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Full time nerd, part time hick

Full time nerd, part time hick.
Jun 16 '14
hollabackboston:

roses—and—rue:

Zitkala-Ša, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was the most amazing woman you’ve never heard of.
A writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist, she was born on February 22, 1876 on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her mother was Sioux and her father, who abandoned the family when she was very young, was European-American.
When she was eight, missionaries came to the res and took Zitkala-Ša along with several other children to the White’s Manual Labor Institute in Wabash, Indiana, one of many such institutions where Native children were forced to assimilate into white American culture. She studied piano and violin and eventually took the place of her teacher when she resigned. When she received her diploma in 1895, she delivered a speech on women’s rights.
She earned a scholarship to Earlham College, where she continued to study music. From 1897-99, she played with the New England Conservatory in Boston and played at the Paris Exposition in 1900. She collaborated with composer William F. Hanson on the world’s first Native American opera, based entirely on Sioux melodies that had previously existed only as oral tradition. She would play the melodies and Hanson transcribed them. The Sun Dance Opera debuted in 1913 to warm reviews, but I can find no recordings of it, and it seems it’s never performed.
Zitkala-Ša also wrote a number of collections of Native American stories and legends. She wrote them in Latin when she was at school and then translated them into English. She was the first Native person to do so in her own words, without a white editor or translator. In addition, she wrote extensively about her schooling and how it left her torn between her Sioux heritage and her assimilation into white culture. Her writings were published in The Atlantic Monthly and in Harper’s and she served as editor for the American Indian Magazine.
Unsurprisingly, most of her writings were political. She was a fierce yet charismatic advocate for Native American rights. Her efforts helped pass the Indian Citizenship Act and the Indian Reorganization Act. Having founded the National Coalition of American Indians, she spent the rest of her life fighting to protect our many indigenous communities from exploitation.
Her accomplishments were incredible- but have you ever heard of her? I had never heard of her either. Just another example of a history-changing woman omitted from the history books.

hollabackboston:

roses—and—rue:

Zitkala-Ša, also known as Gertrude Simmons Bonnin, was the most amazing woman you’ve never heard of.

A writer, editor, musician, teacher and political activist, she was born on February 22, 1876 on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. Her mother was Sioux and her father, who abandoned the family when she was very young, was European-American.

When she was eight, missionaries came to the res and took Zitkala-Ša along with several other children to the White’s Manual Labor Institute in Wabash, Indiana, one of many such institutions where Native children were forced to assimilate into white American culture. She studied piano and violin and eventually took the place of her teacher when she resigned. When she received her diploma in 1895, she delivered a speech on women’s rights.

She earned a scholarship to Earlham College, where she continued to study music. From 1897-99, she played with the New England Conservatory in Boston and played at the Paris Exposition in 1900. She collaborated with composer William F. Hanson on the world’s first Native American opera, based entirely on Sioux melodies that had previously existed only as oral tradition. She would play the melodies and Hanson transcribed them. The Sun Dance Opera debuted in 1913 to warm reviews, but I can find no recordings of it, and it seems it’s never performed.

Zitkala-Ša also wrote a number of collections of Native American stories and legends. She wrote them in Latin when she was at school and then translated them into English. She was the first Native person to do so in her own words, without a white editor or translator. In addition, she wrote extensively about her schooling and how it left her torn between her Sioux heritage and her assimilation into white culture. Her writings were published in The Atlantic Monthly and in Harper’s and she served as editor for the American Indian Magazine.

Unsurprisingly, most of her writings were political. She was a fierce yet charismatic advocate for Native American rights. Her efforts helped pass the Indian Citizenship Act and the Indian Reorganization Act. Having founded the National Coalition of American Indians, she spent the rest of her life fighting to protect our many indigenous communities from exploitation.

Her accomplishments were incredible- but have you ever heard of her? I had never heard of her either. Just another example of a history-changing woman omitted from the history books.

May 27 '14
booktown:

i need this on my wall 

In the process of fixing this, I swear!  It’ll only take the rest of my life.  Or maybe just two years if I don’t get distracted.

booktown:

i need this on my wall 

In the process of fixing this, I swear!  It’ll only take the rest of my life.  Or maybe just two years if I don’t get distracted.

