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Drug Pricing Proposals Favor Rhetoric over Reality

Prescription drugs costs are a perennial political piñata, and this cycle is no different. Both presidential candidates are hurling rhetoric about “skyrocketing” and “runaway” drug prices and offering half-baked solutions to address them. The truth is that the best chance in controlling drug prices rests in leveraging a powerful mechanism that already exists – market competition. Here’s why the candidates’ proposals to negotiate Medicare drug prices, and in the case of Hillary Clinton, demand Medicaid-style rebates in Medicare, are more rhetoric than real solutions.

To begin, these proposals are hardly what the public wants. In recent polling the American Action Forum found that the public believes that private insurers are better than the federal government at (a) providing quality health care (57 percent versus 26 percent), (b) delivering affordable health care (48 percent to 39 percent), and (c) dealing with serious health issues (49 to 34). That’s hardly a rousing call for federal intervention to negotiate drug prices.

These proposals also won’t work. While it might appear that an administration could leverage millions of Medicare beneficiaries to extract lower prices, the reality is that private drug plans have already done this, and quite successfully. Medicare Part D plans currently compete to achieve lower costs and deliver superior customer service. This is why the Medicare prescription drug plan has come in at less than half of its original projected cost and still receives beneficiary satisfaction ratings of 85 percent or more. Moreover, private plans can use a formulary to reward low-priced drugs, while the government cannot. In effect, the private sector prescription drug plans already have all the market-based leverage available.

Of course, there are also lots of ways that the government could make things worse. Some argue for seemingly mild “transparency” in the private negotiations already occurring within the Medicare drug program. Unfortunately, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded this would undercut the incentive to negotiate vigorously and raise the overall cost of the program. A stiffer policy would be to impose mandatory Medicaid-style rebates in the low income Medicare drug program. But “rebates” amount to an additional cost imposed on manufacturers. Those costs must come from somewhere, and the likely answer is in the form of higher prices outside the Medicare program.

The most dramatic thing the government could do is to impose price controls. For that reason, one usually suspects that a call for government negotiation is really just a pledge for price-fixing in disguise. Price-fixing never works, and price-fixing in one sub-market like Medicare is usually even more damaging to that market.

Finally, these proposals beg the question: what problem is being solved? Yes, there are years when drug spending rises rapidly – the Clinton campaign focuses on 2014 when the National Health Expenditure data show that spending rose at an annual rate of 12.2 percent. But looking over longer periods shows no such pattern. From 1960 to 2014, drug spending and the remainder of national health spending grew at exactly the same 9.1 percent annual rate. More recently, in the decade ending in 2014, the data show that non-drug spending grew 4.8 percent annually, while drug spending grew at a 4.4 percent rate.

It turns out that the secret to controlling drug prices is negotiation – private negotiation. The kind of competitive bargaining that prevails between manufacturers and their customers all through the economy; that dictates prices between drug manufacturers and their myriad purchasers, especially pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) negotiating on behalf of employers and health plans; and that was built into the successful Medicare prescription drug program. Politicians may promise to control drug prices but market forces already do.

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Two Keys Why You Don’t Receive & How to Shift It!

Have you ever wondered why you struggle receiving the things you want? I see this a lot in my coaching practice and with my students. In fact, I would say that receiving is one of the key issues most people face. I would like to share with you some thoughts that might help you break out of this painful cycle.

Here are the two core reasons I’ve seen over and over again that shut people down to receiving:

1. We are brought up to believe that receiving is wrong. For some, this belief stems in religion, and for others it begins in the home.

There is a tendency in religion to push the belief that being of service means you must deny yourself. In other words, don’t receive. But when you live by this belief, you shut down to taking the time to go within and connect to God. This is where you get the guidance you need to live life in the flow with grace and ease.

Even if your family wasn’t religious, you might have been brought up in a home in which your mom and dad gave themselves up to take care of your needs. They set the example that it wasn’t okay to receive. This is why it’s so important for parents to love themselves. They don’t realize that they are perpetuating a cycle of pain for their kids to grow up and do the same.

2. Feeling bad about one’s self is the second reason most people don’t receive. If you have beliefs, whether conscious or hidden, that tell you something is wrong with you or that you have to act a certain way to receive, you’ll stay shut down to having miracles show up. This is why it’s so important to do the inner work of cleaning up subconscious beliefs. As you chip away at each of them and raise your Worthiness Quotient to inner abundance, you attract outer abundance and miracles.

I share a story of Cassie in my book, The Enlightened Mom, and her awakening to the importance of receiving. Cassie had attended my weekly live Enlightened Mom class, focusing on helping the ladies release subconscious beliefs so they could finally love themselves unconditionally and open up to receive. From the very first session, most of the moms were having breakthroughs and seeing miracles show up in their daily lives. But Cassie was different. She was mired in the negativity of her mind and really struggled with receiving.

For the last session of our class, we went to a local bookstore and sat on the patio. I invited the ladies to take a moment and go within to get grounded and connected to God before going into the store. Their mission was to allow God to guide them and to open up to receive a message.

Cassie was the first one back to the patio! With tear-filled eyes and joy that was palpable, she shared the incredible messages she received, one after the other from the pages of a book she had been guided to pick up. Cassie exclaimed, “I get it now! I used to ask God for guidance and would get so angry because I never got answers. Now I realize the messages were always there. All I had to do was give myself permission to open up and receive them!”

Cassie had been mired in false beliefs about receiving. She gradually chipped away at some of those beliefs during our class. But it wasn’t until that day at the bookstore that she finally realized a huge truth:

You are the one who determines whether you receive.


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Are you like Cassie was? Are you shut down to receiving the love, guidance and support you seek to make life a joyful flow?

If your answer is yes, it is time to look within. Do you have religious programming that says to be of service you must not receive? Or did you grow up in a family in which your parents put themselves on the backburner, giving you an example that this is love?

To be able to give freely, you must learn to receive. You can’t truly be of service if you’re coming from an empty cup.

Here are three simple steps to open up to receive:

1. Give yourself permission to receive. You are the boss of your life. If you’re not receiving a life of grace and ease, it’s because you’re still making others the authority of your life.

2. Take time daily to connect. Spend time in meditation, prayer, journaling or whatever works for you, but by all means, connect. This is a powerful way to set your inner compass to receiving.

3. Be you! Pay attention to when you shut down your voice, your feelings and your needs. Then give yourself permission to share these things. If you struggle with this, go within and clean up the beliefs that stop you down. By loving yourself unconditionally, you send out an energetic message to the universe that says, “I deserve to receive simply for being me!”

Receiving is the loving thing to do. As you transition into this new belief, you will feel loved, guided and supported. You will shift from lack to abundance. And your life will flow magically with grace and ease.

Receiving is an act of service.

As you give yourself permission to receive, your cup will be so full that you’ll want everyone else to feel the way you do. You’ll serve others by lifting them up. You’ll want to give like never before. Your life will be your greatest act of service.

Terri Britt is a spiritual coach, inspirational speaker, former Miss USA, and the award-winning author of The Enlightened Mom. Are you ready to open up and receive? It’s time to raise your Worthiness Quotient! Get my FREE gift, The Worthiness Quotient Breakthrough Bundle, and receive the tools to help you shift your life from stress and struggle to inner and outer abundance.

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4 Things People Who Are Grieving Want You To Know

Whether it’s triggered by a tragic event or the loss of a loved one, grief is a part of the human experience that we will all have to endure. 

But however universal that haunting sadness is, grieving is an isolating, complicated process that can be very difficult to understand. That’s why it can be helpful to be armed with as much information as possible to help you or someone you love carry on through trying times.

Below are a few things people experiencing this complex emotion would want you to know:

1. Grief is not one emotion, but a collection of emotions.

Feelings of yearning and sorrow define grief, but most grieving people will also experience anxiety, guilt, anger or shame, according to Katherine Shear, program director for Columbia University’s Center for Complicated Grief. Grief can also include positive emotions ― someone may feel relief, for example, after losing a loved one who was ill or burdensome ― which makes the grieving process all the more complex.

“Grief is not a single emotion, but rather contains a compendium of emotions, both negative and positive,” Shear said during a 2014 panel on grief and depression. And this spectrum of feelings can help an individual move forward.

“Overall,” Shear continued, “many complex and varying emotional, cognitive and behavioral changes are entailed in making the adaptation needed to come to terms with the loss and to re-envision the future after bereavement.”

2. People grieve in different ways ― and that’s OK.

Grieving is a personal journey. While one person may choose to be surrounded by friends or family during a time of sadness or loss, another individual may prefer solitude. The only correct way to grieve is the one that best fits the individual’s unique needs. 

“Not understanding the individuality of grief could complicate and delay whatever grief we might experience from our own loss,” grief counselor Jinny Tesik wrote for the nonprofit Suicide Awareness Voices of Education. “It could also influence us, should we attempt to judge the grieving of others.”

However, if you or someone you know begins abusing alcohol or drugs as a way to suppress or control the painful feelings of grief, it may be time to step in. If an individual needs help with substance abuse or mental health issues, call 800-662-HELP (4357) for the SAMHSA National Helpline.

3. When grief is prolonged and significantly more painful, it is a condition known as “complicated grief.”

Most grief gradually dissipates without the need for therapy or professional counseling. Complicated grief, however, involves severe grieving that is especially long, debilitating and gets worse over time, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Symptoms of this deep level of grief go beyond the typical anxiety and mourning experienced with normal grief, and include intense sorrow at the thought of a lost loved one, an obsession with the tragic event, detachment, feelings of bitterness, lack of trust in others and an inability to enjoy life. An estimated 15 percent of people who lose a loved one will experience complicated grief, according to Yale University psychologist Holly Prigerson.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing this type of grief, Mayo Clinic recommends seeking professional help or counseling for relief, especially if the grieving person is at risk for self-harm.

4. Grief isn’t always something to conquer. It can be something you learn to live with.

After a period of grieving ends, the emotions don’t simply disappear forever. Sometimes, an event or an image can trigger a memory of a loved one, causing feelings of sadness, longing and loss.

“As time passes, the intensity of feelings about the loss will lessen… But you’re not going to get over it because that’s impossible: You cannot erase emotional memory,” Mary C. Lamia, a clinical psychologist, wrote in 2011 blog for Psychology Today.

Some researchers even argue that one cannot return to a prior emotional state after a significant loss.

“Besides, it’s not about achieving closure,” Lamia wrote on Psychology Today. “Instead you have to figure out what you are going to do when your emotional memories are later triggered.”

Though it’s impossible to predict how loss will affect any one person, working through that loss is something we will all experience. Be respectful of your own grieving process, as well as that of others. And, above all, if you feel like you or someone you know needs help, don’t be afraid to ask for it.

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Understanding Trump’s Use of Language

Note: This is a follow-up to my previous piece, “Understanding Trump.” Please read that piece first.)

The Responsible Reporter’s Problem

Responsible reporters in the media normally transcribe political speeches so that they can accurately report them. But Donald Trump’s discourse style has stumped a number of reporters. Dan Libit, CNBC’s excellent analyst is one of them. Libit writes:

His unscripted speaking style, with its spasmodic, self-interrupting sentence structure, has increasingly come to overwhelm the human brains and tape recorders attempting to quote him.

Trump is, simply put, a transcriptionist’s worst nightmare: severely unintelligible, and yet, incredibly important to understand.

Given how dramatically recent polls have turned on his controversial public utterances, it is not hyperbolic to say that the very fate of the nation, indeed human civilization, appears destined to come down to one man’s application of the English language — and the public’s comprehension of it. It has turned the rote job of transcribing into a high-stakes calling.

Trump’s crimes against clarity are multifarious: He often speaks in long, run-on sentences, with frequent asides. He pauses after subordinate clauses. He frequently quotes people saying things that aren’t actual quotes. And he repeats words and phrases, sometimes with slight variations, in the same sentence.

Some in the media (Washington Post, Salon, Slate, Think Progress, etc.) have called Trump’s speeches “word salad.” Some commentators have even attributed his language use to “early Alzheimer’s,” citing “erratic behavior” and “little regards for social conventions.” I don’t believe it.

I have been repeatedly asked in media interviews about such use of language by Trump. So far as I can tell, he is simply using effective discourse mechanisms to communicate what his wants to communicate to his audience. I have found that he is very careful and very strategic in his use of language. The only way I know to show this is to function as a linguist and cognitive scientist and go through details.

Let’s start with sentence fragments. It is common and natural in New York discourse for friends to finish one another’s sentences. And throughout the country, if you don’t actually say the rest of a friend’s sentence out loud, there is nevertheless a point at which you can finish it in your head. When this happens in cooperative discourse, it can show empathy and intimacy with a friend, that you know the context of the narrative, and that you understand and accept your friend’s framing of the situation so well that you can even finish what they have started to say. Of course, you can be bored with, or antagonistic to, someone and be able to finish their sentences with anything but a feeling of empathy and intimacy. But Trump prefers to talk to a friendly crowd.

Trump often starts a sentence and leaves off where his followers can finish in their minds what he has started to say. That is, they commonly feel empathy and intimacy, an acceptance of what is being said, and good feeling toward the speaker. This is an unconscious, automatic reaction, especially when words are flying by quickly. It is a means for Trump to connect with his audience.

The Second Amendment Incident

Here is the classic case, the Second Amendment Incident. The thing to be aware of is that his words are carefully chosen. They go by quickly when people hear them. But they are processed unconsciously first by neural circuitry — and neurons operate on a thousandth-of-a-second time scale. Your neural circuitry has plenty of time to engage in complex forms of understanding, based on what you already know.

Trump begins by saying, “Hillary wants to abolish, essentially abolish the Second Amendment.” He first just says “abolish,” and then hedges by adding “essentially abolish.” But having said “abolish” twice, he has gotten across the message that she wants to, and is able to, change the Constitution in that way.

Now, at the time the Second Amendment was written, the “arms” in “bear arms” were long rifles that fired one bullet at a time. The “well-regulated militia” was a local group, like a contemporary National Guard unit, regulated by a local government with military command structure. They were protecting American freedoms against the British.

The Second Amendment has been reinterpreted by contemporary ultra-conservatives as the right of individual citizens to bear contemporary arms (e.g., AK-47’s), either to protect their families against invaders or to change a government by armed rebellion if that government threatens what they see as their freedoms. The term “Second Amendment” activates the contemporary usage by ultra-conservatives. It is a dog-whistle term, understood in that way by many conservatives.

Now, no president or Supreme Court could literally abolish any constitutional amendment alone. But a Supreme Court could judge that that certain laws concerning gun ownership could be unconstitutional. That is what Trump meant by “essentially abolish.”

Thus, the election of Hillary Clinton threatens the contemporary advocates of the ‘Second Amendment.’

Trump goes on:

“By the way, and if she gets to pick [loud boos] — if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is, I don’t know.”

Here are the details.

By the way,” marks a parallel utterance, one that does not linearly follow from what was just said, but that has information relevant to what was just said.

“And” here marks information that follows from what was just said.

“If she gets to pick …” When said the first time, it was followed immediately by loud boos. The audience could finish the if-clause for themselves, since the word “pick” in context could only be about Hillary picking liberal judges. Trump goes on making this explicit, “if she gets to pick her judges…”

“Gets to” is important. The metaphor here with “to” is that Achieving a Purpose Is Reaching a Destination” with the object of “to” marking the pick. The “get” in “get to” is from a related metaphor, namely, that Achieving a Purpose Is Getting a Desired Object. In both Purpose metaphors, the Achievement of the Purpose can be stopped by an opponent. The “if,” indicates that the achievement of the purpose is still uncertain, which raises the question of whether it can be stopped.

