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A model from the Sex museum, Paris. ‘Vaginas seem dark and mysterious, and produce strange liquids. Its secretions form the basis of the belief that women are unclean, indeed ritually so.’ Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features (via A poisoned vagina? What an intriguing yet stupid murder weapon | Naomi McAuliffe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk)
Women using poison to murder their husbands is an old trope – one going back as far as Claudius’s poisoning, which implicated his wife Agrippina. “Arsenic Annie” Nannie Doss saw off four husbands, as well as most of her family, in the span of four decades (she confessed to the murders in 1954). And now a Brazilian woman may soon be added to this pantheon of gloom. Although this alleged attempted homicide was unsuccessful, the method will certainly go down in history: she allegedly put poison in her vagina, and invited her husband to perform oral sex on her. The man became suspicious while down south, surprised by an “unusual smell”. He took her to hospital, where the poison was found.
Paranoid fantasies about ladies’ bits are nothing new. Vaginas seem dark and mysterious, and produce strange liquids. Its secretions form the basis of the belief that women are unclean, indeed ritually so. As the South Park character Mr Mackey said: “I just don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die.” And yet pleasure – and most importantly life – also emanate from it.
This “dark power” inspired folklore. It was believed at various points in history that menstrual blood was semen “gone bad”, that women took men’s life-force through their vaginas, that the female orgasm should be prescribed for anxiety disorders, and that some vaginas came laced with teeth that could castrate a man. Indeed, the myth of the vagina dentata – meaning toothed vagina – can be found in many different cultures, from Greek mythology to the Chaco and Guiana tribes of South America. Its message can be subtly different, depending on where it originated from: it either says that penetrative sex is dangerous, that women are evil temptresses bent on male castration, or that men should not rape women, or suffer the consequences.
This latter threat was actually realised with the invention of Rape-aXe, an anti-rape female condom invented by Sonnet Ehlers in South Africa in 2005. The Rape-aXe is a latex sheath embedded with sharp, inward-facing barbs that would dig into the attacker’s penis, causing excruciating pain.
The article also states that “women are also not more likely to be a poisoner than men: the overwhelming number of convicted poisoners are men” but this could be because society (and mostly chivalrous male judges) tend to be more lenient with female crime.

A model from the Sex museum, Paris. ‘Vaginas seem dark and mysterious, and produce strange liquids. Its secretions form the basis of the belief that women are unclean, indeed ritually so.’ Photograph: Sipa Press/Rex Features (via A poisoned vagina? What an intriguing yet stupid murder weapon | Naomi McAuliffe | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk)

  • Women using poison to murder their husbands is an old trope – one going back as far as Claudius’s poisoning, which implicated his wife Agrippina. “Arsenic Annie” Nannie Doss saw off four husbands, as well as most of her family, in the span of four decades (she confessed to the murders in 1954). And now a Brazilian woman may soon be added to this pantheon of gloom. Although this alleged attempted homicide was unsuccessful, the method will certainly go down in history: she allegedly put poison in her vagina, and invited her husband to perform oral sex on her. The man became suspicious while down south, surprised by an “unusual smell”. He took her to hospital, where the poison was found.
  • Paranoid fantasies about ladies’ bits are nothing new. Vaginas seem dark and mysterious, and produce strange liquids. Its secretions form the basis of the belief that women are unclean, indeed ritually so. As the South Park character Mr Mackey said: “I just don’t trust anything that bleeds for five days and doesn’t die.” And yet pleasure – and most importantly life – also emanate from it.
  • This “dark power” inspired folklore. It was believed at various points in history that menstrual blood was semen “gone bad”, that women took men’s life-force through their vaginas, that the female orgasm should be prescribed for anxiety disorders, and that some vaginas came laced with teeth that could castrate a man. Indeed, the myth of the vagina dentata – meaning toothed vagina – can be found in many different cultures, from Greek mythology to the Chaco and Guiana tribes of South America. Its message can be subtly different, depending on where it originated from: it either says that penetrative sex is dangerous, that women are evil temptresses bent on male castration, or that men should not rape women, or suffer the consequences.
  • This latter threat was actually realised with the invention of Rape-aXe, an anti-rape female condom invented by Sonnet Ehlers in South Africa in 2005. The Rape-aXe is a latex sheath embedded with sharp, inward-facing barbs that would dig into the attacker’s penis, causing excruciating pain.
The article also states that “women are also not more likely to be a poisoner than men: the overwhelming number of convicted poisoners are men” but this could be because society (and mostly chivalrous male judges) tend to be more lenient with female crime.
According to court records, in 2008, Scotts distributed 73 million packages of bird seed coated with the insecticides Storcide II, containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos, and and Actellic 5E, containing the active ingredient pirimiphos-methyl, intended to keep insects from destroying the seed. The company continued to produce and market the insecticide-coated seeds despite being alerted to toxicity dangers by a Scotts staff chemist and ornithologist. (via Grist)
In addition to the bird seed, Scotts is in big trouble for selling chemical-loaded gardening products without first obtaining registration from the EPA. The federal government alleges that a Scotts manager even went so far as to fabricate documents and correspondence with the agency. It seems they find forgery easier than just not poisoning wildlife.
The judge hasn’t decided what, exactly, Scotts’ punishment will be yet, but the company has proposed paying a $4 million fine and donating $500,000 towards wildlife conservation. Maybe all the house finches, sparrows, and mourning doves Scotts has poisoned over the years will file a class-action lawsuit and push for a lot more than that.

