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26 Apr 17:00

The Eternal Struggle

03 Apr 15:00

I'm Not (Fe)-Lyin'

23 Aug 23:23

Frozach Submitted

21 Aug 19:00

Dat Look

Dat Look

Submitted by: catophile (via www.gif-king.com)

Tagged: crazy , frisky , Cats , funny
24 Aug 22:39

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22 Aug 18:47

Benedict doing the ALS Bucket Challenge

by laurabuu
23 Aug 01:04

the-drunken-scott: sleepingwithyogirl: I need them...

by aishiterushit




















the-drunken-scott:

sleepingwithyogirl:

I need them all

*Screeches uncontrollably*

22 Aug 15:00

Watch: "Women in Refrigerators" Supercut: Female Characters Killed to Give Male Characters Depth

by Laura Berger
The recent release of a "women in refrigerators" supercut is an infuriating reminder -- as if you needed one -- of how female characters are (under)utilized and (under)valued onscreen....
22 Aug 14:00

Tuskegee Syphilis Study Recruitment Letter

by Gwen Sharp, PhD

Flashback Friday.

The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment is one of the most famous examples of unethical research. The study, funded by the federal government from 1932-1972, looked at the effects of untreated syphilis. In order to do this, a number of Black men in Alabama who had syphilis were misinformed about their illness. They were told they had “bad blood” (which was sometimes a euphemism for syphilis, though not always) and that the government was offering special free treatments for the condition. Here is an example of a letter sent out to the men to recruit them for more examinations:

The “special free treatment” was, in fact, nothing of the sort. The researchers conducted various examinations, including spinal taps, not to treat syphilis but just to see what its effects were. In fact, by the 1950s it was well established that a shot of penicillin would fully cure early-stage syphilis. Not only were the men not offered this life-saving treatment, the researchers conspired to be sure they didn’t find out about it, getting local doctors to agree that if any of the study subjects came in they wouldn’t tell them they had syphilis or that a cure was available.

The abusive nature of this study is obvious (letting men die slow deaths that could have been easily prevented, just for the sake of scientific curiosity) and shows the ways that racism can influence researchers’ evaluations of what is acceptable risk and whose lives matter. The Tuskegee experiment was a major cause for the emergence of human subjects protection requirements and oversight of federally-funded research once the study was exposed in the early 1970s. Some scholars argue that knowledge of the Tuskegee study increased African Americans’ distrust of the medical community, a suspicion that lingers to this day.

In 1997 President Clinton officially apologized for the experiment.

Originally posted in 2009.

Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

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20 Aug 18:28

aunymoons: jayneausten: lioar: hookersorcake: quiyst: beefra...



aunymoons:

jayneausten:

lioar:

hookersorcake:

quiyst:

beefranck:

transgalacticwanderer:

electricalivia:

sageruto:

rabbitsnwolves:

Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.

if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors

He was probably drinking that night, alcohol makes you susceptible to fire.

If it’s a legitimate inferno, the male body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

God I love you, Internet.

Why didn’t he stop, drop, and roll? He should have stopped, dropped, and rolled. He must have secretly wanted it.

If you read the article, eyewitnesses said the man had purchased a lighter earlier that same day. Dude probably set himself on fire and lied about it. Typical.

He should have relaxed and enjoyed it. After all it was just a bit of kindling cuddling

We need to start educating people about wearing fire-safe clothing and carrying extinguishers with them at all times. For their own safety.

Its his parents fault, they should have educated him more about what sort of fireproof clothing is appropiate for young men like himself.

20 Aug 18:33

Fear of a Black Victim [credit]









Fear of a Black Victim [credit]

20 Aug 20:35

buttonpoetry: Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon...

by newageamazon








buttonpoetry:

Support the artist! Watch the full poem: Javon Johnson - “cuz he’s black”

20 Aug 14:00

Bathing Suit Fashion and the Project of Gender

by Lisa Wade, PhD

I came across this ad for bathing suits from the 1920s and was struck by how similar the men’s and women’s suits were designed.  Hers might have some extra coverage up top and feature a tight skirt over shorts instead of just shorts but, compared to what you see on beaches today, they are essentially the same bathing suit.

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So, why are the designs for men’s and women’s bathing suits so different today? Honestly, either one could be gender-neutral. Male swimmers already wear Speedos; the fact that the man in the ad above is covering his chest is evidence that there is a possible world in which men do so. I can see men in bikinis. Likewise, women go topless on some beaches and in some countries and it can’t be any more ridiculous for them to swim in baggy knee-length shorts than it is for men to do so.

But, that’s not how it is.  Efforts to differentiate men and women through fashion have varied over time.  It can be a response to a collective desire to emphasize or minimize difference, like these unisex pants marketed in the 1960s and 70s.  It can also be, however, a backlash to those same impulses.  When differences between men and women in education, leisure, and work start to disappear – as they are right now – some might cling even tighter to the few arenas in which men and women can be made to seem very different.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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04 Mar 02:09

Monsters don’t sleep under your bed



Monsters don’t sleep under your bed

21 Aug 14:00

Haha! Fair enough!

by Mark

2014-08-22-HahaFairEnough

If you’re wondering by the way, I don’t really believe in the introvert/extrovert thing. Its just labels and as soon as you label yourself, you limit yourself :)

Just accept that we’re all complicated little snowflakes who have lots of little preferences when it comes to everything and have a good day, hooray!!

21 Aug 22:04

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21 Aug 21:54

comic-chick: hipnerd: This is the same man. I think about...

Lori

Eu já queria pegar, agora eu continuo querendo pegar.





comic-chick:

hipnerd:

This is the same man.

I think about this a lot.

