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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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kenobi-wan-obi:

dynastylnoire:

He goes in

I really want this whole thing in transcript or quoted, it’s perfect.

Church.

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science-junkie:

The Astro AlphabetBy Ethan Siege
A is for Aurora, the Earth’s polar lights,as the Sun’s hot electrons help color our nights.
B is for Black Hole, a star’s collapsed heart,if you cross its horizon, you’ll never depart.
C is for Comet, with tails, ice, and dust,a trip near the Sun makes skywatching a must!
D is for Dark Matter, the great cosmic gluethat holds clusters together, but not me and you!
E is for Eclipse, where the Moon, Earth and Suncast light-blocking shadows that can’t be outrun.
F is for Fusion, that powers the stars,as nuclei join, their released light is ours!
G is for Galaxies, in groups and alone,house billions of planets with lifeforms unknown.
H is for Hubble, for whom Earth’s no place;a telescope like this belongs up in space.
I is for Ions, making nebulae glow;as they find electrons, we capture the show.
J is for Jets, from a galaxy’s core,if you feed them right, they’ll be active once more!
K is for Kepler, whose great laws of motionkeep planets on course in the great cosmic ocean.
L is for Libration, which makes our Moon rock,it’s a trick of the orbit; it’s tidally locked!
M is for Meteors, which come in a shower,if skies are just right, you’ll see hundreds an hour!
N is for Nebula, what forms when stars die,this recycled fuel makes cosmic apple pie.
O is for Opaque, why the Milky Way’s dark,these cosmic dust lanes make starlight appear stark!
P is for Pulsar, a spinning neutron star,as the orbits tick by, we know just when we are.
Q is for Quasar, a great radio source,accelerating matter with little remorse.
R is for Rings, all gas giants possess them,even one found in another sun’s system!
S is for Spacetime, which curves due to matter,this Universe-fabric can bend but won’t shatter!
T is for Tides, caused by gravity’s tune,our oceans bulge out from the Sun and the Moon.
U is the Universe, our goal’s understanding,with billions of galaxies, as spacetime’s expanding!
V is for Virgo, our nearest great cluster,with thousands of galaxies, it’s a gut-buster!
W is for Wavelength, the energies of light,that tell us what atoms are in stars just from sight!
X is for X-rays, high-energy light,where bursts of new stars show an ionized might.
Y is the Year, where we orbit our Sun,each planet’s is different; the Earth’s is just one.
Z is for Zenith, so gaze up at the sky!The Universe is here; let’s learn what, how and why.

Source: Starts With A Bang!Image credit: Galaxy Zoo’s writing tool

science-junkie:

The Astro Alphabet
By Ethan Siege

A is for Aurora, the Earth’s polar lights,
as the Sun’s hot electrons help color our nights.

B is for Black Hole, a star’s collapsed heart,
if you cross its horizon, you’ll never depart.

C is for Comet, with tails, ice, and dust,
a trip near the Sun makes skywatching a must!

D is for Dark Matter, the great cosmic glue
that holds clusters together, but not me and you!

E is for Eclipse, where the Moon, Earth and Sun
cast light-blocking shadows that can’t be outrun.

F is for Fusion, that powers the stars,
as nuclei join, their released light is ours!

G is for Galaxies, in groups and alone,
house billions of planets with lifeforms unknown.

H is for Hubble, for whom Earth’s no place;
a telescope like this belongs up in space.

I is for Ions, making nebulae glow;
as they find electrons, we capture the show.

J is for Jets, from a galaxy’s core,
if you feed them right, they’ll be active once more!

K is for Kepler, whose great laws of motion
keep planets on course in the great cosmic ocean.

L is for Libration, which makes our Moon rock,
it’s a trick of the orbit; it’s tidally locked!

M is for Meteors, which come in a shower,
if skies are just right, you’ll see hundreds an hour!

N is for Nebula, what forms when stars die,
this recycled fuel makes cosmic apple pie.

O is for Opaque, why the Milky Way’s dark,
these cosmic dust lanes make starlight appear stark!

P is for Pulsar, a spinning neutron star,
as the orbits tick by, we know just when we are.

Q is for Quasar, a great radio source,
accelerating matter with little remorse.

R is for Rings, all gas giants possess them,
even one found in another sun’s system!

S is for Spacetime, which curves due to matter,
this Universe-fabric can bend but won’t shatter!

T is for Tides, caused by gravity’s tune,
our oceans bulge out from the Sun and the Moon.

U is the Universe, our goal’s understanding,
with billions of galaxies, as spacetime’s expanding!

V is for Virgo, our nearest great cluster,
with thousands of galaxies, it’s a gut-buster!

W is for Wavelength, the energies of light,
that tell us what atoms are in stars just from sight!

X is for X-rays, high-energy light,
where bursts of new stars show an ionized might.

