Distracted Biologist
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I feel like very few, or at least not many of the people of tumblr are aware of what is going on in my home country Hong Kong right now.

You guys gave alot of coverage and support when Scotland was voting for its independance, so I’m hoping you’ll all support the people of Hong Kong as well.

Right now, many of us are in a mass demonstration of pro-democracy against China. But wait a sec, isn’t Hong Kong China? This is a big misconception amongst foreigners, but please, we are far from being similar to China at all.

A little history class: Hong Kong used to be colonized by the British, and before you white-knights begin going all “them damn white racist ppl taking over another asian country” please don’t. We are thankful Britain took us under its wing and instilled in us values that I feel made us what we are today; that is, a democratic people with respect for free speech, amongst many things.

On the other hand, China is communist, with government controlled media and news. Google, instagram, facebook and many tv shows are blocked in China. It really is just a few steps from North Korea imo.

So what’s the problem here? Britain unfortunately had to hand back Hong Kong to China, but one of the requirements is that Hong Kong be allowed to operate as ‘one country two systems’, meaning Hong Kong should be able to have its own democratic government. But China has broken its promise. A while back, China tried to put a mandatory ‘national education’ curriculum in all our primary schools. We all know what that is; a communist brainwashing regime. And now, they have announced that in 2017 Hong Kong will be able to vote for its president; BUT only from 3 candidates hand picked by its PRO-BEIJING legislation.

As you can see, China is trying to takeover completely and turn us into another communist state.

Of course, we have taken to the streets. In a mirror if the Tiananmen protests, students have also stepped up to fight for our rights and our future, albeit in a peaceful protest of course. But the police force who have always been a friend of the people, are now responding with force, something that had never been done before in Hong Kong.

First it was pepperspray, then teargas. Then, armed forces came in qith rubber bullets. They warn they will come out with live ammunition soon if we do not get off the streets but the people continue to sit tight, disrupting businesses China so strive to takeover and make use of. It’s been 2 days now, but the people plan to continue at least till 1st October or even beyond. The significance is that October 1st is China’s National day, not ours, Hong Kong has not been granted it’s own National day.

Please spread the news. This is a country we’re talking about. These are my people.

You can join this event to wear yellow in support of my people on October 1st.

You can also read a more detailed explanation of what’s going down here and watch a live feed here.

yo this is literally where my blood lies. generations of enablement and opportunity come from here. stay strong, friends and family; proud of you.


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Mapping Voyager 1’s Incredible 36-Year Trek Through Space


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Last week I told you all that a school district in my city (San Diego Unified School District) acquired an MRAP (Mine-Resitant Ambush Protected) vehicle and was trying to present it to the community as a “rescue” vehicle for SDUSD schools.
Today I’m happy to say that SDUSD is returning the vehicle to the Department of Defense. NO ONE can ever tell me that activism & community organizing doesn’t work. We came together, made calls and put pressure on the Superintendent to have this vehicle removed from our school district and we won!
This vehicle, and others like it, do not belong in our communities and school districts. These are vehicles of fear and oppression. I was utterly shocked to see this in a school district were I live, but again, if we acquired one, I’m certain other school districts have too. LAUSD currently has 3 grenade launchers, an MRAP & 61 assault rifles. We should all be looking into the school districts in our respective cities to see what they may have acquired from the Military Surplus Program & then pressure them to return it.
We cannot allow our communities & schools districts to be militarized.



Take a few minutes to read…you will learn something.

Took a few minutes, found a bunch of errors.

First: Diet is the most effective way to lose weight. Change your diet, lose weight quickly. Most people just aren’t changing their diets the right way.

Second: your body is not a perfect bioenergetic machine. It has a whole hormone system that interacts with nutrients in varying ways. Calories in vs. calories out generally works, but not always. What does always work? Cutting out excess sugars.

Third: your body is amazing at digesting fats. Sugar tells your body to secrete more insulin from your pancreas, and insulin will tell your adipose (fatty) tissue to hypertrophy, which will increase the size of your fat. Basically, eating food with excess sugar leads to high blood glucose. Your body uses insulin to clear glucose from the blood and to put it into muscle, liver and fatty tissue. If you’re constantly too much sugar, as many of us are, you will get fat.

