Designer: Maximo Riera
I discovered that TED and TEDWomen have never featured a talk on abortion.
…When I asked around, the consensus was that the omission was simply an oversight. But it turns out TED is deliberately keeping abortion off the agenda. When asked for comment, TED content director and TEDWomen co-host Kelly Stoetzel said that abortion did not fit into their focus on “wider issues of justice, inequality and human rights.”
“Abortion is more of a topical issue we wouldn’t take a position on, any more than we’d take a position on a state tax bill,” Stoetzel explained. She pointed me to a few talks on women’s health and birth control, but this made the refusal to discuss abortion only more glaring. In the last three years, the United States has seen more abortion restrictions enacted than in the entire previous decade; the United Nations has classified the lack of access to abortion as torture; and Savita Halappanavar died in Ireland because a Catholic hospital refused to end her doomed pregnancy. Just how is abortion not an issue of “justice, inequality and human rights”?
WHERE are they getting this stuff !!
plugging in a usb on the right side on the first try
Meet North America’s smallest turtle
… the threatened bog turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii). This juvenile was found on Wallkill River Refuge in NJ and NY. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Susi von Oettingen recently talked about it and other species at risk on Fox News Connecticut (see here). Saving these species matters, she said, because they’re part of our conservation heritage. They also could have medical or commercial value.
Credit: Rosie Walunas/USFWS
deep love for the bog turtle
EVERYONE PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION. Especially if you’re Asian.
On January 30th, 2014, California Senate just passed SCA-5, a legislation that would repeal portions of California Proposition 209.
In condensed words, this bill allows schools to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ASIANS.