This is a photo of the first Black girl to attend an all white school in the United States—Dorothy Counts—being jeered and taunted by her white, male peers. This photo encompasses a lot of things that I really hate: prejudice, ignorance, racism, sexism, inequality…
I’ve reblogged this photo a few times before but it always needs to be reblogged again.
This picture makes me really sad. I am unbelievably impressed with her bravery.
Map of the supercontinent Pangaea in the Triassic period, when “first appeared beasties of fur and feather”.
The Tethys Ocean looks like it would have had nice beaches to lounge around on, hunting for nautilus shells, sipping Diño Coladas.
(by Richard Morden on Redbubble, available as a poster there if you’d like one!)
Martin Luther King Jr. at the Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C., 8/28/1963
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Start Martin Luther King, Jr. Day right with a new MLK Jr.-themed Facebook Cover Photo, courtesy of the National Archives.
Maria Lokke looks into “A Secret History of Women and Tattoo”: “Though tattoos are an increasingly common, and visible, element of personal style these days, it’s some of the more hidden and historic examples—from Victorian women to circus attractions—that are the most surprising.”
Click-through for a slideshow: http://nyr.kr/Y9ZuB2
Shouts & Murmurs: A Conservative History of the United States
1500s: The American Revolutionary War begins: “The reason we fought the revolution in the sixteenth century was to get away from that kind of onerous crown.”—Rick Perry
1787: Slavery is banned in the Constitution: “We also know that the very founders that wrote those documents worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.”—Michele Bachmann
1916: Planned Parenthood opens genocide clinics: “When Margaret Sanger—check my history—started Planned Parenthood, the objective was to put these centers in primarily black communities so they could help kill black babies before they came into the world.”—Herman Cain
1999: Global cooling begins: “For the last decade the climate has been cooling.”—Mary Matalin
Click-through to see the full timeline of U.S. History, in the words of conservatives: http://nyr.kr/QlOaJO
Hear ye, hear ye, this cake in the shape of the Constitution is ready to be served!
In honor of the 225th anniversary of the Constitution, the National Archives served up a special program about the signing of the Constitution and some cake. Each cake was decorated with an edible page of the Constitution.
Look at the line behind the Founding Fathers!
(Photo by Charles Fazio)
Happy Belated Constitution Day!
Happy September Everyone
School starts Tuesday. I have reading that has to be done before a class I have that day. I need to relearn matrix algebra by Thursday. I have bought exactly one of the 15 or so books I need for the fall. It isn’t one of the books I need for Tuesday.
Currently reading Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff instead (it’s fantastic). Also just bought Queen and Country on a whim on my way home from work yesterday. Going to a picnic tomorrow, I think. Have yet to reorganize my room.
I’m off to a smashing start folks, simply fantastic.
In working on my book, I went to Rwanda in 2004 to interview women who had borne children of rape conceived during the genocide. …At the end of my final interview, I asked the woman I was interviewing whether she had any questions. She paused shyly for a moment. “Well,” she said, a little hesitantly. “You work in this field of psychology.” I nodded. She took a deep breath. “Can you tell me how to love my daughter more?” she asked. “I want to love her so much, and I try my best, but when I look at her I see what happened to me and it interferes.” A tear rolled down her cheek, but her tone turned almost fierce, challenging. “Can you tell me how to love my daughter more?” she repeated.
Perhaps Todd Akin has an answer for her.
Akin disgraced himself as a benighted zealot by blathering about “legitimate rape,” but it’s a mistake, I think, to focus one’s outrage on the trauma of rape and incest victims, on teen-age girls of severely limited mental capacity who are conned by predators, or on patients who have been told by their physicians that a full-term pregnancy may kill them. Forcing such women to bear a child violates their integrity in a barbaric fashion—it rapes them twice.
Judith Thurman on Simone de Beauvoir’s “The Second Sex,” Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and the abortion debate: http://nyr.kr/SJtwrP
“But most women who seek abortions do not fall into those categories. They are our neighbors, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, and colleagues. They come in every size and color. They are rich and poor. They are Republicans and Democrats. They are churchgoers and atheists. They are married, single, and divorced. Some ardently want a family—when the time is right. Some of them have children already. But they have this in common: at some point between the onset of puberty and the end of menopause—and one neither wants nor needs to know the circumstances, it is none of our business—they had a sexual encounter that resulted in an accidental conception, and they couldn’t go through with it.”
May 23, 1957: Two suspects picked up at Grand Central Station and taken to 161 East 35th Street police station on this day had a .45 caliber automatic, a .38 Smith and Wesson, a pillow case, gloves, bullets, fake nose-and-glasses and adhesive tape confiscated from them. Photo: Neal Boenzi/The New York Times
This is both amazing and hilarious. I want to know the rest of this story! Where were they going with that nose?
In London, the USA women’s basketball team stayed in the very same elegant five-star hotel as the men’s team led by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Training table was shrimp risotto. They have traveled and boarded as equals with their male counterparts ever since the Atlanta Games in 1996, for the simple reason that they have played the game so well for so long that the people at USA basketball and the NBA-WNBA had to recognize the stunning accomplishment: They have won an Olympic record five straight gold medals, seven gold overall, with a record of 58-3 since that first Olympics in ’76. To repeat: Women who play basketball for our country have lost just 3 Olympic games in 36 years. That’s one loss every 12 years.
This is how it happens: A dozen women, isolated outliers, are so committed to playing for their country that they will practically starve for the honor. The first American women’s basketball team in ’76, captained by Pat Head Summitt and featuring Ann Meyers Drysdale among others, had a budget of $500. They held training camp in an unairconditioned gym in Warrensburg, Mo, because it was the cheapest facility they could find, and they begged meals from the rotary club.
Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.
If this country is to continue leading the world both economically and technologically, then someone has to be willing to spend money on silly risks. Someone has to fund a production line for the integrated circuit computers that T.I. can’t see a use for. Someone has to send rockets into space for no other reason than because we can, and because we should see what happens after that. It’s the American way.