Saturday, January 31, 2015

Acclaimed Novelist Sells 30 Million Books, Is Remembered For Her Physical Appearance In Obituary | ThinkProgress

Woman who did things like, write several best selling novels, invent electrothermal hydrazine thrusters, and such. And when they passed this earthly realm, they were remembered for their looks and dutifulness. For example:

Acclaimed Novelist Sells 30 Million Books, Is Remembered For Her Physical Appearance In Obituary | ThinkProgress: The whole incident brings to mind the backlash to the New York Times obituary of Yvonne Brill, a rocket scientist who died in 2013. When she started out in the field in the 1940s, Brill was one of the only, if not the only, women working in rocket science, and she went on to invent the electrothermal hydrazine thruster, a rocket propoulsion system that keeps communication satellites from falling out of orbit. In 2011, she earned the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. And the lede of her Times obit read as follows:
She made a mean beef stroganoff, followed her husband from job to job and took eight years off from work to raise three children. “The world’s best mom,” her son Matthew said.
And so on. The latest being the passing of author Colleen McCullough, who was remembered for her looks:

Because the second sentence of that obit reads: “Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless a woman of wit and warmth.” 


Mary Beard; Academic, Author, Feminist: A Don’s Life

Mary Beard's blog: A Don’s Life. That's Professor Mary Beard, as in professor in classics at Cambridge. A very incredible woman indeed.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

No Pardon - Young Woman To Serve 30 Years For Miscarriage

 Daily Kos; young El Salvador woman is serving 30 years for a miscarriage. Many other women are also serving time for miscarriages. And if you think it can't happen here, it does:

No Pardon - Young Woman To Serve 30 Years For Miscarriage: Currently, at least 38 states have fetal homicide laws. The states include: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. At least 23 states have fetal homicide laws that apply to the earliest stages of pregnancy ("any state of gestation," "conception," "fertilization" or "post-fertilization"). Read more at NCSL.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Orange Orb: Random Rants

My rant on UFO Land at The Orange Orb. For example:

The Orange Orb: Random Rants: Oh I have mocked the alien reptilian scenario, the hybrid baby scenario, and much more. On other hand, we all know the UFO realm is rife with these kinds of tales. Let's not get on our UFO Police high horses and dismiss such tales because they're "nutty." Okay, so some of them are nutty, but that doesn't do any of us any good if we just chuck them out the porthole. With all sincerity, the witness has these tales to tell. They believe they've experienced them. We have to listen! We have to respect. We have to -- hey, anyone here remember Jacque Vallee?