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Marisa Sung

Chinese Proverb Of The Day

In lovers’ eyes beauty is produced.

Elton John - Can you feel the love tonight


It's Great We're Bombing Terrorists Overseas But We Really Need To Worry About The Ones Already Here In The US

U.S. law enforcement is investigating a new phenomenon of women from the American heartland joining Islamic State as President Barack Obama vows to cut off the militants’ recruiting at home.

At least three Somali families in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area have female relatives who have gone missing in the past six weeks and may have tried to join Islamic State, said community leader Abdirizak Bihi. He said that while the reasons for their disappearance were unclear, he had told the families to contact police.

In a separate case, a 19-year-old American Somali woman from St. Paul snuck away from her parents on Aug. 25 saying she was going to a bridal shower. Instead, she flew to Turkey and joined IS in Syria.

Home to the biggest Somali community in the United States, the Twin Cities area of Minnesota has been plagued by terrorist recruiting since the Somali group al-Shabaab began enlisting in America around 2007.

I really think that one of these terrorists is going to get a hold of a train or subway. Perhaps they are the actual conductor. They will stop the train in the middle of a tunnel or underground and either blow it up or release chemical warfare. They live among us!

Marisa Sung

Marisa Sung's Simple Skillet Supper

Spicy Fish With Avocado-Chipotle Sauce Accompanied by Skillet Potato Cake

4 flaky white fish fillets (such as tilapia, haddock, or sole), 1 1/2 lb, thawed
1 tablespoon seafood seasoning
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh dill, finely chopped
1 container guacamole (7–8 oz)
1/4 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chipotle pepper sauce
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1.Preheat large sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Season fish on both sides with seafood seasoning (wash hands).
2.Place oil in pan, then add fish; cook 3–4 minutes on each side or until 145°F (or opaque and separates easily).
3.Chop dill; combine with remaining ingredients until blended. Serve sauce over fish.

CALORIES (per 1/4 recipe) 350kcal; FAT 21g; SAT FAT 6g; TRANS FAT 0g; CHOL 85mg; SODIUM 670mg; CARB 6g; FIBER 4g; SUGARS 1g; PROTEIN 36g; VIT A 10%; VIT C 6%; CALC 4%; IRON 6%

Skillet Potato Cake

1 pouch instant loaded mashed potatoes (about 4 oz)
2 cups water
1/2 cup green onions, sliced
1 cup shredded Mexican-blend cheese, divided
3/4 cup panko bread crumbs, divided
2 eggs, beaten (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

1.Prepare potatoes (with the water) following package instructions.
2.Slice green onions; place in medium bowl. Stir in potatoes, 1/2 cup cheese, 1/4 cup bread crumbs, eggs, salt, and pepper.
3.Preheat large non-stick sauté pan on medium 2–3 minutes. Place oil in pan, then sprinkle remaining 1/2 cup bread crumbs over bottom of pan; spread potato mixture evenly in pan.
4.Top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese; cook 12–15 minutes or until center is set and cake begins to pull away from sides of pan. Invert potato cake onto serving plate; let stand 4–5 minutes to cool before slicing. Serve. (Makes 8 servings.)

CALORIES (per 1/8 recipe) 170kcal; FAT 9g; SAT FAT 4g; TRANS FAT 0g; CHOL 65mg; SODIUM 420mg; CARB 15g; FIBER 1g; SUGARS 1g; PROTEIN 6g; VIT A 6%; VIT C 4%; CALC 15%; IRON 2%

Beautiful Maria of my Sole

BTW I have "a thing" for both Armand Assante and especially Antonio Banderas!!

Marisa Sung

Chinese Proverb Of The Day

An ounce of gold will not buy an inch of time.

If I Could Turn Back Time

Marisa Sung

The Economist: Prostitution A Personal Choice

STREET-WALKERS; kerb-crawlers; phone booths plastered with pictures of breasts and buttocks: the sheer seediness of prostitution is just one reason governments have long sought to outlaw it, or corral it in licensed brothels or “tolerance zones”. NIMBYs make common cause with puritans, who think that women selling sex are sinners, and do-gooders, who think they are victims. The reality is more nuanced. Some prostitutes do indeed suffer from trafficking, exploitation or violence; their abusers ought to end up in jail for their crimes. But for many, both male and female, sex work is just that: work.

This newspaper has never found it plausible that all prostitutes are victims. That fiction is becoming harder to sustain as much of the buying and selling of sex moves online. Personal websites mean prostitutes can market themselves and build their brands. Review sites bring trustworthy customer feedback to the commercial-sex trade for the first time. The shift makes it look more and more like a normal service industry.

