primary prevention

People who only boycott factory or industrialized animal farming have to realize that factory farming is not the primary problem when it comes to abusing an animal’s well-being and welfare. Factory farming has risen secondarily from the widely-held belief that animals are resources we can freely use for ourselves without consequences. It is based on the idea that an animal’s feelings and freedoms are less important than our own wants. It is this attitude towards animals that is the primary problem, and it prevents many people from seeing the hypocrisy of boycotting factory farms on the rationale of abuse and slaughter, but then ignoring that hunting, local farms, or rearing your own animals are also abusive in their own ways and still slaughter the animals. People with this attitude merely fail to recognize subtle abuse because it is overshadowed by worse. 

All practices that stem from this basal belief serve to undermine an animal’s well-being by taking their life away or using their bodies. Factory farming is only one of many manifestations of the belief that animals aren’t worth our respect and benevolent treatment.

Medical Solarpunk

So what would medicine look like in a solarpunk society? Obviously it would be a nonprofit system paid for by government rather than individuals who need care. Ideally drugs and home care and psychological/psychiatric help would also be covered to help quell problems before they get serious enough to land someone in an emergency room (primary prevention is a big current topic in healthcare).

So it’s a socialist system definitely. Healthcare as a concept is already socialist, as it comes from the idea that people who need help deserve it regardless of ability to pay (even hospitals in the US will treat first and sort out money later, for better or worse)

But let’s talk about some of the current stigmas and policies in science and medicine and how they fit into the solarpunk philosophy.

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[Nights at the Circus] reveals a fundamental shift in Carter’s understanding of the surrealists’ and the psychoanalysts’ relation to patriarchy, a shift that moves Carter’s thinking from the second-wave feminist critique of patriarchy as the primary controlling power preventing a socialist revolution to a belief that that structural force might not be an acceptable, but perhaps a necessary outgrowth of human relations. In this way, I would argue that Carter’s works do not reinscribe patriarchy, as early criticisms of her works purported, but rather began to capitulate to the omnipresence of patriarchal relations as an apparently overwhelming force that a savvy woman would have to learn to negotiate—even if that meant manipulating appearances to obtain a modicum of power for survival.
—  Scott A. Dimovitz, Angela Carter: Surrealist, Psychologist, Moral Pornographer (p. 138)

I’m sorry to have to put this disgusting, transmisogynist garbage on your dash but I’ve just been contacted months after making a warning post about lavenderhealing/lavendersisterhood (which you can read here) and I feel that it’s important that people are aware of what they are now doing. To be clear, I have made no contact with them, and I’m unable to reply as they have blocked me after sending this abusive message.

The attached post, which you can read here, outlines some sort of guide to being in the blog owners imagined club I guess, something which is assumed if you interact with their posts at all from what I can see, and they’ve decided that I don’t meet those requirements - despite the fact that I never asked to be associated with them, ever - on the mistaken assumption that I’m a trans woman and/or have a penis (the message talks about penises and this transmisogynist abuse is usually directed at trans women). This is obviously disturbing but as I am (for all intents and purposes) a cis woman, it doesn’t effect me because it’s not really about me; regardless of their assumptions, I’m not targeted for violence, excluded from women’s spaces and abused because I’m wrongly believed to be a man.

I thought I’d blocked them so I don’t know how they were able to even send this, but I’m guessing it was one of two things; either blocking a blog on your primary account doesn’t prevent them from interacting with your sideblogs, or they don’t just have multiple blogs but multiple accounts (to see a list of the blogs I know belong to them, please click the warning post link, which is the first link on this post).

This is essentially a warning to people who do experience transmisogyny; this person already mass follows people, even those who expressly forbid TWEFs and SWERFs, so they are already unsafe (I’ve spoken to many, many people who were followed by them after they reblogged my warning post). Now in addition to this, they are now sending transmisogynist messages to people. They may also have multiple accounts that enable them to work around tumblr’s blocking feature

Please reblog this so other people are aware and can take steps protect themselves. Thank you!

Edit: I’ve checked my other messages and they’ve sent a torrent of abuse from a variety of blogs, which i’ve added as the 2nd image.


Day Wedding Makeup Products

[Update] For those who are asking where the angel wing shoes are from, they’re “Angelo” slingbacks by Sophia Webster. I got them at On Pedder in Singapore but you will need to look online for stockists near you! As for the makeup, here’s a quick round-up of the products used for my wedding (day) face!


Primer - MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Primer in Mauve down on neck and chest (trick to getting my neck and chest to match my face and photograph less yellow).

Base - MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD foundation applied with fingers for the most seamless, skin-like finish.

