When will we begin to take child sex trafficking more seriously?

Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images Regan Williams, co-founder of Seen and Heard, wants adults to listen to children. by  Derek Beres Regan Williams, CEO of Seen and Heard, is on a mission to help foster youth develop necessary social and career skills through the performing arts. Williams says 300,000 American children are commercially trafficked every year. Children in our society are ignored except when they’re famous or sexualized, which is part of the reason sexual abuse is not covered. Between Jeffrey Epstein and George Nader, there’s been a lot of talk about child sex trafficking and child pornography in the … Continue reading When will we begin to take child sex trafficking more seriously?

Buddha’s “Theory of Everything”

Buddha statue in Langza, India | Photo by Yash Raut https://unsplash.com/photos/lKFR8Ho3jYw Many have searched for a universal theory of nature. What does Buddhism have to say about it? By Jamyang Norbu The voice of physicist Stephen Hawking was broadcast into space (toward the black hole 1A0620-00) after his memorial service on June 15, last year. I have no idea what utterances of his were selected, but for a science geek like me it surely could not have been more exciting than something he said nearly forty years ago. In 1980, Stephen Hawking received what is probably the most distinguished recognition a … Continue reading Buddha’s “Theory of Everything”

Ancestor Worship with Mother Nature: How Indigenous Death Rituals Illuminate the Web of Life

Art from Duck, Death and the Tulip by Wolf Elbruch “For almost all oral cultures… the body’s decomposition into soil, worms, and dust can only signify the gradual reintegration of one’s ancestors and elders into the living landscape, from which all, too, are born.” BY MARIA POPOVA “Do you sometimes want to wake up to the singularity we once were?” the poet Marie Howe asked in her sublime ode to our belonging with the universe. My dear friend Emily Levine, who awakened my love of poetry long ago, entered the final stretch of her life with an uncommonly beautiful orientation toward death. Beneath the inescapable sorrow … Continue reading Ancestor Worship with Mother Nature: How Indigenous Death Rituals Illuminate the Web of Life

THE MODERN MAN IS GETTING STOICISM ALL WRONG

by Andrew Fiouzi We think of stoicism as keeping our emotions hidden, but if you trace the concept back to its classical roots, it’s actually the complete opposite I learned how to masturbate, how to smoke a cigarette like a cool kid and the difference between the main trigonometric functions, all before I began to vaguely understand that it was human for grown men to cry. I was 14. My dad was fighting back tears as he explained to my brother and I why he had fallen out of love with my mom. I blurrily remember the moment because of … Continue reading THE MODERN MAN IS GETTING STOICISM ALL WRONG

Brad Pitt Opens Up About Toxic Masculinity in Venice

Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty The Hollywood superstar discussed his space epic “Ad Astra” and more at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where it made its world premiere. by Marlow Stern VENICE, Italy—Brad Pitt is having quite a (shirtless) summer—first as a head-bashing Hollywood stuntman in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which is garnering the actor considerable Oscar buzz, and now as an emotionally-barren spaceman in Ad Astra. The film, which made its world premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival, sees William Bradley Pitt play Roy McBride, a decorated astronaut who must travel to the edge of Neptune to find his missing … Continue reading Brad Pitt Opens Up About Toxic Masculinity in Venice

The Paradox of Peanuts

A still from the 1977 film Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown.EVERETT COLLECTION Charles Schulz’s kid characters are precocious, cruel, and nihilistic. They’re also among the most compelling in children’s literature. by BRUCE HANDY The Peanuts characters are among the most iconic kids in American culture, right up there with the March sisters and Tom Sawyer. But kids, really? Most college-educated adults I know would be thrilled to attain Linus’s level of erudition; he is, after all, conversant with the writings of Dostoyevsky, Orwell, and the apostle Paul. Then there is the business of Schroeder playing Beethoven on his toy piano, and Lucy … Continue reading The Paradox of Peanuts

Tattoo needles leave more than just ink

KYMBERLIE DOZOIS PHOTOGRAPHY / GETTY IMAGES Needles can leave their mark in unwanted ways. Metal particles find their way into the lymph nodes, study finds. Even clean needles may cause problems for people with tattoos, new research suggests. It shows that particles that wear from the needle during the tattooing process could be responsible for some of the allergies usually blamed on the inks or poor sterilisation. Tattoo needles usually contain nickel (6-8%) and chromium (15-20%), both of which prompt a high rate of sensitisation in the general population, the authors report in an article in the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology. Led … Continue reading Tattoo needles leave more than just ink

The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials

MAX WHITTAKER / REUTERS by Annie Lowrey Millennials are already in debt and without savings. After the next downturn, they’ll be in even bigger trouble. The trade war is dragging on. The yield curve is inverting. Investors are fleeing to safety. Global growth is slowing. The stock market is dipping. The Millennials are screwed. Recessions are never good for anyone. A sputtering economy means miserable financial, emotional, and physical-health consequences for everyone from infants to retirees. But the next one—if it happens, when it starts happening—stands to hit this much-maligned generation particularly hard. For adults between the ages of 22 … Continue reading The Next Recession Will Destroy Millennials

Eight Ways Romantic Partners Get Into Trouble

Source: Maklay62/Pixabay by Susan Krauss Whitbourne Ph.D. New research examines the eight factors of “relational turbulence theory.” When your relationship is going well, you feel that you can handle the occasional problems that pop up to disturb your equanimity. You would prefer to go to a movie, but your partner would rather stay home. After a brief and perhaps heated discussion, you settle on a compromise (stay home tonight, go out tomorrow night). No one’s feelings are hurt, and you can move on without suffering any long-term consequences. Now consider another scenario that doesn’t end up so satisfactorily. Your partner is … Continue reading Eight Ways Romantic Partners Get Into Trouble

Mental Health Is for Rich People

Canada loves being The One With Universal Health Care. But if your illness is in your brain, that universality is a lie. By Anna Mehler Paperny The following is an excerpt from Anna Mehler Paperny’s Hello I Want to Die Please Fix Me, out this month. As far as national chauvinisms go, Canada loves being The One With Universal Health Care. But if your illness is in your brain, that universality is a lie. In theory, in Canada, psychotherapy is paid for with public dollars if you get it from a doctor—a GP or a psychiatrist or similar. I was mind-meltingly fortunate … Continue reading Mental Health Is for Rich People