Quickies: Making Abortion Clinics Beautiful, a Tribute to the Last “Radium Girl,” and LGBTQ Rights in Europe

  • Mae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies At 107 – “In the 1920s, a young working-class woman could land a job working with the miracle substance. Radium wristwatches were manufactured right here in America, and the U.S. Radium Corporation was hiring dial people to paint the tiny numbers onto watch faces for about 5 cents a watch.”
  • The Actual Future Is So Much Cooler Than Back to the Future II Predicted – I would still like a hoverboard though!
  • Europe’s New Gay Cold War – “An old new power struggle is underway in Europe. With Russia on one side and the United States and the European Union on the other, the struggle is geopolitical—in Ukraine, violently so. But it is also ideological, a clash of values and cultures at the heart of which is the question of whether societies should integrate or ostracize their LGBTQ citizens.”
  • The year in Clickhole: This was 2014?s best website – ” ‘From “DO NOT PUB’ to ‘Which one of my garbage sons are you?’, our favorite Clickhole stories from 2014.”
  • Making abortion clinics beautiful: Meet the architect changing how we view them – “When the fight is about keeping the doors open and the lights on, the possibility that a clinic might be beautiful as well as functional can feel a bit audacious. But not to the women and men who work in our clinics or the patients they serve. And not to Lori Brown, an associate professor of architecture at Syracuse University who is currently working to transform the facade of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic into something safe, functional — and extraordinarily beautiful.”
  • Black cops fear other cops – “The wire service interviewed 25 black male officers, ten current cops and 15 retired. With just one exception, they said that they have been victims of racial profiling by police, both when wearing the uniform and while off duty.”
  • Oppression by Omission: Women Soldiers Who Dressed and Fought as Men in the Civil War – “Popular notions of women during the Civil War center on self-sacrificing nurses, romantic spies, or brave ladies maintaining their home front in the absence of their men. This conventional picture of gender roles does not tell the entire story, however. Men were not the only ones to march off to war. Women bore arms and charged into battle, too. Women lived in germ-ridden camps, languished in appalling prisons, and died miserably, but honorably, for their country and their cause just as men did.” From Amy.

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Mary,

    I personally wouldn’t have expected flying cars by 2015 back in 1985, but I’m sure glad we have the internet now.

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