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“The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made during the Republican presidential debate last night regarding vaccines. Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. It is dangerous to public health to suggest otherwise. 

 “There is no ‘alternative’ immunization schedule. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time; it does not make vaccinating safer. 

“Vaccines work, plain and simple. Vaccines are one of the safest, most effective and most important medical innovations of our time. Pediatricians partner with parents to provide what is best for their child, and what is best is for children to be fully vaccinated.”

— 

American Academy of Pediatrics Reiterates Safety and Importance of Vaccines

Heck yeah AAP.  Vaccines work, plain and simple. 

As much as we poke fun at Republicans, it’s important to realize the immense harm in their statements/lies/fairy tales about almost everything they say and to not let what they say go unchecked. Especially when they have a national stage and the audience just gobbles it all up it’s Turkey Day.

“gender identity doesn’t matter in astrology”

“astrology has absolutely no correlation with illnesses”

“your looks have nothing to do with astrology”

“astrology isn’t inherently negative”

“astrology stereotypes need to be disproven, it isn’t real astrology”

im sorry but you’re all WRONG

bye

Steven Universe: Maps

(song by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

This is a song comic/lyricstuck (I think the format name transcends fandom by now) about Pearl being in love with Rose and the things resulting from that, good and bad. <3

There are a lot of problems–inaccuracies, slapdash art, working from theories that will probably be disproven by canon soon enough…  And by now it could probably just as easily be made as a video with pre-existing clips…but I finished and I’m glad I did!  So click the Read More, play the song, and give it a shot. ^u^

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huffingtonpost.com
Illinois officially bans anti-LGBT conversion therapy for minors
Illinois' Republican governor on Thursday signed a law banning mental health therapists from trying to change a young person's sexual orientation or gender identity. The measure signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner

Yesterday, Illinois’ Republican governor, Gov. Bruce Rauner, signed a law that bans the practice of anti-LGBT conversion therapy for youth. The law specifically bans “therapy” targeted at changing a minor’s sexual orientation OR gender identity, meaning it’s not just about “ex-gay” conversion therapy.

Illinois is the fourth state to pass a law outlawing conversion therapy, after California, New Jersey and Oregon (D.C. bans it, too). It takes effect January 1.

“Every major scientific organization has dismissed conversion therapy as harmful,” Illinois Rep. Kelly Cassidy said. “The Illinois Psychological Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association for Social Workers, and so many more have not only disproven its utility, but they have decried its effects.“

Cassidy noted that children who are rejected by their communities based on sexual orientation are six times more likely to suffer from depression and eight times more likely to attempt suicide.

Jim Bennett, Midwest regional director for the LGBT rights group Lambda Legal, applauded the governor’s signing of the measure, telling The Huffington Post the law "puts the best interest of our young people first.”

“A more accurate name for conversion therapy is child abuse,” Bennett said. “Our LGBT young people deserve to be embraced for who they are.”

Bravo, Illinois. Only 46 states to go. 

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Scandinavian Ghost Rockets

In 1946, numerous fiery lights streaked across the skies of Finland,  Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. The lights left a smoke trail, and sounded remarkably like thunder. The lights were described as “cigar” shaped, and numerous people reported these strange happenings all over Scandinavia. Over 200 reports were filed on July 9 alone of these cigar-shaped objects flying low in the skies, with little sound. The brilliant lights were at first thought to be meteors, until one made a U-turn in the sky. An investigative committee was formed around these sightings, and for a bit it was believed to be German missiles, but the theory was disproven. The sightings continued for years, though lessened over time. No solid theory was ever put forth, and the sightings were eventually forgotten. 

“The American Academy of Pediatrics would like to correct false statements made during the Republican presidential debate last night regarding vaccines. Claims that vaccines are linked to autism, or are unsafe when administered according to the recommended schedule, have been disproven by a robust body of medical literature. It is dangerous to public health to suggest otherwise.

“There is no ‘alternative’ immunization schedule. Delaying vaccines only leaves a child at risk of disease for a longer period of time; it does not make vaccinating safer.

“Vaccines work, plain and simple. Vaccines are one of the safest, most effective and most important medical innovations of our time. Pediatricians partner with parents to provide what is best for their child, and what is best is for children to be fully vaccinated.”

