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CORRUPTION IN THE WORLD

Published December 9, 2013 by Tony

2013 Corruption Index

Transparency International” is a non-governmental and non-profit organization, leader in the world for its actions to combat corruption and promote ethics.  It is present in more than 90 countries, and since 2001 produces an annual report, “Global Corruption Report” (GCR), that offers an assessment of the state of corruption around the world. This publication brings together leading experts and practitioners to analyze current issues, identify new challenges and explore solutions in the field of corruption, through two indexes.

The “Corruption Perception Index” (CPI) – is an index that determines the perception of corruption in the public sector and politics in many countries around the world, giving each country a score ranging from 0 (highest corruption) to 100 (absence of corruption). It is a composite index, obtained on the basis of various interviews/research administered to experts in the world of business and prestigious institutions. The methodology is revised each year in order to be able to give an insight into increasingly reliable local realities. Searches are conducted by University or Study Centres, on behalf of Transparency International.
The “Bribe Payers Index” (BPI) – is the index of propensity to corruption and highlights the list of corrupt countries among the major industrialized nations, who despite having adopted laws that make it a crime to pay bribes to officials, the use of bribery to obtain contracts has not been yet eliminated.

IT’s survey is the largest and most comprehensive public opinion survey on the perception of the sources of corruption that has ever been undertaken. The 2013 Corruption Index measures the perceived levels of public sector corruption in 177 countries and territories. It’s a warning that the abuse of power, secret dealings and bribery continue to ravage societies around the world.

CORRUPTION PERCEPTIONS INDEX 2013: THE RESULTS

More than 2/3 of the 177 countries score below 50, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 100 (perceived to be very clear). This demonstrates that a lot of countries still face the threat of corruption at all levels of government, from the issuing of a local permits to the enforcement of laws and regulations.
In the CPI 2013, Denmark and New Zealand tie for first place with a score of 91, followed by Finland and Sweden. This year, Afghanistan, North Korea and Somalia make up the worst performers, scoring just 8 points each. U.S. position in nineteenth place.

CPI

Data from: http://www.transparency.org

European Women Wishlist

Published May 25, 2012 by Tony

Sex or Holiday
Women wishes list

A survey conducted by the site “Lastminute.com” in six European countries (England, Ireland, France, Spain, Italy, Germany), lays bare the wishes-list of participants.
Whether it’s an adventurous trip or an amorous affair, we all fantasize with open eyes and have dreams, but thanks to this survey, it is interesting to find out if women indulge more frequently in thinking about journeys or other. This statistic shows how many times a day women think of faraway destinations:

italy Italian 1.63
spain Spanish 1.75
french French 1.51
german German 1.29
irish Irish 1.12
uk English 1.00

Low values indicate that the women are clearly focused  on other “wishes”, and Italian women, even if fiercest “dreamers”, lose the primacy of “warm” women who indulge in “hot” thoughts.  As the following rates shows, at the first place they are, oddly enough, the Irish women, while women from France and Spain are too busy to think about traveling rather than fantasize about sex. Thank goodness, in the “male universe” it still is the “old good sex” the main protagonist of the wishes.

irish Irish 1.73
uk English 1.40
german German 1.33
italy Italian 1.32
french French 1.23
spain Spanish 1.18

Sex, status, and reproductive success

Published October 12, 2011 by Tony

SEX ISN’T FOR SMART PEOPLE

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Tell us your intercourse number and we could know your IQ!

The magazine “Psychology Today” announced the results of a survey conducted by the ‘National Survey of Family Growth’, a search on sex life entitled “Sex, status, and reproductive success in the contemporary United States”. The study, carried out by the sociologist Rosemary Hopcroft (University of North Carolina), involved a huge number of Americans (both men and women) and it shows how social status,  socio-economic situation and education level has a direct effect on the frequency of sexual activity.
I’m sorry for brains, but this study shows that the of sexual liveliness is inversely proportional to IQ.

Hopcroft summarizes: “intelligence is negatively associated with frequency of sexual activity … .. the higher your level of education and fewer partners you will have in life.”
Indeed, graduates (university degree) even have half chance compared with who obtain a diploma (high school qualification).
But the study also involved young people and even in this case the results do not change.
Among adolescents who engage more in the study, virtually swots, there is a higher percentage of subjects still virgins.
Some might argue that among them some youngs probably are not so ‘cute’, but is not a question of look, because even the handsome guys who study more, are less interested in sex then.
Logical to assume that these individuals spend less time on recreational activities, with a ‘social life’ not very active. The reasons of such a peculiarity are maybe related to biology and the evolution theory.
Aurelio José Figueredo, evolutionary psychologist at the University of Arizona, examines the issue by assuming that ‘those who are more intelligent’ have ‘more resources‘ and although having less chance to reproduce, if he had a son, could devote more resources, however.

