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August 10, 2013

Everything you wanted to know about animal perverts doing pervert things to animals

If you want a solid science book on this topic check out THE RED QUEEN by Matt Ridley. Great book. If you want a science-y tongue-in-cheek thing, read this post. All animals are perverts. It was humans who invented vanilla. newt in the throat
Long story short, if you have a fetish, somewhere out there there is probably an animal who has it too. Congratulations. I know you all are just waiting with bated breath for me to launch into a discussion of bonobos but you know what, EVERYONE talks about bonobos. Bonobos enjoy sex, okay? But so does every other frickin’ species out there! (Okay, except bedbugs. And ducks. And a few others. We won’t go into those kinds of sexual evolution in this article though.) I’m gonna throw out an idea that may seem novel here. Animals don’t have sex with the intent to reproduce. Most animals have no idea what reproduction even is; lady animals will suddenly have smaller versions of themselves popping out of their nether regions with no clue why, like wtf why do I suddenly love these so much. Animals have sex because slappin’ genitals together feels good, dangit. That’s why sex feels great in the first place. If you didn’t get hungry, do you think you would eat? No, you’d sit there on the couch watching netflix until you starved to death. Similarly, if sex wasn’t so gosh darn enjoyable, we wouldn’t be driven to reproduce. And then no babies would be made, and that would be the end of that. (Unless your species is parthenogenetic, like whiptail lizards, except even they mount each other in glorious lesbian dominatrix fashion to hump their partner’s eggs into fertilizing themselves.) If animals didn’t find sex enjoyable, would they masturbate so much? And let me tell you, if an animal can figure out a way to pleasure itself, by god it will do it all the damn time. I work with monkeys. Don’t test me. Animals don’t have sex to reproduce. Animals have sex because fuck yeah. . . .

August 07, 2013

Fukushima plant is releasing 400 tons of irradiated water into the sea every day

New Leaks Into Pacific at Japan Nuclear Plant - NYTimes.com
Tepco had said that the groundwater, which flows downhill from mountains behind the plant and into the sea, had remained relatively clean even after the accident because it is so deep, several yards below the surface. But in May the company reported detecting a sharp increase in the amounts of radioactive tritium in groundwater beneath the plant. Tepco now says the groundwater is emptying into the plant’s man-made harbor at a rate of 400 tons a day — enough to fill an Olympic swimming pool every week. While the company did not specifically say how much of the water was contaminated, it offered a calculation for the amount of tritium being released that assumed all of the water was contaminated. To halt the flow of contaminated water, Tepco built an underground barrier along the shoreline in front of one damaged reactor in June by injecting chemicals into the soil to harden it. But the operator has told regulators that it believes the barrier failed to stop the water, instead acting as a dam that pooled the contaminated underground water behind it until it flowed over the top of the barrier toward the sea. Mr. Kinjo, the regulator, warned that if the water kept rising, it could soon come to the surface, increasing hazards for the plant’s already hard-pressed workers. The company has admitted that it failed to respond quickly enough to the latest groundwater contamination, saying it was preoccupied with more pressing issues like cooling the damaged reactors. “Tepco appears overwhelmed in dealing with what is a very serious problem,” said Akio Yamamoto, a professor of nuclear engineering at Nagoya University, who serves as outside expert for the Nuclear Regulation Authority, Japan’s nuclear watchdog. “It cannot do everything on its own.”

Why do we still treat Freud like he was right about anything?

None of his theories have withstood scientific testing. But they are still persuasive as a means of understanding literature. Why Freud Still Matters, When He Was Wrong About Almost Everything
The primary trouble with Freud is that, while his ideas appear intriguing and even common sensical, there’s very little empirical evidence to back them up. Modern psychology has produced very little to substantiate many of his claims. For instance, there’s no scientific evidence in support of the idea that boys lust after their mothers and hate their fathers. He was totally, utterly wrong about gender. And his notion of “penis envy” is now both laughable and tragic. There’s no proof of the id, ego, or superego. There’s also no evidence to support the notion that human development proceeds through oral, anal, phallic, and genital stages. Nor that the interference, or arresting, of these stages leads to specific developmental manifestations. For example, he theorized that homosexuality was a failure to reconcile the anal phase, or the Oedipal phase. Which is nonsense. He also argued that only “mature” women could orgasm from vaginal sex, and that women who could only climax via clitoral stimulation were somehow stunted, stuck at a latent phase. Again, nonsense. . . .