Sunday, June 26, 2016

Gay execution

Saudi Arabia stones gay people to death. Legal murder! Imagine being the mother or father of someone who is kind, industrious, and happens to know in their hearts that the people they love are of the same gender. Yet, in perhaps 78 countries, same-sex sex is illegal. 

But the tide is turning: in 113 countries, it's legal. 

In some US states, it was legal to arrest people, just for who they love, as recently as 2003! 
But the tide is turning. 

The data is from The Economist magazine, October 11th, 2014. 
Respect for consenting adults is from being human. 

Love is love. 
Same sex couples can have trouble being allowed to adopt. 
If we deny parental rights to homosexuals, 
are we saying that opposite sex spousal abuse is healthier than same-sex love? 
Is that the message we want to send? 

Being straight is great, 
but straight needn't be narrow. 

Words to describe lesbian, bisexuals, gay men:
sister, brother, daughter, son. 

All of the 49 people shot to death were someone's son or daughter. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Celebrity or trade laws?

The death of a celebrity compared to a blow to international trade law? How does US TV news coverage of trade law compare to its coverage of celebrity deaths?

How many people could be impacted by the "British exit" or the TPP?
What stories were covered the most in US TV news?

It's not like the "Brexit" or TPP could affect employment prospects in many countries, is it?
Or that the TPP or Brexit has the potential to effect climate change, is it?
When a celebrity dies, what story does the news cover more?

Could the tv news humanize the TPP debate if it tried?