Seven Thousands Words about Pubes and Poker

Thanks to Tadas @ AbnormalReturns for two interesting reads on “P” topics.

First, a 3500 word article from the Atlantic about the latest endangered species:  pubic hair.

Try this paragraph on for size:

“Is pubic hair going extinct? In a word, no. But it’s on the fast track to the endangered species list, and its chief predators include the porn industry, smaller bathing suits and lingerie bottoms, and the Kardashian sisters (case in point: Kim once famously proclaimed that women “shouldn’t have hair anywhere but their heads”).”

There are stats too:

“Herbenick’s studies have found that women under 30 are two to three times as likely to have no pubic hair than women over 30.”

Click over to read the whole thing

 

Then there’s this piece by James McManus on Grantland about 2011’s tumultuous year in poker.   Here’s a snippet:

“There’s so much bipartisan support for licensing and taxing online poker, it’s hard to know where to begin. Writing together for The Hill, Louis Freeh (a federal judge appointed by George H. W. Bush, later appointed FBI director by Bill Clinton) and Tom Ridge (a Republican who served as secretary of Homeland Security and governor of Pennsylvania) called the UIGEA “the 21st-century version of the Volstead Act.” Freeh and Ridge recognize poker as “a game of skill” that “millions of Americans already play with family and friends or just to have fun.” Instead of banning it, they recommend “a strict regulatory framework for licensing and enforcement of online poker [to] provide a safe, legal environment for this activity to continue.”

What about bad, reckless players who might lose more than they can afford? Well, as former House Financial Services Committee chair Barney Frank (D-Mass.) drily notes, there’s “a practice around today that causes a lot of problems, damages families, people lose their jobs, they get in debt. They do it in excess. It’s called drinking. … Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol; it doesn’t work for gambling.”

As far back as 1840, Abraham Lincoln weighed in on a bill proposing to ban the consumption of alcohol. Prohibition, said the lanky Republican, “goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.”

The full piece is worth your 15 minutes.

-KD

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