Researchers in the university’s law school put the lethal use-of-force policies of police in the 20 largest US cities under the microscope. They foundnot a single police department was operating under guidelines that are compliant with the minimum standards laid out under international human rights laws.
Among the failings identified by the law scholars, some police forces violate the requirement that lethal force should only be wielded when facing an immediate threat and as a last resort. Some departments allow deadly responses in cases of “escaping suspects”, “fugitives”, or “prevention of crime” – all scenarios that would be deemed to fall well outside the boundaries set by international law.
This tumblr meme got postedin a bug group today and I had fun explaining the actual biology going on so I’m just gonna paste it here too!!
Believe it or not, that venom actually did evolve for hunting little tiny prey. A rat can blind or maim even a larger snake in the blink of an eye if it bites the right spot. A mouse needs to only chomp a single gash into a larger spider and the spider is doomed. Tiny fish and shrimp can tear through the soft body of a box jelly or swim away so hard they take a tentacle with them!
Worse, if prey is pumped full of venom and still escapes, the predator loses a ton of energy it took to make that venom. Even if it didn’t get hurt in the scuffle it is instantly weaker and hungrier, and many venom-reliant predators starve to death this way.
And STILL worse: odds are just as likely the creature they come across when they’re hungry is *another venomous predator.* What’s a scorpion encounter most often in a desert? Other scorpions, tarantulas, centipedes and snakes.
That’s actually scarier than the herd of elephants. That’s like if you had literally nothing to eat but extremely large, furiously angry badgers, and you got to pick any kind of gun to hunt them with, but you had to actually make the ammunition from scratch, I mean you gotta actually forge the ore into the bullets or something. The smart thing to do is pick a weapon that seems like total overkill, so even though it’s harder to make, a single hit GUARANTEES a meal while you craft the next bullet. Don’t ask why you’re alone in an apocalyptic wasteland with nothing but badgers, ore and a forge, but now you know how the funnelweb spider has to live.
Also, evolution is kind of working blind. It isn’t guided. Some ancient animal’s mutated saliva gland got an attitude. A chunk of DNA got fragmented beyond all hope and was reconstructed in a new sequence. A retrovirus ripped through the population and added in something weird. This is how these things happen. The animals don’t get to pick and choose.
The single greatest and most fascinating “futurist” architecture movement in the world right now is happening in Bolivia, where national prosperity and a dedication to works for the poor and public housing led to an explosion of colorful styles inspired by Aymara Indian art. There should be more articles about this, the interiors are just as amazing. Incidentally, most of these buildings are not for the rich or in trendy neighborhoods, but are public housing. I’ve heard this style referred to as “Neo-Andean” but like most currently thriving styles it doesn’t have a universally agreed on name yet.
you've given great advise in the past about writers' block, but what do you do if you can't read anymore. I can't bring my self to open any book. I'm a writer and now I can't even bring my self to read because I have this weird block now that the world is upside down and I just can't relax enough to read. I need escape desperatly and i just feel like I can't open a book and pay attention to it. I don't it feel like I'm the only person this ever happened to.
When this happened to me last year, I found books I knew I loved, and read them. It was like going to a familiar, safe place.
If you are someone who likes to watch a lot of cop shows, I want you to ask yourself a few questions.
Why do all TV cops, even the good ones, hate Internal Affairs? Isn’t the job of Internal Affairs to root out the “bad cops”? Isn’t their job to make sure police follow the rules? Why is that presented as inherently evil or antagonistic?
Why do all TV cops, even the good ones, hate defense attorneys? Isn’t the defense attorney’s job to protect the rights of all citizens? Isn’t it their job to make sure police follow the law? Isn’t it their job to make sure everyone is treated fairly under the system? Why is that presented as inherently evil or antagonistic?
