“Loneliness does not come from having no people around one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself, or from holding certain views which others find inadmissible.”—Carl Jung (via bluntsboozebitches)
Chagas, a tropical disease spread by insects, is causing some fresh concern following an editorial—published earlier this week in a medical journal—that called it “the new AIDS of the Americas.” More than 8 million people have been infected by Chagas, most of them in Latin and Central America. But more than 300,000 live in the United States. The editorial, published by the Public Library of Science’s Neglected Tropical Diseases, said the spread of the disease is reminiscent of the early years of HIV. “There are a number of striking similarities between people living with Chagas disease and people living with HIV/AIDS,” the authors wrote, “particularly for those with HIV/AIDS who contracted the disease in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.” [Related: U.S. relief program prevented 741,000 HIV/AIDS deaths in Africa] Both diseases disproportionately affect people living in poverty, both are chronic conditions requiring prolonged, expensive treatment, and as with patients in the first two decades of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, “most patients with Chagas disease do not have access to health care facilities.” Unlike HIV, Chagas is not a sexually-transmitted disease: it’s “caused by parasites transmitted to humans by blood-sucking insects,” as the New York Times put it. “It likes to bite you on the face,” CNN reported. “It’s called the kissing bug. When it ingests your blood, it excretes the parasite at the same time. When you wake up and scratch the itch, the parasite moves into the wound and you’re infected.” “Gaaah,” Cassie Murdoch wrote on Jezebel.com, summing up the sentiment of everyone who read the journal’s report. [Related: Coming soon - an over-the-counter HIV test] Chagas, also known as American trypanosomiasis, kills about 20,000 people per year, the journal said. And while just 20 percent of those infected with Chagas develop a life-threatening form of the disease, Chagas is “hard or impossible to cure,” the Times reports: The disease can be transmitted from mother to child or by blood transfusion. About a quarter of its victims eventually will develop enlarged hearts or intestines, which can fail or burst, causing sudden death. Treatment involves harsh drugs taken for up to three months and works only if the disease is caught early. “The problem is once the heart symptoms start, which is the most dreaded complication—the Chagas cardiomyopathy—the medicines no longer work very well,” Dr. Peter Hotez, a researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and one of the editorial’s authors, told CNN. “Problem No. 2: the medicines are extremely toxic.” And 11 percent of pregnant women in Latin America are infected with Chagas, the journal said.
I just figure most people aren’t vegan or share your beliefs and with some of the stuff I’ve seen you post I highly doubt you would date an omnivore. Hope you find somebody or just be cool, I been single 5 years… and THAT shit suuucks lol
“I’ve seen a ton on the facebooks about “thanking veterans for their service.” As a veteran let me just be very straightforward and honest with you. We didn’t “serve our country”; we don’t actually serve our brothers/sisters or our neighbors. We serve the interests of Capital. We never risked our lives or spent months on deployment away from our family and friends so they can have this abstract concept called “freedom”. We served big oil; big coal; Coca-Cola; Kellogg, Brown, and Root and all the other big Capital interests who don’t know a fucking thing about sacrifice. These people will never have to deal with the loss of a loved one or the physical and/or psychological scars that those who “serve”, and their families, have to deal with for the rest of their lives. The most patriotic thing someone can do is to tell truth to power and dedicate yourself to building power to overthrow these sociopathic assholes. I served with some of the most real and genuine people I’ve ever met. You’ll never see solidarity like the kind of solidarity you experience when your life depends on the person next to you. But most of us didn’t join for that; we joined because we were fucking poor and didn’t have many other options.”— An anti-capitalist veteran (via elitc)
I’m trying to say this without any bias because really the only DC characters I ever liked were Batman and The Flash, but a Justice League movie would suck ass. Marvel did it right by linking it all together and showing that all the heroes did exist in the same world, and people probably felt a little connected having to wait that damn long lol
Black folks got nigger, women got bitch, some folks hate the past and society so much they don’t even want be called a man or a woman. Sex, race, age, weight, class, all these hateful words we make so powerful because we enforce the wrong definition.
You can’t change anybodies heart or mind with rhetoric, speeches, and protests designed to attack. Some people might be set in their ways, or just downright hateful, but there are better ways than being condescending. The second you insult somebody for not agreeing with you? Whoops, there goes respect and credibility.
Words are only as powerful as the listener. You want to start a revolution over a word? You need to look in the mirror and realize that the same words you fight against one minute on your soapbox you probably just used in private to describe somebody you dislike.
Sometimes I never even thought of a word a certain way until somebody came along with an agenda trying to push their cause down my throat. Was I wrong or ignorant for not even using a word in the context this person chose to give it? But that’s what it means to them and they’ll fight not for change or understanding but to make themselves more comfortable because they’re the one with the problem.
Call me a nigga, I am a man, and we all know what a bitch is, not what we try to make it mean.
People with low self esteem should not be on tumblr looking for friends or any sort of comfort. You all bleed like pigs anytime somebody disagrees with you or says even the most remotely sarcastic thing.
The internet is not going to save you, it’s all in your head.
That shit suuuuucks. I don’t admire fickle people but it would be nice to truly move on from certain things and be a little sane. I just like how I dwell over silly shit and focus on the most unimportant.