think on this.

Jul 25

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Jul 24

She’s helping with the healing process.

She’s helping with the healing process.

Why blurring sensitive information is a bad idea -

However, many people also resort to blurring sensitive numbers and text. I’ll illustrate why that is a BAD idea.

“The Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a treaty modeled after the ADA, would help change that. It would establish a framework for creating legislation and policies in other countries. And it would protect the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities, giving them greater opportunity to work, travel, and lead full and productive lives.” —

Opening Doors to People With Disabilities Worldwide

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations just approved the CRPD this morning by a vote of 12-6. Now it goes on to the full Senate for a vote, where it is expected to be voted down by Republicans. If you live in the US, tell your Senators to vote for it!

(via disabilityhistory)

If you’re new to the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) you can learn more about what that is with the handout at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager.

People can find tools to help them call Senators at http://disabilitytreaty.org! It provides you with phone numbers and even a script to guide you through each call. Each call is counted even if you’ve already called them before.  Senators do count calls more heavily than emails, so if you feel comfortable making calls please do!  You can even call after business hours and leave messages in voice mail—these calls are counted also!  But if you really prefer sending emails, then you will find template emails at the link also.

You do NOT need to be legal voting age to call or email Senators.  Senators in fact often LIKE hearing from underage constituents because they don’t often hear from young people.  Also, they know that you will be able to vote within what is, from their perspective, only a few years. (A Senator’s tenure is six years long—depending on how old you are and how long it will be before the Senator is up for re-election, you might actually be voting age the next time they need to run! Or if not, then you’ll probably be able to vote the time after that.)

(via disabilityhistory)

As lacrosse popularity surges, helmets could check girls’ concussions Colorado -

In girls’ lacrosse, athletes are not supposed to hit each other directly. So girls wear protective goggles and mouth guards, but not helmets or pads. The new study published Tuesday in the The American Journal of Sports Medicine shows that helmets could prevent a significant percentage of concussions. “In girls’ lacrosse, nearly 70 percent of concussions were caused by the ball actually striking the girl’s head or the stick striking her head,” said Dawn Comstock, one of the study’s lead authors and an associate professor of epidemiology at the Colorado School of Public Health. In boys’ lacrosse by comparison, athlete-to-athlete contact caused 74 percent of concussions. “That’s an important difference,” Comstock said. “Our data seem to support the call for putting girls’ lacrosse players in helmets.”

it is not a scarf knotted around my neck, it is a FASHION SLING and it is awesome. (and keeps people from bumping into me and keeps my wound from throbbing with pain with every heartbeat and also, fashion.)

Jul 23

things i can’t do

“You just might not understand it yet. But it’s cool. Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.” — Kanye West (via sirui)

(Source: willycheesesteak, via lonelysandwich)

Jul 22

4 stitches. no typing with my left hand for 2 weeks. fuck this.

At urgent care, waiting to find out if the huge cut on my left palm needs stitches or is just horrific and bloody.

Debra Harrell Loses Job After Arrest -- NYMag -

Debra Harrell, the South Carolina mother who was jailed for letting her 9-year-old daughter play, unsupervised, at a crowded park, is now out of a job. Harrell’s lawyer, Robert Phillips, told Think Progress that his client was fired from her position at McDonald’s, even though she was released on bond the day after she was arrested. A spokesperson for the fast-food chain declined to explain exactly why Harrell was let go.

In a situation already packed with absurd overreactions to Harrell’s perfectly reasonable — if not ideal — decision, this development seems particularly unfair, since she only left her kid alone (with a cell phone) because there was no one to care for her while she went to work. Meanwhile, Harrell and her daughter have been reunited, but the Department of Social Services is still required to investigate the case. An online fund-raiser started by some nice strangers has already raised over $26,000 for Harrell. 

ugh lawyer dude who shares an office with my company just came in to complain about people who wanted help with medicaid planning because that means they’re poor and there’s no money in them and they’re probably trying to do something shady to make the government have to take care of them. i replied how we often had to help with medicaid planning when people got settlement payments for police brutality cases or hospital malpractice cases or other situations where they were being compensated for someone having done them significant wrong, and we had to help spend down the settlement in approved exempted ways so it wouldn’t disqualify them for ongoing medicaid. (things like pre-paying rent, saving for education, or in one memorable case, buying a huge freezer and a whole lot of meat for future food supply.) he replied that in those cases, the people should just get smaller settlements. “then everyone wins!”

UGHGHGHGH.

George Fox previously won exemption to Title IX so it could discriminate against divorced or unwed parents @insidehighered -

Many advocates for gay and transgender students were surprised and angered when they learned that U.S. Education Department had granted George Fox University an exemption from parts of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. The exemption will permit George Fox to deny a transgender student the right to live in male student housing. George Fox said, and the Education Department accepted, that its Quaker religious beliefs would be violated by being forced to let the transgender student live in a way that affirms his gender identity.

This is not the first time George Fox has sought and received exemptions from Title IX. And the previous exemption (no longer in place) suggests that policies that the university once said were based on Scripture and could not be changed could in fact be changed.

In 1985, the Education Department said that because of its religious views, George Fox could — in what would otherwise have been a violation of Title IX — decline to enroll or hire divorced individuals or the parents of out-of-wedlock children. Details are not available on Education Department deliberations in the case, but it apparently took years for the department to make a decision; George Fox requested the exemption in 1976.

plan for today

A $650 Million Donation for Psychiatric Research - NYTimes.com -

Late on Monday, the Broad Institute, a biomedical research center, announced a $650 million donation for psychiatric research from the Stanley Family Foundation — one of the largest private gifts ever for scientific research.


It comes at a time when basic research into mental illness is sputtering, and many drug makers have all but abandoned the search for new treatments. Despite decades of costly research, experts have learned virtually nothing about the causes of psychiatric disorders and have developed no truly novel drug treatments in more than a quarter century.

Broad Institute officials hope that Mr. Stanley’s donation will change that, and they timed their announcement to coincide with the publication of the largest analysis to date on the genetics of schizophrenia. The analysis, reported by the journal Nature on Monday, identified more than 100 regions of DNA associated with the disease. Many of them contain genes involved in just a few biological functions, like pumping calcium into neurons, that could help guide the search for treatments.