role transition

For people struggling to understand what this all means, it just means that Harry’s management company, Full Stop Management, is merging with Irving Azoff’s (a known powerhouse manager in the music industry) company.

Basically, this means that Full Stop just got some real power behind it, in the form of a father aligning with his son.

Larries have been predicting for a LONG ass time that Irving would play a role in a managerial transition for the boys. Right now we have solid confirmation of that for at least Harry. Most of us believe that when One Direction comes back, they will do so under the guidance of Irving and Jeff Azoff.

Just a short sum up, if anyone needs it! ♥️

Passing Tips From Gender Youth Group

Submission by: @e-cryptid

22, United states of America

“First of all, you need to pick a new name. Then you’ll need a binder and maybe a packer but make sure it’s not too big of one. That’ll give you away. Try wearing button ups but not if they’re flannel. That’ll make you look like a lesbian. Layering shirts helps, too. Buy bulky shoes and boot cut jeans. Maybe shoe lifts because you’re kind of on the short side for a guy. Keep your hair cut longer on top and shorter on the sides. Square off the hair in front of your ears. It’s too feminine to have it be triangular. Shave those little translucent hairs off of your face. Only women and children have them. You can wear a single earring or a leather bracelet but no other jewelry. Nothing rainbow because, again, that’ll make you look like a lesbian. Use only the lower ranges of your voice. You can find vocal training videos on YouTube if that’s not good enough. It’ll also help to speak in more of a monotone and try to mimic other guys’ speech patterns. Study the way they walk, too. Sit with your legs spread or one crossed over your other knee. Either way, take up plenty of space. Bulk up but only certain muscle groups. Don’t talk when you’re in the bathroom. Use less exaggerated facial expressions. Try not to qualify your statements. Cross your arms over your chest, not under it. Don’t skip. Don’t giggle. Don’t cry.

It’s going to feel so good to finally get to be yourself.”

a message to all the young “non-dysphoric trans kids”: do what the fuck you wanna do!! try out different pronouns, change your name, dress however you want!!! what the fuck ever!! you’re normalizing trans-ness and it’s benefitting the trans community!! keep experimenting with gender because it’s hecking cool!!
a message to all the young “cissexist dysphoric trans kids”: you’re not promoting gender roles by wanting to transition or by being dysphoric!! its not your fault that you were born in a body that didn’t match how you felt and you’re going to get where you want someday!!
a message to everyone running around tumblr shaming kids for expressing themselves and trying to police trans people: yeah um thanks but we don’t need that and you can pack your hate and intolerance right the fuck up and just not!

washingtonpost.com
Blackwater founder held secret Seychelles meeting to establish Trump-Putin back channel
Erik Prince met with a Russian close to the Kremlin in a meeting brokered by the United Arab Emirates.
By https://www.facebook.com/kevin.sieff

Adam Entous, Greg Miller, Kevin Sieff, and Karen DeYoung at Washington Post

The United Arab Emirates arranged a secret meeting in January between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian close to President Vladi­mir Putin as part of an apparent effort to establish a back-channel line of communication between Moscow and President-elect Donald Trump, according to U.S., European and Arab officials.

The meeting took place around Jan. 11 — nine days before Trump’s inauguration — in the Seychelles islands in the Indian Ocean, officials said. Though the full agenda remains unclear, the UAE agreed to broker the meeting in part to explore whether Russia could be persuaded to curtail its relationship with Iran, including in Syria, a Trump administration objective that would be likely to require major concessions to Moscow on U.S. sanctions.

Though Prince had no formal role with the Trump campaign or transition team, he presented himself as an unofficial envoy for Trump to high-ranking Emiratis involved in setting up his meeting with the Putin confidant, according to the officials, who did not identify the Russian.

Prince was an avid supporter of Trump. After the Republican convention, he contributed $250,000 to Trump’s campaign, the national party and a pro-Trump super PAC led by GOP mega-donor Rebekah Mercer, records show. He has ties to people in Trump’s circle, including Stephen K. Bannon, now serving as the president’s chief strategist and senior counselor. Prince’s sister Betsy DeVos serves as education secretary in the Trump administration. And Prince was seen in the Trump transition offices in New York in December.

U.S. officials said the FBI has been scrutinizing the Seychelles meeting as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and alleged contacts between associates of Putin and Trump. The FBI declined to comment.

The Seychelles encounter, which one official said spanned two days, adds to an expanding web of connections between Russia and Americans with ties to Trump — contacts that the White House has been reluctant to acknowledge or explain until they have been exposed by news organizations.

“We are not aware of any meetings, and Erik Prince had no role in the transition,” said Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary.

