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Digest for May 28th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for May 28th from 11:27 to 11:38:

  • Empathy Workout: Brain Training May Boost Altruism – Can you teach empathy?Scientists using a new combination of brain scans and old-fashioned biofeedback techniques say they helped people focus and boost their feelings of affection and empathy.
  • Leonard Pitts Jr.: Enough slaughter – I am running out of words.
  • Elliot Rodger and America’s ongoing masculinity crisis – A comprehensive breakdown of the 70 mass shootings over the past 32 years — and what they have in common
  • Republicans for More Fat Kids – Is it really cost that’s driving the House GOP to fight Michelle Obama on school lunches? Of course not—it’s the culture wars, the sugar lobby, and plain old hatred of her husband.
  • If Liberals Really Were Hostile to Religion…. – If you put aside those who (a) profess to be mortally offended by the removal of officially sanctioned religious expressions like municipal creches or school prayers, or (b) consider it an act of persecution to be denied taxpayer support for the religious education of their children, or (c) regard themselves as martyred by the obligation to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar's by obeying equal employment or health insurance laws, it's really, really hard to find even semi-plausible examples of threats to "religious liberty" in this country.
  • White Guy Killer Syndrome – Black men are not rolling into college campuses and movie theaters to shoot large numbers of people.
  • “I don’t care about your sympathy”: Father of Isla Vista victim urges action, slams politicians for gun control cowardice – "I don’t give a %$&* that you feel sorry for me," Martinez told politicians. "Get to work and do something"
  • Let’s Stop Subsidizing Economic Inequality – Why must you and I foot the bill, via our taxes, for the callousness of Wal-Mart or Domino's?
  • 7 Pieces of Timeless Wisdom From Maya Angelou – Maya Angelou, acclaimed poet, author, and civil rights activist, died Wednesday at the age of 86. Mother Jones had the opportunity to interview Angelou almost twenty years ago. Our reporter, Ken Kelley, wrote that she "speaks in the lilting cadence of the dancer she was trained to be. She moves with the sure grace of the poet she was born to be." Her words of wisdom are as true now as they were in 1995. Here are seven excerpts from the interview:

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