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2020-04-01 06:07:54

    The COVID-19 Pandemic Exposes The Harm Of Denying Scientific Facts

    “The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have widespread consequences for the entire world on a wide variety of fronts: social, economic, and political all included. But the biggest lesson of all should be the scientific one: when we ignore the best recommendations of science, our entire society suffers unnecessarily. There’s the old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and the dangerous lie that harms all of society is the idea that the ounce of prevention is expendable. In many cases, such as COVID-19, the prevention is so necessary exactly because there is no cure.

    There are many challenges we all face in our day-to-day lives that consume us, and it’s a challenge to plan ahead weeks or months in advance, much less years, decades, or centuries, which is where the effects of global warming and climate change are most severe. But the science is real regardless of our beliefs and irrespective of our actions, and listening to it is one thing we can all do to improve not only our own lives, but to serve the public good.”

    Even as the number of people infected with COVID-19 threatens to pass the one million mark, and as the death toll has already exceeded 40,000, many are still denying the nature of this pandemic. If we want to slow the infection rate and decrease the number of deaths, we’ll be more successful if we’re all on board with what needs to be done, and that means that we all need to listen to the science.

    I cannot stop you from believing the dangerous lies told by others, but hopefully we can all agree to stop denying the science that underlies reality. The success of our society is at stake.

    shadow-spires

    Save The Blogs!

    Okay, folks. So. Tumblr’s jumped the shark in a big way, and I’m not even just talking about indiscriminately blocking all “adult” content on a platform that IS, in fact, primarily 18+.

    Many blogs, like the wonderful @blackkatmagic , that are not especially NSFW have vanished.

    (And I for one LIKE being able to go to curated porn blogs run by actual people and have a chance of finding stuff to my taste, it was one of the things that kept me on this hellsite, but that’s another issue entirely.)

    I know lots of people are talking about migrating, but none of us are sure to where yet. Pillowfort seems to be an option, some people are talking about Twitter. But for now, it’s a mess, and even if we knew where we were going, it’s often a huge process, and a lot of us have stuff on tumblr that ONLY exists there. One possible quick solution to save your blogs, both NSFW and personal, is to import it to WordPress. I found this solution through from frantic googling on how to save an entire blog, text posts an all. There are several apps for downloading all the pictures from a tumblr, (Plently for Windows, but only a few paid ones for mac, of which Tumbelog Picture Downloader is working for me so far) but this is the only solution I’ve seen so far that allows you to save EVERYTHING. I downloaded my NSFW blog in like 10 min. My regular blog, which is significantly larger, is in the process of importing, but I don’t anticipate any problems. I will, of course, update you if I have any.  

    This tutorial I found worked really easily. http://quickguide (.) tumblr (.) com/post/39780378703/backing-up-your-tumblr-blog-to-wordpress

    I put parenthesis around the .’s like we’re back in FF-Hell, just in case tumblr’s new thing about outgoing links kicks in. You know what to do.  To break it down, just in case:

     Sign up for a WordPress.com account at wordpress (.) com/start

    You’ll have to create an account, with your email, a username, and a password. They should send you a confirmation email immediately, check it, activate it, and you’re good to go.

    On the site, it will ask you for a site name. That page asks you a bunch of other information too, but you only have to fill out the site name.

    Then you have to give your site a URL. If you’re lucky, your tumblr URL is still available, if not you’ll have to come up with another one, sorry.

    It will tell you if that option is still available for free.

    Then it will ask you to pick a plan. Free is really good enough, I swear.

    Now you’re set up! You can import your tumblr! The only differences from the linked tutorial are that the Import button is now on the first level menu, not in tools.

    Hit Import, then you have to follow the link for “other importers”  at the bottom, to find the option for Tumblr.

    Then you’ll have to sign in with tumblr, using your normal tumblr credentials. You’ll be redirected there automatically. You’ll have to allow Wordpress permissions on your blog.

    Then your blogs, including all your sideblogs, will show up in wordpress.

    Hit import, wait a WHILE depending on the size of your blog, and you’re done!

    ALSO!!

    I made my NSFW blog private for now, since I don’t know WP’s policy on NSFW.

    This means that to access it, someone has to have an account and request access. But hey, part of our problem on this hellsite has been people going places they aren’t wanted, so I don’t personally see this as a bad thing. They can send a request from the landing site on your blog, you get an email, click a link in the email, and PRESTO, they have access.

    To make it private, go to Settings > Reading > Site Visibility. Go back and check, it took me changing the setting twice for it to actually stick.

    tl;dr, you can import your entire blog to wordpress in just a few step
    s. 

    I’m going to tag the hell out of this, in no particular order. PLEASE reblog this and spread the word so people know it’s an option. If you’re having trouble, PM me, and I’m happy to help.

    @gallusrostromegalus @kaciart @lena221bee @deadcatwithaflamethrower

    @norcumi @deandraws @morn-art, @thebisexualmandalorian @kristsune @marloviandevil @punsbulletsandpointythings @protagonistically @cris-art @elfda @fish-ghost @godtierwonder @heartslogos @haekass @iesika @incogneat-oh @itispossibleihaveissues @jaegervega @jhaernyl @the-last-hair-bender @kleine-aster @latenightcornerstore @lectorel @medievalpoc @mgnemesi @me-ya-ri @myurbandream @peskylilcritter @cywscross ,@cheshiresense @varevare @victoriousscarf @whatsmeantobe @swpromptsandasks @gabriel4sam @stonefreeak @brighteyedbadwolf @pumpkin-lith @puzzleshipper @suzukiblu @myurbandream @lacefedora @jademerien

    There are a whole bunch more, but that’s a start. Please reblog the hell out of this, so people are aware of this one simple option.

    gallusrostromegalus

    For people asking how to backup thier blog

    Enlightening the world, one sunspot sketch at a time

    Hisako Koyama was an astronomer who produced one of the most influential sunspot collections of the past 400 years.

    Born in Tokyo in 1916, Koyama grew up in a society that didn’t encourage young women to pursue careers. Koyama graduated from an all-girls high school in the 1930s, which was rare for girls of her time.

    From a young age, Koyama was fixated on the sky, and her father nurtured her growing enthusiasm. He bought her a telescope, and by 1944, Koyama directed that telescope toward the sun.

    Sunspots temporarily appear when there’s high magnetic activity in a concentrated area on the sun’s surface. The temperature in those places are cooler, and the spots produce less light than the rest of the surface. The sun goes through an 11-year solar cycle, and sunspot numbers fluctuate at the cycle’s end. Scientists track sunspots because they predicate solar activity like solar flares–which can mess with satellite communications around the Earth.

    Koyama hand drew sunspots every day. When her renderings are joined,  it’s like watching the spots move as the sun rotates each day.

    Koyama watched images like this for more than 40 years. She pulled together her life’s work, about 10,000 sunspot drawings from 1947 to 1984, and published them in her book called “Observations of Sunspots.”

    Koyama is considered a pioneer of Japanese citizen science and has been a messenger between the professional and amateur astronomy spheres. Today, astronomers from across the globe are learning from her work and hope her story can inspire young women everywhere to pursue their passions.

    Photos: Asahigraph, Kawade Shobo Shinsha Publishers, NASA/SDO, National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo