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Long List o Linky-Links

Since my Web browser currently has a zillion pages open (and is consuming mass quantities of RAM as a result), and since I can't use the browser on my iPhone because the maximum possible number of pages is open, it's time once again to share the wealth and post another Grand List of Linky-Links.

In today's assortment, we have a wide variety of links for your edification and viewing pleasure.

Ready? Here we go!

Society & Politics

New Scientist: Conservatives are biggest consumers of porn

Not that it's really a surprise to anyone. I've long suspected that many social conservatives fall into one of two broad camps: closeted self-loathers, and people who are really only concerned with the appearance of propriety rather than with actual propriety.

Business Week: Portland, Oregon is America's unhappiest city

Uh-oh. And I'm planning to move there shortly!

Lesbian Nation: Chronicles of the Lesbian Separatist Movement

In the seventies, a movement arose among lesbians who believed that the key to sexual and social freedom lay in withdrawing entirely from American society--including, in many cases, refusing to interact with or even speak to men. Battle too long, and you become the thing you're fighting against.

Science

Will You Perceive the Event that Kills You?

My favorite link on the list. Will you even be aware of the thing that ends your life? The human sensory apparatus and nervious system are so slow that we are constantly living in the past--about 300-500 milliseconds in the past, to be exact. Many of the things that can kill you do so in less time than that. Interesting stuff, including a rundown of the sequence of events in a car crash, and how far behind your awareness of those events will lag.

Researchers solve mystery of deep-sea fish

Meet the barreleye--a fish with nostrils that look like eyes, a transparent head, and tubular eyes that swivel up and down entirely inside its head. Man, there is some seriously weird stuff in the deep ocean.

Natural selection: Darwin's God-killer

Two centuries after Origin of Species and people STILL don't actually know what evolution is. (Hint: If you're thinking "survival of the fittest," you ain't really got it.) Is this idea really a "god-killer"? Of course not. But it does demolish one very specific notion of god--the idea that the world was created in six literal 24-hour days exactly six thousand, four hundred and some odd years ago.

Junkfood Science: Why we think overeating causes obesity

There are many things we all know are true that actually aren't. Turns out that the notion that people are overweight simply because they eat too much is one of them. The history of a fascinating study on food and food deprivation, which probably would not be possible today 'cause it would violate ethical guidelines on human research.

Globe and Mail: Canadian researchers turn skin cells into stem cells

The new technique is easier and safer than previous techniques to coax mature cells back into becoming stem cells.

Mermaid Dream Comes True Thanks to Weta

Weta Digital, the company that did the special effects for the Lord of the Rings movies, has a lot of experience with advanced prosthetic effects. So when a girl with no legs approached them with the idea of making her a functional mermaid prosthetic, they said "Sure!"

2009: Shaping up to be a bad year for anti-vaccinationists

Everything under the sun has its conspiracy theorists. Terrorism has its 9/11 "truthers." The space program has its moon hoax conspiracy nutters. Geologists have the flat-earthers and the young-earthers to contend with. And the medical community has, among others, the anti-vaccination nutters. Difference is, the moon hoaxers and flat-earthers don't put other people's lives at risk. 2009 looks to be a bad year for this particular breed of nutter.

Sex and Relationships

The Single Best Working Assumption for Drama-Free Relationships

Sometimes it's the simple things that are most effective.

Control Tower: The Hot Bi Babe

Yes, I know it's an old article, but Mistress Matisse lays it on the line about why those zillions of married poly-in-theory couples will not likely find that hot bisexual woman they're looking for.

And finally, here's an old video circulating YouTube about the evils of pornography, though it has an interesting historical footnote:



The footnote? The person who made this video is none other than Charles Keating.

Keating, for those who don't remember him, was an anti-sex, anti-porn moral crusader for many years, and joined President Reagan's Meese Commission on Pornography in an attempt to lobby for tough anti-porn laws.

He later went on to embezzle about $1.2 billion from Lincoln Savings and Loan, singlehandedly triggering the collapse of the entire S&L industry. To Keating, you see, porn = immoral, stealing the life savings from working families = perfectly moral.


Comments

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violet_tigress1
Mar. 5th, 2009 06:53 pm (UTC)
Don't forget about the 2012 apocalypse people.
chipotle
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Portland, Oregon, seemed like a hell of a cool place the time I visited. Maybe it's just an unhappy place for the kind of people who regularly read "Business Week."
tedeisenstein
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
Any city that has Powell's can't be all bad.
zaiah
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hmmph. Anti-depressant sales does not the amount of depression make!

I would hazard that there is less stigma with pharmaceutical support!

And doesn't divorce generally make people happier? Hmph.
aexo
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:08 pm (UTC)
Damn, I was looking for jobs in cities across the country and Portland was one of the cities.
janetmiles
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Keating also attempted to create a gated community with morals clauses in the Homeowners Association Agreement, up to and including one to the effect that the HOA could enter the home at any time and confiscate "inappropriate" materials.
m_danson
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:29 pm (UTC)
Did anybody buy into them?
janetmiles
Mar. 5th, 2009 08:45 pm (UTC)
According to one article I found, he sold three sites out of 20,000 acres. The Resolution Trust Corporation took over Estrella when Lincoln Savings & Loan failed, and eventually sold the land to a different developer.
ab3nd
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
The Weta team that built that tail sounds like my kind of nerds. Throw them a unusual project with plenty of opportunity to play with new materials and techniques, and they are all over it like a suit. A mermaid suit.
tedeisenstein
Mar. 5th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Gee, I certainly never knew that those dang Homosexuals and them darn Lesbians were two separate, distinct groups. I guess he thinks there are people and then there are women.....
minniethemoocha
Mar. 5th, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Well played!
_luaineach
Mar. 5th, 2009 08:10 pm (UTC)
inertiacrept just wrote about Portland today. Oregon is apparently in an advanced state of economic whoa and portland specifically, being so "cool," is very oversaturated.
joreth
Mar. 5th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
"Once a person is perverted, it is practically impossible for that person to adjust to normal attitudes of normal sex!"

Thank the gods I don't believe in that it is practically impossible for me to adjust to the belief that sex is a sin, shameful, something I must guard and trade in exchange for domestic security, and the idea that lying, cheating, and emotionally damaging behaviour is preferable to open and honest communication.
thenanerbananer
Mar. 5th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the link to the drama-free relationships article. It really helped me put a current situation with one of my sweeties into perspective.

I...must...be...more...patient.
indywind
Mar. 6th, 2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
more linky
tacit
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Re: more linky
Wow, that's a good one!
binks
Mar. 6th, 2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the links. These all look like good readin'. And I've been planning to move to Unhappyland, too...
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