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Cassini prepares for final orbital “Grand Finale” at Saturn.

Erik Wernquist, the same filmmaker who created 2014’s “Wanderers” and a stunning New Horizons promotional film in 2015, has created a new video highlighting NASA’s Cassini mission’s final days at Saturn.

The Cassini spacecraft will begin its final series of orbits to cap a 13-year groundbreaking science mission known as the Grand Finale. For the first time ever in Cassini’s time at Saturn, the spacecraft will fly in between the planet’s rings and atmosphere. No spacecraft has ever before flown in this region of any of the solar system’s ringed planets.

After 23 orbits, Cassini will dive into Saturn’s upper atmosphere September 15 where it will be destroyed. In 2008, mission managers explored a range of End of Mission scenarios that would protect Saturn’s moon’s from Earthly contaminants before ultimately deciding on atmospheric reentry.

Cassini began her End of Mission manoeuvres on November 26, 2016, when it began the first of 20 ring-grazing orbits. A close flyby of Titan April 22 will alter the spacecraft’s trajectory to begin the first of 23 orbits in the Grand Finale, which will begin April 26.

Cassini launched from Earth on October 15, 1997, and entered Saturn orbit June 30, 2004. Six months later, on January 14, 2005, the European-built Huygens probe attached to the spacecraft landed on Titan, becoming the first probe to land in the outer solar system. 

Originally scheduled for a four-year mission ending in 2008, Cassini received two mission extensions in 2008 and 2010, with the latter ending in 2017. With the spacecraft’s fuel reserves low, the Cassini team decided to end the mission.

P/C: JPL/Erik Wernquist

We’re taking questions about social media & mental health

As researchers and advocacy groups examine the impact of social media usage on mental health, they are discovering both positives and negatives. While social media fosters community and allows people to connect in ways that are possible only because of the Internet, social media can also come with risks– bullying, harassment, and language of hate. This Tumblr Issue Time discussion brings together panelists from media, advocacy, and healthcare to discuss the relationship between social media and mental health, explore the positive effects it has on community, and examine solutions for how you might mitigate or address some of the negative risks. 

Our panelists will answer your questions in an Issue Time right here on @postitforward on Tuesday, May 30th. Ask anything you’d like. 

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BTS X READER: GANG / CRIME AU
word count: 4,113 
i’m sorry

warnings: violence, gore probably smut at some point I mean it’s me we’re talking about, dead bodies, non-con etc

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“What if I don’t want to join gang Bangtan?”

“I’ll kill you myself.” 


Grey walls, bland, flavourless unexciting grey walls. The very same grey walls you’d been staring at day after day for the past six weeks. Figuring it had to be better than death you accepted Namjoons offer and joined forces with gang Bangtan. Better than death. Oh how you were wrong.

Day after day your tired body would be decorated with bruises, cuts, and even on some occasions - bite marks - whatever Taehyung and Hoseok had specialised in that day. They said it was crucial that you were trained to fight if you would be joining them on their excursions, and Namjoon agreed, especially with the whereabouts of the professor still unknown. 

You exhaled longingly, slowly running your fingertips over your latest gift from Taehyung, a small cut on your left shoulder blade. Just when you thought you were getting better at defending yourself he had pulled a knife out of nowhere, and you’d barley slipped out of his reach in time.

“Oh good, you’re finally awake. Let me see to your injuries.” Jin smiled at you as he walked into the plain box room you’d been staying in. Out of all of the members of gang Bangtan, you were sure Jin was the nicest. You’d met him the day after you arrived at their head quarters, he told you he was a trained doctor and that he didn’t want to hurt you, only help you. It made you wonder, what a guy like him was doing mixed up with people like them.

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The Victims of the Aurora Shooting

On July 20, 2012, a deadly shooting transpired at a Cinema 16 theatre in Aurora, Colorado. This tragedy happened during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises. A devastating total of 82 casualties were reported. 58 people received non-fatal injuries from gunfire, 4 from tear gas, and an additional 8 people were injured whilst fleeing the theatre. 12 people were killed. This post is a tribute to the fallen victims. 

Jonathan Blunk, 26, pictured with his daughter. Jonathan Blunk was a father of two, as well as a Navy veteran. Between 2004 and 2009, Blunk had served three tours in the Persian Gulf and North Arabian Sea. Blunk was killed while protecting his girlfriend, Chantel, pushing her beneath the theater seats.  According to family and friends, Blunk had wanted, if able to choose, to die as a hero. And indeed he did. 

Alexander Boik, 18. Boik’s dream was to become an art teacher. He had been accepted at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, where he would have attended classes in the fall of 2012. Boik enjoyed baseball, music, and making pottery. His family had said that Boik was dating a young woman who was also present at the shooting. She fortunately survived. Boik’s family specified that Alexander was “loved by all who knew him”, and that he was “a wonderful, handsome, and loving 18-year-old young man, with a warm and loving heart”. 

