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Former Manson Family Member Leslie Van Houten Denied Parole By California Governor

July 22 (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Friday overturned the parole recommendation of Leslie Van Houten, who as a follower of cult leader Charles Manson, took part in one of the most notorious mass murders of the 20th century.

A two-member panel of California’s Board of Parole Hearings in April recommended parole for Van Houten, 66, who is serving a life sentence for stabbing to death Leno and Rosemary LaBianca in their Los Angeles home on Aug. 10, 1969.

Manson, also serving a life sentence, directed Van Houten and his other mostly young, female followers – known as the Manson Family – to murder seven people that month in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war between whites and blacks.

“I find the evidence shows that she currently poses an unreasonable danger to society if released from prison,” Brown wrote in his decision.

Van Houten was found guilty of the LaBianca murders in 1971 and sentenced to death but that conviction and sentence were overturned on appeal. She was retried, convicted and sentenced to life in prison in 1978.

The La Biancas were stabbed to death, after which the killers used their blood to write “Rise,” “Death to Pigs” and “Healter-Skelter,” a misspelled reference to a Beatles song, on the walls and a refrigerator door.

Among the victims of the Manson Family in August of 1969 was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members.

Four other people were stabbed or shot to death at Tate’s home on Aug. 9, 1969, by Manson’s followers, who scrawled the word “Pig” in blood on the front door before leaving. Van Houten was not involved in the Tate murders.

Manson is serving a life sentence at Corcoran State Prison in California for the seven Tate-LaBianca killings and the murder of another man, Gary Hinman, in July 1969.

Van Houten, who has been incarcerated for 46 years, has “developed greater maturity, independence and responsibility” and has “led a pro-social lifestyle,” Brown noted in his decision. She also earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees while in prison, where she has received positive commendations from staff, Brown wrote.

However, Van Houten has said she committed the crime because she was manipulated by Manson and that she was following his orders, claims that were refuted by Brown in his decision.

“Van Houten’s statements give the false impression that she was a victim who was forced into participating in the Family without any way out,” Brown wrote. (Reporting By Brendan O’Brien; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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11 Ways To Instantly Connect With Anyone

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Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that the ability to connect with others is a natural, unteachable trait that belongs to only a lucky few. It’s easy to fall prey to this misconception. In reality, this ability is under your control, and it’s a matter of emotional intelligence (EQ).

Research conducted by Matthew Lieberman at UCLA shows that being social and connecting with others is as fundamental a human need as food, shelter, and water. For example, Lieberman discovered that we feel social pain, such as the loss of a relationship, in the same part of the brain that we feel physical pain.

The primary function of this brain area is to alert us to threats to our survival. It makes you realize how powerful and important social connection is. We’re hard wired to be social creatures.

“The most basic of all human needs is the need to understand and be understood.” -Ralph Nichols

MRIs of the brain show that social thinking and analytical thinking involve entirely different neural networks and that they operate something like a seesaw. When you engage in analytical thinking, the social part of your brain quiets down, but as soon as you’re finished, the social network springs back to life.

The social brain is the end of the seesaw where the fat kid sits; it’s our brain’s default setting.

Given that social connection is such a fundamental human need, you’d think that it would be easy to connect with everyone we meet. Unfortunately, that’s not the case. Against our own self-interest, we get bogged down by shyness, self-consciousness, cynicism, pride, competitiveness, jealousy, and arrogance.

If you can get that baggage out of the way, you can connect with anyone–even those who are still holding on to their own. Here are some tips that will help you to connect instantly with everyone you meet.

1. Leave a strong first impression. Most people decide whether or not they like you within the first seven seconds of meeting you. They then spend the rest of the conversation internally justifying their initial reaction. This may sound terrifying, but by knowing this, you can take advantage of it to connect with anyone.

First impressions are tied intimately to positive body language. Becoming cognizant of your gestures, expressions, and tone of voice (and making certain they’re positive) will draw people to you like ants to a picnic. Using an enthusiastic tone, uncrossing your arms, maintaining eye contact, and leaning towards the person who’s speaking are all forms of positive body language that high-EQ people use to draw others in. Positive body language can make all the difference in a conversation. It’s true that how you say something can be more important than what you say.

2. Be the first to venture beyond the superficial. Our first conversation or two with a new acquaintance tends to be pretty superficial. We portray a careful picture of ourselves, and we stick to nice, safe topics. We talk about the weather and people we know in common and share the most basic details about ourselves. But if you really want to connect with somebody, try upping the ante and revealing the real you. You don’t need to get too personal, but it’s important to let the other person know what you’re passionate about. Most of the time, if you open up, the other person will follow your lead and do the same.

3. Ask good questions. If the other person seems hesitant to open up, encourage them to do so by asking substantial questions. “What do you do?” doesn’t further the relationship nearly as much as, “Why did you choose your profession?” Search for questions that will help you to understand what makes the other person tick, without getting too personal.

4. Learn from them. In the course of his research, Lieberman concluded that our educational system would be much more effective if we tapped into the social side of learning, rather than trying to squash it. For example, the best way to help an eighth-grader struggling with math would be to have him get help from another student. Apply that same principle to your life, and be willing to learn from the person you’re trying to connect with. Not only does that make them feel more bonded to you, it makes them feel important. It also shows that you’re willing to be vulnerable and aren’t too proud to admit that you have much to learn.

5. Don’t make them regret removing the mask. If your new acquaintance does you the honor of opening up, don’t make them regret it. Sarcasm, criticism, or jokes that might make the other person feel judged for what they’ve shared are major faux paus. Instead, empathize with their approach to life, which you can do even if you don’t agree with their beliefs, and then reciprocate by revealing more about yourself.

6. Look for the good in them. Our culture can often predispose us toward cynicism. We seem to focus on finding reasons not to like people instead of reasons to like them. Shut that cynical voice off, and concentrate on looking for the good in a new acquaintance. For one thing, that keeps you from writing someone off too soon, but more importantly, when you expect the best from people, they’re likely to deliver it.

7. Smile. People naturally (and unconsciously) mirror the body language of the person they’re talking to. If you want people to like you, smile at them during a conversation and they will unconsciously return the favor and feel good about you as a result.

8. Use their name. Your name is an essential part of your identity, and it feels terrific when people use it. You shouldn’t use someone’s name only when you greet them. Research shows that people feel validated when the person they’re speaking with refers to them by name during a conversation. When you meet someone, don’t be afraid to ask their name a second time if you forget it right after you hear it. You’ll need to keep their name handy if you’re going to remember it the next time you see them.

9. Follow the platinum rule. We all know the golden rule, and it’s pretty easy to follow. The platinum rule is harder to follow because it requires us to treat people the way they want to be treated. Not only does doing so make the other person more comfortable–and therefore more likely to open up–but it also proves that you’ve been listening and have really heard what they’ve been telling you. And that shows extra effort on your part.

10. Don’t make it a contest. We’ve all seen the stereotypical sit-com scene where two guys in a bar spend the night trying to one-up each other. The same thing happens when you meet someone new. Their accomplishments and life experience sneak up on you and make you feel the urge to make yourself look just as good (if not better). Doing so may stroke your ego, but it doesn’t help you to connect with them. It keeps you focused on yourself when you should be trying to learn about them and find common ground.

11. Turn off your inner voice. One giant thing that keeps us from connecting with other people is that we don’t really listen. Instead, we’re thinking while the other person is talking. We’re so focused on what we’re going to say next or how what the other person is saying is going to affect us down the road that we fail to hear what’s really being said. The words come through loud and clear, but the meaning is lost.

You must turn off this inner voice if you want to connect deeply with people. So what if you forget what you were going to say or if the conversation moves in a different direction before you have a chance to make your point. If your real goal is to connect with a person, you have to shut off your own soundtrack long enough to focus on what they’re telling you.

Bringing It All Together

The good news is that we’re programmed to connect with each other; we just keep getting in our own way. Try these tips the next time you meet someone new, and watch a superficial conversation turn into a real connection.

How do you connect with people? 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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Alcohol Is Even Deadlier Than You Think, Study Suggests

A new study suggests that alcohol is a direct cause of cancer in several areas of the body.

The study, published Thursday in the scientific journal Addiction, consists of a major review of 10 years’ worth of studies from several organizations, including the World Cancer Research Fund, the American Institute for Cancer Research and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

And its conclusions are dire. 

Nearly 6 percent of cancer deaths worldwide can be linked to alcohol, including in people who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol, the study concludes. “From a public health perspective, alcohol is estimated to have caused approximately half a million deaths from cancer in 2012,” wrote study author Jennie Connor, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The study determined that there is a strong link between alcohol consumption and cancer in specific areas of the body, such as the liver, colon, esophagus and female breast. There are also causal contributions in other areas such as the prostate, pancreas and skin. 

How alcohol causes cancer is not deeply understood, according to the study, but it is thought to depend on the “target organ.” For example, cancers of the throat, mouth and liver can be largely attributed to a carcinogenic compound called acetaldehyde. Salivary acetaldehyde levels have been found to reach high levels when drinking.

Breast tissue is another area that seems to be particularly susceptible to alcohol.

Connor noted the United Kingdom’s Million Women Cohort study, which found that women who drank 70 to 140 grams of alcohol per week experienced a 13 percent increase in breast cancer and a 5 percent increase in total cancer compared to those who drank less than 20 grams per week.

Unfortunately, the amount you drink might not matter all that much. While heavy drinkers have a higher risk of liver, colon and laryngeal cancer than light drinkers, all drinkers have the same risk of mouth, esophagus, breast and pharynx cancer.

Connor also acknowledges that some of the studies she reviewed show that those who drink light to moderate of alcohol have a reduced risk of developing cardiovascular disease than abstainers.

But many epidemiologists agree that research confirms alcohol actually causes cancer, Connor wrote, while the relationship between drinking and heart disease is not as conclusive.

For example, other lifestyle factors beyond alcohol consumption ― such as a person’s healthy behavior and demographic conditions ― typically put abstainers at a higher risk than those who moderately drink. Connor cites a 2005 study that showed 27 out of 30 risk factors for cardiovascular disease were more prevalent in abstainers than moderate drinkers. 

“Promotion of health benefits from drinking at moderate levels is seen increasingly as disingenuous or irrelevant in comparison to the increase in risk of a range of cancers,” she wrote in the study.  

As a solution to alcohol-attributed cancer, Connor suggests everyone should reduce their alcohol consumption, not just heavy drinkers. 

“Population-wide reduction in alcohol consumption will have an important effect on the incidence of [cancer], while targeting the heaviest drinkers alone has limited potential,” she wrote in the study. 

However, most people today are hesitant to adapt to the facts. While the majority of the population readily accepts that smoking causes lung cancer, “alcohol’s causal role is perceived to be more complex than tobacco’s,” Connor wrote.

For this reason, simply getting people to stop drinking to prevent cancer ― as many have done in the case of smoking ― is broadly considered unacceptable.

Connor also warns of the backlash that research such as her own may receive from alcohol companies.

“There will be orchestrated attempts to discredit the science and the researchers, and to confuse the public,” she wrote. “The stakes are high for alcohol industries when there is no argument, on current evidence, for a safe level of drinking with respect to cancer.”

Ultimately, alcohol is just one of many factors that can cause cancer, but Connor’s study suggests reducing consumption or even partaking in a “dry period” as steps in the right direction to reduce your risk.

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How To Fight Trump

The political task for everyone on the left (and a lot of other people) is to defeat Trump. But how? Now “how” as in “which tactics will beat him” – though that’s important! – but “how” as in: What kind of country will we have if we defeat him? How will we, the people who won, find a way to live with his supporters in the aftermath?

Here are a few opening thoughts about the political ethics of fighting Trump.

1. Don’t Identify his Supporters with him.

Trump – Trump the candidate; who knows or cares about the man, if he’s in there? – is a liar, bigot, xenophobe, strong man, and bully who plays on anti-elitist resentment, economic abandonment, and wounded white privilege like a maestro. He is putting a white, nationalist, populist identity politics at the heart of the presidential election.

Opponents of Trump should struggle to avoid calling his supporters racists, xenophobes, etc., to avoid addressing them as members of a white identity movement. No doubt some of them at the core of his support already are these things, and need to be fought as such; but many are not, really, or only a little bit and usually in private. But in politics people tend to become what they are addressed as being. That is what makes Trump’s rancid populism so dangerous: it starts from the multifarious stew of political sentiment and brews up something specific and especially toxic. The hope has to be that, when he is gone, most of his supporters will become something else, not double down on this season’s Trumpist themes. The alternative is to find a way to live with a generation of open white identity movements in American politics. That’s not a problem anyone should want. Attacks that identify Trump supporters with his ugly qualities tend to ratify his claim that he is their voice, as he put it in his RNC speech. If people believe that, we fact a long and nasty fight against Trumpism, even if he loses in November. The less they believe he is their voice, the sooner the air can clear and something different can happen.

2. Don’t Blame Democracy.

Some elite commentators have argued that Trump’s success shows the problems inherent in democracy: self-indulgent voters susceptible to flattery, irrational passions and prejudices sweeping the public square. There are many reasons not to accept this diagnosis of Trump, but here’s the simplest. Trump himself palpably has no regard for democracy. He sees it as just another marketing medium, a chance to collect votes and applause as he collects cash and publicity in his other enterprises. Trump regards voters as customers, not citizens, and his business record gives plenty of evidence that he regards customers as suckers.

Trump is not democracy’s harvest. He’s the rotten fruit of oligarchy. Our hyper-capitalist and celebrity-happy culture cultivates the fantasy that rich people are our betters, natural rulers, brilliant and inherently interesting. Trump is the extreme version of that money-culture deformation of democracy. His version fills the populist wing of the Republicans, while the big-donor Citizens United version fills the Jeb Bush wing.

If we beat Trump, there’s going to be plenty of temptation to recoil from the democracy that gave him his votes. Pundits will say that populism as such is a threat to political decency, and that democracy is a problem for wise elites to manage, not a source of legitimacy and an ethical imperative. We need to resist this. Trump is fundamentally an anti-democratic figure, with no respect for ideas of civic equality or responsible self-rule. His “I am your voice” is self-branding, self-marketing narcissist’s version of strongman politics. If we defeat him but allow him to define what democracy means around here, democratic principles will be the losers.

3. Hold the Left.

Trump name-checked Bernie Sanders during his RNC speech. Of course he did: Trump has the bully’s instinct for dividing his opponents. He would love to collect some Sanders supporters in November; but even more, he would love to turn Sanders’s principled social-democratic campaign, which was opposed to every part of the oligarchic and exclusionary America Trump celebrates, into a caricature of itself, a bunch of angry people, like the ones at his rallies, but with less beer and more weed. Hillary Clinton’s pick of moderate Tim Kaine as her running mate confirms that she and the rest of the Democratic establishment have no interest in keeping alive Sanders’s drive for economic security, stronger democracy, and a society where solidarity has a fighting chance against anxious self-interest. They would like his voters, but, as was abundantly clear all along, his politics is not theirs, and will not be. They will run as responsible managers of the economy, stewards of a familiar liberal-hawk American foreign policy, and people who believe in government, but not in ways that would threaten their donors.

It’s important to remember what the Sanders campaign was for: an economy that is less divided and frightening to navigate, a government more responsive and accountable – in short, a country that is more democratic and less alienating. Defeating Trump shouldn’t turn into defending the system he is attacking. His attacks are opportunistic, and a Trump victory would make things worse, especially for the most vulnerable. But he is succeeding, in part, because there is so much that should be better. The left should emerge from this fight with a program that speaks to the young people who went overwhelmingly for Sanders, the older and non-white voters who tended to Clinton, and those of Trump’s supporters who are not essentially misogynists and bigots, and really do hope to see a better country. Better or worse, we will all be sharing it. No political victory can change the difficult fact of being stuck here together, which is why we have politics in the first place.

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The ‘Couple Notion’ Is A Myth

We naturally think a couple is made of two people and for good reasons. When two individuals start being romantically involved and choose to be together, this notion of “couple,” or a pair of people teaming up on their life’s journey, takes form in our minds. Intuitively, we begin thinking of that new relationship as an ensemble of two folks. Right? Well, we think it’s false. The “Couple Notion” is a Myth.

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You see when a couple gets formed, the new “unit” may look like it is a party of two, but the reality is very different. It’s more a group than anything else; it’s an extension of two. Both partners are bringing all kinds of folks along for the ride: parents, friends, siblings, work colleagues, maybe children, extended family members, ex’s, fellow college students, etc. And that group will change for sure as the couple lives on. Some new members will be added while others will simply leave. However, the couple’s reality is that its core group members will stick around and, like it or not, will have an influence on the couple’s relationship.

Soooooo… since a couple is truly an ensemble composed of a group of people, why are we surprised of its complexity? Look, human beings are emotional containers. We all start off the ride with what God has already poured in us, but as we go on, we continue to fill up our emotional containers with layers of physical and spiritual experiences. Some of these layers obviously get thicker than others and simply carry more sensitive weight. That’s why the fabric of it all makes up for who we are, or as many say, the product of our environment is simply “who we end up being.”

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That’s why we need to be conscious of that if we intend to see our relationship flourish. To be clear, we are not advocating that you should kick out all of your acquaintances and focus solely on your partner. In fact, it’s not only good to be inclusive and share our lives with others, it is also a responsibility. But what we are saying is that at one point, we all need to step back and remember what made us a couple at the first place! The plain reality is that we did not fall in love with our significant other’s group members. We loved the other person first and then came the crowd… If you truly care about your relationship, at one point it is very healthy to take time to step back together, just you two without the entourage. And with the summer in full bloom, it is a great opportunity to isolate “couples only time.” A time for love rejuvenation!


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Their new book, Relovenship® -Look Within to Love Again! (Xclamat!on Media, 2015) gives inspiration, hope and a step-by-step methodology to people who have had romantic disappointments and are still looking to find “the one.”

