White House staff on edge — one more resignation could set off a mass exodus

With Steve Bannon, Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, Mike Flynn, Anthony Scaramucci and other staffers all quitting or getting fired from President Donald Trump’s White House, staffers are nervously eyeing each other to see who will be the next to go, according to Vanity Fair‘s Isobel Thompson.

On Friday, President Donald Trump made it official that White House Chief Strategist Stephen K. Bannon no longer works for the administration as Bannon’s loyal supporters at ramped a plan for “war” against the White House.

Meanwhile, inside the White House, shell-shocked aides and advisors are all wondering who will bolt for the exit next. Firings and resignations are coming at such a furious pace that one D.C. restaurant is offering discounted drinks on days that the president fires a White House official.

Trump has reportedly been jubilant in the wake of his combative press conference earlier this week in which he created a moral equivalency between neo-Nazi and white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA and the protesters who turned out to oppose them.

“Privately however, many staffers were queasy,” said Thompson. Aides have tried and tried to explain to Trump that he’s not helping himself but “He doesn’t care,” one White House adviser said.
“A number of people are on thin ice,” said another aide, who said the White House staff is “stunned and disheartened” after the weeks slew of failures, embarrassments and setbacks.

There is a sense, said Thompson, that “that the dominos could be about to fall.”

One aide told, “The danger for Trump now is that one senior resignation will start a run on the bank.”

Rumors that Cohn — who is Jewish — might resign over Trump’s failure to disavow the KKK sent shockwaves through economic markets this week, although traders were jubilant on Friday when they heard that Bannon was fired.
Retired Marine Gen. John Kelly has struggled in vain this week to rein the president in and keep him from going off on emotional rants and outbursts. The newly-hired White House chief of staff is potentially finding out what attorneys who refuse to represent Trump already know, that the commander-in-chief is unable to exercise even the simplest forms of message discipline.

Meanwhile, said Thompson, public opinion and recent events are threatening to swamp an already storm-tossed administration and take down the Republican Party with it. As the stark “moral binary” becomes clear over whether to back an administration that has declared its common cause with white supremacists, history is watching.

“Some may be mulling altering the course of their careers,” she wrote, “rather than being tarnished in the process. History will likely not only look unkindly at Trump, but those staring steadfastly at the floor, too.”


The Vital Importance of Nationalism
By Ron McVan

Much of history is recorded in the epitaphs of nations that have perished because of their internal weakness and schisms. For when a people become more preoccupied with narrow self-interest and family quarrels than with their national good, they fall easy prey to the enemy outside their gates or crumble under the stress and strains within.” ~ The American Heritage editors

Nationalism draws its strength from numerous roots, such as the love of one’s people, customs, traditions, culture, ethnic tribal-gods and homeland. Nationalism also stimulates an instinctive drive to better oneself and their nation as a whole. Folkish nationalism fills a people’s heart with pride and instills the urge to attain a unique sense of being through self-betterment, traditions and a heightened conscious awareness. One of the key elements of nationalism is that it works to unify its people under a healthy mutual ethnic aim. A strong nation leaves little place for any potential enemies to insert their claw. Unlike Marxist socialist societies, Folkish nationalism does not work against its people’s freedoms, subvert their thinking process or strive towards making them dependent upon the state. True Folkish nationalism does not put political interests or corporate interests before the interests of the people.

Men make history, but the destinies of peoples are forged by the creative force of dominating ideas. Through the genius of inspired men they perceive the light of the world and reveal that which slumbers deep in the soul of the peoples. Great ideas are like milestones on the path of humanity, they are the platforms of human progress. The torch of the spirit, born by bold men, has always illuminated the path of humanity. Such inspiring ideas, which once more bring back the laws of life itself into the conscience of the nations, have at all times decisively influenced the development of the European cultural nations, they have elevated them when they were young and promising, and thrown them to the ground when they were weak and aged and had outlived their time.” ~ Dr. Otto Dietrich

From out of the great Euro-Tribe nations were produced the eight wonders of the world along with countless exquisite works of cultural arts, science and engineering. A never-ending stream of genius and creativity. Nations, too—as Mother Nature has ordained—can only take their place in the world in proportion to their capacities and their achievements for the world. In the competitive struggle between the nations, only the best nations can occupy pre-eminent positions on the strength of their achievements and capacities.

