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Michigan Rally Shows Support For Ex-Marine Held By Iran

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of people at a Michigan rally released balloons Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free a former Marine from prison.

But they first heard from Amir Hekmati, whose words were recorded weeks ago during a phone call with relatives. He has been in an Iranian prison since 2011, although the U.S. government denies he’s a spy and has repeatedly called for his release.

“The list of people I want to thank is far too long to include here,” Hekmati, 32, said.

Rain suddenly stopped in Bay City as about 100 people turned out to hear remarks from Hekmati’s Flint-area family, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Michigan, and others, including a Detroit-area imam who said he visited Hekmati in prison on Aug. 18.

Mohammad Ali Elahi predicted that Hekmati could be released soon.

“It was a miracle that I was able to meet with him,” Elahi told The Bay City Times. “He was very strong spiritually and psychologically, and very relaxed.”

Kildee said he hopes there won’t be a fifth-anniversary rally next year.

“We’re closer now than we ever have been, but until we see him, we can’t stop. We can’t stop this fight,” Kildee said.

Sarah Hekmati spoke to her brother by phone before the rally and said he’s humbled by the support. It’s a tough time for the family: Their father, Ali, was treated for brain cancer and has suffered two strokes since Amir was arrested.

Sarah Hekmati, 34, was in Vienna to meet with Iranian representatives during U.S.-Iran nuclear talks earlier this summer.

“For the most part they were receptive,” she told The Associated Press. “We brought letters from our father’s physicians to appeal to them. … My father’s health is deteriorating.”

 

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http://www.acrx.org -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Women Soldiers No More Likely to Develop PTSD, Study Finds

No reason to keep females from combat, researchers say
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Can You Be The Hero?

What does it take to be a hero? On a train, in a crowd, or in the quiet of your office? If you’re ever in a situation of great peril or stress, can you step up and be the hero?

Lots of popular books and films are about apparently ordinary people who are thrust into situations of danger and step up to act courageously. Think of Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tris Prior in Divergent, or the Bruce Willis character in all those old Die Hard movies, An ordinary person is pushed into an extraordinary situation and steps up.

I’ve just published a book called The Oasis Within, which is the prologue volume to a new series of novels where one of the main themes is how we can be prepared for greatness. One philosopher who has read that first book has written me that it’s the first portrayal of a hero that really digs down deep into how a grounding in the right wisdom can equip any of us for more heroic action.

There’s an interesting article about this in the New York Times. Professor David Rand with his colleague Ziv Epstein studied 51 winners of the Carnegie Medal for Heroism and came to a conclusion that surprised them. The overwhelming majority of heroes who act to save another person or to otherwise do what needs to be done in a tense and pressure filled situation, do not deliberate or think it through carefully before doing anything, but instead act instinctively, intuitively, and fast.

There’s an old saying. “He who hesitates is lost.” That seems to apply to many situations of great value and risk. We often think of ethics and morality as all about rational decision making, as if the moral agent must first weigh all the values involved in a situation and then choose which to prioritize and pursue. Wrong. The late Iris Murdoch, philosopher and novelist, wrote a fascinating little book called The Sovereignty of Good. In it, she says that, typically, at the moment of moral decision making, the precise moment we choose this or that, the decision has already long been made by what we’ve been doing, valuing, thinking about, feeling, and paying attention to, in the minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years preceding that moment. Most big decisions, and especially those involving some measure of courage or boldness, aren’t deliberated at all, but simply arise out of who we are, or what we’ve become prior to the point of action. We do this or that because we are already committed to this or that, or because we already are this or that.

Our actions show who we are. They arise from within, and in a way that can be quick and intuitive.

The Americans on that high speed French train recently didn’t hold a short seminar on the costs and benefits of all the possibilities and alternative potential responses available when they noticed the guy with the gun. They saw it and somebody said “Let’s go.” They took action. That’s normally the trajectory of heroism. It sees a need and acts to meet the need. So, when you find yourself deliberating extensively over some choice, weighing the pros and cons, chances are that you’re not getting ready to be a hero. The hero simply sees and does. The lesson for us is then simple. We need to be preparing ourselves carefully to do the right thing instantly when such a situation arises.

Are you paying attention to the right things, day-to-day? Are you valuing the truly best things? Are your feelings guided by real wisdom? Do you have enlightened commitments, or is the culture getting under your skin a little bit, to encourage selfish superficiality, personal aloofness, or short term ease? We become what we habitually do, in the life of the mind, the emotions, and in our actions. Today, you can begin to create the moral hero within who will act fast and instinctively tomorrow. Or you can deepen and reinforce the good tendencies you already have. It’s up to you.

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ICYMI: New Orleans’ Coroner And The Pros And Cons Of Egg Freezing

ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week.

This week, on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, we listened to a radio interview with the city’s coroner, a position that requires making tough judgement calls about classifying police-involved shooting deaths, as well as consoling families of the deceased. 

We also thought hard after reading an essay about the ethics of watching murder caught on film, following the tragic slaying of two Virginia journalists on live TV this week.

And, on a lighter note, we examined the benefits of a good cry, with science confirming what we already suspected: people’s moods do improve after a sob session.

Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, listen to, watch and love this week?

1. Here’s Scientific Evidence That Crying Can Be Therapeutic — The Huffington Post

A good cry can lift your spirits, but those positive vibes might take about 90 minutes to kick in.

Film criers felt even better than they did before the film at the 90-minute mark, while participants who didn’t cry reported no significant changes to their mood, for better or worse, throughout the entire experiment.

2. The End Of Walking — Aeon

The United States has become increasingly more hostile to pedestrians over the last 80 years.

Anecdotally, one hears stories of communities where proposed infrastructure that promotes walking brings out grumbles that only the poor, the great unwashed, the criminal and the under-classes have any use for sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly roads.

3. Why It Matters That Fewer Black Men Are Applying To Medical School — The Huffington Post

Even as medical schools become increasingly more diverse, the number of black male doctors is shrinking.

You’re going to face a number of people who just don’t believe in you, for a number of reasons. It may be because of your skin color. It may be because of the community that you’re from or the school that you came from or your economic background. 

4. Is It Worth Your Time And Money To Freeze Your Eggs? — Broadly

Egg freezing is expensive, invasive and doesn’t always work. Experts discuss the dangers and merits of using science to delay fertility. 

Many continue to argue that offering this procedure only exasperates the inequality that women already experience, putting even more of the burden of fertility back on women’s shoulders.

6. Single And Loving It, For Some — Pacific Standard

People who maintain social relationships by avoiding conflict are happiest being single.  

Being single, however, may give people high in avoidance goals some relief if they are free from the anxiety and pressures posed by the risk of rejection and negative relationship experiences they try to avoid.

7. In New Orleans: How To Get Elected Coroner — Death, Sex & Money

When Hurricane Katrina hit Dr. Jeffrey Rouse’s hometown of New Orleans, he decided to run for office — as the city’s coroner. 

I can distinctly remember being glued to the television and seeing a police officer that I knew — on camera — crying. That was not this guy’s temperament. So, to me, that was a very strong indicator that my time of studying trauma from a research perspective, needed to be put on the side. 

8. Is It Ethical to Watch Murder Caught on Tape? — Pacific Standard

The case for, and against, viewing the videos of the two journalists who were murdered on air in Virginia. 

The fascination with viewing someone who is [dead] … is driven by that sort of supreme fear of ours which makes us want to know more and to understand the experience and feel like we have some kind of window in.

9. Does Being Neurotic Really Make You More Creative? — The Huffington Post

Overthinkers solve problems more creatively, but they are also more anxious.

Highly neurotic people will suffer a lot of anxiety and depression over their lifespan, but their deep-thinking, brooding tendencies can also give rise to greater creative potential.

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The SIS Case Files Stories

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Three short stories from the SIS Case Files are collected here. In Fortune Cookies Are Better in Bed, SIS Agent Evan Garrett has plans for his partner, John. Chinese food for two, to start with. Things lead to dessert in the elevator with a bottle of chocolate syrup. When the plan backfires, with embarrassing results, Evan has to figure out how to save the night. Are fortune cookies better in bed? When you’re stuck in an epic DC beltway traffic jam, how do you pass the time? Frisky, sexy antics are a good start. Read all about them in Chinese Fire Drill. Lastly comes Mandatory Fun. The head of Special Investigative Services, John Benchley, dreads the holiday season. In recent years, he’s lost two friends and fellow agents. The last thing he wants to do right now is participate in the mandatory Yuletide interagency bash. In particular, he’d really, really like to avoid an old hook-up, the man-eating Madison Carthage. Gabrielle Dichenz and Evan Garrett, his current lovers, promise him a reward for being a good boy and hanging in there. Sexy grown-up presents are good; love and support are better. John’s Christmas season just might take a turn for the better this year.

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Thousands Join Largest Protest Yet In Lebanon’s Garbage Revolt

BEIRUT (AP) — Thousands rallied in downtown Beirut Saturday in the largest anti-government protest yet over a summer garbage crisis, chanting “revolution, revolution” and setting a three-day ultimatum for authorities to respond to demands, including the resignation of a Cabinet minister.

It signaled the most significant public outburst of anger against a dysfunctional system of government, but demonstrators have yet to chart a clear path toward change.

The government’s failure to resolve the trash crisis has evolved into wider protests against a political class that has dominated Lebanon since the end of the country’s civil war in 1990 and a government that has failed to provide even basic services to its people. Protesters filled up the square known as Martyrs’ Square, shouting anti-government slogans in a peaceful, carnival-like atmosphere.

“Today is a step on a long road,” said Fares Shoufani, a 48-year-old contractor. “We are depending on this movement. The more it advances forcefully, the more the people join. “

The main group behind the protests is an activist group that calls itself “You Stink,” a catchy slogan playing off the garbage crisis that addresses Lebanese politicians. The group has attracted across the board support from ordinary Lebanese fed up with the system, and angered at the festering, uncollected garbage piling up near their homes.

In a speech before thousands of protesters in Beirut, “You Stink” representative Rasha Halabi gave the government 72 hours to respond to its demands, threatening to escalate protests by Tuesday evening if it doesn’t.

The group called for the resignation of the Lebanese environment minister and for the interior minister to be held accountable for police brutality against protesters last weekend. It also demanded an end to the garbage crisis. In longer term goals, the group called for new parliament elections and the election of a president to fill a post that has remained vacant for more than a year due to political squabbling.

“We are still in the beginning,” Halabi said to widespread cheers from the crowd.

Waving red, white and green Lebanese flags, thousands of people poured into Martyrs’ Square, shouting anti-government slogans amid the district’s fancy apartment blocks and next to the blue-domed Mohammed al-Amin mosque.

The huge protest crowds were reminiscent of the massive rallies that took place in that same square in 2005, following the assassination of the late Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Those protests, which united hundreds of thousands of Lebanese from all sects for a while, were focused against Syrian troops in Lebanon and their Lebanese allies, and succeeded in pressuring Damascus to pull out its troops following a decades-old presence.

The current protest movement is a rare instance of Lebanese mobilizing without backing from any political parties. Those who turned up Saturday where largely drawn from Lebanon’s middle class and across religious sects. A mix of civil society groups, activists and leftist groups took part, along with thousands of disgruntled Lebanese.

The groups consist of a variety of views and programs seeking different agendas, each with a specific demand. Many say they seek radical reforms including an end the patronage system that divvies up power among Lebanon’s multiple communities – Shiites, Sunnis, Christians, Druze and more. That system has been the center of Lebanese politics for decades and helped fuel the 15-year civil war. Others are looking for more modest goals, such as an end to water and electricity cuts.

Together they’re charting a comprehensive vision. One placard held at the protest read: “Go Home, You Have Failed in Everything!” with mug shots of Lebanese politicians on it.

It is not clear, however, whether the protesters, who are up against an entrenched political class for which there is no clear alternative, will be able to keep momentum and achieve results.

Mona Awali, a 30-year-old teacher from south Lebanon, said she doesn’t expect politicians to yield to the ultimatum issued, but said that would only increase the resolve of protesters. She said was impressed by the young, independent crowd that turned up.

“This is what we wanted. This is the public we want to reach,” she said.

Two protests last weekend outside the prime minister’s office drew up to 20,000 people and were generally peaceful. But the rallies turned violent when security forces used batons, tear gas and water cannons to disperse groups of people who tried to break the security cordon around the prime minister’s office. There was no official estimate for Saturday’s crowd, which appeared to be significantly larger.

To avoid friction with security forces, organizers of the protest shifted the location from Riyad Solh square opposite the government building known as the Grand Serail to Martyr’s Square, a major square a few hundred meters away. As night fell, a small group of protesters returned to Riyad Solh, pelting plastic bottles and fire crackers at security forces. A small group of masked youth repeatedly tried to break through the barbed wire.

 

“It is turning into – I won’t say revolution – but kind of an uprising. It would be great if we win on the rubbish issue because this will cause the beads to come undone,” said Alex Paulikevitch, a 33-year-old choreographer and protester.

Paulikevitch said he doesn’t think the protests will bring down the system, “but if we get one demand to solve the rubbish problem it will be great.”

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Dixie Co. Health Department Receive Tribute & Medicine Discount Cards by Charles Myrick of ACRX

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Could Oral Contraceptives Help Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Only association was seen, and older women shouldn’t take the pill to treat symptoms, experts say
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Our Panic-Stricken Country

Today I witnessed a truly humbling event.

A young man — about 30, I’ll call him Brad — was experiencing a panic attack. His condition greatly resembled that of a stroke, as he was unable to move his extremities, his face was nearly paralyzed, and he could barely speak or breathe.

His friend, I’ll call him Alex, another 30-something-year-old guy, brought Brad to the ER. It took a few medics to get Brad into a wheelchair and inside due to his inability to move most of his body.

As I watched the events unfold, I was touched by Alex’s gestures. After registering Brad, Alex found a box of Kleenex and pulled out a handful of them to wipe Brad’s tears since he was unable raise his arms due to his condition.

Within a short period of time, Brad had four other friends by his side. By then he was laying on a gurney in the hallway of the ER. The docs had also given him a shot of something, which calmed him down. His friends were rubbing his shoulders and head, talking to him all the while. Eventually, Brad regained the ability to move his arms and to talk normally again. I overheard him calling home and how he told his parents not to worry, promising them that he was okay.

It was incredible to watch these friends, both of whom were seemingly healthy young men, as they went through this trauma. I left the ER that evening thinking about how much stress impacts our bodies. That a panic attack essentially left Brad unable to move most of his body, in pain, and barely able to breathe or talk.

Even more so, it made me think about stress on another level. The level where it involves all the hatred spewed in Facebook’s public forums — the horrible comments and names that people call one another (mostly aimed toward people that they don’t even know). Is all the passing on of hatred and carrying, and then expressing, all of that anger worth the stress and the impact on the physical body?

As we go into this year of election turmoil, let’s take a deep breath — and a chill pill or an extra glass of wine — so the ERs aren’t filled to the brim with panic stricken peeps… and, no, that’s not an open invitation to bash Obamacare. The kind of compassion and empathy that Alex showed his friend are what this country really needs — more than anything — right now.

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How Not to Sit on Sitting

By now, you may have heard of the saying “sitting is the new smoking.” Of course, this can never be exactly correct. You can’t be harmed by secondhand sitting or get discolored teeth from sitting, unless you are sitting in a very, very unusual way. This saying is meant to convey the health hazards of sitting too long each day. Studies have suggested that sitting too long can lead to a variety of health problems including obesity and diabetes as well as muscle and back problems. And the concern is that even participating in sports and aerobic exercises may not counter the negative health effects of sitting for too much of the day. The body may not be designed for the sedentary lifestyles that many now have. And increasingly we are doing more and more from the sitting position as Yeeli Mui of the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) at Johns Hopkins demonstrates below:

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So how can you reduce your sitting? Here are 10 ways:

1. Install desk contraptions.
If you spend a third of your time each day at work… and you sit a lot for work… well then that’s a lot of sitting. A recent trend is installing standing desks and replacing chairs with contraptions that force your body to work a bit harder while sitting (e.g., stationary bicycles or exercise balls, as the one Maggie Rudinger of the GOPC is using in the picture below) at workplaces. Standing desks are (or can be adjusted to be) tall enough for you to stand while working. Of course, many of these contraptions can be expensive. For example, standing desks range from several hundred dollars to several thousand (although improvisation can help you build a standing desk that is less expensive). Also, standing while working can have negative health effects too by placing too much stress on your shoulders, back, spine, knees, and legs. So while desk contraptions can be helpful, they aren’t the only thing you can do to reduce sitting time.

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2. Take frequent breaks.
Rather than standing or sitting all the time, balancing the two may be better. However, taking breaks can be challenging when you are engrossed in your work or by what’s on your computer screen. Setting up an alarm or other reminder to stand up and walk around at least once an hour may be helpful. Also, the more social your workplace may be, the inclined you may be to take breaks.

3. Reduce your driving.
Unless you are driving a new type of car that I am not aware of (e.g., a car that you have to pedal… which would then be called a bicycle), you are sitting and generally physically inactive when you are driving. Sure you may pump your fist when someone cuts in front of you or perform some mild car dancing when “Build Me Up Buttercup” comes on the radio, but driving time is sitting time. Think about how long you drive each day and that’s how long you are sitting. Could you replace some of that driving with walking, cycling, pogo-sticking, or taking public transportation?

4. Offer your seat to others.
Yes, yes, taking public transportation also may involve sitting. But unlike driving for which standing up and strolling around the car is frowned upon, public transportation does afford you the opportunity to be at least a little more active. Moreover, when on a train or a bus for a short ride, do you really need to sit down? If you can stand, offering others your seat can be kind and chivalrous… to yourself.

5. Do your job well.
You may dislike your job. Especially with so many speeches, books, and blogs telling you to do what you love, you may be inclined to minimize the amount of work that you have to do at your job and instead dedicate time to checking your social media pages, surfing the Web, or playing fantasy sports or computer games. While aspiring to do what you are meant to do is not necessarily a bad thing, reality means that you will never get to what you love all the time. Every career has its drudgeries (e.g., professional athletes, musicians, actors, and actresses, all have to toil through things that they do not like). If you are stuck in a job that you do not like, why not benefit your health by doing it well? Not only will it generate good references and experience for your next career steps, it will help others and you by staying active.

6. Help others.
When you help others, you usually can’t just sit, unless you are saving a seat or trying to flatten an object for them. Many acts of kindness involve doing something physically active, such as helping others by lifting, opening, carrying, constructing, fixing, or bringing an item. Even if you hate people, think of helping others as helping yourself… to stay active.

7. Replace electronic communications with more direct communications.
At one of my previous workplaces, a co-worker in the office next to mine used to email me questions even when she knew I was in my office… instead of taking about ten steps to visit me. Now while this may have saved her valuable Tetris-playing minutes each day, it represented missed opportunities to stand up and walk around. So instead of messaging someone via email, text, or social media, consider walking over to their location to talk or at least giving them a call.

8. Do your own household chores.
A few years ago, a friend of mine complained to the head of her Division that her job was so busy that she didn’t have time to do her routine chores and errands. His advice to her? Hire people to do her chores and errands. While his “advice” clearly showed a weak grasp of what she was really complaining about, it also was in line with a growing movement — hiring others to do physical labor for you. But remember all those chores such as laundry, vacuuming, etc. keep you physically active.

9. Get outside.
You may be less inclined to sit for long periods while working, playing, and relaxing outside your home or office. The external stimuli of other people, sites, sounds, and birds dropping pellets may prevent you from losing track of time and your sitting.

10. Stand during meetings.
Jim Sallis, Distinguished Professor of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, encourages people to stand as much as possible during meetings. Such standing not only helps prevent sitting, but also helps you pay better attention to the meeting (it is harder to fall asleep while standing but remarkably some people are still able to do so). In fact, after someone gives a talk, Jim will often motivate everyone to give the person a standing ovation… which is also a nice touch. I can say that if I give a talk and Jim is in the room, I will almost always be guaranteed a standing ovation.

In many ways, reducing sitting involves reconsidering and reconfiguring many of the things that you are doing in your life. Obesity results when there is an imbalance between energy consumption and utilization in the body . Many things can cause such an imbalance. Sitting too much is one possible cause but by no means the only cause. Of course, reducing your sitting does not mean that you can eat or drink whatever you want or should forego additional exercise. In many ways, obesity is a sign that something is amiss in our lives and the systems around us.

And that shouldn’t sit well with you.

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With Jeb and Torture, It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

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Just when you thought the summer of Fant4stically-failed reruns was over, here comes Bush III. As the New York Times reports on August 24, candidate Jeb has finally come out swinging at provocations from his Republican rivals.

Contrary to tough-guy Jeb Bush, I would not leave the door open to torture, not even for use against those U.S. officials who, post 9/11, secretly conceived and implemented torture in our foreign policy. Experts now agree that torture does not produce credible intelligence. It is also immoral and illegal. Torture defiles those who undertake it and taints all Americans in whose names it has been committed.

Its practice should not be on the table at presidential debates. U.S. representatives responsible for opening, and carrying out, this Pandora’s box should be tried for war crimes, as William Cheng deftly summarizes.

With a possible remake in development, it’s time to wrestle again with past Bush presidencies.

The current chaos in the Middle East lies at the feet of America’s interventionist neoconservatives. Dick Cheney et al seem to have taken inspiration from the La Fontaine maxim that “might makes right.” With a dash of Tony Stark’s desire to carry on his father’s “unfinished” work, George W. Bush went along with his consiglieri’s suicidal policies.

Many journalists, anti-war protesters, and experts predicted the political void that would open if the U.S. toppled the secular nationalist Saddam Hussein. Extremism loves a vacuum. Having failed to conquer Al-Qaeda, the Bush regime created a void in the Middle East lately filled by ISIS, another group that doesn’t rule out torture. But few predicted the U.S.’s scandalous embrace of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (read “torture”), now depressingly catalogued in countless books and documentary films.

Could it possibly be that a Bush III administration will revive the use of torture against the Islamic state, an organization that owes its existence to the U.S.’s disastrous occupation of Iraq? And so our country prepares to wrong the wrongs of the past.

Beginning in 2002, I started researching Arab cinema, eventually traveling to North Africa to learn what filmmakers from Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco had to say about the so-called “clash of civilizations,” the invasion of Iraq, and the Middle East generally.

Deeply bi-cultural, educated Tunisians speak French as fluently as Arabic, and understand the French Enlightenment as well as the history of the Ottoman empire. Among the most liberal of their Arab brethren, Tunisians – in private then highly critical of their own totalitarian government – complained bitterly about Saudi Arabia’s exportation of Islamic extremism throughout their region and the world.

18 months after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, I attended the Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, then the largest festival of Arab cinema in the world. A taxi cab driver from the airport told me, “Saddam is a bastard, but he’s our bastard.” Tunisian filmmakers mused that if the U.S. really wanted to promote democracy in the Arab world, then it should have invaded Tunisia. A progressive, secular middle-class country, Tunisia held the most promise for a representative government à la Turkey. Tunisia is not a cookie-cutter country assembled by colonial powers. It has been a coherent nation-state for hundreds of years. In addition, the police state of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali routinely tortured its political opponents.

In 2006, I again attended the Carthage festival. In the ongoing mayhem of the occupation of Iraq, Tunisian and Arab directors, producers, and critics remained stupefied by the 2004 election of G.W. Bush as president. Ok, they said, the Republicans stole the 2000 election, these things happen in the Middle East as well.

In 2016, history risks repeating itself, first as tragedy, now as farce. For those who have been paying attention – and I know it’s hard with Donald trumping around – Jeb Bush has quietly assembled a group of foreign policy advisors. 19 of 21 come from his father’s or his brother’s administrations (including Paul Wolfowitz, the “architect” of the American war in Iraq), opening wide the possibility of further adventurism in the Middle East.

Candidate Bush now walks a thin red line between owning and disowning the finally unpopular war in Iraq, wanting to have his torture cake and eat it, too. Do politicians who endorse torture actually imagine what it entails? Why won’t a Republican presidential candidate step forward to publicly undergo waterboarding, as did journalist Christopher Hitchens, or nudity, slapping, humiliation, sleep deprivation, and hanging from ceiling, all disgracefully used by the CIA in tandem with complicit governments abroad?

In 2014, our Senate produced a report demonstrating that, 1) the U.S. use of torture was more brutal than previously admitted; 2) the CIA lied about its use of torture; and 3) torture failed to produce intelligence that saved lives. Utilized during the Spanish Inquisition, waterboarding, like all forms of torture, has been denounced by Pope Francis as “a mortal sin.” As is painfully clear in America today, torture rots the body politic that permits it.

Of resuscitating torture techniques that contravene the codes of the Geneva Convention, candidate Bush says that “now we’re in a different environment.” If elected, Jeb promises to take us back to the shameful policies of the new millennium, when the U.S. regressed to an “eye for an eye” method of its enemies. With a Bush around the corner, one could say that, as Faulkner put it, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Is the American public really ready for a Bush family dynasty to rival the Saudis? Fool us once, shame on you, fool us thrice….

If you think Bush II was bad, don’t hold your breath for the sequel, or you may find yourself underwater.

Jeffrey Ruoff is an associate professor of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College and OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow.

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The Emotional Toll of a Cutthroat Work Environment

A recent article in the New York Times revealed the bruising workplace environment at Amazon. The gist? Amazon employees are encouraged to poke holes in one another’s ideas, give secret feedback about coworkers and work incredibly late hours (emails after midnight, anyone?). The takeaway was that Amazon pushes its employees beyond their limits.

But Amazon is not alone in this approach. As a New York City psychotherapist and former attorney, I understand when my patients complain of grueling hours, cutthroat competition, and the sacrifice of personal and family time. Today’s competitive corporate culture forces many people to confront a real-life conflict between personal and professional goals, productivity versus pleasure. Whether you work at Amazon or elsewhere, a demanding workplace environment can take a serious toll on your physical and emotional health if you are unprepared for the risks and tradeoffs. While professional success is a most worthy achievement, it should not come at the cost of your physical or emotional health.

Work-life balance is familiar term, but what exactly does it mean? It means being conscious of the choices and tradeoffs you are willing to make to get ahead. It means knowing what is important to you and what you are willing to sacrifice for added money or prestige. It means acknowledging your particular strengths and weaknesses and not trying to fit into a workplace culture that doesn’t suit your disposition. It means balancing what you have to do to earn incremental income with the personal cost. It also means making work bearable, and acknowledging when workplace stress is negatively impacting your life.

Maintaining a work-life balance takes intention and planning, but it is possible for every one of us when we set it as a priority. Even the most hard-driving people make decisions about where they draw the line. Here are a few things to think about when you are faced with work-life conflicts:

Don’t let inertia set in. If you feel stressed in a way that is affecting your mood, keeping you up at night, or causing conflict in your marriage or with other family members, then it is time to do something about it. Focus first on your relationships at work- with a boss, colleague or even an assistant — to better understand if there is underlying tension. Strained work relationships can undermine self-esteem and impede productivity, but they also increase tension at home, causing conflicts with a spouse or children. If you notice work relationships are a frequent source of conflict it’s time to address them before the problem gets worse.

Re-set priorities at different stages of life. Tradeoffs change at different stages of life, so at each major life event — marriage, children, elderly parents, illness, death of a loved one, or any traumatic event — take a pause. Ask yourself if more money or added prestige is worth missing important life events, like a Little League game or time with an aging parent? Think in terms of short- and long-range goals and responsibilities. What do you want or need to achieve today? Where do you want to be 5 years from now? Think of each decision as a tradeoff between present and future goals and personal and professional commitments.

Talk to someone. It’s vital to remember that the simple act of talking to someone can bring relief and improvement in your lifestyle and mental health. People often seek counsel because they experience symptoms of distress, but are unsure of the cause. Marital problems may be caused by work conflict and vice versa. By talking it through will you gain insight into the source of the conflict. Find someone you trust — a mentor, a counselor, friend or family member. Seek support if you feel that something is off.

Be realistic about how you manage stress. Not everyone is the same when it comes to their ability to tolerate stressful events and a demanding work environment. Some people thrive on the competition and pressure, but it’s not for everyone. Don’t feel the pressure to conform to someone else’s way of working unless you are prepared. As Socrates said: “Know thyself.”

Examine what success really means to you. Does success mean a large bank account, the acquisition of skill or expertise or being of service to others? Make sure you define success for yourself. You don’t want to look back on the sacrifices you made and ask: “Is that all there is?” Make sure that your definition of success is your own.

The bottom line? A cutthroat and bruising workplace environment is not for everyone. Know yourself. Don’t feel pressure to conform. Define what success means to you. Take a step back and evaluate your priorities. Don’t be afraid to draw a line in the sand. And whatever you do, don’t be too hard on yourself.

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After Katrina, Here’s How New Orleans Improved Education, Low-Income Housing, Health Care

A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, claiming 1,800 lives and causing unspeakable destruction. But, parenthetically, experts say, the storm gave the reeling city no choice but to hit the restart button on some of its broken systems that were long overdue for repair, including education, low-income housing and health care. Here’s how the city addressed some of those challenges — both succeeding and failing along the way.

 

Education

Da’ja’s Story: From Struggling Reader to Valedictorian.

When Da’ja Simmons started seventh grade at her new charter school in New Orleans, she was nowhere near her grade’s literacy level. In addition to lagging behind academically when she started at Cohen College Prep, Simmons also lived in a homeless shelter for a year in eighth grade, after her father lost his job, making concentrating on her school work even more challenging.

“I was weak in math and reading,” Simmons, now 18, told The Huffington Post. “I would mix up simple words.”

Fast forward to last year, when Simmons was named valedictorian, accepted to 10 colleges and won $ 264,000 in merit scholarships.

Before the Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans was the second-lowest-ranked district in the second-lowest-ranked state in the country. In 2005, 62 percent of students were failing, according to district records.

Simmons’ story represents that of many students who might not have succeeded to the same degree without the post-Katrina education system changes, experts point out. 

For Simmons, that meant attending a charter school, where she said her teachers pushed her even more once they found out about her compromising situation. They guided her to the point that she was able to add Advanced Placement courses and Chinese to her packed schedule. 

Back in 2005, there was some talk about introducing more charter schools, the kind Simmons benefited from, to help revive the education system. But supporters didn’t expect to see any swift changes.

“There would’ve been incremental government change,” Patrick Dobard, superintendent of the Recovery School District, told HuffPost. “We never would’ve made the long systemic changes we see now.”

Compounding the issue was the fact that critics were reluctant to accept what they viewed as a “top-down” costly system. They didn’t like that it would require mass firings and wouldn’t necessarily take minority students’ needs into consideration. 

But when Hurricane Katrina hit, — taking down 106 schools and sparking a fierce debate about poverty and race with it — advocates seized the chance to start over and build a stronger system.

It was a horrible catastrophe, but as we try to look for silver linings, if there’s any glimmer of hope, we were able to wholesale, put changes into place that have systemically improved the quality of schools.”
Patrick Dobard, superintendent for the Recovery School District in New Orleans

Faced with rebuilding an entire system from scratch, the Louisiana Legislature handed over the majority of Orleans Parish public schools to the Recovery School District. The entity was created to transform failing institutions into high-performing charter schools.

“It was a horrible catastrophe, but as we try to look for silver linings, if there’s any glimmer of hope, we were able to wholesale, put changes into place that have systemically improved the quality of schools,” Dobard said.

Today, 92 percent of students are enrolled in charter schools. And supporters of the model are quick to tout its successes. 

In 2004, 54 percent of high schoolers graduated from high school. A decade later, that figure jumped to 73 percent.

Grades in the city are up, too.

Last year, just 6 percent of students were failing, according to statistics released by New Orleans Public Schools.

But Some Say the Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story.

From the perspective of many, the changes in education haven’t been strictly a success story.

Administrators have been criticized for being quick to resort to suspending and expelling students who misbehave, which has helped boost figures and has also disproportionately affected minorities.

Louisiana schools are twice as likely to suspend black students as they are white students, according to a 2010 study conducted by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative and the Family and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children. 

“The unfortunate reality of ‘three strikes you’re out’ and other unnecessarily harsh policies [is that they] have escalated the pushing of young people out of school and down a pipeline to dropout, unemployment and prison,” Julian Heilig, a professor of educational leadership and policy studies at California State University, Sacramento, told HuffPost.

The other concerning issues, advocates say, is that too few minority teachers were hired in the aftermath and that systemic issues that pertain specifically to underserved students weren’t addressed. 

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans had a higher proportion of black teachers than most urban U.S. school districts.

During the 2003-2004 school year, 71 percent of New Orleans public school teachers were black, according to the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans. 

