anti aids

This is NOT cool or edgy or making a statement! THIS IS A HEALTH RISK!
THIS IS DISGUSTING BEHAVIOUR THAT SHOULD NOT BE CONDONED!
I’m so sick of the idea that doing something big and strange means it’s good for the LGBT community, like putting people at risk of contracting a disease they are probably trying to 100% avoid getting! Why would someone in the LGBT+ community a) do this and b) say this is a “powerful statement” like it’s a good thing?!?!
Huffpost are actual trash that promote such bs ideas

One AIDS Death Every 8 Minutes
Grand Central Station, New York City, 23 January 1991

Day of Desperation
Early morning protests took place downtown Manhattan with AIDS activists protested the Government’s involvement in the Gulf War to the exclusion of vital interests at home. That afternoon — 5:00 RUSH HOUR — Grand Central Station was filled with demonstrators protesting under the banners: “Money For AIDS, Not For War” and “One AIDS Death Every 8 Minutes.”

nvldlife  asked:

(1/2) know a lot of people in the Autism Community are against the puzzle symbol because it stands for the "complicated and puzzling way it presents". And I totally agree with that not being ok. Before I was told any different, I always thought that the puzzle stood for the many different varieties, presentations, disorders within the spectrum, all fitting together to make a person. I also thought it symbolized unity and fitting in (not being "weird") because puzzle pieces fit together.

(2/2) So my question is why are people wanting to completely detach the puzzle symbol rather than reclaiming it or redefining it? As a person with NVLD, we don’t even have a “logo”, so it’s hard for me to understand why people would want to completely deny theirs rather than changing it to not be offensive anymore? (I mean this in all sincerity, not to be mean or accusing) I was just curious about it! Thanks!

The puzzle piece is as far as I am aware inherently tied to autism $peaks. It is not a thing that ever wasn’t tied to an organisation that actively compares being autistic to ‘having AIDS, diabetes, and cancer combined’. 

Some are trying to reclaim it, to give it a positive meaning. But because a$ is so harmful to all of us, most of us feel like that’s a lost cause, even if we somehow manage to struggle through the incredibly negative associations we have with the symbol.

As far as I am concerned, autism itself doesn’t have its own symbol. There’s the neurodiversity infinity symbol, which features on this blog’s icon and is open to use for anyone who feels they want to. 

I can’t speak for everyone else, but I can say that for me the mere thought of trying to use energy to change the way people look at a symbol like that is very much a thing that just doesn’t matter. It’s much, much more important to address the way people look at autistics, to move forward from the horribly ableist, outright murderous messages a$ has put out.

-Wren

A$ popularized the puzzle piece logo as a symbol for autism but they did not create it. It was created by Gerald Gasson as a symbol for the National Autistic Society in 1963.

The board believed autistic people suffered from a ‘puzzling’ condition. They adopted the logo because it didn’t look like any other image used for charitable or commercial use. Included with the puzzle piece was an image of a weeping child. The weeping child was used as a reminder that Autistic people suffer from their condition. [source]

So, the symbol has been used in ableist ways since its inception, but it was not always associated with A$. However, the ideas and concepts behind the puzzle piece are highly ableist. 

The puzzle piece is so effective because it tells us something about autism: our children are handicapped by a puzzling condition; this isolates them from normal human contact and therefore they do not ‘fit in’. The suggestion of a weeping child is a reminder that autistic people do indeed suffer from their handicap.

From a presentation by Helen Green Allison given in 1987 [source]

The puzzle piece is used to symbolize that autism is “puzzling” or that we are “mysteries to be solved” or “missing pieces.” These ideas dehumanize autistic people. 

We are not mysteries just because others refuse to take the time to understand us. 

We do not need to be “solved” (i.e. cured/prevented from existing, i.e. eugenics)

We are not missing pieces. Is a neurotypical who can’t swim “missing pieces”? What about a person who can’t sing? Why are we supposedly missing pieces because we have different sets of abilities?

In my opinion, I don’t think that the puzzle piece can be reclaimed. It has, for far too long, existed as a symbol based on the idea that we are less than human. 

