Cleaning Update

Thursday 15th October 2015 @ 10:27 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

The last two days have been mostly laundry. It turns out that if you have a mini washing machine (which I do, and I love) and haven’t done laundry for three months it will take you a LONG-ASS TIME to get caught up. Especially if the weather has just decided to become Autumn and therefore everything is taking f o r e v e r to dry.

I did also clear out all of the trash from my hallway, which I forgot to take a ‘before’ pic for, but suffice to say, it was only traversable by hopping between tiny islands of clear floor. There’s still a ton of crap hanging out in there, but it’s nothing that 5 minutes tomorrow won’t fix.

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5 mins #1

Wednesday 14th October 2015 @ 10:16 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

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Wednesday 14th October 2015 @ 10:15 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

So right now the state of my flat can only be described as “Bad”. Like, so bad that none of the before & afters on ufyh Tumblr even come close. This is what three months of depression, anxiety and ASD without outside help ends up looking like. Mum is coming on Saturday to do the kitchen so I am going to do what ufyh recommends when you have physical and mental health limitations and set a timer for 5 minutes every time I finish a nin-cleaning thing. Watched an episode of leverage? 5 mins. Finished a 300-stitch round of shawl knitting? 5 mins! I plan to take more photos after each one so that I can see the progress.

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5 mins #1

Wednesday 14th October 2015 @ 10:13 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

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Wednesday 14th October 2015 @ 10:12 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

So right now the state of my flat can only be described as “Bad”. Like, so bad that none of the before & afters on ufyh Tumblr even come close. This is what three months of depression, anxiety and ASD without outside help ends up looking like. Mum is coming on Saturday to do the kitchen so I am going to do what ufyh recommends when you have physical and mental health limitations and set a timer for 5 minutes every time I finish a nin-cleaning thing. Watched an episode of leverage? 5 mins. Finished a 300-stitch round of shawl knitting? 5 mins! I plan to take more photos after each one so that I can see the progress.

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Thursday 17th September 2015 @ 3:59 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

thebooksmugglers:

tastefullyoffensive:

When your stupid wizard parents force you to make the bed.

(vine by Kevin Parry)

Love this so much. 


Monday 14th September 2015 @ 9:47 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

vandulocity:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

naptownchris:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

I guess you are misunderstanding me and submitter.

Submitter wants to make  an all-trans/non-binary derby team.

MRDA would allow them have such a sanctioned team with all rights therof.

Important also to note that literally the only change MRDA makes to the WFTDA rule set is to use gender-neutral pronouns throughout.

Didn’t WFTDA go to all gender-neutral pronouns in their last revision?
The text of the rules is the same.

bootyblock This post was prompted by an argument I had with a (cis female) WFTDA
skater who had erased non-binary junior skaters while discussing the
new JFTDA. She also overlooked the awful gender policy of the WFTDA.
Part of my frustration comes from the lack of acceptance from mainstream
rule sets for trans and non-binary skaters, especially from WFTDA. So I
definitely agree with all of you that the current rule sets have their
issues when it comes to gender identity, whether they be big or small.
None of them are perfect.”

People always overlook WFTDA’s shitty gender policy because they don’t want to admit the organization is deeply flawed and that they are validating that discrimination by not doing anything to fix it. Like boycotting tournaments or withholding league dues until the policy is changed.

I went back and re-read the summary of WFTDA vs USARS vs MADE I did a while back, because gender policy was one of the sections. Unless it’s changed in the last year or so, the policies are:
WFTDA: You can be asked to prove you are female based on hormone levels as certified by a doctor. No coed play allowed.
USARS: Your gender is what your driver’s license says it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many males are allowed in each jam or alternating single gender periods. No provisions for non-binary players.
MADE: Your gender is what you think it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many male identifying people can be in each jam. But it also explicitly says the gender restrictions may be disregarded as long as both teams agree.

Reading MRDA’s discrimination policy, it does not say anything specific about who gets to play. Only that nobody will be discriminated against in league involvement.

Are there MRDA teams with non-binary or female identifying players? Does MRDA allow cis gender female skaters in sanctioned games?

This came up in the UK derby dialogue group a while back, and yes, there are cis female skaters who have played in sanctioned MRDA games. Not many, but it has happened! Although there was also one story of a team defying the MRDAs gender policy and not allowing a female league member to skate in a sanctioned game because of her gender, so in practice it does seem to be on a league-by-league basis.

