The Good, The Bad, and The Silly

The Good:

At least one person from the Republican Party is saying something along the lines of, “Immigrants aren’t a problem, they’re people.” Although, as Tomas Summers Sandoval explains in this article, Powell’s still framing it as an “us vs. them (the ones who do the dirty work for us real Americans)” kind of question.

Florida points out the obvious: gays can be parents, too.

What a domestic violence PSA should look like. (It is upsetting to watch, btw.)

Supposedly an immigration bill is getting introduced soon, and supposedly it is LGBT inclusive and brings back the DREAM Act (most recently shut down by the despicable DADT repeal shutdown).

The Bad:

So FBI agents are cheating on the test about how to pursue and question terrorists and home and abroad — is it any wonder they’re doing it wrong?

And another government branch, the military, is on trial for performing terrible acts against Afghanis — wonder why this isn’t receiving the same attention Abu Grahib did, if there are images?

No, really, the world as we know it is ending, and it really is our fault.

A clear, terrifying view of why it is not ok to force Internet providers to give the government backdoor access — you will be monitored 24/7, and that is wrong. Think it’s ok as long as you have nothing to hide? That’s not a free society. And anyway, “something worth hiding” changes depending on what government is in charge.

Another study shows that teaching kids to be colorblind instead of to value racial diversity just results in kids not recognizing racism when it’s spitting in their face. A University of Illinois study of college kids showed much the same thing.

The Silly:

The Oatmeal has, among other things, many hilarious, beautifully typeset explanations of basic grammar. Here’s the latest one.

What have you been reading this week?

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