Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Must You Read Blogs?


Some of us have long list of blogs to read each day. You know that you cannot read all these blogs. Just do not read them because a true blogger respect others.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Now we know about male brain, balanced brain, female brain

...males on average are biologically predisposed to systemise, to analyse, and to be more forgetful of others,

...while females on average are innately designed to empathise, to communicate, and to care for others.

Males tend to think narrowly and obsess, while females think broadly, taking into account balancing arguments.

Classifying individuals in general terms, he concludes that among men, about 60% have a male brain, 20% have a balanced brain, and 20% have a female brain.


Saturday, February 25, 2006

Blogosphere glass ceiling


September 29, 2003
Blog Glass Ceiling Update
One of the most-read entries in this weblog is a post I made some months ago about the blogosphere’s so-called glass ceiling.

I argued that the notion of there being any impediment to the popularity of women’s blogs was clearly nonsense. That such a complaint was even postulated reveals the whining, blaming, conspiracy-theory mentality that underlies much of feminist “ideology”.

From my everyday experience as a blog reader, I suggested there were roughly equal amounts of male and female bloggers. I noted that men’s blogs tended to express opinions about external events, while women were more likely to opt for introspective biographies, and offered this as an explanation for the greater audience share enjoyed by male bloggers (people, I can only presume, are more likely to read weblogs that present or discuss newsworthy subjects).

These hunches have been confirmed by the National Institute for Technology and Liberal Education on its blog census site. In an article entitled Equal Numbers, Different Interests, the NITLE “hand-checked a random sample of 776 out of a pool of 490,000 English-language weblogs.”

It was found that “39.8% of bloggers in the sample were men, and 36.3% were women.” (Of the remainder, the blog was either maintained by a group, or the sex of the blogger was not stated or otherwise inferred on the site.)

However, when the researches looked at the category of “personal diary”, which made up about half of all blogs in the sample, “women outnumbered men by about two to one. (56% to 28%).”

Women were less likely to write about other topics. For example, “of the 6.2% of sites in the 'political' category –- sites primarily devoted to politics, current events, foreign policy, and various ongoing wars -- a bare 4% were written by women.”

There's no glass ceiling on the web. But men and women blog differently. Why should this surprise us?

Posted by Michael Heraghty at September 29, 2003 09:07 PM

for newmediajunkies

March 27, 2003
Blogosphere's Glass Ceiling
Patricia Drey, in yesterday's Minnesota Daily, reported that University of Minnesota graduate student Clancy Ratliff is researching into (alleged) gender inequality in the blogosphere.

Ratliff is examining why the most popular (or "A-list") bloggers tend to be male. Her comment indicates there is a conspiracy theory at play. "Men tend to link to other men more often than they link to women," she claimed.

Of course! Men get together in "virtual locker rooms" and hatch plots to prevent women's blogs from becoming popular, refusing to link to them. Hmmm... but don't women, too, tend to link to women's blogs more often than they link to men's?

Maybe there are just more male bloggers than female bloggers? Apparently not, according to Lisa Guernsey, who explored the male dominance of the A-list in the New York Times a couple of months ago:

Women are, in fact, blogging in big numbers. Mr. Rosenberg, who keeps an eye out for new bloggers and links to them from his Salon.com blog, estimates that the ratio of women to men is something like 40-60, or perhaps 50-50.

So, no equality of access problems. What then? Why are male blogs more popular?

Guernsey asked Virginia Postrel, "one of the few women who is commonly listed among well-known bloggers," who suggested "that the imbalance was probably a holdover from the world of print, where men continue to dominate the opinion pages."

Pardon my ignorance, but what does "a holdover" mean exactly? There are no editors of individual blogs, and bloggers (male and female) are free to promote whatever sites they want. It's not enough to argue that a situation that exists in print journalism is simply "held over".

Guernsey quips that men's sites get "promoted by male journalists". She doesn't offer any analysis to back this up. I would argue that female journalists seem to write as much (if not more) about the phenomenon of blogging than male journalists. Don't believe me? Type "weblogging OR blogging" into Google's News Search, look back through the various articles about blogging that have appeared in newspapers and magazines across the world in recent months (including the two referenced here!). Many, perhaps most, were written by women -- and promote female blogs.

Still, expect feminists to conjure up myriad theories as to why most A-list bloggers are male. The one theory you won't hear -- the implicit theory that they'll bend over backwards to avoid -- is this: that men's blogs are simply better!

For what it's worth, I don't believe that men's blogs are any better (or worse) than women's. But I'm somewhat persuaded by one of Guernsey's arguments, that men and women tend to have different blogging styles:

The Venus-Mars divide has made its way into Blogville. Women want to talk about their personal lives. Men want to talk about anything but.

