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Congratulations to Miss America 2013, Nina Duvuluri! She’s the first winner of Indian descent. I’m so glad to see how far we’ve come as a people in the fight for diversity. -__________-


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and there was that time in my freshman year of college when I stumbled upon my biology lab partner typing his share of the lab report. He was explaining some basic tests we did to food to detect fats and sugars and iodine to bread etc., but was “stuck with the electrons”. I asked him to explain and peeked at the screen. Oh em gee.
He believed that every test that came out “positive” implied that it was molecularly positively charged.

like, whaaa


This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day: A Facebook group called “Find a Pox Party in Your Area” has come under fire for encouraging anti-vaccine parents to mail their children’s contagious diseases to other parents so they could infect their own children in an effort to build “natural immunity.”

Aside from posing a major health risk to the recipient, it also puts everyone who comes in contact with the package in danger. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, sending contagions in improper containers without the appropriate permits and labels is a federal offense.

Since being exposed by CBS 5 News, the Pox Party Facebook group has revised its info page to notify members that messages soliciting mail-order viruses will be deleted.

However, it remains virtually qualm-free about its irresponsible anti-chickenpox-vaccine stance, despite the fact that, contrary to its fearmongering FAQ, the vaccine is very safe, very effective, and, according to National Foundation for Infectious Diseases president Dr. William Schaffner, children who have been vaccinated are less likely to develop shingles than unvaccinated kids

Meanwhile, pox parties put innocent bystanders in danger, and, unlike the vaccine, are potentially lethal. 

“I am sure these well intended moms are not aware of chickenpox encephalitis or chickenpox pneumonia,” says Dr. Schaffner. “You cannot predict who is going to get very serious infections. Mothers can be very blithe about this because they have not seen these serious infections and don’t know they are putting their child at risk.”

[kpho / scienceblogs / cdcwebmdmefi.]

(Source: thedailywhat)

[From The Muppet Wiki, about the introduction of a Muppet HIV+ to the SudAfrican version of the show.]

"However media reports at that time of Kami’s initial introduction gave many the impression that this character was proposed for the American version of the program. Some conservatives vigorously opposed the idea. The Traditional Values Coalition stated that:

  The introduction of an HIV-infected Muppet on Sesame Street is problematic because HIV is spread primarily by homosexuals and bisexuals in the U.S. It is likely that an HIV-infected Muppet would be used to teach tolerance and acceptance of homosexuals to the preschool Sesame Street audience. In effect, this would be another propaganda tool to normalize homosexuality in our culture.[2] 

The subject become a source of debate and attacks on several news shows, such as The O’Reilly Factor.[3] Republican congressmen Billy Tauzin, Chip Pickering, Fred Upton, Joe Barton, Richard Burr and Cliff Stearns formally cautioned PBS against introducing HIV-affected Muppets to American audiences, reminding PBS that Congress could withhold funding if such a character was introduced.[4][5]

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