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Breaking news: The D.C. Appeals Court just killed Net Neutrality.

This could be the end of the Internet as we know it. But it doesn’t have to be. 

Tell the FCC to restore Net Neutrality: http://bit.ly/1iOOjoe

they want to make the internet like tv. with channels and paying to get to specific websites and things. net neutrality = not doing that

This impacts every internet user. Please signal boost the hell out of this and sign the petition if you are American

I do not reblog things like this very often, but this affects me both personally and my business as a freelance artist.

In the economy here; cash is already strapped as it is. You bet your ass companies would suck the ever living life out of misc. art sites.

I don’t want it to ever come down to me choosing between groceries or purchasing a new tier package via comcast to be able to access tumblr or DeviantArt (let alone not guaranteeing I’ll even be seen by my customer base since they may not want to pay out their asses either). It doesn’t seem important to most, but I do 90% of my business online entirely.

Please sign up, fight for this and share it with your followers/friends/family and urge them to give them hell as well.

Not writing related, but this is incredibly important. While we pay for service via ISPs, the internet has been a relatively free space where everyone, no matter their income level, is able to connect, access a wealth of information, and express themselves. The Internet has become a major part of our culture as human beings and the notion that ISPs might be able to limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more is utterly sickening. A lot of us are cash strapped as is, and I’d rather not be limited even more by someone else’s greed. Net Neutrality is essential and I hope you guys will understand why it needs to remain.

-Morgan

P.S. Signal boost this if you’re able.

“ limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more”

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

 limit what sites I can access unless I pay them more

DO YOU WANT THIS? NO?? CLICK THE LINK. REBLOG.

As I understand this ruling, it means that businesses now have to pay extra to ISPs to have access to their websites through that ISP provided at a reasonable speed. If you don’t pay, users’ access to your website will be slowed to a crawl - so independent people and small businesses can forget about getting onto that high speed access tier. 

This means that the American internet is going to be firmly under the control of those who have the most money. You’ll only get to see the content of those who can pay the ISPs to provide access at a reasonable speed. This means that you can expect to see skewed representation of just about everything, with those bigger businesses who can afford to pay ISPs a premium for access deciding what you can and cannot read, view and consume on the internet.

This is not something that we have in the UK. Our ISPs compete with each other to provide higher speeds, better services and lower prices, but because there’s a monopoly in the US of a few ISPs who provide services, they can afford to do this to you. You can’t go anywhere else, after all.

Everyone in the US needs to sign that petition, call their representatives, write angry letters and do whatever you can to tell your government that this ruling is Not Okay.

Maybe you guys are sick of this post but It’s really important to freelance artists and pretty much everyone who uses the internet, so here it is again.  \o0o/

As a perpetually dissatisfied customer of Comcast, this one goes out to them. SIGN THIS PETITION! 

And for those of us who are students, gdi we’re too broke to have to pay for this bullshit. 

imagineyouricon:

Imagine your icon finding this blog and reading it thinking, “Why the hell’d they want me to do that?!”

Tashvi: *looks up with a horrified expression* why do so many submitters want us to have sex??

because people are pervs, Tash, and often cannot conceive of non-sexual interactions between icon and blogger.

Tashvi: so, nothing has changed in nearly 3,000 years. I see. At least the graffiti’s gotten more colorful.

I was tagged by: ankoku-jin

If you don’t know your personality type, take the test here.

Rules: Find out what characters share the same personality type as you here and list the characters that you find relevant below. Then tag five friends and let them know you tagged them!

Tagging: no one — everyone i know has been tagged already

My Results: ISFP

Relevant characters:

  1. Roxas, Kingdom Hearts II
  2. Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist
  3. Drake Parker, FAKE
  4. Louis Tully, Ghostbusters
  5. InuYasha, InuYasha
  6. Link, Legend of Zelda
  7. Ascot, Magic Knights Rayearth
  8. Dave Lister, Red Dwarf
  9. Francine Peters, Strangers in Paradise
  10. Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler, X-men
  11. Bubbles, PowerPuff Girls
  12. Wybie, Coraline
  13. Samwise Gamgee, Lord of the Rings

(Source: black-market-drow)

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So this little kid at church noticed I’m fat and asked me today “Why do you have a big belly?”

I couldn’t really think of an acceptable answer for that so I simply responded:

“Because I’m full of bees”

I don’t think I’ve seen a more confused and terrified child in my life as I walked away, hearing him whisper “Bees…” to himself.

