December 19, 2014

Wednesday Open Thread: African American Scientists

Patricia E. Bath, an ophthalmologist and laser scientist, is an innovative research scientist and advocate for blindness prevention, treatment, and cure. Her accomplishments include the invention of a new device and technique for cataract surgery known as laserphaco, the creation of a new discipline known as “community ophthalmology,” and appointment as the first woman chair of ophthalmology in the United States, at Drew-UCLA in 1983.

Patricia Bath’s dedication to a life in medicine began in childhood, when she  first heard about Dr. Albert Schweitzer’s service to lepers in the Congo. After excelling in her studies in high school and university and earning awards for scientific research as early as age sixteen, Dr. Bath embarked on a career in medicine.

She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., interned at Harlem Hospital from 1968 to 1969, and completed a fellowship in ophthalmology at Columbia University from 1969 to 1970. Following her internship, Dr. Bath completed her training at New York University between 1970 and 1973, where she was the first African American resident in ophthalmology.

In 1974 Bath joined the faculty of UCLA and Charles R. Drew University as an assistant professor of surgery (Drew) and ophthalmology (UCLA). The following year she became the first woman faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. By 1983 she was chair of the ophthalmology residency training program at Drew-UCLA, the first woman in the USA to hold such a position.

Dr. Bath is also a laser scientist and inventor. Her interest, experience, and research on cataracts lead to her invention of a new device and method to remove cataracts—the laserphaco probe. When she first conceived of the device in 1981, her idea was more advanced than the technology available at the time.

It took her nearly five years to complete the research and testing needed to make it work and apply for a patent. Today the device is use worldwide. With the keratoprosthesis device, Dr. Bath was able to recover the sight of several individuals who had been blind for over 30 years.

In 1993, Bath retired from UCLA Medical Center and was appointed to the honorary medical staff. Since then, she has been an advocate of telemedicine, the use of electronic communication to provide medical services to remote areas where health care is limited. She has held positions in telemedicine at Howard University and St. George’s University in Grenada.

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  • crazycanuck

    Morning Folks, have a great one.

    • rikyrah

      Morning , CC

  • isonprize

    Good morning, POU peeps!

    I read this story of Dr. Bath and ‘weep’ for the children who are being robbed of basic education opportunities in large cities across this country. The forces who despise her very being are the same forces that are summarily dismantling public education. And plenty of ‘us’ are complicit in their efforts. (Looking at YOU, Mayor Nutter!)

    This problem didn’t just start this year, and mayors and state legislatures aren’t the only culprits. As a people, we have become far too comfortable allowing others to educate our children. And, at times, when we choose to do the educating, we don’t support our own institutions. This MUST STOP. We must value education, otherwise, we are, quite literally, doomed.

    Sorry to start the morning on such a down note…

    It’s a beautiful day here in Philadelphia, and I plan to make the best of it. I will continue to fight the good fight and work to get my son thru high school, even if I have to leave the city that I love to do it.

    Send some good vibes my way, y’all. I’m goin’ in!!

  • isonprize

    Here’s a link to Parents United for Public Education, an parent group here in Philadelphia.

    Is this our Mayor?

    Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter made an appearance last night on “All In with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC about the awful decisions made this year about Philadelphia public schools. From mass school closings to reckless charter expansion, from closing schools to opening prisons, from eliminating fundamental education responsibilities to laying off
    thousands of Philadelphians – what, host Chris Hayes wanted to know, did Nutter actually feel about it all?

    • rikyrah

      another reason why nobody watches his fucking show

  • gn

    @NorahODonnell
    Charges against Snowden may come from Justice Dept to authorities in Hong Kong as early as today/tomorrow- @johnmillercbs on @CBSThisMorning

    • conlakappa

      Learning [such that he can; perhaps I should write “hearing”] that just saying something is controversial doesn’t make it controversial. The times, they are a-changing and the tides, they are a-turning. People have far too many outlets to get information than to read what’s being spoon fed to them by the MSM.

  • sagittarius

    Good morning, Fam!

    Feeling a little bit under the weather, so I will mainly lurk today. This won’t stop me from hoping that you will have a great day!

  • rikyrah

    Good Morning, Everyone :)

  • gn

    I don’t care for this group, their self-righteousness, hypocrisy, and hubris. But their hack of Booz Allen Hamilton raises huge red flags about the state of security controls in that company. As much as they charge US taxpayers, are they devoting sufficient resources to safeguard the classified data with they’re being paid to protect? Why did GG/Snowden allegedly choose BAH to steal the classified materials re: PRISM and the US’ counterhacking strategies? If anything warrants an investigation, it’s this:

    As part of the spree of data breaches that the loose hacker movement Anonymous is calling AntiSec, the group announced Monday that it had penetrated a server belonging to the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and released what it claims are 90,000 military email addresses, encrypted passwords and an assortment of data related to other companies and government networks. It also claims to have accessed and deleted four gigabytes of the firm’s source code.

    In [Booz Allen Hamilton’s] line of work you’d expect them to sail the seven proxseas with a state-of-the-art battleship, right? Well you may be as surprised as we were when we found their vessel being a puny wooden barge,” reads the group’s statement posted to the Pirate Bay. “We infiltrated a server on their network that basically had no security measures in place.”

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2011/07/11/anonymous-hackers-breach-booz-allen-hamilton-dump-90000-military-email-addresses/

    • MonieTalks

      These contractors were never made to prove their competence, compete for their contracts and not held to minimal decent standards.

      It is the same half assed, shoddy bullshit that led to soldiers being electrocuted in Iraq through defense contractor Halliburton’s negligence:

      http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/23/washington/23electrocute.html?_r=0

      Remember those toxic burn pits that lazy contractors used that sickened and ultimately killed soldiers:

      http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57544724/iraq-contractor-to-pay-$85m-for-toxic-exposure/

      At the height of both wars, these offshore money guzzling defense contractors were collecting huge amts of money and not paying any Social Security/disability taxes, payroll taxes etc. on their “foreign workers.” And if one of these contractors were hurt or injured while working, they soon found they were shit out of luck.

