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Support Fatemeh Zarei's new novella, The Loader

Iranian author Fatemeh Zarei requests support to write and translate her 3rd book, The Loader

I am Fatemeh Zarei, a professional dreamer who left Iran because my dreams were censored. As an immigrant who no longer feels secure in America, I am working on my 3rd book, The Loader, about a woman who wants to cross a border to be free to live without a man. But she needs a man to be allowed to leave, so she kidnaps a beggar who is stuck to a wheelchair like chewed gum. She needs your suport. She should be able to leave, she should be allowed to dream, and the world should hear her voice >>> More information & Support

Making & selling art

Plaza Nazarenas.

"Free Baquer Namazi" Photo Campaign

Free Baquer Namazi Champion for Children: UNICEF retirees in Santa Fe, New Mexico call for freedom of Baquer Namazi - 80 years old, seriously ill, and already one year in prison today.

The map of the world according to who every country thinks is most dangerous

Indy100: Feeling apocalyptic right now? You’re probably not the only one.

But of course, who you think the bad guys are depends a lot on where you live. Which is what makes this map really interesting.

It uses data from a 2013 poll, which asked people from 65 different nations who they thought the biggest threat to world peace was.

The map was put together by Redditor Loulan.

It turns out the USA is the country most were concerned about. And while there were plenty of nations that you’d expect to put them top of the list -like Russia and China – there were also several that you’d consider Western allies of the US, like Spain, Germany and Australia.

Pakistan was second on the list, followed by China.

Iran was the most dangerous country according to the US, Canada and Britain.

It’s important to remember that this data is a couple of years old – and therefore doesn’t take into account Donald Trump….

Racism with pride...


Ave. San Andrés. 

Food line

Outside Bembos fastfood restaurant, Plaza de Armas.

The very magneficent seven!

The very first army personnel who were sent to France in late 40's-early 50's to be trained as instructors and were instrumental in shaping the iranian airbourne division, my late father was one of these fine gentlemen.  


Google's Security Princess: Parisa Tabriz

A Mighty Girl: Professional hacker Parisa Tabriz is responsible for keeping the over 1 billion users of Google Chrome safe by finding vulnerabilities in their system before malicious hackers do. Tabriz, a "white hat" hacker who calls herself Google's “Security Princess", is head of the company's information security engineering team. The 33-year-old Iranian-American is also an anomaly in Silicon Valley according to a profile in The Telegraph: "Not only is she a woman – a gender hugely under-represented in the booming tech industry – but she is a boss." Tabriz, who is also known as the "browser boss," heads up a team of 50 "white hat" hackers based in the US, Germany, and Australia tasked with making the browser safe for users in an age of frequent cyberattacks.

Tabriz came up with “Security Princess” while at a conference and the unusual title is printed on her business card. “I knew I'd have to hand out my card and I thought Information Security Engineer sounded so boring,” she says. “Guys in the industry all take it so seriously, so security princess felt suitably whimsical.” Her curiosity, mischievousness, and innovative thinking are all assets in her business: a high-profile company like Google is constantly in the crosshairs of so-called "black hat" hackers.

Tabriz came into internet security almost by accident; at the University of Illinois’ computer engineering program, her interest was first whetted by the story of early hacker John Draper, who became known as Captain Crunch in the 1960s after he learned how to make free long-distance calls using a toy whistle from a Cap’n Crunch cereal box. She realized that, to beat the hackers of today, she had to be prepared for similar -- but more advanced -- out-of-the-box thinking.

While women at still very under-represented in the tech industry -- only 30% of Google's staff is female and just 18% of its technical employees are women -- Tabriz has hope for the future: “Fifty years ago there were similar percentages of women in medicine and law, now thankfully that's shifted.” And, while she hasn't encountered overt sexism at Google, when she was offered the position, at least one classmate said, “you know you only got it cos you're a girl." To help address this imbalance, she mentors under-16 students at a yearly computer science conference that teaches kids how to "hack for good" -- and she especially encourages girls to pursue internet security work. One 16-year-old who attended, Trinity Nordstrom, says, “Parisa is a good role model, because of her I'd like to be a hacker.”

Tabriz, who was named by Forbes as one of the "top 30 under 30 to watch" in 2012, also wants the public to realize that hacking can be used for positive ends. “[H]acking can be ugly,” she says. “The guy who published the private photos of those celebrities online made headlines everywhere. What he did was not only a violation of these women but it was criminal, and as a hacker I was very saddened by it. I feel like we, the hackers, need better PR to show we're not all like that... [A]fter all I'm in the business of protecting people."

Read more about Google's "Security Princess" in The Telegraph.

For a fun way to introduce your Mighty Girl to programming, check out the new game "Code and Go Robot Mouse," for ages 5 to 9.

Another excellent way introduce kids to programming is via new DIY systems that allow you to build real programmable computers on your own such as the "Raspberry Pi Ultimate Set" for ages 9 and up and "Piper: Craft A Computer Kit" for ages 7 and up.

For more toys and kits designed to encourage children's interest in science and programming, check out the recommendations in our blog post: "Top 50 Science, Math, & Programming Toys for Mighty Girls"

To introduce children to the woman who invented the first computer program -- Ada Lovelace -- there are several excellent picture books about her: “Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine” for ages 5 to 9, "Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science" for ages 5 to 9, and "Ada’s Ideas” for ages 6 to 9.

And, to inspire your Mighty Girl with books starring girls who love science and technology, check out our blog post, "50 Books to Inspire Science-Loving Mighty Girls"


Food of Life
Songs of My Homeland, Honiball Joseph, February 25, 2017 - Cupertino, CA
Death Belongs to Others, Buriel Clay Theater, San Francisco, March 5, 2017