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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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This Happened — October 2: Josephine Baker's Debut

Josephine Baker's debut in Paris on this day in 1925, was a pivotal moment in her career and played a significant role in her rise to international stardom.

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Barbie's Mom: How A Daughter Of Jewish Refugees From Poland Created An American Idol

The Barbie doll is known today as one of the world’s most iconic toys, featured in Greta Gerwig’s newly-released film. The doll was not expected to be a commercial success at all, but that didn’t stop creator Ruth Handler’s determination. Here is her story.

WARSAW —“She thought that mothers would buy their daughters dolls that look like whores!” That's what toy company Mattel told Ruth Handler, when she first pitched her idea for Barbie. But it wasn’t Ruth, but Mattel, who was mistaken. This is how Handler, the daughter of Jewish refugees from Poland, broke into the world of toys and created the most famous doll in the world.

When Ruth had the idea to create a doll with long legs, a tiny waist, ample breasts, full painted lips, made-up eyes, who exuded sex appeal, everyone was in shock.

Her husband, the co-owner of Mattel, told it to her straight: “No mother will buy dolls with a bust for her daughter." Her co-workers were even more skeptical, and called Ruth crazy, and overly risky. Her greatest support came from competing companies, who prophesied the complete collapse of the company after Barbie’s introduction in 1959. A former Mattel worker, who left the company just as Barbie was about to be introduced to consumers, asked: “Can you believe what these madmen at Mattel did? They showed up on television, and thought that mothers would suddenly start buying their children dolls that look like whores.”

But Ruth did not give in to criticism. She believed in herself, her idea and her business intuition. As a woman, she believed that this was exactly the type of doll that girls wanted to play with. A doll that looked like what they themselves wanted to look like. She believed that the world needed Barbie.

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Syria's TV Industry Takes Another Crack At Comedy — Is That A Joke?

After a decade of conflict, once-popular Syrian comedies have lost their shine. New shows are trying to revive the country's golden era of TV, but comedy is a tough sell in a country still living under a brutal dictatorship.

The “Golden Era” of Syrian comedies, when shows produced in the country were a sought-after commodity on Arab satellite stations, has been over since the 90s. Since then, the Syrian conflict has clearly hastened the decline of the medium.

Now, a new batch of Syrian comedies are trying to revive the style — but is it too late?

The series Bokaat Daw ("Spotlight"), which went on the air in 2001, was a landmark of Syrian drama. The show dared to take on forbidden themes and subjects, at a time when TV shows were more often propaganda disguised as entertainment, and when everything was subject to strict government control, with whole episodes sometimes censored.

The oppression and violence Syria experienced during the first years of the revolution pushed some filmmakers away from comedy, which some felt didn't fit the dramatic experiences the country's people were living through. Confronting the Syrian regime through comedy also became more complex than ever.

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Ignacio Katz

We Should Use The Pandemic To Rethink Death, And Life

Two years of restrictions and millions of deaths brought on by the pandemic might have had us reflect on the reality of suffering and death, but as booming pharmaceutical and retailing figures suggested, nothing can distract modern folk from their love of distraction. A view from an Argentine physician.


BUENOS AIRES - Talking about death gets bad press. Our culture hides it, and we shun it and can barely accept it as the final point of our lives. For philosophy, however, death is a star that has irradiated its dim light from the very dawn of thought. For medicine, it is akin to a calendar.

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Meet The Russian VIPs Defying Putin To Say No To War

Russian pop starts, artists and athletes are speaking out against the war in Ukraine, with some already suffering the consequences.

Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine is proving more difficult than he envisaged on the battlefield. But since last Thursday's invasion, there are increasing signs of domestic anger of his attack of a neighboring country where many have friends and family.

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In addition to repeated public protests in cities across the country in defiance of a ban on anti-government opposition, Russians are seeing some of the country's most prominent personalities speak out against the war on Ukraine. They join an international chorus of celebrities condemning the war, including Monday night at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where prize winners sent messages of support to both Ukrainians and their fellow entertainers in Russia who are speaking out even at the risk of arrest and an end to their career.

From pop singers to artists and athletes, here are some of the Russian VIPs using their platform to oppose Putin's war.