Jesse Childress, 29. Described by Air Force Captain Andrew Williams as knowledgeable, experienced, and respectful, Childress had been an Air Force cyber-systems operator. Childress had been based at the Buckley Air Force Base in Colorado. Tech Sergeant Alejandro Sanchez, a co-worker and bowling teammate of Childress, said “He would help anyone and always was great for our Air Force Unit”. Ashley Wassinger, another co-worker, said that Childress “was a great person, fun to be with, always positive and laughing. Really just an amazing person, and I am so lucky to have been his friend”. 

Gordon Cowden, 51. Cowden, a “true Texas gentleman”, was with his two teenage children the night of the Aurora tragedy. Thankfully his children survived the shooting, ultimately escaping unharmed. Cowden had his own business and also loved the outdoors. He was, as described by his family, “a quick witted world traveler with a keen sense of humor”. Cowden’s family went on to say that he “will be remembered for his devotion to his children and for always trying to do the right thing, no matter the obstacle”. Cowden was the eldest victim of the Aurora shooting. 

Jessica Ghawi, 24. Jessica Ghawi, also known as Jessica Redfield, had only just prior to the shooting, written about surviving a mall shooting in Toronto. The beloved sports writer’s death came as an absolute shock to her brother, Jordan Ghawi. Jessica has been described by friends and colleagues as smart, outgoing, and witty. Hockey player Jay Meloff, Ghawi’s boyfriend, was hit very hard by her death. “140 characters could never do you justice nor could all the words in this world. Never wanted to fall asleep because it meant missing time with you”. Meloff had tweeted the previous words shortly after Ghawi’s death. 

John Larimer, 27. Larimer was a Navy petty officer and the youngest of five siblings. When the shooting began, Larimer immediately rushed to shield his girlfriend, Julia Vojtsek, his life being taken soon thereafter. He had once told his brother Noel that the best way to die was in the process of saving someone else’s life. John Larimer had immense pride for his country and will continue to be loved by his girlfriend, friends, and family. Adam Kavalauskas, a former friend and college roommate of Larimer, expressed that Larimer was “never selfish” and was “always serving others”. 

Matt McQuinn, 27. On the night of the shootings, Matt McQuinn was with his girlfriend, Samantha Yowler, and her brother, Nick Yowler. When the shooting commenced, McQuinn and Nick Yowler attempted to shield Samantha with their bodies. The young woman was unfortunately shot in the leg, but was able to escape with her unharmed brother. McQuinn, however, did not survive. His stepfather, David Jackson, stated “I know he’s a hero. He and Sam were very much in love and planning their life together. I am sure they were thinking very seriously about getting married soon.” 

Micayla Medek, 23. Medek was out with a group of about ten friends to see “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20. She was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and loved to hang out with friends. Medek’s aunt, Jenny Zakovich, described her as an independent-minded and sweet girl who rarely asked her family for anything. “This shouldn’t have happened to somebody like her,” Zakovich said. Anita Bush, the cousin of Medek’s father, has said that she hopes “this evil act…doesn’t shake people’s faith in God”. 

Veronica Moser-Sullivan, 6. Veronica was the youngest victim of the Aurora shooting. “She was excited about life as she should be. She’s a 6-year-old girl,” said her great-aunt. Veronica, an only child, tragically died on the operating table at a local hospital. 

Alex Sullivan, 27. Sullivan was celebrating his 27th birthday with friends on the night of the shooting. His first wedding anniversary with his wife Cassie would have been just two days later. Sullivan was cherished by his family and friends, and was described as “just a big teddy bear” who gave great hugs. He was smart and funny, with a great smile, according to his loved ones. Sullivan was an enormous movie fan and a comic book geek, as well as a fan of the New York Mets. “He was a very, very good young man,” said Joe Loewenguth, Sullivan’s uncle. 

Alexander Teves, 24. “Alex was a very wonderful, kind, caring person,” said Teves’ aunt, Barbara Slivinske, “He had a great sense of humor. At one point he grew his hair ten or twelve inches long so that he could cut it off and donate it to Locks of Love”. Teves died while protecting his girlfriend as the gunman attacked several movie-goers. He had a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Denver and was aspiring to become a psychiatrist. Alexander Teves is survived in part by his two younger brothers, ages 16 and 17. 

Rebecca Wingo, 31. Wingo was working towards an associates of arts degree at the Community College of Aurora. She had joined the Air Force after graduating from high school. Wingo became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and served as a translator. Her father, Steve Hernandez, posted a FaceBook post saying, “I lost my daughter yesterday to a mad man. My grief right now is inconsolable. I hear she died instantly, without pain, however the pain is unbearable”. A friend of Wingo, Hal Wallace, said that she had “the sweetest smile you’ve ever seen. She got prettier as she grew older”. 


Other victims who survived, but received extensive lifelong injuries. 

