It’s long been taboo to discuss politics in the workplace, and as the national atmosphere becomes more politically charged, arguments have grown both for and against bringing political discussions to professional settings. The Onion looks at the pros and cons of talking politics at work. … [Read more...] about Pros And Cons Of Talking Politics At Work
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It can’t look like Frank’s idea. The congressional leadership has to be on board, so his first choice is a pro-gun senator from the crucial swing state of Ohio. Right from the start, however, Frank and Claire are working behind the scenes to torpedo Senator Austen’s candidacy. Word leaks out early when Claire conveniently marches Kate Baldwin past the open-door meeting Frank is holding with Austen, alerting NRA shill Julia to the potential conflict. Once Austen is aboard, Frank backtracks on his promise that the senator won’t have to publicly support Claire’s background check legislation. Julia threatens to pull her organization’s substantial financial backing, and Austen is forced to drop out. One potential obstacle to the Underwoods’ plan is out of the way, but they’re just getting started. … [Read more...] about The Underwoods’ long con hits a snag on
If everyone lost their sex drives in the Victorian era, it seems this would have been awfully convenient. One’s biological functions would suddenly reinforce their social functions. Women and men would probably have had a much easier time fulfilling the expectations associated with their gender, as repressed and boring as those expectations might have been. Sexual desire and desirability are understood quite differently today, and it’s also interesting to think of how they relate to social expectations associated with being a “real” man or woman. Masculinity is closely tied to one’s virility and interest in sexual gratification, while femininity is linked with one’s sexual desirability or sexiness. How much of this is biologically based? I would say probably not much. To be feminine or masculine—appropriately—is again based on social expectations. If the biological sex drive were to disappear overnight, then, I don’t imagine things … [Read more...] about What Would Happen If Everyone in the World Lost Their Sex Drive?
“You know, coming down from hormones, and drugs, and your hopes, and what you want, and the things you thought were going to happen, and then getting that call ... on principle, [my husband] was like, ‘We’ll find the money. We can do this again, if that’s what you want.’ And I’m like, ‘On principle, I don’t even know if that is what I want.’ It made me really question the whole process of childhood and motherhood to begin with. For instance, I didn’t even know all these women do have miscarriages. Like, nobody even told me that they were so prevalent.” … [Read more...] about Fertility Issues Are More Common Than We Think. Why Haven’t We Learned How to Talk About It?
Lindsay: A Radio Play Trust The Butler What if the horrific turn of events that happened to Lindsay Lohan after the release of The Parent Trap was because Lindsay wasn’t really Lindsay at all? Lindsay: A Radio Play is the never-before-heard behind-the-scenes (and completely dramatized) saga of filming this beloved and often maligned remake and the offset drama between “twins” Sydney and Lindsay Lohan. This bonkers film noir follows Marzipan, a stoner with questionable boundaries, as she becomes extra security for the twins when terrifying letters threatening Lindsay (and maybe Sydney) begin appearing on set. The letters take a dark turn in this episode, and a catastrophic bucket accident (not an accident) sends Sydney to the hospital. Hiding in the isolation cabin, Marzipan concocts a madcap plan to entrap the killer, confident that the threats will stop. Maybe there is a murder. Maybe art imitates life and one twin takes the place of another. Who could say? … [Read more...] about Spirits
How to Set It Up: First, you'll need to buy an IR receiver. I just used the eHome USB receiver that came with an MCE remote and tossed the remote, because it works out of the box with Windows. Then, you'll need to grab your software. Windows users will need EventGhost, which can detect button presses from your remote and let you assign them to any action you want, whether it's a keystroke, an XBMC-specific action, or something else. Linux users, on the other hand, will need to install and set up LIRC, a command line program that lets you assign actions to button presses on your remote and even has support for a few popular remotes built-in. Check out our guide to setting up LIRC for more info. … [Read more...] about The Remote Control Conundrum: How to Choose the Right Remote for Your Home Theater PC