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One tweet perfectly calls out how the media portrays Black violence

On Saturday night, police armed with tear gas and pepper spray were called in to contain riots that broke out during a pumpkin festival in Keene, N.H. 

CNN reported that those involved — many of whom were students at nearby Keene State College — yelled expletives at police, started fires, flipped cars and tore down street signs. Video footage showed bonfires burning well into Sunday morning, as well as streets littered with broken bottles and debris. Dozens of arrests were made, and multiple ambulances reported to the area to help the injured.

Ferguson was treated considerably differently Follow micdotcom

The Internet generation didn’t become the “brunch generation” by accident. They were taught about the hipness of brunch from those who came before them, like Shaftel. And sure, maybe he’s right in that they’ve taken it a little too far. But still, whether you hate brunch, or love it, it’s not worth condemning everyone under 30 over. Every generation looks like misbehaving whippersnappers to the generation above it. Maybe by the time they’re Shaftel’s age, millennials will hate brunch, too.
Chris Osterndorf, "In defense of brunch" (via dailydot)


States that box women into illegal alternatives become complicit in their alleged misconduct

In January 2012, Jennifer Whalen purchased two drugs — mifepristone and misoprostol — without a prescription from an online pharmacy to help her 16-year-old daughter have an at-home abortion. Whalen was charged with a third-degree felony for violating Pennsylvania’s legal code, which allows only licensed physicians to perform abortions. On Sept. 5 she was sentenced to nine to 18 months in prison and received one year of probation for the misdemeanor of dispensing a drug without a pharmacist’s license.

Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren says her office had no choice but to press charges. Whalen “endanger[ed] the welfare of a child through the unauthorized practice of medicine and pharmacy,” she said. The district attorney is right: Whalen broke the law and endangered her daughter, so some punitive response is appropriate. But is her punishment morally fair?

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by Susan Dwyer

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