Apparently some people just can’t deal with gay PDAs, and, surprisingly, it’s not just heterosexuals who get uncomfortable; a former Israeli intelligence leader expresses his fears about the future of Zionism; meanwhile, Winnie the Pooh has been banned from a small town in Poland for being a “hermaphrodite” who “exposes himself in public.” These discoveries and more below.

Gays Rights Are Great, but Ixnay on the PDAs New research suggests both heterosexuals and gay men are uncomfortable with public same-sex kissing.

Former Mossad Chief: For the First Time, I Fear for the Future of Zionism The nation of Israel is galloping blindly toward Bar Kochba’s war on the Roman Empire. The result of that conflict was 2,000 years of exile.

Breaking Ranks, Livni, Lapid Say They Won’t Support Jewish Nation-State Bill Ministers could lose jobs over continued opposition, as controversial bill draws criticism from AG, Israeli left and human rights groups.

Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow Pedestrians avoid bumping into each other by anticipating when their paths would collide.

Conspicuously Consume This! More than a century ago, Thorstein Veblen’s presented his theory of conspicuous consumption (as part of his Theory of the Leisure Class)—an idea that is applicable today, in the midst of the Second Gilded Age, as it was then.

FCC Commissioner Clyburn Does Reddit Chat, Is Evasive On Net Neutrality This article describes an Ask Me Anything on Reddit with Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and describes the session as “not going well.”

Solar Panels That Configure Themselves A new solar power system is easy to add to a roof, and performs its own safety checks.

Winnie the Pooh Banned from Polish Playground for Being a ‘Hermaphrodite’ And now, from the you-can’t-make-this-sh*t-up department…

Cities Find Rewards in Cheap Technologies Mobile apps, sensors, and other technologies help cities handle growing challenges.

Middle East Studies Association Fights a Rising Tide of Critics With tensions between Israelis and Palestinians escalating after this week’s terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, one scholarly group, the Middle East Studies Association, appears unlikely to escape conflict anytime soon.

Pope, Christian Conservatives Team Up to Promote Patriarchy The Vatican held an interfaith conference this week on the promotion of the “traditional”—that is, non-LGBT or single-headed—family organized around the concept of “complementarity.”

Men And Their Sex Dolls Exposed In New Photo Series This is doll-finitely not your average photo series.

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