It's beginning to feel as if the news is so terrible and disheartening on a daily basis that there's just nothing we can do anymore but watch the world burn.
Lapis Lazuli, it turns out, used to be super valuable in Afghanistan--it was like gold and used in a similar fashion.
It seems weird that comedians should be awarded Grammy Awards in the first place. Maybe they should have their own comedian awards rather than being awarded just because they had an album made of their jokes and talking. I LOVE comedy, I love some comedians very much, but Grammys are supposed to be for music, right? If not, could anyone who read an audiobook or any politician who made a speech that was recorded also get a Grammy?
While popular scientist Neil DeGrasse Tyson has finally addressed the accusations of sexual harrasment and assault against him publicly after being accused years ago and, more recently, accused by multiple women, and many people find his accounts moving and refreshing since he's apologized for some of his behavior in a less condescending way than other men have, others are finding his remarks quite problematic.
Malawi tribal chief Theresa Kachindamoto is an incredible inspiration. The woman, fed up with all of the child marriages ruining so many lives of the local girls in Central Malawi, took a stand and just opened up communication with the girls' parents in order to protect them from child marriage. She explained to them what better chances their daughters could have in live if, instead of marrying so young, they were given the opportunity to finish school and use their education for a good job. She's saved at least 850 girls through her tireless efforts.
The #metoo campaign has been doing some great things for the national conversation about sex abuse and in the case of Larry Nassar, the USA Gymnastics team doctor who was just convicted on multiple accounts of sexual abuse, it's also helped achieve justice where its due, which also helps prevent predators from hurting more people. Judge Rosemarie Aquilina had no reservations sentencing him "to his death" in jail for up to 175 years for his crimes.
How many women are we going to see imprisoned for crimes they committed after a lifetime of abuse, neglect, rape and crimes committed against them that went unaddressed for years? It seems like we hear of these cases all of the time while less than 10% of rapists will see a day in jail (and those who do just go on to get out early, repeat their crimes and ruin more lives). When we come across a case of a person who was sex trafficked and abused from an early age until the day his or her crimes were committed, it should definitely give us pause rather than have us send them to jail.
"Let. Her. Speak. Please!"
Women in science are trolling Bill Nye the Science Guy, but they're doing it very politely. Men in science are doing it as well with the hashtag #BillMeetScienceTwitter, where scientists who believe that the engineer needs more actual scientists on his show are introducing themselves to him.
Or at least that's what their latest ad campaign would have you believe. Its website, entitled Everything I Do is Wrong, sympathizes with these poor victims. Because there's nothing worse than observing a hormonal trainwreck from the outside, am I right? Women, man. Can't live with or without. Luckily, milk alleviates the symptoms of the lady-crazy (allegedly--or not). So feed your woman dairy and you'll be good to go.
We've seen this kind of advertising rhetoric before, where women are screeching, irrational harpies and men their sympathetic victims. Somehow, in the thousands of years that humans have been around, we still haven't gotten over the fact that hormone levels--and sometimes moods--change throughout a menstrual cycle. We still love the idea of the uncontrollable bitch. It still sells products, even something so commonplace as milk.