"Handicapped-accessible does not always mean handicapped-friendly. Every person, medical condition or not, is unique. And true fairness comes from everyone’s needs being met, not everyone getting the same thing."
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This looks really good; this is how you shed the Disney image, and it totally doesn’t look like Vanessa Hudgens
THIS LOOKS AMAZING.
Also Rosario Dawson (Mimi from Rent)
Kentucky is the only state in the South to build its own insurance exchange and also expand Medicaid — two elements of the health care law that are critical to its aim of insuring millions of Americans. Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear ordered Kynect’s creation without legislative action, circumventing any roadblocks from the state’s Republican Senate. Opponents and tea partiers tried but failed to pass a law barring the move and also sued, unsuccessfully, in federal court.
Providing the Bluegrass State’s 640,000 uninsured residents with coverage is a moral obligation, Beshear told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a September interview. He also saw implementing the law as something the state couldn’t afford not to do. Expanding Medicaid alone is expected to produce $15.6 billion in economic impact and create nearly 17,000 new jobs for the state, according to an independent study by the University of Louisville.
Four for you, Kentucky. You go, Kentucky.
It’s the little things! Don’t regret any experience in life positive or negative. Each experience has chipped away a piece of you only to create the diamond that you are. 💎💎💎
THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people. —madlori
Modeled on this post. This quote needed a gifset that featured a more diverse group women. Because my takeaway from Lori’s marvelous answer (seriously, go read all of it) is that representation matters and that great female characters do not—and should not—fit into the same cookie cutter mold. Because actual women are not one size fits all. And the irony of having that message cross my dash repeatedly with exclusively young, white, straight, cis women who match a prescriptive definition of beauty was getting to me.
This is a picture from the Curiosity Rover on Mars showing Earth from the Perspective of Mars. You are literally looking at your home from the Perspective of another planet. Epic times indeed
group photo everyone
hey i look really good in this one
FUCK I BLINKED
One of the most troubling things about the AIDS epidemic is that it could have been stopped so easily by rolling out life-saving antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) early on. Not only do ARVs prevent HIV from developing into AIDS, they also reduce transmission rates and increase people’s willingness to get tested.
But Western pharmaceutical corporations have colluded in pricing these essential drugs way out of reach of the poor. When they were first introduced, patented ARVs cost up to $15,000 per yearly regimen. Generic producers were able to manufacture the same drugs for a mere fraction of the price, but the WTO outlawed this through the 1995 TRIPS agreement to protect Big Pharma’s monopoly.
It was not until 2003 that the WTO bowed to activist pressure and allowed southern Africa to import generics, but by then it was too late – HIV prevalence had already reached devastating proportions. In other words, much of the region’s AIDS burden can be directly attributed to the WTO’s rules and the corporations that defended them. And they are set to strike again: the WTO will cut patent exemptions for poor countries after 2016.
This dearth of basic drugs has gone hand in hand with the general collapse of public health institutions. Structural adjustment and WTO trade policies have forced states to cut spending on hospitals and staff in order to repay odious debts to the West. Swaziland, ground-zero in the world of AIDS, has been hit hard by these cuts. When I last visited I found that many once-bustling clinics are now empty and dilapidated. Neoliberalism has systematically destroyed the first line of defence against AIDS.
The point I want to drive home is that the policies that deny poor people access to life-saving drugs and destroy public healthcare come from the same institutions and interests that helped create the conditions for HIV transmission in the first place.
If we can’t write diversity into sci-fi, then what’s the point? You don’t create new worlds to give them all the same limits of the old ones.
- Jane Espenson (from interview with Advocate.com)
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