Pompeo’s Plans: President Trump confirmed on Twitter that CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un recently in preparation for Trump’s planned summit with Kim—a sign that the president is eager to make a big diplomatic statement. As his nominee for secretary of state, Pompeo is opposed by several prominent members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and could become the first State Department head not to be endorsed by the agency’s overseers in the legislative branch.
Environmental Damage: A megafire—that is, a wildfire larger than 100,000 acres—has burned more than 260,000 acres in Oklahoma this month, including dozens of homes. See photos here. And a new study quantifies the effects of a massive 2016 coral-bleaching event at the Great Barrier Reef, which—combined with another bleaching last year—caused half of all the coral in the reef to die.
Medical History: New York City is removing a statue of J. Marion Sims, who became known as the “father of gynecology” for experiments he performed on enslaved women, from Central Park. Though doctors have defended Sims’s controversial legacy in the past, the decision to move the statue represents a choice to see history “with the clarity it demands,” Adam Serwer writes.
The sellers find out about the newly released products and exchange tips to increase sales. They are all working independently, and yet the group also works together as a whole. They are each a cog in the wheel, the wheel is part of a much bigger machine, and the entire setup moves toward one goal: the bottom line. But many of the cogs—the salespeople—don’t quite see it that way. For them, being sellers is about more than money. “I compare it to a fandom,” [the multilevel-marketing retailer Kristen] Duvall told me. “It’s no different when someone loves a particular sports team or Harry Potter, and they talk about it nonstop.”
I saw all this firsthand. For nearly a year, I observed Duvall’s group—the Sparky Lil Spitfires—and saw women, and a few men, negotiate the ins and outs of life in direct sales.
The growing up to adulthood of these first clonal humans could be a very startling event, a fact already appreciated by many magazine editors, one of whom commissioned a cover with multiple copies of Ringo Starr, another of whom gave us overblown multiple likenesses of the current sex goddess, Raquel Welch. It takes little imagination to perceive that different people will have highly different fantasies, some perhaps imagining the existence of countless people with the features of Picasso or Frank Sinatra or Walt Frazier or Doris Day. And would monarchs like the Shah of Iran, knowing they might never be able to have a normal male heir, consider the possibility of having a son whose genetic constitution would be identical to their own?
I was adopted at birth by two amazing parents who also adopted my younger sister. Whenever people have asked, “Are you interested in meeting your birth family?” I’ve been consistent with my response: My adoptive family is my only family, and I have no interest in searching out my natural family.
I’m now a 34-year-old man with a young daughter and aging parents. Recently, I stumbled across a box of records in my parents’ attic that included the name of my birth mother …
I want desperately to reach out … but this entire situation has thrown me for a loop, and I’m not sure how to get out of it without hurting someone.