by Caitlin Johnstone, Contributor Waking Times The word “halitosis” is a household term which everyone knows means bad breath. But did you know that the word has been around for less than a hundred years, and was invented not by the medical field, but by advertisers? Back in the 1920s, people didn’t worry about body odor as much as they do now. They didn’t bathe nearly as often, they didn’t wear deodorant, and some bodily smells weren’t necessarily considered socially catastrophic. A family antiseptic company called Listerine was able to increase its revenue from $115,000 to $8 million over the course of seven … Continue reading SIN IS A MADE-UP RELIGIOUS MARKETING SCHEME
Tracy Moore You’d better purge that recently deleted photos folder The phone raid is a uniquely modern heist. Inside every person’s phone is a treasure trove of data in one single place: habits, thoughts, likes, routines, desires, purchases, contacts and connections that tell us everything we want to know about a person, and more than plenty we don’t. But snooping on someone’s device is also a truly desperate, misguided act. Not because it’s a privacy violation at the deepest level — it most certainly is — but because doing so reveals a far more uncomfortable truth about human pairings. None … Continue reading WHAT SHE’S REALLY LOOKING FOR WHEN SHE GOES THROUGH YOUR PHONE
The controversy surrounding MJ asks a deeper question about personality. by Seth Meyers Psy.D. The new Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland recently premiered on television on the HBO network. Much of the controversy surrounding Michael Jackson’s personal life has historically focused on the question of whether Jackson was a pedophile. The documentary ultimately asks deeper questions about the psychological makeup of an adult who engages in abusive and illegal sexual behavior with children. Because I have never conducted a mental health assessment with the late entertainer, I don’t have sufficient information to determine any psychiatricdiagnosis from which he may have suffered. It is valuable, however, to take some considerations from … Continue reading Leaving Neverland, Pedophilia, and Traits of the Psychopath
Shi Yongxin, abbot of the Shaolin Temple, walks out of the monastery premises in in Dengfeng City, Henan Province, China, on April 7, 2005. (Cancan Chu/Getty Images) BY FRANK FANG, EPOCH TIMES In ancient China, monks lived a celibate spiritual life and devoted their time to Buddhist studies. But in modern-day China, some monks have led a sordid life at night while pretending to be religious practitioners during the day. Song Zude, a well-known Chinese entertainment critic, recently wrote on his Sina Weibo account, a platform similar to Twitter, that some Chinese temples have begun contracting out a unique service. A … Continue reading Chinese Monks Become “Sugar Babies” for Wealthy Women
ERHUI1979 VIA GETTY IMAGES You can believe in soulmates without believing that there is only one “perfect” person out there for each of us. They’re not all as pessimistic about love as you might assume. By Kelsey Borresen You might think divorce lawyers would be rather cynical when it comes to love in general — and certainly when it comes to something as romantic as the idea of soulmates. But just because attorneys may be pragmatic in their approach to marriagedoesn’t mean they’ve lost all faith in true love. “I’ve handled hundreds of divorces in my lifetime and I’m divorced myself. If anyone is a candidate to … Continue reading What Divorce Lawyers Really Think About The Concept Of Soulmates
by Tracy Moore Justin and Hailey Bieber already think so — and it’s been only four months “The thing is, marriage is very hard,” aerodynamic light beam Hailey Baldwin told Vogue this month in an internet-shaking interview about the trials and tribulations of shackling oneself permanently to human plush toy Justin Bieber. “That is the sentence you should lead with. It’s really effing hard.” Effing hard, indeed. That much most of us know: Marriage isn’t always easy. The first year, it is widely understood (though certainly debated), is the hardest. There are good years and bad years. Even the best marriages face tough times. But, uh, … Continue reading HOW LONG DO YOU HAVE TO BE MARRIED TO CREDIBLY SAY MARRIAGE IS HARD?
Photo by Cultura/REX/Shutterstock The pickup industry mates market logic with the arts of seduction – turning human intimacy into hard labour by Rachel O’Neill is a fellow in the department of Media and Communications at London School of Economics and Political Science. She is the author of Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy (2018). She lives in London. Edited by Sally Davies Striding from the back of the conference room, the trainer calls for our attention. He asks everyone to explain why they’re here. The first student stands up: ‘I’ve come to get hands-on experience.’ After a pause, he adds: ‘Obviously, if I get … Continue reading Seduction, Inc