“Her judges” indicates that the judges are not your judges, from which it follows that they will not rule the way you want them to, namely, for keeping your guns. The if-clause thus has a consequence: unless Hillary is prevented from becoming president, “her judges” will change the laws to take away your guns and your Constitutional right to bear arms. This would be a governmental infringement on your freedom, which would justify the armed intervention of ultra-conservatives, what Sharon Angle in Nevada has called the “Second Amendment solution.” In short, a lot is entailed — in little time on a human timescale, but with lots of time on a neural timescale.

Having set this up, Trump follows the if-clause with “Nothing you can do, folks.” This is a shortened version in everyday colloquial English of “There will be nothing you can do, folks.” That is, if you let Hillary take office, you will be so weak that you will be unable to stop her. The “folks,” suggests that he and the audience members are socially part of the same social group — as opposed to a distant billionaire with his own agenda.

Immediately after “nothing you can do,” Trump goes on: “Although the Second Amendment people, maybe there is.

“Although” is a word used to contrast one possible course of events with an opposite possibility. Trump has just presented a possible course of events that is threatening to ultra-conservative Second Amendment advocates. “Although the Second Amendment people” calls up the alternative for those who would act violently to protect their Second Amendment right.

“Maybe” brings up a suggestion. “Maybe there is” suggests that there is something the “Second Amendment People” can do to prevent Hillary from taking office and appointing liberal judges who would take away what they see as their Constitutional rights.

“I don’t know” is intended to remove Trump from any blame. But it acts unconsciously in the opposite way. It is like the title of the book I wrote, “Don’t Think of an Elephant.” The way the brain works is that negating a frame activates the frame. The relevant frame for “Second Amendment people” is use of arms to protect their rights against a government threatening to take away their rights. This is about the right to shoot, not about the right to vote. Second Amendment conservative discourse is about shooting, not about voting.

The point here is that Trump’s use of language is anything but “word salad.” His words and his use of grammar are carefully chosen, and put together artfully, automatically, and quickly.

Trump never overtly used the word “assassinate.” He says he was just suggesting that advocates of the Second Amendment vote, and was being sarcastic. A sarcastic invocation to vote would sound very different. A sarcastic invocation to vote might be, “The American way to change things is to vote. But maybe you care so much about shooting, you won’t be able to organize to vote.”

He didn’t say anything like that. And he chose his words very, very carefully.

Believe Me! Some People Say…

People in the media have asked me about Trump’s use of “Believe me!” and “Many people say” followed by a statement that is not true, but that he wants he audience to believe. Why does he use such expressions and how do they work in discourse? To understand this, one needs to look at the concept of lying. Most people will say that a lie is a false statement. But a study by linguists Linda Coleman and Paul Kay pointed out more than 30 years ago that the situation is more complex.

If a statement happens to be false, but you sincerely believe that it is true, you are not lying in stating it. Lying involves a hierarchy of conditions defining worse and worse lies. Here is the hierarchy:

1. You don’t believe it.

2. You are trying to deceive.

3. You are trying to gain advantage for yourself.

4.You are trying to harm.

As you add conditions in the hierarchy, the lies get worse and worse.

Though this is the usual hierarchy for lies, there are variations: A white lie is one that is harmless. A social lie is one where deceit is general helpful, as in, “Aunt Susie, that was such a delicious Jello mold that you made.” Other variations include exaggeration, flattery, kidding, joking, etc.

Lying is a form of uncooperative discourse. But most discourse is cooperative, and there are rules governing it that the philosopher Paul Grice called “maxims” in his Harvard Lectures in 1967. Grice observed that uncooperative discourse is created when the maxims are violated. Grice’s maxims were extended in the 1970’s by Eve Sweetser in a paper on lying.

Sweetser postulated a Maxim of Helpfulness:

In Cooperative Discourse, people intend to help one another.

She then observed that there were two models used in helpful communication.

1. Ordinary Communication:
If people say something, they are intending to help if and only if they believe it. People intend to deceive, if and only if they don’t intend to help.

2.Justified Belief:
People have adequate reasons for their beliefs. What people have adequate reason to believe is true.

Though this model does not hold for all situations (e.g., kidding), they are models that are used by virtually everyone unconsciously all day every day. If I tell my wife that I saw my cousin this morning, there is no reason to deceive, so I believe it (Ordinary Communication). And since I know my cousin well, if I believe I saw him, then I did see him (Justified Belief). Such principles are part of our unconsciously functioning neural systems. They work automatically, unless they become conscious and we can attend to them and control them.

Trump uses these communication models that are in your brain. When he says “Believe me!” he is using the principle of Justified Belief, suggesting that he has the requisite experience for his belief to be true. When those in Trump’s audience hear “Believe me!”, they will mostly understand it automatically and, unconsciously and via Justified Belief, will take it to be true.

When Trump says, “Many people say that …” both principles are unconsciously activated. If many people say it, they are unlikely to all or mostly be deceiving, which means they believe it, and by Justified Belief, it is taken to be true.

You have to be on your toes, listening carefully and ready to disbelieve Trump, to avoid the use of these ordinary cognitive mechanisms in your brain that Trump uses for his purposes.

Is He “On Topic?”

Political reporters are used to hearing speeches with significant sections on a single policy issue. Trump often goes from policy to policy to policy in a single sentence. Is he going off topic?

So far as I can discern, he always on topic, but you have to understand what his topic is. As I observed in my Understanding Trump paper, Trump is deeply, personally committed to his version of Strict Father Morality. He wants it to dominate the country and the world, and he wants to be the ultimate authority in this authoritarian model of the family that is applied in conservative politics in virtually every issue area.

Every particular issue, from building the wall, to using our nukes, to getting rid of inheritance taxes (on those making $ 10.9 million or more), to eliminating the minimum wage — every issue is an instance of his version of Strict Father Morality over all areas of life, with him as ultimately in charge.

As he shifts from particular issue to particular issue, each of them activates his version of Strict Father Morality and strengthens it in the brains of his audience. So far as I can tell, he is always on topic — where this is the topic.

Always Selling

For five decades, Trump has been using all these techniques of selling and trying to make deals to his advantage. It seems to have become second nature for him to use these devices. And he uses them carefully and well. He is a talented charlatan. Keeping you off balance is part of his game. As is appealing to ordinary thought mechanisms in the people he is addressing.

It is vital that the media, and ordinary voters, learn to recognize his techniques. When the media fails to grasp what he is doing, it gives him an advantage. Every time someone in the media claims his discourse is “word salad, ” it helps Trump by hiding what he is really doing.

“Regret” or Excuse

One day after the above was written, Trump made a well-publicized statement of “regret.”

“Sometimes, in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing.

I have done that.

And believe it or not, I regret it.

And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.

Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues. …”

He did not give any specifics.

What we have just seen is that he chooses his words VERY carefully. And he has done that here.

He starts out with “sometimes,” which suggests that it is a rare occurrence on no particular occasions — a relatively rare accident. He continues with a general, inescapable fact about being a presidential candidate, namely, that he is always “in the heat of debate and speaking on a multitude of issues.” The words “heat” and “multitude” suggest that normal attention to details like word choice cannot operate in presidential campaign. In short, it is nothing that he could possibly be responsible for, and is a rare occurrence anyway.

Then he uses the word “you.” This shifts perspective from him to “you,” a member of the audience. You too, if you were running for president, would naturally be in such uncontrollable situations all the time, when “you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing.” It’s just a matter of choosing “the right words.” This means that he had the right ideas, but under natural, and inevitable attentional stress, an unavoidable mistake happens and could happen to you: “you” have the right ideas, but mess up on the “right words.”

He then admits to “sometimes” making an unavoidable, natural mistake, not in choosing the right ideas, but in word choice and, putting yourself in his shoes, “you say the wrong thing” — that is, you are thinking the right thing, but you just say it wrong — “sometimes.”

His admission is straightforward — “I have done that” — as if he had just admitted to something immoral, but which he has carefully described as anything but immoral.

“And believe it or not, I regret it.” What he is communicating with “believe it or not,” is that you, in the audience, may not believe that I am a sensitive soul, but I really am, as shown by my statement of regret. He then emphasizes his statement of personal sensitivity: “And I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain.” Note the “may have caused.” No admission that he definitely DID “cause personal pain.” And no specifics given. After all, they don’t have to be given, because it is natural, unavoidable, accidental, and so rare as to not matter. He states this: “Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues.” In short, it’s a trivial matter to be ignored — because it is a natural, unavoidable, accidental mistake, only in the words not the thoughts, and is so rare as to be unimportant. All that in five well-crafted sentences!

Note how carefully he has chosen his words. And what is the intended effect? He should be excused because inaccurate word choice is so natural that it will inevitably occur again, and he should not be criticized when the stress of the campaign leads inevitably to mistakes in trivial word choice.

But there is a larger effect. Words have meanings. The words he carefully uses, often over and over, get across his values and ideas, which are all too often lies or promotions of racist, sexist, and other un-American invocations. When these backfire mightily, as with the Khans, there can be no hiding behind a nonspecific “regret” that they were just rare, accidental word choice mistakes too trivial for the public to be “consumed with.”

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Bali High

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Although I’ve been home from Bali several weeks, I keep dreaming I’m there…the sounds, the smells, images of the people wash over me:

  • The beauty of this island full of flowers and smiling faces.
  • The gamelan music, an orchestra of percussion instruments, bells and bamboo flutes that mimic the sounds of a Bali morning – insects, birds, roosters, ocean waves.
  • The scent of incense lingering from the daily offerings of carefully crafted coconut or palm frond containers full of colorful flowers, offered to appease the lower gods and honor the higher gods.
  • The chaos of cars, trucks and motorbikes carrying whole families and goods to market passing within inches on narrow roads – made safe by the gentle toot or toot-toot that signals passing.

Immersed in the Balinese culture for two weeks, I was reminded there are so many good ways to live. We visited my friend Susan, a psychologist, who lives in Bali. There is no work for her among the locals. They are too happy. Traveling with my daughter Lisa, we mused about what keeps the people contented. Lisa wrote about it in her blog: What the Balinese do for Anxiety.

As part of their Hindu Buddhist religion, as Lisa describes, everyone prepares and dedicates offerings to the gods. Every day. In every home, store and village. Before picking us up, our drivers prayed in their family temples for our safe trips. Children learn very young to play in a gamelan orchestra, and to dance the traditional Balinese dances. The dancing is complex, physically difficult, using every body part including head and eyes, in still and flowing patterns to the sound of the gamelan, each movement carrying meaning. The dances act out familiar stories that are sometimes funny, always teaching moral lessons. Characters include the gods of good and mischief and evil. Beautifully carved sacred masks and elaborate costumes are integral to the dances.

We saw several Balinese dance performances, and one night we were treated to another traditional form of theater – a shadow puppet show. Behind the screen, which we were invited to visit, was an entire family supporting the puppeteer. He told a piece of the traditional Ramayana story – an ancient, epic Hindu story. However, he improvised the telling for the audience (our small group of Americans.) He made it modern and relevant to us, including references to surprising things like Pokemon Go!

Steeped in tradition, ritual and shared beliefs, the Balinese are warm, relaxed and friendly. Good humor abounds. They seem untroubled by questions like, “Who am I?” “Where do I belong?” and “How can I feel safe?” Those questions are answered in the context of their daily lives, living with family, belonging to compound and village, doing the daily rituals, sharing in the many large ceremonies and celebrations.

Bali is an open-hearted culture. Thinking of it makes me happy. I hope my Bali dreams continue.

Since coming home, I’ve been asking myself questions: how might we build ritual and tradition more solidly into our daily lives? How open-hearted is the United States? And – what might be an American equivalent to the gentle, respectful horn toots on the highways that keep people calm, safe and cared for?

COACHING QUESTIONS

  1. What new perspective have you gained from visiting other cultures (here or in other countries?)
  2. What rituals or traditions do you practice in your life?
  3. How do they help you feel safe and connect you with others?
  4. What rituals/traditions would you like to create in your life?
  5. When will you start?
  6. How do you contribute to the open-heartedness of your culture?

P.S. I promised to follow up on how well StopJetLag worked. It worked! Stopped jetlag in its tracks. Lisa and I recommend it heartily.

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Why You Should Really Never Sleep In Your Contact Lenses

If you thought dry eyes were the worst that could happen if you sleep in your contact lenses every so often, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has news. The consequences can be a lot worse.

Approximately one in five contact lens-related corneal infections (i.e. those on the clear outer layer of the eye) resulted in serious damage to the eye, according to a new CDC report that analyzed 1,075 contact lens-related corneal infection medical reports sent to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration between 2005 and 2015.

Think permanent scarring, surgery or even vision loss, as this video from Time explains.

And one in every four infections occurred in contact lens wearers who reported totally avoidable behaviors like reusing cleansing solution or sleeping in their lenses.

“While severe eye infections are not common, they can lead to long-lasting damage,” Jennifer Cope, a medical epidemiologist at CDC who coauthored the new report, told The Huffington Post. 

Contact lens-related eye infections are often preventable.
Jennifer Cope, a CDC medical epidemiologist

Previous research from Cope and her colleagues showed that of a survey of 4,269 contact lens wearers from across the U.S. more than 99 percent reported one behavior that put them at increased risk for an eye infection or inflammation, such as sleeping overnight or napping in contact lenses, reusing contact solution, wearing lenses longer than recommended or swimming in lenses.

Other research has shown that even occasionally sleeping overnight in contact lenses increases an individual’s risk of an infection by more than six-fold.

The problem with sleeping in your lenses is that you deprive your corneas of oxygen, Rebecca Taylor, an ophthalmologist in private practice in Nashville, Tenn., and a spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, previously told HuffPost.

“It’s like having a plastic bag over your head when you sleep,” she said. “It’s not ideal for oxygen exchange.” 

To help keep your eyes refreshed and infection-free, Cope says remember these three rules:

1. Don’t sleep in your contacts without discussing it with your eye doctor first.

2. Don’t reuse contact solution.

3. Replace your contact lenses as often as recommended by your eye doctor.

It’s important to note that the CDC report only included infections that were reported to the FDA ― and there are likely many more contact lens-related infections that are not reported to the FDA, Cope said.

And there’s also no way of knowing from this report exactly how many of the infections in this report were necessarily caused by the behaviors that are known to put an individual at a higher risk for infection. But Cope added: “The bottom line is that contact lens-related eye infections are often preventable.” 

Learn more by watching the video above.

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

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Voters Prefer State-Level Republicans To Donald Trump

Donald Trump is less-liked by voters than other Republican office-seekers. Hillary Clinton’s national polling lead seems to have settled at around 6-7 percent. And this was supposed to be a good year for a Republican presidential candidate. This is HuffPollster for Tuesday, August 23, 2016.