Vladimir Urin

Vladimir Urin

Vladimir Urin

Emile Alain Ducke/DPA via ZUMA Press

Vladimir Urin is the head of Russia’s cultural pride: the Bolshoi Theater. He has been a President Putin loyalist… until now. Urin has joined a group of artists who signed an appeal to stop “the special operation in Ukraine”. The message was posted on Facebook by Maria Revyakina, director of the Art Theater of Moscow. “We call for preservation of the highest value — human life.”

Vladimir Urin’s team also helped choreographer Alexei Ratmansky, former artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, to quickly leave Russia.

Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky

Alexei Ratmansky

Facebook/Alexei Ratmansky

Though Russian born, Alexei Ratmansky grew up in Kyiv, where his family is still based today. Now living in the U.S. he was preparing a new ballet at the Bolshoi in Moscow. As soon as the news of the invasion spread, he chose to flee the city along with his wife and international crew. “I doubt I would go if Putin is still president,” he told The New York Times when asked if he could go back to finish his projects.

Elena Kovalskaya

Elena Kovalskaya

Elena Kovalskaya

Facebook/Elene Kovalskaya

Elena Kovalskaya has been the director of the Meyerhold Center, a theater known for its experimental take on the sixth art, in Moscow since 2020 after serving as its artistic director for seven years. On Facebook, she announced her resignation from the state-financed theater in an act of protest over the war. “It’s impossible to work for a murderer and receive your salary from him,” she wrote on Facebook.





Miron Yanovich Fyodorov, aka Oxxxymiron, is a very popular hip-hop artist. In protest against Putin’s invasion and assault on Ukraine, he announced on Instagram the indefinite cancelation of six sold out concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. “I cannot entertain you when Russian missiles are falling on Ukraine,” he said. “I know that most people in Russia are against this war, and I am confident that the more people would talk about their real attitude to it, the faster we can stop this horror.” Born in Leningrad, raised in Germany and the U.K., he has opposed the regime on many occasions, such as in 2019 when he organized the Get Jailed for a Text protest.

Valery Meladze

Valery Meladze is one of Russia’s most famous pop singers. On Instagram, the 56 year-old star called for an end to the war. “Something happened today that could and should never have happened {..} Now I’m begging you to stop military action and sit down to negotiate,” he says in his video. “People must be able to negotiate. For this we have a language, for this we have been given all the abilities. People must not die. This must be stopped.”

Fedor Smolov

Fedor Smolov

Fedor Smolov

Massimo Insabato/Mondadori Portfolio via ZUMA Press

Fedor Smolov is a soccer player for Dynamo Moscow. He was the first on the Russian national team to publicly condemn the attack on Ukraine. A few hours after the beginning of the Russian move towards Ukraine, he posted on Instagram a black screen captioned in Russian “No to war!!!” followed by a broken heart and a Ukrainian flag.

As a consequence of Vladimir Putin’s invasion, the UEFA's Champions League stripped Saint Petersburg off its role as host of the final set for May 28. The game will be held at the Stade de France in Paris instead.

Alex Ovechkin

Alex Ovechkin warming up on ice before a match

Alex Ovechkin

Kostas Lymperopoulos/CSM via ZUMA Wire

Alex Ovechkin is an ice hockey star who plays in the US as Washington Capitals’ winger. After days of silence, he addressed the invasion during a press conference. The athlete said he had family and "lots of friends in Russia and Ukraine" and that he was hoping for peace. "Please, no more war," Ovechkin concluded. As a vocal pro-Putin celebrity, his position regarding Russia’s move was under scrutiny. This opinion was both acclaimed and deemed as too little too late, especially since he still hasn’t changed his Instagram profile picture where he poses with the Russian President doing a V sign.

Danill Medvedev

Danill Medvedev

Danill Medvedev

Prensa Internacional via ZUMA Wire

Freshly crowned world number one tennis player and winner of the US Open last year, Danill Medvedev spoke on the day of the invasion, calling for peace. "By being a tennis player, I want to promote peace all over the world,” he said during a press conference, right after winning his match at the Mexico Open. “It's just not easy to hear all this news. I'm all for peace.”

Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev

Andrey Rublev

Oscar J. Barroso/AFP7 via ZUMA Press Wire

A day after Danill Medvedev, World No. 7 Andrey Rublev also took a stand against war. After his win on the courts in Dubai, he wrote the message "No war please" on a camera lense. "In these moments you realize that my match is not important. It's not about my match, how it affects me. Because what's happening is much more terrible," Rublev later said during an interview. "You realize how important it is to have peace in the world and to respect each other no matter what and to be united... We should take care of our earth and of each other. This is the most important thing."

Ivan Urgant

Ivan Urgant on his show

Ivan Urgant

Instagram/Andrey Rublev

Ivan Urgant is an evening talk-show host on the popular state-owned TV station, Channel One. To oppose the war, he posted a black square on Instagram with the caption “Fear and pain. No to war.” His show has not been broadcasted since, but the channel's spokesperson insisted the decision had nothing to do with his Instagram post. Officially, Urgant’s program and others were removed to be replaced by news and political shows “because of the current situation”.

Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin in 2012

Boris Akunin in 2012

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Best-selling thriller author Boris Akunin – the pen name of Grigori Chalvovitch Tchkhartichvili – fled Russia in 2014, when it became clear to him his country’s regime was evolving towards a “dictatorship”. One of Russia’s most famous and prolific writers and historians, he has criticized Putin on many occasions. On the day of the invasion, he wrote on his Facebook: “The madness has prevailed. People are dying, blood is spilling. Russia is ruled by a mentally abnormal dictator, and what is most terrible, it submissively follows his paranoia.”

Daria Zhukova

Daria Zhukova in 2011

Daria Zhukova in 2011


Daria Zhukova is a prominent contemporary art collector who can be counted among Russia’s famous oligarchs. In 2008, she and her then-partner billionaire Roman Abramovich – owner of Chelsea FC – opened the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. In a statement published on its website, the institution announced that it would stop all activities and put on hold every exhibitions that were programmed “until the human and political tragedy that is unfolding in Ukraine has ceased.” “We are categorically opposed to any and all actions that sow division and create isolation. We see ourselves as part of a wider world undivided by war,” the statement reads.

Sofia Abramovich

Sofia Abramovich

Sofia Abramovich

Instagram/Sofia Abramovich

Meanwhile, Roman Abramovich’s daughter Sofia, a student and professional horseback rider in the UK, also took a stand against the invasion of Ukraine, clearly mentioning the name of Vladimir Putin, which is rare. She posted an Instagram story insisting that the Russian people do not support his stance on Ukraine.

As for Roman Abramovich, after handing over "stewardship and care" of Chelsea to the club's charitable foundation, he would currently be in Gomel, Belarus, to take part in negotiations with Russia, reports the Jerusalem Post. He responded to Kyiv’s call for Russian mediators and is “trying to help”, says his spokesperson.

Danila Kozlovsky

Danila Kozlovsky

Danila Kozlovsky

Instagram/Danila Kozlovsky

Former model turned actor and director, Danila Kozlovsky found fame in Hollywood by acting in Vampire Academy or more recently Vikings. On Instagram, he first posted a quick message expressing his disagreement with the attack on Ukraine. His post, a black square, was captioned “Fear and shame… Agree! Stop! NO WAR”. Later on, he shared a deeper analysis of his own complicity-by-passivity to the conflict that had started years ago. “I didn’t see, didn’t understand or didn’t want to see and understand... I was indifferent, interested exclusively in my life, when it was necessary to call for reason and peace by all means. I naively thought that all this would end and that they would definitely agree at the top, because smart people are sitting.”

Evgeny Lebedev

Evgeny Lebedev

Evgeny Lebedev

Ash Knotek/Snappers via ZUMA Press

Evgeny Lebedev is a British-Russian media magnate and a member of the House of Lords. Son of billionaire and former KGB agent Alexander Lebedev, he wrote in the Evening Standard — which he owns — a direct call to Vladimir Putin for an end to the war. “Please, Mr Putin, stop this war,” he begs. “As a Russian citizen, I implore you to stop sending Russian soldiers to kill their brothers and sisters in Ukraine.” Coming from an oligarch, this stance is particularly revealing of the concern now shaking Russian VIPs abroad. Lebedev is also the owner of The Independent which has relaunched its Refugees Welcome campaign calling on the UK to welcome refugees from Ukraine without the need for visas.

