Brexit has radicalized the UK’s political class

(CNN)Remember the days when British politics was like its weather and its food? Safely predictable, frequently disappointing, seldom extreme? Those days of moderation are behind us. The fish and chips haven’t changed, but everything else has. Stable, dependable Britain has become dangerously unhinged. So, what about that no-deal scenario? If, three years ago, you had predicted that the Prime Minister would be threatening an entirely voluntary policy that crashed the economy and necessitated food and medicine shortages, most sensible people would have laughed in your face. But this really is happening. The government has issued exhaustive guidelines, itemizing how our lives will change, and the health secretary has refused to guarantee that people will not die. If there is no …

They say the US deported them without their kids. Now they’ve come back to find them

(CNN)At a desert border crossing, more than two dozen parents lined up to seek asylum, determined to reunite with their kids after being deported without them. “There was no parent who has been deported, to my knowledge, without multiple opportunities to take their children with them,” Nielsen said on Wednesday. The two events highlighted a deep divide between the Trump administration’s defense of its now-reversed zero-tolerance policy and what advocates say is the devastating reality that separated families still face. The rare arrival of a group of deported parents on America’s doorstep, first reported by The Washington Post, is a reminder that the family separations crisis is far from over. Here’s what we know so far about these migrants who …

Democracy Is Good For Our Health While Dictatorships Make Us Sick

People who live in democracies live longer on average, and are healthier, than people in dictatorships, even when you account for differences in wealth. It’s not (mostly) because people are less likely to be shot or tortured in democracies, although that’s true, but because democracies tend to spend more on health care. Disturbingly, in recent years people who’ve never experienced anything else have started to doubt the value of government for the people, by the people, of the people. Although it sometimes gets exaggerated in news reports, citizens of democracies have increasingly started to endorse survey statements touting the superiority of strong but unaccountable leaders over elected parliaments. If you’re among those people who think dictatorships are more efficient, and …

People Are Still Talking About “The World’s Sexiest Koala”

Humans suck. We treat the planet like it is our own personal trash patch. (All non-human animals be damned.) We film ourselves eating Tide Pods and we use military weapons to light up.  Another terrible, terrible thing our species is wont to do is sexualize other animals. First, there was Shabani the gorilla. Then, there was this hench kangaroo – or roolander (sorry) – and New York’s “hot” duck. Now, we have the “World’s Sexiest Koala” because nothing is sacred. The innocent koala was going about his day, munching on eucalyptus leaves and doing whatever it is that koalas do, when British photographer Ross Long snapped him in an unusual pose. Long then posted a photo on Instagram with the caption “Draw me like one of your French …

Feminism with no human warmth leaves me cold | Zoe Williams

Im a fan of the acclaimed young writer known as the Slumflower. But her sexual creed of exploitation appals me, says Guardian columnist Zoe Williams A couple of years ago, the feminist society of Deptford Green secondary school convened a conference. It was there that I met Chidera Eggerue: aka the Slumflower, author of #saggyboobsmatter movement. She was a remarkable woman. I dont want to call her a remarkable young woman, even though she was 23 at the time: young is such a modifier and she would have been remarkable at any age. Her broad message was one of body positivity: if you love yourself and your shape, nobody can shame you. She built what I thought was a brisk, …

He’s spending $62 billion to transform a centuries-old Japanese company

Investors weren’t happy when Christophe Weber, the CEO of Japanese pharmaceuticals maker Takeda, said in March 2018 that he would pursue an expensive takeover of Irish rival Shire. Atul Gawande: The surgeon who Buffett, Bezos and Dimon trust to fix health care Michelle Gass: The Kohl’s CEO embraced Amazon More from Risk Takers 2019 Although its recent earnings have been strong, Takeda could face tough times ahead. The company makes drugs that treat cancer, but its pipeline of new products is thin. Takeda also does most of its business in Japan, where regulators are pushing for cheaper generic drugs as the population ages rapidly. “They were in a position where they had to do something dramatic,” said Andersen. Shire will …

Our goal is to halve the male suicide rate: why no-frills therapy works for men

Every week, around the country, groups of men meet for some straight-talking therapy. Could this be the answer to the male mental health crisis? A stranger has just thrown a ball at me and asked me how my week has been. Its Monday night, and Im sitting in a circle of a dozen men in a chilly community centre. This ball obliges me to tell the gang about my current emotional state. I have spent my entire adult life carefully avoiding situations like this. I came to Andys Man Club with my eyes open, thinking I was ready to share. But thats because I expected a different sort of group therapy session; a place where normal blokes could open up …

