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The Disappearing Male

Earlier in November, the CBC broadcast an investigative news piece titled The Disappearing Male on Doc Zone.  I’ve now read or seen a number of pieces on the issue covered in the report, that of relatively a sharp drop in the number of males of most animal species.

The documentary goes into the details of this phenomenon and discusses how human sexual function and sexual development are experiencing impairment due to the potpourri of man-made chemicals and materials that are present in our natural environment.  This impairment is somehow resulting in a reduction in the male to female birth ratio.

In a nutshell, we are experiencing the feminization of the human race.

The long term impact of this such an imbalance in males to females would result in large-scale social imbalances.  With a greater number of females, this means fewer females getting married.  This would likely negatively impact the already shrinking birth-rate in developed nations resulting in an even larger elderly care problem.  This is not even to speak of the social unrest associated with a large population of unmarried individuals, or of the genetic impact this may have on future generations.

I personally feel this issue is huge and warrants greater attention and more research.

Health Canada has recently taken some strong steps towards restricting the presence of the chemical Bisphenol A on the Canadian market.  Bisphenol A is considered to be a potential hazard to young children, and as such it’s use in baby bottles is now prohibited.  Unfortunately we may only find out the long-term health consequences of these chemicals once it’s too late to reverse the trend, but certainly reducing the exposure of young children to such chemicals is a positive development.

If you haven’t seen The Disappearing Male yet, you can now watch it on Google Video:


Written by Sohail Mirza

November 25, 2008 at 3:40 am

Posted in Health, Society, Video

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Democracy Player is to become Miro

From Paul Kim:  The people at what is currently Democracy Player are asking that the blogosphere spread the word — Democracy Player is being re-branded as Miro.

If you haven’t tried out Democracy Player, it’s pretty cool.  It’s a medium for distributing original, user-generated video content over the Internet and it works pretty well.  Added bonus?  Democracy Player is based on XULRunner.

Written by Sohail Mirza

June 30, 2007 at 9:35 pm

Posted in TV, Video

Battletoads PWNs you

Streets of Rage 2 on Sega GenesisOh man, this list of the top 10 beat ’em ups from ScrewAttack is just brilliant. I haven’t had a hit of nostalgia like that in a while!

The only games on the list I haven’t played are Batman Returns, River City Ransom, and Guardian Heroes.

If you’re unable to watch the entire video, here’s the list:

10. Batman Returns (SNES)
9. Golden Axe (Genesis)
8. Battletoads (NES)
7. Streets of Rage 2 (Genesis)
6. River City Ransom (NES)
5. Guardian Heroes (Saturn)
4. Final Fight (SNES)
3. Double Dragon (NES)
2. The Simpsons (Arcade)
1. TMNT IV – Turtles in Time (SNES/Arcade)

Battletoads on NESThere’s no doubt about it, that is a pretty good list of the best beat ’em ups. Turtles in Time is a fine game, but I’m not so sure it deserves to be #1. In my opinion, Streets of Rage 2 was a better game. Turtles did play awesome, had amazing graphics, and it was a real blast to toss your opponents at the screen, but Steets of Rage 2 with it’s combos, co-op manoeuvres, and the awesome dance/techno soundtrack takes the slight lead.  For that matter, where the heck is Streets of Rage 3??

Another memorable game on the list is Battletoads. It is quite truly the hardest game I have ever played, a heck of a lot of people agree with me. If you can beat it, you really are the man (or woman). But who knows, maybe today’s DDR generation would find the hover bike stage all too easy!

Written by Sohail Mirza

March 13, 2007 at 11:57 pm

Posted in Gaming, Video