Ashley Moser, the mother of Veronica Moser-Sullivan, suffered a miscarriage not long after the shooting. She also lost her ability to walk as a result of many critical gunshot wounds. Moser will remain in a wheelchair for the remainder of her life. 

Caleb Medley has serious brain damage as well as an eye injury due to a shotgun wound to the head. He requires a feeding tube and has severely impaired movement. Medley can no longer speak. After the completion of three brain surgeries, he was the last victim of the Aurora shooting to be discharged from the hospital. 


The Community First Foundation collected over $5 million for a fund for the Aurora victims and their families. The Aurora Victim Relief Fund announced on November 16, 2012, that each claimant would recieve $220,000. On July 25, 2012, three out of the five hospitals treating Aurora victims announced that they would either limit medical bills or forgive them entirely. 

anonymous asked:

How do we know that it's a real smile from Kaneki?

well, let’s compare his fake smiles to the actual genuine ones and see if we can make out the differences, yes? 

first, let’s start off with the fake ones. in each of these moments, sensei would leave subtle hints that something was wrong or just wasn’t right. whether it was from other characters interacting with kaneki, or from kaneki himself. sensei also tends to use kaneki’s eyes as the biggest hint of them all. it leaves behind the look of someone shrouded in despair. 

now on to the cute genuine smiles, you can almost immediately catch the over all contrast in comparison his the fake ones. in these moments, smiled with reason instead of merely doing it to cover up his sadness. enlightened to teach hinami how to read literature (that happened to be by his favorite author, takatsuki) with extensive vocabulary, receiving a new name that would come along with a new life from arima, and most recently, being gifted with such an important item from such an important person - touka. 

these smiles have actual life to them as opposed to the dead ones. :’)

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currently studying for my half-yearly english test tomorrow! i received my english extension assessment mark today from last term and scored 24/25 which was the highest in the class! i’m really happy with my mark and proud!

List of all Gloriana-Class Legion Flagships

All Legions were gifted with one of these mighty vessels by the Emperor, though the Alpha Legion and the Word Bearers are known to have been in the possession of two.

Built: 20

Active: 6

Confirmed Destroyed: 3

Likely Destroyed: 2

Unknown/Missing: 9

[I] Dark Angels- Invincible Reason

Status: Unknown

[III] Emperor’s Children- Pride of the Emperor

Status: Crippled/Unknown

Boarded by the Ultramarine and Ultramarine Successor Chapters during the Battle of Thessala during the confrontation of Guilliman and Fulgrim. Had its critical systems destroyed. It is unknown what happened to it after the Ultramarines withdrew.

[IV] Iron Warriors- Iron Blood

Status: Unknown

Participated in the Battle of Phall where it was boarded unsuccessfully by a force of Imperial Fists. Curiously, this was the only one of the Flagships that had no windows; Perturabo considered them to be an unnecessary distraction.

[V] White Scars- Swordstorm

Status: Destroyed

During the Battle of Catallus where fended off the wrath of both the Death Guard and Emperor’s Children fleets and bought enough time for the White Scars to escape to Terra. Was boarded by Mortarion himself but then blown up remotely by Jaghatai Khan. Mortarion escaped the explosion, leaving much of his bodyguard to die.

[VI] Space Wolves- Hrafnkel

Status: Likely Destroyed

Possibly destroyed in the Battle of Yarant where the Space Wolves Legion was decimated by Traitor Legions.

[VIII] Night Lords- Nightfall

Status: Active

In service of the Night Lords Gendor Skraivok. Last seen in Ultramar during the failed 8th Legion attack on the planet of Sotha.

[IX] Blood Angels- Red Tear

Status: Crippled/Incapable of Spaceflight

Crashed on Signus Prime when its crew was possessed by demons. Its remains were towed to Baal.

[X] Iron Hands- Fist of Iron

Status: Crippled/Unknown

Crippled by the Pride of the Emperor when Fulgrim and Ferrus Manus first came to blows. The Primarch of the Iron Hands would then make the Strike Cruiser Ferrum his flagship. Ultimate fate is not known.

[XII] World Eaters- Conqueror

Status: Active

Had one of the most well trained crew amongst the Legions during the Great Crusade and Heresy. In active service in the Chaos Lord Kossolax’s fleet during the 13th Black Crusade

[XIII] Ultramarines- Maccrage’s Honour

Status: Active

In active service as the flagship of Roboute Guilliman in M42. Received extensive upgrades courtesy of Belisarius Cawl that gave it a 10% performance boost across all systems. Also serves as the home base of Cawl and the site of his mobile laboratory.

[XIV] Death Guard- Endurance

Status: Active

Serves as the Flagship of Mortarion in M42. Heavily corrupted by Nurgle and home to a piece of the Plague God’s garden.

[XV] Thousand Sons- Photep

Status: Active

Sent away by Magnus the Red before the Burning of Prospero. Rejoins fleet at later date.

