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MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts speculated recently about whether there was enough soap in America to wash off the mud splattered by the dirty, depressing, and uninspired efforts by both presidential candidates to win votes. A week ago, we answered the question of who will lead us over the next four years.
“Did you hear about the rose that grew from a crack in the concrete? Proving nature’s laws wrong it learned how to walk without having feet.” – Tupac Shakur The late Tupac Shakur’s poem has always resonated with me. His words speak to the underdog, the overlooked and unsung hero, who finds a way to grow and thrive, against the harshest odds.
Are routines useful? How can I establish good ones, if so?
I’m standing on Pennsylvania Avenue watching Donald Trump’s Inauguration Parade. As he waves to the crowd, I try to shout, but my voice is drowned out by the screaming masses around me. I struggle to speak, but things start spinning and then I’m falling.
It’s no secret that we’re bombarded with bothersome headlines more often than pleasant ones.
Shantel VanSanten has never been accused of shooting the president. But she’s still had to do some fighting to get to where she is today, which is a starring role in USA’s new action drama Shooter , premiering Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET.
I did not expect Donald Trump to be elected president and, like most people, I was surprised when he won. On January 20th he becomes our head of government and head of state; the president is both prime minister and king.
Simply put, this the plan. Net Neutrality – is dead. Regulations and consumer protections – dead.
Criminal hate crime incidents reported to police increased 6.8 percent in the United States in 2015, according to official FBI data released today. There were 5,850 incidents in 2015, compared to 5479 reported in 2014, the widely anticipated report showed .
Notes from Indian Country By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji – Stands Up For Them) In what seemed like a virtual nightmare a misogynist bigot was elected as the President of the United States. Of course he is called the “President-Elect” until he is sworn in, but the ceremony itself is just a formality
Hindustani classical music played on a river boat in Banaras. Jason Baker/flickr, CC BY-SA Laksmi Subramanian , Center for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta At the end of September 2016, the Indian motion picture producer’s association, India’s largest organisation related to entertainment, announced a ban on all Pakistani artists. In retaliation, Pakistan authorities imposed a complete ban on airing Indian content on all its TV channels, including Bollywood movies
I suspect you’ve heard the definition of chutzpah – the child who kills his parents and then throws himself on the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. Saturday, November 12th, a New York Times editorial bemoaned the steady decline in school funding across America. Politicians and voters often say they want better schools, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay for them.
On election eve, I was amidst a group of politically like-minded souls, watching television in anticipation of seeing the first woman break the glass ceiling of the top job in the United States. Not only were we wrong, we were dumbfounded
By Paula Broadwell and Erika Cashin. On Veterans Day, our nation celebrates the less than 1% of our population who have served in the greatest military in the world. Of the 21.9 million veterans, 2.2 million are women.
Opportunities for innovation soar This week, the Airports Going Green conference was held at Schiphol Airport. During the conference, the Airports Sustainability Declaration was signed by 18 airports and related organizations such as Brisbane Airport Corporation, Carbon War Room, Centennial Airport, Chicago Department of Aviation, Wayne County Airport Authority, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and San Francisco International Airport. Over 25 airports attended when the declaration was officially signed.
By Yiannis Giokas In the last decade, we’ve witnessed a major shift in the way IT departments operate. Today, many organizations are faced with competing choices in speed, availability, stability and cost optimization
Anyone who thinks a minor event like voting is going to shut down the television news industry’s coverage of the 2016 presidential election probably also thinks The Walking Dead is a spinoff from the Grateful Dead. Nope, in all likelihood Tuesday’s voting will give the TV news channels a chance to say, “Hmmm, someone won, that’s interesting,” and wade right back in. Truth is, we’ve learned a lot both from and about contemporary television news in this election.
Good news, friends: we’re almost done with the worst of the 2016 political shenanigans. But the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. What do you do when you can’t turn on any form of media without being smacked by slinging mud?
