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February 23, 2006

Idiot Of The Week - Part Two

A "lawer" has threatened Boing Boing for making a post about "a Canadian family that refuses to return an expensive digital camera they found while on holiday in Hawaii." This "lawer" is threatening to sue. I wonder what this clown's interest in the case could be? I would hope that real lawyers would know how to spell the name of their profession. Here's one of Boing Boing's responses: "You're a lawer? Nice to meet you. I'm a ritter."

Posted on February 23, 2006 at 08:16 AM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Idiot Of The Week

If you've been pulled over by the cops for driving erratically, and you give the cops a false name, it doesn't help you if the cops can see your real name tattooed on your neck. This idiot also had the makings of a meth lab in the trunk of his car.

Crooks need to learn that they can't drive erratically without catching a cop's attention. They also should remember to make sure they aren't driving with a suspended license.

Posted on February 23, 2006 at 08:10 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Calling Shirts "Wife Beaters" Backfires On Discount Store

In an incredibly stupid move, a Massachusetts discount store screwed up when it released flyers that described men's sleeveless t-shirts as "wife beaters". The Massachusetts domestic violence group Jane Doe, Inc. was one group that protested the shirts. The discount store is working on a retraction.

Posted on February 23, 2006 at 08:05 AM | Permalink | Comments (4)

The Beginning Of The End of Roe V. Wade?

This is very bad news for women. South Dakota passed a law that forbids abortion in nearly all cases. The intention of this bill is to get the issue heard by the Supreme Court in the hope that the Supremes will overturn Roe v. Wade. The bill is awaiting signature from the Governor, who is unlikely to veto it. The bill was designed so that pro-choice opponents would seek to prevent it from being implemented, resulting in its eventual hearing by the Supreme Court. That's what anti-choice folk want - they want this bill to be heard by the Supremes in the hope that the final result will be the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

The bill would punish doctors who perform abortion with a five-year prison term and a $5,000 fine.

Ohio, Indiana, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky have similar bills on their agenda this year.

This is very bad news for women. I'm sure other states such as the ones listed above will follow suit with similar bills. Women's rights are under attack, and will be under attack for years to come.

Posted on February 23, 2006 at 08:00 AM | Permalink | Comments (12)

February 22, 2006

Some "People" Think That Larger Breast Size Correlates To Lower IQ

In another example of "Studies Whose Results I Pulled Out Of My Ass", some "people" who took a survey believe that larger breast sizes correlates to lower IQ. I wondered how many of the "people" who think that way were men? You can go to whatsmyimage.com, and post a picture of yourself with some vital statistics to go with the picture. People can try to guess information about you based solely on your picture. According the article I linked to, there was a "staggering correlation between female bra size and GPA. On average, voters guessed that "A-cup" students had GPAs that were 0.3 points higher than those of "D-cup" students. "B-cup" and "C-cup" students were voted to have GPAs in the middle of that range, each averaging about 0.2 points higher than the "D-cup" group."

I am between a C-cup and a D-cup, depending on the brand of bra. I ain't stupid. I don't recall my specific grade point average, but it was high. I was also in a gifted and talented program in high school. I alone prove that the impressions "people" have of women based on their breast sizes is completely fabricated.

Posted on February 22, 2006 at 02:24 PM | Permalink | Comments (19)

February 16, 2006

The Rising Chinese Divorce Rate

Divorce rates have been rising in China for the past couple of years. Reasons cited for the rise include "simplified divorce procedures adopted in China since October 2003". According to the article I linked to, "...it takes only 10 yuan (US$1.20) and less than 20 minutes nowadays to get a divorce at a local civil affairs department, whereas previously the whole process could take a month."

Other reasons for divorce include "personality clashes". In addition, "...fewer couples are willing to continue poor-quality marriages, especially when Chinese society has become more open and tolerant to divorcees."

70% of the divorces are initiated by wives.

Posted on February 16, 2006 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (7)

More Trouble For "Grand Theft Auto"

The game "Grand Theft Auto" was already in trouble because of the "Hot Coffee" hidden code that had shown explicit sex. Now, prostitutes are protesting the game because it encourages the assaulting and murdering of prostitutes. According to the web page of The Sex Workers Outreach Project USA (SWOP-USA), "the group objects to the negative content and scenes in Grand Theft Auto that "encourage the denigration and destruction of prostitutes." "

Posted on February 16, 2006 at 08:47 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

February 15, 2006

I Received Another Koufax Nomination!!!!

I have been nominated for a Koufax Award for Best Writing. Alright!!! Doing the Happy Dance!! Who da man? Who da man?

I have a lot of great competition. Here are bloggers I regularly read who have also been nominated in the Best Writing category:

Alas, A Blog (Amp and Bean)

All Facts And Opinions

Bitch Ph.D.

Body And Soul

Echidne

Feministe (Lauren and Jill)

Girl Scientist. Please note that she has moved to a new site. That's the same site P. Z. Myers has moved to, and I can't access it on my Mac. I have to borrow The Count's PC to read it. The "Science Blogs" link makes my Macs crash.

The Heretik

Majikthise

Lance Mannion

Michael Berube

Norbizness

One Good Thing

Pandagon (Amanda)

The Reaction

Rox Populi

Shakespeare's Sister (Melissa)

Suburban Guerilla

Posted on February 15, 2006 at 01:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (10)

Sex Education In Santa Ana

At least Santa Ana, California might be avoiding abstinence-only education. Good for them. Another article pointed out that "...last September, trustees voted 4-1 against an abstinence-only approach to sex education after the district was criticized by several teachers and parents who said that focusing only on abstinence did not work in preventing teen pregnancy."

Trustees approve sex-ed courses

By Fermin Leal

Santa Ana Unified trustees voted Tuesday to adopt a comprehensive sex-education curriculum they said would teach students about condoms and other forms of birth control to help prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

District officials said the curriculum would ensure that Santa Ana Unified complies with state law.

Dissenting trustee Rosemarie Avila and dozens of parents and community activists said the new curriculum, which will be taught starting this fall, could encourage students to engage in premarital sex and does not adequately promote abstinence.

State law allows parents to take their children out of sex-education classes.

Posted on February 15, 2006 at 01:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

I'm Not Surprised

Yet more statistics from The Federal Bureau of Statistics I Pulled Out Of My Ass:

"A poll of students across Canada has found that 87% of the more than 2,500 students polled are having cyber sex over instant message programmes, using webcams or also over the phone. The survey was released earlier this week."

Only 87%? It's gotta be much higher than that.

Posted on February 15, 2006 at 01:08 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)