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Those last minutes!

But then!




Scary Hairbrush Kid
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Can anyone tell me what this is from? I can't stop looking and laughing.

Freaks me out because of the dogs.
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First Artificial Life Form Created
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How momentous is this occasion? Do we crack open the Champagne or do we fear for all our futures?  

To what end has this been created?  Just to see if they could or did they have a purpose in mind?  Of course there are many applications that all the noggins are thinking up right now. Not just Noggins but also Corporations. Surely they have now found a way of generating something out of next to nothing. How can one not get filthy and immorally rich from that?  

Scientists are likening this breakthrough to the splitting of the atom and we all know what came from that. Some wonderful but even more ugly consequences were let loose upon the world. A world that changed for ever and what will we see happen now?  I am so curious as to what they will use this for.  They are still vague but we will see the results before long.

Whether or not it will make our lives richer and happier remains to be seen but if History is a gauge, we are in for some particularly nasty developments that will change this world for ever.

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science_and_environment/10132762.stm
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Cancer Cure found?
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Now there are a few things that are really important to me, and curing Cancer is one of them.  Not me personally, but all those fine doctors and scientists. I have found this article in the Daily Mail that really gave hope.

www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1279447/Injecting-harmless-virus-tumours-reverse-untreatable-cancers.html

From the page:

A harmless virus could provide a breakthrough treatment for cancer victims.

Patients have had their tumours shrunk or stopped from growing after being injected with reovirus and treated with radiotherapy.

The development offers new hope to patients who have been told they have terminal cancer.

The reovirus is carried by most humans but is not associated with any disease.

Tests on new drug Reolysin, which contains particles of the virus, has shown it magnifies the effects of radiotherapy with astonishing results.

In trials at London's Institute of Cancer Research, one patient had a large tumour in a salivary gland shrunk enough to be surgically removed.

It will take up to 5 years before this is commercially available.


Now, as I am a bit of a snob, and normally don't post links from the Daily Mail, I set out to find a more reputable source. I was shocked to find that this has been researched and reported on 12 years ago!

news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/213203.stm

How come this has taken 12 years and now will take another 5 years before they start using it as a viable therapy?  I know some things are not to be rushed and takes time but TWELVE YEARS.  Ridiculous.





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ohnotheydidnt: Geena Davis' research on women in film and television
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ohnotheydidnt: Geena Davis' research on women in film and television

Found this on ONTD.  I knew it was bad but this is just shocking.  I have taken it here verbatim.

From the page:

Geena Davis' research on women in film and television
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In 2004, Geena Davis sat with her pre-school age daughter watching TV and movies, and they began to notice something: a lack of female characters. Davis thought, if my daughter notices, then what message does this send to all children?

She went on to raise funds for the largest research project ever undertaken on gender in children's entertainment.

The research results shocked Davis and led her to found The Geena Davis Institute.


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Study 1
G-rated Films, 1990-2005

Dr. Stacy Smith and her team at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California analyzed the amount and the nature of portrayals of male and female characters in 101 of the top-grossing G-rated movies from 1990 to January 31st, 2005 based on Nielsen EDI© estimates. In total, we tracked over 3,000 individual speaking characters, roughly 1,000 characters who spoke in all male or all female groups, and more than 40 narrators.

Key findings from Study 1 included:

Fewer than one out of three (28%) of the speaking characters (both real and animated) are female.

More than four out of five (83%) of the films' narrators are male.

85.5% of the characters in G-rated films are white, 4.8% are black, and 9.7% are from "other" ethnicities.


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Study 2
G-, PG-, PG-13, R-Rated Prevalence & Portrayal, 1990-2006

Based on Nielsen EDI© estimates, we content analyzed 400 of the top-grossing G, PG, PG-13, and R-rated theatrically-released films in North America between January 1, 1990 and September 4th, 2006.3 It is important to note that this study employed a somewhat different set of G-rated movies from the first study (only 100 films, and including movies through much of 2006). This second study also included 100 movies in each of the other rating categories. Additionally, some of the criteria for coding
were changed from the first study.

In Study 2, the results across these four ratings reveal that 73% of the characters are male. This translates into a ratio of 2.71 males to every 1 female.

