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  • A Wide World Of Winless War Cross-posted from TomDispatch.com The tabs on their shoulders read “Special Forces,” “Ranger,” “Airborne.” And soon their guidon ― the “colors” of Company B, 3rd Battalion of the U.S. Army’s 7th Special Forces Group ― would be adorned with the “Bandera de Guerra,” a Colombian combat decoration. “Today we commemorate sixteen years of a permanent fight against drugs ...
  • Cheer Up, Democrats How discouraged should Democrats be after failing to win any of the four recent House special elections to fill vacancies? The losses, most recently of Jon Ossoff, in Georgia’s 6th district, triggered a blame game, directed against House leader Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic National Committee, the tacticians of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and candidate ...
  • The 9 Worst Mistakes You Can Ever Make At Work No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, there are certain behaviors that instantly change the way people see you and forever cast you in a negative light. We’ve all heard of (or seen firsthand) people doing some pretty crazy things at work. Truth is, you don’t have to throw a chair through a ...
  • Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings, says new research from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else. The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning ...
  • Trump Is Undermining The Fight Against Terrorism Who is a terrorist? Is there a credible entity that brands terrorists? Answers to these questions matter. Qatar, a sovereign country, has been embargoed and threatened with invasion because it is accused of funding “terrorists.” The United States is the leading country that unilaterally brands entities around the world as terrorist and sanctions anyone who supports ...
  • Peaches, Plums, Cherries And More: 10 Sensational Stone Fruit Recipes From salads to desserts to cocktails, there are endless ways to incorporate seasonal stone fruits into your summer cooking repertoire. 1. Peaches, Burrata & Prosciutto with White Balsamic Vinaigrette This combination of sweet peaches, burrata, and salty prosciutto is a fun play on caprese. With a bottle of chilled rosé, it’s the perfect light summer supper. ...
  • Another Violent Ramadan Around the world, Muslims are partaking in festivities for Eid-ul-Fitr, a religious holiday celebrating the end of a month-long fast. At home, in the U.S., the day also marks the end to another violent Ramadan representative of a larger pattern of intensifying Islamophobia. While the murders of two American heroes, Ricky John Best and Taliesin Myrddin ...
  • Tamra Judge On What’s Ahead On ‘Real Housewives Of Orange County’ It’s hard to believe that Real Housewives of Orange County (RHOC), the oldest in Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise, has been on the air for over a decade. Although Tamra Judge joined the show during its third season in 2007, it feels like she was part of the introductory ensemble which included Vicki Gunvalson, often referred ...
  • How Successful People Stay Productive And In Control TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence (90 percent of top performers, to be exact). The hallmark of emotional intelligence is self-control—a skill that unleashes massive productivity by keeping you focused and on track. Unfortunately, self-control ...
  • The Coming War With Iran? The Saudi war in Yemen is really directed at…Iran. Donald Trump’s first overseas visit to Saudi Arabia and Israel was specifically targeted at… Iran. The Saudi-led isolation of Qatar is actually about… Iran. The escalation of U.S. military actions against the Syria government is… well, do I really need to spell this out any further? Donald Trump ...
  • Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You (And Making You Fat In The Process) The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the short-term productivity gains from skipping sleep ...
  • America’s Incarceration Crisis: Are We ‘Doomed To Repeat The Same Failed Policies’? In this week’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence” for KCRW, Robert Scheer speaks with James Forman Jr. The Yale Law School professor once clerked for former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and is a former public defender. His new book, “Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America,” delves into the issue of ...
  • 20 LGBTQ Filipino Americans To Celebrate During Pride Month Jake Zyrus’ recent coming out as a transgender man is timely – given that June is both LGBTQ Pride Month and the month we celebrate Philippine Independence Day. I’d like to congratulate Jake on living his true self and for being a phenomenal role model for all trans and queer people around the world. I ...
  • The Secret Republican Plan To Unravel Medicaid Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. Even worse, it unravels the Medicaid Act of 1965 – which, even before Obamacare, provided health insurance to millions of poor households and elderly. It’s done with a sleight-of-hand intended to elude not only the public but also the Congressional Budget Office.  Here’s how ...
  • This Former MTV Icon Found Inner Peace Through Islam BERLIN/LONDON ― In her early 20s, Kristiane Baker was having the time of her life. She was living her dream as a presenter for MTV Europe, brushing shoulders with celebrities like Mick Jagger and Bono on a regular basis ― and getting paid to do it. From the outside, it was everything she had ever ...
  • The Overlooked Trumpcare Threat: A Medicare Time Bomb Just over two years ago, Donald Trump gave a speech announcing his run for the presidency. In that speech, he promised that he would not cut Social Security, Medicare, or Medicaid. That promise became a centerpiece of his campaign. It was a key way for Trump to differentiate himself, as a matter of policy, from ...
  • Health Care Must Remain A Right function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); This post is not so much why the current senate (draft?) bill, “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” (“Better Care Act”), represents one of the most destructive pieces of legislation to come out of the halls of Congress in decades that rips at the fabric of our democracy (“Everything ...
  • Will Gardner Again Vote Against Planned Parenthood? U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) built his political career in Colorado, and rallied grassroots Republican support, by opposing abortion, even for rape and incest. Part of that, of course, has meant that he’s opposed and vilified Planned Parenthood. So you’d expect Gardner to be on board with the provision in Senate’s Obamacare-replacement legislation that would remove federal ...
  • Chill Out: 5 Fun Frozen Summer Sweets Chill out this summer with easy-to-whip-up frozen desserts. From Key Lime Pie Ice Cream to Strawberry Fro-Yo, these cold and creamy sweets will have everyone screaming for ice cream. 1. No-Churn Key Lime Pie Ice Cream This key lime pie ice cream has all the bright lime flavor of key lime pie — even the crunchy, buttery graham cracker ...
  • Speaking Of ‘Rigged’ Within the last two weeks, much of the African American community has been thrown into abject pain yet again. The police officer who was seen shooting Philando Castile, killing him in front of his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter, was acquitted. Four African American members of the LGBTQ community, who marched in the PRIDE parade in ...