December, 2006

Blog Wars

By · Sunday, December 31st, 2006 · 19 Comments »

Once upon a time I worked in an office with cubes. Cubes, as you probably know, are made of five-foot-high upholstered partitions which do approximately zip to block sound transmission, so the lucky cube dweller gets to hear everything that’s going on in all the surrounding cubes. In my case, it was my misfortune that […]

Koufax for Festivus!

By · Tuesday, December 26th, 2006 · 6 Comments »

I’m a day late to the blegging blog swarm for the folks who run the Koufaxes (seeing as how I’m reclusive and all*), but now that I’ve emerged from my cocoon I’m ready to throw my whole-hearted support into the effort. I can also throw a box of kleenex and some Tylenol in there too, […]

Christmas Open Thread

By · Thursday, December 21st, 2006 · 21 Comments »

My parents’ cat surveys the scene from underneath the Christmas tree. I’ve been wanting to post on the Ipswich murders and prostitution in Britain, but two things keep getting in my way: 1) Christmas preparations, and 2) the cold that I keep getting re-infected with in some kind of recursive feedback loop from hell. So […]

Book Meme

By · Saturday, December 16th, 2006 · 21 Comments »

I’ve been tagged! Nobody’s ever tagged me with a meme before. I’m giddy with excitement. Thanks to BCB* Mandos, it is incumbent upon me to do the following: Find the nearest book. Turn to page 123. Go to the fifth sentence on the page. Copy out the next three sentences and post to your blog. […]

Buying into patriarchy

By · Tuesday, December 12th, 2006 · 40 Comments »

The mayonnaise thread over at Twisty’s morphed into a discussion of why women in a patriarchy justify their own oppression. A commenter named JR mentioned Social Justification Theory, which other people in the thread at first thought was the same as Stockholm Syndrome. Here’s my comment, which I’m dragging over here in order to continue […]

Insert witty and profound post

By · Monday, December 11th, 2006 · 10 Comments »

I’m here but both too busy and too icky-feeling (some sinus evil) to actually pull together a post. Fortunately, Twisty has three new ones up since I last checked, and she writes better than I do anyway: Why patriarchy is like mayonnaise; how the latest Krazy Kristian Kult is interpreting the New Testament to mean […]

The rich get richer…

By · Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 · 30 Comments »

Here’s something to think about while you’re doing your Christmas shopping for cheap crap from China made by slaves: According to the latest report, the richest 10% of adults in the world own 85% of the world’s assets. The richest 1% own almost half. Down at the bottom end of the pyramid there’s a neat […]

Why people think Landover Baptist Church is real

By · Tuesday, December 5th, 2006 · 67 Comments »

I admit I have occasionally wondered how people can not know that Landover Baptist Church is a parody. It seems pretty obvious to me. But then I read things like this, and I’m reminded that the gap between reality and satire is sometimes vanishingly small. Pastor Benny Hinn wants to buy a new Gulfstream — […]

Now here’s a story that needs a photo illustration

By · Monday, December 4th, 2006 · 19 Comments »

Today’s pearl from the Google news feed: Kids see too many anti-impotence ads: doctors. Now why in the hell isn’t this illustrated with a picture of a limp dick? UPDATE 12/5/06: The omission has been rectified. See comment #7 below.

Did you know that people in France aren’t sure what breasts look like?

By · Sunday, December 3rd, 2006 · 18 Comments »

I didn’t either. While perusing the headlines reporting that RU-486 might prevent breast cancer (which leads me to imagine a future where yearly abortions are encouraged along with Pap smears and mammograms), I was amused to note that the French news site Actualites-News-Environnement found it necessary to illustrate the story with a photograph of a […]