By 2014, that figure dropped to 49 percent. 

Heilig, and others agree, that black leaders were “sidelined” in the process. They say that more money should’ve been invested in early childhood education and increasing parental engagement, as well as access to health, social and other services at-risk students need to stay on track.

But Dobard continues to stand by the charter school model New Orleans has pioneered — noting that the district plans to address issues related to expulsion and is gearing up to roll out a robust program for students with special needs.

He also noted that schools still have to meet a rigorous set of standards in order to stay in business. 

When a school is up for renewal, it goes through an extensive review process and if it’s not meeting expectations, the RSD has the power to shut it down or transfer its leadership, Dobard said. 

Dobard says that the schools that do thrive, do so mainly because of the “direct control” each entity is granted. 

For example, if a school feels the need to stay in session longer than the prescribed 180 days in order to get students caught up, it has the ability to do so. They also have more control over budgets, transportation and meal plans than standard public schools do. 

Some students, like Simmons, say that giving teachers more autonomy over how they instruct is what enables them to succeed. 

“The teachers actually taught us instead of just giving us work, and helped us with anything we needed,” Simmons said. “They actually challenged me instead of just giving me the answers. They actually pushed to think.”

Low-Income Housing

New Orleans Rolls Up Its Sleeves To Help Build Homes

Before Hurricane Katrina hit, elite local institutions — like the Tulane School of Architecture, — were considered removed entities that were completely out of touch with struggling residents’ needs. 

In fact, one local recently told NPR that he saw the Tulane school as home to snooty “trust fund babies.”

But after the storm displaced more than 1 million people in the Gulf Coast region and destroyed 134,000 housing units in New Orleans alone, Tulane and other prominent entities felt the need to take pause and reassess their role in the community.

“I sort of stopped writing papers and started taking bold steps with students to build things,” Scott Bernhard, a professor who spearheaded the school’s post-Katrina projects, told NPR. 

So, in 2005, the school established URBANbuild in order to apply its rich resources to helping to rebuild decimated neighborhoods. 

At the city’s peak in 2007, more than 11,000 people were homeless, according to a new report released by UNITY, a coalition that provides housing and services to homeless people and at-risk individuals in New Orleans and Jefferson Parish.

 

Tulane’s program is an example of just one innovative program that has helped to aggressively tackle New Orleans’ homelessness crisis.

URBANbuild collaborates with a number of local groups, including Brad Pitt’s Make It Right nonprofit, to build homes for people in need in the area. Since then, it has built six houses for struggling families. 

Altogether, the school has helped develop more than 80 local projects that use design to improve the community.

Over the past eight years, homelessness figures have dropped by 85 percent.

On a single night in January, there were 1,703 people without homes, still much higher than such comparably sized cities as Chicago and Baltimore, but a notable decline. 

To be sure, the rate of homelessness, which compares its unsheltered population to the general population, is 14 percent higher than it was in 2005. But, part of that is due to the fact that the city’s general population is significantly lower than it was before Katrina.

New Orleans was able to reduce its post-Katrina homeless population to this point with its Permanent Supportive Housing program, according to UNITY. People who qualify are granted permanent rent subsidies, primarily in privately owned apartments. Residents are then connected with case managers who oversee their medical needs, and other issues, to ensure that they can remain living independently. 

City Is One Of First To End Chronic Vet Homelessness.

What’s perhaps most noteworthy, though, is how in the years since the storm, New Orleans has catapulted to the forefront of the fight to end veteran homelessness — an accomplishment that has elicited praise from first lady Michelle Obama.

In January, it became the first major city to end chronic veteran homelessness. 

By employing the housing first method, an approach that champions providing homes to homeless people and then addressing their health and employment issues, New Orleans has accomplished what other similar-sized cities haven’t yet been able to do.

Last July, Mayor Mitch Landrieu committed to joining the first lady’s Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness and within six months, surpassed its original goal by housing 227 homeless veterans. It succeeded in doing so by bringing together agencies that hadn’t previously worked together. Now that it’s combined such existing resources, the city is able to house a homeless veteran within 30 days.

“You all have proven that even in a city as big as New Orleans, veteran homelessness is not a reality we have to accept,” Obama said, according to The Times-Picayune. “It’s not an impossible problem that is too big to be solved. We want cities across this country to follow your lead.”

Still, the city continues to be plagued by crushing poverty rates and a dearth in affordable housing, which has hampered its homelessness efforts.

Before the hurricane, more than half of all apartments in New Orleans rented for less than $ 500 a month, according to UNITY. Now, the fair-market rent for a one-bedroom apartment is $ 767, well above what low-wage workers can afford.

Often, though, it’s been finding the resources to rebuild deteriorating structures that’s posed the biggest challenge.

Even before Katrina, the city had a sizable number of blighted properties it didn’t have the resources to fix. The hurricane only exacerbated that situation. By 2010, there were over 43,000 dilapidated properties and empty lots — more than a quarter of New Orleans’ total housing stock, according to a report released by the city. 

Many owners who didn’t have the funds to repair their devastated homes, simply abandoned them.

Making such properties available for habitation has been critical considering how much housing prices have spiked since Katrina. 

In 2010, Landrieu committed to addressing the issue, and in a matter of three years, reduced the number of blighted properties by 10,000. The mayor succeeded in doing so by collaborating with private and public partners, and commissioning help from the public, too.

Among its multi-thronged approach, the city reopened negotiations with FEMA to demolish 919 units, prioritized city funding for the rehabilitation of dilapidated properties and fixed up 520 homes belonging to low-income owners who didn’t have the funds to do so.

Health Care

Low-Income Patients Get More Timely, Quality Care.

Even before Katrina, New Orleans’ public healthcare system was flailing.

Neighborhood primary care facilities, where low-income patients could develop relationships with their doctors, essentially didn’t exist. As a result, patients turned to the historic Charity Hospital, which accepted all patients no matter what they could afford. But as the region’s only level 1 trauma center, it simply didn’t have the infrastructure to support clients’ needs.

Patients would wait, on average, in excess of six months just to book a basic primary care visit, Dr. Peter DeBlieux, interim Chief Medical Officer at University Medical Center New Orleans, told HuffPost.

The hospital also didn’t meet federal standards at the time, but it was allowed to remain open because it was the only safety net facility in the area, DeBlieux added.

But after the hurricane, when Charity Hospital was forced to close its doors because the cost to repair the institution was too great, the medical community was compelled to reevaluate how it could rebuild a more resilient system that better served its entire patient population.

A New Medical Center Opens Its Doors

On Aug. 1, with $ 1.1 billion in federal, state and private rebuilding money, the city opened the doors to the 2.3-million-sqaure-foot University Medical Center New Orleans, which replaced the destroyed Charity Hospital.

Over the past 10 years, a number of community partners came together to open more than 70 neighborhood health clinics that give patients long-overdue access to primary care and disease prevention, Warner Thomas, president and CEO of Ochsner Health Center, wrote in a blog for HuffPost. Many of those clinics have direct links or affiliations with UMC, which allows patients to book appointments within one to two days, according to DeBlieux.

While Louisiana’s largest teaching and training hospital boasts state-of-the art equipment and striking designs, DeBlieux, who worked at Charity Hospital for more than 20 years, says the mission to serve as a safety net hospital hasn’t changed one iota. 

“At no point in time has our mission changed,” DeBlieux said. “No one has shied away from that mission. No one has shirked it.”

The 446-bed hospital is open to anyone who needs care, just as it was before, it now just also has a more sustainable business model.

After its horrific experience during Katrina, the medical community vowed to build a facility that could withstand the next once-in-50-years storm, and it has.

All of the hospital’s critical functions are located 21 feet above base level flood elevation. With its storm-resistant technology, UMC can withstand a hurricane with a force of 200 miles per hour. And, it could continue its operations for up to a week without any external support or supplies. 

It has also developed a new and leaner business model.

Before, Charity Hospital relied solely on state and federal dollars and was serially underfunded, DeBlieux noted.

Today’s private-public model will allow UMC to still serve indigent populations, while also making itself a competitive option for Medicaid, Medicare and commercially insured patients in order to “attract all payers.”


At this hospital, we welcome all patients.”

 

Every room in the hospital is private, with ample space for family members to stay over. The only exception is in the behavioral health section where sharing a room was deemed “therapeutic.” The hospital has also set a goal of developing programs that will enable patients to seek out specialty care locally at UMC, so they don’t have to travel out of state, or out of the region.

It’s also going to be a major economic driver in the community. Construction alone created thousands of jobs and the hospital currently employs more than 2,100 people. It’s expected to create hundreds more full-time positions in the next few years, according to UMC. 

At its core, DeBlieux says, UMC aims to be a more inviting facility, and has kept intact its purpose of providing healing to every patient who walks through its doors. 

“In 1940, [when it opened], Charity Hospital was considered the preeminent hospital in the world. People who sought care there, thought, ‘Well, I have a seat at the table,’” DeBlieux said. “That history has not changed. At this hospital, we welcome all patients.”

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With Jeb and Torture, It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

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Just when you thought the summer of Fant4stically-failed reruns was over, here comes Bush III. As the New York Times reports on August 24, candidate Jeb has finally come out swinging at provocations from his Republican rivals.

Contrary to tough-guy Jeb Bush, I would not leave the door open to torture, not even for use against those U.S. officials who, post 9/11, secretly conceived and implemented torture in our foreign policy. Experts now agree that torture does not produce credible intelligence. It is also immoral and illegal. Torture defiles those who undertake it and taints all Americans in whose names it has been committed.

Its practice should not be on the table at presidential debates. U.S. representatives responsible for opening, and carrying out, this Pandora’s box should be tried for war crimes, as William Cheng deftly summarizes.

With a possible remake in development, it’s time to wrestle again with past Bush presidencies.

The current chaos in the Middle East lies at the feet of America’s interventionist neoconservatives. Dick Cheney et al seem to have taken inspiration from the La Fontaine maxim that “might makes right.” With a dash of Tony Stark’s desire to carry on his father’s “unfinished” work, George W. Bush went along with his consiglieri’s suicidal policies.

Many journalists, anti-war protesters, and experts predicted the political void that would open if the U.S. toppled the secular nationalist Saddam Hussein. Extremism loves a vacuum. Having failed to conquer Al-Qaeda, the Bush regime created a void in the Middle East lately filled by ISIS, another group that doesn’t rule out torture. But few predicted the U.S.’s scandalous embrace of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (read “torture”), now depressingly catalogued in countless books and documentary films.

Could it possibly be that a Bush III administration will revive the use of torture against the Islamic state, an organization that owes its existence to the U.S.’s disastrous occupation of Iraq? And so our country prepares to wrong the wrongs of the past.

Beginning in 2002, I started researching Arab cinema, eventually traveling to North Africa to learn what filmmakers from Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco had to say about the so-called “clash of civilizations,” the invasion of Iraq, and the Middle East generally.

Deeply bi-cultural, educated Tunisians speak French as fluently as Arabic, and understand the French Enlightenment as well as the history of the Ottoman empire. Among the most liberal of their Arab brethren, Tunisians – in private then highly critical of their own totalitarian government – complained bitterly about Saudi Arabia’s exportation of Islamic extremism throughout their region and the world.

18 months after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, I attended the Carthage Film Festival in Tunis, then the largest festival of Arab cinema in the world. A taxi cab driver from the airport told me, “Saddam is a bastard, but he’s our bastard.” Tunisian filmmakers mused that if the U.S. really wanted to promote democracy in the Arab world, then it should have invaded Tunisia. A progressive, secular middle-class country, Tunisia held the most promise for a representative government à la Turkey. Tunisia is not a cookie-cutter country assembled by colonial powers. It has been a coherent nation-state for hundreds of years. In addition, the police state of dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali routinely tortured its political opponents.

In 2006, I again attended the Carthage festival. In the ongoing mayhem of the occupation of Iraq, Tunisian and Arab directors, producers, and critics remained stupefied by the 2004 election of G.W. Bush as president. Ok, they said, the Republicans stole the 2000 election, these things happen in the Middle East as well.

In 2016, history risks repeating itself, first as tragedy, now as farce. For those who have been paying attention – and I know it’s hard with Donald trumping around – Jeb Bush has quietly assembled a group of foreign policy advisors. 19 of 21 come from his father’s or his brother’s administrations (including Paul Wolfowitz, the “architect” of the American war in Iraq), opening wide the possibility of further adventurism in the Middle East.

Candidate Bush now walks a thin red line between owning and disowning the finally unpopular war in Iraq, wanting to have his torture cake and eat it, too. Do politicians who endorse torture actually imagine what it entails? Why won’t a Republican presidential candidate step forward to publicly undergo waterboarding, as did journalist Christopher Hitchens, or nudity, slapping, humiliation, sleep deprivation, and hanging from ceiling, all disgracefully used by the CIA in tandem with complicit governments abroad?

In 2014, our Senate produced a report demonstrating that, 1) the U.S. use of torture was more brutal than previously admitted; 2) the CIA lied about its use of torture; and 3) torture failed to produce intelligence that saved lives. Utilized during the Spanish Inquisition, waterboarding, like all forms of torture, has been denounced by Pope Francis as “a mortal sin.” As is painfully clear in America today, torture rots the body politic that permits it.

Of resuscitating torture techniques that contravene the codes of the Geneva Convention, candidate Bush says that “now we’re in a different environment.” If elected, Jeb promises to take us back to the shameful policies of the new millennium, when the U.S. regressed to an “eye for an eye” method of its enemies. With a Bush around the corner, one could say that, as Faulkner put it, “the past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Is the American public really ready for a Bush family dynasty to rival the Saudis? Fool us once, shame on you, fool us thrice….

If you think Bush II was bad, don’t hold your breath for the sequel, or you may find yourself underwater.

Jeffrey Ruoff is an associate professor of Film and Media Studies at Dartmouth College and OpEd Project Public Voices Fellow.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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How Cockroaches Became My New Self-Help Gurus

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Oh, I’m totally enlightened. But I’m having a panic attack right now, so do you mind if we talk after I don’t feel like running screaming naked down the street? You’re a doll.

The other day at therapy my shrink had the balls to say to me, “You’re reporting today. I don’t want you reporting. I want you to tell me about the cockroaches in your bed last night. Let’s talk about that.”

I really hated him for saying that (not really). But he was right. I report. I talk as if I were on social media. Look at this funny ad, my skin looks so good today, I have a freak of a dog. I do it when I’m not connected to what I’m really feeling.

I know why I can be like that. I had a very, very weird childhood. Like Addams Family weird. My mother was mentally ill. She screwed me up, and I’ve spent my entire life unscrewing myself (you get the idea). I’ve healed. I am, to overuse the word, blessed. Cue the marching band.

That’s why nowadays I’m a super positive guy because the alternative wasn’t working. Sure, I’m watering down years and years of yoga, meditation and psychotherapy, but the happy ending I’ve been searching for I’m now living. Praise Jesus!

But then there’s this bug issue.

It’s not that bugs were literally swarming over me, but that I have anxiety nightmares about them. I’ve had anxiety dreams for years. Most of the dreams are so violent they literally bolt me out of my bed and send me careening into my living room. Honestly, It’s really embarrassing. Another solid reason to remain single.

What really gets my goat is that all I do every day is connect with my friggin’ Higher Self. I take yoga classes and vitamins and breath, breath, breath, and yet after all this, I still have the occasional dream where I’m being suffocated by cockroaches. No wonder my application for Zen Priesthood was declined.

When I finally calm down afterwards, I feel like an idiot. Old feelings of depression come up. I was clinically depressed for years so I know how the old throw me under a bus oh my God I hate my life can I eat those Doritos depression feels.

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Me. When I used to eat my feelings. All of them.
And I do mean all of them.

I want to call a friend so they can tell me it’s all going to be alright, but I know calling a friend at 3:33 a.m. isn’t the smartest way to keep a thriving friendship alive. So I watch more episodes of Friends and sometimes take a teddy bear I have in my linen closet to bed with me. Don’t tell anyone.

My shrink told me next week we’re going to have to talk about the bugs. I have no idea what they really represent, but I’m guessing it’s something to do with my inability to practice what I preach, which is believing that everything is going to be alright.

I’ve studied with enough gurus (some named Skye, which is really hard for me not to make fun of) so I know that feeling anxious and depressed is the most effective way to block off what the Universe is trying to tell me. It’s like putting a muzzle over a megaphone that’s attached to my ear.

The past few years I’ve witness this wild phenomena where I ask the Universe for something, and it shows up. Literally. For years I used to think that kind of thinking was for people who dropped acid and twirled around Central Park with glow sticks in their hands. But then I realized it’s how the world works so I shut my pie hole.

So if that’s the case, what the hell’s the deal with the bugs?

I may not be able to see the truth of it right now, but I do know that my panic dreams aren’t the real me, but the old me, the younger Michael who used to have extreme anxiety disorder and suffered from depression and looked like something out of The Walking Dead. The Michael who never felt consistently loved as a boy, so he never learned to trust that things always work out.

I used to say, How could I learn to trust if my first source of trust broke my heart? I’m sick of saying that. The script is getting old. Time for a rewrite.

I’ve come a million miles from where I used to be. I’ll work past this bug thing. The key is to stop throwing things like anxiety and depression and bugs in my path.

All this insight from a bunch of cockroaches. Who knew?

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Namaste, Neurosis

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Scientists Find A Way To Combat Racial Bias Among Little Kids

First, they found that infants as young as 3 months old show racial bias. Now they’ve found a way to shake up those early preferences — and perhaps undermine more pernicious racial stereotypes as we grow up.

Research from the University of Delaware had earlier shown that 3-month-olds have a visual preference for faces that match the racial group they see most in their daily lives.

new study from the same team — conducted as part of a decade-long international research project and published last month in the journal Developmental Science — details an experiment that seemed to shift those unconscious biases seen in young children. 

Why do babies even have such biases? While infants can distinguish different races, they’re less able to distinguish individual faces within a less-familiar racial group. So, for example, a white baby may be able to differentiate among — and thus prefer — individual white faces while struggling to differentiate among black or Asian faces. 

In other words, these very early leanings seem to be based on visual perception. Actual social biases don’t come into play generally until children are around 3 or 4 years old. 

The researchers hypothesized, however, that visual biases in infants might be related to the development of social biases in later childhood and adulthood — and therefore disrupting early visual biases could help dislodge social biases, perhaps for the long term.

“We hit on the idea that if the perceptual and social biases are linked, we might be able to reduce the social bias by perceptual means,” Dr. Paul Quinn, professor of psychology and brain science at the University of Delaware and the study’s lead author, said in a press release

To test this hypothesis, researchers in Delaware and China created images of racially ambiguous faces by melding individual photos of African and Asian faces. Some of the faces had pleasant expressions, while others were more severe. 

The researchers showed these photos to Chinese children, aged 4 to 6, and asked them to identify whether the faces were Asian or African. The kids tended to rate the happy-looking faces as Asian and the severe-looking faces as African.

Next, the researchers showed the children five different photos of African faces and gave individual names to the faces. This was repeated for 15 to 30 minutes until the children were able to identify the faces by name. 

When the kids were shown the photos of racially ambiguous faces again, the bias they had displayed toward their own ethnic group was reduced significantly.

Why? The theory is that the children’s perceptual bias for the more familiar-looking faces was undercut when they learned to see the unfamiliar faces as individuals, too.

“It may be that the individuation disrupts the process by which stereotypes are generalized across members of a [racial] category,” Quinn told The Huffington Post via email. But he noted that further research is needed to explore how long these effects last and to determine whether the effects are the result of mere exposure.

One question would be whether individualizing people must be done with language — that is, by naming them. “Would we get it with a unique musical tone for each face?” Quinn said. “Would we get it if we just asked the children to memorize the faces?”

In the real world, the study suggests that personal interactions with people of other races may go a long way in counteracting stereotypes. 

“If you want to reduce implicit bias … provide experience with the other-race group,” Quinn said. “In particular, experience that promotes perceiving members of the other-race group as distinct individuals with unique identities.”

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Columbia Cites Free Speech In Defense Of Allowing Mattress Protest

NEW YORK (AP) — Citing the importance of the First Amendment, Columbia University asked a judge Friday to reject a student’s lawsuit alleging the school failed to protect him after a onetime friend called him a “serial rapist” and carried a mattress around campus to protest sexual abuse.

The New York City university said in a federal court filing that it was a “fatal flaw” in Paul Nungesser’s lawsuit that he failed to sufficiently claim intentional gender discrimination by Columbia. His lawsuit alleged that the university’s actions caused him to face gender discrimination and defamation during the last school year and damaged his job prospects.

The German citizen sued the university this year, saying it effectively sponsored attacks against him by letting Emma Sulkowicz obtain class credit with a mattress-toting project that was designed to draw attention to her claims against him for a year leading up to commencement proceedings. The lawsuit said Sulkowicz has repeatedly and publicly called him a “serial rapist,” resulting in national and international media attention. The lawsuit sought unspecified damages.

Columbia’s lawyers wrote that the lawsuit suggested that the university was obligated “to silence Ms. Sulkowicz, preventing her from speaking publicly on the issue of sexual assault on college campuses – an issue of national concern.”

“However, at colleges and universities like Columbia the `atmosphere of speculation, experiment, and creation is essential to the quality of higher education,'” the lawyers wrote, adding that federal laws against gender discrimination were “never intended to curb this cherished tradition of vigorous, even raucous, debate.”

They said letting Sulkowicz proceed with her project was a “decision at the heart of academic freedom.”

“This is especially true here, where Ms. Sulkowicz was a visual arts major and inherently subjective judgments of aesthetic value were at issue,” the lawyers said.

Sulkowicz has argued her case was badly mishandled by the school disciplinary panel after she reported in 2013 she was raped in her dorm months before. After a university investigation, a school panel heard Sulkowicz and Nungesser testify before clearing Nungesser of the accusation.

The Associated Press normally does not identify people claiming they were sexually assaulted, but makes exceptions when the alleged victim has spoken publicly on the subject.

Andrew T. Miltenberg, a lawyer for Nungesser, said the university “shamefully bowed to social pressure” and turned its back on his client.

“In this instance, the disciplinary system worked correctly at Columbia,” he said in an email. “That still was not enough to save an innocent person from the wave of public sentiment regarding assaults on campus. Paul Nungesser quickly became a convenient scapegoat, a whipping boy, and Columbia not only stood idly by, but often participated in the attacks on Paul Nungesser. There is no amount of legal theory that can save Columbia from that reality.”

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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8 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Teacher Ram Dass once said: “If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.”

It’s great advice. Whether it’s your parent, lover, friend or colleague, we all have people who trigger us. Something about them touches our wounds and brings out the worst in us — our pain, irritation, impatience, anger or even hostility.

Sound familiar? If so, here are eight powerful ways you can deal with difficult people who push your buttons.

1. Set your intention.

Our intentions shape our day and our destiny. If you know you will be spending time with someone who triggers you, set an intention in advance of your encounter.

I intend to feel good. I intend to stay calm. I intend to embody love and kindness.

Your intention will help guide your thoughts and actions. You can also bring your intention to mind whenever you feel tempted to slip back into old patterns of reaction and negativity.

2. Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the art of being present in the moment and observing your thoughts and feelings as they arise, rather than getting lost in them and confusing them with who you are.

When you are mindful, you have more control over your reactions to life. When someone triggers an emotional response in your body or a negative thought in your mind, you take a step back and observe what is happening inside of you.

Being the observer gives you the space and opportunity to take a few deep breaths, centre yourself, and consciously choose a new positive response — rather than mindlessly reacting out of habit and instinct.

3. Open your heart.

Negative emotional states usually provoke a noticeable physical response in your body — you may feel a knot in your throat or stomach, your muscles tense, or heat and heaviness around your heart area.

In that moment, you are closing off your heart centre and trapping the negative energy you feel inside of you. When you store this energy inside your being, you will continue to attract — and be triggered by — similar people and events in your future.

The next time you feel triggered and your body begins to tense up, make a conscious decision to take a few deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and imagine your heart opening — no matter how much it feels like closing. As you continue to breathe deeply, allow your feelings to rise and then fall away again, like a wave in the ocean.

4. See the gift.

Difficult people who push our buttons can be one of our greatest gifts in life. By bringing out the worst in us, they make us aware of where we need to grow. By touching our inner wounds, they bring them to the surface where they can be examined and healed.

Often we feel triggered now because of an incident in our past that we never fully healed from or released. Instead, we kept the memory, emotional pain or consequent self-limiting story buried deep within our heart and subconscious.

The poet Rumi once wrote: “Your task is not to see for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Thank the difficult people in your life, for they are showing you the barriers you may have constructed around your heart in the past to protect yourself that may now be limiting your experience and influencing what you can attract into your life.

Once you dissolve these barriers by forgiving the past and choosing to remain mindful and open-hearted in the present, you open yourself up to greater experiences of love, joy and inner peace.

5. Be wary of unexamined assumptions.

Sometimes we react negatively to people because we have conscious or unconscious beliefs and expectations about who they are and how they should act.

We may also have a hidden agenda to gain something from them to fill a void in ourselves — like love, praise or support. When they don’t provide what we seek in the form we are seeking it, we feel resentful and irritable.

In either case, there is an unexamined assumption running the show: that other people are in some way responsible for your happiness.

The truth is, your happiness is entirely up to you. No one can take it from you (unless you let them) and no one is responsible for making sure you are happy.

We are all responsible for filling ourselves up so that we feel loved and supported from within. And when we do, the people in our life will often naturally change their behaviour to become more loving and supportive towards us, because our outer world is always a reflection of our inner state of being.

Make it a habit to sit alone for five minutes each morning and imagine your heart and body filling up with love and light from above. Carry this feeling with you throughout the day.

We search the world for happiness in romantic partners, jobs, houses and bank balances, and yet we are so quick to throw it away at the slightest provocation. Start valuing your happiness like it is one of your most prized possessions — it is.

6. Practice forgiveness.

Everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness and awareness.

Often, the people who trigger us are not even fully aware of the effect they are having on us. Even if they are aware, they may not be in a position to change their behaviour yet, simply because they are so deeply trapped in their own mind, patterns and emotional wounds.

Practice forgiveness whenever you are able to. Forgiveness does not mean condoning their behaviour. Forgiveness means seeing past their external behaviour to the light of their inner spirit, their soul, which is made of the same energy and love as your own soul – it’s just been temporarily obscured.

Don’t forget to forgive yourself too — have compassion for yourself and the challenging situation you are in, which is calling upon you to grow and be your best.

7. Be the lighthouse.

People can bring out the worst in each other, or bring out the best in each other.

The same way that a group of people meditating can have a positive ripple effect on the world, your own loving energy, peace and grace can have a positive effect on the difficult people in your life.

Many people are unable to see or change their own destructive patterns and behaviour. However, when you hold a positive space for them, staying calm, loving and present, this can allow them to subtly shift into these feelings too.

Picture yourself as the lighthouse, cultivating your inner light and love for those who need it.

8. Ask your Higher Self for help.

The book A Course In Miracles states: “Fear is a sure sign you are relying on your own strength.”

You are not in this alone. If you doubt your ability to remain calm, present and open-hearted around someone difficult in your life, call upon your Higher Self to step in and guide you through it.

You can establish the connection with a small pause and prayer: Higher Self, I desire to deal with this person in my life with compassion, patience and love. I’m not sure whether I can remain calm, so I step aside and let you lead the way. And so it will be.

Elyse is a writer, life coach and happiness teacher at NotesOnBliss.com and the creator of the Beautiful Life Bootcamp online course. She teaches people to align with their inner spirit, design a life they love, and expand their happiness and inner peace. For updates and inspiration, sign up now.

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8 Ways to Deal With Difficult People

Teacher Ram Dass once said: “If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.”

It’s great advice. Whether it’s your parent, lover, friend or colleague, we all have people who trigger us. Something about them touches our wounds and brings out the worst in us — our pain, irritation, impatience, anger or even hostility.

Sound familiar? If so, here are eight powerful ways you can deal with difficult people who push your buttons.

1. Set your intention.

Our intentions shape our day and our destiny. If you know you will be spending time with someone who triggers you, set an intention in advance of your encounter.

I intend to feel good. I intend to stay calm. I intend to embody love and kindness.

Your intention will help guide your thoughts and actions. You can also bring your intention to mind whenever you feel tempted to slip back into old patterns of reaction and negativity.

2. Practice mindfulness.

Mindfulness is the art of being present in the moment and observing your thoughts and feelings as they arise, rather than getting lost in them and confusing them with who you are.

When you are mindful, you have more control over your reactions to life. When someone triggers an emotional response in your body or a negative thought in your mind, you take a step back and observe what is happening inside of you.

Being the observer gives you the space and opportunity to take a few deep breaths, centre yourself, and consciously choose a new positive response — rather than mindlessly reacting out of habit and instinct.

3. Open your heart.

Negative emotional states usually provoke a noticeable physical response in your body — you may feel a knot in your throat or stomach, your muscles tense, or heat and heaviness around your heart area.

In that moment, you are closing off your heart centre and trapping the negative energy you feel inside of you. When you store this energy inside your being, you will continue to attract — and be triggered by — similar people and events in your future.

The next time you feel triggered and your body begins to tense up, make a conscious decision to take a few deep breaths, relax your shoulders, and imagine your heart opening — no matter how much it feels like closing. As you continue to breathe deeply, allow your feelings to rise and then fall away again, like a wave in the ocean.

4. See the gift.

Difficult people who push our buttons can be one of our greatest gifts in life. By bringing out the worst in us, they make us aware of where we need to grow. By touching our inner wounds, they bring them to the surface where they can be examined and healed.

Often we feel triggered now because of an incident in our past that we never fully healed from or released. Instead, we kept the memory, emotional pain or consequent self-limiting story buried deep within our heart and subconscious.

The poet Rumi once wrote: “Your task is not to see for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”

Thank the difficult people in your life, for they are showing you the barriers you may have constructed around your heart in the past to protect yourself that may now be limiting your experience and influencing what you can attract into your life.

Once you dissolve these barriers by forgiving the past and choosing to remain mindful and open-hearted in the present, you open yourself up to greater experiences of love, joy and inner peace.

5. Be wary of unexamined assumptions.

Sometimes we react negatively to people because we have conscious or unconscious beliefs and expectations about who they are and how they should act.

We may also have a hidden agenda to gain something from them to fill a void in ourselves — like love, praise or support. When they don’t provide what we seek in the form we are seeking it, we feel resentful and irritable.

In either case, there is an unexamined assumption running the show: that other people are in some way responsible for your happiness.

The truth is, your happiness is entirely up to you. No one can take it from you (unless you let them) and no one is responsible for making sure you are happy.

We are all responsible for filling ourselves up so that we feel loved and supported from within. And when we do, the people in our life will often naturally change their behaviour to become more loving and supportive towards us, because our outer world is always a reflection of our inner state of being.

Make it a habit to sit alone for five minutes each morning and imagine your heart and body filling up with love and light from above. Carry this feeling with you throughout the day.

We search the world for happiness in romantic partners, jobs, houses and bank balances, and yet we are so quick to throw it away at the slightest provocation. Start valuing your happiness like it is one of your most prized possessions — it is.

6. Practice forgiveness.

Everyone is doing their best from their level of consciousness and awareness.

Often, the people who trigger us are not even fully aware of the effect they are having on us. Even if they are aware, they may not be in a position to change their behaviour yet, simply because they are so deeply trapped in their own mind, patterns and emotional wounds.

Practice forgiveness whenever you are able to. Forgiveness does not mean condoning their behaviour. Forgiveness means seeing past their external behaviour to the light of their inner spirit, their soul, which is made of the same energy and love as your own soul – it’s just been temporarily obscured.

Don’t forget to forgive yourself too — have compassion for yourself and the challenging situation you are in, which is calling upon you to grow and be your best.

7. Be the lighthouse.

People can bring out the worst in each other, or bring out the best in each other.

The same way that a group of people meditating can have a positive ripple effect on the world, your own loving energy, peace and grace can have a positive effect on the difficult people in your life.

Many people are unable to see or change their own destructive patterns and behaviour. However, when you hold a positive space for them, staying calm, loving and present, this can allow them to subtly shift into these feelings too.

Picture yourself as the lighthouse, cultivating your inner light and love for those who need it.

8. Ask your Higher Self for help.

The book A Course In Miracles states: “Fear is a sure sign you are relying on your own strength.”

You are not in this alone. If you doubt your ability to remain calm, present and open-hearted around someone difficult in your life, call upon your Higher Self to step in and guide you through it.

