Mary Ogle

artist.writer

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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miz-joely:

sempaiko:

"Hades!Sherlock and Persephone!Molly"  
~Done for the lovely Petratodd
http://petratodd.tumblr.com/
                &
~Adi Who is Also Mou «who wrote the fic
http://www.fanfiction.net/u/3646114/Adi-Who-is-Also-Mou / http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8742346/1/Death-and-Flowers

Please go read it! It’s so awesome! XD I tried my best to capture the mood, but I dunno, I wish I had tweaked it more or did something different, idk, I’m always hindsight-ing things.  

What do you all think?

What do I think??? I think he could drag me to Hell any time, baby!

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socialistexan:

camwyn:

eraofstories:

haaretz:

At least three dead in two shootings at Jewish centers in Kansas. 15-year-old boy reported to be critically wounded; police report one person was in custody; man reportedly yelled ‘Heil Hitler’ when police arrested him.

Click here for the full story and breaking developments

Reblogging again to add: 

Also, non-Jews, please spread this. People will forget about it otherwise. The police say they aren’t ready to call it a hate crime, despite the fact that witnesses have said that the man was asking people if they were Jewish and waiting for an affirmative response before shooting. The more people who are paying attention to this story the harder it will be for it to be swept under the rug. 

A lot of people are currently very excited about the recent Cap movie. If you believe that it was worthwhile for Steve Rogers to fight fictional nazis, please show that you care about the people harmed by those in the real world who still agree with Nazi ideology. If you can get super excited and make tons of posts about Cap, then you can do this too, right? (obviously there are people who are upset/triggered by this stuff, which is an entirely different situation. but if you can spread the word please do)

I’m very sorry to those of you who don’t come to my blog expecting to see news or other horrible real world stuff. I thought it was worth putting out there.

Also the shooter is a former KKK Grand Dragon

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it's lost in our embraces like stars against the sun, m (15/15)

amillionmillionvoices:

Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: River/Doctor (Twelve)
Characters: River, Twelve, Clara, OC
Chapter word count: ~2300
Rating: M
Warnings: graphic depictions of violence (see part one)
Previous chapters: I / II / III / IV / V / VI / VII / VIII / IX / X / XI / XII / XIII / XIV

Summary: 

The tension drains from his shoulders when he finds her, sitting on the floor, legs dangling out the open TARDIS doors. He stays silent, watching her from the shadows of the hallway for a moment before turning around, fixing them both a cup of tea.

She hasn’t moved when he returns, settling next to her, proffering a cuppa.

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baumbydahm:

Just trying to figure out how the Wicked Witch will look. There isn’t terribly much to go on in the text… she has one powerful eye, and she carries around an umbrella. Aside from that, I’ve tried to make her totally separate from the only other visual interpretation of the character I’ve ever seen, and I’ve tried to design her minions and the look of the territory she’s taken over to match her… Black/gray and yellow and lots of points. What do you think?
She also only appears in person in one (very long) chapter, and right in the middle of the book… So it’ll be a chapter with a lot more illustrations than most.

baumbydahm:

Just trying to figure out how the Wicked Witch will look. There isn’t terribly much to go on in the text… she has one powerful eye, and she carries around an umbrella. Aside from that, I’ve tried to make her totally separate from the only other visual interpretation of the character I’ve ever seen, and I’ve tried to design her minions and the look of the territory she’s taken over to match her… Black/gray and yellow and lots of points. What do you think?

She also only appears in person in one (very long) chapter, and right in the middle of the book… So it’ll be a chapter with a lot more illustrations than most.

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