Further, the puzzle piece has been so widely used by A$ that they are now inextricably linked in the public conscious. Any use of the puzzle piece is assumed to be related to A$ and the ideas that go along with that. While we can make attempts to reclaim the symbol, I don’t think we have the numbers or money to really combat the messages being sent by A$ with regards to this symbol. 

The puzzle piece has come to be associated with cure culture, dehumanization, and the vilification of autism in the general conscious. While efforts could be made to change the meaning associated with the symbol, I’m not sure why it’s worth it. 

To reclaim something, it must have once belonged to us, however, the puzzle piece symbol has never been ours. It has, since its inception, been a symbol of those who have tried to “fix” or “cure” autism. 

However, if individual autistic people want to claim the puzzle piece for themselves, that’s cool. It is up to each of us to make that decision for ourselves. 

-Sabrina

Also worth noting, despite autism awareness, recent studies show that puzzle pieces evoke negative emotions in people in this context, suggesting that associating a puzzle piece with autism is inherently stigmatizing.

- Sam

In 1997 the South African government passed a law setting up, among other things, a marketplace for medicines based on affordable prices. Clause 15c relied on two practices agreed under the World Trade Organisation’s guidelines.

One, compulsory licensing, allows businesses in a country in a state of emergency to manufacture generic products paying only a royalty to the patent owner. The second, parallel importing, lets a nation import drugs made more cheaply in one country than in another.

Patent rights for the HIV cocktail would cost the South African health service an inconceivable $10,000 per Aids patient. Using the mechanisms under Clause 15c would reduce the costs by between 50 and 90 percent.

But the legislation was labelled ‘piracy’ by Pharma - the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. This is a formidable alliance of the nation’s 100 biggest drugs companies. They claimed the South African law would violate patents and undermine profits on which research depended.

For a battle against a government led by the world’s most popular leader, Pharma needed political clout, and chose a consultancy called Podesta .Com.

It chose well. What was formerly Podesta Associates was founded by two brothers from Chicago, John and Anthony, and rated by Washingtonian magazine among the top 20 lobbying groups in the capital.

Both men were heavy-hitting Democrats, both had the President’s ear and were especially close to Gore. Both were members of President Clinton’s transition team when he took office in 1992. John remained at the White House, later becoming Chief of Staff, while Tony streamlined the company. ‘We Help You Change Outcomes’ was his slogan.

The Clinton administration, with John Podesta as Chief of Staff, went to war over South Africa’s anti-Aids drive. Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky denied South Africa tariff breaks on its exports to the US. Gore told Nelson Mandela to his face that the US would not tolerate the legislation.

South Africa refused to back down, and the pharmaceutical companies intervened directly. They sued: led by Pharma, the massive Bristol Myers Squibb from the US, Britain’s SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo (through its South African subsiduary), Germany’s Bayer, Roche of Switzerland, France’s Rhne-Poulenc and a host of others.
theguardian.com
How drug giants let millions die of Aids
Revealed: Ed Vulliamy reports from Washington on how the pursuit of profit by Western companies - and their political allies - stalled South Africa's fight against HIV, and sees the tragic cost in the townships.


In 1997 the South African government passed a law setting up, among other things, a marketplace for medicines based on affordable prices. Clause 15c relied on two practices agreed under the World Trade Organisation’s guidelines.

One, compulsory licensing, allows businesses in a country in a state of emergency to manufacture generic products paying only a royalty to the patent owner. The second, parallel importing, lets a nation import drugs made more cheaply in one country than in another.

Patent rights for the HIV cocktail would cost the South African health service an inconceivable $10,000 per Aids patient. Using the mechanisms under Clause 15c would reduce the costs by between 50 and 90 percent.

But the legislation was labelled ‘piracy’ by Pharma - the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. This is a formidable alliance of the nation’s 100 biggest drugs companies. They claimed the South African law would violate patents and undermine profits on which research depended.

For a battle against a government led by the world’s most popular leader, Pharma needed political clout, and chose a consultancy called Podesta .Com.

