13 hours ago on 19 April 2014 @ 6:49pm + 8,046 notes
via genderagnostic (originally magnius159)

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.

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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16 hours ago on 19 April 2014 @ 3:19pm + 86 notes
via plansfornigel (originally policymic)

The World Bank Wants to Privatize Water

18 hours ago on 19 April 2014 @ 1:57pm + 12,802 notes
via curvellas (originally beautyloveandsociety)

youngblackandvegan:

brownbootyextract:

beautyloveandsociety:

We’re going to a 70s themed party. I put the idea out there and we all executed beautifully, if I don’t say so myself. The Black Panther Party reincarnated.

WOAHMMYGOSH

here for it. so so here for it

19 hours ago on 19 April 2014 @ 12:17pm + 29 notes
via rtamerica (originally rtamerica)

rtamerica:

CIA psychologist who developed torture program defends tactics

A psychologist considered integral to crafting the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” tactics slammed an unreleased Senate report on CIA torture as inaccurate while defending his role in working with the spy agency amid a volatile era in US history.

In his first interview in seven years, James Mitchell told freelance reporter Jason Leopold, writing for the Guardian, that he has nothing to apologize for regarding his place in the post-9/11 abuse of prisoners that, as he points out, was legal at the time.

“The people on the ground did the best they could with the way they understood the law at the time,” he said. “You can’t ask someone to put their life on the line and think and make a decision without the benefit of hindsight and then eviscerate them in the press 10 years later.”

1 day ago on 18 April 2014 @ 9:11pm + 399,021 notes
via stephfromabove1979 (originally abomasnow)

tubesock:

6539milesofloveapart:

abomasnow:

girls are amazing i just watched my friend change 8 times before picking an outfit you girls are so dedicated to looking good i can’t believe there are men out there sitting in their cum stained sweatpants trying to tell you what you’re allowed to wear

thank you

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pandering_(politics)

1 day ago on 18 April 2014 @ 6:55pm + 18 notes
via socialismartnature (originally socialismartnature)

It was martial law in Watertown

socialismartnature:

The mainstream media coverage of this year’s Boston Marathon is sure to remember the horror and fear of last year, when two explosions ripped through the crowd gathered at the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 100. They will honor the heartening and courageous response of ordinary people—those who rushed toward the carnage to help the wounded and calm the panicked, those who opened their doors to anyone who wanted to gather, those who flocked to hospitals to donate blood.

But there’s another side to the Marathon bombings that won’t get the same coverage—the frantic and racist crackdown by authorities that reached a high point on April 19, when heavily armed law enforcement locked down Watertown, Mass., west of Boston during a manhunt for bombing suspects. Gabe Camacho is an activist and a resident of Watertown, who was caught in the lockdown. He talked to Sofia Arias about the horror and fear of another kind on the streets of Watertown that day.

 … I work for the American Friends Service Committee. I mostly do immigrant rights work in the U.S., but I also travel internationally as a human rights observer. I’ve been to war zones in Colombia and in Palestine. I know what occupation looks like. I know what a state of siege and a coup looks like. I’ve traveled quite extensively in Guatemala, including living in Santa Cruz del Quiché in Guatemala in 1979. I’ve been to Ecuador a week after the attempted coup against [President Rafael] Correa [in 2010].

So I know what these things look like. When I saw what was happening in my neighborhood, I really thought it was martial law. What I’d like to know is: First, why are our police becoming increasingly militarized? Second, how did they get this military hardware? Third, by what constitutional authority were we placed under house arrest for 18 hours?

I think everybody should be alarmed that this was a trial run for martial law. That’s exactly what I told my wife as these events transpired before our eyes—that this is a practice for martial law. This didn’t just come out of the blue. Somebody must have had plans. Somebody must have said, “Okay, we have the hardware, we have the army with us, we have the helicopters. Let’s try this out in Watertown. Let’s use going after the bombing suspect as an excuse to see how this works.”

1 day ago on 18 April 2014 @ 3:00pm + 53,015 notes
via partyapparatchik (originally nextyearsgirl)

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

1 day ago on 18 April 2014 @ 2:37pm + 3,707 notes
via curvellas (originally allisonkerekillustration)
1 day ago on 18 April 2014 @ 1:32pm + 2,474 notes
via understandingghosts (originally allthingseurope)

allthingseurope:

Church of Our Lady before Týn, Prague (by Alex Cican)

1 day ago on 18 April 2014 @ 8:50am + 69 notes
via bourgeoisentimentality (originally blastedheath)

blastedheath:

Mohammad Kibria (Bangladeshi, 1929-2011), Untitled (Horses), 1954. Oil on board, 29 x 23 1/2 in.