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Climate Change Could Escalate Risk Of Extreme Rainfall By As Much As 400 Percent

By the end of the century, a new study warns, “extreme rainfall events” will become both more intense and more common. And current U.S. infrastructure is no match for all those future floods.

The study, published this week in the journal Nature Climate Change, found that in some areas of the United States, the number of extreme rainfall events could increase by more than 400 percent by the year 2100. Thanks to climate change, those storms could also grow in intensity — by as much as 70 percent ― said the study, conducted by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

The result of all this? The study’s lead author, Andreas Prein, called it a “horror scenario” where repeated extreme flooding would unleash great damage on American communities. Think of the storms that devastated areas of Louisiana, Texas, West Virginia and North Carolina this year.

Climate change is warming up the Earth’s atmosphere, which allows it to capture and hold more water. A moister atmosphere leads to rainier conditions. And there’s little doubt that these climate trends will continue.

“I think this is something we can be pretty certain of,” Prein told HuffPost. “This is well understood from a basic physical understanding.”

The extreme rainfall predicted in the study would hit hardest along the Gulf Coast, Southwest and Atlantic Coast regions of the country, all of which already have moister-than-average atmospheres thanks to their proximity to oceans, Prein said.

The study used a complex climate model developed by Prein and his co-authors to simulate how previous storms between the years 2000 and 2013 might have changed had they occurred in a climate that was 5 degrees Celsius (9 degrees Fahrenheit) warmer — roughly the expected temperature increase by 2100 should greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.

While the model sees a wetter future for some parts of the country, it predicts drier conditions in other areas by the end of the century. In Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska, for example, the study predicts that moderate rainfall events will decrease significantly, making parts of the Midwest more prone to drought. At the same time, extreme rainfall events could also increase in those areas, leading to flooding.

A separate study, published in October in the journal Science Advances, concluded that climate change is increasing the risk of megadroughts — droughts that last more than 35 years — in the U.S.

The idea that climate change can lead to both wet and dry extremes is not as contradictory as it might sound. That’s because a warmer atmosphere also evaporates moisture from soil and plants at a higher rate, said Cornell earth and atmospheric sciences professor Toby Ault, the lead author of the megadrought study. The rainfall from sudden, extreme downpours can’t completely offset that moisture loss since soil has only a limited capacity to absorb water during such storms, as the U.S. Geological Survey notes.

“In a changing climate, we expect extremes to get, well, more extreme,” Ault told HuffPost.

To alleviate these dire forecasts, action must be taken to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide, Ault and Prein agreed. More robust infrastructure that is suited to a stormier future would also be wise.

The former approach, Prein argued, could ultimately prove less expensive and more effective. But the clock is ticking — many scientists warn that extreme weather events are already becoming more common.

“If we cannot avoid this, it will mean we will be living in a world much more prone to something like flash fooding,” Prein said. “We’d have to invest tremendous amounts of infrastructure and resources to build up our resilience, which is much more expensive than to act now and try to avoid going along this path.”

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Chase Your Dream, Not Your Dragon

There is nobody like you on the planet, and with the right development, we can attract the support of others who will welcome our dream, too.

With growth, there will always be an opportunity to attain the thing you want, no matter how it shows itself. To imagine a life without a dream, even the tiniest one, is submitting to a world of mediocrity.

Jenn is principled, articulate and passionate – but running for Congress is a steep climb.

According to Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers and the ten-thousand-hour rule of “deliberate practice,” which asserts that to become a world-class expert in any field, a person must practice their skill or trade for ten thousand hours. The Beatles did it in Hamburg and Steve Jobs in a high school computer lab. Gladwell believed that by reaching 10,000 hours (that’s about 90 minutes per day for 20 years) of practice you can become an outlier – the “Tipping-Point” of greatness.

Today, we have new rules. We believe that if we think about one thing long enough it will hardwire into us. Our new cracked system of facts makes it possible for anyone to claim anything as reality in a post-truth era. But Gladwell’s ten-thousand-hour rule offers a greater prospect of deciphering the faux from the real deal.

Let’s be honest, for most folk winning a congressional race is near on impossible. The odds are stacked high. To succeed, Jenn would need media coverage, infrastructure and money. It takes years to build all three components, and Jenn has none. Although principled, articulate and passionate, her feelings of self-worth are now at ground zero.

Running for Congress is Jenn’s go-to story, how she defines her world. But, in truth, she has no resources or support. She has moderate experience and no plans. “If you can’t link the dots,” I told her, “Your approach will always let you down.”

She felt like she had failed. But in hindsight, she hadn’t failed at all; she was just beginning.

I had spent a good 30 minutes listening to Jenn. She must have mentioned grassroots at least seven times. There is always a clue if you listen to a person long enough. I let her know that.

My thought was to open more of a dialogue about her interest in grassroots work.

Her eyes lit up as she rambled excitingly about working as an activist. A grassroots activist. Her inspiration was back. She felt energized.

Did she want to work for an organization to help women, or apply for a grassroots internship? “Oh,” she said, “So many thoughts, so many decisions – I can’t wait to make them all.”

She smiled, and with that I knew she was well on her way towards her heart dream. And who knows, she may become a congressional winner after all.

Just really, believe in what you’re trying to do. Don’t let people alter that. Let people advise you and lead you down paths to make smart business decisions. But trust your instinct and trust that overwhelming drive that made you put all your dreams and everything on the line. –Luke Bryan

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Congress Passes Groundbreaking Postpartum Depression Legislation

Over 400,000 women in the U.S. suffer from postpartum depression each year. Yet only an estimated 15 percent of those mothers receive treatment, and countless women who have suffered from PPD report feeling deeply alone in their struggles. 

But the federal government is offering families a glimmer of hope for the future of maternal mental health in the U.S.

On Nov. 30, Rep. Katherine M. Clark (D-Mass.) announced that her maternal mental health legislation, the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act, passed in the House of Representatives. On Wednesday, it passed in the Senate. 

The bill authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to provide federal grants to states for the purpose of screening, assessing and treating PPD. The grants would allow states to create, improve or maintain programs around maternal mental health and help women who are pregnant or recently gave birth. 

“As a mom of three boys, I know how rewarding, as well as how overwhelming and exhausting, a new baby can be,” Clark told The Huffington Post.

“Moms comprise fewer than a fifth of Congress, so it’s especially important for us to bring these perspectives into policymaking,” she added. “I introduced this bill because our moms need to know they matter ― that we, as a nation, value them and will fight for the health and success of their families.”

Clark said she was inspired to put forth this legislation after meeting with women who’ve experienced PPD and observing the work the Massachusetts Child Psychiatry Access Project has done to help mothers in her home state.

The program “helps doctors better understand the signs of maternal depression, and helps patients get the treatment they need,” the congresswoman explained. “The response they’ve had has been incredible, and so we’re taking that to a national level.”

The Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act passed in the House and Senate as part of H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, which includes a section addressing treatment and screening for maternal depression. The legislation builds on state and local efforts toward helping women suffering from PPD and offers federal funding to train health care providers to screen and treat mothers. 

Clark believes her maternal mental health legislation is an important part of the 21st Century Cures Act package, as the U.S. currently has no federal programs dedicated to addressing PPD.

“We need policies that treat mental health and physical health with equal importance,” the congresswoman told HuffPost. “When one in seven moms suffers from postpartum depression and only 15 percent get help, it’s clear our moms are underserved.”

Clark pointed to the positive effects of addressing parental mental health in families. “These are moms who suffer from the pain and isolation that come with postpartum depression, and they shouldn’t feel like they’re on their own,” she said. “We know that children do better in school and in social situations when their moms get the treatment they need for postpartum depression.”

Ultimately, she added, “Women’s health ― including reproductive and maternal health ― need to be part of Congress’ long term strategy for the health and success of our families.”

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Pearl Harbor Survivors Do The Mannequin Challenge Like Seasoned Pros

Viral challenges aren’t just for youngsters.

In fact, some of the nation’s most respected and longest-lived military veterans just participated in the most popular challenge of the moment: the #MannequinChallenge.

Watch below as Pearl Harbor survivors visiting the Hawaiian island of Oahu for the 75th anniversary of the attack give young whippersnappers a run for their money.

The video was uploaded to Facebook by The Greatest Generations Foundation, a nonprofit “dedicated to honoring the sacrifices of veterans by returning them to their former battlegrounds, cemeteries and memorials to ensure that their legacies are recorded and retold in perpetuity to future generations,” according to its website.

The foundation told The Huffington Post via Facebook that the challenge was filmed at Wheeler Army Airfield on Oahu, which came under attack when the Japanese military descended on the island in 1941.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, when more than 2,000 Americans were killed, launching the U.S. into World War II.

Though it’s been more than seven decades, the men and women who were on Oahu that day remember it like it was yesterday.

The oldest known living U.S. military veteran of Pearl Harbor, 104-year-old Ray Chavez, who is visiting Oahu this week, told NBC San Diego that the memory of that day will never leave him.

I never will forget [Pearl Harbor] as long as I live,” he said.

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How To Stop Being Afraid of The Unknown… and Begin Trusting Your Future

In 300 B.C. a man by the name of Zeno of Citium begun teaching a new philosophy to the crowds that gathered at the colonnade, in the agora of ancient Athens. Zeno’s way of looking at ourselves, at our place in the universe, and at our relationship with the world is known today as Stoicism. Stoics understood that we do not have much control over the circumstances in our life, but we do have complete control over how we think about them. Rational thinking always leads to inner peace regardless of the environment, while errors in thought always create inner turmoil regardless of the environment. People in dire straits can be peaceful and serene, and people with perfect lives can slump into the abyss of depression.

The mind is an instrument designed to keep us safe, not to make us happy. When it makes a decision about the future, the mind makes the situation a lot worse and predicts the outcome to be much more disastrous than it will actually be. Sometimes things do not turn out for the best, but they always turn out less wrong than we feared. Fear is not reality. Fear is an emotional consequence brought about by erroneous thinking. In moments of difficult decision-making, Stoics followed the dark road to peace and tranquility, and embraced in their mind the worst-case scenario. What is the worst that can happen? If that happens, then what? What if I find myself in the worst possible outcome? Can I live with that?

Running from the thing you fear turns it into a dreadful monster. Facing the thing you fear, even if only in your mind before you make a decision, takes away your fear. When you define and embrace the worst possible outcome, you realize that the darkest scenario is not so dark after all. The worst rarely happens. “When a resolute young fellow steps up to the great bully–the world–and takes him boldly by the beard” wrote Emerson, “he is often surprised to find it comes off in his hand. It was only tied on to scare away the timid adventurers.” When you embrace uncertainty, fear of the unknown, or failure, they no longer hold you in chains. When you hide from them, they grow. When you grow, they hide.

If you quit your job to start a project that is meaningful to you and it fails, what is the worst that will happen? It is inconvenient, but if it happens what will you do? Are you not greater than this fleeting situation? If you lose your money trying to make your dream a reality, what is the worst that will happen? You will suffer for a while, feel angry or sad, unpleasant and inconvenient emotions will rise and fall, but eventually you will get through. The experience doesn’t have to be horrific or terrible, unless you think it this way.

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Sorry, Weed Probably Won’t Help You Sleep

If you thought weed was helping you chill out, you might want to listen up. New research suggests it might actually have the opposite effect on your sleep. 

A new study found that people who reported being regular marijuana users were nearly twice as likely to report having sleep problems as people who only occasionally light up or don’t smoke at all.

Research on the relationship between sleep and marijuana is still pretty scarce ― and this one, small pilot study is not necessarily conclusive evidence, study author Deirdre Conroy, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Michigan, told The Huffington Post.

But, she added: “Daily use of marijuana [was linked to] the most sleep disturbances.”

For the study, researchers surveyed 98 people who identified themselves as either daily marijuana users, occasional marijuana users who smoked at least once in the past month and up to five days per week, or those who never used the drug.

Nearly 40 percent of the daily pot users reported having insomnia symptoms ― compared with 10 percent of occasional users and 20 percent of non-users.

Previous studies have shown that any history of marijuana use was linked to an increased likelihood of people reporting either having trouble falling asleep, having trouble staying asleep, having trouble getting restorative sleep or feeling daytime sleepiness. But most of those studies were conducted in specific populations of people who were heavy marijuana users or people seeking treatment for substance abuse, Conroy said.

The new study is unique in that it compared sleep among individuals from the general public with different marijuana habits ― those who use the drug daily versus those who use the drug occasionally versus those who don’t use the drug at all, she explained. “This study looks at sleep while people are using and in their own environment,” she said.

But the relationship between pot and sleep is still emerging…

The data from this study makes a pretty strong suggestion that daily marijuana users had more sleep problems than occasional users or people who don’t smoke marijuana at all. But a few theories from the researchers might explain why some daily users have a higher likelihood of reporting sleep trouble than others:

1. Daily Pot Smokers Are More Likely To Have Anxiety Or Depression, Which Hurts Sleep

When the researchers excluded data from individuals in the study who reported having anxiety or depression, there were few differences between the sleep of daily pot users, occasional pot users and non-users.

“Marijuana may have different effects on your sleep depending on if you have [symptoms of] depression or anxiety,” Conroy said.

People who have anxiety ― which inherently puts them at a higher risk of sleep trouble ― may be self-medicating with marijuana. And if that’s the case, the group of regular marijuana users might include more people who are therefore already at a higher risk of having sleep problems, the authors note in the study. 

That makes sense because previous studies have shown there is also a link between higher marijuana use and higher rates of anxiety

2. Marijuana Could Be Contributing To Anxiety ― Which Then Hurts Sleep

Some research also suggests that marijuana use might contribute to an individual’s risk of anxiety or depression. So, it is possible that more frequent marijuana use is partially to blame for mood disorders, which then cause sleep problems, according to the study’s authors.

But the evidence that marijuana causes mood disorders is also far from conclusive.

That means this explanation is still just a theory at this point, Conroy said. But it does suggest that future studies about how pot affects sleep should carefully account for the role that mood disorders play, she added.

3. Poor Sleep May Lead Smokers To Smoke More

Because this study reports survey answers, the research does not necessarily explain whether smoking marijuana contributes to poor sleep or poor sleep causes people to smoke more, Conroy added.

Previous studies have found that marijuana use does affect the various stages of sleep ― reducing rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and increasing the deepest stages of sleep. Other research, though, has suggested prolonged, regular marijuana use suppresses deep sleep. But there is not really enough evidence to confirm a clear consensus about how sleep specifically affects the brain during sleep, Conroy said. “Unfortunately, there still are only a few studies,” she said. 

The bottom line is that marijuana use does affect your brain and your sleep, Conroy said. And if you have a daily pot habit, this new study suggests lighting up could be hurting your shut-eye.

Sarah DiGiulio is The Huffington Post’s sleep reporter. You can contact her at sarah.digiulio@huffingtonpost.com.    

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There’s Going To Be A Hanukkah Party At A Trump Hotel And These Jews Aren’t Happy

A national Jewish organization is co-hosting a Hanukkah party at Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. But some Jewish leaders are not pleased with the choice.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, an umbrella organization that brings together a diverse array of Jewish groups, is co-hosting the December 14 event with the Azerbaijani Embassy. 

Some of the conference’s 50 member organizations have criticized the decision ― citing both Azerbaijan’s poor record on human rights and the fact that the event will take place in a building owned by President-elect Donald Trump, whose election coincided with a rise in anti-Semitic hate speech online.

In a public letter addressed to the conference’s executive vice chairman Malcolm Hoenlein, The Workmen’s Circle leaders said it was “unthinkable” that a Jewish organization would host such an event.  

“Your decision to hold a ‘party’ with the Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan implicitly legitimizes a corrupt country where freedoms have been suppressed … President Elect Trump has consistently presented positions of intolerance of dissent, of civil liberties, and of religious freedom,” Workmen’s Circle president Peter Pepper and executive director, Ann Toback wrote. “In the years to come, Jews in America are going to be regularly tested to make the right choices, and this clearly is not one of them.  Everything about this event is the wrong choice.”

Hoenlein defended the party to the The New York Times, saying that the venue choice was made by the Azerbaijani Embassy and that that the venue choice was one of the only places in the area that would accommodate a kosher reception. It was also close to the White House, making it easier for many on the guest list to attend President Barack Obama’s last Hanukah party, which is scheduled to take place later that same evening.  

“It was done purely on a pragmatic basis,” Hoenlein told The Washington Post. “The reasoning behind it was nothing to do with the Trump name.”

But leaders at The Workmen’s Circle aren’t satisfied. In a statement made to The Huffington Post, Toback said, “As of now we have no intention to participate in the event.  Should the location and co-sponsor change, we will reconsider our attendance.”

