The Great Books Series
A highly promising scientific study of the male armpit undoubtedly funded by the National Science Foundation is brought to hopeless foozle by Miss Naomi Wolf’s horny excogitations in Vagina: A New Biography. When will she get serious?
Chen and her team asked 20 heterosexual men to stop wearing deodorant and other scented grooming products for several days. The researchers then put pads under the men’s armpits, and wired the men to electrodes, as the men watched pornographic videos. The researchers analyzed the “aroused” male sweat and also analyzed pads collected from under the arms of the same men when they are not sexually aroused.
Then, 19 heterosexual women smelled the men’s “aroused” and “unaroused” sweat pads, while they themselves underwent brain scans. The women’s brains reacted very differently in response to the “aroused” male sweat.
The “sexual sweat” activated the women’s right orbitofrontal cortex and the right fusiform cortex, but the “unaroused” sweat did nothing for them.…
Chen concluded that her findings bolster the idea that humans do communicate via subconscious chemical signals. To me this finding also suggests that women’s bodies know categorically and uncompromisingly when a man is or is not sexually interested in them, even if everyone in the couple is saying the “right” things. This may have been what my friend, who has a strong sex drive, and whose partner did not “perfume her days,” may have been experiencing: his sexual interest in her was not strong enough for her.…She couldn’t smell enough of his arousal.…
[From: Vagina: A New Biography, by Naomi Wolf. Ecco, 381 pages, $27.99]
New York Times
Professor Maureen Dowd applies her cross-disciplinary learning to modern politics and come up with, alas, a completely incomprehensible judgment. Possibly she was squiffed:
[Paul Ryan puts] a fresh face on a Taliban creed—the evermore antediluvian, anti-immigrant, anti-gay conservative core. Amiable in khakis and polo shirts, Ryan is the perfect modern leader to rally medieval Republicans who believe that Adam and Eve cavorted with dinosaurs….But, for all the Republican cant about how they want to keep government out of the lives of others, the ultraconservatives are panting to meddle in the lives of others. Contrary to President Obama’s re-fresh-ing assertion Monday that a bunch of male politicians shouldn’t be making the health care decisions for women, this troglodyte tribe of men and Bachmann-esque women craves that responsibility.
(August 12, 2012)
Finally, after traversing page after page of the dreary Liberal-wing press for the enlightenment of our readers, the editor of this revered AmSpec department is given something to hoist a flute of champagne over and to let out a celebratory yell:
Until there is a strong progressive message and a renewed drive for solidarity that speaks to that disaffected group of voters, they will continue to be seduced by a clever rightwing campaign that urges them to vote for tax breaks for the wealthy and the dismantling of the public sphere.
New York Review of Books
In the event that you might have been wondering about the sudden disappearance of the Public Bowel Movement Brigade, the Masturbators for Peace, the Degenerates Now, and the other assorted mental defectives who comprised the Occupy movement, Michael Greenberg, an unemployed writer, avers a hardheaded analysis:
In the space of seven months a galvanizing national protest movement had dwindled to the status of a policing problem before disappearing almost entirely from the public view. Part of the blame can be attributed to Occupy itself; its inviolable purity of principle (“We don’t talk to people with power, because to do so would be to acknowledge the legitimacy of their power”) eventually became its own form of corruption.
(October 11, 2012)
New York Times
Miss Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, where you can eat chocolate- covered bugs, divulges to fellow left-wing insomniacs the soporific tome at her bedside quietly awaiting the eyes of an aspiring Pol Pot or V.I. Lenin:
On my bedside table at the moment is Hope in the Dark, by Rebecca Solnit. She talks about how one movement can inspire another. If you want to make change, you have the impression you have to do it on your own. But you don’t understand that demonstrations have already been launched and they are feeding into what you’re doing. You feel so supported by history reading this book and so encouraged.
(September 2, 2012)
The decrepitude into which Time magazine columnist Joe Klein has fallen, still apparently suffering from delusions that it is 1964 and Barry Goldwater is the Republican presidential candidate. Mr. Klein’s column appears in the magazine’s Antique Section, and he writes with a fountain pen:
Romney has dumbed himself down to fit a Republican Party that has become anachronistic, hateful and foolish. He has never once stood up to the party’s extremist base in this campaign—not even when asked whether he would accept a deficit deal with $10 in spending cuts for every $1 in new revenues, not even on immigration and contraception, issues that sent women and Latinos scurrying toward the exits. His has been a shameful, shameless campaign.
(September 24, 2012)
The trials and tribulations of an apparent teetotaling public servant in good old Snohomish County:
A Snohomish County judge who presides over drunken-driving cases may be facing DUI charges
The Herald of Everett reports the State Patrol stopped Snohomish County District Court Judge Timothy Ryan on the Bothell-Everett Highway on Wednesday night. Patrol Sergeant Kirk Rudeen said Ryan’s car was drifting outside its lane and he was going 53 mph in a 45-mph zone.
Rudeen said Ryan was cooperative and polite, but he smelled of alcohol.
The arresting trooper reported that Ryan’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and that his face was flushed. A second trooper called to the scene said the Lynnwood judge’s speech was slurred and he smelled of alcohol.
(September 4, 2012)
In the incomparable “Mail Call” section of the Maryland Free State’s equivalent of the New York Times, a semi-literate cri de coeur from a stalwart of the Moron Vote:
I would like to thank the caller from Brightwood Acres East for saying that if you’re not smart enough or motivated enough to get a ID, you shouldn’t be smart or motivated enough to vote. I guess people that are handicapped aren’t motivated enough to get out and get an ID, when it’s very burdensome for them, but yet they gotta struggle to vote, but that’s OK with this caller. Or the military guy in Pennsylvania whose ID is turned down because it don’t have an expiration date on it. I guess he’s not smart enough. These ID laws are just strictly to keep out the Democrat vote. These people, that’s the trouble with the Republican party, they think everybody’s healthy just like they are, white, not poor, and they’re not.
(September 5, 2012)