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Just filled out my health insurance forms!

yeah!!! fucking around with health insurance forms!!!!

I hate when people complain about “oh health forms are stupid they want my biological sex instead of my gender!!!!” or “they only have male or female!!!”

There’s a reason for that, you dumb fucks, and they’re referring to biological sex

Different health risks are present in different sexes, and whatever gender is in your head does not change the fact that if you were born female, you have a higher risk for certain cancers and osteoporosis, and if you were born male you have a higher risk for heart disease and often a shorter lifespan than a female.

In other words, your biological sex is an important factor in health and health insurance, and your special snowflake status doesn’t change that.

Coulda said it nicer but it’s true; it’s about health.

No. There gets a point where nice doesn’t work. There’s too many stupid ass angsty teens on here that are gonna get themselves seriously hurt or sick because they wanna be a special fucking snowflake. Lemme tell you a thing. Doctors don’t give a flying fuck what you identify as. All they want to know is do you have two X chromosomes or an XY? Because cancer and lupus and certain medicines don’t give a flying fuck what pronouns you use. This is about your fucking LIFE. stop being angsty for TWELVE SECONDS because when you’re in an ambulance or going into cardiac arrest or whatever the situation may be, it’s ESSENTIAL that you get your head out of your ass long enough to tell them your BIOLOGICAL SEX that you were BORN WITH. It literally may save your life.

I am happy to address you by your preferred pronouns, but agree it’s important to be open about your medical history, including if your presentation now is different than at birth, and any medications or surgeries involved in transition. This is not to cause any anxiety or distress, but to ensure that we are treating you optimally :)

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This is Duolingo, a language-learning website/app that deserves some serious recognition. It offers over 10 languages for English speakers, as well as courses for non-English speakers around the world, and they’re in the process of adding more. 

But wait, I don’t want to do any more schoolwork! Not to worry little one, Duolingo is actually more like a game. You can compete with friends, and earn “lingots” (which are basically Duolingo money) to buy power-ups, extra activities, and bonus skills - like Flirting.

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I’m already taking a language, what do I need this for? 

It’s not really a secret that most school language courses (in America, anyway) suck and only teach you to speak the language at about a third grader’s level. Which is why Duolingo is so freaking awesome.

Teachers can’t give every student individualized attention, but Duolingo can. If you’re not learning the way you want to or as much as you want to in the classroom, Duolingo is a really great resource. It’s easy, tailored to you, and really effective.

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Duolingo tracks your progress and reminds you when you haven’t studied for a while or need a refresher on something. Already semi-fluent in a language? No problem, just take a shortcut to more advanced subjects or test out of the lesson. 

The lessons start with the basics (he, she, hello, thank you, etc) and move up to harder stuff. Duolingo focuses on vocabulary first, so you can learn the language and then the grammar that goes with it - much simpler than the system most schools use. It also tracks the number of words you’ve learned and how well you know them.

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And you don’t even have to write out the flashcards!

Duolingo is perfect for reviewing everything you forgot over the summer or giving you the extra help you need. And if you’re trying to learn a language on your own, it’s fantastic - you don’t have to create your own lessons. Whether you’re trying to learn your second, third, or fifth language, I seriously recommend Duolingo.

Okay, what else?

Duolingo also has discussion boards, where you can ask for help with a hard lesson, make new friends, watch for updates, and share your achievements.

Even better is the Immersion feature. It won’t send you to Spain or France, but it’s pretty awesome. Duolingo takes real articles from the internet, which users translate. You can translate articles from your native language into the language you’re learning or vice versa, which gives you more experience and makes the Internet more universal.

You can suggest new languages and track Duolingo’s progress in creating new courses. Bilinguals (older than 13) can help to create these courses. Duolingo has a long list of courses that can be contributed to, like Punjabi, Hebrew, and Vietnamese. Oh, and Dothraki, Klingon, Sindarin, and Esperanto.

And the best part? IT’S COMPLETELY FREE. 

If you love languages or just want to pass French class this year, USE DUOLINGO. Download the app and practice a language while you wait for the bus instead of playing Angry Birds!

Coolest app I’ve ever downloaded.

I love duolingo you can friend me @ havocados

Reblogging so I remember to check this out.

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Shen Shaomin’s Beautiful And Terrifying Bone Sculptures

Bones automatically insinuate death, and often are the only physical remnant that insinuates life once existed. Shen Shaomin‘s bone works are equal parts terrifying and fascinating, man-made memorials to human intervention on the planet. Creatures that never have been or should be are pieced together from human and animal skeletons. The bones are carved and relief-carved with text taken from several sources, including the Bible, the Koran, and various sources. Inscribed in English, Arabic, and Chinese, the texts serve as warnings to the two largest industrial nations in the world of the damage being caused to the planet.

via Emmanuel Chaussade 

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I bought some lip balms from a company called Hurraw! because vegan lip balms (that work well) seem to be impossible to find. And every time I did manage to find a vegan lip balm, the company also sold non-vegan lip balms and I would somehow end up making the mistake of purchasing a balm full of beeswax. Hurraw! balms are perfect because each one is vegan ( and cruelty free AND raw) and they come in 22 different varieties. Above are the four I purchased plus an extra that the nice people at Hurraw! sent. I bought Pitta, Kapha, Green Tea, and Grapefruit, and they sent an Chai Spice as an added bonus.

  • Pitta is a sesame seed oil and coconut oil base with hints of lemongrass, coconut, and mint. (Second favorite!)
  • Kapha is also a sesame seed and coconut oil base with infused grapefruit, ginger, and eucalyptus.
  • Green tea has an almond oil and candelilla wax base with green tea leaf powder.
  • Grapefruit has an almond oil and candelilla wax base with grapefruit peel oil infused. (My favorite!)
  • And Chai spice is also almond and candelilla wax based with a really spicy, cardamom scent. (Boyfriend’s personal fav!)
  • They are about $4 and ship worldwide.

The small touches this company adds are really incredible. Above is the bag they sent the lip balms in, which is a reusable tea bag printed with food-safe dye! This is a really cute touch. They also wrote a really cute note on my invoice with their favorites! So far, all of these balms smell incredible and feel even better. I have no doubt that Hurraw! balms will be the only lip balms I use from here on out. I would also recommend that you buy them directly through their website because the packaging and care that goes into these balms is really charming!

My boyfriend is so excited about this tea-bag because he’s been wanting a reusable one for ages!

*These were not sent for review and I purchased them!* - Rowan

I placed a huge order with Hurraw after initially receiving a balm in a vegan cuts beauty box. Not only is the product wonderful, but the company is totally lovely too.

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