(Source: myjetpack)

May 27 '14
"The problem is not that poor countries cannot manage to drag themselves up the development ladder, the problem is that they are actively prevented from doing so. Beginning in the early 1980s, Western governments and financial institutions like the World Bank and IMF changed their development policy from one that was basically Keynesian to one that remains devotedly neoliberal, requiring radical market deregulation, fiscal austerity, and privatization in developing countries as a condition of receiving aid.

We were told that this neoliberal shock therapy – known as structural adjustment – would help stimulate the economies of poor countries. But exactly the opposite happened. Instead of helping poor countries develop, structural adjustment basically destroyed them. Cambridge economist Ha-Joon Chang has demonstrated that while developing countries enjoyed per capita income growth of more than 3% prior to the 1980s, structural adjustment cut it in half, down to 1.7%. When it was foisted on Sub-Saharan Africa, per capita income began to decline at a rate of 0.7% per year, and average GNP shrank by around 10%. As a result, the number of Africans living in basic poverty nearly doubled. It would be hard to overstate the degree of human suffering that these figures represent.

Robert Pollin, an economist at the University of Massachusetts, estimates that developing countries have lost roughly $480 billion in potential GDP as a result of structural adjustment. Yet Western corporations have benefitted tremendously. It has forced open vast new consumer markets; it has made it easier to access cheap labor and raw materials; it has opened up avenues for capital flight and tax avoidance; it has created a lucrative market in foreign debt; and it has facilitated a massive transfer of public resources into private hands (the World Bank alone has privatized more than $2 trillion worth of assets in developing countries).

Poverty in the Global South is not just a static given; it is being actively created. And the striking thing is that these atrocities are being perpetrated under the cover of aid. In other words, not only does aid serve as a powerful rhetorical device that cloaks takers in the guise of givers, it also operates as a powerful tool in the global wealth extraction system."

Aid in Reverse: How Poor Countries Develop Rich Countries (via medhanena)

Ummm this is amazingly concisely said.

(via popthirdworld)

(Source: rs620)

May 27 '14

(Source: shoujohell)

May 11 '14
pantsareneveranoption:

broadlybrazen:

jiinsy:

Tiana and Naveen’s Jaeger (Evening Star) has the unique capability of leaping extremely high in and out of water, it focuses mostly on projectile weapons rather than hand-to-hand combat. Out of the giant robot, Tia and Naveen love to brighten up the spirits of all their teammates and other rangers by bringing homemade food and lively music to the recreational halls. 
3/?? for my Disney Jaeger Pilot series

genebeanbelcher: #oh my god when naveen first met tiana he said HAVE WE DRIFTED BEFORE BCS UR ALREADY IN MY MIND and then he winked #and tiana just turned around and left the room and naveen was like WAIT #the lengthy testing procedures determine they are in fact drift compatible #and also they become friends slowly over the trial period after naveen’s like WELL FINE I SHALL NEVER FLIRT WITH YOU AGAIN #and tiana’s like well good that’s exactly what i wanted prince charming #and she’s so horrified by the junk he eats in the caf that she starts making lunches for them to share #and naveen confesses that he used to dream of being a professional musician and she’s like well #maybe you could play me a little something sometime and he’s like maybe i could #and then literally that night he shows up outside her room with a guitar slung over his shoulder and sheet music under his arm #AND THEN IT’S THE NIGHT BEFORE THEY’RE GOING TO DRIFT FOR THE FIRST TIME AND TIANA’S LIKE OH MY GOD… I’M IN LOVE WITH HIM #and she’s terrified because when they drift he’ll know and she doesn’t want him to find out like that #like she doesn’t want it to be something that’s outside of her control #and then naveen is at her door again and she lets him in and he’s like #I CAME HERE BECAUSE I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT I LOVE YOU AND I DID NOT WANT THIS TO BE SOMETHING THAT WOULD ALARM YOU #WHEN WE DRIFT TOMORROW. like he doesn’t want it to shock her #and he’s like AND I KNOW YOU DO NOT FEEL THE SAME WAY FOR ME AND SO I UNDERSTAND IF YOU WISH TO CHANGE PARTNERS #and tiana’s like no. and she very shyly reaches out to touch his shoulder. #i think that you’re just the partner for me #AND THEN THEY MAKE OUT #and they’re super disgustingly in love and when they see mako and raleigh they’re like lol #they’re so cute acting like they aren’t in love 

pantsareneveranoption:

broadlybrazen:

jiinsy:

Tiana and Naveen’s Jaeger (Evening Star) has the unique capability of leaping extremely high in and out of water, it focuses mostly on projectile weapons rather than hand-to-hand combat. Out of the giant robot, Tia and Naveen love to brighten up the spirits of all their teammates and other rangers by bringing homemade food and lively music to the recreational halls. 