Among a strong nationalistic system, there should be no need for secret societies, media propaganda or a government to spy, or work against its own people. The people and the government should work together in harmony with one-another. Some like to think of nationalism as a political movement, or a folkish movement, a race or cultural movement, but it must not be narrowed down to any one single direction, it should always remain a process of numerous progressive elements all combined towards the better good of the Nation at large. Tantamount to the structural strength and vitality of a nation, is its mythology. Myth is a moving and shaping-directive power and the very glue that binds a people together in unity as a folk. It resides in the person exclusively because he or she is a part of their specific race and culture. An ethnic nation is unthinkable as a purposeful group without its myth, it simply cannot survive for too long a time without it. Myth is a foremost element to the process of a folkish awakening. As Carl Jung so very aptly stated, “For a race to live without its myth is suicide!”

A nation without a vital myth drifts aimlessly throughout history. Myth gives purpose and meaning to nationalism. Myth shapes the race so that the race may fulfill the potential of its individuals. The myth reminds us that we are unique as a race and contributes towards elevating our spiritual and ethnic consciousness, and that we are not simply an arbitrary, purposeless, ill-defined conglomerate of men and women.

No one factor accounts for a myth. It is a part of one’s whole heritage. It is born in each individual. Even if a person becomes a part of another culture he is called, deep down inside, by his own myth. It is a sum total of the culture, mores, folkways, customs, art, traditions, legends, history, experience and will of his own particular race, and it is even more than these things. It is the embodied vital will of great men. It is the contributions, defeats, failures, hopes, aspiration and accomplishments of the ethnically-related members of the group.

Here, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The myth is the scaffolding, the superstructure on which all these other things are constructed. It is the skeleton around which the organic body is built. It is the framework which is covered over by a whole beautiful building. It is the form upon which, bit by bit, piece by piece, yard by yard, a people develop. But without the ordering of a myth, the people are merely a helter-skelter collection of all these various facts and facets.” ~ Alfred Rosenberg

All nations, even great and mighty nations, ultimately perish once they become degenerate, and it is only a matter of time until they do if a nation and its people let itself become weak. America was once a proud nation of strength, unity and seemingly unlimited willpower but over the last half century, it has become increasingly more degenerate and its will more weakened with each and every year. In a strong nation there is no place or the tolerance for degeneracy, and yet today in America, degeneracy has become a badge of honor! A nation virtually dies upon that day when the primordial race-unit becomes so broken up and swamped by the influx of foreign elements, that its effective qualities have no longer a sufficient freedom of strength and action. It will not, of course, absolutely disappear, but it will in practice be so beaten down and enfeebled, that its power will be felt less and less as time goes on. When a people give into degeneracy lose there their nationhood of folkish unity and even the concern for their own self preservation, they are done for! The race enemies of that nation will swarm over them like a plaque of locusts! Nationalism is not just some definitive name, it is an actual living organism which assures the very preservation of its people and their homelands! Even common animals in Nature understand this!

Public opinion always worships the herd instinct,—i.e., the instinct of the weak,—while he, the strong man, fights for strong ideals.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

To most of the world nationalism appears to be an unsavory word affiliated primarily with racialism, and yet, most if not all of the races of the world are nationalists! Jews are nationalists, blacks are nationalists, Japanese, Chinese, Koreans, Arabs, American Indians and Latinos and etc.. The White Race seems to be the only people that are scorned for even mentioning the idea of nationalism for the best interest of their people.

Unlike state nationalism which rules over its people, folkish nationalism grows up from the grass roots of the people. National heroes and heroines are honored and praised, while anything of universal interest is viewed with little concern. Firmly grounded in Rousseau’s doctrine of popular sovereignty, ‘folkish nationalism assumes that the proper forum for the exercise of the general will was provided by the national or ethnic community, not by the artificial frontiers of the existing states.’ Under folkish nationalism, one’s people and homelands are key, and the concept of ‘Blood and Soil’ are strongly valued and adhered to. The Folklore, or Volkskunde of a nation works towards joining the modern world of today with its most ancient cultural roots.