Nancy Kaufman, CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women, told The Huffington Post her organization will not be attending the event, for the same reasons as The Workmen’s Circle. 

“Hanukkah is a time when we talk about religious freedom and … fighting against religious intolerance,” Kaufman said. “I think it’s a bit of an unfortunate message.”

The Union for Reform Judaism, by far the largest Jewish denomination in America, also told The Huffington Post that they will not be sending a representative to the party.

“This decision is tone deaf at best, naked sycophancy at worst,” URJ president Rabbi Rick Jacobs said in a statement. “If the Conference is having that much trouble finding a non-political location, the URJ’s conference staff would be delighted to help.”

Although American Jews overwhelmingly favored Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton to Trump, there has been some division among the community about how to respond to Trump’s election and to the people he’s been choosing as advisors. Some organizations ― including the URJ ― have been critical about the president-elect’s choice of Steve Bannon as chief strategist, claiming that Bannon gave white nationalists and anti-Semites a platform while he was head of Breitbart News. Others are choosing to stay silent, or waiting to see how Trump performs. 

Reports of anti-Semitic, Trump-inspired vandalism and propaganda have popped up in several places across the country — including in schools and universitiesJewish journalists say there’s been a spike in anti-Semitic abuse online this election cycle. 

Hoenlein told The Washington Post that he sees no problem with the Azerbaijani Embassy’s choice of venue. 

“What are you going to do, boycott the next president of the United States in everything?” he asked.

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Do You Need a Coach or Therapist?

Coaches and therapists often overlap in what they offer clients. Understanding how they differ and articulating what you need can help you decide if coaching or therapy is better for you.

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There are times in life when you need something more than the support of friends and family. Perhaps you want help to break a habit or meet a goal. Or maybe you want to examine and resolve deeply personal issues with someone who will listen to you without judgment.

Whatever your motivation, it can help to talk to a professional. A UCLA study showed that when you verbalize your feelings, it makes them less intense. But who should you talk to? Would a life coach or a therapist be more appropriate?

Coaches are useful for people looking to reach a specific goal or break a habit, often in a particular area, like health or career. Therapists generally address long-term emotional issues or problems, like trauma, addiction, anxiety, and depression. But these are generalities, and often a therapist may act as a coach and a coach may offer therapeutic support. The best thing you can do is get clear on your needs and goals and then do the research to find the right coach or therapist for you.

Do You Need to Climb Out of a Hole or Climb a Mountain?
The Differences Between Therapy & Coaching

In the book Coaching for Transformation, coaching is defined as “a partnership that maximizes human potential.” Coaches focus on “partnering with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential,” according to the International Coach Federation (ICF), the oldest and largest professional coaching organization. This description also fits for most therapists, too.

The American Psychological Association defines a therapist as someone who “provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral, and nonjudgmental.” Which is also true of most coaches.

Richard Michaels, a Gestalt therapist and a life and executive coach, says that while both modalities “work to increase awareness: self-awareness, self-understanding, and emotional awareness…. The role of the client is more active [in coaching]. In therapy, you have more interpretation of what’s going on and more focus on your family of origin.” He describes many of his clients as high-functioning individuals who are ready to go deeper in some part of their life.

Madhu Maron, a human resources professional who now works as a life coach, says, “The [coaching] client is really longing for a change–[they have] a persistent deep, important longing,” she says. “It’s something like, I want to be healthier, get a new job, or have a better relationship. They can be very effective in certain parts of their lives, but not effective in this one area.”

Therapist and life coach Lisa Marie Bobby explains the difference this way: if you are dealing with depression, anxiety, addiction, trauma, emotional issues, or other problems that leave you feeling trapped in a hole, a therapist is probably the best person to help you climb out of it. Once you’re out of the hole and on level ground, a coach can help you climb whatever mountain you wish to climb, usually in an effort to improve your circumstances or have greater success in areas like career, relationships, or health.

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Once you’ve identified if you need help getting out of the hole or are ready to climb a mountain, you’ll probably want to do some research and interview potential therapists and coaches to find someone who offers what you need. There are a wide range of therapies and coaching practices–being an informed client and asking questions up front to find the best match will save you a lot of time and money.

There are hundreds of styles of therapy, so if you don’t have the time or inclination to explore the options, you might begin with an online directory to find therapists near you or ask friends for recommendations.

Therapists refer to themselves in many different ways. To be a psychologist, psychoanalyst, psychiatrist, or social worker requires an advanced degree, and these titles are regulated. If someone is calling themselves by one of these titles, you know they have received at least a master’s degree and passed licensing requirements.

The titles “therapist,” “counselor,” and “psychotherapist” are not regulated and don’t require a license. This doesn’t mean all therapists are unlicensed; many of them are. It just means anyone can call themselves a therapist, so you may need to investigate someone’s credentials if they’re billing themselves as one.

Life coaches are not required to have any training. Many coaches complete training programs, and groups like the International Coaching Federation are working to standardize credentials in the field, but currently anyone can call themselves a coach.

To find a coach, begin with an online search for coaches who focus on the area you want to address. Ask friends and colleagues for recommendations. Most coaches (and many therapists) work remotely with clients via phone or Skype, so location is not necessarily an issue.

Whether you decide on therapy or coaching, results often come relatively quickly. One study found that most people feel better with about 10 therapy sessions, while another said that 88 percent of therapy participants reported improvements after one visit. So while it may take you some time to find the right coach or therapist, once you do you’re likely to notice changes fast.

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The Amazing Way This NFL Team Just Stepped Up For Mental Health

The New York Jets may not be at the top of the NFL standings this season, but they’re certainly leading the charge when it comes to mental health advocacy.

Multiple Jets players sported lime green cleats for Project 375, a mental health organization founded by Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, during Monday night’s game against the Indianapolis Colts. The show of support was part of a broader NFL initiative that allows players to support charities through footwear, My Cause My Cleats.

The cleats featured the Project 375 logo and the hashtag #MindOverMatter, which Marshall uses regularly on social media as a way to speak out about mental health. 

He hopes the shoes “free our world from the stigma that handcuffs us from helping those suffering,” he wrote on Instagram.

An estimated one in five adults in the U.S. will experience a mental health issue in a given year. However, despite the fact they’re so common, there’s still a negative stereotype surrounding the conditions.

The idea still persists that mental illness is something to joke about ― and it’s this viewpoint that often prevents those at risk from seeking professional treatment. And it’s stigma that’s exactly why public advocacy matters: Experts say celebrity awareness can help shatter some of those damaging misconceptions.

Marshall has been giving mental health a national platform for the past few years. After being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, he started Project 375 as a way to help those experiencing a mental health condition. He’s also given speeches and helped design other sportswear to support the cause.

We need to accept that mental illness is a disease — and like any other disease, it needs stronger research, early screening and treatment, especially for young people,” Marshall wrote in a Huffington Post piece in 2015. “We need more robust education in schools, the enlightened support of news and entertainment media, and the advocacy of high-profile figures, like myself, willing to step forward.”

Props to the NFL star for giving mental health the visibility it deserves. And stylishly, we might add.

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You’re Out! Phillies’ Ballpark Nuts Vendor Fired For White Nationalist Views

A popular vendor at the Philadelphia Phillies ballpark has been fired for supporting white nationalism.

Emily Youcis, known as the “Pistachio Girl” who sings while hawking nuts and beer to fans at Citizen Bank Park, was axed because her “values” clashed with those of food concessionaire Aramark, according to a company statement released Monday. 

Youcis confirmed in a tweet that she was fired a week ago, then followed up on Twitter asking: “What’s more important … selling nuts for a couple more years or saving the White Race from extinction?”

She then doubled down on an anti-Semitic tweet that she insisted wasn’t anti-Semitic:

Youcis on Saturday told Red Ice TV, a media outlet sympathetic to white nationalism, that she has been a fan of the white nationalist “alt-right” movement for about 10 months. She made headlines last month when she confronted protesters outside a Washington, D.C., conference of the white supremacist National Policy Institute, asking them: “Why do you hate white people?” The questioning provoked fury and led to a scuffle.

She attended the conference, where some members hailed Donald Trump with a Nazi salute, igniting a major controversy. “The floodgates opened up,” Youcis laughed on Red Ice.

Youcis had worked at the stadium for seven years and is considering hiring a lawyer to sue to get back her job.

Aramark told Philly.com that a “core value” of the company is “treating everyone with integrity and respect always. We can only confirm that the individual asked about is no longer employed after publicly connecting our company to views that contradict our values.”

Youcis insisted her firing would hurt the Phillies more than it would hurt her because the fans and baseball players treated her “like a god.”

“I owned that stadium,” she boasted.

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Whom To Listen To and When

In April of (2008), I spent two weeks in India following a meditation guru from town to town.

This was my fourth visit to India, but I consider it my first real one. The other three were too touristy. Two were lecture tours, and I stayed in the best hotels, with warm water and the most excellent services money can buy. The third was for a Maha Kumba Mella, which is a gathering of Hindus on the Ganges River every 144 years. Sidhus descend from their caves in the Himalayas, and while it was an interesting experience to see them, it was not day-to-day India.

This time it was different. I slept in an ashram, was driven from town to town in terrible traffic, ate with Indians on the floor, and meditated with them. At my age (71), it was not an easy experience, but the guru was older (80-something) and he held on well, so who am I to complain?

What did I learn?

The meditation I was practicing is called sahaj marg, which means “the natural way.” The practice is to focus on the heart. No mantra, no focusing on the breath or on a candle or whatever, just listen to the heart by slowing down the mind.

I joined this type of practice because I believed I needed it. First, being Jewish, I spend most of my time in my head, and it needed some rest. Second, because I saw my dearest relatives and friends sent to their deaths during World War II, my heart has been closed all these years and it needed opening.
What does it mean to “listen to the heart?” How do you know, when you meditate, which thoughts are of the mind and which of the heart? Thoughts are thoughts, right?

No. There is a difference. You can argue with thoughts of the mind. You might toss and turn, and debate with yourself. But when your heart speaks, there is no argument. There is no discussion. There is no “Why?” or “Why not?” You are complete. You are at peace with yourself. The answer to the question “Why?” is “Because,” and that’s it.

That brought me to the next insight: If you really listen to your heart when you make a decision and your heart does not give you the answer, it means that you are not ready to finalize your decision. This is a case where it is better not to make a decision at that point in time.

That brought me to an interesting conclusion: When you decide with your heart, you cannot make a mistake.

Why?

Well, what is a mistake? It is always a conclusion you come to after the fact, right? It is a feeling of remorse and a judgment that you should have decided differently. It leads to self-accusations: that perhaps you did not deliberate enough, that you did not listen to advice, that you ignored facts, etc. All this is in your head.

When you make a decision with your heart, you are at peace with yourself. If, after the fact, you discover that your decision did not work out as you expected, you can not feel remorse because at the time you made the decision you had no doubts as to what to do, therefore you could not have done better. The fact that it did not work out is now only of academic interest. You can analyze what can be learned from what happened, but there is no place for remorse. You were at peace when you decided, and that was it.

Coming to this peace of mind when you decide with your heart is not a logical conclusion that you have reached after endless debates, internally or with others. It is beyond logic. It gives you a sense of completion, of integration, that almost defies logic. That is how you should feel when you decide to get married. That decision should be made with all your heart, not as a result of analyzing the cost-value relationship or an optimization model. When you make a decision with all your heart, as is the usual expression, you have the feeling of being integrated with your decision totally, wholly–maybe even holy. Mind, body, emotions, and spirit all feel at peace, united.

How does one come to such peace–usually we say “peace of mind,” though it would be more accurate to say “peace of the total body ” which is really peace of the heart–especially if there is a difficult decision to be made? You can do it by meditating. When you meditate you do not get attached to thoughts. Thus, you do not get into endless arguments with yourself. Instead, the decision eventually and automatically emerges as an insight.

If that description leaves you wondering how this insight can happen, let me share with you a story told to me by my one of my colleagues at UCLA, Professor Will McWhinney, that demonstrates this point. When McWhinney was a student at Yale, the fraternities held a contest for best choir. McWhinney’s fraternity had the worst voices at the university, except for one person whose voice was a pure, evangelical tenor. So they devised the following performance: The whole choir got on stage and began to sing where each person sang a different melody, which produced total cacophony. Then, slowly, one by one, each member of the choir stopped singing, except for the tenor, whose voice became stronger and stronger until it was alone, pure and crystal clear and totally enchanting. They won first prize.

This story is analogous to what happens in meditation. You have many voices in your head competing with each other. The more difficult the decision is, the more voices you hear, which can overwhelm you. When you meditate, the voices calm down one by one, while your heart’s voice grows stronger and stronger, until you simply “hear” the answer to your question and feel at peace with your decision.
But not only the head and heart think. We often say, “I have a gut feeling,” as if the gut is doing some decision processing.

That fact brought me to think in (PAEI) terms. The (A) processing is in the head. The (I) is processed by the heart. Where is (P) then? Sunil my associate suggested that if we follow the chakras, it is below the belly button, where our sexual organs are. Their role is survival of the species. That is where we feel instinctively. That is where the fight-or-flight reaction is processed: When we get scared we tighten the rectum, and the pelvic floor muscles.

Some people think with only one part of their body. Those who only react to their instincts are the (P)s: Act first, think later (if at all). Some do not listen to their instincts and use only their brain: These are the (A)s. Some people are only (E)s: all ideas and exciting priorities without considering what the repercussions of these ideas could be. And some people are all heart: They let their feelings for fellow humans or animals or whatever be the exclusive factor that determines their decision. These are the (I)s.

When a person processes information with all his faculties, the first one to respond to a new situation is the (P): His instincts of self preservation urge him to do something. Then the left mind, (A), gets activated: “Let’s think about it.” Next the right side of the brain gets involved, the (E), bringing new ideas to the table, while all along the heart, (I) is crying out, “Hey, listen to me too.”

To put it another way, instinctively you have the urge to do one thing, (P), but you think, (A), that it might not be prudent to do it, so new ideas, (E), come to mind, while you constantly check with yourself to see whether you feel at peace with the decision, (I). All these voices run through you at the same time. It is like a committee meeting where all the different styles compete with one another for attention. It’s a pure mess. Thus it’s not strange that when you have a really big problem to solve you get physically and emotionally exhausted. Your whole body hurts.

There is a difference between processing the (P), (A), (E), and (I) roles–between processing information with your instincts, mind, gut, or heart.

In processing (P), (A), and (E) roles you try to manage the process as best you can: You debate with your gut feelings, you challenge your instincts, and argue with your thoughts. When processing (P), (A), and (E) , you “talk” to the various parts of your body. You disagree with them. You may even get mad at them. It is as if you are the center and they are on the outskirts.

With the heart, (I), it is different. You do not argue with the heart, you listen to the heart. It is as if you subject yourself to something bigger, more powerful, than you. You are not the center any more. You say, “My heart tells me…” Compare that to what you say when you activate your mind: “I have to think it over.” Thinking it over, and over again, means that you are having a debate.

Now the weird stuff: Assume that “out there” is a cosmic, total, ultimate data warehouse. But it is not just data or knowledge, it is the ultimate wisdom based on values, the ultimate truth. It is endless, fixed energy with consciousness. (For me, that is God.) To connect to this cosmic energy you need to open your heart, to listen to your heart. It is as if the heart is the way to connect to God.

How do you hear the heart? How do you listen to it? Through meditation. Not through prayer. Prayer is like trying to manipulate God, pleading and begging him to act. If he does not listen to your prayer you might feel cheated, angry, and deceived.

When you pray, you talk to God. In meditation you listen to God. When you pray you make requests. Perhaps meekly, but no matter how nicely it is packaged and how much you are offering to “pay,” that is, what sacrifices you are willing to make, it is like a purchase order. When you meditate you listen to what God wants from you, not what you want from God. That is the difference.

Listen to your heart. That is where the truth is. Listen to the heart and you will not feel you made a mistake when you decide. If your heart is not ready to decide, you are not ready.

How should you make a decision then?

How should you decide? Here is the optimal path, the road less traveled. This is the lifecycle I suggested for organizations in my Managing Corporate Lifecycles book: Start with (I). Start with your heart first. Ask your heart first what is the right thing to do. Then go get some ideas about what to do, (E), but in doing so do not violate what your heart dictates. Then check those ideas to see if they make sense, (A), and finally be ready to act, (P) but first go back to the heart and check if you are at peace.
If more people would start with their heart and not with their penis, (P), maybe there would be less war, less divorce, less crime. Maybe we ought to teach meditation in prisons. Scientific tests of transcendental meditation have shown that when a certain percentage of people in a community meditate, there is less crime.

