Bestselling author Neil Gaiman’s speech— in its entirety– on the lasting impact of Ursula K. Le Guin’s writing before presenting her with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters November 19, 2014 at the 65th National Book Awards Ceremony.
Yesterday, I watched three men die because one man sneezed in a room full of blood and shit and light. Today, three more men go in, cheap mops and each other’s lives in their hands. Yesterday, I watched a man I admired gunned down for leaving a rose for a girl whose life was tattered by trauma she never deserved. Today, she doesn’t remember, and three halls down I can hear her screaming. Yesterday, I watched a group of soldiers go down fighting against the corpses of comrades who’d died before them. Today, we test another sample, this time on children. Yesterday, I watched five men and women gunned down in an abandoned factory no one cares about. Today, it happens again and again. Every eleven seconds. Forever. Yesterday, I watched a man sit comfortably in a nice armchair, sipping scotch and laughing as he ordered a woman to simply stop breathing. Today, he gets the day off of work detail for good behavior. Yesterday, I watched hundreds of men and women in orange jumpsuits herded like animals into empty rooms that filled with gas and fire. Today, hundreds more are told they have a chance for a lighter sentence, and a chance to serve their country. Yesterday, I watched the world nearly die in a thousand thousand terrible ways. Sometimes we would have had time to scream. Today, I’m alive to write about it. You want happy endings? Fuck you.
They’re being engineered at the NSF-funded Emergent Behaviors of Integrated Cellular Systems Science and Technology Center at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. They are tiny living machines that can be controlled with electrical or optical signals and use muscle tissue for power. Check it out!
[TRANSLATION] Suho - 140821 Seungil Hope Foundation's facebook update: "Member of idol group EXO, Suho's 'Ice Bucket Challeng'"
“Numerous unknown numbers called yesterday… Most of the calls were from reporters wondering what the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was. Seeing that they were interested in our nation’s Lou Gehrig patients… and it finally hit me how much of a trend the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has become.
I received another call and heard the voice of a young man. He said he was a member of EXO by the name of Suho.. Even though it is a group that the younger generation likes like crazy, and that I would be expected not to know because of my age, I knew perfectly well who they were. Not every single members’ name, but..
The reason was because this year, EXO’s fanclub donated to our foundation for each of the members’ birthdays.
They are a nice fandom to a nice group, so I even wrote on Kakao Story… They are fans who made the stars they like shine even brighter.
The member Suho said that he promised to donate two hundred dollars, thay he had completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and was calling to keep that promise.
Promise… That is a very important thing. It was far more trustworthy than just using the word donation as an expression.
These are the words Suho uploaded on instagram:
Hello, it’s EXO’s leader Suho. Since I don’t have my personal SNS account, I’m posting it on our member Sehun’s Instagram. First of all, I am glad that I learned about a great campaign like the ice bucket challenge, thanks to my close friends, Kwanghee and Eddy Kim, and it is an honor to be able to tale part in it. It would be great if even one more person is able to learn about the Lou Gehrig’s disease from my ice bucket challenge. Because I was nominated by two people, I will pour ice water on myself twice and donate 200 dollars. I nominate EXO Sehun, Boa sunbaenim, and actor Yohan Byun for the next round. Thank you.”
The benefits of altruism are significant – and it looks like the world is starting to take notice. According to a new report from the U.K.-based Charities Aid Foundation, volunteer participation rates are at a five-year high: About a billion people around the world give their time to help others. This is good news for developing economies, which had the highest jumps in volunteering rates this year. Rates have declined in the U.S. (perhaps because people are looking for paying work in a down economy), but are still among the highest, with 44 percent of people saying they volunteer.
Heres the truth about IQ tests, they’re not designed for anyone except white, cisgendered, neurotypical, males (Berger, 2014). and that is an actual studied fact. They discriminate against SES (social economic status), race, gender, sexuality (speculative), and ethnicity (Berger, 2014). There have been some new studies founded that see testing, crystallized, flexible, and practical intelligence, on nine different level have been fruitful but, on this same token, this requires a broader encompassing of talents, abilities, and learned behaviors; which requires gender, racial, sexuality, and SES bias to become non-existent. And as we know, that won’t happen for a long time, if ever. Your IQ in a very general and broad sense means nothing, especially if the subject is apart of the aforementioned categories.
references: American Psychological foundation, Berger, K.S., The developing Person through the lifespan. 9th edition. N.Y. Worth publishers.
“J.K. Rowling will attend a special screening of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday, November 12 to benefit the
Lumos Foundation. Eddie Redmayne, director David Yates and additional
cast members will also be present at the special screening in support of
the author‘s non-profit children’s organization.“
It’s something of a truism to say that there are two Americas when it comes to food: the ample aisles of posh Whole Foods in wealthy neighborhoods and the corner stores brimming with Doritos and Coke in poorer communities. But there are also two nations of food when it comes to what the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other advocates call “first food,” or breast milk. In one, women are supported to nurse — by their hospitals, workplaces and communities. In the other, it’s exceedingly hard for women to do so. But there doesn’t have to be such a divide.
The benefits of breastfeeding—and the risks of not doing so—are now well documented. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, “Breast milk is widely acknowledged as the most complete form of nutrition for infants, with a range of benefits for infants’ health, growth, immunity and development.” Breastfeeding also lowers the risk of breast cancer for mom, and provides a free source of nutritious food. As the World Health Organization states: “Exclusive breastfeeding reduces infant mortality due to common childhood illnesses such as diarrhea or pneumonia, and helps for a quicker recovery during illness.