All of the Euro -Tribes over thousands of years passed through the phase of compiling, romanticizing, and creating the folklore and traditions of their individual nations. Rivers of blood have been spilled to preserve it. Without all of these key elements within the vibrant structure of nationalism, here discussed, we are left with only the humiliation of a defeated and soon to be extinct species. It is well known within the law of Nature that only the strong survive. The very moment that an individual or a collective people or tribe let their guard down, they become an instant target of prey to any of the many predators that choose to come in for the kill.

Trump Will Resign Before Mueller Finishes Investigation, ‘Art of the Deal’ Writer Says

The guy who helped President Donald Trump write his seminal book “The Art of the Deal” said the former reality TV star will soon leave the White House on his own accord.

In a series of tweets Wednesday, Tony Schwartz—who co-authored the 1987 book that helped define the real estate magnate’s public image—said he thought the walls were closing in on Trump and he would soon leave office in an attempt to save face.

Every tweet Schwartz sent Wednesday was about Trump. “Think of Trump as a toddler w/ reactive attachment disorder, and therefore in a permanent virulent tantrum. His development ended at age 7,” he posted, later adding, “Remember that every time Trump criticizes and demeans someone he is projecting his deep sense of inadequacy & self-hatred onto others.”

Later he wrote in a series of three tweets that Trump’s end would come before the year was out. “The circle is closing at blinding speed. Trump is going to resign and declare victory before Mueller and congress leave him no choice,” Schwartztweeted. “Trump’s presidency is effectively over. Would be amazed if he survives till end of the year. More likely resigns by fall, if not sooner.

For the Americans who don’t support Trump—that’s a lot of folks considering the president’s approval rating is hovering about 37 percent—Schwartz warned they have to keep the pressure up if they want the billionaire to resign. “Trump must be isolated. Resistance every day. The end is near but must keep pressure high,” he tweeted.

Schwartz, now the CEO of The Energy Project, has been a critic of Trump as he ascended to the White House and has regularly tried to explain how the president goes about making decisions. Schwartz wrote in The Washington Postin May that for Trump “didn’t value—nor even necessarily recognize—the qualities that tend to emerge as people grow more secure, such as empathy, generosity, reflectiveness, the capacity to delay gratification or, above all, a conscience, an inner sense of right and wrong.” Instead, everything for him was transactional and considered a win or a loss. If that were true, then it would stand to reason that Trump would the desert the presidency before it could be considered an unsalvageable loss.

Oddsmakers seem to feel similarly to Schwartz. The latest odds from bookmaker Ladbrokes, for instance, gave Trump an about 48 percent chance of not finishing his first term due to either impeachment or resignation.

Heather Heyer’s mother: ‘I’m not talking to the president after what he said about my child’


Susan Bro, the mother of slain anti-Nazi protester Heather Heyer, told ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday morning that she does not want to talk with President Donald Trump.

Bro acknowledged that the Trump White House called her on three separate occasions, including once during her daughter’s memorial service. While Bro says that she initially simply missed the White House’s calls, she now says that she does not want to speak with the president.

“I’m not talking to the president now, I’m sorry,” Bro said on GMA. “After what he said about my child… it’s not that I’ve seen someone else’s tweets about him, I saw an actual clip of him at a press conference equating the protesters, like Ms. Heyer, with the KKK and the white supremacists.”

Trump this week said that he believed there were “very fine” people who were both attending and protesting last week’s white supremacist rally, and he blamed bad actors on “both sides” for the violence that ensued.

During an interview with MSNBC on Thursday, Bro revealed that she has received death threats after she spoke out against white nationalists during Heather Heyer’s memorial service.

Ezra Levant’s Rebel Media Is Imploding Amidst Multiple Scandals


Ezra Levant started The Rebel Media in 2015 after the collapse of Sun News Network in Canada, where he had been a host. Avoiding the failed model of its predecessor, Ezra focused on crowd-funding the network, which worked rather well. While he also courted some wealthy backers, Ezra put a high priority on donation drives for a wide variety of causes, with new domain names and petitions being promoted in rapid succession. Often the money raised would far exceed the desired amount, but but none of the employees really knew where it all was going.

