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polish doctor living in the u.s. for 40 years detained by ice

a polish doctor who has lived in the u.s. for nearly four decades has been jailed and faces deportation for two decades-old misdemeanor charges, the washington post reports. lukasz niec, who was arrested on tuesday morning, is a lawful permanent resident who has lived in michigan since childhood and has an american wife, daughter, and stepdaughter, his sister told the post. he does not speak polish and has no family there, she said. the department of homeland security detained niec because of charges dating back to 1992, when niec was a teenager, according to the post. one involved a fight after a car crash, according to his sister, leaving him with a conviction for malicious destruction of property. the other involved a conviction fo...




responding to criticism of #metoo, natalie portman reveals her first ever fan letter was from a man describing his rape fantasy

natalie portman was among the many speakers at the 2018 women’s march in los angeles to share their experiences in the entertainment industry, and her speech, though sometimes difficult to hear, was one of the highlights of the event. portman recalled the filming and release of léon: the professional, her big break as a young actress. “at that moment in my life, i too was discovering my own womanhood, my own desire and my own voice. i was so excited at 13 when the film was released and my work and my art would have a human response,” she told the crowd. then came the gut punch: “i excitedly opened my first fan mail to read a rape fantasy that a man had written me.” that letter was the beginning of portman’s awareness of...




the lie hormone

this post is part of outward, slate’s home for coverage of lgbtq life, thought, and culture. read more here. andrew sullivan and i have something in common. he’s a big name in writing, former editor of the new republic, early advocate for legalizing same-sex marriage, current columnist for new york, while i’m just a trans guy who occasionally writes things. but both of us take regular injections of testosterone—his was prescribed for low testosterone levels related to hiv, mine for gender transition—and both of us are fascinated with the psychological and behavioral effects of the hormone. sullivan thinks testosterone explains most of the societal inequality between men and women, and that this truth must be spoken in oppositio...




amazon’s new checkout-free grocery store doesn’t take food stamps

monday marks the public opening of amazon’s first eponymous grocery store: amazon go. but unlike the whole foods grocery stores amazon owns, this brick-and-mortar shop in seattle is supposed to represent the pinnacle of convenience. there are no lines. no checkout counters. customers are supposed to use a smartphone app and trust the store’s network of a.i.-infused sensor and camera systems to complete their purchases. scan your smart phone app, take something off the shelf, and leave. but the convenience isn’t for everyone: the amazon go store doesn’t accept food stamps, a customer service representative confirmed monday morning. that’s a letdown you wouldn’t have seen mentioned in the giddy coverage of the opening, which has...




the government shutdown is over and it may or may not be because democrats folded like a cheap suit

the (partial) government shutdown is over: minutes ago, the majority of senate democrats voted for a three-week funding extension bill that includes a six-year extension of the children’s health insurance program, purportedly doing so in exchange for senate majority leader mitch mcconnell’s promise to bring daca legislation to the floor of the chamber for debate/voting no later than feb. 8. (a substantial number of existing daca protections for undocumented individuals brought to the u.s. as children begin expiring march 5.) that “promise,” to be clear, is not formally binding; democrats’ leve...




pence’s visit to the middle east is starting to look like a farewell tour to israeli-palestinian peace

vice president mike pence’s current trip to the middle east had originally been scheduled for early december 2017 but was delayed. ostensibly, this delay was in case pence needed to be in d.c. to cast the tie-breaking vote on the gop tax bill last month, but it also seemed aimed at letting some of the anger die down after president trump’s controversial decision to recognize jerusalem as the capital of israel. if that was the intention, it didn’t work. palestinian president mahmoud abbas, who had been scheduled to meet with pence on the original itinerary, will not meet with him now, preferring to hang out with the europeans in brussels instead. the vice president will not be venturing to the west bank or meeting any palestinian off...




