with eyes open wide
Ya’ll. I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since I last posted. Wow, sorry! I was in the States on vacation for a month and am just now caught up on life. 2015 is already flying by.
I found the above quote yesterday and feel like it particular applies to this year for me. I really hope to focus on new creative and FUN things this year…
Here are some old and new finds. Hope you enjoy!
The Cop Mind (NY Times) – With all this cop-hating going on, it is important to take a humanized look at the job position. I enjoyed reading this article and the comments that were posted afterwards.
When is it OK for a Cop to Kill Someone? (National Journal) – This is my biggest issue with the whole debate. Cops are trained shooters. They should be able to “shoot to stop” and “shoot to kill” and know very well the difference between the two. Yes, they usually have a very short amount of time to think, but unless someone is literally pointing a gun at them and they have visually seen the gun, they should never shoot to kill! Amiright? I guess I’m just surprised that this hasn’t been brought up in any of the articles that I have read so far.
For Obama, a Go-It-Alone Push Fits the Times (NY Times) – There were many memorable quotes in this article… “Presidents, Mr. Edwards noted, “cannot create opportunities for change. Instead, effective presidents recognize and exploit opportunities that exist in their environments.’” Also, “In today’s polarized system, lawmakers have grown increasingly uniform in opposition to a president from the other major party. And levers that had been used to broker compromise, like pending earmarks for pet projects, have mostly been eliminated.” I support him. I would rather see him work to continue progress than sit on his haunches and say, “Congress won’t stop fighting, Congress won’t come to an agreement, I’ll just sit around and play golf all day.” So you don’t like the laws that he is putting in place? Maybe you should write to your Congressmen and Congresswomen asking them to act like adults and do their f*ing jobs like the rest of hardworking America.
The Cost of Things in the U.S. After Being Away for 14 Years (The Billfold) – This is a light-hearted fun read from Jean Hannah Edelstein.
Myanmar Returns to What Sells: Heroin (NY Times) – Myanmar has been in the news a lot this past year or two, I assume thanks to more lax requirements for entrance. They used to ban all journalists and it was a very dangerous political climate. I find the articles that are coming out of Myanmar so interesting. This one talks about the heroin industry and how it is specifically affecting local farmers. Who can say no to a get-rich-quick scheme?
Repeating like a broken record player (Whole Larder Love) – I love Rohan, the author of this blog. He’s honest and heartfelt and won’t stop shouting his message. “I know it’s a pain to hear, but the reality that we’re eating ourselves to poor health is putting pressure on our already struggling health system. The reality of our preference for packaged processed foods is continuing to have a detrimental impact on our natural world. These are things that should concern us. These are things that should make us angry, concerned, and actively participate in making change for ourselves, our families and our natural world.”