According to the testimony of former Rebel reporter Caolon Robertson, who left the network two weeks ago, Ezra Levant actually fired Lauren Southern after she refused to make a video requesting more donations for the Rebel’s trip to Israel, even after their goal had already been met. He then paid Lauren “hush money” not to speak badly of the network, which is something he has done with other employees, including Caolon himself. Former reporters are supposed to say good things about The Rebel, and that they are moving onto bigger things as independent journalists. Lauren did just that.

Southern was quickly replaced by the reviled Laura Loomer, who is completely over-the-top jewish. (Actually, both Laura and her boss look like caricatures straight out of National Socialist propaganda.) Loomer is famous for having stormed the stage at an anti-Trump play in which a look-a-like of the president is assassinated, while former Rebel reporter Jack Posobiec filmed from the audience and shouted that everyone booing Laura were “all Goebbels”. Before The Rebel team pulled this stunt, Ezra Levant had already created a donation drive to “Free Laura.”

The Rebel has been able to see a great deal of success by covering news stories from around the world that the “liberal left” would either present in a very biased fashion or not touch at all. The Rebel would present a perspective that was not hostile to Whites, and would actually seemingly stick up for “Western civilization” in reports. However, like most “conservative” outlets, absolute love for Israel and the jewish people was demanded, despite their obvious role in the destruction of White nations. Of course the BDS movement was repeatedly slandered by Ezra and his cronies. Their trip to Israel was perhaps even more biased than a Fox News “fact-finding mission” to report about “our greatest ally.”

There are many other times Ezra’s biases would stop reporters from giving a more “fair and balanced” story. Ezra squashed Caolon’s story about UKIP engaging in voter fraud since Ezra was trying to recruit Nigel Farage and the official Rebel stance was to support the Brexit campaign. Ezra also reportedly fired Jack Posobiec for digging too deep into the Seth Rich murder scandal.

The Rebel was already losing talent and getting embroiled in scandals, but things went from bad to worse when Rebel reporter Faith Goldy attended the Charlottesville ‘Unite The Right’ rally and gave some sympathetic coverage to the “White Supremacists,” even appearing on The Krypto Report podcast, which is affiliated with the Daily Stormer. Faith was even on scene filming when the car crash took place, capturing footage of what appears, on further analysis, to be a staged deception. Faith was quickly fired for her coverage of the rally. Ezra’s statement about it on Youtube has garnered a massive amount of downvotes. Ezra’s condemnation of Faith and the Alt Right was not enough to save The Rebel, though. According to National Post:

Despite an effort this week by Levant to distance The Rebel from the “alt-right” white nationalist movement that violently marched on the Virginia college town on the weekend, The Rebel’s sympathetic coverage of the movement’s racist provocateurs and their conspiracy theories led many of its best-known contributors to quit this week, including co-founder Brian Lilley and National Post contributors Barbara Kay and John Robson. On Thursday, Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes also reportedly departed. In an email to the media news site Canadaland, Levant said The Rebel had “tried to keep (McInnes), but he was lured away by a major competitor that we just couldn’t outbid.” McInnes did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

Hope Not Hate has targeted The Rebel and forced Norwegian Cruise Lines to cancel their upcoming Caribbean trip. An online group known as Sleeping Giants has been able to successfully organize a large advertising boycott of The Rebel. Prominent Conversative politicians in Canada have been condemning the network, which had been their former ally.

However, the biggest fallout could come from the testimony of aforementioned journalist Caolon Robertson, who backs up his claims by including the damning words of Ezra himself, who literally offers Caolon “hush money.” Ezra is now claiming that he is being blackmailed, but it doesn’t seem many people are buying his story. You can judge for yourself.

Although The Rebel is still afloat, I highly doubt it will be for much longer. Investigations by the government into financial mismanagement, loss of support from advertisers and viewers, and big-name talent all jumping ship indicate that Ezra Levant might soon be yesterday’s news. I say good riddance. While The Rebel might say a few things with which we would agree, they are standing in the way of our efforts to reveal the whole truth to the world.

Stephen Bannon (White Idiot, White Freemason, Zionist) Out at the White House After Turbulent Run

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, a White House spokeswoman announced Friday.

“White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Steve Bannon have mutually agreed today would be Steve’s last day,” the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement. “We are grateful for his service and wish him the best.”