You can establish the connection with a small pause and prayer: Higher Self, I desire to deal with this person in my life with compassion, patience and love. I’m not sure whether I can remain calm, so I step aside and let you lead the way. And so it will be.

Elyse is a writer, life coach and happiness teacher at NotesOnBliss.com and the creator of the Beautiful Life Bootcamp online course. She teaches people to align with their inner spirit, design a life they love, and expand their happiness and inner peace. For updates and inspiration, sign up now.

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Michigan Rally Shows Support For Ex-Marine Held By Iran

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — Dozens of people at a Michigan rally released balloons Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of Iran’s refusal to free a former Marine from prison.

But they first heard from Amir Hekmati, whose words were recorded weeks ago during a phone call with relatives. He has been in an Iranian prison since 2011, although the U.S. government denies he’s a spy and has repeatedly called for his release.

“The list of people I want to thank is far too long to include here,” Hekmati, 32, said.

Rain suddenly stopped in Bay City as about 100 people turned out to hear remarks from Hekmati’s Flint-area family, U.S. Rep. Dale Kildee, D-Michigan, and others, including a Detroit-area imam who said he visited Hekmati in prison on Aug. 18.

Mohammad Ali Elahi predicted that Hekmati could be released soon.

“It was a miracle that I was able to meet with him,” Elahi told The Bay City Times. “He was very strong spiritually and psychologically, and very relaxed.”

Kildee said he hopes there won’t be a fifth-anniversary rally next year.

“We’re closer now than we ever have been, but until we see him, we can’t stop. We can’t stop this fight,” Kildee said.

Sarah Hekmati spoke to her brother by phone before the rally and said he’s humbled by the support. It’s a tough time for the family: Their father, Ali, was treated for brain cancer and has suffered two strokes since Amir was arrested.

Sarah Hekmati, 34, was in Vienna to meet with Iranian representatives during U.S.-Iran nuclear talks earlier this summer.

“For the most part they were receptive,” she told The Associated Press. “We brought letters from our father’s physicians to appeal to them. … My father’s health is deteriorating.”

 

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Can You Be The Hero?

What does it take to be a hero? On a train, in a crowd, or in the quiet of your office? If you’re ever in a situation of great peril or stress, can you step up and be the hero?

Lots of popular books and films are about apparently ordinary people who are thrust into situations of danger and step up to act courageously. Think of Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Tris Prior in Divergent, or the Bruce Willis character in all those old Die Hard movies, An ordinary person is pushed into an extraordinary situation and steps up.

I’ve just published a book called The Oasis Within, which is the prologue volume to a new series of novels where one of the main themes is how we can be prepared for greatness. One philosopher who has read that first book has written me that it’s the first portrayal of a hero that really digs down deep into how a grounding in the right wisdom can equip any of us for more heroic action.

There’s an interesting article about this in the New York Times. Professor David Rand with his colleague Ziv Epstein studied 51 winners of the Carnegie Medal for Heroism and came to a conclusion that surprised them. The overwhelming majority of heroes who act to save another person or to otherwise do what needs to be done in a tense and pressure filled situation, do not deliberate or think it through carefully before doing anything, but instead act instinctively, intuitively, and fast.

There’s an old saying. “He who hesitates is lost.” That seems to apply to many situations of great value and risk. We often think of ethics and morality as all about rational decision making, as if the moral agent must first weigh all the values involved in a situation and then choose which to prioritize and pursue. Wrong. The late Iris Murdoch, philosopher and novelist, wrote a fascinating little book called The Sovereignty of Good. In it, she says that, typically, at the moment of moral decision making, the precise moment we choose this or that, the decision has already long been made by what we’ve been doing, valuing, thinking about, feeling, and paying attention to, in the minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years preceding that moment. Most big decisions, and especially those involving some measure of courage or boldness, aren’t deliberated at all, but simply arise out of who we are, or what we’ve become prior to the point of action. We do this or that because we are already committed to this or that, or because we already are this or that.

Our actions show who we are. They arise from within, and in a way that can be quick and intuitive.

The Americans on that high speed French train recently didn’t hold a short seminar on the costs and benefits of all the possibilities and alternative potential responses available when they noticed the guy with the gun. They saw it and somebody said “Let’s go.” They took action. That’s normally the trajectory of heroism. It sees a need and acts to meet the need. So, when you find yourself deliberating extensively over some choice, weighing the pros and cons, chances are that you’re not getting ready to be a hero. The hero simply sees and does. The lesson for us is then simple. We need to be preparing ourselves carefully to do the right thing instantly when such a situation arises.

Are you paying attention to the right things, day-to-day? Are you valuing the truly best things? Are your feelings guided by real wisdom? Do you have enlightened commitments, or is the culture getting under your skin a little bit, to encourage selfish superficiality, personal aloofness, or short term ease? We become what we habitually do, in the life of the mind, the emotions, and in our actions. Today, you can begin to create the moral hero within who will act fast and instinctively tomorrow. Or you can deepen and reinforce the good tendencies you already have. It’s up to you.

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ICYMI: New Orleans’ Coroner And The Pros And Cons Of Egg Freezing

ICYMI Health features what we’re reading this week.

This week, on the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans, we listened to a radio interview with the city’s coroner, a position that requires making tough judgement calls about classifying police-involved shooting deaths, as well as consoling families of the deceased. 

We also thought hard after reading an essay about the ethics of watching murder caught on film, following the tragic slaying of two Virginia journalists on live TV this week.

And, on a lighter note, we examined the benefits of a good cry, with science confirming what we already suspected: people’s moods do improve after a sob session.

Read on and tell us in the comments: What did you read, listen to, watch and love this week?


1. Here’s Scientific Evidence That Crying Can Be Therapeutic – The Huffington Post

A good cry can lift your spirits, but those positive vibes might take about 90 minutes to kick in.


Film criers felt even better than they did before the film at the 90-minute mark, while participants who didn’t cry reported no significant changes to their mood, for better or worse, throughout the entire experiment.


2. The End Of Walking — Aeon

The United States has become increasingly more hostile to pedestrians over the last 80 years.


Anecdotally, one hears stories of communities where proposed infrastructure that promotes walking brings out grumbles that only the poor, the great unwashed, the criminal and the under-classes have any use for sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly roads.


3. Why It Matters That Fewer Black Men Are Applying To Medical School – The Huffington Post

Even as medical schools become increasingly more diverse, the number of black male doctors is shrinking.


You’re going to face a number of people who just don’t believe in you, for a number of reasons. It may be because of your skin color. It may be because of the community that you’re from or the school that you came from or your economic background. 


4. Is It Worth Your Time And Money To Freeze Your Eggs? – Broadly

Egg freezing is expensive, invasive and doesn’t always work. Experts discuss the dangers and merits of using science to delay fertility. 


Many continue to argue that offering this procedure only exasperates the inequality that women already experience, putting even more of the burden of fertility back on women’s shoulders.


6. Single And Loving It, For Some – Pacific Standard

People who maintain social relationships by avoiding conflict are happiest being single.  


Being single, however, may give people high in avoidance goals some relief if they are free from the anxiety and pressures posed by the risk of rejection and negative relationship experiences they try to avoid.


7. In New Orleans: How To Get Elected Coroner – Death, Sex & Money

When Hurricane Katrina hit Dr. Jeffrey Rouse’s hometown of New Orleans, he decided to run for office — as the city’s coroner. 


I can distinctly remember being glued to the television and seeing a police officer that I knew — on camera — crying. That was not this guy’s temperament. So, to me, that was a very strong indicator that my time of studying trauma from a research perspective, needed to be put on the side. 


8. Is It Ethical to Watch Murder Caught on Tape? – Pacific Standard

The case for, and against, viewing the videos of the two journalists who were murdered on air in Virginia. 


The fascination with viewing someone who is [dead] … is driven by that sort of supreme fear of ours which makes us want to know more and to understand the experience and feel like we have some kind of window in.


9. Does Being Neurotic Really Make You More Creative? – The Huffington Post

Overthinkers solve problems more creatively, but they are also more anxious.


Highly neurotic people will suffer a lot of anxiety and depression over their lifespan, but their deep-thinking, brooding tendencies can also give rise to greater creative potential.

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Rebekah Brooks Returning To News Corp After Phone-Hacking Scandal

LONDON, Aug 28 (Reuters) – Rebekah Brooks will return to her old job heading Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper division, according to the Financial Times and New York Times, just over a year after being cleared of criminal charges in a phone-hacking scandal.

Her return to News Corp could be as soon as early September, the Financial Times said on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. 

Reuters reported in March that Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World tabloid and seen as Murdoch’s protege, was in talks about returning to News Corp.

“As we have said, we have been having discussions with Rebekah Brooks and when we have any announcements to make we will let you know,” a News Corp spokesman said on Friday.

News UK, which covers Murdoch’s British newspaper titles, declined further comment.

If confirmed, the return to one of the biggest jobs in the British media would mark a stunning turnaround for Brooks who became one of the most talked about figures in British public life when the phone-hacking scandal broke.

A public inquiry which ran through 2011 and 2012 heard of the close ties between senior executives at Murdoch’s newspapers, the police and leading politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Many admitted they had got too close to Brooks as the revelation of regular gatherings at country homes gave the impression of a close knit establishment that had failed to hold itself to account.

The investigation into what went wrong at the papers is also not complete. British prosecutors said on Friday they had received evidence relating to the phone-hacking investigation at the media baron’s newspapers and were considering a possible corporate prosecution.

HOUNDED

Brooks rose in 14 years from the most junior newsroom position to edit Britain’s biggest selling newspaper. She was a good friend of the last three British prime ministers, including Cameron, and was often pictured by Murdoch’s side.

She quit in July 2011 amid revelations that News of the World staff had hacked into the phones of thousands of people to break news.

Evan Harris, a former British lawmaker and executive director of Hacked Off, a campaigning group for higher standards in journalism, said Brooks’ return would not be acceptable in any other company.

If confirmed, the return of Brooks could also cause consternation amongst the victims of phone hacking. They told the court and the public inquiry how they felt hounded by the press and unable to trust anyone after private conversations appeared in the newspapers.

As part of her defense, Brooks explained that she had had to work her way up through aggressive, male dominated newsrooms and often felt out of her depth as she was quickly promoted.

Prosecutors charged that if she had not known about hacking in her newsroom, then she must have been incompetent.

The scandal started in 2006 when the former royal editor of News of the World, Clive Goodman, and his investigator Glenn Mulcaire, admitted they had hacked the phones of royal aides.

As revelations grew, police launched a wider investigation in 2011 under the code name Operation Weeting that led to the jailing for 18 months of the paper’s ex-editor Andy Coulson.

Brooks was arrested and charged with being part of a conspiracy to hack into phones to find exclusive stories, of authorizing illegal payments to public officials and of trying to hinder the police investigation.

She denied all the charges and was found not guilty in June 2014 after an eight-month trial. (Additional reporting by Anya George Tharakan in Bengaluru; editing by David Clarke)

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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13 Pearls of Wisdom for a Successful Life

What would people advise a hypothetical 22-year-old college graduate to do with his or her life? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by Evan Asano, Founder and CEO of Mediakix, a leading influencer marketing company. Twitter: @evanasano, on Quora:

  1. Read. Ferociously. Everything you can get your hands. Join a book club. Imbibe books about personal development, communication, achievement, biographies, leadership, success, marketing, sales, business, entrepreneurship. You’ll do many things you may regret, but you will never ever regret spending time reading. Good sources of reading lists are Quora, blogs (Google 10 best books for …), Amazon (look for recommendations in categories, popular books with high ratings).
  2. Accept uncertainty. This comes from The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success: A Practical Guide to the Fulfillment of Your Dreams: Deepak Chopra, a must-read for getting started out. There’s uncertainty to everything; the sooner you can embrace that, the sooner you’ll be able to leverage it. “You must give up the life you have planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you.” – Joseph Campbell
  3. Agree. With everything and everyone. Stop arguing, stop trying to control every scenario, stop trying to prove yourself right. You’ll never change anyone’s opinion through argument, and no one will remember if you’re right. Seek consensus. Groups, teams, and life move much better when harmonized than with discord.
  4. Be curious. There’s a vast, fantastic world out there. Foster your curiosity, and it will lead you to amazing places.
  5. Be open minded. Your opinions will change drastically on many, many things. The opinions you hold with absolute conviction may be very different in a few years. Don’t let those opinions get in the way of meeting people and experiencing things.
  6. Learn from adversity. You’ll experience challenges and adversity you can’t imagine right now. You’ll have a choice when you have these experiences, either see it as an obstacle or focus on what you can learn and how you can grow from the experience. It won’t be easy, but choose the later relentlessly, and you’ll grow in ways you can never imagine.
  7. Foster the growth mindset. Watch this: The power of belief — mindset and success
  8. Get out of your comfort zone. It sounds cliched, but it’s true. If you stay within your limits, you’ll never know what you’re capable of.
  9. Don’t hold onto the wrong things. Grudges, anger, opinions. Let them go, quickly.
  10. Travel. Get out and explore. Another thing you will never ever regret. Go to places you’d never think you’d go. Max out your vacation time every year. Take a few weeks off between jobs and travel. Save up for a year and take a few months off.
  11. Don’t wait for the right time or the right thing to say. For anything. Most of the time if you wait for the right time, you’ll be too late. Those who win in the world are the ones who speak up and take immediate action. You might say a few things you later regret, but you’ll regret not saying anything more.
  12. Don’t look for the perfect scenarios, partner, or job. Everyone sees success and wonders how Jobs and Wozniak found each other, the perfect partners. Well, it wasn’t the one-in-a-billion odds that they found each other; they made each other the perfect partners, pushed each other’s knowledge and expertise, and built Apple on their collective knowledge and energy. The vision of your career might include a high profile company or opportunity (e.g. work at Google, live in San Francisco), but don’t get hung up on these. Focus on the motivation behind that scenario rather than that goal.
  13. Provide value in the world. Money and success are common goals, but so many people often don’t achieve these in spite of there being a nearly universal goal. Money and success are important, but focus on creating value in the world first. The biggest disrupters didn’t do it because it would lead to money or fame. They did it because they wanted to change things. They saw a different future and created that. Look at Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg built a tool for Harvard students originally. It now has over 1.4 billion users! Wake up and think about what you can do to create value in the world to your friends and family, your company, your coworkers, your country.

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Wear the Pants Out of Life

Sit Down and Stay a While

What drives you? What makes you tick? What inspires you? Engages you? Is worth fighting for? Many days I leave work pondering these questions: What makes you do what you do, and why do you keep fighting for it? You see, life could have been much easier if I stayed in my old career. I could have achieved lots of success. I might have made lots of money. Maybe my work emergencies would have been concert tickets and television contracts and where to get cocktails after work. But that world didn’t drive me. It didn’t inspire me. It didn’t engage me or incite me or invite me to sit down and stay a while. And so when I leave work after those very long days — you all know them; the fourteen-hour, forgot to eat, didn’t pee, never left your patient’s room kind of days — I often find that what drives me is sitting quietly in the corner of the room, hesitant to touch anyone or anything. What inspires me is the terrified family member who is putting on a brave face, unable to break down and cry for the off chance that maybe their critically ill loved one can sense the tears streaming down their face. What pushes me is the sheer reality that, on any given day, I could help save another human being from the end that seems so imminent. What encourages me is that, when all hope is lost and all actions are futile, a dignified death can still be an attainable one.

There are so many days when I live my life floating through the day; existing; going through the motions; completely unaware of just how incredible the gift of human interaction can be, and how much we have to offer one another. I feel guilty when I catch myself in these moments — the times when I breathe but forget to smell the roses; when my heart beats but my passion is not in the moment; when my brain is just a brain and not an incredible and powerful mind — because it proves to me that even witnessing the pendulum between here and the afterlife every day can become routine. And so now I sit — with my coffee and my keyboard, staring out the window at a sun shining brightly in the sky, contemplating all of the wonder and possibility that life can offer those who open themselves up to it, and understanding that what I do every day allows me relish in this moment.

We are all so involved in our own hustle and bustle, the rat race, the nose to the grindstone side of life that we are often reticent to express how we actually feel for the sake of what we are literally doing. I don’t want to know what you did at work today — tell me how it felt to be there. I don’t care what you bought at the mall — show me how excited you are to have some “me time.” The fact of the matter is this: We all have motives; intentions; inspirations; dreams and goals and aspirations. But most of us fail to realize them. The demands of responsibility cloud us and we forget to ask ourselves one simple question: What… makes… me… tick? Who makes me give a damn? Why does any of this matter? Who do I love? What makes me happy? How can I experience all that life can give me, and who can I share it with?

The Road Less Traveled

This chain of reasoning may seem illogically placed from a conversation about being a nurse in the ICU, but I’ll be damned if every single one of us hasn’t thought the same thing. To work under circumstances that are defined by stressors, even on the most pleasant of days, forces you to choose between two different directions: You are either polished by the pressure, or you will crumble under the weight of it all. I’ve been an ICU nurse for two years, and I have had moments when I’ve been split right down the middle. My heart has broken more times than I can count. I’ve gone home and cried the worst kind of tears — the silent and streaming tears; the sort of cry that allows you to speak not with words but with a glazed look and reddened cheeks; the steaming hot shower that you never want to leave kind of cry that leaves you exhausted and exalted and cleansed all at the same time. There have been moments when I’ve asked myself, deep down inside, if I believed that I had caused the death of another human being in some direct or indirect way. I have struggled with the moral and ethical dilemmas that exist when providing Western medicine to a culturally diverse population and the potential repercussions that come of it. I have been angry — like, really, really, royally and irrationally screw-this-and-that-and-them angry — at physicians and families and sometimes, even patients. I’ve left my loved ones perplexed and appalled and amazed by what I do, and sometimes, have discussed my day with no more enthusiasm than describing what I’d eaten for lunch.

But those times that polish you — the ones that shine your very soul — those are the moments that remind you why you ever chose Frost’s road less traveled in the first place. I’ve come to understand that nurses have very long memories when it comes to amazing saves or miraculous recoveries, because it makes dealing with struggle and strife much more bearable. I have come to recognize that there is no sense of humor darker and dirtier than that in the nurse’s station of an intensive care unit. I have learned that when stuff hits the fan, you will never, ever be alone. I’ve come across families who complain and nurses who bicker and patients who need their call buttons removed, but through it all, I’ve discovered that laughter and positivity can shift the entire dynamic of a bad day. I’ve held hands and had conversations with people I hardly know, simply because they needed someone to speak to. I’ve been involved in emergency pizza parties that feed the bodies and the souls of battle-worn nurses. I’ve witnessed unspeakable love and humbling gratitude offered despite less-than-ideal circumstances. I’ve helped young patients move on through critical emergencies, able to walk out of the hospital alive and well and dazed by the experience. I’ve seen elderly couples carry on like high-school sweethearts. I’ve heard gasps; I’ve seen collapses; I’ve choked back tears during moments of loss. But when those bad moments end well, I’ve seen the possibility of eternal love evoked from a feathery kiss or a soft, sweet embrace. I’ve attended more funerals than I care to speak of, and every single one of them while I’m on the clock.

But this… this is what makes us different. This is what grinds away the grit and allows us to shine brighter. To be a part of someone’s life in some meaningful way — whether they leave the hospital, or leave this world entirely — that is a humbling experience. To enter a room quietly during the final hours or minutes or seconds of another human’s existence, and to do so with respect and decency and courage — that is what drives me. To open yourself, if only by a sliver, to the desperation of perfect strangers who need you more than you could imagine — that is what encourages me. To fight your ass off for another life, and win or lose that tremendous battle, maintain that human side of yourself — that’s what makes me tick. Not every happy ending is a perfect one, and not every final goodbye is a sad one. We are all just many shades of gray — it is the living part of life that gives us color.

Ragged and Worn

I have only been a nurse for three years, but it feels like since I started, I cannot remember what life was like before this. I do my best to remind myself why I chose this path, but when I dig deep enough, I recognize that it was not I, but the universe that led me here. Whether fate or destiny or happenstance and circumstance, I am forever defined by my craft. And despite it all, here I sit – understanding that being pensive and reflective does not mean one cannot be the great and eternal optimist. I have seen some crazy things; I have had some hard days; I have run on fumes and wondered how I would ever survive through the shift. But more importantly, I’ve made amazing friends and lifelong colleagues. I’ve connected in powerful ways with perfectly ordinary people, and have experienced ordinary musings with powerful ones. I’ve learned — a lot. About medicine. About anatomy. About physiology. About how to do and what to do, and even sometimes, what not to do. About the art of intuition. Mostly, about the human condition. I’ve learned what scares us: fear of death; anxiety of the unknown; the prospect of pain in every form. I’ve learned what comforts us: love and laughter coupled with the simplest acts of human kindness. Most of all — and I’m still figuring this one out — I think I’ve learned what drives us: not money or power or greed, but simply put, it boils down to just being happy. How you define your happiness may be different from my own, but that doesn’t mean it’s not rooted in the same seed. So at the end of it all, when you think long and hard about what brings you basic joy and simple pleasure: let that guide you. Let that encourage you. Let that inspire and incite and ignite you. That moment between reason and responsibility — that fleeting blip in time when you’re distracted from reality and feel wrapped in the cloth of serenity — that’s what makes you tick. Your options are to live, or to exist. And take it from me — the richest life is torn and shorn, ragged and worn, ripping at the seams from all the living it’s had.

You can’t take it with you, so you might as well wear it out.

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New Report Highlights Koch Brothers’ Role In Hurricane Katrina Damage

WASHINGTON — A new report from the Democratic opposition research group American Bridge describes the way Charles and David Koch, the influential conservative billionaires, put their vast resources into actions that exacerbated the impact of Hurricane Katrina and stalled the Gulf Coast’s recovery.

The report, released Thursday, highlights the Kochs’ influence on the region before and after the storm, including constructing and operating pipelines that destroyed wetlands south of New Orleans and attempting to obstruct legislation that would have aided the recovery.

The report describes a federal class-action lawsuit claiming that Koch Pipeline Company and other major oil companies were “partly responsible for the destruction of 1 million acres of marshlands and also for millions more acres of dying marshland.” The destruction of the marshlands eliminated New Orleans’ “natural protection against hurricane winds and storm surges,” according to the lawsuit. The case was later dismissed because a judge deemed it “ambitious.”

American Bridge also details an unsuccessful Koch-backed legislative effort to oppose a bill that was intended to promote recovery by limiting premiums for flood insurance. The Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act sought to place a limit on rate increases for people at higher risk of being affected by hurricanes and other damaging storms.

The Koch-funded conservative advocacy group Americans for Prosperity and other conservative organizations signed a letter in February 2014 urging GOP lawmakers to oppose government intervention in the flood insurance market by voting against the bill. (The legislation had the support of then-Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.), whom AFP supported in his successful 2014 Senate campaign.)

As the American Bridge report points out, AFP defended itself by touting its support for an amendment to the bill that would have slowed down the insurance rate increases. However, the conservative groups sent the letter opposing the bill a month after the amendment had been shelved.

Though some of the findings in the report have been documented previously, it highlights the Kochs’ extensive political and economic influence. The findings add to the long list of instances of the brothers’ network of conservative groups attempting to obstruct environmental legislation. Koch-backed groups have advocated against state-level proposals that incentivize companies to invest in renewable energy. On the business side, their companies have shut down oil refineries and factories in several states, which many critics have alleged were efforts to avoid incurring environmental cleanup costs.

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Finding Joy in Discipline

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by Susi Amendola

SCENERIO ONE: My alarm goes off and I hit the snooze and sigh “6am already? Why can’t I just forget yoga for today? I can handle my day without it. What I really want is more sleep.” The alarm goes off again and I decide to sleep in. Yoga practice will just have to wait.

SCENERIO TWO: I wake up to the sound of soft chimes on my smartphone at 6am. I start with my intention for the day. “I want to bring more compassion and understanding to myself and others.” I say it a few times and then let it fill my heart as if it were already so. I remember how challenging the day can be when I’m not prepared internally or when I start the day out of sorts. I recall how aligned and centered I feel when I do my morning yoga practice. I make my way to my yoga mat and take three deep slow breaths as I prepare to practice.

Meeting myself at my yoga mat at 6 a.m. can be a battle or a joy depending on my own state of mind. Struggling to practice something that is good for me can be stressful unless I embrace the struggle and see the value in it.

What does it take to ignite the fire within us without igniting resistance?

As yoga practitioners, we understand the value of creating and maintaining positive habits. It requires a fair amount of discipline. For some the word discipline sounds punishing and invokes a sense of resistance, but interestingly enough the act of discipline involves igniting inspiration as a way to move towards something that has a positive outcome.

When we challenge ourselves to do something that is a little out of our comfort zone, we are encouraging ourselves to “rise up.” We ignite our inner fire that fuels discipline.

Think about the times that you had to do something that required you to act out of your “comfort zone.” Often, it’s hard at the beginning, but when you dive in, you end up feeling a sense of inspiration and joy.

I remember hearing stories of the great depression. My parents and grandparents talked about what it was like in the “good ole days” as if it was a happy time. They would talk about overcoming great obstacles with a glisten in their eyes and joy in their hearts. How can it be that struggle creates joy? It’s because it calls us to be brave, have courage, and be strong in the face of adversity. We begin to create space for our biggest selves to emerge. Finding our strength fills us with a sense of accomplishment and joy.

Finding Your Edge in Yoga

In our Yoga practice, we look for that edge of comfort/discomfort and we soften into it. We learn to lean into discomfort as training for when life presents us with challenges. We begin to get comfortable amidst life’s ups and downs.

Rather than waiting for difficult times to practice getting comfortable with discomfort, we can begin now to train ourselves with even the small challenges in our everyday lives.

How to Create Joyful Challenges for Yourself Everyday

During Exercise

  • Try something new. Break out of your routines and go dancing, take a different route when you walk, get on a bike, do some water walking, lift some weights.
  • Park further away than you usually do when shopping or going to appointments. When we park our car a little further away, we challenge ourselves just a little.
  • Turn the heat down just a couple degrees so you have to move more to stay warm.

With Nutrition

  • Try new foods; pick up something new and different each week.
  • Challenge yourself not to eat the same thing twice in a week. See if you can eat more widely.
  • Eat a little less and see what you notice if you stop before you are full.

Yoga Practice

  • Practice staying longer in postures or meditation
  • Try a pose that you normally wouldn’t do
  • Wake up earlier to start your yoga practice

In Relationships

  • Listen with compassion to someone who may be suffering
  • Allow others to support you even if you don’t feel comfortable accepting support
  • Take a risk and share your feelings with someone you love

When we challenge ourselves just a little we experience small victories that allow us to reclaim our strength, flexibility, and tolerance. We have the choice in each moment to lean into our discomforts as a way to polish ourselves so we can make difficult transitions with ease and grace. Or we can hit the snooze button.

How do you inspire new habits that take you to a new level of health and well-being?

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How to Turn Your Life Around

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” — Anais Nin

I had a hard time beginning this blog yesterday because, frankly, I was in a bit of a slump. I blame it on the endless left brain edits I had to make after the completion of a lengthy right brain novel. Add to that a good dose of tedium generated by the anticipated marketing effort and a smattering of grief as I buried my latest characters, and you have the full catastrophe. If you’re an author, you get the picture. If not, just follow me into a tangled forest somewhere in the Deep South complete with dense underbrush and huge overhanging thickets of Spanish moss. Now look up; way up. Tied to the branch of an ancient live oak is a slender but sturdy vine.

Hanging in wait.

I’ve seen this vine too many times not to understand that the choice is mine. I can climb it in good faith, lean back and swing into a sunlit clearing, or I can loop it around my creative neck and yank. In other words, I can find a way to reinvent myself after the completion of every story, or I can choke on the lack of creative oxygen a more practical job would provide. Writing is a tough business.

But it isn’t the only one.

Almost anyone in any career, relationship, or life situation has seen that figurative vine. Do we use it to swing into: new city, new career, new pair of arms? Or do we set up camp in the forest and whine? Do we disable ourselves or enable ourselves? Finding a way out of stagnation isn’t easy, especially if we assume the victim role. We’ve all done it: “You have no idea how hard this is!” “Nobody understands my pain!” The truth is, at least initially, most people prefer the comfort of a familiar negative to the discomfort of a positive change, however promising.

Sometimes we just want to yank the vine.

But giving up is the easy route, at least short term. I know I’d be miserable in any other occupation, no matter how defeated I may feel in a given moment. One thing I understand by now is that action is an inescapable part of the solution. I can take action now, or I can marinate in misery for another day or another year. It’s up to me. But at some point I have to sit my butt down in front of the computer and type. At some point I have to begin a new book or a new job. No one else can do it for me. But where to begin?

First, climb the vine.

For me, any upward movement out of an inert situation involves mental preparation–or what I like to call — meditation. Performed properly, meditation is one of the finest mental and spiritual panaceas available. Think of it as a sorbet, a mental palette cleanser. Or for the technically minded — a cache scrubber. For the non-techs, cache is the part of your computer where old links, passwords, and search histories are stored. After a while, all it really does is slow the computer down and create automatic responses that, especially if we are trying to do something new, are distracting and largely irrelevant. Old cache consumes critical space that could better be used to process new information more quickly. Cleaning the cache is an essential component of computer hygiene.

The practice of meditation is an essential component of mental hygiene.

Meditation, even ten minutes a day, has the potential to clear old habits, emotional patterns, automatic responses, and fixed belief systems that drag us down and shackle us to the past. Meditation combined with the clear intention to begin anew, has the power to ignite possibility. Possibility creates probability. Meditation quiets — and with practice, silences — the nagging voice that taunts, ‘Why bother? You’ll never get anywhere anyway. You’re finished.’

As a writer, I know I will never create a new story by re-using the same material over and over again. Somehow I have to drag my mind out of the past and into conscious and purposeful movement that exists nowhere but ‘now’. It’s safe to say that the reinvention of anyone’s life must apply the same principles–clean the cache and start fresh. Climb the vine. Life is a constant invention or it’s nothing at all. And that’s the good news. So how do you turn your life around?

One blissful meditative moment at a time.

If you’re in a dead-end job, meditate first, then do one thing to move out of that job today. Create a balance sheet of assets and liabilities — what you stand to gain and what you stand to lose. The loss is generally short-term, so long-term benefits become obvious. If you’re in a dead relationship, get help. The same ‘ole same ‘ole is a waste of precious time. Sooner or later, action is required to make things right. Don’t wait. Do it now. Lay your old stories to rest and breathe a lungful of invigorating fresh air. All things are truly possible. Believe it.

Guided meditations can get us started, but as we gain confidence in the process, we are most productive left alone in our own ‘inner rooms’. Close your eyes, place yourself in Divine Presence, and gently release intruding thoughts, one by one. With practice, you will gain more control over negative thoughts, and more peace and clarity with which to swing into new territory.

Slumps are temporary situations and should never be misconstrued as a way of life. We are not meant to waste our days in darkness. Life is a sacrament, and we its offering. What we must leave on its altar is an intentional life of purpose, nothing less.

Begin your new life now.

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Defendant Snatches Bailiff’s Gun, Kills Himself At Courthouse

PINEVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky State Police say a man being escorted through a courthouse by a bailiff after a court hearing has killed himself with the bailiff’s weapon.

Trooper Shane Jacobs said 25-year-old Eric Barnett of Pineville, about 200 miles southeast of Louisville, had a court appearance Wednesday and was taken into custody. Jacobs said a bailiff, whose name wasn’t available, was escorting Barnett to the basement for transfer when the bailiff was knocked to the ground in an altercation inside an elevator and his weapon taken by Barnett.

Jacobs said Barnett, who wasn’t handcuffed, shot himself while still in the elevator and was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

The bailiff wasn’t injured.

The death remained under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday.

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How Can We Get Our Partners to Do What We Want?

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One of my friends believes that his wife should have more photos of him on her social media site, and he feels bad about it. His mistake is in thinking that those two things are connected — her action and his feeling — because attaching a feeling to a should doesn’t get us what we want.

Shoulding on our partners will not fill our needs. So these statements won’t help: “You should come home when you say you will!” “You should stop spending all our money!” “You should pay attention to what I say!” “You should treat me better!”

Should-statements don’t work. They do provide important clues about our needs and expectations though. Problems begin when we make our needs someone else’s responsibility and then believe we have the right to get angry about it.

Our anger indicates an action for us to take, not someone else.

In a recent article on how to get what we want from people, I wrote that we train everyone in our lives how to treat us, through our response to what they do. So changing our partner’s behavior begins with changing our own.

