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What are Your Thoughts on Alternative Medicine?

noyka:

Chiropractors, acupuncture, homeopathic, massage therapy

What are your thoughts on the less modern forms of medicine?

Think it’s quackery or there is something to it?

If there is evidence to it having an actual non-placebo effect then it’s medicine. Medicine is a science and if something has no evidence to back it up then it’s not medicine, alternative or otherwise.

Each one has to be taken in its own right and weigh the current medical scientific of it.

I will say though, I believe homeopathy is the quackiest of quackeries to ever pop out of a ducks cloaca.

~Jester

nitanahkohe:

lady-chevy85:

nitanahkohe:

A mini documentary on sex trafficking of Native women, with particular focus on Minnesota (Native women & girls are frequently sold on the shipping boats that travel around the Lakes, and have been for decades).

"People don’t see Native American women as humans. They see them as punching bags. Or something novel, like a new toy—it’s fun at first, but afterwards you throw it away." —Sarah El Fakahany, Sexual Assault Advocate at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center

This is very sad, I didn’t know that the Native American women and girls were part of sex trade and prostitution.

it is a very big problem, much bigger than many people realize or want to admit, even among Native communities. if you go to a truck stop anywhere near tribal communities late at night, you will see young Native girls who have been trafficked. Minnesota, Arizona, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Oregon, & Washington are particularly bad. here’s some more resources on sex trafficking of Native women:

nonmono-perspective:

No. Just stop. Stop with the “bi is in,” and stop with the “both teams” and stop with everything you’re doing here.

nonmono-perspective:

No. Just stop. Stop with the “bi is in,” and stop with the “both teams” and stop with everything you’re doing here.

theliberaltony:

note-a-bear:

thinksquad:

Back in 2013, Texas resident Larry Davis ran either a red light or stop sign (reports vary) in his Buick in the city of Austin. Despite his insistence that he had had only one drink, he was put in handcuffs and arrested for driving while intoxicated. Then, when he was given a Breathalyzer test by the Austin Police Department, he blew a 0.00. Nonetheless, as KVUE reports, Mr. Davis spent the night in jail.

While at the station, Mr. Davis agreed to give a blood sample as well, to prove he was not under the influence of any drugs or alcohol. The results would later come back 100% negative. Davis’ attorney, Daniel Betts, told KVUE, “My reaction was just shock that this happened.”

The Austin Police Department stands by the arrest, saying they believed Davis showed signs of impairment, that while standing on one leg, he “swayed,” and “needed his arms for balance.” They also suggested that he could have been on marijuana, a drug that wouldn’t necessarily show up in a test. The APD said they’re going by a “take-no-chances” policy. That being said, they did acknowledge how unusual it is that Davis was arrested despite registering a zero on his breath test.

:|

they ain’t even trying to hide they shit anymore

Marijuana stays in your system longer than any other drug up to 30 days through urinalysis alone.

But that might not show up on a drug test. Smh

cheshireinthemiddle:

misogyny-mermaid:

xenophilia-lovegood:

lunarobverse:

A brilliant metaphor

Congratulations, you all are twelve!

Being a man is like being a dog. We are expected to be strong and loyal to earn our keep. Women are like cats. They aren’t really expected to do anything. If they choose to be productive, cool, but no one requires them to do anything.

Dogs are seen as violent and stupid while cats are smart and elegant. When they get into a fight, the dog is always seen as the aggressor, even though cats can absolutely be violent and irrational. Doesn’t matter if the cat started it or not, cause in the end, the dog will be punished and the cat will be cuddled.

Dogs are expected to do the dangerous jobs like herding and police work. Cats, at most, are expected to be cute and nap.

People automatically assume that dogs are dangerous, but have no problem going up to pet a strange cat. Dogs are more likely to be put down for attacking a person than a cat. As in more likely to be punished for the same crime.

Don’t make stupid comparisons about people if you aren’t ready to have them thrown right back in your face.   

Does It Cost More To Be Poor?

cognitivedissonance:

continentalfuckfest:

#even shorter answer: yes

Yes. Yes it does.

(Source: posttragicmulatto)

thisiseverydayracism:

pride-n-poised:

angelclark:

VIDEO: Man Dies After 5 Police Jump Him — Chokehold Him For Selling Untaxed Cigarettes 

A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

According to authorities, Eric Garner, 43, went into cardiac arrest and died at Richmond University Medical Center following the arrest that was filmed by several witnesses.   

