Not Really a Double Standard at All

And so the accusation of ‘slut’ or ‘whore’ or ‘prostitute’ is less about how much sex women are supposedly having and how we judge it differently to men, and more to do with how much we demonise women’s enjoyment of sex in general.

via Why women still cant enjoy sex.

The Bionic Man Will Have to Wait

Today’s computer-controlled prosthetic arms can carry out only a few commands. “Sometimes patients come in and they’re expecting a super-arm that works as good as their old one,” Kuiken says. “And you have to say no, I’m sorry, they aren’t that good.”

via A True Bionic Limb Remains Far Out of Reach | Wired Science | Wired.com.

On Warm Plastic Sacks

For however often you pick up the shit, however much you love your dog, the hideousness of the task does not diminish. However deep the lesson of good citizenship has sunk, to walk down the street with a sack of faeces in your hand, looking for that elusive next bin, is a humiliation.

via The tyranny of your dogs turds | Robert Hanks | Comment is free | The Guardian.

If Obamacare Is un-American, What Do You Call This?

“The last thing I’m going to do is not pay my rent because I have to pay for some state-mandated health coverage that I don’t think I need.”

via Massachusetts Health Insurance Mandate Stirs Dissent – NYTimes.com.

Indeed, 57 percent of the uninsured used medical services in 2007, and all but a few do so within five years. …with the total incurred by providers estimated by Congress to be $43 billion in 2008.

via Economists Argue Over the Cost of Caring for the Uninsured – The Daily Beast.

One of the largest pictures on the front page of today’s Times shows someone carrying a sign that reads, “ObamaCare IS UnAmerican!” I do not pretend to know how to improve health care in this country, so maybe it is no surprise that I do not know — unlike every other white person in America, I am not a constitutional scholar — how the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is actually un-American.

However, I observe that there is an inelegant philosophy of negativity that runs through the opposition to programs like so-called Obamacare. I can empathize with people who bristle when the government tells them what to do, but I cannot abide by critics who seem only to know what they do not want. For instance, I would respect placard-holding, antinsurance activists who apparently can spend all day outside the Supreme Court if they would also pledge to never avail themselves of emergency health care.

The person who The Times (and I) quoted, top, who said “the last thing” he was going to do is buy health insurance, is 53 years old, and he claims to be “in good shape.” Now, I don’t mean to say that his health is my business. Or to understate whatever financial straits he seems to be in. Or to overstate the over all cost of treating the uninsured. But when he gets prostate cancer or kidney stones or some other expensive-to-treat, easy-to-diagnose ailment, can I stand outside his house with a sign that reads, “Preventative Care IS Smart”?

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Footnote: At the risk of mixing conservative oranges with libertarian apples, and after observing the virulent opposition to policies that largely benefit poor Americans, I observe also that there seems to be very little charity – e.g., “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD” – imbued in the operation of our so-called Christian nation.

It Is On, Like Donkey Kong

Many of the games in the Mario, Donkey Kong, Legend of Zelda, Metroid and Pokémon series prove to be NP-hard. That means deciding whether a player can complete them is at least as hard as the hardest problems in NP, a complexity class involved in the tantalising problem of P versus NP

via Mario is hard, and thats mathematically official – 14 March 2012 – New Scientist.

Cryptozoologists, Beware!

Animal tracks are reproduced onto the souls of shoes that are worn to leave prints in urban areas.

via Maskull Lasserre – Outliers Trace.

On the End for the N.F.L.

There are now over 850 former players­­–roughly 854–involved, a small fraction of the thousands of former and retired players that could potentially join the lawsuits.

via NFL Concussion Lawsuit Tracker: #39 | NFL Concussion Litigation.

I Told You Oklahoma Sucks

What’s the difference between a fertilized egg; a corporation; and a woman? Beat. One of them isn’t considered a person in Oklahoma! BOOM!!!

via Kristin Schaal on last night’s “Daily Show,” via BLOGGING via TYPEWRITER.

For the whole video, click here.

For the context of the headline, read this: (How come Texas does not float out into the Gulf of Mexico? Because Oklahoma sucks.)

On Unarmed Black Men

An attorney representing Kind said the shooting of Morrison in the enclosed porch would have been considered justifiable under Wisconsins prior law as well.

via Wisconsin shooting puts “castle” law under scrutiny – chicagotribune.com.