The New Untouchables | The New York Times

I have referenced Thomas Friedman's October 2009 piece countless times while teaching, facilitating PD, working one on one with students and business developers alike. The implications span sector and time. It seemed timely to dig it out of the archives. 

 

Ketchup sandwiches and other things stupid poor people eat | Think Progress

That this timely, straightforward article would give us all pause and deepen empathy.

"When looking at a spider’s web can you point to the 8th spun web, or the 108th? There are those who claim this astounding ability — those who take full credit for crafting, spin by spin, a better life than ours, a life without aid. If you had help paying for college, if someone bought you your first car, if you had health insurance growing up, if your mom never cried over $17, you were lucky. The Hail Mary toss of birth landed you in a family that could put you on a soccer team and buy cleats as your foot grew. And someone was home to help you with your math and give you a gummy vitamin each morning. That’s called aid, by the way. And not all kids get it, but all kids should."

Caitlin Moran on being a 21st Century woman – and Kim K’s buttocks | Stuff.co.nz

Per usual, Caitlin Moran's take on cultural events and assumptions will induce laughter and thought. 

How 'Concept Creep' Made Americans So Sensitive to Harm | The Atlantic

Resilience is much like a muscle, needing exertion and some stress to stave off atrophy. Our present heightened awareness of all things triggering and potentially harmful is completely, utterly well intentioned. And could have some unintended consequences.

Why Do We Teach Girls That It’s Cute to Be Scared? | The New York Times

A provocative, always relevant question. Caroline Paul takes it on with grace and tenacity. What's your take? (Comment below if you like.)

A grandmother's 36-year hunt for the child stolen by the Argentinian junta | The Guardian

While living in Buenos Aires, I was fortunate to be trusted with friends and colleagues accounts of life under the military junta in the 70s and 80s. This amazing and heartbreaking account offers another glimpse into those terrifying, dark years.

Naomi Oreskes, a Lightning Rod in a Changing Climate | The New York Times

Naomi Oreskes, taking on climate change rhetoric. That her's would be a household name.