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…it’s just the siren song of that fat, weekly paycheck that no one can resist. So we give them the best / most productive years of our life. Then they hang us out to dry when we are old and there is some new kid (who is inspired by our past work) who is willing to take our place. It is no different then sports. When Kobe is 40, he is done and the rookie will be the one everyone is courting.

It’s a hard pill to swallow, but it should motivate us to do what we want to do to begin with…which is try to make our own, cool projects.

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- Anonymous  (via leseanthomas)

From the Los Angeles Times:

In a White House press briefing Thursday, spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. was working with the CDC to explore Medevac options for humanitarian aid workers in West Africa who have contracted the disease. While U.S. officials would facilitate the effort, Earnest said, private companies would perform the evacuation.

The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Thomas Frieden, today told reporters he doubts Ebola will spread in the United States. “That is not in the cards,” he said.

What steps are airlines taking to protect passengers and crew? From the Wall Street Journal:

Meanwhile, international airline and health authorities are considering changes to passenger-screening rules and procedures, as well as possible steps to facilitate air-ambulance services for Ebola victims, according to the International Civil Aviation Organization, the aviation arm of the United Nations.

Airlines for America, the U.S. trade group, said Wednesday that its members remain in contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention”on actions the U.S. government is taking regarding potential health concerns.”

United Continental Airlines Inc. and Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL -1.00% are continuing their flights to and from West Africa.

In Nigeria, evangelical pastors and traditional healers have been warned not to make bogus claims that they can cure or protect against the deadly Ebola virus.

From CAJ News Africa:

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba, specifically advised the citizenry to be wary of the activities of alleged fraudsters who were reportedly making spurious claims about their ability to provide cure for the deadly virus.

He called on those who wanted to rip off members of the public to desist from such claims of cure or risk arrest and prosecution.

"Only medical solutions are known to be appropriate for the disease," said Ibirogba.

Health authorities in Nigeria are in the process of attempting to track over 30,000 people who may be at risk of contracting Ebola, after it surfaced in Lagos. A Liberian man died in that city last Friday after testing positive for Ebola. After the discovery, the hospital where he was treated was closed.

From Voice of America:

Professor Sunday Omilabu, from Lagos University Teaching Hospital, told Reuters the health authorities are now tracing everyone who may have had contact with the victim.

"We’ve been making contacts. We now have information about the manifest. We have information about who and who were around. So, as I’m talking, our teams are in the facility, where they’ve trained the staff, and then they [are] now asking questions about those that were closely in contact with the patient," said Professor Omilabu.

'We're actually looking at contacting over 30,000 people in this very scenario. Because any and everybody that has contacted this person is going to be treated as a suspect,” said Yewande Adeshina, a public health adviser.

Maybe this is a crazy question, but how did Europeans know what Africans looked like? I know that some of the paintings here are of North Africans/Middle Easterners, but others clearly depict people born south of the Sahara. I've heard of Prester John but I never imagined that medieval Europeans were aware that Prester John would have had brown skin. Am I missing something?

medievalpoc:

Like. There are a lot of things I could say here. But I’m just going to do my best to answer your question, and the answer is either very simple or very complicated, depending on your current point of view.

1. “They” knew what people with brown skin looked like because people with brown skin had been there literally THE ENTIRE TIME. Some (and father back, ALL) of “them” had brown skin themselves.

2. “People with Brown Skin” and “Europeans” are not separate and mutually exclusive groups.

3. No matter how far back you go, the mythical time that you’re looking for, when all-white, racially and culturally isolated Europe was “real”, will continue to recede from your grasp until it winkles out the like imaginary place it is.

We can just keep going back. In every area, from all walks of life, rich and poor, kings and peasants, artists and iconoclasts, before there were countries and continents, before there were white people.

Russia, 1899:

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Netherlands, 1658:

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Poland, 1539:

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Germany, 1480s:

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Spain, 1420s:

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France, 1332:

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Scotland, England, France, 1280s:

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France, 1220s:

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England, 1178:

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Belgium, 1084:

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Greece, c. 1000:

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Spain, 850s:

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Throughout Europe, 800s-500s:

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England, c. 300 AD:

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Scotland, c. 100 AD:

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Italy, 79 AD:

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Greece, 170 B.C.:

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Greece, 300 B. C.:

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Greece, 400s B.C.