      Snowden did not even last ling enough in the reserves to complete training in a computer tech related MOS. Who the hell decided that he deserved not only a top clearance, but a cushy job with the CIA after such a minimal background both professionally and education. No one wants to talk about that kind of affirmative action.

      • rikyrah

        tell it
        tell it
        tell it

      • gn

        Spot on. This is the scandal.

        basically had no security measures in place

        This is a national security issue. I remember reading about huge issues with coverup of rape of female contractors in the war theater too.

        • conlakappa

          Or for any crime committed. The contractor is outside the law for both the U.S. as well as the “host” nation. That’s scary.

          All of this potentially makes my life more complicated in that I’m married to a contractor with clearance and it’s the practice that he would have to go to someone [the IGs for his contracts, maybe? Some permission-granting arm] if we want to take a vacation outside the U.S. I’m not even talking somewhere exotic like Hong Kong. Bermuda or Costa Rica would be examples] I should think the Misadventures of Hackysack Snowden just made that warrant greater scrutiny. In getting his clearance, which trust took longer than 3 months, the husband had to disclose every foreign trip he’d ever made. Did Fast Eddie talk about any visits to Brazil to orchestrate this farce?

      • MonieTalks

        That’s why the media has really pissed me off enabling and pushing every simple controversy the GOP wants.

        They want to go on about Benghazi and pretend there are coverups upon coverups. I just gave a few reasons why the GOP ain’t really serious about the safety of this country and how defense contractors were negligent repeatedly when it came to military personnel. Grand Theft Issa never gave a care about how personnel were coming home in body bags from being electrocuted in a damn shower.

        A friend of mine told me that two soldiers (young men not even in their 40s) who were deployed with her husband in Iraq were both diagnosed with cancer within the past year. I honestly don’t think it is a coincidence. I think they may have been exposed to toxic chemicals from half assed living conditions provided by contractors while down range. I will not be surprised if we see this more clusters of this happening.

        • qosine

          Just yesterday, a couple in my community
          received a house from Operation Homefront.
          He was in Iraq, and received a medical discharge for failing kidneys. This is really
          strange, Monie. This man is really young, too.

        • conlakappa

          Wasn’t Gulf War Syndrome from the first go-round finally recognized about 20 years after the fact?

          • nellcote

            and agent orange 40 years later. It’s one of the reasons the VA is so backed up.

          • conlakappa

            Right. I just meant relative to whatever elements are at play in the same war arena. Of course, last time there were burning oil fields but who knows what’s in the air there now?

          • nellcote

            Aside from the whole white phosphorise (sp) issue and tainted ammunition, they did/do have garbage burning pits containing god (or the NSA) knows what.

          • conlakappa

            You’re wrong for that parenthetical point and you know it! Bur seriously, they’re still burning phosphorous there? I assume you mean that flash paper that seems to be so wickedly popular in that region. Scary stuff on burning pits.

          • nellcote

            I meant this:

            http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_phosphorus_use_in_Iraq

            I guess my point is there was a lot of unknowns in the air and people are going to have a hard time pinning down what’s causing health issues years later.

      • nellcote

        Anybody remember Bunny Greenhouse? Her testimony before congress whistleblowing on Halliburton AKA KBR was riveting. Now that was heroic, though I expect she saw it as just doing her job.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunny_Greenhouse

  • gn

    Little by little, things continue to get better:

    @symmetry11
    Underwater mortgage percentage falls below 20% http://on.mktw.net/13BKytM

  • gn

    @goldietaylor
    Be careful who you let tell your story.

    That’s the long and short of it. Did my heart so glad to see such a rapid and widespread smackdown last night of the emo’s latest attempt to coopt civil rights imagery by trying to apply it to Snowden. I think it was the last straw for people.

    • Kennymack1971

      These Hipster liberals are gonna learn. Whether they do it the easy way or the hard way they’re gonna learn.

    • nellcote

      Did Hayes ever respond?

      • gn

        From my timeline, looks like he doubled down.

        • nellcote

          I guess I’m surprised he’s being so obtuse on this issue. I’m pretty sure Hoover spied on white heroes too that Hayes could use.

          • gn

            One might ask why it is SOOOOOOO important that black freedom fighters be seen as on par with whomever white liberals have decided are the “new” heroes. Why is it such an issue? Why is it so crucial to them that they have control over this specific imagery and can confer the moral authority which this imagery carries onto anyone of their choosing?

            Like Miranda said, I actually had started to feel a little sorry for Chris Hayes, getting clowned about his ratings and being blamed for a demise of an entire channel (he’s not the only asshat at MSNBC). But with this? That empathy is gone.

          • nellcote

            Oh I agree with you 1000%. I’m just surprised that he can’t even seem to see another point of view.

          • gn

            Exactly. It just confirms to me that these folks view our civil rights legacy as a commodity, used to give moral force and authority to their various causes. If you’re taking something from someone who you think doesn’t deserve it in the first place, you don’t care about their objections. That’s what I think underlies the stubborn refusal on the part of some white liberals like Hayes to just let this go. Too much value in civil rights imagery, and they want it for themselves. Our leadership may say nothing, but looks like at least the twitterati have had enough, thank God.

          • nellcote

            When I was pondering this last night, the word “theft” kept creeping in. This time instead of theft of labor (although it’s that too in a sense) it’s the theft of moral authority.

          • TyrenM

            Abbie Hoffman…just saying.

          • nellcote

            well, he ended up being a stock broker so that doesn’t exactly work with his narrative. LOL

  • gn

    @symmetry11
    Obamacare Shows Hospital Savings as Patients Make Gains http://bloom.bg/14wjDSZ

  • gn

    As Camille noted yesterday, The Guardian has become a shell of itself (I’ve actually thought so ever since they published a piece arguing that pedophilia is just another sexual orientation).

