what's the matter gene

Please don't get fooled by the fat acceptance movement

Health at every size is a myth. It is impossible to be obese and healthy, just as it is impossible to be severely underweight and healthy. Our bodies are not built to carry too much body fat and being overweight causes and increases the chance of getting dozens of horrible diseases, for example cerebrovascular disease, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, cancer, metabolic disease, chronic pain and mobility issues, hormone imbalances, infertility and so on. Don’t glorify being obese! Glorifying obesity is glorifying all the diseases I mentioned and more. No one deserves to get these diseases so instead of speading the message that obesity is ok, start spreading the message that people deserve better than disease, pain and an early death. Anyone can lose weight. It doesn’t matter what genes you have or if you have some thyroid issues. Anyone can still lose weight with the right amount of determination. Instead of glorifying sick and obese bodies, start glorifying healthy and strong bodies! Exercise and a good diet is the foundation of health, both physical and mental. And that should the the goal for the self love movement. Not just settling for obesity, disease and an early death.

Naru vs Noll

So, at this point in the story, it’s already been revealed that Naru is pronounced as Noll. However, I’m not sure if I should start translating it as Noll or leave it as Naru. Or if I should do a combination of the two. I guess what complicates the matter is that I’m translating ジーン and ユージン to Gene and Eugene. It seems strange to translate them differently especially when they’re sometimes in the same sentence. But then it’s weird to translate it as Noll with Bou-san’s nickname for him. 

Take this for example (in all cases, it’s written as Naru (ナル)):

“Then, is Naru-bou your boss in the branch office?”

“Yes. More or less, Naru is the division head.”

Really?

“Even though Naru-bou is younger?”

“Age is irrelevant. Naru has performance in his favor, so as a researcher, he has seniority.”

“—While we’re at it, can I ask another question?”

“If I can answer it.”

“Nationality, is it English?”

“Naru? That’s right.”

Bou-san looked towards John for a moment.

“I heard that Noll is an American pronunciation.”

“Naru lived in the United States until he was about eight.”

“Then, are both his parents Japanese immigrants?”

“Professor Davis is a natural-born Englishman. Naru and Eugene were originally adopted.”

-Ghost Hunt Vol 8 Ch 12

I’d likes some opinions. @csakuras, @yonakayaku, @witchhuntress, what do you think? What’s everyone else’s opinion?

Just picked up some of the cutest babies today! They’re a bit eclectic which is how I prefer to have my lair I guess. I just can’t stick to a single theme!


Darby is a soil/clay/chocolate Earth dragon! I adore Earth dragons and I had no idea that soil and clay looked so awesome as poison/toxin! He came with the name Darby and I think it’s cute so I think I’ll keep it. ♥


Malana is a triple rose Wind girl. I’ve always liked rose no matter what genes are used with it! I mostly bought her to use an accent on here though.


I am in love with this girl!! She’s thistle/thistle/flaxen and the person who bred her did an amazing job matching the flaxen tert to the pale gold of the thistle poi/tox! I was legit in awe when I came across her and snatched her up right away. I think I’m in the minority that likes thistle but I think most people could agree that thistle poi/tox is amazing and this combo is just fantastic!

A Lone Wolf Part 4 (M)

Summary: After finding out that you have the alpha gene, you try to figure out what that means exactly.

Length: 2102

PART 1 PART 2 PART 3 PART 4  PART 5

Warning: This section does contain Smut

“What does that mean exactly?” you asked, looking around at everyone staring at you.

“It means that you have the potential to become an alpha,” Mark said flatly. You looked at him closely, but his face was blank. You weren’t really sure if this alpha gene was a good thing or a bad thing, but since Mark wasn’t super thrilled, you had a feeling you already knew.

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Toxoplasma gondii is a common brain parasite. When T. gondii finds itself infecting a mouse, to get to the next stage in its lifecycle it needs the mouse to be eaten by a cat, and it increases the odds that this will happen by altering the behavior of the mouse in various ways, including making it less afraid of predators. When Toxoplasma infects humans it causes personality changes and increases the risk of certain neurological conditions, and it has been suggested that this is due to the parasite performing the same manipulations on its human host’s brain that it would perform on a mouse’s. Human hosts are a dead end as far as Toxoplasma’s life cycle is concerned; the parasite in a human brain will not pass on its genes no matter what it does. It has nothing to gain by its alterations, but it hacks the host’s brain to the host’s detriment all the same.