A Prince spokesman said in a statement: “Erik had no role on the transition team. This is a complete fabrication. The meeting had nothing to do with President Trump. Why is the so-called under-resourced intelligence community messing around with surveillance of American citizens when they should be hunting terrorists?”

Prince is best known as the founder of Blackwater, a security firm that became a symbol of U.S. abuses in Iraq after a series of incidents, including one in 2007 in which the company’s guards were accused — and later criminally convicted — of killing civilians in a crowded Iraqi square. Prince sold the firm, which was subsequently re-branded, but has continued building a private paramilitary empire with contracts across the Middle East and Asia. He now heads a Hong Kong-based company known as the Frontier Services Group.

Prince would probably have been seen as too controversial to serve in any official capacity in the Trump transition or administration. But his ties to Trump advisers, experience with clandestine work and relationship with the royal leaders of the Emirates — where he moved in 2010 amid mounting legal problems for his American business — would have positioned him as an ideal go-between.

The Seychelles meeting came after separate private discussions in New York involving high-ranking representatives of Trump with both Moscow and the Emirates.

The White House has acknowledged that Michael T. Flynn, Trump’s original national security adviser, and Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner met with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, in late November or early December in New York.

Flynn and Kushner were joined by Bannon for a separate meeting with the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, who made an undisclosed visit to New York later in December, according to the U.S., European and Arab officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.

In an unusual breach of protocol, the UAE did not notify the Obama administration in advance of the visit, though officials found out because Zayed’s name appeared on a flight manifest.

Officials said Zayed and his brother, the UAE’s national security adviser, coordinated the Seychelles meeting with Russian government officials with the goal of establishing an unofficial back channel between Trump and Putin.

Officials said Zayed wanted to be helpful to both leaders, who had talked about working more closely together, a policy objective long advocated by the crown prince. The UAE, which sees Iran as one of its main enemies, also shared the Trump team’s interest in finding ways to drive a wedge between Moscow and Tehran.

Zayed met twice with Putin in 2016, according to Western officials, and urged the Russian leader to work more closely with the Emirates and Saudi Arabia — an effort to isolate Iran.

At the time of the Seychelles meeting and for weeks afterward, the UAE believed that Prince had the blessing of the new administration to act as its unofficial representative. The Russian participant was a person whom Zayed knew was close to Putin from his interactions with both men, the officials said.

the trio of Virgo-Libra-Scorpio is so interesting to me symbolically like i really feel that they present a very crucial stage within the zodiac wheel

where Virgo represents the maiden, the young person on the cusp of greatness, serving others and striving for perfection/completion of their world, of their individual self.

Libra then represents the liminal state, the person not on the cusp anymore but past it, reaching a fuller state of awareness and empathy and yet remaining detached because they cannot choose. they have to balance the two, and in so doing, prevent themselves from being fully present in either

and then Scorpio, who, having passed libra’s balancing act between the physical and the ethereal, descends fully into the deep/dark realm of the psyche; the place where things like death, and sex, power and intimacy, can be conceived of in fuller levels and appreciated for what they are.

i realize this sounds weird and i’m not trying to shade Virgos or Libras but im just saying each sign has their own symbolic role and their own place, none of which is more or less important than any other signs! i just appreciate the transitional role of these three signs specifically because Virgo is the last sign who’s presence is in the here and now, the last sign who’s role is on a personal and individual level. Libra is the sign that balances between the two halves of the zodiac, and the one who straddles both sides but remains above choosing, and Scorpio, who represents the choosing of knowledge and depth and begins to see a bigger picture, and so it moves on to the worldly signs of Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces, and then it returns to Aries, the individual

A Start Up List of Working Latina Actresses who reasonably *could* play Henry Mills’ Love Interest and Lucy Mills’ Mother

So I saw a few people yesterday trying to come up with actresses who might play next year’s “Mystery Woman” (who I think we are all for the moment predicting will be Princess Elena of Avalor). Anyway, I meant to do this yesterday…. but life, you know?…. so here are Latina actresses in their late 20s/very early 30s who could reasonably audition for the role.

In general, I try to keep up with Latinx Hollywood, but still this list was harder than I thought! Most of the more well known working Latinas are too old for the role, the famous ones who are the right age are OBVIOUSLY WAY TO EXPENSIVE for Once (Selena, Demi, I’m looking at you!) or currently working in large, mainstream roles (Stephanie Beatriz, Aubrey Plaza, etc). 

But here’s a starting list of roughly 10 or so potentials that I came up with, mostly former child stars looking for a “transition role”, a few from edgy streaming dramas who might be interested in the stability of a mainstream network paycheck, one who is so perfect I can’t imagine anything else now. I will put this out there, in case anyone is interested or curious…


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nytimes.com
Bruce Langhorne, Guitarist Who Inspired 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' Dies at 78
By Bill Friskics-Warren

Bruce Langhorne, an intuitive guitarist who played a crucial role in the transition from folk music to folk-rock, notably through his work with Bob Dylan, died on Friday at his home in Venice, Calif. He was 78.

A close friend, Cynthia Riddle, said the cause was kidney failure.

From his pealing lead guitar on “Maggie’s Farm” to his liquid electric guitar lines on “Love Minus Zero/No Limit” and “She Belongs to Me,” Mr. Langhorne was best known for his playing on Mr. Dylan’s landmark 1965 album, “Bringing It All Back Home.” He also contributed hypnotic countermelodies to tracks like “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.”

“Bringing It All Back Home” proved a harbinger of ’60s folk-rock. Mr. Langhorne’s empathetic accompaniment, always stressing feeling over flash, animated all 11 of the album’s tracks.

In his 2004 memoir, “Chronicles,” Mr. Dylan said of Mr. Langhorne, “If you had Bruce playing with you, that’s all you would need to do just about anything.”

Mr. Dylan credited Mr. Langhorne with inspiring “Mr. Tambourine Man,”recalling in 1985 that the song came to him after seeing Mr. Langhorne arrive for a 1964 recording session with an oversize Turkish drum arrayed with bells. (“In the jingle jangle morning I’ll come following you,” Mr. Dylan sang.)

Mr. Langhorne had not set out to become a guitar player. A student of the violin, he had to forgo a career in classical music after losing two fingers and most of the thumb on his right hand in an accident involving homemade fireworks when he was 12. He took up the guitar at 17, developing a unique call-and-response approach to the instrument.

“Since I have fingers missing, some styles of guitar playing were forever unreachable for me,” he told an interviewer. “I really needed someone who had a thread going to really do my job,” he continued, alluding to his musical collaborators. “Because then they could generate a couple of lines of polyphony, or a rhythmic structure, and then I could enhance that.” [Read More]

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Im just going to be straight up and put these here for the internetz… I’ve yet to come out to most of my friends and not to mention my family, which I dont know how exactly I will come out to them but im sure ill figure it out.

Posting these photos here is huge step for me, not that it means anything for anyone who doesn’t know me. I’m pre everything and anything. Been hiding for a while but I just want you all to know that this is me. The real me… not the me you see when I’m hanging out with friends, or at work (both of which I hope to be comfy enough to do soon) but the me when I come back home from work or social activities. The me that can wear what she feels comfortable in, the me that can say what she feels comfortable saying and most of all the me that is afraid of bringing the reality with her when she steps out her door.

For those of you that I’m acquainted with or related to and who are seeing these… All I can say is, I’m sorry for not telling you earlier. If I haven’t come out to you already, it’s not because I don’t feel that you’re important or anything like that, it’s most likely because of the circumstances and/or predicaments that are holding me down. Some of you will not appreciate it, some of you will not accept me and some of you will (hopefully not) want to harm me. I just want to point out that you haven’t had any issues with me so far, then you shouldn’t have any issues with me now and from now on. The only difference from before is that I go by different pronouns and I’ve changed my attire. I’d really appreciate it if you could at least try to use the correct pronouns. Thats all I ask. Though I would want none of it, I know that a lot of you will judge me.

Here goes something, right?

“Identifying with” vs “Identifying as”

Growing up I identified with the other little boys a lot, and with the other girls almost not at all. I identified with the rough and tumble lifestyle of the boys, and with their carefree adventuring. The girls in the neighborhood would tag along with the boys at times, but it was always tagging along. The girls were never the Captain. When the boys played street hockey, the girls came too, but they sat on the sidelines and cheered and talked. I played, of course, until I was about 9 years old and despite the extra pads and helmet my dad made me wear, he decided that it was too rough and that I couldn’t play with the boys any more. He was right, of course, the boys *were* rough, but so was I! I identified with the boys.

When I watched TV and saw a married couple, I always identified with the husband. I knew that when I eventually married that I wanted to be the one providing for the family, doling out wisdom and discipline, and being left alone to pursue my own intellectual interests whenever I wasn’t doing one of those things. That’s what I saw. I certainly didn’t identify with the idea of rearing the children and devoting my life to child, family, and house care. I wanted to be an independent person inside of a family support system. I saw that in the husband’s position in the family. I identified with the husband.

