China’s Missing Children

As many as 70,000 Chinese kids may get kidnapped each year. Parents, who often have nowhere to turn to for help, are taking matters into their own hands. CHARLES CUSTER BEIJING—On April 10, 2010, the Liu family was living the Chinese dream. The couple had moved to the city, rented an apartment, and were blessed … Continue reading

‘The Finest Life You Ever Saw’

James Salter Ernest Hemingway, the second oldest of six children, was born in Oak Park, Illinois, in 1899 and lived until 1961, thus representing the first half of the twentieth century. He more than represented it, he embodied it. He was a national and international hero, and his life was mythic. Though none of his … Continue reading

Girl Scouts’ Allegedly Radical Feminist Lesbian Agenda

Amanda Marcotte Are the Girl Scouts starting a feminist revolution? Most of us, if pressed to think about the Girl Scouts, conjure up images of girlish innocence: summer camp, volunteerism, and, of course, cookies. A small but growing segment of the public, however, has started to think of the Girl Scouts in far darker terms. … Continue reading

The Great North

At a college in upstate New York, a band of outsiders share an esoteric interest: Canada David Marchese In the bustling student centre at the state university in Plattsburgh, New York, a town of 19,000 just a few kilometres south of the Quebec border, Vicky Banas stands at attention beside a table draped with the … Continue reading

Wine Drinkers of the World, Unite

You have nothing to lose but inflated bills and interrupted anecdotes. Christopher Hitchens The other night, I was having dinner with some friends in a fairly decent restaurant and was at the very peak of my form as a wit and raconteur. But just as, with infinite and exquisite tantalizations, I was approaching my punch … Continue reading

Brontës

This autumn new adaptations of Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights will hit cinemas. After our long infatuation with Jane Austen, Matthew Sweet asks whether the Brontës’ time has come again Matthew Sweet Cary Fukunaga. Sounds pretty hardcore, doesn’t he? If you’ve seen his name on a credit roll, it was probably attached to his first … Continue reading

Where Does the New York Times Find These Women?

Jessica Grose If you search for the term "in vitro fertilization" on the New York Times‘ website, you will find that there are 2,280 results in the past 12 months. I mention this because of the utterly baffling Times styles section article about women who look young externally, and so are shocked to discover that … Continue reading

The New Epicenter of China’s Discontent

Dispatch from a city that wasn’t supposed to be on the brink.  CHRISTINA LARSON DALIAN, China — This northeastern port city, with its gleaming skyscrapers, seaside yacht club, and Cartier and Armani boutiques on People’s Road, might seem about the least likely site for one of China’s largest protests in years. Dalian is, after all, … Continue reading

A Walk to Remember to Remember

Jesse Miller My finest life achievement is one I don’t even remember. It exists memorialized only through the meticulous documentation of my ever-attentive parents. There I am, little Jesse, crouched in the grass in my OshKsosh overalls; the wind causes the audio on the videotape to crackle, obscuring for a moment the background sounds of … Continue reading

Austrian Man Allegedly Abused Daughters for Decades

A fresh abuse scandal shocked Austrians on Thursday when police revealed that a father in a small village had allegedly held his daughters prisoner for more than 40 years, sexually abusing them repeatedly. The case came to light only by chance, and the alleged perpetrator has been arrested.   REUTERS The suspect’s home in St. … Continue reading

Chathexis

The following essay is excerpted from “The Intellectual Situation,” Issue 12: Conversion Experience. Someone who wanted to know how we live might ask how we talk. Madame de Rambouillet talked in bed, stretched out on a mattress, draped in furs, while her visitors remained standing. Blue velvet lined the walls of the room, which became … Continue reading

Do You Suffer From Decision Fatigue?

