More ‘Duh!’ news

April 5, 2008

Study: Circumcision Decreases Sensitivity

The research, reported this week by LiveScience, contradicts previous studies that found circumcision led to little, if any, decrease in penile sensitivity.

For the study, Morris Sorrells of the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resources Center and colleagues created a “penile sensitivity map” by measuring the sensitivity of 19 locations on the penises of 159 male volunteers. Of the participants, 91 were circumcised as infants and none had histories of penile or sexual dysfunction.

Researchers prodded dozens of male penises with a fine-tipped tool and found that the five areas most receptive to fine-touch are routinely removed by the surgery.

Since 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics has not endorsed routine circumcision.

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Chinese Spies

April 5, 2008

2 Arrested With Infrared Cameras at LAX

Two men attempting to board a plane to China with nearly a dozen sensitive infrared cameras in their luggage were arrested on Saturday, a federal official said.Federal agents stopped the pair on the jetway as they were preparing to board the flight to Beijing.

The men had been in the United States for about a week, said Rick Weir, assistant special agent in charge of the Los Angeles office of the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security.

Yong Guo Zhi, a Chinese national, and Tah Wei Chao, a naturalized U.S. citizen, were arrested for investigation of trying to take thermal imaging cameras with potential military use to China without the proper export licenses, Weir said.

Julie Salcido, a supervising agent with the Bureau of Industry and Security, said one of the men purchased the cameras, assuring the seller repeatedly that they were only for domestic use.

“He repeatedly said he wouldn’t export,” she said.

Ten of the cameras, which measure about 2 inches square and cost about $5,000 each, were found in the men’s checked luggage, Weir said. Salcido said it appeared they split the shipment up between them.

The cameras have both commercial and military uses but they are “very expensive, highly sensitive,” Weir said. “They’re not something you could buy off the shelf.”

Domestic use only? And the guy believed them??? I say we shouldn’t be selling anything with potential military use to Chinese citizens or visitors. Why? Because it’ll end up in China and it’ll surely be used against us someday. We spend gazillions on R&D and the Chinese just walk up and buy the stuff so they can take it back home and copy it. Why aren’t more people here concerned with their behavior?

Oh yeah, too busy worrying about Bush ‘spying’ on us while the real spies go unnoticed. Brilliant.