20 Aug 23:54

wait i can explain



wait i can explain

21 Aug 15:21

orientações para a vida #1

quando a bula do sonífero disser que você precisa deitar imediatamente depois de tomar o comprimido e sossegar a bunda porque ele pode causar amnésia, talvez você deva considerar que esse tipo de recomendação existe por algum motivo.



ou você pode apenas cultivar esse seu espírito livre que não se curva a bulas e falar um monte de merda sem nexo para a coleguinha de trabalho que só queria pedir um favor, a pobre.

21 Aug 15:12

A melhor do aicibuquetxalenge

Meio que já deu de Ice Bucket Challenge na internet, né?

Mas esse vídeo é o melhor de todos e por isso está aqui. Palmirinha, a gente te ama!

(Para doar para as pesquisas relativas a Esclerose Lateral Amiotrófica, acesse o site da Abrela)

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28 Jul 07:00

Immanuel Kant: Fresh Prince of Philosophy







It's a well known historical fact that David Hume laughed maniacally the entire time he was writing An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding.
20 Aug 15:30

optimysticals: partysoft: usagov: Image description: On...



optimysticals:

partysoft:

usagov:

Image description: On Saturday, the Navy christened a new research ship the “Sally Ride” after the first U.S. woman and youngest person in space. It is the fifth current ship named for an astronaut. 


Photo from the U.S. Navy

the person doing the christening is dr. tam o’shaughnessy, ride’s partner of 27 yrs. sally ride was not just the first woman and youngest person in space: she was also the first lesbian in space - likely, the first lgbtq person in space.

I know we shared this before but finding out that this ship was christened by Dr. Tam O’Shaughnessy was something that required re-sharing.

19 Aug 08:06

What a Twist!

by Brad
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20 Aug 23:09

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19 Aug 13:00

Every American's Dream Job

Every American's Dream Job

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19 Aug 19:18

Manul – the Cat that Time Forgot

by RJ Evans
Have you ever wanted to take a trip through time to see what animals looked like millions of years ago? When it comes to cats there is little or no need.  This beautiful specimen is a Manul, otherwise known as Pallas’s Cat.  About twelve million years ago it was one of the first two modern cats to evolve and it hasn’t changed since. The other species, Martelli’s Cat, is extinct so what you are looking at here is a unique window in to the past of modern cats.

Although the Manul is only the size of the domestic cat, reaching about 26 inches in length its appearance makes it appear somewhat larger.  It is stocky and has very lengthy, thick fur, which gives it, perhaps to human eyes, an unintentional appearance of feline rotundity.  Yet although it appears stout and somewhat ungainly it has a natural elegance and poise – exactly what you would expect from the genus Felis in other words.  Plus it can certainly look after itself in a fight!

The main reason for its survival throughout the ages has been its isolation. In the wild it lives on the Asian steppes at substantial heights – up to 13,000 feet.  Based in India, Pakistan, western China and Mongolia as well as Afghanistan and Turkemistan, it has even been discovered recently in the wilds of the Sayan region of Siberia. In these places it prefers rocky areas, semidesert and barren hillsides.  In other words places where we are less likely to live – but even having said that you will no doubt be able to hazard a guess which species is the Manul’s greatest enemy.

Take a close look at the eyes of the Manul.  Do you see a difference between it and the domestic cat? That’s right, the pupils of the Manul are round, not slit-like.  Proportionally too, the legs are smaller than cats we know and they can’t run anywhere near as quickly.  As for the ears, well, when you actually can catch sight of them they are very low and much further apart than you would see in a domestic cat.

It also has a much shorter face than other cats, which makes its face look flattened.  Some people, when they see their first Manus mistakenly believe that it is a monkey because of its facial appearance and bulky looking frame.  It is easier to see why, from some angles.

The Manus has not been studied a great deal in the wild, where it is classified as near threatened.  This is because it is distributed very patchily throughout its territory, not to mention the fact it is still hunted despite protection orders made by the various governments who create human law in its range. Before it was legally protected tens of thousands of Manuls were hunted and killed each year, mostly for their fur.

It is thought that the cat hunts mostly at dawn and dusk where it will feed on small rodents and birds. Ambush and stalking are their favorite methods of conducting a hunt and although they tend to shelter in abandoned burrows in the day they have been seen basking in the sun. In other words, behaviorally they are much like the domesticated moggy that we know and love.

The Manul is a solitary creature and individuals do not tend to meet purposefully when it is outside the breeding season and will avoid the company of others of its kind where possible. When it is threatened it raises and quivers the upper lip, Elvis like, revealing a large canine tooth.

When breeding does happen the male has to get in quickly as oestrus usually only lasts just under two days. It usually births up to six kittens, very rarely a single one, and it is believed that the size of its litters reflect the high rate of mortality the infant cats can expect. Yet they are expected to be able to hunt at sixteen weeks and are very much on their own and independent by six months. Although their life expectancy in the wild is unknown in captivity they have lived to over eleven years.

Don’t rush to your local pet store, however.  The Manul does not domesticate and even if it did they are incredibly hard to breed in captivity with many kittens dying.  This is thought to be because in the wild, due to its isolation, the cat’s immune system did not have a need to develop and so when they come in contact with us and other species, this under-developed immune system lets them down.

Yet as a living, breathing glimpse in to twelve million years of feline history these amazing animals are irreplaceable. Unique is a word which, in this day and age, is mightily overused. Yet these cats are quite simply just that – unique.

19 Aug 05:02

dog philosophy

by Ian

dog philosophy

18 Aug 23:54

Photo

Lori

Ana Maria Braga!!!



15 Aug 22:35

Allons-y!

02 Jun 03:28

I need this!



I need this!