Posts Tagged ‘current news’

Link roundup 1/11

Oh, the Friday link roundup. I used to post it weekly and now it’s only occasionally. My goal is to post one at least once a month.

Scientists regenerated a ~32,000-year-old seed.

Especially this time of year, there’s so much out there about how to be more healthy, more fit, what to eat, etc., etc. This article explores the “cult” – or the business – of wellness and how all the advertising and consumption of products may not be helpful.

New York City bans plastic foam containers, effective this summer.

A great article on the new Netflix show Tidying up with Marie Kondo. I haven’t watched it yet, but this article definitely made me more interested in it. 

Tennessee governor granted clemency to Cyntoia Brown, who will be released from prison this August. She was originally convicted for killing a man in self-defense when she was 16 and she has served 15 years of what would be a 55-year sentence. As a result of her case, there is legislation in the works that focuses on self-defense for child sex victims.

From The Washington Post: Everything you need to know about the U.S. government shutdown. It has basic FAQs, updates, and addresses how the shutdown may affect people.

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Friday link roundup 7/6

According to the Associated Press, the U.S. Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits.

Several suspected rhino poachers were killed and eaten by lions on a South African game reserve.

Bleak stories of family separation.

Halsey’s powerful spoken word poem about sexual abuse from the Women’s March in New York City earlier this year. Both the video and the written out poem are there if you prefer to read rather than watch (or vice versa).

Seattle just passed a ban on disposable plastic straws, and other cities are considering similar restrictions. From Upworthy: On accessibility, disability, and  the downside to banning straws.

New York and Virginia just passed laws that mandate including mental health education as part of health class curriculum in schools.

Summer reads: 10 books Amazon editors recommend this July.

Friday link roundup 6/29

This week, 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won the Democratic primary for New York City’s 14th congressional district. This article describes the powerful design choices of her campaign. Here is her campaign video — I definitely found it inspiring.

5 ways to help someone in a mental health emergency without calling the police.

Every body is a beach body. Tips on how to rock your body no matter what its size and shape this summer.

How to talk about immigration and family separation effectively.

An interview with author Elizabeth Gilbert on choosing curiosity instead of fear.

How silence is vital to our brains.

An exhibit at the U.S. Department of Education headquarters in Washington, D.C., features artwork by young people about racism, sexism, and diversity. This interview/article from NPR features several of the artists.

Friday link roundup 6/1

I miss doing these link roundups on a regular basis. Of course, life is busier and things are happening, but I still miss it. Since I’m soon to be moving (perhaps more details in another post), I can’t promise any sort of regularity in the near future, but here are the links I gathered for today.

A fascinating article on Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), its history, and how it is not effective for many people.

On disproving the “30 million word gap” theory. The theory is based on one study from the 1980s that found that kids growing up in poverty hear 30 million fewer words by age 3. However, no one has been able to replicate the study’s result since then.

Today was National Donut (or Doughnut) Day, which has the added perk of getting free donuts at a variety of places. However, there’s more to the history of this unofficial holiday.

According to this article from Media Matters, cable news networks covered Roseanne for over 10 hours (combined) on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. They covered Hurricane Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico for just over 30 minutes.

Link roundup 3/10

An article from The Atlantic that turns the myth that “welfare makes people lazy” on its head.

A food stall in New Orleans engages its customers in a social experiment, bringing to light the issue of the income disparity between white people and people of color in the area.

The Florida governor just signed a gun control bill into law, just over three weeks after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The NRA immediately sued to block the part of the law that prohibits people under 21 from buying firearms.

Oregon also has a new gun control law. This law seeks to prevent convicted stalkers and domestic abusers from purchasing firearms.

On the large scope of false news stories on Twitter.

Beginning a new feature in its obituary section called Overlooked, The New York Times has published 15 obituaries of remarkable women it had previously overlooked during the course of its run as a paper.

Link roundup 12/22

A dad writes a letter to a school asking them about their gendered field trips, asking them to explain why they’re living in 1968.

What this writer learned after taking a homeless mother grocery shopping.

Bustle summed up the pros and cons of the just-signed tax bill. CBS News lists the top six ways that the tax bill will affect average Americans.

How the sun illuminates Spanish Mission churches on the Winter Solstice.

Pie Therapy 101: a baking class designed for people with anxiety, depression, issues with addiction, and more.

Friday link roundup 10/13

The Boy Scouts has announced that it will soon start admitting girls.

After 20 years, AOL is shutting down AOL Instant Messenger. Ah, all the memories of good chats….

About the “mystery box” aspects in television shows  The Good Place and This is Us.

From the New York Times: stories of several of the women coming forward about their experiences with film producer Harvey Weinstein.

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary online: better ways (or more effective ways) to say, “This sucks.”