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Из дневника наблюдений за живой природой опять. Регулярно наблюдаю высокое начальство, вкушающим свой ланч в одном из близлежащих фастфудов класса Subway и т.п.

Зарплата высокого начальства составляет, согласно финансовой отчётности конторы, $500К+.

Высокое начальство просто очень занято и высокому начальству просто действительно надо быстро, скажете вы. Но нет — высокое начальство можно видеть кушающим с толком и с расстановкой, почитывая газету.
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Из дневника наблюдений за живой природой: неординарное, я считаю, культурное и эстетическое решение — надеть поверх хиджаба бейсболку.
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Постучался ко мне в ЛинкедИн некий молодой человек, вроде как состоящий во френдах у нескольких знакомых. Решил ознакомиться с содержанием профиля:

  • 2012-й год — молодой человек начал учиться на первом курсе Плешки.

  • тот же 2012-й год — молодой человек начал трудиться на должности Managing Partner в неком Keystone Society. Ну бывает — "молодой да ранний"™ уже с первого курса управляющий партнёр в какой-то мутной конторке.

  • а с 2007-го года — молодой человек параллельно трудится в качестве Proprietary FX Quantitative Trader в Swiss FX Marketplace. С пятого, получается, класса средней школы. Ну молодец, чё. Я в восторге.

Вишенкой на же этом прекрасном торте является текущий статус профиля:
Actively looking for summer internship.
Отлично просто, я считаю.


(кликабельно)

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This surprising factor predicts how likely it is that you’ll get divorced
[Catey Hill | May 10, 2017 | via Money•ish]

These three digits are the real magic number.

More than four in 10 people (42%) say that knowing someone’s credit score could impact whether or not they went on a date with that person, according to a survey of 1000 adults released Wednesday by Bankrate.com. Of those, 13% say it could have a major impact, while 29% say it would have a more minor impact.

No doubt, some people reading this will think this is shallow: Just because a person isn’t so great with money doesn’t mean you shouldn’t date them, right? Well, there’s plenty of evidence to suggest that credit scores are very important to a relationship.

For one, your credit score can predict your likelihood of divorce, according to a 2015 study of roughly 12 million consumers by researchers at the Federal Reserve Board, the Brookings Institution and UCLA. The higher your credit score, the less likely you’ll split from your partner, and vice versa. Indeed, for every 105-point uptick in a person’s credit score, there is a 32% drop in the likelihood of them divorcing. “Couples with the lowest initial average scores are two or three times more likely to separate than the couples with the highest average scores, and the likelihood of separation largely diminishes as scores increase,” the study found.

But how do you bring it up? First, “you can’t just blurt out” a question about credit score, says Terry Siman, the managing director at United Capital’s Philadelphia office; you need to watch their money behaviors to find the right time to talk about this. Etiquette and relationship expert April Masini says that you can broach the topic with a friendly question like “Have you had to work as hard as me to get your credit score up to snuff?” She says that “by naming it and associating it with a challenge, you’ve become a little more direct.” If that doesn’t work, it’s okay to be more direct. She recommends saying something like ““I really like you — I feel like we should talk about some serious stuff”, adding that this sets the tone for a no hold barred conversation about a variety of things, including finances.

Another reason you want to know a credit score: It can hint to you how trustworthy someone is. A 2011 study from researchers at Texas A&M University and the University of Texas at Dallas found that people with higher credit scores were more likely to return money to its owner than those with lower scores. And the 2015 study concluded a similar thing: “Credit scores matter for committed relationships because they reveal information about general trustworthiness,” the researchers write.

So when should you find out someone’s credit score? “It’s probably not a great idea to ask for someone’s financial history on the first date,” says Mike Cetera, credit card analyst at Bankrate.com. “However, it’s better to know if a potential partner has a history of bad financial decisions before the relationship goes too far, especially if you plan on making large purchases together or sharing bank accounts.”

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Absent Formal Attorney General Opinion, New Topless Women Policy In Place On Ocean City Beach
[Jun 07 2017 | by Shawn Soper | via The MD Coast Dispatch]

OCEAN CITY — With still no formal opinion from the Maryland Attorney General’s Office on the legality of women going topless in the same area as men are allowed to go shirtless, the Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) this week issued a directive to turn a blind eye, so to speak, on the issue.

