breakdown of the middle ground.

Let’s do it like they do on the Discovery Channel

Urban dictionary online uses the term “flipper chick” in this context:

John: Damn that girl is fine but I think she only like chicks.

Me: Naw you should holla at her because she’s a flipper chick, she’s likes guys and girls.

A flipper is a bisexual (according to that website). This is interesting, because Flipper-as in the dolphin-hails from a species where bisexual activity is common place. So pretty much Flipper was totally bi! Ah ha! If you thought bisexuality was limited to the human race, let me clue you in to a not-so-little secret, the animal kingdom is running rampant with homosexual, bisexual, transgendered, and  transvestite creatures.

In Bruce Bagemihl’s book, Biological Exuberance: Animal Homosexuality and Natural Diversity, he discusses the result findings from an extensive 10 research trip where he collected data on animal sexuality. Such as the fact that, “bottlenose dolphins don’t form male-female couples, but males often form lifelong pairs with other males. Some are interested only in males, but others are bisexual and happily indulge in beak-genital propulsion and more with male or female alike.” The males lead lives that are characterized by extensive bisexual behavior.

On dry land it’s all about the girl on girl action though. At least it certainly seems that way within the bonobo ape community. As one of the last large mammals to be found by science they share many similarities to chimpanzees, including a commonality of 98% of the same genetic make up to humans. And unlike other mammals, they even have sex like humans! “Chimpanzees virtually never adopt face-to-face positions, bonobos do so in one out of three copulations in the wild.


Bagemihl continues to explain that this “species is best characterized as female-centered and egalitarian and as one that substitutes sex for aggression. Whereas in most other species sexual behavior is a fairly distinct category, in the bonobo it is part and parcel of social relations-and not just between males and females. Bonobos engage in sex in virtually every partner combination.”  I find it to be most fascinating that even though the males and females both engage in same sex sexual practices, when the males do it they are back to front, whereas the females remain face to face. (It’s really interesting to see actually. Not that I’m promoting watching bonobos lesbian sex, but I’m just putting it out there that youtube does have several postings on the subject…I’ll let you find them on your own though!) From the readings it definitely seems that where the dolphins are all about the fellas, the apes are all about the ladies…

Now, here’s the big kicker as to why animal sexuality is this week’s bisexual informant. I recently stumbled across a blog that was discussing the possibility of bisexual animals being a subject plot in an upcoming episode on the TV show Fringe. An image of a back issue of Scientific American Mind Magazine on the director’s blog sparked the debate. Upon further investigation and location of the article:

(Or view it in its magazine format)

It was this quote that really stood out: “Unlike most humans, however, individual animals generally cannot be classified as gay or straight: an animal that engages in a same-sex flirtation or partnership does not necessarily shun heterosexual encounters. Rather many species seem to have ingrained homosexual tendencies that are a regular part of their society. That is, there are probably no strictly gay critters, just bisexual ones. “Animals don’t do sexual identity. They just do sex,” says sociologist Eric Anderson of the University of Bath in England.”

Kind of puts a twist on the whole Discovery channel mating programs doesn’t it? We only assumed all the animals on TV were heterosexual because how can the average person be expected to tell a male and female animal in the wild apart?? (I know I pretty much always go with what the voice over person told me because they never zoomed in that close….)

—posted by Maddie Banks


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A Table For Bipolar Plus One Please.

First let me explain my motivation for this post. It was ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy. On recent episodes they’ve incorporated the presence of a doctor who is autistic; more specifically has Asperser’s Syndrome. This form of autism is particularly fascinating because whereas autistic children have social and communication impairments, a person with Asperser’s Syndrome excels in one isolated outlet, above and beyond normal abilities.

It’s like they’re especially gifted in just one area, and then more than behind in every other area. That got me to thinking if an autistic person could also be bipolar? What would that look like?

An immediate internet search lead me to an online letter written to a doctor from a married couple who both are diagnosed bipolar and they’re child that exhibiting early signs of autistic behavior. They were asking could their child possess overlapping traits. Okay, so I’m not the first person to wonder this.

Following that thought I begun thinking about my cousin who has ADHD, and my friends who have co-workers that have OCD. I completely had disorders on the brain, with the underlying question remaining-could people be both? And what would that look like?

