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ANNOUNCEMENT - please check out the trailer for my new 8 part LGBTQ+ Pride Month series, “Chosen Family: Stories of Queer Resilience” - my hope is to amplify the disenfranchised voices within our community, honor our history, & fight for our future. creating this series enriched my little gay soul, so any reblogs would mean the world to me. thanks for the love & support!!

Today’s history is our present and future as we celebrate political prisoners for Black Futures Month. This powerful poster was created by Kendrick Daye @kendrickdaye . Also find him at  http://www.instagram.com/kendrickdaye & http://www.twitter.com/kendrickdaye

The accompanying article was written by Asha Bandele and can be read here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/asha-bandele-/black-panthers-are-still-fighting-for-freedom_b_9247294.html

#BlackFutureMonth #BlackLivesMatter #VisionsOfABlackFuture

what pride month on tumblr should be: a celebration of all queer identities, remembering stonewall and other important moments in queer history, looking towards our future

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Hidden Figure and Some Read-Alikes

Even before Hidden Figures hit the big screen and became a (unsurprising) smash hit, there has been a recent slew of great nonfiction books about women in science. Although not all of these are particularly aimed at teens, they will resonate and are very readable.

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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

As we all know, Hidden Figures is an amazing story of black women mathematicians who overcame so much to do much of the math – and create a lot of the math! – to help send the earliest American astronauts into space. Not to mention learning the earliest computer languages and programming. It’s an inspiring and amazing book that should be a must read for everyone (or at least watch the movie!).

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Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition

Obviously the same story as the adult one, this one has been trimmed down make it more accessible to a middle school and early high school audience. I haven’t read this version, but can’t possibly believe it would be bad! My local middle school is using it as one of the required reading options this summer and I’m thrilled!

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Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World by Rachel Ignotofsky

This is a great book that has amazing illustrations. Each page introduces a new woman from science – most historical figures – who made amazing discoveries and changed the science world in some way. It points out that many were overlooked in favor of male colleagues when it came to international and national awards. Yet the world is a very different place for these. This book is particularly accessible because each woman’s history is broken down into a page of narrative plus a variety of extra interesting facts. It’s physically a gorgeous book and very appealing. It also reads quickly.

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Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt

This was my introduction into this ‘theme’ of amazing women in science that no one knows about and it totally captivated me. Taking place at the same time as Hidden Figures historically, it tells the story of more human computers (many white but some black as well) who worked on the NASA program but based out of California and what that program managed to accomplish alongside the program chronicled in Hidden Figures. Like Hidden Figures, it follows the women and their lives as they work to prove they are just as good as men at what they do (and in many cases, better!). Having read this when I saw the first trailer for Hidden Figures, I legit squealed at the fact we were getting awesome women scientists on the big screen!

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The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II by Denise Kiernan

This story meanders a bit and could probably stand to be a little shorter BUT it still gives an awesome overview and look into something most people know nothing about. It tells the story of Oak Ridge, TN which was created by the government specifically for the intent of figuring out how to make the atomic bomb. Thousands of people went to work there with very little knowledge of what was going on including many young women. It tells of a fascinating period of history that has been shrouded in mystery ever since the experiment started.

Books that include women scientists and also other awesome women:

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Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz

This is set up similarly to Women in Science in that it briefly covers a lot of women. Each double page spread is a picture of the woman and a page (and sometimes a bit more) about them. These books do not just cover women from science but also a variety of other amazing women, most of whom were overlooked during their lifetimes. Many of them readers might have heard of but there are also plenty they might be unfamiliar with. A great fast read that might lead to more interest in particular women.

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Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History … and Our Future! by Kate Schatz

Very similar to the previous book (even written by the same woman), but specifically focusing on American women. Another great introduction to many amazing women.

Books I have heard great things about but have not yet had a chance to read:

So I’m including these because they’re all on suspended holds for me at my library, I just haven’t had time to read them yet, but I suspect they’ll be awesome. I’ve gotten the recommendations on good authority.

