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Tell them to stop listening to my farts

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Anna Trupiano:

Today in 1st grade one of my Deaf students farted loudly in class and other students turned to look at them. The following is a snippet of a 15 minute conversation that happened entirely in American Sign Language among the group of Deaf students and I.

Kid 1:

Why are they looking at me?
Me:
Because they heard you fart.
Kid 1:
Whhhhat do you mean?!?!
Me:
Hearing people can hear farts.
Kid 2:
*Totally horrified* Wait, they can hear all farts?!?!
Me:
Well no. Not all farts but some of them yes.
Kid 3:
How do you know which farts they can hear and which farts they can't?
Me:
Hmmm....you know how sometimes you can feel your butt move when you fart? A lot of those they can hear. But if your butt doesn't move it's more likely they didn't hear it.
Kid 1:
TELL THEM TO STOP LISTENING TO MY FARTS! THAT IS NOT NICE!
Me:
Hearing kids can't stop hearing farts, it just happens.
Kid 2:
I just will stop farting then.
Me:
Everyone farts, it is healthy. You can't stop.
Kid 3:
Wait. Everyone? Even my mom?
Me:
Yep.
Kid 2:
My dad?
Me:
Yep.
Kid 1:
......You?
Me:
Yep.
Kids:
*Laugh hysterically*
Kid 1:
...So you can hear and smell all the farts?
Me:
Some of the farts yes. Not all of them.
Kid 2:
Can hearing people see farts?
Kid 3:
Yeah. Green smoke comes out of their butt, I saw it on TV.
Me:
That doesn't happen in real life.
Kid 1:
What?! Ugh. I don't understand farts.

......I went to college for 8 years to have these conversations.

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

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This is just beautiful.
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Secret CIA Document Shows Plan to Test Drugs on Prisoners

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Thanks to an ACLU victory in federal court, we know much more about how CIA doctors violated the medical oath to “do no harm.”

One of the most important lessons of the CIA’s torture program is the way it corrupted virtually every individual and institution associated with it. Over the years, we have learned how lawyers twisted the law and psychologists betrayed their ethical obligations in order to enable the brutal and unlawful torture of prisoners.

Now we’ve won the release of a 90-page account of the CIA’s Office of Medical Services role in the CIA torture program — a secret history written by the top CIA medical official, whose identity remains classified.

The history reveals that CIA doctors were hunting for a “truth serum” to use on prisoners as part of a previously secret effort called Project Medication. The CIA studied records of old Soviet drug experiments as well as the CIA’s notorious and discredited MK-Ultra program, which involved human experimentation with LSD and other drugs on unwitting subjects. The CIA doctors involved in Project Medication wanted to use Versed, a psychoactive drug similar to some of those used in MK-Ultra, on prisoners.

The CIA ignored lessons from its own history. After MK-Ultra was shut down, the CIA director testified in 1977, “It is totally abhorrent to me to think of using humans as guinea pigs.” But decades later, the agency decided to experiment on humans again, testing pseudoscientific theories of “learned helplessness” on its prisoners.

While Project Medication never got off the ground, CIA medical professionals remained critical participants in experimenting with torture. Just like the government lawyers who tried to give unlawful torture a veneer of legality, the secret history reveals that CIA doctors were “indispensable” to the effort of “legitimizing the program.”

Perhaps the most striking element of the document is the CIA doctors’ willful blindness to the truth of what they were doing. CIA doctors decided that waterboarding actually “provided periodic relief” to a prisoner because it was a break from days of standing sleep deprivation. Similarly, CIA doctors decided that when a different prisoner was stuffed into a coffin-sized box, this provided a “relatively benign sanctuary” from other torture methods. CIA doctors described yet another prisoner — who cried, begged, pleaded, vomited, and required medical resuscitation after being waterboarded — as “amazingly resistant to the waterboard.” Incredibly, CIA doctors concluded that the torture program was “reassuringly free of enduring physical or psychological effects.”

