1. officialtaylornation:

    so Taylor Swift is apparently racist? for including just black girls in her Shake It Off video just for twerking?

    hmm…

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    they aren’t girls, and they aren’t twerking?

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    a closer look, they are light-skinned black people, just so there isn’t confusion. oh look, the other two are on the right!

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    look one of them is doing a backflip!

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    what’s this? they aren’t twerking… 

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    look at all of them going all daft punk and lady gaga! that black person is not twerking

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    do i even need to say anything for this picture

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    UH-OH. THE INFAMOUS SCENE! “TAYLOR SWIFT IS RACIST! HOLY CRAP! THERE ARE ONLY BLACK GIRLS. LOOK THE ENTIRE SCENE IS ONLY BLACK GIRLS TWERKING AS PROPS” hold-up, isn’t that… two white girls? Oh and by the way, if more white girls were twerking, i wonder what some people would say… “omfg white girls can’t twerk, taylor stop trying to make twerking cool for white people!”

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    LOOK! the people playing the music! On either side, there are black people. Definitely NOT twerking. 

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     a close-up of the trumpet and sax 

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    here’s another one

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    a beautiful close-up of this beautiful person

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    you go girl!

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    look, another black person that isn’t twerking nor is he a girl or used as a prop!image

    THREE OF THEM

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    a fan! 

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    ANOTHER BEAUTIFUL BLACK PERSON THAT IS A FAN SHAKING IT OFF!

    but wait…. let’s not forget…

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    that Taylor Swift has two black back-up singers that literally toured with her for two years

    so is she racist…? 

    NO

    are you trying to criticize her because you believe she finally has written a song that isnt about guys (despite the fact that she has done this before bajillion times) and you have nothing to criticize her about? 

    YES

    SO MORAL OF THE STORY.

    WATCH THE VIDEO. 

    BE PRECISE. 

    STOP HATING CAUSE SHE DONT CARE AND SHE’LL SHAKE IT OFF.

    SHE AIN’T RACIST. 

    AND MY GIFT TO YOU:

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  2. plebcomics:

    a mostly half-assed comic of utmost topicalicities

     

  3. outofcontextdnd:

    Our Inquisitor gives a speech trying to explain to the council of a town that they should be careful and not take out their fear and hate on the entirety of another race of nomadic humans…

    DM: “You all get the feeling that they’re hearing what you say, but you can kind of tell that they’re not really taking in the words the way that you were hoping.”
    Sorcerer: “The wheel’s turning, but the hamster is racist.”

     
  4. whythatsbullshit:

    So let me tell you why this is bullshit.

    That “cure” everyone is talking about? It isn’t a cure. It’s a drug that hadn’t even been tested on humans before we gave it to those two Americans (who were white, yes, but were also in a missionary group trying to improve the lives of African children it’s not like they were fucking tourists or something). They could have both fucking died on the spot. The only reason they even gave this unfinished, untested drug to them is because the mortality rate for ebola is like 90% anyway so they thought why the fuck not. 

    Now let’s have a little thought experiment for you dipshits who seriously don’t understand the situation. Imagine we gave this “cure” to every single person in Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia (yeah, it’s pretty fucking ignorant to just call them all “Africans”) infected with ebola (getting around the fact that it would be just about impossible to diagnose and treat every single one of them in time)… and they all died anyway. The “cure” didn’t work. 

    You same fuckwads would lose your shit over that. “AMERICAN DRUG KILLS AFRICANS”, you would say. It would be all over Tumblr: “WHY DIDN’T THEY TEST THIS MORE BEFORE GIVING IT OUT OMG” and “USING AFRICANS AS TEST RATS FOR EBOLA DRUG SO WHITE PEOPLE DONT HAVE TO #RACISM”. 

    You can’t really be so ignorant that you seriously think it would be a good idea to ship crates of this hitherto-unknown, untested drug to West Africa and just hope for the best.