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The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore

This one just came out last month and looks fascinating. Although the women focused on in this one are not necessarily scientists, their story deals directly with the discovery of Radium by the Curies. Hundreds of women work with radium everyday, literally shining from its effects. And then they all start to fall ill. The main part of the story is the fallout from this and the development of more workers’ rights in response.

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Rocket Girl: The Story of Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s First Female Rocket Scientist by George D. Morgan

Told by her son, it tells the story of Mary Sherman Morgan, and the building of rockets. Taking place in a similar time span as Hidden Figures and Rise of the Rocket Girls, this one seems to focus on one particular woman and her story that parallels the others, helping get Americans into space.

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The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars by Dana Sobel

Taking place before many of the others, this one chronicles the women who went from being human computers to interpret what their male counterparts find to actually studying the information and making their own discoveries. Using many primary source materials, it tells a fascinating story of women who made so many amazing and unsung discoveries relating to astronomy

What other women in science books would you recommend? Especially outside my favorite of astronomy and space.

You know, if I ever got a tattoo with words on it, it might say мы пойдём другим путём. It would have to be like a trans remembrance tattoo, something that gets across the sense of mourning that all trans women more or less carry on our backs. It means “we will go a different way,” an apocryphal quote from Lenin dating to the funeral of his older brother, Sasha. Sasha was an anarchist who was tried, convicted and executed for his role in a plot to kill the tsar. Lenin’s “other way” would eventually coalesce as Marxism-Leninism, and the renunciation of political terror and individual action in favor of collective organization and mass education, in order to build a sustainable revolution. So that the bright minds of the future would not burn alone, then snuffed out prematurely. This is analogous to how I feel about trans women; or history, our struggle, and our future.

We Are

We are stardust Brought to Life,
The sculptors Of land,
We are the Songs of The seas,
And catchers of wind,

We are conquerors of worlds,
The Masters of words,
Craftsmen with swords,
And The kings of love.

We are the beauty
behind imperfect.
We are the souls
Of the back roads.
We are the keepers
Of history,
Our futures symphony.

We are the writers
Of our own world.
The voices of
This century.
We are who we are.
The overachievers
Of humanity.

Somewhere there is a place where I live in an apartment with you. It’s so small that we’re basically on top of each other but that’s the point, isn’t it? We dance around in the living room after pushing the furniture against the walls and we go grocery shopping at 3am in the 24-hour market down the street and you snore and I hog the covers. There are books everywhere and there are journals wedged under the crooked couch legs and we rarely invite anyone over because we enjoy our own company (and the place is way too messy for anyone to see). You work two jobs and I work 2 ½ and sometimes the power goes out but I like nothing more than eating takeout with you over candlelight anyway.
Somewhere I wake up every morning to the sunshine streaming through the makeshift curtains of the small hostel we stayed in for the night, only to find you sitting on the floor reading the newspaper even though it’s in a language you don’t understand (though we’ve learned bits and pieces of about ten). We gather our extremely large backpacks filled with clothes from different obscure markets and small trinkets that we’ll probably lose and the camera that holds 1000s of photos of sunsets, mountains, small towns, meals, people, you, me, us. We don’t have a house, but I never feel far away from home.
Somewhere we have lived close to each other since the beginning. I’ve never seen you, you don’t know me. We’re on the same subway, different cars. We’re in the supermarket together, me in the produce, you in the meats, two checkout lines apart, my parking space a few from yours. We go to the same concert, even stand next to each other in line for a drink. Maybe that’s where it happens- you spill it all over me. Or maybe it’s a few years later, in a college class, when we realize we’re from the same town. We share so much of the same history, it’s time to combine our futures.
Somewhere we live extremely different lives, maybe you’re famous and I’m a student, maybe you’re older than me by a bit, maybe we speak different languages, maybe it seems impossible. But no matter what, no matter where we are, I’ll run into you on the street (more than once), I’ll be mature for my age, you’ll be studying abroad in my town, we’ll find a way. There is no world where this does not happen. We exist in every possibility, you and I, I love you in every situation, every galaxy, every universe.
—  At the end of it all, I know I will see you.

cleric-rosesworn  asked:

21. Are there people in this world you simply think the world would be better without? If you could erase them out of existence without physically murdering them, would you? - 22. How do you feel about having an intimate relationship with someone you don’t love? What if they love you in return? Does that make you feel guilty?

21. Are there people in this world you simply think the world would be better without? If you could erase them out of existence without physically murdering them, would you?

Now that is a horrible thing to do to someone — erasure. It’s a terrifying prospect, in all honesty. I do not think Wellson would do that to someone, to actively subvert a person’s identity. He is a student of history, and believes that our history informs our future; therefore, to erase someone is to help erase our collective past, and offer a disingenuous future. More than than, his own being has been erased. And it has been hell for him, causing him to question his sanity and overall sense of identity.

Are there people he would obliterate? Oh, absolutely. His ex-wife — he still believes that she had tried to have him assassinated. Whomever systematically dismantled his illegal arms business. Individuals who attempt to oppress and suppress the voices of the socio-economically disadvantaged, the press, or the academic élite. Whatever cabal or person is throwing Blackbay under the bus. …but obliteration is, of course, different from erasure.


22. How do you feel about having an intimate relationship with someone you don’t love? What if they love you in return? Does that make you feel guilty?

For ease of thought, I am going to assume a sexual relationship.

Wellson is befuddled by the intricacies of close, interpersonal relationships. He is a man who sees value in them, but his obsessive need for self-preservation has often superseded his desire to create a significant bond with an individual. As such, he has comparatively little experience in this realm outside of a couple of ex-girlfriends, his ex-wife, and working girls. Sex (until  very recently) has always been strikingly impersonal to Wellson, just another part of the job. He may have been called cold in the past… in this regard, he’s pretty comfortable with a lack of emotional intimacy.

People are complicated. He does not necessarily understand what love is, nor when he is experiencing it. Were someone to have unrequited feelings, he would probably ignore them, and hope the person just moves on. That’s his pragmatic side — why keep doing something which only leads to unhappiness…?


I hope these answers are adequate. As always, feel free to follow up! Thank you – and welcome to my character. :-)

(( @cleric-rosesworn ))

I’d like to think that Tikki doesn’t choose her ladybugs by age, rather by maturity and personality.

She picked Marinette because she cared for others and was willing to stand up for what’s right, even though she is young.

Imagine a middle age woman who stops a robbery and Tikki realizes she’s found her ladybug.

I want age differences in Chat and Ladybug. Chat is cared for by Ladybug, and vice versa. However, they always last longer when they’re the same age.

I want to see a ladybug who was raised with a silver spoon, and I want a Chat that had to claw his way to the top.

I want a young chat noir who destroys his entire room before he even realizes what his powers do.

I want a plus size model who goes into the industry and fights her way to being recognized, who gets more plus sized models into major fashion shows. I want a black ladybug who attends civil rights rallies.

I want Tikki to be the one who watches history and sees where our future is going. I want her to see the things that we consider heroic and find us a girl who is all of that. I want Tikki to give us not what we want but what we NEED.

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PATRIARCH: Argus Lepre | RACE: Human | NATIONALITY: Krytan/Ascalonian | HOUSE CREST: Bull | FAMILY COLOURS: Green, brown, gold |  RESIDENCE: Queensdale | MOTTO: Lead by our history, leading our future.

HISTORY

A noble line of Krytan and Ascalonian descendants, the family was almost completely wiped out after an illness was spread from the farmers who tended the plots of land owned by house. The few who survived fought among one another for the title of head of house for seven years, the family losing its reputation and most of its wealth until the title was claimed by Dorian Lepre.