Athiesm Backfires

An Atheist Professor of Philosophy was speaking to his Class on the Problem Science has
with GOD, the ALMIGHTY. He asked one of his New Christian Students to stand

Professor : You are Christian, aren’t you, son?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor : So, you Believe in GOD?
Student : Absolutely, sir.
Professor : Is GOD Good?
Student : Sure.
Professor : Is GOD ALL - POWERFUL?
Student : Yes.
Professor : My Brother died of Cancer even though he Prayed to GOD to Heal him.
Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill.
But GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?
(Student was silent )
Professor : You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, Young Fella.
Is GOD Good?
Student : Yes.
Professor : Is Satan good?
Student : No.
Professor : Where does Satan come from?
Student : From . .. . GOD …
Professor : That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this World?
Student : Yes.
Professor : Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And GOD did make everything. Correct?
Student : Yes.
Professor : So who created evil?
(Student did not answer)
Professor : Is there Sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness?
All these terrible things exist in the World, don’t they?
Student : Yes, sir.
Professor : So, who Created them?
(Student had no answer)
Professor : Science says you have 5 Senses you use to Identify and Observe the World around you.
Tell me, son .… Have you ever Seen GOD?
Student : No, sir.
Professor : Tell us if you have ever Heard your GOD?
Student : No , sir.
Professor : Have you ever Felt your GOD, Tasted your GOD, Smelt your GOD?
Have you ever had any Sensory Perception of GOD for that matter?
Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Professor : Yet you still Believe in HIM?
Student : Yes.
Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol,
Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?
Student : Nothing. I only have my Faith.
Professor : Yes, Faith. And that is the Problem Science has.
Student : Professor, is there such a thing as Heat?
Professor : Yes.
Student : And is there such a thing as Cold?
Professor : Yes.
Student : No, sir. There isn’t.
(The Lecture Theatre became very quiet with this turn of events )
Student : Sir, you can have Lots of Heat, even More Heat, Superheat, Mega Heat, White Heat, a Little Heat or No Heat. But we don’t have anything called Cold. We can hit 458 Degrees below Zero which is No Heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing as Cold. Cold is only a Word we use to describe the Absence of Heat. We cannot Measure Cold. Heat is Energy. Cold is Not the Opposite of Heat, sir, just the Absence of it.
(There was Pin-Drop Silence in the Lecture Theatre )
Student : What about Darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as Darkness?
Professor : Yes. What is Night if there isn’t Darkness?
Student : You’re wrong again, sir.
Darkness is the Absence of Something you can have Low Light, Normal Light, Bright Light, Flashing Light …But if you have No Light constantly, you have nothing and it’s called Darkness, isn’t it? In reality, Darkness isn’t. If it is, were you would be able to make Darkness Darker, wouldn’t you?
Professor : So what is the point you are making, Young Man?
Student : Sir, my point is your Philosophical Premise is flawed.
Professor : Flawed ? Can you explain how?
Student : Sir, you are working on the Premise of Duality. You argue there is Life and then there is Death, a Good GOD and a Bad GOD. You are viewing the Concept of GOD as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a Thought. It uses Electricity and Magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view Death as the Opposite of Life is to be ignorant of the fact that Death cannot exist as a Substantive Thing.
Death is Not the Opposite of Life: just the Absence of it. Now tell me, Professor, do you teach your Students that they evolved from a Monkey?
Professor : If you are referring to the Natural Evolutionary Process, yes, of course, I do.
Student : Have you ever observed Evolution with your own eyes, sir?
(The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument was going)
Student : Since no one has ever observed the Process of Evolution at work and
Cannot even prove that this Process is an On-Going Endeavour,
Are you not teaching your Opinion, sir?
Are you not a Scientist but a Preacher?
(The Class was in Uproar)
Student : Is there anyone in the Class who has ever seen the Professor’s Brain?
(The Class broke out into Laughter)
Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s Brain, Felt it, touched or Smelt it? No one appears to have done so.
So, according to the Established Rules of Empirical, Stable, Demonstrable Protocol,
Science says that You have No Brain, sir. With all due respect,sir, how do we then Trust your Lectures, sir?
(The Room was Silent. The Professor stared at the Student, his face unfathomable)
Professor : I guess you’ll have to take them on Faith, son.
Student : That is it sir … Exactly!
The Link between Man & GOD is FAITH.
That is all that Keeps Things Alive and Moving.

