Today Google celebrates Shakuntala Devi’s 84th birthday. She was popularly known as the “Human Computer”, was a child prodigy, and mental calculator. She passed away on April 21 2013, she was 83 years old. Her achievements include:
- In 1977 in the USA she competed with a computer to see who could calculate the cube root of 188,132,517 faster (she won). That same year, at the Southern Methodist University she was asked to give the 23rd root of a 201-digit number; she answered in 50 seconds. Her answer—546,372,891—was confirmed by calculations done at the U.S. Bureau of Standards by the Univac 1101 computer, for which a special program had to be written to perform such a large calculation.
- On June 18, 1980, she demonstrated the multiplication of two 13-digit numbers 7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779 picked at random by the Computer Department of Imperial College, London. She correctly answered 18,947,668,177,995,426,462,773,730 in 28 seconds. This event is mentioned in the 1982 Guinness Book of Records.
Happy birthday Shakuntala!
On Aug 28, 2012, United Airlines killed my 2.5 year old Mastiff BamBam. After making every promise to guarantee his safety with United’s Pet Safe program, from the website to the booking agents to the ground personnel, guaranteeing air conditioned vans to and from the plane and air conditioned cargo areas at all times, United did none of it. On our layover in Houston, for over three hours, he was kept in temperatures in the 90’s. First placed on the tarmac, then in open luggage containers, then in a “holding area” with no a/c. At the height of summer during a heat wave in Texas. Never once was he placed in the air conditioning as promised, the cornerstone of the Pet Safe program.
He was dead on arrival in San Francisco. Although we saw with our own eyes the condition he was in when being boarded, and United’s own admission of NO a/c, and the later admission that NO pet is put in the air conditioned cargo area for layovers of less than 4 hours, they denied any wrong doing. After reviewing the autopsy report, our vet was 100% convinced the cause of death was heatstroke. United’s conclusion was; inconclusive. We were offered travel vouchers and weeks of corporate cover up and then lies to the media of his “special” care while in their hands.
There needs to be an enormous lobby for the airline industry fights any and all expansion of federal oversight in animal transportation. Every 9 days a pet dies on a commercial airline, and hundreds, or thousands, of other animals die each year with zero accountability as to the actual numbers or causes of death. If you accidentally leave a pet in a car in the heat you can be criminally charge with animal cruelty, yet the airlines take our money, sell us their “expertise,” then kill our family pets, deny responsibility and wash their hands by offering traveling vouchers like they are a lost suitcase.
OUR PETS ARE NOT BAGGAGE. The airline lobby may be huge, but the American pet owners “lobby” is worth 45 billion dollars a year and we demand change. We can make change if we stand together with our family members who cannot stand up for themselves.
THE CHANGE WE WANT:
Fully disclose the number of total animal deaths that occur to the Department of Transportation, not just pets.
The airlines to be held liable for wrongful deaths of our pets as living creatures and not as “baggage.”
An independent third party, not the airline, be in charge of the autopsy and the investigation into cause of a pets death.
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This is really awful. Please reblog.
this is so fucked up. united is shit anyway. but god damn it.
Escuse u, but the definition of feminism is equality. I believe what you be protesting is feminazism.
I need feminism because of the skewed views people like you choose to ignorantly spew.Dear people who disagree with this post,
Feminism is sexist.
It’s in the very name. feminism.
Men have just as many disadvantages. They aren’t allowed to cry, do housework, be a hairdresser, sew/knit, and they’re expected to hold the door open for women, give up their seats, pay for the meal, spoil the woman, be the main source of income, and so much more.
Feminism is just fighting for the “rights” of women only. Feminists want all the rights of a man, with none of the drawbacks.
I propose we start a new belief rights group thing. Equalism: striving for the rights of all humans, no matter of sex, gender, sexuality, race, age, or any other traits.
Holy motherfuck. As a
manteenage boy, whatever, who is certainly aware of the fact that we have problems too, I say that this post is complete and utter BULLSHIT.
Patriarchy is the reason we can’t do supposedly feminine things like cry or do housework. We’re expected to “hold the door open for women, give up their seats, pay for the meal, etc” That’s called being a polite person, maybe? Who ever said women can’t do the same things for men? Where in feminism did it say women wanted special treatment?
And hey, guess what? Feminism a wants to break the patriarchy, which is the source of many of the problems for men! Holy shit!