Anyway I was thinking about this because I keep getting jingles from burger commercials stuck in my head and I’m a vegetarian.

anonymous asked:

Hello! I have a question about cat genetics if that's okay? Say I have two cats, a solid white female and a black and white van-pattern male. Would the kittens these cats have need to be van-patterned, or would higher degrees of black spotting be possible? Would a kitten born from these cats be able to be pure white? Thanks!

This is all highly dependent on your solid white she-cat - what form of solid white is she? Is she dominant white, or piebald white?

If she is complete dominant white W/W, she will breed for solid white kittens no matter what colour genes the tomcat supplies. 

If she’s heterozygous dominant white (only one such W gene) then half the litter will come out solid whites no matter, while the rest will be white spotted somethings.

And even more confusingly, if she is dominant white but also a carrier of white spotting, the entire litter could be full of whites, and nearly-whites, and white spotteds and we’d barely have any idea what is going on. 

If however she is a homozygous (two genes) white spotted that turned out solid white, her S/S combination, together with the tom’s S/S combination, will succeed in only breeding S/S kittens, meaning they will range from 50-100% white spotting on their bodies. So yeah, the chances of van pattern occuring is pretty big, but you can get amount of black up until the mask and mantle pattern too. 

Hope that helped a little, and didn’t just confuse you more ^^

I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.

Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.”

Author Gene Luen Yang on writing diverse characters

Speech at the 2014 National Book Festival gala

We in the book community are in the middle of a sustained conversation about diversity. We talk about our need for diverse books with diverse characters written by diverse writers. I wholeheartedly agree.

But I have noticed an undercurrent of fear in many of our discussions. We’re afraid of writing characters different from ourselves because we’re afraid of getting it wrong. We’re afraid of what the Internet might say.

This fear can be a good thing if it drives us to do our homework, to be meticulous in our cultural research. But this fear crosses the line when we become so intimidated that we quietly make choices against stepping out of our own identities.

After all, our job as writers is to step out of ourselves, and to encourage our readers to do the same.

I told you the story of Dwayne McDuffie to encourage all of us to be generous with ourselves and with one another. The Black Panther, despite his flaws, was able to inspire a young African American reader to become a writer.

We have to allow ourselves the freedom to make mistakes, including cultural mistakes, in our first drafts. I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.

Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

— 

Gene Luen Yang on how to create a diverse universe of characters, speaking at the National Book Festival gala

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REPRESENTATION MATTERS

Diversity Is Reality

Diversity in writing: the No Excuses edition

Or rather, don’t let your fear keep you from writing diverse characters whose experiences are not your own.

From Superheroes in Full Color on Tumblr:

“I believe it’s okay to get cultural details wrong in your first draft. It’s okay if stereotypes emerge. It just means that your experience is limited, that you’re human.

Just make sure you iron them out before the final draft. Make sure you do your homework. Make sure your early readers include people who are a part of the culture you’re writing about. Make sure your editor has the insider knowledge to help you out. If they don’t, consider hiring a freelance editor who does.

Also, it’s okay if stereotypes emerge in the first drafts of your colleagues. Correct them – definitely correct them – but do so in a spirit of generosity. Remember how soul-wrenching the act of writing is, how much courage it took for that writer to put words down on a page.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

Author Gene Luen Yang on writing diverse characters

So all this stuff the writers and various sites have been saying about Lip being the only one who will get out - apparently the only one who should get out? - of the Southside…it’s been bothering me. For a lot of reasons, but this is what keeps sticking in my head: Lip will get out because of his intelligence. Which is fine and lovely and I want Lip to succeed, I really do. But you know why this isn’t the right story to be telling?

Because Lip was born with his intelligence. He’s a natural genius. And that’s awesome. But Lip doesn’t work hard. He isn’t dedicated to improving himself. Sure, he’s had moments where he’s set his mind to things, but for the most part, he’s been skating by because of his natural gifts (and the hard work and devotion of others). So if he’s really the only one who has any potential to have a better life? What does that say? Well, this: that it doesn’t matter what you do in life. It doesn’t matter how hard you try or what you want. You get born with certain advantages and disadvantages, and that’s it. That’s all that matters. If you’re born with natural talent and intelligence? Congrats, you’re gonna be fine, no matter what happens. If not? Well, might as well give up now. No hope for you. 

