- Do not forget Michael Brown
- Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
- Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
- Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
- Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $400,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
- Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
- Do not forget Ferguson
Majored in Anthropology and Human Biology because human evolution is awesome. Disney nerd and anime otaku. Sometimes artist. Love to read classic literature. Can't figure out the bell on my plum stethoscope.
There is a varicella plushie in my bed and fine art on my walls. There are Batman comics around my room and string lights above my bed. Steamboat Mickey is my boyfriend. My favorite organic molecule is cinnamaldehyde.
Slightly obsessed with mangoes.
if Hermione Granger had the time to study everything <i>and</i> teach herself how to knit for the house-elves then you can ace those exams, too.
Venus in Virgo
Virgo Venus is not the flirtatious kind. They are willing to dedicate themselves to make relationships work. They aren’t out to show off or impress anyone. However, they may actually be more generous with gifts of devotion.
Virgo Venus will quietly work their way into your heart. They are sensitive, if a little insecure. They usually play it safe and they must know that you like them before they’ll make the tiniest move. They are great listeners, and they spend time observing your habits and reactions so they know all the ins and outs of your personality. Like a small child with a crush, they may indicate their interest by being a nuisance.
To make a Venus in Virgo person happy, show them how much you appreciate all the little things they do for you. They will do a whole lot for their partner in small, quiet ways that are not always noticed. They really pay attention to your needs, so by showing your appreciation, you are meeting their needs.
The Venus in Virgo person does not jump into relationships easily. They take time to make themselves important parts of their partner’s life. Instead of revealing all in a romantic scene, they tend to be self-restrained and very selective.
The Venus in Virgo person comes across as someone who has a lot of integrity. They don’t play mind games and they protect their privacy. They are very trustworthy.
If you want to win the affection of a Virgo Venus, dress well and always behave with good manners.
I think this is a deeply flawed way of looking at the world.
Now, I have talked about Ferguson, and I’ve talked about Gaza. (In fact, I’ve been writing and talking about Israel and Palestine for more than a decade.) But there are many important problems facing the world that I haven’t talked about: I haven’t talked much about the civil war in South Sudan, or the epidemic of suicide among American military personnel, or the persecution of Muslim Rohingya people in Myanmar.
Is that okay? Is it okay for me to talk about, say, racism in football and lowering infant mortality in Ethiopia? Or must we all agree to discuss only whatever is currently the ascendant news story? Is it disrespectful to Ferguson protesters to talk about continued political oppression in Egypt now that we are no longer reblogging images of the protests in Tahrir Square? I think this is a false choice: If you are talking about Ferguson and I am talking about Ethiopian health care, neither of us is hurting the other.
I think the challenge for activists and philanthropists online is in paying sustained attention, not over days or weeks but over years and decades. And I worry that when we turn our attention constantly from one outrage to another we end up not investing the time and work to facilitate actual change. We say “THE WORLD IS WATCHING,” and it is…until it isn’t. We’ve seen this again and again in Gaza and the West Bank. We’re seeing it in Iran. We’re seeing it in South Sudan. And we’re seeing it in the U.S., from net neutrality to Katrina recovery.
The truth is, these problems are complicated, and when the outrage passes we’re left with big and tangled and nuanced problems. I feel that too often that’s when we stop paying attention, because it gets really hard and there’s always a shiny new problem somewhere else that’s merely outrageous. I hope you’re paying attention to Ferguson in five years, anon, and I hope I am, too. I also hope I’m paying attention to child death in Ethiopia. I don’t think these things are mutually exclusive.
I really don’t want to minimize the effectiveness of online activism, because I know that it works: To use a personal example, I’ve learned a TON from the LGBT+ and sexual assault survivor communities in recent years online. People on tumblr make fun of me for apologizing all the time, but I apologize all the time because I am learning all the time, and every day I’m like, “Oh, man, Current Me has realized that Previous Me was so wrong about this!”
But we can only learn when we can listen. And when you call me a hypocrite for talking about X instead of talking about Y, it makes it really hard to listen.
At times, online discourse to me feels like we just sit in a circle screaming at each other until people get their feelings hurt and withdraw from the conversation, which leaves us with ever-smaller echo chambers, until finally we’re left only with those who entirely agree with us. I don’t think that’s how the overall worldwide level of suck gets decreased.
I might be wrong, of course. I often am. But I think we have to find ways to embrace nuance and complexity online. It’s hard—very, very hard—to make the most generous, most accepting, most forgiving assumptions about others. But I also really do think it’s the best way forward.
Back to making schedules again. For this weekend while repeating a 45 min symphonic Princess Mononoke track–
- Once over all of the bacterial species.
- Write up a cheat sheet for the fungal species.
- Once over all of the fungal species.
- Learn the antibiotics and the antifungals and their mechanism of actions.
- Microbial genetics & diagnostics I and II lectures.
- Print out the last page for antibiotics.
- Get to Elixir and set up shop as early as possible.
- Order a latte (iced or hot depending on the weather conditions tomorrow).
- Don’t forget to bring paper and First Aid.
- Once over the introductory lectures (Immunology review, Bacterial Pathogenicity and Resistance, Antibiotics, and Fungi).
- Practice Exams (2006) (2013) (2014)
- Sketchy micro when you have time
- Schedule Sunday.
- Review all bacteria, fungi, antibiotics, and antifungals.
- Work mostly off of First Aid.
- Probably at Panera Bread
- Sketchy micro when you have time
- Go to bed early.
At twenty two, I feel like I made such a break through over the week (and this has nothing to do with infectious disease, though that’s coming along).
I’m not sure what really compelled me to, probably because I’m interacting with men again and I have never been so sexually frustrated as I am now, but I’m suddenly so open and so willing to explore my sexuality as much as I can by myself.
This past weekend I watched really romantic pornography (instead of just reading it). Accompanied by Lelo. Found my Grafenberg spot, lost it the next day, then found it again. Shut off all the lights except the string lights over my bed. Spent like over an hour. Added sexy music to my “Oxytocin” playlist— including “I Wanna Be Yours” by Arctic Monkeys.
As long as I have to do this by myself, I’m going to make it incredi-fucking amazing for myself.
Oh, Divinyls. <3
If anyone actually ends up reading this:
|Song: I Wanna Be Yours|
|Artist: Arctic Monkeys|
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Mercury in Libra
Libra Mercury is easy going, warm and charming. They are very pleasing. They are natural diplomats, or at least make the effort. They wish everyone were equal.
They are always looking for compromise, so everyone is happy. Opinions from either end of the spectrum can make them uncomfortable, but middle ground makes Libra Mercury happy. It may also cause them to be indecisive; they can’t help but see both sides to everything. They often turn to others for opinions when they need to make a decision.
Libra Mercury is friendly and broad minded, but they can stick to their principles when need be. They are usually rational and well balanced. Quickly changing situations can be difficult for Mercury in Libra because they don’t adapt very fast. They prefer to study an issue and slowly come to a decision.
Mercury in Libra likes the arts and they enjoy literature. If they are not expressive in the arts themselves, they enjoy supporting others.
They may not like seeing the darker side of life, and may appear to be rather shallow.
Mercury in Libra can be objective because they are able to think in the abstract. They are intelligent, but it is subtle.
They may have a fondness for playing devil’s advocate.