Earlier on Friday, the president had told senior aides that he had decided to remove Mr. Bannon, according to two administration officials briefed on the discussion. But a person close to Mr. Bannon insisted that the parting of ways was his idea, and that he had submitted his resignation to the president on Aug. 7, to be announced at the start of this week. But the move was delayed after the violence in Charlottesville, Va.

The loss of Mr. Bannon, the right-wing nationalist who helped propel some of Mr. Trump’s campaign promises into policy reality, raises the potential for the president to face criticism from the conservative news media base that supported him over the past year.

Mr. Bannon’s many critics bore down after the violence in Charlottesville. Outraged over Mr. Trump’s insistence that “both sides” were to blame for the violence that erupted at a white nationalist rally, leaving one woman dead, human rights activists demanded that the president fire so-called nationalists working in the West Wing. That group of hard-right populists in the White House is led by Mr. Bannon.

Here Are the Top Officials in the Trump White House Who Have Left

With the departure of Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s chief strategist, at least eight top officials are no longer in the White House.

On Tuesday at Trump Tower in New York, Mr. Trump refused to guarantee Mr. Bannon’s job security but defended him as “not a racist” and “a friend.”

“We’ll see what happens with Mr. Bannon,” Mr. Trump said.

Mr. Bannon’s dismissal followed an Aug. 16 interview he initiated with a writer with whom he had never spoken, with the progressive publication The American Prospect. In it, Mr. Bannon mockingly played down the American military threat to North Korea as nonsensical: “Until somebody solves the part of the equation that shows me that 10 million people in Seoul don’t die in the first 30 minutes from conventional weapons, I don’t know what you’re talking about, there’s no military solution here, they got us.”

He also bad-mouthed his colleagues in the Trump administration, vowed to oust a diplomat at the State Department and mocked officials as “wetting themselves” over the consequences of radically changing trade policy.

Of the far right, he said, “These guys are a collection of clowns,” and he called it a “fringe element” of “losers.”

“We gotta help crush it,” he said in the interview, which people close to Mr. Bannon said he believed was off the record.

Privately, several White House officials said that Mr. Bannon appeared to be provoking Mr. Trump and that they did not see how the president could keep him on after the interview was published.

Mr. Bannon had made clear to allies after the American Prospect interview that he expected to be back soon at the right-wing website that he had steered before joining Mr. Trump’s campaign. He had dinner in New York City on Wednesday night with Robert Mercer, the hedge fund billionaire who is also Mr. Bannon’s chief patron, to discuss the future, according to a person briefed on the discussions.

Mr. Bannon’s departure was long rumored in Washington. Mr. Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general who was brought on as chief of staff for his ability to organize a chaotic staff, was said to have grown weary of the chief strategist’s long-running feud with Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster, the national security adviser.

One White House official, who would not be named discussing the president’s thinking, said Mr. Trump has wanted to remove Mr. Bannon since he ousted Reince Priebus as his chief of staff three weeks ago; Mr. Bannon had been aligned with Mr. Priebus. But Mr. Trump changed his mind as several defenders of Mr. Bannon warned the president that he risked losing supporters who saw Mr. Bannon as a conduit of their views.

Since then, Mr. Kelly has been evaluating Mr. Bannon’s status, according to the official. The president and Mr. Kelly have talked over the past several days and Mr. Bannon had planned to put his resignation in motion in the coming days, this person said.

Mr. Bannon has been in a battle with Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, since the spring.

Mr. Bannon, whose campaign against “globalists” was a hallmark of his tenure steering Breitbart, and Mr. Kushner had been allies throughout the transition process and through the beginning of the administration.

But their alliance ruptured as Mr. Trump elevated the roles of Gary D. Cohn, his top economic policy adviser and a former official at Goldman Sachs, and Dina Powell, a former Bush administration official who also worked on Wall Street. Mr. Cohn is a registered Democrat, and both he and Ms. Powell have been denounced by conservative media outlets as being antithetical to Mr. Trump’s populist message.

‘My life is over’: 21-year-old Charlottesville marcher (White Idiot) whines over ‘outing’ by anti-fascist group

A 21-year-old Honeoye Falls, NY man was outed as a white supremacist after photos of him marching in Charlottesville, VA circulated online.

