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I completely forgot about WTF Wednesday this week. Sorry, guys.

In my humble apologies, I offer a turtle eating a shrimp:

In other news, everyone has heard about the Bronx Zoo guy that jumped off the monorail into the tiger pit.

It was unclear from the initial reports whether he was suicidal, crazy, or on drugs. Detective reports now suggest crazy.

Associated Press:

Before his now-infamous tangle with a Bronx Zoo tiger, David Villalobos adorned his Facebook page with New Age odes to Mother Earth and affirmations like, “Be love and fearless.”

Police said Saturday that Villalobos had told detectives that it was without fear that he leaped from an elevated train into the animal’s den. His reason, they said, was that “he wanted to be one with the tiger.”

Also, I got a pingback on my last post from Alan.com, which is Alan Colmes’s blog. (You know, the liberal half of Blank and Hannity.) So that was pretty sweet. Thanks, Alan, or guy responsible for posting on his blog.

Categories: Weird News Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: alan colmes, alan.com, animals, bronx zoo, David Villalobos, news, tiger pit, turtle, turtle attack, weird news

Paul Krugman discusses the “dependent upon government” citizens that Romney refers to in the now viral Mother Jones video inside a private donor meeting:

Actually, if you look at the facts, you learn that the great bulk of those who pay no income tax pay other taxes; also, many of the people in the no-income-tax category are (a) elderly (b) students or (c) having a bad year, having lost a job — that is, they’re people who have paid income taxes in the past and/or will pay income taxes in the future.

↓By the way, I don’t control WordAds content, so I’m sorry if you get finance investment firm ads.

Categories: Economics, Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 47%, economics, election 2012, gop, Mitt Romney, mother jones, Paul Krugman, politics, taxes

The ethical problem with Bain in a nutshell.

There’s apparently a few ways of taking over a company. The most common ways of doing it with the intent to bankrupt it are a hostile takeover or buying off its executives.

Mitt Romney chose buying off the executives with bonuses.

In business deals called leveraged buyouts, Bain would borrow money to buy troubled companies and then force the companies to pay back Bain’s loans. By moving the loans plus interest payments onto the troubled companies’ already deficit-heavy banksheets, this formula guaranteed the failure of the companies.

The result: All the CEOs and Bain Capital profited on the way out, while the average worker lost his or her job.

This is what happened with Ampad, a pad and paper company bought by Bain in 1992. Bain paid $5 million upfront for the company and profited more than $100 million in debt and management fees before Ampad filed Chapter 11 in 2000 and was resold in 2003.

Randy Johnson, an Ampad factory worker affected by the takeover, once wrote Romney a handwritten letter asking him to intervene and save an Indiana factory. Romney wrote back him saying that he wanted to help but his lawyers advised him not to get involved.

Green and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital quotes Mitt Romney regarding Bain: “I insisted on having almost dictatorial powers.”

So much for a man who doesn’t want to get involved.

Categories: Politics or: the art of looking for trouble Tags: 2012, ampad, bain, Bain Capital, bankrupt, bribery, ceos, dictator, election, executives, Mitt Romney, randy johnson

Clantily Scad’s Comment of the Year Award, which I just made up even though the year isn’t over, goes to RM for his or her comment on my post “Pugs are Ugly Motherfuckers.”

RM:

I had to google “pugs are fucking ugly” just to see how many people shared my sentiments. Dishearteningly and unfathomably, it seems that people mostly refer to pugs as “cute”, or at worst “cute in an ugly way”.

I’m not sure whether the people are near blind, semi retarded or a combination of the two… But I am sure that pugs are the ugliest, nastiest, most grotesque and vile little balls of shit in the entire animal kingdom… And this is coming from a vegetarian who wouldn’t even hurt a fly. In fact, I have an easier time encompassing cockroaches into my circle of compassion than even attempting to scrape together an iota of love, or even tolerance for the horrific monstrosity that is the pug.

