Memory is a record.
People only have substance within the memories of other people. And that’s why there were all kinds of myself. There weren’t a lot of myself per se, I was just inside all sorts of people, that’s all.
unicef:

THAT’S MY TOILET!
Can you imagine not having a toilet? Around the world, 1.1 billion people defecate in the open, contaminating their environments and water sources and spreading diseases like diarrhoea, which kills 2,000 children under 5 every day. In the run up to World Toilet Day on November 19, we’ll be sharing images and facts like these.
Pictured, girls walk towards newly constructed toilets in Mhondoro district, Zimbabwe.
© UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

unicef:

THAT’S MY TOILET!

Can you imagine not having a toilet? Around the world, 1.1 billion people defecate in the open, contaminating their environments and water sources and spreading diseases like diarrhoea, which kills 2,000 children under 5 every day. In the run up to World Toilet Day on November 19, we’ll be sharing images and facts like these.

Pictured, girls walk towards newly constructed toilets in Mhondoro district, Zimbabwe.

© UNICEF/Giacomo Pirozzi

nprfreshair:

Reporter Susannah Cahalan on some of the terrifying symptoms she exhibited while descending into madness:

I slurred my words. I drooled. I didn’t have proper control over my swallowing … I kept my arms out in unnatural poses. At one point, I was like the Bride of Frankenstein — I kept my arms out rigidly. I was slow. I could hardly walk, and when I did, I needed to be supported … I started [acting] very psychotic. I believed that I could age people with my mind. If I looked at them, wrinkles would form, and if I looked away, they would suddenly, magically get younger. And I believed that my father had murdered my stepmother. I believed all these incredibly paranoid — a huge, extreme example of persecution complex. And then as the days went on, I stopped being as psychotic, and I started entering into a catatonic stage, which was characterized by just complete lack of emotion, inability to relate, or to read, or hardly to be able to speak.

(Photo credit: Julie Stapen)

nprfreshair:

Reporter Susannah Cahalan on some of the terrifying symptoms she exhibited while descending into madness:

I slurred my words. I drooled. I didn’t have proper control over my swallowing … I kept my arms out in unnatural poses. At one point, I was like the Bride of Frankenstein — I kept my arms out rigidly. I was slow. I could hardly walk, and when I did, I needed to be supported … I started [acting] very psychotic. I believed that I could age people with my mind. If I looked at them, wrinkles would form, and if I looked away, they would suddenly, magically get younger. And I believed that my father had murdered my stepmother. I believed all these incredibly paranoid — a huge, extreme example of persecution complex. And then as the days went on, I stopped being as psychotic, and I started entering into a catatonic stage, which was characterized by just complete lack of emotion, inability to relate, or to read, or hardly to be able to speak.

(Photo credit: Julie Stapen)

PETITION: No Co-Pays On Birth Control

keepyourboehneroutofmyuterus:

ashleystevens:

This is basic, preventative health care that should be easily accessible to all women.

Sign this, please.

It can’t hurt.

For all people who need birth control, sign this petition.

(Source: smuttering)

usagov:

Image description: Hope is the first baby treated by D-Rev’s Brilliance device in a neonatal care intensive unit in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. He had been diagnosed with severe jaundice and needed an exchange blood transfusion to prevent brain damage or death. Due to the baby’s low birth weight (about 2.6 pounds), a local doctor was unwilling to do an exchange transfusion. After sleeping one night under Brilliance, Hope no longer required a transfusion. Severe neonatal jaundice affects more than 10 percent of newborns and, left untreated, can lead to brain damage and death. The low-energy device uses strategically placed, high-intensity blue LEDs to treat severe jaundice in newborns.
Photo credit: Ben Cline, D-Rev neonatal jaundice project manager/United States Agency for International Development

usagov:

Image description: Hope is the first baby treated by D-Rev’s Brilliance device in a neonatal care intensive unit in Ogbomoso, Nigeria. He had been diagnosed with severe jaundice and needed an exchange blood transfusion to prevent brain damage or death. Due to the baby’s low birth weight (about 2.6 pounds), a local doctor was unwilling to do an exchange transfusion. After sleeping one night under Brilliance, Hope no longer required a transfusion. Severe neonatal jaundice affects more than 10 percent of newborns and, left untreated, can lead to brain damage and death. The low-energy device uses strategically placed, high-intensity blue LEDs to treat severe jaundice in newborns.

Photo credit: Ben Cline, D-Rev neonatal jaundice project manager/United States Agency for International Development

curiositycounts:

The Changing Face of AIDS – the successes and failures of the fight against AIDS in the past 30 years, in an infographic

curiositycounts:

The Changing Face of AIDS – the successes and failures of the fight against AIDS in the past 30 years, in an infographic

Famine in Somalia

"The region is experiencing its worst drought in 60 years. Food prices have skyrocketed. The world’s largest refugee camp, Dadaab in Kenya, is several hundred thousand people over capacity. It is experiencing a death rate 15 times above what is normal.

Why autistic people don't like Autism Speaks

fragmentsofstuff:

Another huge reason why autistics hate Autism Speaks is their film “Autism Every Day”, in which they film their then-Executive Vice President, Alison Tepper Singer, saying that when her daughter was first diagnosed, she seriously contemplated driving her car, with her autistic daughter inside, off a bridge. Her only reason for not acting on this, according to her own statements, was that she had a neurotypical daughter waiting for her at home who needed her. By her own admission, apparently, she would have preferred to murder her own child than to have an autistic child. There are parents who actually HAVE murdered their children and claimed that it was a mercy killing because said child was autistic.

(thiswayoflife.org is linked to but is no longer online; try this page instead)

tinysprout:

cranberryflags:

fedoragirl:

mawsicle:

This is something very personal to me.  My baby brother has autism, and he went from low functioning(a very high form) as a child, and as of 18 May 2011, he almost doesn’t need an aid.  My brother is incredibly lucky to have received the help he needs, but there are millions who have been neglected.
I wear an autism ribbon for my baby brother.  Who do you wear one for?
Reblog if you know someone with autism. 
I know someone with autism.  But he is much more than that.  He is a brother, a human GPS, a Disney fanatic, a funny and loving guy, a high school student, and the boy whom I will always love more than anyone else.
Reblog for autism.
For more information, you can visit:
My personal blog: http://melwalker.wordpress.com/
Autsim Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org/

I don’t just know someone with autism. I am someone with autism! 

 Aspie in the hizzle, fo’ shizzle, over hereaboots…

I am autistic.
Please do not support Autism Speaks.

Make sure you read this article and then decide for yourself.

tinysprout:

cranberryflags:

fedoragirl:

mawsicle:

This is something very personal to me.  My baby brother has autism, and he went from low functioning(a very high form) as a child, and as of 18 May 2011, he almost doesn’t need an aid.  My brother is incredibly lucky to have received the help he needs, but there are millions who have been neglected.

I wear an autism ribbon for my baby brother.  Who do you wear one for?

Reblog if you know someone with autism. 

I know someone with autism.  But he is much more than that.  He is a brother, a human GPS, a Disney fanatic, a funny and loving guy, a high school student, and the boy whom I will always love more than anyone else.

Reblog for autism.

For more information, you can visit:

My personal blog: http://melwalker.wordpress.com/

Autsim Speaks: http://www.autismspeaks.org/

I don’t just know someone with autism. I am someone with autism! 

 Aspie in the hizzle, fo’ shizzle, over hereaboots…

I am autistic.

Please do not support Autism Speaks.

Make sure you read this article and then decide for yourself.