3/?? for my Disney Jaeger Pilot series

genebeanbelcher:                      

May 11 '14
jiinsy:

Caught in one of the Kaijuu attacks, Ariel lost both her legs at a very early age.Growing up she had a dream of being a Jaeger pilot. Her aunt was able to outfit her with working robotic prosthetic legs, and her dream became a reality. But due to an electrical short between her drivesuit and the legs, she lost her vocal chords. Sign language is widely used around the base, and her co-pilot Eric is more fluent than anybody else. Their Jaeger (Golden Trident) is the fastest underwater of any of the Jaegers and can perform even better under high pressure, often going out further than the others to intercept Kaijuu as they advance.
4/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

jiinsy:

Caught in one of the Kaijuu attacks, Ariel lost both her legs at a very early age.Growing up she had a dream of being a Jaeger pilot. Her aunt was able to outfit her with working robotic prosthetic legs, and her dream became a reality. But due to an electrical short between her drivesuit and the legs, she lost her vocal chords. Sign language is widely used around the base, and her co-pilot Eric is more fluent than anybody else. Their Jaeger (Golden Trident) is the fastest underwater of any of the Jaegers and can perform even better under high pressure, often going out further than the others to intercept Kaijuu as they advance.

4/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

May 11 '14
jiinsy:

Lilo and Nani lost both their parents when their Jaeger (Ohana King) fell in of the Kaijuu attacks.Due to a severe storm hovering over the area where Ohana King was at the time it had gone off the radar and was never found.
Nani was still a child herself when she had to take up the mantle and play both mother and father to Lilo. When given the opportunity to join the corps and train to become Jaeger pilots, Nani agreed if only to have enough money for food and a consistent roof over their heads. A few years after living on base Marshall Cobra Bubbles got word that a rescue team had news on the whereabouts of the wreckage of Ohana King. Upon finding it, they discovered something else, something worse. A remote team was experimenting on live animals with the remains of the Kaijuu DNA. Most of their creations died off, but one survived, a little french bulldog who had curiously turned blue during the experiments. His tongue and eyes sometimes glow and he is super intelligent. 
After some extreme begging and persuasive talking Lilo convinced Cobra Bubbles to allow him to stay and named him Stitch. With the official title of a “Therapy Dog” he was able to live with them and became a sort of mascot for Nani’s Jaeger team. 
When Lilo got old enough she enlisted as well, and when Nani’s old partner David injured his leg to the point where he had to retire she became her sister’s co-pilot. David still helps by piloting one of the helicopters that bring the Jaegers out of the base. With it’s new jockey’s Ohana King has never operated so smoothly. 
5/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

jiinsy:

Lilo and Nani lost both their parents when their Jaeger (Ohana King) fell in of the Kaijuu attacks.Due to a severe storm hovering over the area where Ohana King was at the time it had gone off the radar and was never found.

Nani was still a child herself when she had to take up the mantle and play both mother and father to Lilo. When given the opportunity to join the corps and train to become Jaeger pilots, Nani agreed if only to have enough money for food and a consistent roof over their heads. A few years after living on base Marshall Cobra Bubbles got word that a rescue team had news on the whereabouts of the wreckage of Ohana King. Upon finding it, they discovered something else, something worse. A remote team was experimenting on live animals with the remains of the Kaijuu DNA. Most of their creations died off, but one survived, a little french bulldog who had curiously turned blue during the experiments. His tongue and eyes sometimes glow and he is super intelligent.

After some extreme begging and persuasive talking Lilo convinced Cobra Bubbles to allow him to stay and named him Stitch. With the official title of a “Therapy Dog” he was able to live with them and became a sort of mascot for Nani’s Jaeger team. 