(Source: fireyams)

When Doctors Discriminate

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avioletmind:

THE first time it was an ear, nose and throat doctor. I had an emergency visit for an ear infection, which was causing a level of pain I hadn’t experienced since giving birth. He looked at the list of drugs I was taking for my bipolar disorder and closed my chart.

“I don’t feel comfortable prescribing anything,” he said. “Not with everything else you’re on.” He said it was probably safe to take Tylenol and politely but firmly indicated it was time for me to go. The next day my eardrum ruptured and I was left with minor but permanent hearing loss.

Another time I was lying on the examining table when a gastroenterologist I was seeing for the first time looked at my list of drugs and shook her finger in my face. “You better get yourself together psychologically,” she said, “or your stomach is never going to get any better.”

If you met me, you’d never know I was mentally ill. In fact, I’ve gone through most of my adult life without anyone ever knowing — except when I’ve had to reveal it to a doctor. And that revelation changes everything. It wipes clean the rest of my résumé, my education, my accomplishments, reduces me to a diagnosis.

I was surprised when, after one of these run-ins, my psychopharmacologist said this sort of behavior was all too common. At least 14 studies have shown that patients with a serious mental illness receive worse medical care than “normal” people. Last year the World Health Organization called the stigma and discrimination endured by people with mental health conditions “a hidden human rights emergency.”

I never knew it until I started poking around, but this particular kind of discriminatory doctoring has a name. It’s called “diagnostic overshadowing.”

According to a review of studies done by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, it happens a lot. As a result, people with a serious mental illness — including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder — end up with wrong diagnoses and are under-treated.

That is a problem, because if you are given one of these diagnoses you probably also suffer from one or more chronic physical conditions: though no one quite knows why, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and mitral valve prolapse often go hand in hand with bipolar disorder.

Less mysterious is the weight gain associated with most of the drugs used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which can easily snowball into diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. The drugs can also sedate you into a state of zombiedom, which can make going to the gym — or even getting off your couch — virtually impossible.

It’s little wonder that many people with a serious mental illness don’t seek medical attention when they need it. As a result, many of us end up in emergency rooms — where doctors, confronted with an endless stream of drug addicts who come to their door looking for an easy fix — are often all too willing to equate mental illness with drug-seeking behavior and refuse to prescribe pain medication.

I should know: a few years ago I had a persistent migraine, and after weeks trying to get an appointment with any of the handful of headache specialists in New York City, I broke down and went to the E.R. My husband filled out paperwork and gave the nurse my list of drugs. The doctors finally agreed to give me something stronger than what my psychopharmacologist could prescribe for the pain and hooked me up to an IV.

I lay there for hours wearing sunglasses to block out the fluorescent light, waiting for the pain relievers to kick in. But the headache continued. “They gave you saline and electrolytes,” my psychopharmacologist said later. “Welcome to being bipolar.”

When I finally saw the specialist two weeks later (during which time my symptoms included numbness and muscle weakness), she accused me of being “a serious cocaine user” (I don’t touch the stuff) and of displaying symptoms of “la belle indifference,” a 19th-century term for a kind of hysteria in which the patient converts emotional symptoms into physical ones — i.e., it was all in my head.

Indeed, given my experience over the last two decades, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the statistics I found in the exhaustive report “Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness,” a review of studies published in 2006 that provides an overview of recommendations and general call to arms by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. The take-away: people who suffer from a serious mental illness and use the public health care system die 25 years earlier than those without one.

True, suicide is a big factor, accounting for 30 to 40 percent of early deaths. But 60 percent die of preventable or treatable conditions. First on the list is, unsurprisingly, cardiovascular disease. Two studies showed that patients with both a mental illness and a cardiovascular condition received about half the number of follow-up interventions, like bypass surgery or cardiac catheterization, after having a heart attack than did the “normal” cardiac patients.

The report also contains a list of policy recommendations, including designating patients with serious mental illnesses as a high-priority population; coordinating and integrating mental and physical health care for such people; education for health care workers and patients; and a quality-improvement process that supports increased access to physical health care and ensures appropriate prevention, screening and treatment services.

Such changes, if implemented, might make a real difference. And after seven years of no change, signs of movement are popping up, particularly among academic programs aimed at increasing awareness of mental health issues. Several major medical schools now have programs in the medical humanities, an emerging field that draws on diverse disciplines including the visual arts, humanities, music and science to make medical students think differently about their patients. And Johns Hopkins offers a doctor of public health with a specialization in mental health.

