Here are the best things I’ve found this week in the murky depths of this weird black hole we call the internet…
The Diversity of Islam – Following a spirited debate sparked by Bill Maher wherein Ben Affleck called his comments about Islam “gross” and “racist”, fellow panelist Nicholas Kristof spoke out about his position in this NYT op-ed. While I understand the… let’s call it passionate rage on both sides, I think that Kristof makes a level-headed argument here: “Beware of generalizations about any faith because they sometimes amount to the religious equivalent of racial profiling. Hinduism contained both Gandhi and the fanatic who assassinated him… The caricature of Islam as a violent and intolerant religion is horrendously incomplete.” Valid.
Death to Corporate Speak – FastCompany Senior Editor Jason Feifer is one of my favorite twitter personas to stalk for his sharp wit and sarcasm. In this arguably slightly over-the-top rallying cry, he calls for the death of bullshit corporate jargon that rewires the way we speak and ultimately the way we act. Short story: Order a large not a venti at Starbucks. You are a customer not a guest at lululemon.
What’s Your “Bed”? – ManRepeller founder Leandra Medine highlights practical life advice from U.S. Navy Administrator William H. McRaven delivered in his graduation speech at University of Texas last summer. The one thing you can do every day to make you a success according to the man who took down Osama Bin Laden? Make your bed.
Baby Elephant Falls, Herd to the Rescue – If you’re on Facebook surely you’ve already seen this, but if not… You’re welcome. Elephants are my favorite animal since cats are clearly human beings.
Sometimes He Whispers, Sometimes He Roars – My friend Erin wrote a beautiful, honest post on the day she realized would have been her 10-year wedding anniversary.
Nature is Speaking – Finally, Conservation International has released a series of nature videos narrated by famous actors. In the clip below Julia Roberts voices one very pissed off Mother Earth.