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Almost every time I speak to teenagers, particularly young female students who want to talk to me about feminism, I find myself staggered by how much they have read, how creatively they think and how curiously bullshit-resistant they are. Because of the subjects I write about, I am often contacted by young people and I see it as a part of my job to reply to all of them - and doing so has confirmed a suspicions I’ve had for some time. I think that the generation about to hit adulthood is going to be rather brilliant.

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Young people getting older is not, in itself, a fascinating new cultural trend. Nonetheless the encroaching adulthood and the people who grew up in a world where expanding technological access collided with the collapse of the neoliberal economic consensus is worth paying attention to. Because these kids are smart, cynical and resilient, and I don’t mind saying that they scare me a little.

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‘Today’s teendagers are smarter, tougher and braver than my generation - and yours, too’, Laurie Penny (via hymenopterror)

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Fantastic illustration by Tina Kugler

There was a recent study by the CCBC (Cooperative Children’s Book Center) that made this shocking revelation. Of the 3,600 books the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reviewed in 2012 these were the results

"Nation’s Math Teachers Introduce 27 New Trig Functions" [Via The Onion]

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Well, that’s enough internet for me today.

liod:

Scales

This is because Fahrenheit is based on a brine scale and the human body. The scale is basically how cold does it have to be to freeze saltwater (zero Fahrenheit) to what temperature is the human body (100-ish Fahrenheit, although now we know that’s not exactly accurate). Fahrenheit was designed around humans.

Celsius and Kelvin are designed around the natural world.

Celsius is a scale based on water. Zero is when water freezes, 100 is when water boils.

Kelvin uses the same scale as Celsius (one degree, as a unit, is the same between the two), but defines zero as absolute zero, which is basically the temperature at which atoms literally stop doing that spinning thing. Nothing can exist below zero Kelvin. It’s the bottom of the scale.

So.
Fahrenheit: what temperatures affect humans
Celsius: what temperatures affect water
Kelvin: what temperatures affect atoms

Why didn’t my science teachers ever see fit to toss off this little fact?

You forgot Rankine which uses the same scale as Fahrenheit but has zero at Absolute Zero, like Kelvin.

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What’s Genocide?

their high school principal
told me I couldn’t teach
poetry with profanity
“Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.”
in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas
then straightened out like an SS infantry
Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.”
blank stares mixed with curious ignorance
a quivering hand out of the crowd
half-way raised, like a lone survivor
struggling to stand up in Kigali
“Luz, are you sure about that?”
“No.”
“That’s what I thought.”

“Carlos—what’s genocide?”

they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
is pregnant.

I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”

“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”

“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”

…what’s genocide?

they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them

…what’s genocide?

Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him

…what’s genocide?

Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade

…what’s genocide?

she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal

…what’s genocide?
…what’s genocide?

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Luz, this…
this right here…
is genocide.”

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— “What’s Genocide?” by Carlos Andres Gomez (via perfect)

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We’re very proud to present our first collaboration with the amazing people at the TSER (transstudent.tumblr.com).

A BIG thank you to Eli, Landyn, Alex and Ethan for this awesome work.

Signal boost, my friends.

This is a list I made for YALSA’s The Hub on the wide range of YA literature featuring LGBTQ characters. See the full post and a downloadable pdf here

Si tu veux abonner à mes postes pendant l’été et pendant l’éternité…

Infographic about why you like Infographics, [more]

HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?!

No math teacher ever taught me this trick. Got damn.

This is great and all if you know how to subtract things from 100

Ok, let me show you how this thing works.

Say you have two numbers A and B {in the example above 97 and 96} these two numbers can be represented by (100-x) and (100-y) {in the example above x = 3 because 100 – 3 = 97 => 100 – 97 = 3 and y = 4}. Now since A = (100-x) and B=(100 – y) therefore A*B = (100-x)*(100-y).

So if you want to multiply A*B it is the exact same as multiplying (100-x)*(100-y).

Good, so lets expand this sucker

(100-x)*(100-y)=100*100 – x*100 – y*100 -x*-y

So now lets combine things creativity

=(100 – x – y)*100 + x*y

=(100 – (x+y))*100 + x*y

So now you see it. 100-(x+y) shows up in the hundreds place {100-(3+4)=93 in this example} and x*y shows up in the ones place {3*4 = 12 in this example} thus giving the solution {9312}

Now what does that mean, well it means you can use this trick in a much wider application…

Like numbers close to different multiples of 10. For example 1000.

993 * 996

{1000 – 993 = 7}

{1000 – 996 = 4}

{1000 – (7+4) = 1000 – 11 = 989}

{7*4 = 028}

Therefore the first number now goes in the thousands place and the second in the ones place. Meaning

993*996 = 989028

We can also use it for numbers close to numbers that don’t start with 1 like 200.

192*195

{200 – 192 = 8}

{200 – 195 = 5}

{200 – (8+5) = 200 – 13 = 187}

Since 187 shows up in the 200’s place we need to multiply it by 2 to get the number that shows up in the 100’s place thus (187 *2 = 374)

{8*5 = 40}

Thus

192*195=37440

Have Fun!

"Children are not deceived by fairy-tales; they are often and gravely deceived by school-stories. Adults are not deceived by science-fiction; they can be deceived by the stories in the women’s magazines."
C. S. Lewis on fantasy vs. fact, a timeless and timely reminder of the role of critical thinking in making sense of the stories we’re told. (via explore-blog)

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i’m incredibly in love with the french language and every day i don’t get to speak it breaks my heart more and more