Also, why on God’s green earth are Beth Childs’ finger prints not on file? Surely all cops’ finger prints HAVE to be on file, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is making sure they didn’t touch anything at a crime scene. This plot hole is incredibly upsetting.
Holy shit, the science on Orphan Black is bad. “Self-directed evolution”????? The definition of evolution is descent with modification - what you do to yourself is in no way, shape or form evolution. Argh. Some dude growing a tail isn’t evolution, it’s body modification.
“Émilie du Châtelet was famous for centuries as little more than Voltaire’s favorite girlfriend. But her genius was obvious from a very young age, and so was her endearingly modern attitude over whether a laboratory was really a woman’s place. She simply did not give a rat’s butt about all that noise.
Her nobleman father recognized her obvious brilliance when she was a child, and became her educational ally. Though there are conflicting reports about her mother’s opinion on all this, the overall consensus is that she was scandalized by her daughter’s budding mind, and tried to send her to a convent to straighten her out. It appears that the one time misogyny actually worked in Émilie’s favor was in this parental debate, in which her mother’s qualms were squashed by her father’s support.
The education paid off, and fast. By the time she was 12, Châtelet could speak six different languages, knew the classic canon backwards and forwards, and could ride a horse and handle a sword. As a teenager, she used her mathematical genius to devise a clever system for maximizing gambling returns, and then used the winnings to buy books and lab gear. I know—I’m as confused as anyone about why this woman does not have a biopic, and this is just the beginning of her story.
As she developed into an intellectual powerhouse, her father began to share her mother’s fears about her blatant disregard for gender roles “My youngest flaunts her mind,” he said, “and frightens away the suitors.” He need not have worried. Châtelet would have a lot of trouble getting men to accept her as an equal, but seducing them was not shaping up to be a problem. In fact, the abundance of suitors was more of an issue. She married the Marquis Châtelet-Lomont when she was 19, and it seems his leniency for her wandering eye was a central motivation for the match.
Her most famous lover was Voltaire, and together they would bring Isaac Newton’s work to continental Europe. Voltaire was not only her intellectual match, he was her much-needed advocate. For years, Châtelet had been pulling out all the stops to gain access to the French scientific community but had been barred over and over due to her pesky lack of a Y-chromosome (though when she showed up to meetings dressed as a man, she was sometimes allowed in).
Châtelet had been obsessed with Newton since she first read the Principia, and felt she had been put on the Earth to spread the good word of Newtonian physics. But she knew she had the chops to build on his work too, and even corrected Newton’s kinetic energy formula, which he had derived as E = mv. Leibniz had come to a different answer, E = mv², so she carried out the necessary experiments herself and discovered Leibniz was correct. Her proof laid the groundwork for Einstein’s iconic formula two centuries later.
Voltaire used his fame as a springboard to help her get the foothold she needed, and together they published Elements of Sir Isaac Newton’s Philosophy (only Voltaire is credited, but the book is built on Châtelet’s expertise). Newton’s ideas were fighting a losing battle against Cartesian physics in France, and this accessible volume went a long way to shifting the balance in favor of the brave Newtonian world.”
Three people were reported dead on Sunday in a possible anti-Semitic shooting attack at two buildings serving the Jewish community near Kansas City.
A gunman opened fired in the parking lot of the Overland Park Jewish Community Center and the nearby Village Shalom retirement home, both in the Kansas City suburb.
"At around 1 p.m. today, Overland Park police received multiple calls regarding a shooting on the campus of the Jewish Community Center, 5801 W. 115th Street. Additional calls were received by police of another shooting at the Village Shalom Retirement Community, 5500 W. 123rd," according to the Overland Park Police Department.
“Three victims are confirmed deceased. A person of interest has been taken into custody at this time,” the police spokesman said.
CNN reported that the deceased included a teenager and an elderly woman.
During the initial developing story, a spokeswoman for Overland Park Regional Medical Center said the hospital was treating a 14-year-old male who suffered a gunshot wound and who was in critical condition.
The gunman fired toward a total of five people, three of whom were confirmed dead, authorities investigating the incident said at a press briefing.
Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said it was too early to label the attacks as anything other than “vicious acts of violence.”
He stated that two males were killed outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas and one female at the nearby Shalom Village retirement home.
He confirmed that police had a white male in his 70s in custody for questioning. He added that the man was unknown to police until today.
The Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City said on Facebook that no shooting had occurred inside its campus, and it had released home all the participants of its programming. Overland Park, the second biggest city in Kansas, is a short drive away from the state’s main Jewish concentration in Kansas City.
According to Kansas’s KSHB 41 Action News, police were holding one suspect in custody, who was reported as yelling “heil Hitler” as he was being detained.
The entire JCC campus was locked down.
One witness was quoted by KSHB 41 Action News as saying that a man, presumably the shooter, had aimed a gun at him before shooting the windows of his vehicle.
US Federal Bureau of Investigation officials were helping local authorities investigate the two shootings, CNN cited FBI spokesman Joel Sealer as saying.
The JCC of Greater Kansas City announced that it would be closed on Monday.
“We will post more information following a debriefing at the Overland Park Police Command Center and a 5:00 pm press conference, which will be carried live,” the JCC said on Facebook.
The Jerusalem Post was unable to reach the Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City for further comment.
The shooting comes only weeks after the Anti-Defamation League released a report describing an increase in physical assaults against Jews despite an overall 19 percent decrease of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States.
In its Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, the ADL reported that there 751 incidents in 41 states and Washington, DC — among the lowest number since 1979, when the ADL began collecting data. The number of incidents has been steadily declining for the past decade.
I am asking for my followers, Jewish and non-Jewish, to spread this like wildfire. Antisemitism isn’t often discussed in social justice circles, but I need y’all to know that hate crimes are committed against us. So far, I have only been seeing this circulate among Jews on Tumblr, but I want it to go farther than that.
I want this to lead to a larger discussion about antisemitism. I don’t want it to be derailed merely as a discussion about gun control. I don’t want people asking if the shooter had mental illness. I want people to acknowledge that the shooter is a blatant antisemite. I want people to know why we often have cop cars parked outside our synagogues. I want people to know why we are still afraid.
“Melissa: It was a happy surprise that there were two of us because that never happens. And it’s also great that the characters are detectives who happen to be Latinas. The show cares about great characters and making it look like New York. Stephanie and I talked about this at the beginning and said, “How great is this?” We’re proud.
“If a woman wants advice from someone who has been there, done that, then it pretty much has to be a man,” said Deborah Ellinger, president of Restoration Hardware.
According to a recent survey from USA Today of female CEOs, chairs and company founders, when asked to identify the one mentor who had the most influence on their careers, 33 of the 34 who responded identified a man. Why? Well first of all it is because of basic math. There are only 29 Fortune 1,000 companies with a female CEO and not enough other women in very high-ranking positions to do be mentors. There are more male mentor options if you are looking for someone at the top of their field especially in business. But do women actually prefer the guiding principles of men over women? Do they think they will do better in their careers by listening to men even though men are missing one very important thing that would make a female mentor more relatable? Can men truly be better mentors to women even though they have never experienced being part of the minority in their career?
I have had two seasoned academics (different fields) advise me to avoid female mentors. Anthropology is becoming increasingly female-dominated, so I haven’t thought of it much. Of course, the ideal is successful women helping fellow women. I’m having a hard time finding a starting point for a fairly controversial discussion - this article at least poses the question, but it doesn’t get quite into the why. (It’s also super black-and-white in terms of traits that are distinctly “male” or “female.”) Sure, it’s a numbers game, for a start, and maybe influenced by gender-specific tendencies (VERY broadly speaking), but I want to go deeper. What do you think?
I think it is also influenced by the fact that we live in a society that teaches all its members to devalue the opinions, ideas and accomplishments of women from a very young age. Of course everyone, regardless of whether they are women or not, are going to be influenced by the unconciously inherited values of society and aren’t going to seek women out. I flat-out refused to have my PhD committee be comprised of only men, despite the fact that at the time there weren’t many women in the department (and no women with children - this was in 2002!). Having more women available as mentors will help (there are many more women in my department now, thankfully), but we also need to conciously acknowledge the basises we all live with every day and work to counter them.
“Well, let me just put a stop to this shit right now. You can give me gold-plated day care and an awesome public school right on the street corner and start paying me 15% more at work, and I still do not want a baby. I don’t particularly like babies. They are loud and smelly and, above all other things, demanding. No matter how much free day care you throw at women, babies are still time-sucking monsters with their constant neediness. No matter how flexible you make my work schedule, my entire life would be overturned by a baby. I like my life how it is, with my ability to do what I want when I want without having to arrange for a babysitter. I like being able to watch True Detective right now and not wait until baby is in bed. I like sex in any room of the house I please. I don’t want a baby. I’ve heard your pro-baby arguments. Glad those work for you, but they are unconvincing to me. Nothing will make me want a baby.