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The One Habit For Better Sleep You Might Have Overlooked

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You know that sleep is essential for good health, and you’ve tried everything: munching on sleep-enhancing superfoods, banning screens from the bedroom, and getting sleep tips from Arianna Huffington (she’s serious about it).

But it turns out there’s a super easy, science-backed method for improving your snoozing, and it’s probably one you haven’t considered: sleeping naked. (Sounds great in this humidity, anyway!)

According to a report on The Cut, sleeping in the nude can help you clock those prescribed seven to eight hours and improve the quality of your zzz’s. So prepare to say adios to your trusty pajama set–it’s just not necessary.

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Read on for three benefits of going to bed in the buff.

1. It’s cooler
According to a study by the University of Amsterdam, you get better–AKA deeper–sleep when you have a lower body temperature. So when your skin is cool from not wearing anything (ever felt the heavenly sensation of cold sheets?) it’ll be easier for your body to drift into a quality sleep. Added bonus: It’s cheaper than blasting your air conditioner.

2. It may boost your metabolism
A study done in 2014 showed that cool temperatures alter your body fat and metabolism. Lowering your body temperature by sleeping naked will do that, by burning calories as your body attempts to keep warm. It’s kind of like the best workout ever.

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3. It helps with intimacy
Sleeping nude not only benefits your body–it can help with your relationship as well. Having intimacy issues? Hit the sack without any clothes on, which can trigger a release of oxytocin, AKA “the love hormone.”

And if nudity is not your thing, just make sure your PJs are made out of breathable material (bye, synthetics). The cooler you feel, the deeper you’ll sleep.

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The Reality Show That Never Ends

The law and order guy was on the other night. He talked about how violence was up, killings were high and that there was a need to restore “law and order.” The whole tone of the presentation was almost apocalyptic, “watch out or the world as we know it will be over in five minutes.” The guy then added, “Oh, by the way, I understand all of this and I’m the only one who can fix it.”

Really? Whatever happened to the admonition of being wary of messiahs? This messiah to be is not in the form of an itinerant preacher, rather one who wears expensive suits and strikes a silhouette pose a la Alfred Hitchcock.

The movie “The Truman Show” cleverly chronicled the life of Truman Burbank, a character portrayed by Jim Carrey , who believed that his entire thirty-year life was being broadcast on television.

Somehow, watching the events of this campaign season reminds me of “The Truman Show”. A candidate spins a narrative and promotes a campaign where countless things are said, constant disparaging remarks about individuals and whole classes of people are made and yet incredulously there is little or no substance behind any of the rhetoric.

In the movie “Schindler’s List”, the protagonist character Oscar Schindler is heard to say: “I don’t do the work. I do the presentation.”

But unlike Oscar Schindler who really saved the lives of hundreds of Jewish people who would have met their death in concentration camps without his intervention, the law and order guy doesn’t appear to be doing much work at all. He is, however, very big on the presentation.

Reality television works because it sells a fantasy. Viewers watch these shows in order to get a voyeuristic bird’s eye view of the trials and travails = and vicissitudes of people’s lives, especially the lives of celebrities.

What is unique about this current political season is that it resembles a reality show that never ends. The carnival barker is here displaying his promotional wares and programs for sale. There is a lot of bravado, but there isn’t much of anything else. When the carnival barker gets mad, he then threatens.

Whenever times of economic and political uncertainty emerge, there is usually the accompaniment of anxiety and fear. Needless to say, fear and anxiety have been capitalized greatly by the law and order guy this election season.

Can we proceed as a country that is motivated by continuing hope and promise, certainty and optimism in terms of who we are as a people and nation? I hope we can. The tumult of the carnival midway and the endless reality show we have witnessed should give pause for concern by all.

We need to ask anyone who would be a potential leader for all of us to give us much more than an empty bombastic reality show. Our country and our world need much more concentrated collaborative thought, policy enactment, governance and above all leadership.

May it be so.

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WATCH: Refocus (Getting Back on Track)

There are a lot of things going on that are demanding our focus – and take us away from where we can be most powerful and do the most good for ourselves and others. I hope this will help.

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!

For a picture of the tapping points — and more info on EFT — click here.

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.

Until next time, feel free to tap along with any of the many videos I have on YouTube or the many recordings I have at www.TapWithBrad.com.

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The Psychological Reason Conservatives Band Together Faster Than Liberals

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By Drake Baer

When Donald Trump picked the Mulan-hating, Titanic-loving gubernatorial goober Mike Pence to be his vice-presidential pick, he said that it was about “party unity.” And indeed, as the flopping of the Never Trump movement at the Republican National Convention shows, the GOP has indeed rallied around Trump — why else would Ted Cruz get booed offstage for withholding his endorsement?

It’s a fascinating display of what political psychologists have come to call “shared reality theory.” Similar to how some people need certainty more than others, researchers have found that people are more or less motivated to get their beliefs reconfirmed by the people around them. Sharing reality functions as “a sort of social glue,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign psychologist Chadly Stern and Stanford University researcher Robb Willer write in a new column for the Washington Post, “without which we would be unable to communicate, work in teams and achieve shared goals.” When you have a strong sense of shared reality, it helps you to come to think that your “beliefs reflect objective reality” and that they’re shared by your friends and family.

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As you may surmise by the way fans of right-wing commentator Rush Limbaugh refer to themselves as “dittoheads,” studies indicate that conservative people have a higher need for “shared reality.” Liberals, on the other hand, tend toward the opposite — rather than wanting to share the same reality with their kin, they’re more motivated to be unique, agreeing with statements like “in group activities, I’m somewhat of a nonconformist,” while conservatives are more likely to agree that it’s important to them to “see the world in a similar way” as others do. And in matters both political (abortion) and nonpolitical (coffee) conservatives are more likely to overestimate how much their beliefs match those of their fellow conservatives, while liberals underestimate how much their beliefs are like other liberals. And guess what: According to Stern’s research, people who report that they think their peers share their beliefs with them are more likely to vote.

Therein lies the difficulty of organizing liberals, which Stern and Willer compare to the “proverbial herding of cats” in their Post column. The liberal impulse to nonconformity may be what drives social progress — but it also makes it harder for the party to unify, the Democratic Party, to be precise. It’s a fascinating irony: Liberals might be theoretically more collectivist, pushing for policy that benefits the public good, but their individualism makes it harder to build a coalition. Just ask your nearest Bernie bro.

[Washington Post]


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Here’s Yet Another Reminder That Muslim Immigrants Can Be Heroes

At 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday ― one day after a major American political party officially picked a man who has called for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. to be its presidential nominee ― a man in a gold SUV tossed an electric device through the window of a marked New York City Police Department van parked in Manhattan’s Times Square. 

The device made a clicking sound and had a flashing red light. 

“I’m sitting there and we had just gotten in the van, we were talking and next thing I know, something hits my hand,” NYPD Officer Peter Cybulski later recalled. “I look at it, and I’m like, ‘Boss, it’s a bomb.’” 

Cybulski’s boss, Sgt. Hameed Armani, was sitting in the driver’s seat and thought both men were about to die. But Armani ― a Muslim immigrant from Afghanistan ― immediately became concerned about the safety of the throngs of people in Times Square.

“We both look at each other,” Armani said when he recounted the incident later. “I was like, ‘We’re going to go, but I’m not going to have anybody else go with us.’”

The pair decided to keep the device in the van and drive to a less crowded area. Armani said they both “said our prayers” while driving. 

This could be the end, they thought. 

“One thing that crossed my mind really quick was my daughter,” Armani said. “She’s 12 years old, she watches TV now, she understands the news, so every time I leave home, she says, ‘Dad, promise you’re gonna come home.’”

About a block away, Cybulski and Armani found an area with fewer people. They removed the item from their van and placed it on the sidewalk. 

The police department later determined that the the device was not a bomb. Everyone was safe.

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton called Cybulski and Armani “heroes of this department, heroes of this city” during a press conference on Thursday. 

“They put their own lives at risk so that they could save potentially hundreds, if not thousands, of people in Times Square,” Bratton said.

In a Facebook post that same day, the NYPD Muslim Officers Society wrote, “Can you please inform Donald J. Trump and others against ‪#‎Immigrants‬ &‪#‎Muslims‬ about this ‪#‎Heroic‬ ‪#‎NYPD‬ officer of ‪#‎Muslim‬ ‪#‎Afghan‬ roots (our proud member) and his partner.”

According to the group’s website, Armani is among nearly 1,000 members of the NYPD Muslim Officers Society, some of whom are immigrants like him. 

Similarly, there are an estimated 6,000 Muslims serving in the U.S. military, including many immigrants. Take Hanif Sanghi, for example. Sanghi joined the U.S. Army after emigrating from Pakistan. He served in combat in Afghanistan and earned a Bronze Star. Or consider the story of Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan. Born in New Jersey to Muslim immigrant parents, Khan joined the Army and was killed in Iraq in 2007. 

The stories of these immigrants and their families offer a sharp rebuke to Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S., as well as to those who have called for a ban on Syrian refugees coming to their states. 

With those kind of bans, what other heroes might the U.S. miss out on? 

Armani told reporters Thursday that he immigrated to the U.S. from Afghanistan so his daughter could have a better life, and so that he could be a police officer. 

He has been a police officer for 10 years. 

Police identified the man believed to have thrown the device into the police van as 52-year-old Hector Meneses. He was arrested Thursday after a long standoff in Columbus Circle, during which Meneses threatened to blow himself up. No explosives were found in his car. 

Meneses faces charges that include placing a false bomb, making a terroristic threat and criminal possession of a weapon.

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Dial Up The Frequency Of Love — It’s All Good

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“The world has gone crazy!”

“People have lost their minds!”

“It’s not a safe place!”

“The world is going to hell in a hand basket!”

SO.MUCH.FEAR.

How about instead of getting sucked up into that vortex, we dial up the frequency of Love?

Yes, there is a lot of upheaval, chaos, if you will. And instead of trying to control it and being afraid of it, we can look at it for what it is:

The perfect unfolding in which many blessings lie. The new paradigm emerging as the old ones crumble.

It’s all good.

Fear, scarcity and lack are not sustainable anymore. That’s why it’s showing up more than ever. It’s fighting for it’s last breath. It’s always been there – all the horrors that are happening around the world – we just know where it lives now.

It’s in our face.

Why?

Because we are waking up!

I learned that in space when light expands and hits darkness, there is initial friction when they meet before light expands some more.

So, shine on and embrace the friction, knowing that on a grander scale, everything is playing out as it should for one simple reason…

To restore balance and harmony.

Does that rub you the wrong way?

Ah, there’s the friction.

Do you want to defend the limitations of being right? After all, there’s so many stories to support why the world has gone mad. Just turn on the news, read the paper, or log in to the social networks.

Instead, dare to Love even when it seems impossible or even when it feels wrong – after all, shouldn’t we be raging when yet another act of violence has been reported across the globe? Doesn’t that show we care? So, how can we love when atrocities are happening around the world?

How can we not?

I do know from experience that Love is the most powerful frequency on the planet and it’s always there because it’s all there is. We are conduits for that frequency. We can at any moment choose to allow Love to flow through us.

Talk about true power.

Ask yourself how it feels and what it looks like to dial up the frequency of Love when, in that moment, you want to react and post away on social media the expression of your rage.

Pause and pay attention to what comes up for you.

I definitely have my reactions to what’s happening in the world and I have my feelings about it. When I’m triggered, I step away and deal with my emotions first. I allow them to show me what it is I’m really upset about.

I check in with myself before I post anything. Am I coming from a place of Love? If not, I do not post.

These are extraordinary times to be living on the planet. Extraordinary times to be choosing Love.

So no matter what’s happening around you, I dare you to dial up the frequency of Love.

And then pay attention to what happens.

Because, as a friend of mine always says, “It’s all good.”

And it is.

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Nearly 6,000 New Cases Of Female Genital Mutilation Recorded In Britain: Report

Recently released data collected from medical professionals in Britain reported 5,702 “newly recorded” cases of female genital mutilation. But experts say those figures likely don’t represent a complete picture.

A law passed last year requires professionals in England and Wales to report cases of FGM, which helped pave the way for the first-ever survey of medical professionals on the topic.

The Health & Social Care Centre collected information between April 2015 and March of this year from hospital providers, mental health providers and general practices, but warned that the figures should be interpreted with “caution.”

“Data completeness is often low and varies by submitter,” the report noted.

FGM involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs, for non-medical reasons. Consequences from such procedures include urinary problems, increased risks during childbirth and death, according to the World Health Organization.  FGM has been illegal in Britain since 2003.

While collecting such data is key to pushing the government to crack down on such cases, experts say the released figures are lacking.

“It’s great that reporting of FGM by UK health professionals is now mandatory,” Mary Wandia, of Equality Now, said in a statement released to The Huffington Post, “but the numbers…are still just the tip of the iceberg.”

According to Equality Now, 137,000 women and girls in England and Wales are either at risk or affected by this human rights violation. 

While the figures may underestimate the amount of cases, the data reveals some key facts about the demographics of the women and girls who are affected by FGM.

Ninety percent of women and girls with a known country of birth were from Africa. Still, there were 43 newly recorded FGM cases of females born in the UK.

But, as Equality Now pointed out, the data fell short of lending context to the issue, since most of newly recorded cases involved pregnant women.

In total, 87 percent of the women were expecting.

But the fact that pregnant women are opening up about their past is bolstering news in its own right.

Pregnant women who have been cut are at risk for difficult delivery, excessive bleeding, caesarean section and newborn deaths, according to the WHO. 

Oftentimes, because physicians and nurses are concerned about “offending” a patient around their “traditions,” they’re reluctant to engage with an FGM survivor about the risks she faces.

This was the case with Sarian Kamara

Kamara, 39, was cut as a young girl in Sierra Leone, but gave birth to her second of four children in England. While she lay in excruciating pain, she heard the doctors and nurses whispering, but they were reluctant to ask her any questions about her condition, she told HuffPost in May.

All the doctors told her was that she would likely have to have a C-section. 

But, finally, when a midwife who was familiar with FGM approached her about the issue, the two discussed Kamara’s condition candidly. The midwife realized that Kamara could have a safe, vaginal birth if they made an incision near her anus. 

“If we’re thinking this a cultural issue and we don’t want to get involved, we are not safeguarding people at risk,” Comfort Momoh, a midwife who treats FGM survivors at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ hospital in London, said at the Women Deliver conference in May. “FGM is everybody’s business.”

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Here’s What Bernie Sanders Had To Say About Donald Trump’s RNC Speech

CLEVELAND ― Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may have gotten a couple of shout-outs in presidential nominee Donald Trump’s speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention Thursday, but that doesn’t mean he agreed with what Trump said.

Sanders, who recently endorsed presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, live-tweeted Trump’s speech with the hashtag #RNCwithBernie.

And he did not hold back. 

Sanders didn’t hesitate to say Trump was wrong …

… or call him a “hypocrite.”

Sanders asked some hard-hitting questions.

Sanders even went as far as to agree with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Sanders shunned the idea that his followers need Trump for anything.

And he didn’t let Trump get away with climate change denial.

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My best friend is a Filipino with kids as old as me.

It also doesn’t help that she’s female and I’m male.

Now pay attention. I want you to notice what you think about this. I want you to notice what your immediate assumptions are. Do you believe me? Are you not sure? Do you think I must be lying?

Most of the time society assumes the worst.

They think we MUST be in a relationship. We MUST be hiding it from absolutely everybody. But no matter how much dirt my friends or her friends try to dig out, they still come up empty-handed every time.

That’s because there’s nothing happening.

You know what we do? We do things that normal friends would. We sit and talk. We laugh about work. We confide and trust one another. We go out. The chemistry that everyone else sees is so easily mistaken for love, but that’s just because we know each other so well.

I can’t tell you how this happened. The stars aligned and for some reason we had the perfect amount of compatibility. But if you think about it you’ll see why we’re compatible. I’m 23 and I’m very much open to everything. I want to learn from the experience of everyone.

What better way to learn about life than to talk to someone twice my age from another country? And guess what? I’ve learned more than you can ever imagine. It’s the lessons that I’ve learned from this wonderful person that have shaped my decisions for the past year.

She told me one thing, and that was to stay single and enjoy life while I can. She got married when she was 21 and wished she could’ve done things over. I’m currently out in San Francisco, writing in my blog and travelling the United States. I owe it all to her.

The bigger point is that society is too often focused on the wrong things–like age, gender, race, and background. It’s for this reason that our growth as human beings becomes stunted. We only hang out with those our age who want to party and fall in love on a whim. Why not become friends with someone older? Why not learn about the implications of a divorce and marrying early and having children?

There’s a whole wealth of experience that we’re missing out on. The grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Many of my friends rushed to get married before they got to travel outside of their own state. I know from my experience with my best friend that this might not always be the best plan of action.

I learned so much from her.

I learned that being 40 doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun like you’re 21. I learned that being a single parent demands a departure from how you acted before a divorce. I learned patience. I learned that there’s a point where friends become family. I learned that Filipino people have the best hospitality.

My decision to commit social suicide by being seen with a woman twice my age in public paid dividends for me that I’ll continue to reap for years to come.

Friendships can be weird, but I’m convinced that it’s the most beautiful thing human beings are capable of creating. Don’t limit yourself because of what people may think. I say, go for it.

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Researchers Find Evidence Of Zika Virus In A New Kind Of Mosquito

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Brazilian researchers on Thursday said they found signs of the Zika virus in a common mosquito that is a separate species from the insect known to be the primary means of transmission.

They warned, however, that further tests are needed to determine whether the species, known as Culex quinquefasciatus, is in fact responsible for transmitting the virus to humans and, if so, to what extent.

The scientists, from a leading Brazilian research institute known as the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, discovered the Zika traces in Culex mosquitoes captured in and around the northeastern Brazilian city of Recife, capital of the state that was hit hardest by the Zika outbreak since last year.

In March, the same researchers said they had successfully transmitted the Zika virus to Culex mosquitoes in the lab, but were not yet sure at the time whether the species could carry the virus naturally.

