Archive for November, 2006
about 10 minutes ago, my dad sent me a link to an article with the headline “Women talk three times as much as men, says study.” as i skimmed through the article, i chuckled at the opening paragraphs;
It is something one half of the population has long suspected – and the other half always vocally denied. Women really do talk more than men.
In fact, women talk almost three times as much as men, with the average woman chalking up 20,000 words in a day – 13,000 more than the average man.
i actually laughed out loud at these bits:
Women also speak more quickly, devote more brainpower to chit-chat – and actually get a buzz out of hearing their own voices, a new book suggests.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high.
good times, good times… who doesn’t enjoy a little gender rivalry? just as i was about to close the article, something caught my eye (emphasis added);
Dr Brizendine, a self-proclaimed feminist, says the differences can be traced back to the womb, where the sex hormone testosterone moulds the developing male brain.
wait, the person proliferating this fun little finding is a feminist? that doesn’t seem right… what’s going on here? a-ha!
The areas responsible for communication, emotion and memory are all pared back the unborn baby boy.
The result is that boys – and men – chat less than their female counterparts and struggle to express their emotions to the same extent.
“Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road,” said Dr Brizendine, who runs a female “mood and hormone” clinic in San Francisco.
i get it now, lure us in with a funny, email-friendly headline and then smack us in the face with your thinly veiled anti-male diatribe. Dr Feminazi continues;
There are, however, advantages to being the strong, silent type. Dr Brizendine explains that testosterone also reduces the size of the section of the brain involved in hearing – allowing men to become “deaf” to the most logical of arguments put forward by their wives and girlfriends.
But what the male brain may lack in converstation and emotion, they more than make up with in their ability to think about sex.
Dr Brizendine says the brain’s “sex processor” – the areas responsible for sexual thoughts – is twice as big as in men than in women, perhaps explaining why men are stereotyped as having sex on the mind.
wow. before we get to the part where i say what i think, let me remind you of what the important things are here are davehayes.org;
race cars, rock ‘n’ roll and things that go boom? check. keeping that in mind, let us continue.
now, i know that there has been a mass wussification of the men in this country as evidenced by the rise of the metrosexual, pervasion of increasingly feminine men in media (queer eye??) and a literal drop in testosterone levels of the male population. not to mention the demonization of father figures be it the bumbling idiot sitcom dad or the embarrassingly helpless husband in seemingly every advertisement we come across. daddy can’t cook, daddy can’t clean, daddy can’t discipline the child, daddy can’t control himself in best buy, daddy runs in circles holding a baby at arm’s length. possibly worst of all, daddy can’t express his feelings.
when the heck did it become wrong to be a man?
you know what, i’m going to say this. label my a misogynist, label me a chauvinist… i don’t care, it needs to be said to counteract the kind of insanity that’s becoming commonplace these days.
i submit that men, with their supposed backwoods brains unable to express emotions and crippled by a preoccupation with sex, are not the flawed gender. nay, women are the flawed gender. their inability to suppress emotions is what hinders their ability to engage in rational, cognitive thought and ultimately trivialized them in the workplace for so long. only now they’ve gayed the whole thing up enough that no one notices anymore. well, i notice. emotions are ultimately not useful when things need to get done. things need to be bought, sold, built and blown up. emotions, hissy fits, stomping, crying and whining do not get things done. men get things done. at least, they used to.
and where do you think your precious babies, the objects of your endless coo-cooing and coddling come from? the babies that you will pamper and protect and put in a no-score soccer league so they can grow up and be the spineless, non-competitive, limp-wristed, emasculated, emotional, fashionable and ultimately useless excuse for a man that you want me to be? that’s right, they come from us. without men and our stereotypical sex-crazed mindset, you wouldn’t have any children to ruin. left to yourselves and your underdeveloped (and frankly inadequate) sex drives, the human race would cease to exist in 2 generations, max. like i was saying, men get stuff done.
and how interesting, dr brizendine, that your research happens to substantiate the oldest complaint from a woman to a man that i can remember… you don’t listen to me! well you’re right, i don’t listen to you. maybe if you didn’t talk so much… seriously, through all your nagging and whining and feminist BS propaganda, all i hear is, “i’m useless in the real world!” you want to be taken seriously in the workplace? you want to be treated as an equal by your significant other? i have some advice for you: start acting the part. don’t cry when the police pull you over. don’t cry when you’re having a bad day at work. don’t cry when i tell you the honest-to-God truth when answering a question you asked me. don’t call your mom every time something doesn’t go your way. learn to work with people you don’t like, let little things go and punch someone in the nose when it needs to be done. don’t try to pull the playing field down to your level, rise to meet it. then maybe i’ll be able to take you seriously. until then, bugger off, i’ve got things to do.
GCN July 13, 1998
Software glitches leave Navy Smart Ship dead in the water
By Gregory Slabodkin GCN Staff
The Navy’s Smart Ship technology may not be as smart as the service contends.
Although PCs have reduced workloads for sailors aboard the Aegis missile cruiser USS Yorktown, software glitches resulted in system failures and crippled ship operations, according to Navy officials.
Navy brass have called the Yorktown Smart Ship pilot a success in reducing manpower, maintenance and costs. The Navy began running shipboard applications under Microsoft Windows NT so that fewer sailors would be needed to control key ship functions.
But the Navy last fall learned a difficult lesson about automation: The very information technology on which the ships depend also makes them vulnerable. The Yorktown last September suffered a systems failure when bad data was fed into its computers during maneuvers off the coast of Cape Charles, Va.
The ship had to be towed into the Naval base at Norfolk, Va., because a database overflow caused its propulsion system to fail, according to Anthony DiGiorgio, a civilian engineer with the Atlantic Fleet Technical Support Center in Norfolk.