Are you young woman who lives for lipstick and short skirts? You could become a scientist!!!

This is one of the beautiful astronomy photographs from a website that PUMA Helen K has posted around.  They have a different photo every day.  Since it seems more women read here than men (heck, most people ARE women!), and “women can’t do science” (cough, cough!), I want to make it very clear that astronomy is a science!

The reason I bring this up is, several posts back Ani mentioned how women are not fairly represented in many fields.  Science is one of them.  America has not done the best job combatting the popular memes that science is not “feminine” or that women don’t have the cognitive ability to handle something as hard and manly as “science”.  Any science that uses math is a “hard science”, and as we’ve all been told our whole lives, women are better suited for the “soft sciences”- you know, social science, dealing with people’s emotions.  And hey!  How handy that delineation has worked out, because we’ve also always been taught that emotions aren’t very manly.  And plus, men are hard, and women are soft and lovely.  Men – hard science, women – soft, emotive science.  It just all makes sense!

Well, thank goodness for Europe!  The European Union is making a concerted effort to attract more young women into science.  Their outreach program is called “Science – it’s a girl thing”, and here is their first outreach video:



Hmmmm.  Epic fail, there.  IMO, that video is only going to attract girls who are looking for the next cool thing, and who will leave it in the dust once they learn more about it.  It would have been helpful to craft a video that actually introduces and interests girls in the substance of different sciences, so that those who are curious will check it out more, and those who develop a passion for it will continue on in it.  Well, Dr. Meghan Gray, an actual scientist – an ASTRONOMER! – says it way better than I can.  It’s a 9 minute video, but please don’t skip it – she speaks very well!



Here’s a young British chap who gets it!  (Although, he seems to think this outreach to women is trying to say science should be JUST for women lol)



If you look at the EU website for this outreach or read articles about their intent, they do seem to be genuinely interested in getting more women into science.  But I think maybe they used 3rd-wave chicks to do this initial marketing attempt!  If you look around the web, you will find a whole lot of backlash to their first video – so even if the EU screwed up out the gate, at least a lot of other people “got it”!!!  As I  said, they do seem to be genuine, so maybe backlash will result in more appropriate videos that don’t portray young girls as the stereotype of fashion-obsessed dancing fools!


Drip… drip… drip… Eurospeak and “stealth jihad”

I pulled this out of a file folder for “fun week” – looks like it was sent to me in an email way back in 1999!

The European Union commissioners have announced that agreement has been reached to adopt English as the preferred language for European communications rather than German, which was the other possibility.  As part of the negotiations, the British government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a five-year phased plan for what will be known as EuroEnglish (Euro for short).

In the first year, “s” will be used instead of the soft “c”.  Sertainly, sivil servants will resieve this news with joy.  Also, the hard “c” will be replaced with “k”.  Not only will this klear up konfusion, but typewriters kan have one less letter.

There will be growing publik akseptanse enthusiasm in the sekond year when the troublesome “ph” will be replaced by “f”.  This will make words like “fotograf” twenty persent shorter. 

In the third year, publik akseptanse of the new spelling kan be expekted to reach the stage where more komplikated changes are possible.  Governments will enkourage the removal of double letters, which has always been a deterent to akurate speling.

Also, al wil agre that the horible mes of silent “e”s in the languag is disgrasful, and they would also go.  By the fourth year, peopl wil be seseptiv to steps such as replasing “th” and most “s” by “z”, and “w” by “v” for aded zimplisity.

During ze fifz yer, ze unesesary “o” kan be dropd from vords kontaining “ou”, and zimilar changes vud of kors be aplid to ozer kombinations of leters alzo.

After zis fitz yer, ve vil konkor.. ahem.. ve vil hav a reli zenzibl ritn styl.  Zer vil be no mor trubls or difikultis und evrivun vil find it ezi tu nderstand ech ozer.

Achtung!  Ze drem vil finali kum tru!

And now for something completely different! 

The above is obviously a joke – but it reminded me of something I saw once (which is NOT filed neatly away in the filing cabinet, and I can’t find it online right now!)  But it listed different rates of immigration of Muslims into a country, and with each larger amount of Muslims, more demands were made to the host country, more attempts – not to assimilate – but to change the host country to their own.  This is just an example, I’m guessing, but it gave info such as, “as X number of Muslims have moved in, they will start to fly their own flags”, and “as Xx2 Muslims have immigrated, they will start blocking public streets 5 times a day with their (male) prayers”.  Anyway, the joke above reminded me of it, because both are based on a kind of slow gradual change heading towards total change.  I did find what I’ve pasted below, but it’s not exactly what I was looking for:

Muslim Immigration

All immigrants bring exotic customs and attitudes, but Muslim customs are more troublesome than most. Also, they appear most resistant to assimilation. Elements among the Pakistanis in Britain, Algerians in France, and Turks in Germany seek to turn the host country into an Islamic society by compelling it to adapt to their way of life.

