“Do you think that your 16 year old daughter hasn’t masturbated already? Like, do you really think there’s anything in that scene that this chick hasn’t already tried when the lights go out at night, or in the bathroom, or in the tub, or with the shower head or something like that? I’m telling you, man, I’m not teaching this broad anything new. If I were to create a rating system, I wouldn’t even put murder right at the top of the chief offenses. I would put rape right at the top, and assault against women. Because it’s so insanely overused and insulting how much it’s overused in movies as a plot device, a woman in peril. That, to me, is offensive, yet that shit skates.”—
Kevin Smith (director) on the ridiculousness of movies about sex receiving NC-17 ratings while extremely violent movies get by with R ratings. (via ohmarine)
If I were re blogging this from a computer, there would be a “THIS” GIF on it.
“Welcome to a new era in fandom, where once-niche properties like Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy have become so mainstream that a small town’s worth of people will line up a day early for the chance to see stars from them. It’s also a new era for SDCC itself, as the meaning of fan conventions changes and it struggles to manage ballooning turnout. An estimated 130,000 fans will attend this weekend. For some perspective, Hall H, Comic-Con’s largest auditorium, seats approximately 6,500 people. Whispers among the fans put the population on the line between 8,000 and 12,000. Even if those estimates are off, there’s simply not enough room for everyone to get in.”—Camping in hell: the endless lines of Comic-Con 2014 | The Verge
“The case files show that moms who work outside the home face a predicament. They are told by health professionals and society at large that breastfeeding is the right thing for themselves and their babies, with the American Academy of Pediatrics recommending breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of the baby’s life. Yet women still aren’t always granted the on-the-job flexibility they need to make it work. But they have to try, because the Family and Medical Leave Act covers only 12 weeks of unpaid leave.”—Dirty Bathrooms, No Privacy: The Horrifying Struggles Of Breastfeeding Moms Who Need To Pump At Work
“I’m very concerned about the lack of integrity,” he said. “Some of the officials have had to step down. Some need to step down and hopefully we’ll get some new blood here because the District’s demographics are changing.”—
"New blood" because DC’s "demographics" are changing?
LET ME TRANSLATE:
Rep. John Mica (R-Florida) is hoping that DC’s problems with corrupt officials will end, not because the corrupt officials will be exposed and prosecuted (which is indeed what’s happening), but because the influx of WHITE PEOPLE to DC will toss out the corrupt people first elected when DC was MAJORITY BLACK.
So, Floridians, I hope you enjoy being represented by someone who thinks black people can’t govern themselves.
“Now, there’s no particular reason you should care about me or this election. I wish I had the same luxury regarding the 4th District of Kentucky. But, unbeknownst to me or D.C’s elected leaders, your representative, Tom Massie, introduced a budget amendment that would repeal all local firearms laws in D.C., leaving only federal laws in effect. He is apparently deeply concerned with my Second Amendment rights.”—
I posted a link to this organization a couple of weeks ago as a note-to-self to do some research.
The organization provides pro-bono legal assistance to unaccompanied children facing immigration proceedings, so the current refugee crisis is keeping them pretty busy.
In looking into them, I learned that their major funders include organizations like the MacArthur Foundation, which is highly reputable, and that their CEO is well known in immigration community for the quality of her work. Co-chair of the board (the one who isn’t Angeline Jolie, who has her own track record of work in these issues) is the general counsel of Microsoft, who has a reputation for being highly competent. I mean, say what you want about MS products (and I do), but you don’t get to be GC of a company that size without knowing your ish.
Basically, this organization seems reputable, and is doing really critical work. So because I have just gotten my first paycheck at the new gig, I donated the first day of my salary to them.
If you were looking for a way to help and can afford to support financially, this seems like a good option.
“The more informed you are, the more likely you are to choose store brands. Pharmacists, for example, are especially likely to buy store brands of headache medicines. Chefs are far less inclined to select national brands of salt and sugar than are nonchefs who are otherwise demographically identical. In other words, national brands are succeeding largely because of consumer ignorance.”—
That’s an interesting premise. It might not be a consumer’s ignorance that drives national brand success, as much as a doctor’s or chef’s familiarity with generics due to their business’s profit motive.
