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Life for child migrants is even harder beyond the US border

Life for child migrants is even harder beyond the US border

Between 2003 and 2011, 8,000 to 40,000 unaccompanied migrant children from Central America were stopped every year on the southern border of the US. When this number boomed to more than 57,000 during the first nine months of 2014, president Barack Obama announced an “urgent humanitarian situation requiring a unified and coordinated Federal response” at … learn more→

All set with that

All set with that

I recently returned from a vacation to southeastern Massachusetts, where my wife grew up and I know of as the home of the greatest restaurant in the world (apologies to Calvin Trillin, longtime advocate of Arthur Bryant’s barbecue joint in Kansas City). I refer to The Bayside, in Westport, Mass., which claims the honor via … learn more→

The Nixon flag in my office

The Nixon flag in my office

On the bright morning of August 9, 1974, I stood with my parents and older brother on hot metal bleachers at El Toro Marine base, in Orange County, California. We looked up and squinted to watch Air Force One appear as a tiny speck on the horizon, grow into a full-size 707, and land on … learn more→

Selfie-love

Selfie-love

I must be getting old because I didn’t know what a “selfie” was until a few months ago, when a friend referred me to a short, hilarious essay by the actor James Franco on “The Meanings of the Selfie” in The New York Times. What partly defines the genre, Franco says, is that you immediately … learn more→

An incomplete rainbow

An incomplete rainbow

When I came out, at 16, in those fashion-challenged late 70s when tweedy jackets and pinky rings had to do hard labor in signifying lesbian identity, my (liberal) mother sent me to a shrink before she began her queer re-education and joined the cause, righteous pink triangle pinned on her ample bosom. I knew not … learn more→

Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence

Preventing bullying with emotional intelligence

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focusing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be … learn more→

From conspiracy theories to climate change denial, a cognitive psychologist explains

From conspiracy theories to climate change denial, a cognitive psychologist explains

Conspiracy theories Under what conditions do conspiracies spread? What can one do to convince people to be more sceptical of extraordinary claims in conspiracy theories? In societies that are not transparent and less democratic, conspiracy theories flourish because the government cannot be trusted. In general, the people who believe in conspiracy theories are low on … learn more→

Ice age: who has used crystal meth – and why?

Ice age: who has used crystal meth – and why?

If you’ve listened to the news lately, you might think that Australia is overrun with uncontrollably violent people on crystal methamphetamine. This may be true of those in crisis, but the bigger picture of meth use is much more varied. Australia has one of the highest rates of illicit methamphetamine use in the world and … learn more→

This is not an illustration of the advantages of or the need for a well-armed citizenry

This is not an illustration of the advantages of or the need for a well-armed citizenry

In several instances in the recent past, mentally disturbed individuals in China have gone of rampages that have left more than one person dead and a larger number wounded. In all of these instances, these individuals have been armed not with guns but with knives–or, in one instance, an ax–and the toll in human lives … learn more→

Really, someone should ask some questions...

Really, someone should ask some questions…

The founder and CEO of American Title Services in Centennial was found dead in his home this week, the result of self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun, according to the Arapahoe County coroner….They said Talley died from seven or eight self-inflicted wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head. –from The Denver … learn more→