It chose well. What was formerly Podesta Associates was founded by two brothers from Chicago, John and Anthony, and rated by Washingtonian magazine among the top 20 lobbying groups in the capital.

Both men were heavy-hitting Democrats, both had the President’s ear and were especially close to Gore. Both were members of President Clinton’s transition team when he took office in 1992. John remained at the White House, later becoming Chief of Staff, while Tony streamlined the company. ‘We Help You Change Outcomes’ was his slogan.

The Clinton administration, with John Podesta as Chief of Staff, went to war over South Africa’s anti-Aids drive. Trade Representative Charlene Barshevsky denied South Africa tariff breaks on its exports to the US. Gore told Nelson Mandela to his face that the US would not tolerate the legislation.

South Africa refused to back down, and the pharmaceutical companies intervened directly. They sued: led by Pharma, the massive Bristol Myers Squibb from the US, Britain’s SmithKline Beecham and Glaxo (through its South African subsiduary), Germany’s Bayer, Roche of Switzerland, France’s Rhne-Poulenc and a host of others.

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hawkeye221b  asked:

Concept; Egos as Dragons: Me again with another Ego concept! This time; DRAGONS: Chase keeps balls for all sports, Marvin keeps magical items (real and fake) to entertain everyone, Jackaboyman keeps capes (he changes the one he wears every time he fights crime),Shneeple keeps medical supplies (read as: band-aids) and Anti keeps swords and knives (like, every time there's some big fight or something, he takes the weapons afterwards before Jackaboy can get there and give them to police)

I’M HERE FOR DRAGON!EGOS - Mod Lily

Hibiscus ( sabdariffa )


Properties : Anti-inflammatory, hypolipidemic, hypoglycemic, antioxidant, anti-tumor, antibacterial, anti-depressants,diuretic


Uses : Lowers blood pressure (average of 10 points in tests), Lowers cholesterol, aid to manage diabetes, aids liver function, cancer, colds & flu, anxiety, panic attacks, improves digestion, kidney infections


Warning : Don’t take if pregnant, breastfeeding or taking anti malaria medication.


Magic : Aids astral travel, Love spells, self-empowerment, protection


Planet : Sun


Uses : Venus


Folklore : world wide hibiscus has been associated with beauty, As a tea it has a cooling effect which made it the drink of choice for the pharaohs in ancient Egypt, it was  In Nepal, it is used as a treatment for fever, it’s traditionally used as a cough syrup in Cuba.

Target Killing in Pakistan: a Brief Overview

May 7th, 2016 saw the assassination of Khurram Zaki; an outspoken Pakistani civil rights activist, journalist, and Shia Muslim. The assassination occurred in a strong hold of the ASWJ in north Karachi; a political organization responsible for supporting and orchestrating attacks on Shia Muslims and other minority sect Muslims in Pakistan. 

On April 25th of this year, Dr. Zainab of Peshawar and her father in law, Shabeer Hussain, were shot and killed outside of her practice by anti-Shia terrorists. 

On April 8th of this year father and son, Shahid Hussain and Ali Sajjad were shot and killed during their trip home after prayer. Acclaimed physics student Hashim Rizvi was also wounded during the incident and died shortly after. 

On March 22nd of this year, Syed Razi ul Hassan Shah was shot and killed on his way to work. 

On February 8th of this year Iftikhar Hussain was shot and killed in the same place his brother was shot and killed 3 years prior. 

Exactly one month prior, Mukhtar Zaidi of Karachi is shot and killed on his way home from work. 

All of these aforementioned victims are Pakistani Shia Muslims and all were targeted and killed by anti-Shia outfits. 

What exactly is target killing in the context of anti-Shiism in Pakistan?

Target killing can be described as the orchestrated assassination of Shia Muslims which occurs primarily at the individual level. Patterns of assassinations target professional Shia Muslims foremost; the majority of victims of target killings hold integral jobs within society, such as those of doctors. The assassinations occur primarily near the home of the victim or within or near their place of work. The majority of assassinations occur in public proximity, and often in daylight. The direct perpetrators of these assassinations are virtually never captured. 

Who is responsible for the orchestration?
Anti-Shia outfits in Pakistan have laid the groundwork for regular and common target killing; multiple anti-Shia organizations exist across Pakistan which have taken responsibility for individual assassinations of Shia Muslims. Groups such as the Pakistani Taliban, Lakshar-e-Jhangvi, Jundullah have directly orchestrated the mass murder of Shia civilians as well as their individual assassinations. 

Lakshar-e-Janghvi declared war on muslims belonging to the minority sect in an open letter which promised to make Pakistan “a graveyard for Shias”: 

“All Shias are wajib-ul-qatl (worthy of killing). We will rid Pakistan of [this] unclean people. Pakistan means land of the pure, and the Shias have no right to be here. We have the fatwa and signatures of the revered ulema in which the Shias have been declared kaafir [infidel]*. Just as our fighters have waged a successful jihad against the Shia-Hazaras in Afghanistan, our mission [in Pakistan] is the abolition of this impure sect and people, the Shias and the Shia-Hazaras, from every city, every village, every nook and corner of Pakistan. Like in the past, [our] successful Jihad against the Hazaras in Pakistan and, in particular, in Quetta is ongoing and will continue [in the future]. We will make Pakistan their graveyard — their houses will be destroyed by bombs and suicide bombers. We will only rest when we fly the flag of true Islam on this land. Our fighters and suicide bombers have [already] successfully operated in Parachinar**, and are awaiting orders to operate across Pakistan. Jihad against the Shia-Hazaras has now become our duty. Our suicide bombers have successfully operated in Hazara Town on May 6, and now our next target is your houses in Alamdar Road***. As long as our innocent friends aren’t freed [from incarceration], we will continue our operations.” 

Why is target killing significant in the grander scheme of anti-Shiism? 

The call for cleansing of Shias from the Pakistani Muslim population is one that has resulted in the murder of tens of thousands of Shias since 2001. Target killing instills a legacy of weakening and attempting to unravel the fabric of Shia neighbourhoods and families. 

The death of breadwinners effectively induces financial insecurities, initiating a cascade of adverse events for the victims of the families. 

The impact of regularized target killing instills not only fear amongst the Shia population, but the initiation of a social drift, amongst which the loss of Shia family members and community members weakens their infrastructure and the ability to thrive. 

This, along with the collusion of members of the Pakistani state with members of known anti-Shia outfits poses the grounds for early signs of genocide: 

1. The ultimately state-sponsored murder of Shia professionals via support for anti-Shia outfits

2. The immunity afforded to anti-Shia terrorists by state police, the greater justice system and the government 

3. The regression of Shias in their ability to thrive and maintain strong and safe financial, emotional, and spiritual connections. 

All of these constitute early signs of genocide in which the state, by supporting or directly colluding with anti-Shia outfits, aids in the decimation of Shia Muslims by literal assassination, and by causing mental and emotional harm to the larger Shia community. 

The names listed here represent only a fraction of the number of Shia Muslims that have been killed in 2016. The first half of 2015 saw the targeted/mass killing of 122 Shia Muslims. Since 2012, 1900 Shia Muslims have been slain at the hands of anti-Shia outfits. An estimated 23 000 Shias have been killed since 1963. 

Rebirth - Optional Bias (Part 1/3)

Hello! This is probably going to be the most graphic scenario I have for now. Some is inspired by BTS’ I Need U (Original) MV

Characters: you x optional bias (ft. others who play a small role)

Genre: Angst

Rating: M (for violence)

Warnings: mentions of depression/suicide, violence, vulgar

Word count: 2,218

Backstory: you had been facing depression for a long time and finally hit a brick wall, but then, a miracle emerges into your dark life which you refuse to accept.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

________

365 days. 52 weeks. 12 months. All which exist in a single year.

But no time could be compared to the heartache that crept onto your shoulders as you dragged your lifeless body around, wondering what could have been.

