Monthly Archives: September 2012

Quote for the Day

“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”

~George Orwell

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Your Daily Dose of Cute

A meerkat tries to keep watch but he’s just…so…sleeeepy, I’M AWAKE GUYS, I’m awake…zzzz.

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September 30, 2012 · 7:47 pm

Science Sunday

A champagne physicist (that sounds like the best job ever) reveals the secrets of bubbly. Finally a job where you can quote (or misquote) Dom Perignon, “Come quickly, I am drinking the stars!” without sounding slightly crazy.

Fall is the season of fucking, according to science. Male testosterone levels and female hormonal glands peak in the fall. Activity in our usually sad right frontal lobe, decreases, while dopamine increases. “Nesting” behaviors also increase. Basically, we all like to snuggle under a blanket with a bowl of chili because it’s cold and have either victory sex or consolation sex, depending on whether our football team won or lost. Oh, and babies who are conceived in the fall are extra awesome, according to the study.

A new study suggests psychopaths have an impaired sense of smell. I am phenomenal at smelling, so I guess I’m perfectly sane,

The science behind tickling. What is its purpose, what other mammals do we share it with and why can’t we tickle ourselves?

Are there more sand grains on Earth or stars in the sky? David Blatner explains in his new book, Spectrums: Our Mind-Boggling Universe, from Infinitesmal to Infinity.

Owls are attacking runners. What? They just got inspired by “The Birds.”

Looking at pictures of cute animals increases work performance, says awesome new study that can’t be wrong.

In baby news, selfish baby boys continue to ruin their mother’s lives by leaving their fetal cells in their mom’s brains. “Hey mom, I don’t need these fetal cells anymore and I’m too incompetent and weak to gather them up myself, so I’ll just leave them in your brain.” Science isn’t sure yet if this is harmful to moms or not.

Science has a new theory on why men love breasts. In case you were wondering.

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Poem for the Weekend

I know it’s typical but this is one of my very favorite Yeats poem, from the ones I’ve read so far at least. And it’s almost October, which is my favorite month.

The Wild Swans at Coole by W.B. Yeats

The trees are in their autumn beauty,

The woodland paths are dry,

Under the October twilight the water

Mirrors a still sky:

Upon the brimming water among the stones

Are nine-and-fifty swans.

The nineteenth autumn has come upon me

Since I first made my count;

I saw, before I had well finished,

All suddenly mount

And scatter wheeling in great broken rings

Upon their clamorous wings.

I have looked upon those brilliant creatures,

And now my heart is sore.

All’s changed since I, hearing at twilight,,

The first time on this shore,

The bell-beat of their wings above my head,

Trod with a lighter tread.

Unwearied still, lover by lover,

They paddle in the cold

Companionable streams or climb the air;

Their hearts have not grown old;

Passion or conquest, wander where they will,

Attend upon them still.

But now they drift on the still water,

Mysterious, beautiful;

Among what rushes will they build,

By what lake’s edge or pool

Delight men’s eyes when I awake some day

To find they have flown away?

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Fun Fact Friday

If you haven’t been watching the three-part Discovery Channel series, “How Booze Built America,” you should be. Last week, we learned a lot about beer, rum and the American Revolution. We also got to hear Mike Rowe sing the old pagan drinking song that eventually became the “Star-Spangled Banner.” Here’s a taste:

To Anacreon in Heaven, where he sat in full glee, 

A few sons of harmony sent a petition, 

That he their inspirer and patron should be. 

When this answer arrived from that jolly old Grecian: 

Voice, fiddle and flute no longer be mute, 

I’ll lend you my name and inspire you to boot, 

And besides I’ll instruct you like me to entwine 

The myrtle of Venus with Bacchus’ vine.

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Yay! It’s What the F**k Friday!

Woman takes her cat in for a flea bath, comes back to find that the fleas have been killed…and so has the cat. Warning to all pet owners: flea bath is apparently code for euthanasia. SO AWFUL.

About 1,000 Nigerian Muslim women attempted to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, then got told at the Saudi airport, “Surprise! You get to stay in a country that’s even more hateful towards women than your own country, because you’re not accompanied by a male relative.” Hundreds of women have been sleeping in the airport for days now, unable to get home. HOW ABSURD.

America sucks because secular humanism is growing, but if you starve yourself and pray for 40 days everything will get better, say the wackos behind 40daystosaveamerica.com. The terrible sounding website was generated by a terrible sounding person named Rick Scarborough who puts himself in the terrible sounding category of being a “Christocrat.” I hear they’re almost as bad as “Jesusicans,” who can at least balance a budget.

Ke$ha had $ex with a gho$t, according to her crazy $elf. It in$pired her new album, “Warrior.” Hi$ love i$ her drug. Blah, blah, blah. Tik fucking Tok, Ke$ha, we’re waiting.

If you thought Japanese people would stop short of injecting saline into their foreheads so it looks like they have bagels in their faces…you were wrong.

Just when you thought NBC couldn’t fuck things up any more, they go and fuck things up even more. Emily Bronte is turning in her grave as the window-lickers at NBC make a “modern adaptation” television series inspired by Wuthering Heights. It’s going to be called Napa, because it takes place in Napa Valley and will be written by the idiot that writes Gossip Girl. I’m assuming spoiled, rich kids will fall in love, act insane, bang and drink lots of wine. Oh, how original. Barf.

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Video of the Day

This is in response to Eric Posner’s ridiculous Slate story about how Americans overvalue free speech and since “the rest of the world sees no point in the First Amendment,” according to Mr. Posner, we should really just back off of it. I will now exercise my free speech rights to say that I think he is absolutely, positively wrong and David Frum agrees, offering an excellent rebuttal, which I couldn’t have written better myself. I always find it ironic when someone writes an anti-free speech article, apparently not realizing that they likely wouldn’t be writing their article and sharing their views if we didn’t have the beloved First Amendment. Like many of his colleagues, Posner seems to want everything both ways. As a professor, I assume he wants an open democracy with real intellectual life. At the same time, he insists that all manifestations of reactionary and racist spirit be suppressed and ultimately crushed. These are mutually incompatible ideas. Freedom is not freedom without a marketplace of ideas, good and bad, appropriate and offensive. Who decides what is offensive? Anyone can find anything offensive. Posner’s very accurate claim that our First Amendment values are not universal is exactly the point.
Freedom of speech and freedom of expression did not fall from the sky, they had to be fought for and they MUST be defended. We’ve fought long and hard for these rights and we are not going to give them up. We will use whatever force necessary on those who seek to take these rights away. You will not win. That’s what Obama should have said in his UN speech. Along with everything Hitchens says in this video.

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September 27, 2012 · 5:12 pm