On the note of Seth McFarlane, as much as the internet has generally buzzed with concern that he was going to run Cosmos through a Family Guy filter for Fox, Ann Druyan was so choked up last night talking about how supportive and helpful he’d been through the whole project, and how every time they thought he couldn’t possibly do any more he’d go above and beyond to help them make their vision a reality. Everything I’ve heard about this project has pointed to Seth being on Ann’s side, and Neil’s side, and Carl’s side, and that he was willing to do everything in his power to make sure this show got made right.
Seth McFarlane is a jerk for making some of the public jokes he’s made. But I never for a second believed that he’d sully Cosmos. He’s always been outspoken in the atheist community and really pro-science. Among the pro-science, pro-science-communication community the original Cosmos has this position as an almost holy relic. I can’t imagine anyone who was an honest-to-goodness “fan” of the original wanting to run it through a “Family Guy filter”.
Which like, of course doesn’t excuse McFarlane’s past behavior when hosting the Oscars etc. But I’ve always believed that Cosmos had to be something he held near and dear to his heart and that he wouldn’t want it to be anything but Cosmos. If one good thing comes out of his career, this’ll be it.
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Add on “We now know that birds are dinosaurs, and that many dinos had feathers.”
On the first episode of Cosmos, Neil deGrasse Tyson starts the show on exactly he same cliff that Carl Sagan did over thirty years ago on the original & legendary Cosmos series.
Thats how you show respect ladies & gents.
(courtesy of @JPMajor on twitter)
i’m crying about this why and how
So beautiful you guys
Oh my god. COSMOS *fans self*
I HAVE THE VAPORS.
I LEGIT TEARED UP AT THE END.
CAN’T WAIT UNTIL NEXT WEEK.
So my cousin in law or w/e is running away from home or something.
I really don’t blame the girl and honestly I wish her the best of luck. She called the cops and told them her parents beat her (i dont think thats true) but she really does have a tough life. The poor girl starved herself or…
instead of encouraging her to run away and wishing her luck, you should tell her to stop w/ the super teen angst and go back home. if she’s a minor, she literally cannot make any demands from her parents.
her life isn’t hard because she’s forced to go to church. a lot of teenagers have a hard time not being scared to bring their boyfriend or girlfriend home when they have strict parents. it is nothing unique.
how exactly is she supposed to survive without having her parents around? she doesn’t even have a bankcard. calling the cops and lying to them about her parents beating is fucked up because not only does it hurt her parents but it hurts her too. child protective services have to come out and make sure she’s okay all the time. i don’t think your cousin is going to enjoy the system. she sure isn’t going to get a bank card then either.
sounds like she just lives in a strict religious household where her parents are in charge. they don’t have a parent/friend relationship. it’s parent-child relationship just as many households are. she wants to be a little rebellious - good for her but that doesn’t make any more entitled and this running away stuff while probably backfire and blow up in her face.
you should call her and tell her to calm it down and go home.
Reading that, I think it would be better for her to find a way to make the protective service find a new home for her, new parents, adoptive parents, if you know what I mean. If she stays with her family, she sure will end up becoming a drug addicted and alcoholic bag full of mental and confidence issues. I think parents like she is living with right now are very, very unhealthy and luckily here where I live children are taken away from families the friend of this person described above. I know in other countries, especially there were a lot of religious people live, handle and view the whole issue differently, but I for myself think, no, do not encourage her to run away and ending up as a hobo that has to work as a prostitute to get some money she can survive from or she might turn into a thief either - find a way with her together that helps her to find a foster family, because her actual life situation is very alarming and will be as bad for her in a couple of years as becoming a devasted and broken hobo. Just my few cents I am throwing in here. The story touched me.
I can’t tell if that was sarcastic or not. But I’m like 99% certain that in the US, Foster Care is for people who have parents that can’t take care of them. People who come from familiies that are actually messed up - drug and alcoholic abuse, physical and emotional abuse - not that “you’re grounded. these are the house rules. follow them” - “abuse.” The foster care system is for kids who actually need help. And it’s not some glamorous fairytale hollywood cliche either. A lot of kids in the system - don’t exact have great lives where they find this super loving family that will put them through school after they turn 18. A lot families take other kids in because they make money doing it. You don’t make money after they turn into a legal adult. They turn into someone who is draining their resources. At least in America.
Edit: Just to let the dargons folks know, this is Microraptor aka Microdragons on her main tumblr! Since this is uh… not really that dragons related.
Going to point out that if her parents really are super awful, and she doesn’t want to live with them and she’s 16 or older she can always go to court to try and become an emancipated minor.
After I was able to drive the game plan my parents set up with me was if they died I’d go and attempt to become emancipated and then would care for my younger sister. I’ve known people with terrible parents who got emancipated at 16. I’m not going to claim life was easy for them — they had to scramble and work their asses off… but if you are in your “upper teens” there are actually legal resources available to someone that age besides foster care. You can become emancipated, leave high-school, get a GED and start working and scrambling.
Mind you, emancipation is NOT easy to get. So you’d have to show really good grounds for it in court. I can’t claim to know what’s going on 100% in that girl’s house. It sounds like the church she’s being forced to go to is toxic as hell and I’ve known too many people who grew up in environments like that who ended up undergoing serious abuse.