It can also be analysed like one. We have dissected data on prices, services and personal characteristics from one big international site that hosts 190,000 profiles of female prostitutes (see article). The results show that gentlemen really do prefer blondes, who charge 11% more than brunettes. The scrawny look beloved of fashion magazines is more marketable than flab—but less so than a healthy weight. Prostitutes themselves behave like freelancers in other labour markets. They arrange tours and take bookings online, like gigging musicians. They choose which services to offer, and whether to specialise. They temp, go part-time and fit their work around child care. There is even a graduate premium that is close to that in the wider economy.

The invisible hand-job
Moralisers will lament the shift online because it will cause the sex trade to grow strongly. Buyers and sellers will find it easier to meet and make deals. New suppliers will enter a trade that is becoming safer and less tawdry. New customers will find their way to prostitutes, since they can more easily find exactly the services they desire and confirm their quality. Pimps and madams should shudder, too. The internet will undermine their market-making power.

But everyone else should cheer. Sex arranged online and sold from an apartment or hotel room is less bothersome for third parties than are brothels or red-light districts. Above all, the web will do more to make prostitution safer than any law has ever done. Pimps are less likely to be abusive if prostitutes have an alternative route to market. Specialist sites will enable buyers and sellers to assess risks more accurately. Apps and sites are springing up that will let them confirm each other’s identities and swap verified results from sexual-health tests. Schemes such as Britain’s Ugly Mugs allow prostitutes to circulate online details of clients to avoid.

Governments should seize the moment to rethink their policies. Prohibition, whether partial or total, has been a predictable dud. It has singularly failed to stamp out the sex trade. Although prostitution is illegal everywhere in America except Nevada, old figures put its value at $14 billion annually nationwide; surely an underestimate. More recent calculations in Britain, where prostitution is legal but pimping and brothels are not, suggest that including it would boost GDP figures by at least £5.3 billion ($8.9 billion). And prohibition has ugly results. Violence against prostitutes goes unpunished because victims who live on society’s margins are unlikely to seek justice, or to get it. The problem of sex tourism plagues countries, like the Netherlands and Germany, where the legal part of the industry is both tightly circumscribed and highly visible.

The failure of prohibition is pushing governments across the rich world to try a new tack: criminalising the purchase of sex instead of its sale. Sweden was first, in 1999, followed by Norway, Iceland and France; Canada is rewriting its laws along similar lines. The European Parliament wants the “Swedish model” to be adopted right across the EU. Campaigners in America are calling for the same approach.

Sex sells, and always will
This new consensus is misguided, as a matter of both principle and practice. Banning the purchase of sex is as illiberal as banning its sale. Criminalisation of clients perpetuates the idea of all prostitutes as victims forced into the trade. Some certainly are—by violent partners, people-traffickers or drug addiction. But there are already harsh laws against assault and trafficking. Addicts need treatment, not a jail sentence for their clients.

Sweden’s avowed aim is to wipe out prostitution by eliminating demand. But the sex trade will always exist—and the new approach has done nothing to cut the harms associated with it. Street prostitution declined after the law was introduced but soon increased again. Prostitutes’ understandable desire not to see clients arrested means they strike deals faster and do less risk assessment. Canada’s planned laws would make not only the purchase of sex illegal, but its advertisement, too. That will slow down the development of review sites and identity- and health-verification apps.

The prospect of being pressed to mend their ways makes prostitutes less willing to seek care from health or social services. Men who risk arrest will not tell the police about women they fear were coerced into prostitution. When Rhode Island unintentionally decriminalised indoor prostitution between 2003 and 2009 the state saw a steep decline in reported rapes and cases of gonorrhoea*.

Prostitution is moving online whether governments like it or not. If they try to get in the way of the shift they will do harm. Indeed, the unrealistic goal of ending the sex trade distracts the authorities from the genuine horrors of modern-day slavery (which many activists conflate with illegal immigration for the aim of selling sex) and child prostitution (better described as money changing hands to facilitate the rape of a child). Governments should focus on deterring and punishing such crimes—and leave consenting adults who wish to buy and sell sex to do so safely and privately online.

Pretty Woman


Marisa Sung

The Business Of Sex

More Bang For Your Buck
The Economist
April 9, 2014

How new technology is shaking up the oldest business

FOR those seeking commercial sex in Berlin, Peppr, a new app, makes life easy. Type in a location and up pops a list of the nearest prostitutes, along with pictures, prices and physical particulars. Results can be filtered, and users can arrange a session for a €5-10 ($6.50-13) booking fee. It plans to expand to more cities.

