The brutal mirror: what the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life

The brutal mirror: what the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life

What the psychedelic drug ayahuasca showed me about my life. When I finally puked on the fourth night, I felt an odd sense of pride. Inside the loud, stuffy ceremony room, people were laughing, crying, chanting, gyrating, and, yes, vomiting, around me. When my time finally comes, I think: Just aim for the bucket and keep your ass above your head like the shaman told you. I try to wipe my face but can’t grab…

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The life, death, and rebirth of Jennifer’s Body, according to screenwriter Diablo Cody

The life, death, and rebirth of Jennifer’s Body, according to screenwriter Diablo Cody

“I knew ahead of the reviews and everything that this was not going to be a movie that endeared itself to a mass audience.” Even as someone who more or less liked the cult horror film Jennifer’s Body when it came out back in 2009, I don’t know that I would have ever predicted the groundswell of support it’s received this year, when the critically derided movie has been reclaimed as a deeply feminist horror…

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The Camp Fire is now the most destructive blaze in California history

The Camp Fire is now the most destructive blaze in California history

Deadly fires have burned almost 140,000 acres across the state The Camp Fire burning near Chico, California is now the single most destructive fire in state history. It’s one one of several massive infernos are again raging in the Golden State as late-season winds pick up speed and spread walls of flames. As of Saturday morning, a major fire is raging in the northern part of the state, and two large blazes are burning in…

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Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.

Ariana Grande’s greatest asset isn’t her amazing voice. It’s her resilience.

Part of the magic of “thank u, next” is how it embodies Grande’s message of gratefulness and empowerment. When Ariana Grande tells you she’s going to be just fine, believe her. The sentient cupcake with a four-octave range says as much in her bouncy new kiss-off song, “thank u, next” — a farewell letter to all the men she’s loved before. And the most recent addition to that list is her ex-fiancé, Saturday Night Live…

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Some asylum officers say they never got the memo about Trump’s asylum ban

Some asylum officers say they never got the memo about Trump’s asylum ban

The ban, which covers asylum-seekers who cross the US/Mexico border between official crossings, will be in effect at least until Tuesday. The Trump administration is set to refuse asylum to adults and families who cross into the US from Mexico, when a proclamation signed by Donald Trump Friday morning takes effect at midnight. But mere hours before it becomes official, at least some asylum officers — the first people who will be responsible for implementing…

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Democrat Kyrsten Sinema widens lead in Arizona Senate race

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema widens lead in Arizona Senate race

But the state still has more than 300,000 ballots to count. As of Friday evening, Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema had widened her lead on Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the exceedingly close Arizona Senate race — though counties across the state are still working their way through more than 300,000 ballots that have yet to be counted. The Arizona secretary of state published an update for the closely watched Senate race on Friday — putting…

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Vox Sentences: Eternal Recount of the Sunshine State

Vox Sentences: Eternal Recount of the Sunshine State

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Races in Arizona, Florida, and Georgia continue to have razor-thin margins as vote recounts continue; former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos is sentenced to decades in prison for corruption. The recount must go on Bo Rader/Wichita Eagle/MCT via Getty…

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The asylum ban — Trump’s boldest immigration power grab yet — explained

The asylum ban — Trump’s boldest immigration power grab yet — explained

It’s an escalation of the Trump administration’s war against the asylum system on the southern border. But it’s far more legally dicey. Everything about the Trump administration’s plan to radically restrict asylum for people crossing from the US into Mexico without papers — banning adults and families who cross between ports of entry (official border crossings) from entering the asylum process — has moved quickly. The policy itself has been developed in the last few…

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Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was privately counseling the White House on investigations

Trump loyalist Matthew Whitaker was privately counseling the White House on investigations

He advised the president while working as chief of staff for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Matthew Whitaker, whom President Donald Trump named as his acting attorney general on Wednesday, privately provided advice to the president last year on how the White House might be able to pressure the Justice Department to investigate the president’s political adversaries, Vox has learned. Whitaker was an outspoken critic of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe before he became the chief…

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