gohoneycocolove:

What Really Happened in the Congo: Belgium’s ‘Heart of Darkness’

Leopold famously said when he was forced to hand over the Congo Free State to the Belgian nation: “I will give them my Congo but they have no right to know what I have done there,” and proceeded to burn archives.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/belgium-confronts-its-heart-of-darkness-6151923.html

Did y’all know about this?

prostheticknowledge:

Iconic History

Chrome app by Shan Huang displays your browser history as a list of webpage favicons - an assignment on the subject ‘The Quantified Selfie’:

Iconic history is a Chrome extension that visualizes your browser history as a favicon stack. It creates a favicon for each url visited, and compiles all icons into a huge sequence based on access time.

You can find out more about the project here

lindentreeisle:

bluesrat:

The ACA has its problems—mostly tied up in the issue of how well this this setup is going to go in the long term.  For example, we don’t even have enough doctors to support the number of Americans who were already getting health care.  This is the third most populous country and also the third largest in terms of land mass in the world; the kind of health care setup that works for, say, the UK isn’t necessarily the best here.  (Personally I’d much rather see it roll by state a la Medicare, but nobody ever elected me to public office.)
But those are realistic concerns that require attention, planning and negotiation to fix.  This kind of scaremongering jackassery is just such a colossal waste of money, I want to fork somebody in the eye.  Preferably a Koch Brother.

See, in a country with a functioning legislature, after losing the fight over passing the ACA, the minority party would have buckled down and accepted that the law passed and their priority was to make the transition as easy as possible for their constituents.  In our country, the minority party instead spent the next four years (and counting) holding repeal votes they knew wouldn’t get anywhere, trying to convince the public the ACA was evil, and deliberately obstructing implementation so they could point to any resulting problems and say they’re proof that the legislation was a bad idea.
Fuck you, Republican Party.

lindentreeisle:

bluesrat:

The ACA has its problems—mostly tied up in the issue of how well this this setup is going to go in the long term.  For example, we don’t even have enough doctors to support the number of Americans who were already getting health care.  This is the third most populous country and also the third largest in terms of land mass in the world; the kind of health care setup that works for, say, the UK isn’t necessarily the best here.  (Personally I’d much rather see it roll by state a la Medicare, but nobody ever elected me to public office.)

But those are realistic concerns that require attention, planning and negotiation to fix.  This kind of scaremongering jackassery is just such a colossal waste of money, I want to fork somebody in the eye.  Preferably a Koch Brother.

See, in a country with a functioning legislature, after losing the fight over passing the ACA, the minority party would have buckled down and accepted that the law passed and their priority was to make the transition as easy as possible for their constituents.  In our country, the minority party instead spent the next four years (and counting) holding repeal votes they knew wouldn’t get anywhere, trying to convince the public the ACA was evil, and deliberately obstructing implementation so they could point to any resulting problems and say they’re proof that the legislation was a bad idea.

Fuck you, Republican Party.

(Source: livealifethatscompletelyfree)

owsposters:

"Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC," The Daily Beast, http://thebea.st/1iMLRy3
"We vaccinate people for a reason.
"It is because I never want patients in my office to contract vaccine-preventable illnesses (like at least two unlucky people in the New York City outbreak, who got the disease from visiting their own doctors) that patients whose parents refuse to vaccinate them are not welcome in my practice. I cannot entirely eliminate the potential for disease exposure between children who come to see me, but I can do my best to mitigate it. I never want to know that a child was sickened or killed because I let the recklessness of a vaccine-refusing parent jeopardize their health.
"But now, shoppers in Boston-area supermarkets get to worry that they may have been exposed when they stopped by for groceries. Commuters in the Bay Area now have to contend with the possibility that they or their children may contract the illness because they happened to get on the wrong train. Over a dozen people around Los Angeles have been diagnosed with measles already this year, nearly half of them intentionally unvaccinated.
"This is sheer lunacy. Just over a dozen years ago this illness was considered eliminated in our country, and this year people are being hospitalized for it. All due to the hysteria about a safe, effective vaccine. All based on nothing.
"There is no legitimate scientific controversy about whether or not vaccines are safe. The original study that started us down this insane path by linking the MMR vaccine to autism has been retracted outright. The evidence against administering the MMR vaccine to healthy individuals is utterly without merit."
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"US Measles Cases Reach Highest Number in 15 Years" http://tinyurl.com/7u5ornz
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"The Lancet retracts Andrew Wakefield’s article," http://tinyurl.com/cjhqthu
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The General Medical Council to Andrew Wakefield, http://tinyurl.com/6rvv3qq
"The panel is satisfied that your conduct was irresponsible and dishonest." 
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"Autism and Childhood Vaccinations: Debunking the Myth," American Family Physician - Volume 82, Issue 6 (September 2010), http://tinyurl.com/7wwh6rt
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What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, September 18, 2013 http://tinyurl.com/kmn8ld
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Study: Autism risk tied to mom’s obesity during pregnancy”, CBS News, July 26, 2013, http://cbsn.ws/PClW3B
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"Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study," LA Times March 9, 2014, http://lat.ms/1oW1aX5
"Manipulation of information is…also echoed by vaccination opponents." 
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Graphic remade from http://thebea.st/1iMLRy3

