attempting to visualize what 50,000 people look like. he was so loved. he still is.
yknow, the gooch. the taint. the realm between light and shadow. the grundle.
Not a royalist but I wish the dash was collectively celebrating the new malaria vaccine as much as it was celebrating the death of 96 year old monarch.
This is huge, this will save hundreds of thousands of lives (mostly poor children of color) every year! We are talking about something that's bigger than the COVID vaccine. This is an amazing, wonderful scientific discovery.
Also, while I don't think monarchies are morally okay, it's not like Britain just abolished the monarchy. A 96 year old died because she was 96. That doesn't say anything about politics, it is just another depressing piece of evidence that age comes for us all, however rich we are. Plus an excuse for various kinds of evil bullshit under the guise of patriotism.
But here I am, talking about one 96 year old dying when I should be celebrating HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF KIDS LIVING! This is a truly glorious day, so many little kids will get to grow up!!!!!!!!
Anyway, I might host an impromptu malaria vaccine party soonish! Bc this is wonderful! I want to celebrate and give thanks to all the hard working scientists who made this possible.
Of course, it is also a time of mourning. If the world valued the lives of poor black kids in sub-saharan Africa as much as it valued that one old lady, there would have been more funding and this vaccine might have existed sooner. RIP to all the people, especially the little kids, for whom this came too late.
But even though it might have come sooner in a better world, it's still wonderful that it's here! 80% effective!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
David Slack (@slack2thefuture) Tweeted:
Not sure what happened here, but if you work in the industry, a reminder:
Prop guns are guns. Blanks have real gunpowder in them. They can injure or kill — and they have. If you’re ever on a set where prop guns are treated without proper caution and safe handling, walk away.
p.s. They add the muzzle flashes in post now anyway, and they can even cycle the slide and add a shell ejection in VFX. Having live blanks on your set is not worth it. No show or shot is worth risking people's lives.
When I was in college, we were lucky enough to have a teacher who was REALLY good about prop gun safety. He did a demo where he hung a piece of paper from a c-stand and then fired a prop gun BESIDE it, not even pointed at the paper.
But because this prop gun had a plugged barrel, that means all the blast — 1/2 the gunpowder required to propel a bullet beyond the speed of sound — comes out the SIDE of the gun.
It blew a hole in the paper and lit it on fire.
Prop guns are guns. Full stop.
Because there are different types of prop guns, they are all dangerous in different ways. Plugged barrel guns expel the blast sideways. Unplugged guns fire a blast out off the barrel, half the force of a real round without the bullet. But that was enough to kill Jon-Erik Hexum.
And because these are, in many cases, real guns firing blank round with 1/2 or 1/4 load, they tend to jam and misfire. Which means you frequently wind up with an actor or prop master frantically trying to unjam the thing so you can keep shooting. Not a recipe for a safe set.
israeli forces shot and killed another palestinian journalist. yes, again. it’s ghufran hamed warasneh, who was 31 years old and had just started her job a few days before israel shot her in the chest and killed her. and yes, they did also attack her funeral.
greavard my sweet puppy who kills me from being near him
Image is tweet from @ coribush which reads:
“I testified in front of Congress about nearly losing both of my children during childbirth because doctors didn’t believe my pain.
Republicans got more upset about me using gender-inclusive language in my testimony than my babies nearly dying.
Racism and transphobia in America.”
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I’m so tired of Republicans. I’m so tired of their hate and small mindedness and the fact that they complain about all the “liberal snowflakes” who can’t handle anything and bemoan the end of “free speech” because of “cancel culture” but then pull THIS SHIT.