In yoga, they say that the mind is a terrorist. It often terrorizes our bodies, making us do things that are not good for us. I once saw a bumper sticker that said, “Do not always believe what you think.” For me this is profound because we Jews not only honor the mind, we worship the mind. With our Talmudic minds, we often complicate problems even when they are simple. We overdo and over-complicate our decision making, sometimes to the point that we cannot solve the problem. We do not listen to our instincts very well. In order to survive two thousand years of persecution, I wonder if we have not closed our hearts except to each other.

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Put a Little Love in Your Heart

Less Cancer has been at the forefront of informing people on everything from lifestyle to the environmental risks associated with cancer. Our approach seemed obvious; however, many people thought we were creating a new paradigm on cancer when we first took our work public in 2004.

We campaigned for expanded consideration about the way we as Americans live, looking deeply into products from foods to consumer goods to cleaning supplies. Examining the American way of convenience, rethinking time-savers and money-makers with an eye towards protecting human health from the over 50% of preventable cancers.

Our work in education and policy change has only just begun. We need to maintain a presence to protect the health of coming generations from the darkness and cataclysmic outcomes that accompany our shortcuts of convenience and drive for profit at any expense. We end up paying a very high price with people’s health.

I followed my heart when I started Less Cancer, gathering the best scientists, physicians, and experts on cancer prevention. The work to begin Less Cancer was a response to love, loss, and the instinct to want something better for my children – all of our children – a future that promises less suffering, less cancer.

The suffering that comes with fighting or surviving cancer, or the memory of those we may have lost, can become acute during the holidays. I celebrate Christmas and for me, over the years through personal experience, I understand how this is a tough time for many and how words and thoughts can make all the difference.

For many people, Christmas reflects loss, not gain. The holidays can be a fragile time.

New Year’s Eve is my sister Anne’s birthday, every year at midnight, even after so many years since her death, I quietly send a prayer to her telling her I miss her. Since Anne died, I have not been great at celebrating New Years. I have had several experiences of being at a party and feeling as if I were in a bubble removed from any connection to the event. I smile through it, air-kissing and toasting, but I am not actually present.

My appeal this season is not unlike the work of Less Cancer where we work to end those toxic exposures linked to cancer. In the same context, we need to expand our thoughts and hearts to think beyond the toxic exposure of negativity, hate, and anger.

These last weeks have seemed full of a generalized rage which to me feels toxic. It makes me feel physically sick. My remedy is to love more. I just do not know what else to do.

I want to be fully available for those who need me; yet, I find the general rage in the country’s temperament to be depleting. It keeps me at bay from being my best. To fight that, I need to focus on what I can control.

As a shield, not unlike protecting myself from toxic relationships, I find myself editing news and social media, using caution including removing news and social apps from my phone. When I decide to allow something into my day including telephone and face to face conversations, it is allowed because I allow it.

Doing all I can to put distance between me and the negativity that we all witness, I need to protect my reserve for those that need my clear thinking and emotions. I advise people to do the same and to disengage from the negative dialogue.

I meet people frequently who tell me their stories of cancer, their loss, their sadness. I owe it to them to be present, hold their hands, dry their tears and listen.

There are some terrible, shocking things going on in this country, and while they should not be ignored, we have to have some filters, so we can do what we do best.

For me, the best way to fend off this type of negativity is to stay focused on helping and being fully available to serve and to love others by bringing my best to the table.

I understand that a smile or a simple gesture can make others feel better. It doesn’t take much, and if we all would focus on lifting up those we can with small thoughtful deeds, it will help them and ourselves.

The thermostat for negativity, anger, and hate is rising. Do not give it oxygen. Do not sacrifice your heart and souls to the outside static of anger and rage. Our leadership for goodness must come from within. I am doing what I can to be there for people who need care, who need a handheld, who need to be heard.

This Christmas season I will be putting a little extra love in my heart and hope you will too.

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Trans Activist Whose Epic Trump Rant Went Viral Speaks Out

The transgender activist who took Donald Trump to task in a series of VIRAL tweets says she hopes her rant will inspire others, including Republicans, to speak out against the president-elect’s many lies and offenses toward minority groups, among other transgressions. 

The interplay began Saturday, when Trump blasted the most recent episode of “Saturday Night Live” on Twitter. Evidently, it was a Dec. 4 segment starring Alec Baldwin as a recklessly-tweeting Trump that incensed the notoriously thin-skinned president-elect, who blasted the show as “unwatchable.” 

Danielle Muscato, who deems herself an “atheist civil-rights activist, public speaker, debater, writer, columnist and pundit,” shot back, arguing that the president-elect was “embarrassing” himself in a tweet that’s since been retweeted over 22,000 times and liked by over 81,000 Twitter users. 

She continued: 

And the Missouri-based Muscato didn’t stop there. Over the next two hours, her rant extended to 30 tweets, all of which garnered thousands of likes and retweets. 

Muscato, who had 3,500 followers when she began tweeting at Trump early Sunday, now has over 90,000. She told The Huffington Post that the fact that Twitter users responded so fervently to her series of tweets was evidence of just how divided the country has become in the weeks since Trump swept to victory Nov. 8. 

“I think I’m hardly alone in that I’ve been terribly angry about the result of the election, especially considering the margin by which Hillary [Clinton] won the popular vote. But amazingly, things are turning out to be worse than I imagined,” Muscato said. “Trump ran for the wrong reasons, namely, enriching himself. He never wanted this job, and that he has it, he’s hoping a ‘fake-it-til-you-make-it’ approach will be sufficient for the most powerful in the world. He’s wrong, and it’s repulsive.” 

The response from fellow Twitter users and others has been overwhelming possible. “I’m absolutely thrilled that my message has resonated with so many people ― I think these things simply needed to be said, and I absolutely intend to use this platform to continue fighting for good,” she told HuffPost. 

Ultimately, she hopes the rant will inspire others to call out Trump “literally every time he says or proposes something that is unacceptable.”

“Resistance, en masse, is our only hope,” she said.   

You can check out the remainder of Muscato’s rant below. 

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The Power of Choice

Have you ever met someone and felt a real connecting during the conversation? That’s how I felt when I chatted with this wife, mom, author and entrepreneur. Upon our initial introductions, I knew I needed to learn more about her and her offerings to the world.

Allow me to introduce you to Kate Butler.

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Kate had a successful career in staffing and recruiting when she decided to branch out and start her on recruiting company. Almost immediately, it was successful. You would think that would be enough. She had a beautiful family and a thriving business. What more could she want? But the truth was, her business didn’t excite her. She found herself going through the motions of life and wasn’t really living. She knew there was a call on her life that was bigger. She wanted to be more than just a mom to her girls. She didn’t know why she had that ache, that longing for something more. She found herself on her knees in her daughter’s nursery.

She asked God to “show me something more. Show me the way.”

I knew I couldn’t walk back into the monotony of my life.

Kate knew her recruiting business didn’t feed her soul. But when she found herself coaching her candidates sharing with them the type of career they should have, she realized that wasn’t part of her business but really enjoyed it. So she launched Kate Butler Coaching.

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I gave myself permission to really dream again. Where all things were possible, how would I show up every day? From that place, books showed up and my coaching business.

During this crossroad, she realized that some of the teachings of the world were not what she wanted her children to learn. So she published her bestselling children’s book, More Than Mud. Through the process of writing her books, she found a mentor in Jack Canfield and began studying his teachings. Once she started implementing the success tools she learned from him, she gave herself 3 months to go all in and work her business. She realized she wasn’t creating happiness in the world and her happiness was tied to something else. People began to tell her she seemed different to them. So she reached to 5 of those people and offered transformational coaching to them. Her business began to organically grow from there.

So you might wonder what happened to her recruiting business since she had tapped into what she was called to do. I wondered the same thing. Kate still has that business. She understood that her recruiting business was a vertical to her next step.

One word that kept coming up for me during our conversation was authentic. In the coaching world, authenticity seems to be the buzz word of the day. But, Kate is the real deal. Her openness and willingness to share some of her struggles along with her successes was refreshing.

Kate describes how although we may live intentionally, sometimes a piece is missing. She offers a deep dive for people who are skimming the surface.

So what are some ways you can live intentionally?

What I learned from Kate in our brief discussion was to:

Set each day with an intention
. Before she gets on social media or responds to emails, she sets 3 things she wants to accomplish for the day and begin working on those things. This is not only for her business but her life. We often find ourselves responding and reacting to others before we meet our own needs.

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One way is to live extraordinarily. Tap into those forgotten dreams.

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So what are your forgotten dreams? Maybe they’re not forgotten, just delayed as mine have been. Ladies, it’s time to live extraordinarily. Dust those dreams off, set your intentions and make them happen. I know I will.

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Lady Gaga Reveals She Has PTSD On ‘Today’ Show

Lady Gaga revealed in a “Today” segment that aired Monday that she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, almost exactly two years after she opened up about being raped at the age of 19.

“I suffer from a mental illness — I suffer from PTSD. I’ve never told anyone that before, so here we are,” the singer said. 

“But the kindness that’s been shown to me by doctors — as well as my family and my friends — it’s really saved my life.” she added. “I’ve been searching for ways to heal myself, and I’ve found that kindness is the best way.”

The 30-year-old singer spoke to “Today” as part of the Share Kindness campaign, a partnership of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation and Today and NBC Universal. For the segment, Gaga visited the Ali Forney Center in Brooklyn, New York, where she spoke with homless LGBTQ youth.

“These children are not just homeless or in need. Many of them are trauma survivors. They’ve been rejected in some type of way,” she said. 

“I am no better than any of those kids. And I’m no worse than any of them,” she added. “We are equal. We both walk our two feet on the same earth. And we’re in this together.”

Gaga first revealed in 2014 that she had been raped as a teenager during an interview with “The Horward Stern Show.” At the time, she said she had waited to open up about the rape because she did not want it to “define” her.

Need help? Visit RAINN’s National Sexual Assault Online Hotline or the National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s website.

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Trump Tweets Complaints About Chinese Economic And Military Policy

By Roberta Rampton and Steve Holland

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump complained about Chinese economic and military policy on Twitter on Sunday, showing no signs of a conciliatory approach after a phone conversation with Taiwan’s president raised hackles in Beijing.

Trump’s unusual call with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen on Friday prompted a diplomatic protest with the United States on Saturday, although Vice President-elect Mike Pence downplayed its significance, saying it was a “courtesy” call, not intended to show a shift in U.S. policy on China.

Trump, who vowed during his campaign he would label China a currency manipulator, continued some of his hard-line rhetoric on Sunday.

“Did China ask us if it was OK to devalue their currency (making it hard for our companies to compete), heavily tax our products going into their country (the U.S. doesn’t tax them) or to build a massive military complex in the middle of the South China Sea? I don’t think so!” Trump said on Twitter.

China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia and Brunei claim parts or all of the energy-rich South China Sea, through which trillions of dollars in trade passes annually.

The diplomatic contretemps was one of several recently for the Republican president-elect, a real estate magnate who has never held public office and has no foreign affairs or military experience. Trump, who takes office on Jan. 20, is still considering whom to name as his secretary of state.

The call with Taipei was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president with a Taiwanese leader since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition to China from Taiwan in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of “one China.” China regards Taiwan as a renegade province.

China blamed Taiwan for the call, but also lodged a diplomatic protest with the United States on Saturday, saying the “one China” policy was the bedrock of relations between China and the United States.

Pence called the uproar over the call with “democratically elected” Tsai a “tempest in a teapot.” He blamed the media for the controversy, saying the call was similar in nature to one betweenTrump and Chinese President Xi Jinping after the Nov. 8 election.

“I think I would just say to our counterparts in China that this was a moment of courtesy. The president-elect talked to President Xi two weeks ago in the same manner. It was not a discussion about policy,” Pence said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday it had lodged “stern representations” with what it called the “relevant U.S. side,” urging caution on the issue.

Pence said he was not aware of any contact between the Trump transition team and the Chinese government since Friday and did not expect Trump’s team to reach out this week to ease tensions with Beijing.

 

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Trump and Pence have had more than 50 phone calls with foreign leaders so far. Pence said he spoke with Jordan’s King Abdullah on Saturday.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Sunday the Trump transition team had yet to contact the State Department for information and recommendations ahead of calls with foreign leaders.

“I do think there’s a value, obviously on having at least the recommendations, whether you choose to follow them or not is a different issue,” Kerry told a think-tank conference.

Trump, known for his unconventional approach to politics, has raised eyebrows with his initial forays into the complex web of international diplomacy as president-elect.

He has been praised by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has sparred with U.S. Democratic President Barack Obama over Russian actions in Ukraine and Syria. Putin said in an interview on Sunday that Trump was a “clever man.”

Last week, Trump offered to help Pakistan solve its problems and praised Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as a “terrific guy” during a phone conversation, the Pakistani leader’s office said.

Asked on Sunday whether that meant Trump wanted to mediate the long-running border dispute between Pakistan and India, Pence acknowledged recent violence in the Kashmir region and said Trump wanted “continued U.S. engagement” with both sides.

Trump also spoke last week with Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, who said Trump showed understanding about a deadly crackdown on drug dealers. Duterte told Obama earlier this year to “go to hell” after Obama expressed concerns about possible human rights abuses in Duterte’s war on drugs.

 

FIELD WIDENS FOR SECRETARY OF STATE

Pence also said Trump may consider new candidates for secretary of state, America’s top diplomat, after having narrowed the field last week to four people: Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee; Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York; U.S. Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and retired general and former CIA Director David Petraeus.

Trump met on Friday with John Bolton, ambassador to the United States under Republican President George W. Bush.

Trump will have additional interviews with new candidates for secretary of state in the coming week, Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s senior adviser who managed his campaign, told reporters atTrump Tower on Sunday.

Among the new names: Jon Huntsman, a former ambassador to China and ex-Utah governor, Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, and retired Navy Admiral James Stavridis, a source familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Stavridis, a former supreme allied commander of NATO and dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, will meet with Trump on Thursday, said Stavridis’ spokeswoman, Juli Hanscom.

“There has been no discussion of a position in the Trump administration,” Hanscom said. Stavridis had been vetted to be the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

An Exxon spokesman declined comment. A representative for Huntsman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Sunday.

 

(Additional reporting by Arshad Mohammed and John Whitesides in Washington and Melissa Fares in New York; Editing by Alan Crosby and Peter Cooney)

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Quiet Black Girls — And How We Fail Them

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I’m not a scientist—I am a practitioner of public education as an administrator. Yet, in my teaching days before I entered admin, I noticed certain trends in a segment of my classroom and school that I dubbed “Quiet Black Girl Syndrome.” I assembled data from daily interactions and from observing my students at recess or in academic settings, and I didn’t initially have a descriptor for it. I simply noted what happened to the Black girls in class who didn’t speak up often.

It’s to my detriment that I didn’t see it as an introverted issue. In fact, had I realized this was tied to the temperament spectrum, I could have collected resources and sought out social and emotional assistance for them. But early on, I didn’t even realize these girls were suffering; that discovery came during a tense parent/teacher conference.

My student, Starre, was incredibly bright and always turned in her work. She had straight As; she occasionally struggled with a concept, but she worked so hard that I didn’t bother worrying about her. It embarrasses me now to think about this, but let me say again: I didn’t bother worrying about her. She became wallpaper in my classroom. I often forgot to call on her during discussions and critical conversations about learning. Some days when I took attendance and she wasn’t there, I failed to notice it and just marked her “present.” I’d think back later to the class period: “Did I see Starre in class today? Hmm. I can’t remember.”

Starre, and girls like her, oftentimes begin the process of becoming invisible in the classroom. This invisibility fully manifests in adulthood, in the ways that Black women must move through the world. It’s kind of a phenomenon that we educators conflate “quiet” with “good.” We call them “good Black girls” because we don’t have to deal with them, while we allow other—louder—students to take our attention in the classroom. Because they’re so “good,” we expect them to behave all the time, which doesn’t give them the space to be individuals or growing adolescents. Making these assumptions about them fails to include them or support them in their growth—and their exclusion impacts all of us.

It’s an ugly truth that the outcomes of students’ learning are dependent on their self-presentation. Young students who are female and Black are already dealing with the intersections that marginalize them. When they’re quiet too—truly introverted—I have to admit, I’ve failed them on multiple levels in the past. When those girls find their voices and begin to assert themselves, they are often shut down and asked to return to the quiet girls we once knew and ignored. The shutting down stems from racially problematic and historic issues within the larger culture.

