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04 Apr 16:45

Overlords [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
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Well... they look happy, at least joy

27 Mar 15:46

Special Brownies [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
27 Mar 14:49

5 Effective Ways to Overcome Chronic Substance Abuse

by smithwillas
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It's importante to know.

You're reading 5 Effective Ways to Overcome Chronic Substance Abuse, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles.

When you are deeply addicted to drugs or alcohol, you pretty well know how the craving and yearning for getting intoxicated overpower your senses. At some point in time, you want to give up your addiction, break the shackles and get back to life, but to no avail. This is what the chronic nature of substance abuse does to you; it just takes a turn for the worse – a condition called “relapse”. In simple words, the term relapse refers to a person stopping the use of drugs or alcohol for a period of time and then starting to use again. On the face of it, conquering substance abuse seems difficult and challenging, but it is certainly not impossible. With the right kind of treatment, support and direction, you can defeat addiction along with self-help and determination. If you have already tried and failed to overcome substance abuse, don’t think there’s no way out. However, the road to recovery is not that easy either; but with a sheer willpower and a strong resolve you are bound to succeed. Here are some powerful ways to overcome chronic substance abuse:
  1. Understand your cravings
Being aware of your craving and knowing how to manage it is a constructive way to stay on track with your recovery from addiction. During the process of recovery, many people assume that cravings are a sign of relapsing. The truth is you only relapse when you revert back to using a substance to ostensibly cope with life stress and demands. It is quite natural that you feel that strong desire of getting intoxicated from time to time. The effort of eliminating cravings, therefore, is futile, rather you should recognize when your craving cycle begins and curb it before it pulls you in a downward spiral. Typically craving cycle works in three phases – trigger response, obsessive thinking, and full-blown craving. However, powerful these symptoms might be, the craving cycle is definitely not beyond your control. The key is to nip it in the bud the moment trigger response begins.
  1. Find an alternative source of pleasure
There are many reasons why people turn to drugs and alcohol, and all of them can be fulfilled with other activities. So you can still experience your life’s blessings without abusing substances. Since everyone wants to feel good and changing societal norms have become such that one naturally gets drifted towards mind-altering substances, so you have to understand that there are other ways of enjoying life. Drug and alcohol intake encourage your brain to release dopamine; however when the substance abuse becomes overwhelmed with time, the release of dopamine becomes less and less, and you become deeply indulged. As a result, cravings get harder to handle. Therefore, you need to fill your life with a wide variety of fun and engaging activities that will make you feel satisfied and happy.
  1. Seek professional intervention
Quitting drugs and alcohol cold turkey is often very difficult; therefore it is better to look out for professional intervention. The National Council on Alcoholism and drug dependence defines intervention as a “professionally directed education process resulting in face-to-face meeting of family members and friends along with the person in trouble with drugs and alcohol. When you find the best interventionist, it will be easier for you and your family through the initial recovery process and finally bring about positive change. Since quitting cold turkey might exacerbate side effects and relapse, medical supervision will be the best bet for you. The different treatment options available in the intervention are: rapid detox, inpatient/outpatient treatment, and drug/alcohol rehab. In addition to that, counseling is also very important part of substance abuse treatment.
  1. Change your lifestyle
If you have determined to overcome your drug/alcohol addiction once and for all, you need to change your lifestyle for better. You have to overhaul everything from your daily routine to the way you handle daily stress and down to the family and friends that you rely on for support and guidance. To that effect, following a healthy routine is very important for you to give a new lease of life to yourself. Apart from that, physical activity and exercise can prove highly effective ways in fighting substance abuse and getting back to life. You should focus on both cardiovascular exercise and strength training.
  1. Stay away from high-risk situations
In order to overcome your cravings, you need to distance yourself from people and situations that encourage addictions. You have to say no to your former drinking buddies, and instead surround yourself by the people who have a positive influence on you. If you are fighting chronic alcoholism, just avoid social gatherings and stopping by bars, while staying connected to friends who don’t drink. You need to eliminate those people, places, and things that are triggered for relapse. The reason for this is simple: you need to make it as easy on you as possible to stay sober. Final Words Overcoming substance abuse is difficult and there are not doubts about that, but taking proper steps and availing right kind of support will help you defeat your cravings. Sincerely follow the above five steps and you will see the results.

