Today I lead a class discussion on unethical medical practices. The class had to read two articles: (1) on the 7 criteria for ethical research (which I thought was great, but never practiced) and (2) on the possibility of coercing American patients (the article implicitly…
QC has been super meh but the new story in space is fresh! MOAR HANNELORE. GWS- recently Thea/Love/Lesbians!+ Zach/Hazel drama. Gunner- new storyline just broke- Annie’s dad contacted her and its ~mysterious~. google reader is the best for comics
you are so completely the best. How do you use google reader for comics? I always just visit the sites
“One stormy night I drove to a mailshop hidden deep in a nearly deserted stand of warehouses. I’d heard something was up and wanted to see for myself. As I rounded the final turn my eyes nearly popped. Tractor-trailers pulled up to loading docks, cars and vans everywhere and long-haired, earring-pierced men scurrying around running forklifts, inserters and huge printing presses. Trembling with worry I went inside. It was worse than I ever imagined. Row after row of boxes bulging with pro-homosexual petitions lined the walls, stacked to the ceiling. My mind reeled as I realized hundreds, maybe thousands, more boxes were already loaded on the tractor-trailers. And still more petitions were flying off the press. Suddenly a dark-haired man screeched, “Delgaudio what are you doing here?” Dozens of men began moving toward me. I’d been recognized. As I retreated to my car, the man chortled, “This time Delgaudio we can’t lose.” Driving away, my eyes filled with tears as I realized he might be right. This time the Radical Homosexuals could win.”—
self-insert fanfic about fighting “the gays” by eugene delgaudio, age 57 (via poststop)
I can’t be the only one expecting an orgy scene though.
Andrew Schiff was sitting in a traffic jam in California this month after giving a speech at an investment conference about gold. He turned off the satellite radio, got out of the car and screamed a profanity.
“I’m not Zen at all, and when I’m freaking out about the situation, where I’m stuck like a rat in a trap on a highway with no way to get out, it’s very hard,” Schiff, director of marketing for broker-dealer Euro Pacific Capital Inc., said in an interview.
Schiff, 46, is facing another kind of jam this year: Paid a lower bonus, he said the $350,000 he earns, enough to put him in the country’s top 1 percent by income, doesn’t cover his family’s private-school tuition, a Kent, Connecticut, summer rental and the upgrade they would like from their 1,200-square-foot Brooklyn duplex.
“I feel stuck,” Schiff said. “The New York that I wanted to have is still just beyond my reach.”
The smaller bonus checks that hit accounts across the financial-services industry this month are making it difficult to maintain the lifestyles that Wall Street workers expect, according to interviews with bankers and their accountants, therapists, advisers and headhunters.
“People who don’t have money don’t understand the stress,” said Alan Dlugash, a partner at accounting firm Marks Paneth & Shron LLP in New York who specializes in financial planning for the wealthy. “Could you imagine what it’s like to say I got three kids in private school, I have to think about pulling them out? How do you do that?”…
I don’t support it because blah blah blah. Not the point. I’ve hung out with gay guys and lesbian girls. One of my best friends in high school was lesbian. Still hung out with her and loved her to death. So that makes me homophobic? Please tell me I’m wrong.
No, it just makes you a bigot.
Well, maybe homophobic isn’t the word…but you’re wanting to deny human beings of a right is certainly something..yup, comment above got it right. Bigot.
Here I thought this was going to be an interesting discussion about radical queers and the idea of marriage equality as cultural integration into a culture they want no part of…but no
it’s just some straight dude being a straight dude. Knowing gay people doesn’t mean you aren’t a bigot. Have you told your friends? Have you looked them in the eyes and said “I think you should be legally barred from doing something you (may or may not in the future) want to do because of reasons. And because I’m a straight dude I obviously know what I’m talking about. But please, as I am so ~~~*~*~openminded~*~*~*~ tell me I’m wrong! I’ll totally take what you queers have to say to heart and not make it into an argument about how I’m not actually heterosexist! The way in which I framed this statement clearly shows that!”
Sometimes I think about animals a lot and get kind of overwhelmed at how cool they are and why they do what they do and how I just love them and I’m literally a 5 year ld who wants to grow up to be a vet because when you’re five vets just get to hang out with animals, they don’t have to know math or science or perform surgery or whatever it is vets actually do.