When Lilo got old enough she enlisted as well, and when Nani’s old partner David injured his leg to the point where he had to retire she became her sister’s co-pilot. David still helps by piloting one of the helicopters that bring the Jaegers out of the base. With it’s new jockey’s Ohana King has never operated so smoothly. 

5/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

May 11 '14
jiinsy:

Pocahontas and Nakoma have been together since they were kids. When they were given the opportunity to train in the corps to become Jaeger pilots, Pocahontas leapt at the new opportunity. Nakoma was a little more hesitant, but eventually realized that someone had to be there to protect her free spirited friend, to comfort her when she needed it. And besides, it wasn’t like she was going to let her best girl get in a giant robot with someone else by her side. 
8/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

jiinsy:

Pocahontas and Nakoma have been together since they were kids. When they were given the opportunity to train in the corps to become Jaeger pilots, Pocahontas leapt at the new opportunity. Nakoma was a little more hesitant, but eventually realized that someone had to be there to protect her free spirited friend, to comfort her when she needed it. And besides, it wasn’t like she was going to let her best girl get in a giant robot with someone else by her side. 

8/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

May 11 '14
jiinsy:

Living on the streets is hard enough, but living on the streets of a coastal city after the Kaiju attacks began? Near impossible. You have to be quick on your feet and ready to run and hide, ready to do anything to survive. Aladdin had been doing this for most of his life, and even though he was in a pretty bad situation, he always gave whatever he had to spare to the younger kids, those who survived when their parents did not. 
One day while out and about, he laid his eyes on the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. In an attempt to impress her he began chatting up how he was a Jaeger Pilot and how tough it was out in the streets. She, seeing right through his bluff, humored his attempt and even asked him to show her a few pointers then asked him for a friendly sparring match. Two moves later Aladdin was on the floor and Jasmine revealed that she actually was in training to become a pilot. He fell in love instantly. She gave him one more shot, and upon seeing what incredible raw talent he had realized what a good team they might make. She urged him to sign up for the corps and after some extensive training, they streamlined him right up to the top. Their fighting styles vary quite a lot, but meld together beautifully in the drift. 
Their Jaeger(Arabian Knight) is a little bit smaller than other Jaegers because it has an experimental flight drive. As you might guess it’s quite hard to get something near the size of a skyscraper off the ground for very long. But what it lacks in size it does not lack in power and has taken down many Kaiju and plans to take down many more. 
6/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

jiinsy:

Living on the streets is hard enough, but living on the streets of a coastal city after the Kaiju attacks began? Near impossible. You have to be quick on your feet and ready to run and hide, ready to do anything to survive. Aladdin had been doing this for most of his life, and even though he was in a pretty bad situation, he always gave whatever he had to spare to the younger kids, those who survived when their parents did not.

One day while out and about, he laid his eyes on the most beautiful girl he had ever seen. In an attempt to impress her he began chatting up how he was a Jaeger Pilot and how tough it was out in the streets. She, seeing right through his bluff, humored his attempt and even asked him to show her a few pointers then asked him for a friendly sparring match. 

Two moves later Aladdin was on the floor and Jasmine revealed that she actually was in training to become a pilot. He fell in love instantly. She gave him one more shot, and upon seeing what incredible raw talent he had realized what a good team they might make. She urged him to sign up for the corps and after some extensive training, they streamlined him right up to the top. Their fighting styles vary quite a lot, but meld together beautifully in the drift. 

Their Jaeger(Arabian Knight) is a little bit smaller than other Jaegers because it has an experimental flight drive. As you might guess it’s quite hard to get something near the size of a skyscraper off the ground for very long. But what it lacks in size it does not lack in power and has taken down many Kaiju and plans to take down many more. 

6/?? of my Disney Jaeger Pilot Series 

May 11 '14

thefingerfuckingfemalefury:

ceruleancynic:

flameysaur:

youngtitan213:

hipster medusa

no more homework pls. ;A; 

Oh my god, this is so cool and amazing! THE SNAKE HAS LITTLE GLASSES!

i love how some of the snakes are like MAN THIS IS SO BORING AMIRITE GUYS and some are like COFFEE and those two are reading over her shoulder

Oh my gosh I didn’t notice the ones reading the book along with her until now

PRECIOUS LITTLE HAIR SNAKES :D