Sunday Open Thread

Born, August 26, 1918, Happy 100th Birthday, Katherine Johnson! A true American hero, whose body of work earned her a movie highlighting her contributions to the world, a building named after her, and a doll.

Naming Event for the Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility

Today the University community gathered to dedicate a statue and scholarship in honor of our amazing alum Katherine Johnson. The statue is located on WVSU’s quad, where it will serve as a source of inspiration to current and future students of all that is possible through dedication, hard work and perseverance.

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34 Responses to Sunday Open Thread

  1. Ametia says:

    “Hidden Figures” heroine Katherine Johnson celebrates 100th birthday
    By Mike Holtzclaw

    Katherine Johnson is amused by the question. A smile quickly spreads across her face.

    As she approaches her 100th birthday, does she have any explanation for her longevity and health?

    “I’m just lucky – the Lord likes me,” she said. Then, after a pause to reflect, she added, “And I like him.”

    The former NASA Langley Research Center “human computer” – whose intricate, done-by-hand calculations helped send men into space and bring them back safely – turns 100 today. She plans to mark the milestone with a trip to West Virginia State University, where her alma mater will unveil a statue of her likeness and endow a scholarship in her name. School president Anthony Jenkins calls her “someone who changed America.”

    • Liza says:

      I’ve read that the shooter, who took his own life, was David Katz from Baltimore, a 24 yr old white male.

  2. Liza, do you know this place in Jacksonville Florida?

    • Liza says:

      OMG! I just now saw this. Yes, I absolutely know the place. It is on the St. John’s River, across from downtown. It was built after I left Jax, of course, but we would go there when I visited family.

      • Liza says:

        Nope, I was wrong. The Landing is on the same side of the St. John’s River as downtown Jax and you could actually say it is in the south side of the downtown area.

        I’m reading the shooting happened in the game room of a pizza restaurant.

  3. Breaking News: Mass shooting at Jacksonville Landing. Multiple fatalities

  4. Ametia says:

    Don’t get it twisted, folks.

    and where is the ‘Sno Ho’ Palin with her condolences?

    • Ametia says:

      I want to be very clear on why I’m posting this.

      John McCain, like very other politician came into political power with a HUGE responsibility for said POWER that is given them in their roles to help govern and serve Americans.

      Actions and policies you support/don’t support have far-reaching consequences. And we’ve seen what these politicians will do to gain power to the detriment of their constituents, even this country.


      His actions of hooking of up with the ignorant, hateful Sarah Palin has far-reaching consequences that continue reverberating today.


      The thoughts, words, deeds you send out, they come back to you, in some form or fashion. They come back in minutes, days, weeks, months, years, lifetimes.

      You’re accountable; you’re responsible.

      Palin is a part of this LEGACY McCain left us. And I for one, will not forget this.

      I’M DONE

      • Liza says:

        You’re absolutely right, Ametia. Palin is a huge part of McCain’s legacy. He owns it and always will.

        So there is this huge outpouring of love and respect and sympathy for McCain and his family in these first days after his passing. Everyone who feels obligated to say something about it is doing so. But that will settle down before too long and John McCain’s legacy will eventually be subject to the more objective scrutiny of historians.

        McCain has been my Senator for a long time and I certainly haven’t felt “represented”. But in all fairness, I would say that McCain had his moments when he tried to do what was right, and he actually believed in bi-partisanship which is almost non-existent in politics these days.

        But, yes indeed, there are far reaching consequences for which he must be held accountable. In addition to giving a national platform to hate and ignorance via Sarah Palin, he was an enthusiastic supporter of the 2003 US invasion of Iraq and didn’t admit he was wrong until he published his memoirs 15 years later. Apparently in that same book (which I will never read), he also expressed remorse about Palin, wishing he had picked Joe Lieberman instead. His remorse, of course, is meaningless.

        I feel confident that historians will get it right. Facts are stubborn, as they say.

  5. Ametia says:

    Neil Simon, famed playwright who found humor by chronicling middle-class concerns, dies at 91
    The Pulitzer- and Tony-winning author, who was often called the world’s most popular playwright after Shakespeare, wrote dozens of plays and dominated Broadway with hits such as “The Odd Couple,” “Lost in Yonkers” and “Barefoot in the Park.”

  6. Ametia says:
    • majiir says:

      Something the anti-vaxxers don’t realize is that when they reject having their kids vaccinated, they’re putting vulnerable others’ health in danger such as those that were born with weakened immune systems, for example, other kids that were born with leukemia, who were born that way and didn’t played a role in being born that way. I look at their choice as the ultimate form of selfishness.

  7. Ametia says:

    Protesters continue to target Ferguson convenience store in the name of Michael Brown

    3 hrs ago – FERGUSON • Protesters have been gathering outside of Ferguson Market and Liquor since Aug. 9 — the fourth anniversary of the police shooting death of Michael Brown Jr. — calling on the convenience store to take more ownership of its role in the saga … (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  8. Unhinged: Omarosa story. A live reading

  9. Good morning, everyone!

    Computer been fixing all night & then repairs for so long and now swirling swirling to load. Does not look good. It doesn’t take THAT long to start up. 😢

  10. Ametia says:

    Yes, Manafort and Cohen are guilty, but the rule of law is still in danger
    By Joyce Vance •

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  11. Ametia says:

    3 Chics figured out the math from jump.

    Lindsey Graham Received Campaign Donations From Firm Tied To Russian Oligarch

    GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham received $800,000 from a Ukrainian-born oligarch with ties to two Putin-linked oligarchs.
    As President Donald Trump appears to sink deeper into legal trouble and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation pushes forward, the relative silence of congressional Republicans becomes increasingly difficult to ignore.

    But apart from the obvious reasons conservative lawmakers might steer clear of commenting on Trump’s situation — party loyalty and fear of inviting a presidential Twitter attack come to mind — it is worth remembering that several noteworthy Republicans have Russia links as well.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Happy Birthday to a true American Heroine 👏🙌🌹🍧🎂🍹🌙⭐🎆🎇🎈🎉🎁

  13. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

  14. Beautiful moving wonderful tribute to an inspiring genius and hero. Thank you for this great gift.

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