Eating disorders are complex beasts, with not-great recovery prospects and the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. We don’t entirely know what causes eating disorders, but last year when I interviewed Sunny Sea Gold, author of “Food, the Good Girl’s Drug“ and a recovered binge eater herself, she broke it down nicely:
Therapists pretty much agree that there are three main causes of eating disorders, and most of us who get them have a combination of the three. One is your genetics. Second is your physiology, like the biology of your actual brain — your personality…. The third thing is environment. Environment is broken into two parts: the environment of your home, what your mom and dad said to you, the behaviors they modeled. The other part of environment is culture. So about one-sixth of eating disorders can be blamed on cultural environment, like the pictures we’re shown… If we magically were able to suddenly change the images we see in order to be diverse in all ways, gradually that part of the pressure would relieve itself. But it wouldn’t relieve that need of a girl to control her food intake because she can’t control her life.
SO, yeah, for the record, blogs don’t magically make people sick. In fact, a lot of times, they are a place of support for people who really need it. I know anamia blogs are really controversial….but coming from someone who has actually run a few, and probably would not have recovered without the support of the people I spoke to through them, I do not think they should be banned from tumblr. I think that is an awful idea. I think that leaves a lot of people out in the cold, without the support of people that they’ve grown to know and love and trust. They are literally the only places in the world that will not immediately call you selfish when they learn you have an ED. They are safe spaces for people with disorders. I know it doesn’t seem like that to people who have never needed to use these spaces, but they are. (For the record, my ED blog experience has been with xanga exclusively, as this was a while ago, but they’re essentially the same everywhere. This isn’t a new thing.)
Sorry, that was a little off topic but that last bit really reminded me of the tumblr ban on ana/mia SI blogs and all of the feelings I have about it.
Um… right now, Marten, Marigold and Hanners are up in space at her dad’s space station for Hanners’ birthday. Marten was dating a girl from the new coffee shop, but she moved away. Angus told Faye he loved her and there was angst.
He dated Padma?! excellent! That space station arc sounds fun, but not so much the angst. I stopped reading around the time that Dora went on the date with the guy that owned the other coffee shop so it looks like I have a LOT of catching up! I was wondering if it would be worth it to go back (it was kind of starting to bore me a bit) and not it seems apparent that it is!
Man, I used to read like 20 webcomics on the daily
now it’s been a really long time and catching up on them is so overwhelming.
What’s been happening with QC? Spoilers aren’t an issue for me.
I wish I had kept my place in Gunnerkrigg, GWS, and 1977—so if anyone reads those and wants to gve me a little run down that would be cool, too—but QC is a little more widely known o that’s why I asked first.
I’m not responsible enough for arc based internet entertainment :(
when she was in the California State Prison - 1972
Interviewer:A year ago the black panthers were much more active. We heard much more about that type of struggle. Is the time of the black panthers past?
Angela Davis:The black panthers still exist, and the black panthers are still extremely active in the Oakland community and communities all over the country. I’m not sure whether or not you are aware of what is now happening in the black panther party and the kinds of things that the members of that party are doing now.
Interviewer:No but tell me.
Angela Davis:First of all, if you’re gonna talk about a revolutionary situation, you have to have people who are physically able to wage revolution, who are physically able to organize and physically able to do all that is done.
Interviewer:But the question is more, how do you get there? Do you get there by confrontation, violence?
