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The best catnip toys for cats – Business Insider



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Why you'll love it: Packaged in a set of three fish-shaped toys, these SmartyKat Fish Friends Crinkle & Catnip Toys are filled with high-quality catnip and make a crinkle noise that captures your cat's attention. Most cats are attracted to the smell of

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Fifty Shades of Grey readers depict higher levels of sexism, examine discoveries


Young women who read EL Jamess porn bestseller are more likely to endorse prejudiced positions, research claims

Young women who have read EL Jamess erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely to showing sexist attitudes, according to new research.

Readers around the world have bought more than 100 m copies of Jamess trilogy, which follows the increasingly dark concerning the relationship between billionaire tycoon Christian and shy student Anastasia, from his laying out of a contract detailing the sadomasochistic nature of their relationship, to a descent into his dark past.

Academics at Ohio State and Michigan State Universities have now examined the association between having read the book and holding sexist faiths. They find in their new newspaper Sexist Attitudes Among Emerging Adult Women Readers of Fifty Shades Fiction that women who had read the book had higher levels of ambivalent, benevolent, and hostile sexism. Benevolent sexism is defined as the faith that girls should be cherished and protected by humen, while hostile sexism is the negative and objectifying view.

The researchers, led by Lauren Altenburger, analyse data regarding 747 females aged between 18 and 24 attending a US midwestern university. They measured their views utilizing the Ambivalent Sexism Inventory, which consists of 22 statements which can be is a response to on a scale of agreement. Eleven of the statements express hostile sexism such as women seek to gain power by getting control over men while 11 voice benevolent sexism in express such as girls should be cherished and protected by men.

Around 61% of respondents had not read the trilogy, with 46.2 % of those who had read any parts of the books saying that they liked them.

The researchers found that those who had completed at least the first book in the trilogy had stronger ambivalent, hostile, and benevolent sexist attitudes than those who did not read books in the trilogy. Those who described the storyline as romantic were more likely to endorse benevolent and ambivalent sexist attitudes.

Consistent with notions of benevolent sexism, Anastasias complete fulfilment is not achieved without a heterosexual, monogamous romantic relationship, the academics write, pointing to the pressure Anastasia feels to satisfy Christian because she will otherwise end up alone with lots of cats and[ her] classic fictions to keep[ her] company, and the compulsion she feels to man up and take whatever he decides he wants, whatever he thinks he needs.

Because the relationship between Anastasia and Christian coheres closely with the idea of benevolent sexism, it stands to reason that the individuals who find Fifty Shades romantic would also hold benevolent sexism beliefs, they write in their newspaper, which has been published in the Archives of Sexual Behaviour journal.

The academics admit that other factors might play a factor contributing to their findings for example, those with more sexist faiths might be drawn to read Fifty Shades, but also that reading the novel might cultivate sexist attitudes.

However, pointing to previous research that found that the series romanticises dynamics that are consistent with violent romantic relationships, they say it is concerning that a sizable portion of women in their sample discovered the tale romantic.

They take issue with some portrayals of the books as empowering in order for women sexuality and momma porn, saying that nearly every interaction between the two main characters conforms to traditional gender ideologies. Christian, they write, asserts hegemonic masculinity and an insatiable sex drive and Anastasias femininity is submissive, depicting low self-esteem and longing for emotional connection.

The novelists believe young people should be shown how to consume fiction through a critical lens, with titles such as Fifty Shades are applied to trigger conversations about traditional representations of the sexes in the media. They also suggest that writers could be encouraged to represent more egalitarian gender roles in their work.

The juxtaposed relation between Christian and Anastasia takes the form of a violent hierarchy, attaining Anastasia appear inferior to Christian she is depicted as weaker, less assertive, more emotional, and less intelligent. Furthermore, the power imbalance[ between them] takes the form of emotional abuse( Christian intimidates, threatens, stalks, humbles, and socially isolates Anastasia) and sexual violence( Christian use intimidation and alcohol to impair Anastasias consent ), they write.

