Danny Fields and Seymour Stein, champions of punk, look back

NEITHER Seymour Stein nor Danny Fields can remember when they first met. “It seems like forever,” says Mr Stein, now 76, sitting with his daughter Mandy in the London headquarters of Warner Bros Records. “Was he friends with Mommy first or you first?” asks Mandy. “No, I knew him before your mother,” Mr Stein insists.

“No,” Mr Fields, 78, says down the phone from New York. “I was friends with his wife, Linda.” In Mr Fields’s version, it was 1973 and he was the editor of 16 magazine—“a teenybopper fan mag”—and he was desperate to get Elton John in its pages. Mr Fields knew the Steins were friends with the musician, so he printed an agency photo of Linda Stein and Mr John, captioning Ms Stein as a “glamorous New York socialite”. “That got me on her party list and we became good friends,” Mr Fields says. “I used her to get to Elton.”

Messrs Stein and Fields are two Jewish, gay New Yorkers (Mr Stein’s marriage did not last) who between them nurtured much of the most exciting American…

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Source:: The Economits – Culture


4 ways sex brings couples closer to each other, according to science

Sex is pretty important for the majority of people in intimate relationships.
According to psychologist Madeleine A. Fugère, there are four scientific ways sex brings couples closer together.

Sex is a vital part of romantic relationships for many people, apart from maybe those who are asexual. For everyone else, it is what separates an intimate relationship from any other friendship.

For some people, the lack of sex in a partnership may lead them to be unfaithful. Not necessarily because they want out of the relationship, but because their needs aren’t being met.

According to psychologist Madeleine A. Fugère, sex is so important in a relationship because scientifically it brings people closer together and forms bonds.

She explained in a blog post on Psychology Today that there are four scientific ways sex makes you feel closer to your partner.

Here they are:

1. Oxytocin

Also known as the “love hormone,” oxytocin reduces stress and increases feelings of closeness and trust between people. A study from 2012 found that couples who were together over six months had higher baseline levels of oxytocin than those who had broken up over that time.

Oxytocin is released after orgasm, and also makes you feel closer to the one you’re with. In other words, regular sex may make it less likely you’ll want to cheat.

2. Pillow talk

When couples have intimate chats in bed, usually after sex, it’s called “pillow talk.” The more they share, the more related satisfaction they are likely to feel, according to a study from 2012. Sharing secrets and personal information with each other is likely to increase intimacy, and thus lead to more sexual desire for each other.

3. Afterglow

According to a study from 2017, sexual afterglow is “enhanced sexual satisfaction that lingers following …read more

Source:: Business Insider


How pay-as-you-go solar solutions can electrify Africa — and generate profits for you

Over 1.1 billion people have no access to electricity worldwide. Instead, they rely on kerosene lamps, candles, and inefficient cookstoves, which by themselves cause health and environmental problems. In Africa, alone, around 600 million people are left in the dark. Yet, for many people where basic amenities are hard to come by, how can services reach them to provide the electricity they need? Thankfully, Africa has an abundant resource that can be taken advantage of: sunlight. As a result, companies are stepping up to give millions of people something that so many of us take for granted. Through pay-as-you-go (PAYG)…

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Source:: The Next Web – Technology


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