DOWN BALLOT REPUBLICANS ARE MORE POPULAR THAN TRUMP, BUT IT MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO SAVE THEM – HuffPollster: “To save their Senate majority, [Republicans will] need battleground states to…split their ticket across party lines, supporting GOP candidates for Senate, even if they prefer Clinton over Trump….A new HuffPost/YouGov poll offers another bit of evidence that Trump is under-performing other Republican politicians. Forty-three percent of voters said the Republican candidates running for office in their state were better than Donald Trump, while 12 percent said their state candidates were worse, and 25 percent that they were about the same….Just 31 percent of voters said their state’s Democratic candidates were better than Clinton, while 7 percent said they were worse, and a plurality, 44 percent, that they’re about the same….The question is whether those results are a sign that Trump isn’t dragging down other candidates, or a representation of his potential to do exactly that, especially as House and Senate Democrats seek to link vulnerable rivals to the Trump campaign. Evidence is increasingly pointing to the latter.” [HuffPost]

IN OHIO, ROB PORTMAN IS SIGNIFICANTLY OUTPERFORMING TRUMP – From a Monmouth survey released Monday: “Hillary Clinton holds a slim 4 point lead over Donald Trump in the perennial battleground state of Ohio.  In the race for U.S. Senate, incumbent senator Rob Portman has an 8 point lead over former governor Ted Strickland.  The candidates for president and senate are experiencing varying degrees of success in appealing to the typical Buckeye worker….Among Ohio voters likely to cast ballots in November’s presidential election, 43% currently support Clinton and 39% back Trump….the Monmouth University Poll  finds GOP incumbent Rob Portman with a 48% to 40% lead over former Democratic governor Ted Strickland.” [Monmouth] 

Portman’s strength is helping Republican hopes of keeping the Senate – The Monmouth poll and a CBS/YouGov poll out over the weekend both showed strong results for Portman, which increased the chances of Republicans maintaining the Ohio seat from 83 percent to a new high of 93 percent according to HuffPost’s Senate model. That change shifted the overall probability of a Democratic takeover down from 55 percent to 51 percent, and increased the probability of a 50-50 Republican-Democrat split in the chamber to 25 percent (from 23 percent). Republicans still have only about a 24 percent chance of keeping the majority (up from 22 percent), but the trajectory of Portman’s race ― and his ability to lead independent of Trump’s standing in his state ― is some rare good news for Senate Republicans.

HILLARY CLINTON HAS A 6-7 PERCENT ADVANTAGE OVER TRUMP – As we get further from the convention, polling shows Hillary Clinton maintaining a solid lead over Donald Trump in the national polls. Her lead has slipped slightly, but only by about 1 point in the HuffPost Pollster averages since the end of the conventions. Trump has remained steady over the last few weeks, barely budging from his averages in the mid-to-upper 30s. In head-to-head matchups with Trump, Clinton has dropped from a high of 47.8 percent at the beginning of August to 46.9 percent today. In matchups that include Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, she’s seen a similar change from 43.9 percent then to 43.1 percent support now. A month out from the conventions, it’s fairly safe to say that her lead over Trump is a solid 6-7 percentage points.

2016 WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A GOOD YEAR FOR THE GOP  – John Sides: “[I]f Clinton does win comfortably, one of the most important lessons will be: It wasn’t supposed to be that way…. in 2014, given economic growth and President Obama’s popularity and the challenge of winning the White House for a third term, the odds slightly favored the Republicans…. At a minimum, the election should be a toss-up. Thus far, it’s not. Now here’s where it gets interesting. One explanation for why Clinton is favored to win in this environment is simple: Donald J. Trump. By design, statistical models of elections don’t build in the idiosyncratic features of individual candidates….But Trump alone isn’t enough to explain the Democrats’ advantage. Even in late 2015 or early 2016, before any caucuses or primaries, both the prediction markets and political experts gave the Democrats better than a 50 percent chance of winning. At least part of Democrats’ advantage predates Trump’s nomination.” [WashPost]

VOTER FRAUD SPARKS OUTSIZED CONCERNS – Ryan Grenoble: “According to a Gallup poll released Monday, 36 percent of Americans believe voter fraud is a ‘major problem,’ and a further 32 percent view it as a ‘minor problem.’ The poll found that Republicans are much more concerned about voter fraud than Democrats. Fifty-two percent of Republicans think ineligible voters casting ballots will be a major problem in this year’s election, compared to 26 percent of Democrats….There’s virtually no evidence of in-person voter fraud occurring, and voter ID laws passed by state legislatures do nothing to address the fraud that actually does exist. Instead, the laws mostly just impede minorities from voting.” [HuffPost]

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TUESDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ – Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data: 

-Roanoke College gives Hillary Clinton a 16-point lead in Virginia. [Roanoke]

-A new SurveyMonkey poll finds Donald Trump continuing to struggle with minority voters. [NBC]

-Jonathan Ladd argues that better messaging could help the Trump campaign. [Vox]

-Toni Monkovic charts 50 years of electoral college maps. [NYT]

-Stan Greenberg (D) lays out a strategy for Democrats to pick up Senate and House seats. [DemCorps]

-Daniel Cox writes that religious diversity may be making America less religious. [538]

-Nearly half of black Americans say they’ve been treated unfairly in the last month because of their race. [Gallup]

-Most men think sexism no longer hinders women. [WashPost]

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What No One Told Me About Following My Passion

Like much of my generation in America, I don’t have to worry about where my next meal will come from. I don’t have to worry about how I’ll get to work. I don’t have to worry about a safe, dry place to sleep.

So I worry about something else, with which much less of the world has the luxury of preoccupation: purpose. Some spend their days searching for food; I spend my life hunting meaning–full, but unsatisfied.

Most millennials’ basic needs have been met–a prerequisite for fulfilling our greatest potential. If we don’t make our lives meaningful, we will have dishonored and squandered our opportunity. Perhaps this responsibility explains our fixation with purpose.

We know what we want. The question is: how do we find it?

Hoping that international travel and novel experiences would infuse my life with meaning, I moved to Canada when I graduated college. There I learned, as I conclude in my essay The Myth of Wanderlust, “you can’t drive to purpose.”

So I returned home and pursued my lifelong passion of writing. For the last two years, I’ve followed a self-authored, step-by-step plan to successfully discovering, integrating and making money from my passions. A marketing position, an editing role and six months of self-employment later, I realized you can’t write to purpose, either.

Passion, I’ve learned, does not equal purpose.

Why?

Here’s a synopsis of the 8000 words I initially spewed on this question:

Passion, the way many millennials have come to define it, is self-oriented. Passion is “a strong inclination toward a self-defining activity that one loves, values, and in which one invests a substantial amount of time and energy,” explains one study published in Self and Identity.

Purpose, on the other hand, is other-oriented. One Stanford study found that individuals with meaning mindsets “seek connections, give to others, and orient themselves to a larger purpose.”

Modern passion is pleasure-oriented. One influential study on passion defines it as “an autonomous internalization that leads individuals to choose to engage in the activity that they like.” In other words, passion’s answer to “Why are you doing this?” is “Because I like it.”

But meaningfulness, sums the Stanford study, sometimes involves “feeling bad”.

Passion is short-term. Though we tend to assume it’s lifelong, passion changes more than we anticipate because we change more than we anticipate. As Terri Trespicio observes in her TEDx Talk, “Passion is not a plan. Passion is a feeling, and feelings change.”

Purpose is hardy. Gritty individuals, explains one study, prioritize long-term goals. This long-term perspective, another study notes, helps give “more weight to meaning than pleasure” and solidifies self-control.

I don’t regret following my passion. In fact, I still endorse my strategy. Passions help us understand who we are and what we want. They bring vitality and joy to our days. But following your passion is a deceptively slow, uncertain way to purpose.

If I could tell myself anything three years ago when I graduated college, it would probably be this:

“Follow your passion, sure. But don’t expect it to produce your purpose.”

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A Unique Approach To Discomfort

“Destiny is not for comfort seekers. Destiny is for the daring and determined who are willing to endure some discomfort, delay gratification, and go where destiny leads.” ~ T.D. Jakes

“We ask God for signs, wonders and miracles, but refuse to go into circumstances where we need them.” — Christine Caine

One may believe that a happy life eschews pain and discomfort by all costs. But, in truth, life opens up to us and expands when we’re squeezed and pushed through discomfort. Our emotional constriction, which creates our discomfort, begins to soften and expand when we lean into our discomfort. Moreover, our dreams are actualized through moments of confusion, doubt, fear, and uncertainty. So, when we’re pushed into our discomfort zone, we’re better able to witness and cultivate new skills that will propel us to new heights in our spiritual, emotional, and physical evolution.

How many of us can say that we have grown and transformed the most when we are “seemingly” sailing through life? Not many of us. When things appear superficially “perfect” and aligned in our lives, what could possibly ignite us toward growth and realizing God’s deeper purpose for our lives?

However, what indubitably pushes us toward greater fulfillment and purpose in our lives is when we’re tightly squeezed and pushed through discomfort. The physical manifestation of the contrast between what we deeply desire on a soulful level to what is actually showing up in our lives, creates the emotional and spiritual dissonance for us to push through and create transformation.

Transformation is accelerated in our lives through pain and discomfort. Such that, God will use different people, events, and circumstances to show up in our lives that cause us aggravation and distress, as a catalyst for growth and inspiration. Personally, I created a life that I dreamed of, living on a paradise island as a Life & Spiritual Coach & Teacher, not by coasting through life and feeling on top of the world. No. My life was radically changed when I hit my lowest point. When my pain and suffering had become enough.

Through pain and suffering, my heart opened up to greater transparency for God’s light to shine through and heal, motivate, and push me at deeper levels. Surely, the pressure was strong and tightening, but the more pressure I experienced, the harder I fought. Had I experienced continued success selling real estate in New York City, perhaps with money flowing in easily and effortlessly, and joy living in a city that stole my heart 19 years ago, I would not be living the life of my dreams right now. I’d still be living a life that was content and good, but truthfully, mediocre in the eyes of God. But, God doesn’t want GOOD ENOUGH for our lives, he wants GREAT!

So where is discomfort showing up in your life? Is it in a relationship? A job? Your living circumstances? Your finances? Your health? Or a lack of balance in your life? Consider each difficulty as a message that God has something better and more meaningful for your life. As we release the need to pity ourselves in difficult times and rather use discomfort as the catalyst toward change, we create an opportunity for greater richness and joy in our lives. Discomfort and pressure will always show up. To the extent that, although my life is greater than it’s ever been, there are newer and completely different experiences of discomfort that appear. But, with greater awareness I now recognize that my discomfort shows me that there’s still more for me to see and do in my life. This inspires me to work harder and explore my path with greater curiosity and determination.

Today, find peace with your discomfort. Embrace the stickiness. Ask for its lessons and guidance. Trust that your uneasiness is the vehicle to catapult you to places you’ve never been before. Use discomfort to your advantage in creating a life you dream of.

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Monday’s Morning Email: Is This Trump’s Immigration Pivot?

TOP STORIES

IS THIS TRUMP’S IMMIGRATION PIVOT? His new campaign managersaid Trump was committed to a “fair and humane” look at those living in the country illegally. And amidst the pivot, Trump’s campaign is being forced to spend the money it has to attempt to raise more, all while leaning heavily on the RNC. [Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost]

WE ALREADY MISS THE OLYMPICS Check out the final medal count, with the U.S. almost doubling the total of the next closest country. U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said that Ryan Lochte and the three other swimmers involved in the Rio scandal would face further disciplinary action. Team USA won gold in men’s basketball, even with the”dreamy enough team.” The American and New Zealand runner who captivated the world after their fall were both awarded rare medals for sportsmanship. And Simone Biles made the perfect U.S. flag-bearer for the closing ceremony. [Maxwell Strachan, HuffPost]

INSIDE DEUTSCHE BANK’S $ 10 BILLION SCANDAL The New Yorker takes a look at how “a scheme to help Russians secretly funnel money offshore unravelled.” [The New Yorker]

SUICIDE BOMBER UNDER 15 KILLS 51 AT WEDDING IN TURKEY 69 more people were injured at the wedding in Gaziantep. [Reuters]

THE WORLD PAID ATTENTION TO THIS PHOTO OF A SYRIAN CHILD But not these seven. [NYT]

SCALLOPS RECALLED AFTER SICKENING HUNDREDS Sea Port Products Corp’s scallops were responsible for a hepatitis A outbreak. [CNN]

AS YELLOW FEVER IN ANGOLA EXPLODES, THE QUESTION REMAINS Where is the vaccine? [WaPo]

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WHAT’S BREWING

HAVE YOU LISTENED TO ALL OF FRANK OCEAN’S NEW ALBUM YET? Because we can barely handle ourselves. Here are a few “first impressions” in the most “unusual” of album drops. [HuffPost]

‘NIGHTMARE ON MAIN STREET’ The Economist’s investigation into the lurking possibility of another housing crisis. [The Economist]

‘THE FAILURE OF HENRY FORD’S UTOPIA IN THE AMAZON’ “In the 1920s the US industrialist wanted to found a city based on the values that made his company a success ― while, of course, producing cheap rubber. The jungle city that bore his name ended up one of his biggest failures.” [The Guardian]

WANT TO BE CREEPED OUT? Read each of the 98 “personal data points” Facebook uses to find those ads that know exactly what you’re shopping for. [WaPo]

THE BEAUTY OF EMAIL CLICHES We’re a bit biased since we sign all our emails “All the best.”  [The Atlantic]

‘BEN-HUR’ 2.0 BOMBS Not even the chariot races could save it. [Reuters]

WHAT’S WORKING

ILLINOIS GOVERNOR GETS RID OF TAMPON TAX On Friday, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) signed a law ending sales taxes on feminine hygiene products such as pads and tampons. This makes Illinois the third state this year to eliminate the tax, following New York and Connecticut.” [HuffPost

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~ Understanding the “vision and the challenges” of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.

~ Iran says Russia is no longer using its air base for Syrian strikes.

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This Simple Exercise Can Help You Make Peace With Whatever Is Bothering You

When something big is bothering you, the negativity and frustration can feel all-consuming ― and the resolution, too often, elusive. Life coach Tony Robbins has spent decades empowering people to resolve and overcome the obstacles in their paths, and he says there’s a relatively simple exercise that anyone can do in the face of a persistent life dilemma.

Walking through the exercise with Oprah on OWN’s “SuperSoul Sunday,” Robbins demonstrates how this simple technique can help people with unresolved issues find the peace and clarity they’ve been searching for.

First, Robbins says, put your hands over your heart and close your eyes. Feel the beat of your heart.

Next, think of whatever issue is troubling you ― something that ranks relatively high on a scale of one to 10, Robbins says. “Ideally, it’s a seven or above,” he says. “You really want to resolve it.” 

Then, focus on your breath going in and out. “Physically feel your heart. Feel it filling with blood and oxygen,” Robbins instructs. “Feel the beauty of your heart. … Feel the strength. And feel what you’re grateful your heart has guided you to do in this life. So many beautiful things.”

As you’re breathing and feeling that, think of three things you’re grateful for ― whether large or small ― and spend a few minutes focusing on each.

“Step into that moment,” Robbins says. “Feel it right now like you’re there. Breathe it. Feel it. Enjoy it. Fill up with it. Then think of a second one that you can feel really grateful for and see it with your own eyes as if you were there. Really take it in. Then think of a third one. Find one that you really, really enjoy. Feel like it was a blessing, such a beautiful blessing in your life. Sometimes coincidences are great because we know we didn’t create them.”

Once you’re in the pure and beautiful state, return your thoughts to the thing that’s troubling you. “Ask yourself, ‘In that situation, all I need to remember is…? All I need to focus on is…? All I need to do is, what?” Robbins says. “And your heart knows the answer. Can you feel it?”

When Oprah does this exercise with Robbins in the above clip, her heart’s answer to a troublesome issue becomes clear: “[It] is, appreciate that I’m even in this position to even have that as a dilemma,” she says. 

