“The word “art” is something the West has never understood. Art is supposed to be a part of a community. Like, scholars are supposed to be a part of a community… Art is to decorate people’s houses, their skin, their clothes, to make them expand their minds, and it’s supposed to be right in the community, where they can have it when they want it… It’s supposed to be as essential as a grocery store… that’s the only way art can function naturally.”—
It’s hard to remember, but only because my memory is poor…but as long as I genuinely wish for the best of circumstances for everyone, all of you, everyone I know who believes in the good…then I’m doing just grand as a person, as a human. I’ll forget this too soon as my temperament requires, but hopefully I’ll remember it again soon after.
Lonnie Johnson, founder of the Super Soaker, has been awarded a nearly $73 million settlement from Hasbro Inc. for unpaid royalties. The nuclear engineer, Tuskegee University Ph.D. and former NASA scientist invented the Super Soaker, which was licensed to Larami Corporation and was later purchased by Hasbro.
His company, Johnson Research and Development Co., has been in a licensing dispute with Hasbro since February, claiming Hasbro has underpaid royalties for the Nerf line from 2007 to 2012.
Johnson invented the Super Soaker in 1989, which has since reached almost $1 billion in sales. He holds approximately 80 patents, with more than 20 pending and his other inventions have include rechargeable battery technology and thermodynamic energy conversion technology. We’re glad the living legend is finally getting his due.
Can we just
I know Lonnie. He is brilliant and kind. So happy he is getting his share. Sad few people know about him. #blackhistoryinthepresent
My man is getting enough $, rightfully mind you (unlike Hasbro, shame on them), to establish a foundation that could pay for his children, children’s children, and more to grow up & go to school and still give to charities and nonprofits. All by creating a toy that promotes physical activity and social interaction. Well, he got his knowledge up first and applied physics and materials science to the development, but that just makes it that much more awesome. Plus, he’s got his hands in some much more technologically advanced designs and is pretty much a science bad-ass.
Yesterday I read the rightfully infuriating news that the Western Black Rhinoceros has been declared extinct. Only it wasn’t really news. The Western Black Rhino has been extinct since 2011. But in this fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget when an animal quietly sulks off into the night. Only that wasn’t the case here at all.
In 2000, Diceros bicornis ssp. longipes was classified as critically endangered due to poachers seeking their horns. The rhino has no ivory. Its horns are made of layers of keratin, the same material that makes up hair and fingernails. The demand for the horns comes soley from practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which prize the horn as a remedy for just about everything*. Of course, TCM with all its mysticism, alchemy, and superstition is just that. It’s magic. Not only that, but it was invented in the 1950’s as a way to unite China against western influences.
Seriously. Traditional Chinese Medicine is crap, built upon the fallacy of “ancient wisdom” and the enticement of “natural” treatments that work on your body’s magical energy pathways (that don’t exist). And as people take their herbs (What’s in them? Do they really know?) and get needles put in their backs or have themselves a magic liver-curing foot massage, they’ve become implicit in the extinction of an entire subspecies, and the endangering of many more. When you ask “What’s the harm?”, there it is. That’s the harm.
In the 2 years since the announcement was made, most people forgot about the rhino—or had never known in the first place. How far does it have to go before people stop buying into this nonsense? There aren’t many rhinos left, and tigers are next on the list, with over 97% of tigers disappearing within the past century alone. The next generation is all set to grow up in a world without rhinos, tigers, or elephants. What kind of a crappy world is that? Some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth will be nothing more than mythical—spoken about as if they were unicorns.
I have very select, strong words for people who buy into TCM. Especially all the smart people—college-educated people with internet connections—who don’t spend 10 minutes looking into how stupid it is: You should be ashamed of yourself. Please go away.