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Metal Sonic doing the ‘Spock eyebrow’ look

Metal Sonic doing the ‘Spock eyebrow’ look

awkwardsonicphotos:

Yoshi Vector.

awkwardsonicphotos:

Yoshi Vector.

teachthemhowtothink:

cognitivedissonance:

cognitivedissonance:

OH NOES! I HAVE BEEN UNFOLLOWED BY AN ANTI-VAXXER!

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Sorry to dump the rains of reason down on your intellectual bonfire here, but if the shoe fits, by all means, wear it. If you want to deny facts and science, that’s your business, until you’re putting other people’s lives at risk. Which you are. Should any of your children get an illness preventable by a vaccine you blithely skipped, I hope you’re charged with child abuse. If they don’t survive, I hope you’re criminally charged with their deaths.

However, I don’t wish any of that on your family, because it happened to my grandparents. My Aunt Sharon died before her tenth birthday of polio, shortly before the vaccine was introduced. My grandparents saw their firstborn go from a vibrant young girl to a shell incapable of breathing without an iron lung. My grandmother never really talked about her much. Having lost your child in such a horrific way is nothing I’d want to wish on anyone, but you’ve apparently made peace with it. Good for you!

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You should meet Kathryn Riffenburg. Her nine-week-old son died of whooping cough, an easily preventable disease that he was unable to be vaccinated for because he was too young. Previously, herd immunity protected wee ones like him. Instead, his mother chose a closed casket funeral because the suffering his little body endured made him unrecognizable. 

But I suppose his death was just a scare tactic, yeah? And about Big Pharma supposedly making a profit off of vaccines — it’s much more profitable for you and yours to be UNVACCINATED, what with so many serious illnesses requiring long-term, chronic care having been virtually eliminated — until now. So maybe YOU’RE the tool of Big Pharma! DUN-DUN-DUN!

Or maybe you’re just a big tool. Hopefully, this whole going irresponsibly unvaccinated thing works out for your family and you’re never left sitting at a gravesite wondering why you thought it was a-OK to play Russian roulette with your child’s life. One in 1,000 who get measles will die. I suppose it’s more likely than not that you’ll be lucky, but I’d also venture that not everyone who would come into contact with your walking disease vectors children would share the same luck.

In summary, if you ever accidentally follow me again, here’s a handy guide:

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Cheers!

Oh sweet jeebus, I’m still getting messages from people like this. Y’all can take several seats, because none of you will change my mind on how irresponsible it is to leave your spawn unvaccinated.

Ummm… so this vaccination info-rant is WAY better than the mini one I posted this morning.  <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

sunsetyouthservices:

An important reminder of how “the criminalization of poverty has accelerated since the recession” by the author of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America.

A Small, Important Lesson About Consent

teachthemhowtothink:

jrobertxiii:

One of my kindergarten boys kept hugging another boy in class. The hugger was smiling big time, and just trying to show the other boy that he cared for him. The huggee was noticeably uncomfortable at times. 

Me: John*, I don’t think Sam* wants you to keep hugging him.

John: Why?

Me: Well, he isn’t smiling while you hug him. *John looks at Sam and back to me, inquisitively* Do you like to blow bubbles, John?

John: I love to!

Me: So do I. As people, we have a type of bubble around us, but it’s not a bubble we can see. We let some people that we really love come into our bubble, but we keep some people out of it. When you just hug someone without them saying it’s ok, you’re popping their bubble, which isn’t a very nice thing to do. 

Sam: I have a bubble?

Me: Yep! And, if someone gets too close to you, or touches you when you don’t want them to, you can just tell them “you’re in my bubble”, and they’ll know to back away. *turning to John* If someone tells you to stay out of their bubble, you have to listen.

John: Or I’ll pop it?

Me: You got it.

Later, I saw John hugging Sam again, and I went over to say something. John looked at me and said, “He said I could be in his bubble, now!” and Sam just nodded with a big smile.

I want to thank my friend JJ for giving me the courage to teach complex ideas to children. I don’t know if this lesson will last, but it’s one we can continue to talk about.

Perfect.

bspolitics:

Well.

How about that.

thalensis:

People like Clinton Gode are challenging state laws that deny Americans with disabilities the right to vote.

"…Arizona is one of 14 states that categorically bar people who are under guardianship or are judged to be mentally "incompetent" or "incapacitated" from voting, according to the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law. Although all but 11 states have disability-related voting restrictions, laws that impose uniform bans on people who are under guardianship or judged to be incompetent disproportionately target adults with disabilities or mental illness, including veterans with traumatic brain injury, seniors with dementia, and people with autism.

And yet I never hear ableism being brought up in conversations about voter suppression. Funny how that works.

rollingstone:

6 studies that show everything republicans believe is wrong.
Morality: Getting “ought” from “is”

divineirony:

Apologists like William Lane Craig will argue that you can not derive and ought from an is. That is a catchy way to say that just because things are a certain way, that doesn’t mean you ought act in any particular way. They say that god can be the only objective judge of what we ought to or ought not to do. Otherwise, they say, it becomes purely a matter of arbitrary opinion. As if it’s not arbitrary if it’s God’s opinion.

