Is Vladimir Gonna Have to Choke a Bitch?

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Details here.

Another of these women who would probably look OK if she put on a blouse and changed her attitude.

Original meme here.

Cossacks seem to have a particular dislike of Femen women. They were also involved in this:

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Is penis envy real?

Someone came here by searching on “penis envy is real”.

I don’t know, is it?

It would be nice to get the views of women in comments here. Only they know.

I always assumed it was a bit of a “myth”, but some women do say they have it.

So, ladies, what is the truth?

Bird egg shells and ultraviolet light

This article suggests that bird eggs in low ultraviolet environments will be “immaculate” and “white” to allow enough UV light through for normal development. However the large flightless cassowaries lay their eggs in leaf litter in rainforests where ultraviolet light levels will be very low; and they are coloured:

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The article mentions measuring the flux of UV light through egg shells of different species. Somebody needs to do this for rainforest bird eggs like the cassowary.

I do not have pictures of Sean Young naked

I used to have one, but I don’t now.

Anyway, you would be disappointed.

People keep arriving here having searched on “Sean Young naked”.

I do have this utterly fascinating article on the sexual politics of her movie Blade Runner.

Mark Remond thinks women are “intellectually … superior to men”

Mark Remond writes that women are “intellectually … superior to men” and should be obeyed by their spouses.

I suppose we have all the evidence of women dominating in science, maths, philosophy, engineering, over so many generations.

And women are so inventive. Men are only responsible for something like 99% of inventions.

Thank goodness that women invented the Internet so that Mark could give us the benefit of his opinions.

The “tiny” forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs

A Note on the Function of the Forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs
by Dr Julian O’Dea

O’Dea, J.D. (2014). A Note on the Function of the Forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs, Calodema, 332: 1.

Abstract: It is proposed that the forelimbs of tyrannosaurs were feathered and used in social displays

Comments and Discussion

The relatively tiny forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs such as T. rex have long been a source of puzzlement and even popular amusement.

That such a huge and powerful creature should have such comparatively tiny limbs has led to suggestions that they were in some sense vestigial, although other suggestions have been mooted, such as that they were useful in grappling with prey.

In recent times, the possibility that Tyrannosaurs could have had some degree of feathered covering has started to enter the mainstream, and it is common these days to see them depicted in reconstructions as bearing feathers, including on the forelimbs.

Recently it occurred independently to me, and to a person calling himself “Grendel’s Father” on an online dinosaur discussion forum, that feathered forelimbs on T. rex and similar species could have been used in social signalling:

“If the arms of large tyrannosaurids bore display feathers of some kind, this could partially explain the paradoxical small size plus heavy musculature (perhaps employed in some kind of flapping display?).”

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The evidence is that the T. rex forearm was able to bear loads of perhaps 200 kg but had a limited range of motion, perhaps 45 degrees. It seems likely that even well-feathered forearms could be held out or even moved in a flapping motion to effect social signalling, perhaps as a sexual or threat display.

Some modern bird species are known to use wing flapping as a social signal, for example the swamp swallow (Melospiza georgiana).

If the forelimbs of Tyrannosaurs were feathered, they would of course have been more substantial in life (in an analogous way to a bird’s wing) than they are depicted in traditional reconstructions.

END OF PUBLICATION

A recent reconstruction of a Tyrannosaur with feathers on its forelimbs:

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Breeding beautiful people

This peculiar article, (h/t Bob Wallace) which I have trouble believing is serious, claims that red-headed people are now so derided in the West that many of them desperately seek out radical Islam.

I must say that this mockery of red-headed or ginger people seems to have become far worse since I was a child. In fact, I think it is relatively mild here in Australia, where we even have a friendly colloquial nickname for the red-headed man (“Blue”). Personally, I have always admired many red-headed women. Surely nobody has a problem with this girl’s appearance?

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Also, “Titian hair” has generally been admired.

My suspicion is that people, being no longer able to directly mock racial and ethnic targets, have turned their human propensity for hatred of outsiders onto a small genetic minority, “gingers”. And since “gingers” are mostly north-west Europeans, there is probably some anti-white animus behind it too.

One remark in particular at Bob Wallace’s site struck me as interesting and worth quoting: “Some scientists think it’s genetic: they say we’re wired to be attracted to rich genetic mixes – hence, perhaps, the near-universal attractiveness of Italians and Spaniards. The relative genetic purity of ginger-haired people – too much of anything else and the recessive gene won’t assert itself – isn’t what we’re programmed to appreciate.”

To which I can only say, hmmmm … I am not sure about the “recessive gene” point, however one thing I have noticed is that a lot of very good-looking people seem to be of mixed Irish and Italian heritage. It is as if the firm heaviness of the Irish face adds a bit of definition to the languid curves of the Italian. I include men in this. John Travolta is of this background:

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The “faces” of average women around the world include these (note the Irish and Italian; the Irish a little too firm, the Italian a little too soft?):

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Carla Gugino, of Italian, Irish and English descent:

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