    (Source: ms---jane, via logic-bot)

     

  5. On “self-diagnosing”

    writingcyan:

    jackaldope:

    would you diagnose yourself as HAVING THE FLU? would you TELL PEOPLE YOU HAVE A SORE THROAT without a doctor’s approval? of course not. as everyone knows, symptoms are arcane runes inscribed on the body and can only be interpreted by doctors, and wizards

    The problem isn’t the interpretation of symptoms, though; some illnesses manifest in obvious and unique symptoms which leave no doubt of the underlying aetiology. However, 99% of illnesses present with symptoms which allow differential diagnoses, i.e. other, less common illnesses which share the same set of symptoms and which must be excluded from consideration by use of various clinical tests before adequate medical treatment can be initiated.

    For influenza, some (un/)common differential diagnoses (based on Influenza-Like Illnesses, ILI) are (from my pocket guide to differential diagnoses):

    • Cytomegalovirus.
    • Rhinovirus.
    • Adenovirus.
    • Echovira.
    • Parainfluenza Virus.
    • Mycoplasma.
    • Acute Respirator Distress Syndrome.
    • Meningitis.
    • HIV.
    • Mononucleosis.
    • Histoplasmosis.
    • Metapneumovirus.
    • Respiratory Syncytial Virus.
    • Bronchiolitis.
    • Pharyngitis.
    • Pneumonia.
    • Streptococcus pneumoniae infection.
    • Chlamydial pneumonia.
    • Myocarditis.
    • Epiglottitis
    • Poliomyelitis.
    • Malaria.
    • Lyme’s Disease.
    • Legionnaire Disease.
    • Dengue Fever.
    • Hantavirus.
    • Q Fever.
    • Herpes.
    • Hepatitis C.
    • Rabies.
    • Coxsackievirus.
    • Retropharyngeal absesses.
    • Drug use of: Influenza vaccine, interferons, monoclonal antibodies, chemotherapy, Levamisole, biphosphates, Caspofungin, opioid withdrawal.

    I found a full list here - most of these aren’t relevant to Emergency Medicine, but just have a scroll through that page and consider the number of differential diagnoses available for ILI.

    Most of the time, most, when patients present with flu-like symptoms, it is just the flu and it’ll go away on its own. Sometimes, it’s Avian Flu or Swine Flu, but still, most patients improve without assistance and don’t seek medical attention, assuming (sometimes correctly, sometimes not) that they’re just having the flu. This doesn’t mean, however, that their “self-diagnosis” was correct; their “flu” could potentially be any one of the illnesses listed above, which is why all diagnoses must be supported by clinical tests. For this reason, when presented with any given set of symptoms, doctors operate with a list of differential diagnoses and a working diagnosis, which is their personal “best guess” until test results come in—and more often than not, the working diagnosis changes as treatment progresses and more tests are performed. (I’ve had the “you came in with a sore throat, but it’s actually HIV” chat with patients myself. HIV can present as f—ing anything. It’s always a differential diagnosis. Forget about Lupus, Dr. House.)

    Unless you have knowledge of relevant differential diagnoses and access to clinical testing, you cannot diagnose an illness correctly—even doctors get it wrong sometimes, if they can’t uncover all the differential diagnoses. Which is why the layman’s “self-diagnosis” is a) not possible, b) appropriation of medical terminology (and as tumblogger, you ought to know appropriation is bad), and c) potentially very dangerous. (Just look at this post. Did you know, OP, that Ebola also presents with flu-like symptoms? Should you really be telling people to “self-diagnose” with common garden-variety influenza when we’re currently experiencing the most severe Ebola outbreak in human history?)

    I understand that Americans (and others, but this seems to be mainly a US issue on tumblr) do not have access to adequate healthcare—which is an absolute travesty and something y’all should think hard about when you’re old enough to vote—but a “self-diagnosis” is not a diagnosis, and it’s a potential health risk to yourselves as well as potentially hurtful to people with actual diagnoses, especially when it comes to mental health issues. One thing is “self-diagnosing” with the flu or a sore throat, another completely is to “self-diagnose” with ADHD, PTSD, Asperger’s, Bipolar Affective Disorder, etc., because these are rare conditions and you become, by claiming them, representative of patients with these disorders, except you aren’t representative if you don’t actually have the disorder, which is unbelievably harmful to the people who do and might limit their available treatment options—you might indirectly be responsible for someone’s death by claiming an illness you do not have.