Why do all TV cops, even the good ones, get upset when citizens invoke their constitutional rights? Don’t those rights exist to ensure all citizens are treated fairly? Don’t they exist to ensure innocent people are not wrongfully incriminated? Why are citizens who invoke their rights presented as dishonest, untrustworthy, or antagonistic?
To be clear, I’ve watched Brooklyn 99 and enjoyed it. I was watching Elementary the other day. But even when I watch shows I like, I make a mental note every time a cop lies, breaks the law, subverts someone’s basic rights, or just generally acts like an asshole to the people the are meant to serve and protect.
How often are they called out on their behavior? How often are they punished for it? How often is it reinforced as correct by the narrative?
When I tell people to be critical of the media they consume that is what I mean. Not simply calling it terrible and moving on, but actually engaging thoughtfully, asking questions, and forming conclusions about what that media is trying to say to you. Then decide whether you want to keep listening, or if it will be better for you in the long run to move on.
Why do only the guilty people ever invoke their right to an attorney? I would invoke my right to an attorney.
Why are protections of innocent people’s rights only ever framed as “slowing the police down” and preventing them from really catching the bad guy? Why is it that every time an officer has an instinct to break the rules, they’re narratively vindicated?
It’s the same question as “but WHY do her superpowers require her to show so much skin?” A writer put that there.
That does NOT mean that it’s ONLY effective for six months, that does NOT mean that vaccination is futile because we’re going to need another totally new vaccine every six months forever.
The study shows that the vaccine is up to 91.3% effective against coronavirus at six months since vaccination.
FOR COMPARISON, the annual flu vaccine is anywhere from 40-70% effective against the influenza virus, and at six months it is no longer effective at all.
Over 90% effective at 6 months is extremely good, please tell the alarmist assholes in your life not to panic.
Also, folks, if it turns out that we DO need regular boosters of this vaccine then it’s going to become a pretty boring, standard, normal annual rollout, not this absolute chaotic clusterfuck of a mess.
There was no supply chain for this kind of vaccine. This kind of vaccine didn’t exist. There’s a huge difference between needing to newly develop manufacture something and ship it out to billions of people all at the same time and pushing out an update, to use an overly simple analogy.
If boosters ARE needed we won’t have to build a whole new supply chain from scratch. They won’t have to go through human trials. A lot of the places that are now realizing that they needed to reinvest in vaccination infrastructure that had fallen by the wayside won’t have to completely rebuild that in three years because they’ll have just gotten it up and running.
Like. Think about how most people in the US got masks at the beginning of the pandemic. There were tutorials going around and dollar stores rebranding headbands as masks and people were wearing dust filters and construction masks and there were delays on ordering and then we just slowly got to the point that stores had enough masks. And if the pandemic went away tomorrow and we forgot about the masks for a year, and then a NEW pandemic started, we’d know how to get masks. Masks are part of the supply chain now. They’re never going to go away as fully as before and it’s not like people are going to throw away all their unused masks and stores now know where to order them from to stock inventory and there are whole new companies out there making them.
Remember how at the start of the pandemic veterinary offices were donating their surgical masks to hospitals and home sewers were donating masks to anyone who needed one? That’s where we’re currently at with the vaccine. That’s why it’s a clusterfuck and a mess. It requires a HUGE amount of effort and infrastructure to just suddenly start making vaccines that require ultra cold storage and shipping them out to get used. And by next year shit will be easier for a lot of places. It’ll be like buying a mask or hand sanitizer now instead of buying a mask or a hand sanitizer in March/April 2020.
My favorite part of it all is that it makes “Neopets violated the Geneva Conventions in the early 2000s” a completely true sentence.
This is such an indictment of the red cross, dont you have first aid to do and shelters to make? You really threatening litigation over whats essentially just copyright infringement red cross?
I mean, they’re not trying to be dicks specifically. XD
Imagine yourself needing medical help, you can barely see what’s in front of you and manage to stagger towards what you think is a hospital only to find out it’s an ad for a video game.
