This art teacher helped stressed out students ‘chill’ with a Bob Ross flash mob.

This art teacher knows that the best way to battle stress is to turn on a Bob Ross painting tutorial. Thanks to Netflix airing “Chill with Bob Ross,” a whole new generation is enjoying the smooth vocal stylings and relentlessly positive vibe of everyone’s favorite paint-by-television icon. I grew up watching episodes of “The Joy of Painting” after school. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched Ross mix a little Phthalo Blue with a little Titanium White and tap out happy little cloud after happy little cloud. My husband and I recently introduced the show to our kids, and we all came to an agreement: There is nothing more oddly therapeutic than chilling with Bob Ross. Original Article : …

Maria Ressa’s arrest spells more trouble for press freedom in increasingly illiberal Asia

(CNN)The arrest of Maria Ressa, a Time Person of the Year, award-winning journalist and frequent critic of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, has renewed fears for the future of press freedom in the southeast Asian nation and around the region. Rappler’s reputation Despite frequent verbal attacks and obstacles raised by the Duterte administration, Rappler is admired for its fearless reporting on the country’s deadly war on drugs and scores of other issues with the current government, including its treatment of opposition politicians. In the light of its uncompromising record, Ressa’s arrest has been widely seen by human rights and journalist activist groups as a warning shot to the press. “Rappler is a giant here, their body of work is really something,” …

The English Channel’s ‘abandoned shipwreck’

Image copyright Odyssey Marine Exploration, Inc. Image caption Artist John Batchelor’s depiction of HMS Victory The 100-gun ship was launched in 1737, and seven years later it was the flagship of Admiral Sir John Balchin as he successfully led a force to relieve a British convoy trapped by a French blockade of the River Tagus, in Portugal. Image copyright Chris Stephens Image caption The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth welcomed two of Victory’s guns in September “It was a time when the Royal Navy’s power was absolutely central to British power, the growth of its maritime empire, and its prosperity,” says Matthew Sheldon, executive director of heritage at the National Museum of the Royal Navy. “It would …

5 inconvenient truths about Che Guevara

TOP 5 FAILED SOCIALIST PROMISES But Guevara’s fans might not be aware of just what their idol did and said. Here’s a look back at the history. Guevara said he killed people without regard to guilt or innocence In 1962, the official Cuban newspaper Revolución reported that Guevara said, “in times of excessive tension we cannot proceed weakly. At the Sierra Maestra, we executed many people by firing squad without knowing if they were fully guilty. At times, the Revolution cannot stop to conduct much investigation; it has the obligation to triumph.” In his own diaries, Guevara waxed poetic: “I see it printed in the night sky that I … howling like one possessed, will assault the barricades or the trenches, will take my bloodstained weapon …

Turmoil in British politics as Labour MPs quit over Brexit and anti-Semitism

London (CNN)A new schism opened up in British politics on Monday when seven lawmakers staged a dramatic walkout from Britain’s opposition Labour Party, denouncing its handling of a wave of anti-Semitism and a “betrayal” on Brexit. Berger was joined by Chuka Umunna, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Gavin Shuker and Mike Gapes, who said that they would sit in the House of Commons as an independent group of MPs. Their defections are a stark demonstration of the fractiousness of British politics with just 39 days left to go before the UK is due to leave the EU, with no deal yet in place. “It is not simply that our values are no longer welcome in the Labour Party; the values we …

Stop ‘whitesplaining’ racism to me

(CNN)Health officials issue public warnings about spikes in everything from the flu to the measles. But there is one contagion authorities are ignoring: To become a victim of “whitesplaining” is infuriating. Imagine a plumber trying to tell a pilot how to land a plane or a man trying to tell a mother what it feels like to give birth. Fortunately, whitesplaining is not a silent epidemic. Some of the biggest headlines about race recently have featured some form of whitesplaining: • Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin engaged in legislative whitesplaining when they blocked their black Democratic counterparts from honoring a former NFL quarterback during Black History Month because he was “too controversial.” • Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam whitesplained when he …

Trump, Cuomo discuss abortion, taxes, infrastructure in Oval Office meeting

(CNN)President Donald Trump met behind closed doors with Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for a wide-ranging conversation Tuesday on several topics of disagreement. According to Deere’s statement, “The President raised his concerns to Governor Cuomo about Democrats’ support of late term abortions” during the meeting. Last month, New York state passed a law to protect women’s access to abortion if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned. The Reproductive Health Act allows for abortions after 24 weeks if an authorized health care practitioner determines that “the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health” or if “there is an absence of fetal viability.” The new law expands access to abortions into the third trimester by loosening restrictions on …

How have police attitudes to race changed?