To create a hypothetical example: A doctor’s charging a fixed price for aspirin dispensed through his office or hospital pharmacy, and the bean counters have dictated there’s a 600% profit on generic aspirin vs a 300% profit on Bayer. Success rates are similar, so the doctor gets positive experiential knowledge based on his forced use of the generic product, while a consumer has only a perceived brand quality based on marketing on which to base their decision. So a doctor or chef having their hands tied gets them accustomed to “this is good enough” in the quality department.
Chefs, especially, are accustomed to “this is good enough” quality, via having most of their staples delivered by Sysco.
Part of the being informed, though, is also understanding what the differences actually are- Frequently, store brand products are made by the same manufacturers with the same ingredient suppliers as national brands. For example, Costco’s Kirkland brand bourbon is made by Buffalo Trace.
And in the case of medicines, you know the generic has to meet the same regulatory standards, and that there can’t be differences in concentration of active ingredient or efficacy because they are legally required to be “therapeutically equivalent.” The difference between brand and generic prescription medicines is usually in whatever the inactive ingredients (“excipients”) are, the stuff that makes it possible to form it into a pill or capsule or the liquid the medicine is suspended in, so once in a while a particular patient needs a particular brand over the generic because of an allergy or something.
i hate when people complain about how technology is “ruining everything.” i have over 200 pictures of my dog on my phone and i can send them to my friends when they are sad. how is that ruining anything. why do you hate happiness
“But what all these issues, no matter how gigantically separated an Esquire puff piece and a Tennessee mother’s jailing for meth may seem, reflect back at us: How, in this country, every barometer by which female worth is measured—from the superficial to the life-altering, the appreciative to the punitive—has long been calibrated to “dude,” whether or not those measurements are actually being taken by dudes. Men still run, or at bare minimum have shaped and codified the attitudes of, the churches, the courts, the universities, the police departments, the corporations that so freely determine women’s worth. As Beyoncé observed last year, “Money gives men power to run the show. It gives men the power to define value. They define what’s sexy. And men define what’s feminine. It’s ridiculous.””—The Problem with Esquire’s Praise of 42-Year-Old Women & Amy Poehler | New Republic
Putting this link here so I can research them a bit tonight before donating- it’s an organization specializing in providing assistance, legal and otherwise, to unaccompanied children facing immigration legal proceedings in the US.
As you can imagine, they are ALL OVER the current crisis.
So if any of you know anything about this org, lay it on me. If it’s a good, reputable organization, they seem like a good place to start as far as trying to help.
“As politicians focus on midterm elections rather than on children in crisis, it’s worth remembering: Christians worship a child who fled from violence in his home country.”—Gay Clark Jennings (via azspot)
“After the highly refined instant oatmeal, blood sugar soared but then crashed a few hours later," Ludwig says. "And when that happened the [stress] hormone adrenaline, or epinephrine, surged to very high levels.”—
So, I knew that I crash hard* after eating a lot of refined carbs/sugars, which is why I try not to eat carby breakfast if I have stuff to do after. I didn’t know that the crash is linked to increased stress hormones. That’s so interesting, and another argument in favor of putting more effort into having protein-based breakfast food on hand.
*The article goes on to point out that people respond to food differently, which I knew, but am calling out here because it’s not something that people understand, which is where you get a lot of that “weight is a function of calories in/calories out” and “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie” bullshit. It’s more complex than that, which is why paleo works for some people and straight low carb works for some people, and plain ol’ eat less/exercise more works for still other people.
“I’ve been watching media coverage of angry Americans at our southern border waiving signs and yelling slogans, insisting that the children – most of whom are refugees of the drug war we’ve created — “go home” to the violence and death that war has created, and I wonder who these angry Americans are. I also wonder where their parents or grandparents or other ancestors came from, and what they were fleeing from or hoped for when they landed in America. I’m not suggesting we allow in anyone who wants to come here, but these are desperate children. Whatever happened to the generosity, decency, and big-heartedness of this country?”—Robert Reich (via azspot)