Now, I’m going to assume the person who accused feminism of sexism is in a position of immense privilege. But so am I, and despite being a well-off, straight white guy, I’m a feminist.
Why am I a feminist? Because women have it a lot worse than men. From my position of privilege, I don’t feel qualified to make a comprehensive list, so I’ll hope someone else will help me with that bit.
I agree wholeheartedly with the person above…. Allow me to expand:
Feminism means equality. If you want to be able to cry, as a man, and not be labelled as a “girl” for doing so, feminism is something you should support (calling someone a woman should not be an insult). Saying something like “men have it just as hard” in a defense is absolutely ridiculous.
- If a man is sexually assaulted, is he asked if what he was wearing provoked the attacker?
- If a man wears a shirt with say, Captain America’s shield on it, is he labelled as a “fake nerd”?
- If a man sleeps with a woman every day, is he considered “disgusting” and is the act “shameful”?
We are not “playing victim” you sexist fucking idiots (yes, women can be sexist too, it’s part of the whole “equal” thing that feminism has going). We are standing up for our right to do everything a man can do: we have to work twice as hard to get the same pay, for example.
Now, that isn’t to say that men don’t have their own issues because of this fundamentally sexist view you’re promoting:
Men are expected to get what, a few weeks leave if their child is born? A woman gets longer - why can’t men and women have the same amount of leave? because people like you think that we don’t need feminism.
Feminism means equality. The definition of the noun “equal” is a person or thing considered to be the same as another in status or quality. Does this in any way mean “men are evil” or “women are better”? Or are you genuinely that fucking blinded by patriarchy and their ideals of any woman standing up for herself that you think it’s better to sit down and just put up with the kitchen jokes and being called a “bimbo”?
Or, better yet, if you don’t want feminism, we should remove you from having the ability to do anything that feminism has accomplished already.
Without feminism you would not have (among many other things):
- Your right to vote.
- Your right to work.
- The ability to wear anything you want.
- The crime of rape (if you were raped in an Ancient Greek society, you would have been immediately divorced and considered “soiled” and “impure”).
- Female writers (Mary Shelley and Emily Bronte had to pretend to be men to have their books published).
- Female professors.
- Female politicians.
- The ability to not have a child (again, in many societies prior to the feminist movement, if you were infertile or didn’t want children, you were a disgrace).
Feminism means equality. It is not to say that men are any less than women, it is the movement that makes men and women equal.
- A man should be able to wear pink and not look “too girly”.
- A man should be able to watch Mean Girls or She’s the Man and not be “too girly”.
- A man should be able to wear make-up and not be “too girly”.
- A man should be able to hang around with loads of girls without being either a “playa” or “too girly”.
Being feminine is not shameful. I stand for men as well as women. We should be able to do what we want, and be seen as equal. No-one is better than anyone else.
I have to use a MALE pseudonym online so people don’t tell me to shut up because I’m a girl. So people don’t disregard my opinion because I have tits and a fucking vagina. I have to use it so people don’t automatically go “tits or gtfo” or “women shouldn’t like ___”. How fucking stupid do you have to be to think that it’s not intelligence that matters, but what someone has in their pants?
Feminism doesn’t make being a stay at home mother or father any less of a feat. If we were all feminists, we wouldn’t give a flying fuck what people did.
I don’t want kids: everyone tells me “you’ll change your mind” and “it’s the best thing a woman can do”. Do you have any idea how insulting that is? Who cares?
Abortions are necessary. If a woman is raped, or if a man’s condom splits, and you’re not able to get an abortion, you are condemning them to a life of misery.
No birth control? Not only are you promoting the idea that a woman must want to have a child or else she is worthless, you’re also aiding the spread of STDs.
There are so many more things we need before we are 100% equal. It shouldn’t matter what our genitals are at all. Nor should it matter what skin colour you are, what religion you are, what your sexuality is - who gives a fuck?
Yeah, of course we don’t need feminism. Shut up before you lower everyone else’s IQ.
WOW. I can’t believe this shit even needed to be spelled out to these ignorant fucks.
Reblogging for the comments.
Look at all the internalized misogyny.
Not to mention the “playing the victim” comments REEK of victim blaming, which is another reason to need feminism.
internalized misogyny is a funny, awful thing
Inne Blackwood of Wyrmrest Accord. This is her transmog set and raid set as a feral/guardian. Going to change her skin color to either grey or a dark bark like brown.
Dude check it for your druid