Faking Sick or FAKING WELL [CC]

That person you think might be faking a disability is actually far more likely to be FAKING WELL (or what you incorrectly believe are indications that they are “well” enough to not be disabled).

People with non-apparent or invisible disabilities are accused of faking repeatedly, on one hand, it’s extremely invalidating to our experiences, on the other hand, people often take it way too far and leave cruel messages on our vehicles, verbally harass us, or start physical altercations. As an ambulatory wheelchair user with an extremely limited ability to walk, I run into people ready to question my disabilities all the time, here are some of those occasions.

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How the Carnegie Corporation contributed to NC’s shameful past | Philanthropy Daily

Why did eugenics have such an appeal to our first major modern philanthropists?

Because, as Carnegie famously argued, they believed that most previous giving had been “indiscriminate charity … spent as to encourage the slothful, the drunken, the unworthy,” without addressing the underlying circumstances that produced such conditions.

The new philanthropies, by contrast, were animated by “a search for cause, an attempt to cure evils at their source,” according to the words of John D. Rockefeller.

The eugenics movement spoke directly to this yearning. Charles Davenport, perhaps the most prominent American eugenicist, wondered in 1910 why “tens of millions have been given to bolster up the weak and alleviate the suffering of the sick,” while “no important means have been provided to enable us to learn how the stream of weak and susceptible protoplasm may be checked.”

This made eminent sense to the Carnegie Institution of Washington. It paid for Mr. Davenport’s search for the protoplasm that caused sloth, drunkenness, unworthiness, and other social ills from 1904 until 1939. Frederick Osborn championed similar causes at the Carnegie Corporation for 26 years.

Philanthropy today still aspires to move beyond treating mere symptoms of problems by getting to their causes.

How the Carnegie Corporation contributed to NC’s shameful past | Philanthropy Daily




It’s been said before but if public libraries weren’t a fact of society and were proposed today they would be roundly rejected as pie in the sky communism

“FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE???????? FREE BOOKS?!?!?!?!?!?! For….. POOR people????? That’s socialism!!!!! You’re a communist!!!!!! How DARE you suggest that we supply reading material to the POORS. I mean, are we even sure that they can read?? And how would we know that they would bring the books back? They would probably sell them to get drugs. Those people…. always trying to get drugs from the inner city. That’s what these libraries are, I tell you: a way for the poors to get drugs. They always use these ENTITLEMENTS and we, the rich people, are left holding the bag. I won’t stand for it. I won’t let these people read free books. A line has to be drawn somewhere.”

That may seem like a joke, but initially libraries weren’t free. Original libraries required you to pay a daily or annual fee to have the right to enter and to be able borrow books. Most poor people couldn’t afford those fees and were denied access to libraries. Enter: Andrew Carnegie. I don’t know if free libraries were a thing before Mr. Carnegie, but he’s the one who really made free libraries a nationwide thing. Quick thing about Carnegie, her left like a pittance to his family (who eternally hate him for this) and donated nearly his entire fortune to the improvement of social services for the poor, INCLUDING FREE LIBRARIES. He made grants available to fund free libraries across the nation. In fact, the library where I used to live was still called the San Benito County FREE Library. It was built In 1906 with a Carnagie grant. Please look up Mr. Carnagie, the majority of social services for the poor wouldn’t exist today without him and in many ways the last time some of these services received funding was from one of his grants.



These clay dogs (~645 BC) were substitutes for real dogs in a ritual from ancient Nineveh, located along the Tigris River in what is now northern Iraq. Well-trained, effective guard dogs were probably too highly valued to kill, hence the substitution of clay figurines. Each figurine may have represented an actual, living dog who bore that name. The ritual required that the clay dogs be painted two each of five colors, with their names written on them, and buried in groups of ten on either side of a gateway’s foundation. The ritual was thought to magically transfer the dogs’ protection to the gates. The dogs have fierce names, like, “Expeller of evil”, “Don’t think, bite!”, “Biter of his foe”, and “Catcher of the enemy”. The dogs are a breed of large, muscular mastiff-type dogs with prick or half-prick ears, a round head with a pronounced stop and heavy muzzle, large paws, and a tightly curled, chow-like tail. They are in the British Museum.

Archaeologists examining these models came to the startling conclusion that every single one of these dogs was such a good boy.