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Poll #18: Biggest Dick(s) of The Past Decade


And here are the results of Poll #17: Who, if alive today, would be sent away for the longest period of time to either prison or a psychiatric hospital?


#1. Pope Urban II, for having all married priests’ wives sold into slavery and their children abandoned (29%)
#2. Mohammed, for marrying a 6-year-old girl & then consummating the marriage when she became of consummating age (i.e. 9 years old) (28%)
#3. Abraham, for claiming to hear voices telling him to kill his son & then actually attempting to go through with it (19%)
#4. Socrates, Plato & Aristotle, for their daily erotic escapades with young boys (i.e. for their pedophilia) (13%)
#5. Martin Luther for his crazed antisemitic ravings & exhortations to violence, best sampled in his book "On the Jews & Their Lies" (4%)




Poll #16: Which Is The Most Disturbing Case of Oppression In Recent Years?


#1. The people of Palestine (by Israel) (23%)
#2. Women in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iran, etc. (20%)
#3. The people of Darfur (by the Sudanese government) (19%)
#4. The people of North Korea (by their own government) (14%)

#5. The people of Tibet (by China) (11%)


Poll #15: The Worst Film By A Great Director?


#1. Tie: "Death Proof" by Quentin Tarantino and "Eyes Wide Shut" by Stanley Kubrick (12% each)
#3. "Jack" by Francis Ford Coppola (10%)
#4. Three-way tie: "Dune" by David Lynch, "War of The Worlds" by Steven Spielberg and "Mars Attacks!" by Tim Burton (8% each)
#7. Tie: "Ocean's Twelve" by Steven Soderbergh and "Popeye" by Robert Altman (7% each)


Poll #14: Which is the most ridiculous fact?

#1. Clinton was almost impeached for getting a blow job, while Bush got away with an illegal war, lying to the country, torture, etc. (26%)
#2. In AIDS-ravaged sub-Saharan Africa the Pope actually tells people to NEVER use condoms under any circumstance (23%)
#3. Celine Dion has reputedly sold over 200 million albums worldwide (15%)
#4. America currently spends as much on its military as every other country on the planet combined (8%)
#5. A sheriff in South Carolina now has an actual tank, with a belt-fed .50-cal machine gun, to use against the local citizenry (6%)


Poll #13: Greatest Bruce Springsteen Album Ever

#1. Born to Run (19%)
#2. Nebraska (17%)
#3. The River (14%)
#4. Darkness on the Edge of Town (12%)
#5. Born in the U.S.A. (10%)
#6. Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (7%)


Poll #12: Who is the Single Most Inspirational Figure?

#1. Mahatma Gandhi (17%)
#2. (Tie) Nelson Mandela (15%); and Martin Luther King (15%)
#4. Barack Obama (11%)
#5. Rosa Parks (9%)
#6. Noam Chomsky (6%)


Poll #11: Of The Top 50 Most Popular Rants and Raves On The Site Over The Past Year Which Was Your Favorite?

#1. John McCain: An American Hero My Ass! (20%)
#2. (Tie) Finally An Apology: The Canadian Native Residential Schools Rant (17%); and Red, (Very) White and Clueless: The Tale of Two Americas (17%)
#4. India: Jodhpur #6: Charlie The Babaji and The Unforgettable Sticks and Stoned Festival (10%)
#5. (Tie) Canada The Callous and Cold: Get Omar Khadr Freed Now! (7%); and What If: The Sex and Hunger Rant (7%)


Poll #10: "Greatest Comedy of All Time"
#1. Monty Python's Life Of Brian (15%)
#2. This Is Spinal Tap (12%)
#3. (3-way tie) The Big Lebowski; Blazing Saddles; and Little Miss Sunshine (8% each)


Poll #9: "Greatest Bob Dylan Album Ever"

#1. Highway 61 Revisited (22%)
#2. Blonde on Blonde (19%)
#3. Blood on the Tracks (17%)
#4. Time Out Of Mind (11%)
#5. The Times They Are A-Changin' (8%)

Incidentally, my three favorite Bob albums are the same three that came out on top in this poll, though my #1 is definitely Blonde On Blonde.


Poll #8: "Who Would Make The Best President of The United States?"

