no question. i wanna say it was a republican in wisconsin that introduced measures to transfer investigations of police shootings from internal departments to outside sources. everyone has a stake in this: small government conservatives who shouldn't want agents of the state brutalizing citizens and egalitarian liberals who want to see social justice through institutional reform.
agreed. much like experiencing a new culture sheds new light upon your own, knowing a second language provides you new ways to think about and analyze american english and its derivatives. unfortunately monoculturalism is an ugly thread with long roots.
there's no reason not to do it, regardless of where you stand on the debate about police brutality. body cams release cops from wrongful accusations and they produce footage that damns wrongful behavior. it's not a fix-all, since you've also got to make sure your prosecution doesn't rig things in favor of cops in spite of the videos, but it's a damn good start. the fact that people on both sides of the political aisle generally agree with this is a very encouraging sign.
a clump of cells is not the same as a viable baby on any reasonable ethical scale. your attempt to equivocate using tissue of non-viable fetuses to advance medical studies and save lives with lopping the arm off a newborn contributes to the general problem of shrill voices dominating an important combination.
amen to that. abortion makes me very uncomfortable for a host of reasons and it's probably the only issue on the political spectrum that i consider myself fairly conservative on. i think it should be legal - a handful of cells is simply not the same thing as a baby, and the only reason to equate them is because the bible - but i support a very conservative age of viability. unfortunately common-sense talk that integrates scientific dialogue and the opening of wallets to allow free birth control access and education (things that actually cut into unwanted pregnancies, unlike dumb religious rhetoric and abstinence only education) is all drowned out by the incessant screaming of people who dominate the pro-life side of the conversation, namely religious fundamentalists with feeble grasps of critical thinking processes and enough scientific prowess to insist the earth is 6000 years old and mosaic cosmogenies are literally true and applicable in the modern age.