Monday, August 22, 2016

Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony

Pac-Man is Japanese?! I'm having a crisis! At least Ms. Pac-Man is still an All-American babe! Watch Japan's prime minister morph into Mario for the Olympics closing ceremony by Rich McCormick, August 21, 2016 The Verge

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold as Monica Puig clinches women's tennis title

Via Reuters: "Monica Puig may be delivering the first Olympic gold to Puerto Rico, but she is not the first Puerto Rican to win a gold medal at the Olympics. She's not even the first to win a gold medal for women's tennis." Continue reading: Puerto Rico wins first Olympic gold as Monica Puig clinches women's tennis title by Leela de Kretser, Aug. 13, 2016 Reuters Live

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Nile Wilson (GBR) – 2016 European champion on High Bar

Nile Wilson scored 15.666 on the high bar at the Rio Olympics in the Men's Gymnastics Team Final. I look forward to seeing him and Kenzo Shirai (JPN), Sam Mikulak (USA) and all of the Olympic gymnasts competing in the All-Around tomorrow.

Published on Jun 7, 2016 UEG Official – 32nd European Championships in Men's Artistic Gymnastics, Bern (SUI), May 25-28, 2016. Nile Wilson (GBR). Apparatus Finals, High Bar : 15.300 (Difficulty : 6.900 ; Execution : 8.400), European champion. Uploaded by europeangymnastics on You Tube

Nile WILSON Rings SILVER - 2016 Apparatus Finals -- Published on Apr 12, 2016 The 2016 British Championships at the Echo Arena Liverpool. Uploaded by BGtv British Gymnastics on You Tube

Thursday, August 04, 2016

Axe Excite

Would I wear men's scented deodorant?  I really might if it's as amazing smelling as Axe Excite.  For now, I think I'll stick to body spray to match his Axe deo.  Axe Excite has a noticeable coconut note with a subtle underscoring of herbaceous notes, a bit fougere like many classic men's scents.  It reminds me a bit of Naomi Campbell's original perfume.  Axe Excite also smells a whole lot better to me than Axe for Women, which is kind of a sharp, generic passion fruit-like scent, like cosmetics and skin cream.  Actually, I know a lot of guys who would prefer that, so to each their own.

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Bath & Body Works Malibu Heat

I've been wearing this all summer long since I discovered it. If you like fresh scents and coconut, you'll love this light and watery interpretation of coconut and other tropical fruits. It's a nice, simple fragrance to layer other scents with, too. I think it smells a bit like candy but it's more refreshing than sugary. This is my favorite BBW scent right now, so I hope it'll stop being limited edition one day (I think the fragrance was brought back since its launch because I've seen different packaging for it (Edited to add: I might be thinking of the Shimmering Mist)).

Malibu Heat

Top Notes: Fresh Mandarin, Juicy Orange, Crisp Pear, Succulent Pineapple
Mid Notes: Orange Blossom, Lily of the Valley, Coconut Water
Dry Notes: Coconut Milk, Creamy Vanilla, Sandalwood, Sunny Musk

Fans urged to support equestrian sport during Rio to secure Olympic future

"The Games, which kick off on Friday (5 August), are particularly important for equestrianism as the sport’s popularity will determine its future in the programme of the Olympics.

"From 29 July-28 August the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will assess how engaged fans are."

Read the article: Fans urged to support equestrian sport during Rio to secure Olympic future by Rachael Hook, Horse & Hound, August 2, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bernie Sanders Leaves Democratic Party to Return to Independent in Senate

Bernie tweeted on July 28: "Trump wants to abolish the Affordable Care Act and throw 20 million people off of health insurance. We can't let that happen. #DemsInPhilly"

Hear, hear, Bernie. If I vote for Hillary Clinton despite her position on the draft for women, the Democratic party can thank a great leader named Bernie Sanders. Thank you, Mr. Sanders, for not voting for NDAA and being a great senator for the people, too.

Dear People magazine, did Bernie Sanders say he is going to stay Independent because he has far left views? Nothing says far left like the Democratic party's BLM with their open support of radical Islamic terrorists on their web site, and senators that voted to draft women to combat roles via NDAA. To me, Bernie is MLK to the Dem party's Malcolm X. Bernie Sanders Leaves Democratic Party to Return to Independent in Senate by Stephanie Petit, July 28, 2016 People

My Senator Thinks Drafting Women Gives Equal Opportunity

"I have railed for some time against the maniacal idea of the military draft being extended to include women. Make no mistake, I oppose the draft in all forms; and think it is just as reprehensible to force men to serve and die for a cause they may or may not believe in as well. The military should be an all-volunteer army. And if it’s not, then the entire idea of liberty is nothing more than an elaborate hoax foisted on the masses. The only TRUE liberty belongs to those who cannot be drafted.

"Because when you live in a country that believes it has the right to take your sons, brothers, and fathers BY FORCE to “serve” then you don’t really live in a free country. Rather, you live in a country of freedom for the elites and slavery for the peons. Now, the United States wants to potentially expand the nationally sanctioned kidnappings to include your daughters, sisters, and mothers. The asinine concept of forced military service has been elevated to the level of “infinitely asinine.” And the most frustrating part of it all is that the elected officials in Washington are either too ignorant, or too corrupt to care." Continue reading: My Senator Thinks Drafting Women Gives Equal Opportunity by Shane Kastler, July 18, 2016

Thursday, July 28, 2016

President Jimmy Carter Proposes Draft Registration for Women

I didn't know Jimmy Carter wanted to draft women in the '80s, long before Hillary Clinton said she is for it, and our Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of it. There goes my respect for Carter as well. What we need is gender equity, not this kind of equality that expects people to overcome obvious biological differences for an ideological cause. Some civilizations perform female circumcision which is torture for women, but surely that is equality, too. Is it any more civilized than sending millenial women to fill combat positions?

