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February 24, 2012

Humor For Whom? How parody turned into exposé of Jonathan Standefer

Exposing the unfunny racist douchebaggers of Twitter, one account at a time. Humor for Whom? How parody became expose of Jonathan Standefer | HerLinked
Twit­ter users fit into one of two types: 1. Real people. 2. Greedy anony­mous low-lifes who cre­ate gim­mick accounts through which to tweet their inane pay-for-click tweets. Men’s Humor falls into the lat­ter cat­e­gory. Self-described as “Humor­ous tweets tai­lored for men,” the gim­mick is Beer Ad mas­culin­ity as extolled in one clichéd tweet after another. Men’s Humor delights in its bacon I mean ham-handed degra­da­tion of the male species, like a dog rolling in its own shit. To hear Men’s Humor tell it, men are worth­less alco­holic rapists and proud of it, buster. Nat­u­rally, Men’s Humor has more than 1.3 mil­lion fol­low­ers who bankroll the oper­a­tion. It’s bril­liant. Every 10 or so tweets, Men’s Humor “shares” a link via My Likes, “a social media adver­tis­ing plat­form,” using the hash­tag “spon.” You click– they get paid — that simple. . . .

February 23, 2012

Lucy Lawless scales 174-foot Arctic drilling ship in protest

Have you watched the new Spartacus series? It's really much better than you've heard. Lucy Lawless, Greenpeace activists occupy ship in oil-drilling protest - NY Daily News
WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Television actress Lucy Lawless climbed aboard an oil-drilling ship Friday in New Zealand, joining six Greenpeace activists to try to stop the vessel from setting off for the Arctic. Speaking from atop a 174-foot drilling tower aboard the Noble Discoverer in Port Taranaki, Lawless told The Associated Press on Friday that wind gusts were making it difficult to stay put but that she and the other protesters planned to stay there for "as long as we possibly can." She said she had a "little bit" of food and some provisions with her. The protesters hung banners from the drilling derrick reading "Stop Shell" and "#SaveTheArctic." The ship is chartered by oil company Shell. Shona Geary, the company's New Zealand spokeswoman, said the ship was due to leave over the weekend for a drilling program in the Arctic but that all operations aboard had come to a stop. "We are taking a very calm and measured approach to this," she said. . . .

February 20, 2012

How effective birth control changed everything

This is important to talk about and to know these days, what with the Republican War on Women and Birth Control rocking on so loudly. Why Patriarchal Men Are Utterly Petrified of Birth Control -- And Why We'll Still Be Fighting About it 100 Years From Now | Visions | AlterNet
When people look back on the 20th century from the vantage point of 500 years on, they will remember the 1900s for three big things. One was the integrated circuit, and (more importantly) the Internet and the information revolution that it made possible. When our descendants look back, they're likely to see this as an all-levels, all-sectors disruption on the scale of the printing press -- but even more all-encompassing. (Google "the Singularity" for scenarios on just how dramatic this might be.) The second was the moon landing, a first-time-ever milestone in human history that our galaxy-trotting grandkids five centuries on may well view about the same way we see Magellan’s first daring circumnavigation of the globe. But the third one is the silent one, the one that I've never seen come up on anybody’s list of Innovations That Changed The World, but matters perhaps more deeply than any of the more obvious things that usually come to mind. And that’s the mass availability of nearly 100% effective contraception. Far from being a mere 500-year event, we may have to go back to the invention of the wheel or the discovery of fire to find something that’s so completely disruptive to the way humans have lived for the entire duration of our remembered history. Until the condom, the diaphragm, the Pill, the IUD, and all the subsequent variants of hormonal fertility control came along, anatomy really was destiny — and all of the world’s societies were organized around that central fact. Women were born to bear children; they had no other life options. With a few rebellious or well-born exceptions (and a few outlier cultures that somehow found their way to a more equal footing), the vast majority of women who’ve ever lived on this planet were tied to home, dependent on men, and subject to all kinds of religious and cultural restrictions designed to guarantee that they bore the right kids to the right man at the right time — even if that meant effectively jailing them at home. Our biology reduced us to a kind of chattel, subject to strictures that owed more to property law than the more rights-based laws that applied to men. Becoming literate or mastering a trade or participating in public life wasn’t unheard-of; but unlike the men, the world’s women have always had to fit those extras in around their primary duty to their children and husband — and have usually paid a very stiff price if it was thought that those duties were being neglected. . . .