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Planet Earth has not (yet) been destroyed by today's terrifying Boobquake experiment - one Indiana student's response to Iranian cleric Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi's insistence that immodestly dressed women provoke earthquakes. Sedighi recently declared: "Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupting …

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Grenade

Blimey

Do we really have to put up with these Bronze Age, mad, dangerous tossers? Can't we just wipe them out and save ourselves hundreds of years of religious cluster-fucks?

They'll be saying the Earth is flat next....... ;-)

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Wipe who out?

I think wiping women out is a bit of an extreme solution to what is, after all, just a jape.

It would put an end to a lot of religious problems though (as well as a whole load of other problems the human race has caused/experienced).

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re: Blimey

I say we take off and nuke the sight from orbit. Its the only way to be sure.

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Certainly

Right after we get rid of our own bronze aged numpties. And believe me.. They do exist.

One set of sky fairy worshippers is as bad as any of the others. So we either make them all illegal, take away their ability to speak out on behalf of their imaginary friend, or strip all religions of legal special treatment across the board.

Personally, I favour the latter. I'd love to see the pope arrested in connection with concealing information on child abuse from the police.

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Black Helicopters

Don't think this could happen

The pope is the absolute sovereign of a independent state, do you honestly think he is going to extradite himself? And what exactly would that accomplish?

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It must be hard

Having your job Lester. Tell me, do you actually get paid or pay El Reg to come up with this sort of stuff?!

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...Hard?

fnarrh fnarrh.

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Boobs 1, English comprehension 0

Amazing, either the translation is off, or our impromptu activist has serious deficiencies in parsing English. According to the quote, it's not the boobs that cause the earthquakes, it's the sinful fornication they "obviously" provoke which does so ... and THAT is a hypothesis I would very much like to test.

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Coat

I've tested this already

The earth always moves for her!

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@AC Boob1 ....

Actually he did blame women dressing scantily for causing the quake.

The result of them being scantily clad causes men to fornicate more often in turn causing earthquakes.

Now she has put to the test a large number of women (the first step to causing a earthquake) dressing scantily.

Now as nothing has happened we can now cross that off our list !!

I now propose a new experiment

I ask all members of el Reg to do their part and have sex with their partners (all in the name of science) at the same time.

Does 22:30 GMT this cumming ^HHHHHHH comming friday suit everybody ???

Remember people Science Needs YOU !!!!!

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Fwooar

Hmmm those jubblies made my desk quake

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Those bad boys

may have failed to produce a quake, but I've just had some movement in my underpants.

I'd say her norks were a 7 on the Rackter scale.

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Heart

Wow

They were an excellent specimen, for sure!

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Norks!

That made me laugh out loud you muppet. I could get into serious trouble, I'm not allowed to even smile for fear of getting sacked....

Keep your witty comments to yourself in future :)

Norks... definitely a term that should be used more often.

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It's not very scientific is it?

What is the objective?

Is she attempting to establish that leading young men astray, corrupting their chastity and spreading adultery in society doesn't lead to earthquakes, or that scantily clad lasses don't lead young men astray, etc.

I rather hope it's the latter, as encouraging adultery just to prove a point seems a little OTT.

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Who cares?

This is the sort of science experiment I like. I might have paid more attention to science classes at school if they did experiments like this.

The earth moved for me looking at Jennys picture ( or was that just flatulance)

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Happy

Just to prove a point?

"encouraging adultery just to prove a point seems a little OTT."

Dear AC, _any_ reason to corrupt my chastity and encourage adultery is a perfectly good reason.

Or would be if I wasn't married... still, I fully support anyone willing to jump in and be thoroughly corrupted. At least three times per night. ;-)

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um

"... _any_ reason to corrupt my chastity and encourage adultery is a perfectly good reason. Or would be if I wasn't married ..."

So adultery would be okay for you if you weren't married?

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Actually....

That cleric said that imodestly dressed women incited men to lust and adultury and it was this "energy " that caused the earth quakes... so if the women of world would really like to stress test this issue, they should be having affairs and madly flirting

Please tell me where you'd like to meet I'm happy to help !