The truth is that CIA torture left a legacy of broken bodies and traumatized minds. Today, with a president who has vocally supported torture and a new CIA director who was deeply complicit in torturing prisoners, it’s more important than ever to expose the crimes of the past. Recognizing the roles played by the lawyers, doctors, and psychologists who enabled torture is critical to making sure it never happens again.

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"CIA doctors decided that waterboarding actually “provided periodic relief” to a prisoner because it was a break from days of standing sleep deprivation."

Jesus Fucking Christ. Really? Sacrificing morality for ideology, or did these people never have a sense of morality to begin with? How do you become a doctor, and then participate in this? How broken do you have to be?

This is a serious breach of trust and the Hippocratic Oath, and these people need to be brought to account.
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freeAgent
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That is fucking barbaric. It gave me chills to read that sentence and the comments about being "amazingly resistant to the waterboard" written about a prisoner who HAD TO BE RESUSCITATED during a waterboarding/torture session. It sounds like something that could have been taken straight from the notes of Nazi doctors' experiments on their unwilling participants.

The Art Institute of Chicago Has Put 50,000 High-Res Images from Their Collection Online

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The Art Institute of Chicago recently unveiled a new website design. As part of their first design upgrade in 6 years, they have placed more than 52,000 high-resolution images from their collection online, available to all comers without restriction.

Students, educators, and just regular art lovers might be interested to learn that we’ve released thousands of images in the public domain on the new website in an open-access format (52,438 to be exact, and growing regularly). Made available under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license, these images can be downloaded for free on the artwork pages.

We’ve also enhanced the image viewing capabilities on object pages, which means that you can see much greater detail on objects than before. Check out the paint strokes in Van Gogh’s The Bedroom, the charcoal details on Charles White’s Harvest Talk, or the synaesthetic richness of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Blue and Green Music.

I’ve included a few notable works from their collection above: The Great Wave by Katsushika Hokusai, A Sunday on La Grande Jatte by Georges Seurat (which you can zoom and pretend you’re Cameron in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Self-Portrait by Vincent van Gogh, Nighthawks by Edward Hopper, Mao by Andy Warhol, and Two Sisters (On the Terrace) by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The resolution on the images is high enough to check out the brushstrokes on the paintings. Here’s some detail on the van Gogh:

Art Institute Chicago

I love seeing more museums doing this.

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Thanks Art Institute!
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#art

Viral campaign for Aqua Maris in Russia – the World Championship Nose Cleansing

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Our objective was to launch a nose cleansing set of the nasal spray brand Aqua Maris in Russia. We decided to create a new sport – Competitive Nose Cleansing, sponsored by Aqua Maris. First, we established the International Federation of Jala Neti in Lausanne (Jala Neti is a yoga name for nose cleansing). Then, we organized the World Championship Jala Neti in Amsterdam and put live coverage of the 5 litre Men’s Final on YouTube. Our campaign generated over 1.000.000 views, and the site of Aqua Maris received 46% more visitors. Watch the campaign video and read the full story below.

01 Preparation – websites of IFJN and Fedor Konyukhov

Our aim was to create a viral effect and reach hundreds of thousands of people. To increase credibility of our story, we established the International Federation of Jala Neti (IFJN) in Lausanne and filled its website with articles about re-election of the Executive Committee, the Jala Neti Athlete of the Year contest, signing the World Anti-Doping Code etc. Then, we created a fan-club of Fedor Konyukhov, the reigning world champion in the 5 litre class from Russia. The site included a Q&A session with Fedor and his nose cleansing tips. And finally, Aqua Maris became the main official sponsor of IFJN.

Viral campaign World Championship Nose Cleansing - website IFJN

02 Launch – press release World Champion For The 3rd Time

In order to launch the campaign, we sent an official press release by IFJN to Russian news agencies – “Fedor Konyukhov has become the world champion Jala Neti for the 3rd time”. The press release was published by Russian regional news sites (Fedor is from Novosibirsk, Siberia) and by sites about sports and yoga. After Google and Yandex had indexed these articles, we sent a video to the leading Russian entertainment portals, such as <a href="http://Fishki.net" rel="nofollow">Fishki.net</a>, <a href="http://Yaplakal.com" rel="nofollow">Yaplakal.com</a>, Webpark.ru etc.