Just over half of you (52%) agreed with me about Obama (see my "Obama Rave" here, if you missed it). But the rest of you were divided between the other 19 choices on the list. Well, actually, only 8 of the 20 choices got any votes at all. And, surprisingly, none of you voted for either Big Dick Cheney or George W. Bush (Four more years!!). Here's who you did vote for:
#1. Barack Obama (52%)
#2. John Edwards (11%)
#3. A four-way tie: Hilary Rodham Clinton, Dennis Kucinich, Al Franken and, yes, Weird Al Yankovic (7% each)
#7. A two-way tie: Al Gore and Ralph Nader (4% each)

Poll #7: "Greatest Threat To World Peace and Stability"

#1. Not much of a surprise considering what's been going on in the world the past few years, the Greatest Threat To World Peace and Stability was deemed to be: America (26%).
#2. Religious Fundamentalists of Every Stripe (21%)
#3. Scarcity of Water (16%)
#4. The Thirst for Oil (11%)
#5. (Tie) Extreme Global Economic Inequality (8%)
and Global Warming (8%)

Poll #6: "Biggest Dick(s) of The Year - 2007"

#1. As expected, but by a far larger margin than anyone could have guessed considering the field of candidates, the BIGGEST DICKS OF 2007 were Bush and Dick, Heroic Leaders of The Free World (31%).
#2. A 3-way tie between:
a) Stephen Harper, Hero to all Canadians who greatly admire what Bush and Dick have accomplished so far (13%)
b) Every news editor who decided to give us yet another story about Britney, Paris & Lindsay while constantly ignoring so many real news stories (13%)
c) The Unknown Suicide Bomber, Bravely slaughtering innocent civilians, all for God... and a few non-existent heavenly virgins (13%)
#5. The Burmese Junta, Dedicated to cleaning up the nation's streets of monks, democratic leaders and all other riff raff (9%)

Poll #5: "Worst X'mas Film Ever"

#1. "A Very Brady Christmas" starring The Whole Damn Brady Bunch (23%)
#2. "Jingle All the Way" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger (18%)
#3. "Silent Night, Deadly Night" starring some psycho and a whole bunch of doomed teens (14%)
#4. "It's A Wonderful Life" starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed (9%)
and #5 was a tie between a number of terrible, or at least terrible-looking, X'mas films.


Poll #4: "Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Film of All Time"

#1. And the winner is: "The Blues Brothers" (19%)
#2. (Tie) "This Is Spinal Tap" (16%)
and "Pink Floyd's The Wall" (16%)
#4. "The Last Waltz" (13%)
#5. (Tie) "Woodstock" (10%)
and "A Hard Day's Night" (10%)


Poll #3: "Which of the following would be the most torturous and horrific to endure?"

#1. Being a faithful Republican trying your darndest to rationally justify all the policies and actions of the Bush Administration (27%)
#2. Hanging out and huntin' for a whole weekend with Dick Cheney (18%)
#3. Finding yourself trapped in a car, unable to move, with Wham's "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" cranked and stuck on replay (16%)
#4. Sitting through a full cricket match (11%)
#5. Sitting through one of those 7-hour speeches by Castro (9%)
Followed closely, in sixth place, by "Sitting through an entire Steven Seagal movie marathon" (7%)


Poll #2: "The Worst Songs of All Time"

1) "We Built This City" by Starship is THE WORST SONG OF ALL TIME. And a damn fine choice it is too, I must say.
2) The SECOND WORST SONG EVER is the very deserving "Step By Step" by New Kids On The Block.
3) The THIRD WORST SONG, and the number one single of the 70s, is "You Light Up My Life" by Debbie Boone.
4) And right behind Debbie, tied for fourth place, is her dad, Pat, who scored for "Anything and everything ever recorded by Pat Boone". Yes, that's right, his entire catalogue. And tied with Pat is Denise Williams with "Let's Hear It For The Boy", her hideously bad #1 hit from the film "Footloose".


Poll #1: "Who's The Biggest Dick?"

#1. And the biggest Dick is... Dick, as in Cheney (35%)
#2. Second Biggest Dick: Bush The Decider himself (27%)
#3. Dick Number Three: Donald Rumsfeld (15%)
#4 & 5. And scoring a dismal 12% each to come in tied for last place: Karl Rove and Paul Wolfowitz (aka Tiny Dicks). I mean, if Karl and Paul truly want to be Big Dicks like their friends then I really think they need to make more of an impression on the public. But, to be fair, the competition was fierce.