Angela Davis:Oh, is that the question you were asking? Yeah see, that’s another thing. When you talk about a revolution, most people think violence, without realizing that the real content of any revolutionary thrust lies in the principles and the goals that you’re striving for, not in the way you reach them. On the other hand, because of the way this society’s organized, because of the violence that exists on the surface everywhere, you have to expect that there are going to be such explosions. You have to expect things like that as reactions. If you are a black person and live in the black community all your life and walk out on the street everyday seeing white policemen surrounding you… When I was living in Los Angeles, for instance, long before the situation in L.A ever occurred, I was constantly stopped. No, the police didn’t know who I was. But I was a black women and I had a natural and they, I suppose thought I might be “militant.” And when you live under a situation like that constantly, and then you ask me, you know, whether I approve of violence. I mean, that just doesn’t make any sense at all. Whether I approve of guns. I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. Some very, very good friends of mine were killed by bombs, bombs that were planted by racists. I remember, from the time I was very small, I remember the sounds of bombs exploding across the street. Our house shaking. I remember my father having to have guns at his disposal at all times, because of the fact that, at any moment, we might expect to be attacked. The man who was, at that time, in complete control of the city government, his name was Bull Connor, would often get on the radio and make statements like, “niggers have moved into a white neighborhood. We better expect some bloodshed tonight.” And sure enough, there would be bloodshed. After the four young girls who lived, one of them lived next door to me…I was very good friends with the sister of another one. My sister was very good friends with all three of them. My mother taught one of them in her class. My mother—in fact, when the bombing occurred, one of the mothers of one of the young girls called my mother and said, “Can you take me down to the church to pick up Carol? We heard about the bombing and I don’t have my car.” And they went down and what did they find? They found limbs and heads strewn all over the place. And then, after that, in my neighborhood, all the men organized themselves into an armed patrol. They had to take their guns and patrol our community every night because they did not want that to happen again. That’s why, when someone asks me about violence, I just, I just find it incredible. Because what it means is that the person who’s asking that question has absolutely no idea what black people have gone through, what black people have experienced in this country since the time the first black person was kidnapped from the shores of Africa.
As stated above, for an Individual to be a candidate for the office of president of the United States, the candidate must meet the qualifications set forth in the United States Constitution and one of those qualifications is that the Candidate shall be a “natural born citizen” of the United States. As Barack Hussein Obama II is of the “mulatto” race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of “Negro” or “mulatto” had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.”
They…they don’t know how the Constitution works. And…fucking…”mulatto”?
The release reports that FDIC-insured commercial banks and savings institutions earned $26.3 billion in profits at the end of last year — a figure that is up 23 percent from earnings reported in the final quarter of 2010 — making 2011′s fourth-quarter the most profitable period for the industry since 2006:
For the year, earnings hit $119.5 billion — the most since 2006.
Banks with assets exceeding $10 billion accounted for almost all of the earnings growth in the fourth quarter. While they make up just 1.4 percent of U.S. banks, they accounted for more than 81 percent of the earnings.
Those banks include Bank of America Corp., Citigroup Inc., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Wells Fargo & Co. Most of them have recovered with help from federal bailout money and record-low borrowing rates. Many of these same banks complained last year that new regulations mandated by Congress have hurt their ability to make money and moved to charge new fees to make up the difference.
“He [Rick Santorum] is a staunch opponent of abortion, even in the case of rape. Even in the case of rape, telling CNN recently that a woman, in that case, should, and I quote, ‘make the best out of a bad situation, and accept the gift from God.’ Wow. I think women should say the same thing to Santorum, Andy, after from now until the end of his weaselly life, they see him in the street and kick him in the fucking balls. ‘Please accept this gift from God, Rick, this pointed-shoed gift to your plums. Why are you rolling around on the ground crying, Rick? Please make the best out of this bad situation. In fact, rejoice, because I believe another lady is coming over to gift you with another high-velocity nut shot. Praise be, Rick! God is graciously raining gifts into your groinal area, you fucking douche.’”—John Oliver on Rick Santorum, The Bugle 183 (via sixpencesoulcake)
Bowie later played “Andy Warhol” to Andy Warhol, who reportedly disliked it as he thought the lyrics made fun of his physical appearance. When the song had finished playing, Warhol and Bowie reportedly just stared at each other for a while until Warhol said “I like your shoes” and the pair then had a conversation about shoes.
“The pro-choice movement opposes forced ultrasounds because they override the doctor’s discretion and the doctor-patient relationship, in a manner that is not only condescending to the woman’s preferred course of action, but also often requires a greater outlay of time, sometimes an entire extra day, as well as money. Not only do they not change anyone’s mind, ultrasounds stigmatize and intimidate women who are already under stress.”—
It’s not “an extra day”. It’s another appointment to make when the clock is ticking and you don’t know when they’ll be able to see you. That day could mean the difference between a legal abortion and an illegal one. It’s another day off of work. It’s incredibly expensive—especially if you don’t have insurance.
Make absolutely no mistake, the ultrasound bill is a direct attack on poor and working pregnant people.