For anyone in SoCal or the Southwest, excessive heat warnings have been issued for Phoenix, LA, Las Vegas and record temperatures have already been recorded. Stay safe this week and make sure you’re aware of the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion!

Crystal Safety

Source: Healing Crystals Love

These crystals will fade in the sunlight:

  • Amethyst
  • Rose Quartz, Aquamarine
  • Smoky Quartz
  • Kunzite
  • Hiddenite
  • Spodumene
  • Fluorite

These crystals will dissolve in water:

  • Halite
  • Sulfates: Borates, Calcite, Gypsum
  • Lapis Lazuli
  • Turquoise
  • Ivory
  • Pyrite: degrades when stored at high humidity. (Place silica drying gel in the container to absorb moisture)

When In doubt, most crystals are water soluble if:

  • End in “ite”
  • Moh’s Hardness less than 6
  • Scratches easily with a steel knife

These crystals will dissolve in acid solutions (such as acetone & vinegar):

  • Calcite
  • Gypsum
  • Limestone
  • Marble
  • Amber (acetone: contained in most nail polish remover)

These crystals will produce POISONOUS gasses when HEATED:

  • Cinnabar
  • Realgar
  • Stibnite

Wash your hands after handling them and do not eat while working with them.

These crystals ARE TOXIC to INGEST:

Minerals and metals containing:

  • Aluminum
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Cadmium
  • Copper
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Zinc

These Crystals will get damaged by Salt:

Any raw, rough stone.  Any stone with hardness under 7.  If you are not sure, use another method.

  • Amber
  • Angelite
  • Azurite
  • ALL Calcites
  • Dioptase
  • Imperial Topaz
  • Fire Opal
  • Kyanite
  • Kunzite
  • Malachite
  • Moonstone
  • Opal
  • Red Coral
  • Selenite
  • Turquoise

DO NOT make Gem Elixirs, Gem Waters, or Massage Oils & DO NOT Ingest, Consume, or Put in Your Mouth:

  • Adamite – zinc, copper
  • Amazonite – copper
  • Amber – toxic dust, fumes, possible ingestive toxicity
  • Angelite – lead, sulphur
  • Aragonite-
  • Atacamite – copper
  • Auricalcite – zinc and copper
  • Azurite – copper
  • Boji-stones/Kansas Pop Rocks (may contain sulphur)
  • Bronchantite – copper
  • Cerrusite – sulphur, molybdenum
  • Chalcantite (aka “blue shit”) – copper
  • Chalcopyrite (Peacock Stone, Peacock Ore) – copper and sulphur
  • Chrysacolla (Chrysocolla) – copper
  • Cinnabar – mercury
  • Cobaltocalcite (Pink Cobalt Calcite) – cobalt
  • Conicalcite – copper
  • Copper – copper
  • Coral – organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in
  • Cuprite – copper
  • Diopside – copper
  • Dioptase – copper
  • Eliat Stone – copper
  • Emerald – aluminum
  • Garnet – aluminum
  • Gem Silica – copper
  • Galena/ Galenite – lead
  • Garnierite (Genthite, Falcondoite) – nickel
  • Hiddenite – aluminum
  • Iolite – aluminum
  • Kansas Pop Rocks – may contain sulphur
  • Kunzite – aluminum
  • Kyanite – aluminum
  • Labradorite – aluminum
  • Lapis Lazuli – may contain copper, sulphur
  • Marcasite (Markasite) – sulphur
  • Magnetite (Lodestone) – iron in large quantities
  • Malachite – copper
  • Meteorite – may contain many toxic substances
  • Mohawkite – copper, arsenic
  • Moldavite – aluminum
  • Molybdenum – molybdenum
  • Moonstone – may contain aluminum or other toxic substances
  • Mother of Pearl – organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in
  • Opal – toxic dust for inhalation
  • Pearl – organic, may contain bacteria as well as pollutants from toxic materials in the water it forms in
  • Psiomelane – barium
  • Pyrite (Fool’s Gold) – sulphur
  • Quartz (Do Not Inhale Dust) – toxic dust for inhalation
  • Realgar – sulfur, arsenic
  • Rhodocrosite (Rhodochrosite) – lead
  • Ruby – aluminum
  • Sapphire – aluminum
  • Sodalite – aluminum
  • Spinel – may contain aluminum, zinc
  • Stibnite – lead, antimony
  • Smithsonite (Galmei, Zinc spar)- zinc, may contain copper
  • Sulphur – sulphur
  • Tiger’s Eye
  • Topaz
  • Tourmaline, Watermelon – aluminum
  • Turquoise – copper
  • Uranium – radioactive mineral
  • Vanadanite – lead
  • Variscite – aluminum
  • Wulfenite – lead, molybdenum
Dear, People Playing Pokemon Go