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Unhappy

What a shame.

A missed oppertunity there...if only there had been a well timed earth quake we would no doubt have seen a mass increase in scantily clad ladies theatening to flash themselves at people. *sigh*, oh what could have been!

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Kudos

On picking up an interesting story

the clerics views are news to me and frankly this courageous young woman's counter to it is interesting.

I'm busy at work though, so I will revisit this story tonight.

When my wife's out.

AC for all the usual reasons

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Paris Hilton

hmmm...

Given that there are earth quakes daily would this 'experiment' not just add fuel to the fires of those living with these weird beliefs?

'See! She shakes her tits and look what happens! Earth Quakes! Yeah! See! I told you...'

However for the rest of us - carry on...

Paris - you know why...

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Statistical Analysis

Ah, my friend. You forgot that she was an *Indiana* college student (we grow'em right round here, eh?) ;)

Her blog also stated that she had accumulated earthquake activity for the days prior and she would continue for the days after, thereby allowing comparisons for seeing if there was *increased* sesmic activity during the, ahem, experiments.

Perhaps not a poker tournament winning heavenly body theorist, but hey - we get what we can!

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dunno

They flipped from earth quakes to tornados.

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Paris Hilton

Iran 1 - Boobs 0

Earthquake, 6.5 on Richter scale, at 02:59 GMT this morning in Taiwan.... looks like the Boobs really upset Iranian leader Imaginary Friend.....

Paris: only 0,1 on Richter...

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I for one welcome our new breast overlords

I for one welcome our new breast overlords and welcome the distant sound of motorboating as a sign of the coming messiah.

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Norks

That made me laugh out loud you muppet. I could get into serious trouble, I'm not allowed to even smile for fear of getting sacked....

Keep your witty comments to yourself in future :)

Norks... definitely a term that should be used more often.

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In Other News...

The new Nevada coastline has seen a glut of applications to build beachfront properties.

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Black Helicopters

Speak for yourselves...

...we had a minor earthquake (6.5 I believe) early in the morning here in Taipei, about the time that this experiment occurred.

I think these devious corrupt Americans should recompensate us!

I also believe the ash cloud causing me to be stuck in Taiwan is god's direct response to Newcastle.

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Pint

I speak for God

This just goes to show whiney and passive-aggressive a deity can be.

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Megaphone

This young woman should be applauded

She just should.

Seriously, if we are going to be bashing someone for being out of touch we should also look at the surveys in Britain that show a large minority of people think women who have been raped were partly responsible because they wore revealing clothes. Still, go on feel superior.

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so what is the truth

This is, of course, very emotive. But I've not seen any evidence one way or the other. It would be good to know whether there is a correlation between the incidence of scantily clad ladies and the incidence of rape. And if so, where the causality lies.

Not that rape is justified no matter how scantily clad anyone is, but I suspect there would be a correlation simply on the principle that a rising tide lifts all boats. i.e. a society that is more judicious in its personal morality is likely to have a lower incidence of both rape and liberal clothing policies and a society that is less moral it likely to have more of both.

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You what?

"a society that is more judicious in its personal morality is likely to have a lower incidence of both rape and liberal clothing policies and a society that is less moral it likely to have more of both."

I was under the impression that there was no correlation between sexual violence and 'morality'. Personally, I find it immoral to try to inflict your idea of morality on others, that's what seems to cause a lot of these problems in the first place. I'd go as far as to suggest that societies with more liberal attitudes towards sex would suffer from a lower incidence of sexual violence, as a consequence of sexual release being more readily available without having to resort to rape.

I don't know about you, but I'd rather live in a country where rape victims weren't prosecuted for being immoral (as reportedly happens in Iran), and people are free to make their own 'moral' choices rather than having them inflicted on them by some dubious-looking beardy blokes.

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Grenade

Leaving aside...

