Sunday, August 2, 2009

Suggested Sunday reading (8/2)

Lots of variety and good stuff this week:

  • AP reports that the Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter because he prayed instead getting medical care for her diabetes was found guilty of second-degree reckless homicide. I'm relieved this man was convicted. I don't care what religion you are or how strongly you believe, this is inexcusable. Here's a thought: If God didn't want you to take your daughter to a doctor, why would we even have doctors? In semi-related news, the Minnesota teenager who was ordered by a court to undergo chemo is still receiving it, and improving.
  • You know that wedding entrance dance video that's made the rounds on the Internet? The couple in the video has set up a web site to raise funds for domestic violence prevention -- because their video features a Chris Brown song. Very, very cool of them to do. If you haven't seen the video yet:

  • Stephen Hoffman, a scientist who is working on a vaccine for malaria (can you imagine how fantastic that would be?!), let 2,000 malaria-infected mosquitoes bite him -- and now he's immune to malaria. Really interesting story.
  • Feministing reports that Diane Keaton has signed on to play a "feminist icon" in a new HBO show, as yet untitled, and in which she creates a "sexually explicit magazine for women." Sign me up!
  • I don't know when this photo gallery was published, but I just learned about it this week (thanks to @pourmecoffee on Twitter). It's in the UK Telegraph, and it's amazing. Thousands of WWI soldiers forming iconic images.
  • One of the stupidest stories of the week I've seen: Alabama has banned a wine from being sold in its state because it features a naked nymph on it. Just so happens the nymph in question is from a very old French bicycle poster, but Alabama claims the image violates its "rules against displaying "a person posed in an immoral or sensuous manner." Congrats to the wine company in question, who is sure to get a big boost from this.
  • The New York Times has a story about how girls' sports tournaments generate more money than boys' tournaments do, once again proving girls rule, boys drool.
  • The Guardian has a great story on women in Rio de Janeiro who are working on the front lines of gang wars there. It has a great headline too: "Feminism and M-16s: Transforming macho policing in Rio."
  • RH Reality Check writes in "The splintering of the pro-life movement" about how Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who is pro-life, has been cast aside by the pro-life movement because he cosponsored a bill that supports birth control. The bill is the "Preventing Unintended Pregnancies, Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act." When a pro-lifer or a portion of the pro-life movement reaches the point that they can't even get on board with birth control, NONE of them are ever allowed to have sex ever again. Sorry. That's my "moral view" that I'm going to impose on you. (Note: Thanks to Open Congress for linking to Spare Candy.)
  • And finally, also from the NYT, Nicholas Kristof writes an op-ed called "Crisis in the operating room," about maternal health care and maternal mortality around the world. Read it. It contains gems like this one:
If men had uteruses, “paternity wards” would get resources, ambulances would transport pregnant men to hospitals free of charge, deliveries would be free, and the Group of 8 industrialized nations would make paternal mortality a top priority. One of the most lethal forms of sex discrimination is this systematic inattention to reproductive health care, from family planning to childbirth — so long as those who die are impoverished, voiceless women.


Matt Osborne said...

Sigh. I live in Alabama... It's not just the nymph, I'm afraid. We have the last active remnant of the old Prohibition-era "Temperance Party" here, and they still lobby the statehouse. Any regulation or law that's the slightest bit anti-alcohol is sure to get the approval of our two most powerful lobby groups: Baptists and bootleggers.

This is the state where a friend of mine walking home from the college library was mugged at 11 PM and the college president responded that no young lady should be alone on the street that late. (This happened in 2000.)

Rosie said...

Matt ... yikes. My condolences. My state (Ohio) has its problems too. I suppose most do.


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