mynameisfrankie:

- F.r.i.e.n.d.s quotes

mynameisfrankie:

- F.r.i.e.n.d.s quotes

Religious moderates may ignore or overlook the more barbaric passages in their religious books, but by venerating the books in general, they leave us powerless to really oppose the belief systems of fundamentalists. And because moderates tend to ignore the most lunatic parts of scripture, they lose touch with how dangerous these books are when taken literally. In fact, they have trouble believing that anyone does still take these books literally, and so they tend not to recognize the role that faith plays in inspiring human violence. Religious moderates are blinded by their own moderation.
Is it possible to eat Burger King by yourself and not look suicidal?
Engineered stem cells seek out and kill HIV in living mice

The engineered stem cells developed into a large population of mature, multi-functional HIV-specific CD8 cells that could specifically target cells containing HIV proteins. The researchers also discovered that HIV-specific T cell receptors have to be matched to an individual in much the same way an organ is matched to a transplant patient.

In this current study, the researchers similarly engineered human blood stem cells and found that they can form mature T cells that can attack HIV in tissues where the virus resides and replicates. They did so by using a surrogate model, the humanized mouse, in which HIV infection closely resembles the disease and its progression in humans.

In a series of tests on the mice’s peripheral blood, plasma and organs conducted two weeks and six weeks after introducing the engineered cells, the researchers found that the number of CD4 “helper” T cells — which become depleted as a result of HIV infection — increased, while levels of HIV in the blood decreased. CD4 cells are white blood cells that are an important component of the immune system, helping to fight off infections. These results indicated that the engineered cells were capable of developing and migrating to the organs to fight infection there.

A Dark Kindle: Why do people hate the rain?

dark-kindle:

I’m not sure why, but something about the rain makes people freak the hell out, and I’m not sure why. People on the roads tend to drive slower and more cautiously, while a few actually use the excuse to drive a bit crazier. People stand around under cramped shelters desperate to try and stay…

Uncompromising Photos Expose Juvenile Detention in America

On any given night in the U.S., there are approximately 60,500 youth confined in juvenile correctional facilities or other residential programs. Photographer Richard Ross has spent the past five years criss-crossing the country photographing the architecture, cells, classrooms and inhabitants of these detention sites.The resulting photo-survey, Juvenile-In-Justice, documents 350 facilities in over 30 states. It’s more than a peek into unseen worlds — it is a call to action and care.

“I grew up in a world where you solve problems, you don’t destroy a population,” says Ross. “To me it is an affront when I see the way some of these kids are dealt with.”

The U.S. locks up children at more than six times the rate of all other developed nations. The over 60,000 average daily juvenile lockups, a figure estimated by the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), are also disproportionately young people of color. With an average cost of $80,000 per year to lock up a child, the U.S. spends more than $5 billion annually on youth detention. On top of the cost, in its recent report No Place for Kids, the AECF presents evidence to show that youth incarceration does not reduce recidivism rates, does not benefit public safety and exposes those imprisoned to further abuse and violence. Ross thinks his images of juvenile lock-ups can, and should, be “ammunition” for the ongoing policy and funding debates between reformers, staff, management and law-makers.

“Some of these kids really don’t stand a chance at all. Have they committed crimes? Yes. But has society failed in the social contract to keep these kids in a safe environment? Absolutely.”

70” TV

So, today at work I noticed we have a 70” tv in stock. I’m willing to bet the person that buys that can’t afford it  Or if they do have that kinda cash they should be spending it on food, bills, savings, clothes for their kids, etc. Materialism is such bullshit. I see it all the time at work. People buy stuff that, i’m pretty sure,they don’t have the money for. Working retail has helped me realize how much companies throw shit in our face, and tell us we “need” it. We need to get back to basics. Realize what’s important in life. 

Don’t get me wrong! I’ve bought shit I can’t afford. We all have. I’m not pointing fingers. I just think we need to take a step back and look at the big picture and be happy with what we have, and be thankful. Ok, I’m out! Peace and Love.