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Real Hair, Real Nails ... Really Creepy? Auction For Inflatable Doll Tops $100,000

CLARÍN

Worldcrunch

SÃO PAOLO - “The Girl from Ipanema” made Brazilian women famous for their beauty but now, it seems, the South American country has a new fetish for a different kind of woman says Clarín.

For three days, São Paolo will host the first Inflatable Doll World Congress, organized by an online sex shop, Sexônico.

Enter, Valentina. She’s the newest model made of silicone from the Real Dolls company and there will be an auction for her, beginning at a cool $50,000. Bidding, which closes at the end of the month, has already topped $100,000, according to the Sexônico website.

She has skin that is almost identical to a real human’s and has new, unprecedented functions for an inflatable doll. This creation by Real Dolls aims to reach maximum similarities to a real, human woman. Asides from her buxom body, she has real nails, teeth and human hair -- that must be washed with shampoo, obviously.

The auction for spending “the first night” with Valentina includes spending a night with her in a Presidential Suite in a 5-star hotel, together with an aromatherapy bathtub -- compete with rose petals and French Champagne -- to get you “in the mood”.

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In Northern Kenya, Where Climate Change Is Measured In Starving Children

The worst drought in 40 years, which has deepened from the effects of climate change, is hitting the young the hardest around the Horn of Africa. A close-up look at the victims, and attempts to save lives and limit lasting effects on an already fragile region in Kenya.

Photo of five mothers holding their malnourished children

At feeding time, nurses and aides encourage mothers to socialize their children and stimulate them to eat.

Georgina Gustin

KAKUMA — The words "Stabilization Ward" are painted in uneven black letters above the entrance, but everyone in this massive refugee camp in Kakuma, Kenya, calls it ya maziwa: The place of milk.

Rescue workers and doctors, mothers and fathers, have carried hundreds of starving children through the doors of this one-room hospital wing, which is sometimes so crowded that babies and toddlers have to share beds. A pediatric unit is only a few steps away, but malnourished children don’t go there. They need special care, and even that doesn’t always save them.

In an office of the International Rescue Committee nearby, Vincent Opinya sits behind a desk with figures on dry-erase boards and a map of the camp on the walls around him. “We’ve lost 45 children this year due to malnutrition,” he says, juggling emergencies, phone calls, and texts. “We’re seeing a significant increase in malnutrition cases as a result of the drought — the worst we’ve faced in 40 years.”

From January to June, the ward experienced an 800 percent rise in admissions of children under 5 who needed treatment for malnourishment — a surge that aid groups blame mostly on a climate change-fueled drought that has turned the region into a parched barren.

Opinya, the nutrition manager for the IRC here, has had to rattle off these statistics many times, but the reality of the numbers is starting to crack his professional armor. “It’s a very sad situation,” he says, wearily. And he believes it will only get worse. A third year of drought is likely on the way.

More children may die. But millions will survive malnutrition and hunger only to live through a compromised future, researchers say. The longer-term health effects of this drought — weakened immune systems, developmental problems — will persist for a generation or more, with consequences that will cascade into communities and societies for decades.

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