    Don’t ever “self-diagnose” with a mental disorder—if you experience mental health symptoms, they might a) require psychiatric treatment, or b) be indicative of hormone imbalance, or pernicious anaemia, or cancer, or something else which requires immediate medical treatment. Remember: in 99% of illnesses, differential diagnoses exist. Always see a doctor (if possible—if not, consider the benefits of democratic socialism, e.g. universal healthcare).

    And finally, let me just ask you this: Why self-diagnose? Doctors diagnose patients for the purpose of medical treatment; (almost all) diagnoses come with a treatment plan attached. “Self-diagnoses”, on the other hand, aren’t used for treatment purposes—can’t be, because they weren’t made by a medical professional. If you think you have a certain illness, you can study up on it, you can take steps to see if your symptoms respond to e.g. a gluten-free diet or a pet-free environment or cough syrup, and based on this you can form your own (limited, unsubstantiated) “working diagnosis,” but you cannot “self-diagnose.” I personally suspect that “self-diagnoses” are only good for one thing: scoring cheap point on social media websites. :/

    (Addendum: No, you don’t have Ebola. If you’re experiencing flu-like symptoms, please don’t call your doctor and tell her you have Ebola. It’s just the flu, cross my heart. Or HIV.)

    (Addendum 2: I’m not a classist or an ableist, but I am a socialist. My #1 reason for disapproving of “self-diagnoses” is because they’re indicative of an oppressive and exploitative capitalist system of government which denies its citizens basic human rights such as free and equal access to healthcare. Don’t send me angry messages about it on tumblr, Americans—rise up, throw off your yoke!)

    (Source: gutcolour)

     

  6. Yesterday a 17 year female, who attends Lancaster High School in California, was beaten by a football player, on school grounds, for being gay. After receiving over a dozen blows to her jaw, head, eye and head, all he received was a 5 day suspension by the Lancaster School District. She suffered from a fractured jaw and multiple concussions to the head and the Deputy Sheriff advised her mother to re-think her wanting to file charges against the football player because her daughter pushed him back. The school ended up documenting “assault” charges on the victims school file, NOT the football players!!! To make things worse, the Deputy Sheriff warned the victim, by saying, “Just so you know, if you file charges against him, I’m taking his side.” We’re attempting to raise awareness and bring this story to light because Lancaster High School is trying to sweep this “Hate Crime” under the rug!

    innocentblackmale:

    notxlikexdad:

    giantpeepeemonster:

    Reblog if you care and please forward to everyone you know. P.S. CBS, KCAL 9 news are running the story tomorrow at 10pm.

    SIGNAL BOOSTING THIS SHIT

    Alright, gotta get this out. 

    One, this was in September of 2012. 2 years ago.

    Two, that story is blown wayyyy out of proportion. Here is the actual Police Report, compiled from eyewitness accounts from both students and school personnel. 

    Shortly after noon on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy who is assigned as a School Resource Deputy at Lancaster High School (located at 44701 32nd Street West, Lancaster) was on campus when he heard about a fight near the cafeteria area.

    The deputy immediately went to the cafeteria area and saw a large group of students. School security was detaining at least two students.

    School security personnel told the deputy that the two students had been fighting so the deputy began an investigation into the incident.

    The investigation, which included talking to many student witnesses, revealed that the two students had been part of a large group of students who were all standing in a lunch line in the cafeteria area.

    The 15-year old male student (suspect/victim) had complained to a female student about her cutting into the line, instead of waiting.

    A 17-year old female student (suspect/victim) who was standing nearby, heard the 15-year old telling the female student not to cut into line. The 17-year old female rushed over to the 15-year old male and pushed his chest, causing him to fall back and strike his back against a metal handrail. Believing he had just been pushed by a male student, the 15-year old punched the 17-year old in the face. The two students then exchanged several punches until the fight was broken up by school security.

    Both the 15-year old male student and 17-year old female student were arrested by the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station deputy for fighting on school grounds, a “mutual combat” misdemeanor battery, 243.2 of the California Penal Code.

