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Confirmed by science, or, Just as I always suspected…

I’ve often said here and elsewhere that, in my observation, conservatives tend to be very lazy-minded and/or drink-addled. Now, it appears that science bears me out:

And now there’s the new study linking conservative ideologies to “low-effort” thinking.

“People endorse conservative ideology more when they have to give a first or fast response,” the . . . → Read More: Confirmed by science, or, Just as I always suspected…

Oh crap, I almost forgot…

Happy Pi Day!

Heroes for Today: Sandra Fluke, standing tall for women

Watch this video in its entirety and see if you can find anything about this bright young woman that would justify the Pigman, Rush Limbaugh, in calling her a slut simply for asking that her Catholic university provide birth control pills to female students who need them for medical reasons:

Notice, too, how . . . → Read More: Heroes for Today: Sandra Fluke, standing tall for women

Stupid Sex(ist) Tricks: Why I will never be a vegan

Aside from the serious health concerns they blithely neglect to mention in their quest to turn the whole world vegan, PETA also engages in false, deceptive and highly offensive advertising that’s downright abusive to women:

There is so much wrong with this ad. What kind of man is so sexually out of control that . . . → Read More: Stupid Sex(ist) Tricks: Why I will never be a vegan

Festive Left Friday Blogging: Another satellite for Venezuela

Looks like Simón Bolívar will have even more company in orbit. In addition to his Bolivian and Ecuadorian counterparts, he’s going to be joined by another Venezuelan satellite, named after another independence hero:

The new satellite, “Generalísimo Francisco de Miranda”, represents a great leap for the development of technological independence in Venezuela, said president . . . → Read More: Festive Left Friday Blogging: Another satellite for Venezuela

I don’t think this will cure my cold.

Yes, kiddies, your auntie Bina is still under the weather. But since laughter is supposed to be the best medicine, let’s take the Rick Mercer cure, shall we?

Oof. Just made myself cough. Guess I’m not cured after all! But it does make me feel better to know that Peter Fucking Kent and Ezra . . . → Read More: I don’t think this will cure my cold.

Happy Groundhog Day!

Sure would be funny if all the local weather-’hogs went on strike like this, eh? After all, this is their hibernation time.

As for me, I’m celebrating Brigid today. Blessed be!

No more fucking Pink Things

I am the daughter of a breast cancer survivor. And I have just sworn never again to buy another “Pink for the Cure” (or whatever they call it) thing.

Not that I don’t love my pink long-sleeved Columbia t-shirt, or my pink lipsticks (all 11 of ‘em), but this whole damn pink thing has . . . → Read More: No more fucking Pink Things

Stupid Sex Tricks: Where NOT to get a tattoo, and why

Um, if you’re a dude…how about your genitalia? As for why, read on:

You’d think somebody repeatedly sticking a needle in your penis would be a little off-putting, but the 21-year-old Iranian apparently thought it would be a grand idea to have Persian script reading borow be salaamat (good luck on your journeys), and . . . → Read More: Stupid Sex Tricks: Where NOT to get a tattoo, and why

The Perfect Vagina

The perfect vagina from heather leach on Vimeo.

A hard-hitting documentary on an extreme form of plastic surgery and the physical and emotional damage it is doing to women and girls, as well as the outrageous demand (yes, from men!) for women with an unrealistic genital configuration.

Warning: Graphic. Includes a scene . . . → Read More: The Perfect Vagina

Cristina gets cancer, Chavecito gets topical, Jezebel gets Teh Stoopid

Dear lord, what is it with progressive LatAm leaders getting the fucking C-word? First it was Dilma, then Lugo, then Chavecito, then Lula, and now Cristina?

President Cristina Kirchner is suffering from a papillary cancer in the right lobe of her thyroid gland, according to an official statement from the Casa Rosada [presidential palace of . . . → Read More: Cristina gets cancer, Chavecito gets topical, Jezebel gets Teh Stoopid

The disappeared reappear in Argentina

Argentine forensic scientists unearth a mass grave at a military garrison which gained infamy during the junta dictatorship of the 1970s and early ’80s. Here’s a rundown of what they found in it, courtesy of Cubadebate:

A mass grave with remains of disappeared persons from the time of the dictatorship was discovered in the . . . → Read More: The disappeared reappear in Argentina

Stupid Sex Tricks: Beds are for sleeping, subways are for screwing

Subway sex at Spadina Station. Only in TO, folks.