I know you guys want to catch them all, but I don’t appreciate feeling scared and unsafe when I hear someone in my backyard. This is my private property and it’s supposed to be my safe haven, my home is off limits.

That goes for any private property.

I understand how important this game is to you, now please understand how important my safety is for me. I also don’t want any of you to get arrested or hurt because you wanted to catch a pokemon.

Just please be reasonable while playing this game. Please.

Please be safe
  • Stay out of flood waters as much as you can, there are creatures lurking. Alligators, snakes, and fire-ant balls are everywhere.

  • If you are stranded or need rescue call the National Guard number at (225) 664-2397. They can get to you in a boat or helicopter.

  • Boil your water before you drink it from the tap. We are under a Boil Water Advisory.

  • Click here for a list of shelters and supply distributors. You can go to these places as a “safe-haven”. 

  • To contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) use this website or call 1 (800) 621-3362. 

  • If you need 911, keep calling until you get through to a person. They are overflowed with calls and it may take a few times for them to get to you.

Remember that your belongings can be replaced, but your life cannot be.

Gay? Arm yourself.
Bi? Arm yourself.
Trans? Arm yourself.
Black? Arm yourself.
Hispanic or Latino? Arm yourself.
Asian? Arm yourself?
White? Arm yourself.
Native American? Arm yourself.
A woman? Arm yourself.
A man? Arm yourself.
Disabled? Arm yourself.
Discriminated at all? Arm yourself.

When you have a gun, you don’t get bashed. Protect yourself against hate.

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with all the hype over the new app ‘Pokemon: Go’ it’s important to remember to be safe out there! here’s a few simple safety tips (feel free to add more!!)

  • bring bottled water! it’s the middle of summer and temperatures are rising! so do what you can to stay hydrated and cool
  • wear comfortable clothes! if you know you’re going to be out and about for awhile, make sure you’re dressed properly. good shoes are especially important!
  • pack a snack! (or bring money to buy some food if you’re going into a town) granola bars, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit etc. anything filling with protein is an a++ choice!
  • bring your charger or a backup battery device! you don’t want to be stranded with no way to contact anyone, so be sure to maintain battery life just in case!
  • bring a friend! it’s more fun to pokemon hunt with others, and it’s safer too! 
  • be kind to younger players! this is less of safety tip and more of ‘you should be doing this anyway’ kind of thing. always remember kids are playing this game too.

and like the game says, always be aware of your surroundings! 

TUMBLR SLIMERS! A safety advisory!

Recently, Health Canada is advising Canadians to avoid using borax to make kids’ arts and crafts, such as homemade “slime,” over concerns that too much exposure to boric acid can cause “developmental and reproductive health effects” in children and pregnant women. Borax is a salt of boric acid, a naturally occurring mineral, and often sold as a “laundry booster.” Most of these products warn that borax can be an eye and skin irritant and should never be ingested. Because it is highly alkaline and can dissolve oils and fats, borax is also an effective household cleaner, and seen by some – including the David Suzuki Foundation –as more eco-friendly than petroleum-based cleaning products. Health Canada advises Canadians to avoid homemade craft and pesticide recipes using boric acid

So… what does this mean? I’m not sure about other countries, but the agency of health in Canada has deemed borax unsafe, and recommends that it should not be used for children’s arts and crafts, especially including slime.

