Author Archive | Matt Staggs

Scientist Struggling To Find Commercial Interest in Push-Button Orgasm Implant

Little man in a canoe. Pic: Anoldent (CC)

Little man in a canoe. Pic: Anoldent (CC)

Women whose mates have a hard time pushing their “button” may benefit from a 2001 invention that triggers orgasms at will, provided that its creator can find commercial interest in the device.

Via New Scientist:

Stuart Meloy, a surgeon at Piedmont Anesthesia and Pain Consultants in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, was investigating how the device could be used to treat woman who have difficulty achieving orgasm, but we reported in 2003 that volunteers for early tests were proving hard to find.

As of 2014, the massive media interest in the device has not translated into the $6 million that Meloy estimates would be needed to run a full trial.

Health insurers do not cover the cost of experimental treatments, and approval from regulators is needed to license the devices for treating a specific condition, such as sexual dysfunction. “Staging an FDA pivotal trial is a fairly expensive undertaking, and that takes money I don’t have right now,” Meloy says.

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CIA Declassifies New Portions of KUBARK Interrogation Manual

PIC: CIA (PD)

PIC: CIA (PD)

The last declassified release from the KUBARK interrogation manual occurred in 1997. If you’re wondering KUBARK is what the CIA calls itself, as well as being the name of a reasonably obscure comic book character.

Via Muckrock:

In the midst of controversy over the potential release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program, last month the CIA quietly released a newly declassified version of the infamous 1963 “KUBARK” interrogation manual. (Note: “KUBARK” was the CIA’s code name for itself.)

The new material adds greatly to our understanding of the CIA’s interrogation and torture history. This manual was first released to the Baltimore Sun in 1997 with heavy redactions, and received considerable coverage at the time. In subsequent years, the manual was cited as a harbinger if not model of U.S. torture during the Bush years. The National Security Archive posted the 1997 FOIA version of the manual online.

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Farmer, Advocate, and Author Joel Salatin On the Joe Rogan Experience

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Pic: Joe Rogan (C)

Advocate for healthy food and sustainable, ecologically-friendly agriculture Joel Salatin was a recent guest on the Joe Rogan Experience. You may know Salatin for his books Folks, This Ain’t Normal: A Farmer’s Advice for Happier Hens, Healthier People, and a Better World, The Sheer Ecstasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer, and Everything I Want To Do Is Illegal: War Stories From the Local Food Front.

Via JoeRogan.net
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Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophers

Pic: Existential Comics (C)

Pic: Existential Comics (C)

Courtesy of Existential comics (“A philosophy comic about the inevitable anguish of living a brief life in an absurd world. Also jokes.”) comes a tale of Dungeons & Dragons & Philosophers.

What happens when Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, Immanuel Kant, Michel Foucalt, and Jacques Derrida sit down for a game of D&D?  Well, lines like these:

“The orc-paladin relationship is nothing more than an oppressive power structure, which can be traced back to the medieval relationship between the priesthood and the lepers.”

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Thousands Who Attended Kings of Leon Concert Potentially Exposed to Measles

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Pic: Corentin Lamy (CC_

If you caught the Kings of Leon at their March 28 show in Seattle, then you may have picked up a souvenir: The Measles. A young woman who attended the concert has come down with the disease, and now the Washington State Department of Health is working to stop a potential outbreak before it starts. They’ve published the woman’s schedule online, so if you live in Seattle you might want to give it a look to see if you accidentally crossed paths with her at some point during that day.

HHHHYYYYYYEYEEAAAAAHHHHH YOUR SKIN IS ON FIIIRE….

Via NPR:

And that’s why the Washington State Department of Health has published the unidentified woman’s schedule online.

“The reason we’re doing this is that it’s so highly contagious,” says , who is chief of communicable disease control for Seattle and King County Public Health, which investigated the measles case. “It can stay in the air for hours after the contagious person has left.

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Star Trek Actress Narrates Film Promoting Idea That Sun Revolves Around Earth

I thought that we worked out this whole heliocentric solar system thing several hundred years ago, but apparently there are a few among us who were tardy to the party: Enter Kate Mulgrew and Robert Sungenis. (Hat tip: Doubtful News.)

