Friday, October 13, 2017

Straight men who have sex with other men

If Lady Gaga said she's straight on RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9, why not? Like a new Roman Empire, let everyone be straight again. Straight men who have sex with other men - Can a straight man hook up with a guy and still be straight? Girls can. By Nikki Goldstein, August 3, 2017

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Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California

Knowingly exposing others to HIV will no longer be a felony in California by Patrick McGreevy, Oct. 6, 2017 LA Times

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Really want to be an American cheerleader? Here’s your crappy rulebook

Laura Vikmanis, Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader

Not only do cheerleaders, who are athletes and entertainers in their own right, make an average of less than minimum wage, they're expected to devote their lives to the craft like Takarazuka. Also, cheerleaders weren't always so skinny. I don't think even Carmen Electra was ever a twig, or female with less body fat than the equivalent male of her height and weight. With men in the world who resent women so much so they'd go as far as to abuse them, it's really no wonder S&M has been the Hollywood trend for over a decade. From "Cheerleaders in America’s National Football League (NFL) have made their high school dreams of taking their sport to the ultimate level. But, when they got there, they found they were expected to live on meagre pay, keep their fair skin fake-tanned, and not put on weight." Continued: Really want to be an American cheerleader? Here’s your crappy rulebook by Radhika Sanghani 29 Jan 2014

Dallas Cowboys cheerleader

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Happy Centennial, Thelonious Monk! Round Midnight Soundtrack

This version of Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" is probably my favorite. The entire movie soundtrack is phenomenal, and although I didn't get to see it in the theaters, I greatly appreciate the film, too.

Round Midnight (movie trailer):

"Round Midnight is a soundtrack album by Herbie Hancock featuring music recorded for Bertrand Tavernier's film Round Midnight released in 1986 on Columbia Records. The album features performances by Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, Ron Carter, Tony Williams, Bobby McFerrin, Dexter Gordon, Pierre Michelot, Billy Higgins, John McLaughlin, Chet Baker, Bobby Hutcherson, Wayne Shorter, Lonette McKee, and Cedar Walton, most of whom appear in the film. It won the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Score in 1986, against Ennio Morricone's The Mission, Jerry Goldsmith's Hoosiers, among others. Additional music recorded during the making of the film was released under Dexter Gordon's name as The Other Side of Round Midnight (1986)." Round Midnight (soundtrack) (Wikipedia)

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Monday, October 09, 2017

Who Is Lief Eriksson?

Lief Erikson via Chicago Tribune - Tuesday was Leif Erikson Day in Illinois schools — or not

By Kay Thayer, Oct. 12, 2016

READ: Ten fascinating facts about the statue of Leifur Eiríksson by Magnús Sveinn Helgason | Nov 2 2015 Iceland Magazine

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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding

Thoughts and Prayers and N.R.A. Funding by David Leonhardt, Ian Prasad Philbrick and Stuart A. Thompson, The New York Times Oct. 4, 2017

Saturday, September 30, 2017

16 Female Discoveries and Inventions That Were Credited to Men

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16 Female Discoveries and Inventions That Were Credited to Men - Here's to women finally getting the recognition they deserve. By Rachel Epstein, Sep 16, 2017 Harper's Bazaar

Friday, September 22, 2017

Autumn Equinox

Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe

Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen - Good Time

It's the first day of Autumn, although it's starting to feel like heavenly Indian summer (Visit: Indian Summer: What, Why, and When - What Is an Indian Summer? from The Old Farmer's Almanac). Today, I'm going to attempt making mock salmon rillettes and crème fraîche. All I need is crostini bread to go with that. Enjoy the harvest!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress

Facebook to Turn Over Russian-Linked Ads to Congress by Scott Shane and Mike Issac, September 21, 2017 the New York Times

Image via Facebook built an AI system that learned to lie to get what it wants by Dave Gershgorn June 14, 2017 QZ

I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Official Trailer

RIP Bernie Casey. Every good hero should have a theme song!

WATCH: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (1988) Official Trailer posted on YouTube by 101films
Image via L to R: Bernie Casey, Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Brown, Isaac Hayes

Related link: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka (directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans) - Wikipedia

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Lawmakers Want to Stop Russian Interference and Sex Traffickers on the Web

Congress Versus Internet: Lawmakers Want to Stop Russian Interference and Sex Traffickers on the Web by Tom Porter, 9/20/17 Newsweek

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Related article: From San Francisco Chronicle -- "WASHINGTON — Bipartisan legislation to crack down on online child sex trafficking is putting Silicon Valley tech companies and California’s two Democratic senators on the spot, as proponents of the legislation try to rewrite a section of a 21-year-old law that the companies argue has been the foundation of the Internet’s growth." Continue reading: Bill that targets child sex trafficking puts California senators in tricky spot by Carolyn Lochhead | September 20, 2017

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Meet the 'vegan mafia,' a secret group of investors betting on the future of food

SWERF (a slur meaning "sex worker exclusionary radical feminism") is a Silicon Valley word, which I found out while researching how anti SWERF 'n' TERF (transgender exclusionary radfem) gender equality activism and veganism intersect among intersectional feminists. I guess intersectionality is an important aspect of the Silicon Valley lifestyle.