[XVI] Sons of Horus- Vengeful Spirit

Status: Active

In active service as the flagship of Abaddon the Despoiler during the 13th Black Crusade

[XVII] Word Bearers-

Fidelitas Lex

Status: Destroyed

Destroyed at the Battle of Nuceria during the Horus Heresy when it was swarmed by a fleet of smaller Ultramarine vessels. Managed to destroy 12 of the loyalist vessels before it was overwhelmed.

Chronicle of Ashes

Status: Captured

Captured by the Ultramarines 22nd Chapter near the end of the Horus Heresy. Was rewarded to the 22nd as their own Flagship when they later became the “Nemesis Chapter” during the Second Founding. Renamed the “Lex Talonis”.

[XVIII] Salamanders- Flamewrought

Status: Likely Destroyed

Likely destroyed over Isstvan 5 when Traitor reinforcements arrived.

[XIX] Raven Guard- Shadow of the Emperor

Status: Destroyed

Destroyed over Isstvan 5 when the Traitor reinforcements arrived.

[XX] Alpha Legion-

Alpha

Status: Unknown

Beta

Status: Unknown


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anonymous asked:

What is the difference between a councilor psychologist, psychiatrist, and a therapist? I'm unsure which I should go to.

Hey my dear,

Thank you for asking about this, it does get a little confusing!

  • A counsellor is someone who has a Masters in psychology or counselling and is qualified to provide counselling and/or psychotherapy. (providing they have 2+ years of experience). I believe most counsellors do not diagnose, they provide talking therapies (which is counselling).
  • A psychologist is someone who has a doctorate in psychology, which is the study of the mind and behaviours. Licensed psychologists are qualified to undertake counselling and psychotherapy, perform psychological testing, and provide treatment for mental illness. Often, they will work with a psychiatrist who will provide medical treatment while the psychologist provides psychotherapy. They can diagnose you, but cannot write prescriptions.
  • A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating mental illness. They differentiate between mental illnesses and physical illnesses which could present with psychiatric symptoms. They also monitor the effects of mental illness on other physical conditions, and the effects of medications on the body. They can diagnose you, and write prescriptions.
  • A therapist is anyone who is qualified to undertake psychotherapy, I believe. A psychotherapist is also anyone qualified to provide psychotherapy.

(Source)

So, to summarise this information:

Who can diagnose me? A psychologist or psychiatrist. A GP can also diagnose with (mild) depression or anxiety, but nothing more complex.
Who can provide me with psychotherapy? A psychiatrist, a psychologist or a counsellor if they have received extensive training, or more than two years’ experience. A person who can provide psychotherapy is also known as a therapist or psychotherapist. This includes CBT.
Who can provide me with talking therapies such as counselling? Usually a counsellor, but psychiatrists and psychologists do as well. The types of talking therapy given differ between these. Psychiatrists and psychologists normally provide a therapy such as CBT while counsellors provide counselling by supporting the sufferer with negative thoughts and talking them through.
Who can prescribe me with medication? A psychiatrist or another medical professional such as a doctor. A psychologist cannot write a prescription for you.

I am afraid I’m not a qualified medical professional, or qualified in mental health, therefore I cannot advise you regarding who would be best for you to see. In the first instance, please contact your doctor and speak to them about a referral to the appropriate place.

I really hope this helps lovely! 😊
Caitlin x

Edit: A lovely follower reblogged this and added the following information which should help to bring some more clarity and was great information, so I thought I would add this in too! :) All opinions expressed regarding therapists are that of the follower, not of MHA as a whole, but we love to allow followers to help each other so I have included their advice :)

Counselling/psychotherapy are synonymous for each other. They are the same kinds of treatment and both could come in the form of CBT, DBT, Solutions Focus Brief Therapy, and any other form.
Counsellors can diagnose but usually do not, as it is not usually beneficial to the client in their situation.
If you ever come across someone who is a registered psychotherapist, be a bit wary as these people usually will not have a masters degree. If someone has a masters degree and has the needed experience they will be licensed and usually have a specified such as LPC (Licensed Professional Counsellor) or LMHC (Licensed Mental Health Counsellor), LMFT (Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist). There are more than that but they all start with licensed ____.

Sun Shangxiang
A tom-boy and noblewoman, Lady Sun was an accomplished warrior and martial artist, who lived during the Three Kingdoms era of China. The daughter of the warlord Sun Jian, she had five brothers, the most notable being the two eldest, Sun Ce and Sun Quan, both of whom subsequently became warlords south of the Yangtze River. She received extensive martial arts training, and her maidservants all wielded weapons, which was strange for her time.Lady Sun married the warlord Liu Bei as his third wife, supposedly to secure an alliance with her brother Sun Quan. Though taking charge of his household and children from previous marriages, no children are recorded between her and Liu Bei. It is said that because she was an accomplished martial artist, and always surrounded by armed female retainers, Liu Bei was afraid of her. Often represented as a woman warrior of independent spirit, Lady Sun was known to be wise, tough and fierce in character. In The Romance of the Three Kingdoms she is depicted as having assisted her family in the Battle of Red Cliffs. Though the historical authenticity of this manuscript has been questioned, Lady Sun remains a prominent female figure in Chinese history.

