3rd international

Feminist: *states his/her opinion*

A Man: “I don’t agree with you.”

Feminist: “Mansplaining mysogynist! You’re a man! Therefore, your opinion doesn’t matter! Talk to me when you’re being oppressed!”

A Woman: “I don’t agree with you either.”



It is International Week of the Deaf this year it’s all about Full Inclusion with Sign Language! 

([image text; purple background header, white font INTERNATIONAL WEEK OF THE DEAF 2017, 18 to 24 September. [orange font] 
THEME: [purple font] [black font] FULL INCLUSION WITH SIGN LANGUAGE! International Week of The Deaf 2017 takes place under the theme ‘Full Inclusion with Sign Language!!’. It is in tandem with the 3rd International Conference of the World Federation of the Deaf and believes that full social inclusion of deaf people is possible when sign language is recognised and used widely within the society. International Week of the Deaf 2017 stresses the importance of sign language. Without the actual recognition, facilitation and promotion of it, the rights outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the recently adopted 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals cannot be fully achieved.
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[purple font] KEY MESSAGES [green background box, white font] BIRTH RIGHT - [grey background box, black font] Draws upon the principle of basic human rights in relation to language acquisition at birth. When acquired fast, it enables deaf children to have full communication with people, improving their cognitive and social skills. Deaf children need access to sign language from birth.

[orange background box, white font] DEAF IDENTITY - [grey box, black font] Identifies deaf people as belonging to a cultural and linguistic community, who use sign language as a mother tongue or natural language to communicate.

[yellow background box, white font] ACCESSIBILITY - [grey background box, black font] stresses that deaf people need access to public information and services via sign language interpreting, subtitling and/or close-captioning. A key factor to accessibility for public services such as health care, employment, social activities or any other government services is provision of and access to sign language. 

[purple background box, white font] EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES - [grey background box, black font] Sign language competency for communication and provision of interpreters mean that deaf people can do almost any job. It is important for deaf people to equally aspire securing jobs that reflect their interest and competency. The main barriers to employment arise from accessible work environments rather than an inability to hear.

[green background box, white font] LIFELONG LEARNING - [grey background box, black font] Access to education, vocational learning, and ongoing progessional training and development is key to gaining and retaining a job and earning a wage that allows independent living.

[orange background box, white font] EQUAL PARTICIPATION - [grey background box, black font] Deaf people need to have equal access to participation in the personal, public and political area as everybody else. More importantly, it is necessary to ensure that deaf people have the opportunity to take up leadership roles, so that deaf people themselves can appropriately advocate for their rights and be involved in all decision-making processes concerning their lives. This is a reflection of the slogan 'Nothing About Us without Us’.

[yellow background box, white font] BILINGUAL EDUCATION - [grey background box, black font] Urges stakeholders to accept the need for bilingual education for a deaf child and to understand how quality bilingual education should be provided in a sign language environment. Bilingual education is a social-cultural approach of using sign language of instruction in all subjects with a parallel strong emphasis on teaching, reading and writing of the language used in the country or society.

[purple background box, white font] EQUAL LANGUAGE - [grey background box, black font] Recognises sign language as a valid, linguistic means of conveying thoughts, ideas and emotions. It is a fully operating language with its own syntax, morphology and structure. It fulfils all features serve to define the notion of a language. This has been confirmed in many systematic linguistic research on sign language since the late 1970s.

In the middle of all the text boxes there is a logo of two hands touching with the words 'FULL INCLUSION WITH SIGN LANGUAGE’ and at the bottom of the page, the logo for World Federation of the Deaf, International Week of the Deaf, and a barcode with the word 'donate’ underneath.])

Thank you @elixiire for providing the image description

Dr Styles Part Two

Read part one HERE

“ Good, I want notes on what happened in the surgery and what could have changed the outcome in Mrs O’hare’s file in an hour” he curtly spoke before exiting the room, the sudden realisation that Dr Harry Styles had the inability to make or break your career, and despite your major crush and the sweetness you had just encountered, it had dawned on you that ,this precise moment could give him reason to end your career.

