RadioLab: Infective Heredity…

Date: October 17, 2018

01) Infective Heredity

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“Today, a fast moving, sidestepping, gene-swapping free-for-all that would’ve made Darwin’s head spin.

David Quammen tells us about a shocking way that life can evolve – infective heredity. To figure it all out we go back to the earliest versions of life, and we revisit an earlier version of Radiolab. After reckoning with a scientific icon, we find ourselves in a tangle of genes that sheds new light on peppered moths, drug-resistant bugs, and a key moment in the evolution of life when mammals went a little viral.

Check out David Quammen’s book
The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life

I Stopped Believing In God After Pastoring A Megachurch…


Date: October 17, 2018

01) I Stopped Believing In God After Pastoring A Megachurch

“With the release of her new book, “The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen” Grammy nominated artist Lisa Gungor goes deep on family, church, and being pushed out of the world she knew so well.

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Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump’s Bluff…

Date: October 16, 2018

01) Elizabeth Warren Calls Trump’s Bluff

“Elizabeth Warren got tired of Trump insulting her heritage.

At a July 5 rally in Montana, President Trump went on a lengthy rant about one of his favorite targets: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and her claim to Native American ancestry.

Even then, Warren was rumored to be a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2020. Trump, with glee, told the rally crowd he looked forward to making Warren “prove” her Native American heritage on the debate stage if the two were to square off.

“I’m going to get one of those little [DNA testing] kits and in the middle of the debate, when she proclaims she’s of Indian heritage…,” Trump said. “And we will say, ‘I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian.’ ”

The crowd cheered.

“And let’s see what she does,” Trump continued. “I have a feeling she will say no, but we’ll hold that for the debates. Do me a favor. Keep it within this room?”


Men Who Have More Sex Have a Lower Risk of Heart Attacks…


Date: October 15, 2018

01) Men Who Have More Sex Have a Lower Risk of Heart Attacks

“Scientists have found that sex seems to be good for us in many ways. For example, sexual activity has stress-relieving properties: when couples in a good quality relationship have sex on one day, they report feeling less stressed the next day. Moreover, having sex increases people’s sense of meaning in life and leads to a boost in positive mood states. Beyond these psychological effects, some research suggests that having frequent sex might also have benefits for your heart health.

In a longitudinal study of 1,165 men aged 40-70, researchers looked at how frequency of sexual activity was linked to rates of cardiovascular disease. Participants health status was tracked for an average of 16 years.

What they found was that men who had sex more often had a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease later on. Specifically, those who had sex once per month or less were 45% more likely to develop cardiovascular problems than those who had sex 2-3 times per week or more.”

If only I had a cute, little lover boy…

…This is just another example, of how sex greatly improves our lives…while absence of sex, greatly impoverishes our lives.

Such a human tragedy, that I cannot pass on this great boon to life and health, to a deserving boy in my life.


Senator Warren, mocked by Trump as ‘Pocahontas,’ says DNA test backs her ancestry…

Date: October 15, 2018

01) Senator Warren, mocked by Trump as ‘Pocahontas,’ says DNA test backs her ancestry

“WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, ridiculed by U.S. President Donald Trump as “Pocahontas” for claiming Native American heritage, hit back on Monday with DNA evidence she said supported her assertion, a possible preview of a bare-knuckles presidential campaign in 2020.

The Massachusetts lawmaker, known as a liberal firebrand in her party, said last month she would take a “hard look” at running for the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Trump in 2020. She and Trump clashed frequently through the 2016 presidential campaign and Trump has cast aspersions on her claim to Native American ancestry.

“When I decided to run for Senate in 2012, I never thought that my family’s Native American heritage would come under attack and my dead parents would be called liars,” she said in a statement on Monday.

“And I never expected the president of the United States to use my family’s story as a racist political joke,” she said.

Trump taunted Warren over the issue at a July rally in Montana.

“I will give you a million dollars to your favorite charity, paid for by Trump, if you take the test and it shows you’re an Indian,” he said. “I have a feeling she will say ‘no.’”

Warren reminded the president on Monday of his promise. “Please send the check to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center,” she said on Twitter.

When asked about the DNA test, Trump said: “Who cares?” Then he denied making the comment, as he left Washington to visit hurricane-stricken areas in Florida and Georgia.

