—my essay (due tomorrow)
- TV show producer: Okay so hear me out. Let's do a show starring VEGETABLES, but...they're CHRISTIANS.
So I just watched a Nazi propaganda film for my lit and pop-culture class and I have never felt more angry, terrified, or uncomfortable after watching anything in my entire life. Just, the marching and the yelling and the super homo-erotic training camp and the weird mustaches and the just no. no.
#DidYouKnow #Deaf #DeafAwareness #education #SignLanguage #advocacy #NMSCares
This is actually sadly relevant. I had a lecture this summer about sign languages and Deaf culture and when I was finished, one hearing girl from the audience stayed behind to ask me some more question.
She asked me: “And your parents use sign language, right?” Like it was the most obvious thing in the world and why is she even asking this, of course my parents must know sign language.
"No… They don’t, actually."
"And how do you communicate, then?"
"But… isn’t that complicated for you?"
"It is, sometimes."
"They probably didn’t have time for it…" she said. And I haven’t the heart to tell her that my father was offered sign language courses several times, that I offered to teach them some signs and that they always refused.
But I did told her: “It is not that rare. Most of deaf people I know have hearing parents who don’t sign.”
It’s the sad truth. People are willing to pay for surgeries to “repair” their children, but they are not willing to learn something to communicate with them.
i’d like to add onto this with my own personal experience, too. i was born hearing, but as soon as i was diagnosed as HoH, my parents didn’t do anything to learn ASL. they were quick to put me in classes, but they wouldn’t when i suggested to them that they take the classes with me so that we could learn.
i’ve tried to teach my mom how to sign numerous times, but she always says that “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks,” to which i tell her that she can learn, she just doesn’t want to. which is true. neither of my parents want to learn how to sign, but they want me to be able to hear perfectly so they don’t have to repeat themselves.
little do they know that their frustration with me not being able to hear them would be solved if they would just learn how to sign. maybe signing something to me once instead of repeating themselves four times and then getting mad would be more beneficial.
I’m absolutely shocked at this, it’s never crossed my mind that many parents wouldn’t even try to meet their hard of hearing kids halfway.
Imma just let this sit here
MOTHA FUCKIN SCIENCE
They turned RNA into an anti-virus program. That is amazing.
Let me restate this in case it didn’t sink in the first time
Researchers physically DELETED ALL TRACES of the HIV virus from a human cell.
ALL OF IT.
IF YOU ARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT THAT I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT HIV IS
Here’s the link to the journal article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Yes, I know you need a subscription to access PNAS articles, but if you don’t have a university library to look it up in you can at least see the abstract. I really like linking back to the actual scientific paper because what the specific research for a project says is important in science reporting.
From the Discussion:
The Cas9/gRNA technology platform is facile, versatile and improving rapidly, and clinical application is anticipated, particularly in the fields of virus infection, genetic diseases, and cancer. Here, we found that LTR-directed gRNA/Cas9 eradicates the HIV-1 genome and effectively immunizes target cells against HIV-1 reactivation and infection with high specificity and efficiency. These properties may provide a viable path toward a permanent or “sterile” HIV-1 cure, and perhaps provide a means to eradicate and vaccinate against other pathogenic viruses. In the current study, we have mainly focused our efforts on myeloid lineage cells (microglia/macrophage), which are the primary cell types that harbor HIV-1 in the brain. However, this proof of concept is certainly applicable to any other cell type, including T-lymphoid cells, astrocytes, and neural stem cells.
They’ve been successful with a model for one type of cell that can be infected with HIV, so to continue the research, other types of cells need to be tested. They need to see if HIV can be removed from those at a high rate of success with little damage to anything that’s not HIV. They also would need to look at different types of HIV since it has various mutations. They are still not close to anything like a clinical trial, but this is still pretty awesome!