Last August, at the request of Maryland resident Chelsea Covington, Worcester County State’s Attorney Beau Oglesby reached out to the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (MAGO) seeking an opinion on the legality of women going topless in the same areas where men are allowed to go shirtless under the Equal Protection Act. It’s an opinion that could have serious repercussions in the resort area. Covington, an advocate for female bare-chestedness in public through the TopFreedom initiative, often goes topless in public places in Maryland, including Ocean City and Assateague.

Roughly 10 months later, the MAGO has not handed down a formal opinion on the issue, nor ostensibly any directives for law enforcement agencies on how to handle the issue in the interim. Absent a clear-cut directive from the Attorney General’s Office, the Ocean City Beach Patrol (OCBP) and the Ocean City Police Department (OCPD) are handling the female topless issue with kid gloves, careful to respect the rights of all involved including those females who choose to go topless and the countless visitors and residents who might be offended.

Just last weekend, three women were reportedly casually sunbathing topless on the beach at 11th Street. On Tuesday, OCBP Captain Butch Arbin said the beach patrol had not received any formal opinion from the MAGO, but was working under the assumption Maryland’s laws on the issue were rather nebulous and difficult to enforce.

“The bottom line is that according to the attorney general, there is no enforceable law on the books that prohibits topless females,” he said. “Personally, I don’t think it is good for Ocean City or the families that wish to visit an All-American city, but we only enforce the laws and ordinances. Therefore, our staff has been give specific direction on this issue.”

That specific directive was carefully spelled out in a policy statement issued by Arbin to his OCBP staff on Tuesday. Essentially, the policy statement, dated retroactively to May 20, states the Beach Patrol will carefully document complaints of female bare-chestedness on the beach, but will not approach women who exercise their apparent rights to go topless.

“Until we get specific guidance from the State’s Attorney, the City Solicitor and the Mayor and Council, we will handle complaints about women going topless on our beaches in the following manner,” the policy statement reads. “We will document the complaint on a minor incident form with information and particulars about the situation and the complainant’s information. We will not approach the topless woman, even if requested to do so by the complainant or other beach patrons.”

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UPD: И незамедлительно воспоследовавшая реакция местных властей --

OCEAN CITY PASSES EMERGENCY LAW AGAINST TOPFREEDOM FOR WOMEN
[Jun 14 2017 | by Felicity Jones | via YNA]

Ocean City Deems Topfreedom “Unpalatable” and Unsuitable For Families

Last week, news came out that topfreedom was allowed, or more precisely, not outlawed, for women at Ocean City beach in Maryland. This was after three women were recently seen sunbathing topfree, and word got out that the Ocean City Beach Patrol had issued a memo telling their staff not to bother topfree women.

This, however, was not done in the name of gender equality. It was based on the absence of any law against it. There are currently no state laws against women’s topfreedom in Maryland.

People thought this was great news. Meanwhile Ocean City was trying to quickly backtrack their new reputation as having a topfree beach. On June 9, a post appeared on the .gov website declaring, “Ocean City Is Not A Topless Beach & Will Not Become A Topless Beach.” It clarified that the Mayor and City Council were firmly against women’s topfreedom.

On June 10, just 3 days after the first story came out, Ocean City unanimously passed an emergency law against women being topless anywhere within the city. Violating the ordinance is a “municipal infraction” subject to a fine of up to $1,000. (Hefty punishment for having female breasts!)


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В РПЦ выступили за ужесточение возрастного ценза для "Симпсонов" из-за эпизода о покемонах
[3 мая, 13:34 | via ТАСС]

В новой серии Гомер Симпсон играет в аналог Pokemon Go в церкви во время проповеди

Богословы Русской православной церкви (РПЦ) выступили за ужесточение возрастного ценза американского мультсериала "Симпсоны" из-за нового эпизода, в котором главный герой Гомер Симпсон ловит покемонов в храме. По мнению священнослужителей, опрошенных ТАСС, на медийном рынке "началась активная пропаганда ложных моральных ценностей в подростковой среде". Они считают, что на российском медийном рынке необходимо внедрять подобие санитарного контроля, а также оградить детей и подростков от просмотра "Симпсонов".