Perhaps the most notable of these efforts — and so far the only one of its kind — is the narrative medicine program at Columbia University Medical Center, which starts with the premise that there is a disconnect between health care and patients and that health care workers need to start listening to what their patients are telling them, and not just looking at what’s written on their charts.

According to the program’s mission statement, “The effective practice of health care requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence is a model for humane and effective medical practice.”

We can only hope that humanizing programs like this one become a requirement for all health care workers. Maybe then “first, do no harm” will apply to everyone, even the mentally ill.

The author of the novel “Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See” and a co-editor of “Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion.”

Reblogging because this is the sort of thing that needs signal boosting the heck out of it. Probably many of the people who see this in my Tumblr are people who already know from first-hand experience as a patient. Probably most of the people who even know my Tumblr exists are not in a position to perpetuate this problem (because they aren’t doctors).  But I figure if more people get info like this circulating, maybe eventually someone in a better position to reach more doctors with this kind of information and open serious dialogue about how to address the problem will come across this.

Until then, at least a better informed patient population can, I hope, be in a better position to advocate for themselves—if not always as individuals then perhaps as groups.

tashvi asked:

≛ + ☠

j-has-a-nephilim-problem:

wrt: meme

≛ - wrapped up like a gift + ☠ - murderously angry

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The elevator dinged, but J was not expecting anyone in her office at the moment. She turned in her chair, watching the elevator doors slide open to reveal… Tashvi.

The angel was wrapped nearly head-to-toe in shiny red ribbon, with an enormous bow on her back. She hopped stiffly into the room, and though her speech was muffled by the ribbon, her eyes practically shot daggers.

The absurdity of this situation momentarily froze J in her seat, trying not to laugh. Recovering, she got up and went to Tashvi’s aid, carefully pushing down the section that covered her mouth so that she could speak.

"Dare I even ask?" J began examining the bow, looking for a way to release it.

"Gah! Thank you," Tashvi said once her mouth was freed. "I was foolish and took a nap in the Lower Level break room. Apparently, someone decided to see if this ribbon was angel-proof. How they didn’t wake us up, I have no idea. But once I’m free, oh, I’m going to find out!"

Tagged by armeleia!

Rules: Just insert your answers to the questions below. Tag at least 10 followers.

  • Name: Ann
  • Nickname: chibi/the chibi/Dragon
  • Birthday: February 14 
  • Gender: female
  • Sexuality: grey asexual
  • Height: 5’3”
  • Time zone: PST
  • What time and date is it there: September 11th, 8:57am
  • Average hours of sleep I get each night: 6
  • OTPs: Heero/Duo, Kaoru/Shinji, Holmes/Watson
  • The last thing I Googled was: oh man, i have no idea. either ‘aspidistra’ or ‘catacombs of paris’
  • First word that comes to mind: plethora
  • What I last said to a family member: oyasumi nasai~!
  • One place that makes me happy and why: the Winchester House — it’s gorgeous and weird and serene despite all the tourists that pour through it. I could wander the gardens for ages and feel at peace.
  • How many blankets I sleep under: at the moment, justone, an afghan i crocheted for myself. it was my first properly finished large project.
  • Favourite beverage: genmai cha (hot or iced) or lemonade
  • The last movie I watched in the cinema was: The Hobbit: The Journey Begins
  • Three things I can’t live without: a wide assortment of creative supplies, nearby large bodies of water, trees
  • A piece of advice for all my followers: Feeling stuck? Reach out instead of inward. Change gears. Can’t draw? Go for a walk, or sing a song, or cook something, then come back to it. There is always a way to your dreams.
  • You have to listen to this song: in remembrance of 9/11, i leave you with Sting - Fragile
  • My blog(s): tashvi

I am not tagging anyone, but instead inviting any of my followers who want to join in to do this, and feel free to tag me so I will see!

FOR THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE TO TALK ON THE PHONE BUT WANT TO HELP KEEP THE INTERNET AWESOME

liberalsarecool:

laineydiemond:

  1. Go to  
  2. Click on 14-28 
  3. Comment “I want internet service providers classified as common carriers.”
  4. Done! 

Please reblog for people who have phone-related phobias or anxieties.

Be sure to hit “confirm” to send your comment.

There is no such thing as recast neutral

geekisthecolour:

I really, really hate when people in the tag act like they’re somehow above anyone who is vocal about recasts regardless of side because they’re ~neutral~.

Newsflash; by claiming neutrality you are supporting recasts by omission and inaction. Your failure to see or act on the damage they cause…

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