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You didn’t want to say goodbye to him. Every time he went away on a mission, it felt like your stomach knotted up, and the tension wasn’t released until he got back to the base in one piece. It didn’t help that you wrestled with your emotions every time he left. You were stuck wondering if you should tell him about your feelings for him and risk ruining your friendship or to just keep those feelings to yourself. You knew how dangerous the job was, and the rebellion had always come first in Cassian’s life. You knew what this meant to him. You knew that the rebellion had been a part of his life since before you showed up. It wasn’t fair to ask him to juggle his one true love and you…his friend.

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I’m so tired with this shit regarding that one anti that blew up overnight.

I was asleep whilst it was going on. I am British, I live in the UK, we are in a timezone that is 4-8 hours ahead of the US. I do not know how I’m supposed to do anything other than ‘stand by idly’ regarding an event that happened whilst I was literally unconscious. Also considering the fact I did not wake up until 12 because I am ill as fuck rn, this was far gone and over by the time I even looked at my tumblr properly, considering the first thing I looked at this morning was the news to see the General Election results.

I did not say anything aggressive to that user, I simply commented on their warped shipping logic which IS hypocritical and that is truthful. Everything else was things said by OTHER PEOPLE, and I cannot control what other people say, especially what other people say whilst I’m asleep. If I had been online and someone had been being abusive to a user, I would have intervened as I have made inherently clear I do not support hate towards ANYONE regardless of their shipping stance. I don’t see how things other people have said to a user is by extension me being horrible to them when I wasn’t even online and never, and haven’t since coming online and seeing the incident, supported what was said in any way shape or form. 

I have directly contacted the user involved regarding any hate they received in extension because anyone attacking a user, is frankly, shameful and is not something I take lightly or condone. 

I honestly don’t know what else I can be expected to do regarding this kind of situation. I cannot monitor my tumblr notifications feed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to monitor what other people say to someone else. 

Strongest Legion Flagship? (Across All Timelines)

Across all eras. Personally I would say that it is the Maccrage’s Honour from M42 (the latest version). This is because it received an extensive upgrade, courtesy of Cawl himself, which gave it a 10% boost in performance across all its systems. Alongside various other ancient tech he installed on it. Its also the home base of Cawl, implying he made extra sure it was as strong as he could make it.

The Conqueror as it was in M31 would be a close second (if we were talking about just the M31 setting, I would have put it first) because of the expert skill of its crew. It managed to hold off a massive Ultramarine boarding action and hold its own against 40 smaller Ultramarine vessels alongside the Fidelitas Lex and the Trisaigon and unlike the Fidelitas Lex it actually survived the battle.

The weakest one imo, would be the Chronicle of Ashes, the second Word Bearer Gloriana. It was boarded and captured by just 300 Marines of the Ultramarines 22nd Chapter who made it their Chapter Flagship.

What are your thoughts? I don’t know much about the other Glorianas capabilities. I’ve read about the Iron Blood and the Hrafnkel but the books never went into detail about their capabilities and often presented them as just another battleship.

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How to submit your fic?

If it is your first time taking part in a fic exchange on AO3, here’s what you do.

Go to your dashboard, choose assignments. When your assignment shows up, choose fulfill and …. voilà there’s the familiar AO3 screen where you can post your fic.

Don’t hesitate to ask, if your not sure how to go about posting your fic.

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Thank you!

Even physicists are 'afraid' of mathematics

Physicists avoid highly mathematical work despite being trained in advanced mathematics, new research suggests.

The study, published in the New Journal of Physics, shows that physicists pay less attention to theories that are crammed with mathematical details. This suggests there are real and widespread barriers to communicating mathematical work, and that this is not because of poor training in mathematical skills, or because there is a social stigma about doing well in mathematics.

Dr Tim Fawcett and Dr Andrew Higginson, from the University of Exeter, found, using statistical analysis of the number of citations to 2000 articles in a leading physics journal, that articles are less likely to be referenced by other physicists if they have lots of mathematical equations on each page.

Dr Higginson said: “We have already showed that biologists are put off by equations but we were surprised by these findings, as physicists are generally skilled in mathematics.

"This is an important issue because it shows there could be a disconnection between mathematical theory and experimental work. This presents a potentially enormous barrier to all kinds of scientific progress.”

The research findings suggest improving the training of science graduates won’t help, because physics students already receive extensive maths training before they graduate. Instead, the researchers think the solution lies in clearer communication of highly technical work, such as taking the time to describe what the equations mean.

Dr Fawcett said: “Physicists need to think more carefully about how they present the mathematical details of their work, to explain the theory in a way that their colleagues can quickly understand. It takes time to scrutinise the details of a technical article–even for the most distinguished physics professors–so with many competing demands on their time scientists may be choosing to skip over articles that take too much effort to digest.”

