Political pundit Ann Coulter has never been shy about her love for the Grateful Dead, but Billboard recently made her take that love to the next level by publishing what is essentially an open love letter to the grateful group. She explains that she probably saw 67 shows, though her count was imprecise, and mostly between 1991 and 1995.“Other than a few shows in high school and college, I mostly followed them as a practicing lawyer from around 1991 to August 1995 when I had a bunch of Deadhead friends and we all had plenty of disposable income, so I saw a lot of shows in those four or five years.”She explains that there was a faction of Deadheads within her community growing up, which is how she became familiar with the group. “Contrary to some people’s image of the Dead, they were huge in my very affluent WASP hometown of New Canaan, Conn. There was a faction in favor of making “Truckin’” our prom song, but the sense of the senate went for some schmaltzy rainbow song instead. I bet no one from my high school class can remember what it was. We would have remembered “Truckin.’””“But still – you haven’t lived until you’ve seen a Deadhead dancing,” she writes in the article, putting her love for the Dead on full blast. She continues to talk about Deadheads, saying, “I like Deadheads because they’re very friendly, open-minded, individualistic people — not fake-open-minded and not a “mob of individualists.” Sometimes they’d ask why we’d decline the joints friendly Deadheads would pass around, but they were so charming about it. They weren’t offended or snippy, just genuinely interested. Deadheads are intellectually curious individuals.”Then she goes back to the band and starts naming some of her many favorite tunes:I can never pick a “favorite” song, just as I can’t pick a favorite Scalia dissent, but among the ones I love are: “Tennessee Jed,” “Althea,” “Stagger Lee”, “Eyes of the World,” “Loose Lucy,” “Franklin’s Tower,” “Deal,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “Unbroken Chain,” “Cassidy”, “Pride of Cucamonga,” “Uncle John’s Band,” “Ripple,” “Casey Jones,” “I Will Take You Home,” “Passenger,” “Mississippi Half-Step,” “Good Lovin’” and of course, the famous Mickey Hart rap version of “Fire on the Mountain.”It breaks my heart that the band never played “Pride of Cucamonga” in concert. That would have been as big a story as Brexit and probably would have rocked the stock market just as much. She recalls one final Grateful Dead concert experience at the Shoreline Amphitheatre, saying, “The Dead’s best venues were the outdoor concerts. I’ve been to a few, including one outside of Kansas City on the Fourth of July, but my fave was Shoreline Amphitheatre — a beautiful outdoor arena built on a landfill. The weather was great, you could buy California chardonnay by the glass and I had a bunch of Cornell deadheads out there. By day, we’d go around San Francisco or go sailing, and, by night, we’d go to see a psychedelic rock group.”And there you have it, an inside look at Ann Coulter’s love for the Grateful Dead. Read the full letter here.
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Stories about couples’ infidelity told by a famous film director, a bestselling author, or a neighbor are infinite. What makes a person behave this way? Who’s to blame? We often ask these questions when we hear about another betrayal.We gathered psychologists’ points of view and the results of scientific experiments that talk about the circumstances that increase the risk of infidelity. Read the article and you might have fewer questions about this topic.8. Absence of emotional intimacyThe inability to have heart-to-heart conversations with a partner and the lack of support push both women and men to cheat. There’s a stereotype that the main motive for a man is sex. But in his book The Truth about Cheating, marriage counselor Gary Neuman says that 47% of his male clients who cheated talked about the absence of emotional intimacy.The situation gets more difficult because men don’t like to show their feelings and women can miss the fact that her beloved needs support. She might notice it way later or even ignore it.7. Influence of experience and societyIf a person has already had experience with infidelity during their previous relationship, there is a huge probability that they will act the same with a new partner. It’s interesting that people around also influence one’s tendency toward infidelity. In one anonymous poll, more than 75% of men who committed adultery indicated that their friends also cheat on their wives.6. Boring intimate relationshipThe lack of bright new emotions in one’s sex life is the reason why 70% of men and 49% of women decide to cheat. It should be noted that the people who answered above also said that their relationships were happy in general: without any big scandals and other disappointing issues.5. Vulnerability because of the quarter-life crisisEveryone has a moment in life when we start summing up the overall results of the past years. Some people conclude that everything is just fine and others start experiencing the so-called quarter-life crisis and might become vulnerable to temptation. The research shows that it usually happens at the age of 29, 39, or 49 — just before the new decade.Of course it doesn’t mean that a good family man and a loving husband suddenly cheats as soon as he turns 39. One’s age is just an accompanying factor that can worsen other circumstances that make people cheat.4. Excessive interest in social networksIn couples where one of the partners devotes too much time to Twitter or other social networks, the risk of infidelity rises. Because social network addicts can easily wake up earlier or go to bed later leaving their beloved all alone just to scroll their feeds.Virtual relationships can cause arguments and virtual communication can become real. Both factors create a favorable environment for adultery.3. Work and business tripsAccording to one of the polls on this topic, more than 1/3 of cheating men are serious businessmen who used to cheat on their beloved women during business trips. And 13% of women have had an affair at work. The possibility of cheating at work rises during years 6-9 of marriage: these years are the most fragile and generally demand a lot of effort.2. Lack of oxytocinOxytocin, also called the hug hormone (it rises when we hug and kiss), plays an important role in creating and keeping the trust in a relationship. Scientists think that the lack of this hormone can become a trigger when it comes to cheating.In one experiment, several married men were injected with oxytocin, got acquainted with an attractive woman, and told they could get as close to her as they wanted. Participators that got a hormone dose insisted on a bigger distance between them and the woman than those who got a placebo.1. I just can’t choose another wayThere are people that can’t just imagine their life without the adrenaline buzz that accompanies cheating. Regardless of age, experience, and other criteria, these people cheat and justify themselves saying that they can’t behave in any other way.Real reasons for this behavior vary and they can be hidden deep inside emotionally. The truth is, it’s very difficult, and almost impossible, for some people to be monogamous.A few more wordsSpecialists indicate that generally it’s the set of listed factors that becomes the reason for cheating, not just one of them. Besides, some couples don’t break up after that and try to save their marriage. And some marriages become even stronger.Source