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Posted on Aug 6, 2011

Internet porn causes pay-per-view sales to fall; a new chip will make HIV testing easy, affordable and readily available; meanwhile, mobile phones become more essential than toilets in the developed world. These discoveries and more, below.

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By TDoff, August 7, 2011 at 10:25 am Link to this comment

Is it possible that internet porn may also be responsible for our current political crisis?  Consider our current crop of Congressfolk. If you were one of them, couldn’t you imagine watching gay orgies of naked men and women wearing life-masks of your fellow Congressfolk on your laptop, instead of trying to plod through hundreds of pages of irrational fiction such as, for example, Paul Ryan’s recent opus, ‘The Pathway to Prosperity’? Or attempting to follow, minute-by-minute, the absurd machinations and maneuvers of the President and the Speaker on the tube?
What else are you going to do, since you are no longer permitted to smoke dope in the hallowed Halls of Congress?

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