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Imagining the Post-Antibiotics Future — Medium
With antibiotics losing usefulness so quickly — and thus not making back the estimated $1 billion per drug it costs to create them — the pharmaceutical industry lost enthusiasm for making more. In 2004, there were only five new antibiotics in development, compared to more than 500 chronic-disease drugs for which resistance is not an issue — and which, unlike antibiotics, are taken for years, not days. Since then, resistant bugs have grown more numerous and by sharing DNA with each other, have become even tougher to treat with the few drugs that remain. In 2009, and again this year, researchers in Europe and the United States sounded the alarm over an ominous form of resistance known as CRE, for which only one antibiotic still works.

Health authorities have struggled to convince the public that this is a crisis. In September, Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued a blunt warning: “If we’re not careful, we will soon be in a post-antibiotic era. For some patients and some microbes, we are already there.” The chief medical officer of the United Kingdom, Dame Sally Davies — who calls antibiotic resistance as serious a threat as terrorism — recently published a book in which she imagines what might come next. She sketches a world where infection is so dangerous that anyone with even minor symptoms would be locked in confinement until they recover or die. It is a dark vision, meant to disturb. But it may actually underplay what the loss of antibiotics would mean.

|| Oh my god this is terrifying.
fandom:not!  author:medium  type:article  type:science  type:environment  type:important  length:notspecified  via:Carnadosa 
november 2013 by blottingtheink
Manic Pixie Dream Dissidents — Registan.net
Imagine this: The three men sit in court, awaiting their verdict. The youngest, a experienced dissident described by the media as a “sultry sex symbol” with “Angelina Jolie lips”, glances at his colleague, an activist praised by the Associated Press for his “pre-Raphaelite looks”.  Between them sits a third man, whose lack of glamour has led the New Republic to label him “the brain” and deem his hair a “poof of dirty blonde frizz”. The dissidents – or “boys” as they are called in headlines around the world – have been the subject of numerous fashion and style profiles ever since they first spoke out against the Russian government. “He’s a flash of moving color,” the New York Times writes approvingly about their protests, “never an individual boy.”
fandom:not!  author:sarahkendzior  type:feminism  type:currentevents  type:important  type:interesting  type:article  length:notspecified 
august 2012 by blottingtheink
Not Your Mom’s Trans 101 « Tranarchism
I haven’t tried to teach Trans 101 since extracting my head from my rectum. But I think the time has come for me to tackle the problem of explaining and defining what it means to be transgender without resorting to cissexist language. It strikes me as I contemplate this task that Trans 101 is generally not only dumbed-down, but also declawed. There are truths that I must speak here that are incredibly threatening to a cissupremacist worldview, that attack its very foundations. But I for one am willing to do that. I am not here to make cis people comfortable or to reassure them that they are still the center of the gendered universe. In fact, I am totally fine with doing the opposite.

Without further ado, let’s begin.
fandom:not!  author:asher.bauer  type:important  type:trans*  type:examiningprivilige  resourcetype:culturalstudies 
april 2012 by blottingtheink
orange-crushed | "When I am angry, I can pray well and preach well." -Martin Luther
I think they are hitting so hard now, across the country- metaphorically and literally- because Occupy has forced the country's attention onto economic issues, and away from the circusy distractions of the War on Terror, the War on Drugs, the War on Christmas, and the hand-wringing morality plays of the far-Right. It has forced public attention onto the chasm between rich and poor that now characterizes our democracy. And that cannot be allowed- we cannot allow hungry people, jobless people, young people, homeless people, to lead national discourse. We must pepper-spray them until they go back to dorm rooms, back under bridges, back into a cubicle or back behind a fast-food counter. We must beat them and spray them until they vanish again, until we no longer have to look at them.

