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Let me introduce you to my step-sister. She is of normal intelligence but she has catastrophically bad judgement, akin to a young teenager. This is a result of her suffering frontal lobe damage. She is moving to a group home after her second eviction, each time trashing the place. She is older than I am, […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Crystals the Color of Sweat and Blood

 

I was a minor rock hound — a rock pup, if you will — in my youth. Nothing serious, a small collection, only a few spectacular finds of my own, the rest either dull or store-bought. I liked crystals. But not as “wellness” aids. The folklore surrounding minerals, including their medicinal use, is part of their history. Still, I found myself mildly disappointed by the degree to which even geology shops treated the folklore as true.

Apparently, “wellness” claims for rocks have only gotten worse — er, I mean, more popular — since I was a young rock hound. Gwyneth Paltrow, for example, has gifted the world with Goop, like crystal-enhanced water bottles! Yoni eggs! (Warning: these eggs NSFW.) Rose quartz, with its soft pink hue, is particularly popular for “wellness.” Fair-trade certification, which is supposed to guarantee humane treatment of workers, is also popular in wellness products. But — and it’s a big but — most “wellness” crystals are far from fair trade. That pretty rose quartz is the color of sweat and blood.

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The Guardian newspaper recommends a whopping FOUR conservative websites for liberals looking to get out of their own bubble. The four sites that make the cut? More

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Relearning Everything

 

In a world where access to the sum total of all human knowledge is only a few clicks away, human ignorance of history remains a rather magnificent thing to behold. We are born blank slates, without an ounce of knowledge or wisdom. Theoretically, 12 years of training at expensive government daycare centers (or schools) is designed to combat this ignorance. Yet not a day goes by where old, discredited ideas aren’t repackaged and presented anew as a recent stroke of brilliance.

From The Guardian today, we receive the wholly novel idea that if something is important (like tampons), it should be free. As this is the first time we’ve ever considered the question of whether the government can create better access to things people need than the free market, I will allow the author a full hearing before erupting in riotous laughter.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Leftist Guardian to Any Global Warming Skeptic: Shut Up — Jim Lakely

 

The Australian edition of The Guardian — probably the most hard-left of the lefty daily newspapers in the English-speaking world — published a story Thursday about how Attorney General George Brandis stood up for skeptics of the theory of man-caused, catastrophic global warming.

Brandis is not a skeptic himself. He believes in man-caused, catastrophic global warming, but he also believes in liberty. So he gave a “passionate” speech in which he said it was “deplorable” that skeptics are being excluded from the climate change debate. People who say the “science is settled,” Brandis said, are “ignorant” and “medieval.” He did all but call the climate alarmists in Australia’s government fascists.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. An Outrageous Gesture from the Pulitzer Prize Committee — John Yoo

 

I’m not surprised that the Pulitzer Prize committee gave the Washington Post and The Guardian US a prize for pursuing the sensationalistic story of Edward Snowden —even though the story is a disaster for the country. Unlike some on both the right and the left, I do not see Snowden as any kind of hero. He should be returned to the United States for prosecution. It is another sign of this Administration’s weakness in foreign affairs that it cannot persuade other countries to turn him over.

I don’t, however, think we need to automatically read the prize as a vindication of Snowden’s crimes. Awarding a prize to a newspaper that covered a hurricane or runs a photo of a grisly crime does not somehow justify the underlying tragedy. Yes, there is a difference here, in that the harm comes from the public release of the material. I’m not sure, however, that the distinction between the event itself and publicity is key.

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