When I was a teenager and the young men around me were obsessed with music, body modification, and girls, I identified with them. I knew other young dykes, but the ones that I knew seemed more obsessed with being queer* than anything else, and I couldn’t relate. I identified with the simplicity of being an adolescent male, in part because really nothing was expected of them. I spent high school playing hardcore shows and avoiding other lesbians. At 15 my then-girlfriend starting calling me her boyfriend and I bound for the first time. My male friends treated me like “one of the guys,” which is to say, as a completely distinct phenomenon from the other females. My feelings of being different, of being “not like the other girls,” were reinforced with every turn. I was able to “opt-out” of the gross objectification of my female peers, largely through this understanding of my identification. I identified with my young male friends.

As a young adult, my identification with became my identification as. The lines had blurred, and I no longer saw the distinction – if I had seen it at all up to that point. I became one of the young men, instead of the one female allowed in our boys’ club. I was accepted with open arms, and my identity was affirmed from all directions in my social circle.

It wasn’t until many years later that I really had to start untangling the differences between identifying with the men in my life, versus identifying as a man. I think that if I had had Butch women or other young Butches in my life at some of these critical moments that I would have identified with them, instead of males. The sad fact is that Butch women and the Butch experience is really not something that is accessible or visible to the vast majority of our youth. As a young person, so much of one’s sense of self is shaped by one’s role models, that it seems no wonder that a young GNC female would feel identity and kinship with males, instead of with females, if no Butch or GNC females are available as role models. If the only people that talk about their bodies the way the way that a young GNC female experiences her body identify as men, then it is clear to see why more and more GNC females are identifying as men and transitioning.

I am most motivated by myself ten or twenty years ago to keep pushing and keep being visible. It is sometimes very hard to stand up and talk about my dysphoria or my transition, but I think it’s worth it for future generations. Our young Butches and GNC females need to see their lives and experiences reflected in a way that is positive about being female and accepting of one’s female body. I just want to be the example that I wish I had had as a child. If I can show even one young woman that she is completely in charge of her body and the way that she uses it to express herself, then I will have accomplished my goals. I think there’s a lot more than one out there, though. I think there are a lot of us that need this healing visibility. I will continue to put my words and face out there for as long as it takes.

They said,
It’s a girl.

You heard,
It is cotton candy sweet, bubblegum pink,
Soft like stuffed animals or angel wings.
Vanilla birthday cake, long dresses,
Lipstick stains left on glasses. 
Sappy movies, peach rings,
Long braids, and gently swaying park swings. 

She shook her head, 
And she said,
Not all little girls are made of
Sugar and spice and everything nice.
Some are made of wind, and paint,
And sharp words and smoke filled flames-
And are not ashamed.

You heard,
Non-computed nonsense,
Confused, rebel tomboy.
Heard she’ll grow out of it.
She’ll get used to it- just a phase.
Saw no harm in stuffing her into pink frills
And choking her on perfume clouds.
Tying necklace like noose around her neck.

Heard that sometimes little girls
Needed to be forced into femininity
Before they knew they liked it.
Dehumanization could be an acquired taste.

They told her,
Girls are meant to sit quiet and  look pretty,
And you are failing at both jobs.
Don’t you know that girl is made to be Christmas tree ornament?
Mantel piece trophy-
Decoration, not music box.
Not to be heard.
No one wants you to be heard.
No one is listening.
You are talking to yourself and you are terrible company,
Until you learn your manners.
Until you learn that respect was not your birthrate.
Be reincarnated boy if you want the right to speak without permission slip.

Loud is not a trait good husbands look for.
You are not a trait good husbands look for.
You will not be wanted.
You are not wanted.
And don’t you know that that is all a little girl should ever be?
If a girl sits alone in the forest and nobody is there to want her,
Should she even move out of the way of the falling tree?

Eventually, your lungs will have burst from trying too long to breathe in too tight of dresses.
You will have to wear bracelets to hide all the rope burns from having hands tied.
You will have tried so hard to make yourself into ice sculptor glass,
That your limbs will shatter at the smallest impact.
One day, your tongue will fall out of your mouth
From having to bite it one too many times.

When all of this happens,
I advise you to give in.
Let them give you their kitchen-
Let them paint the walls pink,
And drape you in a floral apron.
And then, when they come wandering back,
Because it smells like something’s burning,

Make them wonder why the lace curtains are on fire
And why the knives are in the walls,
And why the house is caving,
And why you are sitting like the picture perfect placemat
That they have always trained you to be,
In the center of such apocalyptic chaos.
They will ask you why-
But I say to you,
Do not tell them.
After all,
They never wanted your words before.