I think we should look at them every day. I think as a nation we should feel shame and sadness, and as people we should feel anger on their behalf, and on our own; and then we should feel urgency. And then hope. And then we should join them.

fandom:not!  author:orange-crushed  type:important  type:political  type:ows  type:awesome 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
cypher: Yuletide, the AO3, and my own little modding corner
I worry that the decisions being made for Yuletide are going to increase that reluctance at my end of fandom: the eligibility criteria this year (AO3 presence alone) suggest that a fandom doesn't "count" for YT purposes unless it's housed there, that other fannish production and thriving communities aren't worth consideration. And "prove yourself to us by showing up to our space [instead of just sticking to the places where you already have friends]" is not generally a sentiment that gets a lot of positive reactions in fandom. Hell, in human interactions in general.

fandom:fandom!  author:cypher  type:meta  type:important  type:examiningprivilige  resourcetype:culturalstudies 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
wistfuljane | Not A Love Song
Western centricism and imperialism dominate fandom and the message being sent by yuletide, OTW and fandom as a community for me is this: adopt this Western-centric point of view of what it is to be a fan and a fandom, conform to this Western media fandom method of fannish participation, be this Western media fan, for the good of the community and all; otherwise, the community don't need you. It is an insidious message similar to the ones that permeate my life and those who lived similar experiences and we're tired of it even as we try to conform and rebel.

Important. As someone who flits around on the fringes of fandom, without participating as a writer, I didn't have the background on this for it to read concretely, if that makes sense; it read, on the first read-through, like a lot of abstractions--that I just didn't have the toe-holds for. However, wistfuljane's writing is full of embedded links, so the source/clarifying material is there, one just has to be willing to go out and read it.
fandom:fandom!  author:wistfuljane  type:important  type:examiningprivilige  type:meta  resourcetype:culturalstudies 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Max Barry | Dogs and Smurfs
This has been a great year for male writers, with women shunted aside for major prizes and all-new hand-wringing about why it is so. Because, I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but male writers get taken more seriously. Also, stories about men, even if written by women, are considered mainstream, while stories about women are “women’s fiction.” This despite the fact that women read more than men, and write more, and are over-represented generally throughout publishing.

As the father of two girls, one aged five and one ten months, I know why. It’s because of dogs and Smurfs. I can’t understand why no-one else realizes this. I see these knotted-brow articles and the writers seem truly perplexed. Dogs and Smurfs: that’s the answer.
fandom:not!  author:maxberry  type:feminism  type:important  type:interesting  type:womeninlit 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
sheafrotherdon: dear ______.
Discussion of sexual assault in this post

I met a survivor today who had never been told that she possesses inherent worth, or that there is value in her existence. No one had told her she wasn't to blame; no one had pointed out that the fact that she was still standing was testimony to her strength and courage.

My heart breaks for all the words she's never heard before now.

And I got to wondering - what would you like a survivor to know? What kindness would you want them to hear?

(my heart -& just as worth it for any abuse)
fandom:not!  author:sheafrotherdon  author:anon  type:important  type:forsaddays  type:discussion  warningtype:sexualassault  warningtype:abuse  length:unfinished 
november 2011 by blottingtheink
Pinboard feature requests - Google Docs
Pinboard is being AWESOME, and letting fandom make a list of must-haves. The googledoc is still in the brainstorming stages, but it'll eventually move somewhere to open it up to voting. This could be good.
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september 2011 by blottingtheink
Dear DC Comics, | Michele Lee
Instead I’m going to hand over my forum and let someone else speak for me. Pay attention, DC. This is my 7 year old daughter.
fandom:dccomics  author:michelelee  type:meta  type:important  type:feminism 
september 2011 by blottingtheink
the great delicious migration
Public googledoc spreadsheet tracking the great migration. I've just been putting people's Pinboard usernames in and adding to my network like a crazy person.

Be sure to de-anon your following by changing the settings. It can be found in the Experimental tab of the settings section.
resourcetype:internet  resourcetype:deliciousfail  resourcetype:reference  type:important  type:useful 
september 2011 by blottingtheink
Space is like hard pure night - A Hundred Thousand Miles
Sally Donovan didn’t daydream of being a police officer when she was young.

