Get in here, everyone get in here. Look into each other’s eyes. Now! Look into each other’s eyes, I want one more day with you. It’s the most fun, the best team I have ever been on and no matter what happens we must not give in. We owe it to each other. Play for each other. I need one more day with you guys, I need to see what Ryan Theriot will wear tomorrow, I want to play defense behind Ryan Vogelsong because he’s never been to the playoffs. Play for each other not yourself. Win each moment. Win each inning. It’s all we have left.
—Hunter Pence, October 9, 2012 pre-game speech (via Andrew Baggerly/ CSNBayArea.com, h/t @ruhee_)
Yet, as big as the almost certainly irreversible retreat of the sea ice will figure in the future of the planet, it has attracted relatively little attention in the here and now. A study released on Thursday by Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, found that over the last few months, Representative Paul Ryan’s fitness routine—he’s a big fan of what’s known as the P90X workout plan—has received three times as much television coverage as the ice loss.
It’s this passing reference to women who cover themselves from head-to-toe, usually in black, wearing what’s called a niqab, that hit home for me. Doug Saunders mentions this as a phenomenon and then makes the obvious link to concerns about what the wearing of this covering might say about gender and sexual equality. Later in the piece, Saunders suggests that the issue of gender and sexual equality is sorted out over time.
“And while Muslims are currently more conservative on issues such as tolerance of homosexuality and the rights of women, their views are vastly more liberal than in their countries of origin – and tend to align with Western views in the second generation.”
This passing of the buck to the next generation is normal, I suppose, but, to me, the issue of sexual equality is too often glossed over. Women make up slightly more than half the world’s population, and, call me impatient, but I feel that we’ve waited long enough for equality, and, in Canada, we’re supposed to already have it. And when it comes to the example Saunders uses, I have a problem with women who wear full facial coverings, like the niqab. …
Read Agenda producer Meredith Martin’s blog post: “Why Does She Wear A Niqab?“
"Canada, eh? You from Canada, eh?"
Ta-Nehisi Coates on magazines:
It was always a privileged life to be able to support oneself writing for magazines. Now it is an almost unheard of life.
First off, when I say twitter has won I mean over Facebook. Second, I realize that Facebook is worth $50B and Twitter is only worth $10B (technically $8B at last valuation but the rumored Apple investment would’ve valued the company at $10B). So, no, I’m not an idiot, I do realize that $50 is…
I’m not sure I completely agree, but, you know, fuck Facebook.
From The Washington Post:
"Muhammad Rahim, an Afghan who was a translator for Osama bin Laden," and who is now at Guantanamo Bay, wrote to his lawyer:
"Dear Mr. Warner!" he wrote in a separate freshly declassified letter. "Lebron James is a very bad man. He should apologize to the city of Cleveland."
Warner says Rahim’s sentiment about the NBA star who left the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat reflects his client’s tribal values, in which loyalty is paramount and “betrayals are not tolerated or forgiven, although an honest apology from an offending peer is valued.”
Can’t make that shit up. Read the full piece: “A kitty for bin Laden’s translator.”