“By the time I started university in 1997, I hadn’t had a period for a year. I was so tired that most nights I was in bed by 9pm, and my lack of energy made studying a real struggle. I was expected to get a first or 2.1, but got a 2.2. When I woke up in the night drenched in sweat, I assumed it was tension.”—Weekend experience: I went through the menopause at 18
“Most of the 20th century people have been trying to treat homosexuals - from psychoanalysis, oestrogen therapy, electric shock and aversion therapy. This is the latest round is much more spiritually-based and has been going for at least 25 years in the US and, increasingly, here. It seems to be a mixture of a feeling that the person is "wounded" - they talk about emotional woundedness in their stuff. That seems to be old psychoanalytical theory about a distant father and an overbearing mother, stuff that’s been already shown to be not associated with sexuality, but they [campaigners] keep on this line.”—Professor Michael King on the scientific support cited by anti-gay campaigners for their belief in the power of “therapy” to change the sexual orientation of gay people
“Despite the suspension of hostilities by the regime, activists report that there is no evidence of the withdrawal of heavy machinery and troops in any of the provinces. The complete withdrawal of heavy machinery (including artillery and tanks) and troops from residential areas is a ceasefire term.”— Description of the situation in Syria this morning from Avaaz
So here it is - Spotify’s brand new Play button feature, which allows users of particular websites - including Tumblr - to embed songs from Spotify directly onto sites. (This particular song is the UK’s current Number 1 single.) CS
“Dimitris Christoulas has already vanished under a swarm of platitudes and slogans, another martyr in a country that already has too many. But he must have intended that. The suicide note reportedly found on him ends with a call to arms. It refers to the government as “the occupation government of Tsolakoglou” (Georgios Tsolakoglou was the Quisling prime minister under the axis in 1941) and predicts that the futureless young will one day hang the traitors upside down in Syntagma, as the Italians hanged the dictator Mussolini (…) Whatever happens next, Christoulas will still be dead, a symbol of all those who have lost their lives to the crisis.”—Dimitris Christoulas and the legacy of his suicide for Greece - Maria Margaronis for Comment is Free
“There were 12 LRA with guns, and five of them were children, around 11 or 12 years old. They fired many shots, shooting into the school. We have many, many traumatised children here.”—'We don't know of any Kony video': As world attention is drawn to their plight, victims of the Lord’s Resistance Army say their situation is getting worse.