Cool. Thanks for the info.

If MRDA uses exactly the same rules as WFTDA and is (in theory) less discriminatory, why doesn’t everyone of all genders play MRDA?

I’m guessing it’s partly because many cis people are very attatched to gender segregation?
And on the trans side of things I know a few of my non-binary and transfeminine friends would be uncomfortable being part of an organisation that is called “mens”, even if their policy IS totally gender inclusive.
Roller derby that plays WFTDA/MRDA rules really needs a non-gender-specific governing body with the MRDAs gender policy.

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 9:18 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

naptownchris:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

I guess you are misunderstanding me and submitter.

Submitter wants to make  an all-trans/non-binary derby team.

MRDA would allow them have such a sanctioned team with all rights therof.

Important also to note that literally the only change MRDA makes to the WFTDA rule set is to use gender-neutral pronouns throughout.

Didn’t WFTDA go to all gender-neutral pronouns in their last revision?
The text of the rules is the same.

bootyblock This post was prompted by an argument I had with a (cis female) WFTDA
skater who had erased non-binary junior skaters while discussing the
new JFTDA. She also overlooked the awful gender policy of the WFTDA.
Part of my frustration comes from the lack of acceptance from mainstream
rule sets for trans and non-binary skaters, especially from WFTDA. So I
definitely agree with all of you that the current rule sets have their
issues when it comes to gender identity, whether they be big or small.
None of them are perfect.”

People always overlook WFTDA’s shitty gender policy because they don’t want to admit the organization is deeply flawed and that they are validating that discrimination by not doing anything to fix it. Like boycotting tournaments or withholding league dues until the policy is changed.

I went back and re-read the summary of WFTDA vs USARS vs MADE I did a while back, because gender policy was one of the sections. Unless it’s changed in the last year or so, the policies are:
WFTDA: You can be asked to prove you are female based on hormone levels as certified by a doctor. No coed play allowed.
USARS: Your gender is what your driver’s license says it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many males are allowed in each jam or alternating single gender periods. No provisions for non-binary players.
MADE: Your gender is what you think it is. Rules allow for coed play with restrictions on how many male identifying people can be in each jam. But it also explicitly says the gender restrictions may be disregarded as long as both teams agree.

Reading MRDA’s discrimination policy, it does not say anything specific about who gets to play. Only that nobody will be discriminated against in league involvement.

Are there MRDA teams with non-binary or female identifying players? Does MRDA allow cis gender female skaters in sanctioned games?

This came up in the UK derby dialogue group a while back, and yes, there are cis female skaters who have played in sanctioned MRDA games. Not many, but it has happened! Although there was also one story of a team defying the MRDAs gender policy and not allowing a female league member to skate in a sanctioned game because of her gender, so in practice it does seem to be on a league-by-league basis.

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 6:55 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

Someone: it’s too hot
Me, internally: everyone has forgotten, but I haven’t. I haven’t forgotten uptown funk. I can’t hear those words without getting an unexplainable urge to say ‘hot damn.’ Maybe nobody forgot. Maybe we all think this. I feel like we need to talk about the influence this song had on all of us.


Monday 14th September 2015 @ 6:35 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

khoshekhs:

iloveosricchau:

desuke-dragonqueen:

oaktreehideaway:

Minus Ludo he was coool

a collection of names for Harry’s middle child. It starts simple and then escalates and then by the end Harry just gives up. 

All of these would have been a vast improvement

ALL OF THESE ARE PERF

this is the only meme i care about


Cultures are NOT Costumes

Monday 14th September 2015 @ 6:30 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

scruffyynerffherderr:

17mul:

katblaque:

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This is a transcript of this video

(This video is fully closed captioned!)

So, i was planning on doing this video a lot later on in the month, but I realized that a lot of people are probably planning their Halloween costumes right now and I just wanted to stop you now before you made a fool out of yourself.

So, every year around this time we always seem to have a rash of people who want to feel a little ethnic for the evening and think Halloween is the perfect time for that.

You can be a Spicy Senorita

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A China Man

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An Indian Princess
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Or a brave African Warrior!

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Or… you could not be an insensitive jerk and recognize that cultures are NOT costumes

Look, I get the point of Halloween is to dress up as something you’re not and role play all night. I get it, I do.

but when your costume is parodying or poking fun at a culture that is not your own, I’m sorry but you’re kind of a jerk and you’re certainly not invited to my Halloween party.