CRAP I’VE USED THIS STUFF CRAP CRAP WILL I DIE? No, you won’t. This is just an advisory, and it’s prolonged exposure that isn’t healthy for kids or expecting women. Just don’t use it from now on.

Well, how else will I make my slime? There are so many other liquid starch based and plasticine based recipes out there that work just as well, if not better! I’ll make a masterpost of some soon.

BE CAREFUL FRIENDS, SLIME SAFE, AND SLIME HAPPY!

******Even if you aren’t an avid tumblr slimer or slime account, boosting this would be much appreciated!

Warning

Just wanted to let you all know - I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been getting inbox spam lately - starts with ‘hi’ or similar and if you reply you quickly end up with a request for photos or private chat. They have blogs with nothing on, fairly nondescript urls and a selfie of a young woman as their avatar.
I wanted to give my advice for younger/vulnerable people on here, so I hope you’ll forgive me sounding like your mum.
Here’s my suggestion, if you get a message from someone you don’t know and who isn’t following you, with an empty blog:
Don’t reply to the message.
Mark it as spam if you want to - I’ve started doing that.
Don’t ever send pictures of yourself.
Don’t feel pressured into chatting with someone you don’t know or sharing anything personal.
I have no clue what the gain is for people doing this but I guess they are hoping people will get talked into sharing images.
Stay safe. If you’re not sure something is a good idea, it probably isn’t - trust your instinct. If you feel uncomfortable, stop. Ask someone in real life that you trust - a parent, a responsible adult..
Look after yourselves and avoid nonsense.

What binding should NOT feel like

Okay so before I got my proper binder I had (stupidly) experimented with other methods of binding. At the time I thought they were fine because I didn’t know what a proper binder and safe binding felt like. So here’s a list of things binding should NOT feel like:

- Tingling pains across the breasts

- Feeling like you need to breath really hard to push out the binder when exhaling

- Dull or severe constant or semi-constant ache in breasts 

-  Feeling out of breath more than normal

- Mild or severe nipple irritation 

- Back pain from the pressure of the binder

If you experience two or more of these while binding for less than 6 hours at a time, then it’s almost certainly too tight or not a safe method. (of course binding varies from person to person but this was my experience). 

out.com
First Look: 'Check It' Documentary Follows a LGBT Gang in D.C.
The documentary will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this April.

Victims of bullying and abuse, five LGBT friends between the ages of 14 and 22 decided to defend themselves. The members of Check It sport knives, brass knuckles, and mace in stylish Louis Vuitton bags in hopes of keeping themselves (and their gang family) safe. Now an investigative feature-length documentary (aptly titled Check It) further explores what might be the only all-LGBT gang in the United States, following the members’ journey from a turbulent D.C. toward entrepreneurship.

CLICK THE HEADER LINK TO WATCH THE TRAILER.

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If you see this behavior, stop it immediately. I don’t like to preach a lot, but we need to understand personal space both in person and over the web. Don’t call Mark daddy. Don’t threaten to touch him. Don’t threaten to kiss him. He doesn’t enjoy it, he has said it makes him uncomfortable, and it’s wrong.

If you want to make fan art in “that sense” then don’t tag him or let it be known in any of the Markiplier tags. That content is purely for your enjoyment but it does NOT extend to Mark or the fans in real life; that stuff is to remain online and out of sight to anyone not interested. Mark is not a fantasy, he’s not a god, he’s not a toy. He’s a human being.

And this goes for all other YouTubers as well. They are people, not play things. This activity and behavior is harassment and is illegal. If it were being done to a female, tumblr would be all over that shit. It’s not about gender or lack thereof; it’s about common sense. Be mature and be courteous.

((URL’s redacted because harassment is not okay))

Stay strong and stay awesome,
-MarkiplierEssentials