|| WAHHHHHHH. There are some warnings on this, but oh man, it is worth it for the PERSON in it, and for the ending.
fandom:bbcsherlock  author:what-alchemy  type:gen  character:sally.donovan  type:backstory  type:characterization  type:becausecharacterlove  type:important  type:ouchmyheart  type:somethingperfect  type:endingiswhoa  warningtype:characterdeath  warningtype:disorderedeating  from delicious
september 2011 by blottingtheink
Lisa Bloom: How to Talk to Little Girls
One of the things from Tina Fey's book that's been sticking with me is her version of "choose your battles," which was, basically, "don't fuck around with the shit that doesn't actually hold you back. get around it, get to the top, and then change that shit." <br />
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This, I think, is a great example of us--those of us who identify as adult women, especially, but this is equally important for men--already being at the top, simply due to age and accomplishment. Time to change that shit.
resourcetype:culturalstudies  author:lisa.bloom  type:meta  type:feminism  type:important  type:interesting  from delicious
july 2011 by blottingtheink
leupagus: (To Anyone Annoyed By A Woman: An Open Letter)
You can argue that Kardashian perpetuates a stereotype when she publicly obsesses over her appearance and you can certainly talk about how harmful Palin's rhetoric is to the national dialogue. But these things aren't annoying, they're legitimate problems. Calling these women "annoying" makes them into less than what they are -- good or bad -- and if you're merely annoyed by someone like Anne Coulter, you're really not paying attention.<br />
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fandom:world  author:leupagus  type:important  type:examiningprivilige  type:feminism  type:meta  type:forthinking  resourcetype:culturalstudies  type:wtfuckery  type:thisshitisreal  type:political  from delicious
june 2011 by blottingtheink
gyzym: this...is a 5,000 word rambling essay on bisexuality. no, i don't know either.
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An eloquent, well-reasoned treatise/manifesto/ramble on bisexuality. I very much relate; definitely for reading even if you don't.
fandom:life  author:gyzym  type:meta  type:a+forsexuality  type:important  type:awesome  from delicious
may 2011 by blottingtheink
sarahtales: I Have A New Anthology Out, and Some Stuff To Say
It’s important not to exclude people, it’s important to represent everyone. As a nerdy book-loving (though not quiet… nobody will ever tell you I’m quiet) girl, I was able to see people like me in books, even if there was nobody quite as nerdy and book-loving in my real life. (For all the nerdy book-loving girls out there: Diana Wynne Jones’s House of Many Ways really rang my recognition bell. You’re welcome.) That was good for me, in a way I didn’t even recognise until years later. I don’t think any writer wants a reader to read their book, and think: ‘Well, I’m not there. Guess I’m on the Isle of Issuelandia. Oh man, not again. Kind of like always going to the Isle of Wight for your holidays. We never get to go out clubbing in Spain.’ It is wrong to banish people from the mainland!
fandom:fandom!  author:sarahreesbrennan  author:maya  type:meta  type:important  type:thisshitisreal  type:interesting  type:forthinking  type:a+forsexuality  resourcetype:culturalstudies  type:political  resourcetype:writing  type:awesome  type:comingout  type:examiningprivilige  from delicious
april 2011 by blottingtheink
iambickilometer: META: Five+ Ways Being Transgender in Fandom Really Sucks, and Why I Stick With It Anyway
You know what I want to see in source material? I want to see someone transgendered save the world, and pass while doing it. I want to see the guy win the transgirl. I want the genderqueer person in a position of power, kicking ass, taking names. I want the transguy to live happily ever after. I want to read or watch their stories and think, "Hey, maybe that could be me." I want other people, cisgendered people, to read and watch these stories and think, "Hey, maybe that could be me." I want fandom to make more characters transgendered. I want every single minority to get even and skillful representation, and I want to overhear people on the bus talking about how cool some trans TV personality is. I want, in my wildest fantasies, some kid someday to find me at Comic Con and tell me that my trans character is their absolute favourite.
fandom:fandom!  author:iambickilometer  type:thisshitisreal  type:important  type:meta  type:genderidentity  resourcetype:culturalstudies  type:forthinking  type:insightful  type:mediastudies  type:noneofthisiseasy  type:surviving  type:examiningprivilige  from delicious
march 2011 by blottingtheink
Take me to Nostalgics Anonymous (how come gay icons are never actually gay?)
You know what gay men have related to, historically, in the media? Strong women. Because there was never a strong gay man to cling to, there was never a protagonist we could love, and so instead we loved women who fought. | Who is the author of this? I am bad at tumblr, and can't figure it out.
type:meta  type:thisshitisreal  type:important  type:insightful  type:awesome  type:ohwownorly  type:genderidentity  type:a+forsexuality  type:mediastudies  author:itsinthetrees  from delicious
february 2011 by blottingtheink

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