Now, I’m the sort of person that likes to assume the best of people, I don’t want to assume that people who wear these costumes are racists. I’d like to just assume that you don’t know any better so let me go down a list of problematic costumes and tell you why they are:

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While dressing as a sensitive geisha for the night, might be fun for you,

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Asian women have to live with the geisha stereotype that says that they are quiet, submissive and subservient.

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While wearing an Indian headdress may make your Native American themed costume more extravagant,

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you’re ignoring the fact that the Native American Headdress  is a sign of achievement that is cherished in many native communities.

Wearing it as a joke or as part of a costume is hella disrespectful.
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Dressing up as an “Arabian” Terrorist may be a hit with all of your racist friends,

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but people of middle eastern descent have to live with people assuming that they’re terrorists because of their race and how they may choose to practice their religions

One of the main reasons I’m making this video is because of the response to my black face video.

A lot of people were asking me if it was ok for them to darken their skin when playing a black character, or a character with darker complexion.

Now, first and foremost I wanted to say this:

I have no idea WHY when you look at a black character the biggest thing you take away is their skin color. I’m sorry, but if you can’t convincingly dress like a black character without darkening your skin tone, your costume is really bad and you should probably just not do it all together.
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To be completely honest, I feel like there are some people that are just dying to paint their skin black and act like a black stereotype. I always hear this argument about how darkening their skin somehow makes their portrayal more accurate and I think that’s a massive excuse.
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Black face has a long history of pain and hurt behind it, as do these other stereotypes we’ve discussed here.

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I was Velma last year for Halloween. Everyone knew who I was. No one  was confused because my look and my outfit were on point. So NO you shouldn’t be darkening your skin tone to play a character that’s black.

Lightening my skin never once came to my mind, even though the character is white. Because Velma is so much more than a nerdy white girl.

When the biggest thing you take away from a character is their race, that’s probably a costume you should veer away from.

You wear the COSTUME, not the race.

Look at these great cosplayers. You know exactly who they are even though they aren’t the original race of the character.

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These costumes are amazing and clearly tell you who they’re supposed to be.

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Look at problematic as hell, Miley Cyrus doing it right with her lil kim Haloween costume. When Miley Cyrus is being less racist than you then it’s time to look at your life and look at your decisions.
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Look at Ellen who FLAWLESSLY dressed as Nicki Minaj one year.

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Look at this adorable Tiana Frog Princess cosplay

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One of my favorite Marvel Characters is Storm and this girl did a bang on job

You know who these characters are and you don’t need black face to communicate that.

A lot of Halloween costumes are manifestations of harmful racial stereotypes. Stereotypes that I’m sure lack a lot of context at this point in society, but are still just as offensive to the people of color who have to deal with these stereotypes in their day to day lives.

If your costume says “tribe” or “ethnic” or “traditional” or “authentic” on it, then the chances are you’re grabbing a problematic costume. And again if you wear it, you’re not invited to my party.

If you’d be embarrassed to be seen by a person of the race that you’re parodying then that’s a costume you probably shouldn’t wear.

At the end of the day, Halloween is supposed to be about FUN. There are so many costumes that you can wear that aren’t racist that do not require you to try on the culture of another person’s culture for an evening.

If you’re having fun at someone’s expense, then you’re sort of a jerk and you should examine why you feel entitled to wear a costume that you know is offensive to people of the race you’re parodying.

Like I said, I prefer to air on the side of people just not knowing better. So I hope this video stopped you from buying that racist Halloween costume.

And on that note PLEASE share this video to all of your problematic friends. I really don’t want to see a slew of articles and posts about NEW racist costumes. It’s 2014 and we should really be over this by now.

So ghouls and girls, be sure to have fun this Halloween and always remember and never forget that you are beautiful and you are loved… bye!! <3

Resources:

http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/10/in_the_immortal_words_of.html

http://thestripesblog.com/2014/02/12/the-misrepresented-and-hypersexualized-latina/

http://apihtawikosisan.com/hall-of-shame/an-open-letter-to-non-natives-in-headdresses/

http://cosplayingwhileblack.tumblr.com

afroblossom

Halloween is coming up guys. Time to find a costume that doesn’t make you look like a racist prick.


Monday 14th September 2015 @ 6:26 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

cobrakaiderbycoach:

sporkoftitan:

cobrakaiderbycoach:

bootyblock:

Anyone want to make an all-trans/non-binary derby team? I am officially fed up.

Which rule set would you use?

