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NASA, motherfuckers! Get your sci-fi terminology straight from the source!

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So McD’s increases employee wages 10% and the move leads to massive unemployment, forces restaurants to close, & bankrupts the company the first sales gains in over two years for the chain!
Almost like treating your employees like human beings mean they treat their customers better and the customers notice or something.
Hmm.

Almost like the easing of financial desperation makes you happier overall, causing you to have more energy at work and to pass the happiness along to others, including customers.
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Here is a masterpost of MOOCs (massive open online courses) that are available, archived, or starting soon. I think they will help those that like to learn with a teacher or with videos.  You can always check the audit course or no certificate option so that you can learn for free.

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Intro to Catalan Sign Language

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Basic Chinese I. II, III, IV , V

Basic Mandarin Chinese I & II

Beginner’s Chinese

Chinese for Beginners

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Chinese for HSK 1

First Year Chinese I &  II

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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.

The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***

Why has this factbit devolved into the typical wanking about Alexandria (which, while undeniably tragic, was not the greatest loss of human knowledge in history by a long shot; I’m not even sure it’s in the top 5) without a single mention of the hilarious fact that they were straight-up stealing any book they found. Want the best library in the ancient world? Steal every book.

Also, we would not already be exploring the galaxy if Alexandria hadn’t burned. Literacy rates in the West and Middle East would have remained unchanged until the invention of the printing press, by which time all of this knowledge had been rediscovered anyway. A tiny handful of the rare educated elite who had access to stupifyingly rare and expensive books would not have sped us up any appreciable amount if they had also had access to the library at Alexandria. Science would have remained at a bottleneck until widespread literacy led to a massive infusion of inquiring minds. Once that did happen, science blossomed overnight. No ancient scrolls or lost lore necessary.

Anyway, China already knew all this stuff even at the time, and they didn’t lose a thing.

Thank you, this had been bothering the shit out of me all day but I couldn’t be arsed going and doing the research to make it stop.

Hang on, I’ve made a few notations on that timeline that might prove illuminating:

Also is no one going to mention how completely eurocentric this thing is I mean damn the middle east had tons of science going on during that “Christian dark ages” period and Alexandria was IN THE MIDDLE EAST (again to say nothing of China) so what is this even supposed to illustrate

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Personally I’d like to know about the y axis on this grid,
What are the units?
Did we lose 100 Science in the fall of Rome? Or 1000?
I’m just glad we now have like, 3000 science thanks to the red block.

#uuuuuuuugh#also let’s be real the collective rending of garments over the library of Alexandria has a lot to do with the fact that#~Ancient Greek Knowledge~ was lost#and our unabashed (and stupidly overinflated) cultural boner for the classical world#you never hear anyone trying to advertise their cultural literacy by beating their breast over the Great Library of Baghdad#jfc tumblr (wizzard890) Word to all the commentary in the latter half of this post. And if I may interject, that graph is completely fucking wrong in its stance that no scientific advances were happening in Europe during the “Christian dark ages.” Tons of important scientific advances happened in Europe before the advent of the Renaissance! Here’s a few I can think of:

the heavy plough (good for heavier soil in northern Europe)

three-field system (let farmers plant more crops, kept soil healthy, increased food production)

horseshoes (let horses travel over rougher terrain)

cranes (easier to lift heavy things!)

mills (watermills and windmills I’m pretty sure)

the hourglass (portable timekeeping!)

blast furnaces (which China already knew about but hey, also very useful for iron production)

compasses and the stern-mounted rudder (hugely important for sailing)

soap

universities

paper

longbows

cannons

quarantine procedures

a whole lot more contact and trade with the Islamic world, which counts as a scientific innovation to me because of all the stuff Europeans learned and brought back

look there was basically a renaissance in Europe in the 12th century where a whole bunch of cool stuff happened in science, in political organization, in the arts, in architecture, except nobody talks much about it and I find that sad

So yeah if you’re going to be Eurocentric at least be accurately Eurocentric, dang.
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HUZZAH! This is my first psuedo-intellectual anon hate. And my-oh-me, it’s a doozy. I love the condescending “gotchya” tone in this, as if anon is asking ground-breaking, mind-blowing questions and not the same bullshit concern-trolling that has been debunked over and over again. But I’ll indulge anon’s ignorance for the moment, if only so that I have a comprehensive response to link to other fatphobic assholes in the future. 

Put simply, my dear anon, your questions are silly, and you should feel bad about how ignorant, hateful, and fatphobic you come off in this ask.

1. Health is a complex concept that is dependent on many individualized factors. Similarly, weight is complex and depends on many factors completely out of an individual’s control, including genetics, poverty and food insecurity, and trauma history. Neither exercise nor a “healthy” diet result in long term weight loss. 

2. Weight is a really inaccurate, non-evidence based proxy for the concept of health. Hate to break it to you, but the BMI is bullshit, and overweight and obese people actually have lower mortality rates than people in the “normal” category. Yes, you read right, evidence shows that being fat can be good for your health. 

3. Heart disease has links to several risk factors, and “overweightness” by itself does not reliably predict heart disease. In fact, some evidence suggests fat people are better able to survive cardiac events than thin people. Correlation is not causation, yes, even with conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, so it is incorrect to say that having a lot of adipose tissue directly causes illness of any type. Being fat is not per se unhealthy. Additionally, invisible disabilities and illnesses exist, which precludes you from knowing whether ANY given person, whether they are thin or fat, is “healthy”. 

4. Based on 1,2, and 3, it’s clear that you have no idea what someone’s health-status is simply by looking at them. You have no idea whether someone’s weight is “killing them” or causing them to “slowly waste away”, and all the evidence suggests that it’s simply inaccurate to say being fat is enough, by itself, to kill someone. 

5. Linking someone’s health to their moral goodness or worth is inherently ableist. If someone is fat and unhealthy they are still a human being worthy of love and respect. If someone is fat and disabled they are still a human being worthy of love and respect. If someone is fat and eats nothing but “junk food” and never exercises THEY ARE STILL A HUMAN BEING WORTHY OF LOVE AND RESPECT.  

6. Shaming people into the weight loss you deem to be “appropriate” does not work and actually leads to increased weight gain and a myriad of negative outcomes (more discussed in 7 and 8).

For example, the “War on Obesity” has been linked to increased disordered eating in pre-pubescent children.  Harm reduction and trauma-informed, client-centered care works better than the shaming, 12-step, crash-diet, “I know more about what’s better for your health than you do” bullshit. 

7. Mental illness kills tens of thousands of people in the United States every year, and shaming someone’s body size under the guise of “health concern” has empirically proven negative outcomes on mental health. 8. Fat stigma in the medical establishment and society at large arguably kills more fat people than fat does. Attempts to “correct” fatness such as repeated dieting and “lifestyle changes” have been shown to have negative health outcomes.  9. Of all the complex health and mortality risk factors that exist, fat seems to be the only one that you care about. Why aren’t you yelling at people you see driving cars or smoking? Probably because your “health concern” for fat people is just thinly veiled fatphobia.10. THE HEALTH STATUS OF OTHER PEOPLE IS NONE OF YOUR GODDAMN BUSINESS ANYWAY. Right to privacy in personal medical concerns is like, one of those inherent human right things that we have all these laws protecting to the point that it’s a crime to share someone’s private medical information without their consent.  

In conclusion, this fat ass is off to eat some cake, cuddle my cats, kiss my partner, and love my fat body just the way it is. 
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