The Rules of the Game

first_imgWhat’s love got to do with it? Emma Bernstein on the gurus who would guide you to the perfect pickupYou might expect that the art of seduction had changed since 1 BC, but you would be mistaken. Thanks to Ovid’s Ars Amatoria, published that year, the Roman was well schooled in all manner of sly tips and tricks, which bear more than a passing resemblance to those proposed by today’s praeceptores amoris. But there’s a difference. Whereas the scandalous advice of the Ars Amatoria caused a sensation (rivalled only by a certain birth the following year) and resulted in Ovid’s extradition to the Black Sea, nowadays, the authors of dating manuals can enjoy the reverence and gratitude of their lonely-hearted readership. Undoubtedly the most notorious of the numerous guides to seduction is Neil Strauss’ 450-page tome, The Game: Undercover in the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, which has achieved cult status among its lovelorn disciples. This is no simple, step-by-step instruction manual for the wannabe lothario. Rather, the book chronicles Strauss’ initiation into the “seduction community” and his transformation from a “formless lump of nerd” into his alter-ego, Style, the “master pickup artist”. Here, seduction is a field dominated by professional predators, relying upon mind control, hypnosis and persuasion techniques. Lest there be any doubt as to the credentials of The Game, Strauss’ own proficiency is confirmed when an incautious Britney Spears gives him her number. One seduction method beloved of the pickup artist is ‘negging’, which is “to actively demonstrate a lack of interest in a beautiful woman by making an ambiguous statement, insulting her in a way that appears accidental, or offering constructive criticism”. Whilst it beggars belief that classic ‘negs’ such as “you look great – are you wearing make-up?” would melt hearts, ‘negging’ apparently has the dual effect of empowering the pickup artist and making the woman vulnerable. Other methods of seduction rely upon neuro-linguistic programming, “a form of waking hypnosis”, which uses repeated mesmerising hand movements and “flirtatious hypnospeak”. Yet its amoral techniques and nouveau jargon have only served to increase the allure of The Game, whether as a glimpse into a fascinatingly sordid enterprise or as a guide to follow with religious fervour. However, in terms of sheer notoriety, a serious contender to The Game comes in the unlikely form of The Rules – Time-tested secrets for capturing the heart of Mr Right, its exact opposite in every way. Where The Game uses advanced mind-control and invented terminology, The Rules espouses the traditional approach, and is bloated on its own self-hype. The two authoresses assure readers that they too can “make Mr Right obsessed with having you as his by making yourself seem unattainable”, by  simply following their 35 rules. Their credentials are all in the book’s dedication: “to our wonderful husbands”. Quasi-scientific justification is offered for women playing hard to get; “men are born to respond to a challenge” and that “biologically he’s the aggressor”.Can a “good marriage” really be based upon such superficial rules? Women are advised that “if you have a bad nose, get a nose job”, are told to limit phone calls to ten minutes and to end the date first. The publications of The Rules had feminists up in arms, but the authors argue that their empowering methods enable every women to get what she wants, namely “a marriage truly made in heaven”. It remains to be considered whether the approaches of these two very different books get results.last_img read more

Twiddle Gears Up For The Next Level With Plays at The Capitol Theatre And Tumble Down Festival