There are a couple of fatal flaws in this reasoning:

First, since god doesn’t actually talk to us and since the holy books are entirely understood through subjective human interpretation, this idea does nothing but simply invoke an unseen authority to support those “arbitrary” opinions that the faithful are so worried about.

If you believe that God demands that you terrorize infidels or homosexuals (for instance) as a moral imperative, while another person believes that God’s law is to love your fellow man no matter what, which one represents the objective moral standard that the faithful are so sure of? The scriptures have effectively been used to reach both conclusions. Compassionate believers find scriptures to support compassion and love while hateful believers find scriptures to support judgment and hate. The scriptures are nothing but a post hoc explanation to support values that originate from humans.

Secondly, the only thing that can offer an objective moral directive is the consideration of consequences. The path from “is” to “ought” is defined by “if”. This is just as true for religious morality as it is for the secular version.

Moral standard: don’t murder..
Religious: if you want to go to heaven/don’t want to go to hell
Secular: if you don’t want to live in a world where you or your loved ones are subject to murder, or don’t want to be branded a murderer and ostracized from society.

For the faithful, the “if” simply comes down to consequences in the afterlife. For the secular, the “if” comes down to consequences hear and now. It’s just that the former is disconnected from the consequence of actual human and societal well being and the latter is based on it.

Some argue that their moral imperatives come down to societal consequences as well. For instance, they will argue that homosexuality is forbidden by their God because it is bad for society. Well, in that case there must be evidence for this harm, and if there is what need do we have for god? Since there is no evidence for harm done to society by equal rights for gay people, secular moral world views tend to not see any problem with it. But since some people find it plain icky for two men to have sex, they use god has a post hoc explanation as to why it’s immoral and why they’re justified in there bigotry.

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to pardon “hundreds, perhaps thousands” of federal drug inmates before leaving office. That number might not seem so big. But it’s historic in executive terms. In fact, reports indicate that the potential number will be well above the norm for an outgoing president and may even approach levels not seen since President Gerald Ford gave mass clemency to draft dodgers after the Vietnam War.

After several centuries of brutal anti-black racism and structural white privilege, apparently 50 years of modest civil rights progress was too unbearable for many “aggrieved” white people. Gutting the Voting Rights Act, weakening Affirmative Action and the proliferation of Stand Your Ground laws are each part of an unmistakable conservative effort to return all of America to a pre-civil rights, antebellum confederacy where “states rights,” judicial nullification and Jim Crow etiquette are the norm. Again.

liberalsarecool:

Never underestimate the brutality of privilege and the constant need to be be advantaged by conservative white Americans.

But the Bundy situation carries with it a number of additional ironies. First of all, there is the fact that Bundy is refusing to acknowledge the existence (not even just the authority, but the very existence!) of the Federal government while grazing his cattle on Federal land. Then there is the fact that Bundy and his allies rallied scores of armed right wing extremists to their cause by publicizing the use of non-lethal tasers by the Bureau of Land Management agents seeking to enforce a court order requiring Bundy to pay the $1 million he owes the government in fees (it’s worth noting, by the way, that he refuses to acknowledge the existence of the very government whose money he refuses to pay them; it’s not the legal tender of Nevada that he refuses to part with, but American dollars, backed by the full faith and credit of, not Nevada, but the United States of America).

But the greatest irony of all has been the way in which Bundy and his allies, armed to the teeth as they are, have invoked the legacy of the Indian independence movement and the American Civil Rights movement in their confrontation. They have repeatedly made appeals to the traditions of civil disobedience pioneered by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, despite the fact that these movements were always, self-consciously and explicitly, nonviolent. Yet the rhetoric of Bundy and his followers have made quite clear that they have no interest in remaining nonviolent in the face of the possibility of arrest, or other attempts by the BLM to enforce their court order.

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.
We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.
For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/


reblogging again because this shit MATTERS, and what that &#8216;parent&#8217; did is not merely child abuse, it&#8217;s also a violent hate-crime against the disabled.

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)

I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.

We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.

For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

reblogging again because this shit MATTERS, and what that ‘parent’ did is not merely child abuse, it’s also a violent hate-crime against the disabled.

You find yourself in a group of people standing next to a cliff.

Suddenly, someone pushes another person, sending them over the edge. Thankfully, the victim is able to hold on to the edge rather than fall to their death, but nobody makes a move to help them or stop the perpetrator. Everyone, including yourself, simply stands there watching.

Angry that they’ve been pushed, angry that nobody is helping them as they struggle not to fall, the victim screams, ‘Is anybody going to fucking help me??’

That gets everyone’s attention. ‘Why are you mad at me?’ one person asks. ‘I didn’t push you.’

'Nobody is going to want to help you with an attitude like that.'

'You're just as bad as him.'

Nobody makes a move to help.

The victim screams in frustration, their fingers slipping. ‘You’ve got to be fucking joking!’ they shout as they lose their grip.

'You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.' You say as you walk away.

Welcome to the anti-sj/’real justice’ movement.

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some of the anti sj will step on that person’s fingers too because they think they’re being “too harsh”

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