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Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.
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Mary Bowser, former slave of the Van Lew family, infiltrated the Confederacy by working as a servant in the household of Jefferson Davis. Bowser was assumed to be illiterate, and as a black woman was below suspicion. Practically invisible, she was able to listen to conversations between Confederate officials and read sensitive documents, gathering information that she handed over to the Union.

(From National Woman’s History Museum Facebook Page)

This needs to be a movie. Like, now.

I’d watch this movie.

How is this not a movie?

This would be a great damn movie

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10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing


This is really helpful in getting to the nitty-gritty of those science concepts/words that seem like they mean one thing, but actually mean something different. 

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Bucky Barnes and dating in the 40’s.





So, wow.  Yeah.  Another one of those “I’ve been reading a lot of.. and.. (insert my opinion here).”

So, yes,  I keep reading about Bucky as the ladies man: all sexed up and such.  It’s a bit baffling to me, as this is a very modern way of thinking.  Dating - or courtship - was very different in the 30’s and 40’s than it is today!

For example, take this excerpt from A Brief History of Courtship and Dating in America, (Part 2):

Beth Bailey and Ken Myers explain in the Mars Hill Audio ReportWandering Toward the Altar: The Decline of American Courtship, before World War II, American youth prized what Bailey calls a promiscuous popularity, demonstrated through the number and variety of dates a young adult could command, sometimes even on the same night.

In the late 1940s, Margaret Mead, in describing this pre-war dating system, argued that dating was not about sex or marriage. Instead, it was a “competitive game,” a way for girls and boys to demonstrate their popularity.

This describes a situation in which dating was more about one’s reputation than any sort of romance.  It was very important not only to be seen with many dates, but with the proper people.  This explains why Steve would have had such a difficult time securing a partner: being seen with someone unpopular was worse than not being seen at all.  However, this gives us a clue as to how popular Bucky must have been!  If he was able to leverage himself in order to get Steve dates, Bucky must have been pretty high-ranking on the dating scale.

For men, desirable dating traits included a good personality and dance skills, as well as being “tactful, amusing, well dressed, prompt, and courteous” (Great Depression and the Middle Class…).  Lasciviousness was not a good quality!  Women communicated with one another concerning a man’s suitability, so for Bucky to have been popular he couldn’t have been the sex-centric playboy that fans like to imagine.  It’s far more likely that he was well-spoken, funny, charming, and a great dancer.  Remember, Bucky was from the lower classes, so he wouldn’t have had the money - despite the Depression, it was expected that men pay for the entire date (barring Sadie Hawkins themed events and once a couple started to go steady) - to impress women with a car and fancy clothes, nor would he have been able to take them out to dinner, so his dance skills would have been pretty important!  

In fact, dancing was such a popular form of entertainment that, in one year, the University of Michigan fraternities held over 300 evening dances!

According to this web page “young people in the 1930s dated and double-dated by going to movies, getting something to eat, going for ice cream, driving around, spending time with friends, going to dances, and even ‘necking.’”  That’s right folks, necking.  Not fucking.  


Women were expected to straddle a fine line between being too forward or too “frigid,” both of which could harm their reputations.  Young people engaged in kissing, necking, and petting (meaning anything short of full intercourse).  Petting was becoming more common - due, in part, to rising automobile-culture - as was sex itself; heavier petting typically came from going-steady, and engagement “came… to mean that partners would at some point ‘go all the way’” (Teen Culture in the 1930’s).  Ladies who were known to be free with their sexuality prior to commitment were in danger of being known for exactly that, and could easily become popular merely as a means to an end (the wrong kind of popularity).

So, it likely wouldn’t have been hard for Bucky, as a popular young man, to find a willing partner (and I’m certainly not suggesting that he was virginal).  However, if he were the sort of man to focus on easy women, it’s not likely that he would maintain his own high rating (which, again, we can guess at by the fact that he was able to not only secure himself dates, but Steve as well).  

This is a really quick and dirty run-down of dating and sex during the 30’s into the early 40’s, but there is a lot of information available out there.  Bucky is presented as a stand-up guy, so I don’t really understand why so many people seem to view him as some sort of a man whore.  I sincerely doubt that he was entirely chaste (particularly once he went into the Army, a topic which I avoided on purpose), but I imagine that he was a desirable companion for his charm and dateability far more than for his sexual prowess.

I love how the MCU tries to tell me Bucky is a Bad Boy because he *gasp* fired a sniper rifle and drank hard liquor in a bar, when really it’s like no he started out as a pretty much perfect to the point that I think Steve probably idolized him and wanted to be like him. He come across as warm, and courteous and accommodating to his date, and someone who likes to have fun at wholesome little science fair events. He’s pretty much perfect bring home to your mother material in the beginning. I always saw him as getting a decent amount of lady action and being gentleman enough to be discreet about it, but not as a raving man whore (though we ladies could do worse, let me tell you :D) I see him as honestly enjoying going out dancing and stuff, not as someone who (like i’ve seen in some fics) gets girls drunk and goes out with the goal of getting sex. 

But I also think sex and historically accuracy is a bit tricky of a topic because I’m cynical enough to believe people lie about it and always have, and you dig deeper into a lot of time periods that were supposedly more wholesome and find that to some degree human nature is human nature even if people are quieter about it. 

