i graduated with an associate’s degree from my community college focusing on psychology. i got accepted to UIC and was about to begin my bachelor’s degree when i got a call telling me i got accepted to Columbia College’s film & video program. i took it as a sign from god, mostly because i would pay half less in tuition at Columbia. so i decided to purse art instead. was it destiny? did i create my own faith since always loved creating art in all forms. i have a part time job in retail that pays my bills, but i’m extremely happy. i have established my own little publishing house, record label, production studio, photography company, annual art festival, and a nonprofit environmental organization. life is splendid. fight for your dreams, because more often than not, you will achieve them.
Orcas frequently beach themselves and lay there in a comatose-like state for extended amounts of time in captivity. This is a stereotypic behavior, meaning it has not goal or function, and stereotypic behaviors occur because of boredom or anxiety. Confinement drives these animals to do things that are unnatural and even painful, as laying out of water puts immense pressure on these animals’ internal Organs. Do not support cetacean captivity, Don’t buy a ticket.
Some interesting info: This is very reminiscent of the Baby X experiments, in which it was discovered that people reacted differently to a baby’s behavior depending on whether or not they believed the baby to be male or female. People were asked to watch a video of a baby reacting to a startling image (a Jack-in-the-box popping up), and describe the baby’s emotional state. When people believed the baby to be female, they described the baby as being scared and upset; when they thought the baby was male, they perceived the baby to be angry. This was very telling, as it showed that literally identical behavior could be construed differently based on the perceived gender of the subject.
Now imagine a lifetime of gender specific socialization- male anger is par for the course while the same emotion in a woman is personal weakness. Ha oh sorry don’t have to imagine THAT’S REALITY
A woman comforted her baby Sunday at a hospital in the Sakhour district of Aleppo, Syria, after both were injured by what activists said was a barrel bomb. From the New York Times:
The Syrian civil war’s impact on the health of Syria’s children is far more insidious than has been widely understood, a leading children’s advocacy group reported Sunday, with large numbers dying or at risk from chronic and preventable diseases that have flourished because the country’s public health system has basically collapsed.
In a report timed to coincide with the start of the fourth year of the conflict, the group, Save the Children, said the effects of untreated illnesses on Syrian children were only partly reflected in the documented statistics. They show that at least 1.2 million children have fled to neighboring countries, that 4.3 million in Syria need humanitarian assistance and that more than 10,000 have died in the violence.
“It is not just the bullets and the shells that are killing and maiming children,” said the report, “A Devastating Toll.” The conflict, which began in March 2011, has left a “shattered health system resulting in brutal medical practices that have left millions of children suffering,” the report said.
The report asserted that “several thousands of children” had died because of greatly reduced access to treatment for diseases including cancer, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure.
The basic lack of medical care, including routine vaccinations, the report said, means “increasing numbers of children are suffering and dying from diseases that would previously either have been treated or prevented from taking hold in the first place.”
The report is based partly on conclusions drawn from data that has been issued by other organizations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Doctors Without Borders, and other medical research, as well as from the Syrian government.
But the report also draws on Save the Children’s own research, including interviews with Syrian children, parents and medical providers who painted what amounted to a portrait of medieval health conditions.