These are some of the hard issues facing us ... (interesting visual). Bill Gates wants to make a better condom ... would it be called "micro" "soft"? Fifteen years ago today, Viagra changed everything. Was a stone age dildo discovered in Israel - or was it just another fertility symbol? Gay issues continue to make the headlines. In the end ... people should do whatever they are programmed to. Remember, in another lifetime you may have been gay. People want to smoke weed, drink and have sex ... leaving one to conclude .... nothing has changed since the beginning of the program. Even the pope has come out for the use of condoms under certain circumstances. And so we shall go out as we came in ... with a Big Bang!
Viagra: The little blue pill that could CNN - March 27, 2013
Fifteen years ago, men who were suffering from impotence received a beacon of hope in the form of a little blue pill. Wednesday marks the 15th anniversary of Viagra's FDA approval in the United States. Viagra currently holds 45% of the sexual dysfunction market share, with competitor Cialis in close second, according to industry researcher IMS Health. There were 8 million Viagra prescriptions written in 2012 with total sales of about $2 billion.
Gates wants geeks to build a better condom CNN - March 26, 2013
Bill Gates is putting out a call to inventors, but he's not looking for software, or the latest high-tech gadget. This time he's in search of a better condom. On its Grand Challenges website, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is offering a $100,000 startup grant to the person who designs "the next generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure" and promotes "regular use."
Milwaukee artist creates stunning portrait of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI out of 17,000 condoms NY Daily News - March 27, 2013
Niki Johnson, 25, calls the work 'Eggs Benedict' and drew inspiration from a speech on AIDS the Pope made on a 2009 tour of Africa, which noted prophylactics actually increase the prevalence of HIV infection.
Stone Age Phallus Found in Israel Live Science - March 26, 2013
Some remarkable traces of Stone Age life were unearthed recently in northern Israel, including a pit of burned bean seeds and a carving of a penis that's more than 6,000 years old, the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) reported. Archaeologists are excavating at Ahihud Junction ahead of the construction of a new Israeli railroad line to the city of Karmiel. They found evidence of ancient settlements from two eras: the Pre-Pottery Neolithic period and the Early Chalcolithic period (7th millennium B.C. - 5th millennium B.C.).
Day Two of same-sex marriage at Supreme Court CNN - March 27, 2013
Day Two of the culture wars at the Supreme Court over same-sex marriage, and another opportunity for the justices to give political and legal clarity to a contentious issue. The momentous week kicked off on Tuesday with arguments over California's same-sex marriage ban, and there was little indication when they concluded how the court might rule.
Report says most gay and lesbian students in New York City are harassed because of their sexuality New York Daily News - March 27, 2013
Gay teens gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan to discuss issues they have faced in dealing with their sexuality. Most of New YorkÕs gay and lesbian students are being harassed at school because of their sexuality, a new report found. According to "School Climate in New York," from the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, the majority of students in the state who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender have been victimized because of their sexual orientation, are routinely exposed to homophobic slurs and, in some cases, have been physically assaulted.
Straight marriage is the real issue CNN - March 26, 2013
The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in two same-sex marriage cases. Whatever the justices do, the outcome seems foreordained. When 80% of Americans under 30 agree about something, that something will happen -- it's only a matter of time. But while straight young Americans support marriage for gays, increasingly they opt against marriage for themselves. Nearly half of American children, 48%, are now born to unmarried women. Among women without college degrees, and of all races, unwed motherhood has become the norm.