‘Institutional racism’ Its central conclusion was that the investigation into Mr Lawrence’s killing had been “marred by a combination of professional incompetence, institutional racism and a failure of leadership”. The findings in the 350-page report, particularly the charge of “institutional racism”, have had a profound effect on the culture, operations and practices of the Metropolitan Police Service, other forces across England and Wales and the wider criminal justice system. Sir William’s inquiry made 70 recommendations. By the time of the 10-year anniversary, the Home Office said 67 of them had been partly or fully implemented. Number of police-recorded racially or religiously-aggravated assaults Racist incidents reported in crime survey in England and Wales 1999 data estimate for 'racially motivated attacks' Source: …

On Presidents Day lets reflect on the role faith played in our founders’ vision for America

VIRGINIA CHURCH RAISES $100G TO PAY OFF COLLEGE DEBT FOR 34 STUDENTS Christians share the same spiritual obligation our Founding Fathers felt to express our faith in the political and public sphere. Here are three reasons why: 1.         Political involvement demonstrates love for our neighbors. Jesus told us in Matthew 22 that the greatest commandment is to love God with all that we are and he went on to say that the second greatest commandment is to “love your neighbor as yourself.” As Americans, we are allowed the unique opportunity to influence our laws. Using our voice and our vote as Christians to influence the political landscape of our country is one way we can show love to our neighbor. …

Why these Pacific Island nations have world’s highest childhood obesity rates

(CNN)Childhood obesity continues to rise around the world, and the World Health Organization has called it “one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century.” The prevalence of child and adolescent obesity is expected to surpass the prevalence of moderate and severe underweight by 2022, according to a study published in the journal The Lancet in 2017. The study estimated that in 1975, there were 11 million children 5 to 19 with obesity, and that number increased to 124 million in 2016. The number of obese or overweight children 5 and younger climbed from 32 million globally in 1990 to 41 million in 2016, according to WHO data. If current trends continue, the number of overweight or …

Why Japanese women rebel against Valentine’s day, but still buy chocolate

Hong Kong (CNN)Japanese women are rebelling against a decades-old Valentine’s Day tradition that obliges them to give chocolates to men. A recent survey by a Tokyo department store found about 60% of women will instead buy chocolates for themselves on Valentine’s Day. Only 35% planned to offer chocolates to their male colleagues. A boon for chocolate makers Japan began celebrating Valentine’s Day in 1958, after Japanese confectionery firm Mary Chocolate ran a campaign suggesting that women give men chocolates. That upended the West’s version of February 14, when men typically buy their loved ones flowers and chocolates and take them out for dinner. In the 1980s, chocolate companies attempted to redress the chocolate buying balance. White Day was introduced on …

New York synagogue vandalized in possible hate crime, police say

The synagogue released a statement early on Sunday morning addressing the incident, which they say was fueled by “hate and prejudice.” “We face this unfortunate experience not with discouragement, but with solid determination: to continue celebrating our faith, sharing our rich heritage, and offering our culture in an inclusive and warm environment,” the statement posted to Facebook begins. “ SNOW PLOW TRUCKS SABOTAGED WITH LATEX GLOVES IN NEW YORK TOWN At the same time, we acknowledge the disturbing and increasingly frequent incidents of hate and prejudice in our New York community and its destructive and divisive effects, especially on young people. We encourage each other and the public to stand up against it, whenever it occurs, whatever form it takes, and …

Regulate Facebook now, say UK MPs

The inquiry into fake news, which lasted more than a year, was conducted by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, with much of the evidence focusing on the business practices of Facebook before and after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Cambridge Analytica was a political advertising firm that had access to the data of millions of users, some of which was alleged used to psychologically profile US voters. The data was acquired via a personality quiz. How such data, particularly in terms of political campaigning, was shared by Facebook was at the heart of the inquiry, alongside the effects of fake news. “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ …

To Be A Man: My Portrait Series Challenging The Concept of Toxic Masculinity

Toxic masculinity, a variation of masculinity, refers to the socially-constructed attitudes that describe the masculine gender role as violent, unemotional, sexually aggressive, and so forth. It restricts the kinds of emotions and characteristics that are socially acceptable for boys and men to express. Toxic masculinity is a variation of masculinity that has become the standard upon which the “real man” is defined but also by which ones masculinity can be challenged (The Good Men Project). This topic is no more relevant today than it has been in the past, the only difference is that now it is being discussed more openly. My intent with this photo series is not to create anti-male sentiments or attack masculinity but, show that it’s …

Pension contribution hike to see pay fall

“This is going to affect up to 10 million people who’ve been auto-enrolled in the past few years, so the potential impact of this change is quite substantial.” The analysis carried out for the BBC by Hargreaves Lansdown suggests the annual take-home pay of someone earning £15,000 will typically be £49 lower, if they pay contributions on their entire salary. Someone on £30,000 will take home £253 less according to the calculations. The hit to net pay could have been bigger but a tax cut for most earners will soften the blow of higher auto-enrolment contributions. The personal allowance is due to increase to £12,500 from April. ‘Auto-enrolmaggedon’ Some in the industry worry lower take-home pay could lead people to …

Chris Pratt responds to Ellen Page’s claim his church is anti-LGBT

(CNN)Chris Pratt is denying he attends a church that is anti-LGBTQ. On the talk show, Pratt told host Stephen Colbert that he was inspired to complete a 21-day fast by his pastor. “Oh. K. Um,” Page said on Twitter. “But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?” The “Juno” star who married her wife, dancer-choreographer Emma Portner, last year, later tweeted, “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. “Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides,” she tweeted. “The damage it causes is severe.” According to Vox, Pratt attends Zoe Church in …