And don’t float “adoption” as an answer. Adoption? Fuck you, seriously. I am not turning my body over for nine months of gaining weight and puking and being tired and suffering and not being able to sleep on my side and going to the hospital for a bout of misery and pain so that some couple I don’t know and probably don’t even like can have a baby. I don’t owe that couple a free couch to sleep on while they come to my city to check out the local orphans, so I sure as shit don’t own them my body. I like drinking alcohol and eating soft cheese. I like not having a giant growth protruding out of my stomach. I hate hospitals and like not having stretch marks. We don’t even force men to donate sperm—a largely pleasurable activity with no physical cost—so forcing women to donate babies is reprehensible.”—
"So, reading those three paragraphs above? I bet at some point you recoiled a bit, even if you don’t want to have recoiled a bit. Don’t I sound selfish? Hedonistic? Isn’t there something very unfeminine about my bluntness here? Hell, I’m performing against gender norms so hard that even I recoil a little.
This is actually what I think, and I feel zero guilt about it, but I know that saying so out loud will cause people to want to hit me with the Bad Woman ruler, and that causes a little dread. Why do we feel this way?
What kind of training and socialization did we receive that made us think there’s something terribly wrong about a woman who is hurting no one and is actually pretty nice but wants what she wants in her private life and doesn’t apologize about it? Is there a reason that we should bully women into pretending that they’re more interested in being selfless and eternally nurturing than they actually are, even at great cost to themselves?”
I just want everyone to see how unrealistic some expectations are.
I haven’t shaved my legs in months and I’m not even ashamed of that.
I haven’t shaved my legs since around ‘92 or ‘93. I know It’s something like that as I stopped in my junior year of high school. I don’t have a lot of leg hair and I have extremely sensitive skin, so I was like, “what’s the fucking point doing this when it makes my skin feel so horrible?”. Might be a different story if I had a lot of leg hair but I don’t shave under my arms, either
About once a year, I start thinking, “well, it might look nicer is I shave my under my arms” and then I shave them. And I spend the next few days and weeks cursing myself for doing it. Not trying to advocate for not shaving, every one should do what makes them feel comfortable. But there’s nothing to be ashamed about if you chose not to shave your legs.
I’ve been tagging my posts as game of thrones, do you want me to tag them as GoT as well?
No, it’s fine because Savior(as far as I can tell) doesn’t recognize the difference in capitalization. As I said I can always tell when it’s a fandom post or the verb being used.
And it’s not that I mind seeing the posts, really. It’s the volume of them. I follow a high number of blogs(I’ve cut a ton, recently, but I still follow quite a few), so it already takes me a way to scroll through my dash. Blacklisting some popular shows I don’t watch makes scrolling easier.
Oh, yeah, I feel the same way - I normally blacklist things because of volume, not because I have anything against the subject matter in question. So if people don’t tag things here and there it doesn’t bother me.
I don’t have a problem tagging things in a particular way, either, so if there’s a tag people want me to use for certain things just let me know.
Oh, this is a challenging one. But I’m going to go with Diane, simply because the show has written her more consistently and made better use of the character. Kalinda has so much potential, potential that the writers sometimes seem determined to waste, and she’s had so many awful plotlines (okay, two, but they were arcs and they were absolutely terrible). I think she’s a great character, but the writing for her is often lacking. Diane, on the other hand, tends to get better material. And she’s fascinatingly complex (again, this isn’t to say that Kalinda isn’t, just that the writers have done a better job with Diane). As I wrote in my post about Diane and Alicia’s relationship, Diane seems to be motivated by her own self-interest and by a desire to help others and bring about change, and these goals aren’t always compatible. I have a lot more I could say about Diane and Kalinda, but unfortunately, I’m in a huge rush at the moment, so I’m just going to leave it at this. The post I linked to above, in many ways, doubles as my take on Diane, but I’m not sure that I’ve written anything about Kalinda. The closest thing I can think of is this, which is fairly old and also is mostly about Alicia.
Also, to the anon who asked about Friday Night Lights: I’ll try to get back to you ASAP!