He rebuilt the family name over a ten year period by developing connections through other noble families and businesses, purchasing additional properties, hard work and volunteering. The house became known by the community for its business sense, dedication and its belief in saving what you earn. The generations, who have followed in the footsteps of Dorian, working hard for what they earn and giving back to the community.

THE FAMILY CREST

The bull represents the family’s strength and determination, willing to face challenges head on and work hard for their accomplishments.

The house colours of green, brown and gold serving as a reminder of how they first made their wealth through farmland.

VISUAL TRAITS

The family members are often described as shorter with the males having wider, fit builds and the women curved and slender. They have mostly kept their features of dark to black hair and brown eyes; though through marriages of Ascalonian bloodlines there have been family members who have been paler with blonde hair.

REPUTATION

When the house name is mentioned, most will automatically think of the Great Danes, a tradition started by Dorian Lepre who was never seen without one or more of his dogs by his side, the generations have continued to breed Great Danes for showing, breeding and companionship.

Among the nobles the House is also known for its old customs, teaching its members the traditions taught by generations before, many no longer taught by other families and considered outdated.

Through the many charities they donate to, the house has earned the respect of many for their generosity and kindness to the lower classes. They are often known for hiring employees from families struggling to stay afloat and train them rather than hire someone already qualified.

BUSINESSES

The oldest family owned business is a dye factory located in Lion’s Arch. Over 40 years in age, it was lost during the fall of the city and rebuilt from the ground up. The family owns several pieces of farmland and warehouses for rental properties, a shop located in Divinity’s Reach which makes custom musical instruments and several other businesses owned personally by family members.

These are not normal times. These are extraordinary times. And extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures.

When you have a spokesperson for the president of the United States wrap up a lie in the Orwellian phrase “alternative facts”…

When you have a press secretary in his first appearance before the White House reporters threaten, bully, lie, and then walk out of the briefing room without the cajones to answer a single question…

When you have a President stand before the stars of the fallen CIA agents and boast about the size of his crowds (lies) and how great his authoritarian inaugural speech was….

These are not normal times.

The press has never seen anything like this before. The public has never seen anything like this before. And the political leaders of both parties have never seen anything like this before.

What can we do? We can all step up and say simply and without equivocation. "A lie, is a lie, is a lie!” And if someone won’t say it, those of us who know that there is such a thing as the truth must do whatever is in our power to diminish the liar’s malignant reach into our society.

There is one group of people who can do a lot - very quickly. And that is Republicans in Congress. Without their support, Donald Trump’s presidency will falter. So here is what I think everyone in the press must do. If you are interviewing a Paul Ryan, a Mitch McConnell, or any other GOP elected official, the first question must be “what will you do to combat the lying from the White House?” If they dodge and weave, keep with the follow ups. And if they refuse to give a satisfactory answer, end the interview.

Facts and the truth are not partisan. They are the bedrock of our democracy. And you are either with them, with us, with our Constitution, our history, and the future of our nation, or you are against it. Everyone must answer that question.

- Dan Rather calling on journalists to hold the GOP accountable for lies from the Whitehouse.

Scientists just found a new dwarf planet hiding in our solar system!

The tiny, 700-kilometer object is called RR245, and astronomers estimate it’s about twice the distance that Neptune is from the sun; it takes the dwarf planet about 700 years to revolve all the way around the sun. This guy and others like may be the key to understanding the history of our solar system.

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anonymous asked:

what are your thoughts on historic preservation?

Many. Most important one, for me, is that historic preservation is not about creating time capsules for the users to look for afar. Historic preservation is about protecting our built environment to enrich our future as a civilization, to maintain culturally significant structures which are one of the ways we record our history for future generations, to save resources by saving and reusing our built environment, in truth, to avoid losing important works of architecture like the original Penn Station (below), works that now only live in pictures.

Black youth in Atlanta City, Georgia attack a helpless white woman, leaving her unconscious, as members of the public sit idly by completely indifferent and clearly accustomed to this behaviour.

