Hungarian poster for Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977, designed by Tibor Helényi.
Why this Ebola outbreak is different:
- It has killed more than 2,800 people–more than all 24 previous outbreaks combined.
- It has spread across the entire territory of three countries, including major urban centers.
- It is in West Africa, where Ebola has never before emerged.
- It is on the verge of spiraling out of control, with the number of cases on course to jump from 4,500 as of mid-September to more than 20,000 by November.
The figures are from Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa — The First Nine Months of the Epidemic and Forward Projections, authored by the WHO Ebola Response Team, NEJM, 22 Sep 2014.
Photogrammar is a web-based platform for organizing, searching, and visualizing the 170,000 photographs from 1935 to 1945 created by the United States Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information (FSA-OWI).
The above photos are from New Jersey, Hawaii, St. Paul, and Denver respectively.
Lets have a dystopian future movie where none of the actors are white
Not a single one
There’s just no white people and not a single character questions it
Watch how quickly people notice and get pissed off
but wouldn’t it be better to put one white extra in the far background of a huge crowd shot for a few frames, so we could point to them every time someone gets pissed off?
'fight like a girl' is no insult
Mimi Nikolova Hristova of Bulgaria
Mariana Kolos of Ukraine
Burcu Kebic of Turkey
Alma Jane Valencia of Mexico
[Photos: Martin Gabor / United World Wrestling]
Blaming mothers, it seems, is an enduring reflex of our society.
Nineteenth century medical texts blamed birth defects and criminal tendencies on the mother’s diet, nerves and even the company women kept during pregnancy.
In the 1930s and 40s, neurologists attributed autism to “refrigerator mothers” lacking sufficient emotional warmth, a claim unsupported by evidence which nevertheless persisted as late as the 1970s.
Amid media hysteria in the 1980s and 90s about crack cocaine and “crack babies,” pregnant women who used crack had their children taken away and were sentenced to prison even as research revealed that fetal exposure to cocaine is no more harmful than exposure to tobacco or alcohol.
And now, careless portrayal of epigenetics and research on the developmental origins of disease poses a real threat to women, Richardson and colleagues say:
Although it does not yet go to the same extremes, public reaction to [developmental origins] research today resembles that of the past in disturbing ways. A mother’s individual influence over a vulnerable fetus is emphasized; the role of societal factors is not. And studies now extend beyond substance use, to include all aspects of daily life … exaggerations and over-simplifications are making scapegoats of mothers, and could even increase surveillance and regulation of pregnant women.
[Image: Stages in pregnancy as illustrated in the 19th Century medical text Nouvelles démonstrations d’accouchemens, via the Wellcome Library]
This updated accessibility icon has its critics but I think it’s a huge improvement. Here’s what the creators have to say about it:
People with disabilities have a long history of being spoken for, of being rendered passive in decisions about their lives. The old icon, while a milestone in ADA history, displays that passivity: its arms and legs are drawn like mechanical parts, its posture is unnaturally erect, and its entire look is one that make the chair, not the person, important and visible. As people with disabilities of all kinds—not just chair users—create greater rights and opportunities for social, political, and cultural participation, we think cities should evolve their images of accessibility too.