German language learning resources

I have started a list of German language resources that I have encountered or used in my language-learning studies. It will include links to language-related resources but also thematic native German material that falls within my interests – which hopefully overlap somewhat with your interests.  This may eventually devolve into simply a collection of links to German-language material, but I think that such a list would still be helpful for beginner-intermediate students searching for easy-to-understand native material.

You can find the page here: Resources for learning German

 

An OB/GYN’s opinion on the Supreme Court, Hobby Lobby, and contraception

I think my blog could be enhanced by the occasional reblog of things that I find well-written, interesting or humorous. Plus, it saves me from having to do the writing myself!

Today we have an article about the US Supreme Court ruling that has all my liberal friends up in arms. I find this article presents a clear and easy-to-understand defense of the liberal position. I have been reading from the opposition as well, although I haven’t gotten around to the judgment itself.

Dr. Jen Gunter

The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, sided with Hobby Lobby (and much of the religious right in the United States) and ruled that a closely held private corporation does not have to provide insurance coverage for certain birth control methods. Justice Alito, speaking for the majority wrote:

“The owners of the businesses have religious objections to abortion, and according to their religious beliefs the four contraceptive methods at issue are abortifacients. If the owners comply with the HHS mandate, they believe they will be facilitating abortions…It is not for us to say that their religious beliefs are mistaken or insubstantial.”

As an OB/GYN I see six disastrous consequences of this decision:

1) The idea that religious beliefs of some are more important that the religious beliefs of others. Any woman wanting to use one of the 4 methods of contraception listed obviously doesn’t share the same beliefs…

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