Guernsey is having a snide swipe at men. But maybe it's women who are fearful -- afraid to talk about worldly issues. Of course, Guernsey wasn't going to embarrass "sisters" by telling us how much the introspective nature of their blogging reveals about female self-obsession.

Let's face it, a site about one's personal life isn't going appeal to as wide an audience as a site about news, current affairs or other topical issues.

Not that all women write personal blogs; I enjoy Karlin Lillington's blog, for its insightful, informative and up-to-date commentary about what's going on in the Irish IT community and beyond. (Shame about the naff design!)

Conversely, not all men avoid personal weblogs: my own web diary is certainly personal and introspective in nature, if not in the direct manner of a pen-and-paper diary (but the web is a different medium, and the audience is more than one).

I find introspective, revealing (non-whining!) sites more engaging than extrospective, informative ones. The latter have a different function, and may attract more visitors ... but is large-scale popularity the holy grail of blogging?

I think not. I'm with Scottish music artist Momus, who proclaimed (correcting Warhol) that "in the future, everyone will be famous to fifteen people."

But hey, I'm just a male, Z-list blogger. What do I know?

(Note: See my update to this post, September 2003.)

Posted by Michael Heraghty at March 27, 2003 03:20 PM

Friday, February 24, 2006

Control the past.. control the future,...national-security policy, the battle ... control is heating up.

Slate writes:

Those who control the past control the future, Orwell famously wrote in 1984. In the realm of national-security policy, the battle for this control is heating up.

.........we are not talking here about secrets that have anything to do with "national security" as anyone might reasonably define the term. In many cases, we are talking about documents that were publicly released—and have since been widely disseminated—.......

...the official record of U.S. foreign policy was in danger of becoming "an official lie." ...

Thursday, February 23, 2006

Claudy after school

Marcie Dreffs wrote :

I just got my new lense via UPS today! I bought it for the wedding I will be photographing in June. I needed a lense with more zoom because the last wedding, I felt like I was right on top of the people I was trying to photograph

Here is a shot I took of Claudy after school. Full size here
I wasn't sure about buying this particular lense, but I think it should work pretty good

1 user comments.
Posted by Anne:
The picture is really very good.I would like to x-ref in my log.
Question?What is the len and the camera specs.What distance is picture taken fromYours
Friday, February 24th 2006 @ 4:58 PM

jerry very long paragraph exemple

gunboat diplomacy.txt


on Saturday, December 31, 2005, Jerry Pournelle wrote:

I don't see that any such rational plan will prevail, and realistically I see us continuing to muddle along in Iraq until we elect a government that just brings the troops home, leaving Iraq to fight a civil war that they could have fought and had done with if we'd simply toppled Saddam and come home when the President declared the mission accomplished: in other words if the invasion of Iraq had been an old fashioned gunboat diplomacy punitive expedition rather than a Jacobin-inspired attempt to export the blessings of liberty and democracy on the points of our bayonets (and the muzzles of our Abrams tanks).

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Harvard, Summers and The pussification of the academic man by fem-nazis and radical "wemyn"

thanks (to Kim _He shall remain Nameless) for the heading.

James D. Miller says


Multicultural feminists hold that any statistical under-representation of women must be due to white male oppression.....to suggest otherwise would be analogous to the King of Saudi Arabia suggesting that Mohamed wasn't a prophet.....

...freedom of speech and freedom of inquiry often cause hurt feelings..
...social science and humanities departments .... lack intellectual diversity...
what would happen if the Danish government apologized for the cartoons, fired the editor of the paper that printed them,
and gave $50 million to the radical Islamic protestors who have demanded the heads of the cartoons' creators.
Islamic radicals across the world would become empowered and freedom of speech in Western civilization would be at risk...




Just because you know a PhD does not make you any different then if you were the friend of Einstein or Hawkins.
They, not you, are the genius and your brain (and mine also) is like that of a mouse beside theirs.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Analysis and moral evaluation

Analysis is different from moral evaluation. Analysis needs to be morally dispassionate if it's going to be effective.

Analysis is about what is, not about what should be. If you mix those up, you get shoddy analysis and shoddy moral reasoning.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Indonesian will be sending around eight million workers

The Indonesian Manpower Ministry said it has set a target for sending around eight million workers to 25 countries until 2009.

Women training to become domestic workers ...training and education centre for foreign domestic workers in Jakarta......

