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A Letter to a Conservative Mother From a Transgender Woman. Thank you for your letter. Thank you for taking the time to write me. And thank you for speaking to your son. He is young and certainly this subject deserves clarification. You spoke about God and you spoke about retribution and you spoke about choices. Here is my attempt at what I know and what I believe to be true. Here it is, to the best of my ability. Choice and God are certainly intertwined. God is a question, not an answer. Through my life, I have ignored plenty. I had murdered her son. And then, later on, when I was in my 20s, I was told by my doctor that I had contracted this new AIDS virus and that my time was limited and that the friends I had already buried were the lucky ones. And you are right. But then I kept living. So you see, contrary to what you may believe to be true about me, I am not an abomination. So you see, I am asking you to be kinder.

You see, we are responsible for each other. I thank you again for your letter. Not much of what I am ever really was. 8 Reasons Why People Suffering from Anxiety Struggle with Relationships. About 40 million people – or 18 percent of the population suffer from some anxiety disorder. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anxiety disorders are the most common mental health condition in the world. People suffering from anxiety know that it impacts virtually every aspect of their lives, including their most intimate relationships. There are many ways stress can lead to the demise of a romantic relationship: 1.

People suffering from anxiety problems can behave perfectly normal one minute and act like an entirely different person the next. 2. For an anxious person, their thoughts and feelings dominate a large part of their day. 3. Often, a person with anxiety wants to rehash a situation over and over, talking about it incessantly. 4. Anxiety can result in serious trust issues. 5. Because anxiety can damage relationships, a person suffering from anxiety likely has endured some painful breakups. 6. 7. At different times in our busy lives, stress is perfectly normal. New Evidence For The Necessity Of Loneliness. How we’ve got it wrong about the arts. What to Watch on Netflix If You Like True Crime - Netflix Movies and TV Shows for True Crime Enthusiasts. Ken Burns and his daughter Sarah directed this 2012 documentary about the high-profile case of five black and Latino teens who were wrongly convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park in the '80s and subsequently spent between six to 15 years in prison.

The group would later sue New York State for racial discrimination, among other things. 6. Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father MSNBC Films/Screenshot The backstory behind Zachary's Bill (Bill C-464), which has since improved Canada's bail laws and child care procedures, is a heartbreaking but important one. Kurt Kuenne made this documentary for his friend Andrew Bagby, who was murdered by his ex Shirley Jane Turner in 2001.

Turner later gave birth to Bagby's son, Zachary, and after being released on bail and given custody of Zachary, killed the child in a murder suicide. 7. Errol Morris has made a lot of fantastic documentaries. 8. Lafayette Films/Screenshot 9. Epic Match Media/Screenshot 10. Story of cities #42: Medellín escapes grip of drug lord to embrace radical urbanism | Cities. “I’d never been to that neighbourhood before. It was a new world to me.” The architect Luis Miguel Velez Wiesner is recalling the first time he set foot in Santo Domingo, one of Colombia’s most notorious comunas (slums), when the Medellín cable car opened in 2004. “The first time, I felt like I was going to be kidnapped. Now it’s quite different – there are lots of places to eat and shop. It feels safe now.” For intrepid residents such as Wiesner, stepping off the cable car to enter the once out of bounds “other side” of Medellín, was a seminal moment in the history of their city.

Their photos in front of Giancarlo Mazzanti’s dramatic new España library in Santo Domingo sent an altogether different image of Medellín to the world. “I always lived in a gated compound,” Wiesner says. No account of Medellín can be written without considering Escobar’s role in masterminding and controlling the city’s fortunes. Escobar and his cartels helped set the conditions for urban change to happen. Text of President Obama’s Speech in Hiroshima, Japan. Yet in the image of a mushroom cloud that rose into these skies, we are most starkly reminded of humanity’s core contradiction. How the very spark that marks us as a species, our thoughts, our imagination, our language, our toolmaking, our ability to set ourselves apart from nature and bend it to our will — those very things also give us the capacity for unmatched destruction.

How often does material advancement or social innovation blind us to this truth? How easily we learn to justify violence in the name of some higher cause. Every great religion promises a pathway to love and peace and righteousness, and yet no religion has been spared from believers who have claimed their faith as a license to kill.

