Abraham “Bram” Stoker (8 November 1847 – 20 April 1912) was an Irish novelist and short story writer, best known today for his 1897 Gothic novel Dracula. During his lifetime, he was better known as personal assistant of actor Henry Irving and business manager of the Lyceum Theatre in London, which Irving owned.


lierdumoa submitted to medievalpoc:

The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural 

~ by Patricia McKissack J. Brian Pinkney 

This was one of my favorite short story collections as a child. Ghosts, gods and dark magic from the slave era onward.

Reply to the fluoride post

I do think that people should be informed but they should not be using inflammatory words. I like the motto your blog promotes “question everything” because I follow the skeptic philosophy. That being said, I question not only the promotion of the necessity of fluoride but the criticism for it as well. I would refrain from using words like “swallow this poison” in a scientific community because that show bias. I have read your links and they are generally pointing out the same (the most informative one you mentioned does not work, could you send me another?). As I have mentioned in my previous post, the dose is the poison and whether or not the fluoride in our water is necessary, it is not considered poisonous at the levels which they were tested here in the USA. If you were to remove that fluoride from the water, then it would be less exposure to our children but my point from the last submission’s journal article was that the water is the least of our concerns if you’re worried about fluoride poisoning. I cannot deny that water is a contributor but your concerns would be better placed elsewhere if it was for fluoride. You’re putting out a small fire (hard to change government policies and is a smaller contributor to the overall fluoride levels) rather than putting out the fire burning down the house (people can opt out of giving kids tea, high levels of fluoride similar to China now). Raise awareness in those areas and use less biased words and images to promote information.

I agree - children should not be drinking tea, it does have large amounts of fluoride, but that is because the plant itself has a propensity for taking up that particular element and in China, fluoride occurs naturally in high quantities and so the tea has even higher levels.  The fact is, 96% of all other industrialized countries have taken fluoride out of their water due to the possible harmful effects and yet in this country, most people have no idea that fluoride is in the water, that what is poured in the water comes from industrial waste, and that the fda says that’s fine.  Most people also don’t seem to be aware of the fact that the toothpaste they use states that should you swallow it, you should call poison control.  That is the same warning you will find on just about any household cleaner and I doubt you would argue that bleach or ammonia is not a poison.  So, should people be informed about the fluoride in tea - of course -  so they can make informed decisions.  Which is my whole point about fluoride in the water.  No one should be forced to ingest something they don’t know about that could cause them or their children damage.

Flouride nuerotoxicity

I was aware of your blog post about the neurotoxicity of flouride through a reblog recently. I am also a scientist and have read through the article you linked (thanks for pdf) and I searched for the referencing article on NCBI. Although I acknowledge that flouride is a neurotoxin, I cannot agree with what your post insinuates. That flouride in our water is detrimental to the developing children in the USA (or any first-world country). The journal does not state that, nor does the referencing article. The referencing article specifically states, “Such circumstances are difficult to find in many industrialized countries, because fluoride concentrations in community water are usually no higher than 1 mg/L, even when fluoride is added to water supplies as a public health measure to reduce tooth decay. Multiple epidemiological studies of developmental fluoride neurotoxicity were conducted in China because of the high fluoride concentrations that are substantially above 1 mg/L in well water in many rural communities, although microbiologically safe water has been accessible to many rural households as a result of the recent 5-year plan (2001–2005) by the Chinese government. It is projected that all rural residents will have access to safe public drinking water by 2020 (World Bank 2006).” (Anna L. Choi, et al.) If you are a man/woman of science as you have stated, please do not insinuate things through pictures that can be easily misunderstood. As my superiors have told me many times, “The dose makes the poison.”

You are exactly right - the does does indeed make the poison.  Which is entirely the point.  A small child will drink much more water to body mass ratio than an adult and therefore the child is getting a much higher dose of the poison than the adult.  As each adult drinks and eats varying amounts of water and other products containing fluoride, each person is getting a varied amount of the poison in their system.  If you read the articles, you understand that fluoride is cumulative - the body has no means to get rid of it.  If you have ever seen the damage done to a child’s teeth and/or bones, you would not be so quick to dismiss this particular poison.  If a doctor were to prescribe this same “drug” you could choose not to take it - just like any other drug.  When they dump it into the water no one has a choice - we are “drugged” whether we like it or not.  And that is the other issue.  If you have no problem taking fluoride then go ahead but everyone should have that choice for themselves and their children.


Male Privilege is the comments section of this article 


male privilege is believing if a woman is into kink that she deserves to get assaulted. Male privilege is thinking if a woman gets back into an abusive relationship she deserves what she gets. 

And thats just the Chris Brown comments, the rest make me just as sick 


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