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Monthly Archive: March 2012

Mar 17 2012

Eau de Pope

The Pope, trying to show how in touch the  Catholic Church is with everyday people, has had his own cologne created: Italian celebrity perfume-maker Silvana Casoli, has created her most heavenly scent yet for a very special client, Pope Benedict XVI. Known for creating a number of perfumes that can be used by both men …

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Mar 15 2012

Another thing fruit flies and humans have in common

I’m kind of loving this research published in the latest issue of Science, titled “Sexual Deprivation Increases Ethanol Intake in Drosophila.” Science NOW has a good general summary of the paper: Offer a male fruit fly a choice between food soaked in alcohol and its nonalcoholic equivalent, and his decision will depend on whether he’s mated …

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Mar 12 2012

The genetic “proof” for ancient aliens

giorgiolol

I have a new, horrible obsession – the History Channel’s show Ancient Aliens. On Saturday I found myself drinking with a group of my boyfriend Sean’s friends, when one of them announced that we must play an Ancient Aliens drinking game. I had no idea what the show was, but became intrigued when they started …

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Mar 12 2012

Spring break speaking schedule – MN, IN, DC

My spring break is next week! While my fellow grad students will be heading off to beaches or mountains to enjoy their time off, I’ll be going to… the Midwest. The place I’m constantly thankful for escaping. Yaaaaay. In all seriousness, I am excited. I get to see a lot of friends during the trip …

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Mar 09 2012

Obama is really itching for those pre-Civil War days

Says Sarah Palin in a language vaguely resembling English (emphasis mine): Right, well, what we can glean from this is an understanding of why we are on the road that we are on. Again, it’s based on what went into his thinking, being surrounded by radicals. He is bringing us back, Sean, to days—you can …

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Mar 08 2012

Kansas legislature proposes the Slut Tax!

That’s effectively what this bill is – a bill that would levy a sales tax on women who have abortions, with no exceptions for rape or medical necessity (emphasis mine): Buried in the 69-page bill being considered by the House Federal and State Affairs Committee are several provisions, in fact, that opponents say would increase taxes on those …

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Mar 08 2012

Pfft, the Hippocratic Oath doesn’t apply to women!

At least, that’s what Arizona state Senators must think. They just passed a law allowing doctors to not inform women of prenatal issues in order to prevent abortions. … Some prenatal issues are somewhat or fully treatable during pregnancy or immediately after birth, through certain medication, surgery, or diet modifications. But I guess these Republicans …

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Mar 08 2012

I have angered some sort of water god

Remember how my car randomly flooded a couple of weeks ago? Well, now it’s my apartment’s turn! The apartment above mine had their bath tub’s plumbing leak, resulting in water draining down the wall into my apartment. My hallway carpet is grossly soaked, and is currently covered in towels and has a fan blowing on …

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Mar 07 2012

How dare you say that, MRAs!

piratejen

I’m offended. You probably remember Sandra Fluke, the law student who received Rush Limbaugh’s slut shaming vitriol because she wanted to testify in front of Congress about the medical benefits of birth control. It’s hard to forget her, since assholes keep coming out of the woodwork to trash her and other women. Well, MRAs are …

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Mar 07 2012

Amazon knows me better than Groupon

The title of the advertisement email I received from Amazon today: World’s Largest REESE’S Peanut Butter Cups The title of the advertisement email I received from Groupon today: 79% Off Acupuncture Sessions I think someone’s algorithm is working better.

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