Brunobär
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Sep 3, 2014 Brunobär commented on The Wealth Gap Between White and Black Households in the US Surpasses the One in Apartheid-Era South Africa.
@19 Including negatives in averages will produce misleading results not only when talking about relative change but also absolutes, like savings (see link below). That is not to say that the wealth gap between black and white in America is not huge, but that the concrete figure given is almost meaningless (and the comparison with Apartheid-era SA is problematic as well because there were probably a lot fewer blacks with large negative net worth in SA as they could hardly get loans at all).

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/20…
Sep 2, 2014 Brunobär commented on The Wealth Gap Between White and Black Households in the US Surpasses the One in Apartheid-Era South Africa.
@7 The numbers are indeed problematic, because they include a lot of people with negative net worth (higher debt than assets). This piece explains how these kind of calculations often result in very misleading numbers: http://www.slate.com/blogs/how_not_to_be…
Nov 24, 2013 Brunobär commented on SLLOTD: Mad Men.
@11 There is an episode in Tristan Taorminos's "Rough Sex" (3rd episode with Francesca Le) that comes close; it's not a pro domme - it's his wife - but otherwise, it may be exactly what you're looking for.
Sep 29, 2013 Brunobär commented on A Liberated Woman.
Which does not mean that she can not be honored in the way Paul suggests here - a lot of people have such mixed records, including some whose heads are on money, but glossing over these parts of hers, denouncing them as charges trumped up by pro-lifers, isn't helpful.
Sep 29, 2013 Brunobär commented on A Liberated Woman.
Another gem by her:

"The lower down in the scale of human development we go the less sexual control we find. It is said that the aboriginal Australian, the lowest known species of the human family, just a step higher than the chimpanzee in brain development, has so little sexual control that police authority alone prevents him from obtaining sexual satisfaction on the streets."

Margaret Sanger was an arch-racist, plain and simple. No other merits of her can erase this fact.
Sep 23, 2013 Brunobär commented on Just Going to Toss This One Up....
If you go by recent DSM definitions, he is clearly wrong, but I assume he thinks of early psychoanalytic theory that actually coined the term and in that case, he has a point. I would have to read up on it, but I think that in the original definition, a fetish is required to achieve an erection, a condition that can only apply to men.
May 21, 2013 Brunobär commented on Rightwing Anti-Gay French Activist Commits Suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral.
When I say that there were 50+ comments already, I was sure this would have been posted already. Alas....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NUHk2RSMC…

Apr 17, 2013 Brunobär commented on SL Letter of the Day: Big Time.
How on earth does one have a "good sex life" with a person one is not sexually attracted to? Or rather, how can one convince themselves of this and not see that one of the two statements must be untrue? This is what fascinates me most about these kinds of letters...
Sep 27, 2012 Brunobär commented on Restaurant Recommendations for Shabu-Shabu and Chicago-Style Pizza (in Seattle!).
@8 I think Capri in Hyde Park makes a decent thin crust.
Sep 5, 2012 Brunobär commented on This Is Bob.
"Ask any senior Israeli official involved in national security, and he will tell you that the strategic relationship between the United States and Israel has never been stronger than under President Obama."

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/opinio…