January 27, 2011
Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Howard Zinn. He was a historian, a writer, an activist, and an inspiration to many. He was born right here in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Eastern European immigrants who worked in factories. He went on to get a Ph.D in history with a minor in political science. He’s written over 20 books, and is the author of the book that “woke me” up from my ignorant slumber, A People’s History of the United States.
In an interview given shortly before his death, Zinn said he wanted to be known as “somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and power that they didn’t have before.” I can say that, at least in the case of this Blue Collar Mamma, that is exactly what he did.
To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness. What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places–and there are so many–where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.(Source)
January 20, 2011
It doesn’t take much to make me happy. A good cup of coffee. A snuggle with my family. A drink and conversation with my good friends. The thing that really puts me in a great mood, though, is when a dumbass puts their foot in their big fat dumbass mouth.
Schools Chancellor Cathie Black joked that there’s a simple solution to overcrowding in lower Manhattan – birth control.
…BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Really, Cathie? It’s not enough that you got a job you’re nowhere near qualified for? Now you feel you’re somehow qualified to tell people they shouldn’t have kids? NICE!
(To be clear, I don’t completely disagree. It’s my opinion that humans should limit the amount of offspring they have. However, I understand that it’s not my place to tell people they can or can’t have kids. It’s your uterus, not mine)
But wait…there’s more!
Joyce was also upset that Black compared weighing the needs of different schools to the movie “Sophie’s Choice.”
What. The fuck. For those of you who don’t know, here’s the Wikipedia page for that movie.(SPOILER ALERT!!!)
While being unloaded in Auschwitz, Sophie was asked to choose which of her children would live and which would die. When she was unable to choose, a Nazi officer said both would be sent to die, so she chose Jan to survive.
That’s right folks! She really did say that. She compared closing down public schools to choosing which of your kids are gonna die. Seriously, fuck everything about this.
January 12, 2011
Do you know what the fuck you will never be as cool as? I’ll tell you. You will never be as cool as this shirt:
Oh. Fucking. Snap. Don’t h8. I’m gonna wear this next time I go out for an adult beverage. All the nerds will flock to me. MWAHAHAHA!
But BCM, what’s that fancy, graphy type thing all about?
I’ll tell you! It’s data from the COBE (COsmic Background Explorer) mission, son! The site that sells these shirts summarizes it perfectly:
the COBE mission, which looked at the background microwave glow of the universe and found that it fit perfectly with the idea that the universe used to be really hot everywhere. This strongly reinforced the Big Bang theory and was one of the most dramatic examples of an experiment agreeing with a theory in history — the data points fit perfectly, with error bars too small to draw on the graph. It’s one of the most triumphant scientific results in history.
I KNOW! Awesomeness in t-shirt form! Mad funky, break-dancing, bacon-wrapped, narwhal-riding ninja props to my very good friend, lets call her Developer Blue, for the badass gift.
(Wikipedia link for COBE here. It’s all science-y)
January 6, 2011
The first DotW of the new year goes to…
Mr. Bill “I-obviously-never-ever-passed-a-science-class-EVER” O’Reilly!
There are many reasons why O’RLY is a fucking dumb fuck. I don’t have a lot of time today, so just check out this site and maybe hit the Google when you have a second. However, the reason O’RLY deserves this prestigious award this week is because of this nugget of fuckery right here:
OOOH! OOOOH! PICK ME! I KNOW WHY THERE ARE TIDES!! Do you know why I know? BECAUSE I CAN FUCKING READ!
Maybe there is a god that controls the tides…