More from our inbox: Lead in Baby Food ChatGPT, the Politician Send Legal Migrants to All the States How to Invest (Not in Crypto) To the Editor: Re “ Can Anything Be Done to Assuage Rural Rage? ,” by Paul Krugman (column, Jan. 27): Mr. Krugman’s piece on rural resentment illustrates, in its inadvertent condescension, the very reasons rural people resent big-city elites. Mr. Krugman details the reasons rural complaints about big government are wrong, noting, for example, that much more federal assistance and more investment funds go to many rural areas than come in through taxes. This misses the deeper issue: Human beings need to be needed, to feel that the work they do matters to the larger community. For decades now the jobs that help men to feel they are contributing something essential, such as coal mining, manufacturing and farming, have been disappearing. We’ve created an economy that cuts off access to meaningful work, and then told … [Read more...] about What’s Really Behind Rural Resentment?
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Menopause, for many women, is an unknown — a confusing tunnel to pass through, with limited signage for what to expect. But one effective treatment has been overlooked for decades, signaling that women’s suffering is widely regarded as unimportant, according to the cover story in today’s New York Times Magazine. I spoke with Susan Dominus, who wrote the article, about her reporting and the reactions it has received from women. Lauren: I learned more from your story than I’ve ever learned about menopause. It has been so absent from public discourse. Susan: I too knew almost nothing going into this. I told a friend I was working on a story about menopause. Her eyes went wide and she just said, “Thank you.” And I could tell that what she meant by that was: That’s good, because I know nothing. After I got up to speed, I was constantly bringing the subject up at dinner parties, asking my friends, “Hey, how is your menopause going?” You’d think that would be really … [Read more...] about Silent Suffering
One of the much looked music awards in the world, Grammy’s are here! The awards are handed over to music artists and musicians with impeccable singing and music composing skills in different categories. And the 65th annual Grammy Awards were handed out Sunday. Trevor Noah returned as host of the ceremony, which took place on Sunday at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles. The ceremony aired live from 8 -11:30 p.m. ET/5-8:30 p.m. PT on CBS and will be available to stream live and on-demand on Paramount+. During the televised Grammys ceremony, presenters include Viola Davis, first lady Jill Biden, Dwayne Johnson, Cardi B, James Corden, Billy Crystal, Olivia Rodrigo and Shania Twain. The scheduled Grammys performers include Bad Bunny, Mary J. Blige, Brandi Carlile, Luke Combs, Steve Lacy, Lizzo, Kim Petras, Sam Smith and Harry Styles. In addition, Questlove curated the Hip Hop 50 tribute performance. Before the live broadcast, most of the winners in the 91 Grammy categories will be … [Read more...] about Grammys 2023 LIVE: Beyonce Wins 2 Awards; Taylor Swift Beats BTS, Bags Best Music Video
A World Cup final for the ages delivered a crowning glory for soccer icon Lionel Messi on Sunday as Argentina beat reigning men's champion France on penalty kicks. One of the most dramatic major sporting events in history had the teams tied 3-3 after extra time, with the French ultimately missing twice in the shootout before Gonzalo Montiel converted to seal an exhausting and emotional victory. Argentina had dominated the bulk of the match, leading 2-0 with just about 10 minutes to go, but France burst into life with star forward Kylian Mbappé scoring twice in as many minutes. Both sides traded missed chances and then late goals again in the 30 minutes of extra time before the tension of penalty kicks. The game capped a month of sporting drama and geopolitical controversy in Qatar. The tournament featured surprise results and fairy-tale runs , but the final had two giants of the game compete for the title — headlined by a pair of stars. The speedy and skillful Mbappé … [Read more...] about Argentina wins World Cup on penalty kicks over France
John Reynolds might have just left the most interesting job you’ve never heard of. The now-former Yosemite National Park postmaster battled record-setting floods, devastating wildfires and sometimes deadly rockslides to deliver the mail across a park that’s roughly the size of Delaware. Sure, national parks have their share of interesting and unique occupations, but none of those professionals can claim a national park is where they were born and raised, worked and retired. Reynolds can. "We were all smiles," he told SFGATE of his Jan. 31 retirement. "It’s surreal. You only retire once." The 63-year-old was born at Yosemite Medical Clinic in Yosemite Valley, back when the facility was still delivering babies in 1959. Nowadays, anyone living in or near Yosemite must "drive like hell" to Fresno when a baby is on the way, as Reynolds fondly recalled of when all three of his children were born. With credit to his mom’s job of 43 years at — you guessed it — Yosemite’s post … [Read more...] about He had one of the most unusual jobs in Yosemite. After 44 years, he’s retiring.