Many vegans in Silicon are more likely vegan for religious reasons, but will environmentalism, anti-humanism and animal rights drive more Americans toward veganism as Silicon Valley tries to "disrupt" the meat and dairy industry? They say new vegan biotech foods are cheaper, and likewise I think Silicon Valley must be saving a lotta money hiring Hindu and Asian immigrant talent. Meet the 'vegan mafia,' a secret group of investors betting on the future of food by Christina Farr | 12 Aug 2017 CNBC

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Indian god-man's conviction in rape case triggers riots

"Tensions escalated in northern India after a court on Aug. 28 sentenced cult leader Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to 20 years in prison for rape.

"At least 38 people have died amid rioting by his followers since he was convicted on Aug. 25." Read the article: Indian god-man's conviction in rape case triggers riots by Ritu Sharma, ucanews

Free Tampons and Pads Are Making Their Way to U.S. Colleges, High Schools and Middle Schools

As far as gender equality goes, this is a much nicer move than encouraging violence against women or telling us we're lucky to have opportunities to sign up for selective service. But many women don't like to announce their periods to everyone; maybe the guys won't care, but women will feel as we do, and so it would be nice to have privacy, and modesty, too... Free Tampons and Pads Are Making Their Way to U.S. Colleges, High Schools and Middle Schools by Abigail Jones, 9/6/16 Newsweek

Related article: "By putting menstrual products in women’s, men’s and gender-inclusive bathrooms, Nguyen’s campaign highlights an often ignored fact: Not all people who menstruate are women. “We wanted to set a tone of trans-inclusivity and not forget that they’re an important part of the population,” he says." Tampons coming to men's rooms at Brown University by Sydney Hutchison, Sep 07, 2016

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Bath & Body Works Sparkling Limoncello

This scent which comes in many forms from body mist to soap, wasn't my first choice in lemon-scented hand sanitizers, but I couldn't find any of the drugstore brands in lemon, so I got this. Lemon is a scent that helps me with motion sickness if I'm on an extended trip; I hope the fragrance stays popular. Anyway, the Sparkling Limoncello PocketBac starts off like a really medicinal-smelling cleanser, but then it settles into a somewhat lemon drop-like candied sweetness. It's still more refreshing than sweet, closer to plain lemon, which is what I wanted. The body mist is less sweet, but still lemony with a soft undercurrent of sugared grapefruit, neroli and a clean, non-musky woodsy base. It reminds me of lemonade or iced tea, the kind you can get from a convenience store or bodega with names like 'Snapple' or 'Arizona Green Tea.' It's not as floral to me as White Citrus, which I hope to review soon.

The notes on Bath & Body Works' web site are: Sparkling Lemon, Sugared Mint, Fresh Verbena, Orange Blossom, Italian Cedarwood

Saturday, September 09, 2017

RuPaul's Dragcon NYC Next Door to LGBT Expo

Have an awesome weekend, ladies! "We’re extremely excited to announce this year’s Original LGBT Expo will be sharing the Jacob Javits Center with the NYC debut of RuPaul’s DragCon!" RuPaul's Dragcon NYC Next Door to LGBT Expo - THE ORIGINAL LGBT EXPO 2017 | July 6, 2017

Lesbianism is under attack, though not by the usual suspects

In social media where feminism itself is often under attack by equality activists pushing men's rights, women are getting harassed, especially lesbians who receive the most ire from outspoken Catholics like Milo Yiannopoulos. It doesn't help that our current president seems to encourage normalizing sexual harassment perhaps to keep his pageantry business alive. Lesbianism is under attack, though not by the usual suspects - Pressuring lesbians into dating people with penises is all too similar to the practice of corrective rape, wherein it is believed lesbian sexuality can be “cured.” By J.J. Barnes, July 8,2017

ACLU Sues DC Metro for Rejecting Milo Yiannopoulos, First Amendment Ads

These rights are for everyone, even self-proclaimed Catholics like Milo and his SWERF & TERF-hating minions who harass women, particularly lesbian women, relentlessly online. Via "The ACLU is suing on behalf of themselves, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Milo Yiannopoulos's publisher, Milo Worldwide LLC, and Carafem, an abortion and birth control provider, arguing that the government agencies' advertising policies violate the First Amendment rights of advertisers." ACLU Sues DC Metro for Rejecting Milo Yiannopoulos, First Amendment Ads by Rebecca Rainey August 10, 2017 iHeart Radio

Image via TIME - Got Credibility? Then You're Not PETA by Jeffrey Kluger, May 30, 2014

Putin welcomes ‘new dynamic’ in relationship between Catholic, Orthodox churches

Putin welcomes ‘new dynamic’ in relationship between Catholic, Orthodox churches - August 24, 2017

Sunday, September 03, 2017

This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality

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As I post this, I'm dumbfounded to find out Germany legalized prostitution, and still rendered more speechless by liberal men praising Germany's free society. I can't get behind this postmodern feminism because at the logical end point awaits legalizing prostitution ("or women will keep getting hurt" is circular). Intersectionality as its own discipline opens a door to the inner world of a generation that is painfully self-aware from every angle imaginable. This Video Breaks Down the ABCs of Intersectionality - The National Museum of African American History and Culture explores the long legacy of women who shaped the feminist sociological theory. By Brigit Katz  August 29, 2017

Friday, September 01, 2017

The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism

"The intellectual battlefields today are on college campuses, where students' deep convictions about race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation and their social justice antipathy toward capitalism, imperialism, racism, white privilege, misogyny and “cissexist heteropatriarchy” have bumped up against the reality of contradictory facts and opposing views, leading to campus chaos and even violence." Read the article: The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism - The roots of the current campus madness. By Michael Shermer | Scientific American September 2017 Issue

Related link: Alan Dershowitz: 'Intersectionality' is a code word for anti-Semitism - 9/1/2017 PINK MANHATTAN