Given WFTDA’s shitty gender policy, I don’t think using their structure would make sense. I know you could use their rules while ignoring it, but doing so does, on a certain level, validate their ideology.

USARS is less shitty, but still requires binary genders to be defined.  

MADE is the only set of derby rules I know of that explicitly allows gender to be completely ignored if teams so choose.

There could be others, but I’m only familiar with those three.

MRDA is a gender neutral ruleset.

MRDA has an excellent non-discrimination policy, but they do not have their own rule set.

They use WFTDA’s rules. It literally says so on the bottom of every page of their rule book.

My team (B-Town Brawlers in Brighton, UK) are gender inclusive (aka we don’t discriminate based on gender or lack thereof). We currently are training to MRDA /WFTDA rules simply because otherwise we would never be able to play anyone, and our skaters who are comfortable with playing in gender segregated scrims wouldn’t be able to do so. Technically the rules ARE gender neutral, it’s just a shame that the governing body is shit when it comes to gender discrimination (Er, among other things).

Personally I love MADE rules and would like us to play by them once we have enough people for interleague teams.

I have this beautiful dream where one day soon we have enough trans & gender inclusive roller derby leagues for us to have our own governin body & ruleset…

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Monday 14th September 2015 @ 8:59 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

elfwreck:

medieisme:

themarchrabbit:

deadmomjokes:

deadmomjokes:

Before I start this little spiel, I need you all to know: I’m not hating on people who don’t vaccinate their kids, and while I know for a fact BASED ON facts that vaccines don’t cause autism or other “defects”, I’m all for continuing research to make them even better and safer.

But you know what really, really scares me about the anti-vax movement? As a future Public Health Professional, the thing that scares me most about this is the fact that our cultural mindset has become so CHILL about vaccine-preventable/”childhood” diseases that there is even room for such a movement. Let me explain.

Do y’all know what an R0 is? The R-naught, as it is called, is the basic reproduction rate of a disease. It tells you how many new infections can come from one existing infection. For example, an R-naught of 3 (R3) means that, on average, one sick person will infect three other people. Every disease has an R-naught, some greater and some lesser.

Do you remember when everyone was freaking out about Ebola? Everyone was terrified of catching it, because it’s SOOOOO contagious and deadly, right? Ebola has an R-naught of 2. That’s it. R2. One person with Ebola, on average, will get 2 more people sick. And we were freaking out about that.

Well guess what? Measles is the most contagious disease known to mankind, and it has an R-naught of 18. 18. One person with measles will give it to 18 new people, and those people will give it to 18 new people EACH, and so on. That’s what happened with the Disneyland outbreak; it’s so ridiculously contagious that just ONE sick child was enough to start an epidemic.

And yet very few people are as scared of measles as they are of Ebola. Why is that? One reason could be the nature of the disease, sure; Ebola is terrifying in its progression and symptoms. But I would suggest that a major reason is that measles has been so well-contained by vaccination that people no longer fear it. It’s not a part of every-day life anymore; this disease is no big deal because nobody gets it, because so many people are vaccinated against it. Let’s put this another way.

What are the diseases that scare everyone the most: Ebola, HIV/AIDS, and SARS are pretty high on the list of terror diseases. But let’s look at the R0s, shall we: Ebola-R2. HIV/AIDS-R5. SARS-R5. 

Now let’s look at diseases that people are voluntarily rejecting vaccinations against: Measles, Pertussis, and Diphtheria are the major ones. Their R0s? Measles-R18. Pertussis-R17. Diptheria-R7.

Everyone focuses on the former set of diseases– rightly so, I suppose– because they’re more dangerous at the present time. What makes them more dangerous? Not their R0; it’s the fact that there is no viable treatment, and NO VACCINE. Seriously, that’s why the medical community is worried about them. There’s no way to treat or PREVENT their spread biologically. Well guess what? There’s no viable treatment for Measles or Pertussis, and only limited treatment options for Diphtheria. That’s why the medical community doesn’t focus on them as much, because we can prevent them at the biological level, safely and effectively.

