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  • Redesigning The Rust Belt: An Old German Steel Region Gets A Mindful Modern Makeover Phoenix Lake, Dortmund’s coolest new quarter, was once an abanonded steel mill surrounded by polluted waterways and brownfields. Frank Vincentz/Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0) (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Christa Reicher, Technical University of Dortmund The world is urbanising at a pace never before seen in human history. By 2050, 66{8883afff3f996f915e4087502a0d4bc0cab7d523e6eee37ef51ae9a6c529a071} of the world is ...
  • An Open Letter To President Trump Dear President Trump, Since I never received a reply to the letter I sent you during the 2016 Presidential Campaign season, I was hesitant about writing to you again. However, as one who cares passionately about the future of this great country of ours, I feel compelled to reach out to you whether you respond or ...
  • How To Be An Old Mom (In 10 Slow, Agonizing Steps) Step 1. Make sure you torch your fertilty-diminishing 30s by marrying or shacking up with the few remaining inappropriate men you refused to date (or marry) in your 20s. Step 2. When finished slumming in real life, try slumming online for a year or two, until your stated age in your dating profile (late 30s) only ...
  • Judy Garland: 48 Years Gone But The Legend Lives On! “Truth is far stranger than fiction but not as popular.” The source of that marvelous quote has never been identified but he or she could have easily been talking about the life and death of Judy Garland. On June 22nd, 1969 Miss Garland departed this mortal coil. Of course, Judy Garland would probably roll her eyes at ...
  • The Medical Emergency Of Otto Warmbier All that the doctors who treated Cincinnati, Ohio resident Otto Warmbier knew is what they had seen or maybe read in the news. They knew he had just been released on June 13 from imprisonment in North Korea where he had been held by for more than 17 months. He had been sentenced in March ...
  • The Emerging Republican Majority Now that the Democrats lost all four of the special House elections (or maybe three given the sketchy trustworthiness of voting machines in Georgia) we now know that Trump’s “disapproval” rating that MSNBC commentators have been flogging for months is politically meaningless. Republican voters hate Democrats far more than they “disapprove” of Trump. Since 1969, when ...
  • What You Need To Realize About Putting Yourself First I like to think I’m a good friend. I always am ready to listen, to be a shoulder to cry on, to give advice should the situation warrant it. I give pieces of myself to my friends to hold on to. I give out little pieces of my heart and soul to help my friends feel ...
  • If You’re Graduating This Year, You Need To Read This Congratulations you smarty pants! You’ve done it! You graduated!!! No matter how many years it took you or how you managed to get there, I’m so proud of you. There are so many wonderful things in store for your future, however, take this time to reflect on all of these wonderful years of growth that ...
  • Why Does Donald Trump Insist On More Military Spending? Medea Benjamin and Kate Harveston If you think we spend too much on our military as it is (more that the next eight countries combined), you might be shocked to hear President Trump has asked for an increase in military spending by 10 percent, or $54 billion. Where is all this money going to come from? ...
  • 2017 Is The Year Of Black Fear The first time I was confronted with Black Fear was while watching Get Out. The movie is riveting, triggering, consuming, and all at once validating. Get Out allowed me the grace to be afraid in a society that claims Black Fear is analogous with Black ungratefulness and laziness. Get Out gently enabled me to reflect ...
  • Exploring NYC From Coney To Harlem: Fresh Art on The Streets This Summer 5 Neighborhoods That Are Popping With Murals and Street Art Right Now Summer brings people out onto the streets. New Yorkers especially love to congregate on corners, stoops, public parks and plazas, sidewalks and on the streets to soak in the sun and the excitement of summer after its long winter season. With that in mind ...
  • A Heroin Addict’s Appeal To President Trump I didn’t vote for you. You see, I was born with a brain injury. Doctors at Children’s Hospital in Boston told my parents I would never be able to walk normally. Young children are mean. As a young boy, insults, and laughs became a daily ritual. When I walked into a classroom, a restaurant, or down ...
  • To Understand Health Care Repeal, Follow The Money American politicians are supposed to pander. The whole point of our legislative branch is to select officials who will represent what their constituents want in the halls of Congress. Why, then, is Congress rushing to pass a bill that only 17 percent of people think is a good idea? That’s the level of support for the ...
  • #WeDoBelongHere: Why I’m Still Proud To Be American, Despite Stereotypes by Sneha Goud Every Fourth of July, when the Internet (or at least my corner) is abuzz about the hypocrisy of the United States celebrating a history of violence, war, and discrimination, I feel a little guilty for enjoying the day. Like so many second-generation immigrant children I know, I came of age in the 90′s when ...
  • Why I’m Struggling To Accept My Body Hair by Duriba Khan I’m not like other girls. And when I say this, I don’t mean it in a condescending way — when I say it, my head does not suddenly inflate with pride. In fact, my head falls. I’m not like other girls because I’m hairy (and I suck at removing it!). At a very young age, ...
  • EEOC Files Gender Identity Lawsuit In SDNY By Katherine Bromberg, Senior Staff Attorney and Mariah Vitali, Legal Intern, New York Legal Assistance Group Every June, we commemorate the 1969 Stonewall Riots and subsequent steps toward equality for the LGBTQ community. Pride Month is a recognition and celebration of the incredible strides that have been made in recognizing the rights of LGBTQ ...
  • Stop Killing Us Because some of my work is on police transformation, trust building, and accountability, every time I turn around, somebody else is inviting me to a “citizen’s academy”, asking me to do a police “simulator” so I can better “understand the police perspective,” which is something that as a Christian pastor who believes every person is ...
  • Private Prison Corporation Threatened Prisoners With Solitary If They Mentioned Scabies Outbreak Another day, another horror story at a privately operated, for-profit correctional facility. This time it wasn’t ICE detainees forced to work for little or no pay, or yet another riot by prisoners fed up with poor conditions at a private prison. This time it was CoreCivic, formerly known as “CCA” and the country’s largest private prison ...
  • Standing Up When You Are The Silent Minority I write a lot about not only accepting your reality but embracing it. The good and the bad. The idea is to accept so that you can learn from your life situations and embrace so you can find value even when things feel unbearable. I call it The Gift of the Struggle. It’s what gets ...
  • Why We Love (And Fear) Mummies Christian-Georges Schwentzel, Université de Lorraine Somewhere in Iraq, the tomb raider Nick Morton (a never-ageing Tom Cruise) flies over the desert. This is where Egyptian queen Ahmanet lies in her tomb for eternity. Or so we thought. The plot of Alex Kurtzman’s latest Hollywood blockbuster, The Mummy, which cost US$125 million to make and was released on ...