Seeing Harry around the hospital the week after the surgery was awkward, you had to work with him for the full week after, he gave you the worst cases to do almost as punishment. You’d done rectal exams, cleaned up vomit, stitched up wounds and hadn’t seen the inside of an operating room since. You were exhausted by weeks end, it was like he was trying to run you down, everyone else was getting the best cases, your friend Jess had helped remove a bullet from the muscle around the heart and another friend George had got to cut a tumour out of a lung. Today was your last day on his service, and despite still loving him more than you would like to after what he’s put you through, you were thankful to move on to another doctor. Your day had turned for the worse when Dr Styles had you work with him on a child, Maisey with heart failure, among with inoperable tumours in her lungs he had given her a week to live 9 days ago, and as a surgical intern you knew she wouldn’t make it to the end of your shift. You knew why he put you onto the cause with him, you hated him for it, he wanted to test you just like he said he would, your day consisted of making the young girl comfortable and making sure she had no pain.

“ Dr Y/L/N, I trust yeh will be capable to see this case through to the end, we cant have a repeat of our previous case” Harry spoke as the two of you stood in an X-ray room looking over films of Maisey’s heart and lungs.
“ Of course Dr Styles, last time was a mistake, a shock to the system it wont happen again” you wanted to be a bitch and say something snarky, but that would help his case if he were to decide you were incompetent.
“ Im sorry if yeh think I’ve been cruel, it’s my job to asses yeh and make yeh into an excellent surgeon, that means I have to make sure yeh can handle every situation” he spoke and you rolled your eyes.
“So you had me do rectal examinations? Im a 3rd year intern I should be in surgeries and not in the ER doing 1st year interns jobs, I haven’t seen the inside of an operating room for a week unlike everyone else and you know I should be in there” you spoke your voice dripping with sarcasm and annoyance.
“ Yeh’re smart Y/N and yeh know it, yeh’ve been allowed run rings around yehr classmates at other hospitals because of it, because everyone knew yeh were smart and in doing so yeh’ve become distracted and sloppy because yeh’re not the smartest in the room here, so I put yeh in scut and first years job to remind yeh, yeh’re a surgeon. Be a surgeon not some brat who whinges about not being in the operating room, or havin to do her job of looking after patients or cries when a patient dies. Get yourself together and be a surgeon”

You stayed quiet for the next few hours, you didn’t need to piss him off even more and you guess you deserved it, he’s your superior and you should have shut your mouth.The way he spat the words at you with such venom and anger is what really shocked you more than the words themselves, you hated that he was right and you hated even more that he used it to belittle you.   You sat in the cafeteria eating while you listened to everyones stories about cool surgical cases they got to see while you were waiting for a child to die. You hated that this was going to happen, that there was nothing left to do for her which made you feel helpless especially when her small body just laid in a bed all day unable to go outside without the chances of cardiac arrest. You had studied this case when you first moved to this hospital, she had lived longer than anyone had expected thanks to Dr Styles and he had done everything in his power to help her but unfortunately there was nothing else to be done.

You were sitting outside her room at around 9pm, watching and monitoring, she sat looking out the window it was snowing, very lightly but enough to have her captivated. Dr Styles had just finished talking to her parents to let them know they should prepare themselves, that the next few hours would be it, they didn’t cry much to your disbelief, they’d been doing this long enough they were immune to the pain. You tried to distract yourself from the family in front of you by updating all of Harry’s patient charts doing anything but looking at him or them not wanting to break down again, which you knew would be happening when you were home.
“ When was the last time she had morphine?” Harrys voice broke through the silence of the hospital.
“ With her dinner, it was enough to make her comfortable for when it happens” you replied turning to look at him, he had a frown on his face it caused little creases between his eyebrows. You realised how hard this must be for him, he’d been with this Maisey for a year and he’d now done everything in his powers and it still wasn’t enough.
“ Go get a wheelchair and portable oxygen” he spoke standing up and grabbing the hospital brand jackets that sat behind the nurses station.
“ What for? Where is she going?” You asked as he handed you a jacket before walking towards her room.
“ No time, move it”

