Mind The Gap

“So that was important in the characters you haven’t seen – Hulk being one of them and Hawkeye being one of them – ULTRON will make up for it. They have very big parts in AGE OF ULTRON”
— Kevin Feige confirms that Hulk and Hawkeye will play big roles in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (x)

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camwyn:

eraofstories:

haaretz:

At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

Click here for the full story and breaking developments

Reblogging again to add: 

Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug. 

A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)

I’m very sorry to those of you who don’t come to my blog expecting to see news or other horrible real world stuff. I thought it was worth putting out there.

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scienceshenanigans:

oceanicsteam:

But…but…~chemicals!~


I cannot stress this enough.

scienceshenanigans:

oceanicsteam:

But…but…~chemicals!~

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I cannot stress this enough.

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Anonymous asked: Have you any opinions on whether vaccines contribute to autism?

dduane:

biologyweeps:

cjbrowne:

biologyweeps:

They don’t, and that’s not an opinion, that’s a fact.

The dude who promoted that shitty claim has since lost his medical accreditation. Since then not a single study has found any correlation between vaccines and higher autism rates. 

OK, everyone keeps talking about Dr Wakefield losing his medical accreditation (that is, he was struck off the register in the UK which is the equivalent to losing your license in the US - it is illegal for him to practice medicine in the United Kingdom now), but they don’t really go into detail about why.  The Wikipedia article has an enormous wealth of knowledge and I would recommend reading it to get a proper overview, but here’s the TL;DR:

Andrew Wakefield (and colleagues) took 12 autistic children, 8 of whom presented with “behavioural symptoms” after being given the MMR vaccination, the onset of these symptoms reportedly occurring within 2 weeks of the vaccination.

Now, already a scientist reading this is probably scoffing at the statistical irrelevance of such a study - but note that Wakefield fully admitted that no link had been proven.  He simply wished to use the study to block the triple vaccine until further research could be conducted - sounds pretty noble, right?

But the issue is his motivation.  He wanted to give his patients three separate single-virus injections over the course of three years, instead of administering a single triple-virus injection in one shot.  He manufactured his “research” in order to stir up controversy surrounding the triple shot virus, so that it would be blocked and he could go back to what he was familiar with (which was by this point deprecated due to obsolescence).

A bias of this magnitude was enough for his hospital to ask him to leave, which he said was because his results were “unpopular”, but the fact of the matter was that there was an undeclared conflict of interest in the results.

So far, we’ve got some guy who’s trying to push an agenda and is being a bit of a dick about it, and lost his job over it.  Pretty bad, but not exactly the next Stalin.  It gets worse.

The 12 kids from the study were subjected to invasive medical procedures - a colonoscopy and a lumbar puncture (the latter of which is an excruciatingly painful injection into the spine with an enormous needle, as anybody who’s watched House will tell you) each.

It gets worse.

He was in the process of applying for a patent for the single-virus Measles injection before his campaign against the MMR injection began.

He unsuccessfully sued for libel when Channel 4 brought this all to light, along with allegations of a third-party paying Wakefield over £400,000 to build a case against the MMR vaccine, which may or may not also be true.

Nobody has been able to reproduce his results in the 16 years since all this began.

Many people have conducted much larger studies and found no link whatsoever between autism and the MMR vaccination.

The stupidest thing about the entire debacle is that Wakefield was fucking pro-vax and probably still is to this day.  He just wanted people to use his (patented) vaccine instead of the MMR triple vaccine which was vastly superior, so he invented a problem with the MMR vaccine in order to put people off it, inadvertently putting people off not just the MMR vaccine but also other vaccines that are entirely unrelated to the MMR vaccine.  There’s a sort of sad irony in that, I think.

Yep, all of this. In case any of you were interested on what exactly went down in the Wakefield case…. this is the whole shitty package. 

There it is. And now children (and adults) are DYING because of this bastard’s greed and recklessness.

I struggle to find words to convey the badness of both the situation and the man. Truly it’s an awful thing when a medical professional goes rogue.

robertdowneyjr:

stop surrounding yourself with negativity, distance yourself from everyone who hated iron man 3, you deserve better

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sirdef:

elevate anthony mackie to tom hiddleston levels of fandom adoration

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A - If I’m in love.B - Who the last person I talked to on the phone was.C - How long it’s been since I’ve kissed.D - If I have a preference for boys or girls.E - How many holes I have in my ears.F - Give me any options, like ‘hot or cold?’G - The last person I said ‘I love you’ to.H - The last person I hugged.I - The last time I felt jealous, and why.J - How old I am.K- What i hate.L - If I have siblings.M - If I forgive betrayal.N - If you want to know how I treat my friends.O - If I like my school.P - What kind of music I like.Q - What the last party I went to was, and when the next will be.R - For me to tell 10 of my curiosities.S - 2 habits.T- 5 things I love unconditionally.U - How many texts I send daily.V - 3 big dreams.W - An idol.X - If I’ve done something I regret very much.Y - If I like my town and why.Z - Ask any question you want.

A - If I’m in love.
B - Who the last person I talked to on the phone was.
C - How long it’s been since I’ve kissed.
D - If I have a preference for boys or girls.
E - How many holes I have in my ears.
F - Give me any options, like ‘hot or cold?’
G - The last person I said ‘I love you’ to.
H - The last person I hugged.
I - The last time I felt jealous, and why.
J - How old I am.
K- What i hate.
L - If I have siblings.
M - If I forgive betrayal.
N - If you want to know how I treat my friends.
O - If I like my school.
P - What kind of music I like.
Q - What the last party I went to was, and when the next will be.
R - For me to tell 10 of my curiosities.
S - 2 habits.
T- 5 things I love unconditionally.
U - How many texts I send daily.
V - 3 big dreams.
W - An idol.
X - If I’ve done something I regret very much.
Y - If I like my town and why.
Z - Ask any question you want.

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AU where Robin and Barney unexpectedly become parents. Robin’s worried this pregnancy will kill her future as a foreign correspondant, but hey! a woman’s allowed to have both a career and a family, so they take the kid with them and travel anyway. It’s not easy but Barney’s there to help (he’s writing the updated version of the Bro Code anyway, it became a great hit), and their daughter ends up speaking four languages by the time she’s five. They’d spent years worrying their respective fathers had messed them up too badly to make them good parents, but when their teenage daughter hugs them in 2030, thanking them for everything they’ve done for her, they finally understand they couldn’t have been more wrong.

This is exactly what I wanted out of HIMYM…

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