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Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress -
Prominent Republican: Women Need To Be Paid Less So They Can Find Husbands | ThinkProgress
"In an op-ed published by the Christian Post, Phyllis Schlafly — the founder of the Eagle Forum — maintained that increasing the pay gap will help women find suitable husbands: 'Another fact is the influence of hypergamy, which means that women typically choose a mate (husband or boyfriend) who earns more than she does. Men don’t have the same preference for a higher-earning mate. While women prefer to HAVE a higher-earning partner, men generally prefer to BE the higher-earning partner in a relationship. This simple but profound difference between the sexes has powerful consequences for the so-called pay gap. Suppose the pay gap between men and women were magically eliminated. If that happened, simple arithmetic suggests that half of women would be unable to find what they regard as a suitable mate. Obviously, I’m not saying women won’t date or marry a lower-earning men, only that they probably prefer not to. If a higher-earning man is not available, many women are more likely not to... more... - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
This literally made my head hurt - MoTO Moca Blend
Flabbergasted. - ronin
Tell that to my parents, Chris's parents, my aunt and uncle.... - Heather, 30k Camper
The world is filled with asshats. :^( - Friar Will
One the one hand they define marriage as between one man and one woman but then attach the caviet "As long as the bank balance is right" - Johnny from iPhone
If she is right, then the only logical solution is to not cut her pay, but allow her to have 2 husbands. ;-) - April Russo
the only logical solution for women payed more than men is to marry other women with a better income, oh NO WAIT - 無家可歸82 from FFHound(roid)!
I had a boss who was lovely, but she would insist that I must feel bad because Helen was earning more than me... I didn't, of course ;) - Pete
I feel really bad for women who make so much money the prospective husband pool is almost empty. - Eivind
^^Haha! That's EXACTLY the kind of woman I'm looking for, Eivind. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
My erstwhile spouse has a double Bachelor's degree, and a Master's Degree. She has been working for the same company for 16 years now. Her current income in 2014 dollars is one half of my income 16 years ago (in 1998 dollars.) I was in a riskier, more outwardly stressful career, but there's no way I was 2 or 3 times more valuable to my employer than she is to hers. The only upside is... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Reading this post is good for us Italians. It shows that we are not the only ones with nutcase politicians. - Alice Twain
Beyond words! - Son of Groucho
She kind of reminds me of Mary Poppins. Though I doubt she ever got as high as this dingbat - Mo Kargas
Son of Groucho
Baby meerkats in Botswana - in pictures | Environment | -
Baby meerkats in Botswana - in pictures | Environment |
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"Photographer Will Burrard-Lucas got more help than he bargained for when he went to shoot a young family of meerkats in the Makgadikgadi region of Botswana. The new arrivals used the photographer as a look out post before trying their hand at taking pictures." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
I Promise You’re Going To Laugh When You Watch This Video About Owls. I’m Dying. So Funny! | PetFlow Blog - The most interesting news for pet parents around the world. -
"Now that David Letterman has announced he’s retiring, I have a new suggestion for the next Late Show host: this narrator. His True Facts About Animals videos don’t just tell you all of the interesting things there are to know about each animal, but they’re entertaining as all get out. It’s pretty much impossible to watch this without doing two things: learning something, and laughing out loud. That makes it a win in my book! SHARE these owls (and especially this narrator) with your Facebook friends!" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Holly's favorite Anna
RT @barnabyedwards: A musician replies to an ad from a restaurant looking for a band to play for free 'to promote their work'. #genius
RT @barnabyedwards: A musician replies to an ad from a restaurant looking for a band to play for free 'to promote their work'. #genius
SPOT. FUCKIN'. ON. - Big Joe Silence
What Joe said. - Son of Groucho
I get the sense that this sort of thing happens a lot. I know several of the nighttime cafes around here schedule musicians but don't pay them anything. Maybe a free espresso drink or something, but not much else. Some of them drive an hour or more (from the TWIN CITIES EVEN!) to get here. Doesn't seem right, but I guess they (the musicians) don't have much choice if they want to "become known." - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
They do have a choice if they want to "become known". There are plenty of other options, and spending four hours practicing in front of a disinterested audience might be useful in some ways, but it isn't how you "become known" for anything more than free entertainment. Venues that don't pay musicians for their work don't deserve professional musicians. - Holly's favorite Anna