The Zika traces, the scientists said in a statement, were found using methods that identify ribonucleic acid from the virus. The findings, they said, “confirm the species as a potential vector of the virus.”

Still, many questions remain to determine whether Culex, even if capable of carrying Zika, would be a significant source of infection in humans.

Culex mosquitoes are more common than Aedes aegypti, the species primarily responsible for transmitting the Zika virus, and are able to withstand more temperate climates. They are common across the Americas and in tropical and subtropical climates elsewhere.

Aedes aegypti has different breeding, feeding and overall habits that scientists say make it an efficient vector for the disease in humans.

Compared with that mosquito, which is fond of urban and household environments and likes to feed on humans, Culex likes to live around trees and other high areas and is as likely to feed on birds and other animals as it is on humans.

“Just finding the virus in another species doesn’t mean that it can efficiently transmit it,” says Jerome Goddard, an entomologist and specialist in mosquito-borne illnesses at Mississippi State University.

Because mosquitoes of various species are capable of carrying any number of infections or parasites, scientists say that eradication efforts for any illness must concentrate on the insects known to best transmit each particular disease.

 

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For RNC Attendees, Putting Clinton In Prison Proves Easier Said Than Done

CLEVELAND ― A clear theme has emerged at the Republican National Convention this week: Put Hillary Clinton in prison. The battle cry adorns T-shirts. It is scrawled on posters. It has even come from the mouths of official speakers at the podium inside the Quicken Loans Arena.

But for all boisterous chants of “LOCK HER UP,” even many of Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters here don’t see any viable path to putting Clinton behind bars. A lot of them acknowledge the complications posed by due process as they call for the imprisonment of the presumptive Democratic nominee for president. And some say the investigators have spoken with regard to emailgate and it’s simply time to move on.

Earlier this month, FBI Director James Comey announced he was recommending Clinton not be criminally charged for the way she handled classified information on a private server while secretary of state. Although he offered a blistering critique of Clinton and her team ― “they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information” ― Comey said there was no proof anyone intended to break the law.

Jack Leinweber, an Air Force veteran from Texas in town for the convention, said he believes Clinton lied, “and we have a major problem with someone becoming commander-in-chief who’s been caught lying.” Leinweber feels certain that if a regular Joe like himself had handled classified information in the same way Clinton did, he’d be headed to the hoosegow.

But as for whether the Democrat should be locked up, “That’s not my call,” Leinweber noted. And if Clinton happens to win the presidency ― unfortunate as it would be ― “we’ll have to support her,” he said. “You always have to support the presidency.”

Donald Larson, a Cleveland-area Republican running for Congress, also said he’d be in prison for doing the same thing Clinton did. A Navy veteran, Larson said he’d handled sensitive information as a communications officer.

“If I had taken a [transceiver] off of the ship, took it to my condo in San Diego, ran all my ship’s message traffic through it, and then brought that back, they’d have hauled me in, put me in handcuffs, I’d be court martialed, and I’d still be in Fort Leavenworth,” Larson, 48, said. “Guaranteed.”

Larson said Comey should have recommended the Justice Department bring charges against Clinton. But now he holds out no such hope. Despite the convention’s primary refrain, he doesn’t expect to ever see Clinton in prison. “It’s done,” he said. “It’s over. That’s not going to happen.”

Pamela Nicolay is more optimistic. A 56-year-old from Placerville, California, Nicolay was walking through the scrum outside the arena proudly holding up a Trump sign. She said she hasn’t voted in a presidential election since casting a ballot for Ronald Reagan, but her passion for Trump was so great that she now finds herself in Cleveland. Nicolay despises Clinton ― if she were to win the White House, “I would run to the store as fast as I could and get as much ammo as I could and buckle down,” she said, laughing. And, yes, she believes Clinton should be in a jumpsuit and talking to her husband through glass.

“Martha Stewart went to prison for way less,” Nicolay said.

So what does the process look like for finally sending Clinton to a federal penitentiary?

“Get rid of the corruptness and the judges and stuff that’s in the Supreme Court,” she said.

Jeff Howe, a former Marine from Nashville, Tennessee, was walking through the crowd here holding a sign that read “Clinton for Prison.” (The same slogan is available on merchandise sold by vendors throughout the convention area; the T-shirts include the name Infowars.com, the website of radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.) 

“She needs to be held accountable,” Howe said. “I have to be held accountable, shouldn’t she?”

Howe rattled off the assorted Clinton controversies ― Whitewater, Benghazi, the emails, etc., all of which were listed on the other side of his sign. “They’ve been doing these things for years,” he said of the Clintons. “You or I do that, we ain’t going to get away with it.”

Howe said he didn’t know if Clinton’s handling of the Benghazi attacks amounted to criminality. And he acknowledged he didn’t know exactly what Clinton should be prosecuted for in order to send her to prison.

“I’m not a lawyer, brother,” Howe said. “But I would think she’s done some things that were wrong and she needs to be held accountable. Does that mean she should be in prison? She certainly shouldn’t be president.”

Howe then started a “lock her up” chant, with a handful of passersby jumping in before it gradually tapered off.

One Trump supporter who didn’t join the chorus was a Cleveland local named Ken, who declined to give his last name. Ken is committed to voting for Trump, believing that, despite his fabulous wealth and luxurious lifestyle, the Republican nominee genuinely cares for working-class folks like himself. But Ken’s devotion to Trump doesn’t extend to a desire to see Clinton sent to the pokey.

“It is up to the criminal system to determine that,” Ken said. “They have determined that she does not belong in prison, and I have faith in the system.”

Standing near a cart hawking Hillary-for-prison T-shirts, Ken made a quiet, personal plea for civility. “I truly feel that there should be common sense and respect for both parties,” he said.

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Nurturing Change

Do you think it’s possible to never change? When a couple tells each other they will always remain the same person for the other, do you think that is realistic? I don’t think so. The one thing that is constant in our lives is change.

Human beings are continuously learning, growing and expanding their perspective. And if someone is not doing that, they are not actually living. The human being has infinite potential and if we do not develop towards progress and advancement, then we are dishonoring are capabilities.

There are two ways a person can grow. One way is internally. The other way is externally. External growth will lead to improved status, higher promotions, more material possessions and better appearance. Internal growth will lead to more compassion, living with purpose and fine-tuned intuition.

Focusing on both the internal and external worlds are necessary for living a fulfilled life. However, contrary to what some may think, true growth is an inside job. The more of a connection we have with our internal world, the more our external world will shine.

How does one make a connection to this profound world that is felt but cannot be seen?

• Through the power of meditation: When we sit in stillness, each second of no-thought we experience becomes a portal into the internal world. It is through stillness and clarity that we tap further into our compassion, purpose and intuition; hence, into our truth.

• Through positive self-reflection: At the end of each day, week, month and year write out everything that happened to in which you’re grateful for. This positive mode of being is also a portal into higher vibrations. Our compassion, purpose and intuition are felt through high vibrations, not low.

• Make a point to be of service more, either to those in your life or through volunteer experiences, or both. When we remove our needs and focus on the needs of others, we relinquish our ego. This lack of ego is also a portal to our internal world. Ego does not reside where our truth resides.

Ego is how people act when they are trying to impress others. Truth is not concerned with impressing others. Yet the interesting thing is, the more we live from our truth, the more we’ll attract people and circumstances to help us shine further. It is a natural mode of existence that light is more attractive than darkness. And living with truth and authenticity is living in the light.

Both the internal and external worlds are important. However, the work we do on the internal world will resonate deeper not just on ourselves and but also everyone we come into contact with. It is important to continuously grow and change. And it is stumping when a person expects another to always stay the same.

Growth should be honored and supported. We live in the era of information and technology. The world around us is moving at a rapid rate. We need to keep up with this growth. And with that said, it is very important to develop a deep connection to the person we truly are on the inside so we do not feel lost on the outside. Our anchor in this fast paced world is the truth within our heart.

The heart resides in the internal world. This is not in reference to the body. This is in reference to the being. Cultivate your being and you have cultivated the quality of your life. So go ahead and change! Just make sure you’re conscientious and expanding your compassion, purpose and intuition (living from your heart-truth).

These high vibrations will resonate onto others, prompting them to change for the better too. The deepest form of change comes through feelings and experience.

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Medical Errors Are The Third Leading Cause Of Death — How You Can Avoid Them

It is astonishing that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. The most recent data indicates that 251,000 deaths are due to medical errors, a frightening number. Every person should be concerned about this.

In 1999, the Institute of Medicine published that 98,000 deaths occurred annually due to medical errors. This was just an estimate and of course they suggested more studies to confirm this.

Recently, investigators at Johns Hopkins Medical Center updated those 1999 figures. They reviewed 4 studies of patients from throughout America between 2000 and 2008, representing over 37 million admissions to hospitals. Medical errors included mistake in medication administration (too much, too little, or given to the wrong patient), incorrect medical plan (patients got the wrong plan for their illness), failure in executing an order, physicians’ omitting something that should have been done or ordered doing something incorrect, and medical actions that did not produce the intended benefit for the patients.

Fatal errors occurred in 0.71% of these hospital admissions. This percent seems small, but it means that among all hospital admissions in America, 251,000 patients would die annually. And to put this in perspective, 614,000 patients die from heart disease and 591,000 from cancer, making medical errors the third leading cause of death. More people die from medical errors than from lung diseases (147,000 deaths), from stroke (133,000 deaths) or from accidents (136,000 deaths).

In another study at Massachusetts General Hospital, one of the nation’s best medical centers, 45% of all surgeries from 2013 to 2014 had drug errors or unintended drug side effects. These included incorrect labeling or dose, or medications ordered but not give. Astonishingly, there was a medication error in 1 of every 20 medications, and about 1 of every 2 surgical operations.

To make these estimates even more frightening, the studies did not include patients receiving outpatient care in their doctors’ offices. Even additional errors, a few of them fatal, probably occur in non-hospital settings. But we have not data to precisely estimate this risk.

What can patients do to protect themselves? Here are Dr. Cary’s suggestions for you.
• Be certain you have a good physician who will answer all your questions and will give you detailed advice.
• In preparing for surgery, you should ask your surgeon about her/his experience with the operation that is planned: how many does she/he do, what is the complication rate, and what is the mortality rate. Ask what steps will be taken to prevent any medical errors.
• If you are not satisfied with the answers, get a second opinion before any surgery is done. For advice on when and where to get second opinions, see my website and book Surviving American Medicine.
• At the hospital, check every medication you are given to be sure it is your medicine, and you know why it is being given.
• Before surgery, personally meet the anesthesiologist and ask what measures she/he will take to avoid errors. Be sure the physician, rather than just a nurse, is giving your anesthesia.
• And if you are having an operation on an arm or leg or breast, take the time to write on the arm (or leg or breast) “this one” and on the other “not this one”. Silly maybe, but better to be safe than sorry!
• When any physician tells you what will be done to help you treat any condition, be certain to ask what alternatives exist and what the benefits and risks of each treatment will be. Get a list of all side effects of any new medication that is prescribed.
• Check with the pharmacist to be sure that no adverse or dangerous interactions may occur between a new medicine you will receive and all other prescriptions and even over-the-counter pills you are taking.
• Review your condition on the internet to get trusted information about the illness, usual treatments, and side effects. The more information you can take to your doctor, the better the questions you can ask and the better your care will be. For a list of trusted internet sites for any condition, see my website and book Surviving American Medicine.
• Remember to have another person (family member or friend) with you in the medical office or in the hospital to be certain all questions have been asked and answered, and that you understand everything.
• Review your medical records. Your physician probably has an electronic health record with your health information and latest visit note. Your hospital can provide you with copies of your physician and consultant notes from your admission. Read these carefully, because any errors (in family history, medications, allergies, past illnesses, treatments received) can be carried forward and account for subsequent errors in your treatment. Ask the doctors or hospital to correct any errors before they harm you.

Medical errors are not rare. Be an active part of your treatment team to be sure you are a survivor, not a victim.

The opinions expressed in this article are those of Dr. Cary Presant and do not represent opinions of City of Hope or any other organizations.

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Come On, Ted Cruz. Nobody Believes You Care About Gay People.

Speaking before a restless crowd at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) said the Bill of Rights protects all people, including members of the LGBT community he’s targeted throughout his career.

“Whether you’re gay or straight, the Bill of Rights protects the rights of all of us to live according to our conscience,” Cruz said.

This view from the senator might be news to many gay people in the U.S.

In 2014, Cruz introduced a bill that would have halted progress on marriage equality by giving states the power to define marriage for federal purposes. Months before, the Supreme Court had overturned a key portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, ruling that it denied same-sex couples the “equal liberty” guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment. The decision paved the way for the repeal of other state gay marriage bans, and in 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples could get married across the nation, and that all states must recognize their unions.

None of this has pleased Cruz.

At a presidential campaign stop earlier this year, Cruz suggested universal marriage equality was a sign the nation was in “crisis.” He also called the Supreme Court’s ruling “fundamentally illegitimate, lawless and unconstitutional.”

Cruz has said he believes “engaging in homosexual conduct is a choice” and that businesses should be able to legally discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

When Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, now the GOP vice presidential candidate, moved forward on a bill to allow individuals or corporations to cite religious beliefs as a defense for denying service to customers, Cruz said the measure was necessary to protect people from “ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties.”

“There was a time, not too long ago, when defending religious liberty enjoyed strong bipartisan support,” Cruz said. “Alas, today we are facing a concerted assault on the First Amendment, on the right of every American to seek out and worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience.”

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I am sure everyone reading this can agree on one thing — the violence and hate needs to stop, and it needs to stop now. I am talking about the daily violence and hatred that is going on around the world. The fire of violence is consuming us, and it seems to be a raging fire. The flames are being fanned every day, on TV, in the news, on social media, on talk radio, at the dinner tables, in the offices down the street.

The violence is committed in the name of justice, in the name of an ideology, in the name of enforcement, for revenge or to right a wrong. I am peaceful man and I will confess it hurts my heart to see such death and hated. We have so much innocent blood being shed for… what?

As novelist and humanitarian Wendall Berry once said, “Violence breeds violence. Acts of violence committed in justice or in affirmation of rights or in defense of peace do not end violence. They prepare and justify its continuation.”

So what can you do to stop it? You are just one person right? What can one person do? I think there are simple things we can all do to help stop it.

1. Start with you. As the old song said: “Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.” If there is to be peace, then you need to start with you by not supporting, condoning, endorsing violence in any way. I see messages on social media that say, “Well I am glad they got justice — they deserved it!” They are endorsing the murder of another human being for justice. This is not justice, it just murder. So even if you don’t commit violence yourself, don’t be the one who feeds the beast in the form of encouragement. Don’t support this kind of behavior anywhere. Make a daily commitment (not just lip service) to being kind and loving to everyone you meet and interact with. Show others in the world that kindness comes on all colors shapes and sizes. It is not going to be easy — nothing worthwhile ever is — and you are going to have days when you are tired and fail. But the next day, get dust yourself off and try again.

2. Start with your family. Teach your children to be kind, to be aware of other people feelings, to give back and to take care of others. Teach them empathy and caring and make it one of your family values. The way to change a culture is first and foremost at home first. Teach them to respect all people or all races creeds and colors. As a parent, show them through your actions how to be a kind soul. Don’t allow them to talk bad about others or to express hate. Let them know that is not how kind people act and that it is not acceptable behavior. As Nelson Mandela once said, “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for loves comes more naturally to the human heart than the opposite.”

3. Start with your neighborhood. Do you know your neighbors? Reach out to them and get to know them. Be bold and knock on their door and say hi. Tell them as neighbors you need to stick together. Have a block party and get to know one another. Let them know you have their back. Take initiative and form a community association. Talk to each other. Have a community of connection and kindness. Our nation is a nation, but it is really made up of one neighborhood, and many neighborhoods make up a town, and many towns make up a state. Many states create a nation. You can’t change a nation but you can change your little pocket of the world, by creating and spreading peace and kindness in your neighborhood.

4. Start to volunteer. There are lots or people in the world that need care and help. When someone volunteers their time and energy to help someone else — hearts are healed and hatred dissipates. It’s hard to hate when you see people cares about you. I have done volunteer work with children, and I have seen the transformation power of what love can do to heal.

5. Start to listen. We need to stop being so polarized — no one wants to listen to anyone who doesn’t agree with them. In Washington DC, politicians just don’t listen to anyone on the other side of the aisle. We must start listening to other people with an open mind and trying to understand their world, their perspective. As Tennessee Williams once said, “I think hate is a feeling that can only exist where there is no understanding.”

I am asking you today in reading this to commit to being a bright and shining well of peace, good will and kindness. Let the cool and deep water of that well extinguish the flames of violence and hate.

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Walmart Unveils New Lines Of Ugly Apples And Potatoes

Walmart has started to see the beauty in ugly produce.

The nation’s largest grocer on Tuesday announced a new initiative to sell “ugly” apples in 300 Florida stores, according to a blog from the company. Beginning in May, the company also started selling misshapen potatoes in and around Texas that would have otherwise been wasted.

These announcements come three weeks after The Huffington Post launched its Reclaim campaign to spotlight the issue of food waste. Part of our effort targeted Walmart in the hopes of getting the chain to stock its shelves with a variety of imperfect fruits and vegetables across its massive network of stores. 

Up to 40 percent of food in the U.S. goes uneaten, according to a study from the Natural Resources Defense Council. Some of the food is composted or turned into animal feed, but most of it winds up in landfills, according to the organization. A significant contributor to the problem is grocery chains rejecting produce because it does not meet standards for ideal size, shape or appearance, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. 

Walmart’s new moves are its first initiatives to sell produce specifically branded as ugly or imperfect on its packaging in the U.S, Walmart spokesperson John Forrest Ales told HuffPost.

“What’s different now is that we’re having potatoes and apples of this grade on the shelf with the branding,” Ales said. “This is the first time the suppliers have come up with brands that are related to selling ugly produce.”

But activists say the effort represents only a fraction of the total amount of cosmetically imperfect produce rejected by grocery stores.