By JOHN TIERNEY Three men doing time in Israeli prisons recently appeared before a parole board consisting of a judge, a criminologist and a social worker. The three prisoners had completed at least two-thirds of their sentences, but the parole board granted freedom to only one of them. Guess which one: Case 1 (heard at … Continue reading

Lost and Found

An abandoned baby on the streets of Shanghai. Patti Waldmeir Are Chinese orphans better off than they used to be? One might easily see such a thing in a Shanghai alleyway and think nothing of it: a bundle of fabric tied up with a rope. Except that this particular bundle was screaming. I could not … Continue reading

Narcissists need no reality check

Despite inflated egos, they evaluate themselves with unexpectedly clear eyes Bruce Bower Narcissists make spectacles of their supposedly awesome selves, but they don’t see the world entirely through rose-colored glasses. These sultans of self-regard accurately appraise their own personalities and reputations, say psychologist Erika Carlson of Washington University in St. Louis and her colleagues. Carlson’s … Continue reading

Instagram Hacks

How to Get More Out of (and Into) the Electronic Polaroid By Charlie Sorrel Want to get your Instagram photos into Google+? Good news! You can — with a little work Since its launch back in October 2010, Instagram has quickly become the spiritual successor to the Polaroid. Anyone can take instant photos, anywhere, and … Continue reading

Heaven for Atheists

Valerie Barbaro Cryogenics, I learned, is “the study of very low temperatures… and how materials behave at those temperatures,” and cryonics is the “emerging medical technology of cryopreserving humans and animals with the intention of future revival.” (So, a square is a rectangle, but a rectangle is not a square.)  I would also discover that … Continue reading

Balanced Diets

Daniel Mason … Humboldt and his botanist companion Aimé Bonpland (and Indian servants, and pressed plants, and jars of preserving spirits, and a chattering menagerie of birds and monkeys in cages on his boats) stayed at Uruana for only one day, conversing with the missionary Fray Ramon Bueno and visiting the Otomac villagers. For all … Continue reading

How To Give a Wedding Toast

No need to mention coke-fueled orgies. By Troy Patterson How to deliver a decent wedding toast in five easy steps: 1. Whether you’re raising a glass at the rehearsal dinner or working the mic at the reception, bear in mind that the fundamental idea is to honor the bride. The foundation of honoring the bride … Continue reading

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’

  By Daniel J. Solove When the government gathers or analyzes personal information, many people say they’re not worried. "I’ve got nothing to hide," they declare. "Only if you’re doing something wrong should you worry, and then you don’t deserve to keep it private." The nothing-to-hide argument pervades discussions about privacy. The data-security expert Bruce … Continue reading

Cowering before a sunflower seed

Why China is not a great power David Rothkopf There are many measures of a nation’s power. Almost all are deeply flawed. The U.S. Commerce Department team that originally devised the concept of gross domestic product warned it should not be used as a measure of a nation’s true economic health because it was too … Continue reading

Orgasm Guaranteed

What I learned while freelancing at Cosmopolitan. By Katherine Goldstein As I walked into the elegant Hearst Tower, home to many of the country’s top magazines, with gleaming white floors and a two-story waterfall, I was sure my life was about to change forever. I was 23, wearing a gray hand-me-down wool dress from Bergdorf … Continue reading

Amazing High-Speed Photos Use Lethal Home-Made Flash

Charlie Sorrel Alan Sailer’s incredible high-speed photos are taken with a death-dealing home-made flash. Photo: Alan Sailer Alan Sailer is a photographer. He fires things very fast at other things, and then uses a homemade high-speed flash to capture some quite stunning images. Here’s how he got famous: Was a very, very obscure photographer working … Continue reading

Underwater Camera Is Cheap Enough to Drown

Charlie Sorrel One of the quickest ways to add some impact to your photos is to change your perspective. If you’re tall, crouch or sit on the floor. If you’re short, climb up high. Even better, get in the water. Photojojo has a new waterproof camera and it costs just $35. That’s the cost of … Continue reading

Sex Trafficking of Americans

Even as celebrity activists such as Emma Thompson, Demi Moore, and Mira Sorvino raise awareness about commercial sex trafficking, survivor Rachel Lloyd publishes her memoir Girls Like Us, and the Senate introduces a new bipartisan bill for victim support, the problem proliferates across continents, in casinos, on streets, and directly into your mobile device. And, … Continue reading

Inside Al Jazeera

Nothing prepared us for what we saw happening across the Arab world this year. One network knew damn well how to report a revolution. Michael Paterniti takes us behind the cameras at Al Jazeera By Michael Paterniti Photograph by Benjamin Lowy On a cold March evening in Manhattan, Ayman Mohyeldin rode in the back of … Continue reading

Llama muck and maize revolution drove Inca success

Fred Pearce How could the inhospitable Andean highlands of Peru nurture the great Inca civilisation that dominated South America for hundreds of years? The answer, unearthed in lake sediments high up in the Peruvian Andes, seems to be llama muck. South America’s most important crop is maize. Its cultivation is what allowed people to stop … Continue reading

French public intellectuals pushed for Libya. Does that matter?