“ Harry what the hell are we doing?” You whisper yelled at him as you held an oxygen tank while he pushed the wheelchair down the hall towards the elevator while the Maisey’s parents followed behind.
“ She hasn’t seen the anything but these hospital walls in months, I’m not lettin her die without seeing the snow” His words shocked you as you all descended to the ground floor to the hospital. Part of you wanted to be mad about how he had spoken to you today, but all you could think of was his kindness and what he was doing for this little girl.There was a patch of grass just outside the lobby doors, the hospital sat on a hill overlooking the city and from where Harry had placed the wheelchair she had a view of the entire city and the snow that was leaving a light dusting over everything. The two of you sat on the bench behind the family allowing them to savour every moment in private, neither of you spoke a word, you didn’t know what to say so you sat in silence.

An hour later Harry called time of death after Maisey died in her sleep with her parents in the snow, not in a hospital bed hooked up to all the machines. You were the one who had to confirm the words to her parents, on the first day on medical school your taught that even if the family knows their loved one was dead you had to say the words to leave no room for questions, you spoke to the parents and held their hands as they cried while Harry personally accompanied the child’s body to the morgue, something surgeons, especially of Harrys rank didn’t do often.

Your shift had finished a few hours ago so you made your way towards an on call room to give yourself a breather before you left for the night. You opened the door and immediately stopped in your tracks when you saw Dr Styles sitting on one of the beds head in hands his palms digging into his eyes as he swore.
“ Im sorry, I didn’t know anyone was in here” you backed away from the door ready to leave.
“ Its fine, stay” he spoke quietly looking up at where you stood, his eyes were puffy and tired from the countless hours he had been at the hospital.
“ What you did for Maisey and her family was beautiful” you whispered before walking into the room a little more before closing the door.
“ It’s the least I could do, I spent the last year cutting into her and filling her body with drugs” he spoke the words with pain and you saw him brush away a tear.
“ She would’ve been dead months ago if you hadn’t done those things” you moved closer now and sat next to him, you were pushing the boundaries, this is what got you in trouble last time, but you were so in love with this man you couldn’t help it.
“ She was a child” his voice broke and you could see the tears streaming down his face freely now, your heart broke as you reached for his hand a placed it between two of yours. He started letting out small little sobs as he continued to try and swat away tears and his chest heaved with sobs.
“ She was a fuckin kid” he swore before you pulled him into you allowing his face to rest between your neck as you rubbed his neck shushing him he wrapped his arms around your body pulling you down onto the bed until you were laying underneath him as his sobs slowed.

You didn’t know how long you laid like that Harrys head on your chest while you drew patterns in his back trying hard not to drift in and out of sleep. He lifted his head up and looked at you, his eyes even prettier than usual after crying
“ Im tough on yeh because yeh’re gonna be a great surgeon” he spoke his lips puffy and pink you nodded in reply running your hand through his hair thats often covered by scrub caps.
“ This whole week I’ve avoided yeh after seeing yeh in that OR I haven’t been able to get yeh outta my head” he spoke and you looked at him in surprise.
“ I’ve been angry at you at all week, thought you put me on this case to test me, to see if you could break me” you spoke wearily meeting your eyes with his.
“ I put yeh on this case because I needed yeh to be here for me like I was for yeh” you nodded back at him before gently moving forward to press your lips together, your heartbeats became quicker before pulling away a grin on your face. Harry leaned in this time and deepened the kiss pushing you back onto the bed and hovering above you, your hands made their way into his hair pulling his body forcibly against yours as his hands made their way underneath your scrubs. The two of you were breathless his shirt was off and yours followed soon after, you flipped over and were straddling him placing kisses along his chest the two of you giggling like children.  
“ Dr Styles!” the two of you pulled apart in shock at the sudden interruption, both of your eyes moving to the source, you let out a gasp before pulling your scrubs to cover your chest. Dr Webber the chief of Surgery, yours and Harry’s boss stood at the door arms folded with a scowl on his face.
“ My office both of you, now!”

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International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Today, 3rd of December is International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The day promotes an understanding of disability issues that, for those living without disabilities, may go completely unrecognised.

