8 Ill-advised Reasons for Getting Married, 1792

The History of Love

What would you say makes the most solid foundation for a marriage? Trust? Financial security? The sort of profound and death-defying passion that would make Jack & Rose weep with envy? [let’s face it, they are the modern-day Romeo & Juliet, and I’m only moderately ashamed to admit it.]

It was in the latter half of the eighteenth century that the concept of marrying for love began to gain currency in the English popular mindset, and the younger generation expected a bit more say in who their partner might be. Inevitably, centuries of parental tyranny in these matters meant that alliances negotiated in terms of acreage and titles continued to sweep many reluctant couples to the altar.

Here, however, we have a brilliant print suggesting that many people cannot be trusted with such a momentous decision, giving a range of slightly less conventional – but still remarkably unwise – reasons for marriage. Take…

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Fairytales Of Slavery: Societal Distinctions, Technoshamanism, and Nonhuman Personhood

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“How long have you been lost down here?
How did you come to lose your way?
When did you realize
That you’d never be free?”
–Miranda Sex Garden, “A Fairytale About Slavery”

One of the things I’ve been thinking about, lately, is the politicization of certain spaces within philosophy of mind, sociology, magic, and popular culture, specifically science fiction/fantasy. CHAPPiE comes out on Friday in the US, and Avengers: Age of Ultron in May, and while both of these films promise to be relatively unique explorations of the age-old story of what happens when humans create machine minds, I still find myself hoping for something a little… different. A little over a year ago, i made the declaration that the term to watch for the next little while thereafter was “Afrofuturism,” the reclaimed name for the anti-colonial current of science fiction and pop media as created by…

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Ab Routine – For Cutting

LEARN FROM THE PROS

Weighted Sit Ups or Cable Crunch

8-12 reps x 3 sets

For the weighted sit-ups, try not to use your legs and focus on your abdominals. For the cable crunch, try not to use your arms to force the weight down, concentrate on curling your abs to bring the weight down, your arms shouldn’t really move at all.

This primarily targets the upper abs.

Hanging Knee Raise to Side (Use Weight Between Feet if Necessary)

8-12 reps x 3 sets

Try not to swing your body when raising your knees. Also squeeze your knees up as high as possible to target those obliques.

Primarily targets the obliques and lower abs.

Flat Bench Leg Pull In (Use Dumbbell Between Feet If Need More Weight)

8-12 reps x 3 sets

Try to extend your legs as far out as possible to really stress those muscles.

Primarily works the lower abs.

Dumbbell or…

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Danger: Flu Vaccines

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Grivna, MarysueIn an article dated today, November 3, 2014, the dailymail.co.uk reported that ten-year old, Marysue Grivna from Florida, was inoculated with the flu vaccine and four days later she was paralyzed:

“Perfectly healthy’ Florida girl, 10, is paralyzed with rare brain infection and can no longer speak – four days after receiving flu shot”

According to the article, Marysue Grivna’s parents blame the flu vaccine given to her approximately a year ago.  Ten year old “Marysue was a perfectly healthy child who loved to run, play, and going to church”  her parents stated.

Upon examination, “the hospital received a sobering diagnosis – Marysue had a rare infection of the brain called acute disseminated encephalomyelitis, or ADEM.”

Further, the article states:  “In 2008, a 75-year-old woman developed ADEM two days after being vaccinated against influenza, eventually experiencing numbness and paralysis, before dying shortly afterwards.” (source: Dailymail.co.uk)

In the meantime, a…

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