AltMedia

Mar 24

Oct 16

theatlantic:

On Affirmative Action, the Court Tackles a Deceptively Simple Question

You could say that the whole point of something like the Equal Protection Clause is to take race off the table,” Chief Justice John Roberts mused from the bench yesterday.
Many Americans believe just that—that the central command of the Equal Protection Clause is to produce a system where race doesn’t matter and we don’t have to think about it.
Many other Americans, however, believe that the point of the Clause—of the whole Fourteenth Amendment, in fact—is to bring about real equality, not as goal or a motto but as a fact. And if government has to take account of race to do that, so be it.
Both groups contain people of good will. And neither group can understand a word the other says.
The gap was on display Tuesday at the Supreme Court, when the justices heard argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Schuette asks a deceptively simple question: Can the people of a state, by majority vote, make it unlawful for colleges and universities to use race-based affirmative action in admissions—which is perfectly legal under the Constitution?
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

theatlantic:

On Affirmative Action, the Court Tackles a Deceptively Simple Question

You could say that the whole point of something like the Equal Protection Clause is to take race off the table,” Chief Justice John Roberts mused from the bench yesterday.

Many Americans believe just that—that the central command of the Equal Protection Clause is to produce a system where race doesn’t matter and we don’t have to think about it.

Many other Americans, however, believe that the point of the Clause—of the whole Fourteenth Amendment, in fact—is to bring about real equality, not as goal or a motto but as a fact. And if government has to take account of race to do that, so be it.

Both groups contain people of good will. And neither group can understand a word the other says.

The gap was on display Tuesday at the Supreme Court, when the justices heard argument in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. Schuette asks a deceptively simple question: Can the people of a state, by majority vote, make it unlawful for colleges and universities to use race-based affirmative action in admissions—which is perfectly legal under the Constitution?

Read more. [Image: Reuters]


May 2

Apr 29
“Things can change in an instant, so why not live truthfully?”

The NBA’s Jason Collins has now become the first openly gay athlete playing in one of the four major sports in North America.

Read more behind the monumental ’Sports Illustrated’ cover story.

(via theatlantic)


Apr 26
Children demonstrate how to use bulletproof backpacks as shields in Aurora, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters
Read the whole story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/26/us-bulletproof-uniforms-gun-control

Children demonstrate how to use bulletproof backpacks as shields in Aurora, Colorado. Photograph: Rick Wilking/Reuters

Read the whole story here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/apr/26/us-bulletproof-uniforms-gun-control


Apr 25
Mars rover draws a penis.  How did NASA program the potty humor of 12-year-old into this thing?  I wonder if it’s farting all over the place too.  Technology is amazing.

Mars rover draws a penis.  How did NASA program the potty humor of 12-year-old into this thing?  I wonder if it’s farting all over the place too.  Technology is amazing.


Jan 26
Oh hi. We’re talking about Tumblr with ONA in SF. Come join us.

Oh hi. We’re talking about Tumblr with ONA in SF. Come join us.


Jul 23

Jun 28


Page 1 of 30