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Women make up between 55-75% of Ebola’s Dead. This is the norm in disasters.

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Two excellent stories, one by Buzzfeed’s Jina Moore and another by Lauren Wolfe at Foreign Policy, recently brought to light the fact that women make up 75% of the current Ebola epidemic’s victims in Liberia.  Earlier in the week, the Washington Post reported that in other affected states women have comprised 55 to 60 percent of the dead. 

Senior gender advisor at the International Union for Conservation of Nature Rose Mwebza succinctly put it this way: “Whereas disasters do not discriminate against people, humans most certainly do.”  To wit: women and children are up to 14 times more likely to die than men in a disaster. 

"If a man is sick, the woman can easily bathe him but the man cannot do so," says Marpue Spear, the executive director of the Women’s NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL), quoted by Woolfe.  "Traditionally, women will take care of the men as compared to them taking care of the women."

(Here is where I say that this is not an argument for increasing men’s suffering, which is a ridiculous suggestion in any case. It’s an argument for understanding the role that gender plays in problems and their effective solutions.)

The truth is that while epidemics affect genders differently, what is happening right now gender-wise in countries affected by Ebola is the norm in disasters across the globe. 

Here is where I say that this is not an argument for increasing men’s suffering, which is a ridiculous suggestion in any case. It’s an argument for understanding the role that gender plays in problems and their effective solutions.

Factors that contribute to higher risks for women are gender role expectations, gendered poverty and the impact of boy preference on education, nutrition and resource allocation — before, during and after events. "The Gendered Nature of Natural Disasters," which seems in need of no clarification, describes the very significant impact of gender roles and male preference on survival. It also significantly impact everything else.

We know that wealth distribution, global health, state security, and international peace are intimately bound with the status of women. That fact is only made clearly in times of crisis.  The very same aspects of culture and economics that create the massive potential promise of The Girl Effect are those that powerfully put them at risk.  

In many countries, including ours, women in addition to bearing the survival costs of care work girls and women

  • are poorer as a class, less able to cope with crises as a result
  • frequently face social and cultural prohibitions that inhibit their ability to respond effectively in crises.
  • pay the consequences, in many counties, of overt boy preference which mean girls and women are less well fed and do the majority of hard labor, which makes them physically weaker in times of epidemic or climate related disaster
  • already marginalized people, stigmatized by sex work, rape, sexuality, disability or illness, face greater obstacles in getting care and help.
  • suffer tremendous harms that result from poor sanitation, already in some parts of the world and a major inhibitor to gender equality. In crisis, this gets worse — affecting the health, safety and dignity of girls and women in ways that are experienced by most men.
  • are not well-represented in policy and reconstruction processes
  • in many countries, have no inheritance or property rights so, in the absence of men, cannot seek restitution
  • Imbalances in mortality and the shattering of social systems makes usually exacerbate existing gender inequities. 

The 2013 report “In Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Girls and Disasters,” by the aid organization Plan International, provides granular analysis of why girls and women are not only at much higher risk for dying, but at risk for significant violence after natural disaster. While the circumstances of girls and women vary greatly across the globe, based on baseline gender equity in their homes and countries, family and socioeconomic organization, what they have in common, the report explains, is their invisibility.

The 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami killed four times as many women as men. Experts believe that men, who had more mobility and were not in homes caring for children or the elderly, could flee more easily than women.  Many were, according to reports, less likely to be able to climb trees or swim. The dearth of women after the disaster meant men faced domestic lives they were ill-equipped for and sought younger women, whose education might be sacrificed as a result, as wives.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, men and women died in equal numbers. However, single, low-income, African-American mothers were the most adversely affected. Poorer, less mobile and ill-equipped to seek help or escape flooding, women — responsible for caring for the elderly and for children — were unable to respond to crisis in equal measure. Already living in environments where health care was a challenge, particularly women’s reproductive health care, they, faced harsher, more dangerous and long-term physical and health risks.

In the Philippines, after last year’s record-breaking typhoon, 1,000 women were giving birth a day with almost no medical care as a result of their disastrous typhoon having destroyed virtually every care facility.  The U.N. estimates that as a result, in the immediate wake of the massive storm, 65,000 Filipino girls and women were at significantly heightened risk for what were already high rates of rape and sexual assault.

In addition, social ideas about gender, purity and honor — so crucial to patriarchal organization — has a very dangerous influence on who can get medical attention. For women it can be shameful to ask for help from unrelated men.  

Failing to make gender analysis a part of problem-solving is killing children and women and increasing their vulnerability. 

Governance is important and gender matters.Until we have gender parity, it will continue to create seriously flawed outcomes and half-baked solutions, particularly in times of need.  Persistently, paternalistically, believing that men alone will find solutions to problems largely defined by their own experiences, and that everyone will benefit by benevolent extension, is the meta-disaster that unites these events.  

Read entire post here. 

fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

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fuckyeahfluiddynamics:

A Leidenfrost droplet impregnated with hydrophilic beads hovers on a thin film of its own vapor. The Leidenfrost effect occurs when a liquid touches a solid surface much, much hotter than its boiling point. Instead of boiling entirely away, part of the liquid vaporizes and the remaining liquid survives for extended periods while the vapor layer insulates it from the hot surface. Hydrophilic beads inserted into Leidenfrost water droplets initially sink and are completely enveloped by the liquid. But, as the drop evaporates, the beads self-organize, forming a monolayer that coats the surface of the drop. The outer surface of the beads drys out, trapping the beads and causing the evaporation rate to slow because less liquid is exposed. (Photo credit: L. Maquet et al.; research paper - pdf)

gjmueller:

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.

gjmueller:

New device allows brain to bypass spinal cord, move paralyzed limbs

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to a new device. A 23-year-old quadriplegic is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb.