Nations arise telling a story that binds people together in sacrifice and cooperation, allowing for remarkable feats. But those same stories have so often been used to oppress and dehumanize those who are different. The wars of the modern age teach us this truth. Here's How to Save Money on Your Next Airline Ticket. COLLIDE International Award | Arts@CERN. Open Call for Entries Deadline May 23rd, 2016. Find the submission form below. Photo Credit: COLLIDE Artists 2015, Semiconductor 1. Introduction Arts@CERN has flourished since its creation in 2011, binding arts, science and technology to contribute to a fast growing knowledge-based culture.

COLLIDE International Award is a unique opportunity for artists to spend dedicated time in one of the most important laboratories in the world, where crucial questions about nature are addressed. As the cradle of the World Wide Web and home of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN is an eminent centre of science and technology with great relevance in the culture of today.

FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is the UK's leading media arts centre based in Liverpool, bringing people, art and technology together. 2. The competition is open to artists of any nationality or age. 3. COLLIDE International Award grants an artist with a fully funded residency at CERN and FACT. 4. 5. 6. Contact: Cross the Streams: Risk & Reward in the Audience’s World. Cross the Streams: Risk & Reward in the Audience’s World I spoke at the This Way Up conference at Home Manchester (which is completely gorgeous by the way) today. It was incredibly exciting to be in a room with people passionate about the art and action of cinema and working together to make our industry more sustainable. A lot of what I talked about probably wasn’t new to the audience, or to you reading this now hopefully, but I wanted to give some useful examples that might add further fuel to our collective creative and commercial fires.

I talked in quite broad strokes to get the overall picture across in the time I had, but this version of my keynote is so that I can share links and further information for you to find out more on all the projects and people I cited. As you’ll see from the images that accompany this post, I am very firmly a child of the 80s. Ghostbusters is one of my favourite films. This one being a particular favourite of mine. And it is this: the majestic Facepalm. This modified Segway is a hands-free wheelchair soon to be on sale. Mr Thompson, whom the wheelchair had been specifically designed for, apparently used the device to mow his lawns, and trialled it at his work as a teacher at Otaki College in New Zealand.

Mr Halsall said in ideal conditions the Segway powering the Ogo had a range of about 40 kilometres, but with everyday use would travel about 30km. To steer it, users simply lean in the direction of travel and use their core muscles to balance, which occupational therapists say is a key benefit of the Ogo. In its first version, Mr Halsall borrowed a Segway and added a bolt-on seat. But he wanted to refine the steering further, so he bought his own Segway, which he stripped down, and then patented a new seat moving control mechanism, which he installed. The wheelchair also has stabilisers for when users are working or lifting items off the floor. The battery-powered device can also be steered manually if necessary. An Open Letter From a Dancer Who Refused to Participate in Marina Abramovic’s MOCA Performance. I participated in an audition on November 7th for performance artist Marina Abramovic’s production for the annual gala of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

I auditioned because I wanted to participate in the project of an artist whose work I have followed with interest for many years and because it was affiliated with MOCA, an institution that I have a connection with as a Los Angeles-based artist. Out of approximately 800 applicants, I was one of two hundred selected to audition. Ultimately, I was offered the role of one of six nude females to re-enact Abramovic's signature work, "Nude with Skeleton" (2002), at the center of tables with seats priced at up to $100,000 each. For reasons I detail here — reasons that I strongly believe need to be made public — I turned it down. I was to be paid $150. Abramovic’s call for artists was, as the LA Times quoted, for “strong, silent types.” I am certainly strong but I am not comfortable with silence in this situation.

Why a Long Train Ride Is Perfect for Writers, Jessica Gross. Trains as writers’ garrets. A postwar ad for the Pennsylvania Railroad. I am in a little sleeper cabin on a train to Chicago. Framing the window are two plush seats; between them is a small table that you can slide up and out. Its top is a chessboard. Next to one of the chairs is a seat whose top flips up to reveal a toilet, and above that is a “Folding Sink”—something like a Murphy bed with a spigot.

