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Sex for the Disabled

A Swiss welfare group is recruiting volunteers to have sex with disabled people. The Basel-based Welfare Group for Disability and Sexuality already arranges erotic massages for people with disabilities. But it is now providing full sexual intercourse and is also signing up gay volunteers to have sex with homosexual disabled people.

The group’s leader Aiha Zemp said it was a subject that ‘needed to be tackled.’

She said: “It’s a big taboo that needs to be broken. Having sex is a basic human need like eating and drinking and we have to fight for this right for the disabled.” At present three men and one woman offer an erotic ‘touching service,’ and nine new volunteers have come forward to offer sex at £65 per hour. Zemp rejected criticism that the group were simply training up prostitutes.

Source: Annanova

Disabled characters on Aardman show

The creators of Wallace and Gromit have unveiled their latest characters - all of whom share a disability.

Aardman Animations have teamed up with the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity to launch Creature Discomforts, based on their much-loved Creature Comforts series.

The six animal characters are voiced by disabled people who talk about the discrimination and difficulties they encounter.

Peg the Hedgehog, Slim the Stick Insect, Flash the Sausage Dog, Tim the Tortoise, Spud the Slug and Brian the Bull Terrier will feature in TV adverts from January. They are available to view online at www.creaturediscomforts.org.

The campaign aims to highlight the disadvantages that disabled people experience every day, and to raise awareness among the public.

It will feature in newspapers, magazines, bus stops and online from Thursday, and in TV adverts in January.

Recent research carried out by the charity revealed that nine out of 10 disabled people in the UK believe they are the victims or prejudice o…

Traveling to Mongolia with Spinal Muscular Atrophy

I was browsing a group about traveling with a disability when I ran across this post. The woman has the same disability I do. I thought I'd pass it on, verbatim.

Hello everyone.

My childhood fantasy was to visit Mongolia. My reality is that I was born with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) which has left me dependent on a wheelchair, with limited strength and significant breathing problems. Not exactly the best circumstances for even the hardiest person to contemplate such a trip across the world. But I can say that my dream of visiting Mongolia is "no longer a fantasy."
On July 15, 1995, Ro, Sally, Pat, Fred and I embarked on a fantastic journey... to Outer Mongolia. Together we flew eight times, travelled on the Trans Mongolian Railway, drove through and over the Gobi desert in a bus, slept in tents on the steppes of Mongolia, touched the Great Wall of China, slept in a yurt, and saw a yak. We visited countries, saw places, met people and experienced things we never th…

I like Rachel Ray, and Anthony Bourdain

As much as I hate to admit it, I like Rachael Ray.She's cute, bright, and the only slightly annoyingly peppy. However, when I read this quote in Time magazine, I laughed out loud. He's so right.

Anthony Bourdain is self described "old-school French Chef". He has a show, I think it's on the Travel Channel, where he eats all kinds of strange things from all over the world.
He was asked "Why do you always pick on Rachael Ray?"

He said "She can take it. She's incredibly powerful and far more loved than I am. But she genuinely offends me. Julia Child, for example, raised people's expectations of food. When Rachael tells you that it's perfectly okay to buy a pre-chopped onion from the supermarket... I mean, how hard is it to chop an onion? The takeaway is, I could cook, but [instead] I'll finish this bag of Cheetos and that gallon of Diet Pepsi before dying of diabetes."

I agree with Bourdain. We're living in a time when qui…

Chivalry Is Not Dead

Men, we need to prove to women of the world that chivalry is not dead. As this Russian video clearly displays, it is our duty as men to defend and protect our wives. If someone wrongs the woman that we love, it's our responsibility to right that wrong. I don't speak the language, but the video speaks the universal language of manliness. Enjoy.

Ernie the Lizard's Trip to the Vet

I usually hate e-mail forwards, but this story is, well, priceless. It's just a matter of time until I have an experience similar in nature to this. I love pets, and I encourage my kids to love pets and care for them. We are working our way up to a dog, or a monkey if I have my way.

To all of those pet lovers, or haters, particularly those with children... enjoy.

Just after dinner one night, my son came up to tell me there was "something was wrong" with one of the two lizards he holds prisoner in his room. "He's just lying there looking sick," he told me. "I'm serious, Dad. Can you help?" I put my best lizard-healer expression on my face and followed him into his bedroom. One of the little lizards was indeed lying on his back, looking stressed. I immediately knew what to do.

"Honey," I called, "come look at the lizard!"

"Oh, my gosh!" my wife exclaimed. "She's having babies."

"What???" my son…

A Dream That Would Make Sigmund Freud Proud

I had a dream last night, a very weird dream. Here's the short version. Zombies were taking over the earth. A handful of us were trying to defend ourselves against the zombies. I know what you're thinking, sounds more like a bad movie than a dream that Sigmund Freud would find intriguing. Bear with me.

So we have successfully defended ourselves from the zombies who could scratch or bite us, infecting our blood, ultimately leading us to join them in the realm of the undead.

That's when it happened a tiny horsefly landed on my ring finger of my left hand. It bit me and I realized that now my finger had become infected, because clearly the horsefly's last meal was on zombie flesh. That's when I got my friend, Peter Petrelli (yes, from the TV show "Heroes"), and told him he had to cut off my finger. Luckily there happen to be a brand-new Swiss Army knife handy, and I winced as he cut off my ring finger before the tainted blood could move my arm and zombi…

Solar Wind Powered Vehicle - First Energy Autonomous Production Car

Every car company in America, and most of the rest of the world, thinks they are going "green". This is the first sample I've seen of a car company truly producing an environmentally friendly car. The French company, Venturi, produce three vehicles; a completely electric sports car, a solar electric hybrid, and this, the first autonomous energy vehicle. It's capable of running exclusively on solar and wind energy. Solar energy is actually captured as vehicle drives. While parked the vehicle can capture wind energy and solar. In emergencies, you can plug in the vehicle and obtain a full charge in only five hours.

While it certainly isn't the solution for all of our energy concerns, and frankly, it isn't sexy, it is the first production car that could run completely exclusive of fossil fuel. Additionally, the company is carbon neutral so even the production of the vehicle is offset.

They are currently producing 20 units as demonstrators. Starting in March…

My blog has hit the big time!

It's official, my blog has reached a new level of prominence. I haven't been quoted by CNN. I haven't been interviewed by Good Morning America. But, I'm definitely on my way because spammers have discovered my blog. It's just a matter of time until the press starts calling and the money starts rolling in. Soon, the Gods of Google will deliver wheelbarrows full of cash to my doorstep.

A couple of days ago I got my first spam in a post comment. I get an e-mail every time someone comments on my blog, so I usually know within an hour, unless I'm sleeping. This morning I logged in and had to delete six spam comments from various posts.

One of the core values of doing a blog, and one of the most important parts from the perspective of blog writing, is the ability for readers to comment. It's a silly little thrill I get every time I get a comment, so I don't want to disable them altogether. Unfortunately, I've had to install the image verification i…