‘Loving Kids Like That Is a Waste’

Sarah Terzo for LifeNews.com, on pregnant couples aborting babies with Down syndrome:

Rayna Rapp, a former abortion clinic worker who aborted a baby with Down syndrome herself, conducted a survey of women and couples who sought amniocentesis to screen for Down syndrome and other problems with their babies. All of the interviewees intended to abort if the baby was found to have Down syndrome. Some of the things that these parents say about Down syndrome children are deeply troubling to anyone who values life.

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On Driving and Parenting

Ben Brooks, “So That’s It Then”:

You get in your car and you turn right onto James.

And you mutter: “So that’s it?”

And that really is it.

It is more strenuous to get a driver’s license than to be given the responsibility of raising a human life. And that’s both terrifying, and at the same time, the way it should be.

Even after two kids, I still cannot believe, that this is it.

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On Christopher Thomas Knight

Michael Finkel for GQ, “The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit”:

When, said Perkins-Vance, was the last time he’d had contact with another person?

Sometime in the 1990s, answered Knight, he passed a hiker while walking in the woods.

“What did you say?” asked Perkins-Vance.

“I said, ‘Hi,’ ” Knight replied. Other than that single syllable, he insisted, he had not spoken with or touched another human being, until this night, for twenty-seven years.

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On #Ferguson

David Carr, writing for the New York Times:

For people in the news business, Twitter was initially viewed as one more way to promote and distribute content. But as the world has become an ever more complicated place — a collision of Ebola, war in Iraq, crisis in Ukraine and more — Twitter has become an early warning service for news organizations, a way to see into stories even when they don’t have significant reporting assets on the ground. And in a situation hostile to traditional reporting, the crowdsourced, phone-enabled network of information that Twitter provides has proved invaluable.

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‘He Shared With Her His Firmest Handshake, Like I Taught Him’

Paul Ford, “How to Be Polite”:

Politeness buys you time. It leaves doors open. I’ve met so many people whom, if I had trusted my first impressions, I would never have wanted to meet again. And yet — many of them are now great friends. I have only very rarely touched their hair.

Great read.

(via Daring Fireball)

‘Stop Being a Tourist’

Thomas Ricker, writing for The Verge:

I consider “tourist” to be the filthiest of words. It’s the curse I grumble when caught behind pedestrians walking without purpose on big-city sidewalks. But I differentiate between explorer and tourist: the former being someone that travels to an unfamiliar place to learn about it, the latter a barbaric asshat driven by the desire to document his very existence. The “I was here” photographer with a penchant for flashing a peace sign.

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On Robin Williams and Mental Illness

Rebecca Ruiz for Mashable, “Finally, We’re Talking About Mental Illness Like Adults”:

For some, Williams’ death has served as a painful trigger and reminder of their own struggles. Those emotions only intensified on Tuesday when the coroner assigned to the case released graphic details about the nature of Williams’ suicide. Many believed this unnecessary information tested the public’s breaking point regarding Williams’ death.

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‘Life Is About Compassion, Not Fairness’

Ben Brooks, “Compassionate Tools”:

It should make sense to keep people from becoming homeless, or so financially burdened with taxes that they cannot afford to clothe their children, but then that system would not be fair in the least.

We should strive not to be fair on a whole, but to achieve fairness with each person. If paying taxes means you will go homeless, there should in fact be compassion there to analyze the situation and make a decision on a person-by-person basis. Fairness be damned.

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‘Eaze Promises Pot Delivery Anywhere in San Francisco’

Sarah Buhr, writing for TechCrunch:

Started by former Yammer sales director Keith McCarty, Eaze is an Uber-like medical marijuana delivery service with an app that tells you when your “caregiver” (that is, delivery driver) will arrive with the goods at your door.

The drugs can only be delivered to those with a legal medical marijuana card. Once a user is verified that they have a legal license to buy in the state of California, they can choose from a variety of strains and quantities.

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‘My Job Is Now About Tests and Data — Not Children. I Quit’

Valerie Strauss, reporting for The Washington Post:

Susan Sluyter is a veteran teacher of young children in the Cambridge Public Schools who has been connected to the district for nearly 20 years and teaching for more than 25 years. Last month she sent a resignation letter ( “with deep love and a broken heart”) explaining that she could no longer align her understanding of how young children learn best in safe, developmentally appropriate environments with the testing and data collection mandates imposed on teachers today.

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