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Why You Should Stop Being So Hard on Yourself - The New York Times
Developing an approach of self-compassion and a willingness to let go starts with practice. So where and how to start?
nytimes  self-compassion  mental-health 
yesterday by lendamico
The Irish Exception
The Eighth was passed in 1983, in response to the legalization of abortion elsewhere in the West — a conservative Irish exception to a general liberalizing trend. To repeal it in our own populist moment would be likewise exceptional: It would vindicate the island’s political and cultural establishment (from the leaders of both major parties to the members of U2) and bring Ireland into alignment with the general secular-liberal consensus — even as elsewhere that consensus is under sudden strain and threat.At the same time, it would put an end to an all-but-unique experiment in Western public policy: an attempt to combine explicitly pro-life laws and generally pro-family policy making with a liberalized modern economy and the encouragement of female independence and advancement.
NYTimes  debates  referendums  Ireland 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
Opinion | Europe’s Data Protection Law Is a Big, Confusing Mess - The New York Times
If the ultimate goal is to change what people do with our data, we need more research that looks carefully at how personal data is collected and by whom, and how those people make decisions about data protection. Policymakers should use such studies as a basis for developing empirically grounded, practical rules.

In the end, pragmatic guidelines that make sense to people who work with data might do a lot more to protect our personal data than a law that promises to change the internet but can’t explain how.
GDPR  data  dataprotection  regulation  review  Europe  EuropeanUnion  NYTimes  2018 
3 days ago by inspiral
Germany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate
A country taps its past as it leads the way on one of the most pressing issues facing modern democracies: how to regulate the world’s biggest social network.
Facebook  censorship  socialmedia  extremism  review  Germany  Europe  NYTimes  2018 
3 days ago by inspiral
How Old Is Old Enough? - The New York Times
This past week the Supreme Court heard arguments about whether children should ever be sentenced to life without parole for crimes that don’t involve murder.
At the heart of the argument lies a vexing question: When should a person be treated as an adult?
The answer, generally, is 18 — the age when the United States, and the rest of the world, considers young people capable of accepting responsibility for their actions. But there are countless deviations from this benchmark, both around the world (the bar mitzvah, for instance), and within the United States.
adult  children  nytimes  legal  election 
4 days ago by rgl7194
Review: In ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word,’ a Religious Leader Speaks at Length
...the first pope to adopt the name of St. Francis of Assisi. For Mr. Wenders, this is most significant. The film begins with a long, high angle shot of the Italian village of Assisi, done in time-lapse cinematography to convey what the filmmaker considers the timeless nature of the place.Mr. Wenders’s singular focus on Pope Francis is born of sincere admiration, but it also constitutes a canny strategy. This pope is a controversial one, and this portrait plucks him out of the context of debated opinions to let him speak without argument. “The world is mostly deaf,” he says at one point. He continues to describe his approach when traveling the world and meeting its leaders: “Talk little. Listen a lot.” Less welcome are Mr. Wenders’s brief attempts at depicting the life of St. Francis himself. It just feels dumb. And frustrating, especially considering that if Mr. Wenders wanted a classic film model to emulate for evoking St. Francis, he needed look no further than Roberto Rossellini’s splendid 1950 film “The Flowers of St. Francis.”
movies  NYTimes  pope 
5 days ago by thomas.kochi
We Made a Tool So You Can Hear Both Yanny and Laurel - The New York Times
An auditory illusion: this sounds like "laurel" to some people and "yanny" to others. NY Times built a slider so you can make it more like one or the other.
opticalillusion  nytimes  via:HackerNews 
7 days ago by mcherm

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