You know who did have ambitions, and who worked hard for them? Ian. But Ian was born with bipolar genes. So apparently that’s what matters. That’s what will define him. Never mind his goals and desires. The second his disorder kicked in that became all he was. You know what would be a story worth telling? Ian learning how to reconcile his previous goals with his new situation, or even just developing new ones. Ian getting to prove that he is more than just the genes he was born with. But apparently that’s not the story Shameless is interested in telling. And that’s just sad. Because if I’m to take what Shameless is selling as truth, we might as well all give up any sense of drive. Either we’re born with the potential to succeed or we’re not. There is no middle ground. 

But…why would I want to accept that? Why would anyone? 

And let’s say you do your best. You put in all the effort you can. But then when your book comes out, the Internet gets angry. You slowly realize that, for once, the Internet might be right. You made a cultural misstep. If this happens, take comfort in the fact that even flawed characters can inspire. Apologize if necessary, resolve do better, and move on.

Let your fear drive you to do your homework. But no matter what, don’t ever let your fear stop you.

—  – Gene Luen Yang’s speech at the National Book Festival 2014

anonymous asked:

The thing I like most about Louise is how much she loves her family deep down inside. Like when the kids are all grown up I can just imagine her being super protective of them. For example if someone bullies Gene for being gender fluid or something, I can see her destroying that person's life or even going to jail for him lol. Same with Tina, if Jimmy Jr. ever hurts her there would be some serious revenge.

Oh yeah, she’ll protect her family no matter what. No one would dare make fun of Gene or mistreat Tina while she’s around. Louise’s love is fierce and unending.

DAY 2340

Jalsa, Mumbai            Sept 11/12,  2014            Thu/Fri  12:27 am

EF Neeraj is to be birthdayed today .. with heaps of love and affection from all of us .. ENJOY !!

The strain and the shocking visuals form Kashmir, again give us a glimpse of the suffering and the pain that our brothers and sisters in the Valley go through. Nothing can be described, nothing can even come close to a description of the devastation. We are in prayer and in hope for some relief that can come to those stuck or surviving somehow. In our own little way we have been making contributions and giving out awareness briefs … but nothing can come as compensation for the historic and mammoth damage that the floods have done to this ‘paradise’ …

But as you depress with the situation, there is a need to continue work that is on a professional commitment, and so you do … with some rapidity and urgency to be able to get back to office for further readings of VVC’s film. The readings are taking some kind of shape in character and performance, on table. What happens though at the level of the actual shoot, will of course be much much different and enjoyable. It is enjoyable even now, but when the camera rolls, there is mind and thought only on your mouth and in your mind .. we never know where it comes from, but so far the Almighty has been kind and adjusting, and compassionate !!

One of the givens in our lives is the desire to replicate perform or manufacture all, the moment we think about it  .. if only it could happen …. what a place it would become ..

Purists frown and object to our attention span given to our work .. but I have never seen any such … I always remain with the character and the strain of reading your space of work … !!!

And endless go the pictures of the day … a day that marks the end of all that gets philosophical. It is our nature and in our genes and blood and matter what else, but yes we do get all standed up ..

Life becomes more and more an illusion … a never ending path of whatever has been deserved by me ; so scratch shots are always a necessity, before the final …I think the WCF in Brasil is an excellent example

Fear not that which never exists, or pretends to be free from life. Fear them and those and that … they who can never stop the flow of the story !! Irrespective !!!

My love 

Amitabh Bachchan

4chan is Kill. Dobson remains stupid.

4chan compromised

UNNECESSARY NECESSARY PREFACE!
I’m well aware that not all of 4chan is “evil” and that not all people who participate or visit 4chan are “evil” either. This journal uses large sweeping generalizations because that’s helpful for having a larger discussion. I’m not interested in minutia, I’m interested in the big picture here. And sadly, even if you love 4chan, it has a reputation which precedes it and you cannot deny that. So please, don’t comment here with “But not ALL 4chan is bad!” remarks, ok? I know. I understand.

Aren’t you the guy who gets mad when men try to deflect shit away from them by saying “not all men”? All this says is that you’re going to try to generalize an entire website hard. 

So here’s the latest that I’ve been able to discover about the GamerGate movement. Apparently 4chan and other like-minded websites have been “compromised.” Mods are now banning or deleting threads and discussions about GamerGate. This, naturally, has led many to assume that 4chan is “under control” by Social Justice Warriors (SJW for short) and a lot of people are leaving 4chan now to find other websites (or possibly start their own).

The topic of gamergate on 4chan has been banned recently on boards like /v/, /pol/, /b/, etc. All three of them being relevant to the gamergate discussion. Similarly the topic has been censored on many other sites including Reddit. Evidence that this is the work of SJW mods have surfaced. 4Chan’s case especially is filled with stories from former mods detailing how Moot fired them and replaced them with social justice chucklefucks. 

