This. I love.
This. is. beautiful.
HE IS THE MAN OF SPIDERS.
MAN OF SPIDERS.
Lynne submitted this GIF with this note:
I graduated from college in 2009. I was so happy to find a job after months of searching, not least because I could finally stop forking over $400 a month for COBRA coverage payments while unemployed and paying student loans!
Last year, I had a bad summer. A pinched nerve combined with a cancer scare to force me to use weeks of sick time. Still, I couldn’t help but feel really lucky, both due to my diagnosis (not cancer!!) and to my situation.
If I wasn’t living at home, where my parents could help me when I was unable to sit or stand up; if I wasn’t employed at a great company that offered generous paid leave; if I didn’t have comprehensive healthcare that paid for most of my medical tests and prescriptions and physical therapy, advantages that so many Americans don’t have — I would have gone bankrupt, no question. It’s never been so clear to me that in the U.S., the ability to take care of one’s self and of family members has been predicated on wealth and on luck.
I quit my job to pursue grad school in England recently. I’m due to return to the U.S. soon, and thanks to healthcare reform, I’ll be covered under my parents’ insurance until my 26th birthday.
The relief is overwhelming. I won’t have to struggle with paying for my medications, live in terror of something catastrophic happening while I’m trying to find a job, or worry about being denied coverage due to one of my preexisting conditions.
Thank you. That’s both from me and from my parents, who inevitably would have wound up paying the emergency room bills!
The highest of fives.
I can’t get over the fact that Barack Obama’s tumblr posts gifs like this. I just love it.
If you’re a “nice guy” to a girl up until you realize she doesn’t want to date you, then go on about how she’s a cold shrew that friendzoned you and how no girls date nice guys, like, nah mate, girls do date nice guys. You just aren’t a nice guy. You’re a passive aggressive beta with internalized misogyny and a serious victim complex.
“The new rise in obesity is not simple growth, it is largely also due to the Body Mass Index (the BMI) being revised downward over the last 6 years. If you are Brad Pitt or George Bush, you are now considered overweight. If you are as substantial as Russell Crowe, you are obese. As Paul Campos writes in “The Obesity Myth,” overnight 36 million Americans woke up to find that they were obese. In her book “Dispensing with the Truth,” Alice Mundy details the million dollar funding that commercial weight loss groups contributed to Shape Up America, a group which was part of a strategy to turn obesity into a disease which can be treated by the pharmaceutical, diet, and medical industries.”
Honestly, the BMI scale… every time people talk about it I’m like… I don’t think that means what you think it means! The BMI scale is not an accurate or useful tool to measure health. The person who originally created it said specifically it should not be used as a measure of fatness. The guy who designed the formula (some Belgian dude) was a MATHEMATICIAN. Not a dietitian. The people who decided to use it to measure health are the same people WHO MAKE MONEY FROM THE DIET INDUSTRY. Fuck the BMI scale. Your BMI does not equal your health. Your weight does not equal your health. Your ACTUAL HEALTH equals your health. You can measure it yourself, you don’t need a formula or a scale.
Here’s a handy packet of info about why the BMI scale sucks courtesy of National Public radio: http://dft.ba/-2Smd