So there were this couple of amusing tweets I saw about how it’s silly that all these Americans talk about which house they’d be in in Harry Potter because obviously, being Americans, they wouldn’t go to…
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.
That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.
Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.
In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.
Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.
At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.
About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about?
It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised.
Roald Dahl, 1986
NINETEEN EIGHTY SIX.
roald dahl was calling out the anti-vaccination movement as self indulgent bullshit //thirty god damn years ago//.
And this is only in recent history. I can’t imagine the numbers if we had data all the way back to 1986.
And thanks to anti-vaxxers, measles is back in the United States.
The Breakfast Club (2014)
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Star Trek Into Darkness Deleted Scene - The Harewoods
so…this isn’t in the movie, but Kirk staring at Carol in her undies and Kirk banging two catgirls is clearly more important.
Priorities of Jar Jar and Co., y’all >_>
And obviously clearly more relevant to the plot and Kirk’s character arc
What I can’t understand is that they wrote and filmed these scenes, which (a) do a very important job of fleshing out Kirk’s character as growing up and growing into his role as captain and (b) show us the family at the end who triggered all the events at the start, so that the little girl and her mother get to be more than disposable elements of Khan’s Roaring Rampage of Vengeance.
Then they cut these for the sake of ‘Kirk in bed with two alien chicks’ and ‘Carol shows us her matching bra and knickers’.
I genuinely don’t get it: if all they think of Kirk’s character is “ladies’ man”, why write these scenes? On the other hand, if they realise that these are important to the audience’s understanding of the characters and the plot, why drop them?
But literally though.
This scene was written. This scene was filmed.
Then someone sat down while the thing was in Avid or Final Cut or Premiere and said, “Nahh. This is BORING.”
Like seeing Kirk ogle a colleague undressing for the SECOND MOVIE IN A ROW wasn’t boring and redundant as hell.
But this crucial part of his character development? Apparently the audience wouldn’t care to see the maturation of the protagonist of the film they just sat down for two hours to watch.
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
And then from his initial investment of >$1,000,000, the Fisher Pen Co. was able to make a lot of money and grow the overall size of the U.S. economy and create lots of jobs.
So essentially a story that is supposed to be about government inefficiency turns out to be a story about how the U.S. government worked with a private company to make space travel safer while also stimulating economic growth.
The moral of the story is not that the Soviet Union was more efficient. The moral of the story is that by failing to allow private investment in innovation, the Soviet Union was doomed.
Incidentally, Paul Fisher, who invented the Fisher space pen, was a fascinating guy. He had this plan to eliminate income and property taxes with a progressive asset tax and even ran for President. And the Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a going concern, still employing people, and still generating a return on Fisher’s million-dollar investment.
Do you ever have a problem where you just don’t know how to reply to an argument, not because you don’t know the answer, but you just don’t know where to begin? Like, the foundation of knowledge you’d need to impart to this person before you could even begin to drag them out of their sinkhole of ignorance would cost thousands of dollars if it were coming from a university?
Did some fanart of the Buffster while watching her dust some vamps last night!
I love how Hans is all subtle and Anna just CRASHES into him.
Does Anna even know how strong she is? I mean, she hit a wolf away with a lute. She just batted it away like it was nothing. And then she punches Hans flying off a boat. He arches. Arches.AND LET’S NOT FORGET SHE JUST ACCIDENTALLY THROWS A BUST FAR AWAY LIKE IT’S NOTHING. HOW STRONG IS THIS GIRL?People also forget that she pulled kristoff up a cliff and pulled a tree down to hit marshmallow in the face… this girl
Anna born with superstrength and her while life her parents just told her she was clumsy and ordinary. They didn’t want to deal with another weird superpowered daughter.
Headcanon accepted! Anna has super strength and Elsa has Ice Powers. They’d make a great crime fighti- wait…haven’t we seen that before?
HEADCANON DEFINITELY ACCEPTED NOW
Strength? Ice? SIBLINGS? Guys, you’re missing a thing:
Do you wanna throw the Mjolniiiiir? Or cross the Bifrost to Midgaaard?
Well hello, what have we here?