“While this is another good step, it’s still just a couple items,” food waste activist Jordan Figueiredo told The Huffington Post via email. 

What activists are looking for, according to Figueiredo, is a large-scale program selling all types of ‘ugly’ produce ― too small, too large, misshapen, off-color ― derived from the “massive amount of produce” going to waste on farms due to cosmetic standards. They point to what Walmart has done in the U.K., with its Wonky Veg Box, as a good example.

Ales says Walmart has been selling “so-called ugly produce” for years ― putting imperfectly sized avocados and corn, or over-ripe Roma tomatoes, on shelves. He also said a certain amount of sales of over- or under-sized produce is “pretty common across the grocery industry.”  

But food activists say they are looking for more radical changes from major grocery chains, such as large-scale programs to sell ugly produce and educate customers.

In the U.S., as much as 30 percent of all apples and pears grown “don’t make the cut” for cosmetic reasons, according to Walmart’s blog.

A recent study from the Guardian paints even starker numbers: half of all produce grown in the U.S. may be discarded because it’s bruised, misshapen, oddly sized or has some other non-threatening deformity.

Walmart’s new initiatives will make some strides against food waste by bringing potatoes that are “less than perfect” to more than 400 stores across Texas and nearby states, and “ugly apples” to around 300 stores in Florida.

Both items will be sold to customers in bundles at a lower price per pound than traditional potatoes or apples would be, according to Ales.

While Walmart’s two new initiatives are a step in the right direction, both activists and consumers say they want to see more.

On Wednesday, Figueiredo hand-delivered a petition to Walmart with more than 143,000 signatures, demanding that the grocery chain do more to combat the country’s food waste crisis. 

“If produce fails to make the grade for size, shape, or color, retailers deem it ‘ugly’ and refuse to sell it in their stores,” the petition reads. “Tell [Walmart] to add the ‘uglies’ to their store aisles so you can save money, fight hunger and help the environment all in one.”  

Walmart’s stores in the United Kingdom have made more progress than those in the U.S. to sell ugly produce.

Asda, Walmart’s U.K. grocery chain, began selling boxes of “wonky” vegetables earlier this year, for about 30 percent off regular prices. The program proved so successful, the company expanded the offer from 250 to 550 stores in March.  

Now activists in the U.S. are hoping Walmart will do the same in the same here, selling ugly vegetables in its more than 5,000 stores nationwide.

“[Walmart’s ugly potatoes and apples] are also weather-blemished,” said Figueiredo, “which is not consistently happening like most ‘ugly’ produce is: Weather blemished is a one-off thing that happens here and there.”

Ales said the ability to sell ugly produce isn’t entirely in Walmart’s hands, as the amount of ugly produce growers have available can be dependent on external factors like the weather.

There are a number of factors that impact whether a harvest yields so-called ‘ugly’ produce, including Mother Nature,” Ales said. “When this type of produce is available, we look for ways to provide value for our customers and a return for growers.”

But Ales says Walmart has no national plans to sell ugly produce in the U.S:

“We don’t have any current nationwide plans at this time,” Ales told HuffPost. “We do not have specific goals for ugly produce. We’re watching ASDA closely, we brought these two initiatives forward and are continuing to look at new possibilities. There’s always more we can be doing.”

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To Bridge The Police-Community Divide, End The War On Drugs

The killing of black citizens by police in Baton Rouge and Minnesota, the sniper shooting of five police officers in Dallas, and now the ambush killing of three police officers in Baton Rouge are only the latest evidence of a disastrous divide between police and the communities they are sworn to protect.

The fear on both sides feeds on itself, leading police to approach citizens–particularly those of color–assuming the worst, and to citizens anticipating the worst when approached by police. Needless to say, this impedes solving of crimes.

This must change before we dig ourselves in even deeper. Most of the answers proposed in recent days–better training of police in escalation of force, better police-community communication–are useful immediate steps. But for real long-term change, we need structural solutions that address the root of these divisions, and do not depend on sustained effort, attention and good will.

While we talk about reform of the criminal justice system, the more fundamental matter is what we as a society have assigned the police to do. We have given them the task of fighting a War on Drugs, rather than focusing on safeguarding communities.

While the recent events are not themselves drug-related, the War on Drugs has set the stage, and made such confrontations almost inevitable.

The War on Drugs is the main driver of the militarization of law enforcement. Since 1997, the federal “1033” program has given local police over $ 4 billion worth of surplus military equipment–night vision goggles, M-16’s, MRAPS (Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles developed for use in Iraq)–specifically for fighting the War on Drugs. SWAT teams are used primarily for executing drug warrants.

Federal grant money is available to local agencies for drug enforcement. Civil asset forfeiture–allowing the seizure of cash or property that might conceivably be drug-related–is a funding source for local police departments. Both provide powerful financial incentives for police departments to prioritize drug cases.

The result is our phenomenal rate of incarceration–reflecting both drug offenses and the violent crime necessarily associated with an illegal market. With 5% of the world’s population, we have 25% of the world’s prisoners. Even Russia and China have much lower incarceration rates.

The incarceration rate is not spread evenly across the population. While drug use is very similar across racial and ethnic groups, drug enforcement disproportionately targets minority populations. A black person is far more likely to be arrested for drug offenses than a white person, and according to U.S. Department of Justice figures, about one in three black American males can expect to spend time in prison.

The high rates of incarceration severely damage minority communities, breaking social bonds and leaving children without parents, with dire consequences for their futures. Those with convictions are often barred from jobs, loans, federal programs and educational opportunities–cycling them back into the drug economy or the illegal sale of single cigarettes or CDs as the best available options. The cycle feeds on itself, leading to more convictions, even fewer job opportunities, more crime, more fear and more animosity between police and minority communities.

It will take a while to dig ourselves out of the gigantic hole created by the War on Drugs, but as the saying goes, “The first thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is STOP DIGGING.” A problem two generations in the making will not be solved overnight, but stopping the drug war is a systemic nationwide policy change that would immediately remove a major source of conflict between police and minority communities. Expunging convictions will be necessary to change the future for those already convicted.

Take the money now spent on narcotics policing, prosecution and prisons and spend it on regulation, treatment for those who want it, and on addressing the poor schools and other conditions that lead to hopelessness in minority communities.

Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, an organization of 150,000 current and former law enforcement personnel and their supporters, has been making this argument for years. Maybe now it will get some traction. We have reached a tipping point, with police, minority communities and the general public finally realizing that the current situation cannot continue. Too many people are being killed, and there is no end in sight unless we fundamentally rethink what we are doing.

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If You ‘Aspire To Write,’ You’re Doing It Wrong

Throw a stone in the streets of Hollywood and you’ll most likely hit an “aspiring actress”. In New York? “Aspiring model”. And if that stone doesn’t hit those members of the Aspirations Club, it will hit the aspiring singer, or the aspiring rapper, or the aspiring dancer.

Actually, if you throw that stone and it hits someone, you’ll most likely get arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. So ixnay on the owingthray.

But — if you get off the streets and poke your head in the nearest coffee shop, bookstore, or library, you’ll probably find a quieter member of this Aspirations Club: the “aspiring writer”.

As writers, we are so used to this type of cataloging. But I’m here to say that it’s time to drop that label.

Because if you are actually “aspiring”, you’re doing it wrong.

An aspiring dancer doesn’t sit around all day at the studio, whimsically looking at the ballerinas in practice and hoping that, someday, she’ll get off her ass. An aspiring singer isn’t walking around – lips sealed, vocal cords resting – as the music blares in her house or in her car, wondering if, someday, she’ll hum a note or two. The aspiring actress isn’t hiding the scripts under her bed, hoping that, someday, she’ll be able to say a line or two in front of the mirror, let alone a casting director.

No.

The concept of being an aspiring anything is asinine because you’re not aspiring to do it. You don’t dream to achieve it. You already do it.

What do you dream of achieving then? You aspire for success, for recognition, for a chance to make a living off of what you love so much. You aspire to push your boundaries, hone your craft, and get better with each passing day. You aspire to have someone turn around and say, “Wow, what you just did really affected me.”

But what you are not aspiring for is the thing you already do. We have simply become complacent with this label because society has told us that if we have not achieved a certain level of success, then we must be “aspiring” across the board.

As writers, we aspire to get published, to have our voices heard, and to perhaps even pay a bill or two with the passion that we devote so much time toward. We aspire to affect and cause effects. We aspire to finish a certain novel or screenplay or poem. We aspire to flesh out a story idea that has been playing around in the back of our minds for years.

We aspire for so many things, but I have to take a moment to jab a finger at the proverbial chest of many an “aspiring writer”. Because while the dancer goes to practice and the model goes to go-sees and the rapper goes to the pad and pen, some writers go no where.

They are that dancer, sitting in the corner, whimsically dreaming of a day when, they, too, can practice. They are that singer, silent as the ground beneath them, wondering when they, too, can hum a note or two. They are that actress, hiding the scripts under her bed, hoping that someday they, too, can utter a couple lines to the bathroom mirror.

If you are truly “aspiring to write”, you are doing it wrong.

Aspiring writers: get the f*ck up. Lace up those proverbial dance shoes and just do it. Stop telling everyone that you have the idea for the next Great American Novel in your head and take the steps to get there. Pick up the pen — start up the computer — and write down what’s going on in your head.

Dictate. Describe. Expound and extrapolate. Do those tedious writing exercises the same way the musician does those tedious scales. Learn a new word — learn a new rule about grammar — the same way an actor learns a new style of acting. Dive headfirst into this crazy concept called language and bask in its cadence and melody and tune, the same way a dancer dives into the beat when she strides across the dance floor.

Write. Write out your ideas. Write about your day. Write about how nothing is coming to mind and who was I to ever assume I could be a writer? Write out a poem, a short story, a scene, knowing it might be absolutely terrible and you’ll have to delete it. Then delete it. Or realize that what you wrote wasn’t so bad in the first place.

Do not be an “aspiring writer”. Be a writer who aspires for greatness. Or simply be a writer who aspires to let the art of writing affect them, personally and privately, as a human being. Aspire to change the world or aspire to simply change how you interact with the world.

But, for the love of God, do not “aspire to write”.

You have an entire language at your feet: a 20,000+ army that is ready to be shaped exactly how you want them to be shaped — ready to be arranged, rearranged, killed off, and brought back to life at your slightest command.

So stop aspiring. Stop wishing. Act like the captain that you are and lead them.

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Life 2.0 With Gail Becker

When to Jump, an independent media partner of The Huffington Post, is a curated community featuring the ideas and stories of people who have made the decision to leave something comfortable and chase a passion.

At 7 a.m., she caught a plane from New York to Los Angeles. Coming directly from LAX, Gail Becker arrived at the Bullpen with two handbags and a Starbucks cup holder.

Flying in from the East coast was certainly familiar to Gail. In her previous life as an executive with the world-renowned public relations firm Edelman, she traveled often. This cross-country flight, however, was one of her first as an entrepreneur.

I was there for When to Jump, along with a camera crew, to find out what motivates someone to walk away from what many would consider a dream job. We all shook hands and introduced ourselves in the lobby of the Bullpen, the marketing firm Gail hired to brand what she referred to as her “Life 2.0” projects.

While the guys set up the cameras and lighting equipment, Gail and I talked about everything from gun violence to entrepreneurship to Big 10 football. We talked for 15 or so minutes before the cameras were ready and we moved into the conference room. She offered up that she had another coat that she could wear if it looked better. Being four guys with no fashion expertise, it felt like a courtesy but we decided that her red jacket would pop better against the chain-like backdrop. She changed her coat (and shoes), clipped on her microphone, asked for a hair check and we got started.

“How did you know it was time to jump?” I asked.

“I guess it was shortly after my father died, about a year ago,” she began.

Gail attributes her success to her work ethic and fearlessness, traits passed down by her father. An Auschwitz survivor, he made his way to America with literally nothing and eventually built a successful business and family. Gail never lost sight of the sacrifices her father made and even produced a documentary about his return to Auschwitz called A Journey with Purpose.

The death of her father called into question the purpose in her own life. What was she put on this earth for and was she doing it? While helping other women navigate and ascend the corporate ladder was certainly a passion, and Edelman was number one in the world, was Gail Becker even doing what she was called to be doing? And if her calling was elsewhere, was she destined for even greater things in the future or was she a fool for being emotionally greedy?

Gail had the job that most people would sacrifice limbs for. As General Manager of Edelman’s Los Angeles office, Gail was the face of the largest PR firm in the world in the entertainment industry’s most active market. Three awards shows, two movie premiers, a blockbuster album release: just another July on Gail’s calendar.

She had also built a voice as an empowering advocate for women in the workplace through her blog “Yes, I Can Walk in These” and, behind the scenes, worked to increase the presence of women in executive positions by 33 percent.

After 16 years, Gail walked away from that to do something more satisfying that she hadn’t even fully identified yet. One of her largest concerns was how the many women that looked up to her, whom she had mentored and coached for years, would view her. She didn’t want to be seen as a hypocrite or traitor but she also couldn’t silence the growing voice in her head intimating that there was more — that this stop on her journey with purpose was just a layover and it was time for the next leg.

Gail felt relief when she announced her resignation and, instead of spite, received over 2,000 emails from people all over the world encouraging her and congratulating her bravery.

I asked her how it’s been since then: “I want to wake up and work. I’m working harder than I’ve ever worked. But because you’re working on something that you’re passionate about, it’s just a totally different part of your brain. It’s your heart and your brain working together. That is a powerful combination.”

Gail is now writing a book and starting a company that “has nothing to do with PR.” She still splits time between LA and New York but feels much more satisfied doing so after jumping — “Give yourself permission to chase your dreams.” And, stealing a nugget from her final blog post, it’s better to say “oops” than “what if.”

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Roger Ailes Reportedly Out At Fox News

Fox News CEO Roger Ailes will step down from his company in the wake of a sexual harassment scandal, Variety and Deadline reported Tuesday.

The Daily Beast and Drudge Report also briefly reported that Ailes had left the network, before walking back their reports.

Fox News didn’t immediately return HuffPost’s requests for comment. The network’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, denied the reports in a statement.

“Roger is at work.  The review is ongoing.  And the only agreement that is in place is his existing employment agreement,” the statement said.

The bombshell comes after former “Fox & Friends” co-host Gretchen Carlson accused Ailes of sexually harassing her, prompting a chorus of women at the company to make similar claims. 

They were joined Tuesday by Megyn Kelly, one of the network’s biggest stars. New York Magazine reported that Kelly had accused Ailes of harassing her a decade ago when she was a fledgling correspondent.

As HuffPost reported previously:

Several Fox News stars publicly defended Ailes after Carlson accused him of firing her in retaliation for rebuffing his sexual advances, as well as for speaking out about harassment by her “Fox & Friends” cohost Steve Doocy. Six other women have since claimed Ailes sexually harassed them during his time as a television executive and political operative, before Fox News was launched.

When Carlson filed the suit earlier this month, 21st Century Fox said that it was commencing an internal review into the allegations, but that it had “full confidence in Mr. Ailes and Mr. Doocy, who have served the company brilliantly for over two decades.”

Doocy has not commented on the claims.

Asked Monday about Ailes’ potential ouster, Doocy, walking with his son Peter, a Fox News correspondent, turned away and silently got on an escalator.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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How To Collaborate Like Todd Snyder, Rising King Of American Menswear

He’s the once and future king of American menswear. But unless you’re obsessed with Instagram’s growing brotherhood of style bloggers who wear his clothes, you might not know Todd Snyder’s name today ― a fact that he’s OK with (for now) and he’ll be the first to admit that he’s not an American household name … yet.

But after designing outerwear at Polo Ralph Lauren, working as the director of menswear at The Gap and then as senior vice president of menswear at J.Crew (where he launched the Ludlow suit and its NYC-destination menswear shop The Liquor Store), he left J.Crew to launch his eponymous label. Snyder has been “The Next Big Thing” for so long that it feels like Snyder (a Dutch surname that, as it happens, means “tailor”) is finally getting the respect, attention and success that he deserves.

In 2012, Snyder, who cites military, Savile Row and classic American style as big inspiration, was GQ’s Best New Designer in America. A year later, he was a finalist for the Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. Last year, American Eagle announced (to some surprise) that it had acquired the Todd Snyder label, as well as Snyder’s lesser-known brand, Tailgate, for $ 11 million.

He told HuffPost that he plans to open a Todd Snyder shop in Manhattan (his first brick and mortar in the US) that will feature, among other things, a barber shop, tailor shop and bar, in the hopes of bringing the success he’s found in his Japanese locations to his home base in the U.S.

A big reason for all of this success, though slow-simmering, is due to his ability to recognize partnerships where others would see competition. Snyder has designed product with brands that share both aesthetics and customers: PF Flyers, Champion, Superior bags, Moscot and Cole Haan. His most recent collaboration with Timex sold out within its first day.

We spoke with Snyder in his Manhattan studio to learn about why he collaborates so much when he could just do for himself what other brands are doing, to learn his secrets. 

Associate Yourself With Those Who Inspire You.

“What attracted me to Timex was the heritage,” Snyder said. “When I think of iconic American brands, it’s Levis, Champion, Timex, Redwing. Those are the things that, to me are like OK, that says they’ve stood the test of time. They’re still doing today what they were doing when they started, which is making really great quality design.”

Your Competitor Can Become Your Mentor.

“It’s also the ability to sit across from [a brand like] Timex, where within the entire company, there’s a lot of really smart people. They’re talking about marketing and different ways of getting the word out and I’m like, how do you do that? They deal with mega companies, the Targets of the world. Everybody. To be able to sit across from people in that company who have this knowledge is, for me, so exciting because then I learn from that.”

Respect Your Partner’s History. It’s Why You Want To Work With Them.

