Podcast Powered By Podbean Download this episode (right click and save) Topic: Dating in Your 20s – Transitioning Adults Take On Their Social Issues Part 2 of May 14th Show We continue to examine what it really means to be 20-something in 2011, classifying this group in a new category …
June 25, 2011
24 Jun 2011 2:29 PM
If you won’t put animal products in your mouth, shouldn’t it stand to reason you wouldn’t put them on your wang? Or maybe you’re courting a vegan, and you want to seal the deal. Lucky for you there are vegan lubes and condoms available, to replace the raw-meat-and-gelatin lube and condoms you were using before.
I had figured that “vegan condom” was sort of a technicality — you can get your facility certified as vegan, maybe, and thus gain the right to put a “vegan” label on your contraceptives. Sort of like getting declared kosher, but instead of a rabbi there’s a hipster with dreads. But in fact, a lot of latex condoms contain the milk protein casein, and lubes can have dairy enzymes or honey as ingredients.
Okay, maybe it’s a little … committed (in the straitjacket sense of the word) to avoid putting a product on the outside of your body because it has a few molecules in common with dairy. But on the other hand, once you’ve charmed that cute vegan guy or girl with your ecological savvy, your chances of getting laid go up by at least 15 percent if you’ve got vegan lube on your nightstand. (Note: All numbers in this post have been fabricated.) So if you’re going on the pull at Bonnaroo or Burning Man, here are your options:
Published on Saturday, June 25, 2011 by CommonDreams.org
In many arenas of human endeavor, there is no plausible way to convince someone through abstract argument that an endeavor that appears to be incredibly difficult is nonetheless not impossible. There’s nothing for it but to create an example.
Efforts to get Members of Congress to do anything related in any way to the basic human rights of Palestinians that is not slavishly pro-Likud is a prime example of this phenomenon. Many are convinced – not without evidence that makes their position seductive – that it is an immutable law of the universe that all Members of Congress must always express fealty to right-wing views on this topic.
Well, now we have a counterexample. Six Members of Congress have written to Secretary of State Clinton, urging her to do “everything in her power” to work to ensure the safety of the U.S. citizens on board the U.S. Boat to Gaza, The Audacity of Hope.
The letter was signed by Representatives Dennis Kucinich [OH-10], William Lacy Clay [MO-1], Sam Farr [CA-17], Bob Filner [CA-51], Eleanor Holmes Norton [DC], and Barbara Lee [CA-9].
Published on Saturday, June 25, 2011 by The Guardian/UK
The US had better be ready for the economic shock
The European authorities are playing a dangerous game of “chicken” with Greece right now. It is overdue for US members of Congress to exercise some oversight as to what our government’s role is in this process, and how we might be preparing for a Greek debt default. Depending on how it happens, this default could have serious repercussions for the international financial system, the US economy and, indeed, the world economy.
The US government has a direct and significant role in the Greek crisis because the US treasury department has the predominant voice in the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF, together with the European Commission and the European Central Bank (ECB) – the three are commonly referred to as “the Troika” – are negotiating a new austerity package with the Greek government, in return for a new bailout deal. This package promises more suffering for the Greek people – that is acknowledged by all sides. But the Troika thinks it can ram the programme through the Greek parliament on Tuesday, with the threat that the IMF will not disburse the next $17bn instalment of Greece’s current loan package – thus putting Greece in a situation of sudden default.