I guess I was speaking in the context of my local area. There are a lot of musicians from the local UW, as well as a few other universities within a drive of an hour or so. Some have gone on to bigger and better things, some do a mix of local orchestra and theater performance along with their outings to clubs and cafes. A couple of the individuals I know who are solo performers often go... more... - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Son of Groucho
"Dave Black, Robert Beck and George Karbus are three prolific photographers, all thriving in successful careers. But what drives them, day in and day out, to pick up their cameras and strive to create great pictures? This short film captures Dave Black, Robert Beck and George Karbus—all using the new Nikon D4s—as they work out in the field and do what they love, shooting everything from ski racing to speed skating, rugby to motocross, super-bikes to coastal waves. And through this stunning visual exploration, we tap into the minds of what it means to be truly DEDICATED. This film was also captured on the Nikon D4s by director and filmmaker Corey Rich. Relying on a small footprint production, Rich captured these three photographers over 21 days in January 2014, in four locations stretching from San Diego to Salt Lake City to Tampa to Ireland. Be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes footage, “The Making of DEDICATED” here:" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share | Talk Video | TED -
Andrew Solomon: Depression, the secret we share | Talk Video | TED
Brilliant talk. - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
I have his book 'The Noonday Demon' and have heard him interviewed on NPR several times. He understands whereof/that which of he speaks. - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Son of Groucho
A tour of accents across the British Isles performed in a single, unedited take | 22 Words -
"Professional accent and dialect coach Andrew Jack seamlessly switches between the various accents that are scattered across the UK, demonstrating the subtle distinctions between different varieties of English…" - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
My nephews (OK, technically second cousins once removed) just kill me. Like, they're my favorite human beings. And I'm generally not a fan of human beings.
Spoken like a true doctor. - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
I'm with Victor. - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
An Honest Trailer For "Game Of Thrones" - -
Warning contains spoilers for seasons 1-3. Pretty hilarious, though... - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
Everything You Hate About Advertising in One Fake Video That's Almost Too Real | Adweek -
"Well, this is hilarious on a few different levels. Stock video provider Dissolve has taken the text of Kendra Eash's brilliant advertising takedown, "This Is a Generic Brand Video," originally published by McSweeney's, and set it to actual stock video clips. The company explains: "The minute we saw Kendra Eash's brilliant 'This Is a Generic Brand Video' on McSweeney's, we knew it was our moral imperative to make that generic brand video so. No surprise, we had all the footage." The results, narrated by Dallas McClain, are outstanding. You've seen all of this footage in ads from major brands. It's everywhere. And it's great that a stock video house would so gleefully celebrate the soul-sucking manipulations for which its offerings are generally used. Watch below, and have a great self-hating rest of your afternoon." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
I finally watched the video--and now I wanna buy me some GB stuff! Maybe even their stock! It will make me feel good. Right? (If there aren't already Generic Brand Granola Bars and Multivitamins on the market, there will be.) - Walt Crawford
Son of Groucho
Fwd: I am sooo sorry. (via
From Ken Morley. Genius! - Son of Groucho
List of unusual deaths - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
List of unusual deaths - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"455 BC: Aeschylus, the great Athenian author of tragedies. Valerius Maximus wrote that he was killed by a tortoise dropped by an eagle that had mistaken his head for a rock suitable for shattering the shell of the reptile. Pliny, in his Naturalis Historiæ, adds that Aeschylus had been staying outdoors to avert a prophecy that he would be killed by a falling object." - Eivind from Bookmarklet
Ergo the phrase "He done got Aeschylus'd" to describe similar occurrences wherein individuals have been killed by turtles dropped by eagles flying overhead. (i.e. Said by no one ever.) - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
LOL - Brent Schaus
How do you find these things? ;) - Son of Groucho
I was researching the molten-gold-down-throat method of executing greedy warlords :) - Eivind
Ah, that old favourite! - Son of Groucho
This is one of my favorites, mainly because of the tombstone. - Betsy
A little cartoon of his demise! That's...something. - Eivind
Son of Groucho
My birthday quotation: "I was always taught to respect my elders and I've now reached the age when I don't have anybody to respect.! George Burns
Happy birthday! - Spidra Webster
Happy birthday, old man :) - Eivind
Happy birthday :) - Pete
Happy Birthday! - Janet
Great quote. Happy Birthday! - Greg GuitarBuster
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy birthday, Gordon! :) - Jenny H.