Peppr can operate openly since prostitution, and the advertising of prostitution, are both legal in Germany. But even where they are not, the internet is transforming the sex trade. Prostitutes and punters have always struggled to find each other, and to find out what they want to know before pairing off. Phone-box “tart cards” for blonde bombshells and leggy señoritas could only catch so many eyes. Customers knew little about the nature and quality of the services on offer. Personal recommendations, though helpful, were awkward to come by. Sex workers did not know what risks they were taking on with clients.

Now specialist websites and apps are allowing information to flow between buyer and seller, making it easier to strike mutually satisfactory deals. The sex trade is becoming easier to enter and safer to work in: prostitutes can warn each other about violent clients, and do background and health checks before taking a booking. Personal web pages allow them to advertise and arrange meetings online; their clients’ feedback on review sites helps others to proceed with confidence.

Even in places such as America, where prostitution and its facilitation are illegal everywhere except Nevada, the marketing and arrangement of commercial sex is moving online. To get round the laws, web servers are placed abroad; site-owners and users hide behind pseudonyms; and prominently placed legalese frames the purpose of sites as “entertainment” and their content as “fiction”.

The shift online is casting light on parts of the sex industry that have long lurked in the shadows. Streetwalkers have always attracted the lion’s share of attention from policymakers and researchers because they ply their trade in public places. They are more bothersome for everyone else—and, because they are the most vulnerable, more likely to come to the attention of the police and of social or health workers. But in many rich countries they are a minority of all sex workers; just 10-20% in America, estimates Ronald Weitzer, a sociologist at George Washington University.

The wealth of data available online means it is now possible to analyse this larger and less examined part of the commercial-sex market: prostitution that happens indoors. It turns out to be surprisingly similar to other service industries. Prostitutes’ personal characteristics and the services they offer influence the prices they charge; niche services attract a premium; and the internet is making it easier to work flexible hours and to forgo a middleman.

Websites such as AdultWork allow prostitutes, both those working independently and those who work through agencies and brothels, to create profiles through which customers can contact them. They can upload detailed information about themselves, the range of services they provide, and the rates they charge. Clients can browse by age, bust or dress size, ethnicity, sexual orientation or location.

Other websites garner information from clients, who upload reviews of the prostitutes they have visited with details of the services offered, prices paid and descriptions of the encounters. On PunterNet, a British site, clients describe the premises, the encounter and the sex worker, and choose whether to recommend her. Such write-ups have enabled her to build a personal brand, says one English escort, Michelle (like many names in this article, a pseudonym), and to attract the clients most likely to appreciate what she offers.

We have analysed 190,000 profiles of sex workers on an international review site. (Since it is active in America, it was not willing to be identified for this article. A disclaimer on the site says the contents are fictional; we make the assumption that they are informative all the same.) Each profile includes customers’ reviews of the worker’s physical characteristics, the services they offer and the price they charge.

The data go back as far as 1999. For each individual we have used the most recent information available, with prices corrected for inflation. Some of those featured may appear under more than one name, or also work through agencies. The data cover 84 cities in 12 countries, with the biggest number of workers being in America and most of the rest in big cities in other rich countries. As this site features only women, our analysis excludes male prostitutes (perhaps a fifth of the commercial-sex workforce). Almost all of those leaving reviews are men.

The most striking trend our analysis reveals is a drop in the average hourly rate of a prostitute in recent years (see chart 1). One reason is surely the downturn that followed the 2007-08 financial crisis. Even prostitutes working in places that escaped the worst effects have been hit. Vanessa, a part-time escort in southern England, finds that weeks can go by without her phone ringing. Men see buying sex as a luxury, she says, and with the price of necessities rising it is one they are cutting back on. Even when she offers discounts to whip up interest, clients are scarcer than they were. In places where the job market slumped, the effect is more marked (whether prostitution is legal may affect prices, too, but the wide variation between American cities shows that this is not the only factor). The cost of an hour with an escort in Cleveland, Ohio, where unemployment peaked at 12.5% in 2010, has tumbled.

Large-scale migration is another reason prices are falling. Big, rich cities are magnets for immigrants of all professions, including sex workers. Nick Mai of London Metropolitan University has studied foreign sex workers in Britain. He has found that as they integrate and get used to the local cost-of-living, their rates tend to rise. But where the inward flow is unceasing, or where the market was previously very closed, immigrants can push prices down.

Since the European Union enlarged to include poorer eastern European countries, workers of every sort have poured into their richer neighbours. By all accounts prices have been dropping in Germany as a result of the arrival of new, poor migrants, says Rebecca Pates of the University of Leipzig. Sally, a semi-retired British escort who runs a flat in the west of England where a few “mature” women sell sex, says English girls are struggling to find work: there are too many eastern European ones willing to accept less.