The cost of living crisis inspired one man to set up the UK's first Food Bank Day to help raise support and ensure no-one has to go hungry. More and more Brits are turning to food banks as they are unable to afford to eat - and in some areas 40% are children. Now Simon Baum, 43, has organised the UK's first Food Bank Day, which takes place on November 30. "The aim of Food Bank Day is to give a big boost to food banks in the run-up to what will probably be their busiest-ever Winter", Baum said. Essex-based Baum, a musician and recruitment agency boss, said he got the idea for Food Bank Day after one of his friends fell into financial difficulty and began using a food bank. "One of my friends, he stopped coming on nights out and became withdrawn," Baum explained. Simon Baum is launching Food Bank Day on November 30 ( Image: Simon Baum) "I called him and he said he had been struggling. He'd had to take a demotion at work, and had started a second job. … [Read more...] about Man sets up UK’s first Food Bank Day as demand soars – how to help out
She might not seem quite so imposing, but Joey Essex says being trained by his pint-sized figure skater partner is as tough as going toe-to-toe with a bunch of former special forces soldiers. The reality star survived two weeks being beasted on Channel 4 's SAS: Who Dares Wins and even made it through to the interrogation stage of the gruelling course. But it seems his time in the trenches was the perfect preparation for his latest adventure on Dancing On Ice. He has been paired with German skating champion Vanessa Bauer and Joey says she is proving just as tough as SAS hunk Jason Fox and his pals. "Vanessa really whips me into shape!" he says, speaking ahead of his second outing on ITV 's skating series tomorrow. "It's a similar process to SAS: Who Dares Wins, because you’ve got to listen. You’ve got to really focus. "The more you focus and the more you listen, the more you're going to go further in this journey. It really matters. Joey Essex and Vanessa Bauer … [Read more...] about Dancing On Ice’s Joey Essex gushes over Vanessa but feels ‘underestimated’
By SCHUYLER DIXON DALLAS (AP) — Kyrie Irving is getting his wish. He’s getting traded. And Luka Doncic is getting another All-Star to help him in Dallas. The Mavericks and Brooklyn Nets agreed Sunday on a blockbuster trade: Irving — the super-talented and often-enigmatic eight-time All-Star point guard — heads to Dallas, ending the pairing with Kevin Durant that never really had a chance to click. The Nets bring Spencer Dinwiddie back to Brooklyn along with Dorian Finney-Smith and a package of draft picks, according to a person familiar with the terms of the deal who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because it had not been finalized. Dallas also gets Markieff Morris. The Athletic and ESPN first reported the trade agreement. It will become complete once the teams have a call with the NBA, which is standard for all trades. The move comes just two days after Irving told the Nets that he wanted to be traded by Thursday’s league deadline, after talks … [Read more...] about AP source: Kyrie Irving going to the Dallas Mavericks
Detectives in Lancashire have now been searching for missing dog walker Nicola Bulley for 10 days now. While police on Friday revealed they were working on the theory the 45-year-old mum had fallen into the river, her family urged the public this was only one possible scenario. Nicola's sister Louise Cunningham said there was "no evidence" she had entered the River Wyre, where she was last seen walking her dog on the morning of Friday, January 27. In a Facebook post, Ms Cunningham, urged people to "keep an open mind" as there is "no evidence whatsoever" that the dog walker fell in the river. She said: "Off the back of the latest Police media update, please can I add there is no evidence whatsoever that she has gone into the river, it's just a theory." As the search enters its ninth day and concerns for Nicola mount, here is a day-by-day timeline of events starting from the day of her disappearance. Nicola Bulley, 45, has now been missing for more than eight days … [Read more...] about Nicola Bulley’s mysterious disappearance: Timeline of all events as search enters Day 10
This is a carousel. Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate 24 YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK — President Obama stood in a huge meadow here Saturday to heap praises on the National Park Service on its 100th anniversary year and to rail against climate change, but from the moment he opened his mouth it was clear something very personal had happened to him. Like millions before him, he had fallen in love with Yosemite. As he took the podium set up just beyond Sentinel Bridge, Obama stopped for a moment, tilted his head and took a deep breath. Behind him, both legs of the 2,425-foot-tall Yosemite Falls roared down the valley’s granite wall in all their springtime fullness, the sky was crystal blue, and flanking him on either side were massively tall pines and cedars. “How gorgeous is this day!” he burst out, beaming his … [Read more...] about Obama’s Yosemite family vacation brings call for preservation