    @GN192
    The Guardian quietly walks back their PRISM overreach without correcting previous reporting http://lgf.bz/13WAADK

  • rikyrah

    Published on Jun 11, 2013

    On June 11, 2013, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) gave his comments in Spanish in support of the immigration bill being debated on the floor of the U.S. Senate. This is a partial speech of what Sen. Kaine gave today.

  • rikyrah

    ObamaCare: 1 Million Mississippians Might Lose Medicaid Due To GOP Sabotage

  • rikyrah

    Cruz on immigration: ‘This bill is going to pass the Senate’
    By Steve Benen

    Tue Jun 11, 2013 5:00 PM EDT
    Senate efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform got off to a very strong start this afternoon, with an 82-to-15 vote on the motion to proceed, getting the debate underway in earnest. All 15 opponents were, not surprisingly, Republicans.

    This does not mean, of course, that the bipartisan legislation has 82 supporters or will end up with 82 votes, but given last week’s skepticism about the fate of the bill, the lopsided vote on the motion to proceed sent a fairly loud signal that the bill is in reasonably good shape.

    So good, in fact, that one of the Senate’s most right-wing opponents of immigration reform, on the very first day of the floor debate, is already signaling defeat.

    Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, an outspoken opponent of the bill, acknowledged after the vote that the bill likely has sufficient support in the upper chamber but warned that – without changes — it won’t survive to a White House signing ceremony.

    “This bill is going to pass the Senate, but as written, this bill will not pass the House,” Cruz said.

    Got that? We’re still weeks before a final vote in the Senate, and according to one of the bill’s fiercest foes, it’s going to pass the upper chamber.

    But don’t worry, Cruz tells the right, because the Republican-led House will reject it. Maybe, maybe not

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/11/18905931-cruz-on-immigration-this-bill-is-going-to-pass-the-senate?lite

  • gn

    Counting on short memories to forget how he lauded Citizens United and works with Cato:

    @root_e
    The Cato Institute’s Glenn Greenwald knows true freedom is found in servility to the Koch Brothers.

    • Admiral_Komack

      “@root_e
      The Cato Institute’s Glenn Greenwald knows true freedom is found in servility to the Koch Brothers.”
      -You know he sucks up to them.

  • rikyrah

    Harry Reid, on the Senate floor today, needled John Boehner by referencing the fact that the Speaker has refused to rule out passing immigration reform mostly with Dem votes:

    “The truth is, the Speaker needs Democratic votes to pass any bill that has a chance of becoming law. That’s a fact. That’s a lot for him to acknowledge, but his statement today is a step in the right direction.”

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2013/06/11/happy-hour-roundup-124/

    • Miranda

      Boehner needs Dems to pass anything around his crazy ass tea party trolls.

  • Miranda

    *sigh*….where is Trose so I can take my punishing like a real woman.

    Not since my older brother got out the car when my Mama told
    us to stay in while she paid a bill in our little town – and it was a Sat
    morning right after the first of the month!…I was 2 ½ and he was 6 – he crossed a street and my Mama said as she was standing in the store she heard cars screeching to halts and blowing their horns and she looked out and saw my brother’s little head bopping through traffic…not since then…when we got home and he jumped out the
    car and took off running because he knew what time it was….not since THEN

    Have I ever seen an ass whupping like that again until last night!
    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18qcaxyab01o9jpg/ku-xlarge.jpg

    • gn

      lmao!!!

    • rikyrah

      it was brutal
      BRU-TAL

    • Daltex82

      LOL!

    • Kennymack1971

      LOL

    • trose1

      When Spurs win championship, watch out!

  • rikyrah

    Ballad of Medgar Evers” – Phil Ochs

    • Miranda

      It never occurred to me everything that happened in just a few days time 50 years ago this week.

      JFK delivers his Civil Rights speech from the Oval office on the 11th, George Wallace standing in the door of the Univ of AL on the same day…and then Medger Evers assassinated on the 12th.

      • gn

        + Jackie Robinson begging Kennedy for protection for MLK in light of the Evers assassination.

        • Miranda

          Would that be the same as today’s emoprogs petitioning against prosecution of the treasonous bastard overseas? Surely that’s pretty much the same right?

        • rikyrah

          Jackie Robinson was a ‘Race Man’ through and through

          • gn

            That someone was recently marketed as the “new” Jackie Robinson without an ounce of his gravitas speaks to just how bad it’s gotten in terms of how our icons have been coopted and our history whitewashed/watered down. Robinson didn’t just hit a ball and go on a book tour. So much more to the man than that.

          • TyrenM

            I haven’t heard Jason Collins mentioned since…

          • gn

            Me either. I don’t think he’s the devil, but that story was all about co-opting Jackie Robinson’s legacy because he was receiving attention via the film 42.

      • TyrenM

        ALL OF THIS while fakers and shakers try to co-opt Civil Rights Movement.

      • nellcote

        All that happened in the same day! Medger Evers was assassinated about 4 hours after the JFK speech.

  • gn

    This is part of why the emoprogs have started to compare Snowden to MLK (first is to try to make Snowden more important by appropriating MLK’s moral authority); second is to try to bully and shame black people into agreeing with them by using our history against us:

    @BlackEaglePower
    POLL – 75% of African Americans believe the government should have access to phone records & email

    • rikyrah

      the thought that the Government would be ‘monitoring’ stuff isn’t new for Black folks. no shock to our systems.

      • gn

        Exactly, it was interesting, because per the poll, this applied to of color people period:

        Among all adults, 62 percent said investigating possible threats was more important. The figure was 60 percent among whites, 67 percent among nonwhites and 75 percent among African Americans.

        eta: the question was “What do you think is more important right now — (for the federal government to investigate possible terrorist threats, even if that intrudes on personal privacy); or (for the federal government not to intrude on personal privacy, even if that limits its ability to investigate possible terrorist threats)?”

        If you’ve never had the delusion of total privacy, easier to accept that there’s some degree of monitoring going on. I don’t want people opening my emails and listening to my calls. However, if my metadata records are included with billions of others (subject to a warrant) as an analytics program searches for patterns specific to Al Qaeda, I’m not losing much sleep.

        • qosine

          Right. The analytics program is agnostic.

        • nellcote

          I’m curious about the numbers in any previous poll about this. Something to compare it to.

      • Miranda

        Well into the 80s, I knew rural people who still had PARTY lines – you could pick up the phone at my Great Aunt Rosa Lee’s house in rural Alabama and hear the conversation her friend “down the way” was having with her granddaughter in Chicago.

        So hell no, nobody’s tripping access to email and phone records. Heck, I got half my Mother’s day cards addresses via GOOGLE.

    • Kennymack1971

      *Waits for the next round of “Shame on Black people for supporting Obama” articles from the Emonegro wing of the PL*

      • Admiral_Komack

        Fuck the emoprogs.

    • morphus

      UNTIL emoprogs endure 25 seasons of FOX’s docu-reality series televising law enforcement terrorizing their neighborhoods week after week they can miss me with their civil liberties outrage.

      • gn

        BAM.

  • Miranda

    Dems reject Bush comparisons
    By Mike Lillis – 06/11/13 08:17 PM ET

    House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said there is no comparison between the domestic spying operations under President Obama and former President George W. Bush.

    Obama’s program is legal, Hoyer said, whereas Bush’s broke the law.

    “The difference between this program and the Bush program [is that] the Bush program was not sanctioned by law; this is pursuant to law,” Hoyer told reporters in the Capitol Tuesday. “I think that’s a very important distinction that some people don’t draw but they ought to draw.”

    Read more: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/304935-dems-reject-bush-comparisons#ixzz2W0jL4lBK

    • rikyrah

      thank you.

    • gn

      The FISA court tends to grant almost all warrants. So what the f- was Bush doing that he didn’t even want to submit his programs to that court? They’re trying to rewrite history, but the “unilateral executive” shit was real. Bush felt that 9/11 turned the whole world into a war theater (“global war on terror”) and therefore he didn’t have to follow certain rules. THAT was the problem.

    • qosine

      Critical distinction.

  • Miranda

    Is this dude high?

    EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks to South China Morning Post
    Ex-CIA contractor speaks to reporter from secret location in Hong Kong, revealing fresh details of US surveillance, pressure on Hong Kong, snooping and cyber attacks on China.

    excerpt:
    “People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” Snowden told the Post earlier today.

    He vowed to fight any extradition attempt by the US government, saying: “My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system.’’

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259335/exclusive-whistleblower-edward-snowden-talks-south-china-morning-post

    • gn

      He’s delusional.

      • qosine

        Just unbelievable. Has he paid attention to Xi Bo’s
        downfall? Does he understand China government
        subsidizes huge projects there in league with
        the Mitt Romneys who offshore labor working
        in work places (camps) surrounded by barbed
        wire to keep desperate job seekers out, so much
        that women desperate women couldn’t escape
        a fire just recently.

        • gn

          YES. And obscured by GG/Snowden’s lies about NSA’s unfettered “backdoor” access to Google et al’s servers is a pretty damn malicious exposure of a LEGAL US cyberintelligence program aimed at combating China’s own program. Something in the milk aint clean here. Had he already started selling secrets, and this entire story and his actions starting in February are just a ruse? That’s mighty tin foil of me but something is extremely wrong here.

          • qosine

            I detect a hatred for our government, with his
            efforts financed by those who I think, frankly
            have faced questions in the past, and would
            see our country destroyed to satisfy their
            bitter resentment. It’s so out of PROPORTION.

        • Town

          No, because Tiannemen Square was 24 years ago and this dude is 29. He dropped out of high school so he didn’t advance enough in the system to even enroll in the class that would’ve taught him about Tiannemen Square.

      • malletgirl02

        Does he know Hong Kong is part of China now? Has been so since over 10 years.

        • gn

          His story is just so ridiculous to me, it never added up from the beginning.

    • Admiral_Komack

      He’s an attention-starved whore.
      LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME! LOOK AT ME!
      Hopefully, the silver lining in all this is that Congress will crack down on information access by contracted workers in the NSA.

      • gn

        Congress will crack down on information access by contracted workers in the NSA.

        Seriously, please let this happen.

      • qosine

        Yes, this needs to happen now.

      • TyrenM

        Attention-starved whore.
        Yes, girlfriend was getting too large for him. So he said “I’ll show her…”

  • GreenLadyHere

    GOOD WEDNESDAY MORNTIN’ ALEXANDER2♥/POU FAM♥ – – ***BIG HUG*** :>) – -WE”C” HER! – -:>) — –A FIRST — annnd ALL – -Woo! Hoo! :>) —Annnd – –MR. PRESIDENT is –ON the CAMPAIGN-SUPPORT ROAD -AGAIN. :>) –MOVIN’ FORWARD –>:>)

    —-☻DR. PATRICIA BATH — A RARE SCIENTIST –:>) -[ new device and technique for cataract surgery known as laserphaco, ]
    ———-☺SOME FIRSTS!! :>) -Woo! Hoo!
    — – — – – – — – – . . she was the first African American resident in ophthalmology. — she became the first woman faculty member in the Department of Ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.; -the first woman in the USA to hold such a position.
    — – — – -☺HBCU -GRAD –[ medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine] —
    — – – — —☺IN “Da STRUGGLE” — -Despite official university policies extolling equality and condemning discrimination, Bath experienced both sexism and racism during her tenure at both UCLA and Drew.
    – -THANK U – -ALEXANDER2 –4 THIS SERIES of CONTEMPORARY SCIENTISTS. LEARNIN’ sooo MUCH. :>)

    — –☻MR.PRESIDENT – – – -1:45 PM – – -Obama delivers remarks at an event for Ed Markey for Senate and the Massachusetts Democratic Party. — –Woo! Hoo!

    – – – -ENJOY YOUR –TREAT –B BLESSED 2-DAY♥ – -

    • qosine

      Dr. Patricia Bath, ophthalmologist extraordinaire
      “She Blinded Me with Science”!

