She lost her chance to say whatever she wanted to say. I classified that email as spam and deleted it, permanently. There’s no way in hell that I will let anything ruin what I have with my awesome girlfriend.

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mammothprincess:

yokohelllno:

colby-wrong:

You can’t teach the bad out of bad people…

This is dumb

It’s not that fucking complicated. You shouldn’t fucking rape people. All of that is irrelevant. Yeah, teach children not to play with fire because it’s dangerous and also YOU CANNOT TEACH FIRE. However, you can teach people to not violate other people sexually. You can teach people to respect others’ boundaries when it comes to sex. We shouldn’t have to teach people to protect themselves against rape when people shouldn’t fucking rape to begin with.

To be fair a few of the analogies were terrible, but how about this:

  • Don’t teach people to get security systems for their homes, teach thieves not to steal.
  • Don’t teach people to wear seat-belts, teach people to drive better.
  • Don’t teach kids not to walk by themselves with strangers, teach pedophiles not to prey on children.
  • Don’t teach people to protect themselves, teach murderers not to kill.

The point being that “teaching men not to rape” is stupid on multiple levels, the main level being that teaching men not to rape, which is already something that is embedded in (each word is a link) us from birth, is not going to stop rape from happening. Obviously, people don’t commit crimes because they didn’t know it was wrong before they did it. And, contrary to the popular beleif perpetuated by the rape culture hysteria, reported rapes are actually at a 20-year low.

Ask yourself this: When the fuck was the last time you saw a convicted rapist say: “I wouldn’t have raped her if I knew rape was wrong! It’s society’s fault, not mine!” I cringed typing every word of that quote because of the sheer amount stupidity in it, but this is the argument you are making when you say men should be “taught” not to rape. That (1.) men apparently didn’t know that the act was heinous before they did it, and (2.) that rape is a male-only crime.

Wow, I can’t believe people are actually AGAINST teaching individuals to NOT rape.

It’s the same as, “teaching people not to get killed instead of teaching people not to kill.”

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It’s funny.
This song started to play, as I was writing my email that I never sent.

They’re even talking about it on CNBC.
It’s just a matter of time.

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This product has saved me so many trips to the chiropractor. It is a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit. By sending electrical pulses through the nerves, it blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. I highly recommend it for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.

I typically use it before bed or when I’m laying around, reading or watching tv. I even used it, while driving, the other day and it worked great.

This product has saved me so many trips to the chiropractor. It is a Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit. By sending electrical pulses through the nerves, it blocks pain signals from reaching the brain. I highly recommend it for anyone who suffers from chronic pain.

I typically use it before bed or when I’m laying around, reading or watching tv. I even used it, while driving, the other day and it worked great.

s00tball:

I just died.


I would love to have a cat that does this.

s00tball:

I just died.

I would love to have a cat that does this.

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journeytoenglisheducation:

brains-and-bodies:

fuckyeah-nerdery:

discodick:

mindblowingscience:

pickledpennies:

m00nchaser:

If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice

References:

Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

This commentary is SO important. Succinct and with proper sourcing; beautiful.

It infuriates me when people blame GMO for everything without actually examining the evidence.

Fucker, did you just compile and post a summarised university research paper in your leisure time? Fuck you. *flips table in frustration of assignment writing inadequacies* 

GODDAMN THEY EVEN PROVIDED REFERENCES.

Providing references should be mandatory. Go Alice!

*Snifs* This… is the most… BEAUTIFUL… post I have… ever… seen on Tumblr! The references! The beautiful references!

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And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
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phillypu:

Sometimes you just have to recharge.image

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It’s not that I don’t want to be with friends and chill. I love doing that! But sometimes I just need to have some alone time too!

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lejacquelope:

piecesoflogic:

assdownloader:

mystique-bishh:

litlte:

This is so stupid and disrespectful

Honestly for all those people who say “F the troops” and all that BS about people who fight for this country and keep people safe really need to leave. If your an american and feel that strongly about it, then why are you on this country? If everywhere is supposedly better than here then why won’t you leave? Considering you’re old enough to know what’s really going on you’re clearly old enough to pack up your stuff and move.

what universe are you living in where the military is keeping you safe lol

who is attacking you

who is threatening you

please enlighten us

They’re fighting for our “freedom”. Duh. Dude, didn’t you know that. Without our freedom fighters, where would we be?

American troops, fighting for ‘MURRICA, dammit!!!!

Would you like some freedom fries with that?

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so-personal:

everything personal♡

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