"Description: President Jimmy Carter proposes the plan of registering women for the military draft, igniting a firestorm of discussion and controversy from men and women alike. The Senate Armed Services Committee would not support the Carter proposal, and the Supreme Court would later uphold the constitutionality of exempting women in the 1981 case Rostker v. Goldberg." President Jimmy Carter Proposes Draft Registration for Women -- Source: NBC Nightly News | Creator: John Chancellor/Judy Woodruff/Robert Hager | Event Date: 01/08/1980 | Air/Publish Date: 01/08/1980 K-12

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Who Is Charles Kinsey? Miami Police Investigating Officer Shooting Of Unarmed Black Therapist

What possibly set this police officer off -- that Charles Kinsey didn't get on his stomach as told? When people are nervous, it makes it hard to listen, as possibly evidenced by both sides of this insane scenario. We are all only human. Just because someone can't always play Simon Says 100% accurately doesn't mean they're not doing everything they can to be 100% compliant with the law. "Caretaker Charles Kinsey said he was lying down with his hands up — attempting to calm down his autistic patient — when a member of the North Miami police shot him Tuesday..." Who Is Charles Kinsey? Miami Police Investigating Officer Shooting Of Unarmed Black Therapist by Tim Marcin 07/21/16 International Business Times

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cops: Robbers Use Pokemon Go to Find Victims

Cops: Robbers Use Pokemon Go to Find Victims Posted July 11th, 2016 by John Johnson, Newser --

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Donald Trump mocks Asians with broken English in speech

To be fair, he was not lampooning Asian-Americans, but if I may, let me explain why mockery such as this is bad; it puts fear in the hearts of Asian-Americans and other immigrants about white Americans like Donald Trump. As a representive of the Republican party, he can do much better to be more inviting. Donald Trump mocks Asians with broken English in speech by Celeste Katz, New York Daily News, August 27, 2015

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Gender Identity and Autism Spectrum Disorders

"An increasing number of reports describe gender-related concerns in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Abelson [1] drew attention to the specific potential for gender issues in individuals with ASD, and subsequently, a number of case reports and at least one systematic study have appeared in the literature [2-9]. Perhaps the earliest case report [2] was of two male individuals with ASD who presented with “feminine gender-stereotyped preoccupations,” and subsequent work has cited this case report as an early example of comorbid gender identity disorder (GID) and ASD [9]. A subsequent case report appeared in 1997 [3] and drew attention to the hypothesis that impairment in social interaction could contribute to atypical gender identity formation.

"The report of two cases by Mukaddes [3] was notable for identifying patterns of transgender identity and behavior in two boys seen at the same clinic for several years, although even in this study the individuals were not followed-up beyond a young age (7 and 10 years) — a critical shortcoming given the low rate of persistent transgender identification following puberty [10]. It was not until 2005 that a case report described an adult with Asperger syndrome (AS) and “GID according to DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) criteria” [8]. The authors go on to introduce the hypothesis that GID developed as a “sequel to AS,” highlighting the extreme-male brain hypothesis and the patient adopting “male emotional and cognitive traits.” Perhaps most recent was the report of two cases of individuals with both ASD and GD according to DSM-5 criteria [11]. In this paper, the authors highlight specific aspects of ASD, including theory of mind deficits and cognitive style as being potential influences on the process of gender identity formation." READ: Gender Identity and Autism Spectrum Disorders -- Yale J Biol Med. 2015 Mar; 88(1): 81–83. Published online 2015 Mar 4. PMCID: PMC4345542 Focus: Autism Spectrum Disorders

Related article: "While this article is specifically about autism and gender identity, it cites multiple research studies that confirm, once again, that MOST children who question their gender in childhood end up as gay or bisexual if left alone. Also, socially immature/isolated kids, or kids with ASD, probably need even longer to figure out who they are, which makes a good argument that dysphoricadolescents and even young adults with social anxiety or other similar issues should not start medical transition, as they too often do." Read: President Obama, how is this not anti-gay conversion therapy? -- Posted on April 9, 2015 4thwavenow

LGBT themes in Hindu mythology

Shiva in the form of Sambashiva, his half-male, half-female, Ardhanaareeshwara form.

"LGBT themes in Hindu mythology involve Hindu deities or heroes whose attributes or behavior can be interpreted as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or as having elements of gender variance and non-heterosexual sexuality. Traditional Hindu literary sources do not speak of homosexuality directly,[1] but changes of sex, homoerotic encounters, and intersex or third gender characters are often found both in traditional religious narratives such as the Vedas, Mahabharata, Ramayana and Puranas as well as in regional folklore." LGBT themes in Hindu mythology-- Wikipedia

Wired differently: Exploring brain connectivity in autism

Wired differently: Exploring brain connectivity in autism by neuropsychologist Aarti Nair, currently a postdoctoral scholar and clinical instructor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior of the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Nair was part of the 2012 class of Autism Speaks Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellows. Her fellowship project involved research into brain connectivity and function in adolescents with autism. Autism Speaks

Related article: Autism Speaks Collaborative Releases First Full Genome Sequencing For Autism -- July 11, 2013 Neuroscience News