Suddenly, Oprah says that the dilemma no longer seems as overwhelming. “It feels like, done,” she says.

“SuperSoul Sunday” airs Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on OWN.

Another spiritual exercise:

This simple exercise will pull you out of a sadness rut

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The Real Reason You’re So Tired All The Time

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Do you guys remember Mike Tyson’s white tigers?

Those rare creatures were just a few of the small (and not so small) luxuries on which Tyson blew his tremendous boxing fortune. He also bought six mansions, more than 100 fancy vehicles, and a $ 2 million bathtub supposedly made of gold…but it’s the tigers I can never forget.

There’s a picture of Mike Tyson that will stay with me forever. He’s posing in a jungle landscape, wearing nothing but a loincloth and baby oil, holding one of his two majestic white tigers by a chain. To my eye, he looks at once manic, defensive, and really, really tired.

I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

Have you ever been really, really tired? For most of my life, I was. All the time. For years, I struggled with the terrible problem of never having enough energy. My reserves were next to zero. I was always the first person to get sick during flu season, to quit on a hike, to leave the party and go home to bed. Once, I fell asleep in a lake. I was just standing there, up to my chest in cold water, and I dozed off from sheer exhaustion. Not easy to do, but I managed it.

I worried that I had a metabolism problem, or a thyroid issue, or a brain tumor. Or perhaps I needed a better mattress? Or more flaxseeds?

It wasn’t the flaxseeds.

In fact, my problem was not that I had low energy at all; you could probably power a small city off my natural reserves of enthusiasm. My problem was that I had been squandering it. I spent years pouring my precious attention down a suckhole of exhausting behaviors, which included (but were certainly not limited to) engaging in unhealthy sexual relationships, clinging to toxic friendships, pretending to be somebody I was not, trying to please people who could never be pleased, trying to save people who could never be saved, trying to persuade people who were never gonna love me to love me, faking happiness during times of misery, and saying yes when what I actually meant was no.

That’s all very tiring stuff. Honestly, it’s no wonder I was so epically wiped out. But for me to have depleted myself in this fashion and then walk around saying “I have no goddamn energy, man!” is very much like that time Mike Tyson complained to Larry King, “I have no goddamn money, Larry!”

No, Mike Tyson—you earned plenty of money, but you spent it on white tigers. Likewise, Liz Gilbert, you were given plenty of energy, but you chose to expend it on incredibly foolish things.

 

We all have our own white tigers. And by that I mean we all have some very dangerous pet pathology that is capable of devouring our lives, and utterly depleting our energy, if we are not careful. Your tigers might be addiction, or codependency, or workaholism, or rage, or perfectionism, or blame, or gambling, or an eating disorder—I don’t know. But I do know, from my own experience, that when I am living sanely, my energy flows freely. So if my energy isn’t flowing freely, I know I need to once again ask myself: What are my white tigers right now? What craziness have I chained myself to this time?

Once I’ve identified my tigers, I have an important choice to make. I can double down on my current madness and keep pretending that dragging a pair of rare white tigers around is a perfectly normal thing to do, or…I can drop the chain and simply let those tigers go.

Now, let’s get serious here: The only way to rid yourself of your own cumbersome beasts is to tell the truth about your life. Tell the truth about your addiction, or codependency, or workaholism, or rage, or perfectionism, or blame, or gambling, or eating disorder—whatever it is that’s sucking you dry, come clean to yourself about it and the dire effect it’s having on your life.

Once you do that, your energy will begin to return, in the form of power. Not the fake kind of power that comes from perpetuating some unsustainable myth about yourself (or from, say, purchasing a $ 2 million bathtub). I mean the power that comes from standing in your truth and embracing the desire to be fully, finally restored—and energy-rich—for the rest of your days.

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of, most recently, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear (Riverhead).

 

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Judge Seeks Criminal Contempt Charges Against Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX, Aug 19 (Reuters) – A federal judge recommended on Friday that prosecutors bring criminal contempt charges against Arizona lawman Joe Arpaio, finding that the controversial sheriff had violated court orders stemming from a 2007 racial profiling case.

U.S. District Court Judge Murray Snow also urged criminal contempt charges against Arpaio’s second-in-command, Gerard Sheridan, along with Maricopa County Sheriff’s Captain Steve Bailey and an Arpaio attorney, Michele Iafrate.

In a written order, Snow asked federal prosecutors to file contempt charges for three alleged violations by Arpaio, who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff” and has built a national reputation for strong rhetoric and aggressive actions to crack down on undocumented immigrants.

Federal prosecutors must still decide whether to bring criminal charges in a case that grew from a lawsuit challenging conduct by the sheriff’s department as unconstitutional.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix said the judge’s referral was under review. If prosecutors decline to file charges, another judge could appoint a special prosecutor to take up the case.

Criminal contempt citations, if proven in court, carry penalties of jail time and fines.

Arpaio’s criminal defense lawyer, Mel McDonald, said he was certain his client will be vindicated.

“Judge Snow voiced his opinion, and we disagree with his conclusion,” McDonald told Reuters. “There was no criminal intent by the sheriff.” McDonald added that he would meet with prosecutors to make his argument against criminal charges.

But an attorney for the plaintiffs in the racial profiling case called the judge’s decision “the right next step for justice to be done.”

“When a federal court finds that a law enforcement official has lied under oath and willfully flouted court orders, that official must be held to account,” said Cecillia Wang, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project.

In his 32-page order, Snow said Arpaio willfully violated a 2011 court injunction barring the sheriff’s office from stopping and detaining motorists solely based on suspicion they were in the country illegally. That practice continued for 18 months after the judge ordered it halted, Snow said.

He also cited Arpaio for failing to disclose documents and preserve records in the case, as ordered.

The criminal referral marked the latest turn in a case since Snow ruled in May 2013 that sheriff’s deputies racially profiled Latino drivers during traffic stops and wrongfully detained them. He ordered sweeping changes to the sheriff’s office and appointed a monitor to oversee its operations.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Steve Gorman, Sandra Maler & Shri Navaratnam)

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Derailment And How To Manage It

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In the world of psychology, derailment describes thought processes that veer off track, go awry, stray from the thought. Like a car that has skidded off the road, the ideas fail to arrive at their destination. In the realm of politics, derailment refers to a tactic by those in power that deflects attention away from complaints about abuse or wrongdoing by introducing an alternative topic. This blog explores derailment as a diversion from a life goal, and how it’s possible to get back on course.

In his journal, the writer John Cheever alluded to a loss of continuity at a critical point in his life. “It seems that in my coming of age I missed a year–perhaps a day or an hour….The consecutiveness of growth has been damaged. But how can I go back and find this moment that was lost?” Although the impact of Cheever’s derailment extends beyond the scope of this blog, his expression highlights the common problem.

In the newly released movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, the heroine, Florence, contracted syphilis from her first husband. As a result, she didn’t bear children and was deprived of a fulfilling family life. That derailment led her to devote her life to singing and supporting the musical world with the fortune she inherited from her father.

We assume an extreme diversion is equivalent to a disaster, but the event may actually represent a chance to recover a “lost” direction or passion. The classic story of The Little Prince (recently made into a popular movie) can be viewed as a metaphorical derailment in the realm of literature. As a young boy, the protagonist of the story drew a boa constrictor swallowing an elephant. But the adults insisted that the drawing resembled a hat. Unimpressed with the child’s skill, the grown-ups redirected him from artistic to practical studies– geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. “That is why I abandoned, at the age of six, a magnificent career as an artist,” the protagonist says, justifying his profession as a pilot. Years later, his plane crashed in the middle of the desert, and he was visited by a little prince who commanded him to draw. The little prince may well represent the pilot’s imagination or alter ego that harbored his desire to become an artist.

In real life, a patient of mine, Ms. W., experienced a serious depression, a kind of psychological crash. During her hospitalization, she recalled that in her youth, she had aspired to become a singer. In the hospital, she had the opportunity to connect her depression with the long-forgotten ambition. Upon her recovery, she studied voice and became a successful musician.

Conclusion: Although we can’t undo the past, we can recognize a derailment and take action to get back on track.

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8 Easy Ways To Protect Your Back

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In any three-month period, about a quarter of American adults have at least one day of back pain, according to the National Institutes of Health. The first time often happens between ages 30 and 40 and, like all fun things, tends to become more common with age. “After the common cold, back pain is the most common reason adults seek physicians,” says physical therapist Eric Robertson, PT, DPT, OCS, a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association

Most cases aren’t serious and go away on their own—we’ll get to that later—but wouldn’t it be nice to avoid them entirely? Some simple changes to your daily routine might just do that, suggests Robertson. Some might be familiar, and we’ll go over a few basics, to get them right. But it may surprise you how many things you can do every day to protect your back. 

1. Stretch your hips

You know about core strength—keeping your abdominal muscles strong to support your back. But hip muscles are equally important for preventing back problems, emphasizes Robertson. These are called the gluteal muscles, which include the muscles in your rear end, as well as those that wrap around the side of the hip. “One works to extend your hips, the other to move the hips out to the side,” explains Robertson. 

One simple way to stretch your “glutes” is to lie on your back and pull your knees up to your chest. Hold for 15 to 30 seconds, and repeat two or three times. “This keeps the hips from getting stiff,” says Robertson. “The more you move your hips, the better off you are.”  

2. Strengthen your hips

You’ll want your glutes not just limber, but strong, too. Try a “mini-squat,” suggests Robertson.Stand about about six or seven inches away from a wall and squat—just a little. No need to make the top of your legs parallel to the floor—that’s a 90-degree angle that trainers often recommend. Instead, aim for about a 20-degree angle. “It’s a nice safe exercise to do.” 

Another exercise: Stand up from a sitting position. Sit on the edge of a chair, and stand up without using your arms. “As simple as this sounds, if you do it 5 or 10 times, three times a day, you’ll get really strong.” 

A third exercise: Balance on one leg. “Hold on to a counter that won’t move, and stand on one leg,” says Robertson. “Keep your pelvis level. This works on the gluteal muscles on the side, and improves balance.” 

3. Stop worrying about your posture

Here’s something you don’t have to fret about: Standing up straight. “There’s actually a poor correlation between posture and back pain,” says Robertson. “When we fix posture, we don’t see back pain get better. In any case, if you tell someone to stand up straight, they can only do that for a little while. But if you help them develop the muscles to stand up straight, they can do it all day long.” 

4. Take micro-breaks from the chair

Now that you’re practicing standing up from your chair, do it frequently! Sitting for long periods is bad for your back. It puts pressure on your disks, and it also relaxes your gluteal muscles too much. “Too long in a seated position, and these muscles that are important to stabilize the spine get into a more relaxed state than you want.” 

Solution: Standing micro-breaks. “As soon as you stand up, you activate your gluteal muscles, your core, and your pelvic flood muscles,” says Robertson. His advice: Every 15 minutes or so, stand up, stretch your back, go for a tiny walk, and sit back down again. Every hour or so, if you can, get up and take a slightly longer walking break.

5. Lift your grandkids the right way

The standard advice on how to lift heavy objects—that’s your grandkids to you—is always important, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. 

When lifting a child from the floor:stand close, keeping your back straight, and place one food slightly in front of the other.Bend your hips and knees to lower yourself onto one knee. Now grab your grandchild with both arms, hold him close to your body, tighten your stomach muscles, and push up with your legs so that you return to a standing position. Put him back down on the floor with the same maneuver in reverse. Whatever you’re lifting, “Lift with your legs, not your back,” says Robertson. “The stronger you keep your hip muscles, and the more limber, the more likely you will be to lift with your legs rather than your back.” 

6. Take a daily walk

“Walking is absolutely the best exercise for your back,” says Robertson. For one, it’s the best position to reduce pressure on your spine. “You have the least amount of stress on your spine when you’re up and walking.” Standing is better than sitting, but standing for too long in one position is more stressful than gently moving along. “As you walk, you strengthen your hip muscles, and stabilize your spine and back.” 

Bonus: If you do have back pain, regular walking may reduce it. This could be because when you exercise the body releases endogenous opiates or dopamine, both feel-good chemicals in the body. Whatever the reason, the evidence is clear that “walking reduces the perception of pain,” says Robertson. 

7. Be careful shoveling snow

There’s a reason why we’re warned against just picking up the snow shovel and having at it. One is the cardiovascular risk of going from inactivity to heavy exertion so quickly. But it’s a really good way to throw your back out. One reason: Water is heavy. Another is that the weight is so far from your body that you’re creating a lever to put extra pressure on your back muscles. “The further away from the axis, the more rotation force there is,” says Robertson, for all you Archimedes fans out there. “You’re guiding a shovel that’s four feet from your back, and you have to work hard to stabilize your back.” His advice: “Warm up, stretch your hips, don’t fill up the shovel, and take frequent breaks.” 

8. Chill out

Chronic stress not only tightens your muscles, which shortens them and makes it harder to support your back—but it also increases your sensitivity to pain. Anything you do to help you break the stress cycle—relaxation exercises, aerobics, meditation,yoga—can help. But if you get recurrent back pain, one stress you can work on is the fear of back pain itself. 

“It’s very clear that the more stressed you are, the more likely you are to feel pain,” says Robertson. “You’ll have more trouble with any aches and pains that you have.” If you start to feel anxiety or fear about your pain, it can make the pain worse. “You feel fearful, and think your back pain will never go away.” 

More on stress

Stress and its affect on back pain is one reason why Robertson often emphasizes to his patients that the vast majority of back pain isn’t serious—and it goes away on its own. Certainly you should see your doctor if you have certain symptoms such as numbness or weakness, or a change in bowel or bladder function, which may indicate a medical condition. And see your doc if your back pain persists. “For a small proportion of the population, back pain is chronic,” admits Robertson. “But for most it’s self-limiting—it gets better with time.” 

Just knowing that most back pain gets better over time can help you lower your stress level, which, in turn, can help you get over any back pain quicker. “Knowing it’s not really serious helps to reduce your fear. It goes a long way to helping people to continue to move when they have back pain.” 

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As we near the closing of the first ever Olympics in South America, the Summer Olympic Games of Rio 2016, the world also celebrates, on August 19, the values of humanitarian action. How can we link the Olympic spirit and World Humanitarian Day?

Thirteen years ago, in 2003, a suicide attack against the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad during the Iraq War resulted in 22 deaths and numerous seriously injured. As a United Nations civil servant, I suffered the attack in my own skin, since I was working at the building that was targeted. Even while I survived the building’s explosion and collapse, the horror of the wounded and the dead will be with me forever. Among the fatal victims was my partner, Sergio Vieira de Mello, head of the United Nations (UN) mission, with a career dedicated to the displaced and refugees, and a native of Rio de Janeiro. The brutality and scale of the attack prompted the UN to consecrate August 19 as World Humanitarian Day. The weight of this experience compels me to ponder on the bond between the celebration of Rio 2016 and humanitarian values.

The Olympic Games, with its glitz and controversy, have traditionally been cause of frantic polemics and debate. On one hand, there is a giddy and naïve approach towards celebration. On the other, the critical stance decries that the Games often function as a distraction or, at worst, are used as concealment to hide structural injustices, poverty and corruption. Others, more moderate, underscore that the Olympics are never about sports alone, but are actually about humanity itself: a promising vehicle for surmounting obstacles and for the development of people, their values, and education, far beyond manipulation.