Educators like to call it an “achievement” gap, but I much prefer to say it’s an “access” gap—this label better reflects the context of the lesser quality education that students of color have historically been offered.

“Access gap” also speaks to housing discrimination. Each district’s educational dollars are based on local state housing tax income, thus directly attaching the educational quality of our schools to the wealth in the area: the wealthier a community is, the better their schools can be.

Education reformers like to label these schools as “failing” when the reality is they are being made to fail. The lesser access to quality education leads to beliefs of lesser ability. Research shows that white male teachers are 10 to 20 percent more likely to have low expectations for Black female students. The data doesn’t lie; we continue to learn that Black girls are victims of a kind of double jeopardy “wherein they are disadvantaged because of negative race stereotypes and negative gender stereotypes.”

Starre’s mother helped me see this bias, which, even though I myself am a Black female educator, I am still prey to, in our conference. She wasn’t angry with me, but the full weight of her frustration—of constantly fighting for her daughter’s involvement and recognition in the classroom—came to rest at my feet that day. Why, she wondered, was her daughter never asked to be one of the student ambassadors who took people on tours of the school? Why was she never nominated for Student of the Month? Her mother had seen photos on our website of those celebrations, overrun with mostly white, middle-class students whose parents attended the PTO meetings. Why didn’t I challenge her daughter, when I knew she was capable of more than the mediocre work I was accepting?

Nothing about her questions was easy for me. I thanked her for homing my attention on her quiet, introverted girl, who was developing along with her peers but to whom we paid no attention because she wasn’t a problem in the classroom. Without the focus we denied her, Starre could move through school lithely, but what a missed opportunity for us to push her towards reaching her potential!

Starre was a good Black girl, and she fell on the temperament spectrum as introverted. She did her work, completed assignments, and faithfully met classwork requirements. I was failing her by assuming that was all she could achieve. And by ignoring her, I was missing out on the potential impact of a great student who could offer much more than the surface revealed.

It doesn’t take a scientist or clinician to see how schools can fail students who are people of color, but a huge piece of future impact would be to consider that they can be introverts too and that educators need to respond to their needs.

Love Quiet Revolution’s parenting articles? Listen to Quiet—our new podcast for parents and educators of quiet kids hosted by bestselling author Susan Cain. We’ve also developed a Parenting Quiet Kids online course, including expert advice, tools, and strategies. Take our free quiz to learn more!

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The Top 10 Workout Songs For December 2016

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Dance tracks dominate the proceedings in our monthly workout music recap. While that sounds like the introduction to one-dimensional playlist, the tracks approach the genre from different avenues. Plus, there are a handful of pop singles mixing things up along the way.

The first batch of dance tracks are the remixes–where Top 40 favorites like The Weeknd and clubland stars like Flume both find their recent hits reimagined. Elsewhere, you’ll find David Guetta and Nevada each leading collaborative covers of a pair of ’90s, R&B singles. Finally, you’ve got straightforward pop tunes including a rousing send off to past loves from Little Mix and a contribution to the Sing soundtrack featuring Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande.

On the surface, it might appear that the common denominator at work here is a steady dance/pop vibe. But, there’s a bit more variety at work than you might expect. Accordingly, the list’s true consistency lies in its lively, uncomplicated beats–which will make for excellent motivation on your next run. To that end, here’s the full top 10 list–according to the votes logged on workout music site Run Hundred.

  • The Weeknd & Daft Punk – “Starboy (Kygo Remix)” – 94 BPM
  • The Chainsmokers & XYLØ – “Setting Fires” – 105 BPM
  • Nevada, Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap – “The Mack” – 106 BPM
  • Calvin Harris – “My Way (Offaiah Remix)” – 124 BPM
  • Flume & Tove Lo – “Say It (Clean Bandit Remix)” – 130 BPM
  • Little Mix – “Shout Out to My Ex” – 126 BPM
  • David Guetta, Cedric Gervais & Chris Willis – “Would I Lie to You (Extended)” – 124 BPM
  • Stevie Wonder & Ariana Grande – “Faith” – 158 BPM
  • Sia – “Move Your Body (Alan Walker Remix)” – 128 BPM
  • Bebe Rexha – “I Got You” – 99 BPM

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Obama Administration Halts Construction Of Dakota Access Pipeline

The Obama administration has halted construction of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline amid growing protests that were expected to draw some 2,000 U.S. military veterans.

The Army announced Sunday that it has denied the final easement required for the $ 3.8 billion project to cross under Lake Oahe in North Dakota. Instead, it will conduct an Environmental Impact Statement to examine the impacts and explore alternative routes, it said. 

“Although we have had continuing discussion and exchanges of new information with Standing Rock Sioux and Dakota Access, it’s clear that there’s more work to do,” Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Army’s assistant secretary for civil works, said in a statement. “The best way to complete that work responsibly and expeditiously is to explore alternative routes for the pipeline crossing.”

In a statement, Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II applauded the news.

We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to to take steps to correct the course history and to do the right thing,” he said.

Archambault added that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country “will be forever grateful to the Obama Administration for this historic decision.” He noted his hope that the incoming Trump administration would respect the decision.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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50 Life Lessons


“Use only that which works, and take it from any place you can find it.”
– Bruce Lee

As this post celebrates my 50th piece for the Huffington Post (where does the time go?) it seemed an opportune time to share 50 life lessons learned over the years.

By no means is this list comprehensive but 50 seemed to make sense. Admittedly, some of these are lessons I’m learning again and again and have to work at. In no particular order, here is that list:

  1. Treat others as you would like to be treated
  2. If it’s really important to you, you’ll make the time
  3. You really don’t need that much to be happy
  4. The world always looks brighter and problems always seem easier to solve after a good long walk
  5. Being of service to others and the wold at large should be at the heart of most, if not all, of what we do
  6. Sometimes taking your own medicine is a hardest pill to swallow
  7. Quality over quantity
  8. Making time for regular exercise pays for itself many times over
  9. Busy is mostly something we’ve created – there is another way
  10. Always make space in your life for fun and a smile
  11. Talking it and walking can be entirely different things
  12. Excelling at anything takes real discipline and focus
  13. We need to be our own best friend not harshest critic
  14. More beyond a certain point is just waste
  15. There’s always something to be grateful for
  16. Simplifying is always simple but not always easy
  17. Measuring performance blows measuring hours out of the water
  18. Multi-tasking never really works, single-tasking however can be powerful
  19. There’s always someone worse off than you
  20. Doing most things well comes down to refining the fundamentals and basics and working on them relentlessly
  21. Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should
  22. Just because someone says it can’t done, it doesn’t mean it can’t be done
  23. If you prioritise everything then nothing is the priority
  24. We can learn so much from nature
  25. If you don’t know then don’t be afraid to ask
  26. Most things in life improve as you simplify them
  27. Less can be more
  28. Health is your real wealth so look after yourself and floss regularly
  29. Listen more than you talk
  30. Relationships, much like plants, need nurturing and attention
  31. Some friends are here for a reason, some for a season and some for life
  32. Be polite to everyone unless they give you good reason not to and then better to just avoid them
  33. Whether the glass is half full or half empty is up to you
  34. Money beyond a certain point isn’t the best motivator and doesn’t really add happiness to our lives
  35. A smile and knowing a few basic words serves you well when travelling to far off lands
  36. Chasing a secondhand version of ‘success’ will never make us happy – we need to define our own version of success and go after it
  37. What you think is so and what is actually so are often not the same thing
  38. There’s something very magical about the sun rising so make time to get up occasionally with the birds and enjoy the start of a new day
  39. Personal heroes are still people so try not to be disappointed when they make the same mistakes as you
  40. Travel really can broaden the mind but so can a trip to the library
  41. Having a few people that are really there for you can make all the difference
  42. Regret is a waste of time
  43. Common sense isn’t really that common
  44. You have the power to choose – never forget that and never blame others for mistakes that you make
  45. Some standards should never go out of fashion – manners and kindness are near the top of the list
  46. Writing and creating is hard work but also rewarding
  47. Taking part in or being effected negatively by gossip is a waste of your precious time and energy – time and energy that could be put to good
  48. The people we care about most won’t be here forever so best we treat them well now
  49. Giving gives back
  50. Each day and experience is a chance to learn

Taking no 15 on this list to heart – I am very grateful for the opportunity to have written 50 posts here on the Huff. I’m especially thankful to @JessicaRotondi and @alenashane for tracking me down initially and thinking I might have something useful to share. I look forward to working on the next 50 articles!

Carl is a writer. He writes short books full of big ideas. He is also the proud owner of Frictionless Living which is focused on helping readers find and live their own version of a simpler, good life.

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How To Break A Bad Habit — For Good

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Have you ever tried to break a bad habit, only to give up in frustration? The problem isn’t that you’re weak or that the bad habit is too ingrained; in all likelihood, you just gave up too soon.

Researchers at University College, London, found that it takes 66 days for a new habit to form. Likewise, as long as there is no physical addiction involved, it takes 66 days for you to shake a bad habit. But before you can develop the motivation to stick it out for that long, you need to understand how bad habits form in the first place.

Bad habits are formed and reinforced via the habit loop. First, something triggers you to initiate an undesired behavior. Maybe you’re feeling stressed, so you decide to numb out on Facebook for an hour or eat a whole bag of Flamin’ Cheetos. The trigger event is whatever puts this idea in your head. The second step is the behavior itself. Your brain says, “Sure, you deserve some Flamin’ Cheetos,” so you dig in.

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The third step — and this part is crucial — is the reward. The behavior has to reward you in some way. That doesn’t mean it’s good for you or that it’s smart, just that it does something that your brain likes. Numbing out on Facebook might help you forget your problems for a while or to put off something that you don’t want to do, and we all know, all too well, the reward that comes from eating a bag of junk food. For better or worse, these rewards increase the likelihood that you’ll repeat the behavior.

Once you repeat a behavior enough times, the habit loop becomes so automated that you don’t even think about it anymore. Instead of making a conscious decision to procrastinate, you just automatically pull up Facebook as soon as you sit down at your desk or you’re digging into the Cheetos before you even realize that you’re feeling stressed.

Once a habit becomes automatic, it’s a lot harder to break–and that’s why you’re probably failing if you’re not giving yourself 66 days to wean yourself off it.

Sixty-six days might seem like a long time, but there are specific stages you have to go through that will make the process feel much shorter. Let’s take a look at these.

Days 1-10: Look Inward

It’s usually pretty obvious which bad habits are causing the most problems in your life–the ones that keep coming up in performance appraisals or sparking arguments with your spouse. Once you’ve identified a habit to change, the real challenge lies in understanding your triggers, and that can be harder than it sounds, especially if the habit has become so ingrained that you do it subconsciously. If you give it enough thought, you’ll get to the bottom of it. Maybe you keep getting tickets for speeding, and you realize that you drive too fast when you leave work in a bad mood, or maybe you snack when you’re stressed. Looking inward to explore the source of the habit you’re trying to break makes breaking that habit possible. The first 10 days of trying to break the habit will provide substantial insight into the source of the habit, should you choose to look. Building self-awareness is critical to emotional intelligence, and your act of introspection will serve you in many ways beyond breaking your bad habit.

Days 11-40: Spread the Word

Accountability is crucial in breaking bad habits. In this stage, you create a very vocal accountability network by telling everybody you can about the habit you’re trying to break, and the more vocal you are about it, the more likely people are to call you out when you slip up. Let them know that you really want them to say something. Just remember that you might have to keep reminding them–it’s just as easy for them to forget and backslide as it is for you to do so.

Days 41-66: Mind Your Relapse Triggers

As you head for the home stretch, be ready to make some mistakes — it happens to everybody. Just be on the lookout for common threads running through those mistakes. If you tend to relapse in a certain situation, you’d be smart to avoid that trigger completely until you feel that your bad habit is really extinguished. Keeping your triggers from surprising you when it feels like you’ve kicked the habit is typically the difference between success and failure this late in the process.

Day 67: Reward Yourself

Sure, you could say that breaking the habit is its own reward, but why pass up an opportunity to celebrate? Just don’t celebrate by indulging in the habit you worked so hard to break! You should also use this opportunity to reflect and select the next habit you’re going to break.

Bringing It All Together

You’re not weak, stupid, or lazy if you have a hard time breaking bad habits. There are psychological factors that make this process challenging for everyone, but the very science behind what makes habits hard to break also provides a research-supported method for doing it. Focus on one habit at a time and follow these steps and the timetable that goes with them, and your chances of success will go through the roof.

How do you break bad habits? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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U.S. Denies Entry to Canadian Photojournalist Covering Standing Rock

In the latest sign of increasing hostility toward journalists by American officials, an award-winning Canadian photographer was denied entry to the U.S. after he refused to unlock his cell phones for border authorities.

Photojournalist Ed Ou was pulled aside and interrogated for six hours in Vancouver after he told officials he was heading to North Dakota to cover the Standing Rock pipeline protests for the Canadian Broadcasting Company.

“This is what an authoritarian regime would do,” Ou told the BBC. “I should know because I’ve spent the last 10 years covering them.”

Ou, 30, has traveled the world covering stories in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia, and has worked for the New York Times, The Associated Press and Reuters.

He hadn’t expected any trouble during his Oct. 1 trip to North Dakota, explaining: “In my mind I had nothing to hide.” The U.S. is “one of the few places in the world where you can just say you’re a journalist,” he told the BBC.

But during his lengthy grilling by officials, he was told to unlock his personal and work phones because “we just need to be sure there’s no photos of you posing next to some dead body somewhere,” Ou recounted in a Facebook post.

When he “politely declined,” explaining that they contained confidential information, Ou said officials took away the phones, tampered with his SIM cards and made copies of his diary and other personal papers. Then they told him he could not enter the U.S., but did not give him a clear reason why, he said on Facebook. 

The American Civil Liberties Union condemned Ou’s treatment as “harassing and exceptionally intrusive” in a letter to the Department of Homeland Security.

ACLU staff attorney Hugh Handeyside said in a statement that officials engaged in an “abusive border search.” He called the incident further evidence that the “government is treating the border as an all-purpose dragnet for intelligence gathering ― an approach that is at odds with the Constitution.”

He branded it an “opportunistic fishing expedition for sensitive and confidential information that Mr. Ou had gathered through his news-gathering activities in Turkey, Iraq, Somalia and elsewhere.” The action was particularly egregious because it targeted a journalist, risking a chilling effect on free speech, noted Handeyside. 

So far, U.S. officials have not commented on Ou’s case. However, border officials have broad latitude to block foreigners from entering the country. 

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The Memoirs Of A Stupid Boy Who Ran Away From Home

In high school I used to look at my four years like a runway. After senior year I’d leave my hometown and never look back–not even once. I thought of my friendships with those around me as ones that would end, since I would be leaving to see the world.

Clearly there would be some sort of giant going away party complete with cakes and a huge arch over my driveway saying “GOOD LUCK TOM WE’LL MISS YOU” plastered all over it.

My old life was ending–my new life just beginning.

I hurried off to college like the big idiot that I was. I packed all my stuff in a couple suitcases and practically ran onto the plane. I basically left my Mom in a dust storm–kind of like the ones you see in cartoons when characters run away really quickly.

I’ll never forget when I said goodbye to her.

It was just a very sudden moment. As she walked away I realized I actually had a lot of things to say to her, but she was already down the hallway and in the elevator.

What was I doing?

It was then I realized I was alone, and that time was rushing by me incredibly fast.

But what gets me is that I never thought I’d get old, in a way. I must’ve thought time would stop after graduation or something. There’s no way I could ever get old.

But here I am coaching a team I used to wrestle for, and opening the back doors of my high school once again, with memories I didn’t know I had flooding back to me.

It’s like starting a trail through the mountains and looking back at how far you’ve come. You’re different than you were before.

The past likes to echo in your present. Not everything’s the same, but there’s just enough..
Your former coaches have a few extra wrinkles, and your school has a few more scuffs, and your gym has a few more banners in it.

Oddly enough I’m here in my hometown, chasing what I ran away from so quickly.

Time hurts. It sets crazy things in motion that don’t make any sense when they’re happening but make all kinds of sense when they’re finished.

And you know what means the most to me now? Simple conversations I have with my friends–especially old ones. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of who I used to be and I get my old self back for a few moments. But there’s something more.

I was certain of so many things before that ended up falling apart by the end. But then years later I’d get to revisit these relationships because time does heal a lot of things.

It makes me hopeful for the ones that are falling apart right now.

One day you will get to sit down with someone you never thought you’d talk to again and it’ll be like nothing ever happened and you’ll be young again for a few hours. To me the sweetest gift you could ever receive is to experience something you never thought you would experience again.

