The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance by Jamila Raqib

Jamila Raqib presented The Secret to Effective Nonviolent Resistance as a TED Talk, outlining ways we can solve problems without killing each other.

6 Things Black Men Tell Their Sons About Traffic Stops

USA Today published 6 Things Black Men Tell Their Sons About Traffic Stops, following recent events in Louisiana and Minnesota. After a recent conversation with a friend, I sent the article to him. Here’s his response:

I found the first 3 things actually what I would tell my kids and I try and do during a traffic stop. Maybe it is the logical side of me but I always assumed any sudden moves would create someone being antsy. I guess the difference is, being white, I have a lot more leeway in what I am allowed to do and mess up.

4-6 were definitely things I don’t think about. To me those 3 things, especially #5, are where the large difference lies.

A Highly Scientific Taxonomy of Haters by Negin Farsad

Negin Farsad presented A Highly Scientific Taxonomy of Haters as a TED Talk, giving a comedic look at haters.

This Fake TED Talk About Nothing Might Be the Best You’ve Ever Seen

Mashable published This Fake TED Talk About Nothing Might Be the Best You’ve Ever Seen, and it’s brilliant.

The Chinese Zodiac, Explained by ShaoLan Hseuh

ShaoLan Hseuh presented The Chinese Zodiac, Explained as a TED Talk, providing insight to another culture.

Rape to Battery

This morning a saw the headline Man Charged With Two Rapes Gets One Day in Jail. My first thought was What the Hell (or something like that), wondering what’s going on that’s causing rapists to get such light punishment. In this case the punishment wasn’t for rape. It was instead for battery, which appears to be the equivalent of getting into a bar fight. I know plenty of people that have been arrested for bar fights that haven’t spent a night in jail so I guess the punishment fits the charges, but the charges don’t seem to fit the crime.

Few people know why the charges of rape were allowed to be pleaded down to misdemeanor battery, but I hope the only reason is because a rape didn’t happen, otherwise they risk sending the message that rape is about the same as battery.

Why I Bring Theater to the Military by Adam Driver

Adam Driver presented Why I Bring Theater to the Military as a TED Talk, performed by Jesse J. Perez and Matt Johnson.