friendly reminder to everyone in america: Dont Eat Romaine Lettuce









this just in: romaine lettuce carries the e. coli virus and you will Fuckign DIE!

The health alert spans across the following states as a precaution: California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Illinois, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and New Jersey.

Throw it out.

Date: Nov. 20th 2018

AGAIN? Isn’t this the third time this year?

Not just America, California is one of the largest exporters of romaine lettuce to other countries. FYI!

Jennie-O turkey is also being recalled because of a salmonella outbreak.

Be careful friends.

Update: I was curious about all of the recent outbreaks and recalls and found a list. These are some of the products that have been recalled this fall

  • Peanut Butter Crunch (salmonella)
  • Many different cheeses, particularly those made by Green Cedar, Margie, Quesillo or Alebrije (salmonella or listeria, depending on which brand)
  • Some kinds of Natural Life dog food (too much vitamin D)
  • Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts (E. Coli)
  • Duncan Hines cake mixes (salmonella)
  • Various brands of curry powder (lead)
  • Gravel Ridge’s Cage Free eggs (Salmonella)
  • Working Cow Ice cream (listeria)
  • Bazzini’s Pistachios (Salmonella)

Most of those, however, were able to be traced back to a specific batch and recalled. However, if you’ve bought any of these things lately, I would still be a little cautious.

Unfortunately, since they can’t trace the exact source of the contaminated lettuce, all we can do is avoid all romaine lettuce for now.

Honestly with all of the outbreaks related to romaine lettuce in the past few years, you might just want to avoid it in general, but that’s just my opinion

the warning is not limited to those states listed above. everyone should throw their lettuce out. its serious enough that the cdc is recommended sanitizing the fridge where the lettuce was stored w bleach water and throwing out any food that was touching the romaine or even in the same drawer with it (we lost about 20$ worth of food doing this but thats way less than the hospital bills would be if we got an infection)

here’s the cdc warning in full

(CDC warning is dated November 20, 2018)



So…I just learned that tumblr has a newish policy.
New blogs are hidden from tags. So….say you make an ask/rp blog and then put out a post to get attention for it………no one can see it. until you ‘seem human’ through re blogging and commenting. Which ask blogs rarely do. also sideblogs cant like things

this explains why bots have taken to rebloging peoples posts and commenting on them. To get around the policy and seem ‘human’

So if you made a new blog and feel like it was ignored…..its not your fault. Its tumblrs shitty system. im testing getting around it by pming friends through the blog,,,so we’ll see if that works






the hunger

why would he eat like that

the hunger

The cronch goblin

Hairless cats don’t have whiskers which cats use normally to sense how close they are to things they can’t see around their face. So using his teeth as a means to determine where the food is rather than risk it going up his nose since he can’t see things directly in line with his nose.

On ‘Obvious’ Research (Miri Mogilevski)







The weirdest thing by far about the “Why didn’t they just ask a
[person who experiences that type of marginalization/trauma/adverse
situation]” response is that, well, they did. That’s literally
what they’re doing when they conduct research on that topic. Sure,
research is a more formal and systematic way of asking people about
their experiences, but it’s still a way.

And while researchers do tend to have all kinds of privilege relative
to the people who participate in their studies, many researchers are
also pushed to study certain kinds of oppression and marginalization
because they’ve experienced it themselves. While I never did end up
applying to a doctoral program, I did have a whole list of topics I
wanted to study if I ever got there and many of them were informed
directly by my own life. The reason researchers study “obvious”
questions like “does fat-shaming hurt people” isn’t necessarily because
they truly don’t know, but because 1) their personal anecdotal opinion
isn’t exactly going to sway the scientific establishment and 2)
establishing these basic facts in research allows them to build a
foundation for future work and receive grant funding for that work. In
my experience, researchers often strongly suspect that their hypothesis
is true before they even begin conducting the study; if they didn’t,
they might not even conduct it.

That’s why studies that investigate “obvious” social science
questions are a good sign, not a bad one. They’re not a sign that
clueless researchers have no idea about these basic things and can’t be
bothered to ask a Real Marginalized Person; they’re a sign that
researchers strongly suspect that these effects are happening but want
to be able to make an even stronger case by including as many Real
Marginalized People in the study as financially/logistically possible.

At Brute Reason

See also: “well of course [traditional medicine thing] works, why didn’t you listen to people who said it does?”

Well, for starters, the placebo effect is a real thing, and also where do you think the idea came from in the first place?

People don’t do studies because they have no idea what’s going to happen. They do studies because they think they know how something works and they want to confirm that. 

And then on top of it, we conduct “obvious” research because sometimes what everyone knows is still wrong

Fifty years ago everyone knew, and would swear to you by their personal experience, that paddling kids with a wooden spoon never did them any harm and, in fact, was absolutely necessary if you wanted to raise kids that had any respect for authority. 

Right now there are hundreds of people out there training horses who know, from their extensive personal experience, that aversive (aka punishment-style) discipline is absolutely central to horsemanship. Of course, repeated actual studies show they’re wrong. But they still know it from their own experience. 

