Radar Recommends: “Hidden Figures”

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If one wants to observe a portion of the history of African-American women during the 1960’s , then this film is mandatory for students of true history.  These three brilliant women made remarkable contributions to NASA’s space program, but they also paid the price of not only being women in a field which women were routinely kept out, but the double whammy of also being African-American women who were also smart. They were slighted, insulted,and even ignored, but their brilliance, like cream rising to the top, made their participation  and presence, required and unmatched. But yet, history tried to ‘hide‘ them.

During that time, women were forced to wear ‘costumes’ which addressed dress length, (no pants), jewelry, etc.  And in those days, women went along with it – because, after all, what choice did they have?  But it was far worse for the African-American women, for, due to the Jim Crow laws in effect, they could not even use the same facilities as the White women. And, unfortunately, many girls, of all races, were disabused of any desire to pursue a vocation which required intense mathematical skills.

MaImage result for Who are the women portrayed in hidden figuresry Jackson ,Katherine Johnson, and  Dorothy Vaughan were hired as ‘human computers’ and pre-dated actual computers, with the first computer being the huge IBM ‘machine’. Katherine Johnson, a childhood mathematical genius, successfully calculated the difficult trajectory calculations which contributed to launching a man into space and returning him safely back to earth. Mary Jackson was an engineer for the space program, who had to fight for the job  and its title, even though she was doing the work. Dorothy Vaughan, also a brilliant mathematician,  hired as a human computer, eventually mastered IBM and programming it, and became a computer programming expert, as well as supervising the NASA computer unit.

In November 2015, Johnson was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama. The following Image result for Who are the women portrayed in hidden figuresMay, NASA opened the new $30 million, 40,000-square-foot Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility at Langley.             Related image

These women are heroes and role models for all the young girls out there who choose to work in fields which require mathematical skills, and, for women of color, who can be assured that their skill will speak for them.  The women are  excellently presented in this film, and their story will give you chills and you will find yourself cheering for them, yet also crying with them, but ultimately, celebrating their victories.

https://www.biography.com/people/dorothy-johnson-vaughan-111416

https://www.biography.com/people/mary-winston-jackson-120616

https://www.biography.com/people/katherine-g-johnson-101016

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https://www.nasa.gov/feature/langley/computational-facility-named-in-tribute-to-nasa-langley-math-master-katherine-johnson

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Opinion: Donald Trump – The man who would be ‘king’.

 

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You get no crown Donald.

It has become increasingly clear, that while Trump desired to be president of the United States, he had no clue as to what that really meant.  He does not understand the checks and balances contained within the Constitution of the United States, and apparently, he thought he would be ‘king’ of the United States with all of its branches of government, and its citizens subservient to him as his ‘subjects’. Um … no Donald, you are not the ‘king’ of America. In fact, it is you who is the servant. Remember when you raised your right hand, and took the oath of office? You vowed to serve the Constitution of the United States and the people of the United States, not just yourself, your family, and your base which consists of about 30% of all Americans, but all the people.

His frustration with the court rulings have left him and his ‘base’ perplexed, as has the need for Congress to approve legislation. That indicates a lack of understanding of the fundamental values of the Constitution. He did not seem to know that the courts are co-equal with his own office, as is the congress. There is no one ruler of America, and that is exactly what the founding fathers of America wanted. No monarchy, no king, no tyrant. And it appears that without the phenomenal foresight of those statesmen, we would indeed be now in the hands of a tyrant – instead of a ‘wannabe tyrant’. But those writers of the Constitution protected us all, because Donald Trump is exactly the sort of person whom they feared, and thank goodness for that protection.

Donald Trump is a man who seems to believe that he is above the law, but also appears to be desperate for others to believe the lies he spews out on a daily basis. If lying were a crime, he would be convicted already. His lack of conscience for lying to the American people is unsettling. He promised to release his tax returns, but after he won, he refused to do so. And, it was his own base to whom he made that promise. He has proven that his word means nothing. There appear to be voids where a conscience and a heart should be.  And most of all, there appears to be an empty abyss where intelligence and knowledge are usually housed. Putin’s phrase for people such as Trump, is  a “useful idiot”.

And because he loves his children, he seems to expect all Americans to do so. But most Americans resent his bringing his adult children into the White House to work, salary or no salary.  It is nepotism that is being flaunted in the face of Americans, and it is, indeed, against the law, but the Republican-led congress does not seem to have a spine, and so they watch as he breaks rule after rule, law after law, and why? Because they want the power, and they want someone there who will rubber-stamp whatever legislation they send his way as many surmise that he does not possess the cognitive and comprehensive reading skills required to actually read, and understand, what he is signing, relying upon someone to just tell him what is written, or, watching “the shows” so that he can learn about it that way. So the Republicans watch and shake their head, but do nothing.

Donald Trump swore his allegiance to the Constitution while placing his hand on a Bible which he has admitted he seldom reads or turns to in time of crisis. So his vow means nothing, and one can search history to find those like him, who will honor nothing but their own immediate desires. One such as King Henry VIII , who changed everything so that he could get his way. But then, he was a king. Trump is not, he is merely  one of the checks and balances within the constitution – not a king. And his children are not princes and princesses who are currently treating the presidency as if it is their personal plaything.

He is firing people as if he is still on his reality television show. Someone should tell him that he was indeed the ‘king’ of that fake boardroom, but he is not ‘king’ of America. Firing good people has consequences. The people who he has fired for no reason at all, were professional civil servants who were doing their job. But in his distorted reality, he fired Comey and Yates as if they were only mere contestants on ‘The Apprentice’.  He seems to have a delusional sense of grandeur in which he envisions himself as ‘king’. Note to Donald: you did not get elected ‘king’. This is America, not Russia. This is a republic without a banana.

Perhaps Mr. Trump should resign, purchase an island, and take his circus with him, along with his ‘base’, then they can all worship him as the ‘king’ as he appears to so desperately need to be.

He continually calls any news about himself and his administration “fake news”, but that is just his way of defending that which has absolutely no defense. As with his description of  ‘climate change’ he opines that the Russia issue is just a hoax.  If that were true, it would mean that his son, Donald Jr., is a participant in the hoax, as it was his emails which became the fire from the preceding smoke. The only hoax is that Donald Trump thinks that  he is ‘king’. A prime example of his delusional sense of entitlement is that he had the audacity to advise the Queen of England that he wanted to ride in her gold leafed carriage. His trip to England has been cancelled, but even had it not been, there would be no carriage ride for Donald. Why not? Because he is not a king.

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July 23, 2017 · 6:45 am