Posts Tagged ‘slow suicide’

Something to do, right?

There’s growing evidence that the toll of our stunning inequality is not just economic but also is a melancholy of the soul. The upshot appears to be high rates of violent crime, high narcotics use, high teenage birthrates and even high rates of heart disease.

That’s the argument of an important book by two distinguished British epidemiologists, Richard Wilkinsonand Kate Pickett. They argue that gross inequality tears at the human psyche, creating anxiety, distrust and an array of mental and physical ailments — and they cite mountains of data to support their argument.

“If you fail to avoid high inequality, you will need more prisons and more police,” they assert. “You will have to deal with higher rates of mental illness, drug abuse and every other kind of problem.” They explore these issues in their book, “The Spirit Level: Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger.”

This isn’t really all that shocking of a revelation, more a confirmation in my view.  But check this shit out:

There’s similar evidence from other primates. For example, macaque monkeys are also highly social animals, and scientists put them in cages and taught them how to push a lever so that they could get cocaine. Those at the bottom of the monkey hierarchy took much more cocaine than high-status monkeys.

I think what happened here is that this study was actually a foregone conclusion adopted in order to provide an excuse to give cocaine to macaques.  Why not?  The scientists’ own status within our society has been trampled so thoroughly and unjustly, why not stand around feeding cocaine to a bunch of monkeys all day?  Sounds like more fun than XBox.


Wealthy people get to sleep in.


I’m guessing these taverns serve fried foods, no?

The wrongness is almost overwhelming

The wrongness is almost overwhelming.



Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Pudding Pies

The volume at which I “OoooHHHed” at this is scandalous. I actually liked them…The Apple Pies always tasted like Dentist Office Fluoride treatment to me.

When I first heard about the oily monstrosity known as KFC’s Double Down sandwich, it seemed like a practical joke, or an Onion story that made it into the pop-culture bloodstream and was mistaken for fact. Surely even the sick fucks at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the mad scientists of fried poultry behind occasional A.V. Club contributor Patton Oswalt’s beloved Famous Bowl, would not be deranged enough to make a sandwich that substituted thick, greasy, deep-fried chicken-breast patties for buns. (via KFC’s Double Down Sandwich | Taste Test | The A.V. Club


Some people have claimed that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than other sweeteners when it comes to weight gain and obesity, but our results make it clear that this just isn’t true, at least under the conditions of our tests,” said psychology professor Bart Hoebel, who specializes in the neuroscience of appetite, weight and sugar addiction. “When rats are drinking high-fructose corn syrup at levels well below those in soda pop, they’re becoming obese — every single one, across the board. Even when rats are fed a high-fat diet, you don’t see this; they don’t all gain extra weight.
High-fructose Corn Syrup Causes More Weight Gain Than Sugar

Police are still “piecing” together the case…

Police are still piecing together the case, but here’s what we know: Six women have been admitted to Essex County, New Jersey hospitals seeking treatment for bad butt enhancements. Instead of using legal materials, they went to scab doctors — or perhaps moonlighting plumbers — who used commercial-grade silicone in their ass repairs. You know, like the kind you use to caulk your bathtub?

What I am left wondering is why the article shows a picture of a tattoo procedure.  Are they trying to imply something about tattoo artists?  I don’t stick caulk in any of my clients.

Booty Enhancement Surgery — Using Bathroom Caulk! — Leaves 6 Women Hospitalized – True Crime Report