Posts Tagged ‘current issues’

Friday link roundup 3/16

On portrayals of tender masculinity in books and film.

Do you live in a bubble? According to this quiz, I grew up in a pretty middle-class bubble. It definitely gave me food for thought.

Four common myths about the gender pay gap, and a rebuttal for each.

One company’s solution to providing housing for the homeless: Use a 3D printer to create simple homes.

Barbie has created 17 new dolls based on inspirational women.

National Geographic acknowledges its racist past.

On why more and more teenagers are considering trade schools instead of four-year colleges.

A school in a small town in New Mexico is still reeling from their experience of a school shooting that happened in December, an event that received very little news coverage.

About planets without stars.

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I am tired…

I am tired.

I am tired of hearing about another shooting.

I am tired of watching the back and forth of arguments after each shooting.

I am tired of seeing people (especially on social media) making their arguments by belittling people that disagree with them. I see this on all sides on a variety of issues, so this is not meant to be a pointed finger at any particular ideological group. I know it can be challenging to do, though. But I would like to see more people say what they believe without telling others how wrong they are. Tell me why you believe what you believe. List personal reasons. Include some references and links. I may not see what you see or feel what you feel, but I may have more of an idea of how you got to your point of view.

I saw a Facebook post that linked to a Twitter post by one of the survivors of the recent Florida school shooting. The poster (on Facebook) said that it wasn’t about gun control, that that particular person just needed to “grow up.” I was like, well, that person just survived a mass shooting where other people lost their lives. Opinions or anything else aside, where is the compassion for that experience?

Also, opinions put forward: clearly, something needs to change.

Friday link roundup 9/1

Wow, it’s September.

About a few of the women who were kidnapped by Boko Haram who escaped, and what their lives look like now.

About the devastating floods in South Asia.

About Amy McGrath, a retired military fighter pilot from Kentucky, and her upcoming campaign for Congress.

A friend who is in the late stages of her first pregnancy shared this article about the last days of pregnancy, a space of being in-between.

What do different animals see when they look in a mirror? This National Geographic article explores the answers to this question.

Five examples of people helping Hurricane Harvey evacuees.

Post-Hurricane Harvey ~ Some ways to give:

Link roundup 8/26

Yesterday included auditioning to teach Nia classes at a gym and submitting my first proofreading job. It was like super audition day/week or something. So I did not get around to posting links.

Latest updates on Hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey.

How Amazon’s acquiring Whole Foods will change the health food chain in terms of prices and discounts.

An interview with Vanessa Adrianna Nadal, amazing lawyer and engineer (who also happens to be the wife of playwright/composer/lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda).

10 + of the Best Pictures of 2017 Solar Eclipse. (It was cloudy here, but I enjoyed watching NASA’s live broadcast).

A syllabus for white people to educate themselves about race, privilege, history, and more — a crowdsourced Google Docs with great links and resources.

How U.S. presidents ended up with the power to pardon.

Friday link roundup 6/30

Three big myths about the life of Helen Keller.

An app that identifies plants when you take a picture. This might have come in handy during a hike earlier this week…

In this article, feminist and journalist Jessica Valenti writes about her — specifically, her young daughter’s — experience with the health care system and how the current bill in the Senate might harm children who have health issues.

Fun video: A dog walks onstage at an outdoor orchestral performance in Turkey.

This article speaks about the need for acceptance of people with autism, not just awareness.

Friday link roundup 5/19

This year’s national Mathcounts champion answered this question correctly:  In a barn, 100 chicks sit peacefully in a circle. Suddenly, each chick randomly pecks the chick immediately to its left or right. What is the expected number of unpecked chicks?

17 Steps for Recognizing and Responding to Signs of Suicide.  I found this article to be very thorough and sensitive. 

A GOP lawmaker asks why men should have to pay for maternity care. A women’s editorial response to his comments is short, to the point, and poignant.

On a fashion/style note, I thought these floral and sparkly fishnets were really cool and fanciful.

There are quite a few clothing companies that sell apparel with feminist messages on them. This article suggests looking at the individual company and seeing if they walk their talk.

There’s a group of scientists that argue that if the asteroid that ultimately led to the extinction of the dinosaurs had hit a few minutes later or earlier, dinosaurs could still be around today. Article here.

 

Friday link roundup 5/5

More details about the health care bill that passed in the House of Representatives yesterday. A full list of “pre-existing conditions.” 

A close bond: Scientists discover children’s cells in mother’s brains. 

On the treatment of women in doctors’ offices.

16 Books for Kids that Challenge Gender Stereotypes.

In September 2017, professor, author, and autism advocate Temple Grandin will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

A video that gives food for thought on the way Cinco de Mayo is often celebrated in the United States.