“Natural” beauty products are huge now because of a fear of chemicals | Vox


The backlash against traditional beauty companies — and the rise of “clean” ones — might have been inevitable. As scary-sounding reports about ingredients made the rounds over the years, consumers demanded answers.

But cosmetics regulation laws in this country haven’t been meaningfully updated since 1938.

The Food and Drug Administration, contrary to what some people assume, only has minimal oversight of the beauty industry. For the most part, beauty companies regulate themselves.

But now cosmetics industry regulatory legislation that languished for years is closer than ever to becoming law.

Source: “Natural” beauty products are huge now because of a fear of chemicals – Vox

Beth Moore: The Evangelical Superstar Taking on Trump | The Atlantic


Evangelicals, Moore said, have “clearer lines between men and women and how they serve.” But sometimes, “that attitude is no longer about a role in a church. It becomes an attitude of gender superiority. And that has to be dealt with.”

Moore may be a complementarian, but she is adamant that Christian men should not treat women “any less than Jesus treated women in the Gospels: always with dignity, always with esteem, never as secondary citizens.”

This may seem like an uncontroversial stance.

But in the wake of her tweets, the staff at Living Proof Ministries, Moore’s tight-knit organization, “could not hang up the phone for picking it up.” She got messages from women who had read her Bible studies for years but said they’d never read another. Event attendance dropped.

Source: Beth Moore: The Evangelical Superstar Taking on Trump – The Atlantic

The Kavanaugh Allegations & the Logic of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ | The Atlantic


Ford’s account of the event has been corroborated by her husband; by a therapist, with whom she discussed the alleged event in 2012; by the notes of a 2013 therapy session, which refer to a “rape attempt” Ford survived as a teenager; and by a polygraph test Ford took on the advice of a lawyer who knows the doubt with which the world, still, reflexively responds to the recollections of women.

What the professor describes, in her letter to her Congressional representatives and again to the Post, is by no means the typical stuff of mere youthful indiscretion. What Ford is talking about—what she has been talking about, for years—is not the behavior of kids simply being kids, boys simply being boys.

What she is alleging, instead, is cruelty; it is entitlement; it is violence; it is assault.

Source: The Kavanaugh Allegations & the Logic of ‘Boys Will Be Boys’ – The Atlantic

Why Macron’s ‘Third Way’ Is EU’s Best Option | Social Europe

The ideals of a more united European Union demand clarity.

A decision has to be made on whether or not a European federation, erasing sovereignty in participating nations, is desired, and by whom.

It had seemed easy before our times. Treaties – of Augsburg in 1555 and of Westphalia in 1648, arrived at after years of carnage – groped towards a principle that nation states were the natural order of international relations.

Who was in charge? Clearly the ruler – increasingly, as time went by, put in place by the will of the people.

The older states, like Britain and France, were experienced in this. The newer creations, as Germany and Italy in the latter half of the 19th century, strove to catch up.

In the 20th century, anti-imperialist momentum, promoted most of all by the United States, rolled on and created many new nations. Nation-statism became the prevailing world order.

Source: Why Macron’s ‘Third Way’ Is EU’s Best Option • Social Europe

The hunt for better climate science


Rising seas threaten low-lying cities, islands and industries worldwide.

But projections for how high and how soon the rise will come vary wildly in part because scientists lack clarity on how fast warming oceans are melting polar ice sheets. The uncertainty confounds the preparations of governments and businesses and fuels the arguments of climate-change skeptics.

Source: The hunt for better climate science

Why the EU should cut Brexit Britain a break | Reuters


The EU’s stern line has paid off, not only because of the disparity between the remaining union of 446 million people and a country of 66 million, but also owing to the March 2019 deadline, which leverages that advantage further.

The Article 50 procedure in the Lisbon treaty, which Britain triggered 18 months ago, was designed to deter exit rather than to facilitate it.

In particular, a country leaves within at most two years with or without an orderly withdrawal agreement; any extension requires unanimity among the 27 remaining countries.

As a result, the negotiations that Brexiters thought would be such a doddle have proved to be a series of harsh lessons.

Source: Commentary: Why the EU should cut Brexit Britain a break | Reuters

Democratic transition in Myanmar ‘at standstill’: U.N. rights panel | Reuters


Marzuki Darusman, chair of the U.N. Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, denounced what he called “the extreme brutality of the military” known as the Tatmadaw as he presented a report that Myanmar’s envoy dismissed as one-sided.

The panel was presenting its full 440-page report to the U.N. Human Rights Council after a summary issued on Aug. 27.

Source: Democratic transition in Myanmar ‘at standstill’: U.N. rights panel | Reuters

Kavanaugh claims give vulnerable Democrats in Senate cover to oppose him | Reuters


Since Kavanaugh was nominated to the high court by President Donald Trump, Democratic senators from states that Trump won in 2016 were locked in a dilemma. If they didn’t vote in favor of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, they would have appeared to be out of step with voters at home and risked losing re-election. Vote for him, and they would hand the president a bipartisan victory.

The allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted a woman while in high school, however, now gives those endangered Democrats an escape hatch.

Source: Kavanaugh claims give vulnerable Democrats in Senate cover to oppose him | Reuters

Trump tariffs only a weak blow to China


David Bostwick, a venture capital investor from Silicon Valley and CFO of Crystal Solar, observed that’s how China got a strangle-hold on the American solar panel market. It reduced prices, helping to gut the American solar panel manufacturing industry.

“All the Chinese have to do is cut their prices 20 percent and they can keep selling their products in the U.S. without any disruption,” Bostwick observed.

Source: Commentary: Trump tariffs only a weak blow to China

Shares hold ground as U.S. and China ramp up trade war | Reuters


“In a way it is remarkable that the market is holding up so well,” said Rabobank’s Head of Macro Strategy Elwin de Groot.

“This is clearly a further ratcheting up of the trade war and we are now getting close to a situation where you can almost speak of a full-fledged trade war. Clearly that is not positive.”

Source: Shares hold ground as U.S. and China ramp up trade war | Reuters