Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde -
JB: One of the dangers of being a Black American is being schizophrenic, and I mean ‘schizophrenic’ in the most literal sense. To be a Black American is in some ways to be born with the desire to be white. It’s a part of the price you pay for being born here, and it affects every Black…
Black women on U.S.postage stamps.
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Among 38 nations, U.S. is the outlier when it comes to paid parental leave | Pew Research Center
The media present a woman’s fear of losing her career as the fear of losing herself. But the greatest fear of most mothers is not being able to provide for their children. Mothers with high-paying jobs go back to work to earn money for their kids. Married mothers with low-paying jobs quit to save money for their kids. Single mothers struggle to find work that pays enough to support their kids. Self-fulfillment is a low priority in an economy fuelled by worker insecurity.
The assumed divide between mothers who work inside and outside the home is presented as a war of priorities. But in an economy of high debt and sinking wages, nearly all mothers live on the edge. Choices made out of fear are not really choices. The illusion of choice is a way to blame mothers for an economic system rigged against them. There are no “mommy wars”, only money wars - and almost everyone is losing. — Mothers are not ‘opting out’ - they are out of options | Sarah Kendzior
Happy Birthday, Marie Curie!
In 1903, Curie earned a Nobel Prize for discovering the radioactive elements radium and polonium. During World War I, she devoted herself to using radioactivity to help people and in the 1920s, radium was considered a miracle cure used to treat cancer, lupus, acne, and even baldness. It was later discovered that radioactivity itself causes cancer—but radiation therapy can still be effective in targeting some cancerous tissues.
Learn more about Marie Curie and radium in The Power of Poison.
Quantum Suicide and Immortality
It attempts to distinguish between the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics and the Everett many-worlds interpretation by means of a variation of the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, from the cat's point of view. Quantum immortality refers to the subjective experience of surviving quantum suicide regardless of the odds.
Quantum Suicide involves a life-terminating device and a device that measures the spin value of protons. Every 10 seconds, the spin value of a fresh proton is measured. Conditioned upon that quantum bit, the weapon is either deployed, killing the experimenter, or it makes an audible "click" and the experimenter survives. The theories are distinctive from the point of view of the experimenter only; their predictions are otherwise identical.
The probability of surviving the first iteration of the experiment is 50%, under both interpretations, as given by the squared norm of the wave function. At the start of the second iteration, if the Copenhagen interpretation is true, the wave function has already collapsed, so if the experimenter is already dead, there's a 0% chance of survival. However, if the many-worlds interpretation is true, a superposition of the live experimenter necessarily exists, regardless of how many iterations or how improbable the outcome. Barring life after death, it is not possible for the experimenter to experience having been killed, thus the only possible experience is one of having survived every iteration.
Image via HowStuffWorks. To learn more, read: How Quantum Suicide Works.
The first female motorbike messengers for the aircraft industry are these silken-clad misses who speed inter-organization communications from Los Angeles headquarters to the three Timm plants. All professional riders, left to right—Chief Messenger Phyllis Domich, Dora “Babe” Duncan, and Janet Spangenberg. They are posed outside the W. M. Garland Building.