Economic Events: The latest report from the Department of Labor says that in June, the number of job openings in the United States exceeded the number of people looking for work for the first time ever recorded. That could mean the country is on its way to full employment—and if so, the city of Des Moines, Iowa, shows what workers can expect. Meanwhile, the Trump administration levied its highest tariffs yet on China, which retaliated with tariffs of its own against the U.S. Here’s a breakdown of the major fronts in President Donald Trump’s ongoing trade war.
Cho Yoon Je, South Korea’s ambassador to the United States, explains why reports that North Korea may be breaking its promise to scale back its nuclear program haven’t yet shaken his optimism.
Andy Aldrin, who is being sued by his father, the astronaut Buzz Aldrin, tells his side of the story: “I think people are taking advantage of him.”
From Čeladná, Czech Republic, Morgan Childs reports on an unusual form of therapy:
The Beskid Rehabilitation Center sits on a rolling plot of land in the boomerang-shaped Beskid mountain range, a stretch of the Carpathians reaching from the Czech Republic across Poland and Slovakia, fading into western Ukraine and the Transylvanian Alps. Full of “alternative” therapies, the BRC is the kind of place you might visit if you were feeling fine, but wanted to feel great, or if you were suffering from a low-level chronic ailment that standard Western medicine had failed to resolve. There’s a cryotherapy chamber kept at a brisk -184 degrees Fahrenheit. There’s an open-air “healing pyramid,” a bare-bones wooden-beam structure said to have healing properties. (“Research shows that pyramid energy, thanks to its deeply relaxing effects, harmonizes the psyche,” the website alleges.) And famously, there’s Vila Mátma, or “My Darkness Villa,” where clients spend seven days or longer alone and in complete absence of light.
High noon. Each child has won his blue,
red, yellow ribbon, and our statue,
a dandyish Union Soldier, sees
his fields reclaimed by views and spruce—
he seems a convert to old age,
small, callous, elbowed off the stage,
while the canned martial music fades
from scene and green—no more parades!
Today there’s so much more information out there about what gender-nonconforming kids need, for parents who are willing to learn. But I fear they won’t find that information in this story; they’re more likely, it seems to me, to leave the piece questioning whether their child is really trans, especially if, like me, their child didn’t experience gender dysphoria until adolescence, or if, like me, their gender nonconformity coexists with depression, anxiety, or other mental-illness symptoms. Kids today don’t need to go through what I went through. To start out, [parents] must accept the possibility that their child might be trans, and that they can’t wish them out of being trans if they are, and nothing will turn them trans if they are not.