Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Smoking Makes You Gay; Oregon Baker No Gay Cakes; E-books Rise

Smoking Makes You Gay

I figured this would happen sooner or later. I only wish I'd posted about it so I could link back now. It seems some genius in Amsterdam did another brilliant "study" and is claiming, according to "research says," women who smoke are more likely to give birth to gay children. Actually, he claims it's lesbians, if there are amphetamines involved, too.

Dick Swaab, professor of neurobiology at Amsterdam Biology, claims a woman’s lifestyle while pregnant can have an impact on the development of their babies.

He suggested if they live a stressful life, take drugs, drink or smoke can lower a child’s IQ and ‘influence’ the sexuality.

He also claims stress can do this, and even better, men with older brothers are more likely to be gay.

You can read more here.

My mom never smoked, and was never placed in situations where she was exposed to cigarette smokers for any length of time. There are four siblings in my family: three brothers, one sister. The sister is straight, two brothers are gay. And the youngest brother is straight. My mom also never smoked, drank, or took illegal drugs but has been diagnosed with cancer three times.

I guess now they can some up with yet another way to tax cigarettes based on this Dick study.


Oregon Baker No Gay Cakes

Update: The state of Oregon has determined Sweet Cakes by Melissa's policy was illegal. A local newspaper placed cake orders for events that were far from religious and the owner of the bakery accepted them all, one of which included a cake for a celebration of some kind of pagan ritual. You can read it in full, here. The fact that this bakery would take orders for things that obviously should have gone against their religious beliefs, but turned down a gay wedding cake, is as sad as it is amusing.

I've posted about establishments that refused to make wedding cakes for gay couples, here, or have refused their services to gay couples. And there's another winner in Oregon who is following the same pattern. This one is really using religion and spirituality to promote discrimination and hate, and according to this link she's been open about it on Facebook.

In her latest Facebook post, Melissa Klein thanked supporters for their prayers and wrote: 'I feel such a peace with all of this that is going on. Even though there are days that are hard and times of struggle we still feel that the Lord is in this. It is His fight and our situation is in His hands.'
 
 
The two women who were refused their services have filed a complaint, the state checked it out, and they are all going to settlement talks.
 
The baker thinks her religious freedom is being violated. How gay people getting married is in any way stopping her from practicing her faith doesn't even make sense. In the quest for equal rights and legalized same sex marriage I have yet to hear one single supporter speak out against religious freedom.
 
E-books Rise
 
This is an interesting article worth reading because it makes a few claims that don't actually seem to make sense...or are not backed up well enough to make sense. First, it states e-books are rising in popularity, but that most people are reading both print and e-books. Second, it claims that only 4% are reading e-books only. The problem I have with this is that I have yet to meet anyone who started reading e-books who actively went back to reading print books, too...at least not in equal intervals. I'm not talking about someone who reads e-books and once in a while for various pragmatic reasons (someone gives you a gift) goes back to reading a print book once in a while. I'm talking about people who have invested a lot of money in an e-reader or a tablet in order to save money on digital books. But I could be wrong about that. I just haven't met anyone who does this. Typically, when someone starts reading e-books they become so in love with it they only go back to print books when it's absolutely necessary.
 
This didn't make sense to me either:
 
According to the survey, the “typical American adult” read or listened to 5 books in the past year, and the average for all adults was 12 books.
 
I'd like to know what they consider a "typical American adult." I don't think most Americans read five books a year. And the average is even more questionable.  
 
It's a very confusing article and study, but I do agree with the fact they state that e-books seem to spark a rise in reading in a general sense. The most interesting thing about e-books is that once you start reading them you become eager to read even more. And no one can complain about that. I saw no mention of reading on iPhones, which is primarily how I, and a lot of other people I know, read now.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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