The Unicorn is a Mythical Beast. James Thurber, The Unicorn in the Garden Although my readers do not come to this space to get ideas for vacations they may wish to take, many of my readers may be looking for respite after suffering through the last 12 months of what is known as presidential politics
Cauliflower is all the rage these days. Not only is it versatile, it’s a delicious and nutritious substitute for rice, potatoes — and even steak! From Cauliflower Fried “Rice” to Curried Cauliflower & Apple Soup, here are five fabulous recipes you need to try. 1
Co-Authored by Maclen Zilber, Democratic Strategist and Campaign Consultant based in Hollywood, CA Despite the recent scandal swirling around FBI Director James Comey stemming from his controversial and unprecedented engagement in the 2016 race for the White House, most public opinion polls continue to show that Hillary Clinton has a firm structural electoral college advantage in the race to become America’s 45th President.
FBI Director James Comey’s brief letter to eight Congressional committee chairpersons updating them that that the FBI would investigate further emails from Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton found on the computer of her aide’s husband, Anthony Weiner, has shifted the Presidential polls. FBI director James Comey feared “being misunderstood,” but surely he knew that Mr. Trump and partisan media would swing into full conspiracy theory combat.
Photo credit: Pixabay In his book The Dynamics of Faith Paul Tillich famously defines one’s object of faith as that for which one is willing to sacrifice everything. Some people sacrifice friends and family for money or fame.
You saw in my title, ‘The Trump Election Crisis.’ It is named after the Cuban Missile Crisis, because an authoritarian fascist has been nominated by a major political party for the first time in our country’s history.
Around the world, TVs are getting connected to the internet. And that means big new possibilities for the ways in which advertisers can reach viewers. For one, internet targeting capabilities support the delivery of individual ads tailored to specific households.
As we get close to the election, it’s clear that something should be done, at the federal or state level or both, to address the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act. The news that premiums on the so-called Obamacare benchmark health plans will be 25 percent higher on average next year came on the heels of earlier reports that people in most states will have considerably fewer health plans to choose from
ThirdLove Heidi Zak is the co-founder of ThirdLove , an innovative bra and underwear brand that believes fit should come first. In addition to offering signature half-cup sizes to provide a more precise fit, ThirdLove has developed a patented mobile sizing app that empowers a woman to measure herself from home. Founded in 2013 and based in San Francisco, the company has raised over $13M from investors including NEA and Andreessen Horowitz
The first time I heard about the Movember Foundation was when my sister sent me an article about a group of guys in Australia who were growing lip-lawns for charity. And, when I finished reading it, I had some very mixed emotions
Known for their otherworldly aesthetic and psychedelic visuals, Australian electronic-duo Empire of the Sun is intent on spreading a positive message with their third album Two Vines. There is a lot of distortion in the world, says Luke Steele (one half of the duo, and also frontman for indie rock band The Sleepy Jackson), and he doesn’t want to add to it.
If anyone knows healthy food has a reputation for being bland, it’s Amanda DeJesus. After having a heart transplant at age 15, she had to radically change the way she ate to stave off heart disease
Human skin is constantly assaulted by the external environment, protecting us from air, Ultraviolet radiation (UVR), environmental pollutants, and other mechanical and chemical insults, all of which have been piled into the coined term ” exposome ,” to describe the entirety of exposures to which an individual is subjected. The skin’s ability to protect us can be easily impaired by numerous factors such as psychological stress, alcohol and illicit drug intake, and poor nutrition, all of which further allow external factors to do harm by creating free radicals such as reactive oxygen species (ROS)
At a special dinner honoring The Man Who Knew Infinity movie, and Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons at Bagatelle in the Meatpacking district this week, the discussion was on how you play a math geek. The answer: you have a secret weapon, a real math geek who can teach you how to scribble those equations effectively on a chalkboard. The man in question, Manjul Bhargava, was honored with a Fields Medal; Neil DeGrasse Tyson, “just your neighborhood astrophysicist,” as he describes himself, explained just how impressive the Fields Medal, is.