The inspiring character of Olympism is palpable, for example, in the personal narratives like that of marathoner Vanderlei de Lima, legitimately picked to light up the Rio 2016’s Olympic pyre. In Athens 2004, Vanderlei was unfairly stripped of the gold medal when a spectator deliberately interrupted his final dash to the finish line. Beyond the incident, which allowed his followers to catch up to him and take the lead, demoting him to the bronze, Silva ran the last meters in a show of joy and emotion, using gestures that are, to this day, a hymn to sportsmanship, Olympism and life.

Humanitarianism works for all humanity without distinction or discrimination, under the idea that all men deserve respect and have equal dignity, combating human suffering. Therefore, humanitarianism is the perfect antithesis of the “us versus them” dichotomy, often seen in fanaticism, nationalism, and discriminatory processes. In fact, the principle of dignity and equality of humanitarianism is present in all major religions: only a fanatical, misguided and forced vision of religion leads to terrorism.

Beyond this discussion, and on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, it is important to think about what the Olympics will leave us after the curtain draws this weekend.

For the first time in history, a multinational group of athletes, with no other common denominator than that of being refugees, will compete in the arena. While in Sydney 2000 the athletes of Timor-Leste (a nation in whose struggle for independence Sergio and I participated) paraded under the white Olympic flag because they did not yet have an officially recognized country, the athletes from Congo, Syria, and other places were forced to flee their own to save their lives, and beg to be accepted elsewhere under asylum.

That is why not every antagonistic or confrontational stance turns into terrorism, exclusion or wars. Sport, as the virtuous expression of human self-improvement, honors standing in direct contact with another in the context of values ​​and respect, to seek becoming a better person.

Humanitarianism and Olympism share the universal ideals of respect and dignity. Their opposites, terrorism, prejudice and violence are today our main challenges. Perhaps we should see in Olympism and the principles of humanitarianism a tool for reconciliation between peoples and a solution to these conflicts. Hopefully, the practice of these ideals will take us, in a not too distant future, to Games where the presence of a refugee team is a pleasant memory of the past, and of a period that has since then, been long overcome.

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Living Richly With Less

In the past five months, I have thrown away hundreds of items in my apartment. It hasn’t been easy to let go of some things, but it has always been worthwhile. Part of this process has been practical as my girlfriend is moving in with me in a 230 square foot apartment. Most of the process has been personally fulfilling as it has made me feel more free an unencumbered.

Minimalism is not a new concept. It has been made popular by bloggers like Leo Babauta at Zen Habits and it seems to be a trendy thing to do. Some people may do it out of a sense of uniqueness or superiority, but I have my own reasons. Namely, living with less actually helps me to live more richly.

The Art of Living with Essentials

The concept of essentialism is far more appealing to me than minimalism. Instead of getting rid of everything, I get rid of only the things that are non-essential. I strip to the core, find what is most essential and remove everything else. Here are a few benefits and examples of living a rich life within the framework of essentialism:

1. Your possessions own you – Recently I had a conversation with a friend who is making around $ 12,000 a month. It’s a high salary for Texas, but he has so many possessions, most of the money ends up gone by the end of the month.

Many Americans exist with possessions like this. The home mortgage is so expensive that families aren’t free to travel. Boats, cars, and a host of other features people rarely use all cost money and restrict freedom. According to some estimates, Americans spend $ 1.2 trillion on things that are non-essential.

2. We fill up a space no matter the size – According to the LA Times, the average home is filled with 300,000 items. Most people fill up the space that they are given no matter what the size is. If they have a two-car garage, most cannot even fit their cars because of all the other possessions.

This is one of the reasons the tiny house movement has become so strong. My girlfriend and I live in a tiny apartment and may one day purchase a small, efficient home. Even when we visited the coast in Australia we spent time renting a tiny home. It just makes more sense, but it also feels much better. The burden is lifted to be in a smaller space because we can’t fill it with things we don’t need even if we tried.

3. Mental toughness – In life you will face trials, discomfort, and pain. That is the human condition. How we react to such trials and discomfort is dependent on how much practice we have. The reason people become spoiled is because they have consistently never had to deal with hardship and discomfort.

Living with less is sometimes not as comfortable. You might feel cramped, unable to do the things you’d like, and there is no room for luxuries when basic necessities barely fit. But these are all things that inoculate you from mental strain in the future.

The ancient stoic philosopher, Seneca, used to dress in the cheapest clothing and eat nothing so as to practice poverty. It was a way for him to intentionally build his mental toughness despite having plenty.

Radical Essentialism

At first it may seem difficult to be an essentialist, but it might be helpful to burn the boats and go all in. By becoming a radical essentialist you don’t just have a change in your physical surroundings. Sure, you’ll reduce your material possessions and free yourself from their burden, but you also have a psychological change. You will start to see the non-essentials in your life, such as people you’d rather not be involved with, poor habits you engage in, and others. You’ll find this to be a movement that changes the way you live and the way that you think.

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10 Staggering Stats Show How Mental Health Care Fails People Of Color

Nearly one in five American adults will deal with a mental health issue in a given year. While research and advocacy have come a long way when it comes to mental health, there’s still one area that is highly under-addressed: How mental illness affects people of color.

There has been some progress in recent years when it comes to giving minority mental health a public platform. Celebrities like Kerry Washington, Demi Lovato and Wayne Brady have shared their own experiences with mental health issues and stressed the importance of seeking treatment. New York Jets player Brandon Marshall is also generating awareness through his mental health initiative Project 375, with plans to promote the project as the NFL season starts this fall.

But there’s still a long way to go. Ongoing stigma and lack of access to health care act as barriers for anyone with a mental health condition, but experts argue there’s a particular disparity when it comes to minorities. And that can contribute to people not receiving proper support or treatment in order to feel better.

A new study published in the International Journal of Health Services only further corroborates this fact. Researchers found that black and Hispanic young people were less able to get mental health services than white children and young adults. This happens despite the fact that rates of mental illness are generally consistent across all ethnicities, Kaiser Health News reported.

Unfortunately, this new study is just one example of a barrier people of color face when it comes to mental health. We gathered just a few staggering statistics that put it all into perspective. Check them out below:

20

The percentage by which African American adults are more likely to experience mental health issues than the rest of the population. 

40

The percentage of Native Americans who die by suicide that are between the ages of 15 to 24 who die by suicide. Native Americans have the highest rate of young adult suicide of any ethnicity.

10.3

The number of Hispanic men out of every 100,000 who died by suicide in 2014, a figure that has remained consistent since 1999 with no sign of improving.

27.4

The number of Native American and Alaska Native men out of every 100,000 who died by suicide in 2014. This rate increased by 38 percent from 1999. 

8.6

The percentage of Asian American adults who sought mental health treatment in 2010. Nearly 18 percent of the general population nationwide reached out for services in the same year.

89

The percent increase in the suicides of Native American and Alaska Native women from 1999 to 2014. The rate of suicide among Native American and Alaska Native women is approximately nine of every 100,000 people, up from five per every 100,000 people.

62

The percent of non-Hispanic black individuals with depression who had a major depressive episode in 2012. Despite the fact that this figure represents the majority of black individuals with depression, only a small percentage see a mental health professional to help manage their condition.

2.3

The percentage of black or Hispanic young people who saw a mental health specialist in a given year, compared with 5.7 percent of white children and young adults. It’s estimated that one in five people ages 13 to 18 have or will have a mental illness at some point in their life.

25

The percentage of African Americans who seek treatment for a mental health issue, compared to 40 percent of white individuals. The reasons for this dropoff include misdiagnosis by doctors, socioeconomic factors and a lack of African American mental health professionals.

90

The percent of all suicides in which mental illness plays a role.

Remember: Mental illness is not a character flaw. It’s not something a person can just simply “get over.” It’s not a person’s fault. Mental health issues can be anything from dealing with particularly stressful periods to something more serious like depression or schizophrenia.

If you’re struggling with your mental health, look into treatment options ― because everyone should be able to live a happy and healthy life. 

If you ― or someone you know ― need help, please call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If you are outside of the U.S., please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of international resources.

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Without Donald Trump, Republicans Might Have An Edge In The Polls

Donald Trump is running behind where a Republican nominee should be this year. Who says that Trump’s behind? Well, polls. All of them. And while some rare good news for Trump came out of Indiana, it wasn’t good news for the GOP’s Senate candidate. This is HuffPollster for Thursday, August 18, 2016.

REPUBLICANS ARE PAYING A ‘TRUMP TAX’ – Dylan Matthews: “The 2016 presidential election was supposed to be close — but Republicans should have had the edge. An election forecast built by Vox and a team of political scientists projects that a generic Republican should win 50.9 percent of the two-party vote in 2016. But Donald Trump isn’t a generic Republican — and he is polling at 45.1 percent of the two-party vote, according to the Huffington Post Pollster. The difference between those numbers — 5.8 points, as of today — is what we’re calling the Trump Tax: the electoral penalty Republicans appear to be paying for nominating Trump…. The Trump tax waxes and wanes with changes in Trump and Clinton’s polling…. [A]fter the Democratic Convention, Clinton’s bump pushed Trump further behind than he’d been all summer, and weeks later, that bump shows no signs of dissipating.” [Vox]

That could cause problems for congressional and state-level Republicans, too – Seth Masket: “Republicans are worried that Donald Trump, losing badly to Hillary Clinton, is dragging down the party’s candidates for Congress and state legislatures with him….There’s a pretty clear relationship — for each additional percent of the vote a presidential candidate receives, his or her party will gain several House seats and about two dozen state legislative seats, according to my analysis. But there’s quite a bit of leniency in that relationship. While having an unpopular candidate at the top of the ticket is certainly a challenge, it’s not necessarily a death sentence. Candidates can sometimes successfully distance themselves from their presidential candidate… [C]ongressional and state legislative seat shares track each other closely… Another trend we see is that presidential results do not map perfectly onto the shifts in state legislative seats. Yes, when a party wins a presidential race, it tends to win legislative seats. But the president’s coattails aren’t necessarily very long.” [538]

TRUMP ADVISER FACES OFF AGAINST ACTUAL POLLING DATA – A transcript of a conversation Wednesday between Trump surrogate Michael Cohen and CNN’s Brianna Keilar, via HuffPost’s Nick Wing:

BK: You say it’s not a shakeup, but you guys are down.

MC: Says who?

BK: Polls. Most of them. All of them.

MC: Says who?

BK: Polls. I just told you. I answered your question.

MC: OK. Which polls?

BK: All of them.

MC: OK.

HuffPost Pollster Fact Check: True – Trump hasn’t led in any national poll in the Pollster chart since he had narrow leads in a few polls right after the Republican convention. That was nearly a month ago.

And no, crowd size is not more indicative of support than polls – Ed Mazza: “Fox News host Eric Bolling is sick of polls. Not only are they wrong, he said, but it’s the size of crowds at Donald Trump’s rallies that’s much more important. ‘We have to stop with these polls, they’re insane,’ Bolling declared on ‘The Five’ on Wednesday. ‘You look at a Trump rally and there’s 12, 15,000, 10,000 people and then you look at Hillary Clinton and you have, I don’t know, 1,500, 2,000.’ None of his cohosts were buying it, though. Especially not Dana Perino. ‘It’s a real disservice…,’ Perino, the former White House press secretary to President George W. Bush, began. ‘To whom?’ Bolling interjected. ‘His supporters,’ she replied. ‘To lie to them that the polls don’t matter.’…Perino pointed out that the same thing happened in 2012, when Mitt Romney supporters were told by Fox News and others on the right that polls showing President Barack Obama leading were wrong.” [HuffPost]

SOME RARE GOOD NEWS FOR TRUMP IN INDIANA Nick Bayer: “A new Monmouth University poll out Wednesday shows Republican nominee Donald Trump keeping a safe distance from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in Indiana ― something that shouldn’t come as a surprise since 54 percent of the state’s likely voters surveyed approve of the job Gov. Mike Pence, Trump’s running mate, is doing in office…while the presidential race numbers might not be shocking, the races for both Senate and gubernatorial elections are a reason to take a closer look at Indiana this year. There’s good news for the Democrats in the Senate race. The new poll shows former Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh has a 7-point lead over Republican candidate Todd Young in the race to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Dan Coats…. This most recent statewide poll, the third in a series of Monmouth surveys, shows Republican Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb nearly tied with Democratic former legislator and 2012 gubernatorial candidate John Gregg.” [HuffPost]

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THURSDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ – Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data:

-The newly-launched Daily Kos (D) presidential forecast predicts Hillary Clinton will win 316 electoral votes. [Daily Kos]

-Harry Enten looks at how Clinton could still lose the election. [538]

-Mark Blumenthal explains that most Americans don’t hate both Donald Trump and Clinton. [SurveyMonkey]

-David Rothschild finds no evidence of social desirability bias hurting Trump in the polls. [HuffPost]

-61 percent of Americans think racism against blacks is widespread. [Gallup]

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The Surprising Way To Grow Your Productivity

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For a long time, I felt like I wasn’t going anywhere. I had big goals as a writer, but I had a hard time actually getting any of them done. I kept looking for a mentor, thinking this would get me where I needed to be—but I didn’t even know where to find that kind of person. I felt lost.

I think that we introverts often want to solve our problems on our own; we keep them “in-house” as psychologist Laurie Helgoe writes. If I had an idea for a story or a great website, I had no trouble gushing about it to a friend. But when the story stalled or I got stuck, I would tell no one. I’d just sort of stop mentioning the project until it was forgotten.

That was before I started a simple habit with a trusted friend. To say this new routine changed the way I work is an understatement. It’s changed the way I live.

How it started

Brandon, better known as B. T. Newberg, was not my closest friend. We hadn’t even lived in the same state for several years. But one day, we decided to catch up with a video call, and I was shocked to hear that Brandon, a fellow introvert and writer, was facing the same frustrations I was. We both had ideas for creative projects we didn’t know how to start. We both struggled to keep up healthy practices in our lives (exercise for me and meditation for him), and neither of us seemed to make good use of our time. Since Brandon dared to confess some of these problems to me, I went ahead and did the same. By the end of the call, I felt about 10 pounds lighter.

Of course, we hadn’t actually fixed any of the problems yet. But I also noticed we were really good at coming up with solutions for each other (not for ourselves!). When I complained about not having enough time for my creative work, Brandon asked what my morning routine was like. I had to admit I didn’t really have one, other than reading over coffee, and that I tended to oversleep. Brandon gently said that he had started getting up earlier to get more writing time. I was already learning.

We were barely off the call before I fired off a short email:

What do you think of doing a weekly email check in? We could talk about our goals and give each other moral support or advice when needed. Essentially team up a little bit?

Little did I know that this one germ of an idea would lead to one of the best years of my life.

How it works

Every Monday, I start my week by emailing Brandon. We check in about everything we’ve done the week before—goals met and missed, major successes and spectacular failures, even tiny things like whether we meditated or not.

Brandon and I break our emails into categories. Anything goes, and the categories have ranged from Productivity to Drinking Less to Self-Acceptance. Often, we’ll set specific goals for ourselves, and we’ll check in on them each week so we can evaluate progress. Sometimes, we give advice if requested, but most frequently, we just listen.

This arrangement is a form of having an accountability partner, but it’s different in some key ways. For one thing, Brandon and I never meet face to face. This is more comfortable for both of us because we’re both introverts. The idea of seeing a gym buddy might spur some people to get out the door and sweat, but it would make me want to stay home.