Alan Dershowitz: 'Intersectionality' is a code word for anti-Semitism

Read the article: Alan Dershowitz: 'Intersectionality' is a code word for anti-Semitism by Alan Dershowitz and contributor | Mar 30, 2017 Washington Examiner


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Are Jews White? It's a Mistake Even to Ask - Trump has revived American anti-Semitism. It's not about color or race. By Gershom Gorenberg, August 29, 2017

Anti-Semitism Is Creeping Into Progressivism Despite historical support from Jewish organizations. Jonathan A. Greenblatt Jul 10, 2017 TIME

Added at 2:12 PM: The Unfortunate Fallout of Campus Postmodernism - PINK MANHATTAN

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Mystery Ball Where the Illuminati Have Cloven Hooves

Everyone was still hungry. 'Baroness’s'... Read: A Mystery Ball Where the Illuminati Have Cloven Hooves - By Andy Newman August 30, 2017 NYT

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Fire Island - SNL

If you like Fire Island, you'll love Cherry Grove, Logo's new show about a group of affluent lesbians (Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Cecily Strong, Sasheer Zamata). Published on Mar 12, 2017 by Saturday Night Live on YouTube

Pride 2017: On Fire Island, a “Lesbian Minority” No More

Read the article: Beach Babes

June 25, 2017 by Alex Hawgood
Photo by Petra Collins VOGUE

Friday, August 25, 2017

Economy crumbles, Venezuela’s Jews emigrate

"Venezuela was once home to a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest in South America, with around 25,000 members in 1999. The crumbling economy caused many of the country’s Jews to flee, most to Miami, Mexico and Panama. Some 9,000 Jews are believed to still reside in Venezuela.

"“We love Venezuela,” Tarrab said. “It’s a beautiful country. We still have family there, but they want to leave.”" Read the article: Economy crumbles, Venezuela’s Jews emigrate by Adam Abrams, JNS Aug 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Black Ribbon Day

"This year’s Black Ribbon Day (#BlackRibbonDay2017) will be the 78th year anniversary of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, the secret protocol between Hitler and Stalin that divided Eastern Europe between the two totalitarian regimes of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union." Black Ribbon Day 2017 - Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation


Edited to add: "The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism, known as the Black Ribbon Day in some countries,[1] which is observed on 23 August, is the international remembrance day for victims of totalitarian ideologies, specifically totalitarian communist regimes, Stalinism, Nazism and fascism." The European Day of Remembrance for Victims of Stalinism and Nazism - Wikipedia

Old hatreds made new - The ‘Antifa’ gets a media assist to hide its totalitarian roots. By Marion Smith - Monday, August 21, 2017 Washington Times

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Friday, August 18, 2017

SNL Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville

Weekend Update: Tina Fey on Protesting After Charlottesville - SNL

Tina Fey reacts to the events of Charlottesville and offers a plan for how to deal with future Alt-Right protests. Posted by Saturday Night Live on YouTube on Aug 17, 2017

Added at 12:55 PM: Do not attend a hate rally.

Find another outlet for anger and frustration and for people’s desire to do something. Hold a unity rally or parade to draw media attention away from hate. Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide - Southern Poverty Law Center August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

The Canadian roots of white supremacist Richard Spencer

"“I hope that one day all Europeans can be united. That we could revive something like the Roman Empire. (...) The Canadian roots of white supremacist Richard Spencer - Avery Haines writes about meeting the white supremacist making headlines today—and his disturbing dream for a 'white state' - Nov 25, 2016 By Avery Haines,

Sunday, August 06, 2017

An Imagined Date Between Two Straight Men

An Imagined Date Between Two Straight Men Rebecca Caplan Shea Strauss December 13, 2016 The New Yorker

Friday, August 04, 2017

Max Park | How The Rubik's Cube Changed His Life

Max Park | How The Rubik's Cube Changed His Life

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From Autism Speaks: "Max Park is a 15 year old on the autism spectrum who just became the 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion. Max is a speedcuber, a person who competes in cubing competitions by solving a Rubik's Cube and other twisty puzzles in record time. His best time in this year's competition was an astonishing 5.87 seconds. Watch his inspiring journey to becoming the 2017 world champion (...)": Teen with autism is 2017 Rubik's Cube World Champion -

Thursday, August 03, 2017

A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics

Of course Pope Francis is blaming sola scriptura, which the hardest-lining Catholics blame Judeo-Christianity for, for the zealotry among members of his own Church he's pointing out. But maybe both sides, the Protestants and Catholics who merged as the Christian Right, are equally to blame for emulating past popes like Ratzinger who are every bit the unforgiving hard liners as the Christian Right are on abortion. Via NYT: "“American Catholicism, he argued, echoing the article’s thesis, “has become different than mainstream European Catholicism and mainstream Latin American Catholicism,” and has fallen “into the hands of the religious right.”" Read: A Vatican Shot Across the Bow for Hard-Line U.S. Catholics by Jason Horowitz, August 2, 2017 The New York Times

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream

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Bath & Body Works Tahiti Island Dream is described as a combination of Fresh Coconut Water, Sparkling Mandarin, Kiwi Blossom, Lush Frangipani, Tahitian Vanilla Musk, but I mostly smell a cornucopia of tropical melons and kiwi within a vanilla-based powdery fruity floral. It's not heavy (for comparison, A Thousand Wishes is incredibly so), but it has some sweetness and body to it. I get some woodsiness towards the finish. It's a bit aqueous and sporty, too, striking all the right notes from sunny and warm to refreshingly cool.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

New York Crossings Project

New York Crossings Project - Published on Oct 5, 2016 by NYGovCuomo on You Tube

October 5, 2016, New York City - Governor Cuomo announced a transformational plan to reimagine New York's crossings for the 21st century. The plan will institute state-of-the-art automatic tolling at all MTA bridges and tunnels – reducing traffic congestion and decreasing emissions to improve the overall travel experience for millions of residents and visitors in New York State. (Video credit: Campbell Ewald, Versus, Ned Kahn, Grimshaw Architects, L'Observatoire International)

Colorful Lights Are Turning Skyscrapers Into Tacky Billboards - As LED technology makes it cheaper to illuminate buildings, cities are becoming experimental spaces for an ancient form of visual communication—and not always for the better. By Adrienne LaFrance Jan 25, 2016 The Atlantic 

Cuomo Unveils Plan to Transform City Bridges with Lighting Displays by Jose Martinez, October 5, 2016 NY1

"The Cuomo administration said the $216 million figure was just a placeholder — and that, though lights will be gracing MTA bridges, the MTA won’t pick up the bill.

"“The funding of these lights are not an MTA issue,” Lhota told the Daily News.

"Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said, “The mayor should know the facts before speaking. The MTA will not pay for the Harbor of Lights proposal — period.” 

"“It is an economic development and energy-efficiency proposal that would be paid for by” Empire State Development and the New York Power Authority." Cuomo, de Blasio spar over fancy MTA bridge lights by Jillian Jorgensen NEW YORK DAILY NEWS July 20, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

Another day, another derailment in NYC subway

New Yorkers are living a Summer of Hell, a real life Atlas Shrugged moment as the privately owned MTA demands funding from NYC before they can stop playing Russian roulette with our lives. Which is better in the long run: private or public ownership, and who's responsible for the operation and maintenance of a private entity that isn't legally bound to serve the public? Don't let this turn into another Flint, Michigan. Another day, another derailment in NYC subway by Associated Press, Jul 2017

Here's the century-old technology delaying the New York City subway every day

Here's the century-old technology delaying the New York City subway every day by Graham Rapier Jun 20, 2017 Business Insider

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Anal Sex Safety and Health Concerns

From WebMD: "An estimated 90% of men who have sex with men and as many as 5% to 10% of sexually active women engage in receptive anal intercourse.

"While some people find anal sex enjoyable, the practice has downsides and requires special safety precautions."

Is Anal Sex Safe?

"There are a number of health risks with anal sex, and anal intercourse is the riskiest form of sexual activity for several reasons, including the following: Anal Sex Safety and Health Concerns -

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing

"A sacred island in south-west Japan that bans women and where male visitors must strip naked before going ashore has been declared a Unesco world heritage site.

"Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, was once the site of rituals to pray for maritime safety and a centre for relations with China and Korea that stretch back as far as the fourth century.

"The reason for the ban on women has never been publicly stated, but one theory – which extends to other aspects of Japanese culture – cites the Shinto belief that menstrual blood is impure."

Japanese sacred island where women are banned gets Unesco world heritage listing - Okinoshima, located midway between the south-western main island of Kyushu and the Korean peninsula, is home to a 17th century shrine. By Justin McCurry, 9 July 2017 Guardian

Related article: UNESCO recognizes Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site - July 7, 2017 PINK MANHATTAN

UNESCO recognizes Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site

Any day now, UNESCO and The Catholic Church should declare Hebron as a Greco-Roman site for its Hellenistic roots, and Japan's men-only island where the sacred bathing ritual takes place, a Roman bathhouse. Jews and Japanese share more than a traditional mikvah; the Jewish home which is also home to Arabs is called by a Roman name, as Japan is called by the Chinese name. The Church has been trolling Jews for 2000 years, and when they say they won't stop until every Jew accepts Christ, they mean it.

I also feel there's been an unusual amount of focus given to phallic symbolism since the Trump administration took office. Weren't most of these religions written to promote the psychological well-being of warriors?

From "The UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has recognized the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron as a World Heritage Site, approving a request by the Palestinian Authority.

"Israeli had strongly opposed the Palestinian request, but a majority of UNESCO committee members voted in its favor, recognizing the “Palestinian site.”

"The Tomb of the Patriarchs is recognized by Jews as the burial site of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For Muslims the Ibahimi Mosque is located on the site." UNESCO recognizes Tomb of the Patriarchs as Palestinian heritage site - July 10, 2017

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"Hebron, located in the Judean hills south of Jerusalem, is the site of the oldest Jewish community in the world, dating back to Biblical times. Today, Hebron is home to some 250,000 Palestinians and approximately 700 Jews. An additional 6,000 Jews live in the adjacent community of Kiryat Arba.

"Hebron (Al-Khalil in Arabic) is located 32 kilometers south of Jerusalem and is built on several hills and wadis, most of which run north- to-south. The Hebrew word Hebron is explained as being derived from the Hebrew word for friend (haver), a description for the Patriarch Abraham. The Arabic Al- Khalil,literally the friend, has a nearly identical derivation and also refers to Abraham (Ibrahim), whom Muslims similarly describe as the friend of God. Hebron is one of the oldest continually occupied cities in the world, and has been a major focus of religious worship for over two millenia."

"It is noteworthy that while Hebron was in Muslim hands, Jews were often barred from their holy site and subject to pogroms by their Arab neighbors. But after coming under Israeli control in 1967, both Jews and Muslims share access to the shrine."