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Party Lines: Why China Prefers Virtual Stars For Show Business Fame

Hologram idols are the new stars of the entertainment industry in China, performing in live concerts and in front of audiences of millions. It's not just tech companies that are happy about the boom, the leadership in Beijing is too for more political reasons.

BEIJING — Luo Tianyi celebrated her breakthrough at the Spring Festival Gala. The show is broadcast every year on state television at the beginning of the Chinese New Year. With approximately 700 million viewers, it is not only the TV program with the largest audience worldwide, it is also one of the most influential shows in Chinese culture.

What's special about Luo Tianyi is that she's not human. The singer is a hologram, an avatar. And the first virtual idol to make it into the Spring Festival Gala.

Luo can look back on a glittering career. She was born out of a cooperation between a Chinese and a Japanese company, and in 2012 she was introduced to the public. In the years that followed, she rose to stardom.

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Emily Out Of Paris: French Quartier Is Sick Of Netflix Show

The first season of the Netflix show Emily in Paris was a boon for some businesses in the French capital's 5th arrondissement, where it takes place. But with production returning for Season Two, many local residents are exasperated.

PARIS — At the foot of the Pantheon, in Paris's 5th arrondissement, the trucks are back. A few steps away, the small and usually quiet Place de l'Estrapade is animated by the coming and going of cameras, projectors and costumes. All the hubbub is because of a project called "Charade." That's at least what the many posters hanging around the neighborhood explain, but that is in itself a charade — a cover to keep the paparazzi at bay.

The real story is that Emily is back in town. Emily in Paris, that is, the hit Netflix series that first aired in October 2020 and is currently shooting its second season. The recipient of two Golden Globe nominations, the show follows the adventures of a young woman from Chicago who moves to Paris. It's marked by just about every cliché in the book, starting with the scenery.

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Her Prerogative? A Unique View On The #FreeBritney Movement

A California law professor with an expertise in mental health and ethics, and who suffers from chronic schizophrenia, takes a look beyond the headlines at the case of Britney Spears, who has been fighting to free herself from the conservatorship of her father.

Britney Spears' impassioned remarks in court have raised many questions about conservatorships, including when they're necessary and whether they effectively protect someone's best interests.

When one loses the capacity to make decisions for oneself the court appoints a guardian, or conservator, to make those decisions. Appointing someone to make decisions about personal and financial matters on another's behalf has been part of civil society since the ancient Greeks. Today, all jurisdictions in the U.S. have conservatorship laws to protect people who lack the ability to make their own decisions.

As a distinguished professor of law at the University of Southern California, and as a person who was diagnosed over four decades ago with chronic schizophrenia, I have a personal and professional interest in issues at the intersection of law, mental health and ethics. I believe that conservatorships are warranted in certain rare cases, such as someone experiencing severe delusions that put them at financial and bodily risk. But because conservatorships are a serious intrusion into a person's sense of self, they might not always be the best option.

Here are four myths about decision-making capacity, and ways to address them:

Myth 1: The inability to make one kind of decision means an inability to make any kind of decision

Historically, lack of decision-making capacity was thought of in a global way. That is, the inability to make a single significant decision meant that a person lacked capacity to make all significant decisions.

Making "bad" decisions, or decisions others do not agree with, is not the same as making incompetent decisions.

Today, U.S. law tends to view decision-making capacity more granularly. Different kinds of decisions require distinct capacities. For example, whether people are capable of making decisions about their finances is seen as legally separate and distinct from whether they're capable of making a decision to marry or refuse medical treatment. Not being able to make one kind of decision may reveal little about whether someone lacks the capacity to make other important decisions.

Making "bad" decisions, or decisions others do not agree with, is not the same as making incompetent decisions. People, especially those with considerable resources, often have family members and associates who are eager to provide a court with examples of an individual's poor decision-making that may be irrelevant to determining competence.

People sometimes make decisions that others strongly disagree with. That is their prerogative.

