“Is it 1911 or 2011? If a teen mother finishes school and at the top of the senior class, then she should be praised, not humiliated. Wimberly does actually have the highest GPA and has earned her place at the top of the class. Students and parents embarrassed that Wimberly is a young mother should be embarrassed that their kids presumably had less responsibility and still couldn’t manage to be at the top of the class. Furthermore, to diminish this young girl’s accomplishment by appointing a co-valedictorian with a lower GPA so that white students and their parents will not be mad is infuriating. So they’re mad? So what. Let them be mad, deal with it and get over it.”
Law & Order: UK - Lessons in British Justice
What has America learned from the curious and fascinating habits of British police and Crown prosecutors?
But do you know what people are fed up with most of all?
They’re fed up with a town where compromise has become a dirty word. They work all day long, many of them scraping by, just to put food on the table. And when these Americans come home at night, bone-tired, and turn on the news, all they see is the same partisan three-ring circus here in Washington. They see leaders who can’t seem to come together and do what it takes to make life just a little bit better for ordinary Americans. They are offended by that. And they should be.
The American people may have voted for a divided government, but they didn’t vote for a dysfunctional government.
President BARACK OBAMA
A short film about my favorite post-apocalyptic hell-hole, the Salton Sea.
This is so bizarre. And so incredibly sad. And surreal. And weird. And, wow, so divinely itself. Shit, man.
United States of Science! Brilliant map of how each state shines in science, nature and public health, courtesy of Mother Nature Network.
Feel good about yourselves, Americans. 25th in math, 21st in science.
eta out of 30 developed nations.
Look, I certainly don’t want anyone to be put to death for being gay in any country. And if there’s something to be done to stop that, of course I’m in favor of it.
But can we please stop assuming that we as Westerners can look at the actions of an African government, decide that we don’t like them, and change them in one fell swoop just by saying “Hey Uganda, we don’t like this.” Can we stop assuming that as Westerners we get to go “Hey, we’re Westerners, and many of us are American, and many of us are white, and that means we get to decide how your country is governed even though most of us don’t know where it is located on a map, let alone the first thing about your culture or your economy or what type of government you even have”? Can we stop assuming that because we in our privilege have troubled ourselves to sign an internet petition, the ruling classes in nations that most of us know nothing about should bow to our will? Because until we stop assuming these things, we will not be able to even begin to grasp the complexity of how institutionalized homophobia works on a global scale. And only when we begin to grasp that complexity will we have even the tiniest hope of doing anything about it.
If no one ends up wanting to dress up as the kids from Battle Royale for Halloween (the best senior costume ever, amen) with me next year, I’m going as Rosie the Riveter.