You weren’t planning on working today, were you?
So, it was a hell of a week, you guys.
- Gay marriage is just plain ol’ marriage now, all across the US of A. We wrote about it here and reacted in gifs here.
- Supreme Court justices announced a 6-3 decision to preserve the Affordable Care Act.
- Southern state governments are moving to take down the Confederate flag; Walmart, Target, Etsy, hell even NASCAR pledged to stop sporting it.
- Since the South Carolina Statehouse was dragging its feet taking down the flag, badass Bree Newsome scaled that damn pole and took the flag down, easy peasy. Bitches get shit done.
“We could not sit by and watch the victims of the Charleston Massacre be laid to rest while the inspiration for their deaths continue to fly above their caskets,” the activists said in a statement.
New artwork, inspired by Bree Newsome. #FreeBreeStory here: http://www.cnn.com/2015/06/27/politics/south-carolina-confederate-flag/
Anyway, there are tons of posts that you could and should read about the last week. Read them to further your understanding of context. Find opposing views and seek to understand the lens through which they were written. I consider those required reading, which isn’t really what I was setting out to do in this post. I guess I’ll do a separate “Required Reading” roundup later this week, but for right now I just gotta share this post from the New Yorker that includes this quote from our President:
“I have strengths and I have weaknesses, like every President, like every person, […] I am comfortable with complexity, and I think I’m pretty good at keeping my moral compass while recognizing that I am a product of original sin. And every morning and every night I’m taking measure of my actions against the options and possibilities available to me, understanding that there are going to be mistakes that I make and my team makes and that America makes; understanding that there are going to be limits to the good we can do and the bad that we can prevent […] but that, if I am doing my very best and basing my decisions on the core values and ideals that I was brought up with and that I think are pretty consistent with those of most Americans, that, at the end of the day, things will be better rather than worse.”
OK, now on to the fun stuff.
Raptor Princesses. You can get them on a t-shirt, too.
Why We Need Philosophers Engaged In Public Life. “Analyses of causal and moral responsibility crop up across philosophy — in metaphysics, ethics and legal philosophy, to name just a few. Philosophy is also a good place to look for critical arguments (as opposed to gut reactions) on issues like racism, eugenics and violence.”
How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet. Really interesting, and helps ease my guilt about too much Minecraft time.
Here’s a new theme song for ya.
Agency Says Whole Foods Overcharges. Um, duh?
Fight Club for Kids. Because so much yes and Chuck is frankly adorable.
What if We Treated Other Consent Situations Like Society Treats Sexual Consent? Brilliantly simple.
Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain and the Gendering of Martyrdom. “The way media dotes over its tortured male artists while undermining the personal struggles of women who suffer the same is nuanced, but a look into the archive suggests the phenomenon is well documented across race, genre, and generation.”
Meet Abandoned Blind Dog and His Trusty Canine Guide Who ‘Acts as His Eyes’
Hey, here’s another t-shirt you need. Maybe I need to start a new series dedicated to must have shirts.
Here’s another Poehler beauty: a segment of “REALLY?!” with Seth Meyers calling out a Sports Illustrated contributor who tweeted that nothing about women’s sports is worth watching. Oh, really.
We Tried On Victoria’s Secret Bathing Suits And This Is What Happened. These body positive posts are everywhere now, and really that’s a good thing. I liked this one a lot.
Start Your Morning Right With an Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee. In my house, this is called “my kids” but whatever. We’re ready to test it. For science.
Are all these texters in their own lanes just bumping into each other, like human bumper cars? Where the hell is the live video feed?
I’ve watched this like a dozen times and it never stops being funny.
Getting drunk on your own front porch is not illegal, rules US court. “Judges in Iowa feared that convicting a woman for ‘public intoxication’ on her front steps would risk making JD barbecue sauce potentially illegal.”
*whispers* I know it’s cool to hate on Buzzfeed but I really, really love the Try Guys.
And finally: this week, when that special someone is on your last nerve, take a deep breath and calmly invite them to shoot a rainbow outta their blowhole.
HIT ME UP.
Share your links for me to read— required or no— along with any must-see videos.