Friday, July 4, 2014

The Good, the Bad, and the Curious (Link Round Up!)

It's been a long time since I've done a link round up, so I won't possibly be able to catch up on everything, but here are some things I've read that made me smile (The Good), cry (The Bad), and think (The Curious).

The Good

These facts about The Princess Bride are great!

Who doesn't love a good double entendre?

Alysia Montano ran an 800-meter race while she was 34 weeks pregnant.

Did you see these park benches in Vancouver that have shelter for the homeless built into them?

This is how you breastfeed. Take notes.

The Bad

Predictably (but no less disappointingly), a slew of companies are now seeking birth control exemptions after the Hobby Lobby decision. Most interesting to me is Eden Foods, an organic food company that must not do market research because it seems their customer base is none too thrilled. (Here's a petition asking Whole Foods to stop carrying their line if you're none too thrilled, too.)

Jessica Valenti explains why the GOP should maybe stop nicknaming (and, ultimately, dismissing) single female voters after their newest label of "Beyonce voters":
Female voters in the US have been called "soccer moms" and "security moms". In 2004, single women were "Sex and the City voters". Now – because apparently women can't ever just be "citizens" or "voters", or more likely because conservatives prefer to call us names instead of delving too deep into women's issues – we are "BeyoncĂ© voters". Bow down, bitches.
There's a video of an ASU professor being thrown to the ground violently before her arrest . . . for jaywalking . . . when the crosswalk was blocked by construction.

This middle schooler invented a simple system to help ensure children are not forgotten in the backseat of cars. Then he gave careful directions for how to make it and distributed them free online.

All of this (yeah, it makes me laugh, but it makes me cry more):

The Curious

This post about parenting toddlers was a timely read for me as I am right in the thick of three-year-old emotional swings, fierce independence, and utter exhaustion:
If I could go back, I would say, relax. Tantrums, running away, accidents, lost belongings, mischievous nap times... it's all a normal part of toddler life. I wasn't making life harder than necessary. Raising two toddlers really is just that hard.
One more Hobby Lobby-related link. This one exploring the implications of corporate personhood:
That separation is what legal and business scholars call the "corporate veil," and it's fundamental to the entire operation. Now, thanks to the Hobby Lobby case, it's in question. By letting Hobby Lobby's owners assert their personal religious rights over an entire corporation, the Supreme Court has poked a major hole in the veil. In other words, if a company is not truly separate from its owners, the owners could be made responsible for its debts and other burdens.
Is income inequality about to turn into pitchforks?

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