This posting is what I learned from an awesome book called Bipolar Kids, by Rosalie Greenberg M.D.

The first thing she explained was that if someone is diagnosed with bipolar disorder, chances are good that they will be diagnosed with something else. So it is possible!

Its comorbidity-a medical term that literally means co-morbidity. It’s the presence of one or more disorders in addition to a primary disorder. The bipolar disorder shares overlapping symptoms most commonly with:

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)

SAD (separation anxiety disorder)

And ASD (Autistic spectrum disorder)

Dr. Greenberg has a personal rule of thumb that she explains in her book, involving treating the bipolar disorder first, then see what falls away…and what remains. Treating the mood disorder may decrease the appearance of the symptoms of the comorbid disorder. A correct diagnose is more than crucial, and why it can be all the more challenging. Mental disorders are unfortunately illnesses that in addition to requiring psychological treatment, they also incorporate the use of medical drug treatments-yet blood work and other scientific tests aren’t used in identifying procedures. On top of that one drug that may help with one aspect could do nothing for the other, or even intensify it. And all of the disorders may have causes of effect that set these behaviors into motion. Defining behavioral symptoms sounds like it’s complicated, and if those symptoms are overlapping…YIKES!

If you’re curious to what these dual disorders might look like, here are some examples:

Bipolar + OCD: When in theses particular disorder conjunction rituals and routines are often mood related. When depressed a person may have to repeat the same action several times like tying their shoes over and over like 8 times. Yet when they’re stable, they may only repeat their actions maybe three times. Or when they’re in mania, the basically neat person could go into overdrive and everything has to be just a certain way, done at a certain time, etc.

Bipolar+ ADHD: These disorders share the symptoms of inattention, over activity, and impulsivity, and they are the most commonly confused disorders. When mood variations are brought into the playing field, a mania episode in a person for example may cause them to easily be distracted from possessing too many thoughts, outrageous in their decision making and sexual behavior, and have a hard time staying still. But then it looks almost the opposite when they’re in depression. I’m confused already and I just wrote that…

Bipolar + SAD: Bipolar mood swings coupled with this disorder can trigger increased anxiety over separation from an attached figure. This is usually prevalent depressive eposides. So a child that is scared to sleep alone, may make it through the night in their own bed at a friend’s house when their mood has been stabilized.

Bipolar + ASD: When experiencing unstable episodes he or she may show higher levels of preoccupations, which is a defining characteristic of autism. So little Bobby’s mood that has been triggered by a bipolar episode, has caused him to just want to do play with dinosaur toys and if he doesn’t he goes ballistic—but  at the same time he’s unable to readjust his mood even though he’s doing what he wants.

It’s complicated. This has been a really simple, broad, exposure addressing the topic at hand. Before I sign off, I’ll leave you with the reminder: EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, just because they don’t have 100% of every thing going on or variations of the said behaviors, doesn’t negate the involvement of a treatable mental illness. And simply addressing the bipolar aspect is not a complete cure all because these are varying valid disorders with varying effective medicines.

Knowledge can begat the correct course of action for treatment where the goal is finding a way to make life more livable for themselves and others.

—Posted By Eliza Barnett

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Random 25

(Bringing coast to coast  highlights Facebook style)

1. CNN reporting on President Obama talking about Jessica Simpson. I don’t care what the context, how out of the real meaning it was or wasn’t explained. Having the President mention in an interview that she’s (may or may not be) in (whatever sort of) weight battle—that’s hilarious! Sorry Jessica…

2. Califnoria prison inmates may get out of jail-JUST BECAUSE THE JAILS ARE TOO CROWDED!?! I am not cool with this at all!!


3. Nadya Suleman, mom to the 8babies-has royally pissed off her own mom! You know I’m not that surprised… If you hadn’t already heard about how the newborns mother already has six kids, isn’t married, and her kids are all the products of sperm donations from a buddy (a really good buddy I’d guess!), or that she lives with all her kids at her PARENTS HOUSE-then you have to read this about how peeved her mother is about her bringing 8 more kids into the world and into their cramped and kinda dirty, home.

