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lakidaa:

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snarkbender:

jamsradio:

 

anyone know what this is from?

"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:

The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.

Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.

Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed: 
Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:

This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.[18]

lakidaa:

baroncaveyeti:

snarkbender:

jamsradio:

 

anyone know what this is from?

"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:

The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.

Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.

Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed: 

Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:

This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.[18]

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liberalsarecool:


"States that embraced Obamacare have seen much faster gains in insurance rates than those that have opposed the law, this map from Huffington Post (using Gallup data) shows."

All you need to know about Obamacare in one map.
Red States Kansas, Iowa, and Virginia did not participate. Making bad decisions had consequences.
Via Vox


Flawed as it is, the ACA is making a difference in people’s lives, for the better.  And that has to count for something.

liberalsarecool:

"States that embraced Obamacare have seen much faster gains in insurance rates than those that have opposed the law, this map from Huffington Post (using Gallup data) shows."

All you need to know about Obamacare in one map.

Red States Kansas, Iowa, and Virginia did not participate. Making bad decisions had consequences.

Via Vox

Flawed as it is, the ACA is making a difference in people’s lives, for the better. And that has to count for something.

(via eyeoninsurance)

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spacemutants asked: So Hank, what's the deal with Pluto right now? Is it a planet or not?

edwardspoonhands:

Pluto is not a planet. The IAU (in my book) gets to decide what the definition of a planet is because there has to be a definition and they are by far the most qualified body to define it. 

Pluto does not meet that definition, and thus should not be considered a planet. I agree with their definition, but even if I didn’t I would submit to it because I am not an expert. 

Recently, three people sat in a room and argued about whether pluto was a planet. The audience then voted…and they voted that Pluto was a planet. That, of course, means nothing. If you want random groups of people to define scientific terms…it’s going to be hard to get any actual science done. 

The Pluto fandom has got to be one of the most blithely annoying crowds on tumblr.

They get all worked up over whether or not a frozen rock on the fringes of the solar system is classed as a planet, because they have an absurd emotional attachment based on what they learned in third grade science. They’re all over Pluto like Sherlock fans on Benedict Cumberbatch. They project this really weird underdog narrative onto it, as if anything were at stake here beyond the accuracy of a few dioramas. They root so hard for Pluto, while Pluto just keeps dipping along on its dippy, overly eliptical orbit.

And the fact that they’ve seized on a public debate involving a few scientists as an overturning of a decision by the IAU, while variously attributing the decision to “NASA” or just “scientists”, shows how little Pluto’s most enthusiastic boosters on tumblr actually know about how science works. Yes, there are legitimate and reputable astronomers who think the definition of a planet should include objects like Pluto. They are in the minority of their peer group. The fact that they can get a crowd of laypeople to agree with them doesn’t change that. That’s the sort of thinking that keeps less reputable nonsense like creationism and climate change denialism embedded in the public discourse.

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You don’t stick a knife in a [person’s] back nine inches and then pull it out six inches and say you’re making progress. No matter how much respect, no matter how much recognition, whites show towards me, as far as I am concerned, as long as it is not shown to every one of our people in this country, it doesn’t exist for me
Malcolm X (via sonofbaldwin)

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