But now that the Anti-Vax movement has taken hold so firmly, the medical community is now being forced to once more worry about diseases it had almost eradicated. And not only that, it’s endangering herd immunity for the people who can’t receive their own vaccines due to compromised immune systems. I’m allergic to eggs, so I can’t receive the flu shot, but I’m also asthmatic so I can’t get the inhaled vaccine. I rely entirely on the people I associate with to keep me safe from the flu by getting their yearly shot. This made public school a living nightmare, because almost NOBODY got their shot. They caught it, and while it didn’t affect them TOO terribly because they were generally healthy, when I caught it, it was very dangerous because of my asthma. And then there’s that time when I caught the flu, and then right after because of my weakened immune system, I caught Whooping Cough from someone who hadn’t been vaccinated. I HAD been vaccinated, but my body was so fatigued from the flu that it couldn’t keep up with immune demands. And so I caught it.

Have you ever had Pertussis (whooping cough)? It’s hard enough on someone with full lung capacity; it can break ribs, it makes you cough so hard. You cough until there is literally no air in your lungs, and you have to inhale so forcefully it makes the “whooping” sound that gives it the name. It’s painful beyond belief, and it can last for weeks. Some people will survive it. But add that to asthma, or to a young child, or to an elderly person, and you are looking at either permanent damage or death, no exceptions. When I had it, I was about 6 years old, and asthmatic; I spent 81 hours awake because the coughing was so violent I physically couldn’t sleep. I tore abdominal muscles. I vomited during coughing fits and aspirated the vomit. I was actively dying. The doctors could barely suppress the cough enough for me to breathe at all. My inhaler wasn’t helping, none of the cough syrups or breathing treatments were helping; I was getting pneumonia on top of the virus. It was Hell. I was LUCKY that I didn’t die.

Who would wish that on their child? Nobody, I hope. And if you KNEW you could keep your child from ever experiencing that, wouldn’t you do whatever it took to ensure their safety?

Or would you look at the safeguard and say, “Nah. I’ll take my chances with my child’s life.”?

That is what the anti-vax movement is doing. Perhaps not purposefully, but that’s the end result. These aren’t just names on syringes designed to make a child cry; the diseases are real, and real threats to health and life, and the vaccines are how you prevent them. Yet we are so far removed from the impact and effects of these diseases BECAUSE of the peace brought to us BY vaccines that people now feel no qualm about refusing vaccines.

That’s what scares me about the anti-vax movement; people have become so complacent that they no longer worry about these very real, very deadly diseases. They’d rather risk their child’s life than get a shot? The side effects of vaccines are unproven (nonexistent), but the efficacy of vaccines are very much proven.

When the pertussis vaccine first came out, people jumped on it right away. They were so grateful to have it, and for a while everything was smooth sailing, and whooping cough was on the decline. Then, in the 70s, some groups started claiming the pertussis vaccine was causing brain injury in young children. Less than 50 in 15 million cases were reported, but it was enough to scare people away from the vaccine. And children began dying again. It was later discovered that it was NOT the vaccine, but the result of infantile epilepsy, that caused the brain damage. People began once more vaccinating their children, but not before hundreds if not thousands had died.

And that’s what’s happening now. A falsified claim scared just enough people that time-tested, lab-tested, fully-proven, totally safe vaccines are being rejected, and we’re already starting to pay with lives. And I’m scared it’s going to get worse. People don’t really grasp the full import of these diseases and the necessity of the vaccines until they have experienced the disease. I’m scared that it’s going to come down to new epidemics before people will realize the mistake of not vaccinating.

Right now we’re still in the semi-safe zone. Enough of the population is immunized that we could probably keep most pandemics of these diseases at bay. But if this movement keeps gaining momentum, there might come a day when measles and pertussis could once again destroy thousands of people yearly. Imagine if some terrorist group weaponized Ebola and used it against this country; so many people would die, because we have no vaccine for it, no way to prevent it. That is what could happen with diseases like mumps, rubella, measles, pertussis, Diphtheria, and polio. Except it wouldn’t be terrorists using a disease as a weapon; it would be some kid in your child’s class, or your neighbor across the street, or the guy who delivers the mail to your office. That’s how life used to be, and if someone from the pre-vaccine era could see us now, they’d weep for joy at the idea that we can prevent these horrific diseases; and then they’d weep in sorrow at the idea that people are voluntarily turning down that safeguard.

It’s true, vaccines aren’t always 100% effective; I was immunized, but still got Whooping Cough (lowered immune function, if you recall). But you know who didn’t get it? My baby sister. My big sister. My cousins. My mother and father. My classmates, the other kids at my doctor’s office. The nurses at the hospital. The pharmacy workers. Their children. The kids my mom taught at school. All those people were safe because of vaccines. And you know what else? When I was in India, I was exposed to polio. Didn’t get it. Know why? I was vaccinated. I was exposed to chicken pox in 5th grade. One unvaccinated kid got it, and the other 4 kids in our class who weren’t vaccinated got it. But you know who didn’t? The rest of us who WERE vaccinated.