Third (part b): Fats tell your body to secrete more glucagon, which suppresses insulin. There was a study done awhile ago that showed people who had a high fat, high sugar diet would eat tons more than people who only ate a high fat diet. Fats are awesome, both saturated and unsaturated fats. It has high density of calories and helps you feel full, and they’re important for a host of tissues and functions in your body.

Fourth: Sodium does nothing for people who aren’t already at risk of some heart disease. Studies have been done by people who weren’t trying to blame sodium for stuff. Eat a ton of it, eat none of it, you’re gonna be fine unless you are already at risk of heart disease or diabetes or hypertension or what have you.

Fifth: Don’t eat grains in abundance. Avoid them. Want to lose weight? Start with this:

Cut out soda and candy, if you eat it. Get used to drinking water.

Next: Cut out cereal in the morning. Fry two eggs in coconut oil. Don’t worry about the cholesterol, the fats, anything. That stuff is great for you. Brain food. Full food.

Next: stop eating sandwiches. Avoid bread. I’m not saying go full paleo, but wheat is terrible for you. No molecule is more fattening than little wheaties.

This thing has some good information, but mostly bad information. You will need to change your lifestyle if you want to be healthy, but if you want to get skinny, you can do it with diet alone. It’s just a lot easier to eat healthy when you are exercising and need to focus on nourishing your body well.

Avoid any diet that tells you to avoid fats. Eat fat! Eat it up! Butter, coconut oil, olive oil, so much of it is good for you. I mean, avoid terrible fats, like vegetable oil and such. But the extra tasty ones? Go for it.

Sixth: Fructose is not good for you when it’s separated from its base food. So, apples are good, right? Apple juice is not. Oranges are wonderful for you! Orange juice is not. Think of it this way: both have fructose, but in order to get a serving of orange juice, you need the juice from several oranges, so you’re getting way more fructose. What’s wrong with fructose? It causes a much higher potential gain in visceral adipose tissue, or the fat that is much worse for you. So avoid sweet drinks in general. Diet, not diet, just don’t drink much of it.

All things in moderation. I eat junk food too, but you are not going to lose weight eating spaghetti and bread and all that nonsense. It’s terrible for you.

The sooner the populace figures out that insulin resistance is triggered by the standard American diet, the sooner we get a handle on obesity, diabetes, much of Alzheimer’s patients, a huge reduction in heart disease and a bunch of other health issues.

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Female pilots edited out of the Star Wars movies.

I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.

And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.

Wow thats a shame, even a nice old lady too.  These Space Valkyries  should have been left in.

They really should have.

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I lived, ate, and breathed Star Wars from age 2 until 2005 when RotS finally beat the enthusiasm out of me, and I have NEVER, EVER in all my reading on behind-the-scenes and makings-of heard of these shots. It’s a shame there was no relaunched edit of the original trilogy they could have slipped these in OH FUCKING WAIT THERE’S BEEN LIKE 3 OF THOSE NOW.

Fuck. FUCK. Whoever decided to edit out and bury these needs to french kiss an angle grinder.

I want to see the old lady in the A-Wing. Seriously, it’s like, she’s somebody’s grandma. Some kid in the Outer Rim Territories got greased by the Empire for seeing something she wasn’t supposed to see, and her grandma, the bush pilot, decided “Fuck this, I’m gonna strap on an fighter and make the Empire fucking PAY for the moment it decided to fuck with MY FAMILY.”


These are quickly being put into the “always reblog” category.

Whenever there is a war, there are women who are warriors. Then they get erased from history. Happens in real wars and fictional ones alike.


In the last few weeks, almost 200 students – almost all of them female – at Tottenville High School in Staten Island, New York have been given detention over dress code violations. 
Something’s very wrong here.


HOW LONG IT TAKES TO READ THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR BOOKS: http://shortlist.com/entertainment/books/how-long-it-takes-to-read-the-worlds-most-popular-books

I think its funny that I get lazy to read short novels but I’ll religiously read the entire harry potter and game of thrones series