Category Archives: News & Politics

The Wide Spectrum of Life: A Pro-Choice Perspective

I posted this quote on my Facebook from the Texas State Affairs Hearing on HB 2: "Tell me, where does pro-life stop and start? Does pro-life stop when a child is born?" -Rep. Sylvester Turner I don't think there are simple answers to either side of the situation, but I think it's important to move the discussion of life beyond a child being carried to term.   By posing this question, Rep. Turner is presenting and highlighting the rhethorical and real-life complexities related to the decision Read more [...]

Why PBS Matters to Me

In the first of the 2012 Presidential Debates, Mitt Romney said the following: I'm going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you [Jim Lehrer] too. NPR.org  -Transcript And Audio: First Obama-Romney Debate As it turns out PBS gets actually very little funding from the federal government (See this visual illustration of PBS federal funding).  As Neil deGrasse Tyson tweeted: Cutting PBS support (0.012% of budget) to help Read more [...]

Ways Facebook Could Promote Saving Lives Beyond Organ Donations

I read today that Facebook is encouraging organ donations.  I think this is a great effort and more people should be organ donors.  Ultimately I want this campaign to be successful (and it looks like it is) , but I do have a few concerns: This feature is kind of hidden away.  In fact, I didn't realize the amount of "Timeline Life Events" I could indicate until I started writing this.  This speaks to a larger problem Facebook has with rolling out new site changes without really communicating Read more [...]