"I used to be a three sport athlete, but then I went through a rough period and put on some weight. The toughest part has been my mom. I feel like she doesn’t like me anymore. I know it’s out of concern, but she says things like: ‘Other people have commented.’ And: ‘If your friends were really your friends, they wouldn’t let this happen to you.’ I know it’s out of concern, and I know she loves me, but it feels like she doesn’t like me anymore."
Heartbreaking. I have no idea if the young woman here will ever see this, but a few things. 1) How you look is so much less important than who you are. 2) If you are concerned about your looks, don’t be, my first reaction to this photo was “aw she’s pretty and holy crap that guy photobombed the crap out of this photo”. 3) Judging from this photo your body weight is no where near the line where it would start to convey health risks. 4) If you are concerned about weight and health pick a fun activity and exercise with the goal of moving instead of losing weight (exercise conveys health benefits regardless of weight loss).
Things about the government shutdown:
DoD: Mainly funded
DHS: Paying 86% of employees
Dept of Veterans Affairs: If this last 2 weeks they may not pay benefits for a bit.
State department will be mainly fine
Dept of HUD: Basically gone (but you can get a new FHA loan it will just take forever)
Dept. of Commerce: Furloughing 85% of employees
Dept. of Energy: Furloughing 70% of employees (who needs science)
Dept of Education: Almost entirely furloughed (who needs education)
CDC: 70% furloughed (what could go wrong)
NASA: 98% furloughed (seriously, fuck science)
NIH: No new research, no new patients in studies other problems (Who needs health research)
Smithsonian: Shut down
NSF: Basically shut down and no money out to researchers (remember what I said about science?)
EPA: 93% shutdown.
SBA: No new loans (good for small businesses)
SNAP and WIC: Probably hugely cut (poor people can just rely on all of our generosity for food).
One thing that looking into this has made clear to me. I need to donate more money to help poor people eat today.
~Professor and Physicist Kyle McElroy
(One of my dearest, oldest, smartest friends. Breaking it down like he do.)
As a Canadian Science gradstudent who is ~60% done a PhD and looking to maybe work in The States for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, this nonsense gives me pause, so much pause. (That and the awful way Health Insurance works in the country….)
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