How do you stop this? Write letters to your Congresscritter. Call them. Go see them while they are in your district. Let them know that you are a voter and that you do not want them to support this. Get other people to do the same.
Also, vote, and make this a platform of your voting decisions. This is why we elect representatives. They are supposed to represent us.
Remember, the key any time you see something like this is that introducing a bill does not mean that it is even remotely likely to be passed (something has to pass both Senate and House, then not be successfully vetoed by the President to become a law, remember). If you’re ever interested in following a bill, looking to see where it is in the process, check out sites like Congress.gov (down now for maintenance, but https://beta.congress.gov/ works) and search for a bill by topic or number. It’ll also give you a nice little updated timeline about where the bill is. If it’s at “introduced” or “Passed House/Senate” but has not passed the other chamber, then there’s still debate (right now, controversial things that pass the Rep-controlled House are having a really tough time passing the Dem-controlled Senate.)
Just wondering… if I sold assorted grab bags of cute Japanese stationery and gadgets, would anyone be interested? They’d probably be under 10$, depending on how many individual items I end up including - haven’t decided on an amount yet. (Or maybe I could offer Small, Medium and Big grab bags for different amounts!)
LOOK AT THE SHINY. This is a post to gauge interest - would anyone want them?
Also feel free to throw ideas at me - what would you rather see, stickers? Memos? Notebooks? Pencils? Colorful tape?
Reblog for morning in america :3c
Oooh! I would be interested! :D I don’t use pencils much, but pens and notepads and notebooks and stickers and tape would be cool!
Young women who read Fifty Shades of Grey are more likely than others to show signs of eating disorders and have a verbally abusive partner, a new study suggests.
Further, those who read all three books in the Fifty Shades erotic romance series are at increased risk of engaging in binge drinking and having multiple sex partners. All are known risks associated with being in an abusive relationship, much like the lead character, Anastasia, is in Fifty Shades, says Amy Bonomi, the study’s lead investigator. And while the study did not distinguish whether women experienced the health behaviors before or after reading the books, it’s a potential problem either way, she says.
“If women experienced adverse health behaviors such as disordered eating first, reading Fifty Shades might reaffirm those experiences and potentially aggravate related trauma,” says Bonomi, chairperson and professor in Michigan State University’s department of human development and family studies. “Likewise, if they read Fifty Shades before experiencing the health behaviors seen in our study, it’s possible the books influenced the onset of these behaviors.”
my dad died from ALS when i was 3 years old. he was 36. my mom was 33. that was 30 years ago. now i’m the same age my mom was when my dad died. and there is still no cure for ALS.
this is what happens when you have ALS: your muscles slowly stop working, one part at a time. for my dad, first he couldn’t use one of his hands. then his arm. then the other arm. then he couldn’t walk. then he couldn’t stand up. then he couldn’t talk. then he couldn’t swallow. then he couldn’t breathe. then he was dead.
this all took about two years. he was diagnosed when i was about one year old. the only memories i have about my dad are of an inert body in a wheelchair or lying in a bed with a bunch of tubes stuck into it. as i was learning to talk, he was losing the ability to speak. as i was learning to walk, he stopped being able to move. my mom often had to choose between who she was going to help go to the bathroom at any given moment: her husband or her toddler.
after my dad died, my mom took over the philadelphia chapter of the ALS association. it consisted of a shoebox full of notecards with names on it. now it is a multi-million dollar organization with a large staff. she is still in charge. my mom is one of the most amazing people on the planet, basically.
these past couple weeks have been mind-boggling. i have openly wept watching so many of these videos. i still don’t completely get how all of this has happened, but now we live in a world in which lil wayne and taylor swift and oprah and justin timberlake and weird al and bill gates talk about ALS. my mom just emailed me this sentence: “lebron james ice bucket challenge.” i mean, IS THIS REAL LIFE?! i just keep saying over and over: holy shit. holy shit. holy shit.
so far, it has raised over 10 million dollars… and counting. my mom has spent every single day of her life for the past three decades trying to get this kind of attention and funds for this disease.
i don’t care if it’s a stupid gimmick. i don’t care if people are just doing this because it’s trendy or because they want pats on the back. i don’t care if it’s the new harlem shake. i don’t care if for the rest of my life, when i talk about ALS, i have to say “you know, the ice bucket disease.”
please, everybody, please keep pouring buckets of ice over your heads. please keep donating money. please keep talking about this.
If you are looking at this and thinking “how can I help?” Let me put on my scientist hat here and get up on my soapbox.
$31 million sounds like a lot, and for one disease, yes, it’s a nice chunk of change. But look at that table I linked above. Look at all those diseases. There’s a lot of them. Look at how much money is right this minute being spent to try to cure, treat, and prevent them. This money doesn’t come from thin air. This money comes from YOUR TAX DOLLARS. The NIH is a government agency, which means it gets caught up in the sequester (which is still ongoing, by the way? Please don’t forget about it!) and often gets short-changed at budget appropriations time. How short-changed, well, let’s see what NIH funding looks like, once you account for that “doubling” of the NIH budget about ten years ago and inflation:
…I’m just gonna leave this here (not an original link, but the graph is up somewhere on the NIH site as well). And yes, you are reading that right. Inflation has eaten away at the NIH’s purchasing power, and we are funding no more research now than we were in ~2001.
I’m not trying to dis what the ALSA and ice bucketers are doing. Please, please continue to do good work and to draw attention to this issue! But scientists have been trying to draw folks’ attention to the above graph for years, and yet still the trend is “we have no money/maybe next year/how can I justify that to the American people when we need to spend money on X/Y/Z?”.
Meanwhile, scientists like me are being trained and finding that only about a quarter of them can find jobs in academic research. If they do get a position, they find that they have a less than 20% chance of having their grant funded. If they do get that grant, the amount they get is shrinking. There are many, many bright scientists out there who simply cannot get research grant funding for their ideas (because the NIH and other agencies do not have the means to fund all the excellent science proposed), and so they give up. Go do other things. It’s an incredible, incredible waste and is costing us not only careers but lives as potential medical breakthroughs are slowed or left on the table completely.
If you want more scientific research advances, write an email, write a letter, go see your Congressperson (a lot of them are back in their home districts now, as Congress is on recess) and tell them that you support the National Institutes of Health. Tell them that you support things like the Accelerating Biomedical Research Act from Senator Harkin, which aims to lay the groundwork (and relieve the ongoing pressure of sequester) by allowing Congress to increase the amount of money it gives to NIH.
And whenever someone talks about cutting taxes or curbing government spending, remember that you’re talking about the NIH, too.
white-aster Apologies your prompt took a little longer than expected. And somehow I read high school au as college au, but rewrote the response into a high school au piece. Also slightly longer than three sentences. :P
Pairing: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Content Warning: Plotting shenanigans that Optimus tries to curb in order to prevent mental scarring. Also humanized Transformers because that’s where my brain went.