An unsuspected love of animals

A man dressed up as a dog took part in the Dog Day celebration in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on 25 April. Turkmenistan’s leader (a Soviet leftover) has already written an ode to the country’s celebrated and extremely large national dog, the Alabai, and built a gilded monument to it. But now the country has gone further, …

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Statehood for DC?

The House’s vote to pass D.C. statehood wasn’t the only milestone for the statehood effort. Earlier, the White House released a statement endorsing D.C. statehood, calling on Congress to “provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington D.C.” The Biden administration throwing its support behind statehood adds to the …

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Dementia and cold water dips

Cold-water swimmers have long professed its benefits, from improving the mood to boosting the immune system. Now they have another incentive to brave the icy water: it may also protect the brain from dementia. Scientists conducted tests on 40 people who made a practice of swimming daily in an unheated north London lido in winter, …

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Arkansas lawmakers override veto of anti-trans law

Arkansas’ Republican-controlled state legislature on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s veto of a bill barring physicians from providing gender-affirming procedures for transgender people under age 18. The vote came shortly after Hutchinson, a Republican, tried to block the legislation, calling it “vast government overreach.” The state House voted 71-24 to override the veto, …

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The gender crisis: what can be done? Continued

What can be done about the falling marriage rate and drop in childbirths? First, one conservative suggests dropping the “conservative” label altogether, since “branding oneself in this way is a womanly stance … that accomplishes nothing real, while seeking abstract validation.” In fact, right-wing men should refrain from talking about politics with women at all …

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