The Case Against Abortion

It’s also true, though, that nothing in all that multitude of policies will lift the irreducible burden of childbearing, the biological realities that simply cannot be redistributed to fathers, governments or adoptive parents. And here, too, a portion of the pro-choice argument is correct: The unique nature of pregnancy means that there has to be some limit on what state or society asks of women and some zone of privacy where the legal system fears to tread.

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Op-Ed: Payouts for whistleblowers aren’t enough. Workers need to know they can make a difference

Last month, a former employee of Deutsche Bank hit the jackpot. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission awarded this publicly unnamed whistleblower almost $200 million for supplying “specific, credible, and timely original information” that aided the agency in its investigation into the illegal rigging of inter-bank interest rates. This was the largest whistleblower payment in history.
The former bank employee now joins a select group of whistleblowers who not only spoke out and were heard by the authorities, but also were rewarded handsomely for their effort.

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Why Are Cities Hostile to Strollers?

There’s an amnesia particular to the experience of parenting babies and toddlers that makes it ill suited for advocacy. No matter how acute the parenting pain of the moment, it never lasts long. Paid parental leave, universal childcare? They have broad public support, and their impact can be felt for decades, even generations. But because parents experience the strain of their absence for only a handful of years, they have never had the same organizing momentum of, say, the student debt movement.
The same goes for navigating U.S. cities with small humans in tow.

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The Great Escape

The first thing you should know about Caroline Potts of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is that she loves her pets. “I have five cats and three dogs,” she told me, proudly. “The only thing I don’t have is birds.”
So when she needed a job, PetSmart seemed like the perfect solution. “My sister worked at PetSmart and I was in there so much,” she said.
She started as a bather, and showed enough promise to be invited to the company’s dog grooming academy, where they teach how to cut hair. “I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life,” Caroline said.

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How the Infrastructure Bill Will Help the West Manage Megafires

Cal Fire troops battle the Dixie Fire in Plumas County, California, July 2021.Noah Berger/AP

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This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration.
Zack Bashoor was 19 years old when he joined the US Forest Service in northwestern Montana to fight wildfires.

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America’s Pandemic Star Loses Some Luster

Is Vermont the envy of America no more? The state long hailed for its pandemic response is experiencing one of the most intense COVID-19 surges in the country. Cases are twice as high as they’ve been at any other point. Hospitalizations are up sharply as well, confounding hopes that Vermont’s best-in-the-nation vaccination rate would protect its people from the Delta wave.

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Psychedelics can change humanity for the better. It’s time to unlock their power | Rick Doblin

Psychedelics can change humanity for the better. It’s time to unlock their power

Rick Doblin

Studies of MDMA, ketamine, psilocybin mushrooms and other psychedelics have shown tremendous potential for therapeutic applications

‘Evidence indicates that psychedelic use is associated with pro-social, personal growth benefits including increased nature relatedness, potentiating conflict resolution and sustaining compassion among first responders.

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SARAH VINE: My anxiety was like a house crumbling around me. Pills could never fix the root cause 

SARAH VINE: My anxiety was like a house crumbling around me. Pills patched me up but they could never fix the root cause
By Sarah Vine for the Daily Mail
Published: 18:21 EST, 23 November 2021 | Updated: 06:50 EST, 24 November 2021

Rifling through some old papers the other day, I came across a letter from a psychiatrist to whom my doctor referred me back in 2012.

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Charlottesville defendants found liable for civil conspiracy and ordered to pay millions in damages

White supremacists clash with police in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017, Wikimedia Commons

Returning a verdict against dozens of white supremacist leaders and organizations who organized Unite the Right, a Virginia jury has awarded millions in damages to nine plaintiffs who were injured in the violence during the chaotic rally that ended with a car attack by James Fields.
The defendants were found liable in four of six counts, including a Virginia state conspiracy claim that they subjected the plaintiffs to racial, religious or ethnic harassment or violence.

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