Amazon appears to take action on books promoting autism cures

Amazon has taken another stand on health misinformation.Image: Getty Images Amazon has reportedly pulled books relating to autism cures and anti-vaccination misinformation. As reported by NBC News, the titles Healing the Symptoms Known as Autism and Fight Autism and Win are no longer available on its marketplace. SEE ALSO: Amazon pulls anti-vaccination documentaries from Prime Video Accessing either of those titles turns a “page not found” on Amazon’s website, but it’s unclear if it’s part of a crackdown on books which promote health misinformation. Last week, Amazon pulled anti-vaccination documentaries from Prime Video. The removal of these books followed a Wired report which highlighted how the site is rife with books promoting scientifically unproven and potentially dangerous treatments for autism.  …

Women with Allergan breast implants may sue over cancer link

UK women claim they were not told enough about potential risk of rare breast cancer A group of more than 200 women are considering legal action over controversial breast implants that have been linked to a rare form of cancer. The women claim they were not sufficiently informed about the risks of textured Allergan implants, Women who have the implants and capsules removed can make a full recovery, but if left untreated the disease can spread throughout the body and become life-threatening. Last year, the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) advised its members to stop using Allergan implants as a precaution, but said the scientific data did not suggest the need to remove or exchange any current implants. …

Fires of Jharia spell death and disease for villagers

The inhabitants of a remote village at the heart of Indias coal industry brave deadly sinkholes and toxic gases simply to survive In the village of Liloripathra, in a remote corner of Indias eastern Jharkhand state, mother-of-three Sushila Devi grips the hands of two women sitting on either side of her. India, believes safety measures at the mines are in line with international standards. There are accidents and people have died also. But such types of incidents are reducing with each passing year. Our safety parameters can be compared with any other country, he says. Women scavenge for coal on one of Jharias many state-owned mines Back in Liloripathra, crowds have gathered around the vehicles that have pulled up outside …

Trump admin considers using social media to deny you benefits

Sorry, not sorry.Image: Anadolu Agency / getty As if you needed another reason to stop posting on Facebook.  The Trump administration is reportedly working in collaboration with the Social Security Administration to develop a plan for combing through social media posts for evidence — whatever that means — that those receiving certain types of government benefits should have those benefits denied. That’s right, your ‘gram-worthy vacation pics could soon cause you to lose your disability insurance benefits.  So reports the New York Times, which cites “administration officials” as confirming that the White House is “actively” working on making this authoritarian fever dream a reality. The idea is not a new one, the Times notes, having been suggested in an earlier …

Trump’s budget proves GOP deficit hawks are a dying breed

Washington (CNN)In the introduction to his new budget proposal President Donald Trump warns that the federal government “must protect future generations from Washington’s habitual deficit spending.” He then lays out a budget that makes clear he won’t be the one to curb that habit. When budget hawks ran the GOP During the Obama era, Paul Ryan spent years presenting lean, entitlement-reforming budgets in the House, knowing they would go nowhere with Democrats in control of the Senate and the White House. Still, it was a political move to lay out priorities that Republicans would presumably enact should they ever get full control of Washington. Among those most prominent Tea Party conservatives pounding the table for significant spending cuts was Mick …

The truth about late-term abortions in the US: they’re very rare

Republicans are pushing to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks while Democrats focus on loosening restrictions. Mona Chalabi illustrates the facts The debate about abortion in the US seems to be taking place on shifting ground. Republicans have recently made efforts to ban abortions as early as 15 weeks in Missouri and late-term abortions. Late-term abortions are particularly controversial. Especially when the inflammatory language deployed by the Donald Trump in his State of the Union address claims that Democrats want to make legislative changes would allow a baby to be ripped from the mothers womb moments from birth. But late-term abortions are also very rare. In 2015, more than found this is particularly true for poorer women. Looking through …

Miss Teen Universe Lotte Van Der Zee Dead At 19 From Heart Attack – Perez Hilton

Miss Teen Universe Lotte van der Zee, who won the title back in 2017, has passed away at 19 from a heart attack. On Thursday, via her Instagram account, parents Bert van der Zee and Eugeniek van het Hul revealed the unfortunate news. They posted the (above) pic with the caption: “Our pearl, our everything passed away on Wednesday evening March 6th at 22:47. It is incredibly surreal that our dearly beloved Lotte is not around us anymore. Our hearts are truly broken… We would like to thank you all again for all the support and heartwarming messages.” In February on social media, Bert and Eugeniek revealed that during their family ski trip to Westendorf, Austria, Lotte began feeling unwell, and was in sudden cardiac arrest. She was …