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27 Feb 14:08

Estos ingenieros han diseñado un dispositivo capaz de generar energía del aire

by Javier Jiménez

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Los cambios de temperatura nos rodean constantemente. Grandes o pequeñas, las fluctuaciones térmicas forman parte de nuestro día a día: son, pese a los esfuerzos de los científicos, una enorme fuente de energía sin explotar. Hasta ahora que un equipo de investigadores del MIT parece haber encontrado la forma de sacarles jugo.

Este sistema podría usarse para alimentar sensores o cacharros "de la nada". Han conseguido extraer energía de oscilaciones naturales como las del día a la noche y, solo con eso, podríamos mantener pequeños dispositivos en funcionamiento durante años.

Una enorme cantidad de energía a nuestro alrededor

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No es la primera que se intenta generar energía a partir de los cambios de temperatura. Se han utilizado otros métodos, pero ninguno dado resultados satisfactorios. La clave estaba en aumentar la efusividad térmica. La efusividad es una combinación entre capacidad para conducir el calor y capacidad para almacenarlo. Normalmente, cuanto mejor conducen el calarlos metales, menor calor pueden acumular.

Con una combinación de materiales (que, por cierto, incluye el grafeno) han conseguido el nivel óptimo de efusividad y crear un "resonador térmico": un dispositivo que captura calor en un lado y lo irradia en el otro. Mientras ambos lados intentan alcanzar un equilibrio, el dispositivo captura esa energía

“Básicamente, inventamos este concepto de la nada. Hemos construido el primer resonador térmicoexplicaba Michael Strano, uno de los investigadores. Este sistema no solo es el más eficiente que hemos encontrado, sino que permite adaptarse a periodos específicos de variación de temperatura.

Es cierto que no se generan grandes cantidades de energía, pero sí las suficientes para mantener en funcionamiento pequeños dispositivos en casi cualquier sitio en el que haya cambios térmicos. Eso lo convierte en una herramienta muy útil para lugares poco accesibles, pero también en una pieza clave en la exploración planetaria.

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21 Feb 23:48

I Don't Want to Hear About Your Iceland Trip Unless You Come Back With Footage Like This

by Andrew Liszewski on Sploid, shared by Hudson Hongo to Gizmodo

How many arduous slideshows of your friends’ trips to Iceland have you had to sit through? Too many, right? After watching this stunning collection of timelapses that Martin Heck captured while briefly touring the country, I’m officially drawing the line and raising the bar when it comes to Icelandic vacation videos…

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15 Feb 16:42

Dorkly Comic: An Avenger Finally Gets The Recognition They Deserve

by Geeks are Sexy
15 Feb 16:40

Why, As Adults, We Should All Give Valentine’s Day Cards to Our Friends [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
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but, make sure you do the "finger-gun" thing, it has no meaning without it joy

29 Jan 13:28

Morning After Pill for HIV

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I think that people forget that condoms protect you from more than just pregnancy.

And there is no morning after pill for HIV.

ACTUALLY THERE IS.

It’s called post exposure prophylaxis.

http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/prophylaxis/en/

If you’ve had unprotected sex and are afraid of possibly being at risk for HIV, please go to the emergency room and ask about POST EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS.


Works for up to 48 - 72 hours after exposure to HIV.

BOOST!

I wouldn’t need this but this is actually really cool and I’d like to share it in case anyone might need it.

If you see this on your dash REBLOG REBLOG REBLOG!!!! You could save a life

SAVE A LIFE 🔃🔃🔃🔃🔃🔃🔃🔃

There’s a FDA approved daily medication called Truvada, or the PrEP treatment, that is 92-99% effective in preventing the contraction of HIV.

http://men.prepfacts.org/the-questions/

Private insurance and Medicaid cover it. You can also get it for free in a lot of high risk cities like Atlanta, NY, and San Fransisco.

It’s the same cocktail they give to medical professionals who have had contaminated needle sticks/blood splashes from potentially infected blood. Very effective.

BOOST  !!!!!

Please boost. You may think you’ll never need it, but you never know what might happen in your life

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26 Jan 13:31

Update and Restart

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That 2nd panel joy

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24 Jan 09:49

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Clever.

