Now I’m not a completely cynical bastard, so I’ll try to end on a positive note. For a very, very brief time when pugs are puppies, there is the tiniest (and I mean tiniest) hint of cuteness in their faces. But as I said, this is only for an extremely brief time. The moment they age beyond 3 weeks, they start going downhill… Fast. It’s not long at all before they look like a cross between Gollum and a wart infested anus. Complete with a pair of absolutely terrifying, arse ugly, yet comically hilarious “googly eyeballs”.

Finally, as if their ghastly appearance wasn’t enough… Their habits are putrid. 99% of their wretched lives consist of making obnoxious, stomach turning slurping, grunting and snorting sounds.

Down with pugs. Foul beasts.

I need to go Youtube some Welsh Corgi videos to get those images of Pugs out of my head.

Congrats, RM! You win absolutely nothing except a nod of approval.

Categories: things that amuse me Tags: dogs, pug, puggle, pugs, ugly

Webcomic Wednesday, 45 minutes late for me. But still on time on the West Coast.

I work in a pharmacy.

I got my flu shot today. My arm is a little sore. My boss thought it was awesome that I didn’t wince and fist bumped me after it was done.

Some people claim they get sick after the shot, but these people are crazy and don’t understand how inactivated viruses work. Science is pretty.

Categories: Health Care, Webcomic Wednesday, What The Fuck Wednesday Tags: comic, flu season, flu vaccine, funny, immunization, medical jokes, pharmacy

New article of mine up on Suite101. Finally. It’s amazing how full-time jobs kill creative endeavors.

This article is a derivative of my post Planned Parenthood is a Pussy About Litigation, except less use of pussy puns and more statistical analysis:

“To put the risk of developing a blood clot from a birth control pill into perspective: The risk of blood clots is higher when using any birth control pills than not using them, but still remains lower than the risk of developing blood clots in pregnancy and in the postpartum period… For example: If 10,000 women who are not pregnant and do not use birth control pills are followed for one year, between 1 and 5 of these women will develop a blood clot.”

According to that statistic, the chance of a woman having a blot clot while not on the pill is between 0.0001% and 0.0005%. Hard figures for an increase in risk don’t exist because of conflicting data. But even if you multiply it by a conservative factor of seven, the risk remains well below 1 in 1,000.

Is it a statistically significant increase? If it were, wouldn’t the FDA simply recall the drug and pull it from pharmacy shelves?

Read more at Suite101: The Truth About Yaz (Drospirenone) Birth Control Dangers Suite101.com

The FDA report was actually like over 50 pages long, and had a lot of extraneous information about what birth control is. mostly the parts about the two FDA-funded studies, and there was info about seven other medical studies involving drospirenone. It was a long and tedious task. You’re welcome, women.

Categories: Suite101 Tags: birth control, blood clots, contraceptives, danger, drospirenone, DVT, lawsuit, the pill, VTE, Yasmin, Yaz

Jonathan Banks, better known as Mike the Hitman from Breaking Bad, plays an awkward teenage boy in this sometimes creepy and sometimes sexist period PSA from almost 40 years ago.

^screenshot creepy doctor, not Mike.

“I got my first period today.”

“So what’s the big deal?”

“It means that blood is flowing out of my uterus!”

“Oh.” Mike looks confused and disgusted.

Later, when swimming plans go awry do to a thunderstorm, Johnny (Mike) asks his girlfriend with all earnestness (10:16), “Do you think your period could be causing the rain?”

Hilarious video. Ah, high school in the 70s. Ah, Mike from Breaking Bad.

Fun fact:  Aaron Paul, otherwise known as Jesse Pinkman, was cast as that rebellious punk kid in 90s cereal commercials.

Categories: Pop-culture, things that amuse me Tags: 1974, Aaron Paul, blood, breaking bad, creepy, Jonathan Banks, menstruation, mike ehrmantraut, period, PSA, video, youtube