– A new psychological study calls into question the existence of “sex addiction.”
– Following user backlash over changes on Tumblr that rendered “Adult” and “NSFW” blogs unsearchable (both internally and by external search engines such as Google), the site quietly undid the changes, allowing adult Tumblrs to once again be indexed by search engines.
– Russia has passed a law making it a criminal offence to publically insult the feelings of religious believers. Those convicted under the law could face fines of up to $9,000 or up to a year in prison. (If the act is committed in a place of worship, punishment can be as much as $15,000 in fines and three years in prison!)
– Greece’s health minister has reinstated a controversial regulation that mandates HIV testing and allows police to detain anyone they suspect of being HIV-positive. Goddammit.
– Montenegro’s first gay pride parade took place in the coastal town of Budva this week, but the event was unfortunately marred by the presence of hundreds of anti-gay protestors who hurled stones and bottles at the marchers while shouting “kill the gays.”
– The British government is finally lending its support to a bill that would grant a posthumous pardon to influential mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing. Turing, who died of an apparent suicide in 1954, was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952 (he avoided jail by opting for chemical castration instead).
– British Prime Minister David Cameron has announced a series of new Internet regulations aimed (ostensibly) at protecting children from online porn. Starting next year, all ISPs in the U.K. will automatically block adult material. Households wishing to maintain access to internet porn will have to opt out of the filtering. Cameron also announced a ban on possession of “extreme pornography” (whatever that is), as well as the creation of a blacklist of “abhorrent” search terms to be used to identify potential pedophiles. In addition, internet porn will have the same content restrictions as DVDs sold in sex shops. All of this begs the question: What the hell is up David Cameron’s ass?
– Following international outrage, Dubai’s ruler has pardoned and freed a 24-year-old Norwegian woman who was sentenced to 16 months in prison for having extramarital sex after she told police she had been raped. The woman, Marte Dalelv, accused a colleague of rape following a night out during a business trip to Dubai in March. (The alleged rapist received only a 13 month sentence, although he has been pardoned as well.) Dubai–Las Vegas, if it was run by the Taliban.
– Having finished congratulating themselves over their 20-week abortion ban, Republican lawmakers in Texas have introduced yet another anti-abortion bill–this one to ban the procedure once a fetal heartbeat can be detected (which can be as early as six weeks).
– It turns out that late ’80s fears of a “crack baby” epidemic were mostly unfounded, with researchers finding no long-term differences in academic ability between individuals who were exposed to cocaine in the womb and those who were not.
– An Ohio woman returned home from vacation this summer to find her locks changed and several thousand dollars in possessions missing–turns out that while she was gone the First National Bank in nearby Wellston had mistakenly foreclosed upon her house instead of a house across the street. To make matters worse, the bank is refusing to compensate the woman. Goddammit.
– A federal judge has ordered Nebraska cops to return $1 million in cash they seized from a California woman during a traffic stop. The woman had earned the money by performing as an exotic dancer and was planning to use it to start a business. The cops took the money because, well…it was there.
– And finally, stunning photos of an Indian-American lesbian wedding.