... that everything I have read (from reasonably reputable sources, at least) says rape is much more about assertion of power than it is about sexual need, it is pretty obvious that the more a society blames the victim (for any crime, not just rape), the less likely the crime is to be reported. Criminals love this, I'm sure.

If the end result of you speaking up that your cousin, father, local religious leader, or (about 25% as likely) some stranger raped you, is to be called a whore and persecuted (possibly even stoned to death, or otherwise 'honour killed'), would you call the attacker to account for their actions, or suffer in silence? Like I said, rapists love that sort of status quo, whether they be rapists in person, or rapists by proxy supporting such attitudes in a society.

I tend to agree with an AC above: there are concentrated pockets of backwards humanity, particularly in the mid-east and southern US, and one I could mention in Europe, that really would be of most benefit to humanity as test points for orbital nuclear deployment strategies.

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You may be right...

But I was kind of hoping someone would present some evidence one way or the other, rather than invective.

I also think you need to be careful not to interpret correlation in such a way that it equates to blame of the victim. Otherwise your stance against blaming the victim (which I wholeheartedly endorse) will be unnecessarily undermined if evidence does turn out to favour correlation.

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FAIL

Of course if a quake had happened...

Of course, if a quake had happened (by co-incidence obviously) she'd now be on her way to camp x-ray charged with terrorism.

planned to cause a quake => took action to cause a quake => quake happens => terrorism

They are Americans. Science is irrelevant.

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I'm busy but

I can manage some lusting if that helps to prove the point. Let me know when to start (I may go hahead without you).

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Megaphone

Cleric Ahmed says...

My temple has collapsed! You jezebelle of an infidel!

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is more investigation warranted?

Should we be encouraging the scientific community to investigate a possible correlation between the tornadoes that ripped across the southern and midwestern US this weekend and the centrifugal use of stripper poles across the same geographical region, during the same time period?

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SoCal is plagued by (small) quakes today

Many dozens of small Earthquakes in Southern California today. All small, but some guys prefer smaller ones anyway...

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Heart

Nah...

That's the myth that women with small ones like to perpetuate...

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Happy

Bit like the myth that...

a man's size doesn't matter, eh: ;-P

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Happy

A poor grasp?

Iranian clerics have a poor grasp of the fundamentals of plate tectonics. In fact I think you may find they have a poor grasp of most things!

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@A poor grasp?

My understanding has always been that earthquakes are caused by Iranian clerics with a very firm grasp of their todgers.

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Jubtastic!

That is all.

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Am I too late?

Why weren't we warned about this *before* it actually happened?

Then I could've been prepared in case a flesh-flasher was wandering in front of me.

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The CIA is interested in the military potential

Realising it could be incredibly cost-effective, they've established a black-ops program to explore the military applications of mammary-induced tectonic convulsions. The new division will be located next door to The Men Who Stare at Goats, and is provisionally named 'The Chicks who Flash at Scrotes'.

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Unhappy

Quaking Nukes

http://www.slate.com/id/2246332/

Long Live Democratic Seismology

Chile survived its huge earthquake relatively well. Iran would be a different story.

By Christopher Hitchens

Posted Monday, March 1, 2010, at 10:32 AM ET

... "In Tehran, Iran's capital, Dr. Bilham has calculated that one million people could die in a predicted quake similar in intensity to the one in Haiti." (Italics added.) ...

... And what would happen to the secret nuclear facilities, both under the ground and above it? ... what would the survivors think when they looked around the (possibly irradiated) ruins ...

... it should become part of our humanitarianism and our public diplomacy to warn the Iranian people of the man-made reasons that the results of a natural calamity would be hideously multiplied in their case. This, together with the offer of immediate help in earthquake-proofing, enhanced from our experiences in California, is nothing less than a moral responsibility. ...

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Have a look at her blog as well

e.g. The thing about the Christian anti-porn rally was entertaining

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For Science

This kind of breakthrough research must be peer reviewed and reproducible by independent bodies (preferably immodest). And what is the critical point? Is it one boob or two or many all at once....

Excuse me, I'll be in my bunk.

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