—  It’s a Girl //// Destruction Has Always Been a Feminine Trait

Suzuki Harunobu (鈴木 春信;c. 1725 –1770)
1765-1770
This is one of the finest erotic designs by Suzuki Harunobu, full of the wit and delicacy for which he is so celebrated. This impression appears to have the finest colour, largely unfaded, of any of the four impressions currently recorded. Full colour printing from woodblocks had only been introduced c. 1765, just a couple of years before this design must have been issued. The pale blue colour on the interior wall, likely dayflower (tsuyu-gusa) is invariably faded on nearly all surviving impressions of Harunobu’s prints but here it is miraculously unfaded. There is heavy embossing of the paper in many areas of the design to suggest, for instance, the snow piled up on the branches of bamboo. The colourful palette, relatively thick paper and such special printing effects are all characteristic of deluxe impressions of designs by Harunobu printed for samurai and other wealthy patrons; predating slightly the more commercial printings of the same images that were sometimes issued subsequently (though no later printing is currently known of this design). 
(…)
On a day when the snow is falling and piling up outside, inside a room
an adult man is about to have sex with an immature young woman. The young woman does not appear to be objecting: with her right hand she opens the skirts of her kimono, while wrapping her long, hanging left sleeve around the man’s neck. The reason the window is open on such a cold day is, of course, to reveal to us the objectionable goings-on inside, but it also serves to introduce the figure of the man’s wife who is standing just outside and thereby able to witness the events. Sheltered under an umbrella she is just about to throw a snowball at the pair within; clearly she is jealous. Such an implausible scenario was intended to entertain and amuse the viewer. The artist Suzuki Harunobu is sometimes described as the originator of the so-called ‘brocade print’ and certainly he played a vital role in the transition to full-colour woodblock printing in Edo in the 1760s. Not only does this work combine many different printed colours but it also employs skilled printing effects, such as the embossing technique (kimedashi) used to express the soft texture of the snow piling up on the leaves of the bamboo. The colours of the present impression are particularly well preserved, permitting us to appreciate this beautiful shunga print in a state close to when it was originally published. [KT] 

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The National Archives plays a critical role in the transition from one Presidential administration to another. Two big things are going on during the 75 days between the November election and Inauguration Day: assembling a new administration and winding down and packing up a Presidency that has been in office four or eight years.

Read about what our staff do in “Moving Out, Moving In” in the latest issue of Prologue, the National Archives magazine.

Want more history? You can subscribe to Prologue magazine here: http://1.usa.gov/1Imzl4p.

Photos:

Richard Nixon’s staff moves furniture and materials into the Oval Office on January 20, 1969, as the Nixon administration takes office. (Nixon Library)

Dozens of pallets are loaded onto an airliner destined for the George W. Bush Presidential Materials Project in Dallas, Texas. (George W. Bush Library)

In preparation for the move of Nixon presidential materials, a conservator carefully packs jewelry so that it will not shift during its journey to the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, California. (National Archives, photo by Angela Drews)

Boxes of records and memorabilia await transport to Little Rock, Arkansas, for eventual storage in the Clinton Presidential Library. (Clinton Library)

13 Reasons to Have an Out of This World Friday (the 13th)

1. Know that not all of humanity is bound to the ground

Since 2000, the International Space Station has been continuously occupied by humans. There, crew members live and work while conducting important research that benefits life on Earth and will even help us eventually travel to deep space destinations, like Mars.

2. Smart people are up all night working in control rooms all over NASA to ensure that data keeps flowing from our satellites and spacecraft

Our satellites and spacecraft help scientists study Earth and space. Missions looking toward Earth provide information about clouds, oceans, land and ice. They also measure gases in the atmosphere, such as ozone and carbon dioxide, and the amount of energy that Earth absorbs and emits. And satellites monitor wildfires, volcanoes and their smoke.

Satellites and spacecraft that face toward space have a variety of jobs. Some watch for dangerous rays coming from the sun. Others explore asteroids and comets, the history of stars, and the origin of planets. Some fly near or orbit other planets. These spacecraft may look for evidence of water on Mars or capture close-up pictures of Saturn’s rings.

3. The spacecraft, rockets and systems developed to send astronauts to low-Earth orbit as part our Commercial Crew Program is also helping us get to Mars

Changes to the human body during long-duration spaceflight are significant challenges to solve ahead of a mission to Mars and back. The space station allows us to perform long duration missions without leaving Earth’s orbit. 

Although they are orbiting Earth, space station astronauts spend months at a time in near-zero gravity, which allows scientists to study several physiological changes and test potential solutions. The more time they spend in space, the more helpful the station crew members can be to those on Earth assembling the plans to go to Mars.

4. Two new science missions will travel where no spacecraft has gone before…a Jupiter Trojan asteroid and a giant metal asteroid!

We’ve selected two missions that have the potential to open new windows on one of the earliest eras in the history of our solar system – a time less than 10 million years after the birth of our sun!

The first mission, Lucy, will visit six of Jupiter’s mysterious Trojan asteroids. The Trojans are thought to be relics of a much earlier era in the history of the solar system, and may have formed far beyond Jupiter’s current orbit.

