An ex-boyfriend of mine committed suicide a few months ago, and today his sister posted this article, cautioning people to be careful with marijuana.
While I support the legalization of marijuana, I think she’s right to remind people to keep perspective. People have different reactions to different drugs, it’s never one size fits all. And there’s still a lot we don’t know about it. Same goes for LSD or MDMA.
While I think all of these drugs can be extremely beneficial for some people in some situations, it’s important to remember that there is very little scientific research on the safety or the harm of any of these drugs.
I wish people made it more of a priority, because mental health is a serious problem in this country, and it won’t get better if we ignore it and treat it like a character flaw.
"Quick story. So, we live in New York City; a liberal bastion. Recently, we sent a correspondent and a producer to a building in this liberal bastion, where we were going to tape an interview. The producer, white, dressed in what can only be described as homeless elf attire and a pretty strong five-o’clock-from-the-previous-week shadow, strode confidently into the building, preceding our humble correspondent, a gentleman of color, dressed resplendently in a tailored suit. Who do you think was stopped? Let me give you a hint: the black guy. And that shit happens all the time. All of it. Race is there and it is a constant. You’re tired of hearing about it? Imagine how fucking exhausting it is living it."
Jon Stewart (The Daily Show 8/26)
Nice evening to grill out 10lbs of meat and nothing else #boyfood #grilling #steaks (at Experiment HQ)
If you’re protesting abortion, the Supreme Court says you can get right in women’s faces and scream at them on their way into the clinic. Because freedom of speech.
But if you try and protest the murder of a black man, you get tear gas fired at you.
In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were. Jennifer Coates says: “It seems that fathers try to control conversation more than mothers… and both parents try to control conversation more with daughters than with sons. The implicit message to girls is that they are more interruptible and that their right to speak is less than that of boys.”
Girls and boys’ differing understanding of when to talk, when to be quiet, what is polite and so on, has a visible impact on the dynamics of the classroom. Just as men dominate the floor in business meetings, academic conferences and so on, so little boys dominate in the classroom - and little girls let them."
Had so much fun seeing all my college friends and celebrating Steph and Kipp’s wedding this weekend in ATL. (Go heels!) #tarheel #wedding #meettheramseys
Beneficial Bug of the Day: American Burying Beetle: Nicrophorus americanus
This is one of my favorite beetles. It is a fascinating animal for many reasons. These beetles not only are one of a few insects to engage in parental care, they are even more remarkable as both parents work together to care for their young.
The adults have a highly sensitive sense of smell which they use to find small dead animals, most often rodents. They then bury the dead carcass underground. They then chew the rodent into a meatball, and lay their eggs onto it. Once their larvae hatch, they protect them, and even feed the young chewed up bits of the carrion…much like that of bird parents! Their rather gross habits rid the environment of disease carrying dead rodents. They also decrease fly populations, as many of the adult beetles carry phoretic mites on their bodies which will eat any fly eggs that the dead rodents may contain.
This particular species is endangered. Habitat destruction and an increase in competition from increased population of scavengers (coyotes, raccoons, etc have increased lately due to their generalist lifestyle. A decrease in apex predators, such as mountain lions and wolves, also led to an increase in mesopredators). The beetle is Federally protected, and many breeding programs are in place to help their conservation effort.
How to journalist, Step 1: Drive to the middle of nowhere, California to meet a couple of transhumanist scientists conducting experiments on themselves in a tiny garage. Step 2: Pray they’re not the murder-y type. Step 3: When they offer to implant you with a tiny magnet because, “Why be human when you can be superhuman?”, say yes #transhumanism #journalism #science #experiment #biohacking
That second to last panel is chilling.
meanwhile the police fill the block with tear gas. who’s protecting and serving here
This is really important
imma be reblogging this every time I see it
Smartest startup in Silicon Valley #robotdanceparty #robots #dolorespark (at Dolores Park)