That said, school degrees or intelligence evidently get no importance in bed!


Thinks get worse if we consider the study of the contribution of sexual selection to brain evolution carried out by the biologist Scott Pitnick, at Syracuse University. After comparing the brain size and testis of 334 species of bats, he came to the conclusion that brain size was inversely proportional to their testicles size. In other words, animals with less developed brains have larger testes and therefore more fertile too. Pitnick says a likely explanation for this relationship relates to the energetic demands of producing and maintaining both brain and sperm cells; males cannot afford a lot of both.

In conclusion, if you still are in time, decide …. culture or sex?

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Contraception Survey

Published October 8, 2011 by Tony

SAFE SEX

young pregnancy

It’s interesting to read the survey carried out by 11 scientific observers, funded by the giant German pharmaceutical Bayer, about the use of condoms by young people in many parts of the world, whose results were released in occasion of the  ‘World Contraception Day (WCD)’, a campaign to improve prevention and contraception knowledge. The survey involved 6000 young people from 29 countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America and United States, with over 600 people in Egypt, and conducted between April and May of this year. They were people between 15 and 24, although some interviewee till 30 in Egypt.

Jennifer Woodside of the “International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF),” says: “The results highlight that too many young people do not have a good knowledge about sex, are not encouraged to ask about contraception and have not received the right information on contraceptive to use to protect themselves from unwanted pregnancies or from sexually transmitted diseases. In addition, young people tell us that they do not receive adequate sex education or receiving incorrect information about sex and sexuality, while some urban myth is still taken into consideration.”

Worldwide, approximately 41% of the 208 million of pregnancies that occur each year are unintended. In addition, each year 20% of teenager is victim of a bacterial infection through sexual contact and the age which these infections occur is decreasing. The English Agency  ‘Health Protection’ states that the reported cases of sexually transmitted infections have increased from 12,000 to 482,700 in 2009 and two thirds of them are girls between 15-24. The statistics show that over 40% of young people in Australia, Chile, Colombia, Great Britain, Indonesia, Lithuania, Mexico, Poland, Singapore, Sweden and Turkey have already had unprotected sex, and the percentage rises to over 50% in China, Estonia, Kenya, Korea, Norway and Thailand.

Since 2009, the number of people who have had unprotected sex increased by 19% in Great Britain, with forty-three per cent of sexually active aged 16 to 19 admitting to use no contraception, compared with 36 percent of last year. More than half of polled European (55%) say to receive sex education at school, although 14% of young people in Britain say they have had cases of teachers whose information was inaccurate or untrue. The study also points out that in Europe, Asia, Latin America and United States, the Hentai- boy & girl sexmost common reason for not using contraception is a lack of preparation, and up to one third of young people in these countries say they did not have any form of contraception available at the time of intercourse.

The statistics are staggering: about 50% of adolescents under the age of 17 in Latin America and Caribbean are sexually active and the percentage rises significantly in every country if it refers to the ‘heavy petting’, erotic activities that do not involve complete sexual intercourse. The sex and  eroticism become quite detached from love, a material need, sharing it by the partners, no longer relegated to the simple and solitary masturbation. All over the world, sex images and porno video have become  the norm rather than the exception nowadays, thanks to media and web.

Nearly 40 percent of pregnancies worldwide are unplanned and it is estimated that 22% of them ending in abortion. Experts attribute this increase in unprotected sex to the fact that youngs feel embarrassed to talk about sex with family members or doctors and to the lack of adequate sex education in schools. Ignorance and misinformation about sex lead to consider valid myths even, such as taking a shower to prevent pregnancy after sex or the use of fizz beverages for vaginal washing after the intercourse. Even the immoderate use of alcohol leads adolescents to forget the use of prevention.

15% of people in Asia and 14% in Europe affirm to dislike condom or that their partner prefers not to use it. In Italy the number of people saying to – not like – contraception has increased from 3% in 2010 to 24% today. As many as 23% of young people in Uganda and 13% in Slovenia say they had sex without contraception to avoid to appear bumbling. 32% in India say that there is no reason to use it. In Europe, Latin America and United States about half of the surveyed say they were well informed about contraception (46%, 53% and 53% respectively), but the percentage decreases significantly in African and Asian countries.

According to the study, the percentage of girls who affirm to have had a friend or family member with unplanned pregnancy is increased from 36% in 2009 to 55% this year. Only 55% of girls consider themselves well informed on all contraceptive methods available compared to 62% of boys. 16% of boys and girls consider the “coitus interruptus” (the extraction of the penis just before the ejaculation) an effective form of contraception, with the majority of Egyptian people.

About 85 out of 100 sexually active girls in fertile age, not using any contraceptive method, will be pregnant within a year. In Europe, more than a quarter of women aged 15 to 24 years will not use contraception the first time they will have a sexual intercourse.

In Europe, with the exception of France and Italy, more than half of young people say to use Internet to get information on contraception, while almost half of young polled in Africa and Europe seems to make recourse to ‘withdraw’ method, which unfortunately is not a secure method.

Not everyone knows that today there are various ways of contraception available for men and women. These include condoms (male and female), the pill, the intrauterine contraceptive device (Copper or medicated), the releasing intrauterine system (Mirena), the vaginal ring or vaginal sponge, diaphragm and subcutaneous implants (Norplant ), oral contraceptives, the morning-after pill, and sterilization (tubal ligation and vasectomy).

contraceptive

U.S.
In 25 states there are educational programs on sex education where they teach abstinence. Some person believes that AIDS is transmitted by the sweat and that some woman could remain sterile after an abortion.

UK
15% do not use contraceptives because they are too drunk when they have sex.

FRANCE
Once home of sex education at school, in the last three years had a boom of relationships at risk: increased by 111%.

ITALY
Only 31% do not take precautions: half of them are afraid of being discovered by parents, others simply “do not like condoms.”

RUSSIA
The country where sex starts early: 80% of sexually active adolescents between 13-19.

CHINA
Record of unprotected casual sex: the first unprotected intercourse for 58% of teenagers.

SINGAPORE
Being upside down for two hours or by an intimate lavender-based Coca-Cola, are the ways which 6% of girls consider useful for preventing pregnancy.

THAILAND
Having sex during menstruation is the best time for 25% of boys.

INDIA
40% do not use contraception and it’s too embarrassing to ask for condom at the pharmacy.

TURKEY
World Capital of coitus interruptus: used by 52% of interviewed.

ARGENTINA
46% of boys receiving condoms by the parents.

 

SEX SURVEY

Published April 15, 2011 by Tony

SOUTHERLY & NORTHERLY SEXUALITY


In your opinion is there any difference between northerners and southerners sexuality?

The answer could sound easy if we assume that persons nowadays are equal also considering that people move continuously bringing mixture of race and progeny.

Undoubtedly, for this reason local customs and peculiarities change in the time but my thought was about  the “primeval” way of living of some local community.

Today, people still keep some way of behaving and mentality typical of that folks as the result of their own culture and mores. It is due to the heritage, that country own that to a certain extent still affects personality and mind-set. As it is told: “when in Rome do as the Romans do”.

I don’t know what the situation is in countries trans-Italy but as Italian can say something about our culture.

It was told that northerners were opener than southerners, in the sense that people were broadminded and youngsters in particular about their sexual mores.

It was well-known that most women and men had their first sexual intercourse during the youth and in the adolescence even. Young people had more freedom during the youth and this independence brought them to have more occasions and dates. Parents were more permissive without that sort of eternal bonds towards sons, with fewer cases of mummy’s boys or mummy’s girls too. Practically, as we say, “the sons cut their umbilical cord early” and it was not so unusual that young people left their family to take up residence in another place and live their own life alone.

In the south some prejudice limited such a behaviour while parents always have been attached to the sons excessively and till their advanced age.

Somebody will have noticed that I was talking in the past time (it was told….) and this because the situation nowadays is slightly changed in the south too. We all know that people continue to lose their virginity at an earlier age than previous generations. As told, “people are the same the whole world over” also if some rooted mindset endures and maybe forever as a genetic peculiarity.


Netsurfing around I read that in Europe the most precocious people about sex are the Icelandic, at the first place with the first intercourse at 15,7 years, while at the second place German with 16,2 years and third Austrian with 16,3.

I read about a survey of the Health department  of Milan and according to it in Milan 7% of girls would have their first intercourse at 13 years even. According to another Italian opinion poll about the age of the first intercourse:

 

Boys:
– 72 %  from 15 to 17 years
– 12%   from 13 to 14 years
– 15 %  from 18 to 20 years
–   1 %  from 21 up
Girls:
– 78 %  from 14 to 16 years
– 18 %  from 17 to 19 years
–   4 %  from 20 to 22 years

 

Then this extensive survey:

 

Sex frequency (%)

Nigeria 58, Mexico 56, India 53, Greece 47, Poland 46, Malaysia 46, Spain 44, South Africa 44, Austria 43, Switzerland 42, Russia 42, Brazil 42, France 41, Italy 41, Netherlands 41, Germany 40, Canada 40, Thailand 38, New Zealand 37, Singapore 37, USA 36, Hong Kong, 36, UK 33, Australia 31, China 30, Japan 14.

 

At least I couldn’t evade mentioning something about USA and here’s for you American an interesting survey about your sexual behavior:


Needless adding that I don’t feel confident about these surveys or polls because contributors stay anonymous hence the result could be altered or untrue.

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