4. Seven Pounds movie style organ donor recipients’ reunion. Darn-that kind of, pretty much, spoiled that movie for you…A Passaic County church in New Jersey was a reunion location this past Sunday for an interesting bunch. Five people who received organs from a 25-year-old shooting victim, met for the first time at the scene of their donors demise. The family members of Dennis John Malloosseril, who was shot and killed Nov. 23 when attempting to intervene during a violent marital dispute on church property, were joined at his memorial service by the people his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas saved.

5.Chris Brown being charged with assault changes. I’m not saying I don’t believe it, it’s just really surprising him and Rihanna were messing up my Borders just a couple months ago so happily and to hear that he’s involved in an assault is just really shocking…And you think you know your customers (lol that’s a joke. Not funny? Okay never mind…)

6. Three guys. Biking from LA to Florida. (Thanks youtube-now my best friend is getting hailed on somewhere between here and San Diego and he totally missed Desperate Housewives!)

“After watching Zeitgiest Addendum and learning about The Venus Project, we were inspired to sell of our belongings, leave our comfortable apartments behind and head out on a bicycle trip from Los Angeles, California, to Venus, Florida. The concept is simple: if society transitioned from a monetary system to one that is resource based, every human being’s standard of living would be dramatically enhanced. As we travel to the doorstep of The Venus Project, we plan to tell as many people about this project as will listen. Venus, here we come!”


7. Ew.


Zipp Lamp by Camilla Waldal and Janne Helen Bulling

8. Shepard Fairey being arrested in Boston last Friday night on graffiti charges. Why we care? Because he’s the dude that created the famous red, white and blue Obama Hope poster-who the Associated Press is suing-and who he’s suing right back. Yeah…that guy…totally was inconveniently arrested on the way to debut an exhibit (so far Feb. is just not this month!)

9.  Cool.


Nottage Design.

10. Last week a kitty cam went viral. A kitty cam hosted by the non-profit animal organization called Found Aminals ( had crazy huge success with their online live kitten camera feed in promotion of their upcoming adoption availability.

Within days the Huffington Post and People Weekly Online came a knocking to talk up the live stream that was boasting more than several hundred active viewers at any given minute of the day. As cool as I think this is because one of my friends works for this non-profit I’ll tell you what I told her-cat people would be inside with their cats watching cats on the internet-dog people are outside with their DOG (hence why the puppy cam was not nearly as successful…)

11. Courage Campaign’s “Fidelity” video. Watch it. Fight the tears (it’s a very moving video!!) and hopefully join with them as I have in an important effort to fight the Supreme Court appeal by Ken Starr to divorce 18,000 California couples.

12. Google’s street view is kind of unsettling, but fascinating none the less. In artists in Pittsburg teamed up with Google and took to staging street view areas.

Now that’s awesome:

13. Thirteen is just as good a number as 25. So I’m randomly going to stop here. Gotta keep ’em coming back for more!

–Posted by Maggie Barnes

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weird, wacky, but true. news from coast to coast part 1

Jan. 28, 2009

–“The Postmaster General asked a Congressional Panel to “end the requirement that the post office deliver mail six days a week,” according to NY1. The U.S.P.S. had a billion dollar deficit last year, because people are sending emails instead of old fashion mail. I know what you’re thinking its going to be Saturday that they cut because they already have short hours that day. But no…they’ve had their eye on Tuesday actually…

–The House of Representatives accepted President Obama’s $819 billion stimulus package. Zero Republicans supported it. Where’s their bipartisan spirit? It’s not just Democrats and Liberals being hit by America’s financial woes, I know plenty of Midwestern Republicans that don’t have any money either.

–Prius owners throughout the LA metro area are silently weeping…the City Council’s transportation committee, in response to the budget issues, is looking at ending the free parking program for hybrid owners.

–Tommy Gunn, AVN’s Male Performer (in the Adult industry) of the Year in 2007, has made use of the same “same technology that was seen in films like Beowulf, Journey to the Center of the Earth and most recently My Bloody Valentine 3D to bring us three dimensional porn.” To create “Cummin’ at You 3D,” the first ever “adult interactive DVD shot in stereoscopic 3D.” Dream Works Animation was apart of this genius endeavor. Personally there are some things I don’t want cumming at me in 3D or real life! Eww.

