As if I needed one more reason to follow Capt. Picard into the black.

Patrick Stewart, aka Captain Picard, has just given us yet another reason to love him:

I grew up in a home darkened by domestic violence – which I wrote about two years ago. My father was an angry and unhappy man who was not able to control his emotions, or his hands. I witnessed violence against my mother and felt powerless to stop it. When Refuge, the national domestic violence charity, asked me to become a patron, I accepted without hesitation. I accepted for my mother. As a child, there was little I could do to help her. But now I can give support and encouragement to women who live in the same sort of fear that she did.

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Refuge – along with other women’s charities – is facing its toughest year to date. The gradual erosion of statutory funding has made Refuge even more reliant on voluntary income, but fundraising is an uphill battle. Domestic violence is still shrouded in myth, and too few people truly grasp its prevalence in this country. More money is given to the Donkey Sanctuary than to the UK’s two largest domestic violence charities.

It saddens me beyond description that women and children experiencing domestic violence today are being left to deal with fear and abuse on their own – just as my mother was, more than 60 years ago. The government says that its ambition is “nothing less than ending violence against women and girls”, but there is nothing ambitious about its relentless demolition of a sector that protects the most vulnerable members of our society.  (To show your support visit http://www.refuge.org.uk or www.justgiving.com/PatrickStewartforRefuge)

To read the entire piece at The Guardian, click here: “Domestic violence blighted my home. That’s why I support Refuge.”

(And yes, I am aware that in the title to this post, I mixed my geek references. Sue me).

Jean-Luc Picard on the dangers of limiting our liberties.

Hand to God, there’s a Star Trek moment for every reason and every season:

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You know, there are some words I’ve known since I was a schoolboy: “With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censured, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” Those words were uttered by Judge Aaron Satie* as wisdom and warning. The first time any man’s freedom is trodden on we’re all damaged. – The Drumhead

*a character in the Next Gen universe

h/t Fashion It So (the OMG SO AWESOME tumblr dedicated to the OMG WHAT WERE THEY THINKING fashion of Star Trek: The Next Generation)

 

Good stuff: Drastic subject change, or – Brent Spiner makes it so.

 Please note crucial update below!

Brent Spiner, aka Data, does a freakishly (freakishly!) good job of sounding exactly and precisely like Patrick Mothereffing Stewart, aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Oh, I am so happy! It’s moments like this that make me glad I launched this blog, going boldly where no Emily L. Hauser had ever gone before.

:: does geek dance ::

h/t The Hairpin & i09

Note: All heretofore incorrectly spelled renditions of Mr. Spiner’s name corrected.

:: hangs head in geek shame ::

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Crucial update! After posting the above, I tweeted about it & then checked out Brent Spiner’s Twitter feed (@BrentSpiner), wherein I found the following:

If I could get as many people to watch #FreshHell as have watched my Patrick impression, I’d get a sponsor in no time. http://bit.ly/o2xYjS

Followed by

In #FreshHell I do a pretty decent impression of myself. http://bit.ly/o2xYjS

So! Feeling somewhat chagrined, and out of a real sense of gratitude to Mr. Spiner for all he gave me and so many others during those many years of Next Gen (not to mention being a creative person who is forever trying to push herself onto an apparently unwilling public and thus can sort of kind of understand…), I thought: What’s this then? So I checked it out.

And it’s dang funny! The episodes are short, they’re weird (where have you ever heard the words “I’m pushing away a mouse arsonist” before?), and they are ding-dang funny.

So: Watch Brent Spiner in Fresh Hell! All episodes embedded after the jump….

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