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Brace yourselves, gents, a new male birth control is coming and all it requires is a shot to your scrotum. Okay, I’m not volunteering to be first up, but it’s got to be better than a vasectomy, right?
According to Bloomberg, the new birth control is called reversible inhibition of sperm under guidance, or RISUG, and was pioneered by Sujoy Guha, a 76-year-old biomedical engineer who invented the product at a rural university startup in India.
The procedure is reversible, unlike a vasectomy, so it doesn’t require any snipping of your junk, phew.
Here’s how it works, according to Bloomberg:
Guha’s technique for impairing male fertility relies on a polymer gel that’s injected into the sperm-carrying tubes in the scrotum. The gel, which has the consistency of melted chocolate, carries a positive charge that acts as a buffer on negatively charged sperm, damaging their heads and tails, and rendering them infertile.
After the treatment everything else functions normally, it just means that as the sperm swims through the vas deferens — the tube that brings your sperm from point A, your balls, through point B, your penis, and finally to point C, a vagina, during heterosexual intercourse — they pass the gel, which works like a mesh layer to zap and neutralize the little guys, leaving them left to swim along listlessly, like tiny sailors lost at sea.
The procedure is 98% effective at preventing a pregnancy, which is on par with condoms, without the reduced sensitivity and the awkward feeling of wearing a plastic bag on your dick. Roughly 540 men have undergone the procedure in India, and it continues to prevent pregnancies in their partners 13 years after they’ve received the treatment, according to Bloomberg.
For those who get tired of the thought of their little sailors being zapped and rendered inert, the process is reversible. This requires another shot, which breaks down the polymer gel and flushes it out. But hey, it beats a condom, or the more permanent alternative — a 100 year-old surgery that literally cuts into your genitals.
However, unlike a prophylactic, this won’t keep you safe from any STDs, so when in doubt, don’t be a fool, wrap your tool.
MONS, Belgium (Reuters) - The United States will send 20,000 troops to Europe next April and May in its biggest military exercises on European soil since the Cold War to underscore Washington's commitment to NATO, a senior allied commander said on Tuesday.
Days after a NATO summit in London at which U.S. President Donald Trump called low-spending European allies "delinquent", U.S. Major General Barre Seguin said the exercises, centered on Germany, will be the largest of their kind in 25 years.
"This really demonstrates transatlantic unity and the U.S. commitment to NATO," Seguin, who oversees allied operations from NATO's military headquarters in Belgium, told Reuters.
Gold Star family members might finally see an end to the so-called "Widows Tax" thanks to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020.
The top Pentagon watchdog has announced it would be investigating all deaths of recruits during initial military training over the past five years, the agency said in a statement last week.
In a Dec. 4 memo, the DoD Inspector General said it was changing the scope of an investigation it had opened on Nov. 18 that was titled Evaluation of Medical Resources and Guidance to Trainers at Recruit Training Centers in the DoD. Its new title, the IG said, would be Evaluation of Medical Protocols and Deaths of Recruits in the DoD.
While its original objective of looking into the medical resources available to recruits would remain the same, the IG said it would now also review all deaths of recruits at military basic training facilities between Jan. 1, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2019.
The move comes in the wake of several deaths at basic training facilities over the past year. In April, the Navy announced a safety review after two prospective sailors died at its recruit training facility in Great Lakes, Illinois. Seaman Recruit Kelsey Nobles died after a fitness test that month; Seaman Recruit Kierra Evans also died after the run portion of the fitness test.
In September, an 18-year-old soldier died following a "medical emergency" before a training drill at Fort Jackson, S.C.
Meanwhile, the Marine Corps has disciplined more than 20 Marines over misconduct at its San Diego boot camp since 2017, according to The Washington Post. The action came in the wake of a scandal involving the death of a 20-year-old Muslim recruit named Raheel Siddiqui, who fell 40 feet to his death at the Parris Island training facility, where he and other Muslims were targeted for abuse by their drill instructor (the instructor was later sentenced to 10 years in prison at court-martial).
According to the IG, Pentagon investigators will visit all DoD recruit training facilities and interview personnel from each service's education and training commands. They will also speak with personnel at military medical facilities, the Defense Health Agency, and those assigned at the Military Entrance Processing Command, which does the initial intake for civilians going into military service.
The number of substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against senior Army officials increased this year, according to an Army Inspector General report recently presented to service leaders and obtained by Task & Purpose.
The document, which lays out broad details of IG investigations undertaken in fiscal year 2019, looks at investigations specific to senior Army officials, which includes "promotable colonels, general officers and senior executives," according to Army spokesman Lt. Col. Emanuel Ortiz.
Marine Corps senior leaders have begun to express cautious openness to the idea of making the service's boot camps fully co-ed. But if Congress has its way, the service may be pushed toward full integration sooner than expected.
The final conference version of the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act includes a provision that would require the service to integrate both its East Coast and West Coast entry-level training facilities within the next eight years.