Here’s how it goes: We have a need – but instead of taking care of it ourselves, we hold our partners responsible for filling it. What begins as an expectation turns into a should, and then becomes a demand. When our partners don’t respond the way we want, we feel desperate. Then we choose anger, to manipulate them. It doesn’t work. So then we grab a missile out of our black bag.

What’s a black bag? That’s where we’ve been storing information about our partners. It includes whatever words they’ve told us that they “just can’t stand,” whatever actions they’ve said that they “won’t tolerate,” secrets that no one else knows about them, and especially anything they’ve ever told us that they don’t like about us. All of that has been stored for future use, in case we dislike our partners’ behavior and want to fire a missile at them.

Of course, our partners also have black bags by now, and they’ll probably return the fire. Matching missile for missile may provide some dysfunctional satisfaction because at least we’re both paying attention. But the result is that no one’s need is met.

What will work better? Creating conditions and perspectives that support success!

• Discuss issues when they’re not heated. Make criticizing, complaining and blaming off limits. And avoid saying always, never or you.

• State the need: “This is what I’m requesting.” And explain why it’s important to you.

• Also find out what your partner needs. Listen for keywords and ask open questions.

• Agreeing to disagree won’t be enough, so find a solution that works for both of you.

• Hug it out and say, “Thank you!”

All of this is about focusing on what is going well so that what is not can transform – because focusing on solutions depowers problems. And when being solution-oriented becomes second nature, answers begin showing up even before the problems do.

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5 Habits That Will Attract More Positivity Into Your Life

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One year ago, I was at a point in my life when everything seemed negative. I had just lost my job after nearly a decade. I was facing the prospect of a career change in my mid-40s, or doing the same type of work that had been making me miserable for past several years.

I’d been neglecting my health and my relationships. I was burned out from years of chasing the “American Dream.” Getting myself out of bed in the morning was a struggle. Trying to escape my negative mindset seemed impossible.

Everyone told me to “think positive,” and I tried, but that did little to change my attitude. It wasn’t until I took full responsibility for how I ended up this way that I was able to begin to find my way out.

After some deep self-evaluation, I uncovered a lot of issues, including some bad habits that were feeding my negativity. That realization led me to start seeking out good habits that would attract more positivity into my life. Since then, practicing such habits on a consistent basis has helped me retake control and change my life.

Here are five habits that I’ve used that will attract more positivity into your life.

1. Make a daily gratitude list
Each day, either in the morning or before you go to sleep, write down at least one thing that you’re thankful for in your life. When you do this on a consistent basis, you naturally begin to focus and see more of the good things that are happening around you instead of the bad.

2. Perform acts of kindness
Doing something nice for someone, even the smallest of unexpected gestures, not only makes others happy, it adds positivity to your life as well. Make acts of kindness a frequent habit. You could pay the tab for the person behind you at Starbucks. Bring coffee for the security guard at your office. Pay the toll for the car behind you. Write a thank you note to someone who helped you. Not sure what to do, check out the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for more ideas.

3. Be fully present
We are constantly distracted, always looking at our phones and thinking about everything we have to do, or should be doing. While we’re engrossed in our Facebook timelines and playing games, we’re missing all of the positive things that are going on around us, and in some cases sitting directly across from us. Being fully present takes practice, but it pays huge dividends. Ten minutes of meditation each day can increase your awareness and focus on being present.

4. Reduce negative influences
The things we surround ourselves with and listen to have a big impact on our mindset, both negative and positive. Think about what you’re watching, reading and listening to throughout the day. When you fill your mind with negativity, it becomes easier to dwell on the negativity in your life. Be careful of who you spend your time, too. Do your best to stay away from other negative people. You become like the people you spend the most time with.

5. Spend time at the start of each day to improve YOU.
With all the demands on our time, there’s always other priorities and people vying for our attention. That’s why so many of us don’t make time to work on ourselves. It’s easy to use the “but I’m too busy” or “I’m too tired” excuse, especially if you don’t put yourself first at the start of the day. Stop snoozing your alarm and get up 30 – 60 minutes earlier and create a morning routine that consists of mindfulness, visualization, reading, exercise, and journaling. Speaking from my experience, you will be amazed at the impact this has on your life.

Having more positivity in your life requires more than just positive thinking. Positive actions like these, when practiced consistently, will infuse more positivity and fulfillment into your life every day.

What are you doing to bring more positivity into your life?

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The Missouri Planned Parenthood Witch Hunt

Although this is my birthday week when I should be indulging in relaxation and excess chocolate, I can’t stop thinking about the horrendous seven-hour hearing to “investigate” Planned Parenthood this past week in the Missouri Capitol. But mostly, I can’t stop thinking about women who would be hurt if the Missouri GOP have their way.

Our legislature during the interim has zero interest in addressing our exploding gun violence, or kids back to school in woefully inadequate schools, or even how to make our male legislators stop sexually harassing women in the Capitol, particularly young interns.

What is deemed most urgent by the Missouri GOP leadership is jumping on the national Crazy Toons bandwagon, joining other red states in launching their own investigation/witch hunt.

Never mind that the undercover sting videos of Planned Parenthood, which sparked these investigations, continue to be proven bogus.

Never mind that officials in Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts and South Dakota have spent thousands of state dollars and have concluded there was no evidence of any wrongdoing in their states by Planned Parenthood. Never mind that the Center for Medical Progress, responsible for the videos, is widely known as an anti-abortion group on a mission to annihilate Planned Parenthood.

Never mind that there are no Missouri lawmakers who are obstetricians or, heaven forbid, real gynecologists.

And certainly never mind these facts:

Fact #1 — Per Missouri’s constitution amended by voters in 2006, embryonic stem cell research is legal.

Fact #2 — Planned Parenthood in Missouri along with numerous affiliates throughout the country, do NOT offer patients the option to donate fetal tissue.

Fact #3 — Fetal tissue cell research has produced life-saving medical treatments and vaccines many of us count on.

Fact #4 — Only three percent of Planned Parenthood health services, even in Missouri, involve abortion.

Fact #5 — U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have found no violations of fetal tissue laws after the deceptively-edited videos.

The Missouri House hearing was a disaster. No agenda was given to us committee members except for a jumble of abortion statute links. The hearing began with the joint chairs asking what we all wanted to address. It was then that I wanted to stand up and scream.

The first hour and a half consisted of a summary reading of the bogus video transcript, followed by Children and Families Chair Rep. Diane Franklin citing a incredibly long list of abortion statutes. It had to have been hair pulling agonizing for anyone following along online on the House’s live video stream. GOP Rep. Sue Allen asked that the department directors who would be testifying later if they could be “sworn in” so “we could know they were telling the truth.” Never mind that we legislators never take that oath. Then we broke early for a two and half hour lunch.

So, why were taxpayers funding this circus? Why were we holding a third interim hearing on Planned Parenthood? Just for our per diem and mileage check for the day?

Then my “aha” moment. Our session beginning in January coincides with the 2016 presidential election when we have contested Missouri gubernatorial and attorney general races (many of those candidates currently serve in the legislature). They must find a “women’s” wedge issue to motivate their Tea Party base. Duh.

At 2 p.m. the action resumed. Various state department directors answered questions ranging from surgical center licensing to federal Medicaid Planned Parenthood reimbursements to what happens to aborted fetal tissue after being delivered to private pathology labs.

Questions asked by the committee ranged from, “How do we know anyone is doing their job?” to “How to we know tissue is not being sold?” and to my absolute favorite, “How do we know if pathology labs aren’t selling baby body parts?”

Mentioning “baby body parts” became a favorite sport or an at-home drinking game as my conservative colleagues tried to outdo each other in their comments.

Almost every question asked of the directors was found either in the links provided to us or directly online. I know this because I easily found the answers on my laptop during the hearing.

Finally, late in the day, after the chairs tried hard to deny his testimony but I insisted, Dr. Ed Weisbart, who has actually treated pregnant women and delivered babies, spoke. His patience for sitting quietly up to this point should be commended.

He blasted the committee: “That video … was clearly produced by an organization which was created to produce videos like that. It was done with false identifications, it was based on lies and badly edited to create a message that would then justify having hearings of this nature, and you guys are taking advantage of the material they gave you. There is no evidence that any of those things is going on… This could clearly be defined as a witch hunt or a fishing expedition.”

As you can imagine, the committee did not like an actual physician with medical expertise testifying and were fairly hostile to him. Certainly, not a physician who cares about reproductive healthcare that all women, of every zip code, need and deserve.

To conclude the day, the chairs also allowed two local abortion clinic protestors to testify. Really.

The result of the all day hearing? Before adjourning, the chairs called for yet one more hearing, making a total of four Missouri taxpayer funded Planned Parenthood witch hunts this summer. Stay tuned — maybe there will be more.

This is the Missouri legislature, elected by few voters but making big decisions, spending your tax dollars and treating women like… well, crap.

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California Doesn’t Want Drones Flying Over Your Backyard

A California bill banning drones from flying over private property passed in the state Assembly on Monday, much to the frustration of drone enthusiasts who say it’s too broad and oversteps federal authority. 

The legislation would generally prohibit sending the remotely operated aerial devices into a “no-fly zone” extending 350 feet above private property. It would not restrict people from flying drones above their own property, above private property with the owner’s permission or above public spaces such as streets or parks.

“When we’re in our backyards, with our families, we have an expectation that we have a right to privacy,” state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson (D), author of the bill, said in a press release. “Drones have upended all those expectations, and it’s important that we set reasonable boundaries so that our privacy and security remain intact. This bill would extend our long-established definitions of trespassing and privacy, and bring them into the 21st century, by applying them also to drones.”

Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D) described the bill as a security measure when he presented it on the floor Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. 

“If you drive on someone’s property with a car, you’re trespassing. If you’re looking on someone’s property to break in, you’re trespassing,” he said. “It makes no sense that a drone should be able to look in your window and the operator should not be guilty of the same trespass.”

Dave Shevett, who lives south of Boston and chairs the US Drone Racing Association, called the California bill part of “a troubling trend.” While such restrictions would largely not affect his group, which organizes drone races and other events in large outdoor areas with permission, he thinks the measure poses risks to individual drone hobbyists — like himself.

“The problem with that particular bill is it’s overly broad,” Shevett told The Huffington Post, arguing that it wrongly treats all drones as if they were equipped for surveillance.

“When people hear the word drone, the first thing they think of is camera platforms hovering over their houses … and one of our biggest challenges when we’re talking to folks is that not all drones are the same,” he said. Not all have cameras.

Shevett also pointed to the difficulty of keeping drones from accidentally crossing boundaries, especially in rural areas where the boundaries aren’t always clear.

“If one of these strays over somebody’s property line, even if it’s just going around a turn or whatnot, is that suddenly an arrestable offense?” he asked. 

Brian Wynne, president and CEO of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), said in an emailed statement that his organization is “deeply disappointed with the passage of SB 142″ this week. 

“The Supreme Court has ruled that property rights do not extend infinitely into the sky. Only the [Federal Aviation Administration] can regulate airspace; states and municipalities can’t,” Wynne argued. “For the safety of our skies and to ensure that there is no confusion between state and federal law,” he added, “we need Washington to make finalizing these rules a top priority.”

He also suggested that such a bill could stifle innovation in the drone industry.

“A study by AUVSI estimates that in the first decade following [drone] integration into the national airspace system, California’s economy will gain more than 18,100 jobs and more than $ 14 billion in economic impact,” Wynne said. “It is our hope that the California Senate and, if necessary, Governor Brown, will take this enormous potential into account and reject this restrictive legislation.”

The drone privacy bill now moves to the state Senate for a final vote. 

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The Road Typically Travelled: Course Corrections

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. — Mark Twain

The most obvious and important things in life become the hardest realities to keep track of. Who is important? What is most meaningful? When we are at our best, who are we with, what are we doing? How do we spend our time? Where is our energy focussed? The challenge of such questions is less about answering and more about asking.

Adults take peculiar delight in asking little children what they want to be when they grow up. Yet as adults, we don’t ask ourselves the equivalent question. Are we inhabiting the life we intended to live?

We construct busy lives that appear productive and promising at the outset. But too often we find ourselves on automatic pilot. The course begins to feel off track. Goals are accomplished, milestones met, and yet we may feel increasingly hollow. What should animate us begins to amplify our restlessness. No matter how much we eat we never feel full. No spice provides flavor. Music cannot be loud enough. Loved ones seem remote and draining. Color leaches out of our experience. What was once “I want” is now “I must.” Happiness is diversion.

Why?

We have arrived somewhere that is not the destination we had plotted on our map. We are lost.

Examining what adults do when they literally get lost provides a helpful model for understanding the experience of losing one’s way in life. In both realms, the idea of mental maps is central. We all have two kinds of mental maps, one of our physical environment and one of ourselves. They provide representations of where we are and who we are.

The two maps are linked and inseparable. Psychologically, there is no such thing as me without relation or location. We exist in a context of people and places. We are the product of all the interactions of these two spheres. The maps allow us to locate ourselves in our own mind.

Getting lost is less about a place and more about a state of mind. As one wanders off course the map of self and the map of environment begin to fracture. This is not experienced as losing one’s way but rather as losing one’s self, one’s existence, one’s mind. The overwhelming distress this triggers explains how we can tell ourselves everything is okay despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

As we wander deeper into the woods we see things that make no sense according to our map. In an attempt to allay our anxiety, we do what is known as bending the map in orienteering. We rationalize that snow or leaves are concealing key landmarks. People rarely retrace their steps, a move that often would have saved their lives. Instead they accelerate on the same course, their speed driven by growing fear and the desire to escape the experience.

Losing one’s way in life is no different. We make a plan (or accept someone else’s) and demonstrate a bizarre loyalty to it despite data indicating we missed a turn and might want to retrace our steps. In response we rededicate ourselves to the plan and dive deeper. We bend the map. We tell ourselves the next promotion, move, house, child, raise… will fix things. We are never home because we’re working so hard for the family. Everything will be okay, it’s just a rough time right now.

We fool ourselves and pretend we know where we’re heading. However our plan is now unrelated to what had been our purpose, our mission. We have lost our selves.

Just because you know how to get from one place to another doesn’t mean you know where you are.

So how do you get back on track?

The bottom line is you must update your maps all the time. We all attempt to make the external world fit our expectations. We all have plans. They don’t include divorce, loss, illness or failure. When our circumstances cannot be changed we are called upon to change ourselves. If the mental map doesn’t change, you navigate in a world that does not exist.

It has been said that mountain climbers are the only sportsmen to celebrate victory at halftime. To summit is to win. Any good mountaineer knows the danger of such thinking. Most accidents occur on the descent. The climbers are tired and perhaps overconfident at having conquered the mountain. They also feel they have already accomplished their goal.

Like mountaineers, we often get into trouble after some measure of success. We seem better at working toward a goal than living with its accomplishment and making the next right move. We often interpret our success as indicating we are on the right track. Perhaps we get overconfident and stop paying attention.

But the world changes. We become aware of such change by listening to how we feel. Whether in the wilds of the woods or life, if something doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Look at it. Change your map accordingly. Make a course correction. It’s the only way to get home.

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Hollywood “Takes Care of Its Own,” Unless You Are Trans, Part 2

Recently I blogged about some of the challenges that trans people who live out here in Hollywood, a.k.a. America’s Liberal Dream Factory, face when it comes to health care.

Let me underline exactly what those challenges mean. First, let’s look at the big, broad, macro level of Hollywood optics. I’ll use two celebrity examples; let’s make it clear that since I know nothing of their own health care needs or realities, the “examples” are purely hypothetical.

Eddie Redmayne is a talented actor who will appear in the film The Danish Girl as Lili Elbe, one of the modern world’s first transsexual women. Mr. Redmayne is, as far as I know, a cisgender (meaning non-trans) man. If the film was made under Hollywood-based Screen Actors Guild agreements, Mr. Redmayne would most likely qualify for the Motion Picture Health Plan. So we have a cisgender man playing a transsexual woman in a big-budget blockbuster movie who qualifies for his male-oriented health care because… well… he’s human, and a man.

Laverne Cox is an award-winning actress who has appeared on Orange is the New Black, and is an outspoken, eloquent advocate for rights of trans people. Let’s say that she made a film, or worked on a T.V. series under the Hollywood SAG agreement and had enough hours to qualify for health care. She might qualify, but the plan would still be able to refuse her trans-specific health care, in spite of her humanity and legal status as a woman.

Not being an idiot, I don’t think that’s likely to happen, and really, Ms. Cox’s health care is none of my damn business. But let’s make a theoretical comparison to Mr. Redmayne; Laverne would be a trans woman playing a part (trans or not) in a movie or series with contracts that include coverage under the same plan, but whether she gets trans-specific health care is completely up to the administrators of the plan. If the administrators decide that her care was part of that two-word exception “gender change,” they would be within their rights to refuse her.

Mr. Redmayne, playing a trans woman: no problem. Ms. Cox, a real trans woman: we’ll get back to you.

I could pick other examples. Felicity Huffman vs. Candis Cayne. Hilary Swank vs. Turner Scott Schofield. None of these may apply in real life, but they point to a truth; trans people can be refused trans-specific health care under the current Motion Picture Plan PPO unless they opt for an HMO, and even then they are subjected to bureaucratic gymnastics and extra scrutiny.

In all of these cases, actors are selling tickets or advertising for Hollywood by portraying trans identities. Let me put this bluntly: if we are we “interesting” enough for you, Hollywood, to tell our stories and make money doing it, why are we considered unfit to demand the health care we need to sustain those identities you are exploiting?

I’ll say that again. Hollywood is exploiting us while considering us unfit for trans-specific health coverage.

Here’s another example. Let’s say I am a young, recently transitioned female camera assistant. The plan can, and has, refused the hormones I have been prescribed because they are for “gender change;” those two magic words that are “exceptions” according to the MPIPHP.

If I am a middle-aged man who feels a little listless, my doctor can prescribe a testosterone cream for me. If I am a middle aged woman, my doctor can prescribe an estrogen patch or cream for me; the same patches, or cream our camera assistant is refused. A trans man working as a grip would be in a similar fix.

The issue seems to be this; all health plans are watching the culture for cues. It’s easy to find people in our culture who think that trans people don’t exist because we are mentally ill, had smothering mothers or are possessed by demons doing the bidding of Satan. Politicians and bloviating radio rage-peddlers find us an easy target for raising a campaign slush fund or selling worthless gold contracts to rubes; we stir strong emotions, and that sells. We’re yet another group of humans that people who are angry and scared can focus on to anesthetize themselves against reality. It’s hard to hate someone that you humanize, so some people work hard at dehumanizing us.

More subtly, there are physicians and hospital administrators who cynically may see us as a group without any political clout or unified voice, and who may be tempted to stall, complicate or discourage us from demanding the health care we so rightfully deserve. Even my friends who have trans-inclusive health coverage are frustrated by the lack of education among physicians and wildly uneven interactions with organizations like Kaiser Health.

There are also horrific cases of physicians who have allowed their personal feelings to interfere with urgent health needs of their patients. That’s inexcusable.

Most trans people working on films in Hollywood aren’t movie stars. Most of us are working crew people struggling to get by in the modern workplace like everyone else. Those of us lucky enough to have labor unions to protect our health care have just one simple request; give us what we need from the health plan we pay into, when we need it, and listen to us when we tell you that you can do it better for us than you have in the past.

It’s time for Hollywood to truly take care of all of “Our Own.”

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This Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Your Health Today

This week, I’ve been learning about play. It all started when I read a book called, well, Play. Or rather, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown provides a fascinating insight into why play is an essential element of life for all animals. Check out his TED Talk for an entertaining preview of the book (don’t miss the story of the polar bear and the huskies a couple of minutes in—it’s remarkable):

It turns out that making time for play is important not just for animals in the wild but also humans—adults as well as kids. In fact, it’s one of the most important things we can do for our health and happiness. As Brown says:

We, as homo sapiens, are fundamentally equipped for and need to play actively throughout our lifespan by nature’s design. Our adult biology remains unique among all creatures, and our capacity for flexibility, novelty and exploration persists. If we suppress this natural design, the consequences are dire. The play-less adult becomes stereotyped, inflexible, humorless, lives without irony, loses the capacity for optimism, and generally is quicker to react to stress with violence or depression than the adult whose play life persists.

In a world of continuous change, playful humans who can roll with the punches and innovate through their play-inspired imaginations survive better. Our playful natures have arrived at this place through the trial and error of millions of years of evolution, and we need to honor our design to play.

Sounds great, but when your day is packed with obligations, how do you find that playful side of yourself? And how do you play?

As Dr. Stuart Brown says, understanding our “play profile” is essential to finding those creative activities we might not think of as play at first blush:

If adults can begin to reminisce about their happiest and most memorable moments, they can capture the emotion and visual memories of those moments and begin to connect again to what truly excites them in life. Generally, a person’s purest emotional profile—temperament, talents, passions—is reflected in positive play experiences from childhood.

This is definitely true for me. At its core, the reason I read 200 books a year is because I love it. It’s what I did as a kid, and it’s what I do now. It is, hands down, my number one way to play. As an introvert, I find it also works well for me as a hobby, and it gives me the alone time I need to recharge.

It turns out this is not the norm with many of the traditional activities we associate with play. When Trent Hamm, for example, wrote a list of 102 things to do that don’t cost any money, one reader wrote in:

It looks like a lot of free things are boring and/or require you to actually have friends. Aren’t there any fun things I can do by myself?

For all the introverts out there, Trent took up the call. The Frugal Introvert: 50 Ways to Have Fun By Yourself on the Cheap is a treasure trove of potential play activities that will also give you alone time. Here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of before:

Do a “Wikipedia walk”

I often burn a good hour doing a “Wikipedia walk” as I investigate a particular topic and find interesting connections to other areas of personal interest. All you have to do is think of a very broad topic you’re interested in—say, philosophy—and read through that entry, following any and all links that are of interest. What I usually do is open up a bunch of new browser tabs from links on that first entry, read each tab, opening new ones, until I’ve had my fill. It’s a great way to learn the details of any topic, from knitting to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Need more ideas? This Quora post has some great ones, replete with suggestions about what activities work with which Myers-Briggs’ personality type. And, lest we forget BuzzFeed’s 21 Things Introverts Love, which has a few more gems. If you’re an introvert, you’ll nod your head the whole way through.

Ultimately, though, you have to figure out the way to play that is truly uniquely you. Here’s some motivation to do it:

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. —Neil Gaiman

So go on, get out of here. Play as only you can play.

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This Is One Of The Best Things You Can Do For Your Health Today

This week, I’ve been learning about play. It all started when I read a book called, well, Play. Or rather, Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Researcher and psychiatrist Dr. Stuart Brown provides a fascinating insight into why play is an essential element of life for all animals. Check out his TED Talk for an entertaining preview of the book (don’t miss the story of the polar bear and the huskies a couple of minutes in—it’s remarkable):

It turns out that making time for play is important not just for animals in the wild but also humans—adults as well as kids. In fact, it’s one of the most important things we can do for our health and happiness. As Brown says:

We, as homo sapiens, are fundamentally equipped for and need to play actively throughout our lifespan by nature’s design. Our adult biology remains unique among all creatures, and our capacity for flexibility, novelty and exploration persists. If we suppress this natural design, the consequences are dire. The play-less adult becomes stereotyped, inflexible, humorless, lives without irony, loses the capacity for optimism, and generally is quicker to react to stress with violence or depression than the adult whose play life persists.

In a world of continuous change, playful humans who can roll with the punches and innovate through their play-inspired imaginations survive better. Our playful natures have arrived at this place through the trial and error of millions of years of evolution, and we need to honor our design to play.

Sounds great, but when your day is packed with obligations, how do you find that playful side of yourself? And how do you play?

As Dr. Stuart Brown says, understanding our “play profile” is essential to finding those creative activities we might not think of as play at first blush:

If adults can begin to reminisce about their happiest and most memorable moments, they can capture the emotion and visual memories of those moments and begin to connect again to what truly excites them in life. Generally, a person’s purest emotional profile—temperament, talents, passions—is reflected in positive play experiences from childhood.

This is definitely true for me. At its core, the reason I read 200 books a year is because I love it. It’s what I did as a kid, and it’s what I do now. It is, hands down, my number one way to play. As an introvert, I find it also works well for me as a hobby, and it gives me the alone time I need to recharge.

It turns out this is not the norm with many of the traditional activities we associate with play. When Trent Hamm, for example, wrote a list of 102 things to do that don’t cost any money, one reader wrote in:

It looks like a lot of free things are boring and/or require you to actually have friends. Aren’t there any fun things I can do by myself?

For all the introverts out there, Trent took up the call. The Frugal Introvert: 50 Ways to Have Fun By Yourself on the Cheap is a treasure trove of potential play activities that will also give you alone time. Here’s one I bet you haven’t heard of before:

Do a “Wikipedia walk”

I often burn a good hour doing a “Wikipedia walk” as I investigate a particular topic and find interesting connections to other areas of personal interest. All you have to do is think of a very broad topic you’re interested in—say, philosophy—and read through that entry, following any and all links that are of interest. What I usually do is open up a bunch of new browser tabs from links on that first entry, read each tab, opening new ones, until I’ve had my fill. It’s a great way to learn the details of any topic, from knitting to the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Need more ideas? This Quora post has some great ones, replete with suggestions about what activities work with which Myers-Briggs’ personality type. And, lest we forget BuzzFeed’s 21 Things Introverts Love, which has a few more gems. If you’re an introvert, you’ll nod your head the whole way through.

Ultimately, though, you have to figure out the way to play that is truly uniquely you. Here’s some motivation to do it:

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. —Neil Gaiman

So go on, get out of here. Play as only you can play.

2015-02-04-Joni_Blecher_150x150.jpg
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The Democrats’ Race Back To The Future

WASHINGTON – In 2008, the Democratic Party in the U.S. nominated one of its youngest candidates ever, and its first African-American. Everyone assumed that the choice of Barack Obama, 47, meant a new day and a new era.

But seven years later, the party’s 2016 contest is shaping up as a battle of aging white Baby Boomers for control of an ancient organization desperately in need of a fresh identity and a new wave of ideas, leaders and voters.

Democrats like to brag that they have been in continuous operation for two centuries, longer than any other major political party in the free world.

It certainly feels like it.

With the possible (perhaps even likely) entry of Vice President Joe Biden, 72, the contest will become an old-fashioned tale of palace intrigue, as he and Hillary Rodham Clinton maneuver for the favor and endorsement of the president.

And a three-way race with Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) would feature the three sub-brands that have dominated and defined the Democratic Party on campus and in the country since the 1960s. In chronological order, here they are:

KENNEDY GUY: From a large, well-connected and prosperous family that had fallen on hard times, Biden was a prep-school kid and college athlete with affable blue-collar charm and a mixture of political instincts and faith in Catholic “social gospel.” In other words, a Kennedy Democrat and fan of touch football.

An elected official since 1973, Biden is at one with the party’s ancestral big-city tribes: labor unions, Black mayors, Irish, Jewish, Italian, Greek and other business people. If he runs, his closest advisers tell The Huffington Post, he will do so with a sense of moral urgency about the Democrats’ failures to close the ever-widening gap between the rich and the rest.

As for the world, he would run as the anti-ideological dealmaker in the Kennedy manner, with “street cred” from decades of travel and work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and two terms at President Barack Obama’s side.

“NEW LEFT” INTELLECTUAL: Sen. Bernie Sanders, 73, Brooklyn-born of the New Deal and ’60s-era “New Left”; the “Democratic Socialist” with “non-negotiable demands” to tax the rich, shackle global corporations, block free-trade agreements, limit immigration (in the name of saving existing working-class jobs), bestow new government benefits on students and the poor, and oppose most military interventions.

COMMENCEMENT SPEAKER: Hillary Rodham Clinton, 67, quintessence of the “neo-liberal” Democratic establishment: in college, a critic of the “System” whom the faculty nevertheless trusted because she got all A’s and didn’t lead a sit-down strike in the Administration Building. Religiously devout and a one-time Republican, molded by “rights” movements – on behalf of race, gender, children, sexual orientation – she also agreed with husband Bill that power lay in “neo-liberal” centrism. She’s friendly to Wall Street (and its donors), in favor of the death penalty, champions free trade, has correct but not close relations with unions, supports a muscular foreign and military policy, and has a personal yen for wealth. 

As recognizable as these three characters are, it’s not clear how convincing any of them can be.

Sanders is drawing the large crowds, and the allegiance of some of the same kinds of voters who idolized Obama in 2008. But Sanders has drawn the ire of the Black Lives Matter movement, which argues that Bernie’s Scandinavian socialist model is fatally blind to the racism and intolerance that are the most important cause of global economic inequality.

Clintonism, with its faith in the power of a cautiously regulated marketplace to lift all boats, seems to many Democrats to be just as outdated. The so-called “Washington Consensus” that emerged in the Bill Clinton years held that business investment would yield not only profit but also democracy in post-communist societies. The main result is that the rich got richer.

As for Biden, the question is whether the Kennedy model can still sell, and if so, whether he is the man to do it after so many years of life and service. His advisers say he still has the passion and purpose and what one called “bold, go-big” ideas to create a more just society.

No one doubts his heart or his sincerity; he is the least political lifelong politician in history.

But he has made a lot of compromises over a 43-year career in Washington. Perhaps the most damaging in today’s political context is a 1994 crime bill he authored that is now regarded as the proximate cause of the “mass incarceration” of minorities (and doubling of the U.S. prison population since). 

If Biden is to have a chance, he’ll have to somehow reach out to minority voters, who so far seem cool to or even estranged from Sanders and Clinton. 

He’d also have to somehow reach out to a new version of the party that is out there waiting to be born. It is a yet-to-be-defined mashup of Black Lives Matter; pro-immigration activism; non-European cultural consciousness; tolerance of all religions, lifestyles and genders; genuine urgency about the fate of the planet; confidence in technology, social media and the sharing economy; and skepticism about America’s right, power and duty to lead the world.

Forging and leading that new coalition is not going to be easy, no matter what your age. It seems unlikely that the Three Musketeers of the Baby Boom can do it.

To paraphrase the Rolling Stones from 1964, time isn’t on their side.

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One Rule to Know Before You Break All the Rules

This article was originally published on riskology.co

I’ve always been an early riser, but I’m not what you would call a morning person. I like the peace and serenity that comes with a sun rise when no one else is awake. I like knowing that when I wake up, I’m guaranteed a hot shower. Lately, I’ve noticed I like getting my daily exercise done early so that it’s out of the way and I can focus on other things for the rest of the day.

Until just a few months ago, I had a day job in the construction industry. Getting up early in that line of work is a prerequisite. On my first day, I was issued an official alarm clock and coffee grinder. If you’re not an early riser, you’re going to become one.

Apparently, I missed a memo, because early mornings at the office aren’t usually spent enjoying the sunrise or improving your health. They’re spent sweating bullets trying to finish work that was neglected yesterday or put out fires that someone else started.

Not exactly my cup of tea, so to speak. I like mornings, but I like them on my own terms.

The Indoctrination

I’m sure you’ve had the misfortune at some point in life of trying to reconcile what you wanted to do with what you thought you had to do. This is exactly the situation I found myself in and it was thoroughly problematic. All these rules that someone else made and I had to follow.

When I was new, I just tried to fit in and do what everyone else was doing. “That’s just how it is,” they said. You show up at 7:00 every morning and leave at 5:00 every evening. It had to be for a reason, right? Besides, I was on an prosperous career track. If I could just get used to this schedule, spending the first hours of every day pulling my hair out in what felt like a incoherent stupor, there’d be years of financial good fortune ahead of me.

This is the part where I state loudly and quite firmly, “Wrong!”

I was fresh to the professional world and wet behind the ears, but it didn’t take too long to figure out why we had this 7:00 to 5:00 rule. Of course, I’ve always been aware that most companies keep set working hours, I just wasn’t always sure why.

Turns out, they had a pretty good reason. Know what it is?

Most employees (in any industry) are completely mediocre and mediocre employees demand (yes, demand!) rules that tell them how to behave.

Setting a schedule that says you show up at 7:00 and leave at 5:00 is an easy way to ensure that average people are at work for an average of 10 hours a day and, if the averages play out, a few of them are productive.

Now, I enjoy sitting around and being unproductive just as much as the next guy, but its not a hobby I care for at work. I like to reserve that kind of activity for weekends and downtime after I feel like I’ve really accomplished something.

At the same time, though, who can kick ass for 10 straight hours? I’m trying, you know, but my bionic brain is still on back order. I felt forced into a position where I either had to completely drain myself every day or adopt this law of averages that just felt wrong.

