By Kathryn Hudson The Kit Wed., Jan. 30, 2019 This seems like something I should know by now, since I’m in my 40s, but how often should I be showering? I normally shower every morning, and then often shower again in the evening, after working out. I have noticed my skin getting dry and sensitive though. Also, obviously, wasting water seems like a concern more and more these days. What’s the best way to save water, and not sacrifice on cleanliness? — Tina, Oshawa A weird thing happened a hundred years ago or so when indoor plumbing became a normal part of our collective cushy North American life: bathing was elevated from a ritual that’s performed semiregularly (much in the same grudging way I approach putting my children’s clothes away) to a defining moral attribute. Good, clean-souled people start their day off by washing away their sins with a long hot shower. The problem is that this makes no sense. While a hot morning … [Read more...] about Ask the Kit: Do I really need to shower every day?
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I’m not trying to make you think otherwise: Ahmad Dhani is insufferable. He is unapologetically smug. His antics are mostly beyond absurd that his most devoted fans are often left wondering in disbelief whether he is the same person who wrote memorable songs such as “Cinta Kan Membawamu Kembali” or “Kuldesak”. The singer-songwriter knows how you feel about him and he just doesn’t care. You don’t have to like him, his music or his politics – but one thing is for sure, how you feel about a person should never be a reason for sending them to jail or, in Dhani’s case, for not speaking up against injustice. On Monday, the South Jakarta District Court sentenced the brain behind Dewa 19 to 18 months in prison for hate speech. His conviction added to a long list of Indonesians imprisoned simply for expressing their opinions online. Sure, you may think what befell the eccentric artist is a self-inflicted misfortune for which he alone is … [Read more...] about Why you should defend Ahmad Dhani even if you hate him
Trillanes standoff: What’s the end game? President Duterte direly wants Senator Trillanes behind bars. That’s his aim in revoking Trillanes’ 2010 amnesty as a Navy mutineer. His Proclamation 572 directs the AFP and PNP “to apprehend former LtSG Trillanes so that he can be recommitted to the detention facility.” Trillanes himself says the amnesty issue thinly disguises the presidential decree as nothing more than an arrest order. Trillanes is the bitterest of Duterte’s critics. He alone has been alleging multibillion-peso undeclared deposits – which riles the latter no end. Things were bound to come to a head. In devising Trillanes’ retrial for mutiny, Duterte swears to want only to correct a faulty exoneration of an “enemy of the state.” In reply Trillanes taunts Duterte anew to waive bank secrecy over the questioned accounts. How else then for the Commander-in-Chief to shut up Trillanes than by … [Read more...] about Trillanes standoff: What’s the end game?
By JULIET MACUR The New York Times Sun., March 11, 2018 MADISON, Ind.—An hour’s drive from Louisville, perched along the Ohio River, sits the prettiest little town. Madison, population 12,000, has won awards for its beauty. Best Main Street. One of the top 20 romantic towns in Indiana. One of 12 distinctive destinations in the United States, according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It’s all a lovely distraction from an open secret. On a reporting trip in July, I learned this in the unlikeliest of places: at Horst’s Little Bakery Haus, a doughnut shop with just a few tables, not far from the river. A waitress had overheard me interviewing someone at the bakery earlier, and asked if I was a journalist. She checked over her shoulder to see if anyone was listening. There was an urgency in her whisper as she said: “I lost my son last month. He hung himself from a tree in our yard and shot himself in the head. I cut him down … [Read more...] about Suicides, drug addiction and high school football
By Marc Fisher The Washington Post Sari Horwitz Fri., Feb. 23, 2018 They are the sons of wealth, brought up in families accustomed to power. They were raised to show and demand respect, and they were raised to lead. They rose to positions of enormous authority, the president of the United States and the special counsel chosen to investigate him. They dress more formally than most of those around them; both sport meticulously coiffed hair. They have won unusual loyalty from those who believe in them. They attended elite all-male private schools, were accomplished high school athletes and went on to Ivy League colleges. As young men, each was deeply affected by the death of a man he admired greatly. Yet Robert Swan Mueller III and Donald John Trump, born 22 months apart in New York City, also can seem to come from different planets. One is courtly and crisp, the other blustery and brash. One turned away from the path to greater wealth while the other spent half … [Read more...] about Mueller and Trump: Born to wealth and raised to lead. Then, they made sharply different choices.