      • Miranda

        Good one!

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ qosine♥ —**BIG HUG** :>)

        – -Sorry –It was the best song that –EYE could find. – – – — -at the time. — LOL

        – -SECOND TIME AROUND– —LOL

        Good 2 C U qosine. :>) – -Have a good day. :>) –

        • qosine

          Oh, Green Lady, I was teasing you. I thought
          that 45 was perfect for the AA scientists.
          Dr. Nash’s profession made it ironic.LOL
          I love the Optical Rap: Parts of the Eye clip.
          Only way I can remember. LOL

          • GreenLadyHere

            LOL qosine.. – – ***HUGS*** – – – –
            – -Found this teacher a few years ago. – –Annnd – now some teachers R “usin'” THIS technique . :>) I’ve heard some of the students’ “raps” —in some elementary schools[all races] :>) –2 cute. :>)

            — -Slope Intercept Rap – –
            – – – – –Lamar Queen is an 8th grade math teacher in Los Angeles, his methodology of teaching students includes writing and performing songs to reinforce lessons. When we discovered Lamar he already had a whole text book worth of songs and this video that he made with the help of teachers and students at his school. Although it is not polished, we believe in
            using art and music to teach children almost anything so we are happy to try and bring his mission of education through the arts to a wider audience. Look for more unique learning from Lamar Queen soon.

            — – – -Yaaa! – -:>) – –Sorry –EYE took sooo long. :>)

          • qosine

            EYE C U, Green Lady.

            Seriously, this info on Lamar Queen’s approach is very interesting.

            I teach English to Japanese families, and both
            kids and adults love rhyming/rap memory songs. The Japanese language use tone vs. stress for meaning, so it’s hard for to “hear” differences in each language.

            There’s such a cognitive load trying to understand and reply in a way that doesn’t sound weird (who wants to sound weird, you know?) that sound/rap makes it fun — and
            they remember later for convos and tests.

            I’m checking this teacher and these clips out!

          • GreenLadyHere

            Good qosine. Hope they help. :>)

            The elementary students – –SANG —practically –“AIR”-thang. LOL-

            – –Barney – Clean Up Song– – ***shakin’ my head** :>)

            Just a thought: — Wasn’t it EASIER 2

            – –LEARN our ABC’s — – by SANGIN? — ***tears/smiles***

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – — SECOND TIME AROUND –4 this FIRST —:>) – –

    Fred Luter Jr, Southern Baptists Convention’s first black president, re-elected –:>)

    – — – The Southern Baptist Convention has re-elected its first black president, the Rev. Fred Luter Jr.

    Luter was first elected in 2012. His presidency comes at a time when the nation’s largest Protestant denomination is trying to move beyond its traditional white Southern base.
    – —CONGRATULATIONS —PRAYIN’ 4 U. :>) — –
    .

  • Miranda

    ‘The New Black’: Film explores African-American resistance to gay rights
    by Michael Arceneaux | June 12, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    I would rather kiss the feet of a Klansman than help perpetuate the myth that black people are inherently more homophobic than every other race on the planet.

    There’s never been concrete evidence that lent credence to such a theory, and while the homophobia that exists within our community may appear unique to those on the outside, it’s not any more vitriolic than it is within other cultural groups.

    I hope that point is made strongly in the upcoming documentary, The New Black. The film, which will be screened at Washington’s AFI Docs Festival on June 22 and June 23, chronicles the black community’s history with marriage equality.

    Not all blacks are anti-gay

    Speaking with Politico, the film’s director Yoruba Richen explains: “After Proposition 8 passed in 2008, a very strong narrative emerged that African-Americans were more homophobic then other voting blocs. This was largely because of an incorrect exit poll that initially reported blacks voted for the measure by 70 percent. That these reports later proved false — and multiple researchers later showed it was around 58 percent — was not enough to counter the narrative.”

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/06/12/the-new-black-film-explores-african-american-resistance-to-gay-rights/

    • conlakappa

      I meant to mention that I got one of the rare possibly of interest to me e-mails from New Organizing, sort of the next steps hipster “how to be an activist” group. Herewith:

      Hi [conlakappa],

      June 26th at 7:00 PM, we are hosting a screening of All of Us North Carolina. This short documentary tells the story of the queer-of-color fight against North Carolina’s Amendment One, a piece of constitutional legislation that stripped domestic partnerships of their rights in 2012.

      The All of Us organizers took a philosophical approach to their strategy by educating and encouraging queers to think beyond the issue of gay marriage and consider the campaign as being at the intersection of many social justice fights, such as Voter ID, Immigrant Rights, and Worker’s Rights.

      Join us on the 26th and RSVP now.

      The grassroots effort against Amendment One was named one of the largest in North Carolina history by the NC Public News Service, and All of Us received a Citizen Award for their work.

      Here’s one quote about the impact of the film:

      “All of Us NC moved me deeply and gave me an instructive tool to help social justice activists understand that progress comes in many legitimate forms. Watch it to learn how to squeeze the best results out of attack and loss.”

      –Rinku Sen, Executive Director of the Applied Research Center and Publisher of Colorlines.com

      We are excited to share this film with our community, and hope you can join us on Wednesday, June 26th at 7:00 PM for a screening and panel discussion with the director, Sowjanya Kudva.

      • Miranda

        They lost me at “queer”……..I really detest that word and the silly “reverse psychology” rhetoric that goes into rationalizing its use, the very same way I detest “slut” and think its way past stupid to have these “slut shaming” references. Just irritates me to no end.

        And the first person to say “well its just like black people saying “nigga” gonna get royally cursed out.

        • conlakappa

          Dunno, I know some younger folks who embrace the word and only identify as that, and that’s gay or lesbian.

          • Miranda

            Young folks think its hip to be “odd”…which all calling yourself “queer” means – which is really just wanting to be seen.

          • nellcote

            It’s just easier to say and cuts through all the pc of having to say LGBT everytime.