Like, we get to play games with Lord Xyzzyquozotilganondorf and Planet Qyifhvuhgihbfusohjauoi and the continent of Vygwybfiqhikasplat and see some dude with a dozen arms waving hello to us, but they can’t manage to come up with anything more unique and original than a red cross?
vetinari’s whole “if vimes didn’t exist you’d have to invent him”/“you know i think i rather did” is so funny post night watch cause like. im sorry who invented whom??? who invented whom havelock????
At that point he didn’t know about Keel, though. At the point he first (knowingly) met Vimes, or read a file on him, Vimes was too jaded and usually too drunk to really be Vimes, and to Vetinari he was just another watchman who didn’t live up to the ideal he’d fallen in love with.
Come to think of it when he first met him Vimes was probably a sergeant, about to be promoted. You think Vetinari in those days could ever look at a watch uniform with three stripes and not remember “he’s just a sergeant, madam” and the time he first saw a genius at work? He was probably too cynical himself by then to really hate this new captain for not being John Keel, but do you think he planned to let the Watch wither away completely right from the start? Or did that decision come after he’d seen the Watch and seen all the corruption and no John Keel, and given up? Actually, did he comb through all their files when he took power? Did he look at Vimes, Samuel and see which watch house he was at and when, and hope he’d learned something? Did he watch him from a rooftop on a bad day and decide he hadn’t and hate him for it? Maybe.
It took Carrot and a dragon to galvanise Vimes into really being his best self for the first time in years. (It took Sybil believing in him and deserving his sobriety to keep him that way.) Carrot may have suggested the revival of the Watch, but Vetinari had to agree, and it was the thought of Vimes that decided him. Because at that point he could see Vimes’s potential, but the captain of the Night Watch didn’t have the amount of influence and responsibility… Captain Vimes wasn’t the same as Commander Vimes, at least not in a big-picture sense.
Vetinari did, in a literal sense, make Vimes into Commander Vimes, but he’s also thinking ahead in that conversation. ‘Duke of Ankh’ and ‘Ambassador’ may not have been written in on his five year plan, but the thought was there. And at that point Vetinari knew who he wanted Vimes to become. He knew what he was trying to steer him into becoming.
He probably thought he was doing a fucking incredible job as well. Like, it was downright uncanny how well this was going. Keel must have laid the groundwork, but damn Havelock you are nailing this! It’s like watching your dream Watchman evolving right… before… your eyes… oh. Oh.
What I’m saying is after their conversation in the graveyard Vimes went home to Sybil and the baby, and Vetinari went home to have an existential crisis via a very long clacks to Margolotta, while crying into a pint of icecream.
Like, how often does you long-dead crush come back when you’re finally the same age as him, only it turns out he’s your personal nemesis/favourite protege and he’s married to your best friend? Margolotta’s reply just reads “that’s rough buddy”.
I know everyone’s making jokes about it but also as a british citizen it is just so Fucking weird to see how the country stops when a royal dies. this man was almost a hundred years old. the news story begins and ends at ‘very elderly man dies after being ill for a long time’. and yet it’s EVERYWHERE. as if it was remotely unexpected. as if it actually affects the people in this country. every kind of broadcasting stops in its tracks and talks about this and only this, on and on, tributes, memorials, the same things again and again. when all that’s happened is an old man has died. and people consider it disrespectful if you’re not interested in it - disrespectful, to not grieve for a complete stranger! to treat his death with the exact level of engagement you would any other person you didn’t know!
it just kind of feels like a wake-up moment to how fucking backwards this country is. you realise that every single media outlet has been feeding you the idea that these people are more important and monumental than anyone else. you realise they’ve been pushing that on you for your whole life. in the year of 2021 we are still their subjects and we are still expected to care about the royals as though they have a single fucking thing to do with us
Jeremy Corbyn is the ex leader of the Labour Party, in case you thought he tweeted something rude about Prince Philip, he didn’t. This was the tweet in question:
Its simply not about Prince Philip. And it was posted after the news had broken, and that is the reason for said backlash. It has been reported in multiple national news papers that Jeremy Corbyn tweeted about something else after the Prince was already dead.