And now all I want are more dancing Bucky fics. Or the Winter Soldier!Bucky dancing fics. Imagine Bucky coming back and he can still be the charming 40s ladies’ man (probably even more popular in the 21st century) in public, but he’s not. Just like Steve Rogers is still some part the young man who gets unhappy on his best friends’ last-night before shipping out to war (and Bucky knows it), so Steve knows that Bucky Barnes hasn’t really come back to him.

But it all still works out.

Charming Bucky who is good at dancing and having a friendly time. Agreeable socialising. The dancing WInter Soldier. Say, in the beginning, they didn’t wipe him clean and put away all the time. He socialised with other military folk, both for boosting their own morale (look, we have a superasset) and experimenting with the fidelisation of the WInter Soldier (make him genuinely loyal, make him believe in the official ideology, make him feel it). And it would all go fine in the beginning, the military social groups, the jokes, the pats on the back, nudging and social drinking and a good time. The Winter Soldier learned to dance the yablochko.

But inevitably, he’d drift towards the stilyagi subculture. (You know,  the Stylish Ones?) Every. Time. Now, that’s so improper, those apolitical cynics disregarding Soviet morality and imitating American lifestyle! They’d wipe him clean and start again, but no, instead of being an upstanding Soviet citizen, despite all the training and education, all the resources they pour in, the Winter Soldier goes to those brightly dressed Dina Durbin fans who dance the boogie, the jazz, then rock’n’roll! And they call themselves shtatniki! (Fans of the States, i.e. the U.S.! Now that’s just not what the Winter Soldier is about, what’s going on?!)The stilyagi movement was strong from the 1940s up to the 1960s, and DANCE was a huge important factor keeping the subculture together.

I see Bucky as Winter Soldier rising to notoriety within the subculture every time, until he’s a legend, a stranger who comes in outta nowhere and who’s got all the moves and excels at all the dances and KNOWS how to walk and talk with style. Wild dance parties listening to bootleg music on X-ray prints! And then by the sixties, the Winter Soldier’s bosses are like ENOUGH, it’s obvious we won’t make him into a model Soviet youth icon that we need, let’s just keep him in storage. No more socialising with real people. And without Bucky’s dance magic, the stilyagi movement fades away in USSR. (Okay, the fact that jazz was no longer outlawed and the stilyagi grew up and became adults was the major reason, but it makes a good story.)

The complete dissolution of the Bucky Barnes identity a direct parallel to the disintegration of the Soviet Union. After all, the Winter Soldier was essentially *sold off* from the Russian to the American branch of HYDRA.

Winter Soldier-Bucky Barnes/Political-Economy/Dance Subcultures. Bring on the fic.

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did anyone else see the edward snowden interview in the guardian about two days ago where he said that most of the NSA agents doing checks through people’s data are men aged 18-22 and that when they access photographs of attractive women naked they all send them to each other for reasons that are 100% not professional

like, if you have naked selfies on your phone, even if you have never sent them to anyone or moved them anywhere, these fucking mouthbreathers could be downloading them and sending them to all their friends

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I am struck occasionally, usually while snuggling the cat, with our faith in domestication.

The cat is a small, ferocious predator, twelve pounds of…well, flab and fur, frankly, in Athena’s case, but what muscle there is is strong all out of proportion to her size. I have watched three 150+ primates try and fail to subdue a ten pound cat, and consider it not at all unusual. The cat is as flexible as a snake and as strong as an ox. She has quite dainty looking teeth and claws, but there’s nothing dainty about their ability to flay flesh from bone.

If the cat and I were in a duel to the death, I would almost certainly win. I am 15+ times larger than she is, after all, and while my teeth and claws are pathetic, I have prehensile hands capable of doing terrible things. But if I had to go in naked, as the cat does, (and assuming the cat was aware that she was going to have to kill me, and not taking a nap in the corner) I can pretty much guarantee it would be a Pyhrric victory. I’d look like I’d gone ten rounds with a wolverine. I would need stitches. A lot of stitches. Possibly a glass eye. And antibiotics by the truckload. It’d be a mess, and there would even be a chance of an upset if the cat managed to go face-hugger on me.

And yet, despite the knowledge of the shocking amount of damage my small predator could inflict, it never occurs to me to worry. I pick the cat up and she tucks her head under my chin and purrs, canine teeth centimeters from my jugular, and despite the fact that I am carrying a ruthless carnivore in a position where she could, with great ease, remove me from the gene pool, I am thoroughly content with the world. Even knowing full well that cats are not even a truly domesticated animal, that Athena’s kin might best be described as “consistently tamed,” my greatest concern is that my black tank top is now coated in white cat hairs.

We have such faith in the process of domestication, despite the sheer unnaturalness of what’s happening. Small predators do not curl up on the chests of large primates and purr in the wild. And yet, every now and again, generally when my small predator is purring on the chest of this particular primate, I think How strange, how strange… that we’re doing this, and even stranger, that we both take it completely for granted, and find nothing unusual in such a completely unlikely alliance.

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So, I watched Snowpiercer yesterday

It’s very..Mirrorverse Noah’s Ark. And very French sometimes. And certaim scenes are very Korean cinema. And heavy on allegory. And rather Gormenghast-ish. Not to say that it’s not something quite unique. Performances are wonderful. Space is malleable. Suspension of disbelief is absolutely required. However, I love recursive unreliable narratives and the adventure involves passing through different eras of time (see also, LOTR)

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