В СМИ появилась информация о выходе 19 эпизода 28 сезона мультсериала "Симпсоны", в котором Гомер Симпсон, как и другие жители Спрингфилда, играет в Peekimon Get (аналог игры Pokemon Go) и начинает искать виртуальных животных в самых разных местах. В одном эпизоде ловцы "покемонов" заходят в церковь прямо посреди проповеди. Преподобный Лавджой делает замечание Гомеру, на что последний отвечает: "Слушай, эта игра популярнее Иисуса. Или по крайней мере таковой была". У "Симпсонов" действующий возрастной ценз 16+.

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Детей, безусловно, нужно ограждать от идеи ловли покемонов во всяких местах. Дабы ненароком не наловили себе на двушечку™ на три с половиной года общего режима.
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Литературная зарисовка из фейсбука:

[via Сергей Мардан] Сидим с товарищем в бане. Выпиваем не торопясь. Он с гордостью рассказывает о своей лучшей в жизни сделке:
- Я купил фуру ворованной кока-колы и продал ее по рынкам мелким оптом. Немерено бабла поднял... Мне было тогда 19 лет.
По дряблой щеке стекает слеза умиления. Очевидно, что мысль его рисует картину, как к нему приходит его 20-летний сын и говорит: "Папа, мне тут один пацан предложил вагон таджикского алюминия в слябах. По штуке грина за тонну. Войди в долю на половину..."
Но не придет. И не предложит. Мальчик учится в экономическом вузе, читает книжки про брендинг и подумывает о стартапе. Собирается купить фудтрак и продавать сахарную вату или готовую кашу для московского среднего класса.
Папа от этих идей наследника впадает в тоску и тянется к коньяку.
- Просрёт ведь все дубина стоеросовая. Все блять нажитое непосильным трудом. Просрёт. Обуют его как последнего лоха с этими фудтраками. Лучше бы в консерваторию пошел, как мать предлагала...
Мы с ним выпиваем еще по 100 и обсуждаем, что можно купить в Новгородской области сушеной рыбы по 50 рублей за кило и потом продавать ее на пляжах в Сочи по 300.
Про Илона Маска мы не говорим. Это нам не интересно...
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[...] 17 апреля депутат Госдумы Наталья Поклонская опубликовала экспертизу еще не вышедшего фильма Алексея Учителя «Матильда».

Сама экспертиза на 39 страницах настаивает, что образ Николая II в фильме Алексея Учителя оскорбляет религиозные чувства и унижает человеческое достоинство православных христиан. Создатели фильма, по мнению экспертов, допускают это нарочно, так как не могут не знать исторической правды. Среди способов унизить верующих авторы отметили, например, то, что Николаю II приписывают выбор «в пользу вызывающей отвращение, совершенно некрасивой (с точки зрения классических европейских и, в частности, русских представлений о женской красоте) по внешности и иным физическим данным Матильды Кшесинской (на известных ее фотографиях четко видны: выпирающие кривые зубы, вытянутая вперед форма лица, делающая ее внешне схожей с мышью или крысой, несуразная фигура) в противопоставлении с объективно обладающей яркой классической европейской красотой Александрой Федоровной». Помимо этого, «святого и религиозно почитаемого верующими» последнего русского царя оскорбили тем, что его роль исполняет германский актер, ранее исполнивший «вульгарную порнографическую роль» печатника Амоса Кводфри в «порнографическом фильме» Гринуэя «Гольциус и Пеликанья компания». «Этим приемом создатели фильма „Матильда“ избавляют себя от необходимости включать полностью порнографические сцены непосредственно в фильм „Матильда“, фактически используя в этом фильме метонимическую отсылку к образам, содержащимся в вышеназванном порнографическом фильме с участием актера Ларса Айдингера», — отмечают эксперты.