And Brandon and I don’t limit our emails to one topic like working out or advancing our careers. In many ways, my weekly missive to my friend is almost confessional: I can tell him about the difficulties I faced this week, the things that had me down, the crazy argument I had with my girlfriend, and my bumbling attempts to make it better.

We also share our victories. When Brandon got the score he needed on the GRE test, I cheered for him. When I lost 10 pounds, he did the same for me.

In a loud world, having a pen pal is more valuable to me than having one more guru, coach, or weekly meeting. For introverts, I think, simply writing down our thoughts—and knowing that someone cares—is a powerful practice. And it’s one that got results:

  • Within two months, I had created a new daily work schedule and was able to finish all the short stories I was working on.
  • By the fourth month, I had a system for keeping track of my social drinking and reducing it for health reasons. Over a year, my alcohol consumption dropped by 60%.
  • My daily life transformed from a messy, procrastination-filled rush to something I actually enjoy. I’m more disciplined, which means I have free time for once, and every day, I work to get closer to my personal goals.

How to do it yourself

Brandon and I have a lot in common, but we don’t have any special magic. It was the practice itself, the act of talking about our goals with someone who cares, that created change. And I believe that’s a practice anyone can do, whether you’re an introvert or not.

You’ll get the best results if you’re conscientious about how you set up this relationship. The specifics will be different for everybody, but here are guidelines that have worked for me:

  • Choose a friend who is committed to goals of their own—even if they’re a long way off. If you both have a desire for self-improvement or a vision for your life, you’ll have a reason to be there for each other week after week.
  • It helps to choose someone with similar experiences to yours. Brandon and I are both writers, but neither of us have kids. If I had needed support and encouragement as a parent, I might have chosen someone else.
  • People who stress you out don’t make good weekly pen pals. Consider approaching someone you admire or would like to build a closer relationship with.
  • Be flexible about your weekly email (and your response time). Brandon and I call our exchanges our “Monday Notes,” but sometimes they happen on Tuesday or Wednesday. Don’t turn your check-in into another obligation—treat it as something you look forward to, and do it when you’re able.

This practice may seem small, but it’s profound. All too often, we introverts keep our ideas to ourselves, in our heads. But without external feedback, we start to feel lost. Simply having someone invested in you and attentive to your ideas helps you sort them out and make changes.

Nowadays, I don’t think of my life as a mess, but rather as a life lived with intention. I can’t give all the credit to my pen pal, but the clarity and purpose I’ve found in our emails are my guiding light. If anything, the biggest outcome of this arrangement isn’t any one specific achievement. It’s the fact that I now have a life that’s organized and healthy, and someone is rooting for me to succeed.

Do you have someone like this in your life? How often do you check in with them, and how do you do it? Who helps you keep moving forward toward your goals?

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From patient to consumer: reimagining health care from a consumer perspective

NOTE TO EDITOR: PLEASE ADD CO-AUTHOR MARILYN TAVENNER, PRESIDENT AND CEO OF AMERICA’S HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS TO THIS BYLINE.

Navigating our health care system is no easy task. For decades, consumers have been forced to contend with a fragmented health system that makes decision making an all-consuming challenge. Whether it’s choosing a provider, knowing where to get information about cost or quality of doctors, or understanding a dictionary of complex health care terms, many consumers often feel left to fend for themselves in a system that is working against them.

For many individuals, it’s hard to know where to start. A recent state analysis by Rice University in Texas found that 42 percent of consumers who bought their own insurance felt like they lacked a clear understanding of their health insurance plans. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed who had employer-sponsored coverage still struggled with understanding their benefits.

We need to find a way to change this. While we all recognize the seismic shift underway as the age of consumerism in health care finally takes hold, we have to ask ourselves if we are truly practicing what we preach. We all have a responsibility to provide consumers with the transparent, actionable information they need to make smart choices about their care.

The good news is that online and mobile apps are making it increasingly easy for consumers to access information on their own time and with relative simplicity. Health plans have rolled out provider cost and quality calculators, and websites like FAIR Health make it possible for patients to see what a typical doctor’s visit or MRI will cost before they even walk into a provider’s office.

But even with this push towards more available data, we know that individuals and families still struggle when it comes to understanding and using their insurance benefits. Commonly searched online terms around insurance include, “what are deductibles?”, “finding a doctor,” and “how much will I pay in premiums?” Consumers are clearly telegraphing the need for simple, easy-to-understand information about their coverage.

Recently, our two organizations came together to compare notes on how we could collaborate to improve consumers’ health care experience. As a first step, we agreed that while there is a wealth of information in the market available for consumers, it is often poorly organized, out-of-date, or like the health care system itself, requires consumers to search multiple places for the information they need. Our first joint project will bring critical information together and present it in ways that are useful for consumers. We will rely on AHIP’s considerable knowledge of health insurance and NCL’s more than 100 years of consumer education to make information accessible, understandable, and actionable.

Our work builds upon what we have learned over the past several years on the frontlines of this health care transformation. A recent report from McKinsey found that although consumers are beginning to research their health plan choices, many of them are not yet aware of key factors they should consider before selecting coverage, such as the type of health plan and provider network, level of coverage, premiums, cost-sharing, covered services, drug formularies and tiers, and health status and anticipated utilization. Even once they have their insurance plan, many consumers may not be aware of all the benefits that are included, including free preventive services, disease management programs, fitness plans – and equally important, the tools they have available to get the best value for their health care dollars.

As consumers prepare for the upcoming open enrollment periods for Medicare and the Exchanges, AHIP and NCL will share new consumer resources and information answering some of the important questions about insurance coverage and health care ranging from how to choose a health plan to how to choose a doctor, as well as consumers’ rights if they feel they’ve been inappropriately denied a product or service that should be covered by their plan.

We know that health care isn’t always simple, but if we are to be successful in moving towards a patient-centered health system, we have to start by making health care information more accessible and usable for consumers. While this partnership is a first step, our hope is that our combined efforts will encourage and support the important work underway to improve consumers’ experience with the health system and the wellbeing of the country as a whole.

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TRUMP SHAKES UP TOP STAFF Donald Trump has hired Steve Bannon, executive chairman of the conservative website Breitbart News, to be his campaign CEO. Kellyanne Conway, who is a Republican pollster and Trump team adviser, will be his new campaign manager. The election is 82 days away. [Christina Wilkie, HuffPost]

SIMONE GETS HER FOURTH GOLD AND MAKES HISTORY Simone Biles pulled off a fantastic floor routine to take her fourth gold and became the only U.S. gymnast with the honor. Kerri Walsh Jennings’ hopes for a fourth gold were dashed in the semifinals of beach volleyball. And check out what to watch today, as well as how to follow along with HuffPost’s Olympic coverage. [Chloe Angyal, HuffPost]

U.S. OFFICIALS WORRY NSA HAS BEEN COMPROMISED After high power espionage tools from the NSA’s elite units appeared online. [WaPo]

INSIDE THE LOUISIANA DISASTER ZONE “The devastating floods that have engulfed the area since last week may not be of biblical proportions, but to some displaced residents, the flooding feels like another plague visited on a region already weary from a year of natural disaster, civil unrest and deadly shootings.” [David Lohr and Kim Bellware, HuffPost]

THE NUMBER OF WOMEN IN JAIL HAS SKY ROCKETED “The study found that the number of women held in the nation’s 3,200 municipal and county jails for misdemeanor crimes or who are awaiting trial or sentencing had increased significantly ― to about 110,000 in 2014 from fewer than 8,000 in 1970.” [NYT]

FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY STUDENT IN CUSTODY AFTER STABBING Police said Austin Harrouff was found trying to eat his victim’s face. [Ed Mazza, HuffPost]

ATTENTION SWIRLS AROUND NATE PARKER’S 1999 RAPE CASE As the Oscar buzz grows around Parker’s “Birth of a Nation,” which he wrote and starred in, so too does renewed interest in his acquittal in college of rape. [NYT]

For more video news from The Huffington Post, check out this morning’s newsbrief

WHAT’S BREWING

WE FOUND CARMEN SANDIEGO An exclusive HuffPost interview with the woman behind the mystery. [HuffPost]

IS THIS THE NANCY KERRIGAN MOMENT IN SOUTH KOREAN GOLF? This intrigue involves a dropped suitcase, an injured tailbone and the women South Korea could send to compete in the Olympics. [Slate]

IN THIS WEST VIRGINIA CITY, 26 PEOPLE OVERDOSED ON HEROIN WITHIN FOUR HOURS Here’s how they all survived. [HuffPost]

THE BEST OF THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT These two runners crashed into each other, and instead of reacting to being in last-place, they stopped to help each other. [HuffPost]

WHAT ARE YOUR #FAV7FILMS All the celebs have been sharing. [Vulture]

HAVING A BIG BRAIN DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK OUT Sorry, folks. [BBC]

WHAT’S WORKING 

THIS PAKASTANI WOMAN USED SOCIAL MEDIA To fight election rigging head-on. [HuffPost]

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BEFORE YOU GO

~ Inside Ford’s plans for a self-driving vehicle in five years.

~ Ashley Judd is headed back to school for a PhD.

~ Meet the king with 100 wives.

~ El Chapo’s son has been kidnapped.

~ Turns out Aetna’s CEO threatened to drop Obamacare if the company’s merger with Humana didn’t go through.

~ That time the U.S. turned an Olympic village into a prison.

~ Univision is buying Gawker for $ 135 million.

~ John McLaughlin, political talk show host, has died. He was 89.

~ Meet the world’s “most mysterious mammal.” Also try to say that five times fast.

~ We apologize for failing to highlight Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine’s harmonic performance of our all-time favorite, “Wagon Wheel” yesterday. Enjoy.

The Morning Email favorites Jeff Young and Eliot Nelson will be holding down the fort Thursday and Friday while I head off for some wedding fun. Will miss you all!

 

 

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If you work on a computer or use your phone frequently, chances are you’re hunched over while doing so.

In the Udaya video above, instructor Vytas Baskauskas shares some yoga moves to help you restore your muscles from a long day in front of a screen. The poses are designed to open your chest and even give you a boost of energy. Can you say win-win?

Take a look at the instructions and give the postures a try when you get home. They’re a simple (and short!) way to undo the damage of your desk.

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Here’s Why A Higher SPF Isn’t Always Better

In a video published to The Atlantic Monday, medical doctor and all-around funny guy James Hamblin explains one of the biggest psychological missteps people make when they apply high-SPF sunscreen

“When you wear SPF 100, you’re more likely to think you’re invincible, and you never need to reapply it, and you never need to go in the shade, and you can stay out all day,” Hamblin said, as he squeezed sunscreen all over the table in front of him. “Where as when you just put SPF 30 on, you’re more likely to say, ‘Hey, I should still play it safe in the sun. I’m not invincible. In fact, I should reapply.’”

A false sense of sun safety is an easy way to get unintended sun exposure and a nasty burn, as Hamblin points out. 

But there’s also quite a bit of confusion about what SPF means in the first place. For example, despite what many people believe to be true, SPF 30 is not twice as effective as 15. Instead, SPF 15 blocks 93 percent of the sun’s rays, while SPF 30 blocks 97 percent of the sun’s rays, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

That’s right, there’s just a 4 percent difference between the two.

Of course, those numbers rest on the assumption that the sunscreens in question live up to their SPF claims, which unfortunately, isn’t always the case. According to a Consumer Reports analysis of four years of sunscreen testing data, only 26 percent of natural sunscreens, and 58 percent of chemical sunscreens lived up to their SPF claims.

Clearly there’s a lot of misinformation flying around. But you’re not falling for any of it, are you?

For instance, did you know that it’s illegal for sunscreen manufacturers to claim that their product is waterproof? That’s because there’s no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. It’s also the reason you should always reapply once you leave the water, or if you’ve been sweating.

Another bogus claim: lotions work better than sprays. This one’s a little tricky. When used correctly, sprays, lotions and oils all work equally well. On the other hand, people tend to miss spots when using sprays, so it’s a good idea to spray on two coats or to rely on a formula that you know how to apply correctly.

So what should you look for when buying sunscreen? 

For starters, dermatologists say you should pick out a product labeled “broad spectrum,” which means it protects against both UVA rays, which can cause wrinkles and sunspots, and UVB rays, which burn your skin. Both UVA and UVB rays contribute to skin cancer over time.

Your sunscreen should also have an SPF of 30 or greater and should be water-resistant for 40 or 80 minutes of activity (again, reapply once you leave the water).

Whatever you select, make sure you use it every day, no exceptions.

“Find a sunscreen that you actually like putting on your skin,” Dr. Janellen Smith, a dermatologist at UC Irvine Health, previously told The Huffington Post. “There is nothing worse than a bottle of sunscreen sitting on your shelf that makes you cringe every time you think of putting it on.”

While we’re at it, you should be wary of “natural” sunscreens, which most people use improperly, opening them up to even more sun damage. Homemade sunscreens, which haven’t been tested for sun protection efficacy at all, are an even riskier proposition.

“It is quite clear now that sunscreens play a major role in protecting people from the ravages of skin cancer,” Smith cautioned. “Even if you chose to avoid certain ingredients, there is a sunscreen for you out there, so use it.”

And of course, sunscreen is just one of the many ways you should be protecting your skin from damage. For optimum protection, you should also:

  • Actively stay out of the sun during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Seek shade when possible.
  • Wear sun-protective clothing.
  • Protect easily forgotten areas (scalp, ears, eyelids, lips and tops of feet).
  • Visit a board-certified dermatologist for yearly skin checkups.
  • Never, ever go near a tanning bed.

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My 20-Year Quest To Find Carmen Sandiego

For many fortunate children of the ‘80s and ‘90s, Carmen Sandiego was their first encounter with a globe-trotting supervillain. This mysterious woman had a magical gift for stealing landmarks around the world, and it was up to the youth to stop her. She wore a long red trenchcoat, a red fedora tipped over one eye and had flowing red hair. But catching her red-handed was a near impossibility.

The character went through many iterations over the years in video games and on television shows. The version I grew up with was the game show, “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?” which premiered in the fall of 1996. I was 5 years old. The world was much simpler when Carmen could swipe the Liberty Bell without casualties and I could be the one to stop her further plans in under an hour.

I didn’t know this then, but “Where in Time?” is the only Carmen property to feature a live version of the character, with an actress performing the role on screen. This meant there was actually a real Carmen Sandiego, but the show tried to downplay its decision and never revealed who played the role, leaving the credit a mystery.

The year 2016 has been a bleak one for humanity. I’ve had a hard time falling asleep many nights after long days of seeing horrible news followed by more horrible news. The world has always been filled with both good and evil, but this year certainly seems to have awoken an inflamed inspiration from those who conduct the latter.

As a lowly content creator on the internet, I am obviously powerless to make this stop in any meaningful way within the scope of my day job. But since this year marks the 20th anniversary for “Where in Time?” I decided I could at least go after the villain I grew up with in a quest to bring a very small smidgen of justice to the world.

I needed to finally find Carmen Sandiego once and for all.

Earlier this summer, I wrote a story about my quest to try and please Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook algorithm. That journey took over a year to report, but this one ended up taking even longer. I must admit that I’m certainly hoping this story will please the Facebook gods, as well.

Just as it was while growing up, the mission to find Carmen turned out to be harder and more circuitous than I could have expected. I even learned things.

And sans all the stealing, the real Carmen proved to be everything I could have hoped for.