We have now entered into our 8 day mourning period, and the government will soon offer guidance as to how public bodies should proceed. Yes you heard that correctly we all need governmental guidance for dealing with the death of a 99 year old most have never met. The standard rules involve local governments ceasing operation during this time.
It is absolutely everywhere, every single radio station, news report, newspaper, magazine, television show HAS to be talking about it 24/7 right now. Went to watch BBC iplayer last night and every recommendation is about Prince Philip.
I feel like a broken record but I really cannot stress this enough, he was 99. You don’t even need to have any negative sentiments towards the royals to realise this is not actually a particularly dramatic or tragic occasion. And yet it brings the whole country to a ridiculous standstill.
In Ireland, non-binary people are not recognised by law.
In Ireland, the waiting list to be seen by the ONLY GENDER CLINIC in the entire country is currently 3 years.
In Ireland, you are required to be diagnosed by two separate professionals before you are sent to do a 3 hour interview detailing your childhood, relationship and sexual history, disclose any forms of abuse suffered, and be asked about your masturbating habits just to be believed. Some times they will require you have your parents (even when you are an adult) confirm or deny what you say before they will consider you for treatment.
In Ireland, there are no surgeons who will perform top or bottom surgery for any non-cis person - despite the fact that we have many mastectomy surgeons on the island.
In Ireland, if you receive treatment abroad then you will be refused aftercare here if you suffer any complications even though if you were a cis person who has treatment abroad, they will provide aftercare.
1. Doctor finds anecdotal evidence that people are passing kidney stones after riding on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Disney World
2. Doctor makes 3-D model of kidney, complete with stones and urine (his own), takes it on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 60 times
3. “The stones passed 63.89 percent of the time while the kidneys were in the back of the car. When they were in the front, the passage rate was only 16.67 percent. That’s based on only 60 rides on a single coaster, and Wartinger guards his excitement in the journal article: ‘Preliminary study findings support the anecdotal evidence that a ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stones.’”
4. “Some rides are going to be more advantageous for some patients than other rides. So I wouldn’t say that the only ride that helps you pass stones is Big Thunder Mountain. That’s grossly inaccurate.”
5. “His advice for now: If you know you have a stone that’s smaller than five millimeters, riding a series of roller coasters could help you pass that stone before it gets to an obstructive size and either causes debilitating colic or requires a $10,000 procedure to try and break it up. And even once a stone is broken up using shock waves, tiny fragments and “dust” remain that need to be passed. The coaster could help with that, too.”
SCIENCE: IT WORKS
“In all, we used 174 kidney stones of varying shapes, sizes and weights to see if each model worked on the same ride and on two other roller coasters,” Wartinger said. “Big Thunder Mountain was the only one that worked. We tried Space Mountain and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and both failed.”Wartinger went on to explain that these other rides are too fast and too violent with a G-force that pins the stone into the kidney and doesn’t allow it to pass.“The ideal coaster is rough and quick with some twists and turns, but no upside down or inverted movements,” he said.
I just love this because it’s HILARIOUS and yet also a perfect archetypal example of The Scientific Method:
6. GOTO 1 (the scientific method is iterative, don’t forget that part)
was this like… done in cooperation with disney management or did some random scientist go through bag check with a 3d printed kidney and a bottle of piss and start looking for big thunder mountain fastpasses
Of course, the researchers had to get permission from Disney World before bringing the model kidney onto the rides. “It was a little bit of luck,” Wartinger recalls. “We went to guest services, and we didn’t want them to wonder what was going on—two adult men riding the same ride again and again, carrying a backpack. We told them what our intent was, and it turned out that the manager that day was a guy who recently had a kidney stone. He called the ride manager and said, do whatever you can to help these guys, they’re trying to help people with kidney stones.”
that is beautiful.