Ferguson from my TL

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(From what I understand, the police thought they heard a gunshot and started throwing tear gas into the crowd. Correct me if I’m wrong)

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"14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.  Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.  

So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha Christian, they founded a mobile app development company– Pinetart Inc., under which they created a mobile app called Five-O.

Five-O, allows citizens to enter the details of every interaction with a police officer.  It also allows them to rate that officer in terms of courtesy and professionalism and provides the ability to enter a short description of what transpired.  These details are captured for every county in the United States. Citizen race and age information data is also captured.

Additionally, Five-O allows citizens to store the details of each encounter with law enforcement; this provides convenient access to critical information needed for legal action or commendation.”

Read more here. [x]

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Things You Can Do For Ferguson:

donrickles:

  • Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
  • Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
  • Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
  • Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
  • Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
  • Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
  • Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
  • Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
  • Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.

If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.

newsweek:

How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program
As many have noted, Ferguson, Missouri, currently looks like a war zone. And its police—kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles—are indistinguishable from soldiers.
America has been quietly arming its police for battle since the early 1990s.
Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

newsweek:

How America’s Police Became an Army: The 1033 Program

As many have noted, Ferguson, Missouri, currently looks like a war zone. And its police—kitted out with Marine-issue camouflage and military-grade body armor, toting short-barreled assault rifles, and rolling around in armored vehicles—are indistinguishable from soldiers.

America has been quietly arming its police for battle since the early 1990s.

Faced with a bloated military and what it perceived as a worsening drug crisis, the 101st Congress in 1990 enacted the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 1208 of the NDAA allowed the Secretary of Defense to “transfer to Federal and State agencies personal property of the Department of Defense, including small arms and ammunition, that the Secretary determines is— (A) suitable for use by such agencies in counter-drug activities; and (B) excess to the needs of the Department of Defense.” It was called the 1208 Program. In 1996, Congress replaced Section 1208 with Section 1033.

thepunkandthereckless asked:

Why does it matter what race the people are? Shouldn't the only thing that matters is people are dying by the hands of the police and nothing is being done about it? Why does everything have to be about race?

uncutcolombiancoke:

lordbape:

Reread your own message. Who is dying by the hands of the police? Black people.. on purpose.. Black people are intentionally being killed by the police… Not “people”.. because this is happening at an institutional level in which specifically Black people are purposefully being killed, arrested and dehumanized by the police because they are Black. It’s really fucking simple, actually.  There’s a pattern— that’s why race matters. We— Black people— are all as en entire race in fucking danger that’s why race matters. Because it ISN’T just happening to “people”… it’s happening to Black people BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK. It’s not a coincidence.

Why would it not matter that one group of people is intentionally being killed..? They’re being killed by the police BECAUSE THEY ARE BLACK.. LITERALLY. Why would it not be about race if Black people are specifically being targeted to be killed like why wouldn’t that be important… Why do you not want to involve race? Tell me if you see a pattern that would help you understand why it’s about race

It is about race, I’m not “making it about race”. Why don’t you want it to be about race when it already is…?

Stay woke.

fangirlatlarge:

simulatedcity:

evnw:

tofutits:

This is so FUCKING SCARY

what the fuck is going on

THIS IS THE ONLY TIME I WILL EVER SAY THIS. NO MATTER WHAT KIND OF BLOG YOU ARE RUNNING REBLOG THIS. THIS CRAP NEEDS TO BE KNOWN. NEEDS TO BE SEEN. AND NEEDS TO BE SPREAD.THIS IS HAPPENING IN MY STATE AND IT IS FUCKING TERRIFYING. LET IT BE KNOWN. DON’T STOP SPREADING THE NEWS. MAKE EVERYONE SEE THE SHIT THAT IS GOING DOWN. Please. No body else seems to be protecting them anymore. Do what you can.

micdotcom:

Striking photos show the catastrophic flooding in Detroit

Part of metropolitan Detroit is in a total state of emergency, and barely anyone is paying attention.

Thunderstorms on Monday flooded major sections of the suburb of Warren, just miles from downtown Detroit. It’s pretty bad — in some places the water reached five feet high, while Warren Mayor Jim Fouts told WWJ Newsradio 950 that 1,000 cars had been abandoned to floodwater. Thousands of residents, as well as the city hall and police department, have flooded basements. One person has died and hundreds of others have been rescued by police in canoes.

"This is probably a 200-year rain. I’ve never seen anything like this." | Follow micdotcom

newsweek:

Huffington Post, Washington Post Reporters Arrested in Ferguson
Two reporters covering ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reported on Twitter that they were arrested by police Wednesday evening. The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post said they had been working in a McDonald’s restaurant in Ferguson when police entered and told them to leave. According to Lowery, he and Reilly were arrested for not leaving quickly enough, and for taping police. Both reporters were released without charges, Lowery said.
Unrest has pervaded Ferguson since a police officer killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Saturday.

newsweek:

Huffington Post, Washington Post Reporters Arrested in Ferguson

Two reporters covering ongoing protests in Ferguson, Missouri, reported on Twitter that they were arrested by police Wednesday evening. The Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly and Wesley Lowery of The Washington Post said they had been working in a McDonald’s restaurant in Ferguson when police entered and told them to leave. According to Lowery, he and Reilly were arrested for not leaving quickly enough, and for taping police. Both reporters were released without charges, Lowery said.

Unrest has pervaded Ferguson since a police officer killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown on Saturday.