trump reportedly imitates indian prime minister narendra modi with an indian accent

buried in a story published sunday about a plan that could increase the number of troops in afghanistan by 1,000, the washington post reported an eyebrow-raising anecdote about the president of the united states: senior administration officials said that the president has been known to affect an indian accent and imitate indian prime minister narendra modi, who in an oval office meeting last year told him, “never has a country given so much away for so little in return” as the united states in afghanistan. it wouldn’t be surprising if trump isn’t above whipping out an inappropriate indian ...




sam rockwell’s dad left the most dad-like comment imaginable on the new york times’ three billboards article

on jan. 18, pete rockwell of culver city left a comment on a new york times article about three billboards outside ebbing, missouri. “i loved this movie, and intend to see it again,” rockwell wrote. but from there, it became apparent that pete rockwell of culver city was no ordinary rockwell. “my son, sam, won a golden globe for playing jason dixon,” he added. “i think i would still love the movie if another actor ...




grieving from the outside

mallory ortberg, aka dear prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. an edited transcript of the chat is below. (sign up below to get dear prudence delivered to your inbox each week. read prudie’s slate columns here. send questions to prudence at [email protected]) readers! ask me your questions on the voicemail of the dear prudence podcast. just leave a message at 401-371-dear (3327), and you may hear your question answered on a future episode of the show. mallory ortberg: good morning, everybody! (even if it is not morning where you are.) let’s do this! q. my therapist died suddenly: i had an appointment with my therapist last week and learned through social media that she had died later that day in a terrible accid...




mitch mcconnell makes senate democrats an offer

at around 8:50 p.m. on sunday night, a spokesperson for senate majority leader mitch mcconnell came out to the throng of reporters spending their weekend in the corridors of the capitol and announced that mcconnell would be speaking on the floor shortly. it was the white smoke no one was quite sure would come. all day, mcconnell had been taking meetings with an impeccably dressed arizona sen. jeff flake and a shabbily dressed south carolina sen. lindsey graham, who had taken it upon themselves to act as liaisons between the democratic and republican leaders. there was no deal to announce, but an offer had been extended from republicans, leaving democrats to ponder whether to capitulate or further entrench their risky position before a noo...




when your mom is “tiger mother” amy chua

in this series, kids (and not-exactly-kids-anymore) review how well their parents balance life and work. to nominate a potential subject ideally between the ages of 5 and 17, email [email protected] lulu chua-rubenfeld, 21, is a senior at harvard, where she is majoring in history. tell me about your relationship with your parents. i’m very close to them in different ways. as i’ve gotten older, i’ve realized that my mom and i are increasingly similar. when my friends meet my mom now or if they read the book [battle hymn of the tiger mother], they always come up to me and they’re like, “oh my gosh. you sound exactly like your mom.” i probably would not have wanted to admit that when i was younger. what makes you sim...




polish doctor living in the u.s. for 40 years detained by ice

a polish doctor who has lived in the u.s. for nearly four decades has been jailed and faces deportation for two decades-old misdemeanor charges, the washington post reports. lukasz niec, who was arrested on tuesday morning, is a lawful permanent resident who has lived in michigan since childhood and has an american wife, daughter, and stepdaughter, his sister told the post. he does not speak polish and has no family there, she said. the department of homeland security detained niec because of charges dating back to 1992, when niec was a teenager, according to the post. one involved a fight after a car crash, according to his sister, leaving him with a conviction for malicious destruction of property. the other involved a conviction fo...




david frum is still a republican. but …

on this week’s episode of my podcast, i have to ask, i spoke to david frum, a senior editor at the atlantic and the author of the new book trumpocracy: the corruption of the american republic. a former george w. bush staffer and well-known neoconservative, frum has become obsessed over the past couple years with donald trump’s assault on american norms and institutions, and the threat he represents to american democracy. below is an edited excerpt from the show. in it, we discuss how american democracy has weathered a year of trump, whether it is worth thinking of the president as having an ideology, and how frum himself has changed. you can find links to every episode here; the entire audio interview is below. please subscribe...




steven soderbergh’s newest project? there’s an app for that.