According to the Livingston County News, Jerrod Kuhn was filmed on Friday and Saturday last week by a BBC documentary crew as he carried a torch on the University of Virginia campus and chanted Nazi slogans and marched with the KKK and neo-Nazis the following day.

Rochester, NY-based group called Eastside Antifascists took still images of Kuhn and distributed 250 fliers bearing his photo throughout the Honeoye Falls area with the slogan, “No Nazis in our neighborhood.”

The fliers explained that Kuhn is a participant and prolific poster at neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, “an avowedly neo-Nazi website around which local groups have been organizing to promote anti-Semitism, white supremacy and violence against LGBTQ communities.”

Kuhn says he’s not a racist, but that he traveled the nearly 500 miles from Honeoye Falls to Charlottesville to protest the removal of a Confederate monument to Gen. Robert E. Lee from Charlottesville’s Emancipation Park.

“It’s a piece of history, and I thought that it should remain,” Kuhn said. “It’s important to me that we preserve American history no matter how ugly the past is it’s associated with.”

“I’m not a neo-Nazi,” he insisted. “I don’t belong to a German workers’ party from 1933. I’m a moderate Republican.”

Other white supremacist marchers from Saturday’s deadly melee have made similar claims, like Washington State University College Republicans president James Allsup, who said, “They have no proof that I’m a racist”when confronted with photos of himself at the white supremacist rally.

“People have a right to know if their neighbor is a violent neo-Nazi just as much as they would if their neighbor was a violent sex offender,” said Peter Berkman of Eastside Antifascists. “I think it’s important that people know the dangers the community faces and we think people having that information is important for them to protect themselves.”

Berkman said that his group has been tracking Kuhn’s participation in online neo-Nazi groups over a period of time, including the Daily Stormer, which has migrated to a Russian domain after a series of U.S. web hosting companies refused to provide it service.

Kuhn now says his life and reputation are ruined in his community and that he and his family are receiving threats.

“I can’t live in this community anymore. I’m in the process of figuring out what I’m going to do,” he complained. “I’m 21 years old and now my life is over in this area.”

“These folks don’t just get to be weekend neo-Nazis and then come home and live comfortably without having people around them knowing who they are,” said Berkman. “It’s important that people know who he is and that this person is in their community and to proceed with caution.”

Watch Arnold Schwarzenegger Denounce Nazis in the Way Trump Has Failed to Do

Former California Governor and movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has ripped into Trump’s failure to unequivocally condemn white supremacist groups.

“There are not two sides to bigotry, there are not two sides to hatred,” Schwarzenegger says in a video posted to Twitter by California-based ATTN: “If you choose to march with a flag that symbolizes the slaughter of millions of people, there are not two sides.”

The former Terminator then makes the sort of speech he says the U.S. president should have delivered. “The country that defeated Hitler’s army is no place for Nazi flags,” it goes.

Later in the clip, Schwarzenegger describes growing up in Austria shortly after the Second World War. He talks of Nazism as a losing, shameful ideology and of broken men “who came home from the war filled with shrapnel and guilt.”

Watch the video here:


Pubic hair grooming results in surprising number of injuries


Adults are hurting themselves while shaving, applying lotion, waxing and even plucking their pubic hair — a practice that 76% admit to doing. But a quarter of them also said that their pruning practices resulted in an injury, according to a recent survey from JAMA Dermatology. A small number (1.5%) even went to the hospital.

The survey was conducted by a team of urologists at the University of California San Francisco after they noticed that about 3% of their emergency room patients were there because of pubic hair grooming-related injuries. The doctors were not surprised that their survey revealed that people who experienced these injuries also groom more frequently and extensively than their uninjured peers.

“One lesson to take from this is that if you have had significant grooming injuries, or keep getting injured, you should reconsider the areas you groom, how frequently you do it, and the extent to which you do it,” co-author of the survey Dr. Benjamin Breyer told Time.

Shaving pubic hair related to STIs: study

About 60% of the injuries reported on the survey were cuts, leading the researchers to determine that razors are probably the riskiest way of trimming down under. Other common injuries were rashes and burns.

Pubic area injuries could make people more susceptible to sexually transmitted diseases, but Breyer said that “infections from grooming injuries are rare.” He plans on studying the correlation between grooming nicks and cuts and sexually transmitted infections to see if there’s any real connection. In the meantime, a slower, more careful flick of the razor is advised.