Y is the Year, where we orbit our Sun,
each planet’s is different; the Earth’s is just one.

Z is for Zenith, so gaze up at the sky!
The Universe is here; let’s learn what, how and why.

Source: Starts With A Bang!
Image credit: Galaxy Zoo’s writing tool

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supersketch97:

kingpinnn:

I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND

OH MY GOD

supersketch97:

kingpinnn:

I HOPE YOU UNDERSTAND

OH MY GOD

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"Whole Foods is a point of entry into a new version of American whiteness, one which leans on a pseudo recognition of diversity through sanitized food presentation. It offers a new order of “otherness” in which the other is a pleasant-looking piece of food, totally safe, and with a pedigree. Within the Whole Foods’ bubble we are turned instantly sophisticated, and the store becomes the place where we can self-indulge in notions of cosmopolitan openness to world products and political struggles. To buy an avocado “with a background” ends up, dangerously, filling the space of our urge for political awareness. The store did the math for us, as well as all the thinking, so we can “shop with confidence” and just relax.

The whole process does something rather particular: It creates the illusion of an “independent” understanding within the larger implications of corporate intervention in defining a food’s background. In establishing a perimeter of commercial values based on social responsibility, Whole Foods depoliticizes us. Worse, for those already sinking into the hybrid life of a world without politics, it offers a parachute, a sort of immunity: “I shop here so, by extension, I know a thing or two about social awareness.”

Whole Foods unavoidably widens the gap between people who have everything and people who have nothing: How can super expensive foods that look like an invention of Edward Weston’s camera - that the majority of the world cannot afford, or would laugh about - be synonymous with social responsibility? This is truly a modern enigma.

The recent situation with quinoa, the “hot” and “trendy” new grain that we are suddenly unable to live without - and without which we are suddenly missing essential nutrients to keep us alive - is case in point. Paola Flores, filing for the AP from La Paz, Bolivia, reports that “[t]he scramble to grow more (quinoa) is prompting Bolivian farmers to abandon traditional land management practices, endangering the fragile ecosystem of the arid highlands, agronomists say.” A quinoa emergency, then, at the bulk bins. A separate exposé published in the Guardian goes even further: “[T]here is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. The appetite of countries such as ours for this grain has pushed up prices to such an extent that poorer people in Peru and Bolivia, for whom it was once a nourishing staple food, can no longer afford to eat it. Imported junk food is cheaper. In Lima, quinoa now costs more than chicken.” Whether we blame vegans or hipsters or the organic food movement or a lack of appropriate trade regulations, the troubling truth about quinoa represents that repetitive drama between the West and rest in which our voracious consumption depletes yet another land and another people.

Whole Foods widens the gaps, and it does so in the most subtle and displacing manner, giving us an environment (the actually sanitized, spotless physical space) that is the embodiment of an elite (yet perceived as “open,” especially through the chain’s less pricey “360” product line) that finds itself at home within a soulless, sterilized experiences. The notion of gentrification has been surpassed, attaining the space of a perennial state of mind. This is where even an apple turns into an object/jewelry of desire, not of need, or at least of normality. In that sense, Whole Foods is simply the last piece in the long, familiar chain of shifting perceptions in neo-capitalistic societies that exploded after the Second World War, in which the creation and multiplication of desires is central to the self-preservation of the system.
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"Shipwrecked in Whole Foods"

- neoliberal notions of “you are what you consume”

- consumptive whiteness- the notion of the sophisticated white, western consumer

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absolutelyiris:

Tessa Thompson in “Dear White People,” which is currently having its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. The film and Tessa herself are receiving great reviews!

One of the films that is getting the most pre-festival buzz is this satirical story about a biracial student at a prestigious university whose actions on her radio show set a series of dominoes that skewer everything from our views on race, how we are perceived by the mass media, while poking fun at reality TV in this thought-provoking film. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, writer/director Justin Simien makes an auspicious debut with Dear White People, a witty and whip smart satire about black militancy, postracial fantasies, and the commodification of blackness. Nothing is black and white in this playful portrait of race in contemporary America. Stephanie Allain-Bray produces and the film stars Tyler James Williams (Everybody Hates Chris), Tessa Thompson (For Colored Girls), Teyonah Parris and Brandon Bell.

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Day 4: Word To Live By

Word to Live By—Edify

Edify

verb — instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually

Documentary–”Mississippi: A Self Portrait” (NBC)

Watching this today, I was overwhelmed by the sameness of it, by the unbroken lineage of rationales for resource allocation, educational…

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Day 3: My Town

The king cake we picked up on the way home from LA was a great disappointment, but I’m still getting into the Mardi Gras spirit. Wreath on the door, I started putting together my playlist for the season. My husband starts playing Christmas music as soon…

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