31 Oct 03

"Study Finds Fellatio May Reduce Breast Cancer"

That's what I read on an internet printout posted on one of the doors in my dorm. Naturally, I was intrigued, so I investigated. A quick google search pulls this up, which looks suspicious for several reasons: (1) It's a pdf not hosted on CNN.com (in a file called gulp.pdf), and (2) The researchers say some rather un-researchy things (ie "Since the emergence of the research, I try to fellate at least once every other night to reduce my chances."). Just to double check, I did a Google News search and, although there are some articles that cite the study, it turns out, to my dismay, to be a hoax - although there is a rather interesting story behind it. Which leaves me somewhat disappointed as I had already thought of a good one-liner for the article, but here goes anyway: One has to wonder then, especially when coupled with the finding that masturbation or frequent ejaculation for males cuts the risk of prostate cancer (that article is real by the way), whether this will become a new euphemism: "What are you two doing in there?" "Ehhh... preventing cancer!"

Oh, and by the way, I'm feeling better since the last post.

30 Oct 03

If It's Not One Thing, It's Another

As soon as I get one thing sorted out, another problem pops up - now-a-days I'm subject to these terrible mood swings: For a day or two I'll be extremely happy and productive, and then in a matter of a few hours I feel like shit. ::sigh::


What Goes Up...

Third quarter earnings are up - good news for Bush and Co. right? Oh, wait...

In reality, the Bush administration has borrowed to wage war on Iraq and on taxes in equal measure. On current evidence, the latter war is enjoying more success than the former. But the triumphant phase of Mr Bush’s tax-cutting campaign may be nearing an end. The high summer spending is already showing signs of slowing down in autumn, and the next tax rebates do not come into effect until the spring of 2004. In the meantime, Mr Bush will have to hunker down for long months of skirmishing over his administration’s red-inked fiscal record.


A Nation of Loners

Today, 26% of Americans live alone, compared to 8% in 1940. Doesn't that scare anyone else?


I Haven't Posted Much Lately...

Because I'm busy celebrating Protection from Porn week (c/o the White House). God bless America indeed!


G.I. Joe

You've never seen G.I. Joe safety cartoons like these before!


Study Correlates Suicide Attempts and Increase in Income

According to this study, if you attempt suicide (and fail, of course), on average you will experience a 36.3% increase in income. They have an interesting argument as to why this is:

Why should suicide be an economic boon? Once you attempt suicide you suddenly have access to lots of resources—medical care, psychiatric attention, familial love and concern—that were previously expensive or unavailable. Doubters may ask why the depressed don't seek out resources earlier. But studies have demonstrated that psychological and familial resources become "cheaper" after a suicide attempt: It is difficult to find free medical care when you are sad, but once you try to kill yourself, it's forced on you.

Republican Newspeak

George Lakoff talks about how conservatives use language to dominate politics.

29 Oct 03

One more thing...

It's just a flaw with Movable Type, but ignore how the sidebar in Internet Explorer (and others) is down at the bottom... it should get fixed as soon as I post more.


The Beginning of a New Era...

Wow, I didn't think it would happen this soon, but I finally have my weblog up. And the best part of it is that it didn't cost me anything (I found a host that is free for 3 years with support for php, perl, mysql, and shell access! [something I was about to pay $80 for]). I didn't think I'm going to post anything new today as I have alot of work to do that I haven't even started yet, and I'm supposed to watch a movie with some people later tonight. But yeah, keep this place bookmarked as I should be posting as much if not more than I used to.