Jan. 29, 2009

Recently Heath and Deborah Campbell of NYC had their children removed from their home because of safety issues. Well, when you purposely name your children Adolf HItler Campbell, JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell, we gotta wonder what is going on in that household.

–Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas…Congress passed President Obama’s stimulus bill. $1.5 billion of that money will go directly to the states. Illinois is in line to receive about $105 million. What’s your state getting?

–In Houston, Cinco Ranch High has seen an increase in counterfeit bills through food service. Fake $20 and $50 have been passed through lunch-line registers in at least five district campuses, officials are reporting. The U.S. Secret Service has been contacted. It’s not just the in the schools though, places are over for the past six months have been receiving Monopoly worth money. It’s beginning to be a problem…Well Texas you’re getting back our former President this month, and we all know how good George W. was with money…hahaha burn!

Jan.30, 2009

Today was the first Car Free Day in California. 60 bicyclists got the memo. The rest of LA wonders, if I have a friend with me on a two seat-er bike, or a pull a child on one of those attachments-am I qualified for the car pool lane? Car Free Fridays the last Friday of the month-shhh past it on.

–Only in Cali would a school district opt for producing a clothing line verses a PTA bake sale to earn money. Clothes brought to you in part by the Beverly Hills Unified School District are predicted to be a big hit in Asia because what Asians love 90210?? Interesting…

–The LA Times is cutting the state and local news section and mixing it with the front. I agree with Curbed LA’s comments: “If something happens in Chatsworth, do people in San Pedro care? In other words, in a city that can span 50 miles from top to bottom and in a region that’s much larger than that, how does one be local, useful and relevant to the wider audience?” My answer: Nope.

–Condoleezza is coming! Condoleezza is coming! According to the Stanford Report campus newsletter, Condoleezza Rice is returning to the Bay area to teach Political science at Stanford University. Somehow I’d never have expected that. But next time I’m in town to give my support to the Pride festivities I’m going to give her a huge shout out because we know that colorful area must be super excited to have that Republican back in town…hahaha!

–Speaking of conservatives…Apparently some back stock interviews have revealed that some Pro-Prop 8 groups like the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, who aim to do their best to eliminate all marriages they don’t approve of, were quoted saying, “no one expects these religious adherents or their ministers to be required actually to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies…” I don’t think the campaign commercials got that note because those commercials totally made it seem like gays were going to be knocking down the church doors to get hitched and everyone was going to freak out!

–Since Monday everyone has been talking about the lady that had a LITTER OF CHILDREN. And how her and her husband live with their OTHER  SIX KIDS,  at the woman’s parents house. While her dad is giving statements to the Associated Press about the “other” huge house they have that the media’s never going to find-all I can think about is, she had six kids (all under the age of 8), in her twenties, lives with her folks, and her and her husband really thought it was a great idea to spend with extra money on fertility treatments? REALLY?? They couldn’t think of anything else to spend that kinda money on? Hate to state the obvious…

–A Newark Valley High School teacher in upstate NY was previously warned by his principal not contact one of his 16 year old female students. John M. Puglisi, 29 didn’t listen. And now the social studies teacher is being sued on one count of “using a cell phone in an effort to engage someone younger than 18 in sexual activity.” He Sex text the girl messages like “naked pictures please” and “these are so hot give me some more baby”

(Maggie’s fake )Update: Prior to the lawsuit the distraught girl was heard on her cell phone saying “Oh hell no! He still didn’t pass me!?”

–Doesn’t Chanel make a pancake scented perfume? A mysterious maple syrup smell has been passing through parts of New York like Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens all month. Tuesday night the smell was all over Hell’s Kitchen and the eastern part of NJ, and even the Bronx.  Pass the Chanel No.30 (Pancake Lover) and call me when its breakfast!

That is so weird! Why does it smell like maple syrup everywhere??? Look it up-past smellings: October 2005, March 2006, November 2006, November 2007, May 2008 and January 5, 2009. That’s so crazy!

–                                                                                                      –Posted by Maggie Barnes

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