Having a low opinion of yourself is not modesty. It’s self-destruction. — Bobby Sommer (via wryer)
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Teen Who Was Expelled From School For Science Explosion Receives Full Scholarship U.S. Space Academy -
“Kiera Wilmot made an honest mistake, but the police were trying to throw away her life with a felony. After the community stood up for the girl, the charges were dropped, and she was allowed to move on with her life. Well, her greatness is really starting to shine, as she was recently granted several extraordinary opportunities through scholarship offers she has received.
Dr. Christopher Emdin, a professor of education at Columbia University, says that the schools are now very similar to prisons in terms of how they are structured, and how the inhabitants are treated. Kiera overcame her situation, but there are thousands of kids across the country who aren’t so lucky. Maybe it’s time to attack the system that is attacking us.
Check this out from Gawker:
“Kiera Wilmot, the 16-year-old honor student expelled from her high school after she allegedly ignited a chemical explosion on school property, received a full scholarship to the U.S. Space Academy, courtesy of a NASA veteran who, as a teenager, was accused of starting a forest fire during a science experiment.”
The lessons here are simple: Black kids have potential, and we can’t allow this system to destroy them. Also, hard work always pays off, especially when it comes to education. Dr. Boyce Watkins and Minister Louis Farrakhan recently held a forum called “Wealth, Education, Family and Community: A New Paradigm for Black America.” In the forum, Dr. Watkins and Min. Farrakhan both agree that African Americans are going to have to think differently when it comes to deciding what it means for your kids to be educated.”
Just when I feel like all hope is lost :) may she grow up to become another awesome woc scientist, we need more of those too.
I’m not J.J. Abrams, who’s ultimately responsible. I’m just his Asian puppet. Which, by the way, is also the title of my autobiography. —
John Cho (x)
yo my heart is racing at the guts it takes to say something like this knowing full well what could happen. damn!!!!
John Cho has become my favorite fucking actor ever……
John has been growing bolder and bolder as of late. I’m loving the fuck out of this man as of late!
But can you imagine? This may be the result of all the fuckass racist bullshit he’s had to put up with in the industry and especially probably while filming the movie.
And don’t think he probably ain’t catch that segment of Zoe’s mess saying “color doesn’t exist” and that “people are pink”. I bet he side-eyed the fuck out of that too.
John Cho snarks more about Star Trek Into Darkness
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Well, I have to hand it to the supervisor of the customer service email at JDate. I mentioned wanting to make a complaint about needing to CALL to settle my specific issue instead of using the more accessible email for it, and when I checked my email at the end of the day?
They had reactivated my account over email rather than receive an accessibility complaint. YES.
Seriously, when someone who can’t use the phone without support, whatever the disability, be it anxiety (mostly my case), hearing, or verbalization, can have access to all elements of customer service without the phone, that makes me very happy. I don’t know if it will result in policy change, but I thought I’d share this, both as a thumbs up to JDate’s CS email supervisor and to help anyone out who might have similar issues.
now to update my JDate profile…
Into Philly for an awards dinner at Temple’s Institute on Disability. SAU1 is getting an award (which the SAU1 president Oscar will be accepting) so this should be nice. Then TRAIIIIINNN back to Harrisburg in the evening.
I’m thinking about making sculptures or multimedia art works out of things locally- plants, found objects, rocks, maybe eventually incorporating bones and taxidermy of local critters. thoughts? (I’m in Northwestern PA, if that helps. So besides flora, fauna, and rocks, there’s also a lot of oil and coal stuff from anywhere between 150 years ago to 50 years ago that we find out in the woods all the time.)
They don’t allow this specific function to be handled on email. So I’m going to have to get SUPPORT from a friend or colleague TO CALL CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR A DATING SITE. Heaven forbid someone else who needs relay need to use this function, or who have disapproving staff. Just. wow.
So I signed up on JDate ages ago, but had no responses and kinda let it go.
I tried to sign on, and it’s saying my account was suspended and that I’d need to call customer assistance to get it turned back on. Customer assistance says to email customer assistance through the site. UM.
I have no idea why my account was suspended? o_0
What the …
Hey people, anyone else have tumblr not allowing you (or freezing up) when you try to respond to asks? It’s getting really inconvenient.