Twenty years ago most prostitutes in Norway were locals who all aimed to charge about the same, says May-Len Skilbrei, a sociologist at Oslo University. Today, with growing numbers of sex workers from the Baltic states and central Europe, as well as Nigerians and Thais, such unofficial price controls are harder to sustain.

Inexperience is another reason newcomers to prostitution may underprice themselves, at least at first. Maxine Doogan, an American prostitute and founder of the Erotic Service Providers Union, a lobby group, learnt her trade from a woman who worked for years in a brothel in Nevada, the only American state where prostitution is legal. The older woman taught her what to regard as standard or extra, and how much to charge. When Ms Doogan started out, in 1988, standard services (vaginal sex and fellatio) cost $200 an hour, the equivalent of $395 today. But some of those starting out now still charge $200, she says, or offer extra services, including risky ones such as oral sex without a condom, without charging an appropriate premium.

The shift online has probably boosted supply by drawing more locals into the sex trade, too. More attractive and better-educated women, whose marital and job prospects are therefore better, are more likely to consider sex work if it is arranged online. Indoor sex work is safer than streetwalking, and the risk of arrest is lower. Rented flats or hotel rooms are more discreet than brothels, so family and friends are less likely to identify the new source of income. Anonymity becomes a possibility, which lessens the fear of stigma. Creating an online profile separates the decision to take up the work from parading for punters.

Meanwhile, broader social change may be reducing demand—and thus, prices. Free, no-strings-attached sex is far easier to find than in the past. Apps such as Tinder facilitate speedy hookups; websites such as Ashley Madison and Illicit Encounters, adulterous ones. Greater acceptance of premarital intercourse and easier divorce mean fewer frustrated single and married men turning to prostitutes.

Dearer for johns
Our analysis shows how a prostitute’s hourly rate varies according to the nature of the services she provides and her reported physical characteristics. As in other bits of the economy, clients who seek niche services must pay more. Sex workers who offer anal sex or spanking earn on average $25 or $50 more per hour, respectively (see chart 2). Those who will accept two male clients at once or do threesomes with another woman command a larger premium.

Appearance matters a great deal. The customers who reported encounters to the website we analysed clearly value the stereotypical features of Western beauty: women they describe as slim but not scrawny, or as having long blonde hair or full breasts, can charge the highest hourly rates (see chart 3). Hair that is bleached too unconvincingly to be described as blonde attracts a lower premium, but is still more marketable than any other colour. For those not naturally well endowed, breast implants may make economic sense: going from flat-chested to a D-cup increases hourly rates by approximately $40, meaning that at a typical price of $3,700, surgery could pay for itself after around 90 hours. The 12% share of women featured on the site who are described both as athletic, slim or thin, and as being at least a D-cup, suggests that quite a few have already taken this route.

A prostitute’s rates also vary according to her ethnicity and nationality. What attracts a premium in one place can attract a penalty in another. According to our analysis, in four big American cities and London, black women earn less than white ones.

We had too few data from other cities for a reliable breakdown by ethnicity. But Christine Chin of the American University in Washington, DC, has studied high-end transnational prostitutes in several countries. In Kuala Lumpur, she found, black women command very high rates and in Singapore, Vietnamese ones do. In Dubai, European women earn the most. What counts as exotic and therefore desirable varies from place to place, and depends on many factors, such as population flows.

Local markets have other quirks. According to the site we analysed, an hour with an escort in Tokyo is a bargain compared with one in London or New York. Yet a cost-of-living index compiled by the Economist Intelligence Unit, our sister organisation, suggests that Tokyo is the most expensive city overall of the three. The apparent anomaly may be because escorts who appear on an English-language review site mostly cater to foreigners, who are not offered the more unusual—and expensive—services Japanese prostitutes provide for locals. These include the bubble baths and highly technical massages of Sopurando (“Soapland”), a red-light district in Tokyo, which can cost ¥60,000 ($600) for a session and involve intercourse (although that is not advertised).

A degree appears to raise earnings in the sex industry just as it does in the wider labour market. A study by Scott Cunningham of Baylor University and Todd Kendall of Compass Lexecon, a consultancy, shows that among prostitutes who worked during a given week, graduates earned on average 31% more than non-graduates. More lucrative working patterns rather than higher hourly rates explained the difference. Although sex workers with degrees are less likely to work than others in any given week (suggesting that they are more likely to regard prostitution as a sideline), when they do work they see more clients and for longer. Their clients tend to be older men who seek longer sessions and intimacy, rather than a brief encounter.

