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Member currently on PURPLE Team:
*Paranoid: Medic
*Bob: Engineer
*Jason: Pyro
*Dalmar: Scout
*Heavy: Aednet







Magic Anon:
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Team Stationed at: Their own PURPLE base.

 


See, this is the kind of thing that makes me think the whole ‘trigger warning’ thing has got out of hand. You cannot expect everything in life to have trigger warnings or be censored. There was nothing wrong with the scenes mentioned.
Example: I have a genuine and severe phobia of spiders - I suffer from severe anxiety attacks that take at least an hour to recover from, if not more. I suffer nightmares about spiders. If I have come into contact with a spider, it is nearly impossible to fall asleep and when I do, I have nightmares. I am scared of all spiders, small to large. The larger the spider, the bigger the panic attack. I have been known to scratch at my skin until it bleeds because I can feel spiders crawling on me. I have suffered from terrifying hallucinations about spiders. So I know how it feels to have an actual phobia/illness, before anyone tries to say ‘oh you can’t possibly understand yada yada’. I also have OCD, in case you do not think that phobias cannot be compared to a condition such as trichotillomania.
So yeah, I have a phobia of spiders. BUT I do not expect everyone to put trigger warnings on spider-related things. I do not think spiders should be censored. If spiders were to appear on Doctor Who, I would not complain to the BBC and get all outraged at their insensitivity. I don’t expect them to say ‘this programme has scenes involving spiders’ before it airs. I have to deal with my phobia myself. If I ever got to a point where I was so terrified and/or concerned of being triggered (by tv shows, the outside world, social media) I would seek professional help in the form of CBT or hypnosis.
Medical conditions and horrific experiences such as rape, assault, suicide, etc should never be mocked or exploited on television. Where appropriate and reasonable programmes should come with warnings about content.
The Doctor pulling out two strands of hair (his and Clara’s) does not warrant a trigger warning. It did not mock or reference the condition. These complaints have no basis.

See, this is the kind of thing that makes me think the whole ‘trigger warning’ thing has got out of hand. You cannot expect everything in life to have trigger warnings or be censored. There was nothing wrong with the scenes mentioned.

Example: I have a genuine and severe phobia of spiders - I suffer from severe anxiety attacks that take at least an hour to recover from, if not more. I suffer nightmares about spiders. If I have come into contact with a spider, it is nearly impossible to fall asleep and when I do, I have nightmares. I am scared of all spiders, small to large. The larger the spider, the bigger the panic attack. I have been known to scratch at my skin until it bleeds because I can feel spiders crawling on me. I have suffered from terrifying hallucinations about spiders. So I know how it feels to have an actual phobia/illness, before anyone tries to say ‘oh you can’t possibly understand yada yada’. I also have OCD, in case you do not think that phobias cannot be compared to a condition such as trichotillomania.

So yeah, I have a phobia of spiders. BUT I do not expect everyone to put trigger warnings on spider-related things. I do not think spiders should be censored. If spiders were to appear on Doctor Who, I would not complain to the BBC and get all outraged at their insensitivity. I don’t expect them to say ‘this programme has scenes involving spiders’ before it airs. I have to deal with my phobia myself. If I ever got to a point where I was so terrified and/or concerned of being triggered (by tv shows, the outside world, social media) I would seek professional help in the form of CBT or hypnosis.

Medical conditions and horrific experiences such as rape, assault, suicide, etc should never be mocked or exploited on television. Where appropriate and reasonable programmes should come with warnings about content.

The Doctor pulling out two strands of hair (his and Clara’s) does not warrant a trigger warning. It did not mock or reference the condition. These complaints have no basis.

(Source: spoilersandhandcuffs)

A Deadpool movie in which…

sigurdvolsung:

…he bumps into the Stan Lee cameo in the movie and just goes down on his knees and goes “oh my god, it’s God and he’s dressed as a school crossing guard!”

Ferguson from my TL

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pickledpennies:

m00nchaser:

If bees become extinct we will have exactly 4 YEARS to live on this planet. I don’t understand how “not giving a fuck” is more important than your life…

okay, I have a thing to say about this. I’m no expert on bees, but I am a biologist (and entomologist) so I think there is something I can contribute that’ll be of worth.

I agree entirely with the sentiment that we must protect honeybees. Obviously they are massively important for biodiversity, as well as pollinating food crops for humans. There is no doubt that if all the honeybees in the world were to vanish in a day that the consequences would be dire.

However, I disagree that the main cause for concern regarding honeybee death is the use of Genetically Modified (GM) crops. I’d be very interested to read a research paper that says ‘GM crops have killed millions of honeybees’, if indeed such a paper exists because in all honesty I find it highly unlikely that this is a true statement.