For the past eighteen months, political pundits have been struggling to get a fix on the personality of Donald Trump, without much success. Their problem is that they live in the world of politics, where power and influence are the ultimate commodity.
Women across Latin America took to the streets after a 16-year-old girl was raped and murdered in a coastal town of Argentina in October 2016. Edgard Garrido/Reuters Ariadna Estévez , Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) It’s not been a particularly uplifting month to be a woman in Latin America, especially if you read the news. On October 8 in Mar del Plata, Argentina, 16-year-old Lucía Pérez was abducted outside her school, drugged, and brutally gang raped
By Richard Flory , University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences Since the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that opposed gay rights, abortion, feminism and other liberal issues.
Traditionally older Americans vote in larger percentages than the rest of the population. In fact, in the last 38 years, the 65-plus demographic averages a voting percentage of nearly 60 percent. In between the jabs and juvenile antics of the debates, we have not heard much about issues that impact seniors
Jocelyn Greenky is the hilarious, smart, cool big sister you probably wish you had at work to turn to for honest advice on how to navigate those endlessly confusing office politics. She learned herself by working at big companies like Hachette Filipacchi and Wenner Media, where she held top leadership titles such as corporate editorial director. Jocelyn also co-wrote The Big Sister’s Guide to the World of Work: The Inside Rules Every Working Girl Should Know after word spread of her rule-skirting career wisdom through the corporate grape vine
This weekend, Hindus all over the world will celebrate Diwali, the Indian New Year signifying the triumph of good over evil. Also this weekend, Bollywood action star Ajay Devgn will celebrate the release of his most ambitious project to date – “Shivaay” – a film in which he has a triple role..
Nick Cave, Until, Mass MoCA There is nothing so sweet as combining nature and art. Rearview of new-ish Tadao Ando reflecting pool, Clark Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass The last time I wrote about this magical elixir was when Creative Time took over the north end of Central Park in a site specific installation of dancers, sculpture and sailboats.
By AsiaToday reporter Kim Ye-jin – Leaders of Japan, Russia, and China are paving the way to extend their tenure.
By Adèle Charbonneau “Smart” thinking – introducing technologies to improve urban life – is increasingly being touted as a way to tackle existing issues and make cities more livable for all residents.
Along with the Haymarket and Sacco and Vanzetti trials, the execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg during the McCarthy-era stands as among the gravest miscarriages of justice in American history. In the last few months, the Rosenberg family has amassed over 13,000 signatures (http://www.rfc.org/ethel) calling on President Obama to issue an executive proclamation nullifying the guilty verdict for Ethel modeled after what Governor Michael Dukakis of Massachusetts did on the 50th anniversary of Sacco and Vanzetti.
A message for the media and political pundits everywhere: it’s time to ditch the narrative that young people won’t vote this election cycle. We all hear it every four years, and every four years young voters engage late and show up in force. It’s what we do
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in Berkeley: A scorching revival of Albee’s Domestic Demolition Derby
Sizzling: Josh Schell as Nick, Beth Wilmurt as Martha, David Sinaiko as George Photos by by Jessica Palopoli Edward Albee’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? strips bare the deceptions and bonds that hold together two horrible marriages. Shotgun Players’ current staging of the 1962 classic strips bare the dynamics of those relationships, without distractions.
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They say nothing sparks controversy and discord more than talk of religion, politics and sex – not necessarily in that order. But when journalists fan the flames with inaccurate, seditious and inflammatory coverage of religious matters, in the name of freedom of expression, it may have lethal consequences.
Book Review – Jackie K Cooper A LOWCOUNTRY CHRISTMAS by Mary Alice Monroe Mary Alice Monroe writes from a place of love. She creates stories about people she loves, places she loves and creatures she loves
A few weeks ago, me and three friends settled into our seats at the Norse Theatre , excited to hear our idol, “punk poet laureate” Patti Smith, talk about her new book and sing a few songs. Michele leaned over as the lights went down and whispered, “Remind me to tell you about my fight with a Millennial in the Uber pool”
It may seem crazy to think that less than 50 years ago, women were not permitted to officially run the Boston Marathon. All that changed in 1967 when Kathrine Switzer was the first woman to wear a bib number while running that famous road race
When it’s Alzheimer’s should the person be told the diagnosis?
