Women’s Rights?

Do you remember a long, long time ago when women had no rights? They couldn’t decide what they should do with their bodies, they really shouldn’t work and if they did no man wanted them and the whole point of living was so a man would want you…do you remember that? Of course you do because it was freaking yesterday.

Fox News went on a tirade about how women should stay home. This was after a PEW report came out saying females are the primary breadwinner. So Erick Erickson, in all his wisdom, had this response, “I’m so used to liberals telling conservatives that they’re anti-science. But liberals who defend this and say it is not a bad thing are very anti-science. When you look at biology, when you look at the natural world, the roles of a male and a female in society and in other animals, the male typically is the dominant role. The female, it’s not antithesis, or it’s not competing, it’s a complimentary role.” Tell that to lions, elephants, penguins, and ALL THE OTHER SPECIES THAT ARE FEMALE DOMINATED. What an idiot. Someone should gag him.

Next up: Representative Franks of Arizona. He banned abortions after 20 weeks, fine—that’s five months. That’s a bit late in the game—but then, at a House Judiciary Committee he added that his bill didn’t need an exception for rape and incest. Um, yes it does. It certainly does. His explanation, “The incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.” NO IT IS NOT LOW. Sorry that needed all caps. This douche is not a doctor—I’m not even sure he’s human. When did it become okay for idiot men to run around spouting fake facts and getting away with it?

Why are they not held accountable? Why are writers and Rachel Maddow the only people standing up and saying, “Excuse me, Asshole. That’s not true and here’s proof. Or let me put it this way—I showed you mine you show me yours you infant!”

I’m sick of this. I’m really sick of it. If you don’t have a vagina, a uterus, or boobs then you don’t get to have an opinion or vote on them.

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Science! Science Fiction That Stopped Being Fiction In 2012

Have you guys seen this list of 27 things that made the transition from science fiction to reality in 2012? I mean, they aren’t part of everyday reality just yet. But that’s okay. Some of these were big news for everyone (James Cameron’s adventure to the ocean depths, the discovery of the Higgs boson), but I had not heard about a few of these.

The short version of the list? Mentally controlling a robotic arm, robots crossing an obstacle course, silk that is stronger than steel, DNA photographed, invisibility cloaks, spray-on skin, reaching the depths of the ocean, stem cells may extend human life significantly (it worked on mice), 3D printer prints a house, legalized self-driving cars (in a few states; they’re just thinking ahead, really), Voyager I leaves the solar system, a human mandible was printed and given to a patient (as in, it’s part of his body and it works, now), rogue planet found floating through space, monkeys created from more than one embryo, artificial leaves that generate electricity, the Higgs boson discovered, inexpensive solar panels, diamond planet, optical implant to restore sight, Wales recorded the DNA of every flowering plant in Wales, an unmanned commercial flight docked with the International Space-Station, flexible glass, robotic exoskeletons (for NASA), human brain’s practical functions are observed, a planet with four suns, and Microsoft patented real-world virtual reality for games.

So, that’s just the list. You should really read the actual list and look at the pictures (and videos) and read the descriptions. So worth it.

But, for me, there were some definitely highlights. Um, stem cells dramatically extending human life. Obviously, “dramatically extending” is not the same thing as immortality. But, if this treatment is available and affordable within, say, three decades, then that gives me a very good chance of living long enough to, well, never die. This treatment does not confer immortality, but we all know that it’s …4

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Top Business Professor Claims ‘Women Have Better Brains for Marketing’

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Professor Mark Ritson of Melbourne Business School – a leading business academic and a PhD alumni of Lancaster University, UK, my own alma mater – has declared that women should be the ‘natural choice’ for top marketing positions. The way Professor Ritson sees it, women quite simply have better brains for marketing. Interesting stuff.

Professor Ritson has laid out a genetics-based argument to back up this theory, focusing on the fact that women are more naturally …

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Mariah Carey’s Interview on Ellen Brings Up Interesting Gender Questions

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Could it be that Mariah Carey is more attentive to gender issues than most people in today’s world?

I, for one, think yes.

The other day, Carey appeared on the Ellen show and was asked by the aforementioned host if she could guess the sex of her baby. Carey’s response? That she would prefer if Ellen didn’t.

She said:

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