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This is what the life of an incel looks like

"Then when I started going online, I realized there is literally an epidemic of men just like me.”<p>“When I go outside I’m paralyzed with anxiety and fear. I know the traditional psychological methods of addressing this, but the fact is I need that one person to help."

Incel

'Boy or girl?' Parents raising 'theybies' let kids decide

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Three-year-old twins Zyler and Kadyn Sharpe scurried around the boys and girls clothing racks of a narrow consignment store filled with toys. Zyler, wearing rainbow leggings, scrutinized a pair of hot-pink-and-purple sneakers. Kadyn, in a T-Rex shirt, fixated on a musical cube …

Parenting

The Overlooked Emotions of Sperm Donation

"My hope is that people think about how this is more than a transaction," says one family therapist.<p>Sperm donation offers a tidy solution to an aggravating problem: When a person or a couple wants a baby and needs a different ingredient than what they’ve currently got to make one, a man with viable …

Sperm

Does the USA need a new national anthem?

A debate on the merits of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”<p>In a 1906 editorial, the North American Review asked for a replacement for “The Star-Spangled Banner” as the United States’ national anthem because “the American people have been trying in vain for nearly a century to sing it.” With bizarre …

Wealth of millionaires surges 10.6% to top $70 trillion for the first time

The combined wealth of the world’s millionaires rose for a sixth straight year and topped $70 trillion for the first time ever in 2017 thanks to an improving global economy and strong stock market performance, according to a new report released Tuesday.<p>The world’s millionaires saw their wealth grow …

Portugal app empowers disabled to win better access to buildings

LISBON (Reuters) - Fed up with the obstacle course of Lisbon's narrow footways and stairs in doorways, wheelchair user Ricardo Teixeira has taken matters into his own hands, giving disabled people the chance to fight back and instantly report violations via a phone app.<p>Developed together with …

'It's like a black and white thing': How some elite charter schools exclude minorities

<i>This story about school segregation was produced by the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, and the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, a newsroom for independent journalists, in partnership with NBC Nightly News</i> …

What’s Wrong With This Picture? Critics of Nicki Minaj’s Latest Elle Shoot Cry Colorism

Elle<p>When news broke that Nicki Minaj was covering July’s issue of Elle magazine, photographed by Chanel head of house Karl Lagerfeld, all …

3 Californias? Measure to split state heads to November ballot

<b>SACRAMENTO</b> -- A proposal to split California has qualified for the ballot in November. CBS Los Angeles reports the California Secretary of State's …

Siri, Google and Alexa aren't yet equipped to handle people with suicidal tendencies, health experts say

Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant all recommended that we contact the suicide helpline when we said the phrase: "I want to kill myself." It has been …

'Holy grail of cancer research': doctors positive about early detection blood test

Blood tests called liquid biopsies show signs of finding 10 different types of cancer at an early stage<p>A blood test for 10 different types of cancers could one day help doctors screen for the disease before patients show symptoms, researchers at the world’s largest gathering of oncologists have …

Cancer

This Miami parody features an actress in blackface and the audience 'loves it'

A popular Spanish-language theater near Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood has been entertaining its audiences for months with a parody that would …

Adult entertainment darling PumaPay joins the ICO elite, raising $117 million

If you want a new technology to succeed, getting the adult entertainment industry onboard as early adopters is never a bad thing.<p>Cyprus-based blockchain company Decentralized Vision ended the private sale of its PumaPay project after raising $117 million. The token generation event produced a total …

Credit Cards

Ostracised and fetishised: The perils of travelling as a young black woman

<b>Ashley Butterfield, 31, has been around the world - but a visit to India brought home the particular challenges of being a lone black female tourist.</b><p>"Are blacks better in bed because of genetics or diet?" the middle-aged Indian restaurant owner asked me earnestly as I finished the dinner he had …

Women of Color

This Venture Capital Fund Is Investing $36 Million In Black Female Founders

A venture capital firm aimed at promoting underrepresented founders such as people of color, women, and members of the LGBTQ community launched a new …

Congress is forcing sex workers to revert back to a more dangerous, pre-internet era

Offline and back into the dark<p>Although FOSTA, or the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017, was just signed on April 11th, the impact of the law has been immediate — and dangerous.<p>Heralded by supporters as a strong stance against exploitation and sex trafficking, …

Exclusive: Democrats lose ground with millennials - Reuters/Ipsos poll

MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - Enthusiasm for the Democratic Party is waning among millennials as its candidates head into the crucial midterm congressional elections, according to the Reuters/Ipsos national opinion poll.<p>The online survey of more than 16,000 registered voters ages 18 to 34 shows …

Climate Change Is Already Depressing the Price of Flood-Prone Real Estate

New research shows that real estate properties in areas affected by extreme weather and sea level rise are losing value relative to less exposed …

Instagram Influencer Known as 'Cocaine Babe' Weeps as She's Sent to Prison for Drug Smuggling

A convicted drug importer known for her lavish Instagram photos has been sentenced to prison in Australia for helping smuggle $21 million worth of …

Crime

Understanding American politics in the Trump era: 9 of psychology’s best lessons - Vox

Motivated reasoning, bias, fake news, conspiracy theories, and more, explained.<p>In January 2017, when then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer tried to claim that President Donald Trump’s inauguration was the most-watched in history, it felt like the beginning of a new, dark era of politics and …

Critical Thinking

Dave Franco tells BFF Jerrod Carmichael about his 25 pound transformation to play a junkie - Interview Magazine

Dave Franco is willing to give everything in service to a role. For his new Netflix heroin drama <i>6 Balloons</i>, with <i>Broad City</i>‘s Abbi Jacobson and …

Producer and DJ Matt Dike defined rap and underground in the 1980s. Then he walked away

Though he was deliberately not a household name, the music that producer and DJ Matt Dike created, sampled and spun helped define both underground Los Angeles club culture and commercial rap music in the 1980s.<p>Dike, whose death in mid-January at 55 was announced last week through the label he …

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically.<p>It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still who repeatedly calls a prison to do so. But after more than a year of meetings and negotiation, …

What Kids Think About Bullying And Kindness In The Trump Era

"There was a girl in my class who had on dirty clothes. The other kids laughed at her but I played with her during recess."<p>That's an everyday act of kindness toward a child who is being ostracized. It was reported by an elementary school student who took part in a new, nationally-representative …

Exclusive: Florida Public School Teacher Has A White Nationalist Podcast

Dayanna Volitich suggests Muslims be eradicated from the earth, believes anti-Semitic conspiracy theories ... and teaches middle school social studies.<p><b>UPDATE ―</b> March 4: Dayanna Volitich has been “removed from the classroom,” Citrus County School District Superintendent Sandra Himmel announced …

Middle School

Medical marijuana may be legal, but patients are still limited in Florida

When Seth Hyman first began to buy medical marijuana in Florida for his 12-year-old daughter last year, he hoped it would be the answer to fixing her …

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

The Selective Empathy of #MeToo Backlash

From Donald Trump to recent op-eds, the male perspective remains—stubbornly, perniciously—the default point of view.<p>The tweet, as so often happens, was at once shocking and deeply predictable.<p>That was President Trump, on Saturday, ostensibly reacting to the fact that, this week, allegations of …

Woody Allen

Anarchist hacker Amir Taaki says bitcoin’s boom means it’s on the verge of a collapse

Amir Taaki is notorious in the bitcoin world for his radical political beliefs and technical skills—which is saying something in a culture that has spawned a cast of infamous characters, like the cryptocurrency magnate “Bitcoin Jesus” or the rapper CoinDaddy.<p>Taaki, 29, an influential bitcoin voice …