Stream Splashes: May 12-18 in Review

By The Stream Published on May 19, 2019

Every week, The Stream rounds up some highlights from the recent news. We call these our “splashes”: everything from insightful commentary on the week’s big events to small inspiring stories you may have missed.


She’s got a good idea, but for all the wrong reasons. Hollywood star Alyssa Milano is upset about pro-life laws like the one just signed in Georgia, which bans abortion after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Milano is calling for a “sex strike.” In a viral tweet, she says since women’s “choice” is being taken away after getting pregnant, the only solution is to not get pregnant in the first place — and to make men suffer in the process.

This boils down to resentment-motivated abstinence, which we don’t need. What we really need is abstinence motivated by love.

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Alyssa Milano is trying to turn old comedy — really old comedy — into history-changing news today. There’s nothing funny about it, though.

I was a college freshman when I saw the classic Greek play Lysistrata, by Aristophanes. The women of Greece were sick and tired of their men going to war with each other, so one of them, Lyistrata by name, called for a sex strike. If she’d had Twitter it might have looked a lot like Milano’s.

It was a comedy, much like today’s sitcoms (and not a bit cleaner than some of them). But this helps explain why we have no record of real women trying that in real history, much less succeeding, doesn’t it? Sitcoms aren’t real. They’re not meant to be.

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An interview with Will Chamberlain.

Q: The crackdown on free speech in social media seems to be escalating. Far from responding to critics’ concerns, companies like Facebook and Twitter seem to be doubling down. What’s happening inside those companies that’s driving this?

A: I think there are devoted cliques of left-wing activists inside these companies. They are seeing what they can get away with.

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In case you hadn’t heard, the legislators of Washington state have voted to permit human composting. This article explains how conventional burial of the dead is expensive and not eco-friendly. The eco-warriors claim even cremation uses too much fuel to burn the body. Composting, on the other hand, is a creative solution that is efficient and friendly to the environment.

What is composting? It turns your loved one to mulch.

While human composting seems neat, efficient and clean, just say no. Why? Because I have another solution.

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