Heroes

Should we put price tags on nature? I would have said no. Until I watched this.

You know the saying "Money makes the world go 'round"? Well, one "Entourage" actor directed a short film to show you exactly how that works.

Should we put price tags on nature? I would have said no. Until I watched this.

Nature is chock full of coveted resources.

From fossil fuels to wildlife, the earth is a source of a seemingly endless supply of valuable materials. The trouble, as pointed out in a short film directed by Adrian Grenier of "Entourage," is that not only are these resources finite, but some important life-sustaining elements are in short supply.


While some solutions have been offered — such as shifting the heaviest use of natural resources to strictly renewable sources, or taxing carbon emissions — selling the public on these concepts remains a struggle.

Natural resources are like an ATM.

That is, while there's nothing wrong with withdrawing and using resources, one has to be careful not to overdraw the account. We're banking with a lower and lower balance.

All things come with a price, and when it comes to natural resources, that price is often the air we breathe.

Coal and oil are exceedingly profitable resources used to fuel economic prosperity for centuries. As supply of these finite resources continues to decline, we experiencing another negative effect: pollution. The quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink is frequently nothing more than an afterthought when it comes to thinking about how we use natural resources.



In the coming years, humanity has some very serious decisions to make regarding our earth, environment, and resources. Inaction simply isn't an option.

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Here we are, six months into the coronavirus pandemic, and people are tired. We're tired of social distancing, wearing masks, the economic uncertainty, the constant debates and denials, all of it.

But no one is more tired than the healthcare workers on the frontline. Those whom we celebrated and hailed as heroes months ago have largely been forgotten as news cycles shift and increased illness and death become "normal." But they're still there. They're still risking themselves to save others. And they've been at it for a long time.

Mary Katherine Backstrom shared her experience as the wife of an ER doctor in Florida, explaining the impact this pandemic is having on the people treating its victims and reminding us that healthcare workers are still showing up, despite all of the obstacles that make their jobs harder.

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When I found out I was pregnant in October 2018, I had planned to keep the news a secret from family for a little while — but my phone seemed to have other ideas.

Within just a few hours of finding out the news, I was being bombarded with ads for baby gear, baby clothes and diapers on Facebook, Instagram and pretty much any other site I visited — be it my phone or on my computer.

Good thing my family wasn't looking over my shoulder while I was on my phone or my secret would have been ruined.

I'm certainly not alone in feeling like online ads can read your mind.

When I started asking around, it seemed like everyone had their own similar story: Brian Kelleher told me that when he and his wife met, they started getting ads for wedding rings and bridal shops within just a few weeks. Tech blogger Snezhina Piskov told me that she started getting ads for pocket projectors after discussing them in Messenger with her colleagues. Meanwhile Lauren Foley, a writer, told me she started getting ads for Happy Socks after seeing one of their shops when she got off the bus one day.

When online advertising seems to know us this well, it begs the question: are our phones listening to us?

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Two years ago, I got off the phone after an interview and cried my eyes out. I'd just spent an hour talking to Tim Ballard, the founder of Operation Underground Railroad, an organization that helps fight child sex trafficking, and I just couldn't take it.

Ballard told me about how the training to go undercover as a child predator nearly broke him. He told me an eerie story of a trafficker who could totally compartmentalize, showing Ballard photos of kids he had for sale, then switching gears to proudly show him a photo of his own daughter on her bicycle, just as any parent would. He told me about how lucrative child trafficking is—how a child can bring in three or four times as much as a female prostitute—and how Americans are the industry's biggest consumers.

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Kids say the darnedest things and, if you're a parent, you know that can make for some embarrassing situations. Every parent has had a moment when their child has said something unintentionally inappropriate to a stranger and they prayed they wouldn't take it the wrong way.

Cassie, the mother of 4-year-old Camryn, had one of the those moments when her child yelled, "Black lives matter" to a Black woman at a Colorado Home Depot.

But the awkward interaction quickly turned sweet when the Black woman, Sherri Gonzales, appreciated the comment and thanked the young girl.

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