the program era

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Javier Fernández, Pirates of the Caribbean | 2010 Winter Olympics

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There’s this idea that if the Democrats were in power, this Muslim ban would have never occurred and a Muslim “registry” would be out of the question.

Let’s unpack this idea:

Muslims, under republicans and somehow even more so under democrats, faced the worst of any vetting process. Silent, invisible hurdles had to be avoided in order to seek refuge etc. The process was already hell. Most muslims were rejected, from entering the U.S. while Christian refugees from the same areas were given a (slightly) more favourable circumstance. 

In several ways, and without actually calling it this, the democrats had already placed “bans” on muslims–all the while bombing the shit out of them in Yemen and in Syria. To only be upset now when Trump has attempted to ban 7-muslim country’s citizens from entering the U.S., while ignoring that the majority of citizens from those countries had already been denied entry for arbitrary and sometimes totally unjustifiable reasons is absolving the Democrats of their brutalization of muslims. 

Remember: Obama greatly expanded the presidential powers left by his Republican predecessor to continue without congressional approval to execute drone strikes on anyone–including American citizens–with minimal, if any, judicial oversight.

According to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, around 600 civilians between 2009 and 2015 were killed–and these are only the strikes we are made aware of. There are “covert” strikes which have never been analyzed by the public. The Obama administration, undoubtedly, executed many more drone strikes than Bush–illegal drone strikes. Think about this.

This idea that Democrats are “better” for muslims is not in agreement with statistics that clearly show Dems are just as ready to kill them in their countries as Republicans–technically more so, if considering only the past two presidents.

Additionally, when Obama was in power, he expanded already existing surveillance programs from the Bush-era which collected information on Muslims in every dimension of their life.

A database which collects info on Muslims…what does this remind you of? Perhaps it reminds you of a certain “Muslim registry” as proposed by Trump?

It is chilling to realize while people march against Trump’s fascistic ideation of a “Muslim List”, a bigger, more sophisticated database collecting involuntarily extracted info from Muslims already existed under the Democrats.

This is not to say the muslim registry is less terrifying, or not as worthy of condemnation, but it’s a reminder to everyone that the “lesser of two evils” argument falls flat on many occasions–and without a doubt, for Muslims, the “lesser of two evils” dialogue doesn’t apply to our reality under the Dems OR the Republicans.

Certainly, you might argue, this doesn’t negate the “fact” that HRC was, clearly, at least BETTER than Trump.

And of course, to anyone who has not read her emails in which she describes the war in Syria as “beneficial” to America’s allies, this may seem the case.

Trump is the manifestation of evil, of modern American fascism. But to argue things “would have been different” if it were a Democrat in office…well. That’s just not always rooted in reality.

Can we talk about Dorothy Vaughan for a minute?

Now don’t get me wrong, I am so here for Katherine and Mary. I have a thing for competence, and this is genius level we’re talking about, for both of them.

But Dorothy, she’s something else entirely, you know? She’s not just a genius, though teaching yourself Fortran from a book and an ancient IBM manual… my grandma went to school for that in the 60s. All but one of her classmates (all male) dropped out because it was too hard. This was the punchcard era. Just being self-taught in computer programming in that era was enough to qualify anyone as a genius.

But that’s not all Dorothy Vaughan did. She learned Fortran from a book and a manual, and then she figured out how to teach it to other people. While they were still working and filling their quotas every day. Let’s also note the fact that she recognized a threat to her position and, instead of looking on resignedly, came up with a plan to address it and to raise the status of herself and her team through this obvious danger to their jobs.

The phrase I’m looking for is “brilliant tactician”. The sheer number of different skills and intelligences involved in this entire process is mind-boggling. That one person could and did contain them all just leaves me in awe. That she also cared enough about her team to make sure everyone came along, that is everything to me. So amazing.

Truth is more awesome than fiction, because if you wrote a character like that, no one would believe you. But because Dorothy Vaughan really existed and has finally had her story presented to large numbers of people, we can now finally get women like that on screen. Hyper-competent women who can do a multitude of amazing things while still caring about the women around them. Women who protect and lead and teach other women. Women who inspire and who fight in the realm of knowledge and planning.

Move over, Joseph Bell. I want the next literary trend to be hundreds of stories about incredibly competent women of color changing the world, all based on real women who already did.

