License to Ill

Recently, Texas, under the watch of the bestest woman-hating Governor that ever did exist, began offering a license plate featuring the phrase “One State Under God.” Normally, I would chalk up this kind of blatant violation of separation of church and state to the backwards mentality of Texas in general, but after a quick image search on Google of “In God We Trust license plates”, I found that quite a few other states already offer this type of state-issued bumper sticker-type ideology.  Kentucky, South Carolina, Oklahoma, Georgia, Indiana, Florida, and Virginia (among others) currently offer license plates with “In God … Continue reading License to Ill

Kony 2012 & The White Savior Industrial Complex

 I’m a bit late to the Kony 2012 party and I’m now feeling very uneasy about Invisible Children’s narrow-minded solution to ending child soldiering in Uganda – just arrest Joseph Kony by December!   Much has been written in the past two weeks about Invisible Children’s lack of transparency and video producer Jason Russell’s recent health problems (read Rhyme et Reason’s post on the topic). What I haven’t read about until today is the campaign’s most glaring and problematic aspect – it perfectly illustrates the White Savior Industrial Complex, as brilliantly explained by Teju Cole, a writer for The Atlantic. (Cole … Continue reading Kony 2012 & The White Savior Industrial Complex

“Never Let Me Go”- Florence + the Machine

Florence + The Machine’s Ceremonials (her 2011 release and follow up to Lungs) is an absolute revelation–a treasure of an album that is creepy and dark, triumphant and truly moving all at once. Simply put: it overwhelms me.   Her latest single, “Never Let Me Go” is easily Ceremonials’ stand-out track. It is a hugely dramatic song about drowning and love sung with such a dirge-like quality that it seems more appropriate for a cathedral than an arena. Welch’s vocals coupled with those of the choir are profoundly devotional.   Given the subject matter why she didn’t play this song … Continue reading “Never Let Me Go”- Florence + the Machine

World Water Day 2012

Today is International World Water Day, which is important to us at Rhyme et Reason because everyone does not have access to clean potable water and OUR (“first world”/”developed”/”Western”) eating habits are largely to blame.   Food for thought on your lunch break!   The United Nations says:     There are 7 billion people to feed on the planet today and another 2 billion are expected to join by 2050. Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: … Continue reading World Water Day 2012

Women’s History Month Spotlight: Barbara Mikulski

(Image via the Senator’s website)   While many think History is simply the retelling of the things that happened to rich old dead white men often by old white men (and sometimes it can be–see: Newt Gingrich and Glenn Beck) it isn’t just that. After all, things that happened in the past are only a blink and a click away.   As a former History major (who has long since graduated) I think we have a responsibility to make sure that what is being remembered, recounted and recalled (especially in text–hello: Texas and Arizona) is inclusive of many perspectives, representative … Continue reading Women’s History Month Spotlight: Barbara Mikulski

TED talks come to Netflix

TEDTalks are for people who enjoy listening to intelligent people talking about complex topics in simple ways. Netflix has just struck a deal with TED so that specially themed talks will appear on Netflix.  They range from talks about crime to biology to just about anything you can think of, including fashion. Each episode is under 18 minutes, which makes these talks unique. They’re not going to bore you to tears but they might get some ideas flowing in your head or you might be inspired to help people.  Watch this talk on Photosynth, a really awesome app that allows … Continue reading TED talks come to Netflix