“To be able to work with companies like those is a dream come true, but my approach is to go in with respect to the heritage and what they’ve built,” Snyder said. “I don’t want to change it, I just want to add a little twist to it and really pay tribute to it, as opposed to starting over. Because to me, that’s not what it’s about ― it’s about taking something they’ve done and adding slight twists to it so it kind of makes it my own, but at the same time doesn’t destroy what they’ve started. And having that appreciation goes a long way so they can trust me. It’s a trust factor.”

Know That Ultimately, What You Make Together Is More Meaningful Than The Sum Of Its Parts.

I don’t think I could ever make a watch better than Timex, and if I did I don’t think it would have as much meaning as something like this,” Snyder said. “Because that’s what people appreciate; you fall in love with the design and you might not know that it was made originally in 1970 but you start to read the backstory on the watch and how it was started and the story about how it was designed, and you fall in love with that story as well. And I think that’s what guys really appreciate. There’s more substance to it rather than just a piece of metal that’s on your wrist.”

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Why Water? Here Are 6 Good Reasons!

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Water is the most essential nutrient for life, so why are we always forgetting about it?

According to the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, what you drink is important for your overall health, even though most people don’t pay much attention to the calories they’re slurping down. And this may turn out to be a costly move — consuming too many calories from beverages may increase your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and weight gain.

Check out these startling statistics from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: beverages with added sweeteners — think soda, gourmet coffee drinks, energy drinks– now account for half of all the added sugar in a typical diet. The average adult drinks 20 percent of her calories — significantly more than the recommended limit of up to 10-15 percent of total calories. That amounts to a limit of 200-250 calories daily for most women and around 300 calories for men.

Fortunately, there’s some good news: turns out, we’re skipping sugary sodas more than ever these days, while sales of bottled water have more than doubled since 2000, according to data from the Beverage Marketing Corporatation This change has slashed up to an estimated 68 trillion calories from the U.S. diet between 2000-2015. Teens also appear to be losing their taste for sugary beverages. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveal that 20 percent of teens reported drinking one or more sugar-sweetened beverage in the last day, compared to 27 percent in 2013 and 34 percent in 2007.

Here are six great reasons to make H20 your beverage of choice.

You’ll Slash Your Sugar Intake
About half of all the sugars in our diet come from sugar-sweetened beverages like soda, energy drinks, sweetened coffee and tea beverages. Replacing just one 12-ounce (140-calorie) soda with water each day is one of the healthiest swaps you can make — and it would cut more than 65 cups of sugar from your diet in a year. Now that’s sweet!

You’ll Sip Yourself Slim
Several prominent studies indicate that a “water diet” is effective for weight loss. People who drink more water (and fewer calorie-containing beverages) have lower-calorie diets. Opting for water in place of a 150-calorie beverage each day would help you shave 1,000 calories per week, which adds up to a loss of about a pound per month.

It’s not just about replacing a calorie-containing beverage with a calorie-free sip. Drinking more water may also help you eat less. One study found that dieters who drank 16 ounces of water before their meals lost about five pounds more over 12 weeks than dieters who didn’t drink water before eating. While another recent report showed that people who took in too little water daily had a 50 percent greater risk of obesity compared to those who were well hydrated. Make sure you drink water for at least half of all your daily beverages (five or more servings) to limit liquid calories.

It Will Up Your Game
Water is the ultimate performance-enhancer. In fact, the ingredient in sports drinks that has the biggest effect on your workout is water — H2O helps regulate your core temperature and maintain blood volume. Without adequate water, your muscles will fatigue, your heart rate will increase, and your performance will suffer. To get the most out of your workouts, be sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after exercise. (If you’re exercising for more than 90 minutes continuously, the carbohydrates and electrolytes in sports drinks are recommended.)

Your Overall Diet Will Improve
Experts don’t know why healthier beverage choices translate to healthier food choices, but research shows the connection exists. A recent study of more than 18,000 US adults found that drinking more water not only reduced calories, but it was also associated with a lower intake of total fat, saturated fat, sugar, sodium, and cholesterol.

You Skin Will Appear Healthier

Your skin is your largest organ, and it’s made up of 72 percent water. So it’s probably no surprise to hear that hydration is essential to keeping it healthy. While drinking more water won’t erase wrinkles, being well hydrated may improve your skin’s appearance. Even slight dehydration can make your skin appear dry and dull, which could make wrinkles more prominent.

You’ll Cut Your Risk for Diabetes and Heart Disease
Reams of research show conclusively that sugar-sweetened beverages boost your risk for type 2 diabetes and heart disease. In one study, women who drank more than one sugar-sweetened beverage had an 83 percent increase in the risk for type 2 diabetes compared to women who drank the fewest sweetened beverages. Other studies reveal a link between sugary drinks and hypertension, high triglycerides, and inflammation associated with heart disease.

Cheers to better health!

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Republicans Vote To Adopt 2016 Platform

CLEVELAND ― After a week of wrangling, Republican delegates officially voted on Monday to adopt their 2016 platform, a policy blueprint that manages to take ultraconservative positions on same-sex marriage, religion, pornography, and even national parks.

The document, which was adopted at the GOP convention by a voice vote, was the product of vigorous debate among the platform committee last week and marks a stark shift for a party that has already seemed to veer toward extremism.

The platform openly opposes marriage for gay and transgender people, states “that man-made law must be consistent with God-given, natural rights,” and calls on the U.S. government to transfer all federally controlled lands to states.

The platform also calls pornography a “public health crisis” while making no such designation for guns, which would allow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study gun violence from a health policy perspective.

It refers to coal as a “clean” energy source, affirms Donald Trump’s plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, and finds other ways to ostracize Latino voters.

While a functionally meaningless messaging document, the platform is a signal of where Republicans stand ― and how they’ve shifted in the last four years. As Trump’s ascendancy to the nomination indicates, Republicans are headed in a direction seemingly at odds with the lessons laid out in an autopsy of Mitt Romney’s 2012 election loss.

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How We Can Come Together When Our World Is Falling Apart

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Here we are, a week later with more images of terror and broken bodies and weeping after Friday’s attack in Nice. And just as I was about to publish this post yesterday, I learned about the policemen shot in Baton Rouge. Then shortly after, the protests in Cleveland.

It seems we must decide for ourselves if we will become who the media says we are becoming. Or if we won’t. If we will prove them wrong and become something new up and out of all these ashes.
 

I want to be a new. Do you?

 

But it doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It doesn’t happen when we’re huddled up on ” a side” or hiding for fear of it all. It happens in relationship. We’ve got to come together when the world seems to be falling apart.

That’s a pleasant thing to say and a harder thing to do. Not because we don’t want to, but mostly because we don’t know how. Sure we can cling to those who are like us and those who agree with us. But what about those who think, act, and look differently than we do?

How do we come together for real, rather than just throwing words around?

Last week, I wrote about how we must humble ourselves and listen to one another. But what does that look like in action?
 

First, it looks like being honest about our own brokenness. Admitting our fears and hang-ups. Opening the hatch on the junk we tend to keep locked in the trunk.

 

The first step is being humble and admitting to ourselves and to God,

I am broken too. I do things that hurt others and hurt myself. I cannot point to the specks in other people’s eyes until I acknowledge and ask for help removing the 2×4’s in my own.

 

Because the 2×4’s in our own eyes are often the things blurring and skewing our vision. They keep us from seeing clearly what is really going on in the lives of others.
 

Second, it looks like getting to know the 2×4’s in our own eyes.

 

We tend to think of our enemies as outside of us, but the most dangerous one can hide within. The 2×4’s in our own eyes are often set with a strong sense of pride, which makes them hard to see.

We can all use help finding these any day of the week. So, try this…

Consider these statements not only for the inciters and perpetrators of hate and terror, but also for people in your community, your neighborhood, your office, and even your home.

  • He/she does/says ____________, and I would never…
  • He/she is absolutely wrong about _________ because…
  • He/she will is never willing to see my side of_______________.
  • He/she doesn’t deserve my respect because ______________.

Am I saying there are not absolutes in this world when it comes to moral conditions?

Not at all.

But I am saying that judgment is to come not from us but from Elsewhere. And it’s not made based on appearance or what we think we see, it’s evaluated by what’s in a heart.  And you and I can’t see what’s in a heart, what experiences make a heart beat the way it does.
 

So third, we must admit we may not have the whole story.

 

That there is absolutely more to the other person than meets the eye.
 

And fourth, we need to learn something about him or her.

 

We need to lay our 2×4’s down, so we can make eye contact, really see the person with an open mind. Whether the person is warm to our effort or not, we won’t be offended (because remember, we are operating without 2×4’s). We can simply say, “I’m sorry we’re in this spot. How can we figure this out together?” Then, listen.

This is where healing starts in our families, our neighborhoods, and our nation. With acknowledgement of our own brokenness and 2×4’s… then the healing words, “Let’s help each other.”
 

Because we are exponentially more together than we can ever be apart.

 

If we really want to do something about the mess we’re in, then we can apply this process to one person who rubs us wrong this week.

Shall we do it together?

If you are struggling with anxiety and fear in the midst of all this upheaval, here is a free guided meditation for you.

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Tackling Obesity With a Secret Superfood Crop

Britain is waking up to its obesity issues. Currently in the UK, three in ten adults are overweight, and run a higher risk of developing diabetes, cancer and heart disease. To combat this, a string of initiatives have recently been launched by the UK government. A tax on sugary drinks and a review of fast-food advertising aimed at children are among the strategies being implemented and discussed.

But is enough being done to ensure more nutritious, convenient and affordable foods are on offer to consumers? How can we stop consumers reaching for that packet of crisps when hunger strikes? This is one of the questions the Global Pulse Confederation asked when it launched a worldwide competition to find the best new recipes, featuring the underutilized pulse family.

Pulses are the edible seeds of plants in the legume family, which include dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas and lentils. Pulses have been hailed as a new “superfood” since they are high in protein, dietary fibre and antioxidants yet low in fat and gluten-free. However, per capita consumption of pulses has stagnated in recent years. When searching for a food that will bring down obesity and heart disease levels, pulses are a fantastic option, so we need to find fresh and exciting ways to incorporate them into our daily diets.

My entry – which won first place in the global virtual competition – is a healthier alternative to that go-to snack, a packet of crisps. And I did it using an ingredient I imagine most UK consumers have never heard of: lupins.

Lupins are cultivated in the Mediterranean region, and belong to the pulse family. Thanks to this wonder crop, the Hand Baked Lupin Bites that I have created are high in protein, fibre and minerals, but surprisingly low in fat and calories. They are also gluten-free, and promote satiety, meaning they will make you feel fuller for longer.

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This week, I will join the other winners of the LovePulses Product Showcase at the Institute of Food Technologists Expo in Chicago, where we will pitch our products to potential investors and retailers. Participants will share their products made from a range of pulses – from savoury snacks to sweet treats.

Eating pulses isn’t just good for you, it’s good for the planet as well. The natural resource bases our agriculture sector relies on are under unprecedented pressure. Land and water are becoming scarce, and agriculture is also being urged to do its bit to reduce global greenhouse gases. Growing pulses are a sustainable option for farmers looking to contribute to a healthier planet. For example, pulses need 20 times less water than animal products to grow. They also help nitrogen accumulate in soil, making it more fertile for other crops to grow in the same soil afterwards. Futhermore, pulses have been shown to emit hardly any greenhouse gases.

Tackling food waste is another added benefit of Hand Baked Lupin Bites. In addition to 60% lupin flour, we also use potato starch in the recipe. This by-product from the potato processing industry is often wasted, but Hand Baked Lupin Bites can make use of it. Each year 1.3bn tonnes of food, about a third of all that is produced, is wasted. That includes about 45% of all fruit and vegetables. Finding ways to utilise the whole food is going to be key to tackling this issue that is putting even more pressure on our planet.

Blooming Food has far exceeded my original objectives to plan and complete a successful research project. It has evolved into the opportunity to produce an on trend commercially viable product with wide appeal in the modern food market. I hope to launch Hand Baked Lupin Bites into retailers across the UK and even internationally; leading to both healthier people, and a healthier planet.

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The United States Needs a Plan, Action, Not Talk

Look on the bright side: You’re more likely to be crushed to death by your wobbly bureau overstuffed with cheap clothes from China or that giant television set, where you’re glued to watching the gory details of the Nice attack, than you are to be killed by a radical Islamic terrorist from Syria.

And that sigh of relief you just heard in my voice? Statistics showing the unlikelihood of meeting my maker thanks to the Islamic State don’t entirely explain it. You see, once I uttered the words “radical Islamic terrorist” out loud, I felt better, apparently. Try it yourself at home with your family. It’s quick, cheap and easy, and if you act now you can be terror-free to play Pokemon Go, eat burgers and enjoy your summer like the members of Congress who just left the Capitol for a seven-week recess.

They didn’t fund legislation to address the opioid crisis or the Zika virus, mind you, and they didn’t do anything to provide clean water to the children of Flint, Michigan or pass common-sense laws to reduce gun violence. Republicans in Congress refuse even to declare war on or vote to authorize military force against the Islamic State, but at least they say “radical Islamic terrorism” out loud and with conviction.

Now only if only President Obama would say it. We would feel better and could get back to the presidential campaign and the riveting selection process Donald Trump used to choose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over other identical-looking doughboys for his running mate.

About Nice and Obama, Trump said to FOX News: “It’s probably, possibly, but if it is, if it is indeed radical Islamic terrorism, it’s about time that he would say so, OK. It’s about time. Because you are never going to solve this problem unless you can define it, and it would be about time.

“People would sigh with relief if he would say it but he doesn’t want to say it,” Trump said.

And it’s we the people he’s talking about. As president, Trump would say “radical Islamic terrorism” for us because what do we know? We’re the ones who decided after 9/11 that flying was too dangerous, so we drove our cars instead — and guess what? More people died in automobile accidents as a result than those killed in the attacks on the Twin Towers.

Of course Francois Hollande, France’s president, said “radical Islamic terrorism” after the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 and Paris in November 2015. And then Nice happened Thursday. A truck loaded with ammunition was used as a bomb by a demented criminal to kill and maim innocent families out celebrating Bastille Day.

Maybe we need more than just lip service to fight terrorism. Maybe — OK, definitely — we need an intelligence surge. When it comes to fighting terrorism — and the politics of fighting terrorism — we need an upgrade from elected leaders and those running for office. Sputtering magical incantations and threatening to kill terrorists families isn’t going to cut it. Building a wall isn’t going to protect us from terrorists. We need a plan by a commander in chief who has relationships with world leaders and a Congress willing and able to work and take legislative action.

Hillary Clinton also called in to FOX News after the Nice attacks. “We are at war against radical jihadists who use Islam to recruit and radicalize others in order to pursue their evil agenda,” Clinton said. “It’s not so important what we call these people as to what we do about them.

“Clearly, what is happening is terrorist groups are seeing that they have opportunities inside France for both home-grown terrorism and importing terrorists. I have proposed a series of measures to combat these kinds of attacks, including launching an intelligence surge and the French and our European friends through the EU, through NATO, individual nations, have to be willing to work with us to try to get better intelligence that will help them and also help us prevent attacks.”

Serious measures are indeed in order, as is clear thinking and an iron will that victory is possible – that the future is as inevitable as it is bright. It’s foolhardy to think we are ever going back, and America can’t afford a president who does not believe our best days are ahead.

“Persévérance, secret de tous les triomphes,” said Victor Hugo, which translated is “perseverance, secret of all triumphs.”

Americans will not be defeated by terrorism, but we risk becoming so profoundly afraid of it that we lose our judgment and suffer unnecessarily as a result. Choosing to drive because terrorists used planes as bombs on Sept. 11 wasn’t a wise reaction; it was one driven by fear. Choosing to isolate ourselves from NATO, Muslims, Mexicans – the world – with walls and words isn’t smart, either.

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From Zero To B*tch In 2.2 Seconds…

I am singing in the bathroom to the song “Happy” while tapping my foot to the music. Quite the juggle as I am putting on my mascara at the same time! Love that song though!

All ready to go out in Hollywood, the first time since being here… My routine is work, work, and travel, and then back to work. So this is a treat, and I definitely went all out to dress for the occasion. I am taking a friend for her belated birthday to the musical “Beautiful” by Carole King.

My friend and I are walking to the restaurant only a few blocks away, and I notice almost immediately a few stares as we proceed down the street. The strange part, the stares are all from women!

I ask my friend if something is wrong with my hair or dress code… By the time we reach the end of the block, I feel uncomfortable. The bounce in my step has diminished, and I am actually not sure why, but I feel that I have shifted internally.

Hollywood as you can imagine is a busy area, especially on a Saturday evening. People are everywhere. Diverse, indeed! You would not expect anyone to jump out in a crowd here!

I stop dead in my tracks and say to my friend, “Why are they are looking me over and giving me the stare?”

She laughs and answers, “Because women are bitches!”

I am gulping air and laughing at her answer… “What!”

“Yes,” she repeats. “Women are bitches. Because they are often insecure and actually can’t stand other women looking good.”

Mmmm… What do they have to be insecure about? I am not the competition. Women should be allies of each other, no? My friend answers that they are not… Surprise…

These women who gave me nasty stares during the two blocks I walked to the restaurant were honest-to-goodness good-looking women, years younger than I am and I guess that surprises me. My question then would be, where does this insecurity come from? I guess they are competitive with their own gender for the attention of men? That’s too bad though, as I was actually not competing!

My friend and I had a whole conversation about men and women and their competitive natures… Women seem to do this with their looks, whereas men tend to compete through sports or their careers.

I dressed for myself, the pleasure of looking great, feeling terrific, and for the respect of the artists in the theatre. It is truly nice to dress up and it was my mistake for letting the stares of others affect me during the first part of the walk.

By the end of the second block, I choose not to react to the stares and to not let other women’s judgment of me affect my evening! I already wasted five minutes!

By the way the Carole King musical is terrific, go see it!

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Thousands Of Venezuelans Cross Into Colombia In Search Of Food And Medicine

SAN ANTONIO, Venezuela, July 17 (Reuters) – Thousands of Venezuelans streamed into neighboring Colombia on Sunday to take advantage of a temporary opening of the border to buy food and medicine unavailable at home in their country’s collapsing economy.

