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Every time a serious clash begins somewhere in the world, John and I get a ton of messages saying “CAN YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN WHAT IS GOING ON IN THIS PLACE?!!”
You know why we get those messages? Because the news media DOESN’T DO IT! The news appears to think that their purpose is to tell you what politicians are saying about it, give you some gritty details of what life is like on the ground, and then sprinkle in the smallest amount of context as possible. Also, if they can stick in lots of pictures and videos of burning things, that’s good.
I’m happy to make those videos, but part of me wonders why it’s up to me. Why are there tens of thousands of people working at dozens of news networks incapable of giving context to the most important events currently going on in the world. Why does /my/ Twitter blow up? Why isn’t Anderson Cooper’s twitter filled with requests from people who want to know more than what is happening? People want to know why!
Yes, it’s complicated. Yes, it’s nuanced. Yes, there are many different facets to the story…but can you spend a couple paragraphs on that complexity? Maybe devote a few minutes on your cable news show to more than listing the number of casualties while slowly zooming in on a fire.
This week, Tunisia passed a truly historic constitution widely heralded as a progressive and monumental document.
Here’s just some of what these brave elected representatives agreed upon in the face of strong pressure from the more extreme factions of their parties:
- Guaranteed equality between men and women
- A constitutional mandate for environmental protection, only the third country in the world to do so
- A declaration that health care is a human right, with preventative care and treatment for every citizen
- A democracy with civil laws that respects freedom of religion
- An established right to due process and protection from tortureIn one stroke,Tunisia’s become more democratic than many Western countries have been for years.
This is a revolution of democracy and a great victory for human rights — and the more we recognize that, the more Tunisia can shine as an example for the Western and the Arab world!
Congratulate the Legislators!
MESSAGE FOR TUNISIAN LEGISLATORS: We , the citizens of the world, applaud your bravery in making a strong commitment to universal human values in your constitution. People deprived of democracy around the world look to you to set the example of human rights and democratic principle — hold true to the promises made in this revolutionary document!
Huge moment for Tunisia, which has persevered through terrorist attacks and assassinations. The hard work doesn’t end today, of course, but this is a great day nonetheless.
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So I saw this GIF, and then I made noises with my mouth because it felt incomplete.
this is so satisfying
Listened for several minutes.
One time I went on a date to the Olive Garden and I ordered the seafood pasta. I open up one of the muscle oyster things and low and behold there is a tiny crab in there. I freak out and think it’s the craziest thing ever. I keep talking to my then girlfriend about this tiny crab. How hilariously wonderful it is that the little dude crawled in there in the ocean only to become a freaky little part of my pasta. She is very unamused and clearly wants me to shut the hell up about this tiny crab and be a normal person. She is 0% excited about the tiny crab.
The waitress comes over eventually and is like ‘hey how’s the meal?’ and I’m like ‘awesome, but you gotta check this out! i found a tiny crab in here!’ and waitress freaks out and thinks its awesome. And she is like ‘can I take this to show everyone else?’ and I’m all like ‘hells yeah.’ So she does and everyone else that works there thinks it’s awesome.
Girlfriend SUPER annoyed.
Date the waitress instead of your boring girlfriend?
Agreed. Anyone who doesn’t appreciate your tiny crab doesn’t deserve you. This is legit weird…how did this even happen…
hey guys um i think you lost this so i decided to bring it back before you got sad
Imagine if procyonins had been the family that led to sentience instead of hominins. There’d just be a race of three foot tall raccoon people driving around earth it little cars on little roads living in little houses and going to work in little sky scrapers and playing little guitars and eating little hot dogs aND OH MY GOD THEY WOULDN’T EVEN KNOW HOW ADORABLE IT WAS!
Like a black sun reaching its dusty rays into the inky sky. It’s impressionist starporn.
Oh Chemistree, oh chemistree,
How lovely are your beakers.
You wish your chem lab was as cool as mine.
Der Tannenbeaker ist sehr schön.
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