SOME OF THE WEEK’s more peculiar odds and ends of stories and other information, courtesy of The Wanderer Online:

GERSON SEES MORE THAN BLACK AND WHITE

After the United States’ Supreme Court ruled that the Obama administration’s substantial health care reforms were constitutional American political commentators exploded in response. To a large degree most were surprised, expecting that the majority of conservative judges on the court would rule in unconstitutional in the face of the minority of liberal judges. The surprise decision was reached because chief justice Roberts, usually seen as a conservative, sided with the liberal position. Most commentary has sadly focused on the political factionalism between the Conservatives and Republicans in American politics, with liberals praising the swing vote of Roberts as just and Conservatives labeling it as a political betrayal. Michael Gerson’s Washington Post editorial gets beyond this view of political oppositionalism and instead explores the legal reasoning behind the decision for one of the more insightful responses to the ruling which can unsettle opinions on both sides of the debate. Plus, it talks about the Simpsons and strippers.

CAIN AS PRESIDENT – ONLY ON THE DAILY SHOW

The Daily Show explores a fictional world where Herman Cain becomes president and aliens attack, and comes up with many important (and hilarious) insights. With life increasingly uncertain in the contemporary world, is this information we ‘Citizens of Earth’ can really afford not to know?

DRUNKEN TEXTS

These authors can feel free to drunk text me anytime, even from beyond the grave!

CHOOSE YOUR WORDS WISELY

Have you ever used the word rape to describe a brutal exam, or your performance in a video game? Did you consider that the person you’re talking to might have experienced sexual trauma that you know nothing about? Be kind: think about the words you use, and realize that you might unknowingly be reminding someone of the absolute worst experience of their life.

TRAVELING WITH YOURSELF

Learning not to be “by yourself” but “with yourself” is a tall order, but one that can make you more fulfilled that staying in a stream of relationships. Read this interesting story of one woman’s journey across the world and within herself, and maybe learn something new about you as well!