Saturday, June 02, 2007

Shaggy powerful blog

Future of porn in jeopardy!
NYT: “The online availability of free or low-cost photos and videos has begun to take a fierce toll on sales of X-rated DVDs. Inexpensive digital technology has paved the way for aspiring amateur pornographers, who are flooding the market, while everyone in the industry is giving away more material to lure paying customers.

And unlike consumers looking for music and other media, viewers of pornography do not seem to mind giving up brand-name producers and performers for anonymous ones, or a well-lighted movie set for a ratty couch at an amateur videographer’s house.”

I believe I just saw poor Jenna Jameson on the street, with a tin cup and a sign that read “Will do hot anal for food.”

Knut news
“Knut, Berlin Zoo's celebrity polar bear cub, is growing from a cuddly ball of fur into a shaggy, powerful predator.…”

News from the hood!
Heard many sirens, went down the street, and found three blocks of Market blocked off with police tape. Six cop cars! I went to investigate and saw one red car, a Ford I think, front end smashed in, in the middle of 56th between Market and Adeline. Its engine was in front of it on the street. Then I rounded the corner and saw - a big gold car, maybe an El Dorado, which apparently had flipped entirely over, and was resting UPSIDE DOWN, hood up, on the side of a house. Many observers! No ambulances. On my way back home the crossing guard at the school said to me, "Tie your shoe up." I thanked her, and did. On the corner a lout said, "Gimme a cigarette." I told him I didn't have one. And there was nothing about any of this in the newspaper. No wonder print media are in trouble!

Other news from the hood!
I was walking home from the store, and this very old skinny man approached. He was wearing sunglasses, and carrying a really girly purse in his left hand. Its handle was wrapped in tissue, maybe to protect him from its girlishness, I don’t know. As we passed, he said in a manly voice, “Hey! How you doin’?”

Huffington Post, and why igorance of evolution can pose problems.
Deborah Blum posted: “Today most doctors prescribe antibiotics sparingly but, even 10 years ago, medications were given for infection the way water is given for thirst. The result was to create a richly antibiotic-laced world, one that presented bacteria with a challenging new environment. And microbes responded by adapting, evolving to meet its pressure. The problem (for us) was not the bacteria that died, but the ones that contained mutations that allowed them to survive. The survivors reproduced. Challenged by another drug, they died back except for a few resistant to both chemical agents. And that scenario repeated itself to create our current problem. To use TB as an example, there are now more than half a million people infected with multiple-drug resistant tuberculosis.”

From Think Progress
Last week, President Bush nominated James W. Holsinger to become the next Surgeon General of the United States:

– Holsinger founded Hope Springs Community Church, which “ministers to people who no longer wish to be gay or lesbian.” Holsinger said that he sees homosexuality as “an issue not of orientation but of lifestyle.” [Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/07]
– In serving on the United Methodist Judicial Council - the “court” that resolves “disputes involving church doctrine and policies in the nation’s second-largest Protestant denomination” - Holsinger “opposed a decision to allow a practicing lesbian to be an associate pastor, and he supported a pastor who would not permit an openly gay man to join the church.” [Lexington Herald-Leader, 6/1/07]

– In the early 1990s, Holsinger resigned from the United Methodist Church’s Committee to Study Homosexuality “because he believed the committee ‘would follow liberal lines.’” He also warned “that acceptance of homosexuality would drive away millions of churchgoers.” [Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 5/26/07; Time, 6/24/91]

Graduation!
Caisha Gayles, out of Galesburg, Illinois, was denied her high school diploma last month, because her friends and family were too vocal at the ceremony when her name was called out. According to the Associated Press, the high school’s “get-tough policy followed a 2005 commencement where hoots, hollers and even air horns drowned out much of the ceremony and nearly touched off fights in the audience when the unruly were asked to quiet down.”

More school news….
AP: “A math teacher whose name is used in a student film featuring an evil teddy bear that orders other stuffed animals to kill a teacher is suing the four children who made it, alleging it defamed him.”

“Jackie Suess, an attorney for the ACLU of Indiana who represented one of the students during their federal lawsuit against the school,…called the lawsuit's allegations misleading.

"’It's not true that they were murdered in the movie,’ she said. ‘It was literally stuffed animals being manipulated by the boys, walking around going 'yeoowww' and talking in funny voices, very juvenile.’"

Yes, but teddy bears grow up to be shaggy powerful predators.

Google Earth
NYT: “The Drudge Report, that early-warning system for democracy, is now using a screencap of someone peering out of a living room window as his top image. If that didn’t scare you, the banner headline might: SMILE, YOU’RE ON GOOGLE EARTH!

“CNET tells the story of one fellow who was caught smoking on a competing service from Amazon, revealing a secret he would like to have kept from his family. That service has shut down.

“The article mentions some other secrets that Google could set free: ‘entering and leaving places like domestic violence shelters, Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, fertility clinics and controversial religious or political events.’ Drudge cited concerns about strip clubs, adult book stores and license plates.

“Google doesn’t see a problem - the images are of things and people that were in plain view from the street, after all - and the company points to its easy reporting mechanism for any inappropriate images.”

Of course Google doesn’t see a problem. Google is Google and therefore everything it does is good. Wait a minute – everything it does is cool.

Ladies and gentlemen, the poetry of Rosie O’Donnell! From her blog!
cease fire
Posted by ro on May 23rd at 2:47pm in family

a split screen
new heights
or lows
depending on who u ask

is this kelli
no rosie
well hello it is betsy
i saw the view today
and wanted to call u
and just say hi and i hope u r ok

betsy and i chatted
i thanked her
fed the geese
put on amy winehouse

loud
always loud
the soul shakes
the heart awake

like it or not

tomorrow kelli turns 40
i will not be at work

peace out

Cindy Sheehan calls it a day, activism-wise. Why?
“I have endured a lot of smear and hatred since Casey was killed and especially since I became the so-called ‘Face’ of the American anti-war movement. Especially since I renounced any tie I have remaining with the Democratic Party, I have been further trashed on such ‘liberal blogs’ as the Democratic Underground. Being called an ‘attention whore’ and being told ‘good riddance’ are some of the more milder rebukes.”

Stupid person posts to dog chat room….
“Is there anyone other than me that feels a little uncomfortable when there is a male dog around children? Human men can't walk around with their parts exposed to children and if they were to expose themselves, I'm sure you'd agree that the behavior would be most inappropriate. I know the doggies can't help it, but I still do not like male dogs around my girls. For a while, I even thought I was over reacting, and I adopted a little boy, figuring that he was a small dog so his ‘little man’ would be small too and his fur would help cover him. But my girls still ask questions. How do I explain to my 3 year old what ‘it’ is? I am considering adopting him out.... any advice??”

Tell your daughters it’s called a “penis.” Next question.

Lede of the week
“After owning the Shell gas station at 3075 N. 124th St. in Brookfield for 20 years, Jeff Curro has stopped selling gas.”

Mickey D strikes back!
McDonald’s has launched a petition, to the Oxford English Dictionary to change its dictionary definition for McJob: "an unstimulating low-paid job with few prospects.”

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