As a woman of color, I think I speak for all of us when I say, THANK GOD NICK KRISTOF IS BACK. Kristof’s latest column, “A Free Miracle Food!” takes place in Mali, where Kristof just happened to come across a woman and child in need of saving:
Then we spotted a baby boy who was starving…
A draft letter by Republican members to Speaker Boehner is circulating congress looking for cosigners. I thought I’d offer my edits to the author before they submitted their final version… Still not signing it.
Someone please pass me a pan - I’d sure like to scrawl “EVIDENCE?!” across a couple of recent bills in Texas… Ohio… North Carolina….
Former solitary-confinement inmate Alex Sanchez on the deranging isolation his fellow prisoners experience. Sanchez is part of a coalition supporting 29,000 California inmates currently on hunger strike to protest draconian conditions. Sources say scores of inmates there have been in solitary confinement for more than a decade.
"After a month I was schizophrenic. I didn’t know who to trust and I was talking to myself," Sanchez says. “Imagine someone that’s been in there for 30 years."
(Source: ABC News-Univision)
Must read from New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan:
…in a democracy threatened by excessive secrecy and the criminalizing of news gathering, the more sunlight the better.
Brought to my…
“If You Know Someone Who Doesn’t Believe Sexism Exists, Show Them This”
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The fabulous Laura Bates, founder of Everyday Sexism, on street, subway, everyday harassment. Respect!
"I thought maybe it was my fault." "I was about eleven." "Oh, stop making such a big deal, you must have just been looking really sexy."
There’s an American tendency to accuse those who want social services of entitlement. Who are you, the thinking goes, to demand college? To demand food? To think that you should work fewer than 12 hours a day, or not die of untreated illness, or have a dignified old age? The Cooper Union students are getting their share of that. But they make a particularly poor target. They are largely bright working class kids who passed brutal admissions to attend a school whose reason for existing is to educate them for free.
Cooper Union students are the paragons of that most sacred American myth: meritocracy.
Jack Jenkins writes for ThinkProgress:
There’s no way around it: Religion plays an especially powerful role in American public life. More than 90 percent of Americans profess a belief in God,…
Oops - or alternatively, that’s some ingenious subversion!
Aaron Swartz, July 2008, quoted on this morning’s “UP with Chris Hayes”:
“The world’s entire scientific and cultural heritage, published over centuries in books and journals, is being increasingly digitized and locked up by a handful of private…