When the day drags on
Her grey eyes surface, smiling
I fold, and press on
Until your ego blinks out of existence and you float happily through life, it is helpful to learn to live with your ego. Living with your ego is the main chore of life. Sometimes it is a chore, sometimes it is a delight. How you feel about your ego goes up and down with your circumstances. How you…
When you don’t know how much you’re paying for health care, it’s hard to tell if you’re getting good value. And if Americans are not making health care decisions based on value, doctors and hospitals don’t have incentive to provide it.
Where I’m finishing my nursing degree, being out could cost me. In several ways. I accidentally outed myself in psychology, where we’re using a program to raise a virtual child. We have discussion groups in class about our choices or troubles with my virtual child. At the beginning of the program, you choose the biological sex of your child and the race.
Me: Did anyone choose a race other than their own? If so, why? And did that impact your child in any way?
Student: I chose a black baby cause they’re cute. Didn’t you pick an Asian? Why?
Me: because the experience is supposed to be as real as the program permits, and if my girlfriend and I had a family someday, we’d probably adopt from China.
Everyone in my group: (dead silence)
Me: (thinking they’re anti-Chinese for a moment) Well… I guess I just outed myself. I’m here, I’m queer, get used to it.
Everyone: (continued silence)
Groups were then breaking up, but I knew all the girls in that group were probably worrying, “Oh my god, I bet she looked at my boobs”.
It was a comment simply stunning in its ignorance: in July, 2013, Wang Ding, a hydrobiology professor, was carefully explaining to a local official about the need to protect the finless porpoise of the Yangtze River. The official asked, “Is the river porpoise delicious?” Wang Ding was dumbfounded, replying, “No.” “Then why are we protecting it?” A video of this exchange was shown on CCTV, and ultimately the official’s callous gaffe—if nothing else—helped raise awareness of the importance of protecting this vulnerable fresh water cetacean. The Yangtze fin less porpoise is one of two species of freshwater dolphin living in the Yangtze River. Another Yangtze dolphin, the famous baiji, was declared functionally extinct in 2007. Compared to other species of dolphin, the fin less porpoise is small in size, doesn’t have a dorsal fin, has a stunted forehead, and a smile permanently cracks across its face. In some Chinese dialects it’s called “the river pig” (江猪子).
Beijing hospitals have started to recruit volunteers among students, medical workers and other patients to prevent violent attacks on doctors by dissatisfied patients and their relatives. More than 1,500 volunteers will take part in the project named “Guardian Angels”, “守护天使” covering 21 hospitals in the capital for a one-year term. Cases of violence against doctors in China has been an emerging trend in recent years.
"I can't stand my sister's girlfriend! While I consider myself liberal, this new girl is extremely liberal to the point where she is really judgmental of people who don't agree with her beliefs. She has said some pretty rude things to some of my friends and family, and I feel as though she judged for things like wanting to be a housewife someday. I want to be supportive because I know her girlfriend is making my sister happy, but her arrogance is really annoying and off putting. Any advice?"
- Question submitted by Aerielview
This is the WORST. Regardless of what someone’s point of view is, when they’re judgmental and rude to people who don’t agree with them… it’s not cool. It also makes everyone else look super bad.
It’s frustrating because if she were…
In 1871, a German ophthalmologist named Theodor Leber discovered a curious illness, with otherwise healthy men suddenly losing their central vision. Some lost it all at once. Others lost it in one eye and then the other.
It took researchers more than a century to understand what was causing it: mutations in so-called mitochondrial genes found in the liquid part of mothers’ eggs. And only now have doctors come up with an experimental treatment to prevent it, a therapy known as three-parent IVF.
It’s a dazzling scientific achievement that starts with standard in vitro fertilization, in which two parents’ egg and sperm are combined in the lab — but then mitochondrial genes from a third parent are added to the mix. In doing so, it raises ethical questions of a kind we’ve never seen before. It would create children with three genetically distinct parents. And it would affect not only the person treated but all of that person’s offspring as well.