In the video, Eric can  be seen telling police that he had not been selling cigarettes, repeatedly saying, ” I didn’t sell anything,” before insisting, “I’m minding my own business, please leave me alone.”

After a standoff, five officers tackled the 400-pound asthmatic Ericwith one placing him in a chokehold – and wrestled him to the ground as they attempted to put handcuffs on him.

As Eric lay on the ground, with one officer pushing his head into the pavement, he can be heard saying, “I can’t breath. I can’t breath,” over and over.

As the video ends, Eric appears to be unconscious as police clear onlookers while waiting awaiting paramedics.

According to his family, Eric, a married father with six children and two grandchildren, suffered from asthma.

“When I kissed my husband this morning, I never thought it would be for the last time,” Eric’s wife, Esaw, told reporters.

Police stated that Eric has been arrested multiple times for selling untaxed cigarettes, and records show he was due in court in October on three charges, including pot possession and selling untaxed cigarettes.

Witnesses at the scene claim Eric was breaking up a fight when police arrived, with Eric’s family stating that he didn’t have any cigarettes on him or in his car at the time of his death.

“They’re covering their asses; he was breaking up a fight. They harassed and harassed my husband until they killed him,” Eric’s wife said.

Within hours after Eric’s arrest and death, residents in the area hung handwritten posters on telephone poles near the scene with phrases like “no justice, no peace” and “Another innocent black man has been killed by police brutality. The NYPD must be stopped!”

http://noarmycanstopanidea.com/video-man-dies-after-5-police-jump-him-chokehold-him-for-selling-untaxed-cigarettes/

PETITION: https://www.change.org/petitions/president-barack-obama-end-police-brutality#share

SIGNAL BOOST

siryouarebeingmocked:

thatalbanianguy:

siryouarebeingmocked:

dickardcain:

anonguy11:

ilikechildren—fried:

jamesdayz:

huffingtonpost:

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

This is pretty good

this is bs, just look at these gifs

2nd one 

"who’s my pretty girl!" 

are they seriously implying that giving your female child positive reinforcement on their looks makes them crippled intellectually or stunts their drive to succeed?

going by that logic any girl who likes looking pretty, wearing dresses, makeup, and takes pride in her appearance is bubble-headed or incapable of being driven?

way to stereotype there huffington post

feminism: we care about women just as long as they’re the right woman

3rd gif

"sweetie don’t get your dress dirty"

how does this even damage girls? 

I love how there’s no context whatsoever. this could mean a number of things. they might be going to church, the supermarket, her grandma’s, or anywhere special afterward so mom tells the kid to keep her dress clean before they go or maybe mom doesn’t want to work too hard doing laundry or maybe mom spent a lot of money on that dress and doesn’t want it to get ruined so soon

how does anyone look at that situation and think “this is going to ruin her chances at becoming a physicist one day!”

4th gif

"don’t mess with that put it down"

girls are the only ones with neurotic parents I guess? this one makes no sense and of course there’s no son to compare parental reaction because that would expose how ridiculous this is. the parent is obviously suspicious of that sea creature that’s why he/she asks the girl to put it down. because the parent is either overprotective or neurotic,like some parents arenot because he/she thinks “ew gurls don’t like gross boy interests! put it down!” this same reaction would go to a boy with high strung parents as well

besides wouldn’t being told to ignore something interesting only fuel a child’s interest, not diminish it?

"ooh a starfish! OOPS mom told me to put it down, fascination eliminated"

I think huffington post is really selling girls short here 

5th gif

"this project has gotten out of control"

look if a parent is annoyed by the lengths their child is putting into a project (ie keeping them or the child up all night, making too much noise, that they might harm themselves) the parents are going to (and should) make their concerns known — this is not exclusive to girls

once again notice they don’t show the parent/son version of this because of course it would show how dumb this is

6th gif

"why don’t you let your brother do that?"

once again, there’s no context here

maybe the son is just better at using a drill, maybe the daughter has been known to be clumsy and hurt herself with dangerous equipment  

and of course this is the only time they introduce a boy into the equation “LOOK A BOY TAKING A JOB AWAY FROM A GIRL! DA SEXISM!” 