There’s good news, though. If this is how you feel too, and you’re willing to work a little smarter, you can start making your own rules about your schedule, or about anything at work or in life for that matter.

A Little “Experiment” With Rules

When I realized what kind of system I was in, I knew right away that I wanted out, but I liked my paycheck and I wasn’t really interested in trying to change an entire corporation’s policy.

I’d gotten a lot of praise for the work I’d been doing and it seemed like everyone was really happy with my results, so I decided to do a little test — I quit showing up at 7:00. Yep. I just quit going to work on time. I didn’t do it all at once, and I didn’t just start showing up after lunch, but slowly and surely I started coming to work later and later and doing it more frequently.

And you know what happened? Absolutely nothing! No one even noticed.

You can probably do it too (even though I can hear you saying in your head that it would never work at your job).

Sure, there are some jobs where this kind of stunt won’t work. If you work on an assembly line and all the pieces pile up at your station and break the machine because you’re not there on time, you’re probably out of luck.

But there are far more jobs where it will work. If you’re reading this article between the hours of 7:00 am and 5:00 pm at your desk, then yes, I believe you can do it.

The Secret Formula for Changing the Rules

There’s a catch, though. Are you surprised? There always is, isn’t there?

Remember what I said about average employees needing rules to tell them how to behave? You can’t be one of those average employees and expect to pull this off.

Thankfully, it really doesn’t take much to excel above “average.” If you can grasp this concept (it’s the most important one there is to beating “average”) then you’re well on your way to a much happier workplace:

Success is measured in output of value, not input of effort.

A lot of people think that if they put in the hours, they’ll be noticed and recognized for their effort. It isn’t true. Unfortunately, no one cares how long it took you to complete a job or finish a proposal, or do anything else, really. What they care about is that it got done, it worked, and it worked well.

In fact, the only time anyone is going to care how long it took to do something is when it took too long. And that’s not something you want to be recognized for.

Once you have a real understanding of this concept, you can start using simple productivity tricks to abandon the standard corporate work formula that looks something like this:

(1 hr. of half ass work) + (1 hr. of surfing the net) + (30 min. of frantic work to meet a deadline) = 1 happy boss/customer/client

and substitute it for a much nicer formula that looks like this:

(1 hr. of focused productivity) = 1 really, really happy boss/customer/client

Get it done. Make it work. Make it work well. Consistently nail those 3 things, and you can start changing any rules you want to.

Action is a Revolutionary Act

It’s pretty easy to see how fast you can get ahead when you embrace the reality that people appreciate effort, but they expect results. The funny thing is that this is not a revolutionary concept. When you read it, your first reaction was probably, “Duh!” This is something that everyone, on some level, understands.

But actually implementing it is a revolutionary act. There’s a huge disconnect between those that understand the concept of results over effort and those that actually live by it.

It isn’t easy to do. Most people have been trained their whole lives to do exactly the opposite. They’re even programmed to try to put a stop to it when you decide to do it. But resisting the urge to fit in is exactly what makes you stand out.

If you want to change the rules in another man’s game, you must make yourself an indispensable asset to him. Once you accomplish that, you’re free to make the rules as you see fit and what seems like dangerous behavior to many is, in fact, more empowering to you.

The real danger in this idea comes once you realize you’re tired of playing another’s game. Not a danger to you, but a danger to them. But that’s an article for another day.

Now, over to you. What are your tactics for changing the rules in someone else’s game?

Tyler Tervooren founded Riskology.co, where he shares research and insights about mastering your psychology by taking smarter risks. For more, join his Smart Riskologist Newsletter.

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Fake Doctors Mutilate Man’s Penis With Botched Enlargement, Cops Say

Two unlicensed doctors are facing charges that they performed surgeries on a man’s penis, leaving it mutilated.

A Miami judge has charged Nery Carvajal-Gonzalez, 48, for unlicensed health care causing serious injury, CBS Miami reports. She was picked up this week after landing at Miami International Airport, and is being held on $ 100,000 bond.

Carvajal had allegedly operated on her victim, an unnamed 55-year-old hair stylist, several times before she performed the botched penis enlargement. She gave the man cosmetic facials and injected filler into his buttocks to enhance their shape, The Sun Sentinel reports.

The victim paid Carvajal $ 2,500 for the butt injection. Though investigators said “there was a hole in his buttocks that fluid was leaking from,” he decided to go forward with the penis enlargement surgery anyway.

In February, Carvajal allegedly put an implant in the man’s penis to make it longer and thicker, but the fillers she used permanently disfigured him, according to ABC affiliate Local 10

“The victim’s penis was now incredibly small, yet very swollen and the skin around the shaft had been removed and was raw,” investigators said in a warrant.

For repairs, Carvajal took the man to meet Mark Schreiber, a fake doctor known as “Dr. Mark,” at a warehouse in Hialeah. Schreiber, 60, had already spent two years in jail, starting in 2008, for performing unlicensed plastic surgeries.

The victim reportedly paid Schreiber $ 1,000 to get Carvajal’s implant removed. After the procedure, the man removed his bandages to find that his penis had been mutilated further. Schreiber told him that the look was normal, and then stopped answering the victim’s calls.

Earlier this month, Schreiber was arrested on a charge of unlicensed health care causing serious injury. He’s reportedly being held without bond.

The victim’s ordeal “reads like a horror script,” prosecutor Warren Eth told Local 10. “It’s almost unbelievable that a human being can voluntary do this to another human being. Not once, not twice. This was not an isolated incident. [Carvajal] solicits business and butchers people.”

The victim says he’s permanently disfigured and can’t have sex. He also feels no sensation when he urinates, and suffers from painful “spontaneous erections,” investigators told the New York Daily News.

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Heartbreaking Photos Show A Child Bride’s Wedding In Bangladesh

Child marriage in Bangladesh is a persistent problem despite minimum age laws and government vows to curtail the practice.

Nearly one-third of Bangladeshi girls under 15 are married, the highest rate for that age group in the world, according to UNICEF.

Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced last year that child marriage would end in the nation by 2041, but a recent Human Rights Watch report points out that the government has taken few tangible measures to stop the practice. 

Poverty, poor access to education and cultural traditions help drive the prevalence of child marriage, the report notes. What’s more, Bangladesh’s vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change exacerbates those social problems.

Child brides are at serious risk of abuse and early pregnancy. Girls who are forced into marriage also often have to abandon their education, limiting their future economic security and social well being.

Photographer Allison Joyce documented a 15-year-old bride’s wedding in the city of Manikganj, Bangladesh, on Aug. 20. The bride, Nasoin Akhter, appears distraught as she is forced to marry a man more than twice her age.

The powerful series of photos offers a glimpse into what Human Rights Watch calls an “epidemic” of child marriage.

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How Former NFL Running Back Tim Worley Found His Most Impactful Game

It’s not every day I get to meet football stars. As a matter of fact, I am one of “those people” who only watches the Super Bowl for the halftime show. I don’t know much about American football, but I do enjoy experiencing and pondering it’s social impact. I often joke that, given it’s place in American culture, it really should be a part of the American citizenship test for us immigrants: “1. Name the current president of the USA, your state governor and your local mayor. 2. Who does Tom Brady play for? Who is Tim Tebow?”

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So, when I interviewed Tim Worley for my Waking Up in America TV show, I really should have been more nervous. But I wasn’t.

Tim was there with his wife Dee, whom I interviewed first. We spoke about her past as a former national and international gymnastics champion and also about the amazing love story she had to tell. She shared a side of Tim that was vulnerable, real, broken and restored. By the time I sat down with Tim, I was no longer interviewing the running back who was a first-round draft pick for the NFL and the superstar athlete who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears. I was sitting down with an incredible human — a soul on a journey.

Tim was raised in a family of five boys, in a small North Carolina town. All of the boys played sports, and for Tim, the field was a place where he could release the frustration caused by his father’s drinking and physical abuse of his mother. In high school, the world of sports was the place where he could feel good and secure about himself.

“I was the one that would never raise his hand, even if I knew the answer because I wasn’t too sure about myself. But I was very sure about myself Friday night on a football field.”

Tim thrived as an athlete, recognizing that he had a gift, but also working hard, because he “wanted to be better.” He would train hard, running stadiums, hills, and around the campus with weights on his shoulders.

“If I felt tired or lazy, or didn’t feel like it… That’s the time that I pushed myself.”

The sport became who he was.

It happens to many people who find their passion and their sense of self in what they do. For a long time I didn’t know who I was outside of my music career, and ice skating champion Lucinda Ruh had a similar story that we explored in my episode Finding Lucinda in the Queen of Spin.

Of course, this losing the sense of ourselves in the roles we play is not something that only happens to celebrities or champions. We may have jobs we are passionate about. We may try to create dream lives with perfect marriages and perfect parenthoods that lead us into an unhealthy imbalance where we lose connection with ourselves outside these roles. In addition, these outside successes validate us and offer external approval, that, as Tim says, feels good and helps to keep us stuck.

“I took on this identity [of a star athlete] because … when I took that on, I felt good about myself. That was my sanctuary. When you come in this sanctuary you don’t have to battle.”

With his determination, discipline and natural gifts, Tim steadily rose to superstardom. He was an All-American running back for the University of Georgia, and was a first-round draft pick for the NFL as a running back. But too soon he got lost in a world which requires more than physical strength in order to thrive, not just as an athlete but as a whole person.

“I had no idea the course, the path that drugs and alcohol was going to set me on, even though it was very recreational and innocent…

When I got into the NFL and signed these huge contracts … you didn’t have to buy this stuff. It was there. It was given to you. You go to a party, you see marijuana, you see cocaine, you see pills, you see girls everywhere, all types of stuff, and so when you don’t know who you are, how do you resist that? You go from, you know, having a couple of hundred of dollars in your account to … now you got 3.5 million dollars in your bank account overnight. What do you do with that?”

I listen to Tim as he speaks about these experiences during his NFL career and I can’t help but feel compassion and a sense of sadness. This is not just Tim’s story, it’s been repeated over and over in the media.

“When I got exactly what I wanted from the Steelers, what do I do? I went out and I sabotaged it. I went out and I got high, because deep down I was afraid of the opportunity and the responsibility that came with that.”

Tim played 7 years in the NFL and when he retired from the Chicago Bears, he was lost.

“I started competing when I was 10, and all of a sudden I’m 30 years old and it’s over. So what do you do when the cheering stops?”

It got ugly before it got better for Tim. Even though he was in therapy and recovery programs, he hit the bottom and after a publicly broadcast incident with a Smyrna, GA traffic officer, Tim ended up spending 23 days in jail.

“God answered my prayers. He saved my life. He put an angel in a cop’s uniform to stop me in my tracks, to save my life that night.”

While he was living out his sentence, Tim shifted into a sense of self that wasn’t defined by his athletic successes and failures. With the same discipline and determination he had shown on the field, Tim stepped out onto a new path as a life skills consultant who is to this day changing the lives of young athletes and all who hear him speak or receive his one-on-one mentoring.

“There is more of an impact now on my life, on other people than my athletic career … I know what it’s like to be addicted to alcohol, I know what it’s like to be addicted to drugs, I know what it’s like to be addicted to a certain lifestyle, to women, to things that people tell us we are supposed to have, or what we are supposed to be like, or what’s going to make us a man.”

Recently, I found myself sitting in the bleachers at a high school football game. None of my three sons are involved in the sport, but we were there for the team spirit and the band.

Watching the young men on the field and my boys sitting next to me, I felt deep gratitude to Tim Worley. Perhaps people like Tim are meant to learn these important life lessons the hard way, to live these extreme lives so they can serve as teachers, guides and coaches.

Because when they say “yes” and awaken to their higher purpose, the impact they are able to make on our lives is huge. Beautiful and moving. Like an awesome touch down. Do I dare say, more lasting?

Tim Worley is a former University of Georgia All-American and NFL running back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Bears. Today, Tim is a John C. Maxwell-certified leadership educator, life skills consultant and motivational speaker at Worley Global Enterprises.

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Ashley Madison: Where Bored, Straight Husbands Go to Meet Other Guys

The hackers who are having a jolly time bringing down Ashley Madison exposed many men who were trying to cheat on their wives. I say trying because, according to the hackers, Ashley Madison lied to their clientele and refused to reveal that 95% of the people on the site are men. So unless you’re a man in a heterosexual marriage looking for a same-sex affair, you’re probably out of luck.

So where are the women? Do women lust? Where are they going for their affairs?

Our society has little understanding of lust. We put all our emphasis on love. We watch romantic comedies about men and women slowly falling in love, in a slow, low-simmering manner. We laugh with them in romantic comedies until they tie the knot and live happily ever after in their comfortable, humorous, cozy little lives. Then we say that love is all you need.

But it’s not.

Lust is the most powerful emotion in the universe. Yes, it is far more temporary than love and it wears off more rapidly. Yet, like a sprinter in a 100-meter dash against a long-distance runner, love doesn’t stand a chance.

That’s why in Judaism a husband and wife are not supposed to get so close to a member of the opposite sex to whom they are not married. We’re not supposed to allow lust to grow to where it begins to challenge love. Love can compete in the long term but rarely in the short term.

But don’t disparage lust. As I argue in my new book Kosher Lust, magnetic, erotic lust is one of the most necessary components of a marriage. Marriage without desire is a prison. You can never lose the raw, carnal desire that draws a man to a woman and vice versa, making them feel desirable.

We all want to be wanted, need to be needed, desire to be desired.

The tenth commandment is “Thou shalt not covet they neighbor’s wife,” which means by direct implication, you sure as heck ought to be coveting your own.

And make no mistake. A woman wants to be lusted after even more than she wants to be loved. It sounds shocking but easily proven by things like the millions of housewives who buy books like Fifty Shades of Grey. Many of these women are loved in their marriages. But they don’t feel lusted after. They’re just not stupid enough to go to contemptible websites like Ashley Madison.

On the contrary, the average wife who has an affair does so because she feels erotically, emotionally, and romantically neglected by her husband, which of course does not excuse it, but it does explain it.

So why we disparage lust and glorify love?

First, we mistakenly think that lust is something merely physical. We think lust is only of the body when the truth lust is that lust is the feverish, intuitive gravitation of masculine to feminine and feminine to masculine. Real lust occurs when there is perfect polar alignment between masculine and feminine opposites. Lust is what magnetizes an otherwise ordinary man and woman to become infatuated with each other. It is not merely of the body but is rather the arrangement of two opposing energies that causes us to passionately incline toward one another.

Countless wives have told me how much they miss lust in their marriages. Sex is a routine, a chore rather than an erotic pastime.

But there’s another, more fundamental reason we disrespect lust. We don’t know how to sustain it so we dismiss it. We don’t know how to hold on to it in so we curse it. Be gone, you emotion of the devil. What results, however, are marriages based on the weak link of friendship as opposed to the fiery and scorching bond of lust.

You’re not supposed to be just partners. That’s a commercial term connoting a shared project. Rather, you’re supposed to yearn deeply for each other. And stop believing that can’t be sustained deep into a marriage.

To be sure, both love and lust, friendship and erotic passion, are necessary. The complete marriage is where husband and wife are both lovers and best friends. But today we are mostly, and sometimes only, the latter. I have heard husbands tell me this countless times. Pointing to their wives they’ll say, ‘This is my wife. She’s my best friend.’ But friendship is not the nuclear bond that marriage requires in order to not just survive but flourish.

I wrote my book The Kosher Sutra in order to establish the 8 principles of eroticism so that married couples can bring lust back into their relationships. And I wrote Kosher Lust to offer the 3 secrets of carnal desire. But modern marriages for the most part don’t have it which is not only sad, but also explains the reason that marriage is faltering as an institution. It seems so boring and routine. People end up sustaining lust by regularly changing partners, a deeply counterfeit, compromising, and lazy version of lust. And that’s the one of the biggest problems with Ashley Madison. It’s not merely immoral. It’s lazy. It’s for people who forgot how to bring passion in their own beds so they jump into someone else’s bed instead. It’s for people who are erotically unadventurous and romantically boring.

Be that as it may and simply put, lust is where you are made to feel intensely desirable. It’s where a man can’t stop thinking about you, obsessing over you, can’t keep his hands off you. It’s where you’re placed at the center of another person’s existence and where they permanently bask in the glow of your light. You are the planet and they are drawn into your gravitational orbit. And there is no feeling in the world quite like it. Nothing can make you feel more special.

We need make our marriages more exciting. We need to make them more passionate. Do our wives really need to find this passion only in a fantasy novel about domination? Do our husbands need to ruin their lives by signing on to Ashley Madison and getting caught, when all they were going to find anyway was another guy?

Shmuley Boteach, “America’s Rabbi,” is the international bestselling author of 30 books including blockbuster relationship books like “Kosher Sex,” “Kosher Adultery,” “Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments,” and his newest book, “Kosher Lust.” Follow him on Twitter @RabbiShmuley.

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Ted Cruz Plots Government Shutdown Fight Over Planned Parenthood

Washington — Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) thinks Republican leaders are bluffing when they say they want to defund Planned Parenthood, so he is enlisting Christian pastors across the nation to help mobilize voters to force his colleagues’ hands and threaten a government shutdown.  

Cruz implored more than a thousand pastors and religious leaders on Tuesday to “preach from the pulpit” against Planned Parenthood and rally public support for an amendment defunding the family provider in the must-pass federal budget bill in November. If Congress attaches the defunding amendment to the budget instead of holding a vote on the standalone bill, it cannot keep funding Planned Parenthood without shutting down the whole federal government. 

“Here is the challenge,” the presidential hopeful explained on the national conference call. “The leadership of both parties, both the Democrats and Republicans, want an empty show vote. They want a vote on Planned Parenthood that has no teeth or no consequence, which allows Republicans to vote for defunding, Democrats to vote for continuing funding, and nothing to change. But the leadership of both parties have publicly said they do not want the vote tied to any legislation that must pass.” 

Senate Republicans held one such “show vote” on defunding Planned Parenthood earlier this month, and Democrats predictably blocked it. GOP leaders are reportedly hoping to avoid the embarrassment of a government shutdown over Planned Parenthood funding and are searching for an alternate plan.

“We’ve been down this path before,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters earlier this month. “This is a tactic that’s been tried going back to the ’90s, frequently by Republican majorities that always have the same ending: that the focus is on the fact that the government is shut down, not on what the underlying issue that is being protested is.”

Cruz said pastors should tell their congregations to call their members of Congress and insist that Republicans use the federal budget to defund Planned Parenthood. He said it would be President Barack Obama’s fault if the government shuts down — not the GOP’s. 

“It will be a decision of the president’s and the president’s alone whether he would veto funding for the federal government because of a commitment to ensuring taxpayer dollars continue to flow to what appears to be a national criminal organization,” Cruz said. 

Planned Parenthood receives about $ 500 million in annual public funding, which it uses to provide family planning services and Medicaid reimbursements to low-income patients. Abortions at Planned Parenthood are paid for separately — the Hyde Amendment has prevented taxpayer dollars from being used toward abortions for more than four decades. 

Cruz said his escalating crusade against Planned Parenthood was inspired by a recent series of undercover videos showing the family planning provider engaged in the donation of fetal tissue for medical research after abortions. He said the videos “show the face of evil,” because they feature doctors discussing reimbursement costs for fetal tissue donations at lunch over salad and wine.

Cruz and other Republicans have accused Planned Parenthood of selling the parts for profit, a charge the family planning provider denies. Multiple states conducted investigations into Planned Parenthood’s activities in light of those videos, and none of those investigations have found any illegal activities. 

But Republicans have been talking about defunding Planned Parenthood since long before the videos were released. Cruz told pastors their congregations could make an “enormous difference” by calling their members of Congress and holding them to their campaign promises. 

“We have a moment where we can stand together and act, and all we need is for our elected leaders to actually do what they said they would do,” Cruz said. “They campaigned promising to defend the right to life. Now is the moment where we distinguish word from action.” 

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Japanese Bookseller Buys Almost Every Copy Of Famous Author’s New Book

A Japanese bookseller is fighting back against online retail giants like Amazon by buying up a staggering 90 percent of the first printing of a famous Japanese author’s new collection of essays.

Haruki Murakami’s “Novelist as a Vocation” will be released in Japan on Sept. 10. But his fans will have a hard time finding the book online, since some 90,000 copies of it have already been purchased by Japanese book company Kinokuniya, according to a report from The Asahi Shimbun. The collection features essays the author has penned about life as a writer, and will be published in Japanese.

The book company announced the move as a counter to the overwhelming force of online retailers, which have been taking market share  from traditional brick-and-mortar stores for years. Kinokuniya has 66 locations, including several in the United States.

“The reality of the industry today is that it is becoming increasingly difficult for bricks-and-mortar bookstores to purchase copies of high-profile new books,” a spokesperson for the book company told The Asahi Shimbun. “To rival online book retailers, bookstores across the country now need to join hands in efforts to reinvigorate the conventional book distribution market.”

The Guardian reported Tuesday that the collection was ranked as No. 5 on Amazon Japan’s bestseller chart, despite the reports.

Murakami hasn’t officially endorsed the play, but the author’s official Facebook page has posted links to both the Asahi Shimbun and Guardian articles. The author did not respond to a request for comment.

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6 Things Happy Parents Do to Stay Happy

As wonderful as the journey of parenthood is, it’s not always easy and, as parents, we often beat ourselves up for feeling like we’re not doing enough to empower our children. We’re overwhelmed by what we should and shouldn’t be doing to create a happy childhood, the foundation for these small human beings to grow into thriving adults. Start simply with your own happiness, and awareness of your own behavior so that it’s supportive and engaging with your little ones.

6 Things Happy Parents do to Stay Happy.

1. They are their best advisors.

We are often tempted as parents to take advice on the best tutors, the perfect camps, the better team and often this advice can take us away from our internal parenting compass. No one knows your child better than you do. Thank the great advisors for their input and for sharing what they know. Remember, you know what you know.

2. They are rarely on the phone when they are with their children.

Once in a while being on the phone or texting in front of our children is necessary. Be aware of how often you are doing it. If you notice it’s more than you would like then practice doing it less.

3. They “see” the child in front of them before they ask that child a question.

As parents we are often tempted to find out if something we asked our children to do was done yet. We want to check in about grades, sports practice updates, applications, chores and many items we may have assigned them. If this is the first thing we do when we see them they will want to be around us less especially when they have not accomplished the remaining task we are connected to.

4. They take great care of themselves.

If you want your child to grow up as a self sufficient, thriving adult, BE ONE! Model what it looks like to take care of you.

5. They have relationships that make them feel supported and joyful.

Let them see you enjoying yourself with others. If you have a hobby that includes other people make sure your children see the joy you share in that space with these people.

6. They say “I love you” more than once a day.

Say what you are feeling when you are looking at them and thinking how adorable they are. When you are feeling love for them, tell them.

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Noted Author Resigns From Northwestern University In Censorship Protest

Medical humanities and bioethics professor Alice Dreger is resigning from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, citing the school’s censorship of a magazine she guest edited.

Dreger, a noted researcher and author, submitted a resignation letter to Northwestern Provost Daniel Linzer on Monday. She said she’s stepping down because the university censored faculty magazine Atrium, forcing editors to take the digital issue offline after they published an article last March about a consensual blowjob involving a nurse in 1978.

In the wake of intense criticism, the medical school allowed the magazine to resume publication and to repost its online digital issues 14 months later, but it also imposed a new editorial committee that includes a public relations staffer and would have say over future issues.

In her resignation letter to Linzer, Dreger joked that, at first, she thought the censorship might have been a “publicity stunt being arranged by Penguin Press,” since she was close to publishing a book about academic freedom called Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and the Search for Justice in Science. She quickly realized that was not the case.

Instead, Dreger said she believes the university — and, specifically, Feinberg School of Medicine Dean Eric Neilson — placed the medical school’s brand above academic freedom. 

“Academic freedom is always going to cause brand problems,” Dreger said in an interview on Tuesday. “A brand is very much about something specific, and a university has to not be.”

Northwestern administrators told Atrium editors that “Head Nurses,” an essay about the 1978 sexual encounter, conflicted with the university’s branding agreement with the medical school and its hospital, according to emails previously obtained by The Huffington Post.

Atrium’s articles are peer-reviewed, but, in some ways, the journal is more like a magazine. It contains essays and news articles, rather than the results of studies. And its editors are still in a standoff over the new vetting committee the medical school has installed to provide oversight on future issues, Atrium editor Katie Watson told HuffPost on Tuesday.

While Northwestern University declined to comment for this article, it has defended the new committee as “customary” for journals, though higher education professionals have said it’s unusual to have a public relations representative included.

Dreger is the second faculty member to call it quits at Northwestern over the Atrium dispute. She went public about the conflict in June, after receiving the backing of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, a free speech watchdog group.

The university’s lack of response to her concerns is partly why she decided to resign, Dreger said.

“It’s quite disappointing,” she told HuffPost. “Negative publicity around freedom of scholarship doesn’t matter to them as much as publicity about the hospital — I can only imagine that’s the calculation they’ve done.”

Greg Lukianoff, FIRE’s president and CEO, said he is “sad to see that Northwestern’s heavy-handedness led to them losing a champion of academic freedom.”

“I am proud that Alice was willing to take this stand for free expression and academic freedom, and I strongly recommend her book, Galileo’s Middle Finger,” said Lukianoff, adding that this incident should be a reminder of why more schools should adopt a version of the University of Chicago’s free speech principles.

Northwestern defended its decision to impose editorial control over Atrium, Dreger noted in her resignation letter. “Other considerations are if faculty are actively involved as editors and writers so that the journal really represents the efforts of the University, and if the journal’s readership and impact are substantial enough to justify the expense and effort of production and distribution,” read a statement from the university that Dreger cited in her letter.

Dreger called that an attempt to duck responsibility. 

“The plain and simple fact is that Dean Neilson acted impulsively and wrongly in this situation,” Dreger wrote in her letter. “We all make mistakes, but this was a profound mistake that cut to the very heart of academic freedom. It should have been acknowledged and corrected immediately. That is most definitely not what happened. Instead, what happened was denial, avoidance, blame-shifting, and evasion. To this day, the university has not admitted its mistake, and it has not affirmed its commitment to academic freedom in a way that makes clear that similar incidents will not occur in the future. This failure should be embarrassing to an otherwise great university.”

Dreger conceded she was able to resign in protest because she’s lucky enough to have financial support from her book, scheduled appearances and other writing, but she said other faculty wouldn’t be so lucky. 

“I don’t regret taking [the Northwestern] job,” Dreger wrote on her blog. “But I also recognize that I don’t need it, and I can’t work in a place where my dean thinks he can censor the work of the faculty. Feeling like I have my integrity has always given me more strength than any academic affiliation ever could.”

Read Alice Dreger’s resignation letter:



Alice Dreger Resignation Letter From Northwestern (Text)


Related Coverage: 


Northwestern Magazine May Close In ‘Vetting Committee’ Standoff


Northwestern Faculty Magazine Censored Over Article About Nurse Blow Job

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6 Things Happy Parents Do to Stay Happy

As wonderful as the journey of parenthood is, it’s not always easy and, as parents, we often beat ourselves up for feeling like we’re not doing enough to empower our children. We’re overwhelmed by what we should and shouldn’t be doing to create a happy childhood, the foundation for these small human beings to grow into thriving adults. Start simply with your own happiness, and awareness of your own behavior so that it’s supportive and engaging with your little ones.

6 Things Happy Parents do to Stay Happy.

1. They are their best advisors.

We are often tempted as parents to take advice on the best tutors, the perfect camps, the better team and often this advice can take us away from our internal parenting compass. No one knows your child better than you do. Thank the great advisors for their input and for sharing what they know. Remember, you know what you know.

2. They are rarely on the phone when they are with their children.

Once in a while being on the phone or texting in front of our children is necessary. Be aware of how often you are doing it. If you notice it’s more than you would like then practice doing it less.

3. They “see” the child in front of them before they ask that child a question.

As parents we are often tempted to find out if something we asked our children to do was done yet. We want to check in about grades, sports practice updates, applications, chores and many items we may have assigned them. If this is the first thing we do when we see them they will want to be around us less especially when they have not accomplished the remaining task we are connected to.

4. They take great care of themselves.

If you want your child to grow up as a self sufficient, thriving adult, BE ONE! Model what it looks like to take care of you.

5. They have relationships that make them feel supported and joyful.

Let them see you enjoying yourself with others. If you have a hobby that includes other people make sure your children see the joy you share in that space with these people.

6. They say “I love you” more than once a day.

Say what you are feeling when you are looking at them and thinking how adorable they are. When you are feeling love for them, tell them.

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Feeding Infants: Why My Daughters Could Eat Bananas and My Grandchildren Cannot

When my first child was born in 1971, the prevailing wisdom was that you could feed infants cereals, fruits and vegetables beginning at a month of age, when the swallowing mechanism had matured. (This did not apply to high protein foods, like cow’s milk or eggs.) In fact, the majority of infants in the 1970s were fed solid food, albeit softened or pureed, by six weeks of age. (Known as beikost Figure 10.) My daughter at a month or two of age particularly liked bananas, and her face just lit up when we gave her a taste.

But when I offered her daughter, my 6-week-old granddaughter, a piece of banana which her mother had so enjoyed, my daughter grabbed it from my hands as if it were poison. Her child was not to have any solid food, even pureed, until she was 6 months old. This is the current recommendation of most medical organizations. So what changed since the 1970s? Did new research correct our thinking? Was there some horrible consequence of the early introduction of foods?

Surprisingly, the only thing that changed was “expert opinion.” We who practice medicine like to believe that we are “evidence based” — that adamantine research dictates what we do. In part due to a concern that early food exposure might cause allergies, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization recommend no solid foods until baby is 6 months old. But a review of research on the topic found very little support for this. Published in the Journal of Family Practice in 2009, its authors found that allergy, obesity and other illnesses did not correlate with early introduction of solids. (The only possible exception was children from families with eczema, and here research is conflicting.) In fact, early food initiation appears to be protective against allergy. A study in the journal Pediatrics followed 1,612 children from birth to kindergarten and found wheat allergy to be more than four times higher in those who had had no cereal grains before 6 months of age. In other words, it appeared that early cereal exposure protected infants against wheat allergy.

Let’s take peanut allergy in children, now a mini-plague. Some elementary schools have had to remove peanut products altogether. Feeding of peanut products is now, likewise, forbidden before 6 months of age and often withheld longer. What real evidence supports this? A study comparing Jewish children in England with those in Israel found 10 times as much peanut allergy in the English children, who are not allowed peanuts, as in the Israeli children, whose peanut consumption is earlier and greater. A new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine February 23, 2015 finds feeding a peanut butter product to infants starting at 4 months old — currently anathema — is highly preventive of peanut allergy: By age 5, 13.7 percent of the non-fed children were allergic, as opposed to 1.9 percent of the nut-fed group. This is a huge difference. If this isn’t nuts enough, pregnant and nursing mothers have been advised to avoid peanuts, to protect their infants against allergy. A recent publication suggests the opposite advice: eating peanuts while pregnant appeared to protect the infants against peanut allergy.

Advice, however expert it might be, can be well-meaning, filling a scientific void, or can be tilted by pharmaceutical companies. A JAMA study found 87 percent of guideline-making doctors had financial relationships with industry. I’m not saying formula manufacturers, who might sell more product if fewer calories competed, exerted influence, but this type of thing has been known to happen, however subtly. Whatever the reason for the change in infant feeding practices, opinions get entrenched and spread like memes, and everyone gets stubbornly comfortable with them. For instance, a government panel recently changed its guidelines on cholesterol: It isn’t bad for you after all. This was not based on new research; it was a more honest look at existing information. It’s time this was done with infant feeding practices.

My two daughters and their whole generation, despite being near-omnivorous as infants, grew up healthy, and attended schools where hardly anyone had serious food intolerances, and there weren’t nut-free tables. Rampant obesity wasn’t the problem it is today either. Perhaps when my grandchildren become parents, the pendulum will have gone back to where the data says it should be. And my great-grandchildren will be able to enjoy bananas.

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Why We Must Protect Healthy Dietary Guidelines from Political Interference

There are few tasks more important in creating a healthy community across the United States than creating environments in which all of us, especially children, have healthy diets and plenty of opportunity to exercise. Yet a recent U.S. government report that clearly outlines steps to achieve this goal is being subject to political scrutiny and an attempt to stop its implementation. Why? Because the food lobby does not like it.

It is time to stand up for science and evidence-based guidelines to help stop obesity and poor health in our population, especially in our children.

Every five years, a committee called the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee is established by the government to consider how best to help Americans have a healthier diet and food environment.