Socialist President Nicolas Maduro shut the border last year in an effort to crack down on smuggling of subsidized products. Venezuela’s product shortages have since worsened, creating further incentives to buy goods in Colombia and bring them back.

A plunge in global oil prices have left the OPEC nation’s government unable to maintain lavish subsidies created during the rule of late President Hugo Chavez, while currency controls have left businesses struggling to obtain raw materials and machine parts.

Venezuelans routinely spend hours in lines at home seeking items ranging from corn flour to cancer medication to auto parts. Shoppers complain of violence in lines, and looting is on the rise.

Bus terminals were packed and hotels filled to capacity in the border town of San Antonio, with many traveling hundreds of miles to shop.

“We got here at 2:00 a.m. and slept here in the street. I came to buy medicine because I can’t find any in my country,” said Erna Millan, 59, who drove 12 hours with two friends with the equivalent of about $ 30 in cash to buy medicine.

“I also came to buy a Cesarean section kit for my daughter, who is about to give birth,” she said.

Crowds of people flooded the bridge that links San Antonio to the Colombian city of Cucuta to cross the border on foot, at times singing the national anthem or chanting “This government is going to fall!”

The governor of Venezuela’s state of Tachira opened the border last Sunday, attracting some 35,000 people, and this weekend allowed crossings both Saturday and Sunday.

Colombia’s government said 44,000 people crossed on Saturday to buy food, medicine and cleaning products and said it expected that number to almost double on Sunday.

“I’ve come to buy what I can’t find in the country – rice, beans, lentils, sugar, toilet paper,” said Elizabeth Perez, 47, a public employee. “I came a few days ago with a group of people so I could cross into Colombia today. We’re only eating once a day.”

Maduro says socialist policies helped reduce poverty in Venezuela during Chavez’s 14-year rule and insists his government is now the victim of an “economic war” led by political adversaries with the help of the United States.

Venezuelan officials acknowledge some difficulties, but accuse media of exaggerating problems to destabilize the government.

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Stranded In The Parking Lot Of Life

A number of years ago, I had returned on a flight from Portland, Or to Chicago, Il . I was living in Waukegan, Il and working in Chicago. I was returning from visiting my family in Pacific Northwest. When the plane landed, I went and got my luggage and then my wife and I proceeded to long-term parking at O’Hare Airport to pick up our car.

We got into the car and were preparing to leave and that’s when we noticed that no cars were moving at all. What was the reason for the stall in traffic ? My wife and I heard several drivers getting impatient, several car horns honking, several people yelling. Finally, it became clear that the exit booth for the parking lot was malfunctioning. The gate guard would not raise up and allow vehicles to leave. The attendant for the exit booth look very frustrated while dealing with all of the irate drivers who wanted to leave but who were prevented from departing because of this technical problem. A half an hour later, the gate problem at the exit booth was resolved and vehicles were able to depart.

Sometimes, you can feel like you are being stranded in a parking lot without the ability to leave. Currently , there is a lot of turmoil in our country surrounding the treatment of citizens, particularly people of color, by police. There is the continuing trauma of terror due to the endless events of violence that we have witnessed in Paris, Brussels, Orlando and now in Nice. Is there an orderly way to leave the parking lot or are we stuck to wait until the gate guard is fixed that will allow traffic to again move freely?

Feeling stuck, either in your personal life or as a country, can be demoralizing. Your aspirations can feel thwarted, your hopes and dreams can be derailed. How do you begin to break free and not remain immobilized?

Cornell West of Princeton University has recently observed
“I have deep empathy for brothers and sisters who are shot in the police force. I also have profound empathy for people of color who are shot by the police. I have always believed deliberate killing to be a crime against humanity.” Obama has failed victims of racism and police brutality, The Guardian‎ — 1 day ago

Like drivers in cars who find themselves frustrated being stuck in a parking lot, we have voices that are clashing in frustration and anguish regarding violence being done to people of color and violence being done to police. The common theme, of course, is the continuing problem of violence in our society.

There is an on-going need for civil constructive discourse in our country. We need to be able to talk about the reality for security against terror while being committed to the support of civil liberties. We need to demand that law enforcement abandon the hideous practice of racial profiling and to constructively work on skills regarding conflict resolution, without resorting to the immediate use of firearms.

I remember that I was happy and relieved that day when the gate guard at the exit booth at O’Hare Airport was fixed and was again operational. I didn’t like feeling stranded and trapped in my vehicle and not be able to move.

The good news is that we, as a people, do not have to feel trapped and stranded either. There are conversations we can have with one another and actions that we can take that can help open the gates and allow the path ” to be made straight.”

May it be so.

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7 Ways Your Height Affects Your Health

At 6 feet, 8 inches, Dr. Eeric Truumees literally stands out. “People remember who I am,” says the orthopedic surgeon in Austin, Texas. But despite height’s association with social and professional benefits, such as appearing more attractive and earning more money, towering over others has downfalls, too. “The bane of my height has been hitting my head on things,” Truumees finds, “and as I get a little slower and little less flexible, I find I’m doing that more often.” That’s just the start of height’s influence on health. Here are seven medical issues that may disproportionately affect people who are taller or shorter than average:

1. Longevity

From an evolutionary perspective, there’s a price for enjoying the perks of being tall: a shorter lifespan. As the theory goes, “growing faster and being bigger will mean that you’ll have a shorter life, and we’ve seen that in rats,” says Mary Schooling, a professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health and Health Policy. But in humans, how the theory plays out isn’t quite clear. While certain genes have been linked to both short stature and long life, and shorter populations also seem to live longer, it’s tough to know whether stature itself influences lifespan or if characteristics like nutrition, socioeconomic status and disease risk are responsible.

2. Cancer

If you think about what cancer is ― abnormal cells multiplying out of control ― “being taller and having a higher risk of cancer makes some sort of sense,” Schooling says, since more cells might mean more opportunity for a cancer-causing mutation. That explanation plays out in the research on hormone-related cancers, such as breast, ovarian and prostate, which are more common among the height-gifted. Growth hormone, too, may play a role in the development of cancer, since studies suggest that a lack of it lowers your risk of the disease. “That would be another possible pathway,” Schooling says.

3. Heart disease and diabetes

Here’s one area where short people get the, well, short end of the stick: They seem to be more prone to heart disease and diabetes, research indicates. “Greater height might allow larger, more robust blood vessels,” Schooling explains. Or, perhaps taller people tend to be protected from cardiometabolic conditions because they were fed healthier diets as children or grew up in an environment where they were less exposed to infections. “We don’t know for sure if it’s really truly the height, or whether it’s something else which makes you taller and protects you against cardiovascular disease,” Schooling says.

4. Lung transplantation 

Whether in line at the deli counter or separated from friends at a concert, short people can be at a disadvantage when seeking attention. That tendency can be particularly detrimental if those folks are waiting for a lung transplant: Research suggests people 5 feet, 3 inches or shorter wait longer for the organ and are more likely to die in the process than organ recipients with more average heights. The authors suggest adjusting the transplant process – including potentially surgically “downsizing” too-big lungs – to address the disparity.

5. Injuries

Not only are tall people more injury-prone, but their injuries are often worse than those experienced by the shorter set. “Taller patients, when they take a fall, they’re going to go a lot further and … the impact will be higher,” Truumees says, noting that older tall people have higher rates of hip fracture. Some data suggests lanky people may also be crippled by slower reactions times, he adds, since their nerve impulses have farther to travel. Professional athletes, for one, know the consequences of this phenomenon all too well: Towering players, Truumees says, tend to have higher rates of injury and take longer to recover than their littler teammates.

6. Blood clots

Long legs: Great if you’re a model, not-so-great if you’re on a long plane ride, wearing a cast as you recover from surgery or are otherwise unable to move your leg muscles frequently to prevent blood clots, Truumees says. Indeed, one study found that men 6 feet or taller were 2.6 times more likely to develop venous thromboembolism than men at least four inches shorter; men who were both tall and obese were more than five times as likely to develop the condition. “Those people need to be very careful,” Truumees says, since, in the most severe cases, blood clots can travel to the lungs and cause death.

7. Spine, neck and back problems

Most workspaces aren’t designed with non-average heights in mind: “Short people, tall people – they’re all working around the same cubicle or work unit, and that can cause all kinds of back and neck problems,” particularly for the tall ones, who are more prone to spine conditions like scoliosis, says Truumees, director of spine research at the Seton Spine and Scoliosis Center in Austin. While ensuring your workspace is ergonomically correct helps, some environments, like planes, can’t be altered – much to Truumees’s disappointment. “They say life is about the journey, not the destination,” he says, “but for me, it’s the destination – the journey is not all that fun.”

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Vietnam Careful, Not Jubilant After South China Sea Ruling Against China

PERTH, Australia — On July 12th the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in its case against China in the South China Sea. The world watched and commented, even as China declared the finding void. But somehow Vietnam, the one nation that, after the Phillipines, could have cheered the loudest has stayed subdued. Why?

Territorial disputes between Vietnam and China have long driven naval standoffs, the capture of fishermen, the cutting of survey ships’ cables, violations of sovereignty, widespread domestic unrest and anger at the government, riots and lootings and a strong upgrade of Vietnam’s naval material.

When the ruling came out on the South China Sea, Bill Hayton at The National Interest commented that, “it is a victory for evidence over sentiment.” Hayton said that the claims of China have been driven by emotion based on historical events and treatment going back to the 19th century. “Those misunderstandings and emotions will not easily go away,” he wrote.

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Anti-China protester Nguyen Van Phuong chants slogans during a protest along a street in Hanoi July 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Nguyen Lan Thang )

For Vietnam, this is a strategic and an emotional victory, but not an unqualified one. The attitude in Vietnam over territorial claims is as strong as in China, and similar to Hayton’s reading of China, public sentiment is fueled by a strong sense of grievance, both over direct issues of sovereignty and China’s calculated provocations, along with a feeling of historical grievance against China for 1,000 years of occupation.

Vietnam, however, reacted far stronger to supposed violations of sovereignty when China landed civilian aircraft on airstrips on two reefs, Subi and Mischief, in defiance of the ruling — rather than to the ruling itself.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Le Hai Binh said of the incident:

Those actions conducted by China have seriously violated Vietnam’s sovereignty and are unlawful and cannot change the fact[s] about Vietnam’s sovereignty over the Hoang Sa and Truong Sa [known as Spratly and Paracel in China] archipelagoes.

Conversely, the immediate reaction from Vietnam to the international tribunal ruling was less strident and more balanced. Binh said:

In this spirit, Vietnam strongly supports the resolution of disputes in the East Vietnam Sea through peaceful measures, including diplomatic and legal procedures, without using or threatening to use violence, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 UNCLOS.

According to the website Vietnam Right Now, a source known for views very different to the government’s in the country, “The statement reflect[s] Hanoi’s concern at the possibility of an aggressive backlash from an aggrieved China, as it seeks to compensate for a major legal and diplomatic blow to its territorial claims.”

In the case of the South China Sea, China had been thwarted by a smaller power, and The Hague ruling should have set Vietnam’s propaganda departments and its newspapers into nationalist frenzy. Instead, things stayed quiet to begin with, and media quoted the MOFA spokesman or simply reported the outcome. There was no fanning of nationalist sentiment.

For Vietnam, this is a strategic and an emotional victory, but not an unqualified one.

Surely, it was almost a victory for Vietnam also — no one has supported the Philippines through this battle more than Vietnam. Yet the reaction from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs and newspapers has been diligent, but uninspired.


China’s Complicated History in Vietnam

The Vietnamese government is always under pressure to “stand up” to China, both from activists and the wider and the more apolitical public. This has happened a succession of times since 2011 when Chinese aggression in the region started to grow. Typically activists would march around Hanoi’s central Hoan Kiem Lake each Sunday morning, often beginning at the Chinese embassy, while being assiduously filmed by security services. This was allowed so as to “send a message” to Beijing, before protests were inevitably shut down after a few weeks.

Blaming the government for not doing more is a good beginning grievance upon which to build, but not one to end on. The government knows this and so remains leery of allowing too much anti-China sentiment as it works to strengthen relations with the country. Crackdowns on protests are inevitable.

China and Vietnam have been trying to revamp ties since 2015 when Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Vietnam. Xi spoke at the Vietnamese National Assembly, and was the first foreigner to do so. The visit was widely hailed as a “reset” in the relationship of the two nations, and resulted in 12 bilateral agreements and over $ 150 million in Chinese investment promised to schools and hospitals in Vietnam, with an additional half billion for infrastructure.

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Xi Jinping and Vietnam Communist Party Secretary General Nguyen Phu Trong toast after a signing ceremony of bilateral agreements in 2015. (HOANG DINH NAM/AFP/Getty Images)

Ties between the two countries had cooled — to put it mildly — in 2014 after China moved its oil rig into Vietnam’s Exclusive Economic Zone. The move set off protests across the country that resulted in the trashing of what turned out to be Taiwanese factories and deaths.

Though Vietnam has moved closer to the U.S., managing its relationship with China still matters. Since Vietnam and China share a border, immense trade and an ideology, there will always be an element of business-as-usual to Hanoi-Beijing ties behind the scenes, even as anger rages over the sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. The shared border means their security forces collaborate on some trainings and the nations watch each other carefully for signs of democratic foment or unrest.

But both nations also fully claim the Islands of Spratly and Paracel in the South China Sea (also called Hoang Sa and Truong Sa in Vietnam), while the other four claimants in the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan all have partial claims, which certainly makes relations a little more difficult.

What happens next in the South China Sea won’t change: it’s still up to China.

At this juncture the best bet is the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. The “paper tiger” hasn’t been the answer yet, but Hanoi hopes it might still be, despite Cambodia’s intransigence to the group.

Professor Carl Thayer, a former Southeast Asia regional specialist at numerous Australian defense education institutions, expected that, “Vietnam will focus its attention on getting some form of unity in ASEAN particularly as it will be chairing a ministerial meeting later in the year. Vietnam wants to advance its interests through ASEAN.”

Vietnam will find this effort difficult, as, “The disparate group of countries that have been threatened or dismayed by China’s expansionist claims have found it hard to form up a united front,” David Brown and Huy Duong wrote in the Asia Sentinel.

This statement has reigned true to the point that Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen even went so far as to say he would oppose any ASEAN statement supporting The Hague’s recent ruling.

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Map showing the overlapping claims by country on the South China Sea. (Reuters/RM)

Indonesia and Singapore, however, have expressed displeasure with China’s recent actions, with Indonesia going so far as to arrest Chinese fishermen in late May of this year. Chinese aggression has increasingly irritated Indonesia. After the ruling, the country published its own defense plan and strengthened security around its South China Sea islands.

As more countries become frustrated with Chinese aggression and claim to islands in the South China Sea, the U.S. has begun to push each nation to resolve the issue through international communication, and follow international rulings, rather than make security moves or power plays.

“In the future, we encourage other South China Sea claimants, including Vietnam, to seek similar resolution of maritime disputes through arbitration as well as by negotiation among the parties,” U.S. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) (who has long argued for lifting the embargo on weapons sales to Vietnam) and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) said in a joint statement.

At this point arbitration may not be an option, but for the meantime what happens next in the South China Sea won’t change: it’s still up to China.

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The Unusual Question That Can Help You Work Through Heartaches

When you’re faced with heartache, author and former pastor Rob Bell suggests asking yourself one admittedly weird question.

Have you gotten in the habit of breathing?

What makes this question so profound, Bell says, is not what it means on the surface, but what lies deeper within its linguistic connection to the past.

“Across so many ancient languages and ancient cultures, the word for ‘breath’ and the word for ‘spirit’ were the same word,” he explains. “This ancient understanding [is] that the breath that you’ve taken is what keeps you alive, but that breath is a picture of a deeper spiritual reality, which is, ‘You have received this gift of life.’”

As Bell says, knowing this and then asking yourself that question can help offer you a nuanced perspective when you’re in the midst of experiencing pain, loss, heartbreak or trauma.

“Sometimes, we’ll talk about a stressful situation in which we had to stop and catch our breath. That breath was a gift,” Bell points out. “This next breath is a gift. The breath after it is a gift.”

With that perspective, he continues, the path toward healing breaks wide open.

“Now, the pain, the loss, the heartache, the betrayal ― all of the stuff that comes with life ― if it exists within this larger embrace of gratitude, now you may actually be able to get through it,” Bell says. “That’s the path.”

Another important reminder:

Everyone: It’s actually pretty easy to become a force for good in this world

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5 Reasons We Need To Introduce Meditation Into Schools

When a child goes to school there is a lot that we teach them.

At first, we want them to learn to master reading, writing, and some basic arithmetic. Later, as their analytical skills develop we give them other areas; maybe geography, history, economics and social studies.

Depending on the school they go to, they may also be exposed to more creative activities such as art and music.

These skills, while useful, aren’t what we would call hard life skills. In fact, most of them aren’t very useful once we enter the ‘real world.’ This is particularly relevant given that the world is changing so rapidly.

But there is one skill that we could teach our children that would help them in all areas of their lives.

It would help them develop more emotional intelligence, cognitive acuity, compassion, and confidence.

This skill would strengthen their immune systems, increase their willpower and improve their ability to make difficult decisions under pressure. All in all, it would make them happier individuals and allow them to better deal with the stresses of technology and modern life.

So what is it?

Meditation.

Meditation is the antidote to the aspects of modernity that have become pathological.

This pathology is manifesting itself as an inability to look at ourselves openly and honestly. We are conditioned to look for distractions in the form of social media, movies, Netflix, and junk food.

As human beings, it is natural that we should fall into the trap of listening to our ego, but what modern society unfortunately does is amplify that voice. We’re seeing a few ways in which children are being impacted by this change.

But meditation can help us solve alleviate these issues whilst at the same time allowing us to develop some of our greatest human strengths.

Here are 5 reasons we need to introduce meditation to schools:

It can help reduce symptoms of ADHD and Autism.

