Monday, August 13, 2012

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Links)

The things I've read this week that made me happy, angry, and intrigued.

The Good

This list of indie rock covers by female vocalists. 

Two articles made me smile by capturing those early moments of motherhood. (That was almost two years ago for me! How did that happen?) Offbeat Mama has 7 Ways Motherhood Shocked the Hell out of Me and Stand and Deliver gives some tips for having a med-free birth in a hospital

Civil Eats has an article on Carole Morison, a chicken farmer who lost her job after she spoke out against Perdue's inhumane practices for the documentary Food Inc. After her farm sat empty for a few years, she decided to reopen it and do things her way. Now she's a free-range chicken farmer

The Bad

After the ACLU threatens to sue, a Louisiana high school stops forcing women to take pregnancy tests and kicking them out of school if they refuse or test positive. I'm glad they changed it, but their excuse is that they didn't know that was wrong. What?

I knew that I probably wasn't going to just feel all warm and fuzzy about whoever Romney chose as his running mate, but Paul Ryan? Seriously? I mean, this man is a bad choice for just about everything that I care about. Ideologically, Ryan is the most conservative veep choice in at least the last 100 years, as conservative as Michele Bachmann. And I understand why a balanced budget (even at any cost) might sound appealing, but Ryan's budget plan is ridiculous. The cuts he's proposing to, for example, transportation would leave our already crumbling highway system in further disrepair and eliminate air traffic controllers at a time when we need more. His thoughts on education (especially Pell Grants) demonstrate a belief that only those who can afford it should get opportunities. This morning, Colorlines published a piece on how Ryan is the worst possible choice for people of color and progressives. His budget plan is so extreme that even Romney is trying to distance himself from it, though it's the thing he's famous for, so I don't see how that's going to work. Suffice it to say I'm not a fan. 

The Curious

Sociological Images had a couple really interesting posts, including one on the earnings of dual-academic couples and the diversity demographics of people one step away from CEO

Hobo Mama asks a question I've found myself pondering from time to time. If your kid showed some promise for greatness (Olympic athlete, actor, etc.) would you make the choice (and sacrifices) to encourage them toward that path?

People think that obesity is a more serious health concern than smoking. They are very wrong

That's what I've been reading this week. How about you?

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