This committee, on which I served for the past two years, is charged with advising the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on establishing guidelines on which the nutritional criteria for federal programs including the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) are based.

The recent report this committee issued emphasizes the sound science and extensive research supporting a healthy diet that includes more fruits and vegetables than Americans, including children, commonly consume. For the first time, our committee suggested that we consider supporting diets lower in meat intake in favor of more seafood, fruits and vegetables while continuing ample dairy intake. We described a variety of healthy eating patterns that along with exercise and outdoor activity can help reverse the obesity epidemic we currently face as a nation. We also addressed the need to ensure that foods are raised or grown in a healthy environment that supports our long-term needs. The next generation matters to all of us.

We did not recommend that individuals become vegetarians, that meat be eliminated from any feeding programs or that environmental concerns become the key driver in nutrition policy. The guidelines give multiple choices on building a healthy diet and do not indicate that any foods must be eliminated from the diet.

Of course, not everyone agrees with these recommendations. The meat industry does not like suggestions to increase fruit and vegetable consumption and decrease meat intake. But considerable evidence supports those changes, while allowing meat in the diet.

It is no surprise that some people don’t like being told that we need to rethink how we eat and how we feed our children in schools. What is surprising and disappointing is that members of the food industry lobbying groups have prevailed upon the House and Senate appropriations committees to include “policy riders” in the proposed legislation that would severely limit the recommendations that can be included in the final guidelines. In fact, some have suggested that the government stop making dietary recommendations completely.

It is critical that we recognize a threat to the process by which scientific groups — in a fair and established fashion — evaluate science and make recommendations for a healthy diet, a healthy lifestyle for children and adults, as well as for a healthy planet. If this process can be blocked by Congress at the behest of food industry lobbyists, and if each recommendation is debated as part of a legislative rather than a scientific process, we will end up with nothing to guide consumers and the government in order to improve the health of the population, including children.

When science is subject to the political whims of Congress, no one wins. What is needed and demanded by pediatricians and families is the best available evidence. Where we may be lacking in the ideal nutritional science for adults, we are even more constrained by what we know for infants and young children. We must support the efforts of the Food and Drug Administration to educate consumers about what is in food, including added sugar.

Subjecting science to political whims sends a troubling message to those engaged in helping to enhance the health of our population — that political whims, not science, are the drivers of what is fed in schools and other government-supported programs. Our health and that of our children hangs in the balance.

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What Mindfulness App Is Right for You?

How do you choose from the hundreds of mindfulness apps out there? There are over 500 mindfulness apps available, but some are better than others.

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research sorted through hundreds of mindfulness mobile apps and ranked 23 of them. Now it’ll be a little bit easier to find one that works for you.

Mindfulness based programs in person have been found to be effective for reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Jon Kabat-Zinn, the creator of the structured 8-week course Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), defines mindfulness as “paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment by moment.”

However, it’s unclear if you can reap the same benefits of mindfulness programs with mobile apps. There is only one scientific study on the effectiveness of a mindfulness app (Headspace app). Users who tried the Headspace app for 10 days showed improvement in mood and fewer symptoms of depression.

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We rely on our smartphones more and more (25% of page views currently come from mobile devices), so it helps to figure out what apps are right for your needs. The new study ranks 23 mindfulness mobile apps using a standardized tool designed for mobile health apps called the Mobile Application Rating Scale (MARS), which rates aspects like ease of use, look, and overall satisfaction.

Here are the top 4 mindfulness apps based on the study (ratings are out of 5 = excellent):

  1. Headspace (Overall Rating 4.0)
  2. Smiling Mind (Overall Rating 3.7)
  3. iMindfulness (Overall Rating 3.5)
  4. Mindfulness Daily (Overall Rating 3.5)

The lowest rated app was Mindfulness Trainer (Overall Rating 2.6).

Check out the table below summarizing the rankings and app features to see what will work best for you.

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What did the apps include?

Most of the apps included breathing exercises and body scans. Here’s a sampling of the types of exercises in the apps:

  • Breath awareness: Bring attention to each breath
  • Body scan: Bring attention to body parts, from the toes and up towards the head
  • Sitting meditation: Meditate in a seated posture
  • Walking meditation: Walk with attention and careful pacing
  • Loving kindness (Metta) meditation: Send love and kindness to oneself and others
  • Passing thoughts and emotions: Notice and let go thoughts and feelings
  • Mountain meditation: Imagine yourself as a mountain
  • Lake meditation: Imagine yourself as a lake
  • Three-minute breathing: Be aware (1 minute), focus attention (one minute), and grow attention (one minute)

Most of the apps had two or more of these exercises.

What app features best fit your personality?

Likes to Level Up. If you’re someone who likes to complete levels and move on, then consider apps with step-by-step programs:

  • Headspace (Free 10 day program with 10 minute guided meditations)
  • Smiling Mind (10 weeks based on age group)
  • Mindfulness Daily (21 day mindfulness exercises)
  • Simply8 (3 weeks with 8 guided meditation based on themes)
  • Meditation without Borders (4 weeks with guided meditation 20 minutes daily)

Loves Social Media. If being connected to social media motivates you, try apps that allow you to share your experience on Facebook and Twitter like: Headspace, Meditacious, Meditation without Borders, Mindfully Me, Mindfulness Daily, Rhythm Free, Simply8, Smiling Mind, Stop, Breathe & Think, Take A Chill, The Meditation App with Michael Stone, and The Mindfulness App.

Reader. If you like to learn information by reading, try ACT Coach or Complete Mindfulness. Both contain detailed in-app texts on mindfulness.

Visual Learner. If you prefer not to read as much, try Headspace, which delivers information about mindfulness in the form of videos and infographics.

In Touch With Emotions. If you like to track how you’re feeling, these three mindfulness apps include ways to track your mood: Smiling Mind, Mindfulness Daily, and Stop, Breathe and Think.

Likes to change it up for the occasion. If you want different meditations for when you’re at the gym, sleeping, or on work breaks, try Buddhify 2 or Meditation Oasis (an app which was not reviewed in the study). They offer guided meditations and themed exercises based on your situation.

Designer with a good eye. If you’re sensitive to aesthetics, try Headspace or Smiling Mind. These two apps ranked highest in the aesthetics category.

Beginner. For those new to mindfulness, start with the top 4 apps from the recent study. And don’t give up if the first app you download doesn’t seem to work for you. You might need a different voice or interface.

Every app uses varying voices, work flow styles, and types of guided meditation, so try a variety of apps to see what sticks. At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you feel drawn to practice everyday.

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Dr. Wei is the upcoming co-author of The Harvard Medical School Guide to Yoga

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10 Smart Back-To-School Tips For Divorced Parents

Back-to-school season is stressful for all parents but it’s a little more complicated when you’re divorced: Who’s doing the annual trek to Target to load up on school supplies — and more importantly, who’s paying? Are both of you listed on important school forms? 

 To make heading back to school a little less overwhelming for you and the kiddos, we asked HuffPost Divorce bloggers and readers on Facebook to share their tried-and-true advice. Here’s what they had to say:

1. Split the cost of back-to-school supplies. 

Between backpacks, calculators, school uniforms and that extra big box of Crayola crayons, your kids’ back-to-school supplies can end up costing a small fortune. To lessen the individual burden among parents, Lynsey Mattingly and her ex divvy up purchasing responsibilities.

“My ex and I always separate who’s buying what, with him buying the backpacks, lunch boxes and water bottles while I usually get the entire supply list the teachers send home,” she told us. “It comes out to about the same price and this way we are both playing to our strengths: he gets a few quality items that he’s better at picking out and I get the specific, detailed things.”

2. Create a shared Google calendar to keep everyone in the loop. 

Each school year, Elizabeth Denham dutifully updates the families’ shared Google calendar with the kids’ upcoming school events. This way, no one misses back-to-school night or a holiday performance. 

“For all of the really important events, I send invites through the calendar as soon as I enter the date so that I don’t have to remember to do it by phone,” she said. 

3. Drop the kids off together on the first day of school. 

The first day of school can be a scary, overwhelming experience for even the most confident kiddo. If at all possible, try to free up your schedules so both of you can drop the kids off and show your support, said Leah Porritt. 

“On the first morning of school this year, we met before and walked our son to school together,” she said. “He had both of us there to send him off to first grade and I think that meant a lot to him — even if the normal school year mornings are a mixture of mom, dad, stepparents or before-and-after care. For his sake, we put differences aside and make an effort to both be present together.”  

4. And if your ex can’t be there for day one, text a pic. 

If your ex is unable to make it that first day, be generous and send him or her a pic. (You have at least 20 on your camera roll — why not share the love?) 

“Texting a pic is an act of goodwill and will be greatly appreciated,” said blogger Valerie DeLoach. “And you never know — one kind act could change the whole dynamic of your current relationship.”  

5. Let your kids’ teachers know who’s who in your blended family. 

Your family tree likely got a lot more complicated post-divorce, especially if you or your ex remarried. Early on in the school year, fill your kids’ teachers in on who’s who in your family; that way, there’s no confusion when your child’s stepdad picks her up. 

“I do it because it can be confusing for teachers to hear my son talk about his parents, stepparents and numerous siblings on either side,”said Porritt. “He’s old enough now to explain who is who, but it makes it more comfortable for him if his teacher already understands his extended and blended family situation and doesn’t need to question him!”

Another bonus of touching base with your kids’ teacher? Backpacks that are a little less heavy, said reader Carmen Poff. 

“When my ex and I tell the teachers our kids have two homes, most will send home a second set of text books so they won’t have to haul them back and forth,” she said. 

6. Attend parent-teacher conferences together. 

Heading to parent-teacher conferences as a team — like writer Carolyn Flower does every year with her kids’ dad — sends a strong message to your children and their teachers: Regardless of what happened in the past, today we’re partners who have the kids’ best interests at heart. 

“As a collaboratively divorced family, we’ve never missed a parent-teacher meeting,” Flower said. “We feel that demonstrating we are still a team shows the children and the school they are loved and supported in all they do. It plants healthy seeds for successful mindsets.” 

7. If your ex lives out of state, have him or her call into the meeting. 

Don’t let distance interfere with both parents taking a proactive, involved role, said Honorée Corder. 

“Because my ex lives in another state, when it’s time for parent-teacher conferences, we schedule a time that works for both of us so he can be conferenced in,” she said. 

8. Set times when you and your ex can debrief on your kids’ progress at school. 

To ensure that no book report or soccer meet falls through the cracks, Kasey Ferris and her ex have have scheduled communication days where they discuss and update each other on their son’s life. 

“Every Sunday and Wednesday there’s an email exchange where we discuss the week, any tests coming up and updates on projects that need to be completed,” she said. “Anything crucial or time-sensitive is handled via text, but everything else goes into a Sunday/Wednesday email. It’s created a lot of peace between us.” 

9. Don’t leave your ex’s side out of the family tree.

Regardless of how you feel about your ex, your kids still need him or her in their lives. When there’s a family tree assignment — or a photo project that calls on family photos — rise above any bitterness and include your ex’s side of the family (yes, that includes new spouses). 

“If there is a project at school that asks for family photos I always make sure that the kids try to include pictures of their mom, their mom’s partner and kids as well as my own partner and kids,” said reader Barry Fraser. 

10. Create a group chat where you discuss your kids’ wins and progress. 

Start a group chat that includes the parents and the kids and send texts whenever your kids ace an assignment or need a little encouragement to bring that C grade up. It’s a little communication trick that has worked wonders for blogger Emma Bathie and her family. 

“The idea is to direct the reminders and notes to the kids but they’re there for both parents to see and comment on if needed,” she said. “It can also be a nice way for the parents to make positive/encouraging comments about each other in front of the kids (‘Hey Matt, I really appreciate you picking up the kids for me last night when I was stuck in a meeting and then traffic. It was really helpful!’) You’re also showing the kids you can be the grown-ups they need you to be.” 

Together, you’ve got this school year! 

 

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Jeb Bush Clarifies That He’s Concerned About Asian ‘Anchor Babies,’ Not Hispanic Ones

WASHINGTON — GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush claimed on Monday that his use of the term “anchor babies” was not offensive because he was referring to the practice of people, primarily Asians, coming to the U.S. and “taking advantage” of birthright citizenship.

Bush used the term last week in an interview with conservative radio host Bill Bennett in reference to “birth tourism,” which is the growing phenomenon of groups of Chinese women paying agencies to bring them to the U.S. to have their babies so that they can grow up as American citizens.

“If there’s fraud or if there’s abuse, if people are bringing pregnant women …  to have babies simply because they can do it, then there ought to be greater enforcement,” he said to Bennett. “That’s the legitimate side of this. Better enforcement so that you don’t have these, you know, ‘anchor babies,’ as they’re described, coming into the country.”

Bush clarified his position on a visit to the U.S.-Mexico border Monday, during which he met with local leaders to discuss his immigration and border security platform.

“What I was talking about was the specific case of fraud being committed, where there’s organized efforts, and frankly it’s more related to Asian people coming into our country having children in that organized effort, taking advantage of a noble concept, which is birthright citizenship,” he said. 

When a reporter asked him if he thought his use of the term “anchor baby” would hurt his support among Hispanic and Latino voters, he dismissed the question:“Nothing about what I said should  be viewed as derogatory toward immigrants at all,” he said. 

In continuing to shrug off his use of the term, he said that people should “chill out,” and accused his opponents and the media of waging a war on political correctness and taking his comments out of context, even though “anchor baby” is typically used as a derogatory description of the children of undocumented immigrants.

Bush also defended his use of the term at a town hall in New Hampshire last Thursday, and argued that it wasn’t offensive and said he did not regret using it. Soon after, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s campaign seized on his remarks, tweeting that a better term would be “children,” and sent supporters a text message of his comments.

“As I said in Spanish, my background, my life, the fact I’ve been immersed in the immigrant experience, this is ludicrous for the Clinton campaign and others to suggest that somehow I’m using a derogatory term,” Bush said Monday. 

The term “anchor babies” and the recent wave of Republican presidential candidates calling for an end to birthright citizenship is likely to offend Asian immigrants, just as it offended Hispanic immigrants. Asian-Americans are the fastest growing minority group in the country and are becoming more politically active, making up 3.4 percent of the electorate in 2012. Immigration is one of the top issues for Asian voters, and many of them are beneficiaries of birthright citizenship.

Historically, a lot of anti-immigrant rhetoric and moves to end birthright citizenship have stemmed from a backlash against Asian immigrants. Anti-Chinese sentiment was rampant in the United States in the late 19th century, as many people worried that these “racially inferior” individuals would take jobs away from hardworking Americans. Those fears led to the passage of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, which essentially stopped Chinese immigration and barred Chinese residents of the U.S. from becoming citizens.

Officials also tried to stop the American-born children of Chinese immigrants from becoming citizens. But in 1898 the Supreme Court affirmed in United States v. Wong Kim Ark that immigrants’ children born in the United States are entitled to citizenship.

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What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, This American Life.

Each week, This American Life is broadcast to more than 1.7 million listeners across 500 different radio stations. For Glass, who is featured in almost every episode, the show has led to a wide range of opportunities including book deals, feature films, and appearances on popular television shows.

Of course, it wasn’t always that way.

What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

Glass started out at NPR as a 19-year-old intern. The next decade was filled with a lot of hard work and very little payoff as he worked as a reporter.

Fifteen years into his career, Glass finally began co-hosting his first show, which was called The Wild Room. The show was his idea, but Glass would later describe it by saying “one show would be horrible and two shows would be decent.” The Wild Room aired during a particularly unpopular Friday evening slot and in Glass’ words “it deserved its time slot.”

After struggling through two years of The Wild Room, Glass finally pitched the idea for This American Life and received meager funding to get it started. Over 15 years and millions of listeners later, the rest is history.

But here’s the part that I find really interesting.

Check out how Ira Glass describes his long struggle to create something noteworthy:

From Ira Glass:

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, and I really wish somebody had told this to me.

All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But it’s like there is this gap. For the first couple years that you’re making stuff, what you’re making isn’t so good. It’s not that great. It’s trying to be good, it has ambition to be good, but it’s not that good.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is good enough that you can tell that what you’re making is kind of a disappointment to you. A lot of people never get past that phase. They quit.

Everybody I know who does interesting, creative work they went through years where they had really good taste and they could tell that what they were making wasn’t as good as they wanted it to be. They knew it fell short. Everybody goes through that.

And if you are just starting out or if you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Do a huge volume of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week or every month you know you’re going to finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you’re going to catch up and close that gap. And the work you’re making will be as good as your ambitions.

I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It takes awhile. It’s gonna take you a while. It’s normal to take a while. You just have to fight your way through that.
–Ira Glass

If you’d like to hear Glass say it himself, listen to the audio clip below.

The Thing That Got You Into The Game

We all have reasons for being pulled to the things we love.

When he was just a 19-year-old intern, Ira Glass had a taste for journalism and storytelling. He knew what good journalism looked like when it was done well. But it took him 17 years of work before he could start to do it well himself. And, as he says above, that was frustrating.

I think you and I face a similar type of battle.

  • Spend a year or two in the gym and you’ll start to recognize good technique, even if your own could use some work. This is something I’m struggling with right now. I know a great clean and jerk when I see one, but when I grab hold of the bar it’s still hard for me to pull it off.
  • Start writing consistently and you’ll begin to take notice when you read great work. But good luck trying to produce your own brilliant words. In the beginning, it can be difficult just to get something on the page. And even when you can hammer out sentences, young writers quickly learn that all words aren’t created equal. Even with consistent writing each week, I still feel like I fail to produce something of note.
  • Watch a dozen TED Talks and you’ll be able to point out what you like and don’t like about certain presenters, but jump up on stage yourself and the difficulty of captivating an audience — even for a minute or two — becomes quite apparent.

And so it goes for virtually any skill. There is always a gap between being an apprentice and being a craftsman. The apprentice has the taste, but not the skill. The craftsman has the taste and the skill.

It’s easier to recognize beauty than it is to create it. You’re good enough to know that what you’re doing isn’t good, but not good enough to produce something great. When you find yourself in this frustrating limbo, the challenge is to never forget what got you there in the first place. Remember that thing that got you into the game.

Your love. Your passion. Your taste. That’s the reason you’re here. You still belong, even if you don’t feel like it right now. Your taste can be killer even if your ability is questionable.

Commit to the process and you’ll become good enough, soon enough. Put in a volume of work. Close the gap.

What to Do Next

Developing skills that are as good as your taste comes down to habits. The ability to “fight your way through” as Glass says, hinges on your consistency to show up and do the work. Can you build the habits required to make small improvements day after day?

I don’t claim to have all the answers, but my hope is that I can help a little bit. I’ve spent the last year writing and researching the science of habit formation. Much of what I have learned (including strategies for becoming more consistent and improving your performance) is covered in my free 46-page guide called Transform Your Habits. It’s available for free to anyone who subscribes to my weekly newsletter.

If you haven’t already read it, you can download a copy here.

James Clear writes at JamesClear.com, where he shares science-based ideas for living a better life and building habits that stick. To get strategies for boosting your mental and physical performance by 10x, join his free newsletter.

This article was originally published on JamesClear.com.

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The Future of Care

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By Rick Valencia

While the 20th century brought many developments to the field of health care – from the mainstream use of X-rays to the practice of open-heart surgery – the landscape 100 years ago was dramatically different than the world we know today. Back then, hospitals were segregated, with patients of different races, ethnicities and genders facing drastically different amenities and levels of care. Even five decades ago, hospitals were very different from what we know. In the 1970s, recovery time for a hernia surgery was four days.  In today’s modern health care system, it’s an outpatient procedure. Our modern, 21st century technologies have brought much to our health care system that once seemed unimaginable – and will continue to do so as we embrace these evolving, connected technologies.     

Just think, if medicine never evolved, we would still be dealing with archaic surgeries, long-eradicated diseases like smallpox, and have fewer ways to diagnose and manage conditions. Advances in research, drug development and technology have evolved the practice of medicine bringing us new treatments, new cures and new ways of collaborating. Scientists, researchers, engineers and others are paving the future of health care in labs across the globe right now.  Major contributions to the evolution of care have stemmed from wireless technological and consumer electronic advancements. Analogous to publishing and travel; digital technology has transformed health care and will continue to do so. But what’s next? What does the hospital of the future, the patient of the future and the health care professional of the future look like?

The hospital of the future won’t have beds. It will be a place where providers treat patients virtually for many chronic conditions like heart failure, diabetes, COPD and hypertension. It will be a place where doctors and nurse case managers monitor biometric information remotely and are able to use this real-time data to identify patients in critical need of care.

This futuristic method may seem like a lofty goal today, but in fact it’s quickly becoming our reality, as cutting edge technologies are advancing the way we treat patients. Using Qualcomm Life technologies, King’s Daughter Medical Center (KDMC) in Indiana is already remotely monitoring patients and seeing reduced hospitalizations and readmission rates, improved outcomes, and better care coordination as a result. 

KDMC serves a large and predominantly rural population of more than 750,000 people spread over six counties and a 150-mile radius. This area also happens to have the second-highest rate of chronic disease in the U.S. Since this area is fairly rural, access to care can be challenging for many residents. Seeing this as a major problem, KDMC utilized technology to power remote care opportunities for certain high-risk patients. This is a cornerstone example of the hospital of the future, one with no beds. But where does this leave patients?

With more than 35 million Americans discharged annually, the home is the fastest growing health care setting in the U.S. As care moves in this direction, patients and their care providers need the right tools to facilitate remote patient monitoring and care coordination. Chronic disease patients will be connected to devices that monitor blood pressure, weight and other biometrics. They will be more empowered about their health, and the use of technology will be the norm – not the exception.  Just like their smart TVs, cars and refrigerators, patients will have connected blood pressure cuffs, pulse oximeters and scales, ultimately creating the Internet of Medical Things™ – a digital network of connected devices, applications, cloud-based solutions and more. 

With patients sitting in the driver’s seat of their health care, the care professionals’ role will change, too. The health care professional of the future will prescribe connected medical devices and drugs in combination with wearable sensors. The “house call” will be a virtual one and medical data will be liquid  – shared securely and seamlessly across a patient’s care team.  The silos that exist today in delivering care will go away, and patients, providers and family caregivers will coordinate with one another using asynchronous communication. Care providers will leverage technology to focus their time and energy on the patients who need support the most.

The future of hospitals, patients and professionals isn’t far off. In fact, most of the technology is already here; it’s just a matter of adoption. As we look toward the future of care, embracing these changing models of care is paramount. We are transforming health care, like professionals of the past, to meet the demands of a 21st century population.

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Rick Valencia is Senior Vice President and General Manager, Qualcomm Life, Inc.

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Why the Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is a Defeat for Ayatollah Khamenei

Ever since the Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany — was announced on July 14, the opponents of the agreement have been waging an all-out war against it. But, what the critics of the agreement are missing is one highly important point: the nuclear deal with Iran is a great defeat for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This bodes well for Iran’s future and the Middle East’s — and even the security of Israel.

In May 2003, only a few months after Iran admitted the existence of its secret (but legal) nuclear program, former reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent the George W. Bush administration a “Grand Bargain” proposal. He had proposed to put the program under strict inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and to implement the Additional Protocol of Iran’s Safeguards Agreement with the agency that grants the IAEA the authority for highly intrusive inspections. He also proposed to negotiate all points of contention between the two nations, including Iran’s support for Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah. The Bush administration rejected the proposal.

At the same time, Khatami’s nuclear negotiators, Hassan Rouhani and Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s current president and foreign minister, proposed to three members of the European Union (EU3) — Britain, France and Germany — which were negotiating with Iran on behalf of the United States, that Iran limit its centrifuges to a maximum of 3,000, less than half of what was agreed in Vienna, but under pressure by the U.S., the EU3 rejected the proposal in 2005.


A defeat for Khamenei and Iran’s hardliners is good for the Middle East and ultimately for Israel and the United States.

So, Khamenei decided to set aside Khatami’s moderate nuclear policy and to ratchet up his rhetoric against the United States, while expanding the nuclear program greatly. By the end of 2008, Iran already had more than 3,000 centrifuges working, compared with no centrifuges when Ahmadinejad took office in August 2005. The number of centrifuges nearly tripled to about 9,000 by November 2010. Through the presidential election of June 2005, against which there were charges of interference by the military, he helped Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to come to power. He then gave Ahmadinejad a free hand for expanding the nuclear program. He kept his silence when Ahmadinejad fired in 2007 Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, the relatively moderate Ali Larijani who is close to Khamenei, and appointed Saeed Jalili, a hardliner. When Ahmadinejad mocked UN Security Council resolutions as “worthless paper,” Khamenei remained silent again. After Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust repeatedly and held a conference in Tehran in the fall of 2006 in which some well-known anti-Semitic figures participated, Khamenei supported him. After the fraudulent presidential elections of June 2009, Khamenei supported Ahmadinejad’s “re-election,” declared that his views “were closer” to Ahmadinejad’s than the opposition’s and ordered violent crackdown on the Green Movement. Even after a deep rift developed between the two men in 2011, Khamenei continued supporting Ahmadinejad’s nuclear policy. The result was Iran’s isolation, the impasse with P5+1 and imposition of the most crippling economic sanctions on the Iranian people.

Khamenei also failed in another front. The Ahmadinejad administration turned out to be Iran’s most incompetent and corrupt government over the past several decades. Not a day goes by in which new revelations are made about the depth and breadth of corruption during the Ahmadinejad’s years. Billions of dollars were plundered by Ahmadinejad’s cronies. Even two of his vice presidents (Iran had eight VPs at the time) are in jail now. And, many believe that the revelations represent only the tip of the iceberg. Rouhani’s First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri said as much when he recently declared that the government has not revealed all cases of corruption because “that would make the people to despair.”

Khamenei’s Retreat

The combination of a failed nuclear policy, the associated crippling economic sanctions and the incredibly corrupt and incompetent Ahmadinejad administration brought the nation to the edge of revolt, forcing Khamenei to retreat. Thus, to cover his failure, he began talking about “heroic flexibility” in the negotiations with P5+1, code words for retreating. His call for “resistance economy” against the pressure by the United States and its allies went unheeded. The fact that the retreat means returning to Khatami’s moderate nuclear policy, a man despised by the supreme leader, makes it even more painful for him.

It is true that the Rouhani administration could not have pursued nuclear negotiations with P5+1 had Khamenei opposed them publicly. But, on several occasions over the past 21 months it appeared that with Khamenei’s implicit backing Iran’s hardliners were on the verge of terminating the negotiations. At one point the termination of the negotiations seemed so imminent that Rouhani threatened to resign if Khamenei did not stop his hardline supporters. And, Khamenei has still not endorsed the agreement publicly, waiting to see what happens to it in the United States in the confrontation between President Obama and Congress.

The fact that the retreat means returning to Khatami’s moderate nuclear policy, a man despised by the supreme leader, makes it even more painful for him.

Khamenei’s defeat bodes well for Iran. After the crippling sanctions and the shadow of a possible war with the U.S. are lifted, Iran’s economy will begin to improve and Western investments will begin to flow into the country. With an improved economy and the absence of a threat to Iran’s national security, democratic groups inside the country will be able to raise their voice and demand lifting of the security environment that has pervaded Iran since the Green Movement of 2009-2011.

Elections for the next Majles (Iranian parliament), as well as for the Assembly of Experts (a constitutional body that appoints the supreme leader) will be held in late February 2016. The hardliners are worried about a sweeping defeat by the reformists and supporters of the Green Movement. If they are defeated, which almost surely will happen if the nuclear agreement goes into effect, a new chapter will open in Iran, and the nation may finally be ready to push for lasting and deep reforms. If a moderate political system emerges in Iran, it will be good for the entire Middle East, including Israel.

The opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran must recognize this crucial point: a defeat for Khamenei and Iran’s hardliners is good for the Middle East and ultimately for Israel and the United States. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 consolidated the hardliners’ power in Iran. Congress should not give Khamenei a big victory just when he is in the jaws of defeat.

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Wheelchair Wisdom: To Thine Own Self Be True

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation,
it would be the ability for each individual to laugh at himself.
— Charles M. Schultz

Socrates said, “Know thyself.” In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Polonius cautions, “To thine own self be true.” But what self are we getting to know? To what self should we be true? Where is the self located anyway? On second thought, which self is reading these words?

These questions pondered by playwrights, philosophers, and other serious thinkers–if answers could be worked out through mathematical calculations, mathematicians and scientists would be the most enlightened people on planet. But the self continues to elude the greatest thinkers of our age.

What I know is, there seem to be two voices.

The first voice–the false self–judges and criticizes: “I’m not good/rich/thin/smart enough,” or “Now that I’m in a wheelchair, I have to prove myself,” or “I am now unlovable.”

Our humanity comprises only a small part of the rich experience available to us as total beings. As human beings, we all put a great deal of effort into trying to be who we think we are supposed to be; this is the false self.

The false self is also called the personality or ego. Some aspects of it are inherited; others are developed through experimentation with families, friends, and the culture we live in–our education and our religious upbringing. Though aspects of the personality may change over a lifetime, the false self tends to become frozen and rigid, full of regret and resentment over missed opportunities.

The need to control is probably the most prominent characteristic of the false self.

It is from here that many characteristics spring, because the need to control often runs our lives. This is ironic, considering that we have so little control over reality and what happens in the world around us.

The need to control inevitably leads to frustration and disappointment.

The false self’s characteristic need to control sends it on a search for power from external sources. We have to seek outside ourselves for something that makes us feel good.

We are constantly looking for that event, that nod of approval, that recognition that will make us feel more secure. This constant search for approval is evidence of the false self’s insatiable need for recognition by any means, even negative ones.

Even when the false self is able to break out of a rut, it usually jumps into another one. A new marriage may repeat the patterns that doomed the previous ones. Giving up smoking often leads to overeating.

WHAT ARE SOME ASPECTS OF THE FALSE SELF?

  • • Needs to be right, make others wrong
  • • Needs to control and dominate; runs life
  • • Searches for power from external sources
  • • Seeks outside ourselves for something that makes us feel good
  • • Has an insatiable need for approval and constant recognition
  • • Has a tendency to judge self/others, makes irrational comparisons
  • • Is full of regret, disappointment and resentment over missed opportunities
  • • Tends to become frozen and rigid

WHAT ARE SOME NEGATIVE BELIEFS/FEELINGS OF THE FALSE SELF?

  • Being in a wheelchair, I am powerless, helpless and invisible
  • • I can’t do it myself
  • • I’m all alone
  • • I have lost my sensuality
  • • Others do not want the burden of being my friend

As stated earlier, the false self functions in the realm of personality and the ego. In this realm, we identify with what we look like, what we do for a living, how much money we have. The false self is like a spoiled, jealous child–always wanting to be number one.

It wants you to believe that you are your body.

Contrary to what your false self will let you believe, you are perfect the way you are. Rather than feeling inadequate when you see that someone else has more worldly or physical success than you, ask yourself why you can’t accept yourself the way you are.

Ask yourself what would happen if you shifted your perspective? Instead of seeing yourself as a stressed out human being grasping for enlightenment, for some kind of spiritual experience, think of yourself–as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin so eloquently put it–“as a spiritual being having a human experience.”

Is there a way out? Yes, but not through the false self. When we live in the false self, our lives are narrow, confined, and repetitious. Another notable characteristic of the false self is its tendency to judge. Judging others feels good in the short term, at least. It gives us a momentary sense of superiority and strength over those we are judging.

We also use judgment to put ourselves down. We may spend an unnecessary amount of time comparing ourselves to others, and when we find that they have things we don’t have, we beat ourselves up. We may tell ourselves we need to improve, which sounds very well intentioned, but is really a subtle form of self-judgment.

The true self–the second voice–is our true guide, supporting and acknowledging: “I am healthy, resilient, intuitive and courageous.” The true self affirms our true essence, which is love.

PRACTICE:

Things to act upon and questions to ponder:

• How do you hold yourself back?
• Recall a time when you have done this.
• What beliefs and thoughts are you holding that limit you?
• What mistake are you afraid of making?
• What mistake have you made that you have not let go of?
• When you hold yourself back, in which part of your body do you feel tightness or imbalance?
• What needs to be loved right now?
• Place your hand over your heart and feel the loving going in and through your body.
• Forgive yourself for any judgments you are holding against yourself.
• Describe how you’re feeling inside.
• What have you learned?

