In the Netherlands, abortion is freely available on demand. Yet the Netherlands boasts the lowest abortion rate in the world, about 6 abortions per 1000 women per year, and the complication and death rates for abortion are miniscule. How do they do it? First of all, contraception is widely available and free — it’s covered by the national health insurance plan. Holland also carries out extensive public education on contraception, family planning, and sexuality. An ethic of personal responsibility for one’s sexual activity is strongly promoted. Of course, some people say that teaching kids about sex and contraception will only encourage them to have lots of sex. But Dutch teenagers tend to have less frequent sex, starting at an older age, than American teenagers, and the Dutch teenage pregnancy rate is 9 times lower than in the U.S.
I saw this in a documentary once. They asked Dutch teenagers their thoughts on dudes carrying around condoms in their wallets. They all basically had the same opinion; if a guy DOES NOT have a condom on him (especially on a date where things could go in that direction), then he’s considered unsafe to sleep with and you should probably not be going out with him at all because he doesn’t care about safe sex.
When they switched it and asked the American teenagers the same question, they said if the guy DID have a condom on him, they’d think he was sleezy, only thought about sex, and they wouldn’t ever want to go on a date with him because you don’t know where he’s been.
There’s something really twisted about this stigma of a guy being prepared to have sex safely with a girl.
This is precisely why a puritanical view on sex as shameful, and a political party who capitalizes on that for power, is one of the most dangerous weapons against a citizenry.
“I got a fan letter from a young lady. It was a suicide note.
So I called her, and I said, “Hey, this is Jimmy Doohan. Scotty, from Star Trek.” I said, “I’m doing a convention in Indianapolis. I wanna see you there.”
I saw her — boy, I’m telling you, I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was definitely suicide. Somebody had to help her, somehow. And obviously she wasn’t going to the right people.
I said to her, “I’m doing a convention two weeks from now in St. Louis.” And two weeks from then, in somewhere else, you know? She also came to New York - she was able to afford to got to these places. That went on for two or three years, maybe eighteen times. And all I did was talk positive things to her.
And then all of the sudden — nothing. I didn’t hear anything. I had no idea what had happened to her because I never really saved her address.
Eight years later, I get a letter saying, “I do want to thank you so much for what you did for me, because I just got my Master’s degree in electronic engineering.”
That’s…to me, the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
James Lopez, a veteran Disney animator (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Paperman), is currently trying to raise money for his traditionally animated project Hullabaloo. Hullabaloo is a steampunk short film which Lopez is hoping will help save the cause of 2D animation, and possibly lead to a TV series or film. So, if you’re interested in badass steampunk ladies or traditional animation, may I recommend you give a dollar or two. Hullabaloo's IndieGogo page is over here, visit to donate and learn more! And I’ll conclude with the plot:Hullabaloo is the story of Veronica Daring, a brilliant young scientist who returns home from an elite finishing school to find her father—the eccentric inventor Jonathan Daring—missing without a trace! The only clue left behind points Veronica toward Daring Adventures, an abandoned amusement park used by her father to test his fantastical steam-powered inventions. There she discovers a strange girl named Jules, a fellow inventor who agrees to help Veronica in locating her missing father and discovering the secrets of his work.
Together, Veronica and Jules learn that Jonathan Daring has been kidnapped by a mysterious group of influential persons, who seek to use his latest invention for nefarious purposes. These villains are wealthy and influential and neither Veronica nor Jules can stop them openly. But determined to save her father and holding true to the family creed that technology should be used for the good of all, not the greed of some, Veronica assumes the secret identity of “Hullabaloo”, a goggled crusader who uses wits and science to combat evil and oppose the nefarious conspiracy that has taken her father.
Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou
Me and Mike Bidinger’s thesis film made during our years at Ringling. Please enjoy and share! :)
Ed Skudder and I were asked to do some small vocals for this really adorable and awesome student film by Michael Bidinger & Michelle Kwon!!! Sound design by Nick Ainsworth. Check it out, its got some great character animation, and the story is really great!
HERE’S THE MOTHERFUCKIN JURASSIC PARK THEME TO GET YOU THROUGH YOUR DAY. ENJOY
This theme is what happiness sounds like.
it’s almost two in the morning and I’ve had two red bulls in the past hour and I can’t stop laughing at this oh god what has my life come to
So basically I won this kindle and I don’t think I’m going to really use it, and I thought I might as well do a little give away for my followers?
If you win you will get:
- The Kindle shown in the pictures above
- a hot water bottle
- £10-£15 worth of British chocolate and/or sweets (you choose them)
- some e books..
The Ebooks I’ve put on the Kindle so far are:
- The Hobbit
- The Lord of The Rings Trilogy
- The Fault In Our Stars
- Looking for Alaska
- Game of Thrones (#1-5)
- Hannibal Trilogy
- Les Miserables
- The Hunger Games Trilogy
- the Harry Potter books
- (there is also an option for 1,000 free books at random)
- must be following me and Evie (she’s helped to fund this) I will check. Your names will be added an extra two times for following us both.
- Only reblogs count and you can reblog it as many times as you like
- feel free to ask me any questions if there is anything you’d like to know
CLOSES ON 13th JUNE 2014 at midnight because that’s my last exam date (and freedom, bitches)