We KNEW that dieting worked! As a society, we KNEW it was calories in calories out, one to one ratio, dead simple, you could see it all the time why would you need to test it? Except it turned out that when we did, it turned out to be a WHOLE LOT MORE COMPLICATED THAN THAT. 

Out there right now are all kinds of cops who know, from their own experience, that aggressive, tough-on-crime, jail-sentences-for-all methods are the only ones that work. They know it. This is their whole lives, they’ve lived it!  … They also appear to be dead wrong, by the data. 

We KNEW, at one point, that cigarettes were GOOD for asthma. They cleared the tubes! We KNEW that the human uterine lining is meant to make a warm, nurturing nest for the fertilized ovum to settle into! We knew all kinds of damn things. 

For that matter, it’s common-sense obvious to any kid on the playground that things that are heavier will fall faster than things that are lighter. We knew that once too. And everyone with the slightest common sense (many people say) can TELL that the world is more violent and dangerous now than it was in the 1950s.

Except it turns out absolutely none of this is true. We were wrong. In all of those cases the common sense, obvious, “anyone who has any experience with these things knows that” answers were absolutely wrong. But we didn’t find that out until we did the work. 

So yes a lot – a LOT – of the time these things really totally are “I’m pretty damn sure what the outcome is, so I’m going to study it for those reasons.” But we also do this work so that when we turn out to be wrong, we find out. 

(My field works a lot with child-development stuff. The current big mess is “screen-time”. Everyone – including such bodies as the American Association of Pediatricians, and so on – KNOWS that screen-time for kids under a certain age is bad for them! 

So it’s becoming increasingly awkward when the well-controlled, rigorous studies keep showing that this is not the case. Same happened with TV. Always look.) 

Fun story about that:

In 1909 Robert Millikan and Harvey Fletcher measured the charge on the electron in what’s know as “the Millikan oil drop experiment” (sorry, Harvey). They got it wrong. As Feynman told it:

It’s a little bit off because he had the incorrect value for the viscosity of air. It’s interesting to look at the history of measurements of the charge of an electron, after Millikan. If you plot them as a function of time, you find that one is a little bit bigger than Millikan’s, and the next one’s a little bit bigger than that, and the next one’s a little bit bigger than that, until finally they settle down to a number which is higher.

Why didn’t they discover the new number was higher right away? It’s a thing that scientists are ashamed of—this history—because it’s apparent that people did things like this: When they got a number that was too high above Millikan’s, they thought something must be wrong—and they would look for and find a reason why something might be wrong. When they got a number close to Millikan’s value they didn’t look so hard.

Good studies of things we “already know” are important, because sometimes what we already know is wrong.

sometimes what we already know is wrong.

studies of things “we already” know are important




This is honest to god one of the funniest things I think I have ever seen. The idea of giving a baby a theme party based on a local personal injury attorney is something i am so jealous of I dont know how to properly put it into words.

Also the fact that the lawyer didn’t come to the party somehow makes it even funnier.

this is the kind of content i came here for

he didnt come to the party because he sees the baby as a future opponent



I’m gonna pitch a show as “like Game of Thrones but even more gritty and realistic” and then it’s nothing but a baron handling land estimates and organizing road repairs and stuff. There’ll be an entire episode about how a peasant gets brought to court for letting milk cattle graze on communal pastureland even though it’s supposed to be reserved for draft animals.

my ten-episode plan from the writer’s room of this blessed show:
ep. 1: meet the accounting staff of this magical kingdom in a far-off land
ep. 2: land estimates, plenary powers of wizards employed by the office of the royal treasury, and how tax code intersects with succession laws of absolute primogeniture when the lineage in question may have extra-planar ancestry
ep. 3: a full-hour hearing with flashbacks on how mrs. Jones’ cow grazing actually violates three local statutes, is in line with a conflicting royal decree (potentially issued under ensorcelled compulsion), and is entitled to binding arbitration via fey courts. mrs. jones is not entitled to said arbitration, the cow is. 
ep. 4: how land rights and taxation applies to druid circles and sentient treefolk, especially when said land is technically owed fealty to both a human and inhuman entity. we never see any treefolk.
ep. 5: the differing rights and responsibilities of yeomen who freehold land near a lord’s manse vs. yeomen who freehold land held by the lord’s vassals vs. burghers in cities surrounded by forty-foot high gilded walls inscribed with runes so terrible they will burn a man’s flesh just from touching. extensive tax comparisons are made based on type of property held and crop status (cereal crop taxed x, but fiber crops taxed y).
ep. 6 – 9: ep. 3 but for a host of other problems: conflicting tax status for nobles who hold different positions (especially if they technically owe themselves fealty), bridges (just like…in general), a revolt started by a miller, and tax-deductible status for magical family heirlooms and whether or not being part of a dragon’s hoard can be considered “held in escrow.”
ep. 10: the queen kills the king. this is never explained but on a rewatch, isn’t surprising. it does rattle the staff as they look to cook the books and make sure they get paid as revolution sweeps the land. a brief aside is delved into concerning mercenaries. this takes less than five minutes; the rest of the episode concerns a detailed archive of back-taxes owed by the rebel dukes.