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Greece, 500s B.C.:

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Egypt, 1200s B.C.:

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Crete (Minoan), 1600 B.C.:

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Crete (Minoan), early 2000s B.C.:

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Romania, 34,000 B.C.:

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The time when “EVERYONE” in Europe was White does not exist. They knew what people with brown skin looked like because they were there. They knew what “Africans” looked like because they were there, and they weren’t “they”, they were us, or you. I think what you’re missing is something that never existed.

medievalpoc:

ladramaclub:

William Shakespeare’s Timon Athens performed by the Los Angeles Drama Club / Shakespeare in the City. These are mostly underprivileged kids from an underfunded and underserved who have been given an opportunity to break out of their hard situations.

Check out LADC at
www.losangelesdramaclub.com/

I was moved seeing these young children performing Shakespeare with such animation, enthusiasm, and skill.

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blackfolksmakingcomics:

Lightning.

Amanda Waller.

Milestone Media’s Rocket.

Thunder.

Bumblebee.

Vixen.

Representation matters, kids. 

(Source: fanbingblink, via gailsimone)

and-umar:

Also everyone needs to lay the fuck off young lesbians desperate to see themselves reflected headcannoning STRAIGHT characters as lesbians
Straight characters are straight not usually because that’s naturally a part of them, but because heteronormativity is strong and ever present
Headcanons can help people without representation in the mainstream get by and gay women aren’t taking anything from bisexuals by imagining their fav characters as being like them
We can all imagine straight characters as anything we fucking want because they are straight in canon
The grand majority of characters are straight and calling young gay people offensive for imagining ones that mean a lot to them as gay is not acceptable at all

Actor Chris Pratt beamed down to our sector of the universe Monday night to surprise an auditorium full of deserving kids in a special New York Daily News and Disney Studios sponsored charity screening of the superheroes-in-space flick.

And the 35-year-old actor who plays the hero Star-Lord in the Marvel movie stayed in the theater until every last one of them who wanted to take a picture with him got their selfie.

“That was really fun, this is what is all about,” said a visibly touched Pratt after the show. “I get impatient sometimes being on a promotional tour all the time, but something like this I would sit here as long as it took to take a picture with every one of those guys.”

“Tonight was really special to me.”

Pratt stayed long past the time his security detail was supposed to whisk him away to answer questions and give some words of wisdom.

(Source: chrisprattawesomesource, via shieldhydraleviathan)

tamorapierce:

shulkiesmash:

no like sometimes i am legitimately baffled when people tell me that they think i’m cool, because for the longest time i was just that weird teacher’s kid with coke-bottle bifocals. i was the total 10000000% opposite of cool for so long—i didn’t listen to the same music everyone else did, i read constantly

This is because you have entered the enclave inhabited by other book-reading intellectual woman-children with coke-bottle lenses who were the opposite of cool for so long.  (I rocked to “Night on Bald Mountain”!) We grew up and the world expanded.

peggylives:

Went by the mall to get my Guardians of the Galaxy tickets (tonight!!) and pick up the comics I missed while away, and my LCS was full of teenage girls talking about their favorite titles, which mainly consisted of Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, She-Hulk, and the new Storm, as well as the all-new Ghost Rider. 

I’m sensing a trend. 

(via tamorapierce)

medievalpoc:

Medievalpoc Presents: History of POC in Math and Science Week, 8-3-14 through 8-9-14!

Medievalpoc’s first Patreon Milestone Goal has been reached, and the History of POC in Math and Science Week is happening soon! This all-new themed week will focus on the contribution of people of color to the fields of mathematics, science, physics, medicine, natural philosophy, and much, much more!

There will be a focus on primary documents with interactive elements, visual and documentary evidence, innovators and their biographies, and notable personages of color from the Islamic Golden Age, Medieval Europe, African Empires and Universities, Asian images and texts, and discussion about early modern globalization regarding how this knowledge traveled.

If you have an article, image, document, or commentary you would like to submit, here’s your chance to weigh in on this topic! Please use the “Math and Science Week” and any other relevant tags for your submission, and I look forward to hearing about your favorite mathematicians and scientists of color!

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