  • Miranda

    I love the topic of these modern day scientists. In light of all the STEM conversation and motivating our kids into these fields, its great to see these achievers.

  • gn

    Kinda cool:

    @Kennymack1971:disqus
    Silver lining…RT @NewsOneOfficial Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’ Is No. 1 Overseas http://bit.ly/11fjoYf

  • GreenLadyHere

    - -ALEXANDER2 — – –UPDATE –on Dear “MATIBA”♥ – — –

    — -Mandela ‘responding better to treatment

    —— – -Former President Nelson Mandela began responding better to treatment Wednesday morning for a recurring lung infection following “a difficult last few days,” South Africa’s president said.

    President Jacob Zuma told parliament that he is happy with the
    progress that the 94-year-old international icon is making following his hospitalization on Saturday.
    – – — SNIP —-

    Zuma noted that Wednesday marked the 49th anniversary of the sentencing of Mandela to life in prison in 1964. He said “our thoughts” are with Mandela and his family “on this crucial historical
    anniversary.”

    “We are very happy with the progress that he is now making following a difficult last few days,” Zuma said. “We appreciate the messages of support from all over the world.”

    – — 12 June 1964: Nelson Mandela jailed for life- – [A HISTORICAL MOMENT. –with a -POSITIVE RESOLUTION in 27 YEARS]

    ——-Fourty nine years ago – to the day – Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment alongside seven other in the infamous Rivonia Treason Trial.
    The leader of the ANC was was jailed for life for sabotage

    Scores of people gathered outside the court building in Pretoria in 1964, waiting for the verdict to be handed down.
    The Rivonia trial was named after the suburb of Johannesburg where several of the defendants were arrested and took nearly eight months from the day of the arrests up until sentencing.

    — – —–BLESS U 4 ENDURING♥ —-
    — – HONORING YOUR RELEASE♥- – AMEN.

    • qosine

      My heart lightened hearing this news. But I wish
      I knew how good is quality of life really is.

      • GreenLadyHere

        qosine. – — -***fist bump*** — – -I really don’t think that we R gettin’ the REAL story. —

        -Again, that’s “WHYCOME” — I continue 2 PRAY 4 his REST annnd COMFORT.♥ — – –He DESERVES his REST. –AMEN. :>) —

        • qosine

          Yes, Green Lady, “he deserves the rest — Amen.”

  • gn

    @theonlyadult
    Already has a speechwriter “@BuzzFeedNews: Edward Snowden: “I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.” http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259335/exclusive-whistleblower-edward-snowden-talks-south-china-morning-post …”

    http://agsezine.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/draw6.gif

    • qosine

      Oh brother.
      A Tale of Two Cities? Nathan Hale?

      • gn

        I was thinking Norma Desmond.

        • qosine

          You’re right, gn!

          “I’m ready for my closeup”
          “I *am* big. It’s the *pictures* that got small.”

          • gn

            lmao, exactly!

        • malletgirl02

          He actually reminds me of Charles Giteau the man who asassinated President Garfield.

  • gn

    @root_e
    The Democratic Party under Obama is like a ship where the rats are fleeing because it’s not sinking.

    And good riddance to them too.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – – – -THIS –STOOPID –PHOOL!! —Continuin’ the –“WAR on WOMEN”!! —geesh!!

    — -Scott Walker Endorses Mandating Transvaginal Ultrasounds And Shutting Down Abortion Clinics

    —- — -Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has thrown his supportbehind an anti-abortion measure that’s currently moving through the state legislature, saying he will sign the bill into law if it makes it to his desk. SB 206 would require women to undergo an ultrasound before getting an abortion — which would mandate an invasive transvaginal probe for some of the women who seek early abortions in their first trimester— and force one of the state’s last abortion clinics to close its doors.

    -[WHA’??] —>“I don’t have any problem with ultrasound,” Walker told reporters on Tuesday in Milwaukee. “I think most people think ultrasounds are just fine.”

    – — [THIS!] —->Forced ultrasound bills mandate a medically unnecessary procedure that would otherwise be left up to the discretion of a woman and her doctor. Medical experts, including the largest national group representing thousands of OB-GYNs across the country, are opposed to this type of legislation because they say it interferes with their work and compromises their relationships with patients. “All of a sudden, the Senate is full of doctors,” Wisconsin Sen. Tim Cullen (D) said in reference to SB 206′s advancement. – – – -[TRUTH!!!]
    THERE IS MORE- – –

    — COMMENT: -[-POINT!!] –Joe Hammes
    I just called the Governor’s office and asked to speak to Dr. Walker
    about a private health issue. I said I wanted to know if I should get
    screened for colon cancer before going on any sort of medications.
    Walker’s office said that that question would be best handled by a medical professional and suggested that I contact my personal physician.

    Exactly. — THANK U!!!

    • conlakappa

      Most people don’t get that this type of ultrasound is different than the one largely used. Its nature is too explicit to be represented in a family paper yet it’s okay to force people to have them?

  • Miranda

    Greenwald Stands By His NSA Reporting in Spite of Growing Questions
    By Bob Cesca · June 12,2013

    I’m going to put it all out there and let the chips fall where they may: I’m increasingly convinced that Glenn Greenwald’s reporting on the NSA story is tainted by his well-known agenda, leading him to make broad claims for the purposes of inciting outrage. Yes, this is only a theory. But there continues to be a growing number of questions key to the NSA surveillance story that remain unanswered by Greenwald.

    Greenwald has flat out refused to offer any sort of revisions or clarifications on his reporting, even though many of the questions have come from other publications and other NSA sources. And that strongly indicates to me that he’s sticking with his reporting and refuses to shed any more light — transparency, if you will — onto some of the rough edges that continue to be uncovered by various other outlets, including CNET, TechCrunch, TPM, The New York Times, ZDNet, the Los Angeles Times and so forth.

