As Adam and I celebrate Thanksgivukkah with the Jewish half of our family, we wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah. Now let’s all celebrate like these holidays won’t coincide again for 79,043 years!
Shout out to National Council of Jewish Women Los Angeles Section for the graphic!
Love this photo! Happy Thanksgivukkah y’all!
As states scramble to find new lethal cocktails, a lack of options could spell the end of capital punishment.
Read more. [Image: CA Dept. of Corrections/Reuters]
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The end of state-sanctioned killing? Yes, please. I’m so tired of politicians, like the Gov. of Texas (who has been in office non-stop since December 2000) who call themselves “pro-life” yet support state-sanctioned homicides. [That’s what is listed as the cause of death on the death certificates of people executed by the State of Texas - homicide.] According to one online list of pending executions in the US the next execution in Texas is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday, 12 November 2013. And once again Rick Perry will prove that he is about as pro-life as the bubonic plague.
Texas has life without possibility of parole as an option in sentencing. There is no moral excuse to keep killing people. It doesn’t save any money. Go ask your favourite search engine about all the studies that have shown how much more extremely expensive choosing death over life is for state governments.
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There are a number of scams currently circulating that target members of the military and veterans, such as fake military charities, identity theft targeting active service members, and veteran pension scams.
In general, all of these scams try to take advantage of military members by offering to…
Dr. Caroline Heldman is a professor of politics specializing in issues of media, gender, and race in the US. Her talk, “The sexy lie” takes on issues of gender-based expectations and sexual objectification. Watch the entire talk below:
People should not be viewed as objects of any sort.
The United States does not have a rape problem - it has a rape epidemic. A woman in the U.S. is raped every two minutes, 42 percent of victims are raped before they are 18 years old. 1 in 3 Native women report being raped, as do almost 19 percent of black women. 97 percent of rapists will never go to jail.
It’s our responsibility as journalists to ensure that we are covering stories of sexual assault with truthfulness, care, and in a way that does not make the country a safer place for rapists. We are not just media makers - we shape the culture as well. So let’s make it a culture that’s safer and more just for girls, women, and all survivors of sexual assault.
How to Write About Rape: Rules for Journalists, my latest at The Nation (via jessicavalenti)
97% of rapists will never go to jail! 97%! Shameful numbers. And don’t get me started about the very serious (and extremely dishonourable) problem in the U. S. military.
Gotschi, Thomas. Costs and benefits of bicycling investments in Portland, Oregon. Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2011,8 (Suppl 1), S49-S58.
via oregon metro regional active transportation plan, aug. 2013 draft, pg.19.
Another reason to love Portland.