Miss Minutes from Loki.


In the season finale of Loki on Disney+, we see our protagonists/anti-heroes Loki variants confront the man behind the scenes: He Who Remains. It is explained in his time castle he has resorted to developing a “benevolent dictatorship” necessary to prevent a variant of himself from engaging in a multiverse war for supremacy.

In this last episode, we get a full picture (maybe still incomplete) of the scope of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). But we also get a glimpse and visual representations of the different theoretical dimensions proposed in physics. …

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington D.C. I took this picture on my first trip to D.C.

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s was the most significant cultural and political revolution to advance the rights of Black Americans and other oppressed minorities towards equality in America since the end of the Civil War, including Mexicans segregated in Texas, women discriminated at work, Asians discriminated at the border, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people discriminated in employment. Civil Rights leaders achieved these advances because they pushed for political and legal change. Changes that would mature our democracy towards a more perfect union.

Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., president of the SCLC (Southern Christian Leadership Conference), along…

Black men and women stand in line in the rain while trying to register in a priority book to take a voter registration test in Selma, Ala., Feb. 17, 1965. (AP)

Yesterday, the Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s restrictive voting law despite its disproportionate negative effect on Blacks, Latinos, and Native Americans. A decision solidified in a 6–3 decision with enough votes from Supreme Court justices added to the Court.

The Voting Rights Act was introduced into Congress a week after Black men and women were violently beaten on a day infamously known as Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, 1965. This bill required members of Congress to overcome the filibuster — a parliamentarian rule consistently used by segregationists to block Civil Rights legislation, including the 1965 Civil Rights Act of which we…

After Bloody Sunday, the Voting Rights Act was introduced to combat racial discrimination at the polls. The legacy of MLK and John Lewis has been eroded by the Supreme Court in the last decade. (AP Photo)

In a 6–3 decision, the Court’s six conservative justices upheld Arizona’s voting laws that disproportionately target Black, Latino, and Native American voters. One law rejects ballots that are cast in the wrong precinct and the other law prohibits non-profits from assisting voters collecting ballots and depositing them, otherwise known as third-party ballot collection. Both appear reasonable and race-neutral on their face, however, both laws are geared and manipulated to target racial minorities. This is a leftover tactic from Jim Crow voting laws. …

With Hong Kong in the process of being consumed by the CCP and America’s Capitols under constant threat, here are two brief lessons on how shaping the rules of an Election can be used to erode a democracy.

How the CCP used Electoral rulemaking to shape Hong Kong power in its favor and how the Republican Party is doing the same in America are lessons those of us who care for democracy, our Constitution, and the Rule of Law must understand.

Electoral Straitjacket

Hong Kong’s election system has been heavily tilted to favor pro-Beijing candidates (essentially pro-CCP) since its decolonialization. That system…

(Getty Images)

“Divisive” is a word that is used as a cudgel to ignore problems. It is a word used by those that seek to ignore legitimate claims. During the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, white segregationists — and white moderates — criticized Martin Luther King Jr. for being “divisive”. They criticized his approach — civil disobedience, boycotts, and protest — as “radical” and “divisive” of this country. …

(Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

June 26th marks the anniversary of Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court case defining same-sex marriage as a Constitutional right just the same as interracial marriage in Loving v. Virginia. This fight for equality was decades in the making and centuries overdue. And it was won on a slim margin. 5–4. It was so contested that Chief Justice Roberts — I remind you the Chief Justice of the United States — called the right to same-sex marriage as absurd as the right to own slaves as property. He was that opposed to it that he invoked white supremacy as a…

Chris Sembroski (Data Engineer/Mission Specialist), Jared Isaacman (Philanthropist/Pilot), Hayley Arceneaux (Physician’s Assistant from St. Jude’s and Cancer Survivor) and Sian Proctor (Geology and planetary science professor and 2009 NASA astronaut selection finalist) (SpaceX/Handout/Reuters)

I usually get annoyed with people who say the “good ol’ days”. Oh, you mean when you were 6 and had no responsibilities? But I do miss the time that space exploration used to be about sending the best and brightest up there. To explore. To experiment. To test. To lead. Now, if you make a living overworking people who either piss in a bottle or get fired, you can take a vacation up there for fun.

This isn’t about the contributions billionaires have committed to space exploration. The cost, research, and level of organization required to send men to…

(Saul Loeb / AFP — Getty Images)

In Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, the Supreme Court confronted the opposing views of those that seek to promote LGBTQ rights and shield same-sex couples from discrimination and those that define their religious beliefs on the idea that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Philadelphia sought to remove Catholic Social Services (CSS) from its contract with the city to provide foster care for children because CSS refused to provide services for same-sex couples. CSS’s policy was instead to refer same-sex couples (and unmarried single people) to other foster-care agencies.

CSS sued the city of Philadelphia alleging that…

Mansour Abbas (Ra’am), right, signing a coalition agreement with Israel’s opposition leader Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), left, and right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett (Yamina) in Ramat Gan near the coastal city of Tel Aviv. (United Arab List/AFP/Getty Images)

A new government coalition is set to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu out of power after 12 years. The vote is Sunday June 13th, 2021. Here is what has been reported so far:

Key Players:

Benjamin Netanyahu — Likud Party (right-wing, 30 seats); Current Prime Minister of Israel (for now). He is on trial for corruption.

Yair Lapid — Yesh Atid Party (centrist, 17 seats); Will become Prime Minister after 2 years.

Naftali Bennett — Yamina Party (right-wing, 7 seats); Will become Prime Minister for first 2 years. Opposes Palestinian statehood and seeks to annex the occupied West Bank.

Additional Players:

Mansour Abbas

Stevan Molinar

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