Losing all faith in something sucks. I don’t think anything hurts more. But it feels just as extreme in the other direction when an old friendship gets resurrected and everything is forgiven.

I’ve realized that most times people will forgive you. You just have to give time a little space. I was just too young to realize time was all I needed to wish for (again) what I was running away from after graduation.

People always ask me why I live in the past so much, and that’s because there’s a lot of joy and regret back there. People tell me to live in the present more–and they might be right.

Time. What a crazy thing it is. We battle with it every single day, dipping into memories and the future and right now all at the same time. But, to me, we need to give more credit to the past. Many of my current decisions rest on what happened in my past. We can’t escape who we used to be, or the hometown we grew up in. They aren’t going to take any banners down with your name on it. You can’t look at someone you used to love and not feel a thing.

There’s some things we aren’t in control of. We need to embrace who we used to be just as much as who we are right now and who we’re going to be in the future.

I tried to run away from my hometown, but there is no running away from it. And, in time, it ends up being where we want to return to the most.

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Pectoralis Muscle, Tendon Tear


The pectoralis major is a large muscle that lies in front of the chest wall (Figure 1). It is a powerful adductor, internal rotator, and flexor of the shoulder.

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The pectoralis major has two heads; the clavicular head (upper part) and the sternal head (lower part) (Figure 2).

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The pectoralis major muscle works to push the arm in front of the body. Ruptures of the pectoralis major muscle are due to weight training, particularly during a bench press maneuver (Figure 3). Ruptures or tears of the muscle are uncommon.

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The patient will experience pain while extending the arm. Ecchymosis is present down the arm. The pain is worsened with resisted adduction and extension. There will also be a loss of normal contour of the axillary fold (Figure 4).

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The rupture usually occurs in males 20-50 years old, weight lifters (especially those practicing bench press), football players and wrestlers. The rupture can occur in the absence of taking steroids. It usually occurs as a complete tear from the bony insertion of the humerus.

How do you prevent a rupture?
To prevent a rupture one must practice the proper bench press technique, limit the distance the bar is lowered, and narrow the grip of the hands on the bar.

Treatment
For a complete tear of the pectoralis major muscle, it must be repaired early. A delayed or chronic rupture, which usually occurs longer than a few months, will probably require a tendon graft. The muscle is retracted and the operation is difficult. The result is not as good as in an acute repair.

Acute Repair
The tendon is sutured and attached to the humerus with anchors (Figure 5). The sutures are tightened to approximate the tendon to the bone.


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Madonna’s Anti-Trump Cover Of Britney Spears’ ‘Toxic’ Is The Antidote To 2016

Any time you think that pop music crown might be slipping off Madonna’s head, she readjusts, smirks and places it back to its rightful place.

The Material Girl revived her Tears of a Clown show on Friday night to support the charity Raising Malawi and we seriously don’t know where to begin.

Not only did she raise $ 7.5 million dollars to benefit the lives of Malawi orphans, according to The Associated Press, but she also twerked with Ariana Grande, got handcuffed by Sean Penn, made president-elect Donald Trump her own personal punching bag and delivered a cover of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” we’ll need years of therapy to fully process. 

Packed with celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio, Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, James Corden and Paris Hilton amid Miami’s Art Basel festival, the fundraiser spotlighted Madonna’s ability to do just about anything for a good cause. 

(See: Madonna offering oral sex to anyone who promised to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.)

Grande took the stage to auction off one of the looks from Madonna’s Rebel Heart tour. The two apparently wowed the crowd with a song and dance number, as well as sharing a brief kiss, AP reports.

At one point in the evening, ex-husband Penn somehow wound in the spotlight ― the former couple’s 1985 wedding photo was up for auction ― to encourage everyone to open their pocketbooks.

Penn crawled through her legs to get up on stage and then handcuffed her in front of the crowd. Madonna then offered to marry the actor a second time if he bid $ 150,000. 

“For once, he’s not the one being arrested,” she said. 

Thankfully, Bethenny Frankel, who was also in attendance, (random, but helpful) captured the moment in all its glory on Snapchat.  

But Madge truly outdid herself with her anti-Trump pièce de résistance, the performance of  “Toxic” while distorted images of Trump flashed on screen in the background. 

Seated on a chair the entire performance, Madonna cooed lyrics like “You know that you’re toxic,” while backdropped by a photo of Trump with a “Pinnochio” nose and quotes from the president-elect about building a wall

“I’m not being too opinionated?” she asked the audience after the performance. “Too extreme? I’m not insulting anymore? I must not be doing something right.”

And then she auctioned off the actual chair she was sitting on. 

She did it. She really did it. Madonna took four minutes to save the world. Watch the full performance below:

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There’s enough advice on happiness floating around out there to make your head spin. Yet, this is understandable, as everyone is different. What makes one person happy might make another miserable.

In the face of so much contradictory, and often subjective, advice, what are you supposed to do if you want to live a happier life? Just forget about all that subjective advice and focus your energy and attention on science-proven facts.


“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has spent a great deal of time studying the effects of different happiness strategies on the brain. His findings have a lot to teach us about what actually works when it comes to boosting happiness.

Korb’s research demonstrated that your thoughts–and the emotions you feel in response to those thoughts–have a profound impact on surprising areas of your brain.

Guilt and shame, for example, activate the brain’s reward center, which explains why we have such a strong tendency to heap guilt and shame upon ourselves. Likewise, worrying increases activity in the prefrontal cortex (the rational brain), which is why worrying can make you feel more in control than doing nothing at all.

1. Gratitude creates happiness. I’m not advocating worry, guilt, and shame as the path to happiness. The illustration shows why we tend to succumb to thoughts that fuel these emotions. The real neural antidepressant is gratitude. Gratitude boosts levels of serotonin and dopamine–the brain’s happy chemicals and the same chemicals targeted by antidepressant medications. The striking thing about gratitude is that it can work even when things aren’t going well for you. That’s because you don’t actually have to feel spontaneous gratitude in order to produce chemical changes in your brain; you just have to force yourself to think about something in your life that you appreciate. This train of thought activates your brain to make you feel happier.

2. Labeling negative feelings dilutes their power. There is an amazing amount of power in simply labeling your negative emotions. In one study, participants underwent fMRI scans of their brains while they labeled negative emotions. When they named these emotions, the brain’s prefrontal cortex took over and the amygdala (where emotions are generated) calmed down. This effect doesn’t just work with your own emotions; labeling the emotions of other people calms them down too, which is why FBI hostage negotiators frequently rely on this technique.

3. Making decisions feels good. Similar to naming emotions, making decisions engages the prefrontal cortex, which calms the amygdala and the rest of the limbic system. The key is to make a “good enough” decision. Trying to make the perfect decision causes stress. We’ve always known that, but now there’s scientific research that explains why. Making a “good enough” decision activates the dorsolateral prefrontal areas of the brain, calming emotions down and helping you feel more in control. Trying to make a perfect decision, on the other hand, ramps up ventromedial frontal activity–which basically means your emotions get overly involved in the decision-making process.

4. It helps you to lend a hand.Taking the time to help your colleagues not only makes them happy but also makes you happy. Helping other people gives you a surge of oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine, all of which create good feelings. In a Harvard study, employees who helped others were 10 times more likely to be focused at work and 40% more likely to get a promotion. The same study showed that people who consistently provided social support to others were the most likely to be happy during times of high stress. As long as you make certain that you aren’t overcommitting yourself, helping others is sure to have a positive influence on your happiness.

5. Our brains are wired for touch. Humans are social animals, to the point that our brains react to social exclusion in the same way that they react to physical pain, with activity in the anterior cingulate and insula. Similarly, our brains are hardwired to interpret touch as social acceptance. Touch is one of the primary stimuli for releasing oxytocin, which calms the amygdala and, in turn, calms emotions. There are even studies that show that holding hands with a loved one actually reduces the brain’s response to pain. You might think that’s bad news for people who are socially isolated, but studies show that a massage increases serotonin by as much as 30%. Touch reduces stress hormones, decreases the perception of pain, improves sleep, and reduces fatigue.

Bringing It All Together

Kolb’s research highlights just how amazing the brain is, and he summarized his findings succinctly when he said, “Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision-making. Decision-making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives you more to be grateful for, which keeps that loop of the upward spiral going. Enjoyment makes it more likely you’ll exercise and be social, which, in turn, makes you happier.”

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A Focus on Ethics in Global-Health Programs

By Jill Raufman, M.S., M.P.H.,

Ten years ago I was working with some friends on a joint project at the Central Nairobi YMCA. In a park on the outskirts of town one afternoon, I watched as a group of kids from a nearby orphanage–dressed up in party clothes–came into the area with a group of non-Kenyan sponsors. The well-meaning adults had their arms around some of the children and were clearly trying to show them a fun time. All seemed well, but what I will never forget is the look of fear and discomfort on the faces of the children. The sponsors were clearly “voluntourists“–vacationers working on behalf of “good causes.” Their intentions might have been good, but I could tell from the children’s faces that they felt completely uncomfortable.

My experience in Kenya played a major factor in my decision to work in the global-health field. At Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Global Health Center, I was pleased to meet medical students passionate about the field. Later, as director of the Global Health Fellowship program (through which some 100 medical students participate in global-health projects each year), I came to see how important cultural humility is to the overall student global-health experience.

Cultural humility, as I once heard noted medical anthropologist Dr. Paul Farmer say at a conference, is recognizing that one cannot even think about being culturally competent until one has lived in a place for about 20 years. It is a continual process that, in the context of health professionals, can be defined as becoming aware of how people’s cultures can affect health behaviors. Physicians can in turn use this awareness to cultivate sensitive approaches in treating patients. All of this requires self-reflection and self-critique. Students need to consider possible power imbalances when cultural differences between doctors and patients may have an impact on patients’ clinical outcomes.

When I send students abroad for global-health experiences in low-income countries, they–without exception–return with a revised, more empathic and culturally humble way of relating to their patients, and, for example, are more accepting of traditional health concepts and medicines.

At home and away
Preparation and post-trip conversations are the keys to success in these experiences. The Global Health Fellowship encompasses a number of events, from predeparture training to individual meetings with students upon their return. The initial training includes, among other topics, an interactive session about ethical issues to be considered during the fellowship, cultural humility and how to behave when working in another culture. The overarching message we convey to our students is “Do not do there what you cannot do here.” They understand that this is a precept set in stone.

When the students return, we discuss what they’ve learned. Increasingly often, students have mentioned seeing things that have made them uncomfortable following their experience in clinics working with underserved patients. For example, they’ve encountered unsupervised students treating patients, been offered opportunities to perform procedures that they are absolutely not qualified to do and learned of projects that are not sustained after their departure.

A couple of years ago, a student asked if there was an organization responsible for overseeing these programs where she could report events that bothered her, or practices she considered unethical. I reached out to my counterparts. The answer was no; a number of institutions and organizations had developed guidelines, but there wasn’t any single group responsible for oversight.

Improving program ethics
Now, two years later, we are about to host a conference at Einstein where one of the sessions will focus on the ethics of offering students short-term experiences in global health (STEGH). Conference participants will organize to choose from among the many guidelines that have been created, and develop an assessment and reporting tool for students and faculty.

We plan to produce a white paper whose results will be widely distributed, and will also work with the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the largest such organization, of which most global-health centers are members, to help with the distribution and adoption of the results. We hope this will lead to a more ethical, productive and balanced experience for the students and for our partners in the host countries.

Currently, almost two-thirds of matriculating medical students expect to participate in a STEGH during medical school. The Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2013 survey of graduating U.S. medical school students found that 30.2 percent had participated in global-health experiences, an increase of nearly 25 percent since the first graduation questionnaire was administered in 1978. The VolunTourism Institute predicts a figure of 20 million STEGHs by 2020.

With the rising number of global-health students and tourists poised to travel, learn, and help–all with good intentions–it is increasingly important to have widely accepted and followed guidelines for operation of these programs. The tools produced at our upcoming conference will, I hope, become a model for equitable and sustainable projects to be followed by academic and tourist institutions alike.

2016-12-02-1480717807-9058579-Raufman_HuffPo.pngMs. Raufman the director of the medical student global health programs, and the associate director of the Einstein Global Health Center. She has worked in public health research in New York City, Kenya, and Russia.

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Watch 15 Years Of Earthquakes Rock The Planet

Make no mistake: Earth is a powerful and, at times, violent planet. And if you had any doubts, this new jaw-dropping animation ought to put them to rest.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center released a video Friday mapping every earthquake as it occurred from Jan. 1, 2001, through Dec. 31, 2015. 

The visual as mesmerizing and enlightening as it is frightening.  

As seen above, earthquakes appear as colorful circles, with colors representing depth, and size representing magnitude. Each second represents 30 days. 

There’s no shortage of activity ― Earth’s tectonic plate boundaries light up like a Christmas tree. 

At the end of the animation, every recorded tremor over that 15-year period is shown, followed by only those quakes greater than magnitudes 6.5 and 8.

“This time period includes some remarkable events,” including several quakes that caused “devastating tsunamis,” NOAA wrote in a post about the animation.

Those tsunami-generating quakes include the devastating 9.1-magnitude tremor in Sumatra in 2004, an 8.8 magnitude in Chile in 2010 and the 9.0-magnitude quake off Japan’s northeastern coast in 2011 that killed nearly 16,000 people and caused a meltdown of nuclear reactors at the Fukushima nuclear power plant.

For more information about the animation and to view an interactive version, visit the NOAA’s website.

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The Power of Eloquence

Beautiful Words Have Power
by Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging symbol,” St. Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthians two thousand years ago. “If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that I can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor, and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” Paul bequeathed us faith, hope and love -these three — “but the greatest of these,” he said, “is love.”
Paul passed away, as we all must in our time, but he continues to enrich the human experience with his beautiful words that are timeless. It should be noted that when Paul spoke of love, he was not talking about romance between a man and a woman, but rather love for our fellow human beings. Interestingly, the scholars working for King James translated that key phrase as “faith, hope and charity” which I believe came closer to Paul’s meaning.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in the Declaration of Independence two centuries ago, “that all men are created equal. That they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Jefferson and his editors among the Founding Fathers toyed with that last one. Some wanted to say “life, liberty and property.” But they hesitated to assert that everyone was entitled by God to property. I am glad they chose “pursuit of happiness” instead of “pursuit of property,” for the words are beautiful in their vague simplicity. Like the words of St. Paul, they have stood the test of time and still inspire people.
Some are troubled by Jefferson’s eloquence about liberty because of his hypocrisy as a slave owner, and he was certainly aware of that even within the context of his own time. Jefferson knew slavery was evil and acknowledged as much, saying it alarmed him “like a fire bell in the night” as if he had foreseen the consequences that would ensue for that failure to deal with the worst blot on our nation’s history. That was left for another great wordsmith to deal with.
“Fourscore and seven years ago, our forefathers brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal,” opined Abraham Lincoln at the dedication of the military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in 1863. “We are now engaged in a great Civil War testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.” He concluded his short address with the hope that “government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.”
St. Paul, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln shared a gift for beautiful words – constructing sentences that soar beyond mere communication to touch the heart and inspire humanity to rise above its mean estate. It is difficult to imagine President-elect Trump joining this company – tweets do not often sustain eloquence – but you never know. If he can summon President Reagan’s speechwriter Peggy Noonan back to Washington, anything is possible.
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. “Mac” McKnight, Jr., (USA-Ret) is the author of “From Pigeons to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Change in Military Communications,” published by The History Publishing Company.

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We’ll Remember Cuba’s Ebola Compassion Long After Castro’s Death

While the Cuban government’s accomplishments and failures are still being tallied in the days following Fidel Castro’s death on Nov. 25, the island nation’s health care system is one achievement expected to stand the test of history. 

One striking example of the country’s unique health footprint: For a nation with only 11 million people, Cuba sent an unparalleled number of medical personnel to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the Wall Street Journal reported in 2014.

When Ebola spread through West Africa in 2014, Cuba announced that it would send more than 460 doctors and nurses to West Africa. The epidemic ultimately killed 11,310 people, more than any previous outbreak, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Ultimately Cuba deployed approximately 265 medical personnel to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, according to the World Health Organization.

For comparison’s sake, in November 2014, President Obama promised just 65 health professionals, supported by 4,000 U.S. troops. (WHO said it’s difficult to track actual personnel deployed from the U.S. because they weren’t a unified group like the Cubans were. Americans may have volunteered with nongovernmental organizations, for example.)