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Trump’s Education Department nixes Obama-era grant program for school diversity
Advocates say the decision symbolizes a lack of interest in school diversity, a charge the administration denies.

It’s like Devos and Sessions are racing to find out who can do the most racist things with their departments before the 100 days are over.

Though I have to point out something, from the article:

Research has shown that poor children who go to mixed-income schools fare better academically than poor children who go to high-poverty schools and that such integration doesn’t hurt the performance of affluent students. And yet U.S. public schools have become more segregated by race and class over the past two decades, according to a federal analysis released last year.

The diversity grants, called “Opening Doors, Expanding Opportunities,” were announced in December by then-Education Secretary John B. King Jr., who used his year-long tenure at the helm of the agency to bring new attention to the advantages of integrated schools. Many advocates, who had been disappointed by federal inaction on school diversity issues during much of President Barack Obama’s time in office, cheered the grants as a small but symbolic move.

Poor students who attend economically diverse schools don’t perform better because middle class students sprinkle them with magic fairy dust and middle class work ethic when they walk through the doors, they do better because high poverty schools in high poverty RACIALLY SEGREGATED areas are neglected and disastrously under-resourced. Cherry picking “worthy” poor kids to be air-lifted into a different school allows liberals to pat themselves on the back while leaving a huge structural issue largely unresolved. People in education tend to laud themselves for innovating new band-aids for huge gaping societal issues.

With that being said, it’s not going to be helpfull AT ALL when Devos decides to find each and every liberal band-aid and rip them off one-by-one.

Fic Rec #49

The Granger Resistance Program by Tina Redwood

Hermione x Draco Malfoy

Hermione Granger is a pure-blood Slytherin elitist, and Draco Malfoy is a Muggle-born Gryffindor. And Dumbledore can’t even.

COMPLETE: Chapters: 20 - Words: 36,114 

(ridiculously au, but pure gold. dumbledore is utterly brilliant in this.)

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Sirius was a brave, clever, and energetic man, and such men are not usually content to sit at home in hiding while they believe others to be in danger.”

- Albus Dumbledore

So I went to a classmate’s birthday party, chatted up his grandfather who worked at the space program during the Apollo era, drank an extremely strong Blackberry Margarita his mother made me, signed up to do extra work for the Chief, played an extremely filthy game of CAH with my friends, residents, and aforementioned relatives, and had a quick but reasuring discussion about our respective mental health problems with another classmate. 

It was kind of a wild day. 

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Monster’s Daughter (Namjoon angst pt.1)

Summary: Your 4-year old daughter is a HUGE BTS fan. Unknown to her, Namjoon is her father.

Request?: No

Multiple parts?: If people want it…

Type: Angst/Fluff

Reader Name: Rose Lowe

A/N: IT’S FINALLY HERE!! After the long wait, which I’m SO sorry about, I finally decided on this draft for Monster’s Daughter. Please enjoy and tell me how you like it. If yall like this part I’ll post part 2 quick I promise lol

UPDATE:  ~  Part Two  ~  Three  ~   Four  ~  Five  ~  Six  ~  Seven ~  Eight  ~  Nine  ~  Ten  ~~

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The Reactor, 1965, by Gene Winfield. A custom car based on a Citroën DS powered by a turbo-charged flat-6 engine from a Chevrolet Corvair. The car was used in a number of TV programs of the era including Star Trek: The Original Series episode 2.25 (Bread and Circuses), Batman episodes 110 and 111 (driven by Eartha Kitt as Catwoman), and Bewitched, which devoted an episode (3.19, Super Car) to The Reactor

BBC America Will Stream Making of ‘Orphan Black’ on Facebook Live

It’s increasingly challenging for TV networks to create any urgency surrounding their programming in an era where there are an estimated 400-plus scripted shows on the air and nearly as many outlets for consumers to binge watch whenever they want.

To build up hype, BBC America is going to let fans of the clone-themed sci-fi drama “Orphan Black” watch the making of an episode live on Facebook.

On Tuesday morning starting at around 9 a.m. EDT, the network plans to stream roughly 15 to 20 minutes worth of footage from the “Orphan Black” set on Facebook Live, including the show’s lead actress Tatiana Maslany—fresh off an Emmy win—shooting a scene for an upcoming episode.

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Who’s awake and ready? 

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