Amuse-Bouches [Links I Love]: April 8 – May 1

Here’s the latest list of stuff I found interesting on the interwebz, April 8 through May 1:

  • Over 200 Girls in Nigeria Kidnapped Because They Attended School
    Sometimes there are stories that hit me so hard, that hit squarely in the soft spot of one of the issues near and dear to my heart, that I can't even talk or think about them logically. My heart is in my throat the instant I hear them. This is one of those stories.

    These girls were taken on April 16th, and they remain missing. Sign the online petitions (linked in this article). If you're on social media, use the hashtags listed to add your voice to the outcry. Tell your friends about this horrifying story. Keep it in the news until the girls are returned home.

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Welcome to the Finger-Wagging Olympics
    I was glad to hear the NBA acted quickly to ban Donald Sterling for life – until I heard more about Sterling's very public and very racist past. Something about the previous look-the-other-way attitude made me uncomfortable. I couldn't have said it this well, but thankfully Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did.

    "So, if we’re all going to be outraged, let’s be outraged that we weren’t more outraged when his racism was first evident. Let’s be outraged that private conversations between people in an intimate relationship are recorded and publicly played. Let’s be outraged that whoever did the betraying will probably get a book deal, a sitcom, trade recipes with Hoda and Kathie Lee, and soon appear on Celebrity Apprentice and Dancing with the Stars.

    "Let’s use this tawdry incident to remind ourselves of the old saying: ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.’ Instead of being content to punish Sterling and go back to sleep, we need to be inspired to vigilantly seek out, expose, and eliminate racism at its first signs.”

  • Death and Taxes
    The first act of this "This American Life" episode is a lovely portrait of hospice workers & the work they do. It made me wish we had done hospice care for my dad instead of just being at the hospital (where no one was there to guide us through the dying process).

    Having someone on hand to think about the things you don't even know you need to think about, to answer the questions you don't even know you have… It's impossible to overstate the importance of this at a time when your brain isn't capable of dealing with what's right in front of you.

  • You’re a Stranger Too? Have Some Soup.
    My friend Pam captures my feelings about Passover pretty beautifully in this post. It's been too many years since I attended a Seder; next year I need to find one.
  • Iranian killer’s execution halted at last minute by victim’s parents
    The photo of the two mothers embracing & sobbing together is just… Wow.
  • GoldieBlox Means Well But Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype

    "It's just hard not to feel like GoldieBlox has rocketed into public consciousness not because it's a magical play experience for kids, but rather because it gives grownups something to argue about."

  • ‘World’s Most Haunted Island’ For Sale In Italy, Poveglia Is A ‘Crumbling Collection’ Of Abandoned Buildings
    So… Anybody wanna buy a haunted island in Italy? I mean, I'm willing to go halfsies on it.
  • This Pie Chart Is Delicious And Statistically Sound
    In which a baker creates a pie chart of America's favorite pie flavors using… PIE. The actual flavors in the survey, as a matter of fact. It's hilarious & brilliant.

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