"Конкретное выражение применения указанного приёма заключается в задействовании в роли символа возврата Крыма в состав России, и почитаемого патриотами депутата Государственной Думы Федерального Собрания Российской Федерации Натальи Поклонской – женщины, позировавшей в развратной позе на диване, которая приняла участие в вульгарном фотосете в качестве зазывно смотрящей и завлекающей к себе самки на эротической фотографии неизвестного автора. Этим приёмом создатели фотоснимка избавляют себя от необходимости включать полностью эротические сцены непосредственно в деятельность Поклонской как депутата, фактически используя в её образе метонимическую отсылку к образу разбитной давалки, содержащемуся в вышеуказанной фотографии".

[из фейсбука]

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Утащено с фейсбука [в тексте нехорошие слова]

[...] Однажды, в позднесоветское уже время, ехал я на такси и таксист подсадил по дороге мужика. Дождик шел - было бы свинством не захватить попутчика.
Мужик был военный. В летной форме. Маленько поддатый.
Едем, по радио передача идет про космос.
И вдруг военный как заведется...
- Да задолбали этим космосом и космонавтами! Хули они? Ну хули они?!... Ну ты скажи? Да чистая авиация это в тыщщу раз тяжелее и честнее! Хули они? Ну ведь как собачки - сел, пристегнулся, тебя на орбиту закинули, покрутился там, пристегнулся - и обратно. Ну скажи?! Ну хули?!! А мы ведь - чистая авиация. Мы каждый день рискуем!

Я честно сказать прихуел маленько. Сижу слушаю.
Таксист вдруг повернулся слегка и мужику говорит:
- А ты подавал в отряд?
- Подавал.
- Ну значит не взяли...
- Не взяли...

И мы вдруг бац - и заржали все. И стало нам хорошо)

К чему я это, собственно, сюда притащил? К тому, что неоднократно доводилось наблюдать аналогичный эффект с заменой отряда космонавтов на МФТИ -- многие из самых ярых критиков Физтеха на поверку туда в своё время поступали и не поступили.
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"СОЛИДНЫЙ ГОСПОДЬ ДЛЯ СОЛИДНЫХ ГОСПОД"™


(кликабельно)

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«Нью-Йорк — город контрастов»
Washington Square Park, New York, NY
April 10, 2017
© O.C.T.P.F.A.S.
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«Все животные равны, nо некоторые животные менее равны, чем другие»
из фейсбука
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По поводу широко растиражированного по "этим вашим инторнетам"™ инцидента попалось на глаза высказывание:

Машина, особенно если это черный внедорожник, является подлинным телом русского человека, оно сакрально и непоругаемо, и любой посягнувший на это тело должен быть незамедлительно и показательно наказан.
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The reign of Christian terror is over. We're going back to our roots.
-- Althea Leasure in "The People vs. Larry Flynt" (1996)

'Playboy' brings nudity back to magazine
[Mike Snider | Feb. 13, 2017 | via USA Today]

After one buttoned-up year, Playboy is bringing nude photographs back to its magazine.

Cooper Hefner, the son of magazine founder Hugh Hefner, announced the move on Twitter Monday saying, "I'll be the first to admit that the way in which the magazine portrayed nudity was dated, but removing it entirely was a mistake."

Playboy published its first non-nude issue in March 2016 and prior to that had launched a safe-for-work Playboy Now app. But its latest, the March/April 2017 issue, available on Playboy.com and on newstands Feb. 28., brings back nudity.

The new issue will include pictorials with March Playmate Elizabeth Elam, who graces the cover, and April Playmate, Nina Daniele. Also in the magazine: a Playboy Interview with Scarlett Johansson, a profile of CNN political commentator Van Jones and an article on hip-hop duo Run the Jewels

Before becoming the magazine's chief creative officer last year, Hefner ran his own media company HOB (Hefner Operations & Productions), which became part of Playboy Enterprises. He told L.A. Weekly in July 2016 that ending nude photography "was a bad idea, the whole thing."

Also returning: the Party Jokes section and The Playboy Philosophy, a political and cultural column written by Hefner, nearly 40 years after his father last wrote it for the magazine.

Among the changes: a Heritage section that looks at the magazine's past and the removal of “Entertainment for Men” from the cover. “Playboy will always be a lifestyle brand focused on men’s interests," Hefner said in a statement, "but as gender roles continue to evolve in society, so will we.”
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Арина Савельева @katrine_larina
19.01.2017

"Кругом измена, и трусость, и обман"™

Иннуська Владимирская
2012
фото: Дима Владимирский
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61 British Sentences That Will Confuse The Fuck Out Of Everyone Else
[by Hilary Mitchell | Oct. 27, 2016, | via BuzzFeed]

1. “It’s not quite what I had in mind.” – What the bloody hell is this?

