Various articles that have kept me entertained/sane today. Ugh, and boy, did I ever need entertainment/sanity – don’t ask. Suffice to say, my desk at work was in serious jeopardy of suffering a similar fate to the one at home.
- 2nd wavers attack (or at least challenge the 3rd wave embrace of) Gardasil, aka the HPV vaccine. FYI non-Canooks: The ZOMG CORPORATE GUINEA PIGS!!!1 scaremongering tactic is VERY much en vogue atm here in Canada, much to the consternation of some Canadian health officials (Canada’s Chief Health Officer was moved to write a letter to Macleans in which he expressed his objection to the ‘fetch-the-fainting-couch’ tone of its Gardasil article). Not to say that traditional hysteria isn’t also being peddled.
- Elizabeth Sullivan looks at the disturbingly bourgeois bona fides of the typical Islamic radical (less likely to be a Kalashnikov-wielding, terror-camp trained firebrand than a parent’s-basement-residing, acne-scarred LARPer wearing expensive Nikes.) Related: Olivier Roy addresses the enigma of middle class Muslim radicalism in Europe. His conclusion: contemporary Islamic fundamentalism (or ‘neofundamentalism’) is “a consequence of the globalization and Westernization of Islam”.
- Porno-riffic sexpert Susie Bright muses on Larry Craig and the Cuckquean wife.
- Britters, Avril and any other other young, blonde pop starlets with a penchant for low-slung trousers better not visit Mansfield, LA anytime soon (*ahem*).
And in honour of the weekend:
Happy Friday, y’all.