The first animals evolved during the absolute worst time on Earth

About 700 million years ago, Earth turned into a snowball. The polar ice sheets expanded until they engulfed the globe. The oceans turned to slush. The vast expanses of ice and snow reflected the sun’s light back into space, exacerbating the endless winter. Temporary relief came in the form of massive volcanic eruptions, which spewed carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and triggered a period of global warming. But that, too, spiraled out of control. Earth became a greenhouse — its oceans hot enough to cook their inhabitants, its blighted landscape further ravaged by floods. Then, suddenly, something about the shifting continents or ash-darkened skies prompted the planet to cool again. The snowball returned.

It’s hard to imagine a less auspicious time to be a tiny creature trying to eke out an existence. But this period, called the Cryogenian, is when complex animal life got going. From the wreckage of this ice-and-fire-scourged planet emerged the evolutionary group that would give rise to jellyfish and corals, mollusks, snails, fish, dinosaurs, beetles, birds and, eventually, all of us.

This is no coincidence, scientists say. In paper published this week in the journal Nature, researchers report that the appearance of complex, multicellular animals is inextricably linked to a boom in algae enabled by the same destructive forces that made the Cryogenian seem so hellish.

“The work helps us answer the question why we exist,” lead author Jochen Brocks wrote in an email. And it may help scientists determine what conditions would be needed for complex organisms to evolve on alien worlds.

Life has existed on Earth for almost as long as Earth has been around. Every few months, it seems, researchers uncover ever-more-ancient rocks they claim contain the world’s oldest fossils. But the creatures that inhabited our planet for its first 3 billion years were tiny, simple — mostly single-celled bacteria.

But about 650 million years ago — during the brief warm spell between Earth’s snowball periods — more sophisticated creatures started to evolve. They had rudimentary tissues, including neurons, and they swiftly diversified into the various animal groups we recognize today.

Scientists couldn’t figure out why it took so long for complex life to appear, according to Brocks, a biogeochemist at the Australian National University. Was it just a matter of time? The evolution of an animal is incredibly difficult, and because evolution is random and undirected, it might understandably take a while for the right genetic flukes to occur. Or was there some environmental constraint inhibiting the growth of large, moving organisms?

Some scientists have proposed that, because animals breathe oxygen, they couldn’t evolve until atmospheric oxygen levels reached a certain threshold. But there’s no direct evidence of oxygen levels in the geologic record, Brocks said, so it’s difficult to test this theory.

He was most interested in a third explanation. Animals can’t make their own fuel, so they require a buffet of efficient energy sources — in other words, food. The boring bacterial ecosystem that existed for most of Earth’s history couldn’t supply it. Those creatures would be as small and unsatisfying to a complex multicellular organism as a flea would be to a tiger. Algae, on the other hand, have a cell volume 1,000 times bigger than a bacterium. Now that’s a scrumptious meal.

Algae first emerged somewhere between 1 billion and 2 billion years ago, when a large cell known as a eukaryote swallowed a tiny photosynthetic critter called a cyanobacteria and put it to work. But Brocks wanted to know when algae became abundant, to pinpoint the moment when there were enough of these organisms floating around that they could start to fuel other creatures.

This was no easy task — tiny, soft algae decay quickly, so they don’t leave an obvious mark on the fossil record. Instead, Brocks and his colleagues looked for the molecular traces that decaying organisms left behind. The team ground up rocks that formed from sediments at the bottoms of ancient oceans and mixed the resulting powder with a solvent to produce a bizarre chemical brew. They could then analyze their concoctions for signatures of bacteria and algae.

Their results indicated that algae remained relatively marginal for millions of years after they first evolved. But then his colleague Amber Jarrett found an immaculately preserved rock from the “inter-Snowball period” 650 million years ago, when Earth was momentarily warm. The chemical brew from this rock showed that algae abundances increased by a factor of 100 to 1,000 during this period. The Age of Algae had begun.

“We could not have made our discovery in any more exciting period,” Brocks wrote. “The close temporal connection between the melting of the Snowball, rising nutrient levels in the oceans, the rise of algae and the evolution of animals immediately suggest that these events must be linked.”