Egypt, I love you.

27 Mar

I’m not sure I have ever gotten into the discussion of my opinions of Canada or my love of revolutions(anthropologically speaking), on this blog but I have to say this: Egypt has had me enthralled this past four months. Far before our media was reporting movement in Egypt I was reading the signs of an important change in the political waters.

I’m just so proud of them, so very very proud. Merci, thank you.

The folloing pictures are Allan Taylor’s work for the Atlantic

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My unlikey-do list #1

27 Mar

I am making a “Bucket List” of sorts, the “of sorts” part being that I don’t have any real plans of doing most of these but would do most of them in a heart beat if they were presented to me as a possibility.

I’ll put more up as I get around to it. Here’s number 1 on my list.

#1 Attend a feminist rally

27 Mar

27 Mar

I’m BACK

27 Mar

I decided to return to blogging for a bit, no promises.

I’m sitting here listening to my large cache of communist music. I used to call it “socialist” music but really, who am I kidding here?

[Communist BBQ– Exit Clov]

Did you miss me? It’s okay I was busy and didn’t think of you either. It’s fine really.

Kissing

10 Oct
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The Misconception: Kissing is only an expression of love.

The Truth: Kissing transmits germs from the male to the female to bolster the female immune system before and during pregnancy.

Take a step back and pretend you’re watching animals in a zoo. Let’s go with groundhogs.

You see one groundhog walk over to another one and stick its tongue in the other’s mouth. They flop their tongues around for a minute and then go about their groundhog business.

Weird, huh?

Kissing, let’s face it, is sort of strange. Why so much passion? Why such overwhelming emotion?

Our mating behaviors are such an integral part of our behavior, we rarely consider why we think and feel the way we do. We know hamburgers are delicious, but why? We know we find breasts and biceps attractive, but why?

We love to kiss, and we do it instinctively. The urge to do it springs up from deep within – but why?

One of the answers is the cytomegalovirus.

It has been a hypothesis for a while, but recent research by Colin Hendrie from the University of Leeds may have pinned it down:

“Female inoculation with a specific male’s cytomegalovirus is most efficiently achieved through mouth-to-mouth contact and saliva exchange, particularly where the flow of saliva is from the male to the typically shorter female.”

Sexy.

Sperm just don’t cut it when it comes to transmitting immunity.

According to the research, kissing transmits germs from man to woman, and after about six months of it she becomes immune to the bad stuff in the man’s body. By the time the baby is born, it is immune to the things the parents are immune to.

The behavior is so deeply evolved in our brains that homosexual men and women still kiss, and they get all the latent benefits – connection, love, ribald desire, immunity from the partner’s germs.

You kiss babies and pets, sacred objects, the ground.

When it comes to kissing, you are not so smart, but you are healthy.

Links:

The Study on Kissing and Germ Transference

Kissing At Medicinenet

The Cytomegalovirus

I know of such happiness for I have never reached it.

5 Oct

http://youtu.be/9t7E4amWDqI

Above is a video made by John Green one of my favorite modern Novelists. John is also one half of a Vlogging duo on YouTube called the Vlog Brothers, which he shares with his brother Hank Green (See Hanks related video below).

Success is counted sweetest
By those who ne’er succeed.
To comprehend a nectar
Requires sorest need.

Not one of all the purple host
Who took the flag to-day
Can tell the definition,
So clear, of victory!

As he, defeated, dying,
On whose forbidden ear
The distant strains of triumph
Burst agonized and clear!

A common idea in Dickinson’s poems is that not having increases our appreciation or enjoyment of what we lack; the person who lacks understands whatever is lacking better than the person who possesses it.

The following video is Hank Green’s cheerfully truthful song about constant pain, deep emotions and Angler Fish.

http://youtu.be/cdjmNPlePVE