2. “That’s a bit off.”
– I will never forgive you for what you just said.

3. “Oh yes, he’s a lot of fun.”
– He’s an absolute nightmare.

4. “They’re fine once you get to know them.” – They’re arseholes.

5. “It rings a bell.” – I have no idea what you’re talking about.

6. “Fancy a drink?” – Fancy staying out until 3am and waking up with your face glued to a kebab?

7. “We’re going on a date.” — We’re getting pissed together.

8. “I got a bit tipsy last night.” – I drank 17 pints and then punched a police horse.

9. “Picnic” — Daytime piss-up.

10. “Barbecue” — Piss-up in the garden.

11. “It got a bit lively.” – The police were called.

12. “I’m doing Drynuary.” – I’ve stopped drinking during the day.

13. “I’m a bit tired.” – I’m hungover.

14. “I’m feeling a bit under the weather, to be honest.” – I have alcohol poisoning.

15. “I’m a tad poorly.” – Kill me.

16. “You look like you had fun last night!” – You look like you slept in a bin.

17. “It’s OK, we’ve not been here long either.” – We’ve been here for ages and we’ll never forgive you for keeping us waiting.

18. “Yes, it’s great, I love it.” – I am very dismayed by this haircut.

19. “Anyway, it was lovely to meet you.” – Please go away now.

20. “I’ll let you get on.”
– Seriously mate, piss off.

21. “I might pop along.”
– I’m probably not coming.

22. “I’ll see how I feel.”
– I’m definitely not coming.

23. “I tried to call you.” – I let the phone ring twice and then hung up.

24. “It’s totally fine if you can’t make it.” – I don’t want you to come.

25. “It could be worse.” – No, it couldn’t.

26. “I’ll have a word with them about it.” – I’ll never mention this to them.

27. “It is what it is.” – I can’t be bothered to fix this thing, so stop complaining.

28. “Truth be told, I’m a little bit miffed.” – I’m going to stab someone.

29. “Want to have lunch together?”
– Want to run to Greggs and back in the rain?

30. “It was OK, but I wouldn’t order it again.”
– This meal was horrible, deeply disappointing, and shit.

31. “Did I give you enough cash?” – Give me my change. Now.

32. “With the greatest respect…” – I think you’re an idiot.

33. “Well, it can’t hurt, I suppose.” – You’re making a huge mistake.

34. “Maybe I’m not explaining it properly.” – I am explaining it properly, you’re just dim.

35. “I’m sorry you feel that way.”
– It’s not my problem.

36. “It’s a step in the right direction.” – But it’s still rubbish.

37. “Very interesting.” – You’re talking bollocks.

38. “Don’t quote me on that.” – Don’t blame me if the vague, half-made-up information I just passed on backfires on you.

39. “It was working a minute ago.” – You’ve broken it.

40. “Don’t worry, it’s probably my fault.” – It’s definitely your fault.

41. “You should come over for dinner sometime.” – I will never invite you over for dinner.

42. “Ooh, I could get used to this!” – Something very faintly luxurious has just happened, e.g. being offered a cup of tea.

43. “Can you pop it in an email?” – Please stop talking.

44. “That’s a very good question.” – One that I don’t know the answer to.

45. “Can I borrow you for a second?” – You’re in deep shit.

46. “Now, don’t be alarmed, but…” – Be very, very alarmed.

47. “Let’s agree to disagree.”
– I’m obviously right, but I’ve run out of things to say.

48. “Look, let’s just forget it.” – I will never, ever forget this.

49. “If it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.” – I have no idea what to say about the crushing disappointment you’ve just experienced.

50. “Oh, hi! Sorry, I didn’t see you there.”
– I was actively trying to avoid you.

51. “Well, that’s not quite what happened.” – Will your lies never end?

52. “There’s been a bit of a mix-up.” – I’ve ruined all of your plans and destroyed everything you hold dear.