Concealer - Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Camouflage Makeup in 01 and 03 mixed (sad news for light to fair girls, 01 has been discontinued and 03 now named 1N3 is the lightest. It’s the equivalent of about NC30/NW25).

Setting Powder - Shu Uemura Lightbulb Loose Powder - I don’t want a flat matte powdery look, so this is great as it still gives a soft-focus radiance.

Subtle Contouring - Too Cool For School Rodin sculpting compact just very lightly around the edges of my face and under the cheekbones. The primary goal is to prevent any flash back or ashy cast around the outside of the face caused by setting powders, not to carve out cheekbones or reshape my face.

Highlighter - Kevyn Aucoin Highlighting Powder in Candlelight along peaks of cheekbones and brow bones for a super-subtle non-sparkly glow; in Singapore, humidity is so high that things can look “oily” rather than “dewy” after awhile. This powder is perfect cos it NEVER looks like too much.

Blush - TheBalm’s Down Boy is a delicate mauve-toned cool rose. Matte is good if you don’t want to emphasize all your pores in the day time when you’ll be out and about and sweating. This is also a great shade to match my cool-toned pink lip.


Brows - Shu Uemura Hard Formula 9 Pencil in 05 Stone Grey, Benefit Gimme Brow - I want soft, groomed brows that frame but don’t take any attention away from my face, so a soft grey shade creates the illusion of fullness, and Benefit’s Gimme Brow in Light/Medium has fantastic hold.

Eyes - I went with an ultra-simple “dreamy” soft look that’s long-wearing. Just an iridescent taupe-toned eye that is smoky enough to add definition but still look softer than a deliberately contoured eye. I layered iridescent colors. Chanel Illusion d’Ombre 83 Illusoire all over and along the outer 2/3 of lower lashes, then a sparkly overcoat from Tom Ford’s Silvered Topaz quad over it. Then I finished with a little silvery-beige pigment (Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Silk Eye Shadow in No 8) in the inner corners to brighten them.

Liner and Lashes - Urban Decay’s Waterline Eye Pencil in Legend ROCKS. It still fades after 8 hours of blinking but compared to anything else I’ve used that wasn’t a liquid liner, this lasted on the waterline. Max Factor’s False Lash Effect 24 Hr mascara was also rock-solid on my lashes.


 I wanted a rose-bud stained effect in a pink that wouldn’t go too brown or red, as soft pinks often do. So I actually used a translucent fuchsia-violet around the center of my lips (YSL Rouge Volupte Shine No 33), blotted it on tissue, then applied a “deeper than nude” pencil (Urban Decay 24/7 Pencil in Deep) around the edges to define and stop things from feathering. The fuchsia stains the lips so I didn’t need to touch up too often, and could just run a clear stick lip balm over the top every once in awhile.

The lipstick did get deeper over the course of the day (see the selfie nearer the top versus the look at the bottom in the afternoon) so it became more of a rosy fuchsia towards the end.

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jyn x cassian, K2 notices something's going on between them

There it was again–that disturbing, rattling sound. Jyn looked up from the blaster she was calibrating, eyebrow raised and a resigned sort of concern crossing her features.

“K2? Everything alright?”

No.” And there it was again. That clunking wheeze.

“Sounds like your exhaust port is-”

“It is not my exhaust port. I am sighing.” The droid made pointed clicks on the shuttle’s interface, though Jyn suspected they were already on autopilot. There came another, affected rattle. “Heavily.”

Jyn had seen her share of strange things. An Imperial droid in a mood swing was now one of them. “…Right. Well.” She looked back down at her blaster, because that was at least a familiar terrain on which to solve a problem. “Let me know if I can help.”

You can’t.”

She pursed her lips in amusement. “…Okay then.”

The rest of the supply run was spent in silence occasionally punctuated by heavy sighs.

A datapad dropped with a heavy thunk on top of his stack of intelligence reports.

Cassian looked up. And up. Until he met the unblinking stare of K2.

He dragged his hand across the stubbled lower half of his face. “What is it?”

“I compiled these for you.”


“Incompatibility rating is at a high of 59.6%.”

“Incompatibility with what?”

“I have to go.”

“You what?”


There was the tinker-tonker of leg appendages as K2 scurried down the hall. Cassian sighed, decided that he could indulge for a moment, and picked up the datapad. With a lazy flick of the finger, it opened.



He frowned. Flipped to the next screen-



The next.


Cassian blinked, took a long drink of caf, and tossed the datapad in a nearby trash receptacle.

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Worldwide protests call for an end to violence in Aleppo

From Colorado to Kuwait, protestors around the world are demanding a halt to the violence in Aleppo.

A U.N. commission investigating human rights abuses in Syria says it is “imperative” to ensure that civilians are granted safe passage out of eastern Aleppo.

The Commission of Inquiry says the Syrian government and its allies now bear primary responsibility for preventing rights violations and reprisals in the area.

It said Wednesday that “numerous reports of violations perpetrated by pro-government forces continue to emerge, including summary executions, arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and forced conscription.”

In a statement issued in Geneva, the group said it also “received allegations” that opposition groups, including Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaida-linked Fatah al-Sham Front, were preventing civilians from leaving and embedding fighters among civilians, putting the civilians at risk. (AP)

(Photos: Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images, Amel Emric/AP, Emrah Gurel/AP, Samer Bouidani/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

See more images of the protests on Yahoo News.
No, Jill Stein Supporters, You Are Not Crazy

“The political establishment is terrified of the new progressive movement Bernie Sanders awoke during his historic campaign, and the Democrats are already proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they’re willing to do anything, up to and including rigging primary elections, to prevent a progressive takeover of their party. They will use every bit of their all-pervading political and media leverage to try and stomp out every spark of life from this progressive awakening, and to try and gaslight progressives into believing that Hillary Clinton is, and always has been, their gal. If progressives don’t agree, it’s because they’re crazy, ignorant, or haven’t done their research.”



This is National Child Protection week, promoting awareness and understanding of the importance of primary prevention to reduce child abuse and neglect in Australia. Last year, over 35-thousand Australian kids were proven to have been abused or neglected.
NITV News takes a closer look at the process in which children are often removed.

In one instance this year, the Department of Family and Community services and New South Wales Police raided a home to remove a large number of children from the one family. These images provided to NITV News show police dressed in riot gear enter a home at around six-thirty in the morning. The parents were asleep.

They have told NITV News they awoke to find guns pointed at them and then they were handcuffed by police as the children were removed. In the house next door - It’s claimed the children’s aunt and grandfather were also handcuffed and detained by police.

New South Wales Police has confirmed the raid occurred - but say no charges were laid. 

The children were removed for well over five months and placed in foster care, but are now back with their family.


No matter the circumstances, the use of excessive force here with police dressed in riot gear taking the children at gunpoint is not acceptable. The whole family is still traumatized from that morning. An end must be put to police brutality and answers need to be given.
U.S. House of Representatives: Vote against The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646)

“The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (H.R. 2646), introduced by Representative Tim Murphy (R-PA),  is a sweeping bill that promises “reform,”  but would actually return the nation’s state mental health systems  to many of the failed policies of the past.

  • Many provisions of the bill would significantly curtail the civil rights of people with psychiatric diagnoses, including an increase in forced treatment and restrictions on the federal protection and advocacy system.
  • The bill is inconsistent with scientific understanding of the cause and treatment of mental health issues.  It ignores the significant role of toxic stress and trauma, precludes many interventions that have been proven effective, and does not make allowances for cultural differences known to affect diagnosis, treatment and help-seeking behavior.
  • The bill uses language that dismisses the possibility of recovery, and effectively promotes a return to harmful institutional services over evidence-based practices in the community.
  • The bill does not approach mental health as a public health problem.  It explicitly restricts funding for primary prevention programs and would prevent the federal mental health authority from working to promote wellness.
  • The bill ignores the progress made over the past 20 years.  It promotes a narrow, professionally focused system of care, in stark contrast to current thinking in healthcare, which is moving rapidly to implement patient-centered care, shared decision-making, and self-management of chronic conditions.

We urge you to stop this move to return to the failed policies of the past by voting against H.R. 2646!”

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Also, while the Democrats' primary process prevents a Bernie Sanders from coming out of nowhere and winning, the Republicans' primary process allowed a Donald Trump to come out of nowhere and win.

Uh, this might shock you, but the Democrat’s process didn’t actually “prevent” Bernie Sanders from winning the primary, I’m sorry. If only there were some evidence that a relatively inexperienced figure on the national scene, that the Democratic establishment was NOT supporting, could change minds over a campaign and win a hard fought primary against Hillary Clinton…

Also, the Republican process allows Donald Trump to win their primary because their core voters are racist bigots, and have been for the last 50 years. If anything, it’s surprising it doesn’t happen more often.


The obliques are not just meant for lateral bending, contrary to broscience. In fact, their primary function is either preventing or facilitating rotation of the trunk. The half kneeling press is an excellent challenge for your obliques. Bring the opposite knee forward, and press. You’ll find it pretty tough to stabilize yourself. This movement isn’t about going heavy! Use light to moderate weight and go for higher reps 💪🏻

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