I don’t have a disability so I’m not as aware of the issues that those who do face on a daily basis. As always, I’m eager to learn and as a political blog I’m always ready to campaign for things that matter so if you’d like to teach me something, hit me up.

anonymous asked:

Can snakes feel emotions? Ive always wondered and never saw any scientifical proofs of it, so if you have some, i would like to see them. Because i love snakes but I dont want to adopt one if Im not sure they can feel happyness (an empty shell would be sad).

Hi there!

The answer is yes, but not the way mammals do. Reptile emotional responses are fairly basic and are usually observable as aggression, fear, hunger beyond immediate biological need, trust, and pleasure (like an iguana that likes their cheek spots being rubbed).
Alligators will even protect babies that aren’t their immediate offspring, which is evidence of some complex emotional intelligence but still nothing close to the emotions displayed by birds and mammals.

We do know that snakes can identify the people who feed and handle them regularly and distinguish them from strangers, and they may be more calm when being handled by people they know versus new people.

Remember also that while feeling “happy” may be important to you as a human, what you consider happiness is much simpler for a snake. It’s more important that they feel physically comfortable in their environment, safe to engage in species-typical behaviors, and able to occasionally explore new opportunities in the form of enrichment. Safe, comfortable, and engaged are the snake equivalents of happiness and it’s not a lot but that’s still a million miles away from being an empty shell devoid of feeling.

We reptile keepers do personify our pets A LOT and this is to help others see them as relatable and cute and desirable companions and deserving of more than a tiny barren prison cell in which to barely exist and produce babies for the profit of their keepers.
The truth is that our snakes don’t love us back, and that’s very okay. It won’t stop us from loving and caring for them as best we can. Their snakey versions of happiness, simplified though they may be, make us happy without needing to feel appreciated or loved. And ultimately, isn’t that the point of keeping reptiles pets in the first place? If you want something that loves you and can display that love, get a mammal or a bird as your companion animal.

A snake won’t love you the way you’ll love them, but they may come to trust you. Trust is the instinctual core of love, and that’s enough reward for those who choose a reptile as a pet.

There are actually a few scientific articles that explore the emotional responses of reptiles and they seem very interesting but they’re behind paywalls (boo, academic elitism) so you may not be able to access them. I listed them below so you can check them out if you’re really very curious.

I hope this helps!

A “How-To” Guide for Designing Judgment Bias Studies to Assess Captive Animal Welfare  
Emily J. Bethell
Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 
Volume 18, 2015 - Issue sup1: Advancing Zoo Animal Welfare Science and Policy: Selected Papers From the Detroit Zoological Society 3rd International Symposium (November 2014)

Melatonin Levels in the Gastrointestinal Tissues of Fish, Amphibians, and a Reptile
George A. Bubenik Shiu Fun Pangb
General and Comparative Endocrinology
Volume 106, Issue 3, June 1997, Pages 415–419   

Characterization of the raphe nuclei of the reptile Ctenosaura pectinata
Fructuoso Ayala-Guerrero, Salvador Huitrón-Reséndiz, Raul Mancilla
Physiology & Behavior
Volume 50, Issue 4, October 1991, Pages 717–722

Emotion: An Evolutionary By- Product of the Neural Regulation of the Autonomic Nervous System
Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume 807, Integrative Neurobiology of Affiliation, The pages 62–77, January 1997

