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Many of you know exactly what I mean, but for those of you shaking your head and wondering exactly what the hell I'm talking about, you obviously missed the title. Yes, I'm talking about the article about Jahi McMath in The New Yorker magazine titled "What Does it Mean to Die". In case you haven't read it, click the link, read it, and then come back.
No seriously, go read it. Yeah yeah yeah, I know it's long! JUST READ IT.
If you're anything like me, the first thing you noticed was the pictures. There aren't many, but there is one very-obviously-posed picture of Jahi looking quite bloated though peaceful in her bed covered by an "I believe in Miracles" blanket, her mother leaning in talking to her, her step-father looking on and smiling, and her little sister peering in through the doorway.
Give me a break.
Much more striking than how Jahi looks is the overriding racial overtones that are pervasive throughout. The article starts with this little tidbit from Jahi's mother Nailah in the fourth paragraph:
It is commonly believed that the concept of brain death (BD) evolved to benefit organ transplantation. Nonetheless, a historical approach to this issue will demonstrate that both had an entirely separate origin. Organ transplantation was developed thanks to technical advances in surgery and immunosuppressive treatment. Meanwhile, the BD concept was developed thanks to the development of intensive care techniques.Later the article explains how Jahi has supposedly developed the ability to move her hand and foot in response to verbal commands. This claim is based on a series of videos that have been corroborated by exactly no one, yet they somehow have convinced neurologist Alan Shewmon to declare that she no longer meets brain death criteria. What the article fails to mention is that Jahi had brainstem auditory evoked potentials performed back in September of 2014, which revealed that there was no auditory pathway, making it therefore an anatomic impossibility for her to hear anything. She simply has no neural pathways that can allow her to hear the commands to which she is supposedly responding. This hearkens back to the Terry Shiavo case, where her parents insisted that she could see them and respond to them, but an autopsy later revealed that her visual cortex had been destroyed, rendering her completely blind.
Just like with Jahi, Terri's parents had "video evidence". Just like with Jahi, Terri's parents believed that Terri was interacting with them. And just like with Jahi, Terri's parents were wrong. What you can't see in Jahi's video clips (but can with Terri's) is the presumably hours and hours of footage it took for Nailah to get these cherry-picked video clips. I have no doubt that Nailah saw Jahi twitching her hand and foot and recorded as much footage as she needed to get exactly what she wanted. There is an excellent explanation here about why we have no reason to believe these videos.
However, the part of the article that caused me to groan the most was this:
Of all the things that have never ever happened, this never happened the most.
“We were pretty poor back in Mexico. My parents were divorced. Mom did the best she could. She was always a hustler. She’d sell jewelry, or food, or anything that she could. But a lot of nights there still wouldn’t be enough to eat. We’d survive on tortillas and salt. I was only eight when we came to America. So I was too young to understand. I think my mom thought she could make some money and bring us home. She thought she’d learn English, and maybe start a business. But it was so much harder than she expected. We moved so much looking for work. She’s fifty and she still cleans houses every day. Every year she gets more worn down. She’s been getting sick a lot lately. But she can’t afford to stop. She never will. Right now I’m in school. I always thought I had to be the best student because I’m undocumented. I thought I’d go to law school, or graduate school. But now I’m not so sure. My mom would literally destroy her body to make that happen for me. How could I allow that to happen? I’m a Dreamer. And everyone loves the Dreamers because we’re a perfect package to sell. But why am I the only one who gets the chance to feel safe? Whenever I hear ‘I stand with Dreamers,’ I always think about my mom. I’m not willing to throw her under the bus. I’m not willing to be a bargaining chip to make her seem like a criminal. Everything people admire about Dreamers is because of our parents.”
Bánh bèo is a Vietnamese specialty made with individual, thick, steamed rice cakes. The recipe is not that complicated but preparing each rice cake can be time-consuming. The batter is made from combined rice flour, tapioca starch and corn starch. I used tiny, one-ounce porcelain dipping bowls to steam the rice cakes. Once they were cooked, I brushed them with onion-flavored oil to prevent them from sticking to each other. Little Aria helped with brushing the rices cakes with oil while I unmolded them; it made the preparation all the more fun to have her around, getting her hands dirty.
The second step is the filling, which is traditionally made with dried shrimp flakes, fried shallots and green onions. You could make a vegetarian version using mung beans. Lastly, a drizzle of nước chấm (fish sauce) and chopped Vietnamese mint (rau thơm) complete the festive dish.
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As Sam Baker celebrates her red hair in the October issue, we look back at history's defining red heads.
It’s hard to believe that one of Jessica Chastain’s stand-out features, her hair, was the very reason she found it difficult to get her acting career off the ground. Luckily for the film industry, but not for our hair envy, she was cast in 2008 indie flick Jolene. She has since gone on to land an Oscar nomination for her performance in the The Help and been named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
When someone tells me I'm a sex symbol I'm like, 'What?' But I'll take what I can get. That'll teach all those boys back in junior high school. In fact, I hope my very first boyfriend, the guy I dated for one month and who broke up with me at the Valentine's Day dance, I hope that boy reads this! It's a huge compliment when someone says you're attractive, especially when I was such an awkward kid, I was very tomboyish, with very short red hair, running around with cowboy boots on. - Jessica Chastain
"I’d like to be a writer."
"What do you write?"
"I mainly just write in my journal. I like to take snippets of conversation that I pick up on the street from different people, and piece them together into one conversation. You never do that?”
"I don’t think so. How do you mean?"
"I don’t know… whenever I hear people talking passionately on the phone, it tends to be about the same things— relationships, money, things that they value. So it’s easy to take pieces of each conversation and put them into a single narrative. It’s just like when you watch sitcoms. You tend to notice the same scenes acted out over and over, just with different actors."
- 1.Chun-Li and Sakura From I Heart Chaos.
- 2.Agent Coulson From Twitter.
- 3.R2-D2 and C-3PO From Twitter.
- 4.Predator From I Heart Chaos.
- 5.Starbuck and Kaywinnit Lee Frye From Fashionably Geek.
- 6.Captain America From Collider.
- 7.Jem From Fashionably Geek.
- 8.TARDIS Transformer From Fashionably Geek.
Kids. Cosplaying. It’s a match made in heaven, even to a kid-hating weirdo like me.
Can’t get enough of this year’s crop of kids cosplaying at SDCC? Check out last year’s.
Previously in SDCC ’13 Cosplay