The justices banned execution of mentally disabled people in 2002. Now they are poised to tell death penalty states that they really meant it.
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On Wednesday, Seth Rogen gave impassioned testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee. The comedian and his wife Lauren Miller recently started a charity dedicated to Alzheimer’s education and research advocacy, Hilarity for Charity. Video of the ever-unassuming Rogen’s plea to support Alzheimer’s research resonated widely across the Internet, already having been viewed more than 3 million times on YouTube.
It’s not just that Rogen is a funny guy and that Alzheimer’s affects more than 5 million Americans, but also that a third of people fear dementia more than they do death. At odds with the massive public response to Rogen’s message, of the 18 members of the subcommittee, only two—Senators Tom Harkin and Jerry Moran—attended the hearing. “Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing,” Rogen tweeted. “Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer’s. Seems to be a low priority.”
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ChIll. is a new Chicago-based online mag looking for writers, editors, a social media manager, and, of course, content. You do not necessarily have to be from Chicago or the surrounding suburbs to contribute to ChIll., but do keep in mind that this is Chicago-based, so Chicago-centric business will come first.
- Content will include:
- original pieces from contributing writers/editors focussing on culture, art, music, social justice issues, and other things relevant to college-aged Chicagoans.
- music/movie/event/book reviews
- promotion of independent and up-and-coming artists (visual art, writing, music, photography, short films, music videos, etc.)
- If interested!
- For artist submissions/suggestions: submit here; include your work, your (or the artist’s) name, and a link to where people can find you (if applicable). Detailed submission guidelines will be listed on the page.
- For interested editors (looking for 2): email me at firstname.lastname@example.org; tell me a little bit about yourself (name, age, where you’re from, if you’re in school, what got you interested, and if you have any journalistic experience), and I will send you a doc with more detailed information about what we’re trying to do. Experience with wordpress is a plus.
- For interested writers: email me; give me your name, age, where you’re from, and why you’re interested. No experience required, just an interest in writing.
- For social media manager: literally, just know how to use tumblr and twitter, and be down for the cause. Shoot me an email, and we’ll set things up.
- NOTE: Social media manager spot can also be given to an interested editor.
Deadline (subject to change) will be February 5th. I am aiming to launch in late February/early March. This is a good opportunity for aspiring journalists who want some published clips, for people who want to get their creations out there, and, hopefully, good reads! Spread the word!
Architecture Studio, a new set from Lego, comes with 1,210 white and translucent bricks. More notable is what it lacks: namely, instructions for any single thing you’re supposed to build with it. Instead, the kit is accompanied by a thick, 277-page guidebook filled with architectural concepts and building techniques alongside real world insights from prominent architecture studios from around the globe. In other words, this box o’ bricks is a little different. Where past Lego products might have had the happy ancillary effect of nurturing youngsters’ interest in architecture, here, that’s the entire point.
Seventy-three different kinds of bricks are included in the set. But bricks are easy to find. It’s the guidebook that’s truly new. Its pages offer accessible overviews of basic architectural concepts, along with illustrated exercises for exploring them in Lego form. Pages on negative space and interior sections, for example, encourage budding builders to think not only about how their miniature creations look from the outside but also in terms of what sorts of spaces they contain within them.
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One day in 2006, New York social worker Dan Cohen realized that with today’s devices, all of his favorite music—he’s a fan of ’60s rock—is at his fingertips, but he might no longer be able to listen to it if he winds up in a nursing home when he’s older. When he called around to local assisted-living facilities, he found that none of them provided personal music players to their residents.
So, he began giving them iPods. Eventually, his project became Music & Memory, a nonprofit that helps seniors living in nursing homes get access to the songs of their youth.