From the Toronto Star, in both cases, we have the following funny Canadian contradiction. First, the sad news that we’re not getting a lot of nooky:

While it stands to reason that Canada’s cold climate would be enough to send us all back under the . . . → Read More: Stupid Sex Tricks: Beds are for sleeping, subways are for screwing

An Ecuadorable little satellite

A Russian Dnepr RS-20 rocket like this one will carry an Ecuadorian satellite into orbit next year.

Sheesh. Those crazy Latinos, whatever will they do next? First Venezuela puts Simón Bolívar into orbit, then Bolivia follows suit with Tupac Amaru. Now, Ecuador is also getting in on the Earth-orbiting business, with a tiny little . . . → Read More: An Ecuadorable little satellite

Stupid Sex Tricks: Viagra in WHAT?

Relax, it’s not quite so drastic. But yeah, it’s just about that silly:

Durex has a new condom out that promises to enhance erections with a gel inside the tip that contains Zanifil. The over-the-counter drug boosts blood flow in the penis, which leads to firmer, larger, and longer-lasting erections for men who might . . . → Read More: Stupid Sex Tricks: Viagra in WHAT?

The state-sponsored murder of Pablo Neruda

The official version of Pablo Neruda’s death goes something like this: World famous Chilean poet and Nobel winner dies of metastatic prostate cancer, age 69. But recent investigative findings put the lie to that version. Here’s the story that’s got Chileans, and Neruda fans everywhere, buzzing:

Poet Pablo Neruda did not die as a . . . → Read More: The state-sponsored murder of Pablo Neruda

Peter Kent, ignorant SupposiTory hack

Q. How does one get to be Minister of the Environment without any scientific knowledge whatsoever?

A. By being a faithful, appointed HarpoCon hack beforehand, and then coasting into office on that.

BTW, Peter Kent hates Venezuela. So it’s no surprise that he has scant respect for anything on Earth that he . . . → Read More: Peter Kent, ignorant SupposiTory hack

Stupid Science Tricks: 20 papers in five minutes

Two young women present a list of actual research papers that reads like the nominees for the next Ig Nobel prize. Sex, immaculate conception, plumbing, it’s all in there. Breasts make the list twice (what IS it about boobs?), and cat food and cockroaches also put in an appearance. My absolute fave, though, is . . . → Read More: Stupid Science Tricks: 20 papers in five minutes

How to have sex in an MRI scanner

A Dutch scientist from the University of Groningen enlists two friends to help him find out (a) whether sex in an MRI machine is feasible, and (b) what can be learned from it. As it turns out, the answers are (a) yes, and (b) plenty.

And, despite the fact that this bit of . . . → Read More: How to have sex in an MRI scanner

Quotable: Isaac Asimov on stupidity

Dear Mississippi…

Sorry to resort to pictures, but it seems that an awful lot of anti-choicers have difficulty reading. Amazing how many of these unsentient adults there are in Mississippi Goddamn, and how many of them take seriously the notion that a just-fertilized egg is a fully formed human being, capable of everything already and yet still […] . . . → Read More: Dear Mississippi…

Toronto Zoo’s gay penguins go viral

By now you’ve surely heard of Buddy and Pedro, the two adorable little African penguins at the Toronto Zoo who’ve struck up an adorable little same-sex pair bond but are being separated in order to mate their “top-notch genes” with those of eligible females? Well, their plight has gone viral, thanks to the famous Taiwanese […] . . . → Read More: Toronto Zoo’s gay penguins go viral

Stupid Sex Tricks: The ultimate stupid sex trick

Just file this one under “it’s all fun and games until someone breaks his penis”: A penile facture, or “broken penis,” is an injury that occurs to the erect penis. There are no bones in the penis; the “fracture” refers to tearing or laceration of a fibrous membrane called the tunica albuginea, which surrounds the […] . . . → Read More: Stupid Sex Tricks: The ultimate stupid sex trick

An icky, creepy (yet strangely apt) similarity

Separated at birth? On the left, “Dr.” Marcus Bachmann, spouse of a certain US Republican presidential aspirant, and professional homophobe who always sets my gaydar bleeping. On the right, John Wayne Gacy, psychopath, serial killer of young men and repressed homosexual. No respectable, accredited psychologist or psychiatrist would call homosexuality a disease, much less attempt […] . . . → Read More: An icky, creepy (yet strangely apt) similarity

What’s wrong with “crisis pregnancy” centres?

Well, for starters, there is NO SUCH THING as a “crisis” pregnancy. That word is utterly meaningless. And then there’s the fact that all this weasel-verbiage exists for a reason: to bamboozle unwary women (and girls!) into handing their decision-making powers to someone else…someone who is feeding them complete and utter bullshit: A survey of […] . . . → Read More: What’s wrong with “crisis pregnancy” centres?