How much brothels and massage parlours use the internet depends on local laws. America’s legal restrictions mean that they keep a low profile, both offline and online. In Britain, where brothels are illegal though prostitution is not, massage parlours advertise the rotas and prices of their workers online but are coy about the services rendered. By contrast Paradise, a mega-brothel in Germany, boasts a frank and informative website.

But it is independent sex workers for whom the internet makes the biggest difference. Mr Cunningham has tracked the number of sex workers in American cities on one review site. In the decade to 2008, during which online advertising for commercial sex took off, the share describing themselves as independent grew.

For prostitutes, the internet fulfils many of the functions of a workplace. It is a “break-room and hiring hall”, says Melissa Gira Grant, the author of “Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work”. Online forums replace the office water-cooler. Women exchange tips on dealing with the everyday challenges of sex work; a busy thread on one forum concerns which sheets stand up best to frequent washing.

A mother in Scotland asks how other prostitutes juggle child care and selling sex, given that bookings are often made at short notice so babysitters are hard to arrange. Another contributor who is thinking of having children asks how much other women saved before taking time off to have a baby, and whether the new calls on their time meant they earned less after giving birth. One reply points out that prostitution is easier than many other jobs to combine with motherhood: it pays well enough to cover child-care costs, and can be fitted around school holidays, plays and sports days, and children’s illnesses.

Women who are considering entering the industry often seek advice online from those already in it before making up their minds. Melanie, who earns £65,000 ($109,000) a year, says that she is considering selling sex on the side for a few months to pay off debts. She asks which agency to use and how to get the highest rate. But she also worries that a stint selling sex would harm her future career. Experienced sex workers respond that anonymity will be easier to preserve if she works independently, rather than through an agency, and warn her that she is entering a crowded market. The stress of living a double life should not be underestimated, they caution, and it will not be easy money.

Many of those contributing to such discussions hold other jobs, often part-time, and tout the merits of a steady source of additional income and something innocuous to put on a CV. Sarah says her escort work means she can pay for her daughter’s dance and music lessons, which would be unaffordable on just her “civvy job”. Some husbands and boyfriends know about their wives’ and girlfriends’ work, or even act as managers, drivers and security. Other women keep what they do a secret from those closest to them.

Advertising and booking clients online give prostitutes flexibility about where to work. They can “tour”, using their own home pages or profiles on specialist websites to advertise where they will be and when. In densely populated Britain, where prostitutes work in most places, tours allow those who normally serve small towns to visit cities crammed with potential customers. In Norway, says Ms Skilbrei, prostitutes are concentrated in the main cities, so a tour is a chance to satisfy pent-up demand in small towns.

The freelancers, part-timers and temps the internet is bringing to the sex trade are likely to help it absorb demand shocks. In 2008 the Republican and Democratic national conventions were held in Minneapolis and Denver respectively. Around 50,000 visitors flocked to each city. Another study by Mr Cunningham and Mr Kendall found that the numbers of advertisements for sex on the now-defunct “erotic services” section of Craigslist, a classified-advertising site, were 41% higher in Minneapolis and 74% higher in Denver around the conventions than expected for those days of the week and times of year.

Health and safety

Sex work exposes those who do it to serious risks: of rape and other violence, and of sexually transmitted infections. But in this industry, like many others, the internet is making life easier.

Online forums allow prostitutes to share tips about how to stay safe and avoid tangling with the law. Some sites let them vouch for clients they have seen, improving other women’s risk assessments. Others use services such as Roomservice 2000, another American site, where customers can pay for a background check to present to sex workers. Both sides benefit since the client can demonstrate trustworthiness without giving credit-card details or phone numbers to the prostitute.

Sites that are active in restrictive jurisdictions must be careful not to fall foul of the law. In June the FBI shut down MyRedBook, an advertising-and-review site with a chat section for sex workers. Its owners face charges of money laundering and facilitating prostitution. American police sometimes use such sites to entrap prostitutes. As they wise up to this, sex workers are using sites that allow them to verify clients’ identities to help them avoid stings. But that adds unnecessary hassle and distracts from what should be most important: staying safe. “Screening for cops [is now] the priority over screening for rapists, thieves, kidnappers,” says Ms Doogan.

In Britain, Ugly Mugs runs an online database that prostitutes can use to check punters’ names and telephone numbers. In America the National Blacklist, a “deadbeat registry”, allows them to report men who are abusive or fail to pay. Other women can check potential clients by names, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and online aliases. Though not specifically aimed at sex workers, apps such as Healthvana make it easy for buyer and seller to share verified results in sexual-health tests.

