people and wounding dozens more, was born in the town of Buynaksk, a huddle of mosques and squat apartment blocks in the foothills of the Russian Caucasus. For at least a year, the town has been under a so-called KTO regime (the Russian initials for counterterrorism operation), which allows security forces to conduct random searches, impose curfews and detain any foreigners who do not carry a special visitor’s permit, as happened to me this spring. At the checkpoint leading into town, the troops who stopped me could not say exactly how long the counterterrorism operation had been going on. “A long time,” one of them said with a sigh. “Probably a couple of years. You should have known about it.” And when would it be over? “Not…

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Getting out of jail the forged documents way


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In the wake of the Florida case where two convicted murderers walked out of prison courtesy of forged release documents, prison consultant Larry Levine (a former federal inmate) tells Brooke Baldwin how prisoners might go about such a thing.

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New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Honors San Diego’s Favorite News Anchor


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Ben and Jerry’s revealed its latest limited batch concoction, paying tribute to the legendary anchorman, Ron Burgundy, and his signature drink.

“Scotchy Scotch Scotch” is made with butterscotch ice cream and laced with butterscotch swirl ribbons, giving you yet another reason to recite all your favorite lines from the classic movie before the much-anticipated release of Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, in theaters Dec. 20. Not sure where to find it? Check out the brand’s store limited-batch locator.

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Chinese Officials In Search of Goons Turn to College Students


Originally posted on World:

The controversial part-time jobs never happened, at least in the realm of officialdom.

On Friday, an online scandal ensued after news leaked out that university students in the southwestern Chinese city of Guiyang were being employed as thugs to protect workers carrying out forced demolitions. Although students are hired as casual bouncers and concert security in other countries, the recruiting of Chinese kids to take part in such an unpopular and often violent action as a forced demolition outraged the Chinese blogosphere.

By Oct. 20, news of the students’ unorthodox employment had been scrubbed from major news websites. That didn’t stop online discussion on social-media platforms, however, as users railed against the hiring of students in SWAT-style uniforms to prevent homeowners from stopping government bulldozers.

“What shocked and saddened me most was that these students don’t have any burden of conscience participating in the demolition,” said one of the Sina…

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