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Essay: "I’m the proud owner of Karl Rove’s father’s solid gold cock ring."

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Essay: “I’m the proud owner of Karl Rove’s father’s solid gold cock ring.”

Shannon Larratt, founder of the body modification online publication BMEzine, pointed us a few days ago to a first-person essay that a person named Yard[D]og was writing, regarding the adoptive father of Deputy White House Chief of Staff Karl Rove (shown in the image at left). Yard[D]og claims to have been a close personal friend of the now-deceased elder Rove.

About the essay’s contents, Mr. Larratt said:

“Karl Rove’s father was not only gay, but a part of the early body piercing scene and a regular at 70s piercing parties… There are pictures of him on BME.”

Here is part of that essay. BMEzine just published it in entirety with detailed photos said to depict the elder Mr. Rove’s numerous genital piercings.

I have no way of immediately verifying the statements in this essay, or the source of the photos. I am pursuing that now, have received responses which so far indicate that this material is valid, and I will update soon. I do know that Mr. Larratt is a friend of the author (a known participant in the body modification community), that he is personally familiar with the story, and is not given to publishing material he believes to be false. With that disclaimer out of the way, here’s an excerpt:

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Louie loved his piercings, they made him smile. People who are pierced will understand.

So there on the floor in his library, amid teaching videos on piercings and piles of [Piercing Fans International Quarterly], I listened to one man’s account of his travels through the Los Angeles piercing community in the 70’s and 80’s — the “piercing parties” with folks getting pierced on coffee tables in private homes, nurses that helped, and a guy named Jim. I knew about Jim. I had both my nipples pierced at The Gauntlet.

Louie also knew about play piercing; I wanted to learn and so he taught me. And so between splashing in the pool, brunches, visiting his volunteer list of AIDS patients, eating at all numbers of restaurants, visiting friends who lived around the area, birding at the Salton Sea and eating TV dinners, we explored needles and the effect they have on you.

Teen Girls Play with Technology at IBM Camp

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Teen Girls Play with Technology at IBM Camp
By Carmen Nobel
August 17, 2007

IBM and 30 junior high school girls spend a week crafting “binary code” bracelets, building Second Life projects and, hopefully, falling in love with technology.

On a recent August afternoon, 30 adolescent girls sat captivated in a conference room at IBM’s Watson Research Center in Cambridge, Mass. Wide-eyed, they watched a scientist from M.I.T. (Massachusettes Institute of Technology) dip a pink carnation into a vat of liquid nitrogen, and then shatter the frozen flower against the side of a tank.

“Whoa!” said the girls, in unison.


Bone Church in Kutna Hora, Czech Republic

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

How did a church filled with bones happen?

In 1278 the Cistercian abbot of Sedlec went to Palestine and brought some of the soil back to what is now Czech Republic. When he returned he sprinkled it around the local cemetary in his home town.

This made many believe that the cemetary was sacred and caused them to bury their dead there since the ground itself contained soil from the “holy land”. In the 14th century the Black Death Plague hit and soon there were over 30,000 dead bodies resting with the cemetary. They began to run out of space, so they decided to make an ossuary in 1511. They literally began piling the bones on top of one another which in turn made space for new corpses. However, the Black Death was only the first wave of bodies to hit this sacred ground. Throughout the 15th century the Hussite wars raged, and more dead bodies were packed into the grounds.

In search of finding a solution for the vast amount of bones everywhere, Frantisek Rint ( a local sculptor) was hired to arrange them in an artistic way. Of course this sculpture was to be displayed in a church in honor of the holy land upon which it stood, and today we have the Bone Church in Kutna Hora. All Saints Chapel.

Beer vending machine

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Fark founder accuses Fox newsman of hacking

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Local TV reporters are infamous for practicing “ambush” journalism — but as they try to take their gotcha practices to the Web, increasingly they’re the ones ambushed. The first rule of hacking, after all, is “Don’t get caught.” And Fox newsman Darrell Phillipsmay have broken that rule, says Drew Curtis. Curtis, left, is the founder of, a thoroughly juvenile, and entertaining, social news site where users pick the headlines. Phillips, to his right, is the new media manager at WHBQ Fox13, a News Corp.-owned TV station in Memphis, Tenn. And Curtis claims to have assembled all-but-conclusive electronic evidence that Phillips has tried to hack into Fark’s servers, potentially breaking several laws.

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Fox News Caught editing unfavourable content on Wikipedia

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Fox News couldn’t deal with the facts that some were putting on the wikipedia page about the cable news network so they decided to simply change the undesirable content. Winston Smith early career lives on, however in this day and age, edits leave IP footprints. Why didn’t these idiots just anonymize their identities?? Morons

How Bionic are You?

Friday, August 17th, 2007

A fun online interactive test which tries to determine how bionic you are.

Bionic Test