Let’s start with some facts about GM crops:

1. The development of GM crops is a highly regulated process, bound by strict country-specific legislature. A great number of trials are carried out long before commercial planting of a GM crop is even considered. It is these trials, and accompanying laboratory studies, that ensure a GM crop is safe to non-target organisms (such as honeybees) by investigating direct and indirect effects (Nap et al. 2003).

2. Crops that are genetically modified to express insecticidal proteins (for crop pest control) have a high level of specificity. This means that the insecticidal proteins being produced by the GM plant will only affect a narrow range of insect groups because of the chemical properties of the protein. For example, GM crops expressing insecticidal proteins sourced from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will only target some Lepidopteran pests (caterpillars; Romeis et al. 2006). Furthermore, a recent meta-analysis of the literature found that GM Bt crops do not negatively affect the survival of adult honeybees or their larvae (Duan et al. 2008).

3. GM crops can be tailored such that the novel gene is expressed only in particular parts of the plant. For example, GM Bt rice plants express the toxin in the stems but not the grains (Datta et al. 1998). This technique means that gene expression can be excluded from the flowers/pollen of the crop plant, so that bees and other pollinators would not be affected. Neat, huh?

So those are a token few reasons why GM crops are safer than perhaps many people believe (as the result of a lot of questionable, non-scientific articles). To come back to our main point about honeybee death, I would like to briefly mention a few alternative explanations for the recent decline in honeybee populations. These are as follows:

1. Many bees have died as the result of broad-spectrum insecticide use. These are pesticides that lack specificity, and can be harmful to non-target organisms. Neonicotinoids are a well-studied example of this (Decourtye & Devillers, 2010). Not to worry, though, because many broad-spectrum pesticides including neonics are well on their way out. Indeed, the EU recently banned a large cohort of neonic pesticides. This is still a topic of controversy, mind (Goulson, 2013).

2. Many bees have died as the result of Varroa mite infestation. Imagine you’ve been bitten by several ticks, except those ticks are the size of dinner plates. That gives you an idea of the severity of a Varroa mite infestation on a single developing bee. The parasitisation of bees by Varroa mites and other parasites is often accompanied by disease transmission. This can result in colonies dying within two years after infestation (Johnson, 2011).

3. Many bees have died as the result of ‘colony collapse disorder’.  This is a phrase that has popped up a lot recently, and is basically an umbrella term for the various causes of bee death including parasite infestation, disease transmission, environmental stresses, and management stresses such as poor nutrition (Johnson, 2011). Colony collapse has been attributed to broad-spectrum pesticide use in some instances. However, it is has still been observed in countries where broad-spectrum pesticides have been withdrawn (in the EU, like I mentioned earlier; Johnson, 2011).

So those are my main points. Please excuse the bullet-point nature of this; I was trying to keep it fairly short. Not sure I managed that haha. But anyway, my take-home message is that GM crops are not the enemy when it comes to honeybee decline. If anything, bees are at much greater danger from the use of broad-spectrum pesticides and from parasites and diseases. Using GM can even help to alleviate some of the problems associated with broad-spectrum pesticides, as they greatly reduce the need to apply such chemicals (Romeis et al. 2006).

A finishing note: Do your homework. Go on google scholar and read some of the literature, making sure it is recent (within the past 10-15 years). Literature reviews are a great way to find out what the consensus is on any given topic. Don’t use popular media as your main source of information where science is concerned; they tend to favour scandal and exaggeration. You want to know what’s really going on? Check out some research articles and see for yourself.

Thanks for sticking it through to the end of this impromptu mini-essay! —Alice

References:

Datta, K., Vasquez, A., Tu, J., Torrizo, L., Alam, M. F., Oliva, N., Abrigo, E., Khush, G. S., & Datta, S. K. (1998). Constitutive and tissue-specific differential expression of the cryIA (b) gene in transgenic rice plants conferring resistance to rice insect pest. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 97(1-2), 20-30.

Decourtye, A., & Devillers, J. (2010). Ecotoxicity of neonicotinoid insecticides to bees. In Insect nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (pp. 85-95). Springer New York.

Duan, J. J., Marvier, M., Huesing, J., Dively, G., & Huang, Z. Y. (2008). A meta-analysis of effects of Bt crops on honey bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). PLoS One, 3(1), e1415.

Goulson, D. (2013). Neonicotinoids and bees: What’s all the buzz?. Significance, 10(3), 6-11.

Johnson, R. (2011). Honey bee colony collapse disorder. DIANE Publishing.

Nap, J. P., Metz, P. L., Escaler, M., & Conner, A. J. (2003). The release of genetically modified crops into the environment. The Plant Journal, 33(1), 1-18.

Romeis, J., Meissle, M., & Bigler, F. (2006). Transgenic crops expressing Bacillus thuringiensis toxins and biological control. Nature biotechnology, 24(1), 63-71.

(Source: antinwo)