Links To Go (August 14, 2019)

Make Sunday Mornings Uncomfortable

So, this Sunday, let’s take a risk. Let’s reach across the small divides to others as we imitate the one who spanned the great divide for us. And let’s urge our friends to do the same, because the harvest in our gatherings is plentiful.

Expat . . . With a Drill — How Living Cross-Culturally Messes With Your Values

It’s funny how we set our parameters around what’s essential and what’s extravagant based on the people around us. It’s even funnier to see it from two sides.

I Made Myself Lose My Phone

Over the years I’ve grown used to walking away. In the last decade, I have left countries, jobs, people — at times to my detriment. Three weeks before jumping on that plane to Thailand, I deleted my Facebook account. Two months later, in South Africa and still without a phone, I turned to my girlfriend and said, “You know what, I’m getting rid of Twitter.” Sometimes, you just have to rip off the band-aid. In the months that followed, there came a sense of security and serenity I hadn’t felt for a long time. Humans may be tool-using animals, but there are some tools we simply don’t need.

When The U.S. Government Tried To Replace Migrant Farmworkers With High Schoolers

“There’s nothing you can say to us that [migrant laborers] are rapists or they’re lazy,” he says. “We know the work they do. And they do it all their lives, not just one summer for a couple of months. And they raise their families on it. Anyone ever talks bad on them, I always think, ‘Keep talking, buddy, because I know what the real deal is.’ “

A Dallas-born citizen picked up by the Border Patrol has been detained for three weeks, his lawyer says

Galan said she met with CBP officers last week and presented them with Galicia’s birth certificate and some other documents but was unsuccessful in getting him released. She plans on presenting the same documents to ICE officers later this week.

Trump immigration official offers rewrite for Statue of Liberty poem

Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, was asked by NPR whether the words of Emma Lazarus’ “The New Colossus,” inscribed on a bronze tablet exhibited in the museum at the statue’s base, remain “part of the American ethos.” “They certainly are,” Cuccinelli said. “Give me your tired and your poor — who can stand on their own two feet and who will not become a public charge.”

Too easy or too tough? Voters split on Trump media coverage

Thirty-seven percent of respondents believe the media is “too tough” on Trump, while the same percentage believe the media is “not tough enough.” Fifteen percent think the media’s treatment of Trump is “just right,” while 11 percent don’t know or have no opinion. The responses are split sharply along party lines, with 75 percent of Republicans polled finding the media is “too tough” on the president, and 69 percent of Democrats finding the media is “not tough enough.” Among independent voters, 32 percent believe the media is “too tough” and 31 percent believe they are “not tough enough.”

I’m one of the rare few who needs only 4 hours of sleep per night

When I tweeted about being a natural short sleeper, someone asked me how they can make themselves one. I said to them, “I was born like this. I inherited this from my parents.” I don’t encourage people to do that. If you need to sleep, you must sleep. Otherwise, you’ll be grumpy and irritable and start making mistakes. Get your six to eight hours in, and make it good sleep. Don’t try and force yourself to run on little sleep.

How Mosquitoes Changed Everything

In total, Winegard estimates that mosquitoes have killed more people than any other single cause—fifty-two billion of us, nearly half of all humans who have ever lived. He calls them “our apex predator,” “the destroyer of worlds,” and “the ultimate agent of historical change.”

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