A liberal wonderland known as The Daily Beast (traffic down almost 40% in the last year) has complained about the latest totally-not-shocking survey showing most people wouldn’t want to date a transgender person, claiming it’s due to transphobia.Samantha Allen, a senior reporter for the site, who previously brought hits like the one decrying the LGBT community as racist for not wanting to have sex with people of color, has now deemed the people who don’t really want to date or have sex with a transgender person as “anti-transgender”.According to Allen, who cited a recent YouGov survey, less than 20% of Americans said they would “be open to dating a transgender person” – results which she termed “disappointing but unsurprising”.The data, apparently, shows “a sad truth about the transgender rights movement: Cultural acceptance has tended to lag behind formal recognition.”
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What do an engineer, a building surveyor and a mental health nurse have in common? The answer is a retrofitted rooftop garden. This was a project developed to evaluate the impact of horticultural therapy on the health and wellbeing of people recovering from mental illness.When engineer Rob Casilick contacted building surveyor and academic Sara Wilkinson with the news that he had funding to evaluate the GROW horticultural therapy program on the rooftop garden at St Canice’s, an inner-city church in Sydney’s Kings Cross, she knew this was a great opportunity. She also knew she couldn’t evaluate the health effects, so turned to UTS academic and mental health nurse Fiona Orr.They understood just how broad the potential benefits could be. Approximately one in every five Australians experiences a mental illness. Mental health may be affected by individual or societal factors, including economic disadvantage, poor housing, lack of social support and the level of access to, and use of, health services.
Social engineering is quickly becoming more prevalent in the InfoSec industry. Users are becoming more educated about social engineering attempts, but they still fall victim to attacks. Why? Well, like all in all industries, with great improvement to technology comes great improvement to exploitation, and maybe not so great improvement to security. This presentation explores the subtleties involved in wordcrafting, tone of voice, and adaptability during – shudder – human interaction. We’ll also discuss gender roles and stereotyping and the effect it has on the victim. This presentation stemmed from an academic paper and virtual presentation done during Cyni’s coursework for CyberSecurity.Cyni Winegard is currently an information security analyst with TraceSecurity. Starting her career as a systems administrator at a financial institution, she has moved into the information security industry and fallen in love with pen testing and social engineering. Cyni has a Bachelor of Science degree in history with a minor in anthropology from Florida A&M University and is currently working on a Masters in Cyber Security, as well as a Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security.
Get ready for dick jokes.Do you remember the Florida man who was on trial for murder and had his lawyers argue about the size of his wiener? It was a ballsy defense strategy that included defendant Richard Henry Patterson offering to show the jury his dick to prove the sheer size of the thing is what choked victim Francisca Marquinez while she performed oral sex.It turns out twelve men and women didn’t see his wang, but they did decide to let him go anyway.Murder Suspect Who Used Big-Penis Defense Gets OffIn determining the verdick verdict, the jury on Monday acquitted Patterson of second-degree murder in the killing of Marquinez. The trial lasted a week, while deliberations took only five hours. Here’s a little taste of the action:The defendant’s lawyers were all about the dick. They were compelled to flash Patterson’s junk to the jury, convinced that the 65-year-old man on trial was merely enjoying a blowjob when his girlfriend choked on his massive member. However, a medical expert testified and said that deathblows (see what I did there?) are highly unlikely. As a result, no sausage for the jury.“That’s not the way she died,” defense lawyer Ken Padowitz said. “But that’s the way Richard Patterson thought she died.”