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Autumn Melange.

Happy Fall, everyone!

The best autumn song anywhere is from the infamous John Coltrane/Johnny Hartman album that reviewers described as “aural sex”.

The lyrics are lovely:

Through the trees comes autumn with her serenade.

Melodies the sweetest music ever played.

Autumn kisses we knew are beautiful souvenirs.

As I pause to recall the leaves seem to fall like tears.

Silver stars were clinging to an autumn sky.

Love was ours until October wandered by.

Let the years come and go,

I’ll still feel the glow that time can not fade

When I hear that lovely autumn serenade.

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Speaking of sex, wonkette has a review of a recent paper by University of Texas sociologist Mark Regnerus that claims that “liberal women are lustier”.

Yeah. So??

Wonkette makes mincemeat out of Rod Dreher’s reaction in The American Conservative:

He thinks this is some incredibly hot stuff, because Regnerus explains that for liberals, politics and sexxytimes have become inextricably intertwined:

“With regard to sex and sexuality in America, being politically liberal tends to mean valuing sexual expression as a good-in-itself, not only as a means to an end or contingent on the context (such as being in a relationship or being married). Talk of “sexual health” is also more common among them and typically takes acts of sexual expression for granted. In this perspective, it is a moral good to express one’s sexuality in actions of one’s own free choosing. Pleasure is reached for and should be. In keeping with this, liberal women are more than twice as likely as conservative women to report past-week and past-day masturbation.”

Gosh, He makes it sound like a *bad* thing.

Wait a sec, back up. What the heck does THIS mean?

“valuing sexual expression as a good-in-itself, not only as a means to an end or contingent on the context (such as being in a relationship or being married).”

What? Is Dreher suggesting that sex is a “good” that can be used as a “means to an end” in some transactional manner to acquire another “good” or “goods”, and that transfer of this good is “contingent” on the receipt of a distinctly identifiable pair bonding arrangement?

Isn’t that perilously close to saying that sex should be withheld until payment has been made in a manner not unlike prostitution? And then what? Because if it is, it completely negates the premise of Dreher’s next argument:

Even worse, liberal women have given up on God, and in fact are unable to even find any meaning in their children, because all they ever think about is sex, and maybe old Sparks songs. Dreher apparently was worried about too much blockquoting in a single brief article (honestly, the thing is virtually all text from Regnerus, plus Dreher exclaiming “I NORITE?”) so this time he photographed the passage he liked:

image: https://img.wonkette.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Regnerus-sanctifying-daily-life.jpg

If you don’t have God in your life, then of course the only substitute is orgasms, and that’s all you find meaning in, you empty, empty husks of people. Oh, sure, you may pretend you love your kids and careers and little kittens and find them fulfilling, but really, you’re just an orgasm addict.

Ultimately, the real reason young women are fucking so much more and enjoying it less is only partially that they’ve been seduced by the wiles of liberalism, but that they’ve lost God, their way, their virginity, and their own sense of special-ness. Really! The numbers can’t possibly lie.

In other words, we are all just empty hedonistic orgasm junkies who cannot transcend our meaningless existences.

Prostitution for attaining some societal/religious approval = good. Sex for love of your partner without transactional expectations = BAAAAD!! Bad, No biscuit for you!!

Stop laughing, these people are serious.

This is not the post to go into a discussion about the merits of valuing and cherishing your existence, and that of your partner for the precious and fleeting things that they are, vs playing by some arbitrary rules in the hopes of making it to some inconclusive afterlife. Anyway, you certainly do not need to believe in god for the former and there is no guarantee of transcendent fulfillment with the latter, just ask your average Mormon housewife. But that is the argument that Dreher is trying to make.

Read the whole thing but don’t bother with the paper. It’s just stating the obvious. Liberal women are hot and conservative women …?

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Speaking of papers, Derek Lowe of In the Pipeline wrote a post about a paper studying the evolution of molecules. That’s like the missing link of natural selection. How did all those elements form DNA and proteins, Miss Smartypants drug designer, can you answer me that?? No, no, you can’t. Therefore, god did a Samantha Stevens nose twitch and magicked Adam and Eve into existence. See?? You can’t prove ANYTHING!!

I’ve given up trying to explain evolution to the thought stopped.

But that hasn’t stopped Derek from giving it a try:

That’s a pretty hard question to answer, since we’re looking at a billion years of evolutionary tinkering, driven by all sorts of random craziness and a willingness to run with anything at all that works. But here’s a new paper from a team at the University of Chicago that tries to address the question empirically. They’d previously worked out a plausible sequence for the ancestral steroid receptor, from whence all the others have descended. It’s selective for the estrogen-response-element in DNA, so that was the original mode of action. Way back when, three particular mutations in the DNA recognition region of the protein sent some of them down the track for selectivity to the steroid-response-element (including androgen response elements and others), which is still the major divide in the mechanistic details of the whole family.