The second mission, Psyche, will study a unique metal asteroid that’s never been visited before. This giant metal asteroid, known as 16 Psyche, is about three times farther away from the sun than is the Earth. Scientists wonder whether Psyche could be an exposed core of an early planet that could have been as large as Mars, but which lost its rocky outer layers due to a number of violent collisions billions of years ago.

5. Even astronauts eat their VEGGIES’s

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough collected the third and final harvest of the latest round of the Veggie investigation, testing the capability to grow fresh vegetables on the International Space Station. 

Understanding how plants respond to microgravity is an important step for future long-duration space missions, which will require crew members to grow their own food. Crew members have previously grown lettuce and flowers in the Veggie facility. This new series of the study expands on previous validation tests.

6. When you feel far away from home, you can think of the New Horizons spacecraft as it heads toward the Kuiper Belt, and the Voyager spacecrafts are beyond the influence of our sun…billions of miles away 

Our New Horizons spacecraft completed its Pluto flyby in July 2015 and has continued on its way toward the Kuiper Belt. The spacecraft continues to send back important data as it travels toward deeper space at more than 32,000 miles per hour, and is nearly 3.2 billion miles from Earth.

In addition to New Horizons, our twin Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft are exploring where nothing from Earth has flown before. Continuing on their more-than-37-year journey since their 1977 launches, they are each much farther away from Earth and the sun than Pluto. In August 2012, Voyager 1 made the historic entry into interstellar space, the region between the stars, filled with material ejected by the death of nearby stars millions of years ago.

7. Earth has a magnetic field that largely protects it from the solar wind stripping away out atmosphere…unlike Mars

Findings from our MAVEN mission have identified the process that appears to have played a key role in the transition of the Martian climate from an early, warm and wet environment to the cold, arid planet Mars is today. MAVEN data have enabled researchers to determine the rate at which the Martian atmosphere currently is losing gas to space via stripping by the solar wind. Luckily, Earth has a magnetic field that largely protects it from this process. 

8. There are humans brave enough to not only travel in space, but venture outside space station to perform important repairs and updates during spacewalks

Spacewalks are important events where crew members repair, maintain and upgrade parts of the International Space Station. These activities can also be referred to as EVAs – Extravehicular Activities. Not only do spacewalks require an enormous amount of work to prepare for, but they are physically demanding on the astronauts. They are working in the vacuum of space in only their spacewalking suit. 

When on a spacewalk, astronauts use safety tethers to stay close to their spacecraft. One end of the tether is hooked to the spacewalker, while the other end is connected to the vehicle. Spacewalks typically last around 6.5 hours, but can be extended to 7 or 8 hours, if necessary.

9. We’re working to create new aircraft that will dramatically reduce fuel use, emissions and noise…meaning we could change the way you fly! 

The nation’s airlines could realize more than $250 billion dollars in savings in the near future thanks to green-related technologies that we are developing and refining. These new technologies could cut airline fuel use in half, pollution by 75% and noise to nearly one-eighth of today’s levels!

10. You can see a global image of your home planet…EVERY DAY

Once a day, we will post at least a dozen new color images of Earth acquired from 12 to 36 hours earlier. These images are taken by our EPIC camera from one million miles away on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR). Take a look HERE.

11. Employees of NASA have always been a mission driven bunch, who try to find answers that were previously unknown

The film “Hidden Figures,” focuses on the stories of Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, African-American women who were essential to the success of early spaceflight. 

Today, we embrace their legacy and strive to include everyone who wants to participate in our ongoing exploration. In the 1960’s, we were on an ambitious journey to the moon, and the human computers portrayed in Hidden Figures helped get us there. Today, we are on an even more ambitious journey to Mars. We are building a vibrant, innovative workforce that reflects a vast diversity of discipline and thought, embracing and nurturing all the talent we have available, regardless of gender, race or other protected status. Take a look at our Modern Figures HERE.

12. A lot of NASA-developed tech has been transferred for use to the public 

Our Technology Transfer Program highlights technologies that were originally designed for our mission needs, but have since been introduced to the public market. HERE are a few spinoff technologies that you might not know about.

13. If all else fails, here’s an image of what we (Earth) and the moon look like from Mars  

From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the moon. The image combines two separate exposures taken on Nov. 20 by our High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on our Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

In the image, the reddish feature near the middle of the face of Earth is Australia.

