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Equally disturbing is this tidbit we came across: In 8 states, “positive depictions of homosexuals” are still outlawed in public schools. (Source: GLSEN)
From David Graham: “They moved to the margins to appease their base during the primaries. Now that it’s the general election, the candidates are frantically finding their way back to the middle, tap-dancing for their new audience of swing voters.”
Jessica Bennett looks back at the students charged in connection with the suicide of 15-year-old South Hadley High School student Phoebe Prince. Schoolyard bullying can have tragic consequences, she writes. But should it be a crime?
The video above is an exclusive look at what could be the country’s first official cannabis factory, a 60,000 sq. ft. facility in Oakland that would house 30,000 plants and could produce $50 million of cannabis per year. Part of a proposal by Gropech, a non-profit that promises to create hundreds of union jobs and reinvest profits in the Bay Area if given a permit by the Oakland City Council, the facility would supply medical dispensaries across the state in an attempt to bring transparency to the growing process.
[Curator’s Note: Upon first viewing this, I half expected an introduction by Dr. Pierre Chang of the Dharma Initiative. Namaste!]
The new growth market!
“I got picked on. I got mocked. I got a little scar on my chin when a bully turned my desk over in study hall, with me in it, and my face hit the floor. That was seventh grade. But you know what? It gets better.”
via NPR Arts Editor Trey Graham.
The latest genius of Dan Savage, editor of our little hometown alt-weekly, The Stranger. (We only learned recently what “the stranger” stands for. Sick.)
Michael Hirsh, in his final column for Newsweek, on why, with America in trouble, our economists are AWOL and our scientists are off “financial engineering”
From the Newsweek photo team: How we stood united after 9/11.
Andrew Romano, on why there’d be fewer jobs and bigger deficits if Republicans were in charge.
Katrina, a year later by Vincent Laforet
Hundreds of years ago, when I first started working at Time, I was taught that anniversary stories are some of the lowest forms of journalism around, and that Time would never stoop to them (clearly, that publication is in a much different place now).
But for Katrina, I think it’s important to suspend this rule, because it really was a critical moment. If there is any real, fundamental danger to America (as opposed to all of Fox’s made-up stuff, that is), this is it: That the country will fail because its government does not provide even minimally competent services to its citizens.
Look at Vince’s pictures—they’re fantastic; see NOLA’s really nice five year’s after coverage (and remember what an amazing, essential job that paper did in 2005); watch ABC’s livestream from there today.