HERE in the world is Carmen Sandiego …

 

The case began with the end credits for “Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego?” Even though she was the namesake character, no actress was listed as playing Carmen Sandiego. 

Actress Lynne Thigpen played the Chief in multiple television and video game iterations of the “Carmen Sandiego” brand. As the legendary figure that’d help players find Carmen while also teaching them basic facts about the world, she certainly deserved top billing.

Then there’s the hero of this specific “Carmen” series. Squadron Leader and host Kevin Shinick would guide kid contestants in their quest to capture Carmen. The Squadron Leader was certainly an important part of the show.

But after listing just those two roles, the acting credits switch into the general “Cast.” As per usual, Carmen Sandiego can’t be found.

 

The show purposefully kept the actress’ identity a secret. While actors Thigpen and Shinick would make media appearances, Carmen was always mysteriously absent.

The stars of “Where in Time?” would travel the country in character to promote the show to children and their parents. Carmen didn’t join them.

The show probably assumed Carmen’s presence would confuse the kids. The real Carmen Sandiego hanging around a press area with Chief and the Squadron Leader wouldn’t have made much sense.

Perhaps that time Carmen Sandiego stole the Golden Gate Bridge was an inside job, the kids might’ve thought. Maybe the president paid Carmen to steal the Constitution to facilitate a military coup?

These are questions no grade-schooler should ask while just learning the basics of world history and geography. 

 

Just like the video games, Carmen never showed her face on the television show, so you couldn’t get a decent look.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a single instance where Carmen Sandiego allowed her whole face to be shown in a video game or during a TV appearance. Her live-action appearances did not break this trend.

The real mystery, though, is how Carmen pulled off so many capers with such a small range of vision. In the above photo, how would she even know the difference between stealing the Grand Canyon versus a less impressive hole in the ground?

 

Since the show aired, gumshoes have speculated that general cast member Janine LaManna played Carmen. 

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In the “Where in Time?” acting credit list, “Janine LaManna” gets fifth billing, third in just the “Cast” section. Certainly a bizarre placement for the actress presumably behind the show’s lead character.

Since the show aired, fan forums and Wikipedia have listed LaManna as having the part. Old articles in The New York Times and Newsday about the actress’ other work note her time embodying Carmen as an aside.

Sources of confirmation remain scarce, but it seemed as if LaManna had the role. If true, she would be the first person to ever officially play the part. Including LaManna, only two women have ever portrayed Carmen, as another actress had the part in the second “Where in Time?” season.

Still, LaManna never did an interview about being Carmen Sandiego. 

 

As LaManna seemed like the best place to start, I decided to try and reach out. But despite being a well-known Broadway actress, she had gone completely off the grid.

Since supposedly playing the part of Carmen, LaManna went on to star in many Broadway plays, the last of which was “The Drowsy Chaperone” in 2006.

After that, the actress seemed to have disappeared from the public eye. The most recent image listed for her on professional photo service Getty Images is from 2005. She’s not on social media. She doesn’t have a publicity agent listed.

Just as I was chasing after the role she might have played 20 years ago, I had to go on a journey to find LaManna.

 

I searched for any associates and sent messages about my case. I also decided to email every address with a name even close to “Janine LaManna” … to no success.

If asked when I was 5 years old what I wanted to be when I grew up, I’m not sure I would have said “gumshoe.” But I definitely wanted to find Carmen Sandiego.

Not wanting to let the dream die, I risked bothering quite a few people who seemed remotely connected to Janine LaManna. I started with former co-workers before trying to find contact information for some of her theater acquaintances. Not being able to find a solid email for LaManna, I tried various variations of her name in the address line, asking these people if they were the LaManna I was looking for.

They were not.

 

Desperate for a lead, I thought back to how I would find Carmen in my youth. I realized I was in a major city and could possibly ask passersby questions about geography and history for clues.

The main conceit of the Carmen Sandiego games I played while growing up was that you’d travel to different cities and ask the strangers there for clues. The strangers would then give you clues in cryptic trivia-esque ways, saying something like, “I heard that person went to the state of potatoes.” Given a barely helpful response such as that, you’d have to learn which state is most proud of their potatoes and travel there.

While living in New York City over the last three years, I’ve never encountered a stranger that talks like this. I have heard people yelling to themselves phrases like, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat!” But I don’t think that would have led me to LaManna.

Still, I wondered if I went full-out in dedication to the quest, strangers would know how to react. 

 

I looked into a detective costume suitable for catching LaManna in Times Square. I found one that somewhat mirrored her getup. 

I don’t typically spend money for stories, but these very authentic detective clothes were tempting.

When you’re on a big case ― just trying to blend in with the locals in seedy parts of town while hunting for clues ― nothing works better than wearing a bright yellow suit and hat.

I figured if I went to Times Square, passersby would respect me and spill the trivia-based clues they somehow had about LaManna’s whereabouts.

 

But in looking closer at the reviews, I learned the fedora color was unfortunately a “banana yellow.” Not wanting to be a fedora-wearing banana man, I got nervous and bailed.

Bright yellow I can deal with. Back in high school, I used to wear highlighter-yellow clothes on my running team all the time.

But banana yellow just isn’t me.

Also, in a strange coincidence, while I was looking at this costume, my girlfriend messaged me, “how do bananas smell so strong lol, when apples and clementines and berries and stuff do NOT smell crazy.”

Even if it would lead to solving this case, I decided I couldn’t be a banana man.

 

Alas, right as I thought all was lost, LaManna emerged from my previous emails. And the supposed Carmen said, “Sorry you had a hard time locating me!”

In the video games, you don’t really get to talk to Carmen. She might say a more cool and clever version of, “Oh, no, you caught me,” but then the Chief’s special forces would whisk her away to be put behind bars.

Here was an email in my inbox, though, inviting me to have a longer conversation with the woman of mystery.

After almost a lifetime of fruitless chases, Carmen was allowing me to finally ask her a few questions.

 

We got on the phone and LaManna confirmed that she was Carmen Sandiego. The search is over, Chief.

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LaManna remembered filming the episodes in the summer of 1996, just a few months before the show would air in the fall. The cast shot all their scenes at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, New York. It was “a fairly standard TV schedule” in LaManna’s memory, with a 6 a.m. makeup start. 

This was LaManna’s first television show and a big break of sorts. Her whole family would watch the show, including her nieces (as long as they didn’t have soccer practice).

“I almost wish that I had been a mom at the time, because I loved working with the kids,” said LaManna. Speaking about the children on the show, LaManna explained that some were ready for television and “gung-ho,” but predictably many were pretty scared. I sometimes got scared just watching Carmen from the safety of my childhood home, so I understood.

 

As the show had tried to hide her true identity, this was LaManna’s first-ever interview about the role. She talked in length about what it had been like to be Carmen and shared photos from way back when.

Crafting the character of Carmen was a bit tricky for LaManna, since previous iterations of the role weren’t readily available to watch. Nobody had ever officially played the character in person and it would be hard to find her brief appearances in the children’s video games.  

“It seemed to me that she was a bit of a diva,” LaManna said of trying to emulate Carmen from what she knew about her. “So, I kind of gave her a little bit of that.” The actress was nervous to get Carmen right. “Once you embody a character that hasn’t been embodied yet, that’s a big responsibility.”

But, as mentioned earlier, if she hadn’t gotten it fully right (which of course, she had), it wouldn’t have been a huge hit on her career since the role went uncredited. “When you look up Carmen Sandiego on the web now, they basically list Kevin and Lynne and then the crew, so Carmen isn’t really one of the first characters,” LaManna said. “You’d think Carmen would be the first.”

LaManna elaborated on how she didn’t do press for the role and why the show wanted to keep her identity a secret. “Because of the mysterious aspect of her, I don’t think they ever wanted an actor to be [associated with Carmen],” said LaManna. “They didn’t ever want to reveal my face probably. Then you would reveal Carmen. But don’t forget, the internet was not [as useful back then]. It wasn’t that easy to find stuff. Everything had to go through the press.” 

Twenty years later, the reveal is finally happening.

 

Part of the reason they kept Carmen’s true identity a secret is because LaManna also played the “good” people that would help contestants thwart Carmen on the show.

LaManna’s most involved job on the show actually wasn’t being Carmen, but playing various historical figures and other helpers during the game-show aspect of the series. According to her memory, she shot all of the Carmen footage at the beginning of the production and then would just portray other characters day-to-day throughout the summer.

The costume designer for the show, Wendy Stuart, received an Emmy nomination for the first season and LaManna had nothing but praise for her work. “She and I had just clicked in such a way,” LaManna said.

Over the course of the 65 episodes in Season 1, LaManna played about a dozen historical characters, as she recalled. Characters included Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lady Byron (pictured above) as well as the more esoteric “Blue Girl,” who perhaps existed in some alternate timeline of history. Maybe with Carmen’s affinity for red, the show felt “Blue Girl” would be the perfect foil.

 

Further shaking my conception of good versus evil, LaManna suggested I also talk to the person who chased her all those years ago, Squadron Leader Kevin Shinick.

After two decades, LaManna still had very fond memories of working with the cast, including Thigpen and Shinick, who played Carmen’s adversaries.

Thigpen died in 2003 after a cerebral hemorrhage, causing her hometown of Joliet, Illinois, to name an elementary school in her honor.

“Watching her work, whenever she was in the room, that was so exciting,” said LaManna. “If I’d cross paths with her in the makeup room, I was always so excited because she was such an icon, especially in TV.”

LaManna insisted I talk to Shinick, who still works as an actor. “Kevin was great to work with because he had to do a lot of ad-libbing … ” LaManna broke out into laughter remembering her co-star on set.

“Kevin just had that … Kevin was perfectly cast. I don’t know how else to say it. He was just so funny and he was so quick, but sweet. He had that perfect combination of being kind of goofy funny and he was accessible to the kids.”

These two were supposed to be enemies on the show, but that certainly didn’t seem to mirror real life. “We just laughed a lot because it was lot of fun,” added LaManna.

 

On the phone, Shinick expressed that he felt LaManna was the embodiment of Carmen.

”Janine was the first one to breathe life into this character,” Shinick said during a phone interview. “And I have to tell you, when you meet Janine, she embodied everything that I thought would be great in Carmen Sandiego. She’s beautiful, she had that great hair. She just had that mystery to her, and I thought she did such a beautiful job of bringing this iconic character to life. It was pitch-perfect in my opinion.”

Shinick corroborated that the show’s masterminds wanted to keep her credit a mystery as it could have confused the children. “You know, Kevin Shinick was a Squadron Leader, but if they said, ‘Janine LaManna was Carmen and Betsy Ross,’ it may lose some of the mystique.”

Throughout the call, Shinick stressed that LaManna was the one true Carmen. 

I still remember seeing Janine coming out in that red coat and that fedora and thinking, ‘Wow, she nailed it. That is Carmen Sandiego,’” said Shinick. “Something about it when Janine came out, I thought, ‘Wow, that is it. That’s the one I’ve envisioned all my life.’”

The lady in red.

 

At the end of our conversation, Squadron Leader Shinick asked if he could get Carmen’s LaManna’s contact information.

Shinick now has a 5-year-old daughter who recently discovered an action figure that was made in his likeness for the show. The two have been watching the show together on YouTube and he’s been happy that it seems to hold up.

“Because it’s a history quiz show, it’s still incredibly relevant and the answers aren’t dated,” said Shinick. “Going back now with my daughter to see how well it replays and how relevant it still is, it’s just an honor to be a part of something I think stands the test of time like that.”

Growing up, I definitely thought Shinick was a hero. If I had known there was an action figure, I would have wanted it to go along with my Michael Jordan toy from “Space Jam,” which premiered the same year as “Where in Time?” 

The end of my conversation with Shinick seemed to emulate the show, as he asked if I could tell him where Carmen was. To be fair, more specifically, “Do you have contact info for Janine?” 

This was my time to finally win the game. But after the bonding moment I’d had with LaManna, I felt my idea of right and wrong had become more complicated. I couldn’t betray her whereabouts.

 

My gut reaction, built in from childhood, gave me pause to let him know how to find her. I told him I’d see if she was up for getting on a phone call.

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After my awkward stalling and pausing, Shinick eventually gave me his phone number to pass along to LaManna in case she was up for reaching out.

“You know what, you can give her my number,” said Shinick. “I was just going to say hello to her.”

No mention about locking her up in a time-jail. It didn’t seem like a trap.

This wasn’t the end of the long and winding road for Carmen, right?

 

It turns out the two had mutually fond feelings for each other all along. They spoke and dealt the last blow to my concept of heroes and villains from childhood. 

“The only thing that sticks out is not so much specific stuff with Janine, but we would laugh all the time,” Shinick told me. I shouldn’t have worried he would lock her up like he did on the show. In a way, it was secretly a story of friendship between two fated enemies all along.

“It’s so funny because she’s the villain and Chief and I were the heroes … she was supposed to be this mysterious evil woman, but she’s got such a great sense of humor and such a great personality that we just had a blast every time we were on the set together,” said Shinick. 

I don’t know what the moral to this story is except that things that seem so clear-cut in childhood often take on shades of gray in adulthood.

“I think Carmen was really neat because she was a villain and yet she wasn’t villainous,” LaManna told me during our conversation. 

 

So where exactly in the world is Carmen Sandiego now?

After the first season of “Where in Time?” LaManna left to pursue theater. She assumed that the show would be on for many seasons and that she could eventually come back.

However, despite my dutiful watching, “Where in Time?” only lasted one more season with an alternate actress filling in as Carmen.

As previously mentioned, LaManna went on to successfully become a Broadway star over the next decade, but has admittedly gone off the grid more recently, as she put it.

“Since I was kind of away from New York for a couple years, I decided not to do Facebook and Twitter and all of that because I wasn’t necessarily doing anything that required a lot of publicity,” explained LaManna. “I said, ‘OK, I’m just going to kind of drop out for a little bit.’”

She added, “So, that’s why you cant find me anywhere.”

 

As she’s now married to an army officer, LaManna has been traveling all over the globe for years. She said her current whereabouts are off the record.

LaManna has two children with her army officer partner. They’ve been on the move quite a bit since she took a break from acting to raise her young kids. “I can’t really say that I’m in one place or the other, because it could change in a week.” Once Carmen, always Carmen.

Though, she now plans to start acting again, as her daughters are growing up.

One daughter is “just about the right age” to start watching “Where in Time?” which LaManna is excited to show her.

Perhaps nobody could recognize Carmen Sandiego behind that red-brimmed fedora all those years ago, but even without help from her mom, I have a feeling LaManna’s daughter will be able to identify the real Carmen immediately. 

 

I was barely half a decade old when I first tried to thwart Carmen Sandiego. After two decades I had finally found her … and she was actually really nice.

At the end of my conversation with LaManna, she had an apology for me of sorts. “Sorry it took you so long, but you’re pretty tenacious about it.”

She laughed and continued, “I thought, ‘My God, I owe it to him. He tried so hard to get me.’”

It may have taken 20 years, but I finally found Carmen Sandiego.

Let God, the Chief and Mark Zuckerberg know, I am now content.

 

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It is only fear that allows you to keep making excuses for why you might not look, every day, into what is going right and what’s gone wrong in your life. Until you choose to be brave in your decisions and fearless with your self, you will have a hard time facing your need to be truthful and vigilant… which is what a quality life requires of you.

Getting Over Your Self does not come in a formula, so if you are here to avoid doing any work, you’re in the wrong isle… may I suggest romance novels. How dare I talk to you like that? Get Over Your Self and recognize when you are blaming others for what is happening inside of you.