“[Cuba] has become something like the world’s first responder to international crises in recent years,” Jon Lee Anderson wrote in The New Yorker in 2014. Indeed, Cuba’s 50,000 roving medical professionals stationed in more than 60 countries are often the first foreign health workers at catastrophes around the world. Cuban doctors, for example cared for almost 40 percent of victims during Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake, according to The Guardian. The deployments are the result of a longtime Cuban program to send health care workers abroad as a way to boost its image and to trade services for goods for the embargoed island.

The Cuban medical response is built on a larger culture of population health. Cuban doctors practice prevention-oriented primary care and are responsible for improving the overall health of their patient populations. Cuba also has one of the best doctor-to-population ratios in the world, meaning the country spends far less money per person on health care costs than does the United States, but it boasts a better child mortality rate and similar life expectancy

According to the World Bank, in 2010 Cuba had 6.7 doctors per 1,000 people, compared with the United States’ 2.5 doctors per 1,000 people.

“Unlike students trained in the U.S. or Western Europe, Cuban students are trained to improve population health status,” Dr. C. William Keck, professor emeritus at Northeast Ohio Medical University, previously told The Huffington Post. 

“We certainly aren’t here. When I went to medical school, I was taught to do battle with disease one patient at a time. You dealt with what came in the door. You didn’t focus much on the community. It’s a much different approach,” said Keck, who is a member of the Medical Education Cooperation with Cuba, a nonprofit that promotes U.S.-Cuba health collaborations.

That dedication to community health extends beyond Cuba’s borders. 

“We know what can happen. We know we’re going to a hostile environment,” Cuban doctor Leonardo Fernandez told Reuters before he left to fight Ebola in West Africa in 2014.

“But it is our duty. That’s how we’ve been educated. This little bit that we have, when people need it, we are capable of sharing. It’s a basic concept.”

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Each year, medical treatments leave millions of patients with chewing and swallowing difficulties. Most hospitals deal with this by puréeing their food. The unfortunate result is that food becomes unappetizing, and patients fail to obtain the nutrition they need. Now, nutritionists Sandra Woodruff and Leah Gilbert-Henderson have written the Soft Foods for Easier Eating Cookbook, an easy-to-follow guide that offers maximum nutrition and taste with minimum discomfort.

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Growing Up Castro

3. What Makes A Life Significant?

Over time Castro’s horizons and political activity widened. In late 1947, at age 21, Castro became involved in the so-called Cayo Confites expedition, a Cuban government-aided campaign to oust the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo, causing consternation in Birán. His response to his mother’s plea to pull out of the aborted mission speaks to his intensifying (and broadening) political commitments. “I can’t pull out, Mama, you must understand,” he wrote. “To overthrow Trujillo is a democratic mission, and if the price is life, then all of us here are ready to pay it.” Early the next year, Castro traveled to Bogotá, Columbia, to attend an international student conference designed to express solidarity with populist governments in Argentina (Juan Peron) and Columbia (Jorge Eliécer Gaitán). Gaitán was assassinated while Castro was there, an event that sparked the so-called Bogotazo, a short-lived civil war, which Castro enthusiastically joined and from which he narrowly escaped thanks to the aid of the Cuban ambassador. It was about this time that U.S. intelligence officials first became aware of Castro, “one of the young ‘student leaders’ in Cuba, who manages to get himself involved in many things that do not concern him.”

Returning to Havana from Bogotá in spring 1948, Castro found himself embroiled in another murder of the leader of a rival student organization. Once again, he was able to formally clear himself of charges, but he emerged from the episode a marked man. The aborted Cayo Confites expedition, the Bogotazo, another unsolved murder at the university–Castro’s name was becoming notorious, and his freedom, if not his life, was clearly in jeopardy. At the advice of family and friends, he withdrew from university politics to the quiet of Birán, an act of expediency that his family mistook for a change of heart.

Juanita Castro recalls her parents’ delight at her brother’s return home. “It’s time for you to think about the future,” his father advised. “Your mother and I have devoted ourselves entirely to the idea of launching you children on a career. Drop all this political nonsense and finish your coursework. Where do you want to study besides Cuba? Choose a university in the United States.” Castro pushed back: “No, Papa, it costs too much to study there. Stop worrying about me and you’ll see that I choose a career.” Really, Ángel insisted, money wasn’t an issue. “You always wanted to go to Harvard, Fidel, and I think this is what you should do. This old man hasn’t lived in vain nor forgotten what he promised: to launch you on an enterprising law career. ”

Lina Castro had her own ideas. For over a year now, Castro had been enamored of a young woman by the name of Mirta Diaz-Ballart, the sister of one of his university friends. “To me it doesn’t matter where you complete your studies,” Lina told her son, “only that you and Mirta are in love. It’s time to start a family. Why not marry and go to the United States?”

Marry the couple did, on October 11, 1948, in what was by all accounts a joyous celebration. They were showered in gifts, the most striking–a pair of antique alabaster lamps–courtesy of past and future dictator Fulgencio Batista, a close friend of Mirta’s family. Next came the honeymoon and a short stay on Collins Avenue in trendy Miami Beach, where Castro bought his first car, a blue Lincoln Continental, for $ 2,000, and in which he and Mirta took off for New York City. Once in New York, the newlyweds rented an apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side while Castro weighed the prospect of graduate study at Columbia. To the surprise of his family, he never enrolled, and the couple returned to Havana in late December 1948. In September 1949, Mirta gave birth to a son, Fidelito, a blessing sweetened the following June when Castro received his law degree and was admitted to the bar. Once again with Castro’s parents’ support, the young family returned to Havana, where Castro opened a law office. Truly, the young couple seemed to have it all: a happy marriage, a beautiful boy, doting families, a comfortable home, a budding legal career. There was even talk of a move to Paris.

There are countless descriptions of the person Castro became after the triumph of the Revolution, positive and negative (rarely neutral). One characteristic stands out among all the others: the man was not to be domesticated. Castro famously worked into the wee hours, dispensing with sleep for days at a time, then disappearing for long naps; he could go for days without a thought to food, then gorge himself to the disgust of many; he worked tirelessly and kept an inhuman schedule, but vanished for sport or recreation without a moment’s notice. In sum, Castro lived for work not family. “Fidel is almost never home,” Mirta wrote her in-laws from Havana, “and in truth I find myself abandoned; we almost never talk and some days I spend entirely alone.”

Another younger sister, Enma, remembers Mirta’s dreams of domestic bliss ending cruelly. First came news that Castro never intended to move the family to Paris, as he had promised. When Mirta protested, Castro exploded (“Fuck, Mirta, stop insisting that we go to Paris!”), smashing alabaster lamps given the newlyweds by Batista, as Mirta retreated in tears. Next came evidence in the form of two boys born to two different mothers that her new husband was something less than faithful, hardly unusual in 1950s Cuba, but inconsistent with the fairytale their life had supposedly become.

Once back in Havana, Castro gave more attention to politics than to the law, ultimately running for a seat in congress as a representative of the Cuban People’s Party (Partido Ortodoxo) in the 1952 presidential election. Founded in 1947 by the firebrand senator Eduardo Chíbas, the Cuban People’s Party appealed to him, Castro told his father, because of its motto “virtue before money,” which signaled its commitment to stamping out political corruption. The election never came off. That March Fulgencio Batista, former dictator and president and fast friend of the Diaz-Balarts, launched his second military coup, suspending an election he was sure to lose and setting aside the 1940 Constitution. Rumor had it that Batista, living in Tampa, Florida, was running short on cash and wanted to refill his coffers.

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WATCH: Embracing the Mystery (Not Having All the Answers)

It can be very frustrating when we don’t know what to do… how to handle certain situations… what the future might bring. But, that’s how life is sometimes – we’re never going to know everything (unless you are Dr. Bernofsky…). So, we can let that be a source of energy-draining upset, or we can accept it. Maybe even embrace it. I hope this will help you do so.

If you are new to tapping, it will be beneficial to also watch the first episode in the “Tap Out Your Fears” series — which explains the basics of EFT — click here.

As with any of my tapping videos, this is an abbreviated process for releasing uncomfortable feelings and enhancing good ones. Some folks may find their fear dissolve after just one tapping session, but for others, it will take some repetition, bringing the discomfort down little by little each time. (Still others may uncover specific issues that are best addressed directly with a wellness practitioner.) In any event, this brief video should help at least take the edge off the discomfort, freeing you up to enjoy life much more. Let us know how it helped you!

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Tapping can sometimes bring up long-buried emotions, which is why I state that, before tapping along, folks must take full responsibility for their own well-being. For more information about that, please read this disclaimer.

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You’ll Never See The Shocking Twist In This Gun Violence PSA Coming

As we approach the four-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a new gun violence PSA is urging viewers to open their eyes to the early warning signs of potentially dangerous behavior.

After their 6-year-old sons were killed in the shooting, Newtown parents Nicole Hockley and Mark Barden teamed up with other victims’ loved ones and community members to create Sandy Hook Promise ― a nonprofit that works to protect children from gun violence.

Today, the organization released a new PSA in conjunction with their national “Know the Signs” campaign. Titled “Evan,” the video offers a glimpse into the lives of high school students. While a dark ending is somewhat expected, the video’s twist takes a surprising direction.

“The PSA demonstrates how easy it is for one to overlook the signs of an at-risk individual demonstrating signs of violence, particularly gun violence, and that when one knows the signs, it can be prevented,” a Sandy Hook Promise representative told The Huffington Post in an email.

#KnowTheSigns.

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The Obamas Light Their Last Christmas Tree As The First Family

The Obamas lit up the start of the holiday season for their last time as the first family of the United States, and they did it with the help of a few sparkling friends.

A parade of celebrities joined Michelle, Sasha and President Barack Obama on Thursday to ring in the season during the 94th Annual National Christmas Tree Lighting at the White House’s President’s Park.

The ceremony, which has been held every year since President Calvin Coolidge began it in 1923, was hosted by actress Eva Longoria.

Some of the country’s most celebrated musical artists from nearly every genre came to celebrate with the Obamas, with performances by Kelly Clarkson, Chance the Rapper, Marc Anthony, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, and The Lumineers.

Obama used the ceremony’s closing remarks to urge the country to love and accept every single person, regardless of faith or race. 

“It’s a message of unity and a message of decency and a message of hope that never goes out of style. And it’s one that we all need very much today,” Obama told the crowd. “After eight years as your president, I still believe that there is so much more that unites us than divides us.”

The traditional ceremony was as wholesome as it was glamorous, with a reading of “A Visit From St. Nicholas” by the first lady and Simone Manuel, the first female African-American swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal.

This year’s tree-lighting marks the last time the Obamas will participate in the White House tradition. Next year’s presidential tree lighting will likely be hosted by the Trump family.

Below, watch the Obamas host their final national tree lighting.

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Fifteen Things I Wish I Had Known in My Twenties

What are the most difficult and useful things people have to learn in their 20s? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Josh Gwin, Founder of RedLine Academy, on Quora:

Here are some very useful things I wish I’d learned in my 20’s. I learned most of them in my 30’s. Better late than never. Sometimes I’m slow on the uptake. I hope these help you.

  1. Try a lot of new things to see what you’re passionate about. I let fear hold me back from trying a lot of things. When I look back, I’m most proud of the things I did despite fear. Take the acting class. Backpacking around Europe.
  2. Travel a lot. Every chance you get. Take ski trips. You can do this so much cheaper in your 20’s.
  3. Focus on experience rather than grades. If you want to go to med school, grades are important. I’ve never been asked my GPA in any job interview. Not one. But I’ve gotten and missed jobs for experience.
  4. Don’t party too hard. Being hungover wastes to much time. You can’t do great things when you feel like crap.
  5. Your current job isn’t your forever job. And that’s ok. I’ve had five different jobs and two businesses. I’ve learned a ton and had a blast.
  6. Your girlfriend or boyfriend isn’t your soul mate. Unless they are. I hadn’t learned enough about myself to make those kinds of decisions in my 20’s. Maybe you have.
  7. Don’t try to figure it all out. You won’t and it’s ok. You don’t ever figure it all out. Life is more fun when you keep learning forever anyway.
  8. Keep your livings expenses low. The big house and the nice car are traps. They make it more difficult to change your situation. You have way more negotiating power when you can live on $ 1000/mo than if you need $ 5,000/mo.
  9. Avoid credit card debt. Pay your credit card off every month. Debt will keep you trapped as well.
  10. Learn to invest money in the stock market. This one is huge. Read the stock series by Jim Collins. If I had read this series in my 20’s, I’d be retired now. This one thing can make you rich.
  11. Save extra money. This is different than an emergency fund. It doesn’t have to be enough to live on forever. Just enough to say FU to a bad situation. Think of it as walk-away money.
  12. Maintain your friendships. This becomes harder as you get older because everyone gets busy, and people have families. Maintain them anyway.
  13. Develop the habit of exercise. Pick a sport you love to play and play it a couple of times a week. I play tennis and do martial arts. I love both of these. It gets harder (but not impossible) to start the habit of exercise in your 30’s.
  14. Help people who need help. This will help you as much as it helps another. It’s almost selfish because it feels so good. Small acts of kindness are magic for you and the person you’re helping. Giving a few bucks to someone who needs it doesn’t just help them.
  15. Don’t spend all your time working. You can always get a new job. You can never get back time with a family member once they’re gone.

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How D.C.’s Mayor Plans To End The HIV Epidemic In The Capitol’s Backyard

More than 13,000 people are living with HIV in Washington, D.C. That’s 2 percent of the city’s population, or double the rate that constitutes an “epidemic” in the eyes of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nancy Mahon, global executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund, the philanthropic arm of the cosmetic company MAC, says it’s “shameful” that the infection rate is so high “in the backyard of our nation’s Capitol” ― especially given the United States’ leading role in funding international AIDS work.

While D.C.’s infection rate has fallen from its height of 3 percent in 2009 ― a rate that was higher than that of West Africa ― the level of infection is still unacceptable, said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser at an event Thursday kicking off the city’s newest plan to combat the epidemic.

Last year, Bowser and the city’s department of health announced that they would work with the Washington AIDS Partnership and the DC Appleseed Center for Law and Justice on an initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the District by 2020. The effort, they said, would be known as the 90/90/90/50 Plan.

They outlined the details of that plan on Thursday, during an event scheduled to coincide with World AIDS Day. The plan stresses four goals: to ensure that 90 percent of D.C. residents living with HIV will know their status; that 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV will be in treatment; that 90 percent of people in treatment will achieve viral load suppression; and that there will be a 50 percent decrease in new HIV infections, all by 2020.

This plan builds on the 90-90-90 goals that UNAIDS, the United Nations organization committed to dealing with the disease, set out two years ago. D.C. joins New York state and San Francisco, which have set similar goals.

Those places are leading the charge nationally, said Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. This plan is the kind of thing that leads to a tidal wave of cities trying to copy cities,” Fauci told The Huffington Post. “The goal is that we should be striving for this worldwide, but if we can do this in the U.S. in high-level cities, this is a good step in the right direction.”

To achieve those goals, D.C. plans to build on the success of the city’s needle exchange program, which has reduced the number of new HIV cases among injection drug users by 95 percent since it was introduced in 2007. The city’s plans also include educational programs for health care providers, a push to reduce the stigma around the disease, and an effort to increase public awareness and accessibility of treatments like Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP ― a drug regimen used to prevent infections among people who are at high risk for contracting HIV. It also calls for renewed efforts to make sure D.C. residents have access to stable housing, which the plan’s authors say is essential to overall wellness goals.

I don’t think it’s any mistake that both the mayor and the director [of the D.C. Department of Health] are African-American women, and they are the first people in the country to do this.
Nancy Mahon, global executive director of the MAC AIDS Fund

The MAC AIDS Fund has also provided a $ 1 million grant for a marketing campaign to encourage D.C.’s black women to use PrEP. Black women are the second highest at-risk group in the district, accounting for 1 in 6 new HIV diagnoses.

“I don’t think it’s any mistake that both the mayor and the director [of the D.C. Department of Health] are African-American women, and they are the first people in the country to do this,” Mahon said ― a reference to Bowser and to DOH’s Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt.

The MAC AIDS Fund has donated a total of $ 8.7 million to D.C. over the past decade. The latest grant is part of its $ 6.6 million initiative aimed at curbing HIV rates in cities around the globe, with campaigns in Paris, Berlin, Mexico City and London.

Walter Smith, the executive director of DC Appleseed, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving public policy problems in the nation’s capital, said Thursday that the innovation in D.C.’s 90/90/90/50 Plan lies in its public and private partnerships, which he hopes can serve as an example for other cities.