Without taking her eye off the ball, Hillary Clinton (D-NY) should immediately start campaigning against gridlock. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) should nationalize the race for Congress on this issue. Same for Chuck Schumer (D-NY)
Your body’s first-line defense against foreign invaders is your own immune system. When it sees an invader, it unleashes T cells to destroy it
Three weeks to go. It would be great if Donald Trump’s escalating weirdness gave Hillary Clinton a lock on the race. But we’re not there yet.
In partnership with The Monarch Butterfly Fund, Monarch Watch and other partners, The Nobelity Project is releasing my new short film on the Monarchs and how we can all help save the migration. Watch the film; read the story; do your part.
If completed, the $3.8 billion dollar Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) would carry 500,000 barrels of crude oil 1,168-miles southeast from the Bakken shale fields to Illinois. Owned and operated by Energy Transfer Partners, DAPL would threaten the water supplies for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, not to mention their spiritual identity.
To federal officials, it’s a way to provide greater transparency and efficiency in the way the United States tries to prevent infectious diseases from spreading. To the folks at one nonprofit health organization, it’s a “power grab” by the federal government that could eventually prohibit people who aren’t vaccinated from getting on airplanes, trains, or ships
It’s been a banner year for U.S. fishermen who seek Pacific bluefin tuna in southern California. Anglers not only found numbers of these amazingly engineered fish, but they also caught some of the biggest bluefin seen in decades
Women face an uphill battle to fight for their rights under illiberal regimes. Kacper Pempel/Reuters Andrea Peto , Central European University and Weronika Grzebalska , Polish Academy of Sciences In the women’s movement in Central Europe, there are few moments to celebrate.
“I would get on the bus thinking, maybe he’ll stop today,” Jessica explains, holding back tears as she speaks. Her words haunt me. Jessica, along with 3.2 million other kids in the United States are bullied every year.
Voting for Team Hillary is Anti-Christ: E-Mails Expose Plot to Overthrow Authority of Pope, Create Catholic Spring to Foment Revolution & Attack…
Washington D.C. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Megan Kelly and true Christians are outraged by attacks on Catholics and Evangelicals by Team Hillary
Our robot overlords are coming, but will they be a boon for our economy, or herald its destruction?
I am astounded by the reasons (more accurately, “raw feelings!”) that people give for not being able to vote for Hillary Clinton. Basically, they boil down to four
There’s this thing in nature where animals, deer, ducks, and others, shake after a stressful encounter, relieving the tension that forms during a fight. Last night after watching the debates, I shook. There’s a baby in my house now, and she cried, unusually distraught
–Diego Rivera, Flower Seller 1942 Autumn is the season for remembrance, and nobody does remembrance like the Parisians. Crisp air, sunny skies, fewer tourists (at least most places) and easy public bike rentals: what could be a better moment to leap into the sentiments of moments past: the graphic intensity of mid-century Mexican painters and sculptors, the revisited brilliance of Oscar Wilde who died in Paris a victim of British sexual duplicity, and the always charming–if occasionally vapid–surrealist advertising images of semi-surrealist René Magritte
Picking the perfect backpack is a very important part of a perfect trip. There are many options available in backpacks, and those different sizes and materials are sure to confuse anyone.
This clip is the first of a five-day series of fun I had with my Rick Steves’ Best of Europe Tour group high in the Swiss Alps. (Up next on my travel blog : James Bond WCs at 10,000 feet, The New Thrill Walk at Birg, The Mighty Trümmelbach Falls, and The Cows Coming Down from the High Alps). As guides, we are really dependent upon good weather to fully enjoy the Swiss Alps