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sagansense:

From the HuffPost article:

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Alex Bellini plans to mourn the loss of Arctic ice on a far more intimate level than many of us could imagine. He’ll live an entire year on an iceberg off Greenland “witnessing its last phase of life.

In the video above, Bellini spells out what the thaw around Greenland could mean for the rest of the world — and it’s scary.

I feel the urge to act, to do something, he explains. He says he hopes his expedition will bring about a change in attitude toward global warming. This will become an era of responsibility.

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An iceberg is reflected in calm water at the mouth of the Jakobshavns ice fjord near Ilulissat, Greenland,near where Alex Bellini will find an iceberg to spend a year living on to highlight the effects of climate change. [source]

Bellini plans to board an iceberg in spring 2015 and live in a pod similar to a lunar module, breaking his solitude to occasionally meet with bloggers and writers so he can spread the word, according to the vid. He’ll bring 300 kilograms of dried food plus electronics equipment, Motherboard reported in an earlier article.

When the iceberg can no longer support him, he said he will take to sea in his module and wait to be rescued.

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@AlexBellini1

This is important. This IS a publicity scheme. Because a scheme is a large-scale systematic plan or arrangement for attaining some particular object or putting a particular idea into effect. And this is an idea the whole of humanity need to embrace, take to the polls, to the streets, and in their every day conversations.

Listen to Carl…

Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.

— Carl Sagan

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My first hysterectomy as a resident was on a 16-year-old who had an illegal abortion. Her pelvis was nothing but pus. That’s the sort of thing we saw all the time. I admitted about two or three women like this every night. That’s what we’re headed towards now. We’re heading back to those days. Because of the restrictions lawmakers impose, women will seek abortions illegally, and we’re going to see a rise in septic abortions. By
A Texas OB/GYN Details the Horrific Consequences of Abortion Restrictions

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themishapocalypse:

stammsternenstaub:

kirkwa:

And This Is Why You Shouldn’t Get Sick In America

Many believe that the US healthcare system is the best in the world. Not so according to the World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. The US doesn’t even rank in the top 25. It ranks 37th and is the most expensive in the world. I would argue that even if we had the best healthcare system in the world, what good is it, if no one can afford to access it.

Most companies are buying 60/40-policys for their employees these days, but even if you are lucky enough to have good insurance with 80/20-policy coverage, that 20 percent your responsible for can drive you right into bankruptcy as easily as the 60-40 policy given the cost of healthcare.

Insurance cost have been going up dramatically in the last two decades, long before the new Affordable Healthcare Act has taken affect, in some cases as much as 35% per year.

But have you noticed the latest trick the insurance companies have roll out?

Yes, Higher Deductible… most averaging $5,000 per year, per person, but I have seen some as high as $10,000 per year. For those of you that are wondering, this tactic is specifically designed too stop you from using your insurance. It reduces the insurance companies out of pocket liability by shift costs onto consumers, especially those dealing with chronic illness such as diabetes and arthritis. Consequently, because consumers can’t afford the deductible they will avoid necessary care to save money.

Although insurance companies are a problem, the real crook is the healthcare system it self. A corrupt and bloated system desperately in need of reform!

OKAY SO I KNEW THAT TECHNICALLY IN AMERICA THAT YOU PAY FOR HEALTHCARE BUT LIKE THE IDEA IS SO BIZARRE TO ME THAT I’D NEVER CONSIDERED THAT YOU’D GET… A BILL?????? FOR BEING…. ILL?????????? I LITERALLY DON’T

In England everything’s free and if your child gets killed on a school trip they give you like £200,000 and apologise profusely

Silver sulfadiazine…bennett had to go through tubes and tubes of that…it was a lot cheaper than that, thankfully, but another part of the huge problem with the healthcare system is the wild variation from city-to-city.

We spent over $1000 on gauze and prescriptions after ben got his hypersensitivity vasculitis. The ER bill was originally something like $4000 but we paid like $100 after it went to collection - it was worth the credit rating hit to not pay so much for 8 hours in the ER and twelve blood tests + a MRSA culture. The urgent care bill was a lot more “reasonable” (*sigh*), at $1550ish, and we paid that off within about 8 months.

We have student loans to pay off. Rent, cell phone, electricity, a minimal level of food, and some level of internet access are uncompromisable needs. We had a terrible car, aging cats, and poor health because of our inability to afford better food (in addition to bennett’s suicidal level of pain) and how much we had to work at places we really weren’t fans of. My workplace was worse, but thankfully I only had to work there for a few months. We sure as shit couldn’t even afford *basic* care for a shitty condition that had nothing to do with something that was ben’s fault or caused by any unhealthy habit of his.

If he was any older or had insurance, the urgent care doctor wanted very much to put a skin graft on his left ankle. There was a 70 sq in area that was the equivalent of a third-degree burn. It took more than 5 months to grow the new, delicate, thin layer of healthy skin. We spent every day terrified it would become re-infected. We were so afraid, because we could not afford anything more. Bennett had every intention of killing himself if things erupted again. I did not support that - but I couldn’t blame him.

I think the point of that post was within reason to support someone for their career choices. Very few careers devolve into neo-nazism. XD

Haha, I got the point of the post. I just recently had to deal with an old friend getting very hardcore into extremist insanity while I was away, and it struck a nerve with me XD

I am all for people pursuing careers they love, even if society doesn’t “support” them - not everyone needs to be a manager or a business leader or a mechanic or a doctor! I just wish [shit, he might find this, insert male name here] had stopped and thought before throwing himself wholeheartedly into Golden Dawn’s craziness…

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seantracy:

if someone wants to be a fucking musician, you fucking support them

if someone wants to be a fucking writer, you fucking support them

if someone wants to be a fucking painter, you fucking support them

if someone wants to be a fucking chef, you fucking support them

don’t ever put someone down when it’s something they really  want

I’m sorry but one of my friends legit wanted to become a member of Golden Dawn, I put him down pretty solidly and probably would again

Fine, aspire to politics, but don’t literally try to lead a nazi uprising D: