BANGKOK: Kluay Hom’s world is concrete and chains. He stands in his own filth, shackled by the ankle, eyes leaden and head heavy. He tilts back and forth, his movements like a metronome on a constant loop.Light shines into the enclosure - it is a hot day - but this emaciated shadow of what a young elephant should be will not come out. Kluay Hom’s legs are contorted and his spirit seems broken. He is eight or nine years old. In adjoining pens, four other elephants pace back and forth, a typical symptom of stress in animals held in captivity. These are the stars of Samutprakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo, but they are generally kept away from public gaze when they are not performing.Their home is underneath the grandstand of the dirt-covered performance arena.The zoo, just south of Bangkok, is a relic of the past, the likes of which have been swallowed by time in many countries. Not in Thailand.It is a place where chimpanzees sit in cages wearing human clothes … [Read more...] about Beasts of burden: Hooks, chains and pain
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WASHINGTON (NYTIMES) - In a ballroom across from the Capitol, an unlikely group of military hawks, populist crusaders, Chinese Muslim freedom fighters and followers of the Falun Gong has been meeting to warn anyone who will listen that China poses an existential threat to the United States that will not end until the Communist Party is overthrown. If the warnings sound straight out of the Cold War, they are. The Committee on the Present Danger, a long-defunct group that campaigned against the dangers of the Soviet Union in the 1970s and 1980s, has recently been revived with the help of Mr Stephen Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, to warn against the dangers of China. Once dismissed as xenophobes and fringe elements, the group's members are finding their views increasingly embraced in President Donald Trump's Washington, where scepticism and mistrust of China have taken hold. Fear of China has spread across the government, from the White House to Congress to federal … [Read more...] about Red scare grows in Washington, now with China as focus
By Joel Rubinoff Waterloo Region Record Fri., June 7, 2019 “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was 12. Jesus, does anyone?” — Adult Gordie, reflecting on his childhood, in Rob Reiner’s Stand By Me The one thing we all remember is the canoe trip. Five days. August 1972. Bracebridge to Mattawa, Ont. Day 1: rain. Day 2: rain. Day 3: rain. Day 4: rain. Day 5: overcast, then sunny. Article Continued Below After 47 years, it’s episodic, like a dream you once had or a movie watched long ago: blurry, out of sequence, a series of moments strung together in an impressionistic memory reel. Canoes overturning in the raging current. Campers fished out by beleaguered counsellors. Struggling to my feet, a supportive slap: “Good work!” Portages up winding, rocky hills, thick with mosquitoes. Overstuffed backpacks that, if tilted five degrees, toppled us like turtles. Kraft Dinner spiked with canned beans, … [Read more...] about A meeting with our younger selves, 47 years later
Invest in your hair. It is the crown you never take off.” I saw this sign in a Beauty Salon window. To this day, I have not forgotten those words. I always make an effort to take care of my hair by using healthy hair products and having hair treatments. When friends tell me I have a nice haircut, I feel like I can rule the world. I have been going to Regine’s Beauty Salon at the Link Building for many years. A month ago, I went for a blow dry and the lady who washes my hair all the time warned me that I had falling hair. My hairstylist for years also commented that the front part of my hair was getting thin. I went into panic mode as I have always taken pride in my thick hair. I didn’t take notice that age, chemicals, constant blow dry, putting highlights, lowlights and all kinds of haircolor are disastrous to hair health and factored in my hair loss. I did some research on how to restore hair growth without having … [Read more...] about Rx for thinning hair
By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Mon., April 29, 2019 I never know how often to wash my hair. I’ve read that it’s good to skip as many washes as possible, but my hair has a tendency to get quite limp after a day or two, maximum. I often resort to wearing it up or using dry shampoo to try to prolong my style, but I’m wondering if I should just wash it every day to freshen it up. Will that actually damage my hair? — Shelley, Oakville There is a good chance this question is also scrawled on the wall of a cave somewhere — painted in symbols by primitive man — because it seems like one of the most fundamental queries asked over and over again by humankind. (Perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration, but the topic does garner over 122 million hits when Googled online, so it seems clear we’re searching for an answer.) I, myself, engage in variations of this conversation several times a day. I have to carefully schedule when I … [Read more...] about Ask The Kit: Do I really need to wash my hair every day?