Archive for December, 2008

Keep it up: now for the Muslims (28/12/08)

In this season of giving, it’s important to be an equal-opportunities purveyor of cheer. So I give you the CIA’s latest ploy in Afghanistan: the spooks are swapping Viagra for intelligence. They’re not just handing out these prescription meds to anyone, of course. That would be irresponsible. But they did note that one particularly uncoperative […]

Keep it up: Christians take sex to new heights (or grammar to new lows) (24/12/08)

I’m not the first to observe that American evangelicals have been taking over the sex agenda. But you have to take your hat off to (Ir)Reverend Ed Young, who challenged his congregation to keep it up for a week. You have to take something off, at any rate. Perhaps the cap on the Viagra bottle? […]

Perfect Christmas present: a born-again virgin (21/12/08)

Christmas is about the Virgin Birth. For those of us not lucky enough to have been blessed by the Angel of the Lord and wanting a second chance, there’s the artificial hymen. A bargain at just US$14.99 (or Suggest Your Price). The product has so many advantages. It comes in discreet packaging — “Your Mum […]

In the company of bigots: US opposes gay rights at UN (19/12/08)

The death rattle of the Bush administration puts it, once again, in the company of great defenders of human rights such as Russia, China and Saudi Arabia. This time, it breathes its sickness on gays. The US is one of nearly 60 countries which stamped its feet in opposition to France’s declaration (made in the […]

The philosophy of porn (13/12/08)

It is with pride that I post my first link to Indonesia’s new-born English language newspaper, The Jakarta Globe. Not just because its editor appears in The Wisdom of Whores, translated the book into Indonesian and is one of my dearest friends, but also because they are publishing fun stuff. Including this reflection on the […]

High days and holidays — smoking ARVs (12/12/08)

Stories of kids smoking antiretroviral drugs to get high first surfaced in South Africa last spring. Picked up by the BBC last week, they are now burning through the WTF pages of the blogosphere. Should we give a damn? Interestingly, I can’t find anything anywhere from anyone who has actually nicked the pills off their […]

It’s silly season (08/12/08)

I’m just winding up my third visit to the States in the past few months, and I’m all talked out. No opinions left. So I’m declaring it sex and drugs silly season, and leaving you with this, courtesy of David.

Keep your nose out of my business (03/12/08)

So women in Uganda are smearing chloroform on their chests, making men in bars swoon. When they wake up, they find themselves naked and penniless. So reports AFP, in a story predictably but nonetheless delightfully headlined “Ugandan men warned of ‘booby trap’”. My question is, how close does a random punter in a bar have […]

It’s not HIV that kills, but hospital administration (01/12/08)

To mark the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Day, and the 1st anniversary of The Wisdom of Whores, I offer a post stolen wholesale from Michael Buehler. ‘It is actually not HIV that kills us but the hospital administration’, says an Indonesian woman with HIV. Oh, and corruption in the Ministry of Health, complacent self-satisfaction […]