Happy birthday! - Anne Bouey
Happy birthday! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! - Anika
Happy Birthday! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday! - Tamara J. B.
Happy birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy Bday - Steve C
Thanks very much, guys! I've had a good day! - Son of Groucho from iPhone
Happy belated, sorry I missed this! - Halil
No probs, Halil! Nice to hear from you! - Son of Groucho
Mark H
Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual medicine -
Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual medicine
"A company making homeopathic remedies in the US has had to recall more than 50 different products from across its range after they were found to contain actual medicine. Terra-Medica, based in Ferndale, Washington, promises to provide “a wealth of education and high quality health products [to] holistic health care practitioners across the US”." - Mark H from Bookmarklet
"Yet in a series of tests by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), it was found that a variety of tablets, capsules, drops and suppositories – with names like “Pleo-QUENT” and “Pleo-STOLO” – actually contained quantities of penicillin. [...] [Homeopathy] involves the practice of massively diluting active ingredients with large quantities of water, and has since been extensively... more... - Mark H
Hwoops. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
That's like doping! - Eivind
Son of Groucho
Fwd: Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual medicine - (via
Fwd: Homeopathy product recalled over fears it may contain actual medicine - (via
From Mark H: Love it! - Son of Groucho
Steven Perez
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED #marchofdimes #walking #5k @ Seaworld of Texas
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED #marchofdimes #walking #5k @ Seaworld of Texas
55 minutes. Not too shabby. - Steven Perez from Android
Good job :) - Eivind
Congrats, Steven. :) - Anne Bouey
Thanks, guys. It would have been 53 minutes, had I not stopped for a bio-break. - Steven Perez
Well done! - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Glasgow is happy - in kilts) - YouTube -
Pharrell Williams - Happy (Glasgow is happy - in kilts) - YouTube
That's a lot of tartan! - Anika
Looking forward to wearing my new kilt for the first time at my son's wedding in April... - Son of Groucho
Man Gets Revenge on Scammer by Texting Him Entire Works of Shakespeare -
Man Gets Revenge on Scammer by Texting Him Entire Works of Shakespeare
"Graphic designer Edd Joseph, of Bristol, U.K., is putting on his own personal revenge play after the gaming console he bought on Gumtree (basically the British Craiglist) never showed up. After trying to cancel the sale—he couldn't, because he'd paid by direct bank transfer—and contacting the police to no avail, he came up with an ingenious plan. Copying and pasting passages from the web into a text message doesn't cost anything, so he sent his nemesis the complete text of 22 Shakespeare plays." - Jessie from Bookmarklet
"Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and more have blown up the scammer's phone with 17,424 texts, costing Joseph exactly nothing. He's started to get responses, too. "I got the first reply after an hour, and then a few more abusive messages after that. His phone must have been going off pretty constantly for hours," he told the Bristol Post, "But recently he has taken to calling me and giving me abuse on the phone. I tried to ask him if he was enjoying the plays, but he was very confused."" - Jessie
Love it! - Son of Groucho
To send, or not to send?.... I think he answered the question. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"Want the Bard to stop? COUGH UP MY REFUND, CHUMP!!!" - Big Joe Silence
Son of Groucho
The Leidenfrost effect - Boing Boing -
"In the Leidenfrost Effect, a water droplet will float on a layer of its own vapor if heated to a certain temperature. This common cooking phenomenon takes center stage in a series of playful experiments by physicists at England's University of Bath, who discovered new and fun means to manipulate the movement of water." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
30 great one-liners - Telegraph -
30 great one-liners - Telegraph
"Start every day off with a smile and get it over with" WC Fields. - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Any of you tech gurus know how I type a minus (-) symbol on an iPad keyboard?
