Summary of “How to Buy Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Clothing on a Budget”

Brands across the fashion industry learned how to make and sell products at rock bottom prices.
Over the last couple of years, I’ve written extensively about how our clothes are damaging the earth and harming human beings in other countries, and I’ve been finding brands that are fighting back against the status quo to create clothes in a more responsible way.
Until more consumers feel they can afford to buy clothes from values-driven socially conscious brands, it is hard to fundamentally change the problems in the fashion industry.
If you’re in the market for a swimsuit or workout clothes, I would suggest looking at sustainable brands that use polyester made from recycled bottles pulled out of the ocean, rather than virgin polyester made from petroleum.
The good news is that there are some innovative brands on the market now creating sustainable shoes using the most cutting-edge methods.
The brand is a certified B Corporation that uses sustainable materials in every part of the shoe.
Online retailers like Thred Up and Poshmark allow you to search for brands and products you like and buy them for a fraction of what you would pay for new items.
The brand rents organic cotton T-shirts that are made in the most sustainable method possible for prices as low as $12 a month for three shirts of different styles and colors.

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Summary of “Elaina Plott: The Bullet in My Arm”

If people in Tuscaloosa talked about gun violence at all-in the wake of a mass shooting, or after the rare hunting accident-it was as an unfortunate but explicable bit of collateral damage: Occasionally cars hit people, but we still drive.
Did the person who shot me buy the weapon there? How long did the sale take? I pictured him-he is faceless in my mind, but always a man-selecting a gun, and then tossing in a pack of Dentyne Ice, because it was right there by the cash register, and why not.
Knee-jerk calls for gun control didn’t resonate with me.
Back in Washington, I’d spent months talking with Republican lawmakers who bristled at the notion of “Commonsense solutions” to gun violence.
“There’s a certain maturity level required for guns, in general, and especially with something like [an AR-15]. Some people probably shouldn’t have them.”
In all the times I’ve talked with GOP lawmakers about guns, why have they never mentioned that age restrictions are, for many conservatives, a worthwhile starting point? Better question: Do they even know?
Earlier in the trip, I’d watched as the guys in the store had handled guns.
We were comfortable in the ATV, talking about our 10-year plans-I didn’t have one; he thought that was risky-the gun and the Labrador resting between us.

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Summary of “Raising Free-Range Kids In An Age Of Helicopter Parenting Is Tough”

Raising Free-Range Kids In An Age Of Helicopter Parenting Is Tough : Shots – Health News Research suggests kids who have more freedom and independence grow up to be less anxious and depressed.
In the age of helicopter parenting, giving kids freedom to roam can be difficult.
Randall knows this isn’t the norm for today’s parenting style, where kids are shuttled from one supervised, structured activity to another.
Randall’s heart was pounding, but she felt confident defending her parenting – partly because she had connected with a group called Free Range Kids, which promotes childhood independence, and gives families the information they need to push back against a culture of overprotection.
Even as she talked about the benefits of giving kids independence, of free time, and of self-directed play, she realized that addressing the individual parents was only half the battle.
Because even if they have the facts, parents could still feel uncomfortable if they’re the only ones affording their kids these freedoms.
While on the surface might not sound all that appealing, failure is how kids learn how to overcome obstacles, try out new ideas, and become resilient.
By trying to give kids a leg up, scheduling every free minute with karate or Little League or music lessons, parents are in fact doing them enormous harm.

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Summary of “Ramona Shelburne on living pregnancy and motherhood out loud”

You’re not supposed to lose out on opportunities in the enlightened, post-“Lean In” workplace, but let’s be real.
No, the one thing I connected with deeply from watching Serena’s journey was how empowering it was to see a woman live a vulnerable period of her life out loud.
There were times I had to raise my hand to come out of the game and risk whatever consequences came with that.
I’d earned that respect, and rather than take the easier way out by pulling me out of the rotation, I could sit out of writing on Game 3 and come back for Game 4.
Later, after LeBron committed to the Lakers, I had to text my SportsCenter producer, Hilary Guy, and say I had about 45 minutes in me, but then I had to get out of the chair and lie down.
In college, I’d watch our football team on my way out to the softball field for practice.
A player would get hurt, and everything would stop for 30 seconds or so while the trainers checked him out.
What I’m asking is why do those “Consequences” have to be negative? Can we open ourselves to the idea that living out loud and standing behind your choice to have a family – or not to have a family – might actually make a woman stronger, more powerful and better at what she does?

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Summary of “Can You Afford to Change Your Career?”

Who wouldn’t want a meaningful career and better balance between work and home? For many of us, it’s finances that keep us from making a career change.
We worry and wonder: What would a career change do to our bank accounts? To our way of life? To our family? We assume that a major reinvention would involve a gap between paychecks when we’d leave our job and break into a new field.
Like Steve, Amanda, and Brandon, we’re all drawn to career change for different reasons.
What if something unexpected happens in your new career? Or what if you can’t sell your home? Building or adding to an existing emergency fund will help ease the stress and worry of beginning a new career.
If your risk tolerance is fairly low but your proposed career change is one that will reduce your income by 75%, then you’ll probably want to rethink your choice.
Steve’s career change required different stages of setting and managing expectations with his wife, as his transition came in two phases that took place over four years.
Steve and his wife deliberated for a full year before he moved into the unpaid student phase of his career change.
The financial implications of a career change weigh heavily on the mind of anyone considering doing something different.

