Lateral Arm Movement

I’m going out of town for the weekend, so I thought I’d leave something amusing, annoying, and/or offensive for everyone to stare at in my absence.

Other than pictures of yours truly, this is the most viewed picture in my Flickr account. It is also the most “favorited.”

That, my friends, is a pictoral representation of lateral arm movement taken from a medical textbook. I know what y’all dirty people were thinking. Nasty.

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Anything That Can Go Wrong Will Go Wrong

Illustrated. [via Avedon Carol]

If you need some more funny.

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Power Line

This is so telling:

I am duty-bound to report the talk of the New Orleans warehouse district last night: there was rejoicing (well, there would have been without the curfew, but the few people I saw on the streets were excited) when the power came back on for blocks on end. Kevin Tibbles was positively jubilant on the live update edition of Nightly News that we fed to the West Coast. The mini-mart, long ago cleaned out by looters, was nonetheless bathed in light, including the empty, roped-off gas pumps. The motorcade route through the district was partially lit no more than 30 minutes before POTUS drove through. And yet last night, no more than an hour after the President departed, the lights went out. The entire area was plunged into total darkness again, to audible groans. It’s enough to make some of the folks here who witnessed it… jump to certain conclusions.

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Katrina Links

What happens when you move people from LGBTQ-friendly New Orleans and into not-so-friendly areas of Texas? You get arrested for taking a shower.

Social analysis of the hurricane: Damn you single black welfare mothers for letting your animalistic sons run loose!

The worst of the worst. Vomitinducing. Examples:

-only an iron will could keep any normal person from looking at some of the NOLA refugees and saying “get over it, get a job, quit feeling sorry for yourselves.”

-While a lot of the people we saw on TV may be living in poverty, one thing is for sure, they eat well and often.

-The good news is that Hurricane Katrina destroyed five of nine Louisiana abortion mills, although their displaced vermin were scurrying around shelters within 72 hours handing out free morning-after pills and abortions.


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Shoot the Looters

It’s an idea that the right-wing loves. And hey, maybe I’ll give it a chance. Let’s start in Texas.

via DED Space.

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Sassy v. Jane

I still love Sassy best. But I like Jane, too. Now, the history of Jane Pratt, and why her new rag never lived up to Sassy.

via Karol.

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Another Mixmania

The disc (“DRIVE”) is sitting right in front of me, packaged and ready to go. Making these compilations is getting more and more difficult after I figured not everyone would enjoy the avant garde and punk rock.

The contents:
Continue reading

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Bush Nominates First-Trimester Fetus to the Supreme Court

“With its precocious intelligence and adorable pocket size, the fetus could very well prove to be the moderate ‘consensus candidate’ many on Capitol Hill have hoped for,” said attorney, author, and Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz. “And with its confirmation to a lifetime appointment on the bench, Bush ensures that his presidential legacy will last until about 2089.”

This is one nominee that I could really support.

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Funny/TMI Story

This has nothing to do with politics, feminism, or anything important. But it made me laugh. Stop reading now if you don’t like gross-out humor.

Last night, my friend Sean from Seattle called, very upset. He just moved into a new apartment, and when he had packed up his old place he ran out of bubble wrap and was using toilet paper to wrap up things like wine glasses and other smallish, breakable items. His mom had come over to help him back, and had placed a few things — lotion, Windex, etc — into his empty bathroom trash can so that he could move them easier. So Sean’s in his new kitchen, unpacking the trash can, and he comes across a small item wrapped up in toilet paper — “like a present,” he said. So he unwraps it, and the tension builds as he peels back the layers of paper, wondering what in the world this thing is — a little surprise his mom left for him, maybe?

Nope. It’s a used tampon applicator. My used tampon applicator, to be precise. From exactly one month ago, when I was in Seattle.

So I received a very distraught message from him, incredibly upset that I would wrap the applicator up in toilet paper — “Why did you have to make it look like a present?!” In my defense, I was being polite. I know some boys are weirded out by stuff like that, and I wouldn’t have wanted him to walk into his bathroom and see the applicator itself just sitting atop his trash. And besides, it was only an applicator. It’s not like it was an actual tampon (although he, being somewhat unfamiliar with such things, didn’t know this and was under the impression that it was an actual tampon; we got that cleared up, and I think it made him feel a little better about the whole situation). I have no idea how it didn’t get tossed out with the rest of the trash. But I had a good laugh, and he was actually a good sport about it after getting over his initial trauma, so I thought I’d share. And hey, it could have been a lot worse — an old room mate of mine used to leave her actual used tampons in the trash can instead of flushing them. That wouldn’t have been pretty.