Monday, July 10, 2017

EMIN In Another Life Official Music Video ft. Donald Trump and Miss Universe 2013 Contestants

I like the tune. It's actually a banger for a wedding reception.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

20+ Passive Aggressive Office Notes That Are So Good You Can’t Even Be Mad

Is the passive-aggressive behavior the act of leaving a note with a clear message for staff, or the things staff will do under their bosses' noses because they're tired, overworked or otherwise not feeling well and are in need of blowing off steam? 20+ Passive Aggressive Office Notes That Are So Good You Can’t Even Be Mad (Image of Bob Marley via boredpanda)

Monday, July 03, 2017

Happy Independence Day: Columbia (name)

From Wikipedia: ""Columbia" (/kəˈlʌmbiə/; kə-LUM-bee-ə) is a historical name used by both Europeans and Americans to describe the Americas, the New World, and often, more specifically, the United States of America. It is also a name given to the "Spirit of the Frontier" of which was used to illustrate Manifest Destiny among several other American political causes. It has given rise to the names of many persons, places, objects, institutions, and companies; e.g., Columbia University, the District of Columbia (the national capital), and the ship Columbia Rediviva, which would give its name to the Columbia River. Images of the Statue of Liberty largely displaced personified Columbia as the female symbol of the U.S. by around 1920.[1]

"Columbia is a New Latin toponym, in use since the 1730s, for the Thirteen Colonies. It originated from the name of Italian explorer Christopher Columbus and from the ending -ia, common in Latin names of countries (paralleling Britannia, Gallia etc.)." Continue reading: Columbia (name) on Wikipedia

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Happy NYC Pride


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Advice From Your Favorite Drag Queens

Published by It Gets Better Project on You Tube on Jun 1, 2017

We visited the 2017 RuPaul's Drag Con and interviewed some of your favorite queens!

Included in the interview:

Kim Chi
Cynthia Lee Fontaine
Eureka O'Hara
Joslyn Fox
Alaska Thunderfuck 3000
Bob the Drag Queen
Sasha Velour
Ross Matthews

Nine interviews with RuPaul Drag Race icons -- and they all have the same core message: It Gets Better!

Not only is there a vast community of people out there who "accept" you for your true authentic self, but we CELEBRATE you!

NYC Pride March Is Tomorrow!

The March


Sunday, June 25th, 2017
Step Off: Noon


Begins at 36th Street and Fifth Avenue Ends at Christopher and Greenwich streets

More info:

Philando Castile Nightmare Caught on Video

Warning *Graphic video at link: Philando Castile, Diamond Reynolds and a Nightmare Caught on Video - When Philando Castile was fatally shot by a police officer, the traumatic events were captured by police and security cameras, and his girlfriend's smartphone. The New York Times

Wikipedia: "On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile was shot and killed by Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minnesota, police officer, after being pulled over in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul. Castile was in a car with his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, and her four-year-old daughter when he was pulled over by Yanez and another officer." Shooting of Philando Castile

Friday, June 23, 2017

Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer

I wish I'd read about the Alt-Right on Hillary Clinton's web site sooner. I missed all the election news that could've illuminated the mystery.

The "OK" emoji 👌 and hand signal has a double meaning in the Alt-Right context for "WP," which stands for white power. This sign is sometimes referred to as a Satanic symbol. It's no surprise that everything in this movement is about doublespeak, or passive-aggressive, undercover communication.

Like Polandball, this frog is a motif for white supremacists to create comic strips and saleable goods around. I don't think all of them are LGBT, but maybe the people who went after Hillary are afraid of being outed. READ Donald Trump, Pepe the frog, and white supremacists: an explainer - That cartoon frog is more sinister than you might realize. September 12, 2016 by Elizabeth Chan |


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(...)"From 2008 onward, the term has been used to refer to a type of white identity politics that believes in racialism (the need to divide humanity into racial groups) and rejects American conservatism for being a “cuckold movement” (a cuckold is a man whose wife sleeps with other men; likewise, in the alt-right telling of the story, white conservatives are wrongfully “in bed with” other races, not only sexually, but socially, culturally, and politically)." An Evangelical Conservative’s Guide to the Alt-Right June 22, 2017

(...)"Jon Stone, in The Guardian, called it a "swelling of vicious right-wing sentiment" and compared it to the men's rights movement.[137]  Commentators such as Jon Stone, Liana Kerzner and Ryan Cooper have said that the controversy is being exploited by right-wing voices and by conservative pundits who had little interest in gaming.[137][141][88]  Chrisella Herzog states that in addition to violent sexism, Gamergate has virulent strains and violent sentiments of homophobia, transphobia, anti-Semitism, racism, and neo-Nazism.[80]  Some in the gamergate movement went on to be part of the alt-right." Gamergate controversy - Wikipedia

"Longtime LGBTQ organizer Scot Nakagawa has been fighting white nationalist movements for over 30 years, now as a senior partner at ChangeLab, a think tank on racial justice. Says Nakagawa, "We have to remember that even racist white gay men are still very vulnerable to discrimination" because they're gay. "When one is under attack"—not by phantom Muslims, but by real, neighborhood gaybashers—"one picks up whatever shields one can,"even shields like racism that will not fight the true threat. In Donovan's writing, it's clear that what he's terrified of most is "weakness," especially male weakness. (He notes that he feels "disgusting" if he doesn't train in a gym "for more than a few days.")" How the Alt-Right Is Using Sex and Camp to Attract Gay Men to Fascism - Queer people are not immune to fascist impulses. By Donna Minkowitz, June 5, 2017 Slate

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bernie Sanders - The President We've Been Waiting For

Happy Summer - Once more with feeling!