    Why are these clarifications so important? Greenwald’s reporting is being presented as hard news, not in the format of his usual journo-activist Glennzilla screeds. There ought to be a very clear wall of distinction between these two areas, and those distinctions ought to be made clear to readers. Fox News Channel, for example, has notoriously blurred that line, even filling its newscasts with agenda-driven stories that sound like hard news, with the accompanying “fair and balanced” slogan, but that are in reality carefully selected based on how they’ll play to the decidedly unbalanced conservative Fox News viewership.

    more here: http://thedailybanter.com/2013/06/greenwald-sticks-with-his-story-in-spite-of-growing-questions/

    • gn

      Any reporter worth their salt (or any intellectually curious person, period) would be willing to absorb new information and adjust understandings in light of that information. Not GG. For people who think he’s being picked on, THIS is why he has so many detractors and THIS is why people warned mainstream outlets against relying on his reporting (which in general is absolutely terrible, the since-debunked “NSA backdoor access” story only being the latest example).

      • qosine

        Glenn Desmond is not a journalist, not a reporter, not a pundit. He’s an propagandist, cranking out non-stop ideological screeds. His purpose is to make distrust and hatred of the government mainstream.

        • gn

          Mainstream on the left specifically so as to try to achieve this linking of the tea party with the left, which as rootless noted, is all about muting the influence of black and brown voters (eta, really of color voters, period).

          • qosine

            Yes!!!! It won’t work.

        • Daltex82

          Glenn Desmond
          Don’t insult Norma like that!

          • qosine

            Hangs head – I know, Daltex82. lol

          • gn

            lol, it’s my fault. GG/Snowden just act so “and scene!” to me.

  • Miranda

    What is his point?

    Christopher Hayes ‏@chrislhayes3m
    Remember that time the FBI sent MLK Jr a secret recording of him and tried to get him to kill himself? http://video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/52174617#52174617

    • conlakappa

      Remember that time? Too precious by half when a large number of people weren’t even born then but whatever, Hipster Doofus, whatever.

      • Miranda

        I was feeling sorry for his pitiful ratings but now I hope he gets yanked like he’s singing WAY off key at the Apollo.

    • rikyrah

      he can’t help his dumb ass. People keep on trying to tell him to shut the fuck up about this line. that he will never win, and he’s going to be clowned for going down this road.

    • rikyrah

      ffrey Pope @JAPITTER

      I will never watch Chris Hayes…not even if he was interviewing Mandela from his hospital bed…thats how serious i am.

      6:41 AM – 12 Jun 2013

    • gn

      a. “Paranoid white libertarians are the new black”=[probably unintentional, but as a result, the natural conclusions are] a1. white people are the real victims, a2. the black experience wasn’t that bad

      b. Shame/bully black people into jumping on board with his latest foolishness despite our disagreement with it

      c. Wash, rinse, repeat

    • nellcote

      What is his point?

      ===
      This!

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —Looka hyah! – -:>) – —

    – – –Soledad O’Brien joining HBO’s ‘Real Sports’ – –

    — — — -Soledad O’Brien is joining her former “Today” show colleague Bryant Gumbel at HBO’s “Real Sports.”

    HBO said Wednesday that O’Brien will be a reporter on the monthly magazine show. Her first story, due later this month, is about war veterans who use martial arts to help them cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.

    O’Brien most recently was a morning show host on CNN, but the news network has given the program an overhaul that will debut next week.

    HBO also agreed to a deal with O’Brien’s production company, Starfish Media Group.- – –Best wishes. . :>) – –
    THERE IS MORE

    • Daltex82

      Good for her. It seems that leaving CNN was a good move on her part.

      • GreenLadyHere

        Good MornTin’ Daltex82. — -***BIG HUG** :>)

        – -***fist bump*** —-:>) Anticipatin’ some NEW VENTURES. :>) —

        Good 2 C U Daltex82. :>)

    • qosine

      This is very good news. Sounds like she’ll have the freedom
      to do really interesting (positive) stories.

  • Miranda

    Little backlash against Obama from Congress, public on controversial surveillance programs
    by theGrio | June 12, 2013 at 8:26 AM

    While civil liberties activists are outraged, the public and Congress do not appear overly concerned with President Obama’s embrace of controversial national security surveillance programs, as polls have not shown a backlash against the president and Congress has already started to move on to other issues, such as immigration reform.

    A poll done jointly by the Pew Research Center and the Washington Post released this week showed 56 percent of Americans supported tracking phone calls in an attempt to prevent terrorism, while only 41 percent disapproved.

    A CBS News poll had different results, with 58 percent saying they disapproved of the government collecting the phone records of “ordinary Americans,” while only 38 percent approved.

    But there is little sign that the issue has galvanized either the political left or the right in the way that the debate over “Obamacare” fired up conservatives in 2009 or President Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina a few years earlier angered liberals.

    And on Capitol Hill, despite some criticism of the programs by senators such as Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.), there is little momentum to change either the Patriot Act or the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, the provisions under which the Obama administration authorized programs to collect the data from phone calls and investigate foreigners’ uses of Facebook and other Internet programs.

    more here: http://thegrio.com/2013/06/12/little-bashlash-against-obama-from-congress-public-on-controversial-surveillance-programs/

    • Kennymack1971

      Hipster White Liberals burst into tears..

      • gn

        And try to hammer the natives into submission by comparing their asshat “hero” to our bona fide freedom fighters.

  • Miranda

    Tea Partiers Don’t Have a Good Legal Case Against the IRS
    Here’s why.
    —By Stephanie Mencimer| Wed Jun. 12, 2013 3:45 AM PDT

    excerpt:
    For all the speechifying about free speech, First Amendment rights don’t apply to the issue at the heart of those suits: tax-exempt status. Such arguments “are unlikely to persuade courts because tax exemption has not been thought to be a First Amendment issue, because the organizations have the right to speak even if they’re taxable,” explains Frances Hill, a professor at the University of Miami School of Law. “The idea that their status may be delayed or denied doesn’t mean that their First Amendment rights have been denied or imperiled.”

