The Daily Populous

Saturday December 19th, 2020 morning edition

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Body dissatisfaction is alarmingly common among women and research suggests that this is partly due to the unrealistic portrayal of female bodies in the media.

The glorification of very thin female bodies creates an ideal that women feel they have to meet in order to be seen as attractive to romantic partners.

Interestingly, there is an abundance of evidence suggesting that women think men prefer thinner female bodies than they actually do.

While much of the previous research has had participants evaluate silhouettes of female bodies, study authors Sarah N. Johnson and Renee Engeln wanted to take a different approach.

The researchers sought to extend the relevance of these findings by having participants evaluate images of real women in the media.

Having used images from actual women’s fashion magazines, the findings offer insight into how people view media representations of the female body.

The study, “Gender Discrepancies in Perceptions of the Bodies of Female Fashion Models”, was authored by Sarah N. Johnson and Renee Engeln. »

Chilean president handed $3,500 fine for mask-less selfie with stranger on beach

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SANTIAGO (Reuters) - Chilean President Sebastian Pinera was slapped with a $3,500 fine on Friday after posing for a selfie on the beach with a bystander without wearing a mask as required during the coronavirus pandemic, health authorities said.

The selfie shows the president and the woman standing very near to one another on a sunny day, neither wearing masks.

Chile has reported 581,135 cases of the virus since the outbreak began in March, and 16,051 deaths from the disease. »

Oops: Jared Kushner Reportedly Created a Shell Company to Secretly Pay Trump Family Members and Spend Half the Campaign’s Cash

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Oh, and, according to a new report, setting up a shell company that spent hundreds of millions of campaign dollars to pay Trump family members along with other expenditures it seemingly wanted to keep under wraps.

According to Business Insider, first son-in-law Jared Kushner personally approved the creation of the company, incorporated as American Made Media Consultants Corp. and American Made Media Consultants LLC, in April 2018.

From there, Eric Trump’s wife, Lara Trump, was named president, with Mike Pence’s nephew John Pence serving as vice president. »

50 years of tax cuts for the rich failed to trickle down, economics study says

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But a new study from the London School of Economics says 50 years of such tax cuts have only helped one group — the rich.

But the analysis discovered one major change: The incomes of the rich grew much faster in countries where tax rates were lowered.

Instead of trickling down to the middle class, tax cuts for the rich may not accomplish much more than help the rich keep more of their riches and exacerbate income inequality, the research indicates. »

Trump Won’t Denounce Hack Because He’s Subservient to Putin

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President Trump told reporters he hadn’t yet made up his mind who was responsible.

Trump, in other words, is ignoring Russian misconduct to complain that he has been accused of being willing to overlook Russian misconduct.

But the fact that Trump is the most pro-Russian figure in the Trump administration by far is not evidence against the proposition that there’s a nefarious element to his relationship with Putin. »