The student was Albert Einstein.

truscum are white supremacists because they expect everyone, including black and indigenous people, to live up to their ridiculous and disproven standards for being trans, which depend on a white colonialist definition of gender and of what being trans is

being chronically ill is being a fucking scientist. you have no choice but to learn how to isolate variables and you’re constantly doing experiments - except the lab is your own body. like, if you change too many things at once, you’re gonna have no idea why you feel sick(er) the next day(s)…but keeping things the same doesn’t guarantee anything either because how can you tell which thing has been the same for too long when things flare up? so you end up having to do all these micro-experiments every day hoping that your worse case hypotheses are disproven…

The Five Despairs

It’s nothing but a quick analysis and of course it could be easily disproven, but unlike the other games, it seems the perpetrator (possibly members of despair if despair is even the main focus) consists of five people. Let’s take a look at it, shall we.

This very bear is in the centre which implicates that s/he is the leader (or leading factor) of this group. One part of it is red, the cheeks are heavily accentuated and it wears an accessoire on its shoulder area.

While she is not the only one who fears rouge, her dominant clothing colour is red and she too wears an accssoire on her shoulder area. Although I have to admit that it’s not a star, but a flower mortif. And, I mean, it could be that [Red Eyes, Take Warning] trope pretty much applies to her, which further suggests that she might be at least part of this group. 

Then we have a Roboto Bear

To mind came only he, Roboto Naegi 2.0. I mean, he is a robot and all, ain’t he? He seems to be, like red riding hood above, a central character in this game, so making him an antagonist of some sort would be ever so intriguing.

But to be honest, I don’t find it hard for him to be a despair, especially because the plot and characterization that evolves around him could be on point. I could imagine to be there some conflict, for him being a robot desiring to be human (yes, it’s quite generic, but I don’t think that is necessarily a bad plot). It could be that somehow his consciouss was transferred into a robot after an accident of some sort (yes, another rather popular plot in regards to species), which would thicken the drama. Or maybe he just detests ordinary people (aka. most humans). Maybe, just maybe, he is somehow similar to Legion from Mass Effect as well and he doesn’t realise that his actions, while possible well-intended, actually make everything worse (or he could serve as a “spy" for all we know, betraying the group he secretly follows, whichever group it may be), but I think there’s a good side to him and for some reason he is one of the most intriguing oens for me so far. Sorry to throw so many plot possibilities on you, I just can’t help it.

And let’s not forget Aloha Bear.

The sea mortifs seem to be strong with this one, beach girl. 

She basically wears a bikini and and has a seashell as a chain. That’s all the prove I have to be honest. But because I have the opportunity to write what I want, I assume she might be the Ultimate Painter or the Ultimate Calligrapher (due to the paint brushes being really thick).

This is Mr. or Ms. Know-It-All-Bear.

It wears glasses and has and panders on a keyboard. 

Yes, the only evidence I have are the glasses. But to be honest, pinpointing her ultimate talent is pretty hard, but wearing glasses often indicates (at least in anime) that a person is well-read or spends quite the time with digital devices (due to the higher irradiation it can be quite damaging for the eyes). So I think it wouldn’t be that far-fetched to say that she might be an Ulitmate Software Programmer or an Ulitmate Software Engineer (if Know-It-All-Bear is her alter ego, that is).  And yes, I think she migh have a twisted personality. She seems to approachable and kind from the looks of it, but I think she will act as a guide for Kaede, possibly due to this Trope [Ask That Guy with the Glasses] (her being a possibly guide will be interesting if it proves true for her to have “ill intentions” and if she is really good at developing software… then she might prove quite useful, for which side it will depend on her narrative).

The last one is really tough and I am talking about the Jim Morrison Bear here.

What we can see here is that the bear has chest hair, plays a guitar and has a star on its eye. Now, I will admit, the chesthair doesn’t have to indicate necessarily that it’s a male, but for the sake of narrowing potential candidates I will go with it. 

Here is another version.

Allright. I know what you are going to say, his appearance is not really striking compared to others, but that’s only because his focus is on accessoires and not clothing. I will be honest with you and dare to say that he reminded me of a member of a boy band.

And compared to how Japanese boy band members style, it doesn’t that differ either. Sure, some are more individualistic (ahem, Miyavi), but usually many of them have messy hair and a casual style while having quite provocating or striking accessoires (at times). And, well, him being the Ultimate Guitarist or Ultimate Musician could apply to him quite fine.