It all began a few weeks after your final goodbye with the love of your life. During the time you knew him, your life was fine and well with a few mishaps here and there. But they were minor ones that didn’t damage your mentality whatsoever. And yet, ever since that day, your life was just struck with the wound of a broken heart.

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We all know that brain fog (listlessness, slow-thinking, lack of focus, general “I just can’t think!” feeling) can be a hindrance to studying. I mean, how can you organize and memorize new information when your brain feels like it’s been stuffed with tissues? In the following post, I’m compiling some common causes (and solutions!) to brain fog.

Causes

Dehydration

Our brains are 75% water by volume, and forgetting to drink water can seriously impair your mental capabilities. Remember to drink up before and after you study, especially if you’ve exercised or eaten anything salty.

Caffeine Withdrawal

Although the occasional coffee or tea can help us stay focused and alert, going without your morning cup of joe can result in headaches, fogginess, fatigue, and even flu-like symptoms!

Stress

We all know stress can cause some serious health problems, including but not limited to lowered comprehension and mental capacity. So, if you’re worried about your slow-thinking, please remember not to sweat it!

Poor Quality Sleep

If you’re not getting your 7-9 hours a night, the deprivation may result in fatigue and lowered concentration.

Medications

Some medications (anti-psychotics, anti-depressants, sleep aids, and blood pressure medications, to name a few) can cause brain fog.

Quick Fixes

Take a nap

If sleep deprivation is your demon, a nap may help! In order to prevent even worse brain fog, remember to sync your sleep with your natural sleep cycle. Set a timer to try and get a 30-, 60-, or 90-minute long nap. Alternatively, you can down some coffee and try to sleep about 20 minutes for a quick refresher followed by a caffeine boost!

Watch your diet

Sometimes brain fog can be caused by poor nutrition. Try to eat some brainpower-boosting foods like blueberries or almonds and lay off salty foods (they can increase dehydration) and processed sugary foods (sweet fruits like pomegranate are brain-healthy alternatives!) Spikes or falls in blood sugar can also contribute to brain fog, so make sure you try and eat regularly and healthily.

Go outside

At least for me, a quick walk outside can really clear my head and make me feel more alert! If I’ve spent most of the day inside or in front of a computer screen, I find that this can really help me get rid of fog.

Meditation

Sometimes just separating yourself from the environment you’re in can clear your head. Try and do some yoga or a few minutes of meditation. If you can’t really do a lot of movement, try and at least stretch before you meditate.

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JENNA MCDOUGALL- HEALTH ON THE ROAD

“I was never terribly concerned about my diet until I was about 19, and in most cases that would be considered pretty early in life. 

I went through a rough year with my health between 2011 & 2012. It’s a story I have told only a handful of times but if you’d like a little background to what I’m about to share you can read my blog here! http://gemini-moonstone.tumblr.com/post/53991996615/the-ocean-lyric-meaning

I owe one of the biggest turning points in my life to Ayurvedic Medicine. The ancient Indian practise consists of a number of disciplines including aromatherapy, massage, yoga, acupuncture and meditation; but the most vital aspects to my recovery from a debilitating state of eczema were diet change and herbal medicine. Through my treatment I learned one of the most important lessons I will ever receive with food; that you can divide everything we eat into two groups: alkaline forming and acid forming.


Reference the chart above. On the far left you’ll see meat and dairy, alcohol & soda, and processed grains including wheat, flour and white rice. If you compare this chart to the ‘Food Pyramid’ you’ll find that some of the food classed as staples in the modern diet are among the most acidic on the chart. For a lot of people, myself included- this wouldn’t be considered an uncommon way of eating but over time an acidic diet will weaken the immune system and function of our organs. Day to day tell signs of an acidic state include fatigue, stress, headaches, recurring infections, slower recovery rate, emotional irritability, restless sleep, achey joints and the list goes on. For most people these symptoms aren’t unusual to experience and therefor would rarely be drawn back to the diet, but just consider: "An acidic body is the perfect environment for disease to develop.”

With this new found knowledge, in 2012 the first thing I cut out from my diet were processed grains. The difference it made for my skin, energy & general quality of life was like night to day. I also stopped drinking alcohol and started to eat less animal products.