    The deputy reported that the 15-year old did not appear injured and the 17-year old received a small laceration to her lip. Both refused medical treatment at the school.

    The deputy immediately notified the parents of both of the students, and released each of them to the custody of the parents.

    Both students were suspended by the school.

    The guy punched the girl thinking that she was a guy. He backed off after he realized who he punched.

    So no, don’t signal boost some 2 year old falsified story because it makes you feel good without doing at least some proper research for 2 minutes. 

    [http://local.nixle.com/alert/4892409/]  <—- Police report

    This is true of literally any information you hear from anyplace ever.

     

  7. hominishostilis:

    miss-mother-fucker:

    There’s an outbreak of malaria. 

    Everyone takes the necessary precautions to avoid mosquitoes. 

    You’re outside, when a mosquito lands on your arm. 

    You raise your hand to it, ready to kill it. 

    Then it squeaks. Curious, you lower your ear to it. 

    You can just barely make out “Not all mosquitoes”. 

    Only female Mosquitos drink blood

    (via oxymuncha)

     

  8. logic-bot:

    Here is the thing I have observed when it comes to sexuality:

    When you strip away everything else, emotional attchament, love, what have you, sex is basically two human beings mashing their genitals together. And by that same token, sexuality is what genitals you like to mash your genitals with.

     

  9. "

    After learning my flight was detained 4 hours,
    I heard the announcement:
    If anyone in the vicinity of gate 4-A understands any Arabic,
    Please come to the gate immediately.

    Well—one pauses these days. Gate 4-A was my own gate. I went there.
    An older woman in full traditional Palestinian dress,
    Just like my grandma wore, was crumpled to the floor, wailing loudly.
    Help, said the flight service person. Talk to her. What is her
    Problem? we told her the flight was going to be four hours late and she
    Did this.

    I put my arm around her and spoke to her haltingly.
    Shu dow-a, shu- biduck habibti, stani stani schway, min fadlick,
    Sho bit se-wee?

    The minute she heard any words she knew—however poorly used—
    She stopped crying.

    She thought our flight had been canceled entirely.
    She needed to be in El Paso for some major medical treatment the
    Following day. I said no, no, we’re fine, you’ll get there, just late,

    Who is picking you up? Let’s call him and tell him.
    We called her son and I spoke with him in English.
    I told him I would stay with his mother till we got on the plane and
    Would ride next to her—Southwest.

    She talked to him. Then we called her other sons just for the fun of it.

    Then we called my dad and he and she spoke for a while in Arabic and
    Found out of course they had ten shared friends.

    Then I thought just for the heck of it why not call some Palestinian
    Poets I know and let them chat with her. This all took up about 2 hours.

    She was laughing a lot by then. Telling about her life. Answering
    Questions.

    She had pulled a sack of homemade mamool cookies—little powdered
    Sugar crumbly mounds stuffed with dates and nuts—out of her bag—
    And was offering them to all the women at the gate.

    To my amazement, not a single woman declined one. It was like a
    Sacrament. The traveler from Argentina, the traveler from California,
    The lovely woman from Laredo—we were all covered with the same
    Powdered sugar. And smiling. There are no better cookies.

    And then the airline broke out the free beverages from huge coolers—
    Non-alcoholic—and the two little girls for our flight, one African
    American, one Mexican American—ran around serving us all apple juice
    And lemonade and they were covered with powdered sugar too.

    And I noticed my new best friend—by now we were holding hands—
    Had a potted plant poking out of her bag, some medicinal thing,

    With green furry leaves. Such an old country traveling tradition. Always
    Carry a plant. Always stay rooted to somewhere.

    And I looked around that gate of late and weary ones and thought,
    This is the world I want to live in. The shared world.

    Not a single person in this gate—once the crying of confusion stopped
    —has seemed apprehensive about any other person.

    They took the cookies. I wanted to hug all those other women too.
    This can still happen anywhere.

    Not everything is lost.

    "
    — Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be.   (via letheanriver)

    (Source: oliviacirce, via kele-love)

     
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