Celebrate your True Self,

Much Love,
Linda

Linda Noble Topf is a bestselling author, and a motivational speaker
www.wheelchairwisdom.com

lnobletopf@comcast.net

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24 Hours — It’s Not As Long As You Think

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A few times a year, something magical happens in my world. I find myself in possession of something akin to the Holy Grail — 24 hours without any plans. When I realize that one of these days is on the horizon, it captures my full attention, and I go to extreme lengths to protect it. And then I start to fantasize about all of the wonderful things I’m going to do with this precious, empty day. The adventures I’m going to have, the radical self-care I’m going to partake in, the trombone practice, the photography expedition, and as sad as it is, I’ve even fantasized about using some of these days to finally catch up on work. My expectations start to soar, and more often than not I find myself starting to stress about how I’m going to fit it all in.

I’ve been doing a lot of mindfulness work lately, in particular trying to play the role of “curious observer” to my thoughts and behaviors. It was through this curious observation that I came to a shocking realization this week.

Things take time.

Quite a lot of time, actually. And no matter how much we try to multitask (which is not only counterproductive but may even be damaging to our brains), or use the latest “productivity hack” to expand it, time isn’t going to change to meet the demands of our busy schedule.

It’s no secret that those demands have grown, seemingly exponentially, during our lifetimes. While a lot of progress has been made on the convenience and efficiency fronts, the expectations about what we do with all that saved time have escalated out of control. Some of those expectations we place on each other (we’ve all got our “thing”, and we all want our friends and family to come watch/play/do it with us), but most of them come from within. We expect from ourselves nothing less than the perfect body, perfect relationship, perfect career, perfect home… and the list goes on. But guess what?

Mastery takes time.

10,000 hours of deliberate practice to be exact, according to Malcolm Gladwell in the bestselling book Outliers. And even that won’t get you there if you’re not starting with some key talent or genetic qualities. But let’s consider that for a moment — 10,000 hours. If you were to spend two hours per day of deliberate practice on just one of those things (which is pretty ambitious for most of us), every single day, it would take about 13 years and 8 months to achieve mastery (which is as close to perfection as any of us can hope for).

Knowing this rule of thumb arms us with information to help reshape the expectations we place on ourselves. Namely:

  1. Pick a thing to be the thing you’re really, really good at. Maybe two. But no more than that, because if you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  2. For those one or two things, calculate where you’re at on your journey to mastery using the 10,000 hour rule, and reset your expectations for achieving mastery based on the amount of time you are willing to commit in the future.
  3. For all of the other things you used to aspire to perfection in, create a new expectation that is more realistic based on the amount of time you are willing to commit to it.
  4. Next time you notice yourself stressing about being too busy, look at your schedule objectively and be honest with yourself about where you’re placing expectations on yourself that you could ease up on. If you think everything is being imposed on you by others, think again. We often tell ourselves this to avoid taking responsibility for our own experience.

Incidentally, today was one of those days for me — magically uncluttered by commitments. What did I do? A yoga class, a hike with my dog followed by giving her a bath, some laundry, took a nap, ate delicious, simple, healthy food, and wrote this post. Maybe half of what I had wanted to do. But I’ve been reminding myself all day that time is what it is, and I did the things that were most important to me first. It’s not easy, but I’m starting to accept that time is a more powerful force than I will ever be, and I can spend my life fighting it or get more realistic and work with it.

How would you describe your relationship with time? And how could you improve it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

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Why the Nuclear Agreement With Iran Is a Defeat for Ayatollah Khamenei

Ever since the Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 — the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany — was announced on July 14, the opponents of the agreement have been waging an all-out war against it. But, what the critics of the agreement are missing is one highly important point: the nuclear deal with Iran is a great defeat for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. This bodes well for Iran’s future and the Middle East’s — and even the security of Israel.

In May 2003, only a few months after Iran admitted the existence of its secret (but legal) nuclear program, former reformist Iranian President Mohammad Khatami sent the George W. Bush administration a “Grand Bargain” proposal. He had proposed to put the program under strict inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency, and to implement the Additional Protocol of Iran’s Safeguards Agreement with the agency that grants the IAEA the authority for highly intrusive inspections. He also proposed to negotiate all points of contention between the two nations, including Iran’s support for Hamas and the Lebanese Hezbollah. The Bush administration rejected the proposal.

At the same time, Khatami’s nuclear negotiators, Hassan Rouhani and Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s current president and foreign minister, proposed to three members of the European Union (EU3) — Britain, France and Germany — which were negotiating with Iran on behalf of the United States, that Iran limit its centrifuges to a maximum of 3,000, less than half of what was agreed in Vienna, but under pressure by the U.S., the EU3 rejected the proposal in 2005.

A defeat for Khamenei and Iran’s hardliners is good for the Middle East and ultimately for Israel and the United States.

So, Khamenei decided to set aside Khatami’s moderate nuclear policy and to ratchet up his rhetoric against the United States, while expanding the nuclear program greatly. By the end of 2008, Iran already had more than 3,000 centrifuges working, compared with no centrifuges when Ahmadinejad took office in August 2005. The number of centrifuges nearly tripled to about 9,000 by November 2010. Through the presidential election of June 2005, against which there were charges of interference by the military, he helped Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to come to power. He then gave Ahmadinejad a free hand for expanding the nuclear program. He kept his silence when Ahmadinejad fired in 2007 Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, the relatively moderate Ali Larijani who is close to Khamenei, and appointed Saeed Jalili, a hardliner. When Ahmadinejad mocked UN Security Council resolutions as “worthless paper,” Khamenei remained silent again. After Ahmadinejad denied the Holocaust repeatedly and held a conference in Tehran in the fall of 2006 in which some well-known anti-Semitic figures participated, Khamenei supported him. After the fraudulent presidential elections of June 2009, Khamenei supported Ahmadinejad’s “re-election,” declared that his views “were closer” to Ahmadinejad’s than the opposition’s and ordered violent crackdown on the Green Movement. Even after a deep rift developed between the two men in 2011, Khamenei continued supporting Ahmadinejad’s nuclear policy. The result was Iran’s isolation, the impasse with P5+1 and imposition of the most crippling economic sanctions on the Iranian people.

Khamenei also failed in another front. The Ahmadinejad administration turned out to be Iran’s most incompetent and corrupt government over the past several decades. Not a day goes by in which new revelations are made about the depth and breadth of corruption during the Ahmadinejad’s years. Billions of dollars were plundered by Ahmadinejad’s cronies. Even two of his vice presidents (Iran had eight VPs at the time) are in jail now. And, many believe that the revelations represent only the tip of the iceberg. Rouhani’s First Vice President Eshagh Jahangiri said as much when he recently declared that the government has not revealed all cases of corruption because “that would make the people to despair.”

Khamenei’s Retreat

The combination of a failed nuclear policy, the associated crippling economic sanctions and the incredibly corrupt and incompetent Ahmadinejad administration brought the nation to the edge of revolt, forcing Khamenei to retreat. Thus, to cover his failure, he began talking about “heroic flexibility” in the negotiations with P5+1, code words for retreating. His call for “resistance economy” against the pressure by the United States and its allies went unheeded. The fact that the retreat means returning to Khatami’s moderate nuclear policy, a man despised by the supreme leader, makes it even more painful for him.

It is true that the Rouhani administration could not have pursued nuclear negotiations with P5+1 had Khamenei opposed them publicly. But, on several occasions over the past 21 months it appeared that with Khamenei’s implicit backing Iran’s hardliners were on the verge of terminating the negotiations. At one point the termination of the negotiations seemed so imminent that Rouhani threatened to resign if Khamenei did not stop his hardline supporters. And, Khamenei has still not endorsed the agreement publicly, waiting to see what happens to it in the United States in the confrontation between President Obama and Congress.

The fact that the retreat means returning to Khatami’s moderate nuclear policy, a man despised by the supreme leader, makes it even more painful for him.

Khamenei’s defeat bodes well for Iran. After the crippling sanctions and the shadow of a possible war with the U.S. are lifted, Iran’s economy will begin to improve and Western investments will begin to flow into the country. With an improved economy and the absence of a threat to Iran’s national security, democratic groups inside the country will be able to raise their voice and demand lifting of the security environment that has pervaded Iran since the Green Movement of 2009-2011.

Elections for the next Majles (Iranian parliament), as well as for the Assembly of Experts (a constitutional body that appoints the supreme leader) will be held in late February 2016. The hardliners are worried about a sweeping defeat by the reformists and supporters of the Green Movement. If they are defeated, which almost surely will happen if the nuclear agreement goes into effect, a new chapter will open in Iran, and the nation may finally be ready to push for lasting and deep reforms. If a moderate political system emerges in Iran, it will be good for the entire Middle East, including Israel.

The opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran must recognize this crucial point: a defeat for Khamenei and Iran’s hardliners is good for the Middle East and ultimately for Israel and the United States. The invasion of Iraq in 2003 consolidated the hardliners’ power in Iran. Congress should not give Khamenei a big victory just when he is in the jaws of defeat.

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Crime-Tracking Service Wrongly Calls Abortion “Murder”

A government contractor that police departments across the country pay to track crime reports and issue maps of crime data includes in some definitions of homicide “murder by abortion.”

The term appears in all homicide listings in the city of Los Angeles shown on the CrimeMapping.com service, provided by the San Diego-based vendor The Omega Group under an agreement with the L.A. Police Department. Reports for L.A. on CrimeMapping.com continue to show the term despite objections from some residents that the language is false and provocative.

“Using inflammatory rhetoric, ‘murder by abortion,’ and putting abortion in the same category with homicide suggests a woman’s legal right to choose abortion is not her choice at all,” says Diane Edwardson, a community activist for more than two decades in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood. Edwardson has objected to the designation in past complaints to the police department and city officials.

The term is deceptive in that it conflicts with prevailing federal law. It also distorts the homicide label by putting the apparent stamp of legal authority on an incendiary accusation. Bulletins containing the term reach hundreds of law enforcement personnel in L.A. and thousands of residents who view CrimeMapping information directly through the company’s Web site or in updates periodically distributed by police.

“Rhetoric has an effect over time … If you see it often enough, it can make the
audience think abortion is murder,” Edwardson adds. “Crimemapping is an otherwise useful tool for neighborhood watches. Why are taxpayer dollars paying to divert attention from real violent crime?”

L.A. Police Department had no immediate information about the origin of the label or why it appears in crime data for the city. “I’m unaware of the term being used,” says Officer Drake Madison, an LAPD media relations staff member.

The Omega Group did not return calls for comment on the matter. The company’s Web site includes a disclaimer that states, “CrimeMapping.com is the host of crime data received from law enforcement agencies and is not responsible for the content in this site.”

Crime-tracking Web sites operated by private vendors but drawing on local police reports can make the lines of accountability between government and private companies very fuzzy over the accuracy of information presented there.

A 2013 report by the Poynter Institute, which reports on trends in journalism in the interest of public integrity, found that some police departments that contract with The Omega Group have used their vendor agreements with the company to deflect questions about or deny access to the information. At least two police departments, in Omaha and Las Vegas, referred to their relationship with The Omega Group in trying to reject requests for the crime-report data under state open-records laws.

Women’s right to abortion in the U.S. has been protected for more than 42 years under the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling. Though modified by subsequent case law, including a 1992 ruling, the basis for women’s constitutional right has survived despite concerted legal and legislative efforts to undermine or undo it.

Violence and attacks on property have accompanied the political onslaught. Between 1977 and 2010, according to the National Abortion Federation, which tracks violence against abortion providers, 8 murders of doctors or clinic workers occurred at the hands of abortion opponents. And since 2010, the number of state policies aimed at restricting, outlawing, or denying access to abortion in some or all circumstances has dramatically increased.

Longtime advocates for privacy and access to reproductive healthcare found use of the phrase “murder by abortion” in local data appearing on CrimeMapping.com to be disturbing. The label seems to invoke “shame to get in the way of woman’s God-given right to make the sacred decisions about when, how, and under what circumstances to become a parent,” says Rev. Harry Knox, president and CEO of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice.

“Women need compassion when facing these important and sacred decisions, not shame,” Knox adds. “This language is immoral, and progressive people of faith need to stand up and stop the shame.”

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Dare to Be 100: Molecular Storm

Certainly the most enlightening book of my recent acquaintance is Life’s Ratchet.. How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos. Prof. Peter Hoffman of Wayne State University is the author. This book may actually be the last missing piece in the complex jig- saw puzzle that I’ve been laboring on for several decades. It may provide the last item in a comprehensive understanding of the process of aging. Hoffman’s book explores the world of the very small, molecules and their component atoms. This nano-world we know exists yet are unable to visualize due to its sub-microscopic nature.

The most visible evidence of this area comes from the activity known as Brownian Motion after biologist Robert Brown, 1887. He studied the grains of pollen when suspended in a beaker of water. They exhibited a chaotic jostling motion like dust particles in a beam of sunlight. This observation was actually noted by Lucretius in Roman times in his treatise “On the Nature of Things”. Still, little was known about this seemingly mysterious activity until Einstein postulated that the movement of these particles was really the result of water molecules colliding with one another, 10 to the 21st power, collisions per second. He reduced this complexity to mathematical terms, and reconciled this movement with the powers of atoms and molecules as embedded within the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

The average molecule in our bio machines undergoes 10 billion collisions every millisecond, “a tempest of colliding atoms.” They are jostled about like a ping-pong ball in a wind tunnel. The seemingly chaotic terrain in and between the molecules is embedded inside cells in a dynamic and complex way. Richard Feynman’s lectures on nanotechnology brought these complex fields to the modern era. Reading Hoffman’s book brings this background to public awareness, and encourages its application to the area of aging. Hoffman observes that “Protein folding is perhaps the best example of how physical laws, randomness, and information — provided by evolution — work together to create life’s complexities.”

The whole terrain of protein mis-folding is hot. But these conformational alterations are only one of a whole series of age associated age decrements commonly attributed into explanatory schemata, DNA damage, telomere shortening, free radical injury etc. The entire list of age associated alterations has, until now, lacked a formal explanatory text. The process of the molecular storm may represent the basic agency of aging as specified by the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

It is extremely gratifying to me to tie up the remaining loose ends of the aging story.

Reference:
Hoffman P. Life’s Ratchet,, How Molecular Machines Extract Order from Chaos, 2012 Basic Books, N.Y.

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24 Hours — It’s Not As Long As You Think

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A few times a year, something magical happens in my world. I find myself in possession of something akin to the Holy Grail — 24 hours without any plans. When I realize that one of these days is on the horizon, it captures my full attention, and I go to extreme lengths to protect it. And then I start to fantasize about all of the wonderful things I’m going to do with this precious, empty day. The adventures I’m going to have, the radical self-care I’m going to partake in, the trombone practice, the photography expedition, and as sad as it is, I’ve even fantasized about using some of these days to finally catch up on work. My expectations start to soar, and more often than not I find myself starting to stress about how I’m going to fit it all in.

I’ve been doing a lot of mindfulness work lately, in particular trying to play the role of “curious observer” to my thoughts and behaviors. It was through this curious observation that I came to a shocking realization this week.

Things take time.

Quite a lot of time, actually. And no matter how much we try to multitask (which is not only counterproductive but may even be damaging to our brains), or use the latest “productivity hack” to expand it, time isn’t going to change to meet the demands of our busy schedule.

It’s no secret that those demands have grown, seemingly exponentially, during our lifetimes. While a lot of progress has been made on the convenience and efficiency fronts, the expectations about what we do with all that saved time have escalated out of control. Some of those expectations we place on each other (we’ve all got our “thing”, and we all want our friends and family to come watch/play/do it with us), but most of them come from within. We expect from ourselves nothing less than the perfect body, perfect relationship, perfect career, perfect home… and the list goes on. But guess what?

Mastery takes time.

10,000 hours of deliberate practice to be exact, according to Malcolm Gladwell in the bestselling book Outliers. And even that won’t get you there if you’re not starting with some key talent or genetic qualities. But let’s consider that for a moment — 10,000 hours. If you were to spend two hours per day of deliberate practice on just one of those things (which is pretty ambitious for most of us), every single day, it would take about 13 years and 8 months to achieve mastery (which is as close to perfection as any of us can hope for).

Knowing this rule of thumb arms us with information to help reshape the expectations we place on ourselves. Namely:

  1. Pick a thing to be the thing you’re really, really good at. Maybe two. But no more than that, because if you do, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
  2. For those one or two things, calculate where you’re at on your journey to mastery using the 10,000 hour rule, and reset your expectations for achieving mastery based on the amount of time you are willing to commit in the future.
  3. For all of the other things you used to aspire to perfection in, create a new expectation that is more realistic based on the amount of time you are willing to commit to it.
  4. Next time you notice yourself stressing about being too busy, look at your schedule objectively and be honest with yourself about where you’re placing expectations on yourself that you could ease up on. If you think everything is being imposed on you by others, think again. We often tell ourselves this to avoid taking responsibility for our own experience.

Incidentally, today was one of those days for me — magically uncluttered by commitments. What did I do? A yoga class, a hike with my dog followed by giving her a bath, some laundry, took a nap, ate delicious, simple, healthy food, and wrote this post. Maybe half of what I had wanted to do. But I’ve been reminding myself all day that time is what it is, and I did the things that were most important to me first. It’s not easy, but I’m starting to accept that time is a more powerful force than I will ever be, and I can spend my life fighting it or get more realistic and work with it.

How would you describe your relationship with time? And how could you improve it? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

This article first appeared on Light Yourself Up.

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Sometimes Healing Is Hard

It was a Saturday afternoon and I was sitting on his couch with my eyes closed, sobbing harder than I had in months. I had stopped breathing, resisting the next step of the process with every cell in my body. I could literally feel every inch of my being saying “oh hell no, we’re not going there.”

He was speaking to me clearly and firmly, pushing me to do what I needed to do to heal what had been broken. Pushing me to say what I couldn’t bring myself to say so that I could finally move forward with a little bit of peace.

“I don’t want to,” I sobbed.

“You have to, say it,” he pushed back.

An hour and a half and I was spent. My eyes covered in mascara, my voice was fragile, and I could feel the exhaustion in my bones. He asked if I was sure I could drive home or if I wanted to stay awhile, and I felt like I floated out to my car, collapsing into the driver’s seat. The rest of the day is still a blur.

The following night I took another step by releasing some items that needed to go. Things that only brought me back to the hardest moment of my life and were keeping me stuck energetically. As I burned the things I needed to burn, letting go of what no longer belonged in my space, I got so nauseous I could barely stand up. Standing on the side of the road, after the ashes washed down the creek and there was only one thing left to release… I was bent over with tears in my eyes, not sure if I was going to throw up or pass out. Not sure I had it in me to fully let go.

I spent the next four days sicker than I’d been in years. Burning up at night with a fever that brought chills and sweats and aches all over. A throat that hurt so bad I could only tolerate tea and popsicles. Work stalled and things fell behind. I slept and slept and slept some more. My skin actually, physically hurt, both to the touch and just to be inside myself. People worried. He reminded me that this was a deep and intense healing process, and that it was normal… even though I was sick longer than most people. Even when he started to worry too.

“I feel like death,” I squeaked to the one who held me through every painful moment of the days that followed, who brought me juice and tucked me in at night. “That’s because you had your soul ripped open,” he replied gently and knowingly.

On the last night, I went to bed packed full of anti-inflammatories and with a 102 degree fever, chilled to the bone and intending to go to urgent care as soon as it opened the next morning. Instead, I woke up drenched in sweat like nothing I’d ever experienced. Sopping wet, with sweat pouring out of me, my skin as pale as snow. My throat stopped hurting, the aches in my bones went away, and my fever was gone. I felt like I’d been through an exorcism.

And when I could finally step back into my life and work fully, I was back. Really, truly back. I could remember all the things I had forgotten, and I could function in ways I thought I may never be able to again. I could talk about things without crying, and I felt so energized I worked until 3am without a second thought.

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When we think about healing, we tend to only think about the gentle parts.

Rest and recovery.
Massages and a lot of naps.
Juice and healthy, nourishing meals.

But sometimes healing is hard.

Sometimes it hurts as much as, if not more, than the thing that damaged us.

Sometimes healing is about breaking what didn’t break all the way through, so that we can put things back together the way they’re supposed to be. So we can finally mend.

And let me tell you, when healing requires that you break first, a lot further than you thought you were capable of handling… it’s hard.

Oh my goodness is it hard.

There are things in this life that hurt us so deeply we don’t realize what’s been broken until well after the fact… until (like I experienced) you can’t run on the fumes of the aftermath anymore and the things that you didn’t notice become unavoidable. Until you can’t function at all, spending most of the day in a mess of your own tears, wondering if you’ll ever understand what it means to feel whole and healthy again. Wondering if you’re just too broken to be fixed.

Sometimes we have to walk into healing prepared to be bruised more deeply than the thing that hurt us, and broken in the places we’ve mended poorly and carelessly. Sometimes we have to walk through the pain in ways we never could at the time, so that we can actually, truly move through what needs to be moved through. So we can put it behind us.

Sometimes healing is hard. And that’s scary, I’m not going to lie. I didn’t walk into this healing thinking, “this will be fun.” I walked in with hesitation and resistance that made me tense. I walked in filled with nerves and wishing I was anywhere but in that room. Wondering if maybe I could fix myself, but knowing that I had to face what was next. And knowing that it was going to hurt like hell.

It takes a lot of faith, trust, and strength to walk into a healing that you know will hurt like hell.

But I can promise you that it’s worth it.

I’ve never been through such an intensely painful experience. I’ve never had to face the pain and the ones who hurt me in such a raw and challenging way. I’ve never been pushed with such forceful love by someone unwilling to let me step back in fear. I’ve also never been so ridiculously sick after this kind of work.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I would be equally as nervous and resistant.
I wouldn’t be the least bit excited about any of it.

But, I would absolutely do it again.

Because when we’re willing to face the hard stuff in order to heal and release, we grow in ways we couldn’t grow otherwise. We learn things about ourselves and others that we could never know otherwise. And we heal ourselves in powerful ways that we could never do otherwise.

Band-aids aren’t enough, and you can only outrun the damage for so long. The broken parts will only stay glued and taped together for so long. It’s better to walk into it with everything you have and a loving guide to hold your hand. It’s better to choose to become healed and whole, no matter what it takes.

No matter how much it hurts.

Stephenie Zamora is the founder of Stephenie Zamora Media, a full-service, life-purpose development, branding, and online marketing boutique. Here she merges the worlds of personal development, branding, and online marketing to help turn passionate individuals into profitable entrepreneurs.

With over a decade of experience in design, development, and brand/marketing strategy, she’s currently helping coaches, solopreneuers, and small businesses create their beautifully branded online presence, without breaking the bank, through her highly regarded Jumpstart Website Design Package.

Stephenie’s been featured in The Huffington Post, Yahoo Shine, Positively Positive, and Brian Tracy International. Learn more at www.StephenieZamora.com!

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Just One Drink Per Day Can Open Door to Alcohol-Caused Cancer, Says New Study

If you think that just one drink can’t hurt, an emerging study disagrees with this logic, purporting that just one drink per day can increase risks of alcohol-caused cancer.

Most people don’t really think twice about sucking down a cold beer or enjoying a glass of wine after a long day (I sure don’t). But a newer study is purporting that this could still be the ticker the starts the cancer counter.

The study, which was published in the BMJ Journal, finds that just one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men can increase the risk of contracting breast, colon, oral, liver and esophageal cancers. The risk is innately higher for smokers over nonsmokers (as is the case with nearly all cancers).

Scientists at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital reported in the BMJ that a study of 136,000 men and women that was conducted over a 30-year period revealed that those who drank more had a higher risk of alcohol caused cancers or alcohol related cancers.

The most notable element of the study was that it revealed moderated drinking was also a major culprit. While many studies have always focused on heavy drinking, this study found that just one drink per day increased the chances of developing alcohol caused cancer by as much as 13% in women. Oddly enough, men who drank two or more drinks per day and were smokers (or who had quit smoking) had a similar risk factor, whereas nonsmoking men did not.

Yin Cao, a post doctoral research fellow at the School of Public Health and lead author of the study, said: “For men, especially those who ever smoked, they should limit alcohol to even below the recommended limit. And smoking and heavy alcohol consumption should be absolutely avoided to prevent cancer.”

So while the Mayo Clinic asserts that red wine and resveratrol may be good for your heart, just one glass per day could increase a woman’s cancer risk by 13 percent. And if you smoke on top of that, well, apparently you are playing with fire.

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Mourning in America

I have been inspired by stories about the late, great Julian Bond’s life and accomplishments, from his days as a student organizer through his service as a state legislator and his years as an advocate for voting rights and equal opportunity. But I am also feeling a bit haunted by last Monday’s New York Times, which featured a long profile of Bond on its front page. 

Sharing that page was a story about Black people being barred from juries at triple the rates of white people, a process that often creates overwhelmingly white juries in cases involving black defendants.

And in the same paper on the same day was an article about the persistent racial wealth gap. That story reviewed the dispiriting evidence that even a college degree – widely presumed to be the essential stepping stone to social and economic prosperity – does not insulate Black Americans from the lingering effects of poverty and policies grounded in racial prejudice. Here’s one jarring statistic to consider: From 1992 to 2013, the median net worth of Black Americans who finished college dropped nearly 56 percent, while it rose 86 percent over the same period for whites with college degrees.

Reading the morning paper is all too often a jarring experience, but it was especially so on that day. It is impossible to ignore the disconnect between the well-deserved recognition of Bond’s life and the stark evidence that we have far to go in order to secure the ideals he championed.

That is certainly true about the deadly disparities in our criminal justice system, and in the arena of voting rights. For most of the past decade I have been honored to serve with Bond on the board of People For the American Way, where he supported efforts to protect the right to vote.  In The Nation, Ari Berman reminds us that Bond was blunt in addressing the attack on voting after right-wing election victories in 2010. “I was naïve to think voting rights were untouchable,” he said. “I didn’t dream that Republicans would be as bold and as racist as they are.”  Bond was similarly outspoken about the Supreme Court’s conservative majority gutting the Voting Rights Act and he campaigned for its restoration.

Thirty-some years after I founded People For the American Way to stand up to the divisive agenda of the Religious Right, that movement is still resisting the advance of LGBT equality, still working to deny women access to reproductive health care, still trying to claim for itself the mantle of faith, family, and freedom. They are doing better on some of those fronts than on others. Right now there’s a pitched legal and cultural battle over the definition of religious liberty, with the right wing claiming that supporting religious freedom means allowing public officials not to do their jobs when same-sex couples are involved — and carving out gay exceptions to anti-discrimination laws–or when women choose to exercise their right to birth control and abortion. As many have noted, Julian Bond was an ardent advocate for full equality for LGBT people.

Last Tuesday, while thinking about all this, I learned about the death of one of my oldest friends and partner, Bud Yorkin. It was a personal reminder that none of us will be around forever. But the values we have committed to, and the struggle to defend and advance those values, will outlive us. I am grateful that I am still able to devote some of my creative energies to the causes that Julian Bond, Bud and I shared. And I am even more grateful that there are new generations of activists and public officials bringing their own experiences, visions, energies, and strategies to these ongoing struggles. Life is fleeting. Vigilance must be eternal.

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Sometimes Healing Is Hard

It was a Saturday afternoon and I was sitting on his couch with my eyes closed, sobbing harder than I had in months. I had stopped breathing, resisting the next step of the process with every cell in my body. I could literally feel every inch of my being saying “oh hell no, we’re not going there.”

He was speaking to me clearly and firmly, pushing me to do what I needed to do to heal what had been broken. Pushing me to say what I couldn’t bring myself to say so that I could finally move forward with a little bit of peace.

“I don’t want to,” I sobbed.

“You have to, say it,” he pushed back.

An hour and a half and I was spent. My eyes covered in mascara, my voice was fragile, and I could feel the exhaustion in my bones. He asked if I was sure I could drive home or if I wanted to stay awhile, and I felt like I floated out to my car, collapsing into the driver’s seat. The rest of the day is still a blur.

The following night I took another step by releasing some items that needed to go. Things that only brought me back to the hardest moment of my life and were keeping me stuck energetically. As I burned the things I needed to burn, letting go of what no longer belonged in my space, I got so nauseous I could barely stand up. Standing on the side of the road, after the ashes washed down the creek and there was only one thing left to release… I was bent over with tears in my eyes, not sure if I was going to throw up or pass out. Not sure I had it in me to fully let go.

I spent the next four days sicker than I’d been in years. Burning up at night with a fever that brought chills and sweats and aches all over. A throat that hurt so bad I could only tolerate tea and popsicles. Work stalled and things fell behind. I slept and slept and slept some more. My skin actually, physically hurt, both to the touch and just to be inside myself. People worried. He reminded me that this was a deep and intense healing process, and that it was normal… even though I was sick longer than most people. Even when he started to worry too.

“I feel like death,” I squeaked to the one who held me through every painful moment of the days that followed, who brought me juice and tucked me in at night. “That’s because you had your soul ripped open,” he replied gently and knowingly.

On the last night, I went to bed packed full of anti-inflammatories and with a 102 degree fever, chilled to the bone and intending to go to urgent care as soon as it opened the next morning. Instead, I woke up drenched in sweat like nothing I’d ever experienced. Sopping wet, with sweat pouring out of me, my skin as pale as snow. My throat stopped hurting, the aches in my bones went away, and my fever was gone. I felt like I’d been through an exorcism.

And when I could finally step back into my life and work fully, I was back. Really, truly back. I could remember all the things I had forgotten, and I could function in ways I thought I may never be able to again. I could talk about things without crying, and I felt so energized I worked until 3am without a second thought.

2015-08-24-1440443346-692101-healingishard.jpg

When we think about healing, we tend to only think about the gentle parts.

Rest and recovery.
Massages and a lot of naps.
Juice and healthy, nourishing meals.

But sometimes healing is hard.

Sometimes it hurts as much as, if not more, than the thing that damaged us.

Sometimes healing is about breaking what didn’t break all the way through, so that we can put things back together the way they’re supposed to be. So we can finally mend.

And let me tell you, when healing requires that you break first, a lot further than you thought you were capable of handling… it’s hard.

Oh my goodness is it hard.

There are things in this life that hurt us so deeply we don’t realize what’s been broken until well after the fact… until (like I experienced) you can’t run on the fumes of the aftermath anymore and the things that you didn’t notice become unavoidable. Until you can’t function at all, spending most of the day in a mess of your own tears, wondering if you’ll ever understand what it means to feel whole and healthy again. Wondering if you’re just too broken to be fixed.

Sometimes we have to walk into healing prepared to be bruised more deeply than the thing that hurt us, and broken in the places we’ve mended poorly and carelessly. Sometimes we have to walk through the pain in ways we never could at the time, so that we can actually, truly move through what needs to be moved through. So we can put it behind us.

Sometimes healing is hard. And that’s scary, I’m not going to lie. I didn’t walk into this healing thinking, “this will be fun.” I walked in with hesitation and resistance that made me tense. I walked in filled with nerves and wishing I was anywhere but in that room. Wondering if maybe I could fix myself, but knowing that I had to face what was next. And knowing that it was going to hurt like hell.

It takes a lot of faith, trust, and strength to walk into a healing that you know will hurt like hell.

But I can promise you that it’s worth it.

I’ve never been through such an intensely painful experience. I’ve never had to face the pain and the ones who hurt me in such a raw and challenging way. I’ve never been pushed with such forceful love by someone unwilling to let me step back in fear. I’ve also never been so ridiculously sick after this kind of work.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.
I would be equally as nervous and resistant.
I wouldn’t be the least bit excited about any of it.

But, I would absolutely do it again.

Because when we’re willing to face the hard stuff in order to heal and release, we grow in ways we couldn’t grow otherwise. We learn things about ourselves and others that we could never know otherwise. And we heal ourselves in powerful ways that we could never do otherwise.

Band-aids aren’t enough, and you can only outrun the damage for so long. The broken parts will only stay glued and taped together for so long. It’s better to walk into it with everything you have and a loving guide to hold your hand. It’s better to choose to become healed and whole, no matter what it takes.

No matter how much it hurts.

Stephenie Zamora is the founder of Stephenie Zamora Media, a full-service, life-purpose development, branding, and online marketing boutique. Here she merges the worlds of personal development, branding, and online marketing to help turn passionate individuals into profitable entrepreneurs.

With over a decade of experience in design, development, and brand/marketing strategy, she’s currently helping coaches, solopreneuers, and small businesses create their beautifully branded online presence, without breaking the bank, through her highly regarded Jumpstart Website Design Package.

Stephenie’s been featured in The Huffington Post, Yahoo Shine, Positively Positive, and Brian Tracy International. Learn more at www.StephenieZamora.com!