It was also around this time that I became interested in juicing - for a raw and easily accessible serving of fruits and veg each day.  

With all this said! How on Earth are we supposed to achieve optimum health while travelling? To be honest, at times it seems near impossible, as convenience and living on a budget will often outweigh any other option. Some of the basic guidelines I try to follow include:

Avoiding processed food

Food that is further from it’s natural state is lower in nutrients & higher in acidity.

-One way to identify processed food is if it has to be bought in a wrapper. Processed food is packed with sugars, salts and preservatives 

-*My exception to the wrapper rule are Cliff Bars & Amy’s microwave meals. Cliff Bars ingredients are 70% organic and 100% vegan which I think is really cool and Amy’s meals are totally vegetarian with a handful of vegan and grain free options also. They’ve become a staple on the bus as a good alternative to local fast food and are made with quality ingredients.*

- Sometimes you’re going to have to result to low grade and sometimes even chain fast food, but its all about balance. Alkaline food helps offset acidic food

Eating raw 

-Try to make an effort to eat one raw snack or meal a day. Keep it simple with things like fresh carrot and hummus, veggie wraps or salads. 

-Raw food has higher nutritional value and is also easier to break down, meaning more energy is available to use outside of digestion. 

-My Ayurvedic doctor always said to me ‘Never compromise flavour’ which I think is totally important too! Health food doesn’t have to be boring. One of my favourite parts of using Instagram are all the foodies I follow. 

Minimising animal products

-I won’t get into a vegetarian discussion here as it’s something I’ve slowly introduced to my life and am still learning about, but avoiding animal products has naturally encouraged me to resort to a more plant based diet. Without grains in the picture I rely on fruit and veg now more than I ever did in the past.

Always have a backup

-Plan ahead! Have food available in your backpack/fridge/cupboard that you can resort to before you are starving and craving convenience food. 

-A craving is your body’s way of saying 'you’re doing something wrong’ or 'something is missing’. I try to remember this when I want something sugary or chocolatey & replace the hunger for confectionary with something more fulfilling.

-I have always made sure to tour with a small blender for superfood smoothies, but I’ve recently further simplified to an ‘All In One’ protein shake by Vega. I drink their shake once a day with a dairy free alternative, and team it up with Organic Burst products like Maca root and wheatgrass powder. It’s an easy meal replacement while you’re travelling and a balanced source of vitamins, minerals, protein, greens, antioxidants, probiotics, omegas and fiber.

Counteracting & Supplementing 

-I depend on my supplements a lot on tour. I take anything high in chlorophyll like spirulina, chlorella and barley grass to support my body’s detoxing functions as well as counteract the naughty things I like to have sometimes like donuts and a drink or two. 

-This year I’ve got into immunity shots/elixirs. An easy all rounder is something I like to call The Fireball, made up of lemon, garlic and ginger juice with cayenne and turmeric; which I make using a juicer. 

-On the road I use a small hand juicer and simplifying the recipe to fresh lemon juice with ground cayenne and turmeric for a quick alkaline, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory booster that aids in supporting the liver and immune system. I make this every second day or so and look for fresh juice places wherever possible.

I’m not by any means an expert and I’m still learning. But what I’ve learned so far has changed my life. Don’t wait until you’re sick before you make changes in your life. I think it’s a shame how easily accessible all this information is but how little we are exposed to it. Health and nutrition have become something that actually excites me. Thank you for reading my blog! Keep researching and feeding your hunger to learn!”

Jenna McDougall. Get her essential tour jacket: smarturl.it/jennasurplusjacket

Nadine Gordimer (1924-2014) was a South African autor who, in 1991, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. She was a political and social activist, with an interest in the anti-apartheid movement and AIDS-related causes. Some of her works were banned under the apartheid government.

She was a close friend of Nelson Mandela, and often helped him create and edit his speeches. She was a member of the African National Congress when the organisation was still illegal, and aided many of its leaders in escaping punishment. She also led an effort to raise funds for HIV/AIDS victims through an anthology of South African writers.