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This campaign defies censorship in social media to raise awareness for early detection of breast cancer

this is actually super fucking smartass of them

Reblogging as this is so important everyone! My mum had breast cancer and that shit is not nice so please check yourself ladies and gents! 💕💕💕

23 Jan 20:55

Coder dilemma #12 – Does it really matter?

by CommitStrip
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I feel this is unfinished...

23 Jan 16:05

Nicanor Parra: Adiós genio, antipoeta, físico, matemático, ser humano

by Diego Bastarrica
Nicanor Parra muere a los 103 años

Nicanor Segundo Parra Sandoval, uno de los más grandes e influyentes poetas (anti) de la literatura universal e hispanoaméricana, falleció este martes 23 de enero de 2018 a los 103 años de edad. El nacido en San Fabián de Alico en la Provincia de Ñuble en Chile, hermano mayor de Violeta, de Roberto, de Lalo, de Caupolicán, de Elba, de Tony Canarito e hijo de Nicanor y Rosa Clarisa Sandoval, nos dejó imaginariamente como uno de sus textos más célebres.

En 1933 Nicanor Parra entró a estudiar al Instituto Pedagógico de Chile, donde cursó Matemáticas y Física. Gracias a una beca otorgada por el Institute of International Education, en 1943 viajó a Estados Unidos para estudiar un posgrado en mecánica avanzada en la Universidad Brown.

Volvió Nicanor a  Estados Unidos entre 1945 y 1946, como físico especialista en indeterminación y relatividad, y fue profesor titular de Mecánica Racional en la Universidad de Chile. En 1948, fue nombrado director interino de la Escuela de Ingeniería de dicha casa de estudios, cargo que ocuparía durante veinte años.

En 1949, gracias a una beca del Consejo Británico, se fue a estudiar cosmología por dos años a Oxford, Inglaterra, con el connotado científico Edward Arthur Milne.

Premio Nacional de Literatura en 1969 y Premio Cervántes en 2011, nunca recibió un Nobel por su anti-obra y sus famosos artefactos.

NICANOR PARRA, YO SOY EL INDIVIDUO

No es menester de este redactor contar más de la historia de Nicanor Parra, más bien la admiración profunda por su obra simplemente me hace escribir estas líneas y preparar una antología tan breve como significativa de lo que fueron sus palabras.

Porque Nicanor, tus 103 años en este anti-mundo no pasaron desapercibidos, más bien transformaste la ironía y el lenguaje popular en arte.

Fueron tus artefactos ingeniosa muestra de tu vida en la tierra, esa mirada risueña y malhumorada a la vez, esa contradicción permanente.

NICANOR PARRA Y SU ANTIPOESÍA

Nicanor Parra le habló al espacio y a Yuri Gagarin con este poema, y por acá iniciamos un gran viaje:

Las estrellas se juntan alrededor de la tierra
Como ranas en torno de una charca
A discutir el vuelo de Gagarin.

Ahora sí que la sacamos bien:
¡Un comunista ruso
Dando de volteretas en el cielo!
Las estrellas están muertas de rabia
Entretanto Yuri Gagarin
Amo y señor del sistema solar
Se entretiene tirándoles la cola.

Pero hay otras frases que simplemente dejan a Nicanor Parra en el olimpo de la palabra. Acá fragmentos escogidos.

 

SOLILOQUIO DEL INDIVIDUO

Yo soy el Individuo.
Formas veía en la obscuridad,
Nubes tal vez,
Tal vez veía nubes, veía relámpagos,
A todo esto habían pasado ya varios días,
Yo me sentía morir;
Inventé unas máquinas,
Construí relojes,
Armas, vehículos,
Yo soy el Individuo.
Apenas tenía tiempo para enterrar a mis muertos,
Apenas tenía tiempo para sembrar,
Yo soy el Individuo.
Años más tarde concebí unas cosas,
Unas formas,
Crucé las fronteras
y permanecí fijo en una especie de nicho,
En una barca que navegó cuarenta días,
Cuarenta noches,
Yo soy el Individuo.
Luego vinieron unas sequías,
Vinieron unas guerras,
Tipos de color entraron al valle,
Pero yo debía seguir adelante,
Debía producir.
Produje ciencia, verdades inmutables,
Produje tanagras,
Di a luz libros de miles de páginas,
Se me hinchó la cara,
Construí un fonógrafo,
La máquina de coser,
Empezaron a aparecer los primeros automóviles,
Yo soy el Individuo.
Alguien segregaba planetas,
¡Árboles segregaba!
Pero yo segregaba herramientas,
Muebles, útiles de escritorio,
Yo soy el Individuo.
Se construyeron también ciudades,
Rutas
Instituciones religiosas pasaron de moda,
Buscaban dicha, buscaban felicidad”

SINFONIA DE CUNA

Muerto de la risa
Dije good bye sir,
Siga su camino,
Que le vaya bien,
Que la pise el auto,
Que la mate el tren.

Ya se acabó el cuento,
Uno, dos y tres.

 ES OLVIDO

Nada es verdad, aquí nada perdura,
Ni el color del cristal con que se mira.
Hoy es un día azul de primavera,
Creo que moriré de poesía,
De esa famosa joven melancólica
No recuerdo ni el nombre que tenía.
Sólo sé que pasó por este mundo
Como una paloma fugitiva:
La olvidé sin quererlo, lentamente,
Como todas las cosas de la vida.

EL HOMBRE IMAGINARIO

El hombre imaginario
vive en una mansión imaginaria
rodeada de árboles imaginarios
a la orilla de un río imaginario

De los muros que son imaginarios
penden antiguos cuadros imaginarios
irreparables grietas imaginarias
que representan hechos imaginarios
ocurridos en mundos imaginarios
en lugares y tiempos imaginarios

Todas las tardes tardes imaginarias
sube las escaleras imaginarias
y se asoma al balcón imaginario
a mirar el paisaje imaginario
que consiste en un valle imaginario
circundado de cerros imaginarios

Sombras imaginarias
vienen por el camino imaginario
entonando canciones imaginarias
a la muerte del sol imaginario

Y en las noches de luna imaginaria
sueña con la mujer imaginaria
que le brindó su amor imaginario
vuelve a sentir ese mismo dolor
ese mismo placer imaginario
y vuelve a palpitar
el corazón del hombre imaginario

Y para terminar, ese epitafio propio que tanto representa el mundo de la dualidad humana, ese camino científico, esotérico, racional, espiritual, de risa, de vino tinto, de Las Cruces y La Reina, de la Violeta y de su longevidad eterna de agradecimiento en los corazones de los millones de embutidos de ángeles y bestias que somos sus seguidores.

EPITAFIO

De estatura mediana,
Con una voz ni delgada ni gruesa
Hijo mayor de un profesor primario
Y de una modista de trastienda;
Flaco de nacimiento
Aunque devoto de la buena mesa;
De mejillas escuálidas
Y de más bien abundantes orejas;
Con un rostro cuadrado
En que los ojos se abren apenas
Y una nariz de boxeador mulato
Baja a la boca del ídolo azteca
-Todo esto bañado
Por una luz entre irónica y pérfida-
Ni muy listo detonto de remate
Fui lo que fui: una mezcla
De vinagre y aceite de comer
¡Un embutido de ángel y bestia!

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18 Jan 15:36

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“If autism isn’t caused by environmental factors and is natural why didn’t we ever see it in the past?”

We did, except it wasn’t called autism it was called “Little Jonathan is a r*tarded halfwit who bangs his head on things and can’t speak so we’re taking him into the middle of the cold dark forest and leaving him there to die.”

Or “little Jonathan doesn’t talk but does a good job herding the sheep, contributes to the community in his own way, and is, all around, a decent guy.” That happened a lot, too, especially before the 19th century.

Or, backing up FURTHER

and lots of people think this very likely,

“Oh little Sionnat has obviously been taken by the fairies and they’ve left us a Changeling Child who knows too much, and asks strange questions, and uses words she shouldn’t know, and watches everything with her big dark eyes, clearly a Fairy Child and not a Human Like Us.”

The Myth of the Changeling child, a human baby apparently replaced at a young age by a toddler who “suddenly” acts “strange and fey” is an almost textbook depiction of autistic children.

To this day, “autism warrior mommies” talk about autism “stealing” their “sweet normal child” and have this idea of “getting their real baby back” which (in the face of modern science)  indicates how the human psyche actually does deal with finding out their kid acts unlike what they expected.

Given this evidence, and how common we now know autism actually is, the Changeling myth is almost definitely the result of people’s confusion at the development of autistic children.

Weirdly enough, that legend is now comforting to me.

