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Bibs for Micah - a friends goodfund me needs some help!

A coworker recently set up a goodfundme account. Her son has cerebal palsey, he’s an adorable boy who loves to play but has a bit of an issue with constant drooling. This means he needs to be wearing a bib all the time - the bibs get soaked and worn easily, not only is the washing piling up causing her water and power bill to skyrocket but the bibs just don’t last.

From her goodfundme: “So my son Micah has Cerebral Palsy and constantly dribbles. We can go through 1 big every 15mins. If we raise this money then the bibs that I can get last up to an hour each. They are more expensive but so worth it. I would like to get more of these as we only have 5 and for Micah we need some more for back up. Every bit helps :-) thank you in advance:”

If you would like to donate a few dollars, please click the link: http://www.gofundme.com/fa6ozg

Posted 6 days ago

thescienceoffandom:

Here are some basics on herd immunity, and here is some more technical research if you’re interested in the details! 

Condensing all of our additional commentary!

From @palavra-valise

Herd immunity is even more important than that, actually. Those three people who are vaccinated when nobody else is could still get the disease (doesn’t necessarily work with protection against zombies themselves so I’m not going with the theme here) because with more unvaccinated people, there are more opportunities for bacteria or viruses to mutate, so the strain included in the vaccine would be too different from the circulating strain for it to offer much, if any, protection. That’s why each and every one of us has a responsibility to keep up our vaccines, for the good of EVERYONE in our society.

Basically, the unvaccinated people in the mostly vaccinated population are safer than the fully vaccinated people in the mostly unvaccinated population. That’s why, if anyone says “Why do you care? You/your kid are/is fully vaccinated,” you should punch that person in the face and then give them a 20-minute lecture about herd immunity and not being a self-absorbed twit and about our responsibility to society unless we choose to live on, idk, an island floating in space.

This is a really good point! 

I should also point out that vaccination is still important even for diseases that don’t show up in the human population a lot any more (or even just the local population), because often those diseases still exist in reservoir species that can transmit the disease, or in human reservoirs in other parts of the globe - which is how we’ve gotten the recent measles outbreaks in unvaccinated kids.

We should also point out (as other people have on this post - you guys are awesome!) that the vaccine-autism link has been repeatedly debunked by sound studiesand that the original paper it was based on has beendisavowed and was deeply scientifically and ethically unsound in the first place.

Also, @madeofpatterns brings up a good point - there’s variation in people’s responses to the flu vaccine in particular, according to the CDC, (just based on age, general health, etc, not the quality of the vaccine) which makes it even more important for a lot of people to get vaccinated, to build up that buffer to protect people who aren’t immune. 

Given that a lot of people are curious about vaccine safety and the vaccine testing process (and some of you have mentioned this - thanks to @randomguy319 !) we’ve got a bunch more information on the vaccine development process and their safety.

Here is a really good overview piece that explains the years of development that go in before a vaccine hits the market, and here and here are more from the CDC with lots of good links.

Both the CDC and the FDA have a TON of information on vaccine safety.

Bottom line: Every vaccine on the market or that will come onto the market goes through years and years of testing before even being tested in humans, and then goes through multiple rounds of testing in humans, before being approved by the FDA and continually checked for product quality and for any instance of side effects. Therefore, vaccines are really very safe. 

Posted 1 week ago

themarchrabbit:

onsheka:

thepioden:

gessorly:

tyrror:

ruingaraf:

themarchrabbit:

Seriously, it kills me when I see people hold scientists up as pinnacles of logic and reason.

Because one time the professor I was interning for got punched in the face by another professor, because mine got the funding, and told the other professor his theory was stupid.

This same professor told me to throw rocks to scare the “stupid fucking crabs” into moving so we could count them properly.

SCIENCE

thank you

this is one of the best comments this post has recieved

I have witnessed:

Two professors hiding around a corner and snickering, “Shhh, here she comes!” While a female professor approached and, when she finally found them, she proceeded to scream while pointing from one to the other, “You! I called your office but you weren’t there! So I tried to call YOUR office to figure out where HE was but YOU weren’t there!”