first_imgVermont quartet Twiddle has been creating music for a little over a decade now, but it wasn’t until roughly three years ago that the buzz about the group became something palpable. All of a sudden, wherever you went, somebody was dropping their name and you began to ask yourself “Who the hell is Twiddle?” And then you catch one of their many festival appearance sets, or at some club in your hometown, the entire place is singing and hanging on to every lyric to a song like “When It Rains It Pours” in sheer bliss, and you now have found the answer to that question.Now the band is preparing for their first headlining performance at legendary venue The Capitol Theatre on May 7th, with incredible New York-based instrumental rock fusion act TAUK (get tix HERE). This is a show that will not only tout a packed house, but is a clear example of two acts that are on the path to be the next big things in the jam scene for years to come. If you have been to The Cap, then you already know why you need to be there. And if you haven’t been there, then you best get on it.Check out Twiddle perform “The Great Gatsby” from their sold-out album release party for PLUMP at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club:Moving forward from The Cap show, Twiddle will be hosting their own festival in Burlington, VT July 29th and 30th. Tumble Down is a two-day event at Waterfront Park in downtown Burlington, and will feature two nights of headlining sets from the band, as well as additional bands to be announced in coming weeks, along with late-night sets, and a myriad of recreational activities, including a Charity Disc Golf Tournament that will support Twiddle’s charity, The White Light Foundation.Twiddle’s sound fuses several genres, but relies heavily on a funky reggae sound that has seriously catchy hooks and lyrics. If you could describe Twiddle music and their live performance in two words: Positive Fun. The band has unabashedly and unapologetically laid it all out on the table for the masses, and they are getting back what they have given. With their latest album, PLUMP, the band once again delivered “plush musical arrangements drawing from many different influences and positive messages and themes.” Long story short, 2016 is the biggest year yet for Twiddle, and the future is only getting brighter.Twiddle Captures The Healing Power Of Music On ‘PLUMP’Purchase tickets for The Capitol Theatre show w/ TAUK at this LINK.Tumble Down tickets are currently on-sale, check out the WEBSITE.Tune in to Twiddle’s Facebook page at 7 PM tomorrow for a Live Q & A!last_img read more

The vegans are coming, and we might join them

first_img How to feed 10 billion by midcentury What we eat and why we eat it Ph.D. students explore the culture and science of food in the Veritalk podcast Increasing red meat consumption, especially of processed meats, is linked with a higher risk of premature death Plan on less meat, more plants, and … err … pass the crickets, panelists suggest center_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Put down those cold cuts Some Burger Kings recently introduced a new version of the iconic Whopper with its signature flame-broiled beef patty swapped for a meatless replica that the company claims is virtually indistinguishable from the real thing.It’s called the Impossible Whopper, and it’s the latest iteration of the trend of vegan food intended to appeal to the average consumer. So appealing is it, in fact, that the restaurant intends to roll out the new take on its signature sandwich in all 7,200 stores nationwide by the end of this year. White Castle has been selling a slider version of the Impossible Burger in its almost 400 stores since last year. In January, more than 1,000 Carl’s Jr. restaurants started offering a vegetarian burger made by Beyond Meat, which, like the Impossible Burger, tries to replicate real beef. It even appears to bleed. Restaurants and supermarkets also stock the products.“What this is, is the mainstreaming process,” said Nina Gheihman, a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS). She researches how veganism, a historically marginal practice, has become a popular lifestyle choice as the demand for healthier, more sustainable food has grown in recent years. “Especially in the past three to five years, veganism has really transformed from this fringe animal-rights movement into a lifestyle movement,” she said.It has done so by shifting from a strategy focused on convincing consumers to abandon animal products for ethical reasons to using technology to satisfy those meat cravings, Gheihman said.When it comes to meat, the idea is to get people to give it up without feeling like they’re giving it up. The leaders in this field are the vegan tech companies looking to mimic and replace meat and other animal products using one of two approaches: plant-based or cell-based.The plant-based “meat” approach, led by companies like Impossible Foods, the one behind the Impossible Burger, and Beyond Meat, both based in California, combines high-protein vegetables like peas and soybeans to replicate the taste, texture, and look of meat. The “blood” in the Beyond Meat burger, for example, is beet juice. The meatlike texture and taste of the Impossible Burger comes from genetically modified yeast that is used to create the burger’s central ingredient, soy leghemoglobin, or “heme.”The cell-based approach, led by companies like Memphis Meats and Mosa Meat, is science fiction made real in a laboratory. Workers take cells from animals like cows, chicken, or turkeys and grow specific products in a culture dish — steak, chicken breast, or turkey nuggets. It is real meat but producing it does not harm animals.The two approaches differ in strategy, but the underlying key is creating a product indistinguishable from the original.“What’s happening is that these companies are saying, ‘We’re not going to appeal any more to just vegans,’” Gheihman said. “‘Instead we’re appealing to the omnivores; we’re appealing to the average person. … We’re going to create this thing that you’re already consuming. It’s just going to be plant-based or cell-based.’”The plant-based strategy has been gaining traction in the U.S. According to a 2017 Nielsen Homescan survey, 39 percent of Americans are trying to consume more plant-based foods, and it’s showing on their grocery lists. Meat alternatives posted a 30 percent growth in U.S. sales between April 2017 and April 2018, according to Nielsen, while traditional plant-based options like tofu trended down by 1.3 percent in the same period. Plant-based cheese, yogurt, pizza, and noodles showed similar growth to meat alternatives.Cell-based (or “clean”) meat is still in development, but it’s expected to hit the market as early as 2021. Its potential is promising, with initial testers saying it provides virtually the same taste as meat but without the ethical dilemmas around the treatment of animals or the environmental effects of raising livestock, which, according to a 2006 UN Report, is responsible for approximately 18 percent of greenhouse gas emissions — not to mention air and water pollution and high energy consumption.While both approaches show promise in terms of human and planetary health, healthy-diet researcher Frank Hu, from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, says there is a need to keep a watchful eye on these products.“The current effort to produce more plant-based protein food like the Impossible Burger and some other plant options, I think that is in a good direction,” said Hu, the Fredrick J. Stare Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology and chair of the Department of Nutrition. “I think it could have potential benefits in improving the health of humans in the world. Of course, the data on the products like the Impossible Burger or other types of [similar] veggie burgers is still very limited. I think it’s very important to monitor the trends of the consumption patterns in the population and also monitor the health effects of those products, because some of those products, even though they contain high amounts of plant-based protein, may also contain unhealthy ingredients, such as high amounts of sodium or unhealthy fats. Being plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier.”As for cell-based meat, Hu said it is too a new phenomenon to have reliable data, so its effects on humans are currently unknown. “At this point, there is no data whatsoever because it’s at such an early stage,” he said.Hu also noted the high production costs of both plant-based meat and clean meat, which currently translate to the consumer but are expected to lower with time.The vegan trend has not lost touch with its origins in the animal-rights movement, it just embraces them in a subtler, pragmatic way while at the same time tapping into people’s desire for sustainability and good health.“It’s sexy; it’s aspirational; it’s desirable,” Gheihman said. “And it’s been framed in that way. … I think it really is shifting the perception of the average person. With the rise of social media and documentaries, a lot more people are more informed about what they’re putting into their bodies in terms of its costs both for them from a health perspective and for animals and the environment.”,Relatedlast_img read more

