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Steven Perez

Steven Perez

Hopping Master of the White Rain. Rabbit of the Radical Mien. As old as my skin, and a little older than my teeth. GV: (830) 743-9770.
think-progress: "It’s not controversial to say that human activity is contributing in some way. The question is how serious that is" - Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana Turns out pretty serious for your state. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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"It’s not controversial to say that human activity is contributing in some way. The question is how serious that is" - Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana 
  
Turns out pretty serious for your state.
Ohio Supreme Court ruled 6-1 to potentially allow part of a state wildlife area to be strip-mined for coal. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
It’s not that journalism has to flatter, but it has some responsibility to facts and reality, and a misjudgment of this magnitude suggests you are not aware of what it means, right now, to call someone an “Angry Black Woman” in the pages of a national newspaper. If you’re going to write about the explosion of a stereotype your piece should at... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
Gilliam didn’t need to repudiate his relationship with the mainstream film industry, which had pretty much turned its back on him after the commercial failure of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” in 1998 – a movie that looks, in retrospect, like the ultimate distillation of his grotesque and visionary directorial style. Gilliam pioneered the blend... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
RT @shaunking: Please share this. Make it viral. Get this on the news. ALL of the tweets & facts we exposed in one PLACE here -> https://storify.com/VeryWhi...
RT @shaunking: Please share this. Make it viral. Get this on the news. ALL of the tweets & facts we exposed in one PLACE here -> https://storify.com/VeryWhiteGuy/shaunking-exposes-ferguson-pd-lie-about-distance-f
My Top 5 Artists (Week Ending 2014-9-14) - http://www.last.fm/user...
Blue Swede (3) Disturbed (2) Alison Krauss (2) Poe (2) Stan Bush (2)  Imported from Last.fm Tumblr by JoeLaz - Steven Perez
Man Kills Daughter, Six Grandchildren, Commits Suicide In Florida - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014...
Study Takes Down T-Mobile’s ‘Facade of Good Behavior’ Toward Workers - http://blog.workingamerica.org/2014...
BREAKING: Kansas Senate Ballots Will Be Sent Out Without Dem Nom - http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewir...
After 11 Years, CNN Techs Finally Get Justice - http://blog.workingamerica.org/2014...
the-nerd-professor: Marvel Babies from Skottie Young Team Marvel Babies Concept by Skottie Young Deviant Art - Tumblr - Twitter - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
the-nerd-professor:
  
Marvel Babies from Skottie Young
 
Team Marvel Babies Concept
 
by Skottie Young
 
Deviant Art - Tumblr - Twitter
Meet the Women Workers Who Make All Other Work Possible - http://blog.workingamerica.org/2014...
markruffalo: Methane is disastrous for our climate. bit.ly/1sgqyrK - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
markruffalo:
  
Methane is disastrous for our climate. bit.ly/1sgqyrK
Good morning, FriendFeed.
A nice, lazy Saturday morning. :) - Steven Perez from Bookmarklet
Good Morning Bunneh! - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Good morning, DB. :) - Steven Perez
hey Mr. B good to see ya! - GRANDMAFORSCARLETT
Good morning. - John (bird whisperer)
Hey, Val. :) - Steven Perez
Good morning, John. :) - Steven Perez
jakitsol: listoflifehacks: If you like this list of life hacks, follow ListOfLifeHacks for more like it! the last one is kickass! - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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listoflifehacks:
  
If you like this list of life hacks, follow ListOfLifeHacks for more like it!
  
the last one is kickass!
I like the flooring idea, but I imagine it would take a lot of sanding or planing. - Ken Morley
recall-all-republicans: Vote. Them. Out. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
recall-all-republicans:
  
Vote. Them. Out.
mothernaturenetwork: Science says: Men with big bellies are better lovers Though the study’s assumption of what “better” means is pretty specific. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Science says: Men with big bellies are better lovers
Though the study’s assumption of what “better” means is pretty specific.
Well.... - DB, Lil LB's Dad
Yay for science! :D - Steven Perez
awesomebunnies: Veryfatbunny: Smell that? Love is in the air ! - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
awesomebunnies:
  