almost like this is meant to manipulate hmm

7th and 8th gif

this pisses me off

once again this implies “a girl who likes makeup instead of science?? she’s on a slow boat to dumbassville!”

again assuming that if you’re a girl who likes pink, lipgloss, dresses, and talking about boys you aren’t worth shit and will contribute nothing useful to society

i’m surprised there wasn’t a gif of the same girl dyeing her hair blonde, wearing a mini skirt and heels, gyrating to katy perry with the caption “the only man’s lap your daughter should sit on is neil degrasse tyson’s to discuss the constellations” 

as much as the huffington post likes to pat themselves on the back for being so progressive they’re really upholding a negative stereotype of women and making it seem ok to pressure daughters into being interested in things they’re simply not interested in (see the article) for the sole purpose of “making women look good” 

so women can’t like lipgloss and science? we can’t be girly and want an intellectually demanding career? we can’t be feminine and smart?according to this women/girls can only be one or the other. 

that is sexism

why aren’t more women interested in science and math? maybe because women make different choices than men? and maybe there’s nothing fucking wrong with that

TIL from Huff Post: Femininity = stupidity.

Thanks Huff Post, for reminding me no one hates women more than feminism.

I think some of the criticisms are being deliberately obtuse. But holy shit is it spot on in pointing out that this advertisement/gif set is actually being femmephobic. The very thing that Feminism supposedly criticizes society for reinforcing in people.

It’s once again reinforcing that old chestnut.

Feminism is about women’s right to choose. Unless that choice is is a traditional gender role… Or it happens to not coincide with what we want in general.

I like how the first gif a) doesn’t mention that boys do worse  in school overall and are less likely to attend or graduate college than girls, and b) tries to portray it as misogyny* that, gasp, people’s tastes change as they age.

Yeah, your hypothetical situations without context which have non-sexist alternative explanations are sure proof of a real world issue affecting girls’ development, HuffPo.

* …Somehow.

I wonder if the extremely hormonal stage of puberty actually changes tastes.

Aside from the obvious.

(Source: youtube.com)

disneyvillainsforjustice:

our-love-will-over-come answered: Could you explain the term ableism or ableist, no one has before and some of our mods are confused. Thank you :)

Simply put, Ableism is discrimination towards disabled people, and Ableists are, of course, people who perpetuate it. Ableism is usually reared by the belief that disabilities are outside of “social norms” and therefore disabled people should strive to be like ‘normal’, abled people or else be outcast.

The most common form of ableism is when people assume that if you have a disability- ANY kind of disability, even a limp- you must be, as they put it, ‘mentally retarded’. This usually leads to them talking over you, refusing to directly interact with you, treating you like a small child, or otherwise refusing to acknowledge you are intelligent and aware even after you have proved you are to them repeatedly.

Ableism also involves refusing disabled people service or help because “they should be able to do it themselves” or because “they’re bothering the customers by existing”, spreading misinformation about what the disability involves (such as claiming Schizophrenia meaning multiple personalities or that ADHD means hyperactive and happy all the time), refusing to let them do anything themselves/babying them, stereotyping them based on their disability, and generally just being horrible towards them for no reason other than they’re disabled.

However, lately, it’s become a popular fad among SJW’s and self-diagnosers to claim that practically any insult, like ‘stupid’ or ‘dumb’, is ableism. THIS IS NOT TRUE AND I DO NOT APPROVE OF THIS. THIS IS FALSELY USING DISABILITY AS AN EXCUSE TO CENSOR OTHERS. Simple words like stupid or dumb is NOT ableist, as they do not refer to disabilities, simply one’s intelligent capability. If you think that disability is directly tied in with one’s intelligent capability, and choose to operate based on that, then… refer to my second paragraph.

What IS ableist to say? Well, primarily “mentally retarded” in reference to disabled in general, as well as “cripple” and similar words. Also, using the old term “deaf and dumb” towards deaf people is pretty offensive. This next part is up to the individual mostly, but the deaf culture community disapproves of being referred to as “hearing impaired”. Just say “deaf” or in reference to less deaf individuals, “hard of hearing”. You can still say those things around people you trust, just watch your words in public and around disabled people.

I tried to be simple, so if there’s anything you need to clear up, please do ask.

~Mod Oogie Boogie