58. Operatives are reminded to minimize contact with journalists, reporters and other civilian media unless lives are on the line. While we have yet to have an incident involving the mention of X-COM, Operatives are reminded that they are to avoid answering that you are part of any organization, group or unit, be it real or fictional. This includes (but is not restricted to):
the Ghostbusters
Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division
the Men In Black
the Beatles comeback tour
Space Marines
Space Nazis
Space Soviets
Space Hippies
EXALT (Really?)
Scooby Doo’s Gang
the SCP Foundation
the Brady Bunch
the Power Rangers
Kamen Rider
Magical Girls
Justice League
the League of Legends
the Illuminati
the Priory of Sion
World Police
Thunderbirds/International Rescue
3rd Street Saints
King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table
Pan Pacific Defense Corps
Raczak Roughnecks / Rico’s Roughnecks
the UNSC / ONI Section III / the 105th Orbital Drop Shock Trooper Division
Stargate Command
the Parahuman Response Team
the Adeptus Mechanicus
Megacity One Department of Justice
Raynor’s Raiders
the Colonial Marines
the Grand Army of the Republic
the Rebel Alliance
the Galactic Empire
the Royal Manticoran Navy/Marine Corps
Wolf’s Dragoons
Section 9
the Mane 6
Mobile Infantry
Diamond Dogs
Ghost Recon
Voltron Force
the Planeteers
Jedi Knights
Black Knights
Boy Scouts
Girl Scouts (even if you bring back cookies)
Zombie Emergency Response Operations
I.R.S. back-taxes retrieval committee
Society for Creative Anachronism
the plumbers
Jehovah’s Witnesses
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)
The Church of Scientology
Robin Hood’s Band of Merry Men
Team Dai-Gurren
House Lannister
House Stark
House Baratheon
House Targaryen
The Night Watch
Team Four Star
Krusty Crab Crew
Team Rocket, Aqua, Magma, Plasma or Galactic
The Aristocrats
Santa’s Elves
Brotherhood of Nod
Global Defense Initiative
—  Things XCOM Operatives Are Not Allowed To Do

2016.11.02 Happy Birthday, Suwawa!! ⚓️ (*♡´◡` 人´◡` ♡*) 🐬 

I’m so proud of you for rising all the way from last place to first place with Kanan in the center polls! I hope this was the best (early) birthday gift all of us could have gotten for you ⌒°( ; ω ;)°⌒

We’ll always treasure your appreciation for the international LLSS community… Thank you so much, Suwawa (இ⌓இ )


2017/05/28 Blog post by Hikaru 『MUSIC THEATER 2017 day2』

『MUSIC THEATER 2017 day2』

Hello everyone.
A truly enjoyable time
Overflowing with the sound of music
Has left a truly dramatic impression
and the hall was enveloped by heat. This is Hikaru.
[This time we have to use the first kanji of each line “on-sound”, “raku-tanoshii-enjoyable”, “geki-gekiteki-dramatic” and “jou-jounai-hall” =>音楽劇場 = Ongaku Gekijou = Music Theater]

There are just a few days remaining in May, how is everyone doing?

On May 27th and 28th Kalafina took part in 『MUSIC THEATER 2017』 @Saitama Super Arena.

Everyone who came to see us at the venue, thank you!
Everyone who shared their feelings with us, thank you!
This event was created in order to enjoy the live performances of various Sony Group artists and their anime collaborations. Therefore, the setlist was chosen accordingly.

Magia (Magical Girl Madoka ☆ Magica)
to the beginning (Fate/Zero) ※ day 1 only
heavenly blue (Aldnoah-Zero) ※ day 2 only
Alleluia (The Garden of Sinners: Future Gospel)
One Light (Arslan Senki)

We got to sing these songs, all of which are part of shows we were allowed to collaborate with in the past.
Magia was the ending theme of the TV anime and it was aired during a scene in the third episode for the very first time… … the other songs were also used during memorable and important scenes!
Whether you were waving your light sticks enthusiastically, listening to the music carefully or trying to experience the music with your entire body, I was trying to communicate with each and every one of you while I was singing.

Many different artists performed at this concert so I was watching their stage appearances until it was our turn, it was truly inspiring to see all the individual performances of the artists! Also, the entire audience was full of energy from beginning to end, all this energy was conveyed to us for five hours straight!
We tried to do our very best!!

Reflecting upon the music we created together at Saitama Super Arena during the past two days, we shall head towards our next concert!

Next, we’ll be holding two 「Kalafina “9 + ONE"」 lives on June 3rd and 4th @Tokyo International Forum Hall A!!
We’ll be awaiting you at the venue!

Well, until next time.

♪ Hikaru ♪

Kalafina with Ayano Mashiro during today’s 「MUSIC THEATER 2017」 at Saitama Super Arena!