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Cases in which the subjunctive mood is correct! you intransigent, four-flushing knave!


as of 2005, there are still certain cases in which the subjunctive mood, rather than the indicative, are still the correct usage in the English language -- all subjective feelings, temper tantrums (tantra?), and Screaming Mimi's to the contrary.

Quod eras dixit, reductio ad absurdum et taurus excreta cerebrum vincit. (Et ridentem dicere verum quid vetat?)

Take that, you intransigent, four-flushing knave!

Monday, February 13, 2006

dream of men has been to not have to work anymore and spend time going fishing

dream of men has been to not have to work

Paddy O. said...

couple of thoughts to throw out there.
As regards to emphasis on verbal skills, I dare say this isn't new to our generation. Indeed, if there had been an emphasis on computational skills recently this is a historical aberrance.
The history of the world has been built with skills of writing and rhetoric and artistic contribution, well that and warfare. I think a survey of great literature would show there's not a gender gap in men's ability to write or communicate well.
To say that an emphasis on writing and communicating, that one time hallmark of an educated person, is the source seems off track. Would that anyone in our era write as well as men and women did prior to the 20th century.
Societies have always favored the verbally adept, and history isn't exactly awash in male oppression.
I also suspect there is bias in our early education settings because of the bias still apparent in the higher education settings. While women professors and PhDs are increasingly common, this is a fairly new movement.
This means that the context in which teachers are trained is reacting to one situation, which is entirely different than where the teachers will work. However, because the teachers of teachers are still, in essence, overcoming the gender gap they teach teachers to overcome that same gender gap, which then creates an imbalance of focus towards girls rather than boys.
Related to this is the reality that Baby Boomers especially tend to react to their own childhoods. Everything is viewed through the lenses of their developmental experience, thus if they found gender bias as a 6 year old in the 1950s and 60s, they fight to overcome their developmental challenges by addressing the same issue in this day. That this day is different is not seen or understood. This is true not only in education but across all sorts of societal issues. Baby Boomers are still trying to overcome their own childhoods and adolescence. Thus they fight a gender bias which, even if research suggest otherwise, they know exists.
Finally, I think boys, and thus men, are reacting to the strong women's movement of the last twenty or thirty years. Rather than fighting it, however, boys and men are saying, "Well, if you want to work so much, go ahead. I'll just sit back and hang out." Men, not having anything to prove, will give way to women who still feel they do have to prove something to soceity.
I think this latter point is an issue of ambition, not education or intelligence. If the dream of the feminist movement has been to drive women into work, the dream of men has been to not have to work anymore and spend time going fishing instead.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

SLEEP WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE IT, do not follow fashion

Published: February 19, 2006

we now also know that pre-industrial families commonly experienced a "broken" pattern of sleep, though few contemporaries regarded it in a pejorative light. Until the modern age, most households had two distinct intervals of slumber, known as "first" and "second" sleep, bridged by an hour or more of quiet wakefulness. Usually, people would retire between 9 and 10 o'clock only to stir past midnight to smoke a pipe, brew a tub of ale or even converse with a neighbor.
Others remained in bed to pray or make love. This time after the first sleep was praised as uniquely suited for sexual intimacy; rested couples have "more enjoyment" and "do it better," as one 16th-century French doctor wrote. Often, people might simply have lain in bed ruminating on the meaning of a fresh dream, thereby permitting the conscious mind a window onto the human psyche that remains shuttered for those in the modern day too quick to awake and arise.
The principal explanation for this enigmatic pattern of slumber probably lies in the nocturnal darkness that enveloped pre-industrial households — in short, the absence of artificial lighting. There is a growing consensus on the impact of modern lighting on sleep.


In fact, during clinical experiments at the National Institute of Mental Health, human subjects deprived of light at night for weeks at a time exhibited a segmented pattern of sleep closely resembling that related in historical sources (as well as that still exhibited by many wild mammals). The subjects also experienced, during intervals of wakefulness, measurably higher levels of prolactin, the hormone that allows hens to sit happily upon their eggs for long periods.
These elevations of prolactin reinforce historical descriptions of complacent feelings at "first waking" and, back then, probably helped calm people's worries about the night's perils. Prolactin is also what differentiates segmented sleep, with its interval of "non-anxious wakefulness" that nearly resembles a meditative state

Remarkably, then, our pattern of consolidated sleep has been a relatively recent development, another product of the industrial age, while segmented sleep was long the natural form of our slumber, having a provenance as old as humankind. (Homer even invoked the term "first sleep" in "The Odyssey.")

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Now we have designer facts, We can't handle the truth


Now we have designer facts,

Jack Nicholson was right: We can't handle the truth


The truth, period.
Once upon a time, we all drew upon a common pool of facts. You might interpret them differently than I, but we could have an honest disagreement because the facts themselves were not in contention.

