Monthly Archives: April 2013

Politics: France Legalizes Gay Marriage

Jezebel: France Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage, Bien Sûr

After months of intense debate, civil unrest and increasing incidences of anti-gay violence, French parliament has finally approved legislation to legalize same-sex marriage and the adoption of children by same-sex parents. It is the 14th country in the world and the ninth country in Europe to do so.

LA Times: France approves same-sex marriage

Vive la France!



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Internets: A Baby and Some Bulldogs

This has to be one of the cutest things I have ever seen on the internet.

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Culture: The Aftermath of Terrorism

As disturbing as the Boston Marathon Bombings were, what concerns me more is the aftermath, the reaction to that terrorist act.

I will mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Articles that express some of my concerns:

Why Should I Care That No One’s Reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev His Miranda Rights? (Slate)

10 Essential points about the Boston Marathon bombers, Islam, and America

Hey, White Liberals: A Word On The Boston Bombings, The Suffering Of White Children, And The Erosion of Empathy

The 10 Essential Points article articulates the main idea pretty well:

It’s not about Islam, or Chechnya. It’s about America.

What happens now matters. How we as a nation move forward is critical. Do we turn our attention where it belongs, on comforting and healing the victims of Monday’s attacks, and do we allow a fair and legal process to bring charges against the captured suspect?

The basis of the American criminal system is that we evaluate people for what they do, not for who they are.    As one source put it, it’s about verbs, not adjectives.     Let’s keep it that way.      It’s about criminal actions, not their ethnicity or religion.

Information on Chechnya:

What You Should Know About Chechnya as the Boston Story Unfolds

9 questions about Chechnya and Dagestan you were too embarrassed to ask

A perspective that most of my friends share on the lockdown:

The Psychology of a Citywide Lockdown

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Uncategorized: Boston Manhunt

The best summary of last night’s events is NPR’s live blog.

A good summary of the suspects at CBS news.

Listening live to WBUR, NPR’s Boston station:

Timeline via NPR.

Amazing pictures of a deserted Boston in lockdown.

I have to say that the whole police lockdown thing is scary in terms of civil liberties.
I’m not criticizing the police, I believe they are doing what is necessary to keep people safe, and I am really glad of that.
It just freaks me out, it’s like martial law.

Maps for reference on location via CNN.

Pictures from inside the lockdown via NPR.

Capture and the end of the manhunt.

Information about Chechnya.


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Uncategorized: Boston Marathon Bombings

I’m not sure how to process what has happened.
I would never have thought that I would feel this affected.

I went to Wellesley College, outside of Boston.
So I lived in that area for 3 years.
I also travel there fairly often to see my college friends who stayed in the area.

There is a special place in my heart for Boston.
To me, it is the great American city.

This whole thing is just so sad.
All my friends are safe.
It’s just really frightening.

Patton Oswalt said it best in his fb status update:

But the vast majority stands against that darkness and, like white blood cells attacking a virus, they dilute and weaken and eventually wash away the evil doers and, more importantly, the damage they wreak. This is beyond religion or creed or nation. We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We’d have eaten ourselves alive long ago.

So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.”

Going to college outside of Boston this article also resonated with me:
You May Leave Boston, but Boston Never Leaves You

“This means that there are millions of men and women wandering around America today who spent some of the best years of their lives in and around Boston, walking some of the very streets splattered with blood yesterday in the wake of the Marathon bombings. Boston is where those students like me came of age.”

Weirdly comforting:
29 Reasons to Love Boston

And some appropriate humor via Colbert.

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Culture: Sir Patrick Stewart on Domestic Violence

Jezebel: Sir Patrick Stewart: ‘Violence Against Women Is Learned’

The truth is that domestic violence and violence against women touch many of us. This violence is not a private matter. Behind closed doors it is shielded and hidden and it only intensifies. It is protected by silence – everyone’s silence. Violence against women is learned. Each of us must examine – and change – the ways in which our own behavior might contribute to, enable, ignore or excuse all such forms of violence. I promise to do so, and to invite other men and allies to do the same.

I didn’t know Sir Patrick Stewart had been abused.
What a powerful story, and beautifully told.

Trigger Warning:
In the video below Sir Patrick Stewart speaks about his own experience with abuse in his childhood home.
Beware of triggers concerning domestic violence, violence towards women and children and verbal abuse.


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Travel: Abandoned Places

Another great Buzzfeed List: The 33 Most Beautiful Abandoned Places In The World

Abandoned places are so gorgeous and evoke so many emotions as well as stir a sense of mystery.

Some of my favorites:

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

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Film: The Door by Ava DuVernay

So I’ve seen this circulating a bunch of places.
Most recently on Racialicious.
Basically Miu Miu has put out, in support of the clothing brand, a series of short films directed by various women.
And the most recent one is called The Door.
It’s an absolutely lushly gorgeous short film.

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