Myth 2: Once someone loses decision-making capacity, it never returns

As someone who lives with schizophrenia, I can say from personal experience that decision-making capacity waxes and wanes. At times, I unquestionably lack the capacity to make certain decisions because I have false beliefs, or delusions, about the world and how it works. Thankfully, those psychotic states are not permanent. With proper treatment, they pass and I soon return to my usual self.

Although certain conditions, like severe dementia, can permanently render an individual incapable of making decisions, many conditions do not. Research is increasingly demonstrating that there are ways to help people regain their decision-making capacity sooner, including psychotherapy and medication.

Myth 3: People who are declared incompetent are indifferent to having their decision-making abilities taken away

As Spears made powerfully clear in court, being deprived of the ability to make important decisions about one's own life can be one of the most deeply distressing circumstances a person can endure. It leaves one feeling helpless and unheard, and can reinforce and prolong mental illness.

Consider what it might feel like to not be able to write a check or use your credit card without asking for permission. Or consider how a parent reacts when an adult child takes away the car keys. In law school I wrote a paper on the use of mechanical restraints in psychiatric hospitals based on my own excruciating experiences as a patient. On reading my paper, a well-known professor in psychiatry unwittingly remarked that "those people" would not experience restraints as he and I would. I've always regretted not telling him in that moment that my article was about myself.

Britney Spears supporters in Los Angeles on July 14 — Photo: Ringo Chiu/ZUMA

For most people of childbearing potential, the ability to make decisions about reproduction is often an important part of their identity. A state action depriving someone of the ability to reproduce is incredibly intrusive, and the stress this causes may itself exacerbate the conditions that interfere with decision-making capacity.

There are other options that ensure a child's needs are met while respecting the parent's autonomy. One possibility includes having the parent identify individuals who can care for the child until decision-making capacity returns.

Myth 4: Mental illness or involuntary commitment to a psychiatric hospital indicates lack of decision-making capacity

Under the law, neither a mental illness nor involuntary psychiatric commitment renders a person incapable of making decisions. People who suffer from major psychiatric disorders may be perfectly capable of handling their personal and financial matters and would justifiably be outraged if they were declared unable to do so.

There are cases when someone's ability to make decisions is so compromised that others need to step in.

Those whose ability to make decisions appears to be deteriorating can designate a trusted person to make decisions on their behalf. Supported decision-making allows individuals to choose who they want to help them in decision-making while they retain the final say. Similarly, a pychiatric advance directive documents an individual's mental health treatment preferences and enlists a proxy decision-maker should decision-making capacity be lost in the future.

Respecting autonomy

U.S. law honors individual autonomy by presuming that everyone has decision-making competence unless proved otherwise. There are certainly cases when someone's ability to make decisions is so compromised that others need to step in. Conservatorships are one way to do this. But there are also less restrictive alternatives that take into account the fact that decision-making capacity waxes and wanes. Keeping Britney and others safe does not mean that they cannot be free to make decisions about their own lives.The Conversation

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Tori Otten

Bataclan To Pulse, The Show Must Go On. Or Must It?


PARIS — Next month marks the two-year anniversary of the Bataclan attack — and the one-year anniversary of its reopening. The Nov. 13, 2015 shooting that took place at the historic Paris music venue, along with coordinated attacks at nearby cafes and a soccer stadium, left a total of 130 people dead. It was an attack on everything that the Bataclan, which had featured everything from Offenbach operettas to heavy metal bands since its 1865 opening, had stood for: youth, joy, entertainment and life.

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No Sex Please, We’re Brazilian: On PlayStation And Demographics

Maybe the West's low birth rate arrived when sex was defeated by boredom? One writer's offbeat reflection on how sexuality overload has backfired.


SAO PAULO — Moving house is a bit like Russian roulette. I know, I've just moved into a new flat myself. The first night, there was quite a festa next door. But I managed fine, plugging my ears with the appropriate material to be sure to get my ten hours of sleep, without which I look like an extra from The Walking Dead. And I bite too.

The following night, when I went to bed, it started again. I tried to meditate but to no avail. In the darkness of by bedroom, my eyes fixed on the ceiling, I pricked up my ears. I could hear laughing, shouting, moaning, objects falling on the floor.

