Important takeaway: if the “pro-life” moment really wanted to reduce abortions, they would advocate policies that have demonstrably reduced abortion numbers instead of opposing them. Based on their actions, these organizations are actually carrying out a “politicized attack on sex” (that’s a phrase from the video).
Related again: Avoiding the TRAP: Defending Legal Abortion, with David A. Grimes, M.D. – Trying to eliminate abortion by claiming to “protect women’s health” isn’t just deceitful, it’s doomed to fail. Prohibition didn’t stop the consumption of alcohol, it brought the mafia to power. Abortion itself was illegal at one point, and this didn’t prevent abortion – women went to unsafe providers, and wound up in life-threatening situations (or dead).
If you want to lower the abortion rate, improve sex education. Improve access to contraception (even if you’re a closely-held corporation). Don’t make abortion more dangerous and lie about your goals.
Muslim woman is kicked out of a Trump rally for being a Muslim – (tw: racism/religious bigotry) This one has me pissed off. At a Trump rally woman did NOTHING other than stand silently, wearing a shirt with the words “Salam / I come in peace” and a “Muslim” button. When assholes in the crowd starting screaming at her and getting aggressive, *she* was the one asked to leave and escorted out by police. AND THEN as she was escorted out, more bigoted assholes jumped in her face to scream and make violent motions (while the policeman escorting her stood by) and then celebrated with their buddies when they returned to their seats. At the same time, on stage Trump blamed *her* and all other Muslims for hating him and his white supporters. Despite the events happening in that very rally at that very moment, he boasted that “it’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.” If you are still a Trump supporter, after everything he’s said and done, the evidence indicates that you’re a hateful bigot. If that’s not how you think of yourself, please do some serious self-evaluation and then step away from the assholes, loudly and explicitly. #whitesagainsttrump
Thanks to Ammon Bundy, 2016 Is Already a Banner Year for White Supremacy & Who Will Blink First? Armed Occupation In Oregon Drags On – From the first link: “Listen, I’ve read the articles about how law enforcement has learned from the sieges at Ruby Ridge and Waco that going in guns blazing is not the best way to resolve tense situations. Maybe that’s true. But it seems like law enforcement has applied those learned lessons only to white people.”
It’s not that riot police and FBI assault teams should be crashing into Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and killing everyone. It’s that non-white protesters & suspected criminals deserve a less violent response from police, and white terrorists shouldn’t be given free rein to do as they please (and for goodness’ sake, CUT THE POWER AND WATER. THAT’S STEP ONE).
The Counterfeit High School Diploma – What is a high school diploma, and what should it be? A statement of the graduates’ skills & knowledge, or just that they didn’t drop out of school for 13 years? (If it’s the latter, why is getting a GE diploma so much harder?) What should the role of standardized testing be? I don’t have ultimate solutions, but I think a big step would be decoupling graduation rates & standardized testing (assessments of student abilities) from teacher evaluations and funding allocation. Administrators and government fund allocators shouldn’t be testing apples to rate orange farming practices.
Pop vs Soda map – More lighthearted, a county-by-county map of what people call coke (yup).
Lyft, GM Teaming Up To Create Fleet Of Driverless Cars – Seems like you either love or hate the idea of self-driving cars. Personally, I can’t wait (and even more I love the idea that they could reduce the need to own a car in the U.S. – think about the percent of time your car isn’t being used, compared to your mattress or couch).