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The Art of Lying (and The Clues You Can Use to Spot It) - VIDEO


A new TED-Ed video on the tell-tale clues that can help you spot some of the 10 to 200 lies we hear each day. 


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Glenn Greenwald on Why You Should Care About Privacy, Even If You Think You Have Nothing to Hide: VIDEO


Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the NSA Edward Snowden story last year, explains in a new TED talk video why we should all be concerned about privacy - even if you're "not doing anything you need to hide." 

"A society in which people can be monitored at all times is a society that breeds conformity and obedience and submission, which is why every tyrant - the most overt to the most subtle - craves that system. Conversely even more importantly, it is a realm of privacy, the ability to go somewhere where we can think and reason and interact and speak without the judgemental eyes of others being cast upon us in which creativity and exploration and dissent exclusively reside. And that is why when we allow a society to exist in which we are subject to constant monitoring, we allow the essence of human freedom to be severely crippled."

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George Takei Gives TED Talk On Why He Loves The Country That Betrayed Him: VIDEO


George Takei recently gave a TEDx talk in Kyoto Japan about being sent to an internment camp for Japanese-Americans as a child during World War II and how that experience shaped his perception of democracy and led him to be the outspoken activist and patriot he is today. Takei said his father was his greatest teacher when it came to understanding the contradictions inherent in the American democracy:

He told me that our democracy is a people’s democracy and it can be as great as a a people can be but is also as fallible as people are. He told me that American democracy is vitally dependent on good people who cherish the ideals of our system and actively engage in the process of making our democracy work. 

For Takei, it was his father along with the decorated Japanese-American servicemen who risked their lives for their country in World War II that left him with a specific legacy and a responsibility: 

I am dedicated to making my country an even better America, to making our government an even truer democracy and because of the heroes that I have and the struggles that we've gone through I can stand before you as a gay Japanese American but even more than that I am a proud American. 

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Gay Author Andrew Solomon's Inspirational TED Talk On How To Endure Oppression - VIDEO


In a TED talk entitled, “How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are,” Andrew Solomon — the openly gay author, philanthropist and activist best known for his 2002 Pulitzer-prize nominated book The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression — discusses how adversity and injustice can shape and potentially strengthen individuals.

Solomon acknowledges that he has never experienced harm like that which befalls political prisoners and makes sure not to glorify trauma as always having a purpose or reason behind it. Nevertheless, Solomon’s childhood experiences being taunted by bullies on the bus and going through “sexual surrogacy” therapy during his adolescence — along with his personal torments of having a mother who committed suicide and struggling with depression himself — have undoubtedly shaped his character.

In his talk, he says:

I was at war with myself, and I dug terrible wounds into my own psyche. We don’t seek the painful experiences that hew our identities, but we seek our identities in the wake of painful experiences. We cannot bare a pointless torment, but we can endure great pain if we believe it is purposeful. Ease makes less of an impression on us than struggle. We could have been ourselves without the delights, but not without the misfortunes that drive our search for meaning…

Forging meaning is about changing yourself. Building identity is about changing the world. All of us with stigmatized identities face this question daily: How much to accommodate society by constraining ourselves and how much to break the limits of what constitutes a valid life. Forging meaning and building identity doesn’t make what was wrong right — it only makes what was wrong precious.

The entire talk is worth listening to. As are the other TED talks we’ve shared on Towleroad including the one from the founder of AIDS Ride, the talk on inequality that almost never came out and the one during which an international fashion model came out as trans.

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Model Geena Rocero Comes Out As Trans During 'First Trans TED Talk': VIDEO


Model, activist and the founder of Gender Proud — a movement that aims to change the global perception of and conversation about transgender individuals — Geena Rocero recently came out in what’s being lauded as the first TED talk about transgender issues on the main stage.

“Gender has always been considered a fact, immutable,” Rocero said. “But we now know it’s actually more fluid complex, and mysterious.”

When Rocero began working as a professional female fashion model, she felt that she had achieved her life’s dream — her outside self finally reflected her inner self.

But for the last nine years, some of her close friends and even her agent did not know that she was assigned a male gender at birth. She kept her past a secret because she was afraid of how people would treat her once she came out as trans.

“All of us are put in boxes by our family, by our religion, by our society — our moment in history, even our own bodies. Some people have the courage to breathe free, not to accept the limitations imposed by the color of their skin or the beliefs of those who surround them. Those people are always a threat to the status quo, to what is considered acceptable.”

Rocero moved from the Phillipines to the U.S. so that she could legally change her name and gender marker. In a column for CNN, Rocero wrote:

“A personal turning point came in 2005, a year before I became a U.S. citizen, when I was traveling through Tokyo. Back then, I still had my Philippines passport and my former male gender marker, but I presented as a woman. I was taken into the immigration office at the airport and questioned for hours about my identity. I have friends in the Philippines -- where there is no law that allows them to change their name and marker -- that have these experiences every time they travel. It's dehumanizing.”

In her TED talk, she explains, “For some people, their IDs are a license to drive or even to get a drink. For me that was my license to live. To feel dignified… Many are not so fortunate.”

In an attempt to help transgender people gain their dignity by affirming their gender in government documents worldwide, Rocero has launched a Change.org petition and an IndieGoGo account to help fund Gender Proud's initial efforts.

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Trans Scientist Critically Injured in Deer Attack

KatestoneA freak animal encounter has left Kate Stone, a Cambridge research engineer and owner of U.K. tech company Novalia, in critical condition. Stone was attacked by a deer outside of a home in a small Scotland town, and sustained major damage to both her spinal column and throat. Doctors reported that Stone was in "serious and stable condition" as of January 1st. 

The Advocate reports:

Gary Burton, owner of the Mo-Dhachaidh Guest House where Stone was staying, told the Press and Journal: "I understand Kate is critical in the hospital's intensive care unit.She was telling me she enjoyed the outdoors in the hills and camping on her own in remote places so any form of paralysis to such an active person will be a disaster. The incident is absolutely shocking and so unexpected. There are plenty of deer around here but you never hear of a stag attacking anyone. The force of the attack must have been ferocious. I went to the scene and found Kate's mobile phone smashed into tiny bits."

An official from Scotland's version of Fish and Game told the Telegraph that this type of deer attack is "highly unusual – a chance in a million.”

The buck was reportedly found in the guest house's garden, and it may have felt cornered by Stone and her group of friends. Still, the nature of the incident is disturbing and odd, to say the least. Our thoughts are with Stone as she recovers.

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