I banged on the wall, once, twice, three times. Nothing. I got up, walked to my neighbor's door, and just as I was about to kick it down, I heard a sentence that paralyzed me, "Go on, Messi!"

Two possibilities: Either the world famous soccer player Lionel Messi was my neighbor, or he was the object of my neighbors' private fantasies. I put my ear against the door to try and crack the mystery. No, there was no one and nothing X-rated at all: My neighbors were playing PlayStation.

I went back to my flat carrying the world's sadness on my shoulders. I laid down on my bed. The laughing, shouting, moaning, objects falling on the floor, continued. Later, much later, I finally was able to fall asleep.

What the hell is wrong with boys these days?

The next morning, I heard my neighbor opening his door. I opened mine. He was visibly exhausted, looking rather gaunt. He shook my hand with all the vigor of someone on death row. He introduced himself: a university student. I seized the occasion to raise my grievance: the noise at improper hours, especially for someone who needed to get up early to work.

He blushed like a child and promised to "control" himself. See, it was all the addiction's fault, video games with buddies and even female friends (oh, the horror). He chuckled, ashamed. I chuckled too, defeated. I told him, "Nice meeting you, son," before shutting the door with one worrying question on my mind: What the hell is wrong with boys these days?

I called science to the rescue. A study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior claims that young American adults (the so-called Millennials, born in the 1980s and 1990s) seemed to have no great interest in sex.

It gets worse when you compare new generations to their parents, born in the 1960s or 1970s. Based on current patterns, the parents look promiscuous, debauched even. Even worse: for 15% of those aged between 20 and 24, sexual activity is so non-existent that they might perfectly well donate their private parts to science.

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Photo: RebeccaPollard

Back in the days, we used to laugh with the classic joke, "No sex please, we're British." Now, it seems the whole world (even Brazil!) has become British. Brazilian writer Millôr Fernandes once wrote that the best aphrodisiac was prolonged abstinence. It's one of the rare occasions in which Fernandes was both optimistic, and wrong.

The best aphrodisiac is not prolonged, but forced abstinence. If "sexual intercourse began in 1963," as Philip Larkin wrote in one of his poems, it explains the people's enthusiasm for flowers and bees in the sixties and seventies. There were excesses, to be sure. But these excesses are comparable to the sickness a starving man might feel after stuffing himself with too much meat in one go.

When the sons arrived, sex had become so omnipresent that the whole mystery was lost.

Oh, how I miss my grandpa's joy as he remembered the first time he'd seen a woman's knees. "The knees!" he used to say, with tears of gratefulness and nostalgia filling his eyes. After he'd married my grandma, came ten children.

Nowadays, the West is in a demographic crisis. The reasons are widely known, from contraceptives to job insecurity, all delaying the age of motherhood (and fatherhood) beyond 40 and leading to the absence of generational replenishment.

But I always felt that it might go deeper than that. The West stopped making babies because sex was defeated by boredom. Before the sexual revolution, our grandpas used to dream of knees. After the revolution, our fathers threw themselves at the flesh. When the sons arrived, sex had become so omnipresent — in cinema, on TV, on the Internet — that the whole mystery was lost along the way.

Meanwhile, child production remains strong in the Muslim world. Even Turkey's President Erdogan, to take revenge on Europe (and the Netherlands) has called on Turkish people abroad to make, at least, five children per family. That's easy, in a culture that still cultivates the mystery surrounding knees and breasts.

So, what's my suggestion to save the Western world? Maybe wearing a burqa at home. Then young singles can trade in their PlayStation or other games and buttons to get their hands on.

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Drew Harwell and Mary Jordan

Presidential Debate, Mister Television V. Madam Secretary

Donald Trump is a master of TV. Monday night's one-on-one showdown with Hillary Clinton will be a new test.

WASHINGTON — In 1980, in one of his first big TV interviews, Donald Trump was asked whether television was ruining politics.

"It's hurt the process very much," Trump told NBC's Rona Barrett. "Abraham Lincoln would probably not be electable today because of television. He was not a handsome man, and he did not smile at all. He would not be considered to be a prime candidate for the presidency — and that's a shame, isn't it?"

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