I think it’s worth noting that many like me, who are diagnosed with ASD now, would probably have been seen as just a bit odd in centuries past. I’m only a little bit autistic; I can pass for neurotypical for short periods if I work really hard at it. I have a lack of talent in social situations, and I’m prone to sensory overload or you might notice me stimming.

But here’s the thing: life is louder, brighter and more intense and confusing than it has ever been. I live on the edge of London and I rarely go into the centre of town because it’s too overwhelming. If I went back in time and lived on a farm somewhere, would anyone even notice there was anything odd about me? No police sirens, no crowded streets that go on for miles and miles, no flickery electric lights. Working on a farm has a clear routine. I’d be a badass at spinning cloth or churning butter because I find endless repetition soothing rather than boring.

I’m not trying to romanticise the past because I know it was hard, dirty work with a constant risk of premature death. I don’t actually want to be a 16th century farmer! What I’m saying is that disability exists in the context of the environment. Our environment isn’t making people autistic in the sense of some chemical causing brain damage. But we have created a modern environment which is hostile to autistic people in many ways, which effectively makes us more disabled. When you make people more disabled, you start to see more people struggling, failing at school because they’re overwhelmed, freaking out at the sound of electric hand dryers and so on. And suddenly it looks like there’s millions more autistic people than existed before.

“…disability exists in the context of the environment.”

Reblog for disability commentary.

That last paragraph is absolutely important.

08 Jan 14:30

Una pajita para bebidas comestible, biodegradable y que no contamina el mar con plástico

by alvy@microsiervos.com (Alvy)

LoliStraw

La idea detrás de LoliStraw es bien sencilla: reemplazar las pajitas de plástico por pajitas de un material biodegradable que realice la misma labor. De ese modo al desecharse no llegan al mar y contaminan las aguas, dejándolo todo asqueroso y peligroso para el medio ambiente.

La solución es utilizar unas algas que son comestibles – algo así como las de la comida japonesa. El material de esas algas se compacta en forma de pajita para que cumpla su función durante 24 horas desde que se sumerge en cualquier líquido – y normalmente se usará mucho menos tiempo.

Estas algas son respetuosas con el medio ambiente; de hecho absorben CO2. Cuando se han usado se pueden comer (0 calorías) y las hay en seis sabores/colores distintos. También se pueden compostar y en 60 días se integran con otros materiales orgánicos.

LoliStraw

Según calculan sus creadores en países como los Estados Unidos se utilizan 500 millones de pajitas de plástico cada día, lo que unido a otros plásticos se convierte en 8 millones de toneladas de material contaminante y que no-biodegradable que acaba en las aguas de los océanos. Aunque su precio es bastante más caro que el de las pajitas de plástico –aunque no está muy claro todavía cuál es exactamente– dicen que resulta competitivo con el de otras alternativas. De momento ya han conseguido la financiación en Kickstarter para la primera fase, así que habrá que ver qué tal aceptación tienen cuando se pongan a la venta.

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29 Dec 17:11

Grandma and Death on Christmas Day [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
29 Dec 15:11

Elon Musk está en Chile, ¿a qué vino Elon Musk a Chile?

by César Muñoz
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Oh, I so hope he's going to do something lithium-related!

Fuimos muchos los que nos quedamos con las ganas de ver la presentación de JB Straubel, cofundador de Tesla Motors en la última versión del FIIS. Y ahora, nos enteramos que la otra cara de Tesla está en Chile: el mismísimo Elon Musk.

Según confirmó la Policía de Investigaciones a La Tercera, el ícono de las energías renovables y la eletromovilidad está de paso por el país, aunque se desconocen los motivos específicos de su viaje. Pararelamente, personajes públicos han confirmado su arribo.

Recordemos que Chile es uno de los países con mayor riquezas de litio, material fundamental para la fabricación de baterías, además de tener el desierto más árido del mundo, elementos que podrían haber gatillado su viaje. La obtención de materias primas para compañías como Tesla podrían ser relevantes en un futuro.

Paralelamente, la compañía mantiene el colosal proyecto Tesla Gigafactory, una planta energética gigantesca edificada en el desierto de Nevada para fabricar baterías de iones de litio. ¿Es posible que Musk haya venido a Chile para crear un nuevo Gigafactory?

Sumado a la oleada de especulaciones por redes sociales, Musk ya ha recibido invitaciones para incluir en su misteriosa agenda.