🔥 Bernie Sanders 🔥 - The President We've Been Waiting For (2016)

Via YouTube uploaded by The Digital Left

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dugin's Evil Theology

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Dugin’s Evil Theology‌ - His Eurasianism is a satanic cult. By Robert Zubrin June 18, 2014 National Review

Related article:

A former banker turned film producer and right-wing polemicist, Bannon has praised not only Russian President Vladimir Putin but also a brand of Russian mystical conservative nationalism known as Eurasianism, which is the closest the Kremlin has to a state ideology. Alexander Dugin and Steve Bannon’s Ideological Ties to Vladimir Putin’s Russia by Owen Matthews, 4/17/17 Newsweek

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Happy Father's Day

Enjoy your day, dads. What's Father's Day without a little Old Spice? 💜💝

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bath & Body Works Tutti Dolci (White Mocha Kiss, Sweet Lemon Buttercup)

Move over, prestige fragrances, because Bath & Body Works has a satisfyingly sweet gourmand collection at a competitive price. If you liked the white chocolate note in Britney Spears Fantasy, White Mocha Kiss from the Tutti Dolci collection is a morsel of fruity goodness dipped in white chocolate fondue. It's been compared to another scent by the same company called Beach Nights Summer Marshmallow which I've only smelled in shower gel which, sometimes, smells unlike the matching body mist, but yes, they're similar. Here are the notes on the web site:

Bath & Body Works White Mocha Kiss

Fall in love with rich vanilla mocha & coconut orchid wrapped in marshmallow crème

Here's a fuller list of notes:

Top Notes: Crisp Apple, Watery Lily
Mid Notes: S’mores Accord, Ginger Flower, Coconut Orchid
Dry Notes: Vanilla Mocha, Driftwood, Marshmallow Crème

Sweet Lemon Buttercup is a rich, sweet, cakey gourmand that starts with a sharp lemon cleanser note, yet settles down to a well-balanced blend of lemon cream and pound cake. I prefer White Mocha Kiss because it's a bit lighter, but if you want more Angel Food cake than fruit ganache, go for it.

Bath & Body Works Sweet Lemon Buttercup

Top Notes: Juicy Mandarin, Sweet Lemon, Sparkling Lime Blossom
Mid Notes: Sugared Muguet, Jasmine
Dry Notes: Meringue Accord, White Musk, Whipped Cream

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Pink Peony Crème, which, again, I've only tried in shower gel form, boasts of an enticing blend of raspberry crème with a peony flower note, and smells more floral than gourmand. It's the most traditionally perfumey scent among the ones I smelled, conceptually similar to Vera Wang Princess but less sweet, with an ambery woody musk base without the chocolate.

Now, you might be thinking, "What's so Italian about Tutti Dolci?" I know, I almost got the Golden Honey Praline, but without an almond note, I probably wasn't getting a pignoli cookie, the Italian version of the French macaron or macaroon. But I should try it, because hazelnut praline with salted caramel sounds divine. With honey, too; maybe it smells like baklava. ☕

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Yoko Ono added to Imagine writing credits

Yoko Ono added to Imagine writing credits

By Mark Savage BBC Music reporter 15 June 2017 BBC

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Her Own Words: Evan Rachel Wood Reflects on Her Bisexuality and the Power of Perfume

"Personally, I've been very open about my bisexuality because I was terrified growing up and felt very alone. There are misconceptions-a lot of people think that you're confused if you're bisexual. They want you to be either gay or straight. And there's bi-phobia in the straight community, as well as in the LGBT community, which breaks my heart." In Her Own Words: Evan Rachel Wood Reflects on Her Bisexuality and the Power of Perfume

Marie Claire April 7, 2016

Related articles:

"Granted, there is no shortage of bisexual celebrities—and that shouldn’t be a surprise seeing as bisexual people comprise more than half of the U.S. LGBT community. 

"Recent surveys have shown that bisexual people are the largest group within the LGBTQ community: half of people who identify as LGB identify as bisexual. However, bisexuals are far less likely than their gay and lesbian peers to be out, citing stereotypes, skepticism and pressure to “choose” one sexual orientation as reasons for staying in the closet.

"“I really started contemplating suicide because I had no way to express myself." #BiPride: In Powerful Video, Evan Rachel Wood Highlights Issues Facing Bisexual Community by Hayley Miller, Human Rights Campaign June 21, 2016

"“I choose to use my voice because it would feel selfish to have acquired the platform to represent the underrepresented and to not use it,” she said near the end of her speech." Evan Rachel Wood’s Big Bisexual Moment by Samantha Allen 02.09.17 The Daily Beast

"I met somebody that promised freedom and expression and no judgments," she says. "And I was craving danger and excitement. I looked at my mother one day and said, 'Mom, I'm gonna get on this tour bus for eight months and see the world and have a crazy journey and find myself, and if people aren't OK with that, I'm sorry, but I can't live my life for other people.' 

"Turns out people weren't really OK with that, mostly because of the colossal mindfuck that was just looking at Wood and Manson together. But for Wood it was a learning experience of the highest order. "Most teenagers are searching for identity, and I was thrown into a situation where I was supposed to have that already figured out," she says. "Then you're demonized for figuring it out and getting messy. People would call me a whore when I walked down the street, and you can't not be hurt by that."

