Friday Night Fun and Culture: Janis Joplin (January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970)

Yesterday was the forty-second anniversary of the death of Janis Joplin.

Big Brother and the Holding Company, the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful  Dead were the rock royalty of the Haight Ashbury in 1967.

They were the main pillars of the San Francisco sound that year. Between Bill Graham’s Carousel Ball Room and the Family dog’s Avalon Ballroom I was fortunate enough to see all three groups, more than once.

Janis lived fast and hard.  She died  trying to keep her demons at bay.

 

 

 

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Tanning Beds And Cancer: Study Finds Equipment Causes Over 170,000 Skin Cancer Cases In U.S. Every Year

From The Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/04/tanning-beds-cancer_n_1941023.html

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Posted: 10/04/2012

Indoor tanning beds cause over 170,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer in the United States every year, according to a new study conducted by researchers at UC San Francisco.

“The numbers are striking–hundreds of thousands of cancers each year are attributed to tanning beds,” Dr. Eleni Linos, assistant professor of dermatology at UCSF and senior author of the study, said in a statement. “This creates a huge opportunity for cancer prevention.”

The study analyzed more than 80,000 cases of non-melanoma skin cancer stretching back to 1977, finding that people who used tanning beds are 67 percent more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 29 percent more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma than those who don’t. Drawing from a trio of prior reports that also examined the ages of tanners, the study noted an even larger cancer risk for people who used the beds while under the age of 25.

While non-malignant on their own, U.S. Health News explains that both basal cell skin cancer and squamous cell carcinomas can spread to other parts of the body, such as bones or lymph nodes, where they can become fatal.

A 2007 study out of the University of Iowa’s Department of Dermatology found that exposure to tanning beds also significantly increases the risk of developing malignant melanoma, especially in women over age 45.

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Voting While Trans: Kit’s Story

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Witherspoon Scholar Was ‘Paid Consultant’ On Parenting Study

From The New Civil Rights Movement: http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/witherspoon-scholar-was-paid-consultant-on-parenting-study/news/2012/10/04/50309

by Sofia Resnick At The American Independent
on October 4, 2012

Mark Regnerus said the conservative organization that funded his study played ‘no role’ in the research. New evidence calls that claim into question.

When University of Texas professor Mark Regnerus released a study this summer portraying gay parents in a negative light, he insisted that the conservative funders who backed the research had no involvement in how it was designed, implemented, or interpreted.

But recently emerging evidence shows that a scholar affiliated at the time with the Witherspoon Institute — the socially conservative think tank that supplied the bulk of Regnerus’ funding — did indeed play a role carrying out and analyzing the study.

In his peer-reviewed article, Regnerus said his research revealed different — and often unfavorable — outcomes for children of gay parents when compared to children raised by a mother and father in biologically intact families. Opponents of gay marriage immediately seized Regnerus’ initial findings from the ongoing “New Family Structures Study,” published in the July issue of Social Science Research. The study has been cited in court briefs to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act and by a federal judge in a decision upholding Hawaii’s ban on same-sex marriage. Opponents of marriage equality have also used it in state-level ballot-measure campaigns.

Right away, Regnerus’ findings sparked a backlash, as critics said his study was methodologically flawed. Many have argued that Regnerus’ actual comparisons — children raised in households with two biological parents compared to children raised in families where one parent had a same-sex relationship at some point, regardless of whether the child lived with that parent — did not correspond with his conclusions.

The research has also provoked questions, especially from gay-rights advocates, about whether the Witherspoon Institute – some of whose leaders have ties to the National Organization for Marriage and other groups that advocate against gay marriage – influenced the study’s design. Both Regnerus and Witherspoon have denied this charge.

Continue reading at:  http://thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/witherspoon-scholar-was-paid-consultant-on-parenting-study/news/2012/10/04/50309

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Mitt’s Money Shows Where His Heart Is

From HRC:  http://www.hrc.org/blog/entry/mitts-money-shows-where-his-heart-is/

by Dan Rafter
October 4, 2012

Mitt Romney made one statement in last night’s debate that actually does make sense. While attacking President Obama for his investments in green energy – during a question that was actually about education – Romney stated: “…the place you put your money just makes a pretty clear indication of where your heart is.”

We couldn’t agree more. How individuals and organizations invest their money is a direct reflection of the beliefs those people and groups hold, and the agendas they want to pursue.

With that in mind, here’s a refresher on what Mitt Romney does with some of his money:

National Organization for Marriage

Mitt’s donated at least $10,000 that we know of to the National Organization for Marriage. Romney made that donation in 2008, the exact time internal documents reveal the anti-LGBT organization plotted to use racial division and unfounded scare tactics to attack LGBT equality during the Proposition 8 battle in California.

NOM’s divisive strategy couldn’t be clearer. The strategy of the organization Romney donated $10,000 to, in their own words:

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Mitt Romney’s Debate Performance: “Mostly Fiction”

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Healthy Masculinity: The Idea That Men Can Control Themselves

From Huffington Post:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/soraya-chemaly/healthy-masculinity-why-m_b_1933324.html


10/03/2012

Men and women are different. What isn’t so obvious is that men and women are similar. But we go out of our way to highlight the differences and generally, culturally, balk at suggestions of essential sameness. This is nowhere so true as in our understanding of violence.

The world over men are aware that they can always, potentially, be frightening to women and children. Men are, on average, physically stronger humans. They can do two things with their physical strength: hurt others or help them. In most places, masculinity is inextricably bound to violence. And that violence is inextricably bound to female vulnerability. And that vulnerability, with the ever-present threat and exercise of physical harm, keeps women subordinate to varying degrees — physically insecure in developed countries and virtually property on entire continents. Boys will be boys.

It takes a lot of courage to take this on and suggest that the relationship between violence and masculinity can be changed. For the world to be male-dominated, men must have a clear monopoly on violence and culture has to show that they are willing to use it. Our media, proliferating stories of male violence, assumes that monopoly as an incontrovertible truth, “the way things are.” Just as women have to have a monopoly on tempting sexuality that controls men who cannot control themselves. Because in all this sea of physical strength is the idea that men are actually fundamentally weak. A good example, as Hugo Schywzer just put it in a Role/Reboot piece, is that “Too many of us do accept a similarly indefensible argument: that short skirts can drive men to rape.”

That’s why the real question isn’t if men are more or less violent. The real question is whether or not men have control over themselves.

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