International Yoga Day Celebrated Around the Globe Activism Culture 

International Yoga Day Celebrated Around the Globe

World (Global Voices) – On June 21 this year, hundreds of thousands of people in more than 200 countries of the world celebrated International Yoga Day by practicing Yoga together in public. Social media spaces around the world were filled with images of people doing yoga and the hashtag #InternationalYogaDay was trending during the day. Yoga can be viewed as a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India (between the sixth and fifth centuries BCE). Yoga gurus from India introduced the practice to the West in the late 19th and early 20th century and Read More

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Berlin Aims To Ban Sexy Advertising Culture Featured 

Berlin Aims To Ban Sexy Advertising

Germany (Sputnik) – Politicians in Berlin have moved a step closer to a complete ban on “sexist advertising,” which aims to stop half-naked women from appearing on the city’s billboards. Advertisers in Berlin may have to depart from the “sex sells” mantra if they want to promote their products in the German capital, after local politicians moved a step closer to banning “sexist advertising.”A new proposal aims to prohibit the sale of billboard space for ads which are deemed to be degrading to women. The bill, which wants to ban “sexist, discriminatory and misogynist advertising,” was proposed in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district of Berlin, by politicians from the leftist Die Linke party. It seems likely to pass, since local Read More

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Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning Education 

Children Are Our Future: Schools Encourage Conformity, Not Learning

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Over the weekend, I had an interesting chat with a friend about her daughter’s preschool program. She confessed to me that she couldn’t wait until the school year was over, for the preschool program dominated their lives. The schedule, she explained, interfered with other outside learning opportunities. At the same time, one of the main things her daughter was learning in the program was how to line up – perfect for fostering an environment of compulsion, but not for encouraging creativity or an enthusiasm for learning. Unfortunately, this attitude of toeing the line is Read More

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All National Monuments Created Since 1996 In Danger Of Privatization Environment 

All National Monuments Created Since 1996 In Danger Of Privatization

Yellowstone (OtherWords) – I’m writing this from Yellowstone National Park. Established in 1872, this was our first National Park. The world’s first, in fact. In an interesting window into how politics worked then (and now, arguably), Congress agreed to preserve this land only after being assured that it was entirely “worthless.” Of course, that was an utter lie. But for once in our nation’s history, lying in politics did some good. The real value of this park wasn’t known then, you see. Nobody knew that it set a precedent for the establishment of an entire National Park system that would Read More

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Children & ADHD Medication: A Huge Experiment, Says Doctor Featured Health 

Children & ADHD Medication: A Huge Experiment, Says Doctor

United States (Intellectual Takeout) – Dr. Leonard Sax is known for making unusual statements regarding raising children. The reason his comments are so unusual? They’re simple common sense, a trait often lacking in modern culture. Dr. Sax’s latest (non-politically correct) statements were made in an interview with C.M. Rubin for the Huffington Post when he raised questions about the intense drug regimen American kids are subjected to, often under the guise of treating ADHD and other related disorders: “American kids are now 10, 20, 50 or 90 times more likely to be on prescription psychiatric medications compared with kids Read More

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Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation Featured Politics 

Trump Administration’s Attack on Civil Rights Legislation

United States (ProPublica) – For decades, the Department of Justice has used court-enforced agreements to protect civil rights, successfully desegregating school systems, reforming police departments, ensuring access for the disabled and defending the religious. Now, under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the DOJ appears to be turning away from this storied tool, called consent decrees. Top officials in the DOJ civil rights division have issued verbal instructions through the ranks to seek settlements without consent decrees — which would result in no continuing court oversight. The move is just one part of a move by the Trump administration to limit Read More

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Naohun: A Disturbing Trend In Chinese Wedding Tradition, Bridesmaids Sexually Assaulted Culture Human Rights 

Naohun: A Disturbing Trend In Chinese Wedding Tradition, Bridesmaids Sexually Assaulted

China (Global Voices) – Teasing the bride and groom on their wedding day is part of Chinese marriage custom. However, in recent years, that custom has been twisted in an alarming way in mainland China to include groomsmen sexually assaulting bridesmaids. The trend is in the spotlight thanks to two recent cases. The first is a viral video (content is disturbing) circulating on Chinese social media. The video shows a bridesmaid being restrained and sexually assaulted by two men in a vehicle in Xi’an city. The woman screams and struggles while the two men forcibly take off her underwear, laugh and command her to “make sex Read More

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Greed Music: Susy Sun’s ‘Selfish Love’ Featured Music 

Greed Music: Susy Sun’s ‘Selfish Love’

Los Angeles (Girl Underground) – Dripping with feel good indie-pop, Los Angeles-based artist Susy Sun, takes the act of being selfish from a relationship to a larger platform for her “Selfish Love” video, off her self-titled EP. The sweet tune is basked in the warm rays of Southern California and displays the beauty that is all around us, simultaneously also revealing how the simple act of “turning the other way” dissolves this very beauty. A post shared by Susy Sun (@susysunmusic) on Jun 14, 2017 at 10:21am PDT “The song itself is touching on the idea of being selfish in a relationship, but for the video I widened the scope and wanted to Read More

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What Is Sharia Law? A Woman Professor of Islamic Studies Explains Culture 

What Is Sharia Law? A Woman Professor of Islamic Studies Explains

World (Intellectual Takeout) – My knowledge of Sharia Law is modest. So when I came across an article on The Conversation—“What Sharia law means: Five questions answered”—written by Indiana University professor Asma Afsaruddin, I decided to learn a little more about it. I’m glad I did this, because apparently a lot of my assumptions on Sharia Law were just plain wrong. Afsaruddin opens her article by explaining the fundamental objectives of Sharia Law: “Sharia provides guidance on how to live an ethical life. It lays down guidelines on how to pray and how to treat one’s family members, neighbors Read More

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Tainted Love: Snake Bites Man, Man Bites Wife Culture Featured 

Tainted Love: Snake Bites Man, Man Bites Wife

India (Sputnik) – An Indian man was bitten by a venomous snake, sending a lethal dose of poison through his veins. With death imminent, he did the only thing he could: he bit his wife so she would die alongside him. However, the wife claims that she consented for him to do so. Sooo … #relationshipgoals? Shankar Rai, a resident of Birsingpur village in the Samastipur district of Bihar state, was bitten by a snake in his sleep on Saturday night. Upon waking, he realized he was going to die and became emotional. He looked at his wife Amiri and told her that he loved her more Read More

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