Though it could be a complete fabrication, it remains the best theory so far and there’s some correlative evidence that I’ll get into later. 

PS: I do not think that 4chan will ever actually “go-away” and this is likely just a temporary thing happening there. Either the site will bounce back and be as awful and deplorable as it’s always been, or people will branch off and make their own versions of 4chan which will be even worse. So yeah, despite all this “doom and gloom” I don’t think anything really significant is gonna happen in regards to 4chan. Sorry.

People already have made their own version of 4chan. It’s a superior site called 8chan. It features webMs with sound, the ability to make your own board and no Captchas. The person behind it is a jewish crippled midget that has come to be known as Hotwheels. 

Of course that means the creator of 4chan has been under attack for becoming a SJW himself, which is delicious irony in my opinion (though I don’t envy what he’s likely enduring from the scum of the internet).

How is it ironic? Moot basically betrayed 4chan. It’s been discovered that his current “girlfriend” (quotes because the guy’s so much of a beta he’s probably far in the friend zone) works for Gawker media which is completely anti-Gamergate. He attended the XOXO conference that Anita talked at (if you ever see the worlds LISTEN and BELIEVE, that’s where it’s from. No, that’s not Christians trying to convince you of Jesus. No, it’s not conspiracy theorists talking about 9/11 truth. It’s feminists demanding you withhold skepticism when it comes to claims by people like Anita) and gave her speech a positive review. 

Moot is kill, Dobson. 

Amid this mass migration away from 4chan there has been ONE lone voice of reason for the GamerGate people. EscapistMagazine.com Their forums have been left untouched and uncensored for GamerGate discussion, leading many to believe it’s the last best vestige of home for rational conversations.

It’s especially commendable of them to allow it considering it’s not a complete pro-GG site. Escapist features people like MovieBob who are vehimently anti GG but they’re still allowing discussion of the topic because they think allowing people to come to their own conclusions is more important than forcing people to believe in theirs and silencing anyone who disagrees. 


However, recently Escapistmagazine.com has come under fire from DDOS attacks. Specifically targeting the GamerGate threads and forum posts. For a while this weekend, the website was temporarily downed.

Naturally, what’s the first response from “rational” people? To assume that some SJW attacked The Escapist to try and “silence” the brave bold GamerGate people. Which, honestly, I gotta say is a load of hogwash IMO. 

Well you’re retarded and you do less research than a highschooler writing an English paper so you’re opinion isn’t worth that much to begin with. 

The reason people think it was social justice warriors is because that’s exactly the kind of tactics we’ve come to expect from them. We already KNOW they have no problem censoring discussions of things they disapprove of. We already KNOW they have friends in high places (See almost every major vidya journalism site). We already KNOW they have successfully doxxed prominent GG supporters like Internet Aristocrat. 

All I’m saying here is that if someone draws a cartoon of Muhammad and I find that guy the next day dead with a knife in his head, I’m going to immediately assume it was a muslim extremist because that’s the kind of shit we already know they do and when I see discussions on GamerGate being censored I’m going to immediately assume it’s a social justice warrior because THAT is what kind of shit we already know they do. 

Now it could very well not be a SJW. Maybe GG was playing Anita and trying to hurt itself for pity points but that’s why I’d rather say “Discussions on GamerGate is being censored: Escapist forum on the subject DDOSed” rather than add “By social justice warriors” at the end of it. 

The term SJW is so friggin’ vague these days, you can apply that term to pretty much ANYONE.

No it can’t. It applies to oversensitive little bitches who whine and moan about oppression that isn’t there, strive to seek out sexism where it isn’t, and want to police other people’s freedoms based on their feelings. You may think we assume everyone who goes as far as to call themselves a feminist is a SJW but I think christina Sommers disproved that. It’s not every feminist who’s a SJW; just the stupid ones. 

And unlike GamerGate, which holds meetings and chat sessions to decide how to best proceed forward as a group… SJW’s don’t do that. Not to my knowledge anyway, and apparently I’M a SJW!

you are a social justice warrior, Tom. I’m willing to bet the reason you’re not invited to their meetings is because you’re not prolific enough and you don’t have the capacity to participate in a long term plan to begin with. 

Now there’s a lot of theories about what happened, most of them pointing a finger at SJW’s (how convenient GG’s got an enemy now eh?)

