50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

This is a clip from a long but excellently written article in The Atlantic by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

Politicians are suddenly eager to disown failed policies on American prisons, but they have failed to reckon with the history. Reconsidering Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s report on “The Negro Family,” 50 years later.

Source: 50 Years After the Moynihan Report, Examining the Black Family in the Age of Mass Incarceration – The Atlantic

Gay Marriage Is Legal but Abortion Is Still a Crime in Ireland — Even in Rape or Incest Cases

This makes sense to me.  Abortion is a much more morally complex issue.abortion

At 16 weeks into her pregnancy, Lily, 35, found out that her baby had a fatal fetal abnormality and — once born — would survive only hours outside the womb.

“We really wanted the baby,” she told VICE News, recalling how “shell-shocked” the discovery made her.

Unluckily for Lily she was living in Ireland, where abortion — in almost every situation — is considered a crime. She was given the opportunity to either carry the baby to term, or to travel to an NHS hospital in the UK to have an early induction. “I think I was quite shocked at that point to know that that couldn’t be dealt with in my own maternity hospital here. It’s the worst possible news you can get. Devastating,” she told VICE News.  more

Boston and Baghdad – we risk to help

One of the most moving aspects of the Boston Marathon bombing is that swiftly after the bombing, runners, who are very similar to regular people, rushed toward danger to help the injured.  We humans really LIKE each other.  I am reminded of WIKILEAKS “Collateral Murder” video wherein even knowing there was an armed US helicopter hovering overhead people still rushed to help the wounded.  The US shot the helpers too but the point is they were willing to risk even death by American gunners to give aid.  What does that tell us about the strength of our connections to each other?  Yay for our side!