In this paper, the group systematically examines mutations at those three key sites (and one adjacent one that also varies in the superfamily). A library of all 160,000 mutants was prepared, and they used yeast fluorescent reporter assays to figure out the DNA binding and transcriptional competency of the whole shebang. As an aside, I really love modern molecular biology and chemical biology, because you can actually do experiments like this – just make every single one of the mutant proteins, test them all, sequence the ones that you find interesting, and nail down the answer. It’s not easy, and it’s not an afternoon’s work, but I well remember the days when a proposal like this would have been considered dangerously wasteful and stupid.

Actually, he’s preaching to the converted. He gives a pretty good overview of the paper but if you’re so inclined you can read the paper in Nature!

Oh wait, no you can’t. Because it’s behind a pay wall and they aren’t letting you read anything beyond the abstract for less than $199 for the subscription to Nature. It used to be you could read a single paper for some highway robbery price ($33/copy, IIRC). But they’ve gotten even more reclusive and demanding these days.

Of course, you could read the pirated version at some Russian journal aggregation site. You *COULD* but it would be wrong. Not cardinal sin wrong, like watching Pornhub on your phone, but someone might have to say a few Hail Marys to get you out of purgatory.

You have been warned.

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Pm317 pointed me to a new podcast from Preet Bharara called Stay Tuned! Bharara was the NY Attorney General who was unceremoniously fired by President Dotard Trump for doing his job.

I already subscribed because I am a podcast junkie. {{hanging head in shame}}. I can stop whenever I want.

I just don’t want.

His first episode has just been posted. Let’s give him a listen, shall we?

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19 Responses

  1. Why do these pinheads think we scream out “Oh God, Oh God” at the big moment?
    Obviously, a poor substitute for religious devotion.
    Kidding.

    • 😈

      • It doesn’t? I’m toast-literally.

        • God doesn’t have an ego like we talking apes do, so I reckon S/He’s more concerned about how you treat other people.

          Also, I think the justice of God is redemptive, so nobody gets toasted.

          However, a genuinely loving and forgiving God is useless for frightening exploited subordinate humans into obedience to an unrighteous social order, so once the Roman authorities decided on the “If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” strategy–you can guess the rest.

  2. Speaking of Wonkette, if you happen to wander into the threads and find some smart@$$ K’rupt Duopolist Hillary-huggin’ mainstream librul calling himself “amrak63” and sportin’ Smilin’ George Takei in his avatar–c’est moi. :mrgreen:

  3. Happy Autumn!

    Ushio naps on mommy Nagisa’s lap.

  4. Loved the music; I may have to buy the CD.
    I always thought I hated Coltrane (screech, screech) but sure liked this and who doesn’t like aural sex?

    • Omg, sue, it is music to petite morte to. Make sure you have a partner, chocolate, whiskey, lingerie abs plenty of time on your hands. You won’t regret it, that’s all I’m sayin’.

  5. As I have been saying, bad timing (and whose side is he on?). Something fishy about this Bernie fucker.

    Thread because she says it much better than I do. Cancel the fucking CNN townhall on Monday.

  6. Apparently that great statesman Clooney has spoken and said Hillary never elevated her game during the campaign. Bastard! It is all a game to you and your ilk, isn’t it? How did the buffoon elevate his game? Did the media elevate their game for the good of the country? Governing is not a game, you fucking rich morons. It is about everyday struggle, life and death for many. This is not a sport!

    • The only thing anybody is allowed to say is that she had much too much to contend with unlike any other election in this country. The most egregious of which is the foreign adversaries influencing the election and to the detriment of the country’s sovereignty.

  7. Excellent Redit Q and A on Facebook and the dangers it brings (remember Franklin Foer’s article RD linked a whle back) with a guy who says he had a contemporaneous Facebook application and sued Zuckerberg for trademark infringement. I didn’t read the suit and settlement information but going through the Q&A, this guy seems sensible. He is voicing many of the objections I have had to Facebook from its inception (I am a computer scientist by trade and this application drove me nuts from the beginning).

    • Funny, I can’t stand FaceBook. And I confess that the interface baffles me. Srsly, I don’t get the whole wall… thingy.

      Is it just me?

      Anyway, I think it’s a kludge but some of my relatives just love it.

      But the fake news thing? I saw that coming from a mile away. In fact, I’m pretty sure I put a warning about that in a couple of posts, that I neglected to add tags to.
      My bad.

      • I shun all of the Social Disease Media, especially Fartbook.

      • It is all about creating a fake (fantasy) world for yourself. You can’t honestly have any differing opinions because you may become ‘unpopular’, left without any ‘friends’, God forbid. The main incentive is to ingratiate yourself while luring (at least trying) others to ingratiate with you. It is tailor made for fake news and authoritarianism as we have come to find out in 2016.

        And it is a kludge as you say, the interface is so stupid as computer applications go that of course, it is made for computer illiterates.

      • Oh, speaking of interface, when I look at some public FB pages, they cover up have the page display with their ‘if you are not a member sign in’ thing. Who does that, obscure half the screen with that?

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