Via Raw Story

A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth.

“Everything we think we know about our universe is wrong,” says actress Kate Mulgrew as she narrates the trailer for “The Principle.”

The film, which is set to be released sometime this spring, was bankrolled in part by the ultra-conservative and anti-Semitic Robert Sungenis, who maintains the blog “Galileo Was Wrong.”

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Japanese Revelers Celebrate the Penis This Month

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Pic: CC

It’s Kanamara Matsuri time in Japan – Huffington Post has a gallery of photos for your perusal… Via HuffPo:

Held this year on April 6, the festival is a celebration of the penis and fertility. People parade gigantic phallic-shaped mikoshi (portable Shinto shrines) down the streets during the event, as revelers suck on penis lollipops, buy penis-themed memorabilia and pose with sculptures in the shape of — you guessed it — penises.

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Short D*ck Man: Napoleon Confirmed To Have Had Tiny Penis

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Pic: (PD)

Rumors about Napoleon’s supposed teeny peeny have circulated for years. According to the Independent, the rumors are true, but how would they be able to tell unless it was somehow preserved at full salute? For that matter, are we even sure that this little guy belonged to Napoleon? Did it come with a certifi-dick of authenticity? Oh, speaking of famous phalli, Russian mystic Rasputin’s was supposedly a foot long. Click here for an NSFW pic of what is alleged to be his monster wang.

Via The Independent:

Poor Napoleon. Nearly two centuries after his death, it has been confirmed that the French military and political leader had a “very small” penis, measured at a modest one-and-a-half inches.

In what sounds like a very morbid, yet compelling, new Channel 4 series, Dead Famous DNA aims to find the remains of history’s most famous figures – from Hitler’s hair and Elvis’s DNA to Napoleon and his penis.

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FOIA Requests Reveal Al Sharpton’s Past As Paid Mafia Informant For The FBI

PIC: David Shankbone (CC)

PIC: David Shankbone (CC)

Reverend. Activist. Mafia snitch?

Via The Smoking Gun:

When friends and family members gathered recently at the White House for a private celebration of Michelle Obama’s 50th birthday, one of the invited partygoers was a former paid FBI Mafia informant.

That same man attended February’s state dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande. He was seated with his girlfriend at a table adjacent to President Barack Obama, who is likely unaware that, according to federal agents, his guest once interacted with members of four of New York City’s five organized crime families. He even secretly taped some of those wiseguys using a briefcase that FBI technicians outfitted with a recording device.

The high-profile Obama supporter was also on the dais atop the U.S. Capitol steps last year when the president was sworn in for a second term. He was seated in front of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two rows behind Beyonce and Jay Z, and about 20 feet from Eric Holder, the country’s top law enforcement officer.

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Pleasant Dreams? Not Inside This Blood and Guts Tent

It’s not made of real blood and gut, but Andrea Hasler’s amazing art piece “Matriarch” sure looks convincing, as does its companion piece “Next of Kin”. The two tents are actually made of wax, fiberglass, leather, and other materials. If you’re thinking that, in the words of Maude Lebowski, Hasler’s art is “strongly vaginal”, then you may be on to something. “Matriarch” and “Next of Kin” were made to honor the Women’s Peace Camp. You can watch a few “making of” features at Hasler’s website.

Pic: "Matriarch" (C) - Andrea Hasler.

Pic: “Matriarch” (C) – Andrea Hasler.

Via Neatorama:

Hasler, the Zurich, Switzerland-born and now London-based artist, was commissioned by New Greenham Arts to create a piece for Greenham Common in Berkshire, England. That site held the Women’s Peace Camp, which was made famous when 30,000 women joined hands around the perimeter of an American airbase to protest nuclear weapons being held there. Hasler explained that “Metaphorically, I am taking the notion of the tents which were on site during the Women’s Peace Camp, as the container for emotions, and ‘humanise’ these elements to create emotional surfaces.”

 

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