"What the public didn't know at the time was that Wood was attracted not just to Manson's in-your-face liberation but also to his androgyny. She has since referred to herself as gender-fluid, and in 2011 came out publicly as bisexual." Evan Rachel Wood: How Wild Past, Personal Demons Prepped Her for 'Westworld' - Former child star fought bad romances and anti-LGBTQ prejudice before channeling her craziness into paranoid-android role – and rebooting her life. By Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, November 17, 2016

"According to the report, about 61 percent of bisexual women reported some incident of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, compared with about 43 percent of lesbian women and 35 percent of heterosexual women.

"Ninety percent of those bisexual women who had experienced intimate partner violence had only male perpetrators, while two-thirds of lesbian victims had only female perpetrators.

"Regardless of their sexual orientation, most women who suffered sexual violence said that they were victimized by men, the CDC report found." Bisexual Women at Especially High Risk of Sexual Violence, CDC Says - Six out of 10 reported rape, stalking or other abuse, often early in life. Jan. 25, 2013 US News

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Bill Maher Knows Exactly What He's Doing

I wonder who's the most politically incorrect, ballsy and non-cowardly of them all: Trump, Bill Maher or Bob the Drag Queen. Bill Maher Knows Exactly What He's Doing - Just Ask Him. By Stephen Rodrick, Jun 6, 2017 Esquire

Related article: "He’s also sexist: He calls women “bitches” and once cheered on a professional football player for allegedly choking his girlfriend, saying “the surprise is that someone hasn’t choked this bitch sooner.”(...)

"He fervently defended Bill O’Reilly’s racist and sexist joke about Rep. Maxine Waters’ hair, saying the outcry over it was an example of the kind of sensitivity that lost Democrats the presidential election." Bill Maher has been a public racist for a long time. Here are the receipts. By Emily Q. Hazzard Senior Editor, ThinkProgress Jun 3

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 Finale

Aja, Alexis Michelle, Peppermint & Sasha Velour - C.L.A.T. (Feat. DJ Mitch Ferrino) [Official Video]

Are you ready for the season finale this Friday? I haven't seen every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, and there's so much to catch up on including episodes of Untucked, but I hope to re-watch Season 9 Episode 6 "Snatch Game," a highlight of the series according to the show's true fans. The contestants showed theatrical skills in the improv game, including Season 9's very own Marlene Dietrich, Naomi Campbell and Liza Minnelli.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Victoria's Secret Pink Sunset

This is a new fragrance that was introduced recently as part of the 2017 collection of summer scents. Pink Sunset features notes of watermelon, coconut and rum. I smell the watermelon, but it's not a high-pitched, aqueous sport scent like Davidoff Cool Water. Combined with a watery coconut note and a deep and meditative woodsy base, the watermelon blend is sweet at first, mildly creamy like fruit-flavored toffee, with emphasis on a smoky sandalwood base for a comforting, "just came out of the sauna" warmth that lasts well through the day.

The fragrance resembles Beyonce Heat (or Heat Rush), but not as orange+musk. Pink Sunset has a woodier dry down with a note that's closer to Tom Ford Black Orchid but lighter, and to my nose not bitter at all without patchouli, and no rum like the list of notes suggested. As deep and rich as woods may be, this is not so intense, radiating an aura that's soft and warm, pleasant and peaceful. At the end of the day, it is VS and it smells pink, borne of a simple combination of notes that works at the dauntingly simple task of smelling nice, which, to me, olfactorily speaking, could mean both energizing and relaxing at once.

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Bath & Body Works Magic in the Air

Happy Pride Month! 🏳️‍🌈 The Bath & Body Works fragrance I'm about to show you is not quite related to LGBTQ (I), but it's all about rainbows, glitter and unicorns. The bottle for the fragrance mist has a festive design for the 2016 winter holiday launch, adorned with glittering holographic decals and gold and silver tones. The fragrance was touted in the ad as something the company has never offered before, so you knew you were getting a real unicorn of a scent.

And it is a special scent, as well as a popular one being 1 of 5 fragrances nominated for The Fragrance Foundation Awards 2017 for Consumer Choice. The notes on the Bath & Body Works web site are: Almond flower, white iris & whipped vanilla. My first reaction was that it smelled like Cacharel Noa. Going into soapy-powdery musk territory, I thought, "Oh, it's Rain." Then the sweeter notes emerged, and then it brought to mind almond scents: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle L'Eau d'Hiver, Penhaligon's Artemisia, almond-scented milled soap. The scent begins a bit sharp, with sort of an abrasive, chemical musk tone topped with lily. What I get in the end is a faint vanilla with a bit of almond lotion, and cool, white lilies floating in the air like iridescent lotus blossoms. This is a pretty scent but in a quiet, unassuming way. Even Kate Middleton would approve, as her white floral wedding perfume wasn't so different than this.