Veryfatbunny:
Smell that? Love is in the air !
questionall: If you’ve never read this book, you should. It’s like reading about the society we live in right now and it’s very scary indeed. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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If you’ve never read this book, you should. It’s like reading about the society we live in right now and it’s very scary indeed.
I am such an old man. Lasted all the way to 8:45 before I finally gave up and went to bed last night. Friday night, 8:45 pm. I'm going back in time to warn my younger self.
science-and-logic: Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors. Autism has also been linked to dysfunction of the amygdala, a brain structure involved in processing emotions. Now Caltech researchers have discovered antagonistic neuron populations in... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Humans with autism often show a reduced frequency of social interactions and an increased tendency to engage in repetitive solitary behaviors. Autism has also been linked to dysfunction of the amygdala, a brain structure involved in processing emotions. Now Caltech researchers have discovered antagonistic neuron populations in the mouse amygdala that control whether the animal engages in social behaviors or asocial repetitive self-grooming. This discovery may have implications for understanding neural circuit dysfunctions that underlie autism in humans. This discovery, which is like a “seesaw circuit,” was led by postdoctoral scholar Weizhe Hong in the laboratory of David J. Anderson, the Seymour Benzer Professor of Biology at Caltech and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. The work was published online on September 11 in the journal Cell. “We know that there is some hierarchy of behaviors, and they interact with each other because the animal can’t exhibit both social and asocial behaviors at the same time. In this study, we wanted to figure out how the brain does that,” Anderson says. Anderson and his colleagues discovered two intermingled but distinct populations of neurons in the amygdala, a part of the brain that is involved in innate social behaviors. One population promotes social behaviors, such as mating, fighting, or social grooming, while the other population controls repetitive self-grooming — an asocial behavior. Interestingly, these two populations are distinguished according to the most fundamental subdivision of neuron subtypes in the brain: the “social neurons” are inhibitory neurons (which release the neurotransmitter GABA, or gamma-aminobutyric acid), while the “self-grooming neurons” are excitatory neurons (which release the neurotransmitter glutamate, an amino acid). To study the relationship between these two cell types and their associated behaviors, the researchers used a technique called optogenetics. In optogenetics, neurons are genetically altered so that they express light-sensitive proteins from microbial organisms. Then, by shining a light on these modified neurons via a tiny fiber optic cable inserted into the brain, researchers can control the activity of the cells as well as their associated behaviors. Using this optogenetic approach, Anderson’s team was able to selectively switch on the neurons associated with social behaviors and those linked with asocial behaviors. With the social neurons, the behavior that was elicited depended upon the intensity of the light signal. That is, when high-intensity light was used, the mice became aggressive in the presence of an intruder mouse. When lower-intensity light was used, the mice no longer attacked, although they were still socially engaged with the intruder — either initiating mating behavior or attempting to engage in social grooming. When the neurons associated with asocial behavior were turned on, the mouse began self-grooming behaviors such as paw licking and face grooming while completely ignoring all intruders. The self-grooming behavior was repetitive and lasted for minutes even after the light was turned off. The researchers could also use the light-activated neurons to stop the mice from engaging in particular behaviors. For example, if a lone mouse began spontaneously self-grooming, the researchers could halt this behavior through the optogenetic activation of the social neurons. Once the light was turned off and the activation stopped, the mouse would return to its self-grooming behavior. Surprisingly, these two groups of neurons appear to interfere with each other’s function: the activation of social neurons inhibits self-grooming behavior, while the activation of self-grooming neurons inhibits social behavior. Thus these two groups of neurons seem to function like a seesaw, one that controls whether mice interact with others or instead focus on themselves. It was completely unexpected that the two groups of neurons could be distinguished by whether they were excitatory or inhibitory. “If there was ever an experiment that ‘carves nature at its joints,’” says Anderson, “this is it.” This seesaw circuit, Anderson and his colleagues say, may have some relevance to human behavioral disorders such as autism. “In autism,” Anderson says, “there is a decrease in social interactions, and there is often an increase in repetitive, sometimes asocial or self-oriented, behaviors” — a phenomenon known as perseveration. “Here, by stimulating a particular set of neurons, we are both inhibiting social interactions and promoting these perseverative, persistent behaviors.” Studies from other laboratories have shown that disruptions in genes implicated in autism show a similar decrease in social interaction and increase in repetitive self-grooming behavior in mice, Anderson says. However, the current study helps to provide a needed link between gene activity, brain activity, and social behaviors, “and if you don’t understand the circuitry, you are never going to understand how the gene mutation affects the behavior.” Going forward, he says, such a complete understanding will be necessary for the development of future therapies. But could this concept ever actually be used to modify a human behavior? “All of this is very far away, but if you found the right population of neurons, it might be possible to override the genetic component of a behavioral disorder like autism, by just changing the activity of the circuits — tipping the balance of the see-saw in the other direction,” he says. Story Source: The above story is based on materials provided by California Institute of Technology. The original article was written by Jessica Stoller-Conrad. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length. Journal Reference: Weizhe Hong, Dong-Wook Kim, David J. Anderson. Antagonistic Control of Social versus Repetitive Self-Grooming Behaviors by Separable Amygdala Neuronal Subsets. Cell, 2014; 158 (6): 1348 DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2014.07.049
ucantprayawaythegay: descentintotyranny: Over 1,000 Protest in Ferguson, Call for Highway Shutdown Monday Ya’ll they so badly are hoping we forget. That this will lose steam.. - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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descentintotyranny:
  
