I couldn’t live there without going nuts

A couple of articles about New York City have had me shaking my head in disbelief, to think of having to live in such a place. First, there’s the cost of accommodation.  Please note the bold, underlined text, which is my emphasis. Tourists have been booking rooms in the 665-room Pod Times Square — a micro-hotel with rooms averaging just 115 square feet apiece — since its January debut on West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue. . . . The hotel’s collection of “Pod Pads” — 45 apartments available for long-term rents — recently debuted, making Pod Hotels the latest

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YGTBSM!!!

(For those who don’t know the acronym, see here.) I thought radical feminism had long since jumped the shark.  Now it looks like they’re jumping jellyfish, crustaceans and seaweed for good measure. If you’re a dog owner, maybe, just maybe, a couple of things that come to mind when you take ‘ol Spot to the dog park are rape culture and non-heterosexual “performativity.” What’s that? You don’t consider such things when you’re walking the pup? No worries, then. The Portland Ungendering Research Initiative’s Helen Wilson is here to clue you in. Her paper, “Human reactions to rape culture and queer

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This one’s for Phlegmmy

The lovely Phlegmmy is quite the connoisseur of ladies’ shoes.  When I saw this image over at Wirecutter’s place, I couldn’t resist borrowing it to show her here. Louboutins they ain’t;  Fluevogs they’re definitely not;  but they have a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn’t you say?  Note the nail claw polish matching the shoe leather.  I do appreciate the extra effort.  Not paltry poultry, those . . . Peter EDITED TO ADD: Reader L. L. just e-mailed me, saying “Hey! Cluck-me shoes!” Grrroooooaaaannn . . .

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Is stress passed on to our children through genetic inheritance?

A fascinating article in the Economist suggests that it might be. THE effects of child abuse can last a lifetime. Neglected or abused children have a higher risk of developing all sorts of ailments as adults, including mental illnesses such as depression but also physical ones like cancer and stroke. In fact, the effects may last even longer. Emerging evidence suggests that the consequences of mistreatment in childhood may persist down the generations, affecting a victim’s children or grand-children, even if they have experienced no abuse themselves. Exactly how this happens is not well understood. Rigorous experiments on human subjects

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A moral, ethical and behavioral quandary

I note that members of the BDSM community (involving such unsavory topics as bondage, discipline, dominance and submission, sadism & masochism) are frustrated by the publicity surrounding the resignation of New York State Attorney-General Eric Schneiderman. Many members of what’s widely known as the kink community are outraged that Eric Schneiderman, in resigning as New York’s attorney general, depicted his alleged violence toward several women as “role-playing and other consensual sexual activity.” Aficionados of kinky sex noted that Schneiderman’s accusers insisted they had given no consent — which is considered obligatory among most practitioners of kink. The story brought new

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“Pizza Zen”???

Food for thought? A new pop-up museum dedicated entirely to pizza will soon hit New York City. The Museum of Pizza will feature immersive pizza-inspired rooms — like a pizza art gallery, cheese cave, pizza beach, and pizza meditation — as well as exclusive film screenings. . . . The Museum of Pizza will run from October 13 through October 28. There’s more at the link. According to the museum’s Web site: Though we’re still finalizing our full range of exhibits, museum goers can expect to be treated to unique and arresting set of installations, including: The Museum of Pizza

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Losers by any other name . . . are still losers

I must have lived a sheltered existence.  I had no idea that the so-called ‘incel subculture‘ was a thing, until this week’s terror attack in Toronto, and this article. Hours before Alek Minassian drove a rented van onto a crowd in Toronto and killed 10 people, police say, a Facebook account linked to him announced, “The Incel Rebellion has already begun!” It praised “Supreme Gentleman Elliot Rodger,” a 22-year-old who killed six people in a stabbing-and-shooting spree in 2014. “Incel,” or “involuntarily celibate,” isn’t so much a movement as a label used by a group of people drawn together by

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Can’t be fired, eh? Perhaps some other punishment might be found.

Irrespective of her political orientation, anyone who behaves like this should be, at the very least, shunned by all decent people. On Tuesday, a professor at Fresno State made highly outrageous comments celebrating the death of former First Lady of the United States Barbara Bush as she also took delight in the pain that George H.W. Bush is experiencing as a result of his wife’s death. According to her bio page at Fresno State, “Professor Randa Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator” and serves as the “executive director of RAWI, the Radius of Arab American

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Antidepressants: is the cure worse than the disease?

Two recent articles have raised questions over the safety of long-term antidepressant use. First, the New York Post reports on a lady who claims that antidepressants both saved her life, and destroyed it. By the time Lauren Slater was 24, she had been hospitalized five times for attempted suicide. She was deeply depressed, she cut herself and she obsessive-compulsively tapped objects to calm her overtaxed nervous system. So when Prozac came on the market in 1988, her psychiatrist recommended she try it. . . . She filled her prescription, and the result was “the most miraculous thing that ever happened

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No. Just . . . NO!!!

Arachnophobics, don’t read this report any further. Hungry customers began calling Bull City Burger and Brewery in Durham, North Carolina, last month asking for its famous tarantula burgers. . . . The exclusive beef burger is topped with gruyere cheese, oven-roasted tarantula and spicy chili sauce. The tarantulas are “free-ranged” and certified edible, Cindrich explained. Everyone has a unique way of consuming the large burger. “One person took the tarantula off the burger, dipped it in ketchup and just popped it in there,” Cindrich said. The tarantula burger tastes like a crustacean, Cindrich described. It’s crablike — salty but bitter,

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