53. “Only if you’re making one.”
– Why yes, I desperately want a cup of tea.

54. “It’s up to you.” – You’d better pick the thing I want to do.

55. “Could do, I suppose.” – No.

56. “Sorry.” — I’m not sorry.

57. “I don’t mind.” – I do mind.

58. “It’s OK.” – It’s not OK.

59. “I’m fine.” – I’m fine.

60. “I’m fine.” – I’m furious.

61. “I’m fine!” – My whole life is in tatters. Please bring me a drink.

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Из ФБ утащенная зарисовка про Италию, не без налёта художественности:

[...] Возвращаясь домой, заезжаю за пиццей и, паркуясь, запираю машину карабиньеров своей. Нахожу их у барной стойки, говорю - «это я вас заперла, предупреждаю, чтобы вы потом не искали, чья машина - я только быстро пиццу заказать, а потом перепаркуюсь....» Меня перебивает тот, что повыше, смеется - «иди, заказывай спокойно, мы пока никуда не спешим, а если что - включим сирену, ты прибежишь и нас освободишь.»

И пока я заказываю пиццу и жду ее, пока вспоминаю, что надо еще прихватить пол-дюжины яиц и молоко, пока расплачиваюсь и забираю горячую коробку с маргаритой, на улице стоит тишина. Уже на выходе я вижу, как они смирно сидят в машине и играют в телефонах в кэнди краш сагу и ждут, когда незнакомый человек разберется с ужином, с делами, с жизнью - и в позах их нет и тени раздражения. И тогда я думаю о чужом терпении.

Место действия -- город-герой Рим, если что.
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Из разговоров мо́лодежи в конторе:

— Ну так и во сколько ты поднимаешься-то в итоге?
— В 4:30. В 5:00 уже в спортзале.
— Ну ты, блин, даешь! Круто! Я так не могу! Я в спортзале никак не раньше 5:30...

Проистёк этот диалог, к слову сказать, из обсуждения непроверенных слухов о том, что в Испании народ колобродит далеко за полночь , спит до десяти и на работу приходит к одиннадцати – и что "невозможно же так жить!".
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British photographer David Hamilton found dead in Paris, as his alleged rape victims say he has escaped justice
[ by Henry Samuel | 26 NOVEMBER 2016 | via The Telegraph]

David Hamilton | Flavie Flament


British photographer David Hamilton has died in Paris on Friday night at the age of 83 after committing suicide, according to police sources.

Mr Hamilton, who had lived much of his life in France and whose works had appeared in high-end fashion magazines, was found unresponsive in his home by a neighbour who alerted emergency services, the sources said.

It comes as a French presenter who accused the photographer of raping her and several other victims when they were teenagers said his apparent suicide had denied them justice.

“By his cowardice, (Hamilton) condemns us again to silence and the inability to see him convicted. The horror of this news will never wipe out that of our sleepless nights," said Flavie Flament.

Famed for his soft-focus portraits of unclothed girls, Mr Hamilton last week denied allegations by a French radio host and three other women that he raped them while they were in their early teens.

"Today I am the subject of no legal proceedings. This oversteps the presumption of innocence. I am innocent and must considered so," he told Agence France Presse last week.

"The instigator of this media lynching is seeking her quarter of an hour of fame through slander. I will be filing several legal complaints in the coming days," he said.

Flavie Flament, a presenter on RTL radio, alleged the photographer sexually assaulted her when she was 13 during a photo shoot at a nudist camp in Cap d'Agde, southern France, in the mid-1980s after persuading her parents to let him work alone with their daughter.


"La consolation" by Flavie Flament
She recounted the alleged rape in a book, The Consolation, out last month. While she did not name Mr Hamilton in the work, she put his photograph of her as a young girl on its cover.

Last Friday, she confirmed she was referring to him after being contacted by other women with near-identical allegations.

"When I chose with my publisher to put this photo on the cover, I knew that it would prompt other testimonies. And I can tell you that I wasn't the only one to have gone through this abuse, this rape by this photographer. I knew I couldn't be the only one," Ms Flament, 42, told France 2.

The case re-ignited a debate over the statutes of limitation for rape in France.