owsposters:

"Thanks, Anti-Vaxxers. You Just Brought Back Measles in NYC," The Daily Beast, http://thebea.st/1iMLRy3

"We vaccinate people for a reason.

"It is because I never want patients in my office to contract vaccine-preventable illnesses (like at least two unlucky people in the New York City outbreak, who got the disease from visiting their own doctors) that patients whose parents refuse to vaccinate them are not welcome in my practice. I cannot entirely eliminate the potential for disease exposure between children who come to see me, but I can do my best to mitigate it. I never want to know that a child was sickened or killed because I let the recklessness of a vaccine-refusing parent jeopardize their health.

"But now, shoppers in Boston-area supermarkets get to worry that they may have been exposed when they stopped by for groceries. Commuters in the Bay Area now have to contend with the possibility that they or their children may contract the illness because they happened to get on the wrong train. Over a dozen people around Los Angeles have been diagnosed with measles already this year, nearly half of them intentionally unvaccinated.

"This is sheer lunacy. Just over a dozen years ago this illness was considered eliminated in our country, and this year people are being hospitalized for it. All due to the hysteria about a safe, effective vaccine. All based on nothing.

"There is no legitimate scientific controversy about whether or not vaccines are safe. The original study that started us down this insane path by linking the MMR vaccine to autism has been retracted outright. The evidence against administering the MMR vaccine to healthy individuals is utterly without merit."

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"US Measles Cases Reach Highest Number in 15 Years" http://tinyurl.com/7u5ornz

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"The Lancet retracts Andrew Wakefield’s article," http://tinyurl.com/cjhqthu

————

The General Medical Council to Andrew Wakefield, http://tinyurl.com/6rvv3qq

"The panel is satisfied that your conduct was irresponsible and dishonest." 

————

"Autism and Childhood Vaccinations: Debunking the Myth," American Family Physician - Volume 82, Issue 6 (September 2010), http://tinyurl.com/7wwh6rt

————

What Would Happen If We Stopped Vaccinations?, National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, September 18, 2013 http://tinyurl.com/kmn8ld

————

Study: Autism risk tied to mom’s obesity during pregnancy”, CBS News, July 26, 2013, http://cbsn.ws/PClW3B

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"Cultural production of ignorance provides rich field for study," LA Times March 9, 2014, http://lat.ms/1oW1aX5

"Manipulation of information is…also echoed by vaccination opponents." 

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Graphic remade from http://thebea.st/1iMLRy3

robotson:

this is a protest against the future
“The more visionary the idea, the more people it leaves behind. This is what the protest is all about. Visions of technology and wealth. The force of cyber-capital that will send people into the gutter to retch and die. What is the flaw of human rationality?”
He said, “What?”
“lt pretends not to see the horror and death at the end of the schemes it builds. This is a protest against the future. They want to hold off the future. They want to normalize it, keep it from overwhelming the present.”
There were cars burning in the street, metal hissing and spitting, and stunned figures in slow motion, in tides of smoke, wandering through the mass of vehicles and bodies, and others everywhere running, and a cop clown, genuflected, outside a fast food shop.
“The future is always a wholeness, a sameness. We’re all tall and happy there,” she said. “This is why the future fails. It always fails. lt can never be the cruel happy place we want to make it.”
Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo

robotson:

this is a protest against the future

“The more visionary the idea, the more people it leaves behind. This is what the protest is all about. Visions of technology and wealth. The force of cyber-capital that will send people into the gutter to retch and die. What is the flaw of human rationality?”

He said, “What?”

“lt pretends not to see the horror and death at the end of the schemes it builds. This is a protest against the future. They want to hold off the future. They want to normalize it, keep it from overwhelming the present.”

