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A true force of nature: this is how she is popularly known. Braving criticism and challenging discrimination and stereotypes, Georgina Beyer paved a new path when she became the world’s first openly transsexual mayor in 1995, as well as the first openly transsexual Member of Parliament (MP) in 2000. A long-standing human rights advocate, her legacy includes a long and powerful list of legislative reform.
What is so special about the human brain?
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MICHEL GONDRY: Well, obviously, his theory on language, generative grammar, his philosophy on the perception of the world. But, to me, it was important that I could show his human side, because he’s a very friendly person, and I think he’s very honest, and he lives by his principle. And I wanted to show that to the audience, because it seems that they have a distant idea—they have an idea of a sort of distantiated man, and he’s not like that, so I wanted to convey that, as well as why I’m talking about his wife and—I mean, he’s talking about his wife, his family and so on.
MICHEL GONDRY: I wanted to know if the education you gave to your children was influenced by what you believe in language acquisition or what’s going on with the brain.
NOAM CHOMSKY: Well, the education at home, yes, so, you know, we read to the kids, encouraged the kids to read and encouraged them to follow their own interests. The three kids were quite different. My son, from a very early age, was mostly interested in science and mathematics, so by the time he was 10 years old, we were reading together popular books on relativity theory and things like that. But we just let the kids go where they wanted. They went—and encouraged them. You know, they went in different directions. It was fine with us, and, you know, tried to just encourage them to do what they wanted.
School was conventional. We wanted them to go to the public schools, and it worked reasonably well. When one child was not making out in public school, we moved her to a Quaker school, which was better.
They essentially picked their own paths. As soon as they left home, they went off to become political activists. One, my older daughter, spent a couple of months at college, couldn’t stand it, went off and joined the United Farm Workers, and ever since then has been very involved in political activity. Her younger sister went to Nicaragua in the 1980s and stayed. My son went off in a different direction.
But my children grew up in an atmosphere of extreme political tension. I don’t know how much they felt. For example, I was in and out of jail and was facing a long jail sentence, enough so that my wife went back to college after 17 years to try to get a degree, an advanced degree, because we assumed she’d have to take care of the children, she’d need a job. And the kids kind of grew up in this atmosphere, but I don’t think they felt any particular tension. My wife told me once that my probably eight—10-year-old daughter, I guess, told her when she came home from school—she asked, “What did you do in show-and-tell?” She said, “Well, I described—I told them how my father was in jail.”
Animating Noam Chomsky
Equality California board president Clarissa Filgioun • In a press release regarding a bill signed by California Gov. Jerry Brown that blocks “gay cure therapy” for children under the age of 18 — making California the first state in the nation to do so. Big news. (via shortformblog)
Way to go, California. Amazing.
I was watching a call in talk show about twenty years ago. A psychiatrist who claimed to be an expert in terrorism was the shows’ guest. A caller asked the psychiatrist if terrorists were crazy and the psychiatrist responded, “Not if there are more than two of them”. I wondered if the shrink was trying to be humorous but no, he elaborated, “that crazy is a function of being alone”.
I have thought about that statement often in the years that followed and I believe it to be true. We people are not on this Earth to live alone, anymore than we can live without air, water, food or sleep. Necessities of any life include friends, companionship, someone to love and someone with whom to share. Otherwise, one has no reason to live. And I would think that those poor wretches who are in this life, who are alone while surrounded by others who have friends and love, live at a level of profound, unbelievable and incalculable misery and weariness. These emotionally isolated and alone are the people that walk in theaters and commit mass murder. They see no good in people, no good in own their life so how could they see bad, when bad is all they have.
However, I do not believe that you have to feel completely isolated from all other people to be crazy. At one time, I had a roommate who believed that he was being followed by Warlocks. He even claimed the Warlocks followed him into McDonald’s once. It was time to sleep one evening and I just wanted to sleep, but my roommate would not stop talking about the warlocks who were after him. I had a great idea. I figured it would calm him down if I explained to him that his Warlocks could not get in. My roommate became so agitated the proverbial guys in the white coats came in and before my eyes, put my roommate in a straight jacket and took him away.
What the religious believe can be an elaborate nonsense, for which they will fight and kill if you try to explain their beliefs away. Reason threatens the believer with being alone and helpless, without friends and strength in unity. They anoint their aggregation with irrefutable rightness. But they simply hide in a crowd of people with whom they really share nothing but a fantasy and manage little more than to be crazy and alone and murderous. - mikeo56
Abdol-Hossein Sardari, a junior Iranian diplomat, found himself almost by accident in charge of Iran’s mission in Paris in 1940 and went on to help up to 2,000 Iranian Jews flee France, according to In the Lion’s Shadow.
But by cultivating his contacts with German and Vichy officials, Mr Sardari somehow managed to win exemptions from Nazi race laws for at least 2,000 Iranian Jews by arguing that they did not have blood ties to European Jewry.
His task became even more dangerous when Britain and Russia invaded Iran in September 1941, when he was ordered by Tehran to return home as soon as possible after it signed a treaty with the Allies. But he stayed on regardless, using instead inheritance money to keep his office going after being stripped of his diplomatic immunity and pay.
By December 1942, Adolf Eichmann, the senior Nazi in charge of Jewish affairs, pronounced his argument “the usual Jewish tricks and attempts at camouflage”, in a letter published in Mr Mokhtari’s book.
But Mr Sardari soldiered on, helping families escape from Paris just as tens of thousands of Jews were being deported from France to death camps.
Eliane Senahi Cohanim was seven when she fled France with her family.
Mr Sardari provided them with the passports and travel documents they needed for safe-passage out of Europe, which took a month.
“I think he was like Schindler, at that time, helping the Jews in Paris,” the 78-year old told the BBC from her home in California.
Mr Sardari neither sought nor received much recognition for his efforts in his lifetime and died lonely in a bedsit in Croydon, south London, in 1981.
“Here you have a Muslim Iranian who goes out of his way, risks his life, certainly risks his career and property and everything else, to save fellow Iranians,” he says.
“There is no distinction ‘I am Muslim, he is Jew’ or whatever.”
A lesbian minister in North Carolina has joined the ranks of those willing to officiate marriage ceremonies but not sign licenses until gay couples’ marriages have the same legal recognition as heterosexual ones.
It’s one of the most significant pieces of prehistoric art ever found in North America — a carving of a mammoth or mastodon on a piece of fossilized bone dating back to the Ice Age. An amateur fossil hunter found it several years ago in Vero Beach, Florida. Now, after three years of study, a team of researchers say they believe it’s authentic.
Mammoths and mastodons were abundant in Florida until about 13,000 years ago — when they became extinct.
Incredible: a “photograph” by a human being over thirteen thousand years ago, of an extinct species. Proof that naturalists have been studying evolution long before any gods existed. The artist had a good hand, notice the slope of the mammoths back. Mind blowing, absolutely mind blowing.
Ideology and Religion are the same when applied to people, neither really explains anything or provides guidance. Both are an indicative of the human need for synopsis regurgitated as gospel. Religion and Ideology are fantasies from the human mind. Most people are dumber than dogshit. Being stupid is our Tao and what we do best is be stupid. Ideas and fantasies never actually fit peoples actions - one born every minute.