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  • Yes, Ladies, It IS Your Job To Make Your Man Happy Why do so many of us buy into the myth that marriage is supposed to make us happy? I’m glad to see how marriage has evolved. It used to be much more transactional — happening principally to foster economic benefits or social standings or to produce children — but nowadays people typically choose to commit themselves ...
  • 25 Years After Rodney King, We Can’t Even Agree Whether It Was a ‘Riot’ or an ‘Uprising’ A quarter century after the Rodney King verdict sent Los Angeles up in flames, fully sorting out that tragedy remains a job above the pay grade of mortals. It’s also above the pay grade of TV producers, though several new anniversary specials provide a valuable perspective on what, where, when and even why. Five major specials are ...
  • The Climate Post: EPA Administrator Says United States Should Exit Paris Agreement In an interview last week, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator (EPA) Scott Pruitt said that the United States should “exit” the Paris Agreement—the first time such a high-ranking Trump administration official has so explicitly rejected the global accord to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts ...
  • Parents In Prison Read To Children To Boost Literacy And Connection So many factors can affect childhood — and adult — success, but having a parent in prison can have a profound effect on a child’s path in life. The level of involvement a parent has in their child’s life can trickle down to many areas, including literacy. A child’s ability to read can be greatly affected ...
  • The Myth Of The College Dropout By Jonathan Wai, Duke University and Heiner Rindermann, Chemnitz University of Technology When Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was asked to give this year’s commencement address at Harvard, he asked for advice from Bill Gates. Zuckerberg said, “They know we didn’t actually graduate, right?” To which Gates replied, “Oh, that is the best part! They actually give you ...
  • O’Reilly, Ailes, And Trump Have All Benefited From New York’s Racial Landscape 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); Next Wednesday, a few blocks south of Trump Towers and a few blocks north of Fox News, the first major national convention this year bringing together faith leaders, elected officials, grassroots organizers and more will kickoff in New York City. Opening with former Attorney General Eric Holder and followed ...
  • A De Facto Death Sentence For An Iowa Father Allison Rice’s dad was a 64-year-old, church-going Iowan father of four who owned a leasing business, got into financial trouble and broke the law trying to get out of it. He was a danger to no one, ever. Clarence Allen Rice died of cancer, in prison instead of at home with his family, because the ...
  • News Roundup for April 20, 2017 Happy 4/20 y’all. 1. Bill O’Reilly lost his show on Fox due to a loss of ad revenue. It probably should have been cancelled because of the harassment… More here. 2. Israel says Assad still has chemical weapons. Trump’s “warning” didn’t work. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. More here. 3. Three people are dead from three ...
  • 6 Of The Best-Designed Marijuana Shops Across America For Architectural Digest, by Nick Mafi. With each passing year, it seems the societal taboos around marijuana are slowly fading into thin air. Consider, for example, the following fact: According to a recent Gallup Poll, support for cannabis legalization in the U.S. is up to 60 percent — an all-time high. What’s more, 28 states and ...
  • Our Smog Standards Are In Jeopardy Under Trump, And We Need To Fight Back Take a deep breath, because you might need it. This week the American Lung Association issued a worrying report card about air pollution in America, just days after the Trump Administration took its first step toward trying to weaken our smog standards. Yes, you heard that right ― we’re facing a possible rollback of life-saving air ...
  • The Stubbornness Of White Supremacy It is at once fascinating and troubling that white supremacy just will not go away. A news story today said that the president, in the annual Easter Egg roll held at the White House, did not include or invite school children who attend D.C.’s public schools. Most of those children are African American. They were left ...
  • Climate Change As Genocide: Inaction Equals Annihilation Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com. Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th, Stephen O’Brien, under Secretary-General of the United Nations for humanitarian affairs, informed the Security Council that 20 million people in three African countries ― Nigeria, Somalia, and South Sudan ...
  • Learning These 7 Tough Skills Will Immediately Improve Your Entire Life These essential skills are never taught in school, but they will pay dividends for your entire life. “Anyone who stops learning is old whether at 20 or 80.Anyone who keeps learning stays strong.” — Henry Ford We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our jobs during the busy workweek. Wealthy and successful people, on the other hand, ...
  • The Supreme Ugliness Of The Deportation Regime It is ugly today, it will be uglier tomorrow and months from now, it will be even uglier. The relentless rounding up of undocumented people living in the United States is the horror that can be ended, if there was a will to end it – and if it were not a source of political ...
  • Moving Backwards On Middle East Arms Sales The Trump administration is charting a new direction on arms sales. Unfortunately that direction is backward. The administration recently notified Congress that it wants to sell a dozen attack aircraft to Nigeria, intends to sell 19 fighter jets to Bahrain, and will likely greenlight the sale of $300 million worth of precision-guided munitions kits to Saudi Arabia. In each case ...
  • An Earth Day Expletive What do we mean, when we say that climate change could “drive us off a cliff”, or, that President Trump and rabid anti-environmental policies championed by his administration are a “runaway train”? For our species, the maximal climate change event is the elimination of civilized society. In his 2011 “Collapse: How Societies Choose To Fail Or ...
  • The Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Have A Huge Stake In Blaming Russia After Hillary Clinton’s devastating loss nearly six months ago, her most powerful Democratic allies feared losing control of the party. Efforts to lip-synch economic populism while remaining closely tied to Wall Street had led to a catastrophic defeat. In the aftermath, the party’s progressive base ― personified by Bernie Sanders ― was in position to ...
  • Trump’s War On Federal Science Will Stifle Innovation And Hurt The Economy Just after President Trump was elected last November, thousands of American scientists did something unprecedented. Startled by the incoming president’s blatant disregard for the facts, they sent an open letter calling on the new administration and Congress to respect “scientific integrity and independence.” Signed by more than 5,500 scientists, the letter ends with a warning: ...
  • Is Donald Trump Morphing Into A Neocon Interventionist? Candidate Donald Trump offered a sharp break from his predecessors. He was particularly critical of neoconservatives, who seemed to back war at every turn. Indeed, he promised not to include in his administration “those who have perfect resumes but very little to brag about except responsibility for a long history of failed policies and continued losses ...
  • Has America Really Become Less Tolerant Of Sexual Harassment? The cheering of liberals, progressives, well-mannered, morally decent, and socially conscious people of every stripe over the ousting of Fox News megastar Bill O’Reilly has been raucous and widespread. The reality that this seemingly indestructible Goliath of right-wing cable news could be toppled by women attesting to his predatory and assaultive behaviors inspired many a ...