“I thought there was a conversation that was not being had. It was about me wanting to acknowledge all those trans folks out there who don’t have access to health care, who don’t embody cisnormative beauty standards, even that cisnormative beauty standards are deeply problematic.“
- Laverne Cox, 2015

Second portrait of the series, this time one of my favourite Orange is the New Black Actresses, Laverne Cox is one of the first transgender actresses I’ve seen onscreen and I felt that was a really big moment for LGBTQA representation. Additionally, I recall that in one of her interviews, she mentioned that the producers consulted with her and made the filming of Sophia Burset’s backstory as comfortable for her as possible by engaging a male actor to play the role of pre-transitioned Sophia, Marcus Burset.

Not too happy with this portrait, so I might redo this one in the near future.

It ain’t a liberation movement

Like most good liberals, I was totally on board with transgender “liberation.” After all, it’s the next civil rights struggle, right? I’ve marched against war, racism, for health care, for women’s and gay and lesbian rights.  In the 1980s, I surfed the Second Wave of feminism, loving who I chose, dressing as I chose, speaking my mind, and living the life of equality first wavers like Susan B. Anthony,Charlotte Gilman, and Emma Goldman fought so hard for. I was a two-time election worker on President Obama’s campaigns. In the past couple of years, I celebrated as homophobic laws toppled, state by state, and gay marriage morphed into mainstream reality. And until recently, I’ve had the unexamined, vague conviction that the “T” in LGBT was part of the same good trend: more inclusion for the marginalized.

But that has all changed. I’ve shifted from the cookie-cutter progressive vantage point I inhabited only a few months ago. It’s not a 180 turnaround. I believe in civil rights for all people, and I don’t think trans people should face job, housing, or other discrimination. But I no longer see transgenderism as a liberation movement. From where I now stand, I see it as a profound and fundamentally conservative undermining of the gains of the Second Wave of feminism. It’s the Third Wave, a tsunami of narcissism, of post-modernist relativism run amok…a hall of mirrors, wave upon wave of shiny, YouTube transition videos and Tumblr confessions… where subjective feelings and ideas always trump physical reality.

Something has gone wrong. Very wrong. I’ve been asleep for 20 years, but now I’m waking up…because my own teenage daughter is being churned and tossed in this very turbulent sea.

When my daughter announced to me that she is transgender a few months ago, my initial reaction was basically positive—even though she had never before expressed an inkling of any such identity. In fact, she had always talked about how glad she was to be a girl. I’d raised her to feel that, like me, she could dress, act, or be anything she wanted to be and until very recently, that’s exactly what she did.

The change was abrupt. She admitted to binge-watching triumphant and ecstatic FTM transition videos for days on end. She started using jargon like “genderqueer.” But despite this turnaround, despite misgivings, I made an appointment with a gender therapist, ruminating on what it would mean to welcome a son into the erstwhile form of a daughter.

A researcher and scientist by profession and by avocation, I dived deeply into the Internet and medical literature on FTMs. And the more I read, talked, and emailed (and I delved a lot), the weaker my kneejerk-liberal “trans ally” position became.

I learned that everything I had taken for granted about women’s liberation has changed. A dislike of pink and traditionally (think: 1950s norms) female activities and interests now means a girl, a teen, is “actually” a boy.  Instead of acceptance if a girl wears denim and button-down shirts, that’s called by the archaic term “cross dressing” and the girl is pressured to “transition.” Gender role conformity is more rigid than ever, which is the great irony of transgenderism. Girls who used to find their home as “butch” lesbians don’t have anyone to identify with or look up to anymore. Women’s or lesbian bookstores, discussion groups, bars seem to have vanished from the face of the earth. Everything has been subsumed under the “queer” label.  And while nearly all FTMs start out as lesbians, they disavow it after beginning “transition.” They were never really lesbians, after all. They are really just crossdressers who yearn to be male.

And when it comes to “transition,” the holy grail, the magic elixir, is testosterone. It would be one thing if “T” could be used experimentally, then abandoned, with only temporary and reversible changes to the mind and body. Then you could say: Why not? Give it a try. But even a few weeks on “T” usually results in forever-thickened vocal cords, forever-thickened body and facial hair, and—by some accounts I’ve read—even brain changes that are hard to undo.  If a girl or woman transitions and changes her mind, she will forever live in a modified, androgen-altered body, whether she likes it later or not. Sterility is another risk. And many FTMs on long term hormone treatment are plagued by chronic infections, heart trouble, high blood pressure, premature aging.

That the frontal lobes of teenagers’ brains are not fully developed is now settled science, no more controversial than gravity or evolution.  We now know that executive function–judgment, impulse control, planning, and self monitoring skills–don’t reach maturity in young people until at least the age of 25. Yet the medical and psychological professions are allowing—no, they are pushing—surgical and pharmaceutical transition as the “answer” for teens who are questioning their identities. There’s a huge cognitive dissonance here: If adolescence is a time of limited executive function, how on earth can we be encouraging, let alone celebrating, such life-changing decisions being made by teen (and much younger) people?