There were cars burning in the street, metal hissing and spitting, and stunned figures in slow motion, in tides of smoke, wandering through the mass of vehicles and bodies, and others everywhere running, and a cop clown, genuflected, outside a fast food shop.

“The future is always a wholeness, a sameness. We’re all tall and happy there,” she said. “This is why the future fails. It always fails. lt can never be the cruel happy place we want to make it.”

Cosmopolis, by Don DeLillo

futurescope:

Organic circuits - lighter, cheaper and bendier

A new type of plastic electronics made from organic materials is lighter, cheaper, and more flexible than any of today’s technology. Such circuits could be worn on clothing or placed inside medical sensors.

[read more at the Horizon Magazine] [picture by Fraunhofer EMFT]

futurescope:

Organic circuits - lighter, cheaper and bendier

A new type of plastic electronics made from organic materials is lighter, cheaper, and more flexible than any of today’s technology. Such circuits could be worn on clothing or placed inside medical sensors.

[read more at the Horizon Magazine] [picture by Fraunhofer EMFT]

celestethebest:

thisiswealthyprivilege:

awesomefuckyeahmotherfucker:

allisonrae:

majd3st1ny:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.
Play the game.

Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.

just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious

THANK YOU
THANK YOU
ALL THE HATER ANONS, PLAY THIS

This game is amazing. Play it, play it, play it! I shared this with a professor who then had her students play it. So real.

celestethebest:

thisiswealthyprivilege:

awesomefuckyeahmotherfucker:

allisonrae:

majd3st1ny:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.

Play the game.

Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.

just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

ALL THE HATER ANONS, PLAY THIS

This game is amazing. Play it, play it, play it! I shared this with a professor who then had her students play it. So real.

violentwaters:

petticoatruler:

gaywitchesforabortions:

rollership:

"This is HUGE news and no one is talking about it. The Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, recently published a report classifying Fluoride as a dangerous neurotoxin. The report puts Fluoride in the same category Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury. We are literally being mass medicated with a dangerous chemical that disrupts the health of our brains, especially in children. Many of us have suspected this for a long time, but it is insane to see the worlds top medical journal confirming it. Dont believe what I have written here. Read the report for yourself and share with everyone you know. We are under attack. J:  Hitler knew the cause and effect of fluoride just like the controlling asses in America have known.  Hitler saturated all drinking water at every concentration camp to aid and prevent captives from rebelling and  remaining pliant and completely stupefied.  Prevention of cavities was never the issue, control was and is the reason used for this poison that settles into bones and makes people sick and dumb."


is the article available to read without paying for it somewhere though??

Let me poke around and see. The summary includes fluoride among a lot of other nasty industrial chemicals (like toluene and arsenic). I’m not a fluoride panicked person, but there *are* two reasons I don’t work in the winter thanks to ventilation issues: zinc poisoning, and fluorides poisoning. However, I’m not a chemist and so I don’t know if the byproduct of hard soldering is the same as what is in the water, or if inhalation is different than ingestion. Either way, I’ll look into it.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/abstract

violentwaters:

petticoatruler:

gaywitchesforabortions:

rollership:

"This is HUGE news and no one is talking about it. The Lancet, the world’s oldest and most prestigious medical journal, recently published a report classifying Fluoride as a dangerous neurotoxin. The report puts Fluoride in the same category Arsenic, Lead, and Mercury. We are literally being mass medicated with a dangerous chemical that disrupts the health of our brains, especially in children. Many of us have suspected this for a long time, but it is insane to see the worlds top medical journal confirming it. Dont believe what I have written here. Read the report for yourself and share with everyone you know. We are under attack. J:  Hitler knew the cause and effect of fluoride just like the controlling asses in America have known.  Hitler saturated all drinking water at every concentration camp to aid and prevent captives from rebelling and  remaining pliant and completely stupefied.  Prevention of cavities was never the issue, control was and is the reason used for this poison that settles into bones and makes people sick and dumb."

is the article available to read without paying for it somewhere though??

Let me poke around and see. The summary includes fluoride among a lot of other nasty industrial chemicals (like toluene and arsenic).

I’m not a fluoride panicked person, but there *are* two reasons I don’t work in the winter thanks to ventilation issues: zinc poisoning, and fluorides poisoning.
However, I’m not a chemist and so I don’t know if the byproduct of hard soldering is the same as what is in the water, or if inhalation is different than ingestion.

Either way, I’ll look into it.

http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/fluoride-childrens-health-grandjean-choi/

http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laneur/article/PIIS1474-4422(13)70278-3/abstract

(Source: questionall)