Two grad students standing outside a closed and locked door yelling, “Come out of the damn office. You haven’t left for days. If you didn’t have a couch in there I’d be concerned as to where you were sleeping!”

A religious studies professor apologizing for being late to class because, “security stopped me because I’m dressed like a hobbit”

Watched a professor snort the results of my experiment to determine if I had the right final compound.

Two archeology professors toss priceless fossilized teeth back and forth in an attempt to figure out who is smarter by “guessing the type of tooth and species of animal before it lands”

Multiple fully degreed individuals throw dry ice at one another in an attempt to be first to use the lab/get that piece of equipment/or change the iPod song.

A genetics professor build furniture out of stacks of paper and planks of wood because she is that far behind in grading papers/responding. One of the impromptu furniture pieces housed a fish tank.

I could go on but I think that covers the larger portion of the insanity…

Every time it comes around on my dash, it gets better.

I have had a professor buy a huge fuckoff bottle of rum during fieldwork in Costa Rica and let the undergrads get wasted because “you’re not underage in Costa Rica and we’ll be up all night with the bats anyway!”

- Same professor hung a bat from her headlamp and wore it as a decoration for an entire night. 

- A whole swarm of older women - and these are women with PhDs and world-renown bat experts, the bigwigs - all, to a woman, go to the formal charity dinner at an international research symposium in Toronto in late October dressed in skimpy Batgirl costumes. Because Halloween was that weekend, you see.

- At a different conference, a professor get blackout drunk and pass out on the side of the road. 

- “Yeah, we have to say we did it properly for the grant but to be really honest, Miracle-gro works better.”

- Teaching lab: we had liquid nitrogen for a demo, and after class the professor, the other TA, and I spent a good two hours freezing and breaking things in it. 

a chemistry class begins with 30 students nine months later just six of us left sitting on tables dipping paper into contaminated chemicals to see what happens when we burn it teacher making idle suggestions while he marks our work

"go to the fume hood thing, yeah now put some potassium in chlorine" can i burn the results sir? "fuck it sure whatever its tainted anyway"

The prof I’m working for just asked me if I knew how to pick a lock, and when I responded “yes” she replied, “see, this is why I hire the former delinquents instead of the suck-ups. You’re actually useful.”

I then let her into her office.

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Fuck you
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If you’re the representative of your gender - no thank you.

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Does it hurt to be so fucking stupid?
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Does it hurt to be that much of a coward you need to hide behind an Anonymous post?

Posted 1 month ago

So you think you're not racist..

In my country people like to refer to the fact we have a “boat people” problem.
I disagree.

I believe my country has a problem with “boat people” that is to say, we don’t have a problem with the amount of refugees seeking refuge in my country, we have a problem with the fact they want to live here.

Because we are a white dominated country that thrives on racism.

When I get on my bus to work, I see diversity in action. I see many different people representing many different countries or people who have ancestors who originate from different countries. Different people, different religions, different backgrounds – many differences and many similarities.

When I make the mistake of flipping on the “news” or reading a paper, I see white people in power using scare-tactics to speak to the racism of the white population in order to get votes or get money or get attention. I see people who have never been a position where they have needed to flee their country for fear of death and destruction dismissing the plight of their fellow humans. Countries at war. Families torn apart. Families making a terrifying trip across the ocean on a plank of wood disguised as a boat, people who underneath the fear – have a small glimmer of hope about getting anywhere away from the horror behind them. The hope that can find a new place to call home. I see people with privilege, people with homes turning people in need away from having a home because they lack compassion and empathy.

When I listen to the people who would gladly shut the door on a refugee child in need, they attempt to disguise their racism with cries of “They can come here! Just the legal way, through the front door” disregarding the fact, the largest majority of illegal immigrants to my country are white backpackers on visas from other white dominated countries who overstay their visas and don’t go home.