“Given where we started, we came from a situation where the District of Columbia was setting a bad example for the nation ― we all knew where we were with HIV/AIDS was absolutely unacceptable,” he said. “We have come so far [from] that with this plan. We are on the verge of setting a good example for the nation.”

Fauci went even further in his praise.

“The dynamics of plans like this,” he said, “can turn around outbreaks.”

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A Plea To Electors

On my knees — where I usually pray — I plead with our electors to meet on December 15 and decide together how to vote for a U.S. President on December 19, 2016.

Those electors who are pledged by their states to vote for Donald J. Trump should reconsider their pledge. There is good reason to reconsider. During the campaign, candidate Trump told lies that led to his election. During the interim between the popular election and the inauguration, the truth is gradually becoming revealed.

For example, candidate Trump told hard hats and other laborers that he would preserve their jobs by threatening an import tax on the Carrier Plant in Indiana should they move to Mexico. Carrier is now planning on remaining in Indiana, preserving 1,000 jobs. Why? Because of Trump’s threatened import tax? No. It’s because Governor — I mean Vice President Elect — Mike Pence gave Carrier $ 700,000 in tax relief. In short, this means tax payers bribed this company to remain in Indiana to provide the presidential team with a moment of public glory. This shining glory hides the darkness of the lie.

Candidate Trump promised to drain the Washington swamp. In a flurry of hiring his millionaire and billionaire friends to earn additional government salaries and pensions, no hires come from the unemployed line workers in the rust belt. Instead of draining the Washington swamp, the president elect is filling it with alligators.

Even though the president elect has reversed numerous campaign promises, one very important item has not been reversed. It appears he will not change his mind on the Iran agreement to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons. To tear up this agreement would make our world a much more dangerous place, for Americans and for everyone else.

The electors have an opportunity to protect America and even to protect the world from ceding power to an unabashedly dangerous individual.

We live in a republic. We live in a representative democracy. I plead with our electors: provide us with a president whom we can trust.

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Stop Expecting Your Life to Be Like a Television Show

What is a hard thing to do in life? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Matthew Manning, on Quora:

What is a hard thing to do in life? Understanding that your life is not a television show.

One of the hardest things to understand about my life has been the fact that it is not episodic. That is to say, most of the time life is not full of “important stuff.” My life isn’t a television show. It is mostly the stuff that happens between each episode.

Most of the time, important stuff happens when you least expect it, and when you’re barely ready for it. The majority of your time will be spent between the important stuff. This includes:

  • Doing laundry.
  • Folding laundry.
  • Grocery shopping.
  • Paying bills.
  • Picking small crumbs up from your floor so as to delay vacuuming.

This is difficult to swallow as you get older and cease to be ushered from event to event and hand-delivered meaningful experiences. Most of the time, we’re doing what has to be done in order to better position ourselves for what we wish to do.

If this sounds like drudgery, that’s because it is. There are some pretty salient myths about the joy of daily life, and I think we are lead to believe that a happy life is one filled each day with intrigue and adventure. We are not the Great Gatsby. Most of my day is a grind – and I actually enjoy my job.

If you can’t be happy with the things in front of you, no great plot line is going to save you from that.

And if you figure out how to do that, tell me how.

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Do Therapists Think About Their Clients Between Sessions?

How do therapists prepare to see a client right before a session? Also, do they often think about their clients in between sessions? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Anita Sanz, clinical psychologist, on Quora:

Before a session, I may have to finish notes, take a phone call, or handle an emergency and may not have much time to prepare to see the next client. Because of the realities of working in a busy practice, I have learned to do an abbreviated version of what I do when I have more time. Time to think about who I am and what I am trying to accomplish, what I do and do not have control over, and what I do and do not have as a responsibility.

I remind myself that I am a human being, well-trained and experienced, yet always capable of learning. I need to go into each session with a balanced combination of confidence and humility. I try to go into each session with as little active memory of the previous one, open to what is possible in the new one, and not thinking about anything else that’s going to happen later in the day. Very easy to set as a goal, very hard to do.

I often try to ground myself by looking outside a window at the trees and the sky to get some perspective, take deep breaths, and even “shake off” the last session. You might laugh at me if you saw me in between sessions doing what looks like a bizarre interpretive dance, but there is nothing like moving and shaking things up to begin fresh. I know therapists who climb up and down a flight of stairs or walk around the building between clients when it’s feasible. Sometimes the requirement to remain calm and thoughtful regarding responses during sessions means that in between sessions, it can feel superb to be the opposite. I guess that if you saw ER physicians or EMTs between crises, they’d not always look composed. Antics are useful for stress management. Being silly on a regular basis is good for the professional soul.

I’ll nuke my coffee or tea, or get more water and offer to get the same for my client before we head back to my office. I’ll take a moment to look at the note I made in the last session about my client’s therapy homework assignment or what the focus of this current session was going to be, if that was decided. After finding out how things have been going since the last meeting, we get down to work.

I think about clients in between sessions the same way that thoughts about the office, school, or work probably filter into the minds of others as they are driving or commuting home or they are having downtime. Even with healthy boundaries and not being in the habit of work following me home, my mind will naturally replay a comment or an incident that happened in therapy sometimes. Rather than spend a lot of time outside of sessions trying to figure out what that’s about, I will “note” it and ask myself to give it some serious consideration when I am back in work/therapist mode.

I liken it to walking up to your house and noticing some weeds growing out of the gutters. You aren’t going to drop everything and throw a ladder up and start scooping out the stuff right then and there, but you’ll make a mental note that “I need to get up there when I have time this weekend and get that done.” I know it’s probably important if something about a client is coming to mind, but it’s a “not now” prioritizing that must be done to protect my time away from the office. I can’t keep doing work away from work, or I would burn out.

If something about a session keeps “breaking through” and I can’t push it away until I’m back at work, I will take the time to sort it all out so I can put it away again, so to speak. It takes time and energy to do that, which is why it is “work” and I try not to let “work” impose upon my non-work time. But as other therapists know, we are human, and our clients and their stories and their experiences can have an impact on us. We have to process that impact emotionally, intellectually, professionally, and as fellow human beings, or the work we do will begin to cause us harm.

I may need to let myself feel something like anger, sadness, or confusion either because that’s appropriate for me to be feeling after having listened to or helping with an individual problem and I couldn’t feel it/process it in the session. Or I may find that I am feeling something powerful partly because my client wasn’t feeling what would have been congruent given what they were bringing up and discussing. That will give me relevant information about what I need to focus on next time, if I’m feeling my client’s feelings instead of my client being able to feel his/her emotions, that’s important to know and address.

Sometimes I just find myself thinking about a client whose work or progress in therapy I am jubilant about, and that’s a good thing. Sometimes I reflect on a patient and just hope they are doing okay and just send that thought out to the Universe. Those ways of thinking about clients not only don’t cause any harm, but they are also beneficial. Just like you might think about a goal you achieved at work that makes you feel good or a co-worker who is going through a rough time and hoping they are having a better evening, it doesn’t take anything away from you. It makes you feel happy, connected and reminds you of one of the reasons why you are where you are and why you’re doing what you’re doing.

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Senate Revives Help For Afghan Interpreters Who Aided U.S. Troops

Legislation to extend a visa program for Afghan interpreters who risked their lives helping U.S. troops during the Afghanistan War has been revived in the Senate, after Republicans torpedoed it over the summer in part due to anti-immigrant sentiment.

Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) this week negotiated inclusion of an amendment in the National Defense Authorization Act, a massive defense spending bill that Congress hopes to pass before the end of the year.

The visa program, which grants visas to Afghan interpreters and other staff, many of whom faced threats from the Taliban, is set to expire in January.

“It is no exaggeration to say that this is a matter of life and death as Afghans who served the U.S. mission continue to be systematically hunted down by the Taliban,” Shaheen said in a statement on Wednesday.

In June, GOP senators omitted the bipartisan and seemingly noncontroversial amendment from the bill, apparently due to anti-immigrant sentiment

As HuffPost’s Jessica Schulberg reported:

Because the judiciary committee has jurisdiction over immigration-related legislation, Shaheen had to first clear the amendment with Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who heads the subcommittee on immigration.

Publicly, the judiciary committee members said they opposed additional visas for the Afghan translators because it’s too expensive, they have unanswered questions about the program, and there are still thousands of unused visas available.

But in a private back-and-forth with Shaheen and McCain, they revealed an alternative reason: They didn’t want a net increase of foreigners entering the country.  

After initially opposing an increase in visa authorizations altogether, a Grassley staffer offered a deal on behalf of him and Sessions: For every additional visa given to Afghan translators, there would be a one-for-one reduction in the number of available diversity visas, which are awarded through a lottery system, a Senate aide familiar with the negotiations told The Huffington Post.

Shaheen rejected Grassley’s June offer. Her spokesman said it “reeks of Donald Trump,” referencing the then-GOP presidential candidate’s racist and xenophobic rhetoric. 

If passed, the current version of the amendment would allocate 1,500 additional visas ― not enough to meet demand. Shaheen and McCain originally requested 4,000 visas, and lowered the number to 2,500 in a version considered earlier this year.

As of July, the U.S. government was processing nearly 8,000 applications for the visas, according to the State Department.

“I’m very relieved that additional visas will be made available in this legislation,” Shaheen said Wednesday. “However, the number of visas needed for those in danger far surpasses what’s provided in this bill.”

The full defense spending bill is expected to come up for a vote in the House this week, and in the Senate next week.

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One Woman’s Life in Discovery

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Physician, pilot, poet, and musician Nancy Elliott Sydnam lives in discovery every day. Originally from Washington State, she spent the last 20 years of her career serving the health care needs of Native villagers in some of the most remote parts of Alaska, applying her medical knowledge and unstoppable ingenuity in situations where conditions were often bleak and resources minimal. She was 81 when she retired. (Read more)

The following mini-movie, narrated by Nancy, explores the idea of listening outside of herself and facing the world with optimism, purpose, and intention to learn every day. It is the first of many examples that we will be sharing of how to Live in Discovery.

Nancy Sydnam’s book, Sideways Rain (Hardscratch Press, 2012), recounts her years of adventure, wonder, and close calls as an itinerant doctor in the Aleutian and Pribilof Islands. It is almost impossible to understand from a small excerpt, but this short passage provides a glimpse into the life and perspectives of this amazing woman.

“Bach Violin Concerto in E” with Mutter is just right. (Oh, thank you Harold Borofsky for the wonders you have taped for me.) I have had a whole day of feeling incompetent for these huge tasks. Alexay is still in cardiac failure. His oxygen saturations are OK, but he hasn’t lost any fluid pounds and still looks awful. We are out of IV Lasix. The weather bad so no flights. I have him on oral Lasix and started Prednisone today. Meanwhile, the gravida three, VBAC, is in early labor and due in 2 1/2 weeks. The danger is that if allowed to labor she may split her previous uterine scar and bleed to death in minutes. She looked at me with big eyes this afternoon and said, “I’m afraid to die.” I can do as well as anyone out here to keep that from happening, but we have no blood. (Read more)

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How Left-Handed People Think And Feel Differently

Lefties historically have had a tendency to get left behind. Until relatively recently, being left-handed was stigmatized, sometimes as an abnormality or sign of weakness. Left-handed children were forced to learn to write with their right hands, often to their significant disadvantage

Of course, we now know that there’s nothing wrong with being left-handed. As University of Toledo psychologist Stephen Christman recently explained in Scientific American, there’s almost no evidence to suggest that lefties are at any sort of physical or psychological disadvantage. For one thing, lefties have comprised roughly 10 percent to 15 percent of the general population for many thousands of years. The fact that the trait has remained stable over many generations suggests that left-handedness is not an evolutionary weakness, as many psychologists of the past believed. 

But handedness does come with certain physiological and neurological differences. Research remains incomplete, but here are some things we know about the unique cognitive and psychological profiles of the left-handed: 

They may be quicker thinkers. 

Lefties may be able to use both sides of their brain more easily and efficiently. 

According to an Australian study published in 2006 in the journal Neuropsychology, left-handed people tend to have faster connections between the right and left hemispheres of the brain, which leads to quicker information processing. The study authors measured participants’ performance on a task that assessed transfer time between brain hemispheres, and one that required them to use both sides of their brain at the same time. 

The research revealed that left-handed participants were faster at processing information across the two sides of the brain ― a cognitive advantage that could benefit them in things like video games and sports.   

They may be left-favoring in decision-making processes. 

The hand you use may have a surprising effect on the way you judge abstract ideas, like value, intelligence and honesty.

A 2009 Stanford University study found that left-handed and right-handed people may engage in an implicit favoring of their dominant side. In the study, participants viewed two columns of illustrations and were asked to judge which seemed more happy, honest, intelligent and attractive. Left-handers implicitly chose illustrations in the left column, and righties tended to choose images on the right side. 

“For left-handed people, implicitly, they think good stuff is on the left and bad stuff is on the right, even though consciously, explicitly, everything in language and culture is telling them the exact opposite,” the study’s lead author, psychologist Daniel Casasanto, said in a statement

Lefties have the upper hand in some sports. 

While less than 15 percent of the general population is left-handed, 25 percent of Major League baseball players are lefties. Why? It may be because they tend to have faster reaction times, as the 2006 Australian study cited above found.

But there’s another reason. Studies have found that lefties seem to have a real advantage in interactive sports, such as boxing, fencing, tennis and baseball ― but this advantage doesn’t extend to non-interactive sports, like gymnastics and diving. It’s possible that because of their different physical orientation and movements, lefties are able throw off right-handed opponents, who are used to going up against other righties. 

Their brains may organize emotion differently. 

Your dominant hand may determine how emotions are arranged in your brain. A 2012 study published in the journal PLoS ONE found that in left-handers, motivation was associated with greater activity in the right hemisphere of the brain, while the opposite was true of right-handers.  

This may have important implications in caring for anxiety and mood disorders, which are sometimes treated using brain stimulation to increase neural activity in the left hemisphere.

“Given what we show here, this treatment, which helps right-handers, may be detrimental to left-handers ― the exact opposite of what they need,” one of the study’s authors, psychologist Geoffrey Brookshire, said in a statement.   

Lefties may be more creative thinkers. 

Many experts and studies have suggested a link between left-handedness and creativity. Is it real? Quite possibly. Some research has found that lefties are better at divergent thinking (the ability to think of many solutions to a single problem), a cognitive hallmark of creativity. However, it’s important to note that studies show correlation, not causality, so the findings aren’t entirely conclusive. 

Another possibility, proposed by University College London psychologist Chris McManus in his book Right-Hand, Left-Hand, is that the brains of lefties have a more highly developed right hemisphere, which has been suggested to be more involved in creative thinking. 

There’s one additional potential link between left-handedness and creativity ― one that’s speculative but still intriguing. Growing up in the left-handed minority and seeing themselves as different from their peers, some children may come to develop what’s known as an “outsider’s mindset,” or a tendency to have a self-image that’s more individualized rather than group-oriented. Such a mindset can predispose a person to develop qualities like independence and non-conformity, which psychologists have linked to creative thinking and innovation

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Judge Lets Wisconsin Officials Decide How To Perform Presidential Vote Recount

MILWAUKEE, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Local officials in Wisconsin will decide for themselves how to carry out a presidential election recount after a state judge on Tuesday rejected a lawsuit by former Green Party candidate Jill Stein to have the ballots counted by hand.

A recount of Wisconsin’s three million votes is set to begin on Thursday after Stein’s campaign requested the audit and paid the state’s $ 3.5-million filing fee, state election officials say.

Dane County Circuit Judge Valerie Bailey-Rihn ruled that Wisconsin’s 72 county clerks will not be required to count ballots by hand as Stein requested in a lawsuit filed on Monday, Attorney General Brad Schimel said in a statement.

Bailey-Rihn said Stein’s lawsuit, backed by the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, fell short of Wisconsin’s legal standard to ban use of ballot machines in a recount and failed to show enough evidence of fraud or other issues, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said.

“I follow the law. That’s who I am, despite my personal opinions,” said Bailey-Rihn, the Journal reported. “It’s (the counties’) decision. It’s their discretion. I may disagree with it  but I must follow the law.”

The ruling will not deter Stein’s efforts, a lawyer for her campaign recount effort said, referring to the hand counting of ballots as the “gold standard.”

“We are calling on all counties to respect the will of Americans across the country and across the political spectrum, and follow the recommendation of the judge, and conduct a hand recount to ensure the accuracy, security, and integrity of this election,” Matthew Brinckerhoff said in a statement.

