Friday, December 24, 2010

Weekly Mashup Stage 31

Its been a fairly wild week at work and I've been playing Lord of the Rings Online with some friends so I haven't been hitting the blog much but I do have some interesting tidbits to share. And remember share and share alike.

Bourdieu, The "Hipster", And The Authenticity of Taste"This, Grief concludes, is why everyone, especially hipsters, hates to be called a hipster. The whole idea is to have authentically superior tastes. Once you are revealed as someone who cares about having the right tastes, you are disqualified as a person who has good taste effortlessly." A pretty interesting breakdown on what a hipster is.

Red Pill Reality Dispelling Blue Pill Delusions: Tobacco:"Oh you're telling me that if I took a seed from a natural, organic tobacco plant, and grew it in my yard, and than harvested the leaf, dried it and smoked it, I'd be ingesting industrial chemicals like cadmium, formaldehyde, arsenic, toluene, hexamine, and methanol?

Somehow, I don't think so."

Personally I think one thing that would really help with getting people to quit smoking would be to actually list the ingredients of cigarettes on the packages.

Two Short Takes: Logan McQueary Update; Homeless Man Called Child’s ‘Guardian Angel’: Updates on one story which involves a mother who kidnapped a child after custody was awarded to the father and another in which a homeless man who possibly saved the life of a young girl whose mother is now facing neglect charges.

North Carolina lawmakers continue to push Lumbee recognition: "U.S. lawmakers plan to continue a fight to grant federal recognition–and eligibility for benefits that include housing, education and health care services–for thousands of members of the Lumbee Tribe in North Carolina."

Oh I just really like this picture so I just threw it in there. I dub thee, "Mommy".

South Carolina's Slavery Secession Ball: Monica reminding us the real deal behind the Secession Ball. In fact now that I recall my US History teacher spit that line about the Civil War not being about slavery but about state's rights.

Elle Decoration: A pretty interesting idea on how to use a bar of soap without getting wet.

A Dose of Stupid v41: Toy Soldier weighs in on a rather disturbing ad that's playing South Africa that invokes prison rape as a deterrent to drunk driving. For the double he also has a good post on how male victims of domestic violence are silenced by some of the very people who claim to take all DV seriously. And for the triple he talks about a 911 Operator that I hope was fired for the way she treated a man calling for help while being abused by his girlfriend.

A little Star Trek humor. You can click on it to make it larger.

When the flames of passion burn a little too realistically: So a woman allegedly sets her boyfriend on fire (his crotch to be exact) and the picture they run with the article of HER crying? What the hell? Neverminding the leading line attempting to add humor to a domestic violence story ("If the John Wayne Bobbitt story has taught men anything, it's to never fall asleep with an angry woman nearby.") I'm just glad they didn't lead off with an attempt to justify the attack. You know the drill usually they lead off with saying she did it because she thought she was cheating on him or something like that.

“I’m not a feminist, but. . . “: People who still don't understand that the negative image cast on feminism is not the complete work of fiction they think it is.

Alright folks take it easy!