As the blacks laugh triumphantly over the unconscious woman you can’t help but wonder what the altruistic whites who fought blindly in the civil rights movement think of their culturally enriched, ethnically diverse city today?

The misguided, sanctimonious actions of the dying generation have such far reaching consequences that it is impossible to sit back and let them drown in their own cesspit. These people, complicit in the social experiments conducted across the Western world, have left us an unprecedented mess to clean up. They have handed our history, our future and our racial identity over to those who want nothing less than the complete desturction of European mankind.

It is up to us to reignite the flame of Europe and make sure history rightfully condemns these people.

Plotting a Fantasy Story from a Cast of Characters

Sometimes having your characters all ready to go can reveal the plot without you trying too much, particularly if your characters have complex back stories that decide your setting. For instance, if you have a character who decided to be a chef, even though her family wanted her to be a doctor, you wouldn’t necessarily throw this character into a high fantasy setting (though you totally could adapt those professions to fit that setting).

However, if you’ve got characters, and you know you want to write something a little out there but you don’t know what, it all comes down to making decisions about your plot and then seeing how you characters will fit into it.

Rather than doing these step by step, choose a direction to start with. What decision is easiest for you to make?

Choose a World

Some fantasies take place within our existing cities, states, countries. Everything about our world is present, but with something a little extra hidden behind closed doors. Think Supernatural or Buffy the Vampire Slayer. This fantasy world exists, but most people don’t realize it’s there.

Other fantasies take place in completely different worlds. Lord of the Rings, for example, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Choosing this path requires a lot more world building, so if that doesn’t sound intriguing to you, then perhaps you should base your fantasy within our own world.

If you choose to create your own world, you can then decide if your characters will be in this world from the start, or if your characters will cross over into this new world from our world (like Narnia).

Choose a Time

Whether you include time travel or not, you can base your fantasy in the past, present, or future. Do you want to write about Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires? Or Pride and Prejudice with zombies? Well, they’ve both been done, but these are ideas based in the past with a fantasy twist to them.

A future fantasy may involve some science fiction, but it certainly doesn’t have to. If you decide to write in the future, think about more than just the existence of magic or paranormal influences. How does our world turn into what you’ve envisioned? Prepare yourself to write a history between our present and your future (it doesn’t have to be in the novel, but you should know it).

Of course, there’s also the present. Look at the world around you as it exists now, and ask yourself, “What if?” What if every car on the road was going in the opposite direction they thought they were? What if every curtain in your house was hiding a portal to another world? What if there was another species living among us, undetected? Start with objects and try to brainstorm something special about those objects. How could that object hold the fate of the world? Make the mundane into something magical. 

Choose a Mission

Most fantasies will eventually cross into your characters saving the world (or at least a large number of people), but it rarely starts out that way. What is a driving action that can become your character’s first mission? It could be to find someone or something, avenge a death, travel home, travel abroad, go to school, help a friend. Choosing any of these will trigger some questions for you right away. Build your end game around a “beginning game.” Challenge yourself to take something as small as the items on this list and turn it into an epic fantasy. 

In the end, we’ve only scratched the surface here. Plotting a fantasy takes a lot of time and dedication. Be patient with yourself and your story, and don’t give up when things get confusing or overwhelming. If an idea isn’t working, try a different idea. Maybe you’ll go back to that original idea when you come up with new ideas to make it work. Be flexible. 

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On the 17th anniversary of the Battle of Hogwarts, we honor the fallen, remember our history, and imagine our future. Witch weekly encourages you to spend the day with your friends and family. It is not only a day of mourning, but also one of celebration of victory over evil. We all had parts to play in the war, be they muddled or clear, but our goal now is to continue to improve our society from here on out.

We are literally living in history. One day our future children will be in school learning about the day gay marriage became legal nationwide in the U.S. and we will be able to tell them exactly where we were, how old we were when this happened, and the emotions that we felt when this victory was made. THIS IS INCREDIBLE!