A parent-child relationship changes as a child gets older and… stops being a child. (Futhermore, in the eyes of the law an older teen is not always a child. There’s a lot of blurry gray area around 16 and 17 year olds in terms of crimes, and whether or not the law ought to treat them as adults). It’s appropriate for a parents to loosen their hold on the “leash” as a minor gets older. It’s not healthy for a person’s social development to keep them locked up at home with 0 social life because they happen to be queer.
I grew up in a religious fundamentalist household that was strict, but less strict/toxic than the one the OP describes and by the time I was 16 I was going to college. By 17 I had my own car and was driving it. I lived in the basement and by and large kept my life to myself. My parents encouraged my independence because the recognized that in a few years I’d be out on my own. They encouraged me to take on adult responsibilities as soon as I wanted to. Anything that I knew would cause them to take away some of my freedom I kept to myself. This included friends they’d disapprove of, relationships, personal politics, and the fact that I was and am queer. About the only thing I shared that wasn’t something they’d like was my atheism.*
It wasn’t the best environment but my parents certainly recognized that one day I’d be an adult and that I needed to be prepared for that… not locked away in some tower and infantalized. A parent’s job is not to try and mold a growing person into the lifestyle they want, it’s to prepare a person to be an adult. Restricting a teen’s social life to the point where they have none is F- crappy parenting, because that person isn’t going to be able to enter into adulthood well adjusted.
You don’t have to be your kid’s buddy/friend to respect the fact that they are not perpetually five years old. The time to pick up skills that will be useful in adulthood is not after 18. It’s before 18. And part of letting a person pick up those skills is to let them go out in the world and learn.
I wouldn’t encourage this girl to go home, but I would encourage her to be SMART about leaving home and not to do it in a way that’s gonna bite her in the butt. She already has set herself up for an ass-bite later on… Were I in her position, I probably would have started secretly studying for the GED, gotten a job of some sort and started squirreling away money, using libraries to research emancipation and various shelters for women/young people she could use while finding a more permanent living situation.
What she should probably do now is find a shelter or a relative that’s willing to take her in while she reviews her options. If she’s going to live apart from her parents she needs shelter, transportation, medical care, a job and a long term plan. Like, if she drops out and gets a GED she needs to plan for starting to take community college courses and paying for them ASAP.
* I will note that my parents noticed my secrecy and didn’t care for it. But they reacted not by locking me up but by being more accepting of my sister when he turn came around. By the time she was 16 she was also attending college, driving, but she didn’t have to keep her social life a secret. She spent so much time at her friends’ houses as she got older that she effectively wasn’t living with my parents and sometimes they wouldn’t see her for days at a time (though they certainly spoke to her on her cell).
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“The very first time I saw you Harry, I recognised you immediately. Not by your scar, by your eyes. They’re your mother Lily’s. Oh yes, I knew her. Your mother was there for me at a time when no one else was. Not only was she a singularly gifted witch, she was also an uncommonly kind woman. She had a way of seeing the beauty in others, even, and perhaps most especially, when that person couldn’t see it in themselves. Your father, James, however, had a certain, shall we say, talent for trouble. A talent, rumour has it, he passed onto you. You’re more like them than you know, Harry. In time you’ll come to see just how much.”
Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her often in bed and not feeling particularly alarmed about it. Then one morning, when she was well on the road to recovery, I was sitting on her bed showing her how to fashion little animals out of coloured pipe-cleaners, and when it came to her turn to make one herself, I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn’t do anything.
“Are you feeling all right?” I asked her.
“I feel all sleepy, ” she said.
In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead.
The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.
That was twenty-four years ago in 1962, but even now, if a child with measles happens to develop the same deadly reaction from measles as Olivia did, there would still be nothing the doctors could do to help her.
On the other hand, there is today something that parents can do to make sure that this sort of tragedy does not happen to a child of theirs. They can insist that their child is immunised against measles. I was unable to do that for Olivia in 1962 because in those days a reliable measles vaccine had not been discovered. Today a good and safe vaccine is available to every family and all you have to do is to ask your doctor to administer it.
It is not yet generally accepted that measles can be a dangerous illness.
Believe me, it is. In my opinion parents who now refuse to have their children immunised are putting the lives of those children at risk.
In America, where measles immunisation is compulsory, measles like smallpox, has been virtually wiped out.
Here in Britain, because so many parents refuse, either out of obstinacy or ignorance or fear, to allow their children to be immunised, we still have a hundred thousand cases of measles every year.
Out of those, more than 10,000 will suffer side effects of one kind or another.
At least 10,000 will develop ear or chest infections.
About 20 will die.
LET THAT SINK IN.
Every year around 20 children will die in Britain from measles.
So what about the risks that your children will run from being immunised?
They are almost non-existent. Listen to this. In a district of around 300,000 people, there will be only one child every 250 years who will develop serious side effects from measles immunisation! That is about a million to one chance. I should think there would be more chance of your child choking to death on a chocolate bar than of becoming seriously ill from a measles immunisation.
So what on earth are you worrying about?
It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised."
Roald Dahl, 1986 (via brain-confetti)
I WOULD LIKE TO POINT AT THE DATE. NINETEEN-FUCKING-EIGHTY-SIX.
friendly reminder that spirit animals are a sacred concept in a variety of religions worldwide (many of them being aboriginal religions that are at risk of destruction by european colonialism) and are not a way to joke about your admiration for something