A Mississippi law passed in 2012 restricted teachers from teaching condom use in sex ed classes. In response, educator and education reform advocate Sanford Johnson developed a simple (and pretty funny) workaround:
Whether you’re wearing an athletic shoe, or whether you’re using a dress shoe, it doesn’t matter to me as long as your foot is protected…. Make sure that you have on a sock.
Confused on proper sock use?
Let Mr. Johnson demonstrate before you engage in any further shoe activity…
In a recent column abrasively titled “Are You Aware of the Avalanche of Gay Programming Assaulting Your Home?”, minister and author Larry Tomczak tries to defend the tired notion of a shifty and insidious “gay agenda.” He goes so far as to say that “LGBTQ advocates are extremely deceptive, sophisticated and strategic in working to lead a generation over the cliff to destruction.”
Of course, according to him, one of these crafty evildoers’ main strategies is infiltrating movies and television. Among the laundry list of shows that are apparently overwhelmed with gays, he mentions Ellen…
And now Ellen has responded in gloriously Ellenesque fashion, discussing what “all us gays do” and explaining what her actual agenda is…
Despite the facts surrounding vaccination being widely available and entirely substantiated, there is an unfortunate and, it seems, increasing trend toward rejecting them. And even though it feels like the sorts of folks who are anti-vaccine won’t be convinced by anything, it doesn’t hurt to keep on restating reality.
The largest refugee crisis since World War II is happening right now.
Slavery, Isis, beheadings and crucifixions. Just a few of the nightmares Syrian families are fleeing their homes from. In just three days, Turkey took in more Syrian refugees than Europe has in three years. Violence from the Assad regime has forced ten million people from their homes – that’s half the country – and more than 3 million out of the country itself. There are now 3.3 million refugees, and over half are children.
Take a moment and consider that Manhattan has just over 1.5 million inhabitants. Imagine them all having to flee. This video may help…
That’s what’s happening in Syria.
And of course, neighboring countries have borne the brunt of the war by taking in these millions. But now, they can’t keep up. In some of the poorest communities in the Middle East, the strain on resources has made life nearly unbearable.
Lebanon has welcomed 1,600,000 refugees, swelling its population by 36%. While at last count the UK had only resettled 54.
The statistics are shocking, but they don’t tell the individual stories of those so personally affected. They don’t tell Dalya’s story – a mother of four who had to sell her asthma medication to pay rent. Or Khalida’s story, another mother of four who was hit by a sniper and paralysed from the neck down. For them, every day is a fight for survival.
We in the international community are not yet stepping up to meet these needs as well as we could. Millions do not have enough to eat, fuel to keep warm, or a safe place to lay their heads.
When we talk about the military as one unit, it’s easy to forget soldiers are individual people with different identities, not just imposing uniforms. Photographer Devin Mitchell wanted to remedy that. He told Mic…
The military community has expressed their interest in using my art to communicate how many of them feel to be living double lives while serving in the military. People who have never served have shown interest in knowing more about the diversified aspects of what causes veterans to feel that way.
So Mitchell created The Veteran Art Project, a photo project that uses photoshop to showcase the people on the other side of the uniform — literally…
In 2005, Marine Travis Williams and his 12-man squad were sent on a rescue mission. Only he returned.
Here he tells the horrific story and talks about the aftermath, both in the days the followed as well as his life now. It is impossible to imagine what it must be like to live through this, especially when you hear him say the one thing that he’s most proud of in the years that have followed.