10 Year Old Cat Huck Finn Helps Heal Sick Portland Kids
Huck Finn, a 10 year old tabby cat, does the rounds at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital helping sick children get better and bringing comfort and smiles to the little patients. Huck pops into their room and lies down next to them, purring away.
Via Love Meow
Forget stardust—you are iron. Your blood is nothing but ferrous liquid. When you bleed, you reek of rust. It is iron that fills your heart and sits in your veins. And what is iron, really, unless it’s forged?
You are iron.
And you are strong.
We live in a rusty universe. Oxygenated heme is the color of life, the color of passion, the reason we see red of as ripe and warm, the reason we see it as dangerous and frightening. Blood, breath and Earth, we’re all rusty.(via jtotheizzoe)
But a female dummy didn’t become a mandatory part of frontal crash tests until last year. For all this time, the average American guy stood for us all.
That may have had a substantial impact on women’s auto safety. If airbags are designed for the average male, they will strike most men in the upper chest, creating a cushion for their bodies and heads. Yet small women might hit the airbag chin first, snapping their heads back, potentially leading to serious neck and spinal injuries.
In some cases, according to tests with female mannequins, small women were almost three times as likely as their average male counterparts to be seriously injured or killed. A study of actual crashes by the University of Virginia’s Center for Applied Biomechanics found that women wearing seatbelts were 47 percent more likely to be seriously injured than males in similar accidents.
Time and again, we are reminded that women still struggle to receive equal pay and treatment in the work place. Women haven’t received equal treatment in the design of the cars they drive, either — and it may have had deadly results.
In honor of International Women’s Day, I’m going to focus on how public health and safety can work to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression. Crash-test dummies are an easy place to start.