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How we stimulated Public Enemy’s Fight the Power


The hood was on its own, abandoned at every level. Fight the Power was the anthem of the streets

Hank Shocklee, producer

During the disco boom, the money was flowing so crazy that even the messengers were riding in limos and then the business crashed. Bands couldnt afford a drummer or a bass player and thats how rap was born: marriage build tracks from samples of records. But even when we were bigger than R& B and boulder groups, we could scarcely get our videos shown just once a week, on Yo! MTV Raps. Rap was a dirty word. Radio stations didnt want to play it, the Grammys didnt even acknowledge it.

It was a time of huge racial tension, too. Hip-hop culture was just starting and no one understood it. Kids would be out on the streets chilling, shoelaces untied, hats on backwards, and theyd be getting harassed by police. The economy was fucked up and crack was reaching the black community hard. Everyone had a friend or relative on fissure, who was stealing from them. We had our automobiles broken into so many times, when we were up late in the studio. The hood was on its own, abandoned at every level government, district, city. We had to overcome everything. Opposed the Power was going to be the anthem of the streets.

Watch the full video for Fight the Power directed against Spike Lee

We induced the track for Spike Lees 1989 movie Do The Right Thing. Spike originally proposed a rap version of a negro spiritual, Lift Every Voice and Sing, to be produced by someone else and with merely Chuck D rapping. I was like: No style. We were in Spikes office on DeKalb Avenue in Brooklyn, by a busy intersection. I pulled down his window, stuck his head out, and was like: Yo man, youve got to think about this record as being something played out of these autoes running by.

So I worked on reinterpreting what Spike meant. My brother Keith had this drum beat with a couple of percussion loops. It had an energy, an urgency, but not to induce you mad. It felt uplifting. But how do you evolve that into a sung employing only samples? The track had to have a sense of camaraderie, whilealso being a call to arms and it had to come from a Public Enemy perspective. The whole PE culture was about disruption. Thats where the guitars come in. I wanted a Deep Purple kind of energy, but with melody. Rocknroll guitar wouldnt work, too much edge. This needed to be softer, though still with the bite of angst.

The drums had to feel like African war drums, but instead of us going to war, it had to be like we were already winning the war. It needed less sustain on the bottom end, because too much would put it into a different space: a mad mood. This needed to say: Im angry, but Im not mad to the phase where I want to destroy everybody. Instead Im charged with the energy of overcoming something.

Me and Chuck then built up the way. It was a totally different process from today, when cats listen to a finished track then put verses on top that separates feeling and content. All the samples have to work with Chucks emotion. Wed have to find something from all our hundreds of records to fill a second, and it all had to be done by ear, without computers or visual aids.

Its easy to make a dope beat, where the kick and snare are maintaining the groove together. But Fight the Power doesnt have that. You cant tell what the kicking and snare are doing. Theyre creating a backdrop, but its not pronounced, it doesnt swaying. Its more of a head-bob, reminiscent of a Black Panther rally, a put-your-fist-up kind of vibration. If a anthem has swing, if it induces you move from side to side, thats a different emotion, all about celebrating something. Thats what defined Fight the Power apart: it wasnt trying to be groovy. The groove couldnt be so hypnotic that youd get lost in it, since then youd lose what the sung was about. It would be a good sung, but not an anthem.

The records almost like an Easter egg hunt. Kids wouldnt just listen to the lyrics, theyd try to identify all the little samples in there( such as Funky Drummer by James Brown, Sing a Simple Sung by Sly and the Family Stone and I Shot the Sheriff by Bob Marley ). It went back to the digging in the crates culture. Thats what devoted the records their appeal on a street level, a feeling of: Wow! I didnt know you could set all that in there and where did it all come from?

Getting the final mixture right was just as important as procuring all those other parts. The song could have gone a lot softer, a lot neater, a lot tighter but it would have lost the chaos. When something is organised and aligned, it represents passivity. But any resistance, any struggle to overcome, going to get chaotic. So the hardest portion was stimulating sure the track wasnt monotonous. Plenties of the samples appear only once, and a lot of stuff isnt perfectly in time. I didnt just want white noise and black noise I wanted pink noise and brown noise!

Flavor Flavor Flav, left, with director Spike Lee and Chuck D, right, filming the video for Fight The Power in New York, 1989. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives

Chuck D, vocals

I wasnt the first person to write a song called Fight the Power. The Isley Friend did that in 1975. They talked about how we needed an answer to government persecution. I merely built on that. If the government dictates who you are, then youre part of the power structure that maintains you down. We were going to fight that and say: Appear at me as a human being. The government wanted rap to be infantile, to have us talk about cookies and girls and high school shit. I was like: Nah, were going to talk about you.

We came up with the rhythm, then started adding samples. You might hear a collage of 25 or 30 different audios and words all at once, blended into a concise line of thoughts and feeling. We didnt leave any space empty. Why would you have someone rap over just a bassline? Only as Bo Diddley played the guitar like a drum, we played samples like a drum. We were piecing together a quilt of noise.

Minimalism in rap came afterward, because people couldnt afford the samples, and “its become” the norm. Is it more exciting now? Probably not. Because the sampled musicians were the greatest of all time. If youre picking something from the 60 s and 70 s, youre picking magic. I once told the Rolling Stones: Ive stolen everything I can off of you!

Some of my lyrics were controversial: Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me. I never told Elvis was wack, but its a racist notion to say hes an icon the King when rocknroll started before him. But my scalp has been seen as more hostile than anything I could say. Black people, our scalp is noisy.

Chuck Movement Chuck D, right, with Professor Griff and Terminator X, and members of the S1W crew in the background. Photograph: Jack Mitchell/ Getty Images

The record was cool, but it was enhanced by a video, and the committee is also had a major film attached to it. There was a motion behind it too: New York had a lot of issues and needed an anthem. Today you have hit records that need financial help because they have nothing else to hold them up: rap music is determined by big business. Its entirely lawyer-driven and everyones looking for a jackpot. Back then, though, it had a political movement to supporting it.

But the lives of black Americans havent get better since Fight the Power. Were more disconnected as a people, were deceived by the governments illusions. Anything good that comes out of the people is kept from the people. Public Enemy were ignored by American Tv and radio right after Fight the Power. We werent going to get a fucking Tv demonstrate, we werent going to be NWA. We refused to lose to stereotypes.

Songs are like little earthquakes: after Fight the Power, the fucking world shake, and then it went back to the style it was. Law is the only thing that builds everything change. Revolution alters laws and, yes, a sung can spark revolution. But ballads now strike someones one by one: some hear them now, some next week, some never. Were removed from the working day when everyone heard something at the same time.

Fight the Power connected wherever we went. I recollect being told Croats and Serbs were singing it together, back when they were at war. Art liberates human being, but governments want to keep them apart. When people ask if Im American, I say no, Im a fucking Earthling.

Public Enemy play the Common People festival on 28 May in Oxford, and 29 May in Southampton


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Cat-astrophe avoided! Wylie FD rescues kitten from inside car dashboard – WFAA.com



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Cat-astrophe avoided! Wylie FD rescues kitten from inside car dashboard
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And it's all part of a character trait common among cats. Families with felines already know this, but cats love to crawl into the smallest of spaces. Nicholas Dodman, a professor emeritus of behavioral pharmacology and animal behavior at Tufts

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15 Valiant Pups That Became Four-Legged Heroes And Wowed Their Humen


One reason why puppies make such unbelievable companions is that they’ll do anything to protect their humans and even other animals.

Whether they’re providing emotional support, alerting us to danger, or putting their lives at risk to rescue people from deadly situations, dogs around the world prove every day that they deserve to be called heroes. So to celebrate our canine friends’ bravery, we’re sharing the histories of 15 courageous puppies who’ve worked to help others in incredible ways.

1. “Tonight this guy barked at me for thirty minutes to take him out despite just going. Turned out we had a gas leak in our apartment and he just wanted us to get out.”

2. Molly blind people puppy saved the lives of seven people, two dogs, and four cats when she alerted her family to a house fire in the middle of the night.

3. “Meet Sam, who lately retired after 10 years and over 300 children detected as a search and rescue puppy in PA.”

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13. Frida the Labrador retriever helped locate victims of the 7.1 -magnitude Mexico City earthquake

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YOUR CAT CAN WEAR A HARNESS HAPPILY—STARTING WITH A COLLAR – FOX 28 Spokane (press release) (blog)



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YOUR CAT CAN WEAR A HARNESS HAPPILY—STARTING WITH A COLLAR
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Your objective in practicing these other behaviors is that when your cat is running around wearing a collar for the first time, she will allow you to pick her up, settle her, then remove the collar. You do want her settled when you remove the collar

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