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Censorship! First Amendment Violations!

Well, not really, but that’s what the hysterical right will tell you. Here’s the situation: Conservative columnist at UNC writes a piece on racial profiling. In her piece, she uses quotes from three students who she interviewed under the premise of writing a paper on Arab-American relations. They didn’t know that their quotes were going to be used in the newspaper, and they certainly didn’t realize that they were going to be used as evidence in support of her opinion. The editors at the paper liked the column, they told her it was good, and they ran it. After its publication, they learned how she got the quotes. They learned that she put the quotes in her column out of context. They learned that she strung together quotes to say something that the speaker hadn’t intended. And so the opinion editor fired her for breach of journalistic ethics (read his whole column. It’s good).

Now somehow, this all adds up to a violation of the columnist’s First Amendment rights. How, I’m still not entirely sure. She can use her First Amendment right of free speech as long as she wants; the right of freedom of the press is pretty in tact here too, isn’t it? They didn’t spike her column for its offensive content (and its content is pretty friggin offensive). They stood behind its publication. If this was about her ideas, those ideas wouldn’t have been printed in the first place. This is about misleading sources, taking their words out of context and quoting them innacurately. It’s ethically questionable, and breeds distrust between the student body and the paper that is supposed to represent and cater to them. If I had been her editor, I would have probably fired her, too — or at least given her a pretty strong talking-to and put her on probation (Shankar, opinion editor extraordinaire, what would you have done?). This isn’t about the First Amendment, and Mary Katherine Ham should study her Constitution before she goes around slinging those accusations.

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Teen Pregnancy Rate Drops

For the 12th year in a row. Good work. The birth rate among single women has gone up — which some consider a bad thing, and make ridiculous statements about. Example A: Bridget Maher, from the Family Research Council, who “said another possible reason for the higher birth rate among single women is that they depend too much on contraception instead of abstinence to prevent pregnancy. Maher added, ‘Behavioral change — and not pharmaceuticals — will solve this problem.”‘

But who says it’s a problem?

Many researchers link the rise in the number of births to single women to an increase in unmarried cohabitation, later-in-life marriage and an increase in childbearing by older, single women, according to the Times. NCHS researcher and report author Stephanie Ventura said that because the number of births to teens has decreased, the increase in the number of births to single women is occurring among women ages 20 and older.

Many single women are now choosing to have children without being married. Is that necessarily a bad thing? The ideal situation for a lot of women may be the husband and the baby, but a lot of others either may not have the husband or may not want one (and there are certainly a lot who have a same-sex partner instead). I don’t think telling women in their 20s and 30s that they should toss out their pills and be abstinent will be very successful.

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Sex Survey Sez: It’s Just Like You Thought

NEWSFLASH: Teenagers have oral sex. Some people have same-sex relationships. Most people who have vaginal/anal sex have had oral sex, too.

Sarcasm aside, some of the results are interesting. For example, men aged 30-44 have an average of six to eight sexual partners in their lifetime, while women have four (I wonder to what extent self-reporting influenced these numbers). On the LGBT front,

About 4 percent of men and women described themselves as homosexual or bisexual, but in a finding that surprised the researchers, 14 percent of the women aged 18 to 29 reported at least one homosexual experience, more than twice the proportion for young men.

The report offers new information about homosexuality in the United States. Among adults ages 15 to 44, almost 3 percent of men and 4 percent of women reported having a sexual experience with a member of the same sex within the past year, and over their lifetimes, 6 percent of men and 11 percent of women had such experiences. About 1 percent of men and 3 percent of women had had both male and female sexual partners in the previous 12 months.

Nearly 6 percent of all men ages 15 to 44 reported having oral sex with another man at some time in their lives, and nearly 4 percent reported having anal sex with another man.

Again, I wonder where self-reporting comes into play here. I also wonder how the recent emphasis on lesbianism for male viewing pleasure is influencing actual behavior.

As for teenagers and oral sex:

The proportion of teenagers who have given or received oral sex was slightly higher than the proportion who have had intercourse, the survey found, with 55 percent of the boys and 54 percent of the girls having given or received oral sex, while 49 percent of the boys and 53 percent of the girls have had intercourse.

“One thing that surprised me is that we expected, based on anecdotal evidence, that girls might be more likely to give oral sex and boys more likely to receive it, but we didn’t find that at all,” said Dr. Jennifer Manlove, of Child Trends, which, like Ms. Brown’s group, released an analysis of the data, “There’s more gender equality than we expected.”

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