Describing the wrenching poverty and despair of early life before the National Health Service, Mr. Smith tells Britons to defend public health care: "My life is your history. And let's keep it that way!"
#Obamacare isn't perfect, but it is a huge step forward that the President deserves daily credit for, and which demands constant vigilance to protect.
The Oscars may be all-white but they're still disabled. The portrayal of disability in American film is a strong indicator of awards success:
Note: this piece points out the bizarre relationship of Hollywood film awards to portrayals of disability (by non-disabled actors). It deliberately uses some antiquated, now painful terminology in reference to certain disabilities. If offense is taken, my advice is "don't take it". Being offended is something we do, not something done to us. If you can't see the word "crippled" without going crazy (or the word "crazy" for that matter) there's no shortage of reading material elsewhere.
The Paris March, the #JeSuisCharlieHebdo and all the other hash tags - all of it - bring the cynics out in full force. Don't be one of them. And if you’re going to be afraid, be afraid of something worthwhile. Not a hashtag. And for God’s sake, don’t be afraid of your own hopes.
The victims of terror – including journalists – are never at fault for being attacked. The moral responsibility rests only on those who commit or abet the crimes. And we must NEVER blame media outlets for publishing freely content which might incite evil conduct. The evil is in what men do in response.
But it seems unfair to castigate media outlets who won’t publish some things. Those who shy away from offending or inviting terror to the door. Organizations are responsible for protecting their people – people armed only with pens, pencils and keyboards. Things are not as simple as they feel.
New Year's Day is a completely arbitrary choice of day to give yourself a chance to imagine a better world, inside and out.
#UXO (unexploded ordnance, bombs and other materials) litter the world but particularly the unfortunate land of Laos, which soaked up 2 million tons of U.S. weaponry during the illegal Secret War. Those of us not trying to avoid blowing up in our own backyards might help them out by supporting efforts to dig up, destroy and recycle these weapons.
The Jian Ghomeshi case demonstrates how difficult it can to be brave and how easily bullies win through the silent complicity of the less-than-brave.