Why Are The ALF’s Activities Hurting Their Own Cause?

I’m well aware that this post may contain some unpopular opinions. If you would like to have a discussion on our differing views, my inbox / ask box is open. But please read with an open mind before you go jumping to the assumption that I am some cartoonish mad scientist who relishes the suffering of innocent little puppies and kittens.

I’m going to start off by saying that I personally hate animal testing. I wish it didn’t exist. But you know what else I hate? Cancer, HIV/AIDS, malaria, mental health disorders… want me to go on?

It should be noted that I’m writing this from the perspective of a scientist in the United States. I do not know the legislation, inspection criteria, or institutional requirements that are in place for research organizations in Brazil, but I do know where they stand in the US. I should also say that my colleagues and I have received death threats from the ALF and similar organizations. They target not only biomedical institutions, but zoos, universities, sanctuaries, and field researchers. This is something that hits rather close to home for me, so please forgive the obscenely long post.

(Warning: rant ahead)

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City Book Review gives THE SCIENCE OF CONSEQUENCES 5 Stars

“This excellent, excellent book is a wonderfully entertaining and enlightening survey of the studies that have been done and are ongoing into why we react to consequences, and how we can use this knowledge to improve all areas of our lives, from our families to the workplace to the world at large.”

—Gretchen Wagner, City Book Review

also mcu jane foster and thor are together because they run headfirst at things (see: SHIELD base, OOH WHAT’S THIS I THINK I’LL TOUCH THE AETHER, ‘please don’t move while in the soul forge’ -immediately waves hands about to see what happens-) so she’d like as not straight launch herself at the beast of the unknown or whatever

Goodbye Dr. Google, Hello Medivizor

Israeli-American medical health startup personalizes health information and keeps patients up to date with the latest medical news.

Tal Givoly of Medivizor.

Doctors often warn patients and their families against searching the Internet for medical information. But that’s exactly what Israeli inventor Tal Givoly and med-tech serial entrepreneur Dr. Oren Fuerst did when serious illnesses hit their families.

While they knew the consequences of all the junk science and misleading information on the web, Givoly needed to know how to save the life of his teenage daughter who was suffering congestive heart failure, and Fuerst needed decisive information as the caregiver for his cancer-stricken mother.

Together with world-renowned urologist Steven Kaplan, who had too many patients bringing him printouts of disinformation they found online, Givoly and Fuerst created Medivizor – a company that uses patent-pending technology to sift through thousands of content articles and find the most essential information applicable and personalized for each person’s medical situation.

The company says its software, crowdsourcing techniques and medical expertise can help information-seekers access easy-to-read, relevant and customized information in one place.

“Medivizor personalizes health information. Sounds like that’s been done before but to the best of our knowledge it hasn’t,” CEO Givoly tells ISRAEL21c. “We bring the cutting edge of science to people it matters most to, in a way they can understand and act upon.”

“Dr. Google” is known to make web-surfers believe they have severe ailments or side effects they often do not have. WebMD, on the other hand, offers textbook information that is not personalized.

“There’s a lot of great health information out there, but it’s generic,” Givoly says. “The textbook was written many years ago with the knowledge of many years ago, and is the same for everybody. So if somebody has a specific situation, the textbook is not what they care about. What they care about is what the best science is right now.”

Revolutionary online health service

Israel is a leader in mobile health (mHealth) technologies thanks to a government decision in 1980 mandating digital health records for each citizen. There are dozens of mHealth startups in Israel as a result.

Medivizor was among eight finalists (out of more than 50 Israeli startups) to present their game-changing technologies at the mHealth Israel conference in December.

“We are honored to win this tough competition, especially given the outstanding startup innovation landscape in which we competed,” said Givoly after winning first place.  “This is a major milestone for us, as the conference’s platform enables us to share ideas with other healthcare entrepreneurs, potential investors and industry giants, too.”

It was one of four contests Medivizor won in a span of six months in 2014. The revolutionary online health service also took first-place finishes in the 1776 DC Challenge Cup, Most INVESTABLEStartup — INTERFACE Digital Health Summit 2014, and Doctors 2.0 & You 2014.

Forbes Magazine highlighted it as one of “Six Companies That Are Reimagining Existing Tech Trends.”

Perhaps the biggest feather in the company’s cap is that doctors, clinics and medical institutions are promoting the site to their patients. While health professionals dissuade their patients from checking in with Dr. Google or WebMD, now they’re actually encouraging them to receive cutting-edge personalized health information from Medivizor.