“Ideally, the impact of scientific work should be determined by its scientific value, rather than by the presentational style,” said Dr Higginson.

“Unfortunately, it seems valuable papers may be ignored if they are not made accessible. As we have said before: all scientists who care about the dialogue between theory and experiment should take this issue seriously, rather than claiming it does not exist.”

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Comment on ‘Are physicists afraid of mathematics? by Andrew D. Higginson and Tim W. Fawcett is published in New Journal of Physics.

The statistical analysis is free-to-view at dx.doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.58792

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teaching minority youth & combatting racism in classical music

So I’ve just been hired as a teaching assistant with a project at Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra called the ICP. Basically BYSO realized in 1998 that most of the kids that come into their programs are from richer communities outside (or in wealthy areas of) Boston & certain communities that are more underprivileged weren’t being represented. 19 years ago they created the project I have begun working for as a response to that, bringing in kids from the inner city, all minority kids. They teach those kids how to play string instruments (violin, viola, cello & bass) and work with them from the age of 4/5 all through high school, all that time supporting them with scholarship money. The result is that 100% of the children are trained enough to play with the best youth symphonies in Boston, come to graduate high school, go to a four-year college, and most importantly, stay out of trouble. It’s a pretty cool project.

Recently, the head of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) lost his position for his racist remarks; last spring (of 2016), he stated at a conference that he “could not diversify his board” due to the fact that “blacks and Latinos lack the keyboard skills and music theory abilities to become musicians or music educators”.
Obviously, after this, he received extensive criticism from American musicians and educators alike for his blatant racism and was forced to forfeit his position. It was a shameful moment for music education in the US.

How does this tie into what I’m trying to say?

An alarming statistic is that very few blacks and latinos are represented in classical music. Orchestras are overwhelmed with white and Asian musicians, however, it is rare to see many POC on stage playing a Beethoven symphony. Why is that?

My best guess, though I could never really say, is simply that the study of classical music is costly for the long-term. Parents have to pay for private lessons, the cost of an instrument, and even might have to pay a fee for participation in some ensembles. Not that I am trying to imply that there are not POC who are perfectly well-off or even wealthy–there certainly are–however in cities like Boston, or where I’m from, Pittsburgh, many of the communities with POC aren’t well-off and send kids to low-budget city schools with little-to-no music education, (with exceptions like Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts 👏🏻 yay) and therefore minority communities must turn to programs like Boston’s ICP or Pittsburgh’s Hope Academy to get involved in classical music at all.

This past Sunday I worked with 4-5 year olds for multiple hours followed by an hour with 11-14 year olds. The children, all black and hispanic, were extremely excited to be making music and showed a lot of promise.

I began playing the cello at the age of 5, and I currently am studying cello at one of the best schools of music in the country, with one of the best cello professors in the country. I have an annual scholarship of almost $54K.
It is outrageous to even humor the idea that any of these 4 and 5 year old children, simply because of the color of their skin, could not have the same future as me–could not be studying the cello at their top choice school 14 years from now. I am white, but I wasn’t born into a family with a lot of money. They paid for music lessons, I received scholarships for youth symphony, and I worked hard to get the scholarship that I have for college.

I’m not yet sure that I see myself as a future educator, but I do know one thing: when I was 5 years old, I was just as excited as the five kiddos I’m working with to be playing the cello. And they deserve every opportunity that I had and more. And in many ways, I want to fight for the kids who need someone to fight for them.

The times have changed. Classical music has changed. Therefore, educators need to change. Those who believe classical music is a game for Asians and Caucasians need to step down from their positions. They are both racist and extremely foolish. As a white person, I don’t know if my voice is the one that people want to hear, but what I have to say is this: everyone deserves access to arts education, and every child has equal potential to grow into the next Yo-Yo Ma or Itzhak Perlman. Shame on music educators who don’t want to see the beautiful smiles of 4 and 5 year olds learning how to play the cello completely regardless of the color of their skin. Seeing little tiny cellists smile makes my heart glow with joy–and knowing I get to be a part of their journey makes my day feel a little bit brighter.

Racism in classical music needs to END. I can’t believe that it’s still an issue. Shameful. We need to combat it with all of our strength, so that the world of the arts will become diversified naturally.

anonymous asked:

if u feel oppressed by people pokin fun at white ppl, you are a part of the problem. getting called a cracker or made fun of on the internet will never equal centuries of rape pillage and murder. plus ur icon is a white person with dreads. theres all kinds of nasty goin on.

I’m CUBAN and GREEK. I’m not white. I have never said i was oppressed, your lack of grammar matches your reading abilities. I SAID, “ Tumblr, the place where being gay,trans and/or non white isn’t a choice or isn’t anything to be ashamed of, yet being white cisgender heterosexual male is the epitome of all evils and everyone from said group should feel guilty for being oppressors by default." 