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The film never takes the time to consider how little thought Khan would’ve given to killing Pike, a disabled person. Khan likely believes that all disabled people deserve to die for the good of humanity. Hell, he probably had an extermination program against disabled people during his heyday. By ignoring Khan’s eugenicist ableism, the film loses a good deal of the moral complexity found in Star Trek.
We never see Admiral Marcus weigh the options of aligning with a genocidal murderer in the name of Federation security. If Khan advised him to implement a eugenics policy to save the Federation, would Marcus do it? Who would Marcus kill to protect the many? Would he go for Pike, one of his own officers?
We also never see Kirk truly consider the ethical implications of teaming up with Khan for the infiltration of Marcus’ starship. Is Kirk just as bad as Marcus now? By partnering with a man who would want Pike exterminated, does Kirk betray his memory? Is stopping Marcus worth the risk of Khan escaping and conquering Earth again?
But none of these kind of questions get asked in the film because the J.J. Abrams version of Star Trek is more interested in gunfights and girls in their underwear than the hard questions that need to be debated to build a better future for life on this planet and far beyond. —
Star Trek Into Darkness: Able-Bodied Angst and Abrams’ Anti-Intellectualism (via spacecrip)
I wonder if they would have had time to do all that? Although it seems to me they did cut parts out of the movie.
Isn’t the point of the show and the movies to spark the discussions within ourselves, not to have the discussions for us?
While the Star Trek franchise most definitely encourages discussion amongst fans, one of the trademarks of the shows and films is the characters debating whether they have the right to take a certain action or if they have the ethical responsibility to behave in a certain fashion.
See: “The Menagerie,” which is one long debate about whether breaking Federation law is permissible if it is on a perceived mission of mercy. Or “The Measure of a Man,” which is another long debate about what constitutes a person. Or “Who Watches the Watchers?” where Picard does one of his classically trained monologues about religion vs. secularism. Or “In the Pale Moonlight,” where Sisko and Garak tackle whether murder can be justified to save countless lives in the Dominion War.
Why is there very little utility to women’s clothing? Why don’t we get pockets which actually open? Why do we have to put up with the ‘false pockets’ that are frequently sewn onto women’s jackets and pants to give visual interest without ruining the ‘line’ of the garment? Why, when pockets are actually present, are they so rarely large, stable, or loose enough to accommodate a phone or a wallet? And why, given this is the case, do women go on to cop so much flack for carrying handbags around with them?
Oh wait. Is this one of those double standards which we feminists are always going on about; one of those innocuous little things which everybody just accepts because it is the norm?
Women carry handbags. It is known.
But why? I have watched my male friends get ready to go out. They slip their wallet into one pocket, their keys into another, their phone into a third pocket, and some of them even still have spare pockets large enough to carry a novel for the journey. Those of my friends who wear women’s clothes, though, face an entirely different situation. If they are wearing the right jeans or jacket, they may have up to two usable pockets (not at all guaranteed). However, in most cases they won’t have any pockets at all. Utility and style rarely meet in women’s fashion, so they grab a bag.
Contrary to all the jokes, most women don’t ‘have’ to leave the house with everything they pack in their day-to-day handbag. Most of the items in a woman’s everyday handbag are in there because, if she’s going to have to carry it anyway, she might as well make it worth her while. Excuse us for making use of the one useful item we find in our wardrobes. —
Kara, “The Feminist and the Handbag” (via athenasaurus)
Oh lord, don’t get me started on this. This is a little thing that highlights a big equality problem between men and women. We need the same supplies as men to do the same job. When I stocked shelves it was impossible to find pants that would hold my wallet, my box knife, my badge, my keys, my gloves (I worked dairy/frozen) and my phone. I actually ended up not carrying my wallet or keys at all. Fuck if I’m carrying a purse *ever* but that certainly wouldn’t have helped on the job.
My husband? He holds all of that plus his insulin, packets of honey in case his blood sugar drops (or a vial of glucose tablets), glucometer, headphones, markers, and pencils. With plenty of room to spare. I’ve even seen him slip paperback books into empty pockets.
I remember watching I think it was Project Runway and the contestants had to design a new uniform for female postal workers. The one designer put utilitarian pockets on her design, and the judges yelled at her for it. They said something about it not being flattering, because you know, the key part of any uniform is not that it works for the job, but that it shows off your body in the best light possible.
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how often on a daily basis do you wonder if you’re One Of Those Annoying People Who Cant Take A Hint and people only respond to you bc they feel obligated