How is that convenient? There’s a lot of theories about why the cartoonist who drew Muhammad was stabbed, most of them pointing a finger at Muslim extremists. (how convenient atheists have an enemy now, eh?)

but my money is on a 3rd party just trying to disrupt things for the lulz. I mean, GamerGate started off of 4chan originally and 4chan itself is kinda known for trolling themselves. I wouldn’t put it past someone doing it just to stir the pot and watch the “hilarity” ensue.

Well in all fairness that’s not the dumbest thing in the world. Of course, GG is doing its best to avoid these wildcard types. 

But still, yeah, this is… fun times. I gotta admit it’s kinda fun watching the GamerGate people act all paranoid and suspicious of anyone who even mentions their cause’s name.

How dare people react negatively to being censored, eh bitch. 

 It would be absolutely hilarious if not for the damaging effects this could actually have on ACTUAL social justice and progress in our country (sorry guys this is mostly an American affair). Social Justice in and of itself is not a demonizing cause.

And it’s up to the social justice warriors to carry that weight, not the Gamer Gate people. What are you worried about? That SJWs will be exposed for the malicious frauds they are? They people wouldn’t automatically listen to people like Anita just because they have a sad story to tell? That discussions on sexism in relation to gaming won’t just be one sided? That “WAAAH! The Sorcerous’s boobs in Dragon’s Crown are too big and that offends me WAAAAH” isn’t going to be taken seriously? Is that what you’re scared of boyo? 

Yeah sure a couple of people on tumblr can go a LITTLE too overboard with their want for inclusivity, 

And their demands of censorship and their lack of respect for other people’s rights to speak and their lack of understanding of the idea that not everything is marketed toward them.

And what the fuck you’re saying a few people on tumblr for? This is SJWs all around the internet including the game journos themselves. 

ure, but when you get right down to it the concept of social justice is just that… social justice: Wanting justice in our society due to social inequalities and issues.

Things that aren’t social justice: Any video game character’s cup size. Peace or Zelda getting kidnapped. Being able to kill female NPCs in video games along with male NPCs. The fact that video games depict real life things like prostitution while being utilitarian when doing so. Spider-Woman’s ass. Samus’ high heels. Blaming all men for rape. Assuming only men can rape and cannot be raped. Countering racist and sexist ideas by being as racist and sexist as the people you criticize. Bonus points of those people aren’t even remotely racist or sexist. 

Things that are social justice: The work of Ayaan Hirisi Ali. fighting against Islam’s horrible treatment of women. fighting against the notion that men cannot be raped. Advocating for education for all no matter what your genes give you. Promoting free speech and an open market of ideas. Fighting against police brutality including racial and economic driven attacks. 

Guess which one of these you and other social justice warriors are doing? It certainly ain’t the shit that affects the real world. 

I’m honestly terrified of what this could mean in the long run. Large groups of angry people banded together to rid their “hobbies” of social issues and equality? 

You really love spinning this shit as equality, don’t you. Yeah, people don’t want their hobbies taken over by oversensitive little shits who demand that absolutely everything conform to their absurdly impossible standards. 

Not a happy prospect in my opinion. Social Justice is about equality. It’s about what’s right and fixing longstanding issues in our culture and society. 

As I have just demonstrated above, what you are standing for isn’t socail justice. It’s bullshit. It’s just fucking bullshit, Tom. 

Flatly DISMISSING anyone who wants to see more women in games, or want to see less all-white-grizzled-male leads in AAA titles? That’s not progress. That’s the opposite of progress. That’s stagnation. 

Demanding that game devs change their artistic visions because you’re offended by something you don’t have to play or purchase is censorship. There are emerging more and more games with women and minority leads but that’s not because of the social justice shits. That’s the gaming market going into new territory. If game devs listened to people like you there wouldn’t be any new games because they’d have to constantly change what they'e made because you’ll always find a reason to complain. 

That’s maintaining the status-quo and keeping things right where they are, ignoring everyone else in the world who wants to participate unless they march step with your tune.

If they want to participate. They should make their own fucking games. Their games will be judged by the same merits as other games but if lots of people buy their games, the market will shift in their favor. What isn’t okay is for those games to be artificially lifted up by corrupt game journalists who want to play moral high horse rather than judge their games based on their merits. 

I dunno about you, but that’s not a future of games I want to see. And if that makes me a “SJW” then so be it.

Well practically everything you said makes you retarded so yeah, SJW. 

And don’t worry people. I’m allowed to say the world retarded. I know an actual retard.

His name is Tom Preston.