How can it be that surgery and testosterone are now seen as the only viable solution to the feeling that a female doesn’t fit conventional gender stereotypes? What happened to: women can be anything they want to be? Shave your legs, don’t, cut your hair, don’t….love who you want, work on cars, have a child, don’t….that’s liberation as I’ve always understood it. But Second Wave feminism is considered stodgy and old fashioned now. Despite its fundamentally liberating message to women.

A 4th Wave of Feminism. We need it. We need it NOW.

My Opinion On The Movie "About Ray"

I really have been reblogging both ends of the whole “About Ray” debate, but let’s get something straight.

I think this is going to be a great movie. It is a movie about a transboy while he is coming to terms with himself and coming out to his family. He is beginning his journey. YOU CANNOT ASK AN ALREADY FULLY TRANSITIONED TRANSBOY TO PLAY A PRE-TRANSBOY PART.

They’d have to stop taking hormones, lose a LOT of weight, regrow their hair (if it is short/too short for the beginning of the movie/needs to be cut later on in the movie for effect or to make a point or to represent something), and go through many traumatic experiences all over again. And this time it’s in front of a screen.

Now I’m not saying they are unprofessional, or that they cannot do these things, but some of the things you expect them to do either aren’t possible or aren’t fair.

The difference between casting a cis female for a pre-transition role VS casting a cis female for a post-transition role:

Pre-transition will have never taken hormones. Pre-transition will still have breasts, still have a uterus, etc etc.

POST-transition may have decided to get surgery. Post-transition may have a penis, may have had top surgery, and is probably taking hormones.

If a cis-female is cast as a post-transition boy, it wouldn’t be accurate. They would not have facial hair, they would still have breasts, they would still have a uterus, they would still have curves, and they would probably look or come across as what stereotype or popular saying that people hate the most: “Transboys are just girls who want to dress up like boys/get in touch with their boyish side” or “They’re just butch lesbians”.

HOWEVER.

If a cis-female is cast for a PRE-TRANSITION (Keyword: PRE) boy, it WILL fit the part. Here are some questions to all Transboys that follow me, or maybe even the genderfluid people like myself:
1) When you realized that you were a boy, did you still have breasts?
2) When you came out to your family, did you still have breasts?
3) Before you started hormones, were you on hormones?
4) Before you gained weight in the ways you wanted, did you have that weight?
5) Before you got surgery (if you did), did you still have genetically female genitalia?

By the time you got to question 3 I’m sure a lot of you were like “Well duh of course I did. How can I be pre-transition
(Which, by the way, means you have NOT FULLY TRANSITIONED YET) if I’ve already transitioned?”
Exactly.
Ex-fucking-actly.
It makes no sense, right?

A question for boys who have had their breasts removed:
“Would you be able to play a character with breasts?”
Of course not.
Well, special effects can do many things nowadays, but you cannot genuinely do so because you don’t have them.
A pre-transition (and sometimes even post-transition depending on what you’re comfortable with!) boy will have breasts. It’s not debatable unless you were born without the possibility to have breasts (which can probably happen. I don’t see why it wouldn’t).

An example of what would NOT be okay: A cis-female playing the role that Laverne Cox has in Orange is the New Black. Why? Because this character is representing a transfemale AFTER surgery, and after hormones. If a cis-female had that role instead of Laverne Cox, /that/ is something you should be mad about.

The movie is NOT about a post-transition boy and therefore can not be portrayed by one.

BUT! If they could have found an actor that was pre-transition, that would be great. However you need to realize that not as many professional actors as you think are out as transgender, especially if they are teenagers. If they were casting a cis-female for a pre-transition role in 2020, THEN I would be pretty mad. But we’re working slowly. The world is just now realizing that being a transgender is not a bad thing, and it is perfectly normal and okay. This is a HUGE step for the trans community. When I saw the trailer for it, it made me very comfortable. I thought “Hey, here’s a character I can seriously relate too. I’m so happy this movie is coming out. It makes me feel a bit safer and will help me understand some of the things that are happening.”

I cannot wait to see the positive effect that this will have on young humans who were born the wrong gender.

Stop shitting on this fucking movie. Stop getting mad at Elle Fanning, who has tried VERY hard to represent the trans community in a great way, and stop trying to find something problematic in everything that happens. I’m convinced that even if the actor WAS a pre-transitioned boy, at least a quarter of Tumblr would claim that they “aren’t actually transgender” and the the actor is “just a cis-female who is trying to justify the disgusting thing they are doing”. A message from a transgender/genderfluid person: Get the fuck over it and use logic. Please. I just want to watch this movie and know that it is making people happy and is making a difference in the world.