The Google Doodle for January 30 in the US is/was celebrating the birthday of Fred Korematsu, an American citizen who was imprisoned during World War II because he was of Japanese descent.
Read Google’s page about him.
Read more on Reason.com: “Today Is Fred Korematsu’s Birthday, Which Seems About Right”
A 10-minute documentary:
“My Perfect Country” is a radio program by the BBC (13 episodes as of today, and there will be a total of 14) which imagines how we could build a perfect country, based on the best policies of countries around the world. We could use Japan’s gun control policies, Costa Ricas’ green energy techniques, Peru’s methods of reducing poverty, and more.
The episodes are 27 minutes in length, but there are also shorter clips:
Another idea to add to the list:
“Iceland knows how to stop teenage substance but the rest of the world isn’t listening” (from Mosaic)
Can you think of others?
Although I don’t think perfection is possible in most things in life, a willingness to try to change things for the better is a more beneficial way to spend our time than complaining.
President Obama gave his farewell speech yesterday. You can watch the whole thing here:
Here’s the transcript.
And here is a highlights clip:
Here is one summary/analysis: “Eight of the Biggest Takeaways From President Obama’s Farewell Address” (from NBC)
Here are highlights of some other presidents’ farewell speeches: “Obama’s Farewell Address: How Presidents Use This Moment Of Reflection” (from NPR)
One of my favorite parts:
“Ultimately, that’s what our democracy demands. It needs you. Not just when there’s an election, not just when your own narrow interest is at stake, but over the full span of a lifetime. If you’re tired of arguing with strangers on the internet, try to talk with one in real life. If something needs fixing, lace up your shoes and do some organizing. If you’re disappointed by your elected officials, grab a clipboard, get some signatures, and run for office yourself. Show up. Dive in. Stay at it.”