“There’s an enormous amount of new science published each year. There were 9,362 research papers published on prostate cancer alone last year, 19,500 on breast cancer, and 35,000 on diabetes. No doctor or researcher can read all that material. Add to that hundreds or thousands of clinical trials that offer different ways to treat the same illnesses,” says Givoly.

“We scan all the information, determine its clinical relevance, then we translate it to something like Cliff Notes and share it with patients, caregivers and medical teams.”

Helping the greater good

Medivizor is free to the user and makes money from health institutions. But Givoly says users need not worry about their privacy, noting the company does not give away any information without permission.

Users create an account, type in the kind of information related to the person they are seeking information for, and then get selected, relevant material sent to their inbox. The site is not meant to replace a doctor but rather to make the user more knowledgeable.

The site also offers details about clinical trials currently enrolling patients.

“Right now there are over 1,400 interventional breast cancer clinical trials,” says Givoly. “These are options your doctor probably doesn’t know about, you certainly don’t know about, but Medivizor could help you know about.”

On November 13, 2012, Givoly – a serial inventor who holds over 25 granted patents — wrote a blog post announcing the launch of Medivizor.

“Whatever I do, it should inspire me and I must be passionate about it,” he wrote. He also wanted to do something that “had the potential to bring great benefit to the world.”

Givoly tells ISRAEL21c: “We want to help millions of people coping with serious or chronic illness. We think that it’s really a shame that besides coping with their illness, they need to also cope with chronic web researching without being able to access the cutting-edge of science in medicine.”

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A new study showed that the time which dolphins inhabited the Mediterranean was after the last Ice Age. The study was conducted by taking tissue samples from 194 bottlenose dolphins. The samples were collected over a 19 year period starting in 1992. This was used to understand the population and it’s evolution. This was an interesting study because of the biodiversity within the Mediterranean. Dr Andre Moura, from the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK, said: “As a consequence of the bottlenose dolphin only colonising the Mediterranean after the last glacial maximum or Ice Age, population structure in the Mediterranean mainly arises from the different colonisation routes the various early colonisers took, and the genetic varieties they carried. It was shown that there are two types types the deep water, and the coastal. Through the Mediterranean, North Atlantic, and North Sea the dolphins were a single meta-population which means they population is broken into groups based of their region and they exchange dolphins and different rates. This is important information about the biodiversity in the Mediterranean. 

University of Lincoln. “Dolphins set up home in the Mediterranean after the last Ice Age.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 18 February 2015. <>.

DBT Tip of the Day #2

Reasonable Mind:
-Left brain
-Rational, thinking, logical, factual
-Analyzes, plans & evaluates…
-Your “cool” part
-Recognizes natural consequences
-It is easier to be in reasonable mind when you feel good
Examples: Math, science, crime theory, social studies, building a bridge, doubling a recipe, balancing your checkbook, figuring out the fastest way from point “A” to point “B”

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Vanity drinking


Dry January, FebFast, SoberMarch, LammeApril, yatta yatta yatta… To stop drinking for a while is just an old trick to drink forever, let’s face it, the only reason you’re not drinking this month is because you’re afraid that something could happen to your liver and you wouldn’t be able to drink anymore. If science told us we can drink all day everyday without consequences there wouldn’t be much reason to be sober, hence potheads. This has happened for ages, people go on and off the wagon, but what does than mean anyway?

Actually, this phrase comes from the turn of the 20th Century in America where water carts or wagons were used to wet dusty streets in towns and cities; this was also around the time of the early Temperance movement who were encouraging men to ‘take the pledge’ and forsake alcoholic drink forever. Those that had signed the pledge but were tempted by the demon drink said they would drink from the water cart instead of having alcohol hence being on the wagon. First let’s get some facts about drinking, here’ a fun little test.   

Now that you know that pouring ice in your pants is the only way to sober up, let’s define ‘healthy’:
A consumable that won’t get us fat or dead.

There’s no such thing as healthy booze, certainly white spirits are lower in calories than wine and beer, with vodka and gin being around 55Kcal per 25ml shot, a 175ml glass of wine is around 160Kcals, and a half pint of beer is around 95Kcals. As long as we are serving the spirits with a low or zero calorie mixer it is safe to promote them as low calorie drinks.

The table below compares how many calories are in different sweeteners versus white sugar

Fresh juices
If you think all the lime juice in your margarita will help your immune system, soz, but booze will block the absorption of vitamin C, so you will gain no benefit aside from feeling in Mexico for 10 minutes. Same goes for fruit juice, vodka cranberry is not high in anti-oxidants, but it is high in the chart of “Drinks men should never order”.

