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Pistol-Carrying Eleanor Roosevelt Changed What It Means To Be First Lady

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt blazed the trail for American women to be opinionated and independent. The fact that she carried a pistol in lieu of Secret Service protection is just an illustration of how hardcore she was.

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There's a reason you know Eleanor Roosevelt's name when other former First Ladies don't particularly ring any bells. To state it plainly, Eleanor Roosevelt was a boss. While FDR was president and Eleanor First Lady, she often took long-distance trips to carry out her many service projects. She insisted on driving her own car—something that made the Secret Service quite uncomfortable. The Secret Service suggested (begged, rather) that she take a special agent, a police escort, or a chauffeur. As a compromise, Roosevelt became a card-carrying pistol-wielder.

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So what? She had a gun, big deal. Actually, the symbolism of that act was a pretty big deal. Women at the time didn't do that. The First Lady of the United States especially didn't do that. According to Laura Browder, author of “Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America”, early 20th-century gun ads encouraged women to buy firearms for their personal safety, but that trend disappeared before FDR took office. Eleanor Roosevelt clearly broke the mold.

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Defying expectations is never easy, and it never goes out of style.

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During Roosevelt's time (1884–1962), the First Lady of the United States was understood to be more of an accessory to her husband than an influential political figure. As TIME reported, "she spoke fiercely and freely about racism, poverty and sexism in a way that would have been impossible for a sitting president at the time."

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Despite what expectations or stereotypes a person faces, Roosevelt can be looked to as a shining example of how it can be conquered.

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wo - too much too fast!

first the photonic propulsion post - at long last, a likelihood that scifi space travel is possible! but of course, not only must the speed limit technology be attained, the engineering of materials to withstand the speed needs to be achieved, and the ability of humans to withstand all the above needs to be explored.

joe ades - a testament to perseverance. good to kno in tough times and a model for me to follow as i pursue a new career! thx henry! happy new year to you too!


RE: Photonic Propulsion - We'll get there, I'm sure. To me, it's more a matter of mastering control. The ability to make abrupt changes in speed or direction are - in my opinion - critical before the technology can be used reliably. The remaining obstacles can and will be conquered as we experiment our way there. But, you're absolutely right, attaining the speed is the first breakthrough to hoist space travel out of Star Trek's fantasy realm and into reality.

RE: Joe - Goes to show you what perseverance will do ... at $5 a pop.

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DH and I went to the Holocaust Museum just before Christmas. That pic of the walls with all the people's pictures were from one village.

The only way to prevent this is to be on top of what is happening and speaking out. The disenfranchised are always willing to listen to bigots and racists.

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The Paradoxical Ship Of Theseus

Theseus was an ancient Greek king who was known as a great warrior and hero.

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Theseus God of War

To honor him, the people of Athens chose to keep his ship preserved through the years, and over time they replaced each rotting plank with new timber until none of the original ship remained.

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This led philosophers to ask the question: is a ship with all new parts still the same ship?

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Though the question arose many centuries ago, it still baffles us today, especially when it comes to the future potential of teleportation.

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As far as can be imagined, a teleportation device would have to scan and break apart your atoms, then send that information to the destination, where you would be reassembled anew. So is that teleported person still you? Or did you die in the first location, and leave only a copy of you -- with all the same memories, elbow scars, and lunch-stained clothes -- in the second?

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This isn't a question that's easily answered, and we probably won't come to a definitive conclusion, especially not before teleportation becomes a reality. Which shouldn’t be a problem … after all, television did it decades ago.

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I have long thought that teleportation is one of the stupider ideas of science fiction. The implication they give on Star Trek is that you can only have one copy of yourself, and it can be broken down in one location and re-constructed in another. If it was indeed truly possible to de-construct a person and make a complete map of that person, then in theory you could replicate that map any number of times in any number of locations; you could basically create an army of yourself.

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DH and I went to the Holocaust Museum just before Christmas. That pic of the walls with all the people's pictures were from one village.

The only way to prevent this is to be on top of what is happening and speaking out. The disenfranchised are always willing to listen to bigots and racists.


There is no excuse for the Holocaust ... nor will there ever be. It was an act of pure prejudice and hatred based on a false sense of ethnic superiority. Hell, the Arian race never even existed! It was a misguided ploy on the part of Hitler to give the German people legitimacy.

And most of them didn't even know it was happening.

The focus of the Holocaust was not limited to Jews alone. Any race or nationality that was viewed an enemy of the state, was targeted and exterminated with little or no hesitation. Adolf was a madman hell bent on establishing an empire based on false premises.

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I have long thought that teleportation is one of the stupider ideas of science fiction. The implication they give on Star Trek is that you can only have one copy of yourself, and it can be broken down in one location and re-constructed in another. If it was indeed truly possible to de-construct a person and make a complete map of that person, then in theory you could replicate that map any number of times in any number of locations; you could basically create an army of yourself.


Which gives the question even more relevance.

Not sure I'd like an army of me ... although I'd have a good idea of what they would do or how they would react.

An interesting advantage if they ever turned on me. :whistle:

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Not sure I'd like an army of me ... although I'd have a good idea of what they would do or how they would react.

An interesting advantage if they ever turned on me. :whistle:

That's something I have wondered about, once they have to information to reconstruct you, wouldn't it now be possible to print out more of you at will?

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Not sure I'd like an army of me ... although I'd have a good idea of what they would do or how they would react.

An interesting advantage if they ever turned on me. :whistle:

That's something I have wondered about, once they have to information to reconstruct you, wouldn't it now be possible to print out more of you at will?


Interesting moral dilemma. :raisedeyebrow:

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well i dunno if it's really that far off. along the lines of they now kno that one electron can affect another electron across the globe. seems to me that rather than teleport, it'd turn more into recreating self for a dual existence. and that's just here on earth. just like there may b a parallel universe out there - we already exist somewhere else too? channeling all the info/data from those ideas could make things happen faster than u think? i luv scifi, but when it comes to be reality, it all does offer ethical issues to consider!


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well i dunno if it's really that far off.

Considering the pitifully small amount of knowledge we still have about brain chemistry, I feel pretty confident in saying that human teleportation is a long, long, very long way off.

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well i dunno if it's really that far off.

Considering the pitifully small amount of knowledge we still have about brain chemistry, I feel pretty confident in saying that human teleportation is a long, long, very long way off.

It has been done though. Albeit on a very small scale.
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Through a collaboration between the University of Calgary, The City of Calgary and researchers in the United States, a group of physicists led by Wolfgang Tittel, professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Calgary have successfully demonstrated teleportation of a photon (an elementary particle of light) over a straight-line distance of six kilometres using The City of Calgary's fibre optic cable infrastructure. The project began with an Urban Alliance seed grant in 2014.

http://phys.org/news/2016-09-quantum-in ... etres.html

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