Moving online means prostitutes need no longer rely on the usual intermediaries—brothels and agencies; pimps and madams—to drum up business or provide a venue. Some will decide to go it alone. That means more independence, says Ana, a Spanish-American erotic masseuse who works in America and Britain. It also means more time, effort and expertise put into marketing. “You need a good website, lots of great pictures, you need to learn search-engine optimisation…it’s exhausting at times,” she says.

Leaving the streets behind

Others will still prefer to have a manager or assistant to take care of bookings and social media. “[Nowadays] you have people hitting you up on Twitter, Facebook, your website, and e-mail,” says Ms Doogan. Eros.com, an international listings site, allows prostitutes to tell clients whether they are currently available. But it means going online every hour or two, which is a chore. And online advertising is not cheap. Ms Doogan used to spend 10% of her income on print adverts; she spends far more on online ones because with so many people advertising, returns are lower. Checking customers’ bona fides also takes time.

Meanwhile some traditional forms of prostitution are struggling. In the decade to 2010 the number of licensed sex clubs in the Netherlands fell by more than half, according to a study for Platform31, a Dutch research network. Much of the decline will have been offset by the growth of sex work advertised online, it reckons. Many prostitutes would rather work from private premises than in a club or for an agency, says Sietske Altink, one of the authors. Dutch municipalities often bar such work—but the option of finding clients online makes such rules harder to enforce.

That shift will make the sex industry harder for all governments to control or regulate, whether they seek to do so for pragmatic or moralistic reasons, or out of concern that not all those in the industry are there by their own free will. Buyers and sellers of sex who strike deals online are better hidden and more mobile than those who work in brothels, or from clubs or bars, points out Professor Weitzer of George Washington University. Ireland has banned the advertising of sexual services since 1994. The prohibition has achieved almost nothing, says Graham Ellison, a sociologist at Queen’s University in Belfast. Websites simply moved to other jurisdictions. The closure of those such as MyRedBook may prompt American ones to do the same; as they grow more specialised, the excuse that they merely host classified advertisements is wearing thin.

In the long term there will always be people who, for whatever reason, want to hire a prostitute rather than do without sex or pick up a partner in a bar. As paid-for sex becomes more readily and discreetly available online, more people will buy it. A greater awareness may develop that not all sex workers are the victims of exploitation. The very discretion—and the hidden nature of such prostitution—may also mean that the stigma persists. But, overall, sex workers will profit. The internet has disrupted many industries. The oldest one is no exception.

Sexual Healing

Marisa Sung

The Buttiful And Kegel Benefits Of Lotte Berk

The original Lotte Berk program started in New York City and the Hamptons! It became so popular that it has been adapted by different former students and developed into forms of ballet, pilates and yoga. In some cases, all three of these disciplines are incorporated into a Barre Program which is not the original Lotte Berk Program but a version of it. Lotte Berk Method is so similar to the Modern Dance Classes that were taught in French at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. I attended the Playhouse for several years as a youth and the Modern Dance, Ballet and Jazz Dance Classes were my favorite.

I enjoy The Barre Program but nothing can beat the original Lotte Berk Program! A South Korean Girl named Michelle is currently working on a series of DVD's with Lotte Berk's daughter who is a religious practitioner of her mother's method. She looks unbelievable for her age! Michelle Rhee will be offering her DVD's hopefully in time for Christmas! I am patiently awaiting this offering! :)

In the meantime, there is an excellent Lotte Berk Studio in the UK that is run by Jo of Fairfax Studio! Here is her information:


Esther Fairfax (Lotte Berk's Daughter) demonstrating the Lotte Berk Technique

Esther is in amazing shape!!

Marisa Sung

Kathy Ireland Goes Barefoot For Miss America

Kathy Ireland is many things. A highly successful model and fashion designer. An entrepreneur and actress (remember Necessary Roughness?). And, as we all learned from Sunday night's Miss America pageant on ABC, she's also not afraid to choose comfort over style, going barefoot on national television.

I love Kathy Ireland, she is my idol!! I will send her some of my Indian Footbands by Marisa Sung. I bet she would love them!! She is so cool! :)

The 51-year-old rebel without a shoe didn't go out of her way to show off her bare feet while discussing the contestants with her fellow judges, but folks watching on TV quickly noticed and took to Twitter to express crack jokes.