Daniel W. Drezner As the fallout from Dominique Strauss-Kahn and The Chambermaid’s Tale continues, the guy from the Dos Equis commercials French public intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy is taking quite a beating inside the United States.  Lévy — or BHL for those in the know — is a longtime friend of Strauss-Kahn — or DSK for, … Continue reading

Why Is the IMF Chief Always a European?

Because Europeans choose him. BY JOSHUA E. KEATING With International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn cooling his heels in Rikers Island after an arrest on sexual assault charges and a growing chorus of international voices — including U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner — calling for him to resign, speculation is rampant as to … Continue reading

Amateur’s all-sky view of the cosmos

Caitlin Stier (Image: Nick Risinger/skysurvey.org) Amateur astronomer Nick Risinger travelled more than 96,000 kilometres and snapped 37,440 exposures to create this detailed portrait of the entire night sky. The 5000-megapixel image provides a 360-degree interactive view of the Milky Way and more than 20 million stars. Risinger quit his job in marketing to complete the … Continue reading

How to Make Your Lie Go Mainstream in 26 Easy Steps

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I’m Not a Child Bride

People think my husband is a pervert because I look like a kid. How can we explain? By Emily Yoffe Dear Prudence, My husband and I are in our late 20s, have been married for two years, and have known each other since high school. My husband is of Japanese descent, and I am a … Continue reading

Cuban inventor turns trash into farm tools

By Jeff Franks GUIRA DE MELENA, Cuba, Apr. 28, 2011 (Reuters) — A solitary man trudges through a palm-lined corn field in the Cuban countryside, pulling behind him a rickety contraption that President Raul Castro would love. The man, Yolando Perez Baez, is showing off his latest invention, a spindly, spider-like piece of equipment that … Continue reading

Is ‘Nudging’ Really Enough?

With things like burgers and electricity, we often need a shove By JONAH LEHRER For the last few hundred years, a simple assumption has dominated economic thinking about human nature: We are rational creatures. When faced with alternatives, we carefully maximize our utility, just like those hypothetical agents in the Econ 101 textbooks. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

A Revolutionary Way To Grow Tomatoes!

Why you should plant everything in a homemade EarthTainer. By Farhad Manjoo Ray Newstead in his container gardenAcross the country right now, thousands of people are thinking to themselves, Hey, why don’t I try planting some tomatoes? Bless them. They’re so full of hope, so full of joy at the possibility of being able to … Continue reading

Stick It to the Weatherman With Your Own Personal Forecasts

Davis Vantage Pro2 · $600 Reviewed by Dylan Tweney  It’s a comfortable 63.3 degrees on the roof of Wired headquarters, with a slight 3-mph breeze, and the barometer is at 30.14 inches and rising. A few blocks away, it’s 61.1 degrees and there’s a 4-mph breeze from the northwest. There was a little mist yesterday, … Continue reading

How Did Dinosaurs Have Sex?

Dino-style. By Brian Palmer The American Museum of Natural History in New York will unveil an exhibition of the world’s largest dinosaurs this Saturday. Some visitors may wonder how the creatures could ever eat enough to sustain their size, but the Explainer’s mind is in the Jurassic gutter. How did those monsters manage to have … Continue reading

My Years as Gaddafi’s Nurse

I checked the dictator’s heart and lived in luxury. But when revolution came, I realized the cost. by Oksana Balinskaya Joseph Sywenkyj Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s former nurse, 24-year-old Oksana Balinskaya, at her home in central Ukraine. I was just 21 when I went to work for Muammar Gaddafi. Like the other young women he … Continue reading

Twin Lessons: Have More Kids. Pay Less Attention to Them.