Warren provided the DNA test results in a statement, showing the lineage goes back six to 10 generations.”

My great grandmother was a full blooded Native American…I would tell you the nation [or, nations, as it was two consolidated nations on one reservation]…but, that’s a bit too easy to search…and pin me down to a geographical area.

I am one eighth Native American…

I never knew my great grandmother [the full blood]…nor her son, who was my grandfather…I only knew his children…my father, his brothers and sisters.

Lots of people know their great grandparents…but this was a very old, wide spanning family…This set of great grandparents did their living during the 1800’s, into the early 1900’s…They were gone many decades before I was born…not even my dad, aunts and uncles directly knew them.

So…my own Native American heritage is kind of severed…despite that it’s not very far back, in generations.

I’ve never been to any official tribal doings…and I’m not entirely sure how welcome I’d be…

…Though I tend to get along quite well, with other Native Americans I regularly happen across, who don’t live on one of the reservations.

I don’t get what the ruckus is…

…Maybe Warrens heritage shouldn’t be the spectacle it has become…but, still…I don’t see any justification in mocking her over it.

7 Men Share What They Don’t Understand About Consent & Experts Answer Their Questions…

Date: October 15, 2018

01) 7 Men Share What They Don’t Understand About Consent & Experts Answer Their Questions

“The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN), defines consent as “an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity.” However, the definition goes on to state that there are “many, many ways to give consent,” and that while consent “doesn’t have to be verbal, verbally agreeing to different sexual activities” can help sexual partners to set boundaries. Additionally, Planned Parenthood defines consent as “when a person freely agrees to something,” but then goes on to further define the term as a “a clear, happy, excited ‘yes!'” Most notably, what these definitions do not encompass are the complexities of giving and receiving communicating consent — the gray areas.

In an episode of VICE’s HBO Special Report, which aired on Sept. 29, 2018 and is aptly named “Consent,” sexologist and sexpert Michelle Hope spoke with a panel of millennials about the gray areas. Hope read out a sexual scenario and each panelist stated whether on not they considered the act to be consensual. A particular scenario, which painted a woman performing oral sex on a man — whom she had met and had sex with the night before — while he was sleeping, caused a stir amongst panelists and audience members alike. Was their interaction consensual? A disagreement arose in the room, the tension palpable. One thing grew clear: defining consent does not provide a one-size-fits all solution for giving consent in real-life circumstances. But why is it so confusing to understand?

In recent weeks, there has been an outpouring of discussion among American women about consent, what it means to give it, to not give it, to be ignored, and to have your agency for consent taken away. Our society teaches women from a young age about giving their consent, but it does not place the same responsibility on teaching men how to properly ask for it.”

There is to much covered here, for me to be thorough…but let me talk about one issue, anyway…

Is it okay to suck/lick/kiss someone on their body, as they sleep?…

…This varies with the individual.

Some people are extremely happy to experience sexual contact, and they are open to it at nearly any opportunity…plus, they want their partner to be happy…

…These sorts of people can have a standing understanding of open consent…as in, their partner is welcome to physically move in, at their own discretion…or at will…and they will normally be receptive to it.

You can also have people who don’t want that going on, while they are unconscious…

This is all a “well…duh!”, kind of thing…

…But it cant be underappreciated…that the primary factor rests in your partners sexual swagger…and their sexual sensibilities…

It’s most important to know these things about your partner…

When you do…you have an understanding of what is okay.

“Society has groomed both men and women, not to talk appropriately about sex.”


…Of course, you cannot leave out children and youth…because that is where the anti-sexual grooming begins…That is where society first drops the ball.

If they aren’t talking about and approaching sex accurately and respectfully as adults…they weren’t doing it as children and youth, either…That foundation was never set.

This is one reason of many, why you cannot treat children and youth as if they were alien from sex…it comes back to haunt us, later.

Affirmative Consent Policies:

…aka…verbalizing permission for every single advancement of the encounter…can I kiss you?…can I touch you there?…can I take off that?…can I lick you there?…etc, etc…

These are discussions one should have, prior to starting a sexual encounter…or sexual relationship.

People can establish even non-verbal cues, to communicate acceptance or rejection.

Halloween Costume Adult Walking Dinosaur Suit…


Date: October 15, 2018

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