Coming to terms with how we really feel about our friends’ good fortune by Joan Duncan Oliver At the gym, I idly thumb through a back issue of the Harvard Business Review. A headline, “Envy at Work,” catches my eye. I glance at paragraph one: As you enter your recently promoted colleague’s office, you notice a photograph of his beautiful family in their new vacation home. He casually adjusts his custom suit and mentions his upcoming board meeting and speech in Davos. On one hand, you want to feel genuinely happy for him and celebrate his successes. On the other, … Continue reading Friendvy

8 Insanely Stupid Messages We Give Kids About Sex—And What We Should Teach Instead

European countries don’t treat sex as a taboo — and they have much lower rates of unintended teen pregnancy. By Jill Hamilton “It was like that scene in Mean Girls,” my 13-year-old reported after seventh-grade sex ed. “’Don’t have sex, ’cause you will get pregnant and die.’” In the class, which lasted for just a few weeks at the end of the semester, she learned a lot (perhaps too much) about biological inner bits like Fallopian tubes and the harrowing effects of STIs, but nothing about arousal, consent, orgasm, masturbation, sex, technology or anything about the mechanics of sex beyond vague notions … Continue reading 8 Insanely Stupid Messages We Give Kids About Sex—And What We Should Teach Instead

John and Yoko: Dreaming Reality

“Bed-In for Peace, Amsterdam 1969 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono 02” by Nationaal Archief, Den Haag, Rijksfotoarchief: Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Fotopersbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 – negatiefstroken zwart/wit, nummer toegang, bestanddeelnummer 922-2304 – Nationaal Archief. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 nl via Wikimedia Commons. by Marcie Gainer When journalist David Sheff began tenaciously pursuing all possible channels to reach out to John and Yoko in hopes that they would sit for a Playboy interview in 1980, he never would have imagined that the decision might come down to the time and place of his own birth—the interview, after all, would hinge on … Continue reading John and Yoko: Dreaming Reality

The Biggest Reason Why China Is Finished

by Joshua Krause When discussing the rise and fall of any civilization, most armchair historians are quick to point out the numerous factors that contribute to the growth of a nation. They like to cite things like technological progress, law and order, the arts, economic prosperity, and military prowess. However, they tend to overlook one major factor that makes everything possible. That is the people themselves, and the demographic trends that make them successful. If you examine history, you’ll find that the peak of any advanced civilization often coincides with population growth, especially if that growth is disproportionately higher than … Continue reading The Biggest Reason Why China Is Finished

Despite All Warnings and Delays, Shell Announces Arctic Drilling To Begin

One of Shell’s drilling rigs, the Polar Pioneer, advances toward the Chukchi Sea in April. (Photo: sunrisesoup/flickr/cc) “Shell’s catastrophic record since 2012, as well as their mishap-plagued progress to Alaska this year, show just how unprepared they are for the harsh conditions of the Arctic.” by Nadia Prupis, staff writer Royal Dutch Shell on Tuesday announced that it was all systems go and—despite all warnings and protest—would begin active drilling in the Arctic. Shell began shallow-water drilling in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea on July 30, but had to put further operations on hold until the arrival of the MSV Fennica, an … Continue reading Despite All Warnings and Delays, Shell Announces Arctic Drilling To Begin

Gee, great: Eugenicist Bill Gates funds genetweaking company

DONKEYHOTEY/FLICKR MELISSA DYKES | THE DAILY SHEEPLE The Business Insider just reported that a new company Editas Medicine (Sounds like “edit us,” doesn’t it?) just raised $120 million to continue working with a new technology known as CRISPR-Cas9 which enables scientists to tweak defective genes or even swap them out for new ones. They’ve already been repairing defective genes in mice with it. Considering Bill Gates is largely funding it, however, you can rest assured that if anything good actually comes of this (as in, it’s not just some creepy transhumanist science experiment), it won’t benefit the average people like those … Continue reading Gee, great: Eugenicist Bill Gates funds genetweaking company

The Many Medicinal Properties of Food

Dr. Mercola, by Waking Times Your lifestyle can be generally healing and supportive of good health, or the root of disease. Exercise, for example, has been shown to be as effective as modern drugs for heart disease and diabetes. Likewise, food has tremendous healing potential, and can rightfully be viewed and approached as “medicine.” In some cases, specific food items can help speed healing of an acute health problem, such as a bout of cold or flu. In other cases, the effect is more long-term and preventive in nature. Either way, keeping your kitchen stocked with REAL foods, i.e. unprocessed, whole, … Continue reading The Many Medicinal Properties of Food