Listen to yourself ” U feel oppressed by people pokin fun at white ppl, you are a part of the problem.“.   You think these people are poking fun?:

1. "Friendly reminder,
Men aren’t people.
Men aren’t people.
MEN ARE NOT PEOPLE! Men are animals and should be treated as such  ”

http://misandrymolly.tumblr.com/post/69012868115/men-arent-people

2. * KiLL MEN CAKE* http://misandrymolly.tumblr.com/post/86965052380/a7xnerd-misandrymolly-a7xnerd


3. “Whiteness is a vicious and sinister institution and needs to be eradicated”   http://moonflowerchilde.tk/post/92090047414/the-fact-that-you-hate-white-people-makes-you-a-fucking


4. “ CISHETS SHOULD NOT BE ABLE TO HAVE CHILDREN” http://hystericalgay.tumblr.com/post/91474640862

If you think these posts are just FUN AND GAMES, if you think SLURS are FUNNY, YOU are the problem NOT me.You’ve come to my blog to bitch at me for standing AGAINST Hatred towards heterosexuals, Cisgenders, white people and men??? Did you think racism is a one way street and only applies to PoC?

RACE-ism is the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races and or prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. WHITE ISN’T CULTURE-LESS or RACE-lESS therefore racism can be applied to them as well.  Just because you haven’t experienced or seen it doesn’t mean it does not exist.  I  have FIRST HAND experienced racism by PoC, the first time i came to puerto rico i was beat up for not being able to speak spanish and because i looked like a “white whore”. 

WHITE PEOPLE HAVE NEVER BEEN HISTORICALLY OPPRESSED? WRONG. ( wasn’t caused by PoC but still it’s recorded history of oppression) 

I introduce you to the HISTORY you will NEVER GET IN HIGH SCHOOL: 

THE WHITE SLAVE TRADE

IRISH SLAVERY

Oh WHITE PEOPLE CAN’T EXPERIENCE RACISM AND HATRED? WRONG.

Whites are 63 percent of the population, but commit 56 percent of the hate crimes. ( WHITE AS IN INCLUDING LATINOS, This is an ongoing problem with the FBI sometimes classifying Latinos by victim category, but not by perp category.)

Blacks are 13 percent of the population but commit 23 percent of the hate crimes.

MEDIA COVERS UP HATE CRIMES AGAINST WHITES

RAPED AND MURDERED FOR BEING WHITE

ELDERLY MAN BEATEN FOR BEING WHITE

Below are some more hate crimes that have been ignored because they happened the “wrong way” (i.e., they were black-on-white instead of white-on-black).

