Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S.
Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.
That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.
NPR maps the resurgence of preventable diseases due to public ignorance and lamentable misinformation about vaccines.
Pair with Bill Gates on vaccines, animated.
this is such bullshit
VACCINATE YOUR FUCKING KIDS
V. IMPORTANT (you should probably get your flu vaccine too, jsyk)
You know what’s really sad? That parents are more afraid of their child having AUTISM than they are of fucking POLIO! Polio kills! And yet these yuppy parents don’t vaccinate on the off chance that it could cause their child to be aneurotypical. So it all boils down to parents preferring a dead child to an “imperfect” one.
4:25 am • 19 April 2014 • 27,720 notes
You want to say Hi to the cute girl on the subway. How will she react? Fortunately, I can tell you with some certainty, because she’s already sending messages to you. Looking out the window, reading a book, working on a computer, arms folded across chest, body away from you = do not disturb. So, y’know, don’t disturb her. Really. Even to say that you like her hair, shoes, or book. A compliment is not always a reason for women to smile and say thank you. You are a threat, remember? You are Schrödinger’s Rapist. Don’t assume that whatever you have to say will win her over with charm or flattery. Believe what she’s signaling, and back off.
If you speak, and she responds in a monosyllabic way without looking at you, she’s saying, “I don’t want to be rude, but please leave me alone.” You don’t know why. It could be “Please leave me alone because I am trying to memorize Beowulf.” It could be “Please leave me alone because you are a scary, scary man with breath like a water buffalo.” It could be “Please leave me alone because I am planning my assassination of a major geopolitical figure and I will have to kill you if you are able to recognize me and blow my cover.”
On the other hand, if she is turned towards you, making eye contact, and she responds in a friendly and talkative manner when you speak to her, you are getting a green light. You can continue the conversation until you start getting signals to back off.
The fourth point: If you fail to respect what women say, you label yourself a problem.
There’s a man with whom I went out on a single date—afternoon coffee, for one hour by the clock—on July 25th. In the two days after the date, he sent me about fifteen e-mails, scolding me for non-responsiveness. I e-mailed him back, saying, “Look, this is a disproportionate response to a single date. You are making me uncomfortable. Do not contact me again.” It is now October 7th. Does he still e-mail?
Yeah. He does. About every two weeks.
This man scores higher on the threat level scale than Man with the Cockroach Tattoos. (Who, after all, is guilty of nothing more than terrifying bad taste.) You see, Mr. E-mail has made it clear that he ignores what I say when he wants something from me. Now, I don’t know if he is an actual rapist, and I sincerely hope he’s not. But he is certainly Schrödinger’s Rapist, and this particular Schrödinger’s Rapist has a probability ratio greater than one in sixty. Because a man who ignores a woman’s NO in a non-sexual setting is more likely to ignore NO in a sexual setting, as well.
So if you speak to a woman who is otherwise occupied, you’re sending a subtle message. It is that your desire to interact trumps her right to be left alone. If you pursue a conversation when she’s tried to cut it off, you send a message. It is that your desire to speak trumps her right to be left alone. And each of those messages indicates that you believe your desires are a legitimate reason to override her rights.
For women, who are watching you very closely to determine how much of a threat you are, this is an important piece of data.
an excerpt from Phaedra Starling’s “Schrödinger’s Rapist: or a guy’s guide to approaching strange women without being maced” (via lostgrrrls)
HOLY FUCK THE TRUTH.
Can every one of my male followers read this? And please, before you get defensive (“I would never rape anyone!”) keep in mind, women being afraid of Shrodinger’s Rapists (oh my god i still can’t get over the encompassing brilliance of this phrase) is a conditioned, learned response from being immersed in rape culture and the evolution of sexism and sexual violence in our society from the day we’re born. And unfortunately, it’s very difficult to unlearn without the efforts of all genders to dismantle it. Which is where you come in.
2:43 am • 18 April 2014 • 113,114 notes
it’s amazing how for 13 years of my life I was able to wake up at 6am 5 days a week and now I can’t even manage waking up for a 1pm class twice a week
6:08 pm • 11 April 2014 • 52,684 notes
I feel like I haven’t made any fitness related text posts in a while
- Peanut Butter
- Lift all of the things
- Arnold Schwarznegger
- Andreia Brazier
- Push ups
12:08 pm • 11 April 2014 • 35 notes
So uhh, my clothing dye ate through my gloves…..
+3 spellcasting +1 summoning EFF: 2XDAM vs undead
The tattoo makes it more demonic than undead.
It looks like they’re washing off their skin colored paint to reveal their natural flesh tones. Awesome
11:19 pm • 8 April 2014 • 99,239 notes
Hey, wonderful people! It’s been about 6 months since I had a botw/botm so I figure now is as good a time as any to bring it back. I have almost triple the followers I had back then so you could potentially gain 1200+. And let’s face it, you all deserve that many, and more!
Rules & Info:
- Reblog this post; you may like to bookmark but it will not count as an entry
- Must be following me (Please don’t follow if you’re going to unfollow after. It’s rude, I’ll notice, and I might block you for it.)
- Must be a health blog of some sort
- I will look at every blog and choose on March 30; the chosen blog will have 24 hours to respond before I choose someone else
What you’ll get if you’re chosen:
- Several screenshot promos throughout the entire month
- A mention in every promo I do
- Bolded at the top of every promo list posted
- A featured place on my blog (Visit my blog for a “demo”)
- Permanently added to my past botw/botm page
- A follow from me, if I’m not already
- A friend (You’ll be stuck with me for a whole month so let’s make the most of it!)
- Little cards/letters/gifts in the mail (Only if you’re comfortable giving out your mailing address)
* My top 10 runners-up will also receive random promos during the month.
* Even if you aren’t picked, you may get a follow back!
Aaaand I think that just about covers it. Been a while since I did this so if I forgot something, feel free to ask questions! ^_^
1:12 am • 8 March 2014 • 541 notes