Ferguson – what a gross (in every sense) miscarriage of justice. Short version: the grand jury and the various local governments are horribly in the wrong. An indictment is not a conviction, and I’m of the opinion that *every* time a cop shoots someone it should go to trial. Put some checks and balances up against that huge power differential.
Collecting a bunch of links (in no particular order) here:
Chuck Wendig On The Subject Of Cultivating Empathy – (Choice quote – “It’s doubly surprising to me when folks who identify as Christian don’t demonstrate empathy. I mean, if you had to distill Jesus’ platform down, it was a whole lot of, ‘But what about these poor motherfuckers over here? Who’s helping them?'”)
There’s More To Asking Than Just Art – I haven’t read the book yet (it’s on my list), but a good reminder that your ability to ask for help (Kickstarter, Patreon, family help with debt, etc.) is dependent on your existing relationships and privilege.
Ursula K. Le Guin accepts the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters at the 65th National Book Awards on November 19, 2014
I am a racist and I am a sexist and probably some other – ists, too – “The thing is, I don’t believe these things at all. I’m not a conscious, overt racist or sexist. In fact, consciously, overtly, I’m against those things. I actively oppose them (though probably not as much as I should, and definitely not as much as I’d like). And yet, I’m still racist and sexist and other -ists.”
Killings by cops apparently going up; killings of cops going down – I want to try to say this without being an asshole, but I’m not sure I can: we praise police for “risking their lives to protect the community,” but based on the evidence, it seems more like police risk community lives to protect… their reputations? Their worldviews? Their racism? Their jobs? “Bottom line: We should want cops killing people less often. Instead, they seem to be killing people more, even as the threat to cops is diminishing, and society itself is getting safer.”
Another Guantanamo detainee returns home – The U.S. government has been holding people prisoner for 13 years, with no evidence or charges against the vast majority. What do you bet no reparations will be made, that the government will just try to sweep it under the rug and pretend it never happened?
Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court – I really hope this is a case of judges playing the meta-game and saying “let’s get a Supreme Court decision on this” and not honestly saying “we’re endorsing states’ rights to selectively recognize people’s humanity because that’s never gone wrong before.”