Viral campaign for Aqua Maris - press releases in Russian media

03 Results – Top 10 Most Viewed and Most Favourited in Sports

The viral was made as a tribute by a Russian fan to the King of Jala Neti Fedor Konyukhov. The video got about 400.000 views from Russia in its 1st month. Then, it was discovered by international media, such as Sports Illustrated and The Huffington Post, and the view count of the Russian and the international versions of the viral went to 1.000.000. The viral got to the Top 10 Most Viewed This Month in the Sports category in Russia, and to the Top 100 Sports Globally. The website of Aqua Maris received 46% more visitors during the campaign, the unaided brand awareness of Aqua Maris grew from 27% to 36% (source: Synovate Comcon).

04 Comments – “Nasal spray company finds perfect sport to sponsor”

We were very excited whether viewers would discover the connection between the World Championship Nose Cleansing and the Aqua Maris products. Fortunately they did. Their first reaction was quite predictable and could be summarised as WTF:-) Some viewers found additional information on Google and Yandex and believed that the event was real. We received invitations for radio and TV interviews with Jala Neti athletes via the site of IFJN, and even an official request to establish the Jala Neti Federation in India. Other viewers discovered that it was a viral ad and connected it to Aqua Maris.

These are examples of online comments in Russian and international media:
– “Help us readers. We don’t know what is real and what is lies any more. Witness this ‘sporting event’, sponsored by Aqua Maris, a nasal spray manufacturer” (BitterWallet),
– “There’s nothing quite as exciting as watching men in singlets squirt saline solution through their sinuses” (The Huffington Post),
– “Now, I have no idea whether this is a real ‘sport’ or some meticulously orchestrated joke by those rascally Ruskies whose sole purpose is to fool gullible Americans. But whatever the heck is going on in the video, it is a sight to behold” (Sportress of Blogitude),
– “Probably the weirdest sport on earth. Please tell me this is Russian viral advertising at work, and not actually a real thing?” // “Don’t be so quick to turn your nose up at this. Looks legit” (BuzzFeed),
– “A competitive event that includes both a pool and a pot? Has Michael Phelps been notified?” (<a href="http://Break.com" rel="nofollow">Break.com</a>),
– “I knew what a neti pot was & what it’s for, but I never in a hundred years would have thought I’d ever see something like this. LOL!!!” (YouTube),
– “I was planning to send my son to an ice hockey school, but have to reconsider this decision” (Fishki),
– “Your move, Japan!” (YouTube).

And Japan has made the move. Our viral was aired by two Japanese TV stations – TV Asahi and NTV. Frankly speaking, we enjoy the Japanese version even more than the original.

05 Credits and awards

SpinAwards IDEA festival - viral campaign NovocortexThe campaign strategy was developed by Novocortex, the viral was produced by Wefilm, the video was seeded by Novocortex & Red Graphic. The Aqua Maris viral was awarded:
1) on the digital festival SpinAwards in Amsterdam, where the World Championship Nose Cleansing took place,
2) on the Russian ad festival IDEA in Novosibirsk, where the Jala Neti legend Fedor Konyukhov was born,
3) and, of course, on the Asian festival Ad Stars in Korea, where people love weird sports and videos.
Read about other viral campaigns created by Novocortex – the mobile marketing campaign Endless Racing and the guerrilla marketing campaign Scratches on Your Car.

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This is a few years old, but I just discovered it today. What a great campaign!
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great-tweets:i’m angry at how good this is

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great-tweets:

i’m angry at how good this is

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It's hilarious. I'm a fan.
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cherryblossomgal: macgregorplaid: How is that renowned...

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macgregorplaid:

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How is that renowned Republican brand working for you? The pictures above are a reminder of past and ongoing Republican actions and inaction so that people will remember them when they get ready to vote.

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Go check your registration and make sure you haven’t been purged: https://iwillvote.com.

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If I had a pile of dollars, I'd launch a nationwide billboard campaign with just these images.
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