Ridiculous Fact #2 (Poll #14)

The Pope May Be Right By Edward C. Green Sunday, March 29, 2009; A15 When Pope Benedict XVI commented this month that condom distribution isn't helping, and may be worsening, the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa, he set off a firestorm of protest. Most non-Catholic commentary has been highly critical of the pope. A cartoon in the Philadelphia Inquirer, reprinted in The Post, showed the pope somewhat ghoulishly praising a throng of sick and dying Africans: "Blessed are the sick, for they have not used condoms." Yet, in truth, current empirical evidence supports him. We liberals who work in the fields of global HIV/AIDS and family planning take terrible professional risks if we side with the pope on a divisive topic such as this. The condom has become a symbol of freedom and -- along with contraception -- female emancipation, so those who question condom orthodoxy are accused of being against these causes. My comments are only about the question of condoms working to stem the spread of AIDS in Africa's generalized epidemics -- nowhere else. In 2003, Norman Hearst and Sanny Chen of the University of California conducted a condom effectiveness study for the United Nations' AIDS program and found no evidence of condoms working as a primary HIV-prevention measure in Africa. UNAIDS quietly disowned the study. (The authors eventually managed to publish their findings in the quarterly Studies in Family Planning.) Since then, major articles in other peer-reviewed journals such as the Lancet, Science and BMJ have confirmed that condoms have not worked as a primary intervention in the population-wide epidemics of Africa. In a 2008 article in Science called "Reassessing HIV Prevention" 10 AIDS experts concluded that "consistent condom use has not reached a sufficiently high level, even after many years of widespread and often aggressive promotion, to produce a measurable slowing of new infections in the generalized epidemics of Sub-Saharan Africa." Let me quickly add that condom promotion has worked in countries such as Thailand and Cambodia, where most HIV is transmitted through commercial sex and where it has been possible to enforce a 100 percent condom use policy in brothels (but not outside of them). In theory, condom promotions ought to work everywhere. And intuitively, some condom use ought to be better than no use. But that's not what the research in Africa shows. Why not? One reason is "risk compensation." That is, when people think they're made safe by using condoms at least some of the time, they actually engage in riskier sex. Another factor is that people seldom use condoms in steady relationships because doing so would imply a lack of trust. (And if condom use rates go up, it's possible we are seeing an increase of casual or commercial sex.) However, it's those ongoing relationships that drive Africa's worst epidemics. In these, most HIV infections are found in general populations, not in high-risk groups such as sex workers, gay men or persons who inject drugs. And in significant proportions of African populations, people have two or more regular sex partners who overlap in time. In Botswana, which has one of the world's highest HIV rates, 43 percent of men and 17 percent of women surveyed had two or more regular sex partners in the previous year. These ongoing multiple concurrent sex partnerships resemble a giant, invisible web of relationships through which HIV/AIDS spreads. A study in Malawi showed that even though the average number of sexual partners was only slightly over two, fully two-thirds of this population was interconnected through such networks of overlapping, ongoing relationships. So what has worked in Africa? Strategies that break up these multiple and concurrent sexual networks -- or, in plain language, faithful mutual monogamy or at least reduction in numbers of partners, especially concurrent ones. "Closed" or faithful polygamy can work as well. In Uganda's early, largely home-grown AIDS program, which began in 1986, the focus was on "Sticking to One Partner" or "Zero Grazing" (which meant remaining faithful within a polygamous marriage) and "Loving Faithfully." These simple messages worked. More recently, the two countries with the highest HIV infection rates, Swaziland and Botswana, have both launched campaigns that discourage people from having multiple and concurrent sexual partners. Don't misunderstand me; I am not anti-condom. All people should have full access to condoms, and condoms should always be a backup strategy for those who will not or cannot remain in a mutually faithful relationship. This was a key point in a 2004 "consensus statement" published and endorsed by some 150 global AIDS experts, including representatives the United Nations, World Health Organization and World Bank. These experts also affirmed that for sexually active adults, the first priority should be to promote mutual fidelity. Moreover, liberals and conservatives agree that condoms cannot address challenges that remain critical in Africa such as cross-generational sex, gender inequality and an end to domestic violence, rape and sexual coercion. Surely it's time to start providing more evidence-based AIDS prevention in Africa. The writer is a senior research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health.