“They are taking control of the water supply. They are breaking dams, and flooding crops, and destroying the food supply of an entire country. They are forcing hundreds of thousands from their homes. It seems that there is a hand behind all of this. They are very calculating. They are making their moves very carefully to destroy the human soul. They want to rob an entire people of food and water and homes, as if to wipe them from the pages of history. And when they take the homes from these people, the children have no place to play. The children have no place to be young. No physical space, and no emotional space. They have no place to be a child, so their only frame of reference is war and fighting. And when that’s all they know, how can they grow up to be doctors and teachers? All they can possibly know is the desire for revenge and hatred for their enemies. I wish people would understand that Iraq is filled with intelligent, civilized people. This was the cradle of civilization in the Ancient World. Even the Garden of Eden was here. These aren’t dust covered, nameless refugees being forced from their homes. The refugee camps are filled with architects, and musicians, and teachers.”
You’re at a party. Small but noisy. She corners you by the fridge refilling your gin and tonic, sits a hip on the counter next to yours.
You haven’t done the queer recruitment pitch since university, but she talks about seeing women as sexually attractive and you flash back to the blonde…
Well written gems in the tumblr night.
even white people are sick of white people’s bullshit
Actually true. I’m not self-hating or anything, but I am very aware of my more privileged position in society ( as far as my race anyway ), and I hope that I limit my perpetuation of the bullshit.
Researchers in the US are developing ‘organs-on-a-chip’ - an entire electronic set of human organs that can take the guesswork, and animals, out of drug testing.
“We are learning more and more that mice and rats don’t predict humans. The shortcomings of animal testing are becoming clear.”
Always reassured when I see this because one time my friend collapsed onto the concrete and had a seizure and instinct kicked in and I did all of the right things
"I felt like I was fluent in that language, but then I watched a foreign film without subtitles and realized I am not fucking fluent in that language”: an autobiography
Ah sadness. I’ve let my foreign language slip away as well. I’d like to get back on it just to prove I can.
어떻게… 연습 많이 필요한다
What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades
Does handwriting matter?
Not very much, according to many educators. The Common Core standards, which have been adopted in most states, call for teaching legible writing, but only in kindergarten and first grade. After that, the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard.
But psychologists and neuroscientists say it is far too soon to declare handwriting a relic of the past. New evidence suggests that the links between handwriting and broader educational development run deep.
Children not only learn to read more quickly when they first learn to write by hand, but they also remain better able to generate ideas and retain information. In other words, it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.
I’m very interested in this myself. I have terrible handwriting and oft choose to use a keyboard, which I’m more comfortable with having used it all my life. However, I’ve recently felt the desire to write more, with pen and paper, for a variety of reasons, science included.