I love the very fine line conservatives must walk between “government is the enemy” and “how fucking dare you challenge the authority of the police or the military”
Adding to that, “government is the enemy” but “marriages must be defined by the government as between a man and a woman”
I didn’t know we figured out an exact form of measurement for confidence. Where can I test my levels?
Have a history teacher explain this if they can.
Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846.
John F. Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946.Abraham Lincoln was elected President in 1860.
John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960.
Both were particularly concerned with civil rights.
Both wives lost a child while living in the White House.
Both Presidents were shot on a Friday.
Both Presidents were shot in the head.
Now it gets really weird.
Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
Kennedy’s Secretary was named Lincoln.
Both were assassinated by Southerners.
Both were succeeded by Southerners named Johnson.
Andrew Johnson, who succeeded Lincoln, was born in 1808.
Lyndon Johnson, who succeeded Kennedy, was born in 1908.
John Wilkes Booth, who assassinated Lincoln, was born in 1839.
Lee Harvey Oswald, who assassinated Kennedy, was born in 1939.
Both assassins were known by their three names.
Both names are composed of fifteen letters.
Now hang on to your seat.
Lincoln was shot at the theater named “Ford.”
Kennedy was shot in a car called “Lincoln” made by “Ford.”
Booth and Oswald were assassinated before their trials.
And here’s the “kicker”:
A week before Lincoln was shot, he was in Monroe, Maryland.
A week before Kennedy was shot, he was with Marilyn Monroe.AND……………….:
Lincoln was shot in a theater and the assassin ran to a warehouse…
Kennedy was shot from a warehouse and the assassin ran to a theater…
I saw this had to share just in case anyone did not know.
WAIT WHAT IS HAPPENING.
THIS IS NOT TRUE. I REALLY, REALLY PROMISE IT’S NOT. READ THIS.
Always fact check.
They don’t, and that’s not an opinion, that’s a fact.
The dude who promoted that shitty claim has since lost his medical accreditation. Since then not a single study has found any correlation between vaccines and higher autism rates.
OK, everyone keeps talking about Dr Wakefield losing his medical accreditation (that is, he was struck off the register in the UK which is the equivalent to losing your license in the US - it is illegal for him to practice medicine in the United Kingdom now), but they don’t really go into detail about why. The Wikipedia article has an enormous wealth of knowledge and I would recommend reading it to get a proper overview, but here’s the TL;DR:
Andrew Wakefield (and colleagues) took 12 autistic children, 8 of whom presented with “behavioural symptoms” after being given the MMR vaccination, the onset of these symptoms reportedly occurring within 2 weeks of the vaccination.
Now, already a scientist reading this is probably scoffing at the statistical irrelevance of such a study - but note that Wakefield fully admitted that no link had been proven. He simply wished to use the study to block the triple vaccine until further research could be conducted - sounds pretty noble, right?
But the issue is his motivation. He wanted to give his patients three separate single-virus injections over the course of three years, instead of administering a single triple-virus injection in one shot. He manufactured his “research” in order to stir up controversy surrounding the triple shot virus, so that it would be blocked and he could go back to what he was familiar with (which was by this point deprecated due to obsolescence).
A bias of this magnitude was enough for his hospital to ask him to leave, which he said was because his results were “unpopular”, but the fact of the matter was that there was an undeclared conflict of interest in the results.
So far, we’ve got some guy who’s trying to push an agenda and is being a bit of a dick about it, and lost his job over it. Pretty bad, but not exactly the next Stalin. It gets worse.
The 12 kids from the study were subjected to invasive medical procedures - a colonoscopy and a lumbar puncture (the latter of which is an excruciatingly painful injection into the spine with an enormous needle, as anybody who’s watched House will tell you) each.
It gets worse.
He was in the process of applying for a patent for the single-virus Measles injection before his campaign against the MMR injection began.
He unsuccessfully sued for libel when Channel 4 brought this all to light, along with allegations of a third-party paying Wakefield over £400,000 to build a case against the MMR vaccine, which may or may not also be true.
Nobody has been able to reproduce his results in the 16 years since all this began.
Many people have conducted much larger studies and found no link whatsoever between autism and the MMR vaccination.
The stupidest thing about the entire debacle is that Wakefield was fucking pro-vax and probably still is to this day. He just wanted people to use his (patented) vaccine instead of the MMR triple vaccine which was vastly superior, so he invented a problem with the MMR vaccine in order to put people off it, inadvertently putting people off not just the MMR vaccine but also other vaccines that are entirely unrelated to the MMR vaccine. There’s a sort of sad irony in that, I think.
Yep, all of this. In case any of you were interested on what exactly went down in the Wakefield case…. this is the whole shitty package.
There it is. And now children (and adults) are DYING because of this bastard’s greed and recklessness.
I struggle to find words to convey the badness of both the situation and the man. Truly it’s an awful thing when a medical professional goes rogue.
Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange Photo: Ted.com
It’s important to adapt business models developed elsewhere to the context of the African market, says Eleni Gabre-Madhin, founder and former CEO of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange, in an interview in HowWeMadeItInAfrica.
The success of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange (ECX) resulted in several awards for Gabre-Madhin, and she is considered one of Africa’s most respected business leaders, the report said.
“It’s critical to find the African solution to the businesses that we build,” Gabre-Madhin said.
She illustrated this point with an anecdote she remembered from several years back when software was being developed for the ECX’s electronic system. While delivering coffee to a warehouse outside Addis Ababa, a supplier was asked for a number of details needed for the ECX system to accept the commodity. One of these requirements was the licence of the vehicle that brought the commodity to the warehouse.
The supplier said he did not have a vehicle licence number and since the clerk could not override the system without it, an argument started. Turns out the supplier had brought his coffee to the warehouse using donkeys.
“So we have built an electronic system but the reality is that people are still using donkeys to transfer a commodity to our market,” Gabre-Madhin said.“We (had to) go back to the drawing board.”
Gabre-Madhin said there are many similar examples that highlight the constant tension between global standards of systems and processes and the reality of the people “that we are working for and with.”
“And I think all of this actually leads to not only understanding the context, but innovating the right solution and tailoring that solution with all the global knowledge that foreign investors may bring,” she said.
“At the end of the day it’s an African company, it’s an African business that’s been built, and it’s going to be employing African people so it has to be a solution tailored to the context, in recognition of all those challenges and constraints… and equally the size and dimensions of the opportunities that are available.”
Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin is co-founder and CEO of eleni LLC, a new company that is incubating and supporting the formation of commodity exchanges across Africa.
"The 28-year-old American boss of a Bitcoin exchange has been found dead at the base of a Singapore apartment block, police and reports said Thursday, in the latest misfortune linked with the troubled virtual currency."
From Raw Story
The Broken Window Fallacy explained simply.
“Gender Bias in College Admissions Tests”, FairTest.org
And then people urge me everything is fine, of course it is, when you’re ignoring statistics that is.
Fun fact: SAT tests predict college performance pretty well for men, but they strongly underpredict college performance for women. http://spp.sagepub.com/content/early/2012/12/20/1948550612469038.abstract
I think I’ve reblogged this before, but that study needs to be shared.
I’m a little curious as to how the math test could be balanced to fit women, and seeing that if math cannot be balanced as easily as verbal tests, the entire “sexism” argument loses credibility, it is curious that this quote remains purposefully vague about how balancing the math test “could be done”
Um, maybe girls with low self-esteem who show their unattractive, overweight bodies on TV like you, but most girls I know are perfectly capable of taking a compliment graciously.
"girls are taught from the age of seven"
is she quoting a tumblr statistic? I mean, who teaches these girls these things? And at precisely age 7 no less! I must not have been paying attention when they were doing this shit in second grade. Maybe the teachers pulled the girls aside to explain that to them out of earshot of us male super-beings. Or maybe because I was in Puerto Rico, the privilege fairy never visited. But by the time I was in school in NY, it was pretty much the girls who were getting the good grades and attention. Hmm… Maybe that’s what parents did when I wasn’t looking, they’d go: “You’re worthless because you’re a girl. You tell people that they’re insane if they compliment you! You’re a piece of shit, you walking vagina!” Totally must have missed that.
When I finished reading I said to myself, “No fucking way!” Clever… very clever. You win this time.
This is by far the greatest post in existence. You can all go home. I am in pure awe at the brilliance of this. The world is beautiful and there is hope for humanity.