Minor injuries reported in car vs tractor-trailer crash in Vestal

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Vestal Police Department says one person suffered minor injuries in a car vs tractor-trailer crash Thursday morning on Vestal and Shippers Road. 12 News has a crew on the way to the scene. 12:39 P.M. UPDATE: They say the driver of the car was entrapped in their vehicle before crews could work to get them out. A dog in the vehicle was uninjured. The cause of the crash in under investigation. —– VESTAL (WBNG) — Emergency crews are responding to a two-car crash on Vestal and Shippers Road. As of 11:06 a.m, dispatchers are unable to comment if there are any reports of injuries. The police department says no tickets have been issued at this point. This is a developing story. Stay with 12 News for updates. They say an ambulance has been called to the crash.last_img read more

Casino operators cash in on gaming law change

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436 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members on trial in India for visa, quarantine violations

first_imgMore than 400 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary movement, have been on trial in India over past three days for allegedly violating immigration and quarantine policies in the South Asia country.“On July 14, 150 Indonesians went on trial, followed by 197 people on July 15 and 89 people on July 16,” Foreign Ministry director for citizens protection Judha Nugraha said during a press briefing on Friday.Judha said the 436 Indonesians, who were stranded in India after attending an Islamic gathering, were accused of violating their visas as well as violating the Epidemic Disease Act and, therefore, contributing to the spread of COVID-19. At least 17 states in India have reported COVID-19 cases linked to the religious gathering in Delhi, local media reported.Read also: COVID-19: 361 Indonesian Tablighi Jamaat members return home, others still stranded overseasDuring the court hearing, most of the defendants admitted to the violations but said they never intended to break the law.The judge has yet to hand down a sentence, but according to previous cases in which other Tablighi Jamaat members from other countries were found guilty, the fines ranged from 5,000 rupees (US$ 66.69) to 10,000 rupees.Judha added that the Indonesian government had provided legal assistance to the accused individuals, including by temporarily releasing them on bail.“On July 16, the Indonesian Embassy in New Delhi managed to release 53 Indonesian members of Tablighi Jamaat from prison in Chennai, so they could have better shelter while awaiting trial,” he said.Once the legal proceedings are completed, the Embassy and the Consulate General in Mumbai will facilitate the repatriation process of the Indonesian citizens, Judha added.Topics :last_img read more