Examining over 4,000 characters across 400 G, PG, PG-13, and R-rated movies, our data reveal that two types of females often frequent film: the traditional and the hypersexual.

Females were over five times as likely as males to be shown in sexually revealing clothing, which was defined as attire that enhances, exaggerates, or calls attention to any part of the body from neck to knees.

Females were nearly three times as likely as males (10.6% vs. 3.4%) to be shown with a thin figure.

Style of presentation affects how females are featured in G-rated films. Animated females are more likely to be shown in a thin and sexy light than are live action females.

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Study 3
Qualitative Analysis: An In-depth Look at 13 Female Leads in G-rated Films

We analyzed 13 films, featuring live action and animated action, princesses and non princesses, and recent releases as well as timeless classics. Specifically, we assessed the protagonists' aspirations, romantic inclinations, and appearance norms within the context of the plot. A thematic analysis was undertaken on the 13 films. One of the study's authors initially watched a few of the films and noted similarities and differences appearing across the storylines and main characters. All information from the film was incorporated in the assessment, including narration, story text, plot, soundtrack, and all main, supporting, and background characters. From this pass at the content, four general areas or themes emerged that were germane to female leads.

Appearance is heavily focused upon in these films. However, the aspirations and heroic actions of certain general audience female leads should be commended. The latter is important -- as such portrayals depict females in a compelling light to both males and females in the viewing audience.

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Study 4
tV for Kids 11 and under:Prevalence, Portrayal, Appearance

In the fourth analysis, we assessed gender roles in television content made for children. To this end, we randomly sampled 1,034 shows from 12 network, public broadcast, and cable outlets including 534 hours of programming between June 12 and August 18th, 2005 to assemble a typical week of children's television programming. We examined the prevalence of males and females, as well as the nature of
their demography, appearance, personality, and likeability.

Male characters occur roughly at twice the rate of female characters in television created for children. Sample-wide, the ratio of males to females was 1.67 to 1, including characters presented alone, in groups, or as narrators. Animated programs in particular are more likely to show males.

In live-action formats, females occur more frequently in groups than males. However, an almost equal portrayal appears with single-speaking male and female live action characters (ratio = 1.24 males to 1 female).

The research suggests that the "healthiest" balance of male and female representation is found in shows rated TVG. Further, TVG shows depict the highest proportion of non white, ethnic minority characters.


Similar to our other studies, we observed significant deviation in alluring attire and body shape variables. Females are almost four times as likely as males to be shown in sexy attire. Further, females are nearly twice as likely as males to be shown with a diminutive waist line. Unrealistic figures are more likely to be seen on females than males.

Females in animated contexts are more likely to be shown in sexually revealing attire than are females in live action contexts (24.5% vs. 17.4%). Females in animated stories are more likely to have small waists (36.9% vs. 6.9%) and have an unrealistic body shape (22.7% vs. 1.2%) than are females in live action stories.

Additionally, animated action males are more likely than their live action counterparts to have a large chest (15.4% vs. 4.9%), small waist (18.4% vs. 4.3%), and unrealistically muscularized physique (12.5% vs. .5%).


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Obama Rejects Rush Limbaugh Golf Match: Rush 'Can Play With Himself'
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Obama Rejects Rush Limbaugh Golf Match: Rush 'Can Play With Himself'

The Prez certainly has a way with words.  Classic!

When President Obama was asked if he would play a round of golf with his talk-radio nemesis Rush Limbaugh, the response, relayed by a top Democrat, was: "Limbaugh can play with himself."

Now why this article needs to repeat what the President's said is beyond me. Don't you know the comedy rule?  You only need to say that funny shit once or it just ain't funny.  Fact!

Unless it is a GIF, like this one, which gets funnier the longer you look at it.

Excuse me what do you think you're doing?

Going to watch Robin Hood tonight
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Because my Baby Girl is turning 17 tomorrow, she is having a whole gaggle of friends over tonight before they hit bustling Amsterdam.  Because we are banished from the house from about 8 we are going to see Robin Hood tonight. I have mixed feelings about this movie but because there isn't a whole lot else to see, it will have to do.

Merry men

I just hope we will be like above watching it and not like this:
What is this crap?

Review will be coming soon.
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