Discovery, Animal Planet, and History Channel... →
climateadaptation: These channels are failing the spirit of conservationism and education. They are failing inspiring awe in young people. Failing much needed inspiration in a very confused and conflicted world. These shows are failing their core values, their main purpose, which is leadership in environmentalism and cultural education. Far worse, they are failing millions of young people -...
Thousands of these prisoners are incarcerated for life or for 20, 10, or 5 years...– A new federal court decision blasts racial disparities in drug sentencing as akin to slavery and Jim Crow. (via think-progress)
The missile hits, and after the smoke clears there’s a crater there and you can...– Former drone operator Brandon Bryant, on his first drone strike. Bryant quit the drone program after realizing its disregard for life and how numb strikes made him feel, saying he “couldn’t do it anymore.” (via hipsterlibertarian)
Fail Safe: Debbie Millman’s Advice on Courage and... →
theonlymagicleftisart: “Imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.” The seasonal trope of the commencement address is upon us as wisdom on life is being dispensed from graduation podiums around the world. After Greil Marcus’s meditation on the essence of art and Neil Gaiman’s counsel on the creative life, here comes a heartening speech by artist, strategist, and interviewer...
Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of...– Stephen King, On Writing (via nickmiller)
psychoticmist: if you ever feel bad about yourself remember that george bush was once informed that 4 brazilian people were killed in iraq and he responded ‘how many is a brazilian’
Do not use illegal as a noun, and avoid the sinister-sounding alien.– A new entry in The New York Times’ stylebook on “illegal immigrant”. Background: On Tuesday afternoon, a group of advocates against the use of the term “illegal immigrant” gathered outside The New York Times building in Times Square to deliver a petition of protest. Organizers said the petition,...
After learning my flight was detained 4 hours, I heard the announcement: If...– Naomi Shihab Nye (b. 1952), “Wandering Around an Albuquerque Airport Terminal.” I think this poem may be making the rounds, this week, but that’s as it should be. (via awelltraveledwoman)