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Some posters on Strictly Platonic want to buy things for other people; some posters want things bought for them. One woman is eager to listen to any guy, any guy at all, natter on about Park Slope in Brooklyn — “You can show me where you like to shop, tell me some history about the area or chitchat about whatever you want” — if he will treat her to a single glass of wine. Another one is willing to pick up the tab for everything and even prove that his wife knows he is on Craigslist looking for female friends, if a woman will just go see some plays with him. –“What Platonic Means on the Internet,” Virginia Heffernan, New York Times Magazine
Not until the heyday of Progressivism in the 1910s did writers begin to advocate an ideal of objectivity for the press, and not until the years following the Second World War did major newspapers and magazines begin to uphold with any consistency that standard in the newsroom while relegating political opinion to the editorial page. By the middle of the twentieth century, reporters were expected to strive for neutrality, compiling a litany of unbiased facts that were presented to readers who would then discharge their civic duties by making political decisions in their light. It truly was the high tide of postwar liberalism. –“American Journalism Comes Full Circle,” Damon Linker, The New Republic
It is considered impolite to inquire after a bear’s sexual habits, since what may seem promiscuous to humans is accepted and even encouraged among bear populations. Think of it as an opportunity for cultural education and cross-pollination. Of course, a bear’s laissez-faire attitude toward sex in public can be awkward during cocktail parties. Providing guests with pepper spray may help reduce the number of unwanted advances. A bear’s weight is an issue of particular delicacy and should be broached only in exceptional situations. Keep in mind that an undernourished bear risks death during hibernation. Try to support the bear’s pursuit of obesity during autumn months by promoting a home environment in which the bear can cultivate a healthy self-image. Mottos such as “Hurray for hyperphagia!” and “Eat now, sleep later,” make delightful and educational refrigerator magnets. –“Living with Bears: A Practical Guide,” Jenny Williams, Swink
Coney before the Fall.
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Flor Arely Sánchez had been in bed with a fever and pains throughout her body for three days when a July thunderstorm broke over the mountainside. She got nervous when bolts of light flashed in the sky. Lightning strikes the San Julián region of western El Salvador several times a year, and her neighbors fear storms more than they fear the march of diseases — first dengue, then chikungunya, now Zika. Flor worried about a lot of things, since she was pregnant.
Late in the afternoon, when the pains had somewhat eased, Flor thought she might go to a dammed-up bit of the river near her house to bathe. She is thirty-five and has lived in the same place all her life, where wrinkled hills are planted with corn, beans, and fruit trees. She took a towel and soap and walked out into the rain. Halfway to the river, the pains returned and overcame her. The next thing Flor remembers, she was in a room she didn’t recognize, unable to move. As she soon discovered, she was in a hospital, her ankle cuffed to the bed, and she was being investigated for abortion.
Amount the town of Rolfe, Iowa, will pay anyone who builds a home there:
Ancient Egyptians worshiped some dwarves as gods.
In Italy, a judge ordered that a man who paid for sex with a 15-year-old girl must buy her 30 feminist-themed books, including The Diary of Anne Frank and the poems of Emily Dickinson.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”