The causes of Autism are highly contested. However, the one thing that is clear is that autism is a stress response. Meditation can increase children’s resilience to stress and offer relief when it comes to the symptoms of autism.

With regards to ADHD, diagnoses have skyrocketed in recent years and it serves everyone involved to look for a solution that doesn’t involve prescription medication. A number of studies, including on out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), found that only 8 weeks of mindfulness meditation training was incredibly beneficial to both adolescents and adults suffering from ADHD.

Imagine how much 8 years could help!

For those that don’t suffer from ADHD, meditation is also hugely beneficial to general concentration.

It can combat Depression and Anxiety.

There are dozens, if not hundreds of studies demonstrating the benefits of meditation on depression and anxiety. Goyal & Singh et al. for example, studied the effects of mindfulness meditation on 3515 participants, adding to the increasing body of evidence that it can decrease depression and anxiety.

This is a particular problem amongst young people these days who have to deal with novel issues such as cyber-bullying and body image issues related to social media exposure.

It improves creativity

Schools and educational programs have been widely accused of diminishing creativity, so any effort to stimulate it would be beneficial.

One study that looked at 5 measures of creativity saw a significant increase in those that meditated over a 6-month period.

It improves emotional intelligence and compassion

We now know that both emotional intelligence and compassion aren’t inherent traits, they’re skills that need to be developed and nurtured over time. Studies have shown that meditation can play a fundamental role in this process, improving our emotional intelligence and expanding our capacity for compassion.

It improves learning

This probably seems like the most obvious benefit for schools to consider. A study at George Mason University looked at students who attended a lecture after meditating and found that even with a short meditation they were able to retain the information better. Meditation also serves as an accurate predictor of who will pass and fail.

If meditation became part of the school curriculum it could have deep benefits not just for our children but for the future of our planet.

Some of the most profound benefits of the practice only come after a very long-term practice of 20 or more years. Some studies have found super fast cognitive functioning, the ability to repress the startle response, the slowing down of neurodegenerative diseases

However, children who start at 6 years old can have 12 years meditation experience before they leave school. This means by the time they enter the workforce and start having influence in positions of authority, they already have a degree of emotional maturity usually reserved for someone far beyond their years.

This post originally appeared on SkillCode, and was authored by Benjamin Fishel.

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), Donald Trump’s vice presidential pick, opposed a successful effort in 2007 to raise the federal minimum wage to $ 7.25 an hour over two years.

Pence, then a congressman, took to the House floor to explain why he opposed raising the minimum wage, which was then $ 5.15 an hour.

“A 41 percent increase in the minimum wage that is brought into the well of Congress without providing any relief to small business owners and family farmers is irresponsible and unwise,” he said. “It will harm both the wage payer and the wage earner. An excessive increase in the minimum wage will hurt the working poor.”

Raising the minimum wage is enormously popular with the American public. In a letter sent to Congress in 2014, over 600 economists notedthe weight of evidence now showing that increases in the minimum wage have had little or no negative effect on the employment of minimum-wage workers, even during times of weakness in the labor market.”

The measure eventually passed the House 348 to 73 as part of a package on Iraq spending, according to The New York Times. The legislation included $ 4.84 billion in tax breaks for small businesses.

It’s not the only time Pence has blocked efforts to raise the minimum wage. In 2013, he signed a law blocking local governments in Indiana from requiring businesses to offer higher wages or benefits beyond those required by federal law, according to the Times of Northwest Indiana. In 2015, Pence also repealed a law that required construction companies working on publicly funded projects to pay a prevailing wage, which effectively set a wage floor to prevent different construction firms from cutting wages in an effort to lower their bids.

Pence’s running mate has changed his own position on the minimum wage repeatedly. Last year, he said he did not support raising the minimum wage, but he has also expressed an openness to raising it. Hillary Clinton has said she would sign a bill setting a $ 15 minimum wage ― though her position on the issue hasn’t always been so clear.

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“It’s a kindness that the mind can go where it wishes.” ― Ovid, “The Poems of Exile: Tristia and the Black Sea Letters”

“Language is the only homeland.” ― Czesław Miłosz

“These are all I have. I do not have the wide, bright beacon of some solid old lighthouse, guiding ships safely home, past the jagged rocks. I only have these little glimmers that flicker and then go out.” ― Rebecca Wells, “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”

The Silent Languages

It is Day Two of one of my headaches, which usually last for three. It is morning, and I am in bed, my head wrapped in a black-and-white Yasser Arafat scarf, one forearm pressed hard against my skull and the other resting on my husband’s chest.

It is on this latter arm that the jazz musician with whom I live is “playing,” with the fingers of one hand, a tune. A silent tune, as my skinny forearm is no trumpet.

Dean knows that, while the pain in my left temple is relentless, language–of any sort–will tempt me out of the hole down which pain thrusts me. Eventually, I will have to know . . . what tune he is playing. Eventually, the language which he speaks so fluently, and hears constantly within his cranium, and which I can only hear (and then, imperfectly), when a band performs it, will charm me (as the flute, the cobra).

“What are you playing?” I ask, eventually.

He smiles and, in his endearing falsetto, pipes a bar or two. “‘Spring is Here,'” he interjects.

“By?”

“Rodgers and Hart. Stan Kenton.”

“So, I have an entire orchestra playing here? On my arm?”

The fingers are onto something else, however. “Now, what?”

“‘Yesterdays.’ By Kern and Harbach. Stan Kenton again, though.”

Not skipping a beat, he begins ‘Stompin’ At The Savoy.’

Lying here, in almost total silence, one of us speaking through the fingers of a hand, the other listening, clumsily, through the skin of a forearm, we are something like the members of two early, isolated tribes of homo sapiens, upon first contact. I will never have time enough to learn the language-of-jazz in which my spouse has been steeped since early childhood. And, by this point in our marriage, I know he will never learn the proper use of “went” and “gone”: his participles will remain, for this grammarian, blood-curdling, lo, unto the grave, whichever of us arrives there first.

“I’ve never went to . . .” says Dean.

“Gone to!” says Elizabeth. “Gone!*&%”

When one of us is in pain, in the little co-mingled tribe that is this marriage, the silent languages predominate: those comprising simply sounds, as opposed to words; those expressed through touch.

Throughout my husband’s surgery of a month ago, and my own headaches, we have spoken, for the most part, without a lot of words. In fact, because I myself am so beset and beleaguered by words, living with a musician, who communicates primarily and happily and by choice via sounds alone, most of those sounds mediated by instruments (and, so, at a remove of one or two from the human breath or the human hand, or both), I have found being with Dean a relief, a refuge.

In our house, there is much music, but most of it comes without lyrics.

Which is not to say we do not communicate profoundly. We communicate, with all our various languages, signs, and signals, across most silences and distances. But we speak best, usually, without words.

What, I wonder, did Homo sapiens and Homo neanderthalensis “say,” upon first encountering one another, over 100,000 years ago, somewhere in the Middle East? What was communicated in that first gaze?

In the way that we “use” language, and considering the languages we have chosen to learn well, even over the short course of our shared time on the planet, my husband and I could be members of different species. Here, we have an instance of Homo trumpetensis taking up residence with Homo comma-oxfordensis
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No wonder one of us seems always to have a headache (she said, smiling).

Lost in Translation: “Saudade” & “Hiraeth”

We are losing human languages, year by year, as we lose the last native speakers of each.

Languages go extinct with their speakers, unless studied, recorded, and preserved for prosperity, and many, many human languages (I think, just, of all the extinct aboriginal languages of Australia) were gone before . . . we knew it. In this new century, with the death of their last-standing native speakers, we have lost Klallam, Linvonian, the Cromarty dialect of Scots, and Pazeh, along with at least 14 other distinct tongues.

Tongues: given my husband’s (and Koko the gorilla’s]) fluent fingers, tongues and breath are not essential for communication, but most languages may still be called tongues.

Language has ever been based on breath. And tongues. Both human.

And, with every year, and every year of globalization, the tongues we speak decline in number. Soon, we will be left with what, which? Chinese? Spanish? English? Hindi? And, then? Just Chinese?

I grieve the loss of all tongues for, in and through each, we have expressed what is almost impossible to express in others.

There is one, solitary Portuguese word, saudade, for example, which originated in Galician, and for which English (and perhaps all other languages) has no twin, no cognate (or “blood relative”).

Saudade (as per Wikipedia) “describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing might never return. A stronger form of saudade might be felt towards people and things whose whereabouts are unknown, such as a lost lover, or a family member who has gone missing, moved away, separated, or died. Saudade was once described as ‘the love that remains’ after someone is gone.

Saudade is the recollection of feelings, experiences, places or events that once brought excitement, pleasure, well-being, which now triggers the senses and makes one live again. It can be described as an emptiness, like someone (e.g., one’s children, parents, sibling, grandparents, friends, pets) or something (e.g., places, things one used to do in childhood, or other activities performed in the past) that should be there in a particular moment but is missing, and the individual feels this absence. It brings sad and happy feelings all together, sadness for missing and happiness for having experienced the feeling.

“In Portuguese, Tenho saudades tuas(European Portuguese) or Tenho saudades de você (Brazilian Portuguese), translates as ‘I have saudade of you,’ meaning ‘I miss you,’ but carries a much stronger tone. In fact, one can have saudade of someone whom one is with, but have some feeling of loss towards the past or the future.

“In Brazil, the Day of Saudade is officially celebrated on 30 January.”

I, myself, “have saudade of” the lost languages of Klallam, Linvonian, the Cromarty dialect of Scots, and Pazeh, along with the other 14 tongues which have gone extinct since the year 2000. I have saudade, as well, of all those lost languages whose names I will never even know.

For me, in a sense, every day is The Day of Saudade.

And then, there is the Welsh word hiraeth. Wikipedia: “The University of Wales, Lampeter, attempts to define it as homesickness tinged with grief or sadness over the lost or departed. It is a mix of longing, yearning, nostalgia, wistfulness, or an earnest desire for the Wales of the past.

“Oxford and Merriam-Webster define hiraeth as: (noun) ‘a homesickness for a home you cannot return to, or that never was.’

If this sounds familiar: “Hiraeth bears considerable similarities with the Portuguese concept of saudade (a key theme in Fado music), Brazilian Portuguese banzo (more related to homesickness), Turkish gurbet, Galician morriña, Romanian dor.”

So, whatever language we speak, or no longer speak, we Homo sapiens, trumpetensis, and/or comma-oxfordensis, have coined a plethora of words with which to express À la recherche du temps perdu.

Extinction is a concept with which we have long been acquainted, but with which we are never, ever, comfortable.


Breath & Dragon’s Breath

Recently, in my ongoing, Oedipal, and Conradian quest to nail down just when and through what mechanism runaway climate change will effect the Sixth Extinction, a planetary cataclysm resembling the great Permian die-off, in which fully 83 percent of Earth’s genera went extinct, I came across a long, peer-reviewed article by marine biologist Dr. Ronald L. Shimek, former chair of the Biology Department at the University of Alaska, Anchorage, assistant director of the Bamfield Marine Science Centre on Vancouver Island, Canada, and a “CORAL Magazine” senior editor. (The version of the essay which I cite here, and which is available online is this one: http://www.reef2rainforest.com/2016/04/22/dragon-watch/)

Dr. Shimek, while researching coral reef extinctions, one of his areas of expertise, stumbled upon the research of Dr. Natalia E. Shakhova, “a Russian oceanographer and geologist who has been studying the permafrost methane distribution throughout the offshore region of the Laptev Sea known as the Eastern Siberian Arctic Shelf (or ESAS in scientific circles) and the adjacent onshore areas.”

Shakhova’s research has been in another neck of our shared woods, entirely, from that of Shimek. Her focus is the release of methane into the atmosphere, and the probability that the next great planetary extinction will be caused by a catastrophic release of the gas also known as “Dragon’s Breath.”

Quoting from Shimek’s piece: “[Shakhova] estimates the [methane] clathrate deposits in the ESAS to be between hundreds and thousands of gigatons. This is not easy to visualize, but the total mass of carbon in living plants and animals on Earth has been estimated at 500 gigatons, making these buried deposits of solidified methane unimaginably huge in the true sense of the word. Some observers have dubbed the collective, buried power of these deposits the ‘Methane Dragon.'”

Shimek continues: “In 2010, Shakhova and her co-workers estimated that a catastrophic methane release in excess of 50 gigatons (a minuscule percentage of what is in that area) is possible at any time. She said, and continues to assert, that such a catastrophic release could take place over a period of one to ten years. The fear is not the potential explosive effect–terrifying caribou in the wild, barren north–but rather the massive infusion of enormous clouds of potent greenhouse gas into Earth’s atmosphere. As a result of her work, the question that needs to be asked is this: ‘Are her estimates of catastrophic release reasonable and possible? And, if they are, what difference would that make?'”

Shimek concludes his essay (and what can I really do but quote him at length?): “When and how things might unfold is profoundly uncertain, but the trigger point for the short-term catastrophic methane release postulated by Dr. Shakhova could be a temperature rise as low as an additional 1.5°C or as high as an additional 10°C. These are not the rantings of fearmongers, but scenarios described by respected Arctic oceanographers. The 50-gigaton decadal methane pulse scenario posited by Shakhova, Semiletov, and Alekseev, who are probably the leading experts on Arctic methane and methane ices, is considered plausible by scientists at the UK Meteorology Office, as well as multiple scientific reviews, including one written by more than 20 Arctic specialists. Current Arctic atmospheric methane concentrations are unprecedented, but the best minds believe that if 50 Gt were added to the atmosphere, conditions would become very bad, very fast. It would be, some experts fear, the beginning of ‘runaway global warming’ that humans would be powerless to stop.

“Given an effective meltdown of methane clathrates in the Arctic, climate expert Dr. Malcolm Light has estimated global temperatures of around 50°C above averages between the years 2040 and 2050. In summer, if the normal average had been 30°C (for example, where I live in Montana), the post-methane belch temperature would rise to 80°C or 176°F.

“While the timing is unclear, the consequences can be predicted with some certainty. They include: Complete melting of polar ice caps; global flooding; Disruption of global ocean currents and gyres; demise of oceanic fisheries; Crop and food production failures; Spread of disease and parasites; Collapse of power grids and transportation systems; Mass human mortality in heat and cold waves; Catastrophic breakdowns in political, economic, and societal stability.”

Shimek concludes: “There is no easy way to write these words: Should such an event occur, it is certain that the coral reefs I set out to research would have no chance of survival. More to the point, most of us would perish.”

While We Have Breath

Other scientists believe all of us will perish, and the event will occur before the end of the current century. Day by day, I review the science, and it seems, to me, incontrovertible. The Sixth Extinction, the one brought about by mankind, will occur in the lifetime of our grandchildren, and it will snuff out every last creature “with breath,” and most without, on our shared planet.

If I, with my small knowledge of science, know this truth to be self-evident, how long will it take my peers in “The Reading West” to surpass me in my researches? I would like to think that many, many of us will come “online” with the science rapidly, and turn global attention to what appears to be just ahead for us all.

In thinking out loud about extinction here, I have begun with the extinction of languages but, perhaps just after my own sojourn on the planet ends, and the small extinction my death will signify, language itself will become extinct along with any being who parsed, or will ever parse, language.

Based upon and an expression of the consciousness of Homo sapiens (and Homo sapiens‘ forebears), language–the concept, the thing itself–will disappear with us, as though it, and we, never were.

Floating through space on the wings of Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecrafts were, are, the so-called Pioneer plaques, humankind’s early-1970s “messages in a bottle” to the universe. If and when they are “received,” and if ever they are “understood” by other beings–a possibility so remote as to defy all probability–perhaps someone, somewhere, in some dimension, may know that we lived and breathed: but the likelihood of our still being here then appears nil.

The enormity of that realization is now being pondered by relatively few homo sapiens, but will affect each and every one of us, whether we choose to inform ourselves, or not.

And many of us–the current ponderers–believe the time has long since passed when we might have avoided the iceberg, or the dragon’s breath. The time now is for pondering alone. For facing the music as we can.

Readers still with me here may want to explore the writings of Dr. Guy McPherson and, perhaps, join me on Facebook in the (closed) group, Near Term Human Extinction Support Group.

We who speak and breathe and touch and sing now face the end of humankind’s tenure on Earth, and we will together be choosing how we face it; not if, or when.

While I have breath, and while I may be heard, I will continue saying, “Choose. Choose how we go forward. Choose together.”

We have no other choices left us, we who coined the words saudade and hiraeth.

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How To Sleep When Horrific News Becomes The Norm

Last night more than 260 civilians were killed in violent clashes with military forces in Istanbul.

The night before, at least 84 people lost their lives when a truck deliberately zigzagged through crowds of people celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France.

Two weeks ago Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police and five police officers were gunned down by a sniper. The previous month, 49 people were killed by a shooter at an iconic gay nightclub in Orlando.

And scores of other shootingsbombings and tragedies have happened in the days and hours in between.

We heard the stories. We saw the pictures. We watched terror happen on video.

Mothersfatherssonsdaughtersloverscolleaguesfriends and the man from down the street who “would have gave you the shirt off his back” lost their lives.

For victims’ loved ones, the grief is immeasurable. For African-Americans, the pain of watching police brutality against black people comes with a toll of its own. For people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, the hurt of an attack against their own community is agonizing.

People intimately affected by these tragedies experience emotions that others of us cannot fathom. 

But even for those without a personal connection to these terrible events, sadness and pain are still a reality.

We feel pain even if we’re not involved

If you see, hear or even read about something traumatic ― even if you’re not directly involved ― you can still have an emotional response, Robert Hawkins, an associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work at New York University, told The Huffington Post.

“This is trauma that doesn’t necessarily happen to you or you didn’t necessarily experience, but you become affected by it,” he said. 

It can be worse if you identify with those affected, explained David Kaplan, chief professional officer at the American Counseling Association.

“If you relate to the person who was attacked in any way, you’re going to grieve because it’s also part of you,” Kaplan told HuffPost previously. 