I’m not reading this that closely but once I read “model kidney” this made so much more sense
Ugh that post has gotten me thinking about fat acceptance in a way I haven’t in years. I’ve read more studies about weight and health than probably any other topic I’ve ever researched. And every time I see someone wail about health I am just like
Did you know that in post-mortem examinations there is zero correlation between weight and levels of arteriosclerosis and related diseases found?
Did you know that people with an overweight BMI have the longest life expectancy, that those with an “ideal” and an “obese” have about the same life expectancy, and that being “underweight” raises mortality rates more than being “morbidly obese”?
Did you know that losing weight and then gaining it back is worse for your heart than remaining at the weight you started consistently?
Did you know that 95% of people who lose weight do gain it back, and there has never been a single documented weight loss program that has been demonstrated to keep the weight off for five years or more in the majority or even a significant minority of people? Like, telling people to lose weight isn’t much use if we don’t know HOW to make that happen.
Like I have read The Obesity Myth by Paul Campos and Rethinking Thin by Gina Kolata and Big Fat Lies by Glenn A Gaesser (Ph.D!) And Fat!So? and several other books that I don’t own and so don’t remember all of their names I spent like four years reading every single study coming out and looking at the methodology and noting which ones had huge holes or terrible methods and which didn’t (the holes were almost always in the pro-weight-loss studies) and like
Big Fat Lies has 27 pages of bibliography. 27 pages worth of scientific citation. The book content itself is only 197 pages. That’s a page of references for every 7 pages of book. Reading the book is just reference after reference and study after study. Most of these doctors (like Linda Bacon, author of Health at Every Size) started out the same way. They wanted to use the scientific method to find a real weight loss program or health solution that worked and could be proven to work, and so studied everything they could about weight and fitness only to find out that we didn’t need weight loss in the first place. That all the studies calling for it were lacking or nonexistent. That weight and underlying metabolic health have very little relation. That the history of our relationship with health and obesity has little basis in fact and a LOT of basis in capitalism, politics, and fashion. No, really, the association between weight and health was first proposed by insurance companies looking for ways to charge people more by claiming risk. They also charged tall and short people more. And people with different skin colors. When they got in trouble for charging people for things they had no control over and had no bearing on their health, they set out to prove that weight was controllable and that fat was unhealthy to make money.
These are also a lot of the same people who went on to invent the President’s fitness program, so if you went to public school you probably already hate them.
Anyway, if you want a place to start reading about the issue, this article is a pretty good launching pad.
This casual rant is like a primer on weight science. Amazing. I second their book recommendations, and would add to the list Body Respect by Drs Bacon & Aphramor, Body of Truth by journalist Harriet Brown, and What’s Wrong with Fat? by UCLA professor of sociology Abigail Saguy.
man I remember that time I reblogged an anti-fatphobia post and lost a follower and reader who took the time to come into my DMs and rant about how betrayed he felt that I, who he had trusted and respected, would dare to signal boost content that made people feel like it was okay to be fat. how dare I
It delves into most of the points raised by the OP and takes it one step further by investigating how many health issues attributed to obesity are, in fact, often byproducts of the stress of being fat and not the weight itself. While this commonly includes conditions like depression, anxiety, and disordered eating, it can also translate to heart problems as a result of the body producing more of the stress hormone cortisol, which can increase blood cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure–all common risk factors for heart disease. Cortisol can also promote buildup or plaque in the arteries. Some studies have started to look at the life expectancy of those who are stigmatized and bullied for being fat vs. those who aren’t. Spoiler alert: people who are tortured and traumatized for their weight don’t live longer.
And none of this even scratches the surface of medical bias and the subpar treatment many fat folks face when seeking medical advice for something completely unrelated to diet or nutrition.