Low calorie mixers
Yes, soda has tons of sugar in it, so it’s up to you if you’re a fat fuck go for the slim tonic, who cares if the bartender thinks you’re a pussy. Also, not because tonic is a bit bitter means it has less sugar. It still have tons of it (more than juice).

Super Foods
Young people now a day want everything easy. They want paid internships, free music, free beer with a haircut, free drinks when the service’s slow, free apps, free sex [via a free app].
This means they also want to get smashed and still keep the skin of a 2 y/o baby.
Super drinks with goji berries, kale and spinach won’t make you live forever, it will turn you into a delicate flower and delicate flowers die in winter.

For more on drink etiquette learn spanish and go here.


Vanity drinking was originally published on Carnicería


I’ve wanted to start a real blog for awhile now, and I finally decided to just do it. That wasn’t the most intelligent idea, because I have nothing planned out. So I’ve decided to make this little introduction post to get started.

First, the basics. My name is CJ, I’m a girl, and I’ll be turning 18 in about a month. I’m a senior in high school and I’ll be going to college in the fall — I’m lucky enough to already know where (thank god for early decision). I’m bisexual, and I’m a fangirl of a lot of things, though that’s not what this blog is about. My Meyers-Briggs personality type is INTJ. I like music, books, TV, and science. I don’t have many friends and consequently spend much of my time at home, alone. All the better for having time to blog. 

At this point in my life, things are changing at an almost alarming rate. High school’s almost over and I’m almost a legal adult, both of which mean I’m about to be tossed—somewhat unwillingly—into the real world. (Side note: I really hate that term. Has my life up to now taken place in a fake world? I don’t think so. Alas, using it is a necessary evil.) I know a lot of people are going through, or will soon be going through, the same thing, and maybe, by writing about my thoughts and experiences, I can help people feel less alone. 

So that’s what this blog is going to be: a place where I talk about my life, my thoughts, my experiences, my feelings. While I would like other people to get something out of my blogging, I’m doing this first and foremost for myself, so I might write some more personal things that I need to get out as well. 

I’m trying to figure life out, I’m trying to love myself more, I’m trying to learn not only to survive, but to live and thrive and enjoy my life, I’m trying to accept and embrace and simply deal with change. It’s hard, and it doesn’t always work, but I’m trying. I hope you’ll join me.

The mystery of consciousness - Interview with Dr. Michael Clarage

Perhaps the greatest mystery of human experience is consciousness itself. Today, the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology provide astounding insights into the electrical and chemical processes of the brain. Consequently, institutional science proposes with confide… Read more »

The mystery of consciousness - Interview with Dr. Michael Clarage

Perhaps the greatest mystery of human experience is consciousness itself. Today, the fields of neuroscience and neurotechnology provide astounding insights into the electrical and chemical processes of the brain. Consequently, institutional science proposes with confide… Read more »

All the phenomena which have been detailed are, on this view, the immediate product of a creative fiat and consequently are out of the domain of science altogether.
そこに詳しく述べられているあらゆる現象は、この見解によれば、神が創造をお命じになったことの直接の産物であり、その結果、まるごと科学の領域の埒外にあることになるのです。◆【出典】日英対訳文・対応付けデータ(独立行政法人情報通信研究機構) 全文表示

2014 had its fair share of landmark scientific accomplishments: dramatic cuts to the cost of sequencing a genome; sweeping investigations of climate change impacts in the US; advances in private-sector space travel, and plenty more. But there was also no shortage of high-profile figures eager to publicly and shamelessly denounce well-established science—sometimes with serious consequences for public policy. So without further ado, the most egregious science denial of 2014:


Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a biopsychologist and naturalist who has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland. She is currently a visiting scholar at the University of the Pacific. Her first book, THE SCIENCE OF CONSEQUENCES: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, is now available from Prometheus Books.


  1. What is your favorite word?  Reinforcement
  2. What makes you laugh?  Dry wit  
  3. What makes you cry?  Avoidable suffering  
  4. What is your favorite guilty pleasure?  A big variety of breakfast cereals
  5. What city or country would you most like to visit?  I’d love to go birdwatching in South America.  
  6. What was your favorite childhood book?  Elizabeth Enright’s Then There Were Five
  7. What is your favorite sitcom, past or present?  M*A*S*H
  8. What is your favorite magazine?  Audubon
  9. What was your favorite movie of the past year?  Too busy working on the book to see any movies this past year! 
  10. If you could have a superpower, what would it be?  To give everyone empathy.    

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