Marisa Sung

Bernardo's List Of Business Networking Events And Parties In New York‏

Sep 15
EVENING 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM QNS Cowork Week:: "Keynote Presentation with Firat Parlak from Awesome: Understanding UI/UX for Startups" QNS Collective, 36-27 36th Street 2nd Floor LIC / Astoria, NY 11106. With Creative Director of Awesome, Firat Parlak. Multiple events Sept 15-20.
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Sep 16
MORNING 08:00 AM to 09:00 AM NYC TechBreakfast: "NYC: EasyPaint, The Edventure Builder, HireZoom.com, VerbalizeIt, LumiFi wireles" AOL/ Huffington Post, 6th Floor, Roebling Conference Room, 770 Broadway (Entrance on 9th St). At this monthly breakfast get-together techies, developers, designers, and entrepreneurs learn from their peers through show and show-case presentations.
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EVENING 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Networking For Professionals: "Shakers and Stirrers - Business Networking Mixer" O'Brien's Irish Pub and Restaurant 134 West 46th Street New York, NY 10036. * Make quality business connections and mingle with top professionals. * Complimentary Nibbles & Cash bar with drink specials. $10. Online in advance: NFP Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 AT DOO. Cash Bar, Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres.
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06:00 PM to 08:30 PM Asian Women in Business: "Chelsea Art Tour" . Join Asian Women in Business as we go on a private Asian-themed gallery tour through the Chelsea Art District guided by an enthusiastic and renowned art advisor. $35. Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres. RSVP: info@awib.org 212-868-1368
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06:00 PM to 09:00 PM The NYC Business Networking Group: "This Ain't Your Mama's Business Mixer" Pranna NYC, 79 Madison at 28th St , NYC, 10016. We focus on helping you create long term relationships, not just hard selling your products and services. Dress is Smart-Casual. Event is Free. $10.00 prepaid (100 available) or $20 cash/door1. Cash Bar. RSVP: nycbiznet@gmail.com
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Sep 17
MORNING 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM Ideazio + Constant Contact: "Put Your Marketing on Auto-Pilot: Email Campaigns That Drive RESULTS!" Regus @ One Rockefeller Plaza. Directions: 49th Street, btw 5th & 6th Ave. This session will teach you the fundamentals of email marketing and how to deliver your best content for MAXIMUM results!. Event is Free.
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EVENING 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM OrderGroove, Lerer Hippeau: "NYC Talent Hack" OrderGroove Outdoor Terrace, 75 Broad Street, 23rd Floor. A matchmaking event for awesome people and awesome companies.
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05:30 PM to 07:30 PM University of Bridgeport: "Innovators Series" Schelfhaudt Gallery in the Arnold Bernhard Center, 84 Iranistan Avenue, Bridgeport, CT . Investing in a Creative Future. Event is Free. Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres. RSVP: mjfoster@bridgeport.edu 203.576.4696
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06:00 PM to 08:00 PM New York Dog Nanny : ""Naked Dog Party" to Launch PetFriendlyLiving.com at the NY Dog Nanny in NYC" New York Dog Nanny, 126 Lexington Avenue, 2nd Floor. PetFriendlyLiving.com is ready to launch their new website dedicated to pet friendly real estate listings.
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06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Princeton Architectural Press: "The Signs of Italy with Louise Fili at NYPL" New York Public Library - Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York. Renowned designer Louise Fili shows her favorite Italian signs, converses with Debbie Millman, autographs GRAFICA DELLA STRADA: THE SIGNS OF ITALY. Event is Free. Free. RSVP: jaime@papress.com 212-995-9620 x232
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07:00 PM to 09:00 PM Joe Nunziata: "Karma Buster" 15 W 39th Street, New York, NY. Did you know your karma is the key to your entire life? . $20.
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Sep 18
DAY 08:00 AM to 05:00 PM The Cyber Security Summit: "The NYC Cyber Security Summit" New York Hilton Midtown . 1335 6th Ave, New York, NY 10019. The Cyber Security Summit, an executive conference series sponsored by The Wall Street Journal, is set to be held on September 18th in New York City. Dress is Business. *Use promo code "CSS2014" for 50% off full confere.
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08:30 AM to 08:00 PM Laura Leites and Adrienne Garland: "WomanCon 2014" 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY. Dress is Smart-Casual. $149. For Bernardo's List readers $99. Open Bar, Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres, Cold Buffet. RSVP: adrienne@womancon.com 5167768569
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MORNING 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM Joe Nunziata: "Create Your Business Breakthrough" 15 W 39th Street, New York, NY. Discover the keys to create a breakthrough in your business and career. Event is Free.
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EVENING 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM NYAMA: "Digital Marketing in the Era of Change" Ketchum, 1285 Avenue of the Americas at 51st Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10019. Right Content. Right Person. Right Time. Captivating Customers With Compelling Content and Recommendations To Drive Sales. $65. $45.00 for members. Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres.