By Bryan Caplan Everett Collection Parents of twins should do less parenting. Nine years ago my wife had her first sonogram.  The technician seemed to be asking routine questions: “How long have you been pregnant?”  “Twelve weeks.” “Any family history of genetic diseases?”  “No.”  “Any family history of twins?” “No.” Then she showed us the … Continue reading

Israel’s Dilemma in Damascus

Jerusalem’s View on the Syrian Uprising  Itamar Rabinovich Summary: Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may blame Israel for his problems, but the Israelis are more ambivalent about their sometime antagonist. Yet with little ability to affect the outcome of the uprisings, Jerusalem can only watch nervously as events unfold. In January, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad sat … Continue reading

Tokyo’s Turning Point

How Will the March 11 Disaster Change Japan? Michael J. Green Summary: The longer-term impact of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami — on Japanese domestic affairs, economics, and foreign policy — is already a topic of major debate. Even as Japan struggles to recover, the disaster revealed deep reservoirs of strength in Japan’s economy … Continue reading

Qaddafi’s Great Arms Bazaar

The deadly weapons floating around in eastern Libya could serve as the fuel for a bloody insurgency. BY PETER BOUCKAERT View a photo essay of Qaddafi’s weapons cache. During his 42 years in power, Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi’s unpredictable behavior has become the stuff of legend. But on one issue Qaddafi was remarkably consistent: He … Continue reading

The Inner Logic of Evil

A Stasi Expert Advises Egypt on Secret Police Legacy By Frank Hornig REUTERS Two decades ago, Herbert Ziehm helped storm the headquarters of the East German secret police, the Stasi. Now, he is advising Egypt on how to deal with its own legacy of official abuse. History, it would seem, is repeating itself. Herbert Ziehm … Continue reading

Whitewash

We have yet to see justice for the thousands of Irish women forced to work in the inhumane conditions of the Magdalen laundries, says Keith Porteous Wood by Keith Porteous Wood Over half a century after Ireland signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights, the Irish Human Rights Commission (IHRC) has at last … Continue reading

Google Page Speed Now Works in any Web Browser

By Scott Gilbertson Google’s Page Speed tool is a great way to find out how you can speed up your website, and now Google has released a version that works in any browser as an easy-to-use online service. The new Page Speed Online couldn’t be simpler — just enter a URL and Page Speed Online … Continue reading

Yakuza to the rescue?

By Joshua Keating Reuters reports that Japan’s infamous notorious organized crime network has been active in the earthquake relief effort: Yakuza groups have so far dispatched at least 70 trucks to the quake zone loaded with supplies worth more than $500,000 (311,000 pounds), according to Jake Adelstein, an expert on yakuza who lives in Tokyo … Continue reading

Japan needs our solidarity, not a blame game

The earthquake confirms that a pre‑Enlightenment urge to blame human greed for natural disasters is making a comeback. Frank Furedi The Japanese proverb ‘fix the problem, not the blame’ captures an attitude towards life that has served Japan well in the post-Hiroshima era. It makes a powerful point, which is that looking for someone or … Continue reading

From “Outsiders” to Model Americans

Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore By Zhou Min Translated By Edward Seah 14 March 2011 Edited by Heidi Kaufmann Singapore – Lianhe Zaobao – Original Article (Chinese) On March 9, American President Barack Obama officially nominated the current secretary of commerce, Gary Locke, as the United States ambassador to China. I was very excited at the news. … Continue reading

Why the Washington Post Plagiarism Matters

Because it injures readers. By Jack Shafer Sari HorwitzWashington Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli blocked all escape routes that his reporter Sari Horwitz might have mapped when he told Yahoo News reporter Michael Calderone yesterday, "There are no mitigating circumstances for plagiarism." Horwitz stole from at least two Arizona Republic stories about the prosecution of … Continue reading

Most Dangerous Object in the Office

CRY-AC-3 Liquid Nitrogen Dispenser By Allison P. Davis Photo: Daniel Salo When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail. When you have a cryogun, everything looks 320 degrees too warm. Dermatologists use this ice blaster to kill skin lesions; chefs use it to flash-freeze ice cream. Fill the canister with liquid nitrogen, squeeze … Continue reading

Strategic implications of Japan’s disaster

By Michael J. Green Numerous Japanese commentators had recently argued that the nation needed a shock to accelerate the kind of opening, reform and revitalization that Japan embraced after Commodore Perry’s ships landed in Edo Bay on July 8, 1853 and the war ended in August, 1945. While no one could have anticipated or called … Continue reading