Jan. 22nd, 2017

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what you said was very sweet and means a lot to me but i am incapable of properly responding in any way besides “thank you so much aaaah” because i do not know how to accurately express the exact level of my gratitude to where you completely understand how much what you said meant to me without me getting even more emotional and looking like a fucking nerd: an autobiography
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Laverne Cox speaks for approximately 750.000 people at the Women’s March in LA.

she looks amazing!
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Y’know, sometimes a question comes along that exposes your biases. I’m really, really glad you asked me this.

My initial instinct was to say no. There are a lot of tasks as a paramedic that require very specific motions that are sensitive to pressure: drawing medications, spreading the skin to start IVs. There’s strength required–we do a LOT of lifting, and you need to be able to “feel” that lift.

So my first thought was, “not in the field”. There are admin tasks (working in an EMS pharmacy, equipment coordinator, supervisor, dispatcher) that came to mind as being a good fit for someone with the disability you describe, but field work….?

(By the way, I know a number of medics with leg prostheses; these are relatively common and very easy to work with. I’m all in favor of disabled medics. I just didn’t think the job was physically doable with this kind of disability.)

Then I asked. I went into an EMS group and asked some people from all across the country. And the answers I got surprised me.

They were mostly along the lines of “oh totally, there’s one in Pittsburgh, she kicks ass” or “my old partner had a prosthetic forearm and hand, she could medic circles around the rest of her class”. One instructor said they had a student with just such a prosthesis, and wasn’t sure how to teach; the student said “just let me figure it out”, and by the end of the night they were doing very sensitive skills better than their classmates.

Because of that group I know of at least a half-dozen medics here in the US with forearm and hand prostheses.

So yes. You can totally have a character with one forearm, who works as a paramedic for a living.

Thanks again for sending this in. It broadened my worldview.

xoxo, Aunt Scripty


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ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet managed to snap this photo of the ‘Eye of Africa’ in the Sahara Desert from on board the ISS. 😳 Originally, scientists thought the eye - which is sometimes called the Richat Structure and has a diameter of 50 kilometres (31 miles) - was formed by a meteorite impact, though newer studies suggest that it was created through erosion. Either way, it really does look like an eye! 📷: ESA/Thomas Pesquet #Space #Nature #ScienceAlert http://ift.tt/2hsYKD8
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I’m trying to keep you from tearing the Avengers apart.
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I played around with new brushes, love how it turn out. 
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I’ve done my best to separate Daily Overview from the political world for the past three years. In an environment of echo chambers and political punditry, our images have always offered something different. So when I saw this picture on the web yesterday - one that uses aerial views to compare the size of the crowd at Obama’s inauguration (11:30AM) on the left to Trump’s in 2017 (11:04 AM) on the right - I wasn’t sure if it was appropriate for our feed. And then this morning, when I learned that the National Park Service twitter account was indefinitely shut down for sharing it on their page, I changed my mind.

There is something undeniably powerful about seeing things from above. There is a perspective that makes it possible to draw conclusions with objective, visible information. There is an ability to make comparisons that would not be possible from the ground. This image does just that, and I believe any efforts to suppress any point of view, are not justified. Accordingly, here it is.

The account is reactivated, but only after “social media guidance has been clarified,” which in all likelihood means “persons in charge were fired and remaining staff were briefed on censorship policies.” 
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Used: Unbleached muslin, casein paint, PVA, starch.

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For my scenic painting 2 class we were tasked with making a translucent painting. We were allowed to pick any image we wanted so I decided to make @when-it-rains-it-snows piece that can be seen here: http://ift.tt/1R8dnLw

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We’ve been expecting the zombie apocalypse for a long time, but no one thought it would be angry undead wasps. 


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