Context matters: How a veterinary image became “cruel animal testing”

18 May

Speaking of Research

Recently, a photo depicting a rabbit with pretty serious hair loss was tweeted by an image sharing Twitter account, and then retweeted over 4,300 times. The photo appears quite shocking, and the post by the Twitter account reflected that.

Uber_Pix has written, in all caps: “NEVER WANTED A PIC TO SPREAD MORE IN MY LIFE”. The image is a screenshot of a post with comments from Tumblr, where the user “the_vegan_mothership” writes:

“This is a bunny at L’oreal lab. L’oreal does a lot of cruel needless animal testing. Please don’t buy products made by L’oreal. The more products they sell, the more animals are tortured.”

Twitter users saw this image and were shocked. Many upset responses resulted:

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Morning Concert

8 Mar

Birds wake and begin their warmup song shattering the early morning stillness

The sky begins to lighten towards a bluish gray

yellows begin to make their appearance and spread north and south across the eastern horizon

Corals sprout on scattered clouds spreading rampantly as the far side is shadowed in blue steel for contrast.

Con Trails light up in vibrant pinks and yellows  All to the cheering of the dickie birds

The March winds stir up the colored clouds

Ravens crying and daffodils nodding their heads in tempo

The sun breaks the horizon shattering the colors in final crescendo and the morning fades away to a more uniform gradient blue

I Made Socks And You Can, Too!

9 Oct

I need to remember this

C.B. Wentworth

There’s nothing more frustrating for a crafter than owning a pair of knitting needles and having no clue how to use them. The last time I touched my needles, I was a teenager who thought it would be fun to learn how to knit so I could make my grandfather a scarf for Christmas.  After an hour of struggling to cast on, I asked my mother to show me how, but its pretty tough for a left-hander to duplicate the handiwork of a right-hander.  Trying to reverse the entire process gave me a massive headache, so I had her cast on for me before showing me how to make the stitches.  I managed to learn a basic knit stitch, but the finished “scarf” looked more like a poncho. To this day, I’m pretty sure whatever I was doing was not knitting.  My knitting needles trickled to the bottom of a…

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22 Things Happy People Do Differently

10 Apr


This article is from Chiara Fucarino. Enjoy!

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to address those with clinical depression or other mental illnesses.

happinessThere are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy, and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a person living in the slums of a third world country could be happy and content. I have spent plenty of time amongst both groups to have seen it first hand. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.

The question is: how do they do that?

It’s quite simple. Happy people have good habits that enhance their lives. They do…

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I think it may be time to hide

11 Jul

The spin and politics is truly disgusting.  I find myself snapping off my radio in utter irritation when I hear anything about the BS going on today.  I know sticking my head in the sand isn’t going to help anyone. However there is only so much BS I can listen to on any given morning on my way to work.  I have to preserve what is left of my sanity some how.  Maybe someday I can truly verbalize my “political” leanings.  (I would prefer to stand on my own two feet and not lean but well… )