According to court records, in 2008, Scotts distributed 73 million packages of bird seed coated with the insecticides Storcide II, containing the active ingredient chlorpyrifos, and and Actellic 5E, containing the active ingredient pirimiphos-methyl, intended to keep insects from destroying the seed. The company continued to produce and market the insecticide-coated seeds despite being alerted to toxicity dangers by a Scotts staff chemist and ornithologist. (via Grist)

  • In addition to the bird seed, Scotts is in big trouble for selling chemical-loaded gardening products without first obtaining registration from the EPA. The federal government alleges that a Scotts manager even went so far as to fabricate documents and correspondence with the agency. It seems they find forgery easier than just not poisoning wildlife.
  • The judge hasn’t decided what, exactly, Scotts’ punishment will be yet, but the company has proposed paying a $4 million fine and donating $500,000 towards wildlife conservation. Maybe all the house finches, sparrows, and mourning doves Scotts has poisoned over the years will file a class-action lawsuit and push for a lot more than that.
theatlantic:

Game of Thrones: Who Really Holds the Power in Westeros?

“If wars were arithmetic, the mathematicians would rule the world.” –Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish
If there’s anything to be learned from the events that led to the country-spanning civil war of Game of Thrones’ second season, it’s that warfare is not a numbers game. The clash of kings that threatens every life in Westeros came from one fatal hunting trip and one unjustified execution. As Arya Stark says in a Game of Thrones trailer, “anyone can be killed” —and when that “anyone” is a person with power, the consequences are often severe. But if wars aren’t arithmetic, which of the four “kings” stands a chance in the game of thrones?


I am at a loss to explain why I am somewhat annoyed by this repetitive series while everyone seems to love be addicted to it. Well, let me try..
As a kid, I enjoyed SF but was never bitten by the bug of comic books or Role Playing Games (RPGs). I was quite surprised to discover that there are people for whom MMPORPGs are a lifestyle and sometimes a substitute for real life.
It’s not that I never enjoyed fantasy - I did, but in the printed word. I seldom watched a production made from a previously read book that was satisfying (in fact, I cannot recall any such instance) where I was even mildly satisfied with the results. When it comes to fantasy, my imagination is far richer and pleasurable to me than anything someone else might come up with and I suspect that this is true for anyone who enjoys reading.
This is why I am disappointed to learn that in the war of ratings, Game of Thrones is winning over Mad Men - a far superior epoch drama. It suggests that the viewing public is formed of people who have never enjoyed reading much and don’t know the difference between a good fantasy book that draws you in and a visual production that takes the much easier neuronal pathway of the eyes.
I guess if I was a cocaine addict, I’d rather chew coca leaves than freebase.
PS: Making Real Money in Virtual Games: The Strange Economics of MMORPGs

theatlantic:

Game of Thrones: Who Really Holds the Power in Westeros?

“If wars were arithmetic, the mathematicians would rule the world.” 
Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish

If there’s anything to be learned from the events that led to the country-spanning civil war of Game of Thrones’ second season, it’s that warfare is not a numbers game. The clash of kings that threatens every life in Westeros came from one fatal hunting trip and one unjustified execution. As Arya Stark says in a Game of Thrones trailer, “anyone can be killed” —and when that “anyone” is a person with power, the consequences are often severe. But if wars aren’t arithmetic, which of the four “kings” stands a chance in the game of thrones?

I am at a loss to explain why I am somewhat annoyed by this repetitive series while everyone seems to love be addicted to it. Well, let me try..

As a kid, I enjoyed SF but was never bitten by the bug of comic books or Role Playing Games (RPGs). I was quite surprised to discover that there are people for whom MMPORPGs are a lifestyle and sometimes a substitute for real life.

It’s not that I never enjoyed fantasy - I did, but in the printed word. I seldom watched a production made from a previously read book that was satisfying (in fact, I cannot recall any such instance) where I was even mildly satisfied with the results. When it comes to fantasy, my imagination is far richer and pleasurable to me than anything someone else might come up with and I suspect that this is true for anyone who enjoys reading.

This is why I am disappointed to learn that in the war of ratings, Game of Thrones is winning over Mad Men - a far superior epoch drama. It suggests that the viewing public is formed of people who have never enjoyed reading much and don’t know the difference between a good fantasy book that draws you in and a visual production that takes the much easier neuronal pathway of the eyes.

I guess if I was a cocaine addict, I’d rather chew coca leaves than freebase.

PS: Making Real Money in Virtual Games: The Strange Economics of MMORPGs