since filming the difficult and ambitious che in 2008, steven soderbergh has eschewed outwardly “serious” movies to make a prolific number of substantive larks. he’s directed two deeply fun movies about late capitalism and the charms of channing tatum, a disaster movie, a tv biopic, an action experiment starring an mma fighter, and a gorgeously shot procedural, among many other projects, while also producing other people’s projects, filming a movie he had no intention of releasing, shooting movies other people were directing, re-editing classics, and retiring and unretiring. as my colleague dan kois observed after watching all of his films, soderbergh is a director who doesn’t like to repeat himself. every project is a new chal...




three billboards outside ebbing, missouri wins big at the screen actors guild awards

the screen actors guild awards were held sunday night at the shrine auditorium in los angeles, where the all-female lineup of presenters handed out trophies for the best screen and television performances of the year, as chosen by fellow actors. host kristen bell opened the ceremony with a dig at melania trump by announcing that, as first lady of sag, she would be focusing on cyber-bullying, then got on to more serious matters. frances mcdormand and sam rockwell, fresh off their golden globe wins, both took home the trophies in their respective categories for their work in three billboards outside ebbing, missouri, and the entire cast of the film won outstanding performance by a cast, just as the film itself won best motion picture – dram...




when your mom is “tiger mother” amy chua

in this series, kids (and not-exactly-kids-anymore) review how well their parents balance life and work. to nominate a potential subject between the ages of 5 and 21, email [email protected] lulu chua-rubenfeld, 21, is a senior at harvard, where she is majoring in history. tell me about your relationship with your parents. i’m very close to them in different ways. as i’ve gotten older, i’ve realized that my mom and i are increasingly similar. when my friends meet my mom now or if they read the book [battle hymn of the tiger mother], they always come up to me and they’re like, “oh my gosh. you sound exactly like your mom.” i probably would not have wanted to admit that when i was younger. what makes you similar? i ...




the best laptop stands and ergonomic desk accessories

it’s no secret that sitting in front of a computer for eight or 10 or 12 hours a day isn’t great for your health. “sitting puts excessive stress on the low back, shoulders, and neck and can lead to low back pain, neck pain, shoulder impingement, carpal tunnel and more,” says dr. caleb ridgway, a chiropractic sports physician who has treated the u.s. olympic track and field team. those aches and pains (and fear of death by sitting) are exactly what drive so many people to look for standing desks and laptop stands—really anything to help them set up a slouch-proof desk and get work done without suffering from the consequences of sitting. but even if you’re convinced about the benefits of standing more during the workday, i...




we’ll always have sky city

sky city, the replica of paris on the outskirts of hangzhou, was supposed to be empty. the development had been built in 2006 to house 10,000 people in a community modeled after france’s capital, complete with its own eiffel tower, champs-élysées, and white haussmann-style apartments. yet word was that hardly anyone had moved in: it was too far, too inconvenient, too weird. in 2013, a video surfaced showing sky city’s long boulevards empty of life and its eiffel tower choked with weeds, and news sites generated more than 60 copycat stories declaring sky city a failure. they described the clip as a rare glimpse at china’s “eerie,” “abandoned,” and “post-apocalyptic” city of light. “paris, now virtually a ghost town—st...




mad bomber metesky

shortly before midnight of jan. 22, 1957, police officers arrested george “mad bomber” metesky at his home in waterbury, connecticut. you may use the comment thread on this page to discuss metesky’s terrorist bombing campaign and how he was finally brought to justice, or to pursue other points of of...




back to square one

crawling on all fours, holding his wife’s hand with one hand and his infant son on his back, khalid mohmand inched his way up the side of the steep mountain that separated greece from albania. as the rain fell harder and harder, and mohmand slipped with every step, his wife homayra feared that they wouldn’t make it. “while we were climbing the mountains my whole concentration was to make sure that hossein was safe,” explained homayra. “i was counting my last days, my last moments of life.” reaching the top of the mountain, after six hours of walking, suddenly the smuggler who was accompanying them shouted, “welcome to albania.” exhausted, mohmand sank to the ground in disbelief. they had made it to albania, the first st...