Now we have designer facts,

facts that aren't facts but that gain currency because somebody wanted to believe them. The thing is, facts that really “are” facts, truth that really “is” true, doesn't always validate your beliefs. Sometimes it challenges and confounds them. That's probably the problem.

Designer facts are easy because they are soothing, because they are predictable, because they never make you think, only react.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Women want to be wanted by men who can get hot women

The great failure of feminism is that it doesn't really tell women what to do with all that 'freedom' and 'equality'.
It hasn't really created a new woman, merely women who do what men used to do, which is make enough money and have enough mobility in society to take care of themselves.
Feminism hasn't changed how women actually raise children when they do, it suggests that child-rearing is just an arbitrary selection among many.
The revolution is in contraception, fertility and virility drugs, but feminism doesn't adequately modify our understanding to prescribe what to do with all that.

What works? Still the same old basic drives. Women want to be hot, men want hot women. Women want to be wanted by men who can get hot women (as opposed to men who want hot women but don't stand a chance). This is as it ever was, except that it has accellerated in this country to levels of public obsession and obscenity.

Thursday, February 09, 2006

The truth (or not) ?is that Islam has always had a sense of humor

There is no Quranic injunction against images, whether of Muhammad or anyone else. When it spread into the Levant, Islam came into contact with a version of Christianity that was militantly iconoclastic. As a result some Muslim theologians, at a time when Islam still had an organic theology, issued “fatwas” against any depiction of the Godhead. That position was further buttressed by the fact that Islam acknowledges the Jewish Ten Commandments—which include a ban on depicting God—as part of its heritage. The issue has never been decided one way or another, and the claim that a ban on images is “an absolute principle of Islam” is purely political. Islam has only one absolute principle: the Oneness of God.


unfortunately, this won’t carry a lot of weight with the arab street. Taheri is a Sufi, reguarded by mainstream Islam as as goofy, near-heretical, backcountry mystics. Very much marginalized. Muslihoon makes a good point, a good sized chunk of this will be about sectarian rivalries within Islam. The Sufi are given very little credence in the larger scheme of things Islam.
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Wednesday, February 08, 2006

A true eccentric cannot behave otherwise vs tattoo

Exposing shallowness by Theodore Dalrymple

...association between tattooing and criminality is very much stronger (with the exception of that between criminality and smoking) than that with any of the more conventionally investigated factors, such as broken homes, drug addiction, low intelligence, and poor educational attainment.

Show me a man’s tattoos, and I will tell you his criminal record:........................

..........for true individuality does not arise from a decision to be an individual.

A man who decides to be an eccentric, and therefore to behave eccentrically, is not an eccentric at all, but an actor, and usually a bad one at that.

A true eccentric is a man who behaves eccentrically because it simply does not occur to him to behave otherwise.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Monday, February 06, 2006

analysis shows three human migrations out of Africa

Feb. 2, 2006 — A new, more robust analysis of recently derived human gene trees by Alan R. Templeton, Ph.D, of Washington University in St Louis, shows three distinct major waves of human migration out of Africa instead of just two, and statistically refutes — strongly — the 'Out of Africa' replacement theory.



reveals an out-of-Africa expansion event at 1.9 million years ago.

Gene flow with isolation by distance was established between African and Eurasian populations by about 1.5 million years ago,

with no detectable interruptions since.

A second out-of-Africa expansion occurred about 700,000 years ago

, and involved interbreeding with at least some Eurasian populations.

A third out-of-Africa event occurred around 100,000 years ago,

and was also characterized by interbreeding,

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Feminist were quite shortsighted in their mindset



.First wave feminism was about women as women. Second wave feminism was about women as persons. Being a woman is not less than being a person; it is more."

Actually, both waves were quite shortsighted in their mindset, as neither incorporated the experiences of black women and black women as individual actors in their views.

The overwhelming majority of first wave feminists did not extend their push for women's right to vote to black women (in fact they tended to argue for the franchise as a mechanism to reinforce white supremacy). Ms. Friedan's form of feminism argued that stay-at-home-momhood created a malaise in "the American woman", when it has been white women and not black women who have stayed at home.

Black women have always worked in America.

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Male Provisioning, Polygyny Constraints, and Sexual Selection


Male Provisioning, Polygyny Constraints, and Sexual Selection

To overcome the challenges of the harsh Arctic climate, they created new forms of fuel, clothing, and shelter. To overcome the challenges of a different food supply, they reallocated the tasks of food procurement between men and women. This shift in food procurement is evident if we compare present-day hunter-gatherers from the Tropics and the Arctic.

In the tropical zone, men hunt while women gather berries, fruits, roots, grubs, eggs, and other sessile food items, these tasks being more compatible with the demands of pregnancy, breast-feeding, and infant transport (Kelly 1995:268-269).

Further north, food gathering is limited by the long winter, providing less than 10% of all food among hunter-gatherers above 60° N, as compared to 40-55% below 40° N (Martin 1974:16-18). The end point of this trend is Arctic tundra, where almost all of the available biomass is in the form of game animals. Such environments compel women to process food obtained through hunting instead of gathering food on their own.
Hoffecker discusses the implications (p. 8). First, “hunter-gatherers in northern continental environments who subsist on terrestrial mammals must forage across large areas in order to secure highly dispersed and mobile prey.” Second, “[a]nother consequence of low temperatures and a high meat diet is that males procure most or all food resources.”

This change in the sexual division of labour would have had demographic and, ultimately, evolutionary consequences. As hunters cover longer distances, they increase their risk of death from starvation, accidents, or inclement weather, a risk that is already high because they carry a minimum of supplies for sustenance and shelter. If we look at present-day Arctic groups with no herd dogs or domesticated reindeer (e.g., the Chukchi), male mortality rises sharply with hunting distance (Krupnik 1985).

In addition, hunting is more hazardous in the Arctic because of the extreme weather and the relative absence of alternate food sources for hunting parties. There thus develops a male deficit in the sex ratio. Among 19th century Labrador Inuit, the 15+ age bracket had only 57 males for every 100 females (Scheffel 1984).
Few of the excess women, however, can become second wives. This is because of the high demands on male provisioning. In his review of Inuit mating systems, Kjellström (1973:118) concludes, "Since the duty of being a provider was more onerous for the man who had two or more wives, this meant that as a rule it was only the really able and skilful hunters and fishers who could manage this double duty." Together, these two factors-high male mortality and limited polygyny-skew the operational sex ratio towards a female surplus, thereby causing women to compete more intensely for mates. One result is an intensification of sexual selection.


Ann Þ

Friday, February 03, 2006

Fem nazi of the left and the right and natural childbirth

One said:

molly Jan 29th, 2006 at 1:50 am
Lauren: The better part is that the neat line of stitches is pretty much only needed because of the patriarchy, too.

Episiotomies are very rarely needed if a woman is allowed freedom to give birth in her desired position

Yeah another fem nazi (worse that then the patriach)

I put it to you:

YOU give me the answer.
9 pound baby
3 weeks late
Mother is 4 feet 11 and 18 inches hip

want natural birth (she was politically correct at that time)

36 hours later she is ripped all over. Need suture urethra vagina and anus and rectum.


Today almost a year later still has problems with normal bodily functions.

Sex?????? you are kidding!

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Females compete with females for males and their children

The cosmetics industry is a reflection of female-female competition

Even if men have good grades, women don't like acne, allergies, ectomorphs, loners, fatties, geeks, and the lopsided (Buss, 1999; Miller, 1998, 2000). Women also strive mightily to repair these things in their flawed sons.

4) Females compete directly with other females not just for males but for how their children will be treated. (The cosmetics industry is a reflection of female-female competition, not just of lies that allure males.) Whether in groups of wolves, rhesus, chimps, or fans of Nat Angier, offspring have different opportunities as a function of mother's social position.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Banning the dirndl is a good idea or not ?...sunburn in the décolleté...

The dirndl, consists of a closefitting bodice combined with an apron in a different colour.

A full-skirted dress with a tight bodice and low neck, that is either sleeveless or has short full sleeves.

Bavarian bar keepers have been told that the dirndl will have to be replaced.
"This is European lawmaking at its most pedantic," said Munich's mayor, Christian Ude. "A waitress is no longer allowed to wander round a beer garden with a plunging neckline; I would not want to enter a beer garden under these conditions."
original large foto

A spokesman for the Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Union said: "I have spoken to lots of waitresses and none of them have told me that sunburn in the décolleté area has ever been a problem."

The dirndl is a female dress copied from the Trachten...

Old style working dress

Originally, the dirndl was the working dress of female servants (Austrian "dirn": maid, maidservant) ; hence the term "dirndl" as an abbreviation of "Dirndlgewand" (maid's dress).

Today the dirndl is a sign of national pride...

The word dirndl also describes a young woman in many regional dialects of Austria.

[German, short for Dirndlkleid : German dialectal Dirndl, diminutive of Dirne, girl (from Old High German diorna) + Kleid, dress.]