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Christian swingers create website to share love of three-ways and Jesus

Fitness and Jesus buffs Christy Parave and her husband, Dean Parave, love three-way sex. They find the experience heavenly. The Florida couple started Fitness Swingers to share with other Christian couples their love of sharing spouses. “So far today, God hasn’t told me, ‘Dean stop that, it’s a sin. I don’t want you to do that.’ Until he does that, I’m going to keep trying to help as many people as I can,” Dean told Florida media. Dean thinks what they do is a ministry. Christy, apparently, took a bit to convince. “God put people on the Earth to breed and enjoy each other,” she told media. “I feel God is always with me and he has put us here for a reason.” Their daughter helps run the Fitness Swingers website. [Source: Huffington Post]

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All My Puny Sorrows shortlisted for another award

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews has been nominated for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She’s the only author to be considered for both the Writers’ Trust and the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The finalists were announced at Toronto’s Ben McNally Books, and were chosen by a panel writers and former Writers’ Trust winners. Toews’s work was shortlisted from 127 entries. All finalists will receive $2,500, and the winner, which will be announced on Nov. 4, along with the winner of the Writers’ Trust/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, will receive $25,000. Toews won the prize in 2008 for her work The Flying Troutmans. [Source: Globe and Mail]

Spyware used to monitor Hong Kong protesters  

The Chinese government is likely behing a phishing scam spreading via WhatsApp that can access a user’s personal info, says Lacoon Mobile Security. According to a New York Times report, the scam is being used to monitor pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The scam appears in the form of a text that reads, “Check out this Android app designed by Code4HK for the coordination of OCCUPY CENTRAL!” The message comes with a link to download the fake app. Lacoon says, when downloaded, text messages, phone calls, and physical location are accessible to whatever body is behind the scam. The scam’s origins are unknown, but Lacoon says they’ve been able to trace the poisonous text to a computer similar to what the Chinese government used against the U.S. last year. Both IOS and Android users are vulnerable. The news comes on China’s National Day as thousands more protesters join the campaign for free elections in Hong Kong. China has reneged on its earlier promise to allow Hong Kong to choose its own leader. In August of this year, the announced all leadership candidates would have to approved by Beijing. [Souce: The Verge]

New York Times slashes jobs 

The New York Times announced Wednesday it will be slashing 100 newsroom jobs, as advertising revenue continues to decline, and their other initiatives fall short. The cuts come in the form of buyouts, first, then layoffs, if needed. The app NYT Opinion is one casualty of the cuts.  But, despite these and other cuts the paper has recently made, their newsroom has been able to grow from 1,250 too 1,330 in the course of a year. The growth is largely due to the expansion of the paper’s digital services, which it will continue to invest in. [Source: Reuters]

Minimum wage increases in Manitoba 

Manitoba can now boast the fourth highest minimum wage in Canada. The base wage increased by a quarter Oct. 1 making it $10.70 per hour. The move is being hailed as an effective way to attract and keep workers. But, according to CBC Manitoba, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business thinks the raise will make it harder for small business to hire the staff needed to survive. Instead, it wants to see a lower, training wage that would alleviate some of the fiscal pressures businesses face when teaching inexperienced staff. [Source: CBC Manitoba]


Toban Dyck writes this, and hopes to write something else soon, as well. Follow his antics at @tobandyck 

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