Over 1,000 Protest in Ferguson, Call for Highway Shutdown Monday
  
Ya’ll they so badly are hoping we forget. That this will lose steam..
assholeofday: Monica Wehby, Asshole of the Day for September 19, 2014 by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat) Someone over at Buzzfeed noticed that Dr. Monica Wehby’s campaign had plagiarized their health care plan from Crossroads USA. Now the plagiarism itself is probably not a big deal. Ed Kilgore points out that Karl Rove isn’t going to sue her... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Monica Wehby, Asshole of the Day for September 19, 2014
 
by TeaPartyCat (Follow @TeaPartyCat)
 
Someone over at Buzzfeed noticed that Dr. Monica Wehby’s campaign had plagiarized their health care plan from Crossroads USA.
 
Now the plagiarism itself is probably not a big deal. Ed Kilgore points out that Karl Rove isn’t going to sue her over it. But what is a big deal is that, when asked about it, the campaign says:
  
“The suggestion that a pediatric neurosurgeon needs to copy a health care plan from American Crossroads is absurd,” a Wehby campaign spokesman told BuzzFeed News. “Dr. Wehby is too busy performing brain surgery on sick children to respond, sorry.”
  
This response is great if you don’t think about it too much. She’s saying: Too busy saving children! Not like you petty, partisan hacks in the media.
 
Of course when you think about it for a minute, here’s where you end up:
 
Her campaign website, the one with the plagiarized health plan, also says this in her bio:
  
In 2011, Dr. Wehby was elected to the board of trustees at the American Medical Association on a platform of being a conservative change agent. Monica resigned from the board of the AMA to run for the United States Senate in 2013. She currently resides in Portland with her four teenage children.
  
So she quit her job at the AMA to run for Senate. She knew she’d be busy. But too busy to respond to this accusation.
 
And she wasn’t too busy to get endorsed by the NRA. But too busy to respond to you trolls in the media.
 
And not too busy to campaign. I mean look at all these photos of her out campaigning!
 
 
Nope. Not too busy to campaign. The only thing she’s too busy for, is commenting on accusations of plagiarism. That she just copied her whole healthcare plan from Karl Rove’s SuperPAC. But she has no time to talk about that because she’s too busy saving childrens’ lives!
 
We suspect that if the accusation weren’t true, somehow she’d find time to comment. Don’t you?
 
But, regardless, let’s put aside the question of whether she’s too busy to answer this accusation. Instead let’s ask
 Will she be too busy to vote in the Senate? Too busy to listen to her constituents? Too busy to read the bills she votes on? 
I mean, children won’t stop needing her services and be miraculously cured while she serves in the Senate. Because if she’s too busy to answer questions about her health plan, and whether she just copied it from Karl Rove, then she’s probably too busy to govern responsibly, right?
 
But that’s not how she sees it. And that’s why she is the Asshole of the Day.
 
It is Dr. Wehby’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
 
Full story: Political Animal at Washington Monthly.
mediamattersforamerica: Read the report that Bernie Sanders mentions HERE. While Big Money invades U.S. elections and stifles our democracy (thanks, Senate Republicans!), mainstream media remain silent. From Reuters: This week the U.S. Senate considered a constitutional amendment that would have allowed Congress and state legislatures to limit the... - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
mediamattersforamerica:
  
Read the report that Bernie Sanders mentions HERE.
 
While Big Money invades U.S. elections and stifles our democracy (thanks, Senate Republicans!), mainstream media remain silent.
 
From Reuters: 
  
This week the U.S. Senate considered a constitutional amendment that would have allowed Congress and state legislatures to limit the power of money in politics. The debate was not much covered in the media because the outcome was so predictable. But the party-line vote that killed it should not go unnoted.
 
A remarkable majority of the American public — 79 percent according to Gallup — want campaign finance reform. The right and left, the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street, even Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly agree that, left unchecked, Big Money corrupts politics and undermines democracy.
  
When people say democracy depends heavily on reliable media reporting, this is exactly what they’re talking about. As Republicans block efforts for campaign finance reform, Americans aren’t being informed that it’s happening — a responsibility that lies with the press. 
 
This is completely unacceptable. The American media is failing us. 
allthingseurope: Frigiliana, Spain (by Gene Krasko Photography) - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Frigiliana, Spain (by Gene Krasko Photography)
carathedory: Perugia, Italy - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Perugia, Italy
allthingseurope: Vaduz, Liechtenstein (by Rich2012) - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
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Vaduz, Liechtenstein (by Rich2012)
allthingseurope: Belsay Castle, UK (by Experience North Country) - http://silas216.tumblr.com/post...
allthingseurope:
  
Belsay Castle, UK (by Experience North Country)
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