Happy Friday! Here are some links from the interwebs that I have collected over the past few weeks.
On Being: "The Sum of All Human Knowledge" - Krista Tippet and Jimmy Wales, the co-founder of Wikipedia. I found this interesting and a little frustrating towards the end when the two discuss facts and emotion. Wales disregards emotions stating that "emotion can certainly cloud your ability to correctly identify what's going on in the world." I highly disagree and think that this comes from a very privileged perspective. Oppressed groups are sometimes fighting for their lives and basic human rights when presenting factual truths to an opposing, usually power-wielding, party. Their emotion and pain is part of their truth. Too often have I seen the oppressed disregarded because of their anger, passion, and "emotions." Thoughts anyone?
Ted Radio Hour: "The Act of Listening"
News that probably (hopefully) won't ruin the mood at a party:
Carla Hayden has been officially sworn in as the first woman and African-American librarian of Congress. Also, she is the first actual "librarian" of congress, holding a Masters in Library Science. All the other white men before her were not actually librarians.
News that will ruin the mood at a party:
Does this mean curvy women can't wear form fitting clothing without losing their jobs?
The free market doesn't care if you live or die:
"You can argue all you want that the Founding Fathers wanted us to be free to tan ourselves to melanoma-town, but I would argue that the “freedom” to make uninformed choices in an environment where unregulated industry has a bottomless well of money with which to persuade public opinion is no kind of freedom at all."
"In schools, mental health should be everybody's job. Too often, it ends up being no one's."
"If you support Trump, you are a White Supremacist. Full stop. Not just the passive amount of White Supremacy that we all end up participating in, in an inherently White Supremacist system—you are an active, hateful, dangerous White Supremacist... You can be in the PTA and you can pay your taxes and you can volunteer at your local homeless shelter and at the same time you can be actively upholding the oppression of others. It has been done before and it is being done now."