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If You Can’t Get Hard, Don’t Assume Condoms Are To Blame

Academic studies can be fascinating… and totally confusing. So we decided to strip away all of the scientific jargon and break them down for you

The Background
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly how many young men suffer from occasional erectile dysfunction, but estimates range from 16 to 30 percent. One thing that kills a man’s mojo, according to studies (and a handful of guys on the Internet), is condoms. But condoms are pretty important: Among singles, they’re used in one in three acts of sexual intercourse. Understanding how they affect erections can help couples navigate those awkward pre-coitus conversations so that they’re able to make informed decisions and prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.

A new study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine explores how condoms affect men’s erections and provides a useful perspective for those aforementioned couples.  

The Setup
Researchers surveyed 479 heterosexual men between the ages of 18 and 24 who had used a condom during sex within the last 90 days. In order to oversample men with condom-associated erection problems, the researchers solicited participants using flyers that read “Do condoms interfere with your erections?” and “Do condoms interfere with your arousal?”

For the actual survey, the men were first asked how often they had erectile problems in the last 90 days when they were not using condoms. They were specifically asked to explain at which point they lost their erections during the hook up — before putting it in or after (but before they reached orgasm). Then, the men were asked about their erectile problems in the last 90 days when they were using condoms. The guys reported how often they lost or started to lose erections while putting the condom on before vaginal intercourse, and then how often they lost or started to lose erections while wearing a condom during intercourse. 

The Findings
Of the 479 men surveyed, about 62 percent had condom-associated erectile problems before penetration, after penetration or during both instances. After analyzing the results, the researchers discovered an interesting finding: The young men who reported condom-associated erectile problems were more likely to report trouble getting hard even when no condom was used. In general, guys who had trouble staying hard using condoms were significantly more likely to be classified as having mild to moderate erectile dysfunction than the ones who weren’t affected by using rubbers. 

The Takeaway
Since men in the study tended to lose erections condom or no condom, these findings suggest that condoms may not necessarily be to blame. Previous research has linked emotions, like worry and distraction, with erectile dysfunction. The researchers write that it’s possible that men who lose erections after using a condom might become worried about losing them in general and thus become more vulnerable to losing erections without condoms. 

But this isn’t just a matter of emotions: Erectile problems have been linked to inconsistent and incomplete condom use, which puts people at risk for STIs and unwanted pregnancy. According to the researchers, education can be crucial for guys who may need to properly learn how to use a condom (37 percent of the men sampled said they’d never been taught how to use a condom correctly). The researchers also suggest it could also be a matter of arousal — these men may simply need more time to get it up or need certain things to stay stimulated. Either way, if a man is having difficulties, they recommend he consult a health practitioner.

Moral of the story for women? If a guy says he can’t stay hard when he wears a condom, it’s probably a good idea to be frank about your concerns surrounding safe sex. And hey, it might be a good opportunity to talk about what you both need to keep things exciting in bed, too.

 

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Mourning in America

I have been inspired by stories about the late, great Julian Bond’s life and accomplishments, from his days as a student organizer through his service as a state legislator and his years as an advocate for voting rights and equal opportunity. But I am also feeling a bit haunted by last Monday’s New York Times, which featured a long profile of Bond on its front page. 

Sharing that page was a story about Black people being barred from juries at triple the rates of white people, a process that often creates overwhelmingly white juries in cases involving black defendants.

And in the same paper on the same day was an article about the persistent racial wealth gap. That story reviewed the dispiriting evidence that even a college degree – widely presumed to be the essential stepping stone to social and economic prosperity – does not insulate Black Americans from the lingering effects of poverty and policies grounded in racial prejudice. Here’s one jarring statistic to consider: From 1992 to 2013, the median net worth of Black Americans who finished college dropped nearly 56 percent, while it rose 86 percent over the same period for whites with college degrees.

Reading the morning paper is all too often a jarring experience, but it was especially so on that day. It is impossible to ignore the disconnect between the well-deserved recognition of Bond’s life and the stark evidence that we have far to go in order to secure the ideals he championed.

That is certainly true about the deadly disparities in our criminal justice system, and in the arena of voting rights. For most of the past decade I have been honored to serve with Bond on the board of People For the American Way, where he supported efforts to protect the right to vote.  In The Nation, Ari Berman reminds us that Bond was blunt in addressing the attack on voting after right-wing election victories in 2010. “I was naïve to think voting rights were untouchable,” he said. “I didn’t dream that Republicans would be as bold and as racist as they are.”  Bond was similarly outspoken about the Supreme Court’s conservative majority gutting the Voting Rights Act and he campaigned for its restoration.

Thirty-some years after I founded People For the American Way to stand up to the divisive agenda of the Religious Right, that movement is still resisting the advance of LGBT equality, still working to deny women access to reproductive health care, still trying to claim for itself the mantle of faith, family, and freedom. They are doing better on some of those fronts than on others. Right now there’s a pitched legal and cultural battle over the definition of religious liberty, with the right wing claiming that supporting religious freedom means allowing public officials not to do their jobs when same-sex couples are involved — and carving out gay exceptions to anti-discrimination laws–or when women choose to exercise their right to birth control and abortion. As many have noted, Julian Bond was an ardent advocate for full equality for LGBT people.

Last Tuesday, while thinking about all this, I learned about the death of one of my oldest friends and partner, Bud Yorkin. It was a personal reminder that none of us will be around forever. But the values we have committed to, and the struggle to defend and advance those values, will outlive us. I am grateful that I am still able to devote some of my creative energies to the causes that Julian Bond, Bud and I shared. And I am even more grateful that there are new generations of activists and public officials bringing their own experiences, visions, energies, and strategies to these ongoing struggles. Life is fleeting. Vigilance must be eternal.

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Loneliness vs. Aloneness: What’s the Difference?

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Loneliness is a lack, a feeling that something is missing, a pain, a depression, a need, an incompleteness, an absence.

Aloneness is presence, fullness, aliveness, joy of being, overflowing love. You are complete. Nobody is needed, you are enough.

Love makes you complete. In true relationships you share with each other, not out of need, rather from your overflowing energy.

Relationships do not cause pain and unhappiness. They bring out the pain and unhappiness that is already in you.

Two lonely people who come together don’t feel the loneliness so much because somebody else is there.They remain lonely but somehow deceive themselves with the illusion that their void is filled. When two lonely people come together their loneliness multiplies.

Real love is not a search to combat loneliness. Real love is to transform loneliness into aloneness, to help the other. If you love a person, you help that person experience the completeness of aloneness. You don’t try to fill them up and complete them by your presence. You want them to not be in need of you.

When a person is totally free, then out of that freedom, sharing is possible. You give, not as a need, not as a bargain, but because you are overflowing with love.

The struggle in relationships is based in the fact that everybody needs freedom.

Love allows and strengthens freedom. Love and freedom are two wings of the same bird. All growth needs love, but unconditional love. If love has conditions, then no-one can grow and there is continuous conflict.

Love unconditionally and don’t ask anything in return. Much comes back on its own – don’t be a beggar. Be an emperor. Just give and see what happens: a thousandfold love comes back to you. Recognize and receive it. Love treats you as an end unto yourself. Don’t get hooked into expectations. Love as a sharing, not as a need.

True love gives you freedom. Never settle for less.

Meditation and love are the two ways to attain to the bliss of aloneness, the freedom to be utterly yourself. Both are deeply related. In fact, they are two aspects of the same coin. When you meditate, sooner or later you come upon love, you start feeling a tremendous love arising in you, a new quality to your being, a new door opening. You want to share.

When you love deeply, whether it’s a child, a pet, a spouse, a friend, by and by you become aware that your love is becoming more and more meditative. A subtle quality of silence is entering in you. You are touching your own depth.

Love makes you meditative. Meditation makes you loving. Both bring you inner peace, joy and wisdom. Both make you an attractor of goodness to your life.

How do you transform loneliness?

You cannot fight with darkness directly, with loneliness directly, with the fear of isolation directly. The reason is that all these things do not exist; they are simply absences of something, just as darkness is the absence of light. How do you bring light to a dark room? You switch on the light!

Put your attention, energy and focus on love! Love is the solution. Love heals pain and fear, dispels darkness and neediness, and brings a new rhythm of sweetness, peace, and joy, to you. You become centered in your aloneness.

This does not mean, now you are complete in yourself, that you cannot have friends and be in intimate relationships. In fact, all your relationships are enhanced as you have so much to give and share.You give out of your fullness, and giving multiplies your joy.

Look to see if anything you are facing as a problem is a negative or a positive thing. If it is negative, don’t fight with it. Just look for the positive in it and you will be at the right doorway. Look at the problem. Is it an absence of something? And the truth is that all your problems are the absence of something. Once you have found what they are, then go after the positive.

The moment you find the positive you have found the light, and the darkness is gone.

What are your thoughts and/or experiences with loneliness and aloneness?

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Celebrating Too Early Continues To Be A Losing Strategy

American distance runner Molly Huddle thought she had a bronze medal wrapped up at the World Athletics Championships in Beijing on Monday. Flying down the last straightaway of the 10,000-meter race, a then third-place Huddle watched Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot and Ethiopia’s Gelete Burka finish first and second, respectively, before lifting her arms in a classic v-for-victory pose. 

Except she, like Oregon’s Tanguy Pepiot and American runner Ben Payne before her, celebrated too early, creating just enough of an opening for the runner behind her to vault through.

Except she, like Oregon’s Tanguy Pepiot and American runner Ben Payne before her, celebrated too early, creating just enough of an opening for the runner behind her to vault through.

The photo finish revealed it all: One runner celebrated prematurely while the other ran hard the whole way. Who won? The runner who actually finished the race with gusto. 

That runner, Huddle’s American teammate, Emily Infeld, took advantage of Huddle’s nonchalant finish and just barely slipped past her to claim the bronze medal. Infield was out-of-her-mind happy after winning a bronze that, for the previous 9,999 meters of the race, was not hers to win. 

I just tried to run all the way through the line,” Infeld told Universal Sports. While she was proud of her competitive finish, Infeld couldn’t help but show a little empathy for her American teammate. 

“I don’t think [Huddle] knew I was there. I hate to take a medal away from a teammate and fellow American … I don’t mean to snipe someone or do that. I feel like that’s kind of like a [expletive] way to get it, so I feel kind of bad now.”

Huddle, on the other hand, was understandably distraught. “Emily slipped on the inside as I eased up a little bit,” she told Universal Sports. “[Infield] had this once-in-a-lifetime moment. I feel like it kind of slipped through my fingers.”

As the reigning 10,000-meter American champion at the U.S. Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Huddle will surely seek redemption at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. 

“The Olympics are typically a hard race, not a tactical one, so this probably won’t ever come around again,” Huddle said. 

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Ben Carson: ‘In No Way Did I Suggest Using Drones To Kill People’ Along The Border

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson pushed back on the notion that he would use weaponized drones to kill people along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“In no way did I suggest using drones to kill people,” he said Sunday, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “How ridiculous.”

Carson’s comments come after a helicopter tour of the U.S.-Mexico border last week, where he met with local law enforcement to discuss illegal immigration and drug smuggling. On Wednesday he told reporters, “You look at some of these caves and things out there; one drone strike, boom, and they’re gone,” referring to caves used by drug cartels. 

On Sunday, Carson doubled down on his recommendation to use armed drones to blow up caves, but added that he would make sure the caves were empty first. “There are caves that they utilize. Those caves can be eliminated,” he said. “I’m not talking about killing people. No people with drones.” 

While the U.S. government has deployed drones to the southern border for surveillance purposes, using armed drones in any capacity there would be a dramatic policy shift. It is also unclear how Carson would ensure that the caves were free of people before conducting a drone strike. 

In addition to using drones to blow up caves used by drug cartels, Carson advocated sending the National Guard to patrol the border. “Along that border we have miles and miles of fences. I went there last week and didn’t see any Border Patrol people,” he said Sunday. “And those fences are so easy to scale, it’s almost like not having them there.” 

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Is There Anything Spiritual About Mindfulness?

These days mindfulness is the buzzword. Celebrities such as Goldie Hawn, Richard Gere and Tina Turner have been some of it’s strongest proponents. Mindfulness seems to be embraced in the west, more as a practice and discipline rather than as a religion, although its origin is in Buddhism. But does mindfulness have a spiritual and transformational quality to it?

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To explore this, I spoke with Santikaro (Robert Larson), who had trained under the famous Thai Buddhist teacher, Buddhadasa Bhikku. According to him, in the west, there are three forms that mindfulness has been shaped into. He refers to the first usage of it, primarily at large corporations, as McMindfulness. Like MacDonald food, it is fast, convenient and does the job. However, Santikaro questions the ethical and long-term value of this form of mindfulness, particularly when it is encouraged by managers in order to get results from employees. The workers who do practice it under such influence may not get the right long term results from such practices as their understanding of it remains limited.

The second form of mindfulness that is justifiably popular is referred to as therapeutic mindfulness. In recent times, Jon Kabat-Zinn, has championed the efforts to bring a scientifically researched and medically applicable usage to mindfulness. The program called Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) has been proven to bring relief to many people struggling with psychological distress and chronic illnesses.

The third form of mindfulness that we discussed (as seen in the video below), is the pristine form with its potential for complete inner freedom. Practiced correctly, mindfulness can lead to insight into the human condition and free us from our inner struggles and conflicts in life. If there is anything spiritual about mindfulness, then it is the ability to free us from the grasp of our own ego. This is the summon bonum, the lofty goal of most spiritual traditions.

Santikaro describes this form of mindfulness as a natural and effortless practice, not one forced on by an “egoic doer.” For instance, when we bring awareness to our breathing without clinging to the one who is breathing or when we observe the nature around us without the sense of an observer, then there is a moment of true mindfulness, the recognition of what can be called as “emptiness.” In such a practice of mindfulness, the experience of every moment can be deepened by the natural “recollection” of emptiness.

So going back to the question, “Is there anything spiritual about mindfulness?” In the two earlier forms of its practice, the purpose of practicing mindfulness is motivated by certain personal goals.
Nevertheless if it fulfills the criteria of being a tangible measure to spirituality in daily life by offering a superior quality of awareness in every moment, then it is a worthy practice. But to truly experience mindfulness with its fullest potential, one has to transcend the egoic intention and relinquish the “I” and “Mine” related to the experience, as these are the obstacles on our path to freedom.

Santikaro talks about the time that he asked Buddhadasa, his teacher, if he was enlightened. Buddhadasa replied to him, “who is there to be enlightened.” Perhaps in this response is the key to the right attitude towards this potentially liberating practice.

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7 Things That Get Me High Today (Instead of Booze)

This was originally published at TheFix.com

A lot of people will say that one of the hardest things about sobriety is learning how to have free time. The time that would typically be spent using and getting high is suddenly an intimidating emptiness. For many people, free time is dangerous because it allows them to dwell on missing the high, craving the high. As I’ve witnessed too many times, this can often lead to relapse. So how do you fill a void in your life? Simple: Fill it with something else, something healthier.

Since getting sober, I’ve realized getting high is a state of mind. I would consider getting high to be anything that alters your state of mind in a seemingly positive way — anything that makes you feel above your average self. Alcohol used to do this for me, but since getting sober two years ago, I’ve had to find a number of replacements. The upside of these replacements? They don’t negatively affect my decision-making abilities or get me into trouble with the law or anyone else. The downside? Well, there really isn’t one.

1. Running/lifting/exercise in general. While I’ve yet to experience that runner’s high (I mean, come on, when done running five miles, most people just wanna curl up and cry), exercise still puts me in a clear frame of mind that not much else does. I feel empowered and confident afterwards, much like I felt when I was drinking, but this is actually real. It’s a very healthy time filler, but also has the danger of becoming a cross-addiction–in other words, a replacement for the addiction you are fighting. As with everything in life, moderation is key.

2. Reading. I really, really missed books when I was drinking. Between homework and required reading, I never made time to read for fun. Any free time was spent drinking or recovering from drinking. Now that I’m sober (and no longer have homework), I’ve rediscovered the world of books. They’re so simple to get lost in. Hours can pass when I’m reading and I barely notice–much like a drunken haze, except I’m taking in valuable information instead of making a fool of myself. I think it’s clear which is the better choice.

3. Spending time with the people I love. Sometimes I’m just watching TV with my family, or eating dinner, and it crosses my mind how lucky I am to have people who love me unconditionally. I, as do many people, too often take that for granted when so many people don’t have love like that in their lives.

4. A real relationship. There’s not much that compares to looking at a person when they’re performing a mundane task, such as washing dishes, and literally feeling love fill you up and almost well over. I never had this until I got sober, and I still have trouble believing the relationship I am in really exists. I have trouble believing anything that’s not a drug can make me feel the way a loving relationship does, but it’s true. A real relationship has made me confident, happy, content in my own skin — all things I searched for through drinking before. Now, I don’t have to.

5. Coming home to my pets. This is such a brief part of my day, but a huge part of theirs. It’s an affirming feeling to know that both your absence and presence matter to someone, even if that someone is a furry, four-legged friend who expresses his love through hurling his 80-pound body at you the second you walk in the door. Pets have a way of really making you feel as if you matter, and they have an insight unlike that of humans.

6. Speaking about sobriety. When I first got sober at Hazelden (a rehab center), I swore that the second I was out those doors, I was never walking back in. Not because I planned on staying sober, but because I hated it that much. A few months after being discharged, I walked back in willingly to speak to a group of patients. It was then that I realized the importance of sharing experiences. Something happens when you tell your story and you see it resonate with someone, even just one person. A light appears in their eyes and they think, “Oh, I’m not the only one.” I know because I was one of those patients, and someone who spoke impacted me that way. That day, she was just a person with a story like mine. Today, she is my sponsor and close friend. The same is true of me for one of the patients I spoke to. Life has a funny way of repeating itself. Speaking about my journey still hurts sometimes, but I also learn something about myself each and every time.

7. Writing. I saved the best for last. Flannery O’Connor once said, “I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say.” I truly believe those words. I would not still be sober if it weren’t for writing as an outlet. Writing, whether for myself or an audience, has made me see the reality of the way I was living when I was drinking. Some people are visual, and I am one of them. Seeing raw, honest words in front of me has a way of driving home a point more than simply thinking something does. In addition to that, knowing other people read what I write and draw something from it holds me accountable. I don’t want to let myself down, but more than that, I don’t want to let them down. Writing, once published, is permanent — so the actions that accompany it should be intentional and honest. Readers deserve nothing less.

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Jimmy Carter Faithfully Teaches Sunday School Before Cancer Treatment

PLAINS, Ga. (AP) — A bigger-than-usual crowd is gathering at a church in Plains, Georgia, where former President Jimmy Carter is scheduled to teach a Sunday School class.

It is the first class Carter has taught at the Maranatha Baptist Church since Carter disclosed details of his cancer diagnosis and treatment at a press conference Thursday.

People began lining up outside the church at midnight, hoping to hear from the Nobel Peace Prize winner at 10 a.m. and stay for church services. A church member, Jan Williams, told the 300 people inside the church they were “blessed.”

 On Thursday, the 90-year-old Carter said he was to undergo intravenous drug doses and radiation treatment for four tumors on his brain and any other melanoma that doctors discovered in his body.

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Back To School Tips For Parents Of LGBTQ Kids

Back to school time is filled with the excitement of new backpacks, teachers, and reunions with friends. But for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender parents and students that excitement can be accompanied by anxiety and fear. New schools, classmates, and teachers may also mean coming out again to unknowing peers. This may happen in stride for some LGBTQ parents and students; others have legitimate concerns as another school year begins.

The goal for all students, however, is to provide them with a safe, productive, and supportive learning environment. The climate around LGBTQ issues may not always be the sunniest, but even in school districts where progress needs to be made, these goals are something all parents and students deserve and should expect. Here are ways you can advocate for yourself and your child as you begin another school year.

Talk
Before your child enters the classroom, schedule a time to sit down with their teacher(s) or school administrators to be sure everyone is comfortable and informed about your family’s structure and identity. Give the teacher the opportunity to ask you questions. Understanding breeds knowledge, and sometimes it is our job to inform others. As long as conversations are mutually beneficial and respectful, open lines of communication are necessary.

Talk to your child too. Ask them what they need to feel safe and supported in the classroom and relay that information to their teacher(s). This may include the use of their preferred name, pronouns, or the allowance of a specific friend to be with them during transitions to reduce the possibility of harassment.

Revisit these conversations and check-in frequently. And listen. Your child and their teacher(s) have first-hand knowledge of their school day; be sure you are giving them the opportunity to talk to you too. Everyone must be on the same page for your child to feel safe and comfortable to tackle a new school year.

Provide Resources

Even the most well-intentioned teachers may not know how to support students of LGBTQ parents or LGBTQ students. There are many resources available and they will find wonderfully helpful information through Welcoming Schools, a Human Rights Campaign project, or The Stonewall National Education Project. Both sites offer professional development tools, lessons, and ways to make sure all students feel safe and important in the classroom.

Another valuable organization is Trans Student Educational Resources, which is a youth-led group focusing on creating a more trans-friendly education system. And Gender Spectrum is a great resource to learn how to create “gender sensitive and inclusive environments for all children and teens.”

Your state may also have local programs dedicated to educating teachers on the important ways to embrace diversity.

Ignorance cannot be an excuse; material is available. Show your child’s teachers where to find it.

Expect Acceptance
And then expect them to use the resources. If necessary, use the school’s mission statement as an argument to provide your child with a safe and inclusive learning space. Amanda Rodhenburg, Director of Advocacy at Outright Vermont gave examples when looking at two different elementary schools’ mission statements. One stated they “strive to develop cultural competency in our students.” Rodhenburg stated, “If a teacher were reluctant to be inclusive about non-hetero families, I would tie the necessity to that very line.”

Another school listed goals that every child should be supported in school, home, and their community. Rodhenburg, “Again, I would tie the imperative for inclusivity to the goal of students being supported in school and at home. Y’all came up with that directive, now you have to stick with it.”

Dr. Molly Fechter-Leggett, clinical psychologist, also reminds parents to use the school’s guidance counselor as an ally and professional trained in LGBTQ issues to help families and students overcome feelings of exclusion. Dr. Fechter-Leggett says, “Counselors are the go-to allies for many kids who transition. If there are barriers with teachers, counselors can often work to help educate them about the social and emotional aspects of the child’s experience.” 

Posters, Safe Space stickers, inclusion of LGBTQ history into the classroom curriculum validate a child’s need for a safe learning space. Learning that a great author or famous scientist identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender is also very empowering to a child who has parents with these identities or who may be LGBTQ themselves.

The quality and quantity of books with LBGTQ characters and themes are increasing every day. Be sure your school’s teachers know about them and expect them to be available to your child. Check here for a list of books for all ages.

Find or Create Community
Joining or creating a community of other like-minded students builds confidence and safe places for your child at school. It also increases visibility and improves the school’s climate towards diversity. The Gay-Straight Alliance Network (GSA Network) and theGay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) are national organizations with local chapters. If your child’s school doesn’t have a Gay-Straight Alliance, encourage them to start one.

Safety is Non-negotiable
If you find out your child is being bullied by another student, the first step may be to talk to their teacher or the school administration. Contacting your local LGBTQ resource center may be helpful too. Workers at these centers and youth advocacy leaders can help educate your child’s teacher(s) on the best way to create a cultural shift in the classroom to help prevent future situations.

If the bullying or harassment is coming from a teacher or school administrator, it may be necessary to contact your state’s Human Rights Commission to report discrimination. More of your rights can be found at GLAD.org.

Bottom line: Safety is non-negotiable. You have every right to speak up and to be heard.

All of the fun and exciting aspects of a new school year should not be overshadowed by ignorance. You, your family, and your child deserve the same respect and opportunities as every other family and student. It may take a little more work and time in some cases, but the benefits of a happy and confident student are well worth the extra energy.

Good luck parents!

Amber Leventry is a writer for The Next Family and lives in Vermont with her wife and three kids. 

 

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18 Really Simple Ways To Make Today Better

On days when things seem a little dark, a change of perspective, a mantra or a loving reminder is sometimes all it takes to see a little light. Chocolate cake is helpful, too.

The hashtag #MakeLifeBetterIn3Words has been trending on Twitter lately, highlighting the fact that simple actions, thoughts and reframing can be all it takes to pull yourself out of a rut. We scoured a bunch of tweets and selected 18 inspirational three-word phrases that help those figurative rainclouds dissipate. Check out the words that make life better below, then share your own on Twitter or in the comments section. 

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Man Goes Blind In One Eye After Sleeping With His Contacts In (Graphic Photos)

Chad Groeschen says he has a “cautionary tale.”

WARNING: Graphic images below.

 

While at work late last month, the 39-year-old noticed his left eye was especially itchy. He thought it was just allergies.

 

The next day, Groeschen said, he woke up to find that his eye was “kind of goopy” and his vision was impaired. The day after that, his vision was even worse.

 

 

A friend referred Groeschen to the Cincinnati Eye Institute, where doctors told him his eye was infected with Pseudomonas bacteria. The disease can “incubate” underneath contact lenses, Groeschen said.

Doctors gave him antibiotics that have gotten rid of the infection, but he had developed a corneal ulcer and is now blind in one eye because of the scar tissue the bacteria left behind.

“It’s like looking through an opaque piece of glass. The infection kind of eats your cornea,” Groeschen said. “As the infection goes away, the scar tissue from the infection impairs your vision.” 

He added that the specialists he has seen tell him he’ll likely need a cornea transplant to restore his vision, which takes a year to fully recover from. 

Groeschen, who runs a design-based renovations business, said he’s behind on all his work projects and has had to cancel a vacation.

The box for the contacts Groeschen wore overnight claims it’s OK to sleep in them, he said. 

But, BuzzFeed points out, in 2013 the American Academy of Ophthalmology warned that “overnight wear, regardless of contact lens type, increases the likelihood of corneal infection.”

Dr. William Faulkner, who treated Groeschen, told Cincinnati’s Local 12 that wearing contacts overnight is not a good idea.

“Safety is primary for the eyes and if contacts are worn overnight, that would not be my recommendation,” Faulkner said. “If someone chooses to wear contacts, the daily-wear, disposable are by far the safest.”

 

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released on Thursday found that 99 percent of contact users reported at least one “risky behavior” including:


Keeping their contact lens cases for longer than recommended (82.3 percent);

“Topping off” solution in the case—adding new solution to the existing solution instead of emptying the case out fully before adding new solution (55.1 percent); 

Wearing their lenses while sleeping (50.2 percent).

 

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You Have Giving All Wrong

Think you are a giver? If you do, most likely you have it all wrong. I know I did, until recently.

Giving has always meant, to me, being able to give a gift or listen to someone by giving my time and energy. But I had no idea the path I would take — as a result of one simple idea I had — that would fundamentally change my outlook on life.

Late last year, I decided I was going to give something away each day of 2015. I was inspired by all the giving that was taking place from the end of November through the end of the year and I didn’t want it to end. There we so many stories that touched my heart, and just about every person and brand had some element of giving happening. I didn’t want it to stop. I wanted to live in a world where giving wasn’t attached to a time of year.

I imagined how I could give something away every day and created a project and called it #365DaysOfGiving. I invited people to be part of it by receiving an email from me each day in which I would offer to give something away. I launched it and waited to see what happened along the way.

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It has been 223 days since the launch and the lessons I’ve learned, so far, have been many. Perhaps the biggest lesson is that it isn’t about what I am giving away that people respond to but the stories I share as to why I am giving it away. Responses like this come in regularly:

This email in particularly resonated with me because I am currently gaining clarity on who I am and recently realized that I had stop waiting for others to choose me, and choose myself.

It wasn’t until the last 30 days that I’ve realized we have giving all wrong.

Learn to receive in order to give.

Early in the year, I had about a dozen people receiving my emails. Even though I was offering something every day, many items went unclaimed. I was crushed. How could I give something away if nobody was receiving what I offered? I started to realize that the act of receiving was as much a part of the process as giving was. To give, someone must receive. The feeling you get from giving feels so good because you know there is another person who receives what you give. In other words, they are actually giving you something by receiving. You both end up being a receiver and a giver regardless of who started the process. In giving, both parties walk away receiving. And many people don’t know how to receive. That’s what I learned.

Taking is not receiving.

One of the main reasons people told me they didn’t want to receive what I was giving away, was because the felt like they were acting like a taker and not a giver. After reading Adam Grant’s book Give and Take, where he classifies people into three groups: givers, takers and matchers, I felt like you were either one or the other, a giver or a taker, not both. But then I had a conversation that made me realize, taking and receiving are two different things. When you take, you gain and someone loses. When you receive, both parties end up gaining something. it’s not give and take, it’s give and receive.

To give is to love.

That feeling you receive when you give something is better than getting money. It’s difficult to put into words because it’s an emotion and not logical or rational. I was at the Gratitude and Trust Summit in NYC this summer and heard one of the speakers talk about the Hebrew word for love, ahavah, which also means to give. This explained it! To give is to love. It’s an emotion and feeling that transcends words. Here is to a world of living to give and love in receiving.
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Please join me in #365DaysOfGiving by signing up to receive what I give away each day. And if you give something and recognize that you are also receiving, share the experience using the hashtag #365DaysOfGivng. To give is to love. To love is to give.

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I Was Shamed By My Doctor for Being Black

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We live in an age of shaming — shamed for how we look, what we say, who we are. It’s so relentless, especially online, you might even say we’ve become desensitized to it. And yet, when the judgment comes straight from an M.D. — the one person you trust implicitly with your well-being — it shocks you to your core. The health consequences can be devastating, even deadly. Enough! With the help of women brave enough to share their stories and be photographed, WH urges you to speak up and join in as we rally for change.

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau, 30, was desperate for relief after being admitted to a hospital with crippling stomach cramps. What she got was an epic rant.

“There is nothing wrong with you. You are just a drug seeker. People like you make my job harder!”

Alexandra had experienced prejudice and discrimination from doctors before — she has chronic pain and lupus, and has been called everything from a hypochondriac to an addict — but nothing like this. Sobbing, she called for backup.

Her mother and several friends arrived to meet with hospital administrators. Learning that her doctor wouldn’t be reprimanded wasn’t even the worst part, says Alexandra.

“Because we were black, the meeting was surrounded by security guards, in case we ‘acted up.'”

The stressful incident became even more wrenching when, after being discharged, Alexandra promptly landed in the cardiac ward of another hospital, where she was treated for a potentially fatal heart inflammation that the first hospital had missed.

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“In an ideal world, doctors would start each patient visit with a clean slate,” says Sean Phelan, Ph.D., M.P.H., who researches stereotyping in health care for the Mayo Clinic. But with the average patient appointment lasting just 20 minutes — and the average M.D. chronically overworked — physicians have less time and energy to override any innate biases. For example, every doctor in a 2012 study said all patients should be treated the same, regardless of race. However, in a speed round of photo-word pairings, those same docs were quicker to pair pictures of black people with words such as unpleasant and resistant, versus willing and cooperative. In a separate study, a full half of primary care doctors surveyed admitted they believed obese patients were “awkward, unattractive, and noncompliant.”

Such prejudices undoubtedly lead to stigmas and shaming — not to mention bias-based treatments. Some of which, say experts, can be fatal.

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For more on the dangers of doctor-shaming and other stories from women who’ve been through it, pick up the September issue of Women’s Health, on newsstands now. Plus, take a stand against doctor-shaming by sharing your own experiences on social media using the hashtag #StoptheShame.

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Ten Years Later, It’s Still Gut-Wrenching To Look Back At Katrina Footage

Ten years ago, people around the country were glued to their television sets as Hurricane Katrina shattered New Orleans and other areas of the Gulf Coast. Entire neighborhoods were gone, dead bodies floated in the streets and people were crowded into the blazing hot Superdome, begging for clean water and information about what was happening.

More than 1,800 people died, and thousands more across three states were left stranded without food, electricity and water for days. It was a natural disaster that no one was fully prepared for, in any capacity. 

One of Katrina’s most important legacies was the national debate it sparked about war, race and poverty in America.

It’s been 10 years since rapper Kanye West famously said “Bush doesn’t care about black people” during a live, televised charity fundraiser.

Ten years since then-President George W. Bush toured the disaster sites and said, “It is preposterous to claim that the engagement in Iraq meant there wasn’t enough troops here.”

Ten years since CNN’s Anderson Cooper slammed then-Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) over the political response to the storm.

And 10 years since former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin (D) said the city really didn’t have a plan for relocating or feeding people.

But the images from that week remain raw, painful — and some of the most powerful images many of us will ever see in our lifetimes. 

Watch the video above to see the most unforgettable moments from Hurricane Katrina.

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