Hit ".?123" button in lower left. It's right under the 1 and 2 keys. - SAM
Or was that some sort of weird rhetorical? - SAM
Under my 1 and 2 keys is a ' symbol. Still can't see the minus! - Son of Groucho
I wonder if the US keyboard is different from the UK one? - Son of Groucho
I'm no guru, but it's on the bottom right of the keyboard next to the hide keyboard key. - Anne Bouey
Normal keyboard: Under 1 and 2. Email: Bottom right. - Johnny from iPhone
I apologise for this thread. I've just bought Wosog a new iPad and I am trying to "take over" her failing iPad 1. It seems to have a bizarre glitch as far as the minus symbol is concerned! - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
"Physics Is Like Sex..." | Flickr - Photo Sharing! -
"Physics Is Like Sex..." | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
I'm not sure if this is a copy of the what Richard P Feynman actually wrote, but if so he is widely misquoted as saying “Physics is like sex: sure, it may give some practical results, but that's not why we do it." For further "discussion" see here: - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
This reminds me of one of my physics teachers, who used to write the equation for friction as f = µN (where N = mg), so we could remember it with the mnemonic "friction is fun to find." Fun indeed.... - John (bird whisperer)
Son of Groucho
Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn - YouTube -
Mindfulness with Jon Kabat-Zinn - YouTube
Well worth an hour of your time... - Son of Groucho
Son of Groucho
Jon Kabat-Zinn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Jon Kabat-Zinn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Jon Kabat-Zinn (born Kabat on June 5, 1944) is Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Kabat-Zinn was a student of Zen Master Seung Sahn and a founding member of Cambridge Zen Center. His practice of yoga and studies with Buddhist teachers led him to integrate their teachings with those of Western science. He teaches mindfulness meditation which he claims can help people cope with stress, anxiety, pain and illness. The stress reduction program created by Kabat-Zinn is offered at medical centers, hospitals, and health maintenance organizations." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Steven Perez
Good things that happened to me this week: two separate commendations from management, several Elder God-size problems solved in record time, I might have convinced the cute blonde to see me abase myself in karaoke at the company picnic, and the vending machine in the break room gave me a gold dollar coin. Not a bad week.
Now, if I can just get a few podcast episodes out this weekend, I'll be satisfied. - Steven Perez
You are clearly on a roll! - Son of Groucho
My Travoltified Name is Melissa Dorniels! What's yours? #JohnTravoltaNames
My Travoltified Name is Melissa Dorniels! What's yours? #JohnTravoltaNames
Bailey Geercia. - Betsy
Roddy Thozomas - Rodfather
Kelvin Johnzon - Kevin Johnson
Jessica Dorniels - Jennifer Dittrich
Travoltified sounds a bit scary. - Stephan Planken from iPhone
Catriona Knight -----> - vicster: full-bodied from FFHound!
Hector Heenry, sounds like a comic book character. - Heather, 30k Camper
I guess this is a thing. I saw this earlier today: My only reference is the gif at the link. What was he supposed to say? - Anika
Should have said: Idina Menzel. Actually said: Adele Dazeem. - Betsy
Oh...that's very different. - Anika
Brett Speerce - Brent Schaus
Brian Allorn - Bren from iPhone
Mustafa Johnzon - Tamara J. B.
Mustafa? LOL - Brent Schaus
Will Coof - WoH: Professor MOTHRA
Joss Wern - imabonehead
Shayne Careem????????? - Yvonne
John Travolta - Not Me
Iain Andrenson - Iván Abrego from Android
Simon Gordzo at your service! - Son of Groucho
marlene dietrich - سید منحوس
Geordie Hargision???? - Xabaras (G.O.)