Recordemos que Musk también es fundador de SpaceX, una empresa estadounidense de transporte aeroespacial, que realiza servicios de lanzamientos espaciales y ha creado los famosos cohetes reutilizables Falcon. ¿Será que Musk planea un tour por los observatorios nacionales?

¿A qué vino Elon Musk realmente a Chile? Tal vez solo quiso venir a ver los fuegos artificiales en Valparaíso y de ser así, el informe climatológico le tiene malas noticias.

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22 Dec 13:53

The Story of the Christmas Wyrm [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
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Bwahahaha! Merry Christmas! Avoid the Kringlekrist!

This is my new favorite Christmas comic, on par with AdiFitri’s The Hogfater, inspired by the book of the same name by Terry Pratchett.

[Source: Slack Wyrm Comics | Joshua Wright (Official) | Follow Joshua Wright on Twitter]

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22 Dec 13:48

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If you’ve haven’t seen this yet, you need to.

20 Dec 16:42

The Wish [Comic]

by Geeks are Sexy
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Ok, this is kind of sweet.

19 Dec 16:11

12/11/17 PHD comic: 'Nuclear War Explained'

Piled Higher & Deeper by Jorge Cham
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title: "Nuclear War Explained" - originally published 12/11/2017

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14 Dec 13:08

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What a guy!



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Fred Rogers ladies and gentleman!

Here are some interesting facts about him:

  • He basically saved public television. In 1969 the government wanted to cut public television funds. Mister Rogers then went to Washington where he gave an amazing merely six minute speech. By the end of the speech not only did he charm the hostile Senators, he got them to double the budget they would have initially cut down. The whole thing can be found on youtube, a video called “Mister Rogers defending PBS to the US Senate.”
  • “Certain fundamentalist preachers hated him because, apparently not getting the “kindest man who ever lived” memo, they would ask him to denounce homosexuals. Mr. Rogers’s response? He’d pat the target on the shoulder and say, “God loves you just as you are.” Rogers even belonged to a “More Light” congregation in Pittsburgh, a part of the Presbyterian Church dedicated to welcoming LGBT persons to full participation in the church.”
  • According to a TV Guide piece on him, Fred Rogers drove a plain old Impala for years. One day, however, the car was stolen from the street near the TV station. When Rogers filed a police report, the story was picked up by every newspaper, radio and media outlet around town. Amazingly, within 48 hours the car was left in the exact spot where it was taken from, with an apology on the dashboard. It read, “If we’d known it was yours, we never would have taken it.”
  • Once, on a fancy trip up to a PBS exec’s house, he heard the limo driver was going to wait outside for 2 hours, so he insisted the driver come in and join them (which flustered the host). On the way back, Rogers sat up front, and when he learned that they were passing the driver’s home on the way, he asked if they could stop in to meet his family. According to the driver, it was one of the best nights of his life—the house supposedly lit up when Rogers arrived, and he played jazz piano and bantered with them late into the night. Further, like with the reporters, Rogers sent him notes and kept in touch with the driver for the rest of his life.

Always reblog MR

Hero

He also sued the KKK in 1990 when they tried to use his likeness to try to promote racism to kids

Mr. Rogers was the best.

04 Dec 23:19

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lukehumphris:

A comic I did about toxic masculinity. You can read the whole comic over at the nib here: https://thenib.com/toxic-masculinity

My partner made a very important comic for the Nib.

27 Nov 21:19

MIT and Harvard create cheap artificial muscles with super strength

by Darrell Etherington
 MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory has teamed up with Harvard’s Wyss Institute to create a super strong, affordable artificial muscle that could be used to create soft robots with “superpowers,” including the ability to lift up to 1000 times their weight. The new soft robotic artificial muscles are inspired by origami, and can be constructed in… Read More
23 Nov 17:40

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22 Nov 22:36

mediamattersforamerica: This is extremely urgent for all of us

Al Navarro

Not even from USA, but will afect us all in the future...

19 Nov 17:25

One-man Reggae Band

by Jonco

Thanks, Wilson
13 Nov 17:03

yobaba2point0: Bob Fletcher, a former California agriculture...

Al Navarro

And today, in "True Heroes"...



yobaba2point0:

Bob Fletcher, a former California agriculture inspector who, ignoring the resentment of neighbors, quit his job in the middle of World War II to manage the fruit farms of Japanese families forced to live in internment camps, died on May 23 in Sacramento. He was 101.

