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John Dehlin is a practicing Mormon … and an outspoken activist for LGBTQ rights. In this touching talk at TEDxUSU, John shares how a friendship with an openly gay coworker changed his views on homosexuality and led him to a career in psychology.
In his research, John looks at the complex, often-prickly relationship between religion and sexuality. Here, he shares some of his findings — heartbreaking statistics about how negative feelings toward sexuality and attempts to “fix” same-sex attraction inspire suicides and teen homelessness.
I turned into a giant squid of anger at this. I can’t believe this fucker doctor had the nards to just up and blurt that, and there are people who won’t even realize what a fucktruck he is and AGGH. ARE YOU FUCKING KIDDING ME?! If you aren’t super savvy on health insurance, lemme explain you a thing.
A lot of doctors hate health insurance beause it standardizes prices of healthcare. If a doctor accepts an insurance, they have to accept whatever the insurance company pays them. So, you go to a physical, and the doctor says I want $400 for a 15 minute appointment, taking your bloodpressure and checking your reflexes, etc. Insurance company says “Aw hell no, dude. That’s ridiculous. Here’s your approved $75, and you’re gonna like it. And if you dare bill the rest to the patient, we’ll kick your ass into next Wednesday.”
This doctor is saying that he prefers people to not have health insurance. Why? Beacuse then there’s no one to tell him his prices are fucking insane, and you get stuck with a stupidly high bill for everything he does.
This isn’t just some asshat whinging about paperwork. This is pure, unadulterated greed. And it’s utterly sickening. THIS is why Obamacare is getting such pushback, by the way. It makes me ill.
I’m not sure if I reblogged this photoset earlier, but the added commentary is golden and completely on target. I process provider claims for a living and let me tell you what, you have not seen true balls until you’ve seen a doctor charge $3.000 for a procedure or medical equipment that we’re going to pay them maybe $50 for.
Not to mention that with non-insured patients, hospitals and doctors who treat them lose money. $50 is a whole hell of a lot more than $0.
Colored water is dripped and rolled in superhydrophobic aerogel powder (source). Once coated, droplets do not stick to surfaces or easily meld together (source). But with enough force they can be united or divided (source).
YOU MADE WATER HYDROPHOBIC
IT IS SCARED OF ITSELF
One of the (many) things I love about AtLA is the multiplicity of relationships, and how all the characters bond over shared experiences and histories. For that reason, I’m going to disagree with the comments here. This is not a Kataang OR Zutara episode specifically. It’s both of those and more. Here’s why.
Firstly, this episode is about Katara; her history, her loss, her trauma. Her mother’s death changed Katara’s life forever and cemented her determination to learn Waterbending. So neither Zuko or Aang are the prominent figures here: it’s Katara who’s making tough decisions about closure, revenge, agency and forgiveness. So by pigeon-holing the relationship into a Kataang vs. Zutara analysis, we’re kind of diminishing Katara’s importance here.
Secondly, if in fact TPTB did characterize Aang as a guardian angel and Zuko as a devil in respect to Katara here, I’m going to side-eye them a bit because this is a very reductive way of positioning their own complex characters as well as antithetical to the Buddhist ideas of balance and multiplicity that permeate this whole show.
Aang’s perspective on revenge and forgiveness stem from his beliefs, his experiences and his sense of spiritual duty as the Avatar. I’m irritated when people dismiss Aang as “self righteous” and talked about how he’s only doing his duty as the Avatar and as Katara’s friend.
Similarly, Zuko’s perspectives come from his own experiences (which are radically different from Aang’s but also parallels them) his personal experience with losing his mother and his determination to redeem himself to each member of the Gaang.
Both of these are important, because both of these characters are important.
If Zuko and Aang’s friendship signals the beginning of peace and the restoration of balance, Katara is the connection between them. Katara takes Aang out of the iceberg, Katara protects Aang from Zuko at the Siege of the North, Katara is the first member of the Gaang with whom Zuko has conversation of mutuality (Ba Sing Se and the loss of their mothers), Katara helps Zuko become Firelord by deposing his sister just like she helps Aang realize his full potential by continuing to believe in him, and Katara is the one who heals both Zuko and Aang after Azula shoots them with lightning.
Katara, who’s motherly and fussy and compassionate and cries easily, is also a fiercely protective bender who threatens to kill Zuko if he harms Aang. Katara loves Aang with all her heart but she wasn’t about to let him stop her from taking Appa and facing the man who killed her mother. Katara bloodbends the ship’s captain with pleasure, but ultimately spares the man who killed Kya. She needed to face the parts of herself that are like Zuko - angry, vengeful, hurt - and the parts of herself that are like Aang - compassionate, spiritual, giving - and find out where she, Katara of the Southern Tribe, emerges. WHICH SHE DID. She faced Yon Rah and scared the living daylights out of him, she stripped him of all dignity and made him crawl and beg for his life. AND SHE DIDN’T FORGIVE HIM.
But she forgave Zuko, because she recognized his sincerity and his effort. She thanked Aang, for understanding why she needed to make this journey.
In the end, she did what SHE felt was right, and she made a choice that was neither Zuko’s or Aang’s but hers alone.
This episode IS a zutara episode because it’s about Zuko making amends for his past actions, and that’s pretty dang important. It’s also a Kataang episode because Aang, though he disagrees, understands what Katara needs to do. Both of these relationships have their own functionality and power, both of them draw out different qualities and different emotions in Katara, but ultimately neither of them define or influence her to the degree of being an “angel” or “devil” (ugh i HATE that), because Katara forges her own choice out of the multiple influences in her life.
I love that she said she’ll never forgive him, because it’s important that we understand how yes, some actions are beyond the pale of forgiveness.
I love that she thanked Aang for understanding.
I love that she forgave Zuko, and that their shared history of losing their mothers to the Fire Nation was given a nod.
I wasn’t present at the height of this fandom’s ship wars, so I won’t police people over how they interpret these things and why. I understand how ugly ship wars can get. But I do want to urge us to look at this episode from a perspective of multiplicity, and acknowledge that there are many different ways to love, to grieve, to heal, to redeem.
…oh, what, Bryke actually pulled out an argument that pretty much added up to Aang making the decision for Katara? And in absentia, no less?
I still don’t have a problem with Kataang as a pairing; after all, it at least seemed to have respect and compatibility and to undermine no one. But it becomes all the more clear that Bryke don’t really merit the credit for that.
I love how the police in this show, and Bell in particular, are not set up as bumbling chumps obstructing Sherlock’s great genius. Bell may be skeptical of Sherlock and not always take what he says at face value, but he’s a good, smart detective in his own right and the show never tries to diminish his character in order to raise up Sherlock. When he does oppose Sherlock or his theories, it’s because it’s a situation where a rational person WOULD do that (like when Sherlock has an insane-sounding theory that he doesn’t have evidence for yet, and Bell has more compelling evidence for a different theory.)
YES I love this.
I love how Bell is like ‘well, I’m not saying you’re wrong I’m just saying that doesn’t count as evidence. Gonna need some evidence.’
i don’t even know what i’m doing anymore
My Mahariel playthrough.
in Teen Titans we don’t say “I love you” we say “I like the way you shoot starbolts” which roughly translates to “batman never taught me how to talk to girls and that’s sadly the best compliment I could manage” and I think that’s beautiful.-cyborg-window-hallucination