We live in a country were government financial assistance is both expected and scorned. People simultaneously moan about others getting “free handouts on welfare” why expecting it if they’ve lost their job. I live in a country where people who have privilege don’t understand that helping those in need through financial assistance or seeking asylum isn’t a free handout – it’s assisting your fellow humans because they have less than you do.

I live in a country where people deny assistance to others because they themselves don’t need assistance, so why should anyone else? I live in a country where people deny a safe place for refugees to call home based on xenophobia. I live in a country where people deny refugees safe haven based on an inability to have empathy and compassion. I live in a country where my own sibling has a government provided house and financial assistance but she would deny that same assistance to others based on the colour of their skin.

“But you don’t know who they are! They could be murderers!” and so could the person getting on the plane next to you, with a fake passport. I live in a country where difference is not allowed because refugees may bring a different culture or play by “other rules” despite my country having laws.

I live in a country where people happily turn away small children needing a home if they come by a boat because “not our children, not our problem”. I live in a country where compassion is finite and conditional on the colour of ones skin.

Next time you talk about “boat people” think about what you are really saying. Are you attempting to justify your racism or are you simply an uncompassionate person who will slam the door on children and families in need?

(Source: tumblr.com)

Posted 1 month ago

env0:

hazelxfaerie:

kristaferanka:

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heidi8:

teamfreekickass:

alexandertheprettyalright:

mamalaz:

Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel 

Speaking their lines vs the final product

Why is Vin Diesel looking down? Is he worried he’s gonna forget his line?

Vin Diesel asked the director his inspiration for every line he did and did multiple takes until he was satisfied. He also recorded the line over 1,000 times and also recorded his lines in Mandarin, Portuguese, French, and Spanish so they could use his real voice in those versions. He’s looking at his lines because Vin Diesel is a  dedicated  motherfucking professional

And then he showed up at the LA premiere like this: 

Vin Diesel in an I AM GROOT shirt, on stilts, because he is awesome and magical

Stilts, people!

Vin Diesel is so fantastic every time I hear people mock him I just want to be like “excuse you, do you know of any other multi-racial actor in Hollywood who’s fronted a blockbuster franchise featuring an unashamedly multi-cultural cast full of primarily non-white actors, and who has done it unapologetically over and over again for *seven* installments? NO, YOU DON’T, SIT THE FUCK DOWN.”

<3 <3 <3

Vin Diesel makes goofy movies like The Pacifier so he can keep making Riddick movies. He even went so far as to found Tigon Studios to make sure the Riddick video game was good (it was awesome).

I love Vin Diesel!

In high school and college, when Vin Diesel really rose to box office prominence, I used to hate Vin Diesel because he seemed like the kind of dumb macho guy that A. made fun of me a lot and B., well, A’s enough, isn’t it? 

And then he went on “The Tonight Show” and talked in depth about his high school life as a hardcore D&D player. So. I’m on board with Vin Diesel now. And also, like, don’t judge people by how they look

i don’t even care about the gifs. reblogging for the comments and cause Vin is my boy. 

whoa i learned things

I am 100% Certain Vin Diesels acting career is to fund his Riddick productions which are just films of his D&D character.

Posted 1 month ago
xngelinx:


This photo caused so much controversy when I posted it on Instagram, I was called a slut by people that didn’t even know me, and it’s really funny because in this photo I am relaxing TOPLESS at the BEACH next to my BOYFRIEND of THREE years. My body is mine, and I’m so fucking proud of it. You will not stop me by reporting my photos.

xngelinx:

This photo caused so much controversy when I posted it on Instagram, I was called a slut by people that didn’t even know me, and it’s really funny because in this photo I am relaxing TOPLESS at the BEACH next to my BOYFRIEND of THREE years. My body is mine, and I’m so fucking proud of it. You will not stop me by reporting my photos.

Posted 1 month ago

lapfulofmisha:

daftwithoneshoe:

captains-meow:

cosmic-darkness:

This is the kinda beautiful shit i desperately need in my room.

Someone come paint my walls like this. I’ll pay you in cookies and high fives

but wow, what a great use of space these rooms have

WHERE CAN I HIRE THIS ARTIST

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