  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Upset about a racial name-calling that occurred earlier that night, several black men savagely beat a random white man who had had nothing to do with the incident. He slipped away from his attackers, but they forced him to swim into a lake to escape. He drowned. The three men were sentenced to less than a year in jail.3
  • Massachusetts. Four black men decided to murder the next white person they saw. That unlucky soul was a college student from Boston, whom the men stabbed to death.4
  • Indiana. A black man was arrested for killing seven white people with a shotgun. He explained that he murdered his victims due to his “deep-rooted hatred” of white people.
  • Miami, Florida. The leader of a black supremacist sect (i.e., the “Yaweh ben Yaweh cult”) was convicted of the murders of several white people. He ordered his followers to kill any and all “white devils.” They killed at least seven white people, bringing back body parts to their leader.
  • North Carolina. Seven black men kidnapped a white woman, raped her, put her in a tub of bleach, shot her five times, and dumped her body. The murderers said they did this for racial reasons.
  • North Carolina. Four black teenagers lured a white, ten-year-old girl into an empty house. “There, they sodomized her, strangled her with a cable wire, and beat her to death with a board. In the past few weeks, the trials in the Tiffany Long case have received extensive coverage in the North Carolina press. But with two of the three defendants already sentenced to lifelong prison terms, and the third now standing trial, the national media have all but ignored the story. Only the Associated Press has reported on the trials, in a single, cursory piece. The AP, of course, failed to mention the race of the people involved — an oversight it seldom if ever committed in the case of Amadou Diallo.”
  • Boulder, Colorado. After discovering that one of their members had never had intercourse with a white woman, an Asian gang went looking for one. When they found a white University of Colorado student, the six men gang raped her in their minivan for two hours.   At their trial, “Detectives described the woman’s night of terror, including repeated threats to kill her.“The woman leaped out of the minivan after one of the men raped her. Naked, she sprinted across Lefthand Canyon Road before Steve Yang tackled her, authorities said.“‘They were all screaming at her, calling her names and hitting her,’ Detective Jane Harmer testified.“Yang put her in a headlock and dragged her back into the van, where she was raped repeatedly, Harmer said.“‘It was a free-for-all,’ Harmer testified.“One man threatened to ‘cut and burn her,’ and another put a gun barrel to the back of her head when they released her, Harmer said.”9
  • Kansas City, Missouri. An Ethiopian immigrant shot two white coworkers — killing one and critically injuring the other — at his workplace, then turned the gun on himself. At his residence, police found a three-page, signed note he had written in which he railed at “black blood sucker supreme white people” for oppressing him and black people in general.10
  • New York City. In a Midtown office building, a white woman was assaulted, raped, and anally raped by a black man who called her racist names during the attack. Police refused to label it a hate crime.11
  • Alexandria, Virginia. A black man walking through a neighborhood went over to a white eight-year-old boy playing in his great-grandparents’ front yard and slit the child’s throat, killing him. A witness says that the attacker shouted racial epithets during the attack, and the main suspect in the case owns anti-white hate literature and had written a note about killing white children. He had been previously arrested for attacking an unarmed white stranger with a hammer. (During the attack, he called his victim “Whitey.”)12   This particular case provides a perfect example of the terrible way that anti-white hate crimes are handled. First, the investigators decided not to tell police officers about the racial aspects of the case, even while the police were conducting a manhunt to find the boy’s killer. When this was revealed by theWashington Post, city council member Joyce Woodson defended this withholding of information from the cops on the front line. “What they did was proper. We already live in a racially charged world.” The Democratic mayor of Alexandria implied his agreement: “Efforts to sensationalize this investigation will only hurt this investigation.”13To make things even stranger, the FBI offered to send agents and a fugitive task force to help with the manhunt, but the local police rejected the offer. They also refused the help of the FBI’s profilers, forensics experts, and others.14Eventually, the police arrested a suspect who was reportedly tied to the scene by DNA evidence. In another bizarre move, the Justice Department — which had acknowledged that it was monitoring the case — declined to prosecute the killing as a hate crime. The government’s prosecutor in the case cannot charge the victim with a hate crime. “There’s no applicable hate crimes law in Virginia,” he explained.15An editorial in the Washington Times pointedly commented on the deafening silence surrounding the brutal child-murder: “Has anyone seen Jesse Jackson around lately? Kweisi Mfume? Al Sharpton? For persons whose political antennae are ordinarily so sensitive that they can pick up racial tremors a thousand miles away, they seem to have overlooked a possible hate crime right here in the vicinity of the nation’s capital.”Even though all of the above incidents occurred in the last ten years, anti-white hate crimes are not new. The Village Voice writes of “the wave of random street killings that terrorized San Francisco in 1973. The ‘Zebra killers’ struck without warning, murdering whites at night. Most victims were shot. One was raped, another beheaded. Four young black Muslims were arrested in 1974 and charged with 14 murders, seven assaults, one rape, and an attempted kidnapping. The Zebra killers were convicted in 1976.”

ARE THESE JOKES, IS THIS POKING FUN TO YOU???????

LASTLY what does my icon have to do with the dicussion? Did you just not know how to pick an argument and just decided to mention my icon? or were you implying that white people can’t have dreads? are you also implying you know people’s ethnicity just by looking at their photo??????????????? Honestly you can’t be that thick. 

Dread locks do not belong to a specific group, culture or race. anyone, whether they are white, black, tan or blue can have dreads if they do not comb their hair which historically is very much recorded seeing that at some point we did not have combs. 

historically  it is true that all culture and  man himself most likely originated in Africa and of course dreads were a part of prehistoric mans reality since they had no combs r conditioners to prevent dreadlocks from forming.

but it is ignorant to assume when some migrated north and evolved into a more light skinned version that they no longer wore dreadlocks. in fact the earliest  records of all cultures have references to dreadlocks, although not clearly by name.

instead there were references to “they wore the hair in long locks’ or "he had hair like snakes” or in the case of the most well known biblical reference to samson “he worse 7 locks upon his head”

there were references to vikings and explorers who wore locks

in the bible Joseph john the baptist samson and many believed jesus himself wore locks

dreadlocks were a huge part of jewish culture in the past and still are among muslims and Hindus of some sects

as well as those who took christianity as seriously as was intended as written in the bible

 part of the belief that dreadlocks “belong” to black culture doesn’t even come from the ancient origins but the rise in popularity in the 70’s when Rastafarian movement and religion gained momentum. at that time Rastafarians were mostly poor Jamaican or Ethiopian citizens who were inspired by the gift of land in Ethiopia to all rastas by the emperor now considered god jah rastafari.

the Rastafarian movement was a religion and a philosophy that held the belief that the color of a mans skin should hold no more importance then the color of his eyes

it also, was a religion, religions are  a belief in a divine being not a racial identity.. belief is a choice  not a genetic fact of birth

if we look back at thousands of years of history dreadlocks were a part of every culture on earth worn by every race

evidence has been found that some native american tribes worse dreadlocks shortly after being discovered..by who? yes white europeans

long before being exposed to african culture

 it is true between 1970 and maybe the early to mid 80's  you did see way more black people with dreads then white, the rasta movement  had an explosive start spreading wide and gaining acceptance then bob Marley exposed the whole world to rasta culture and many races  and individuals embraced the religion and culture and made it their own.