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A Stunning New Study Shows Just How Deep the Scars of Childhood Bullying Go

At age 50, those who had been frequently bullied as a child were much more likely to have depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts and poor physical health than those who were not. In addition, they were less likely to have higher education degrees, high-paying jobs, romantic partners or social support. Even when childhood intelligence levels were taken into account, these adults also scored lower on cognitive IQ tests. In general, they reported lower quality of life and satisfaction.

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Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) is an invasive herb in the carrot family which was originally brought to North America from Asia and has since become established in the New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Northwest regions of the United States. Giant hogweed grows along streams and rivers and in fields, forests, yards and roadsides, and a giant hogweed plant can reach 14 feet or more in height with compound leaves up to 5 feet in width.

Giant Hogweed sap contains toxic chemicals known as Furanocoumarins. When these chemicals come into contact with the skin and are exposed to sunlight, they cause a condition called Phytophotodermatitis, a reddening of the skin often followed by severe blistering and burns. These injuries can last for several months, and even after they have subsided the affected areas of skin can remain sensitive to light for years. Furanocoumarins are also carcinogenic and teratogenic, meaning they can cause cancer and birth defects. The sap can also cause temporary (or even permanent) blindness if introduced into the eyes.

If someone comes into physical contact with Giant Hogweed, the following steps should be taken:
  • Wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and COLD water as soon as possible.
  • Keep the exposed area away from sunlight for 48 hours.
  • If Hogweed sap gets into the eyes, rinse them with water and wear sunglasses.
  • See a doctor if any sign of reaction sets in.
If a reaction occurs, the early application of topical steroids may lessen the severity of the reaction and ease the discomfort. The affected area of skin may remain sensitive to sunlight for a few years, so applying sun block and keeping the affected area shielded from the sun whenever possible are sensible precautions.
(Sources: Snopes, NYSDEC)









I don’t play a rogue much, but I did discover they applied this change to ferals as well.

I expected it, and I’m glad. Monks already have this ability, why can’t we!

Also it looks like assassination is the way to go in WoD. Can’t waaait.

I am going to be switching back to assassination since I love that spec so much. 

Jesus that is great news. It makes total sense and I’ll probably be more inclined to play a Rogue (and Feral) now.


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Top Text: “I’m going to report you”

Bottom Text: “Let me spell my name for you”

I work at the self proclaimed favorite store of America in the misses department usually. I was ringing up a customer for a couple pairs of socks when she realized one pair was on sale and said she’d go grab another pair and that I should help the customer behind her. So I set her items aside (two bundles of socks, and I clearly have no counter space, take the damn socks with you??) and am helping the next customer. A line begins to form so I’m working through it and this woman comes back with her socks as I’m about to start ringing a customer and shoves herself in front of a kind older French woman. I said I’d be with her in a moment when I’d finished ringing the customers in line before her. In a huff she loudly says “You’re gonna make me WAIT? None of the other cashiers in the store do this to me!” and the conversation proceeds with "Well, there’s another register with more cashiers just around the corner, and I don’t think there’s a line." and a pissy "There better not be!" so she walks off, comes back without going even 30 feet, and says "Wait wait! What was your name!? I’m mentioning this to the manager!" "Oh of COURSE ma’am. it’s Rachel. R-A-C-H-E-L. And the manager over there is Jennifer, she has red hair."

I’m moving and quitting/transferring out of state in like a month, and in the last few weeks I’ve just become super snarky and not putting up with the more ridiculous occurrences of bullshit from customers/coworkers/managers and it is SO much fun lol.


Do you still need more proof of rape culture?

As Noam Chomsky once pointed out for Z Magazine, old media types from the institutional bodies like American Enterprise Institute tend to regurgitate the same ideas with a reliability that is equally impressive and infuriating. While assuring the public that rape is a terrible crime, writers like Caroline Kitchens and Heather McDonald of right-wing think tank The Manhattan Institute try to claim that feminists have blown this whole rape culture thing way out of proportion.

Apparently, many women disagree. On Tuesday there were more than 1 million responses on the #RapeCultureIsWhen hashtag started by a frustrated Zerlina Maxwell in response to these right-wing narratives. 

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