THIS IS NOT NEWS
I don’t know what people expect Egyptians to be. I guess watching The 10 Commandments on ABC growing up got folks thinking they all looked like bronzed white people.
BREAKING NEWS: BLACK PEOPLE ARE BLACK. THIS IS AN AMAZING DISCOVERY. BLACK PEOPLE EXISTED BEFORE WE DISCOVERED THEM AND ENSLAVED THEM AND FUCKED UP THEIR LAND. WOW.
Africans in Africa? Mind blown.
|—||judge mathis, speaking the truth (via spring1999)|
The book almost reads like an ensemble TV drama, so this makes sense. And though it’s a really slow burn, it pays off huge in the end. This could be quite good.
This wasn’t my favorite book, but I think it has potential as a mini-series, perhaps more than the novel.
More than two months ago, a nasty mumps outbreak erupted at Ohio State University. Now the outbreak has ballooned to to more than 230 cases and spilled over into two counties.
Here’s what’s surprising: Many of those who got sick had previously been immunized against mumps.
Then a few weeks ago scientists reported a similar situation with the measles. A young woman in New York caught the virus in 2011 even though she, too, had been vaccinated, scientists reported last week. “Measles Mary,” as Science magazine called her, also spread the virus to four others.
What’s going on here? Is one of our best shields against infectious illness faltering?
To answer those questions, we talked with a vaccine specialist, Dr. William Schaffner at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. The conversation has been edited for length and clarity.
Why can you still get the mumps and measles even if you’re vaccinated?
Measles is a terrific vaccine. If you get two doses, it’s predicted to protect 99.99 percent of people for life.
That case in New York was so unusual that it’s come to everyone’s attention. On rare occasions, the virus trumps an individual’s protection.
The mumps vaccine, on the other hand, is not so good. The protection rate varies from study to study. But it’s usually in the mid-80s.
Both vaccines, for mumps and measles, are tamed versions of the viruses. The viruses aren’t killed but what we call attenuated, live viruses.
If you don’t attenuate the mumps virus enough, you get better protection but more complications with the vaccine.
So we’re walking a fine line. To avoid complications, the mumps vaccine doesn’t protect as well as the measles.
We wish we had a better mumps vaccine.
So the outbreak at Ohio State University is due to “vaccine failure,” not declining immunization rates in the U.S.?
Photo: Potent but not perfect: Medical assistant Elissa Ortivez prepares a measles, mumps and rubella vaccine at a clinic in Walsenburg, Colo. (John Moore/Getty Images)
if you watch game of thrones, a show full of murderers, rapists, people who flay others alive, stab pregnant women in the stomach, murderer people at weddings, kill family members, zombies, a guy who bashes babies skulls on walls and rapes their mother etc etc
She is not “my girl.”
She belongs to herself. And I am blessed, for with all her freedom, she still comes back to me, moment-to-moment, day-by-day, and night-by-night.
How much more blessed can I be?
|—||Avraham Chaim, Thoughts after The Alchemist (via shayeofodile)|
This is literally so fucking important
swag won’t pay the bills but apparently neither will your degree
I made a political cartoon for English class about issues in school
It focuses on how teens are expected to make career defining choices with barely any experience, and also how parents often take so much authority that their child’s decision is not actually their own
If this gets some notes then I’ll make a colored version
collections that are raw as fuck ➝ rami kadi s/s 2013