Nigeria Professional Football League: Shooting Stars Shift Focus on Wikki…

first_imgShooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) midfielder, Tope Orelope has said his side have shifted attention to weekend’s top flight Week 17 clash at Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.The Oluyole Warriors were stunned 1-2 by Warri Wolves in Wednesday’s clash at the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan. Orelope said his side cannot continue to dwell on the painful loss to the Seasiders but move swiftly on how to reclaim the points at the Bauchi outfit.“Well, the defeat to Warri Wolves is history as no amount of ruing can undo the result. I think we experienced our bad day once again on Wednesday against Warri Wolves.“We had penalty in the encounter still went ahead to miss the spot kick to add up the miserable day. We have taken the loss in good faith to forge ahead on the other matches on the season’s calendar.“We have shifted our focus on the weekend’s clash at Wikki Tourists. We have equally resolved to make amend and strive to reclaim the points we lost to Wolves at Wikki Tourists.“It looks a daunting task to achieve but we have no choice than to go ahead to challenge favourably for the whole three points at stake,” said the Ibadan warlords goal king to supersport.com.3SC are 17th on the 20-team Nigerian top flight on 17 points 11 behind league leaders, Enugu Rangers.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Pakistan vs South Africa Broadcast: When and where to watch World Cup 2019 live streaming

first_imgPakistan take on South Africa in Match No. 30 of World Cup 2019 at the Lord’s on Sunday. Both the teams cannot afford any further slip-ups if they want to stay alive in the 2019 edition of the World Cup.While Pakistan have stayed true to their unpredictable nature — losing to West Indies, Australia and India while beating hosts England – South Africa have been the biggest disappointment of this edition of the showpiece event as they have failed to even stage a fight.Morning has clearly shown the day for the Proteas. Starting off with a 104-run loss to England in the opening game of the tournament, they then lost to Bangladesh by 21 runs before India thrashed them by six wickets. A no-result against Windies later (due to rain), they beat Afghanistan. But New Zealand beat them by four wickets to push them back to the bottom half of the points table.For Pakistan, nothing has clicked. While the batting has been mediocre to say the least, the bowlers have failed to pick wickets at the top half of the innings. The fielding has been below average as usual.But for South Africa, it has been a case of surrendering even before the choke has been applied. While their batting has left a lot to be desired, the worst part has been the fielding of a side that took world cricket by storm with its athletic fielders since their return to international cricket in 1992.What TV channel and live stream is the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa on?advertisementAll World Cup 2019 matches can be viewed on – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 3, Star Sports 1 in Hindi, Star Sports HD. Hotstar.com and Hotstar app will live stream all the games.Where will the World Cup 2019 match between Pakistan vs South Africa be played?The World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa will be played at Lord’s in London from 3 PM IST on Sunday, June 23.Where can I watch the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket-world-cup-2019What are the squads for the World Cup 2019 match Pakistan vs South Africa?Pakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (Captain), Asif Ali, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Imam-ul-Haq, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Fakhar ZamanSouth Africa: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Aiden Markram, Quinton de Kock, Hashim Amla, Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Chris Morris, Andile Phehlukwayo, JP Duminy, Dwaine Pretorius, Beuran Hendricks, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Imran Tahir, Tabraiz ShamsiAlso Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni suggested a yorker before hat-trick ball, says Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | Pakistan vs South Africa: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 30Also See:last_img read more