I've seen on other sites additional notes like coconut, but I smell nothing tropical. With white iris in the blend, the composition is more of a powdery Floral musk, something like Victoria's Secret Heavenly but not as powdery and heavy. I think Bath & Body Works could've listed musk first, but that would turn off a consumer like me, and the musk note has improved over the years to not be as, uh, musky... or powdery, or anything that doesn't make you feel refreshed after you apply it. This scent is understated, evanescent and teasingly gourmand with sugar and spice. Magic in the Air deserves attention and a chance to come home and be the well-behaved musk you never knew you needed or even existed.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Bath & Body Works At the Beach

Hmm...Bath & Body Works At the Beach actually smells like CB I Hate Perfume At the Beach 1966 if I recall correctly. This is definitely a Coppertone suntan lotion / sunblock type of coconut-pineapple smell, literally beachy but also musky and punchy (as in strong 👊) with a sharp, almost spicy quality to the creamy, milky-woodsy, mildly warm musk in the base (reminds me faintly of Burberry The Beat or BBW Twilight Woods). I love it, but since it's a bit brusque and not as gourmand (sweet) as I prefer my coconuts, I think a small perfume spray (and it says "perfume" and means it) will last me awhile. I can smell it potently when applied lightly to just one pulse point. If you want a scent that epitomizes that beachy air, At the Beach is the seasonal fragrance to get! 💪

Edited to add: The suntan lotion scent comes from the musky note which I just figured out was a skin cream scent, like Nivea. I'm not crazy about applying perfume that smells like lotion, but I can see how the "skin musk scent" evokes warm skin and sand in this composition (which, reminds me, is beachy in a way like Coty Sand & Sable).

Edited to add: The dry down stage is pure monoi: tuberose, gardenia, jasmine. Heady, long-lasting and amazingly enough, floral yet still coconutty. It's like Bond No.9 Chinatown but nicer because beachy means more tropical.

Edited to add: The dry down is deep and incensey, sweet with vanilla and tropical florals, like a scent I used to buy from local fragrance oil vendors called "black coconut". Through it all, I love this scent from the first hit of fresh beach air to the unexpected darker turn.

Edited on June 5: The fragrance mist is much lighter, more like sea spray than monoi, but just as beachy. Should I disclose how many bottles of this addictive scent I've stockpiled?

Sunday, May 28, 2017

When You're Sasha Velour, Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza

"Drag queens are basically real-world comic book heroes. Both take on new names and identities, with flashy costumes to match, face marginalization for being exceptional, and turn this potential source of exclusion into a source of power. It makes sense that Sasha Velour, the drag persona of Brooklyn-based artist Sasha Steinberg, who's currently starring on this season of RuPaul's Drag Race, first began life as a comic book character...

"(...) Sasha Velour didn't leap directly from the pages of comics and onto TV screens. Before her time on the show, she was a star in Brooklyn's drag scene, a community that embraces a definition of drag that spans far beyond female impersonation..." Read the article: When You're Sasha Velour, Drag Is More Than Lipstick and Liza by Gabrielle Bruney, Creators / VICE

Sasha Velour & Shea Couleé on VH1
TV show RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 9

Friday, May 26, 2017

Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion

There's going to be a slew of these VS and BBW fragrance reviews here because that's what happens when these stores have a clearance sale. You can safely expect mall stores to carry mall scents, products that are easily accessible to all, and can fit into our daily lifestyle with as little distraction as possible. Body mists, which are comprised of less percentage of fragrance oil mixed into an alcoholic base than eau de toilette or cologne, are made to be pleasant-smelling and light enough to liberally spray on after a shower. Depending on the particular scent, the formula can still be strong or weak in terms of which notes tend to stay in people's noses long after smelling it. As much as I loved Victoria's Secret Coconut Passion, the scent was based in a baby oil-type musk, which combined with the sweet vanilla gave it a sumptuous, almost tactile presence, a spoiled bratty richness similar to Love's Baby Soft, an American drugstore icon.

Victoria's Secret has stifled the outrageous hedonism and given Coconut Passion a makeover. This time, the original composition is as streamlined as the new one-look-fits-all packaging, sans visually pretty flowers, sans warm and suggestive musk, and audaciously interwoven with a sporty, calone-y, floral note. The combination makes the scent less perfumey and more perfumey at the same time. It's less perfumey because even though it's still a heavy Oriental vanilla fragrance, it's lighter without the musk, as well as missing that subtle yummy spiciness, too, like angel food cake. Simultaneously it's more flowery-smelling, and, ya, in that Axe sort of way, which translates to scented deodorant, which translates to perfume. So, while I like that it smells more like Rihanna Reb'l Fleur now, which is to say less Oriental, more Chypre, somewhat low-pitched, obnoxious and intense either way, I'm still more of a rich, warm vanilla musk person than a bold, sharp woody floral one. I still like it, but nothing like austerity makes me miss the original, cloudy sweet and delectable formula as much as I do now.

Edited to add: The aqueous note smells like watermelon-flavored Jolly Rancher candies at the start. I like the initial combination with coconut water and the overall caramel-buttery sweetness.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Victoria's Secret Very Sexy Now 2017

Never mind that it's a silly, nonsensical name, the whimsical-sounding launch is a refreshingly basic Floral composition with fruity aspects, a spring bouquet with crisp top notes reminiscent of Paris Hilton or Max Factor Le Jardin. The ad campaigns seem to shift between garden flowers and tropical rainforest motifs, but both of these are reflected in the scent which I would describe as a floral coconut water, especially at the beginning when the coconut is prominent. The coconut subsides and I'm left with a pleasantly clean soapy floral dry down, like a less musky Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue or an '80s style floral a la Rochas Lumiere, Charles Jourdan Un Jour or Laura Ashley. The diaphanous pastel rainbow colors seem to depict fantasy island, befitting of this heavenly new fragrance like light and lilting May flowers by the sea.

Edited to add: I smell more guava now, an icy cool, perpetually frozen summer fruit. The actual floral packaging is more vividly colored than pastel, with hibiscus pink being the star. 🌺

Edited to add: No, it's not an '80s but a '90s Floral-fruity I smell: Clarins Elysium. The soft, lush, pear-like tropical note also reminds me of Annick Goutal Petite Chérie.