Vaccination may not be perfect, and the only way we will improve them is by continuing research. But the fact remains that as they are now, vaccines cause no lasting side effects (injection site pain goes away), and are extremely effective at preventing dangerous, painful, debilitating, often deadly diseases. Let’s keep researching, yes, but in the mean time, PLEASE vaccinate. It’s not worth your life, or your child’s, or anyone else’s. Vaccines save lives, not destroy them.

Just a reminder for flu season, and with everyone going back to school. Vaccines are safe, effective, and vaccination saves lives. Go get your boosters if you haven’t yet or aren’t sure if you’re behind; it’s a day or two of arm discomfort in exchange for your life. That’s a pretty safe bet to me.

And please

Remember that not everyone can get vaccinations, and are depending on you to keep herd immunity so they can go to the grocery store. Like the person in chemo, getting a Coke at Safeway at two in the morning.

I’m from Newfoundland and a child of older parents so my mother can remember when most of these diseases were not available or outright didn’t exist. Believe me, it’s a FUN MOMENT to listen to your mother describing houses in her town with a big quarantine sign on the front because of whatever disease someone in their family contracted. She talks about families who lost multiple children to these diseases. One story that’s stuck with me was a family under quarantine with diphtheria; they had to pass their dead children through a window to the people outside. They couldn’t even attend the funerals because they couldn’t leave the house.

She remembers this. It’s not a story in a history book. It’s something she remembers watching. You bet your ass I had every vaccination she could give me. I did manage to catch the chicken pox before I could be vaccinated for it, but other than that?

I got my damn shots. I don’t have kids. I don’t have plans for children, but if I did?

They would be too. Because I try to picture what it must’ve been like for parents to watch their child stop breathing, then have to wrap that little one up in sheets and PASS THEM THROUGH A FUCKING WINDOW and not even have the chance to go to the funeral and say goodbye.

This is not a ‘maybe this will happen’. This is a ‘it already has’. It’s happened more than once and will again if the antivax movement has anything to say about it.

This is what we need. More reminders of how horrible diseases were for communities before vaccines, more stories about how they impact families, not more statistics and yelling at parents who are trying to pick what’s right for their kids.

They are choosing not to vaccinate, not because they are “stupid” or “delusional,” but because the risks of the diseases aren’t real to them, not like the risks of vaccination are. And those risks may be very tiny indeed–but they can understand them; the risks of the disease are so removed, and so often couched in weird “well, I don’t care if your kid dies, but I don’t want your kid infecting mine” language… that’s not likely to convince anyone.


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skunkbear:

skunkbear:

The past is packed with monsters! Behemoths by the dozen!
Let’s meet these fossils! (and their less colossal modern cousins)

Earth’s ancient history is full of giant versions of modern animals. Evolutionary forces (competition for resources, changes in climate) pushed these species to become incredibly large. And I’m not just talking about giant dinosaurs – there were huge mammals and marsupials too. 

A lot of these giants lived in the Pleistocene, an epoch stretching from around 2.5 million to 11,000 years ago. Mysteriously, the extinction of many of these animals coincides with humanity’s arrival as a dominant predator.

Watch a video / listen to a poem about these prehistoric monsters.

Illustrations by Mary McLain


Thursday 10th September 2015 @ 12:49 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

gooddogbestfriend:

accio-salt:

My dash just did the beST FUCKING THING

YOU GET HIM, BERNIE SANDERS DOG!!

Is that a Bernie’s Mountain Dog?


Tuesday 8th September 2015 @ 1:22 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

me, about to watch a movie: once again it is time to switch off my Feminist Sensibilities, so that I can enjoy this piece of entertainment rather than becoming Incensed and Outraged.


Tuesday 8th September 2015 @ 12:07 am : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

raptorific:

I know there’s a lot of cool and interesting interpretations of the great gatsby but by far the best one I’ve ever heard is that gatsby calls nick “old sport” because he can’t remember his name and it’s gone on too long to ask


Monday 7th September 2015 @ 9:56 pm : Tumblr : 0 Comments :

misslinzay:

alonetogether-forever:

lazynbored:

I wanna live like this llama

Please unmute this. 

Because of the llama