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I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape—the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.

— Andrew Wyeth (via revestis)

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explore-blog:

Vladimir Nabokov, born on April 22, 1899, on the 10 things that make a good reader.

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Vladimir Nabokov, born on April 22, 1899, on the 10 things that make a good reader.

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allanmcinnes:

"Getting ready to go Godzilla"

allanmcinnes:

"Getting ready to go Godzilla"

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creativehiddles:

Something Wicked by sueworld

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FinchFight (Abby Diamond) on deviantart

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thisbeautifulwreckage:

 submitted, wow!

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Master Works commission for Nylon Magazine April 2014

tracyturnbull.com

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thepixelatednerd:

Illustrations

by Pete Diamond

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leslieseuffert:

Street artist, Aryz (Barcelona)

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bottom line is:

Autism is not going to kill your child, but disease might. Don’t trust some idiot on tv. Ask your doctor if you have questions or concerns and VACCINATE YOUR CHILDREN!!!

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Um, I think you are giving parents an unnecessarily hard time here. I agree with you on almost everything else but as a parent, an aunt of an autistic child and someone who regularly works with children and adults with special education needs including autism, I can confirm that MOST parents do indeed do their research. MOST parents will do any amount of research to ensure the best outcome for their kids. But MOST parents would prefer their kids didn’t have to deal with the wider worlds perception of how their brains function differently from the ‘accepted norm’. MOST parents simply want the best possible outcome for their kids. I agree though, as a measles survivor - the risk of not vaccinating is much greater.

I love how people start with giving me their credentials. Uhm… NO.

most parents are doing incomplete research because as an autistic person myself, no one ever cares to ask autistic people how life is, what it actually means to be autistic, what the real difficulties are, and no, no one is asking autistic people how or if we want to deal or not with the differences, thinking they know better than the autistic person what the “best outcome” is.

No, parents are still doing half their homework based on their own expectations, their own wishes, and at times their own panic which is based on what the media feeds them; they do nothing to get out of that very dangerous and toxic cycle. A lot of parents are still wanting a “cure” for their kids autism, instead of seeing their kids for what they are: complete and extraordinary human beings in their own right, unequal to anyone else. When parents understand and accept that FACT, then i will actually care if i am giving parents a hard time or not. They need to be given a hard time, otherwise, half of them will still be raising children in the belief that there’s something wrong that needs to be fixed. You said it, “parents prefer…”, well, who asks autistic people what we prefer?

Parenting is guiding, nurturing, enabling a child to become the best human being they can with what they have in them, without fear, without prejudice, without conforming to the world. Anything beyond that where a parent’s wishes seep onto everything the child does, or aim to dictate and control are out of line and should be disregarded without a second thought or the slightest pinch of remorse.

And really, if parents did their homework and their research and their own thinking, no one would be listening to people like Jenny Mccarthy, they wouldn’t panic because of vaccines, all this would not be an issue, and we would not be having this conversation.

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What do you call someone who sows misinformation, stokes fear, abets behavior that endangers people’s health, extracts enormous visibility from doing so and then says the equivalent of “Who? Me?” […]

For much of the past decade, McCarthy has been the panicked face and intemperate voice of a movement that posits a link between autism and childhood vaccinations and that badmouths vaccines in general, saying that they have toxins in them and that children get too many of them at once. […]

When did it become O.K. to present gut feelings like hers as something in legitimate competition with real science? That’s what interviewers who gave her airtime did, also letting her tell the tale of supposedly curing Evan’s autism with a combination of her “Mommy instinct” and a gluten-free diet, and I’d love to know how they justify it.

There’s also this: How much time did physicians and public officials waste trying to neutralize the junk in which McCarthy trafficked? As Fred Volkmar, a professor at Yale University’s medical school, said to me, “It diverts people from what’s really important, which is to focus on the science of really helping kids with autism.”

Two problems combined here: ignorance and laziness. People’s ignorance about what vaccines are and how they work, and people’s ignorance about what autism is and it’s not. Parent’s don’t care to do their research because it takes work and actual thinking, so they go with what any moron says as long as she is pretty and popular and is on tv.

Vaccination is the process of introducing an agent that is similar to the one that causes the disease (may be a weaker or dead form of it, a toxin, a main protein from it…) so the body can become immune to it. But you are introducing a toxin, so there is always a slim chance of getting some sort of reaction while the immunization happens. Because of the success rate of vaccines, the risk they may pose is nothing compared to the risk of getting the actual disease if not vaccinated against it, as well as the risk of starting an epidemic if one decides not to vaccinate a child and the child gets sick. How people can’t understand this is beyond me.

And AUTISM IS NOT A DISEASE, it’s a neurological variation, that makes the individual (not just children, children become adults and autism doesn’t wear out or magically disappears) perceive and process stimuli and information differently from what used to be the rule; autistic people simply have brains that function differently. Again, it is parent’s ignorance and expectations for what a child “should” be that makes them panic.

But it is more than proven that even though autism comes with challenges, the hardest to overcome spring from people’s intolerance, ignorance and stubbornness that everyone must be something they can consider inside the norm, because anything that it’s different, unusual, “not normal” is considered wrong … and that’s just plain stupid.

When people decide to take charge of their own lives —do their own homework and use their own brains— then whatever some prejudiced idiot shows up telling on tv, regardless how much time and space the media gives her, they won’t be fooled.

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