A statement to ULine, our former office supply vendor. Basic human rights trump deals on office supplies any day of the week.
A very famous allism researcher once noted that the primary difference between normal people and allistics is that, while normal people are self-directed, allistics are self-absorbed. I didn’t understand that today until I saw how Alia, our eight-year-old allistic daughter, behaved at her…
This whole blog is pretty brilliantly on-point satire, and an unexpectedly good resource for articulating some challenging concepts.
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Wow. I could read this for hours.
This delightful little book trailer for Annalee Newitz’s Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction makes doomsday seem so damned cute. Read more>
So two of my interests just collided on tumblr again.
Hulk is tired of your shit
All the yeses!
Dara O’Briain knows his shit.
You can ignore Entertainment Weekly’s spin about “passion and unique voices.” This is a deeply cynical decision that feeds off the dreams of inexperienced writers who are hoping to make a name for themselves in entertainment journalism. According to a story in Digiday, The Community will be made up of bloggers discovered “through social media and J-schools.” Let’s call that what it really is: Entertainment Weekly taking advantage of young writers who want to launch their careers, but aren’t sure where else they can be published.
So what are those writers getting in exchange? They’ll be “compensated in the form of prestige,” says Digiday, without any apparent irony. (If you can find a landlord that accepts prestige in lieu of a monthly rent payment, let me know.) But the already negligible value of that “prestige” is already dropping. Entertainment Weekly is kicking off the beta version of The Community with “20 or 30 bloggers,” but wants as many as 1,000 to begin writing for it in the months to come. How much is all that “prestige” going to be worth when there are 999 other writers vying for space on the landing page?
I haven’t talked to EW for years, since they did a deeply shitty hit piece on me right after Just A Geek came out. This sort of thing just confirms that I’ve made a good decision.
More a-holes that want creatives to work for free. Great.
I spent Thursday night at Boston’s South Station terminal in a clean, well-lighted place with a bunch of other people and plenty of staff and security around, and in the middle of that environment, a man stalked me around the terminal over a period of several hours.
DO NOT GIVE OR GET ANY VACCINATIONS FOR YOURSELF OR YOUR KIDS………..
Ok, lets break this down nice and simple.
Formaldehyde is from the purification of the vaccine. 99.9% of which is removed. The reason it doesn’t give a dosage is the ammount is so minuscule that it can’t be measured without going into picograms. That’s one trillionth of a gram. You breathe in more formaldehyde by driving down a busy road than in a vaccine.
Thimerosal is NOT elemental mercury, It is a molecular compound made up of carbon, hydrogen, mercury, sodium, oxygen, and sulfur. This is used as a preservative for the vaccine. Thimerosal is used in a variety of other things, like tattoo ink, facial creams, nasal sprays. It’s toxic to humans only in fairly large quantities but highly toxic to aquatic born organisms like infectious bacteria. In short, it makes sure you don’t get salmonella from a stray bacteria from the chicken embryos.
As for the dosage of the Thimerosal. That is the most laughable point in this post. It says 25 mcg, that’s micrograms, or one millionth of a gram. To put this in perspective, a dollar bill weighs roughly 1 gram, the average human eyelash is around 80-90 micrograms. The box also says that it contains a 5ml (milliliter/cc) vial which leads me to my next point.
A little simple math and we find out that 25 mcg = 0.00003 ml and a little more math we find that 0.00003 ml is 0.00006% of 5 ml. Let me put this another way. By the age of 5, an American child weighs about 50-55lbs and their body contains 55 mcg of Uranium. I don’t see any kids running around with radiation sickness, so I think they’re safe with a preservative in them.
TL;DR: This is like saying you don’t want your child eating their baked birthday cake because raw eggs were used to make it and you don’t want your child getting salmonella from it.
Excellent commentary. *claps*
Anything is poisonous if we try hard enough. Water, which gives us life, can also kill us in the right amount. That doesn’t mean we should keep our kids from drinking water. Quantity is an important factor and people need to realize that these microscopic amounts cannot possibly cause us harm.
The other day a large bug flew into my mouth. It hit me right in the hangy ball thing and I instinctively swallowed. My first thought was, “Eww, that bug was probably full of bug poop. I just ate a bug’s worth of poop.”
If I had my choice, I would happily trade eating a bug’s worth of poop for 0.00003 ml of Thimerosal.
One of the nastiest,most insidious qualities you can ascribe to a girl is ‘slutty.’ It’s got a lot of re-claim value- I use it to describe my preferred form of dress, for instance but you’ve got to be careful how you use it at me. If you said ‘wow you are looking slutty and…