Currently, a woman cannot file for rape more than 20 years after reaching the age of 18. Ms Flamant said that the memories of the rape only returned to her when she was reaching 38 - too late to file for charges.

On Tuesday, Laurence Rossignol, French women's rights minister, announced that she had nominated Ms Flament to conduct a "mission" to look into whether the statutes of limitation should change.

In interviews with Nouvel Observateur, the weekly magazine, two alleged victims recounted how a "smiling" Mr Hamilton – then in his fifties – had approached them while they were 13 and 14 and on holiday with their parents in Cap d'Agde, where the photographer had bought a flat.

They said he could be seen every day accompanied "without fail by a very young slim blonde girl walking up and down the beach in search of models".

His posters were sold the world over and his postcards were on sale in all the seaside resort's shops.

He had by then sold dozens of photographic books with combined sales well into the millions, five feature films, countless magazine publications and museum and gallery exhibitions.

"To be noticed by him was to be the chosen one," they told the magazine.

"When he offered to do a trial shoot, my father was so proud, his eyes were twinkling," said one.

She said the first took place in a small seaside flat on a terrace in the presence of her father and Mr Hamilton's former wife Gertrude. However, for the second shoot they were alone.

"Can you keep a secret?" he allegedly whispered in her ear. "I was very uneasy and very intimated," she told Nouvel Observateur, recounting how he went on to rape her. All said they were too petrified and shocked to react. One alleged he said afterwards: "You're lucky I chose you because you're not that beautiful. The others adore what I do to them."

Ms Flament and the other women said they felt too "guilty" and "ashamed" to tell their parents.

"I thought my parents would be so disappointed if I stopped the photo shoots," said the first girl, who continued to be "under his spell".

Another girl told her parents she wanted to stop after two sessions.

The first girl told Nouvel Observateur that she had tried to forget the whole incident but that "it has had huge consequences on my sex life".

"I had suicidal tendencies," she said. In 1997, she filed a legal complaint against Mr Hamilton, who was quizzed on her allegations. He denied any wrongdoing and the inquiry was dropped.

She considered civil proceedings but was told she would have to forward 30,000 francs (£3,000) deposit. "I thought he was too protected that the fight was lost in advance, that it would ruin my life," she told the magazine.

A third woman subsequently contacted Nouvel Observateur claiming that Mr Hamilton raped her in 1967 when she was 14 years old. The women said they were were constantly reminded of the alleged abuse when seeing his photographs of nude, underage girls in books and magazines - including pictures of them.

"It's unbearable to see that he is still using us," the second girl told the magazine. "Ah those famous Hamiltonian looks of melancholy. Now you know why they were melancholy," she is quoted as saying.

Ms Flament and the first two girls worked out that they had crossed paths in Cap d'Agde. "The more numerous we are the stronger we'll be," Ms Flament told Nouvel Observateur.

Mr Hamilton's work depicting early-teenage girls, often nude, he has been the subject of some controversy including child pornography allegations and bans in some countries. "Hamilton's photographs have long been at the forefront of the 'is it art or pornography?' debate," wrote one British newspaper.

In 2005, a man was convicted for being in possession of 19,000 images of children, including photos by Hamilton. The images were found to be in the lowest indecency rating.

In response, Glenn Holland, Mr Hamilton's spokesman, stated: "We are deeply saddened and disappointed by this, as David is one of the most successful art photographers the world has ever known. His books have sold millions".

Following the conviction, a member of the Surrey Police in Britain stated that possessing Hamilton books was now illegal in the UK. Surrey Police later made a formal apology for this statement and admitted that no legally binding decision had been made on the work of David Hamilton.

In 2010, a man was convicted of level 1 child pornography for owning four books bought in a London bookshop, including Mr Hamilton's The Age of Innocence.

His conviction was overturned on appeal in 2011, with the judge calling his conviction "very unfair" and criticising the Crown Prosecution Service, saying if it "wishes to test whether the pictures in the books are indecent, the right way to deal with the matter is by way of prosecuting the publisher or retailer – not the individual purchaser".
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[...] the study by Lusardi, Tufano, and Schneider found that nearly one-quarter of households making $100,000 to $150,000 a year claim not to be able to raise $2,000 in a month.

Интересно девки пляшут, ага.

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