Michael Feesher - effemmeffe
Connie Lezwis - Corinne L
Carlos Danger - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Hah! It turns out that the actual Travoltification is better than that: Mia Jerkson. Proof: [Arrrggh! Just noticed that autocorrect inserted my actual REAL name! So much for all of my clever blurring and shading of the accompanying screen capture!] - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Amelia Suzzivan. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
Slippy Lane becomes Sorley Loing. Also, if his eyesight is that bad he can't read the autocue, WHY IS HE STILL ALLOWED TO FLY JETS? - Steel Penguin Slippy
^ a very good question. - vicster: full-bodied
I'm changing my name to "Kain Morphay" - Ken Morley
"Micah Knight (with a hard K)" - Mo Kargas
Of all the name generators since forever, this is the first to make me clap my hands with glee this many times since the star wars name generator. Y'all have awesome Travoltified names. - Steel Penguin Slippy
Travolta rocks! John Michael Ake - John Michael Ake
Sebastian Rodrayguns - Stefano.
Son of Groucho
Choosing a Secure Password - Boing Boing -
Choosing a Secure Password - Boing Boing
"The best way to explain how to choose a good password is to explain how they're broken. The general attack model is what’s known as an offline password-guessing attack. In this scenario, the attacker gets a file of encrypted passwords from somewhere people want to authenticate to. His goal is to turn that encrypted file into unencrypted passwords he can use to authenticate himself. He does this by guessing passwords, and then seeing if they’re correct. He can try guesses as fast as his computer will process them – and he can parallelize the attack – and gets immediate confirmation if he guesses correctly. Yes, there are ways to foil this attack, and that's why we can still have four-digit PINs on ATM cards, but it's the correct model for breaking passwords. There are commercial programs that do password cracking, sold primarily to police departments. There are also hacker tools that do the same thing. And they're really good. The efficiency of password cracking depends on two largely... more... - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
In the end, the system I still use is the best, beside the two-factor authentication. - Xabaras (G.O.)
Son of Groucho
Anatomy of an Earworm : The New Yorker -
Anatomy of an Earworm : The New Yorker
"In the winter of 1900, six-year-old Nicolas Slonimsky was introduced to the world of popular Russian ditties. “Little bird, what did you do? I drank vodka, so did you,” he would warble to enchanted relatives. Isabelle Vengerova, his aunt, who was a famous teacher at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, discovered earlier that year that he possessed perfect pitch, and began giving him lessons. She believed that he was destined for musical greatness. Although Slonimsky’s career as a musical prodigy never quite materialized, his early singing days made a lasting impression: Slonimsky was one of the first composers to explicitly decipher what made certain tunes irresistible. In the twenties, Oliver Sacks writes in “Musicophilia,” Slonimsky began creating musical patterns designed to “hook the mind and force it to mimicry and repetition.” In 1947, Slonimsky’s insights were released as a book, “Thesaurus of Scales and Melodic Patterns,” which would go on to become an important musical... more... - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
Son of Groucho
Full NHS hospital records uploaded to Google servers, "infinitely worse" story to come - Boing Boing -
"PA Consulting, a management consulting firm, obtained the entire English and Welsh hospital episode statistics database and uploaded it to Google's Bigquery service. The stats filled 27 DVDs and took "a couple of weeks" to transfer to Google's service, which is hosted in non-EU data centres. This is spectacularly illegal. The NHS dataset includes each patient's NHS number, post code, address, date of birth and gender, as well as all their inpatient, outpatient and emergency hospital records. Google's Bigquery service allows for full data-set sharing with one click. The news of the breach comes after the collapse of a scheme under which the NHS would sell patient records to pharma companies, insurers and others (there was no easy way to opt out of the scheme, until members of the public created the independent Fax Your GP service). According to researcher and epidemiologist Ben Goldacre, this story is just the beginning: there's an "infinitely worse" story that is coming shortly." - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
This most definitely falls in the "monumental cockup" category... - Son of Groucho
Oh, wow. - Jennifer Dittrich
Indeed. - Son of Groucho
Given how bad this is, I wonder what's "infinitely worse" than this. - John (bird whisperer)
I'm guessing "and then a bunch of other people downloaded it" or "and then it was indexed into a bunch of search engines" might fit the bill. - Jennifer Dittrich
Son of Groucho
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend | Video on -
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend | Video on
I urge you to spend 15 minutes on this: it could save your life! - Son of Groucho from Bookmarklet
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