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December 05, 2008

A Match Made In Heaven

They say there's someone out there for everyone, and personally we believe it. There may just be an eHarmony ad in this one:

Boy: "So... white men are dying from a horrible disease... [stamping foot] Can we please focus on issues that have some actual relevance to the community?":

Donnie Northrup received hate mail and death threats after he suggested the council find a new charity to support during Orientation Week instead of participating in the same fundraiser as other universities across the country.

His motion incorrectly claimed the disease affects "only white people, and primarily men" and said students should feel their fundraising efforts "will serve their diverse communities."

Girl: "So ... men are killing themselves more these days... Exactly how does this impact meeeeeeeeeeeeee"

"I have sad feelings too, you know."

The subtitle of the article "War, debt and joblessness causing emotional distress for many young men "doesn't seem like something that should be primarly male - those are issues that are enough to make anyone depressed!

The article tries to make male suicide seem more pressing by stating that more men actually do go through with suicide than women, and calls women taking pills "halfhearted". This just reads like a continuation of the ever-present portrayal of male psychological problems (when addressed) as a "serious concern", while women are considered "silly".

Two hearts... beating as one. We can always pray that if by chance these two find each other, they don't breed.

On the other hand, given their respective world views the likelihood that natural selection will rear its ugly head offers some hope.

Posted by Cassandra at December 5, 2008 08:50 AM

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"A reverence for life does not require a man to respect Nature's obvious mistakes."
- Robert A. Heinlein, 'Have Space Suit, Will Travel' -


Posted by: Obloodyhell at December 5, 2008 02:31 PM

"Stupid people suck, man."
-Robert A. Heinlein, IV, 'Have I-pod, Will Veg'

Posted by: spd rdr at December 5, 2008 02:58 PM

I have some chlorine for the gene pool.

Posted by: TyDeeBowlwomyn at December 5, 2008 03:35 PM

The more I think about it, this could be a fun weekly feature:

eHarmony Couple of the Week :p

Posted by: Cassandra at December 5, 2008 04:18 PM

You mean like Xerxes....um, Obama and Hillary on the same *team*?

Posted by: DL Sly at December 5, 2008 05:11 PM

to bad you cant give some people applications to compete in the darwin awards...

Posted by: Artfldgr at December 5, 2008 08:03 PM

From Carpe Diem (with links to the original articles at CD):

>Unemployment: It’s A Guy Thing

Kansas City Star -- In the last 12 months, more than 8 of every 10 pink slips have gone to men. The firings have been so gender-lopsided that the male unemployment rate is more than a percentage point higher than that of women.

NY Times -- …82% of the job losses (1.932 million) were jobs held by males, and only 18% of jobs losses (430,000) were jobs held by females…Further, the November unemployment rate for men is 7.2% vs. only 6% for women, and the gap in jobless rates between men and women has been increasing for the last six months...


Hmmm. Maybe guys *DO* have a reason to be more emotionally distressed...

Posted by: Obloodyhell at December 6, 2008 02:59 AM

> to bad you cant give some people applications to compete in the darwin awards...

Darwin Award recipients are self-applied.

What we need is to encourage more effort on their part to win!

More Tigers.
Less Tiger Food.


Posted by: Obloodyhell at December 6, 2008 03:00 AM

More Tigers.
Less Tiger Food.

Tigers eat boxes of rocks?

Posted by: BillT at December 6, 2008 06:01 AM

Or could it be that women are still underpaid and are therefore cost-effective?

Posted by: Cricket at December 6, 2008 12:20 PM

A comment about brothels being recession-proof would probably be in poor taste right now, huh?

Posted by: BillT at December 6, 2008 02:06 PM

You beat me to it, Cricket - that's exactly what I was thinking.

Posted by: Elise at December 6, 2008 03:27 PM

I don't think anyone would dispute that, or the fact that beauty salons are doing a land office bidness. However, the ladies being held over also means that they are in a position to bargain a bit...after this recession wave recedes.

Time to sit down and partake of dinner. It is a simple gastropub type meal; cauliflower soup and wholemeal soda bread. I added a cup of cornmeal to the wheat...fantastic! We are watching Prince Caspian.

We don't eat out...the health risks aren't worth it, and having a terrifically equipped kitchen with a well-stocked pantry and a cookbook reference library...well, there is just no excuse not to stay home and make food.

Posted by: Cricket at December 6, 2008 06:39 PM

Without looking at the report on male vs. female unemployment, I wonder if it might also have to do with the kinds of jobs being lost. Are those jobs that - for whatever reason - are dominated by men?

Posted by: Miss Ladybug at December 7, 2008 01:28 PM

>> More Tigers.
>> Less Tiger Food.

> Tigers eat boxes of rocks?

Metaphorical ones, yeah. They like the crunchy texture.

Posted by: Obloodyhell at December 8, 2008 11:25 PM

> Or could it be that women are still underpaid and are therefore cost-effective?

Women have never been substantially underpaid in the lifetimes of most people reading this.

Why Men Earn More: The Startling Truth Behind the Pay Gap -- and What Women Can Do About It

"The U.S. Census Bureau found that as early as 1960, never-married women over 45 earned more in the workplace than never-married men over 45."
- Warren Farrell, "The Myth of Male Power" -

Posted by: Obloodyhell at December 8, 2008 11:30 PM

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