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Summary of “”Fake News” and Unrest in Nicaragua”

The strife in Nicaragua began in April, after President Daniel Ortega announced cuts to social-security benefits, along with increases in worker contributions.
In Managua, Ortega supporters threw Molotov cocktails into the house of a family that had refused to allow police snipers onto their roof.
Ortega denied responsibility, saying that the paramilitaries were an invention of the media, or were aligned with his enemies, or were merely local people defending themselves.
Ortega’s denials were similarly impossible to believe.
Videos circulating on social media captured paramilitaries working in concert with uniformed police; one showed Ortega, in a crowd of officers in riot gear, embracing a masked man.
Ortega retains support from the police and other government employees, who depend on his good will for an income, and he is also popular among working-class people who still believe in the inclusive revolutionary message.
As Ortega and his supporters responded to criticism, they called to mind Steve Bannon, Trump’s former adviser, who said, “The real opposition is the media. And the way to deal with them is to flood the zone with shit.” On July 18th, the Organization of American States convened an emergency meeting and overwhelmingly passed a resolution denouncing the violence in Nicaragua.
Ortega’s foreign minister, Denis Moncada, rejected the measure as “Illegal.” In his telling, the unrest was caused by a global conspiracy.

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Summary of “The Fast Food Worth Making at Home”

I have three children and, like all other American kids, they harbor a deep and abiding love of fast food.
I could spend all day preparing a lovely dinner of braised short ribs, scalloped potatoes, and six different kinds of perfectly roasted vegetable, and yet these kids would gladly dump all that food in the toilet if I gave them the option of heading to a Five Guys instead. Fast food is their ideal.
You walk up to a counter, plunk down a few dollars, and are rewarded instantly with fattiest, saltiest, sweetest possible food imaginable.
The idea is that I can make “Fast food” healthier for my kids if I make it myself, since I’m in charge of the ingredients and the preparation.
How do you make one? Blend together some vanilla ice cream, milk, green food coloring, one single drop of peppermint extract and literally no more than that unless you want to feel like you just drank a cup of Flouride.
The reason fast food shakes are so good is because those places have industrial strength blenders that can turn a live horse into lumpless gravy in six seconds flat.
Should you make it? Yes, because pizza is an unassailable family meal AND it’s one of the foods that kids genuinely love to help prepare.
I loved making homemade pizza with my mom when I was a kid, and my kids do likewise with me.

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Summary of “Who’s Killing Buck Birdsong’s Cows?”

One sunny afternoon in February 2014, Buck Birdsong heard a low cry echo across his Longview ranch.
Erring on the side of caution, Buck called the Gregg County Sheriff’s Office and filed a report with the deputy who came out to the ranch.
Within a week of the vet visit, Buck heard yet another distress call coming from one of his cows.
Buck loaded the calf into his blue gooseneck trailer, guiding it carefully through the chute, and raced to Spencer’s office, the tall pines that line Texas Highway 300 whipping by his window in a dark-green blur.
It seems, is intentionally killing Buck Birdsong’s calves.
During the summertime when he was a teen, Buck would wake at three-thirty to milk the cows on one of his family’s ranches, go tend to the beef cattle on another family ranch during the day, and then return to milk the dairy cows once more.
Each morning at the ranch these days, Buck wakes at six, reads the newspaper, and then pulls on his grass-stained overalls and tucks them into his work boots.
Each Christmas at the ranch, Buck gives his daughters packages of fresh beef.

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Summary of “How Sia Saved Herself – Rolling Stone”

She’s made a few celebrity buddies as well, like Katy Perry, who serves as Sia’s unofficial “Pop-star concierge.” “She gave me the doctor that comes to your house, the nutritionist,” Sia says.
Sia answered it and heard an old friend say, “Squiddly-diddly-doo!” That was how Sia used to answer, back when she still had a spark.
Sia is hoping to be out of the Google shoot by 9 p.m. – she’s been invited to Kanye West’s house, in Hidden Hills, for a party.
In her dressing room, she dons a white robe and sits down with her manager, Jonathan Daniel, to listen to a few tracks she recently cut with LSD. Daniel taps both feet to the first song, “Gen-ius,” a sort of back-and-forth between Sia and Labrinth, with references to Einstein and Stephen Hawking and a chorus that goes, “Only a genius could love a woman like me.
Several hits later, Sia usually gets 50 percent of the publishing profits for any song she writes, a deal known in the industry as an “urban split.
Then a producer will start working on the chords as Sia writes the lyrics, starting with the hook, which is usually a single concept from which the whole song will be hung, a metaphor or specific image: diamonds, titanium, a double rainbow.
Ziegler has become Sia’s recurring avatar, donning a Sia wig in videos and in live performances, and the pair have become close.
That’s the biggest scene they’re shooting today – essentially a music video for a song Sia wrote a few weeks ago that will likely be the film’s ending.

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Summary of “My Life and Death on Opioids”

Once you rappel down its side- ten times the height of the Statue of Liberty- the only escape is to either climb a kilometre of granite or retreat and circumnavigate the mountain over tumbling glaciers full of holes.
My gear is carefully spread at my feet, left to right: eight bright cams- stubby climbing screws- and six nuts arranged by size, five white shoulder-length slings, one red seventy-metre rope, a green belay device, orange crampons, and my favourite chalky climbing shoes.
The greatest achievements of my life have been inherently risky: from climbing to the summits of towering mountains to scrapping social norms- I lived in a van to pursue climbing.
I should have been outside climbing rocks or running under the giant cedars of the rainforest, but I had stopped all that when I began to hide from pain under the comfortable blanket of opioids.
At the base of the amphitheatre, we had climbed into a cave formed behind the champagne curtain of ice in order to melt drinking water and discuss our options.
From the little we could see of the climbing above, it looked thin and steep, with rocks poking through grey ice here and there.
Frozen snow clung to the rock rather than the strong epoxy-blue ice the climber always hopes for.
Climbing steep rock in the winter darkness of a high mountain is an act of faith, and there is nothing rational about faith.

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