There are little cups, little towels, a tiny bar of soap. I’m only here for the journey. So here I am. Why do writers find the train such a fruitful work environment? In a 2009 piece for The Millions, Emily St. These reasons are all undergirded by a sense of safety, borne of boundaries. Writing requires a dip into the subconscious. My father is a foamer. His dream, I think, was for my brother and me to grow into fellow foamers. My father was so dedicated to his passion that he made trains his job. Here are my scattered sense memories of that trip: a sleeper cabin shared with my brother. Alan Lane: Theatre tax relief is the graceful assault of an ideological ninja | Opinion. Oh, theatre tax relief. I have attended briefings, met with my accountant (twice) and had so many patient mentors. God it's so tedious. Surely it's not important: nothing this boring could be important. It's been a challenge to listen long enough to understand it.

But I think I do now. So let me explain it back, and then if I've misunderstood, one of you will tell me. You make a show. It's called the theatre tax relief but just to be clear, the £16 you get back is not in any way connected to any tax you pay. In the past, up until recently, central government gave the money they had to support theatre mostly through Ats Council England. As annoying as the forms and (literal) tick boxes are, it's really hard to not feel fondly towards the ambition of an organisation whose mission is to spend public money in making sure that everyone in the country has access to really wonderful art. But that changed a bit a few years ago. Bill Kenwright? And guess what, theatre pals? But maybe I'm wrong.

What I learned about HMRC when I posed as a tax avoider | Greg Wise | Opinion. There’s nothing worse than a half-cocked actor banging on about something he doesn’t understand. I’m with you, absolutely. But, in my defence, I’ve at least tried to do my homework on this one. Honest. Honest is probably not quite the word, as I’m writing about tax avoidance. About me undertaking tax avoidance. I recently submerged myself in this murky world for a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary. In its annual report, we see a “cash collected” figure, but this includes cash not yet received, not all of which will be collected.

We all know “lies, damned lies and statistics” We should all celebrate, as most of us in this country have the above-average number of legs: some folk have one leg, but nobody has three, so we bipeds are “above average” – see? HMRC doesn’t report on the scale of aggressive tax avoidance. We are desperate for cash in this country. What I worry about is that the folk doing the ducking and diving have imagination or at least pay for imaginative tax consultants. Here's what happens to your brain when you give up sugar for Lent. Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania – the “Chocolate Capital of the World” – doesn’t help either of us.

But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave up sweets for Lent. Sugar: natural reward, unnatural fix In neuroscience, food is something we call a “natural reward.” Evolution has resulted in the mesolimbic pathway, a brain system that deciphers these natural rewards for us. Not all foods are equally rewarding, of course. Fruit is one thing, but modern diets have taken on a life of their own. Today, with convenience more important than ever in our food selections, it’s almost impossible to come across processed and prepared foods that don’t have added sugars for flavour, preservation, or both. These added sugars are sneaky – and unbeknown to many of us, we’ve become hooked.

Sugar addiction is real Sugar withdrawal is also real. How to see everything Google knows about you. Adam Berry / Getty It’s no secret that Google knows a lot about its users. The tech giant collects various user data including search history, location, and voice searches to help improve its services and provide relevant ads. However, some users might be surprised to know they can easily take a look at all of the data Google has on them. On Tuesday, The Guardian pointed out that every audio command made using an Android phone are recorded and can easily be accessed and played back by visiting the Activity Settings in Google. The same thing can be done if you are an iPhone user and use voice commands with a Google app.

This, of course, isn’t the only thing you might be surprised to find when you take a look at your Google account settings. In June, Google created a hub called “My Account” where users can easily view the information the company is collecting and change their settings. Here’s how you can view what information Google is tracking and how to make adjustments. Google Google. Until cannabis is legalised, users will risk brain damage | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett. It’s news that surely surprises no one: smoking high-strength cannabis may damage your brain. By scanning the brains of people who regularly smoked skunk-like cannabis, researchers at King’s College London observed subtle differences in the white matter that connects the left and right hemispheres and carries signals from one side of the brain to the other. People who did not use cannabis, or who used low-potency cannabis, did not show these differences.

While the scientists are unable to say what these changes might mean for the individual cannabis user, the study does suggest it leads to a “less efficient” transfer of information in the brain (talk about stating the obvious, that’s why people smoke it … etc, etc). It is helpful to have studies that are looking at the effects of cannabis potency on brain structure, even when, anecdotally at least, we know that skunk can be harmful.

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