Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, January 10 through January 16:
- Acceptable Losses
This is a fantastic piece, which I’d quote in its entirety, so you should just click on the link now and read the whole thing. A couple excerpts to get you started:
“Something is wrong when your fellow citizens argue, in broad daylight, with no sense of shame, that the slaughter of young children is a price we must pay for certain intangible freedoms. Something is wrong when politicians propose armed guards in schools as a logical step toward improving our way of life. Something is far wrong when gun manufacturers and the National Rifle Association can valuate our children in the currency of their own bottomless need for power.”
“There are better ways to protect against the random nature of the universe than locking children into de facto prisons. There are more civilized responses to mental illness than a state of siege warfare. We can find them.
“But in order to implement them, we have to be heard over the shouting of those who value their guns more than their countrymen. And it pains me to say this, because I’m a believer in dialogue, and negotiation, and compromise as ways to reduce violence. But I’ve come to realize, in the aftermath of this latest massacre, that there is no way for me to have a conversation with people who still see no need for restricting access to guns, because they hold values I will never share.
“What’s more, it has become painfully evident that many of the superficially sensible arguments in favor of senseless death aren’t even about values, really. Like climate change denial, they are stalling tactics used to divert us from making change. Which is why my New Year’s resolution, and my response to the deaths at Sandy Hook, is this: I will no longer waste my time and energy on those whose only goal is to waste my time and energy. I will work to reduce the availability of guns in this country, and I will not engage with anyone who opposes that work.”
- Scapegoat Hunter
When I saw this the other night on The Daily Show, I kept thinking, "I don't think this is funny." To be fair, I don't think Jon Stewart thinks it's funny, either. It's just that the TDS medium is humor, and the response to Newtown from gun rights advocates is so horribly wrong that if you didn't laugh you'd cry.
And thankfully Stewart and the TDS writers are more articulate than I am, because all I could muster as a reply to the people ranting in this story about their guns was "FUCK YOU."
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- Sandy Hook Promise
Make a promise to honor the 26 children and teachers who were killed in Newtown. As the site says, and I so fervently hope, "This time there will be change."
(via @SamanthaBrown on Twitter)
- We Are Newtown
I got my "We Are Newtown" T-shirt – have you gotten yours yet?
- How to make a perfect cappuccino at home
An adorable video in which the 6-year-old daughter of Linda & Steve (of The Beehive & Cross-Pollinate) demonstrates how to make the perfect cappuccino at home. You’ll never be without good Italian coffee again.
- The image of Tuscany begins like this…
January’s Italy Roundtable topic is THE BEGINNING, which led Gloria – a Tuscany native – to think about all the books about Tuscany that she’s browsed over the years. How they begin, how they introduce her home region, is the focus of her post.
- New beginnings for old things
As we’ve seen in past editions of the Italy Roundtable, Alexandra has a penchant for Italy’s artisans. This month, she’s highlighting an often-overlooked sector of craftspeople – the ones who give new beginnings to old things. I love her stealth photo of Ofelio, the fixer of old purses, that introduces the post. I know I’ve seen several shops that look like his in Italy, and I’m always charmed by them.