If people focused less on stigmatizing fat folks and wailing about health while also upholding systemic barriers that prevent fat folks from being able to participate in fitness activities in the same way as their thinner counterparts, a greater number of people might find an active lifestyle more accessible to them, thus promoting better exercise habits and overall strength and fitness. Many, many people, including those medically considered “overweight” or “obese,” enjoy being active–whatever that might look like on an individual level–and participating in activities such as organized sports, but avoid doing so because of fear of ridicule or stigma, or various barriers that are systematically placed in their way.
For instance: do you know how impossible it is to pursue a hobby in long-distance cycling while fat? How about kayaking? Surfing? Or equestrian? If you think any of the clothing or equipment necessary for these sports–such as cycling jerseys or one-piece suits, wetsuits, actual kayaks, or breeches–are easily accessible to people over a US women’s size 10/12, think again. And that is to say nothing about how fat folks can be ostracized or bullied for even trying to participate in fitness activities, even ones as basic as going for a jog or hitting the gym.
While thinness isn’t an indicator of health or physical fitness, the same also holds true: fatness isn’t an indicator of lack of health or physical fitness. They aren’t mutually exclusive concepts, but fat people are often barred from fitness or active spaces without experiencing some form of alienation or barriers to their participation, whether social, economic, physical, or otherwise.
(And none of this is to say that anyone, especially fat people, owe others fitness or “good” health, because that is how we slide firmly into ableism.)
We don’t owe the world anything period. Fatness doesn’t preclude us from being able to enjoy the same happiness and acceptance as thin folks, and we sure as fuck shouldn’t have to participate in health or diet culture to “earn” respect or acknowledgement of our basic human rights.
I get the joke, and it’s pretty good, but the historian in me can’t take Marie Antoinette slander.
She was only 14 when she became queen. 14. She was widely hated because she, being a child, couldn’t immediately start birthing out heirs to the throne.
This festered into resentment from the noble class, who infamously framed her not only for massive spending of taxes on frivolous things like diamond necklaces (the most famous instance), but also of just general fraud to the country (she was a foreigner and they treated her like one). Like, don’t get me wrong, she definitely spent money. But it’s far less than the public made it out to be, and far less than even her fellow nobles.
On the off-chance she got to hire her own staff, she would hire somebody who was friendly to her (since literally everybody else hated her since day 1). But oh man that just whipped up the nobility even more, with cries of favoritism (as if their entire life wasn’t just that…)
Further, the bankruptcy of France can be far more attributed to her father-in-law, Louis XV. He obliterated France’s economy trying to wage a war with all of Europe. But, women usually get far more blame when things go wrong than men. Women do be spending money, am I right fellas. Hillary’s e-mails.
She was young, female, and a foreigner – who the other nobility hated, and so they largely blamed all of their country’s grievances on her (moreso than even her husband, who was actually in charge of all that stuff). I mean, they killed him, too, but the woman is the one who gets blamed.
Anyway, she watched 2 of her children die (from illness, not from the guillotine, at least), before she got the guillotine a year later.
She accidentally stepped on the executioner’s foot, and her last words were, “I’m sorry, sir. I didn’t do it on purpose.”
And all of that is no better summarized by the fact that this meme is a play on “Let them eat cake,” which she never said. That too, was wrongly attributed to her. When he wrote that, Jean-Jacques Rousseau was writing about the person who actually bankrupted France, her predecessor.
got my covid shot a few days ago, forgot to post about it.
I haven’t exploded or turned into a zombie or a government supersoldier so it’s probably safe.
I did not personally experience any side effects other than a sore arm for a few days, tho I did see 2 people pass out in the 20 minutes I was there. Like “my best friend is now the floor” passed out, so be prepared for possible side effects.
The folks at whatever place you get your shot will be prepared for this and will be on hand to monitor, observe, and assist you.
PLEASE get your vaccine. You may be able to sign up early even if you are not in the group that is currently being treated in your area. The system or worker will slot you into the appropriate spot.