His death was confirmed by Doris Taketa, who was 12 when Mr. Fletcher agreed to run her family’s farm in 1942, the year she and her extended family were relocated to the Jerome War Relocation Center in Arkansas.

“He saved us,” Ms. Taketa said.

After Japan bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, the United States government forced 120,000 Japanese-Americans on the West Coast out of their homes and into internment camps for the duration of the war.

Near Sacramento, many of the Japanese who were relocated were farmers who had worked land around the town of Florin since at least the 1890s. Mr. Fletcher, who was single and in his early 30s at the time, knew many of them through his work inspecting fruit for the government. The farmers regarded him as honest, and he respected their operations.

After President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order in February 1942 that made the relocation possible by declaring certain parts of the West to be military zones, Al Tsukamoto, whose parents arrived in the United States in 1905, approached Mr. Fletcher with a business proposal: would he be willing to manage the farms of two family friends of Mr. Tsukamoto’s, one of whom was elderly, and to pay the taxes and mortgages while they were away? In return, he could keep all the profits.

Mr. Fletcher and Mr. Tsukamoto had not been close, and Mr. Fletcher had no experience growing the farmers’ specialty, flame tokay grapes, but he accepted the offer and soon quit his job.

For the next three years he worked a total of 90 acres on three farms — he had also decided to run Mr. Tsukamoto’s farm. He worked 18-hour days and lived in the bunkhouse Mr. Tsukamoto had reserved for migrant workers. He paid the bills of all three families — the Tsukamotos, the Okamotos and the Nittas. He kept only half of the profits.

Many Japanese-American families lost property while they were in the camps because they could not pay their bills. Most in the Florin area moved elsewhere after the war. When the Tsukamotos returned in 1945, they found that Mr. Fletcher had left them money in the bank and that his new wife, Teresa, had cleaned the Tsukamotos’ house in preparation for their return. She had chosen to join her husband in the bunkhouse instead of accepting the Tsukamotos’ offer to live in the family’s house.

“Teresa’s response was, ‘It’s the Tsukamotos’ house,’ ” recalled Marielle Tsukamoto, who was 5 when she and her family were sent to the Jerome center.

Ms. Tsukamoto is now the president of the Florin chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League. Her mother, Mary Tsukamoto, was a teacher, activist and historian who, with Elizabeth Pinkerton, wrote “We the People: A Story of Internment in America.”

Mr. Fletcher’s willingness to work the farms was not well received in Florin, where before the war some people had resented the Japanese immigrants for their success. Japanese children in the area were required to attend segregated schools. Mr. Fletcher was unruffled by personal attacks; he felt the Japanese farmers were being mistreated.

“I did know a few of them pretty well and never did agree with the evacuation,” he told The Sacramento Bee in 2010. “They were the same as anybody else. It was obvious they had nothing to do with Pearl Harbor.”

After the war, resentment against the Japanese in Florin continued. If Mr. Tsukamoto tried to buy a part at the hardware store only to be told that the part was not in stock, he would ask Mr. Fletcher to buy it for him.

Robert Emmett Fletcher Jr. was born in San Francisco on July 26, 1911, when the city was still rebuilding after the great earthquake five years earlier. He attended the University of California, Davis, and later managed a peach orchard before taking the job as a state shipping point inspector.

Survivors include his wife, the former Teresa Cassieri, to whom he was married for 67 years; their son, Robert Emmett III; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren.

The Fletchers bought their own land in Florin after the war and raised hay and cattle. Mr. Fletcher was a volunteer firefighter in Florin for many decades before becoming the paid fire chief. He was also active in historical groups.

He was never much for celebrating his role in the war, and he noted that other Florin residents had helped their Japanese neighbors.

“I don’t know about courage,” he said in 2010 as Florin was preparing to honor him in a ceremony. “It took a devil of a lot of work.”

13 Nov 16:56

New comic! (link)On being overwhelmed.





New comic! (link)

On being overwhelmed.

13 Nov 16:28

lesbian-han-solo:

Al Navarro

but how!!??

13 Nov 16:08

geekygothgirl: vortexsophia: I don’t know what we did to...





















geekygothgirl:

vortexsophia:

I don’t know what we did to deserve Mr. Rogers but I’m so glad we had him.