Mickey Peercy

77 Flips | 3 Magazines | 3 Following | 6 Followers | @mickeypeercy | Keep up with Mickey Peercy on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Mickey Peercy”

How I Stopped Checking My Phone And Started Using It With Intention

I knew I was doing it too much.<p>It was easy to justify checking my phone constantly — especially since I write a weekly newsletter that features a …

Social Media

You’re probably wrong

I want to begin this post with a simple thought experiment. It is not original with me, and unfortunately, I don’t recall where I first heard it, but …

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

For 60 years, American drivers unknowingly poisoned themselves by pumping leaded gasoline into their tanks. Here is the lifelong saga of Clair …

Transcript of New Orleans Mayor Landrieu's address on Confederate monuments

Just hours before workers removed a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee — the fourth Confederate monument to be dismantled in New Orleans in …

Black History

This Is What It's Like to Come to the United States as a Refugee

One story of coming to America from the Soviet Union<p>This is what it’s like to be a refugee.<p>Thousands of miles away, people haggle over policy details, about whether you are a risk and a burden, or an asset full of potential, a victim, or a potential tool of foreign policy, but really they are …

Nobody is home

From the footloose networker to the exiled migrant, home has been displaced by an idea that’s both elusive and contested<i>By Charles Leadbeater</i>Read at …

Rewriting the Code of Life

Through DNA editing, researchers hope to alter the genetic destiny of species and eliminate diseases.<p>Early on an unusually blustery day in June, Kevin Esvelt climbed aboard a ferry at Hyannis*, bound for Nantucket Island. Esvelt, an assistant professor of biological engineering at the Massachusetts …

Public Health

The American Climbing the Ranks of ISIS

John Georgelas was a military brat, a drug enthusiast, a precocious underachiever born in Texas. Now he is a prominent figure within the Islamic State. Here’s the story of his long and troubling journey.<p><i>Updated January 25, 2017</i><p>At dawn on a warm September morning in 2013, a minivan pulled up to a …

The Perilous Lure of the Underground Railroad

Hardly anyone used it, but it provides us with moral comfort—and white heroes.<p>The crate arrived, via overland express, one spring evening in 1849. Three feet long, two feet wide, and two and a half feet deep, it had been packed the previous morning in Richmond, Virginia, then carried by horse cart …

Yuval Rabin: My father was killed at a moment like this

Trump's words are an incitement to the type of political violence that touched me personally.<p>Donald Trump’s utterings about “Second Amendment people” taking matters into their own hands to block a President Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court picks were a new level of ugliness in an ugly campaign …

Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry

Among participants in our round table discussions, family moments represented some of the greatest difficulties: How to speak up to the people …

Customer Service

The Cinemax Theory of Racism

<b>Yesterday I wrote here:</b> If Trump’s administration indulges in the racism, sexism and religious and other bigotries that Trump and his people have …

Aleppo's underground orphanage offers a haven for children bereaved by war

Children from ages two to 14 sleep, eat and study in subterranean refuge while the bombing continues overhead<p>Two floors underground, Aleppo’s luckier orphans sleep as safely as anyone can in a city at war, though they are jolted awake regularly by bombs ripping apart the streets above them.<p>Watching …

Leaderless Chicago street gangs vex police efforts to quell violence

When Lanarris Webster went to prison in 2010, the name of the reputed Gangster Disciples hit man still meant something in the blocks around Homan Avenue and Huron Street on the West Side. By the time he was paroled in February, that world had changed.<p>Webster, known on the street as "Baby Folks," …

Law Enforcement

Peru Scrambles to Drive Out Illegal Gold Mining and Save Precious Land

ON THE BORDER OF THE TAMBOPATA RESERVE, Peru — The raid began at dawn. In four small wooden boats, the forest rangers and Peruvian marines, checking and rechecking their automatic weapons, headed silently downriver toward the illegal gold miners.<p>They didn’t have to go far. Around the first bend was …

The best CrossFit workouts for beginners

Why CrossFit? For one thing, it’s incredibly effective, as proven by the tens of thousands of ripped dudes around the world hoisting barbells in …

The Unbelievable Tale of Jesus’s Wife

A hotly contested, supposedly ancient manuscript suggests Christ was married. But believing its origin story—a real-life Da Vinci Code, involving a Harvard professor, a onetime Florida pornographer, and an escape from East Germany—requires a big leap of faith.<p>On a humid afternoon this past …

One striking chart shows why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana

There's a body of research showing that painkiller abuse and overdose are lower in states with medical marijuana laws. These studies have generally assumed that when medical marijuana is available, pain patients are increasingly choosing pot over powerful and deadly prescription narcotics. But …

While Brazil Was Eradicating Zika Mosquitoes, America Made Them Into Weapons

Most of the Western hemisphere was trying to eliminate Aedes aegypti. Why not the U.S.?<p>An <i>Aedes aegypti</i> mosquito. (Photo: Illinois Natural History …

Public Health

I Am An AR-15 Owner And I’ve Had Enough

The first time I fired an AR-15 I believe I was about 16 years old. It seemed undeniably cool, all in black and virtually jagged compared to the …

Where Background Checks Work

Homicides rose after Missouri loosened its gun laws. That carries lessons for everywhere else.<p>When congressional Democrats staged a sit-in on the …

Guns

The Mass Shootings Fix

Looking abroad for ways to reduce the number of shootings in America doesn’t offer easy solutions.<p>Australia and Great Britain made extensive changes …

Gun, Badge, Camera

Police departments are embracing body camera technology in the hope it will help protect their officers and the public.<p>Fatal shootings by police …

Law Enforcement

Instrument Of Terror

Terrorist attacks in the U.S. increasingly take the form of mass shootings.<p>Until the deadly shooting of 14 people in San Bernardino, California, last …

Guns

What Counts As An Accident?

When it comes to gun deaths, medical examiners and public health scientists don’t agree on what “accidental” really means.<p>On March 31, a 17-year-old …

Guns

How To Protect Women

To break the deadly cycle of domestic abuse, authorities are trying to enforce the laws already on the books.<p>Nikki Elias did everything right. She …

Guns

Always Ready, Always There

When service members die by suicide, their deaths look a lot like civilian suicides — the same people, the same risk predictors, and the same …

Mental Health

Surviving Suicide In Wyoming

Self-reliance helps people thrive in a landscape that’s big and tough, but it can also put them at risk if they get into a personal crisis.<p>Kenny …

Mental Health

In The Shadow Of Exile

Cities around the country tried to stop gun violence by sending offenders to faraway prisons. Rochester is still dealing with the consequences.<p>In …

Guns