“We take vaccines so for granted in the United States,” Gates explained during a news segment on the matter for HuffPost Live on Thursday. “Women in the developing world know the power of [vaccines]. They will walk 10 kilometers in the heat with their child and line up to get a vaccine because they have seen death.”
GUYS HELP. I’M PICTURING HIVE USING WARD’S MEMORIES ABOUT PHILINDA AND WHAT THEY MEAN TO EACH OTHER TO GET ONE OF THEM TO BREAK.
Like, imagine this:
Melinda and Phil fighting Hive, working and fighting together and almost winning before he gets the upper hand and puts Melinda in a choke hold, placing her between him and Phil.
Phil is holding a gun at Hive and demands he let Melinda go. Melinda gasps and coughs when Hive’s arm tightens instead. Phil tries to stay calm, but he knows as brilliant as Melinda is, there are some holds you just can’t get out of. Not to mention Hive had inhuman strength now too.
“Put her down or I’ll shoot, and not just in the shoulder this time.” Phil threatens.
Hive scoffs. “You’re not going to shoot. I’ll kill her if you do, and you won’t let that happen.”
“You don’t know that.”
Hive laughed this time. “You actually think I don’t know? The way she looks at you? The way you look at her? Don’t forget, I have Ward’s memories. He knew from the moment he saw you two in the infirmary how much you care about each other.”
“Phil-” Melinda chokes out as she grips Hive’s arm, her eyes warning, telling him to shoot Hive and end this. Now.
Phil felt sick. He was right. Phil could harden his heart to many things, but he wouldn’t be able to handle losing his best friend. His partner. His-
“Everyone knows.” Hive continued like she hadn’t spoken. A very Ward-like action. “You’re not going to let her die. You can’t.”
Phil tightens his hand on his gun and grits his teeth. “Put. Her. Down. Now.”
“You can’t let her die because you would die with her. Isn’t that right?” Hive smirks again.
Of course then the team would bust in and kill Hive and save them and then they’ll profess their love for each other and be together forever, because I will only accept happy endings.
BUT YOU GUYS. I keep replaying this thought in my mind (not necessarily this particular scenario, but something like it) and I am LOSING THE LITTLE SANITY I HAVE LEFT OVER IT.
“The world is your oyster.” I’d always be like, ‘Ew, what does that
mean? The world is my oyster? Like, ew. He [my father] would be like, ‘you can do
whatever it is that you want to do and you can do it on your own.’ And
that was something I always wanted — to work for what I had, because if
you do that, no one can take it away from you. And that stuck with me; I
don’t want anyone to take anything away from me because I didn’t earn
it on my own.
A couple of years ago, I spent a few days with a Tanzanian couple named Anna and Sanare and their six kids. Anna’s day started at 5 a.m. with lighting the fire to cook breakfast. After we cleaned up, we fetched water (Anna’s bucket weighed 40 pounds). Then we built the fire again for lunch. After lunch we went into the forest to chop wood for the next day’s fires. Then we went for more water, then milked the goats, then dinner, then clean-up.
This schedule didn’t leave Anna any time to do things that would make life better in the long run. No time to open a business or get a paying job. No time to take her children to the doctor. She had to jam taking care of the family’s basic needs into 24 hours.
The human potential that’s lost because of this way of life, and the damage done to low-income countries that are trying to prosper, is impossible to calculate. It’s the gender gap nobody’s talking about.
Currently playing the character Melinda May on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., self-proclaimed “geek gal of all trades” Ming-Na Wen got her first major recurring role as Lien Hughes on As The World Turns, becoming the first Asian-American actress to land a contract role on a daytime soap opera.
Wen moved on from the series in 1991, eventually scoring two big screen gig as June Woo in The Joy Luck Club and Chun-Li in Street Fighter. Around the same time, she costarred on the sitcom The Single Guy and began her first run as the character Deb Chen on the NBC medical drama ER.
In 1998, Wen acted as the voice of the title character in Disney’s critically acclaimed animated film Mulan. Her voiceover work earned her an Annie Award and led to future jobs as Detective Ellen Yin on The Batman, Jade on HBO’s Spawn and Aki Ross in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She would reprise the role of Mulan in the 2005 direct-to-video sequel, as well as a 2014 appearance on the Disney Channel series Sofia the First (alongside her daughter Michaela Zee, who has a recurring role on the show as Princess Jun).
Mulan was not the only role Wen came back to, however. The producers of ER decided to revive her character in 2000, bringing her back as a series regular up until the show’s eleventh season. Dr. Jing-Mei Chen has been described as “one of the program’s most enduring characters“.
Wen has also starred in Stargate Universe as Camille Wray, the first openly lesbian in the Stargate franchise. Beyond that and her current stint on S.H.I.E.L.D., she has held brief roles on Eureka, Two and a Half Men, Boston Legal, Private Practice and Nashville.
Reflecting on her career, Wen once expressed interest in eventually returning to her roots as a stage actress: “I’ve been lucky, knock on wood. But you have to have a sense of humor and grounding about all this
stuff. I have a gypsy spirit. That’s why I keep an apartment in New
York for when I want to get back to theater, because Broadway always
will be my final fantasy.“