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    So this is not news but it is interesting.

    In 1981 an anthropologist named Gilbert H Herdt released important findings on a mountainous tribe in Papua New Guinea that he called the Sambia.

    The Sambia male culture is obsessed with masculinity, and in particular with the idea that masculinity and fertility are not inborn in males. They share with other patriarchal cultures a strong taboo of menstruation and other feminine processes. They regard females as frightening contaminants, sort of as formidable viruses whose dangerous sexuality is inborn (a female will exhibit puberty sooner than a male, and with more organs; a female will always end up not-male). Whereas the young male must achieve masculinity (it is possible for a male to end up not sufficiently tough, i.e. not-male).

    Since potency is not inborn for the male, he needs to acquire it physically, which is to say orally. He does this in addition to enduring physical torments to drive out any feminine taints such as floating menstrual specks that might spoil his tingu, his sexual repository that he is working on activating orally. The young male needs to acquire sperm to activate his tingu, and a lot of it. Like the ancient Chinese did, the Sambia perceive ejaculation into a vagina as draining of a finite life force. While heterosexual intercourse itself, and the siring of multiple children, is a necessary document of achieved manhood, it drains manhood -- thus much effort is put into stocking up the male's sexual core.

    And so, as a young teenager the male Sambia must give older teenagers head regularly and swallow their semen, because it is the only way to get the element from nature. The penis of other young men is the only source from which potency can be acquired. This is embedded into other rituals of intense masculine/warrior proving and at one point it is expected for the young male to kill the warrior of a rival tribe and also drink his sperm, to steal that rival's man-sauce.
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    herdt's book - The Guardians of the Flute - and the later film are both excellent (i read social anthropology in university).

    on a slightly similar, but far less salacious, theme...

    Between 1887 and 1892, John C.H. Grabill sent 188 photographs to the Library of Congress for copyright protection. Grabill is known as a western photographer, documenting many aspects of frontier life – hunting, mining, western town landscapes and white settlers’ relationships with Native Americans. Most of his work is centered on Deadwood in the late 1880s and 1890s. He is most often sited for his photographs in the aftermath of the Wounded Knee Massacre on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

    From the Archive: Frontier Life in the West
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    charlie sheen soundboard? oh yessss.....
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    Japanese inventor builds giant beetle mech in his garage

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    Haha, @Lemon Laser Betty, I also love that the nickname of the guy asking is "SCOUT Pilgrim"
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    I dunno what sort of demands the site will make on your machine, but should your internet be fast and unlimited enough to run it, here is a sad yet lovely interactive documentary about a small town that no longer exists.
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    Ok, we all need to chip in and get these guys to make a Warren Ellis bot. That way he can attend all the conventions and not have to leave home.



    I mean wow! Eerie!
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    Man, whatever happened to Charlie Chu? That reminds me of him.
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    @Sobreiro. Kids these days, they don't know how to give good organisms, like our generation does. Must be all that TV?

    In other sadder news, John Candy's death day is today. Let's celebrate with some classic SCTV.

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    @Karibou

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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/3159813.stm