On a small scale, they demand that factories keep to the Islamic calendar, with its distinctive holidays and special rhythms; or that public schools be segregated by sex and teach the principles of Islam. A significant body of Muslims, especially followers of Ayatollah Khomeini, appear to hope they can remake Europe and America in their own image. And they are not shy to say so. The editor of a Bengali-language newspaper in England, Harunur Rashid Tipu, explained that the leaders of the Young Muslim Organisation, seek ultimately “to build an Islamic society here.” In the Rushdie affair, the Muslim diaspora in the West and the regime in Tehran created a cultural and political crisis that struck at the heart of Western values of free speech and secularism, confirming the worst fears of many in the West.

Of course, to build an Islamic society means taking political power. And while this is remote, it is just foreseeable. A French woman of North African origins told a reporter, “Tomorrow I will be mayor, the day after president of the republic.”

And speaking of “stealth jihad”, here’s the incomparable Pat Condell on the subject:

Does anyone else have any fun word “games” or fun word observations?  Or, chime in about the Muslim stuff – maybe someone knows the piece I was looking for but couldn’t find.  Or we could talk about Uppity while she’s away  🙂  (Hi, UW!  🙂  )

China taunts our ship, Russia flies over our planes, Iran dumps on us and now Chavez….

obama2f-masood1In a clear message that America and its leaders are toothless touchy-feely wimps ripe for the taking, China, Russia and Iran have already signaled that they are circling our country like buzzards, and they are treating President Obama is their Rodney Dangerfield. They are stomping all over the USA and treating Barack Obama like a fool. And he keeps inviting them to do it.

First, China taunted our ship, then Russia flew over our planes.  Then China asked for collateral on the zillion dollars we owe them. Next, Iran thumbed its nose as Barack Obama’s badly produced Kumbaya message, which translated to maniacs like Ahmadinejad  into “No balls at all”. There is no question about it. These countries are not interested in good seeking to humiliate and downgrade America, and they believe they can pull it off under the current administration.

And now, the quintessential 21st century dictator in-training, who plans to be president for life,  has called Barack Obama “Ignorant”. I mean,  how much respect do you have to lose before an ignorant whackjob like  Hugo Chavez calls you ignorant?

 CARACAS, Venezuela —  Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday called President Barack Obama “ignorant,” saying he has a lot to learn about Latin America. 

The Venezuelan leader said he had been ready to name a new ambassador in Washington when Obama took office, but put that on hold after the new U.S. president accused him of “exporting terrorism” and being an obstacle to progress in the region.

“At least one could say, ‘poor ignorant person,”‘ Chavez said on his weekly television and radio program, adding that Obama “should read a little bit so that he learns about … the reality of Latin America.”

It’s like Barack Obama is becoming the Rodney Dangerfield of the world. Confirming that our foreign policy is starting to look a lot like a bunch of kids on the playground during recess to see which bully will emerge to beat up Barack Obama and the USA by-proxy, the infant Hugo had this to say:

“We ask only for respect for Venezuela, nothing else,” Chavez said. “If Obama respects us, we’ll respect him. If Obama tries to keep disrespecting Venezuela, we will confront the U.S. empire.”

Chavez said he showed some of the U.S. administration’s critical remarks about him to U.S. Rep. William Delahunt when the Massachusetts Democrat visited Caracas last week.

“They keep pointing to me as the bad boy, as the one who attacks,” Chavez said. “Who stared the attack first? Obama.”

Waaaaaaaaa! He hit me first!

I can’t wait for this week’s newest dissing embarrassment. This is what happens when you put a bunch of academic theorists with their idealistic utopian heads up their asses in charge of a country.

Somebody please explain to our President that “We Are The World” is a song not a foreign policy–and that pretending that it is a foreign policy leads to increasing disrespect from despots. There is no job opening for President of the World .  So he can stop running for office now. He’s already been elected and now he has to do the job. The job calls for keeping America safe and keeping us from becoming the Third World Nation we seem to be trolling towards. And if he doesn’t gain some respect and stop running for Mr. Congeniality, he is going to go down in Presidential history as the guy who started WW III — and this time it will be on OUR turf, where all those delusional Obama Children are going to be bleeding and dying in the streets instead of holding “meetups” and knocking on doors looking for signatures.  Maybe that’s the goal. Maybe this isn’t just foreign policy stupidity. Maybe it’s all deliberate. Who knows with this Trillion Dollar Club bunch in DC? That’s if we win. And that’s not looking likely. In fact, it’s starting to look like the USA is being cancelled.  I don’t think that idea is going to go over very well with our suddenly-awakening people who have grown to appreciate their Democracy and Free Will.

What’s next, “Dear Fidel: Let’s do lunch?”

What is it with these two American political parties that  desperately guard their power and keep all other more reasonable people from leading us? One  party is inept at Domestic Policy and the other is inept at Foreign Policy. And both of them have been hijacked by off-the-cliff extremists who are taking chances apiece destroying our country.

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas did not immediately return a call seeking comment on Sunday.