    Beyond the First Amendment issues, legal experts who have reviewed the lawsuits think they have a limited chance of success, largely because the courts have very narrow authority to do what lawyers like Sekulow are asking them to do—that is, to award damages for alleged constitutional violations or order the IRS to recognize their nonprofit status.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/tea-partiers-dont-have-case-against-irs

    • conlakappa

      The IRS non-troversy provides a clear entry point to getting in the weeds on the outcome of Citizens United and the so-called social welfare exemptions. The timing on the NSA kerfuffle [or non-fuffle, as it were] is interesting, no?

      • Miranda

        Oh the timing is VERY interesting! All this theater just in time for the summer months….been releasing like they think they’re MGM and Universal.

        • qosine

          SO true.

        • nellcote

          .been releasing like they think they’re MGM and Universal.

          ===
          There’s even the GG threats of sequels!

          • Miranda

            And that fool think he’s the Tom Cruise of the summer blockbuster. LOL

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 — – -The “piece of excrement” —humph! —

    — –Ariel Castro hangs his head as he is pictured for first time since he was arrested as he appears in court to plead not guilty to 329 charges, including murder and multiple counts of rape, kidnap and assault- – –
    — – – — -Shackled and dressed in an orange prison uniform, Cleveland ‘House of Horrors’ suspect Ariel Castro hung his head today as he appeared in court for the first time since his arrest to plead not guilty to 329 charges against him including rape, kidnap and murder.

    Flanked by his attorneys, Castro did not speak or even look up during his brief court appearance. He was indicted last week on 329 criminal counts in connection with the imprisonment of Gina DeJesus, 23, Michelle Knight, 32, and Amanda Berry, 27. The women were freed from Castro’s house on May 6.
    – – -SNIP —
    Scroll down for video

    THERE IS MORE. – –

    – -Your NEW HOME!!A — HAH!

  • rikyrah

    David Horowitz’s pals
    By Steve Benen
    Wed Jun 12, 2013 9:30 AM EDT

    There are fringe radicals on far-right and the far-left of American political thought, but I’ve long believed there’s an important difference when it comes to their greater influence — the Democratic mainstream keeps the far-left at arm’s length, while the Republican mainstream links arms with the far-right. Take David Horowitz, for example, whose name seems to keep popping up.

    Horowitz is one of the nation’s most abrasive anti-Muslim activists, a notorious conspiracy theorist who’s dabbled in some ugly racial politics, and someone who believes political correctness will lead to a “totalitarian future.” He’s also written books with titles like “Hating Whitey and Other Progressive Causes.”

    And yet, in April, Horowitz spoke at a Republican National Committee event intended to help the party broaden its electoral appeal. No, seriously. Last month, Donald Rumsfeld stood alongside Horowitz when the former Pentagon chief questioned which side of the “war on terror” President Obama is on.

    And this morning, Mother Jones’ David Corn, with some research help from James Carter, reports on a February event in which Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) praised Horowitz and touted his influence among some Senate Republicans.

    http://maddowblog.msnbc.com/_news/2013/06/12/18918485-david-horowitzs-pals?lite

    • TyrenM

      Da Carter…staying on that arse!

  • rikyrah

    Linda Kyambadde @globalcitizenln

    seems like PBO made this note to self: after u have made a statement about #NSA, just ignore the hysteria & let ppl knock themselves out

    9:00 AM – 12 Jun 2013

    • crazycanuck

      sounds about right

    • Miranda

      HAHAHA! Kinda like saying “No” and letting a toddler throw a tantrum and scream and holler…then you just pick the little tike up after he or she is all tuckered out and put them in the bed.

  • rikyrah

    Smartypants @Smartypants32

    WOW – this is huge!!! => EXCLUSIVE: Whistleblower Edward Snowden talks to South China Morning Post http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1259335/exclusive-whistleblower-edward-snowden-talks-south-china-morning-post

    9:17 AM – 12 Jun 2013

  • rikyrah

    Published on Jun 12, 2013

    Every year since taking office, President Obama has invited members and allies of the LGBT community to celebrate Pride Month at the White House. This year, the White House invited nine ordinary Americans from across the country — all members or allies of the LGBT community who wrote letters to the President — to attend the Pride Month Reception on Thursday, June 13th.

    • conlakappa

      And will there be complaints that he’s running away from the bright lights of the community, i.e. those with megaphone addiction? No doubt! I cannot recall if Aravosis said that the President snubbed him at the Pride reception or at a Christmas party. Wouldn’t we all like to be snubbed while at an event at the White House hosted by the First Couple?

      • qosine

        Wow. These people have no self-awareness. I wonder
        what or if he said anything to PBO. Perceived or well
        deserved snub? He doesn’t say. Hmmmmm.

        • conlakappa

          It was definitely his perception and he said the First Lady had to cover up what he perceived as a snub. Like I said, who among us wouldn’t like to be invited to an event with a couple hundred of our closest friends and have the President only say hi to us?

          • qosine

            OK, the snub was covered up, so only he
            knows. You’re not kidding, conlakappa,
            about only saying hi.

  • GreenLadyHere

    ALEXANDER2 – —-THIS —-RACIST-MURDERER- – Jury SELECTION: –

    — – -WATCH LIVE: George Zimmerman Trial Jury Selection

    — – -The George Zimmerman murder trial for the 2012 shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is underway in Seminole County, Florida. Defense attorney Mark O’Mara is representing Zimmerman and the lead prosecutor for the state of Florida is Bernie de la Rionda.
    — –SNIP —
    During a pre-trial hearing, Judge Nelson ruled that photos alleging drug use and gun ownership by Martin would not be admissible in the defense’s opening statements.- -[GOOD!]-

    Watch live coverage of the trial below, via NBC News:
    THERE IS MORE

    – – — I keep throwin’ things at the TV behind soma deez –potential jurors. :>) –

  • Alma98

    Good morning all!

    • qosine

      “I’m happy,” said Alma’s sun.

      • Alma98

        Morning qosine

    • rikyrah

      Good Afternoon, Alma :)

      • Alma98

        Afternoon rikyrah!

  • Miranda

    Afternoon thread is up!