Monthly Archives: August 2011

Gay Men | Gay Life

As Irene, the first major hurricane of the 2011 season, leaves her mark on New York and the northeast, Westboro Baptist Church warns the nation once again to “obey or perish.”

If for a moment we suspend any intelligent though and, just for a moment believe that God punishes groups of people by the used of weather. Take a look at Topeka, KS where Westboro Baptist church is located.

The May 1903 Flood
The Winter of 1911-1912
The 1930s Drought and Heat
The July 1951 Flood
The June 8, 1966 Tornado
The Heat Wave and Drought of the 1980 Summer
The Extreme Cold of December 1983
The March 18, 1984 Ice Storm
The July 1993 Flood

Some 20th Century Topeka Weather Extremes
Highest Temperature…114 F (7/24/1936)
Lowest Temperature…-26 F (12/23/1989)
Longest Stretch of 100 F or more…19 days (8/9-27/1936)
Most 100 F or hotter days per year…59 (1936)
Longest Stretch of 0 F or colder…95 hours (12/21-25/1983)

Wettest Year…1973 (60.89 in.)
Driest Year…1963 (19.07 in.)
Wettest Day…March 15, 1919 (5.23 in.)
Wettest Month…June 1967 (15.20 in.)

Most Snow in a Winter Season…47.9 in. (1911-1912)
Least Snow in a Winter Season…2.9 in. (1994-1995)
Most Snow in a Day…17.3 in. (2/27/1900)
Earliest Measurable Snowfall…October 9, 1970 (0.8 in.)
Latest Measurable Snowfall…May 3, 1907 (3.2 in.)

Highest Wind Gust…120 MPH (7/21/1904)

Does no sound like Eden to me.

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Meet Gay Couples – Body Image Pressures on Gay Men – Body | Mind | Soul, by John Ballew

Research shows that gay men don’t like their bodies very much. That might seem surprising, given the amount of time many of us spend at the gym. We probably devote more time and effort to cultivating our physical selves than any other demographic group. Just the same, research indicates that straight men like their bodies most, followed by gay women; straight women like their bodies less than these first two. The group that likes their physical appearance the least is gay men.

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The Illusions of Psychiatry by Marcia Angell | The New York Review of Books


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Mimi Sarkisian, Louise Fletcher, and Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, 1975

In my article in the last issue, I focused mainly on the recent books by psychologist Irving Kirsch and journalist Robert Whitaker, and what they tell us about the epidemic of mental illness and the drugs used to treat it.1 Here I discuss the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)

The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why? by Marcia Angell | The New York Review of Books


An advertisement for Prozac, from The American Journal of Psychiatry, 1995

It seems that Americans are in the midst of a raging epidemic of mental illness, at least as judged by the increase in the numbers treated for it. The tally of those who are so disabled by mental disorders that they qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) increased nearly two and a half times between 1987 and 2007