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06:30 PM to 10:00 PM New Rochelle Humane Society : "New Rochelle Humane Society Paws for A Heart Gala Dinner 2014" Glen Island Harbour Club 299 Weyman Ave New Rochelle, NY 10805. $150.
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Sep 19
DAY 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM WIE Network: "WIE SYMPOSIUM NEW YORK 2014" The Puck Building, 295 Lafayette St. WIE is a social enterprise whose mission is to empower tomorrow's women leaders. Its global conferences connect emerging leaders with established trailblazers.
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Sep 20
EVENING 08:00 PM to 10:00 PM through Saturday,
Oct 11 Blowout Theatre Company: "In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm" IRT Theater. 154 Christopher Street, #3B. New York, NY. Blowout Theatre Company is proud to present the world premiere of In Antarctica, Where it is Very Warm, written by Jona Tarlin and directed by Kyle Metzger. $15. $15 online, $18 at the door. Beverages. RSVP: kerry@blowouttheatre.com 703-967-0832
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Sep 22
EVENING 06:00 PM to 07:30 PM CEO Trust: "NY Leadership: The Business of the Beatles, Broadway and Beyond" Midtown Manhattan. Directions: Preregistration is required. Dress is Business. $110.
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07:30 PM to 08:30 PM through Monday,
Nov 17 Wu Wei Martial arts : "Tai chi for beginners " Christ The King High School Adult Continuing Education Program. Directions: e-mail wuwei 18@mac.com or visit website:. Tai Chi is ideal for people of all ages As the body ages, it stiffens and is more susceptible to pain and injuries.Tai chi helps relieve the stiffness and pain. RSVP: wuwei18@mac.ocm 718.894.4761
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Sep 25
NOON 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM through Saturday,
Sep 27 Serendipity Magazine: "WINE+FOOD Festival" Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT. The 2014 Greenwich WINE+FOOD Festival, a three-day event presented by Serendipity magazine to benefit The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp will be September 25-27th. Dress is Smart-Casual. Check prices for specific dates www.greenwichwineandfood.com. Cash Bar, Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres. RSVP: wineandfood@ungepublishing.com
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EVENING 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM Light of Gold PR: "Gold Business Connect Networking Game Show" Regus 750 Third Ave. 9th Floor. Are you bored of going to the same old networking events? Come out and connect, network, and learn about business and resources to grow your business and brand. Dress is Business. $10. Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres. RSVP: lightofgoldpr@gmail.com 917-385-1079
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Sep 29
DAY 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM Asian American / Asian Research Institute - CUNY: "CUNY Conference on Asian American Economic Empowerment: Ignite Your Business and Prepare to Scale" CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue - Concourse Level, Manhattan. AAARI's 6th annual economic empowerment conference will provide you with reality based tools and skills to scale up and grow your business. Dress is Business. $25. $40 after Sept 20, until Sept 26; $50 at the door. Cold Buffet. Breakfast and Lunch - Sandwiches.
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Sep 30
EVENING 06:00 PM to 08:00 PM Networking For Professionals: "Shakers and Stirrers - Business Networking Mixer" Morton's 500 East Broward Blvd Ft Lauderdale, Florida 33394. * Make quality business connections and mingle with top professionals. $10. For Bernardo's List readers $20. Online in advance: NFP Members: $10, Non-Members: $15 AT DOO. Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres.
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Oct 1
DAY 01:00 PM to 09:00 PM Pace University Entrepreneurship Lab : "Veterans Entrepreneurship Boot Camp " 163 William street, Room 344, New York, NY10038. A program sponsored by a grant from the Blackstone charitable foundation focused on teaching veterans the skills for new business start-up. Dress is Business. Event is Free. All costs covered by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation .
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Oct 2
DAY 09:00 AM to 07:00 PM The NYC Business Networking Group: "Business Gets Personal in NYC: Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk & Dave Ramsey" ose Theater, Time Warner Center, Broadway at 60th St, NY 10023. 1 Day Only...keynotes, panels and networking opportunities, this is a chance for you and your team to gain insight into leadership and marketing strategies. Dress is Business. Various Prices: Use code MEETUP for $100 off any seat. RSVP: nycbiznet@gmail.com
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11:00 AM to 07:30 PM Starlight Capital, Inc.: "Private Equity 2014" The Yale Club New York. 16 Entrepreneurs and 150+ investors. Dress is Business. $975. For Bernardo's List readers $475. Prices are for Investors. Call for other pricing. Open Bar, Beverages, Hors d'oeuvres. RSVP: emersonb@starlightcapital.com 1 907 733 4303

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