Stein has also sought a recount in Pennsylvania on Monday, just hours before the state’s deadline, and her campaign said she would file a similar request in Michigan by its deadline on Wednesday.

“Election integrity experts have independently identified Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsinas states where ‘statistical anomalies’ raised concerns,” her campaign said on its website, seeking donations to pay for recount filing fees.

Donald Trump’s stunning victory in the presidential contest has unleashed talk of recounts, with the Republican president-elect contributing a surprise twist.

On Sunday, Trump tweeted that “serious voter fraud” occurred in California, New Hampshire, and Virginia, states that Clinton won.

All three states rejected Trump’s claim, and the White House on Monday said there had been no evidence of widespread election fraud in the presidential contest. (Reporting by Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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More than $ 411 billion a year lost in U.S. due to lower productivity levels, study finds
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Why You Shouldn’t Focus on Finding a Passion in Life

How do you know if you’ve discovered your passion? originally appeared on Quorathe knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights.

Answer by Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, author of Now, The Physics of Time, on Quora.

How do you know if you’ve discovered your passion? You talk as if there is one passion in your life, one that you have to uncover to lead to fulfillment. I think that approach is fundamentally flawed. I believe that the great life is full of many passions.

You use the word “discover.” Right! Keep on learning. Don’t expect to settle down when you find one passion; keep looking for more. Passion after passion after passion.

As you get older, you will become exposed to many new things, things you never realized existed. Even when you are 50 years old, you have touched only a tiny fraction of the world. Don’t focus too early on one.

I’ve said this before, but it is an example worth repeating: My daughter Elizabeth majored in math. When she was filling out the forms for graduation, she discovered that she had inadvertently fulfilled all the requirements for a major in literature; that wasn’t her intention, she had just been exploring. She took a job in Europe working for the OECD, something that was neither math or literature. Later she became involved in a start-up company in the UK, and finally, she returned to the US where we set up the non-profit Berkeley Earth to study environmental problems. Was she following her passion? No. How could such a career have been conceived of by a youngster? She was exploring. She loves her work.

Exploring is an adventure. It is full of uncertainty. It is much more challenging to explore than it is to follow your passion; there is much more uncertainty. If you feel that you must avoid all anxiety, then it is a very uncomfortable way to go. You live with doubt. It is not easy; in fact, it is full of wrong directions, and when you find yourself on a path that is not going where you want, you have to be ready to get off. (As my wife did when she quit IBM to go back to school to study architecture.) But exploration is the only good way to learn enough about the world that you can discover many passions that you never knew you had.

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The Heartbreaking Reason This Mom Won’t Dye Her Gray Hairs

After an online commenter said she looked like an “old hag” due to her gray hairs, a 31-year-old mom and blogger responded with a powerfully emotional video.  

Rachel Farnsworth, who blogs at The Stay At Home Chef, explained her reasons for not dyeing her hair in a video called “Why My Gray Hairs Make Me Happy.” After noting that her husband wants her to keep her natural hair so that they can “grow old together,” Farnsworth shares some sobering information about herself.

“I have a rare autoimmune disease that means that I will most likely never live to be 70 years old. Every sign of aging that I have is a sign that I’m still alive. A lot of people don’t get the privilege to ever get to live to be old. And I probably won’t either.”

Instead of wasting time on criticism of herself and others, Farnsworth says she wants to focus on living her life. She encourages others to prioritize positivity as well. 

“The world needs more people who will build each other up instead of tearing each other down,” she said. “The world needs more men like my husband who are willing to encourage women to embrace who they are.”

Hear, hear!

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Traffic Obstacles Often Reflect Area’s Growth – So I Try To Face Them With a Smile

By Jim Smith
UCF Forum columnist

What comes to mind when you hear the term “obstacle course”? Most of us might think of a rope wall, water pit or monkey bars that must be conquered.

If you are competing against someone else or even yourself, this obstacle-course navigation would be timed. Fastest time to the finish line with the fewest penalties wins.

But my daily obstacle course is not a fixed set of obstructions; instead, mine are all different sizes and shapes and move at different speeds.

I’m talking about my 52-mile daily commute to work on four major highways in Central Florida. Traveling from Rockledge to Kissimmee via Interstate 95, State Roads 528 and 417, and Florida’s Turnpike there are a myriad of obstacles ranging from tractor trailers to small motorcycles and everything in between weaving in and out of traffic.

On any given morning, I could come across a school bus stopping to pick up children, large trucks delivering products to stores, dump trucks that have just picked up a load of gravel from a Cocoa plant, or construction crews working on the highway for the day. Then there are other delays to watch out for, such as traffic accidents, heavy traffic volume or maybe bad weather. All these things can slow your drive to a crawl, turning your morning or evening reflection time into a tense time. Instead of a relaxing drive home to unwind after work, you might feel like Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Daytona International Speedway trying to stay with the leaders at 200 miles per hour.

Do you ever wonder what some of the root causes are for the heavy traffic we face each day in Central Florida? Is it because our local economy is flourishing with more jobs, new homeowners moving in, and more students attending our schools? I would say yes to all of the above.

Are there solutions to the daily obstacle course?

There are fixes in the works as we speak. Key roads are being expanded and the I-4 Ultimate project is a prime example of that. What about new-home construction of all kind, new businesses moving to the area and new schools being built or on the drawing board.

These are all positive signs for our area but will they make the traffic problems go away? Not in the near future, but a guy can dream can’t he?

There are a lot of days in my travels when I ask myself: Where did all these people move from? Where are they all going to work and shop? What new roads will be popping up and what existing roads are going to be widened?

On the other hand, if the roads were empty, no new homes or schools were being built, or no new companies were moving to Central Florida, what would our future hold?

So, it is with reluctance that I tip my cap to my daily obstacle course and relish the challenges of driving to work on busy highways and byways. Without this hustle and bustle, our daily routines would not be as challenging and we would not witness the reminders of the growth in Central Florida.

I have been fortunate in my travels over the past 3½ years to be in only one minor incident involving some road debris. Just after I started commuting in 2013, I hit a 2×4 board in the middle of SR 528 that another driver ran over and threw into my lane. It happened so fast, all I could do was run over the board doing about 60, the board went under my truck and blew out my tires on the back, damaging one rear quarter panel. Minor damage and only a minor inconvenience.

My wish for you as we begin another holiday season is safe travels from point A to B and not too many obstacles in your path.

Be accepting of a traffic jam every now and then that might slow down your day’s hectic pace. And maybe an obstacle or two on your drive will make things interesting.

Just try to face these daily obstacles with a smile and your day will be brighter.

Jim Smith is assistant director of the UCF Valencia Osceola Campus. He can be reached at Jim.Smith@ucf.edu.

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77 Emotional Photos Of Preemie Parents With Their Babies In NICU

Overwhelmed. Anxious. Joyful. Afraid. These are some of the many words parents of premature babies have used to describe their feelings in the NICU.

As Prematurity Awareness Month comes to a close, we’re honoring the preemie parents who coped with the rollercoaster of emotions and surrounded their little fighters with love and hope. We asked the HuffPost Parents Facebook community to share photos of themselves with their babies in the NICU and recall how they were feeling in that moment.

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Top Congressional Watchdog Uninterested In Trump’s Conflicts Of Interest Before He Takes Office

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump’s election to the presidency has raised serious questions about a web of potential conflicts of interest. Democrats are already calling for congressional probes. But there’s one Republican who seems unconcerned: House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

Chaffetz told The Huffington Post Tuesday night that Trump hadn’t even been sworn in yet. “So give him some time to organize, get their staff and their counsel all situated,” he said.

Chaffetz added: “It’s sort of ridiculous to go after him when his financial disclosure is already online.”

That financial disclosure, which Trump himself has said is inadequate in evaluating his wealth, offers broad ranges for a politician’s assets, and allows Trump to roughly approximate his net worth, which he pegs at more than $ 10 billion. (Forbes says it’s closer to $ 3.7 billion.)

The real issue, however, isn’t what Trump is worth. It’s the businesses that come in contact with the government and can be used by foreign governments to influence him.

Take, for instance, Trump Hotel in Washington, D.C. Foreign diplomats are already saying they’ll book rooms in order to curry favor with the incoming president, and, perhaps more troublingly, Trump is about to violate the lease for the hotel, which is in the historic Old Post Office. The lease states that no elected official “shall be admitted to any share or part of this lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom.”

As soon as Trump takes office on Jan. 20, he will be in violation of that agreement, but the agency tasked with enforcing the lease, the General Services Administration, will report to Trump. He’ll even appoint the next administrator of the GSA.

When HuffPost raised this conflict of interest with Chaffetz on Tuesday night, he shrugged it off as nothing out of the ordinary.

“I think that’s true of every president,” Chaffetz said. “That’s not a unique situation.”

When HuffPost disagreed ― again, presidents are not normally renting out government properties ― Chaffetz doubled down. 

“Yes, because what you find is that most presidents, including, and I think Vice President Biden, gets a check from the Secret Service,” Chaffetz said.

“Joe Biden and others,” he continued, trailing off. “So we’ll examine those issues. We’ll be vigorous in our oversight.”

Chaffetz seems to be referring to payments from the Secret Service when agents are housed on the property of their protectees, and Chaffetz seems to believe those contracts are precedent for Trump’s arrangement with his hotel in Washington.

The ranking Democrat on the oversight committee, Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), totally disagrees.

“They’re clearly unprecedented,” Cummings told HuffPost Tuesday night. “I’m really trying to help Trump avoid a phenomenal minefield.”

Cummings said he had asked Chaffetz for an investigation into Trump’s conflicts of interest because the president-elect should “clear up” these situations before he takes office. “The Trump Hotel at the Post Office is a perfect example,” Cummings said.

Presented with Chaffetz’s comment that the Trump Hotel issue was akin to the Secret Service paying rent, Cummings just shook his head.

“He’s operating 111 companies in 18 countries,” he said. “Come on!”

Trump also owes a foreign bank over $ 300 million, and construction on one of his foreign properties might have been expedited after he talked with the president of that nation. 

Cummings did say he thought the pressure for Chaffetz to investigate Trump would become untenable, and that the committee would eventually hold a hearing.

That would be consistent with Chaffetz’s own statements, in fact.

When HuffPost suggested that he seemed unconcerned, Chaffetz disagreed. “I said we’re going to look into them. He’s not a federal employee yet, so,” Chaffetz said.

Asked what “look into” these issues meant ― a hearing, a formal probe? ― Chaffetz said that wasn’t “defined yet.”

“We’ll see what the issues are,” he said.

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The Uneasy feeling

It seems like something that is difficult to shake. At every life stage we go through, we continuously have an uneasy feeling, and it’s sort of there constantly in the background. Nagging us continuously creating doubt, fear and making us question our abilities. It is an invisible dialogue we have no matter how successful or confident things seem on the outside there is that ever pervading doubt.

I think this may be a survival mechanism, an animal instinct to always be on the lookout. Nobody likes to acknowledge this side of themselves, it puts you in a vulnerable spot. It’s the social media world now, where what is posted is perfection, happy faces, continuous highs and good moments. We are bombarded with images and thoughts which make us feel like that is the true reality, when it is really just a small subset of positive emotions. What is shared is not the whole spectrum of sentiments or authenticity, not only is it a limited view, it is a filtered reality of that small window.

The human experience is very difficult to capture, we try in our own ways. Pictures, videos, writing, art yet nothing can ever describe emotions completely. There is always that part of our experience that only we know that only we live and that only we actually feel. That is our inner truth, our unfiltered reality.

That uneasy feeling is actually our reality that we ignore, that we consistently refuse to engage in discourse with. The participation of understanding yourself, your true inner self is the first step of spirituality. It is the step that seems the most difficult because we are so used to living externally, our image our reputation, our looks, everything creating noise from the true reality of who we really are, and what our real purpose in life is or should be.

Facing anything takes courage, but facing yourself is the most daunting task of all. It is why most refuse to do so and continuously live in a state of superficial reality. We create a numbing environment full of things around us, and put value on temporary objects. Our self-worth becomes less of the inner truth, rather more about what we can project to society.

Our worth is not in our things, it is not in our relationships, it is not in our accomplishments. Our worth is something we have within, that we are born with, it is just given to us for free and that is probably why we take it for granted. It is too simple so we make it complicated that is a gift we have as human beings, to complicate simple things.

The only way to cure the uneasy feeling is to embrace it, own it, and understand it. Applying the coating of acceptance will begin to bring some peace and contentment. In an otherwise noisy world silence is the key, it is the only truth.

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6 Science-Backed Tips For Falling Back Asleep That Actually Work

There’s nothing worse than being wide awake at 4 a.m., staring at the ceiling and willing yourself back to dreamland. Middle-of-the-night wake-ups can happen for many reasons, making it hard and frustrating to combat in the moment.

How about we break the cycle tonight? We’ve partnered with Sleep Number to bring you six scientifically proven tips and tricks that will have you back to sleep in no time.

1. Try Acupressure

Acupressure is an ancient therapy that involves finger placement and pressure over specific points on the body. These points follow the same channels, called meridians, used in acupuncture. Putting pressure (or needles) on these points is believed to promote blood flow and unlock tension ― among other benefits like alleviating lower-back pain and headaches.

Leigh Gilkey and Siri Michel, licensed acupuncturists and founders of Essential Acupuncture in Chicago, say that self-administered acupressure before bed can promote a restful night of uninterrupted sleep and, in the event of an unwanted nighttime awakening, can help get you back to sleep. A couple of their favorite points to treat insomnia include:

  • Anmian, located behind the ear. Behind the ear is a bone called the mastoid process.  Place your finger on the mastoid process and slide back off the bone and slightly upwards. Look for a little depression and press in a downward motion.
  • Liver 3, located on the top of the foot. Place a finger between the first toe and the second toe and push toward your ankle. There is a depression before the junction of the first and second metatarsal bones. Simply pressing on it or pulling in a downward motion is great for activating this point.

2. Dunk Your Head In Ice-Cold Water

Yes, you read that right. Submerge your face into a bowl of ice water; making sure the area below your eyes and above your cheekbones is wet. Hold your breath for 30 seconds before coming back up for air. This will trigger your mammalian diving reflex, an involuntary human response that will automatically slow down your heart rate and encourage your body to calm itself by activating the parasympathetic nervous system. You will be left feeling relaxed and, you guessed it, more ready for sleep.

3. Reach That Big O

The reason most of us sleep soundly after sex is because oxytocin, the “love hormone,” counteracts stress hormones that can keep you wide awake. Likewise, the endorphins released during sexual activity ― be it solo or among partners ― are like nature’s sedative, working in tandem to help you fall asleep and stay asleep.

4. Grab A Snack

That anxious awakening you get in the middle of the night could be the result of low blood sugar, studies show. The adrenal glands, two walnut-shaped organs that sit atop the kidneys, play a key role in regulating blood sugar, especially as you sleep. When your blood sugar drops significantly through the night, these grands release stress hormones that trigger the body to raise blood sugar levels, and stress hormones are no friend to your beauty sleep.

While midnight snacks might not be great for your waistline, there are healthy food options to help you fall back asleep, says Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and sleep specialist. He suggests eating a 250-calorie snack made up of 75 percent carbs, 25 percent protein. Things like an apple with nut butter, a small bowl of non-sugar cereal or frozen Greek yogurt are good options, he says.

5. Dim Those Lights

The next time you wake in the middle of the night and head to the kitchen for a midnight snack or a glass of water, try keeping those lights as dim as possible. It’s the same science that proves blue light exposure from cell phones has a bigger impact on decreasing melatonin levels than other light wavelengths.

“Nighttime light exposure … suppresses the hormone melatonin, which plays an important role in regulating sleep and circadian rhythms,” Breus says in a blog post on his website.

Though unscientific anecdotes such as living by candlelight can purportedly be better for quality sleep and mindful living, there are safer options. Instead of turning on a light the next time you head to the bathroom in the middle of the night, try instead using a dimmer or another softer light source. You can also buy commercial products that will help limit exposure, like the bulbs from Lighting Science. “These will filter out blue light but still give a nice overall lighting solution,” Breus says.

6. Keep It Cool

Falling back asleep may be as simple as lowering the thermostat. Your core body temperature drops at the onset of sleep, which means that a too-warm (or too-cool) room may wake you up. The National Sleep Foundation suggests keeping the bedroom temp around 60 to 68 degrees to get you back to sleep. It’s the ideal temperature scale to layer on those PJs, blankets and duvet cover.

 If you start to feel slightly overheated during the night, try stick one or both feet out from under the covers. Because we’re mammals, the palms of our hands and feet help regulate our core body temperature. Think of them as nature’s thermostats.

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