Nathan Young

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Stop Fucking And Return To Romance.

<i>I am a romantic and quite an old-fashioned one.</i><p>I probably would’ve been best-suited for the days of Jane Austen and the Victorian-esque style of all …

Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong

The great 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes has been widely quoted as saying, “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, …

Leading Anti-Marijuana Academics Are Paid by Painkiller Drug Companies

Researchers who have advocated against legalizing pot have also been on the payroll of top pharmaceutical firms with products that could be easily replaced by using marijuana. Could this be a major conflict of interest in the pot debate?<p><i>Dr. Herbert Kleber, an anti-marijuana doctor who has served as</i> …

Hollywood's Latest Garbage: Our Tax Dollars at Work

The next time you see an ad for a movie that looks terrible, just know: your tax dollars paid for that.<p><i>Photo by Kenneth Lu</i><p>You see the trailer on the TV and think: <i>That just looks awful.</i> It looks bad, like what would happen if a dog ate a script and someone filmed what came out the other end. Maybe …

The Plastic Microbeads in Your Body Wash Are Fucking up the Great Lakes

Microbeads are tiny plastic beads found in exfoliating gels, body wash, hand soap, and facial scrubs. Though normalized through their ubiquity, these bits of plastic have been causing catastrophic problems in the Great Lakes.<p>You're vigorously scrubbing your face with the newest buzzword-laden …

Why Obama’s New International Climate Change Plan Is Probably Doomed

The president wants to name and shame the rest of the world into cutting carbon emissions, but that requires moral authority, which America sorely lacks these days.<p><i>Photo via the White House's Flickr account</i><p>Barack Obama has finally realized that the men running the US Senate are such nihilist …

We Asked an Iraqi Teen What She Thinks of ISIS and America

Islamic militants killed 28 women on her street, but after coming to the United States, this Iraqi teen girl said it's Americans who seem depressed.<p><i>The author with "Sarah," whose name we have changed for her protection. Photo by Samir Amrania</i><p>I first met Sarah when she asked to take a picture with …

I Almost Got My Head Chopped Off By Illegal Lumberjacks

I was attacked by an angry mob in a Romanian forest.<p><i>Illustration: Cătălin Banu</i><p>My name is Alex Nedea. I'm a journalist and I narrowly escaped death by getting “hit with the pointy part between my antlers”. No, you won’t find the expression on Google. It's the kind of phrase which will never make it …

Doing The Hard Work Of Becoming A 'Real Man'

Here is something I wish I'd been taught when I was still a limp-wristed little boy: Any man who says that the performance of red-blooded masculinity comes naturally and is easy to pull off is either lying to you, or worse, himself. Being a man, or, constructing manhood is damn hard work.<p>Some of us …

40 Years After 'Working,' A View From The Driver's Seat

In the early 1970s, radio host and oral historian Studs Terkel went around the country with a tape recorder, interviewing people about their jobs. He collected more than 130 conversations with a variety of people, including a waitress, a car parker, a jockey, a baseball player, a farm worker, a …

Love is Not Enough

In 1967, John Lennon wrote a song called, “All You Need is Love.” He also beat both of his wives, abandoned one of his children, verbally abused his …

Hello, May I Help You Plan Your Final Months?

Imagine you're at home. You have cancer. You just had another round of chemo, and the phone rings.<p>The main goal ... is to make sure that you know what's important to you, and that your care aligns with what's important to you. - Kate Schleicher, phone counselor, Vital Decisions<p>"My name is Kate. I'm …

Meet ‘Somebody’ – Miranda July's new app

Ever wished a stranger could break up with someone for you? Ever needed to tell your platonic friend that you're completely in love with them but can't bring yourself to do it? Artist/actress/writer Miranda July's new app "Somebody" lets strangers deliver messages verbally, meaning that you can …

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The Student Loan Crusader: How Elizabeth Warren Wants to Reduce Debt

As a first-term senator from Massachusetts, Elizabeth Warren is advancing her fight for middle-class families with a legislative agenda focused on …

Focus on Mini Habits to Accomplish Big, Difficult Goals

We often find ourselves setting out to accomplish big goals that involve big changes in habit. Pick the Brain recommends building mini habits to work …

We Asked a War Correspondent About the Origins of ISIS

Anand Gopal talked to us about the beheading of journalists and why the US needs to stay the hell out of Iraq.<p><i>IS Members. Still from Islamic State.</i><p>Anand Gopal’s job is to report from the front lines of conflict. He spent years as the <i>Wall Street Journal’s</i> reporter in Afghanistan, and in a few months …

This Teen Wants to Abolish School as We Know It

Modern schools are like prisons, stifling children's creativity and destroying their will to learn. This 19-year-old, who's already written two books on the subject, says we should get rid of them.<p><i>Photo by Flickr user Ms. Phoenix</i><p>I assumed he was probably in his 30s, having only interacted with him …

Years After Their Own Protests, Eyes Of Anaheim Are On Ferguson

Two years ago in Anaheim, Calif., events unfolded not unlike those recently in Ferguson, Mo. In Anaheim then, two Latino men were shot by police, and civic anger turned into a few nights of sometimes-violent demonstrations. Now, Anaheim's police and government are trying to work more closely with …

Top 10 ways to get Plastic out of your Home, Yourself & your Children.

Waylon sits down at his home in Boulder, Colorado, with Michael SanClements, author of <i>Plastic Purge</i>, to discuss how to break up with plastic.<p>Top 10 …