But that grief, while normal and expected, can lead to stress and sleeplessness. 

“With the frequency of shootings and terror attacks there is a sense of anxiety that’s building in people,” Anita Gadhia-Smith, a psychologist in Washington, D.C., told The New York Times ― “a sense of vulnerability and powerlessness.”

Traumatic life events are among the biggest causes of anxiety and depression, research suggests. But experts say taking steps to care for yourself ― including taking care of your sleep ― is what helps you cope best with that stress.

Stress causes chemical changes in our bodies

Not sleeping is the body’s natural response after hearing about and watching disturbing events, according to sleep psychologist Jason Ong of Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

When the body releases stress hormones, the emotion-processing areas of the brain stay on, suppressing some of its sleep-promoting systems, he said. Even though your body knows you’re tired, your brain knows something is wrong and you need to deal with it.

The bottom line: research shows that when we’re stressed, the chemical and biological changes in our bodies can interfere with our sleep. 

That stress and sleeplessness is important to address early, experts say, before it leads to long-term cycles of mental health problems and chronic insomnias (which can grow from cycles of short-term insomnias).

“Anxiety and insomnia can feed each other and become a cycle,” the National Sleep Foundation says.

Here are seven self-care tips that can help you deal with worries and sleep better:

1. Talk about what’s bothering you

A big part of dealing with a tragedy is expressing your emotions, said Steve Orma, a clinical psychologist and author of Stop Worrying and Go to Sleep: How to Put Insomnia to Bed for Good. “If you’re sad, allow yourself to cry. If you’re anxious and afraid, say ‘I’m anxious and afraid,’” he previously told HuffPost.  

If you’re sad, allow yourself to cry. If you’re anxious and afraid, say ‘I’m anxious and afraid.’
Steve Orma, clinical psychologist

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration recommends that you talk to family and friends about how you’re feeling.

2. Do things that help you relax

Relaxation and meditation techniques help ease stress and can be especially helpful before bed, said Phyllis Zee, director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

3. Don’t change your sleep routines

Losing sleep at night might make that snooze button more tempting. But picking up poor sleep habits just makes it harder for you to fall asleep at night, Orma said.

If you’re not a regular nap-taker, don’t start. Avoid sleeping in later than usual. And don’t suddenly start taking sleep medications because you may grow dependent on them, he said.

4. Turn off the news at night

Leave a news-free buffer of at least 30 to 45 minutes before you try to sleep to allow yourself to relax, Ong said. Limiting your exposure to media coverage of violence will help you relax and sleep better.

5. Practice good sleep hygiene 

It might sound obvious, but it’s worth noting that the times that you’re more likely to have trouble sleeping are when it’s most important to do the things that are good for sleep, Zee said. Exercise during the day, but not too close to bedtime. Get some sun during the day, but avoid bright lighter later at night (which can make it harder for you to fall asleep and actually make you sleep worse).

6. Give yourself a break

You need to tell yourself it’s ok to have a few nights of poor sleep, Orma said. The more you beat yourself up for not sleeping well and the more upset you get about it, the more anxious you can become about not sleeping and fuel the sleepless cycle. 

Talk to yourself like you were talking to your best friend or a child… in a very nurturing, supportive or positive way.
Steve Orma, clinical psychologist

“Talk to yourself like you were talking to your best friend or a child. You would talk in a very nurturing, supportive or positive way,” Orma told HuffPost previously. “You wouldn’t freak them out.”

7. Get the help you need

If coping on your own or with your family members is not enough, talk to a psychologist or licensed medical health professional, recommends the American Psychological Association.

While there is no one timeline that fits everyone for how long it should take for a trauma to subside, the APA says you might benefit from seeking professional help if you feel overwhelmed by sadness or helplessness, if the problem doesn’t seem to be getting better after talking with family and friends or if you find it difficult to maintain your everyday routine. 

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

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Weekend Roundup: Global Rifts Harden Between the West, Russia and China

The military uprising in Turkey and the attack in France signal a world in turmoil. Events elsewhere this week also mark an ominous historic turn of events. From two ends of the globe, geopolitical rifts have hardened. NATO recently announced the deployment of a missile shield and four new battalions in the front line states bordering Russia, prompting former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to say the West is preparing for a “hot war.” A U.N. tribunal on maritime disputes declared on Tuesday that China has no legal basis for claiming sovereignty over shoals in the South China Sea also claimed by the Philippines, prompting Beijing, which sees the U.S. maneuvering behind the scenes, to react in anger and defiance.

“It will certainly intensify conflict and even confrontation,” China’s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, warned.

Both China and Russia decried America-allied South Korea’s planned deployment of a new anti-missile defense system, also announced recently, as a strategic threat to their national security. We may not yet be in a new Cold War, but we have definitely entered a period of hot peace.

Writing from Moscow, Fyodor Lukyanov is blunt: “The spirit of the Cold War is back — full scale.” From Vladivostok, Artyom Lukin sees America’s policy of “dual containment” of China and Russia continuing to “push[ ] them together to form an anti-Western quasi-alliance and, possibly, even recreating some conditions that, a century ago, led to World War I.”

Writing from Beijing, He Yafei lays out China’s view that the tribunal ruling has no binding authority. “The international standards of law and rules embodied in the U.N. Charter,” he argues, “clearly stipulate that any disputes on sovereignty should be settled by disputants through consultation and negotiation based on international law and practices while respecting historical facts.” In easy to understand graphics, this video produced by the Shanghai-based website Guancha similarly explains why China rejects the U.N. panel’s ruling. Harvard’s Graham Allison is not surprised that Beijing is ignoring the arbitration ruling. “None of the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council have ever accepted any international court’s ruling when (in their view) it infringed on their sovereignty or national security interests,” he says. “Thus, by rejecting the court’s decision, China is doing just what the other great powers have repeatedly done for decades.” Referring to the island disputes, Jennifer Harris argues that “China’s entire strategy is predicated on the belief that exercising a military option in the next decade would simply prove too costly,” and thus the only way for the U.S to stop Beijing’s “belligerence” is through economic pressure.

Looking at the larger issue of China’s role in the region, Richard Javad Heydarian writes from from Manila that, “the verdict puts into question China’s claim to being a peaceful, responsible and law-abiding power, which also seeks leadership and respect in Asia and beyond. It now risks being branded as an outlaw.” Also writing from Manila, Rommel Banlaoi suggests a bilateral agreement between China and the Philippines may be in the works. “While the ruling may give the Philippines the moral and legal victory on the arbitration,” he notes, ” the Duterte administration believes only in improving bilateral ties with China can the Philippines enjoy political victory.”

Turning to the ongoing implosion of the European Union, Will Hutton writes from London that any Brexit negotiation by the new prime minister, Theresa May, that gives Great Britain access to Europe’s single market “will require May’s government to accept the freedom of movement of people as the quid pro quo — precisely the opposite of the referendum result.” Citing “Connectography” author Parag Khanna saying, “the EU countries are functionally inseparable, an egg that cannot be unscrambled.” And he notes that, already, London’s property market is crashing. HuffPost Reporter Daniel Marans explains how Brexit has unleashed new financial jitters across Europe, especially concerning the solvency of Italian banks.

In this video report, HuffPost Reporter Willa Frej joins an EU rescue mission off the coast of Lesbos, Greece that saved 26 people from drowning. Eric Olander and Cobus van Staden report on how African migrants, once numbering as many as 200,000 in Guangzhou, China, are returning home — both because of stricter immigration laws and because it has just become too expensive to live in China these days. Mercy Corps’ Deepmala Mahla pleads for the world not to forget Sudan as other crises overshadow it. “The international community must sustain its interest in South Sudan, ” she writes from the capital, Juba. “The headlines will fade, but the needs will not. South Sudan is a country on a precipice, and all of our help and attention is needed now, and in the months to come, if this new country is to realize its bright future.”

From Istanbul, WorldPost Middle East Correspondent Sophia Jones looks at the deteriorating condition of journalist John Cantlie, a captive of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, as he appeared in another one of the group’s propaganda videos Artists around the world have responded to the terror attack in Nice. See their works below and here.


As part of our continuing series offering a platform for candidates aspiring to the post of U.N. Secretary General, Christiana Figueres, who shepherded the recent U.N. climate summit in Paris to a successful conclusion, presents her case. “People have lost trust that their lives can get better and that institutions are on their side,” she writes. “This in turn is leading to apathy, depression, despair and in some cases to the development of radical views. This cycle must be stopped, before it consumes our collective future.”

As the U.S. presidential race heats up with Donald Trump trailing Hillary Clinton by only four points in a new national poll, some of America’s leading tech entrepreneurs signed this open letter saying “Trump would be a disaster for innovation.”

HuffPost’s Senior Tech Editor Damon Beres reports on the bizarre case of “Pokemon Go” enthusiasts heading to the remote South Korean town of Sokcho, on the North Korean border, because it is apparently the only place in South Korea where the mobile game works. These 360 degree photos of swimming with dolphins in Bimini, Bahamas to touring the Portage Glacier in Alaska immerse you in a virtual vacation without leaving home. Finally, our Singularity series this week shows how a 3-D bioprinter can make artificial bones from scratch.


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CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Moises Naim (former editor of Foreign Policy), Nayan Chanda (Yale/Global; Far Eastern Economic Review) and Katherine Keating (One-On-One). Sergio Munoz Bata and Parag Khanna are Contributing Editors-At-Large.



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My Love Letter To You

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Thank you for the love letter. Thank you for the lengthy text message you wrote me from a space of total vulnerability. You hit send hoping for the best as your heart rested anxiously on your sleeve awaiting my text back. Thank you for the crumpled up piece of paper that you ran to give me on the beach, leaving your lifeguard tower abandoned for a split second so as to not miss the chance to ask me out. Thank you for the ride home from yoga. I know it took a lot of guts to ask me on a date just a breath before I closed the car door shut. Your cheeks were bright red as you grasped the steering wheel. But you did it, you faced your fear and made the ask.

I may have turned you down but I didn’t ignore you and I was polite, gracious, and compassionate in my response. I realize that it’s not what you were hoping to hear but I thanked you. I thanked for your sincerity and I meant it when I said that I was humbled by the effort. I see how you show up for love and it’s the same I see in me. Believe me when I say that I know how you feel.

There was the time that I went to the other side of the country to surprise you at your concert, palms sweaty in the back of the venue as I awaited the imminent moment that I’d say, “Hi! I came to see you because I care, I’ve missed you and I really like you.” Remember when I sent you that tiny box with a gemstone in it to protect you on your travels? Or what about when I left you a flower under your windshield wiper?

I’m the not-so-secret admirer just like you.

Whenever my romantic actions result in a “turn down” I don’t let it get me down. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to be bold and tear down any walls of fear that existed around being rejected. I know I did the right thing by stepping forward and diving into it.
Disappointment can last a minute but regret can last a lifetime.

When I receive your old-school love letter, your authentic compliment in line at Whole Foods, your poem and your nervous ask, know that I see and understand you. I may not say “yes” but I’ll tell you thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It’s easy to hide behind technology as we explore our hearts that are seeking to connect but It’s not easy to show up in person. If we desire something or someone, it’s our actions that will propel us to a result. Some of the most treasured words to me are those spoken by Mahatma Gandhi,

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

Thank you for the love letter, the art you made me, the authentic compliment, and for asking a stranger to dinner. I hope that you’ll receive this love letter back to you:

Dear Fellow Romantic,

Please keep showing up for life like you’ve been. Don’t let a “no” or even silence jade you. It’s you who sees the rose and it’s you who gets to smell her enchanting aroma. With eyes wide open continue to see, feel and express your deep experience of the world because that will inspire others to dive into their fears instead of letting fear block destiny. The more you show up for life in full expression of your hopes and dreams, the more that life will become your dream come true. It’s the romantics that see the glass half full. So please, beautiful soul, never become jaded. Always write love letters and always be able to receive them with grace, compassion, and a warm thank you.

With Love,
Alicia

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The Kind Flexitarian

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The term “flexitarian” has been coined to describe someone who eats a primarily whole food, plant-based diet, but also sneaks in a big of meat every now and again. Celebrity cookbook author and chef, Mark Bittman, uses this term, and has recently moved away from a meat-centric diet. His new schtick is that he’s strictly vegan all day long, and in the evening he eats whatever he wants. I find this a little odd from a health perspective because if you’re going to toss a big grass-fed steak down your gullet, you’re much better off eating it at lunch time when your body has the rest of the day to digest it/work it off. But moving on from the Mark Bittman (who I love), I’m seeing flexitarians cropping up everywhere here in LA – almost as many as the Paleo crowd. And both groups of “health conscious” eaters are eating meat – in the case of Paleo’s, a LOT of meat. However, are they really “conscious”?

I personally choose not to eat animal flesh. I totally used to. Actually, I include a bunch of meat recipes in my second book (The Gorgeously Green Diet 2009), and do a deep dive into the benefits of truly grass-fed (as opposed to grass-finished) meat. But over the past 5 years I’ve changed. I’ve realized that I don’t need to eat animal flesh to be healthy, and that in many ways I am healthier, stronger, and more energetic without. I’ve also become a way more “conscious” eater in that I really think long and hard about how every mouthful is produced, and in the case of animals, I just couldn’t deny that fact that animal welfare doesn’t get taken into consideration 99.9% of the time (even when it’s implied that it does). I don’t call myself a vegan, because it’s a label (not a big fan of labels), and I do (very occasionally) eat a little fish.

I am totally NON-JUDGEMENTAL of people who enjoy eating meat, so if you are one of them, please don’t stop reading. My entire family are meat-eaters, and so I’ve learned to live and let live. I’m also not opposed to handling or cooking meat for those who must eat it – like my 15 year-old daughter who says she will NEVER not eat meat. It’s kind of the reverse of the many teens who, much to their parent’s consternation, suddenly go vegan. Since I’m a total health nut, my daughter delights in seeing my reaction to her tucking into a box of Fruity Pebbles (not the Whole Foods healthy version either).

But my reason for writing this post about a kind flexitarian is because I was invited to a private screening of the recently released film, At The Fork. It’s a beautifully crafted documentary about exactly how animals are raised for human consumption in America. It is non-judgmental, sensitive, and deep – really DEEP. The filmmaker/director John Papola is a meat-eater, and his wife, Lisa, is not. The film opens with John’s family tearing into huge racks of beef ribs, hot off the grill – an annual family tradition. His wife loads her plate with veggies. Husband and wife make clear their individual stances on meat-eating, and off they go to explore how our meat is produced.

I brought my meat-eating (only about once a week if that, cos I’m hard on his case), husband to the screening. After the film we stayed to participate in the panel, where John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods Market (who was involved in the film), sat with the director and producers to answer questions. We then went out for a fantastic vegan meal!!!

So, what was my main takeaway? The film made me cry a number of times. They feature a lot of pigs. I love pigs, and because I was raised around them, I know that they are highly intelligent. The film also made me laugh – there were some beautiful and very funny moments. Unlike so many of the meat-bashing documentaries out there (designed to turn everyone in vegans overnight), this film doesn’t bash anyone over the head. The director John, is brazenly honest, and openly discusses his struggle about forgetting the suffering he might have just witnessed at an appalling factory farm, once a few days have gone by – and especially when faced with the smell of a delicious burger or steak on the grill. His wife is devastated by the fact that he seems not to have the same lasting sense of compassion as she does – and this conflict runs throughout the film. I like that it’s not resolved either. This makes the film more appealing to a way larger audience, which is the intention. No point preaching to the choir, right?

I love the fact that Temple Grandin is in the movie throughout. She’s been a huge advocate of designing compassionate slaughterhouses – an oxymoron I KNOW, but one that she explains in great detail. If the animals are going to be killed, at least don’t put them into abject terror on their way. I think that was the most upsetting part of the film: seeing how terrified the animals were as they were separated from their herd and shoved into crowded trucks headed for the slaughterhouse. Incidentally, the director doesn’t show any animals actually being slaughtered in the movie – a wise decision because we stay watching, rather than turn away. This is not a horror movie!

The panel was very interesting. Here’s something that I didn’t know about John Mackey: He used to eat meat (and clearly sells it in his markets). But, he is now vegan. In an interview in Men’s Journal, he explains: “I became a vegan in 2003, after a woman interrupted the Whole Foods annual meeting to tell us how bad ducks were treated. We had a big argument, but then we started an email correspondence and she challenged me to learn more. That summer I probably read a dozen books on animal welfare. What shocked me the most was the phenomenon of factory farming — animals endure terrible lives of abuse and suffering — and it’s hidden away. After reading the books, I knew too much to keep eating meat. Remember The Matrix? Take the blue pill or the red pill? I didn’t want to go back to sleep.”

But he also acknowledges that only 1% of the population are vegan, so to run a viable business on the scale of Whole Foods Market, he had to continue selling meat. To this end, he has spearheaded the 5-Step Animal Welfare Standards label. He explained to us that not only does this allow customers to really understand how the animals they are buying were treated, but it also encourages animal producers to get kinder and cleaner. They can all charge top dollar for a Step 5+, so they are starting to make big changes.

This brings me to my final thought in this discourse. If you want to be a kinder flexitarian, and eat/buy meat that is good quality, and from an animal who hasn’t suffered for its entire life, you will have to pay more. Organic, humanely-reared meat is very expensive. I see this as a positive because Americans eat way too much cheap meat. This kind of mass meat consumption is linked to all the number one killer diseases, and inflicts untold suffering on the animals involved – a big LOSS for all involved. I think it’s time to open our eyes. At The Fork certainly helps pull back the curtain on the unpalatable truth. I highly recommend you try to see it. If it’s not playing near you, they will help you organize a showing for your community, school, church or neighborhood.

And, finally, why not join the their 21-day challenge. All you need do is sign up with your email, and they will send you a daily plant-based/higher welfare recipe from all kinds of celebrity chefs, as well as shopping guides, articles, and more. You can also like the At The Fork Facebook page.

I also encourage you to try some of the plethora of plant-based recipes on my blog.

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