Like everything else, working on yourself is only an opportunity. You can either let it pass you by, or work on clarifying your decision making processes to bring you closer to discovering the best in you… which is living with your truth specifically not following anyone else’s truth because it just doesn’t work to live someone else’s life, no matter how hard you pretend or how comfortable you try to make it. Last Warning: Look at the end result of your decisions before you make them. Embrace the quality of your own life’s decisions. It will work better for you than the alternative.

And that is why it is important that you discover what it means, and why there is value in, Getting Over Your Self. It is your choice to be Honest (truthful), use Foresight (have consideration), and be Brave (show integrity) so you can discover how to create the kind of life you and everyone around you can live with… which is why this blog is in single page chapters… to cut down on the rhetoric, which means a better (faster) experience for you. However, some of the chapters you will like and others you will not. Just so you know, this is not a workbook for you to follow in hopes of finding your “stuff” or fixing your “shit.” It is just a wake up call with tools listed in alphabetical order… the rest is up to you… and it really is up to you to find out what is keeping you from discovering the truth/your truth.

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10 Tips for Surviving a Whole30

Survive a Whole30

by guest blogger Amanda Harding, writer and blogger

At the risk of sounding totally cliché, Whole30 is more than just a diet–it’s a lifestyle.

I know, I know, that sounds really cheesy (which is ironic, because you can’t eat cheese when you’re doing a Whole30). But seriously…

I found out about Whole30 while I was on the quest to lose that stubborn baby weight. I had no interest in pursuing anything complicated (because with a two-year-old and an eight-month-old, complicated is my worst enemy). I also didn’t have any time for counting points and calories and macros… not to mention I’m terrible at math. I can’t afford fancy shakes and $ 11 juices. As for deprivation? No. I like to eat. I didn’t want to turn into Cranky Mommy because I skipped dinner.

Considering that it has no points or shakes or counting, you might be wondering what the heck Whole30 actually is. The concept is deliciously simple–for 30 days, you remove all grains, dairy, soy, legumes, sugar (natural and artificial), processed foods, and alcohol from your diet. What you’re left with is pure, whole foods–all the eggs, fish, meat, vegetables, and fruits you can imagine. You eat as much as you want, when you want. It’s essentially the same principle as the Paleo diet, but without the honey and molasses and unbelievable Paleo baked goods that taste like cheating. High quality, organic produce and grass fed meat is recommended but not required. You can also have accompaniments such as coconut oil, ghee or clarified butter, olive oil, and every kind of spice.

Whole30 is basically an elimination diet. New York Times best-selling authors Melissa and Dallas Hartwig, creators of the regimen, claim that after your 30 day reset, you should reintroduce food groups slowly to gain a better understanding of how your body reacts to them. You may have small intolerances that you don’t even realize, which could be contributing to all kinds of ailments, like fatigue, joint pain, migraines, and more.

And you will probably lose some pounds, but the founders are quick to clarify that this is not merely a weight loss diet. They champion something called “non-scale victories” include more energy, less bloating, clearer skin, better mental clarity, and a healthier overall relationship with food. Doing a Whole30 also gives you the chance to tame your Sugar Dragon, that beast that lives inside, demanding candy and brownies.

While it may not be for everyone, I personally love the results of doing a Whole30. Sugar has never been my weakness. I’m more into carbs–I’ve never met a bagel I didn’t like. But, surprisingly, giving up sugar for my Whole30 made me realize that I was much more addicted to that white stuff than I realized. I used to use Splenda in my coffee (terrible, I know). Now I not only drink coffee with plain coconut milk, I prefer it that way. My first taste of Splenda post-Whole30 was a real eye-opener. Giving up sugar for a month makes you realize just how sweet those artificial sweeteners really are.

Open to the idea of taking on a Whole30 (or some other elimination-style diet) yourself? Here are 10 small pieces of advice:

1. Don’t underestimate yourself.

I cannot tell you how people who, upon hearing the Whole30 rules, laugh and say, “Ha! I could never give up cheese for 30 days.”

Seriously? These are people who run marathons, start businesses, take night classes, raise children… in other words, things that are wayyy harder than simply abstaining from dairy for a month. I say, give yourself a little credit! It’s not forever. And it’s not actually that hard, compared to so many other things in life.

2. Don’t set yourself up for failure, either.

The strict rules of Whole30 say that you need to do it for thirty entire days. Not 29 days. Not 28 days. Not 5 days during the work week followed by an extra large pizza on the weekend.

In other words, don’t go into your Whole30 with the intention of cheating at your mom’s birthday dinner on the 20th day. Remember, you are strong enough to last the entire 30 days without “accidentally” demolishing a pile of birthday cake. Bring some fruit to the party and politely decline your slice. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your own personal eating habits.

Trust in your innate willpower and do not make excuses to cheat before you even begin.

3. Don’t go it alone.

It can be so helpful to have a friend to text if you find yourself staring down a glazed donut in the break room. Whether it’s your coworker, your spouse, or your best friend, doing the Whole30 together makes it so easier. It also makes you accountable to someone besides just yourself.

4. Buy all the produce you can find.

Produce shopping is so fun, isn’t it? This is your chance to really go out on a limb and experiment with exciting new fruits and veggies you may not have considered before. Buy all the really interesting, prickly skinned, oddly shaped produce you can get your hands on and Google or scour cookbook recipes later. There’s a good chance you’ll find a new favorite or two.

5. Pinterest = your new best friend.

The internet age makes Whole30 SO much easier. Create a Whole30 board and start searching recipes–I guarantee you’ll be amazed at all the delicious options. Many of the meals on my regular dinner rotation only needed a few minor tweaks to make them Whole30 compliant (example: bread crumbs swapped for almond flour). I don’t even bother to cook separate meals for my family while I’m doing a Whole30 because everything is so yummy that my husband and kids happily eat it along with me.

6. Don’t forget to meal prep, meal prep, meal prep.

I know, meal prep is the worst. It totally sucks. But for Whole30, I hate to admit, it’s really, really helpful. I usually spend Sundays chopping veggies and putting together egg bakes and stuffed peppers for the week. If you’re really short on time, even just making big batches of hard-boiled eggs can be endlessly helpful. Just add an avocado and some sliced berries, and you have a filling, delicious breakfast to go!

7. Don’t oversell it.

The first couple days of Whole30 are pure torture while you’re detoxing all that evil sugar out of your system, but then you may experience a kind of “high” where you feel absolutely amazing and want to shout it from the rooftops. You’ll want to evangelize the program to anyone who will listen, but trust me, this can get a little obnoxious. Try to limit your gushing to a few select friends who aren’t afraid to tell you if you’re getting annoying about it. And do spread the word… but do so with restraint.

8. Don’t believe everything you hear.

The next person to call Whole30 or the Paleo diet “low-carb” is getting a sweet potato thrown at their head. No, Whole30 is not low-carb. You can eat both sweet and white potatoes, not to mention plantains and bananas. This program is not about totally cutting carbs, it’s about eating wholesome, healthful foods that nourish and sustain your body.

If you are trying to lose weight, it would be wise to limit potatoes and fruit during your Whole30, but if you do want carbs with every meal that’s totally OK, too.

9. Find a new reward system.

I read a quote once that really stuck with me. It went something like this: “Don’t reward yourself with food. You are not a dog.”

Thought-provoking, right? I’m totally guilty of this–saying to myself, “If I go to the gym today, then I can have a cookie.” Try to replace your reward system with non-food items–how about a walk in nature, a new book, a movie, or a phone call with a friend? Find the little non-food things that make you happy and forget the Snickers bar.

10. Celebrate your success.

While Whole30 isn’t as hard as some things in life, but it is challenging, especially in our culture of endless self-gratification. Be proud of yourself for completing one! Not everyone has the willpower. Celebrate–just maybe not with a cookie.

Amanda HeadshotAmanda Harding is a copywriter by day and a super mommy to two absurdly adorable munchkins by night. In the three minutes of downtime she gets per day, you’ll likely find her reading library books, experimenting with Paleo cupcake recipes, silently correcting other people’s grammar, obsessing over real estate, laughing at her own jokes, and discovering pop culture trends six months after they’re completely irrelevant. Follow along as she stumbles her way through the challenges of working mom life at Beloved Burnt Toast and on Facebook.

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Even Donald Trump’s Supporters Are Telling Him To Release His Tax Returns

Donald Trump’s critics have been calling for months on the Republican presidential candidate to release his tax returns, to no avail. Now, even Trump supporters are joining the chorus.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.), a professed Trump backer (for now), wrote a Sunday New York Times op-ed titled, “I Support You, Donald Trump. Now Release Your Tax Returns.” 

Sanford noted his continued ability to support Trump will “in part be driven by whether Mr. Trump keeps his word that he will release his tax records.”

Sanford notes just two years earlier ― in just one of several instances ― Trump clearly stated he would have no problem releasing his tax returns.

During an interview with an Irish TV station, Trump said, “If I decide to run for office, I’ll produce my tax returns, absolutely and I would love to do that.”

Trump’s bombastic statements, Sanford argues, will be forgotten with time, while the legacy of his actions will linger. 

“Not releasing his tax returns would hurt transparency in our democratic process, and particularly in how voters evaluate the men and women vying to be our leaders,” Sanford wrote. 

Data compiled by the Tax History Project shows that every Republican candidate since Richard Nixon has made their tax returns public. 

Trump has inflated claims over the years about his personal net worth and charitable giving ― two areas that could be cleared up by releasing his tax returns ― but said he won’t make his returns public because he’s being audited by the IRS.

While the IRS has said an audit doesn’t prevent Trump from releasing the documents, Sanford, a former governor, was at least sympathetic to how unpleasant the process can be.

“I ran twice for governor of South Carolina, and I released my tax returns both times. To be frank, it felt a bit like a colonoscopy: I didn’t like it, but it was our tradition in South Carolina. The power of staying true to the precedent that had been set prevailed.”

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Traveling Playmates And Benefits Of A Road Trip

A few days ago I posted about partners and how much fun it can be to play with them not only in your home city, but across the globe. There is something about traveling in an intimate space that can really bring you closer in connection with your partner.

That is one of the reasons why traveling on a road trip can be such a fun excursion. You have the opportunity not only to spend time with them in enjoyable places, but also become physically (and emotionally) close to them in order to further the relationship.

The Benefits of the Road Trip

Now that I’ve made it clear how great a road trip can be, it’s time to put my money where my mouth is. What makes it so great? How can you improve the quality of your road trip? Here are a few of my answers.

1. Road trips test your boundaries – If you go on a road trip with your partner, it isn’t just fun and games. It is going to be work in some respects. You are going to have to learn what you can accept in the relationship and what you do not accept. There will be times where you feel the need for space, but through it all you will really learn how to connect with your partner and see them for what they are.

Testing your boundaries is the best thing that you can ask for in a relationship. Indeed, it is a great test of your abilities in partnership so that you can determine if you are ready for the next steps.

2. Road trips are about shared experiences – After a breakup, one of the reasons the city you mutually lived in is so hard to remain is because of everything that reminds you of them. These are the shared experiences. Now consider going across the country or globe with this significant other and all of the different experiences that you will share. It makes a big difference. Just make sure you capture those travel experiences so you don’t end up losing the memories or having them become stale.

3. Road trips strain financial and adult topics – some relationships are nothing but good feelings and a lesser version of hedonism (think partying, partying, sex, and partying with sex). While that can be fun, a relationship is going to face practical challenges and it is better to look at them sooner than later.

Go Forth and Travel

You may never consider traveling with your partner in the same way after you do a road trip together. In fact, you may never see them as humans in the same way. This is one of the reasons why it is so imperative to try something like this. Stretching the bounds of your relationship will ultimately leave you knowing more, connecting deeper, and feeling better about yourself and future together.

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The Automatic Health Benefits Of Moving South Of The Border

By Bonnie W. Hayman, International Living

Lying in the northern mountains of Nicaragua, at the heart of coffee country, the city of Matagalpa is green all year round. With temperatures ranging from 59 F to 74 F, the cool breezes are a welcome break from the warmth of the lowlands. And even by Nicaraguan standards, Matagalpa is highly affordable: Figure $ 1,200 a month for a couple, all in. But these advantages aren’t all you’ll find here.

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Landscape of Matagalpa, Nicaragua

“What I have here that I never had before is time,” says Thor Kennedy, who now calls Matagalpa home. “I can always find time to travel around, listen to music, talk on Skype to my loved ones in the States, read a book, watch a movie, take a walk, take a nap. I have freedom with my time here. I am rarely physically exhausted. All of this has helped my health improve.

“And with that extra time, coupled with the spring-like weather, I am able to really get out year-round and explore more than I ever did in the States. With my increased physical activity, and the healthier fresh-food options available, I find my energy has increased, my blood pressure has dropped, and my body fat decreased. This has all happened without much effort on my part.”

Since leaving the corporate world behind, Thor — together with his business partner, Gus — has opened HAPPY, one of the best-loved restaurants in Matagalpa. Now he gets to live a healthier, more fulfilled life on his own terms.

“I make my living doing something I love. I do not have to be tied to a smartphone (if I don’t want to be), or commute an hour or more to or from work,” he says. “I can take a siesta almost every afternoon. And I am a part of a true community here, which I did not find in the busy suburbs of the San Francisco Bay area. People take the time to stop and converse with one another. Relationships are more important than work. And that’s more than okay by me.”

In addition to appreciating its lower-stress lifestyle, Thor saw Matagalpa’s business potential. He could start a business here that would have been nearly impossible to start in the Bay area. “I am creating livelihoods for others, and enjoy true work/life balance here,” he says. “In the morning, I wander downstairs for a fresh pot of coffee, grown at my ranch, and sit outside on the restaurant’s patio and watch the locals start their day. For ingredients that I do not grow at the ranch, I can buy most of them from the local fresh-produce vendors that come to my door.

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Public Park in Matagalpa, Nicaragua

“I can get a huge handful of the freshest parsley for about 20 cents, a bag of limes for 70 cents, a large, Hawaiian-style pineapple for a buck, a huge head of cabbage for about 50 cents, or a bagful of 10 sweet, ripe mangos for $ 1. Because of the readily available and inexpensive produce, I choose healthier food options than I would walking down the freezer aisle in the expensive California supermarkets. And these are all delivered fresh daily to my door.”

Matagalpa is great if you’re after a homesteading lifestyle. Thor and Gus bought a manzana (about two acres) of land, with a fixer-upper ranch overlooking the vast valleys, and with breathtaking sunsets, for just $ 50,000. It’s only 20 minutes from the restaurant and serves as their sanctuary in the mountains. They plant fresh produce there to use in the restaurant, a true farm-to-table venture. Thor hopes to add rabbits and pasture-fed chickens, as well.

“I love Matagalpa. It’s a beautiful, working-class city and offers an authentically Nicaraguan lifestyle. They use cultivation methods here that have been practiced for centuries without much change. It may not be the most efficient, but there is something to be said for the simplicity of the ‘olden days,'” says Thor.

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Matagalpa, Nicaragua

On his days off he explores the beautiful landscapes, nature preserves, waterfalls, caves, rivers, flowers, forests, canyons, and rock formations that Matagalpa offers.

“Although there are distinct wet and dry seasons in Matagalpa, the temperatures are almost always comfortable for exploration. Even on rainy days, we usually get periods of bright sunshine, to get out and about, dry my clothes, or take a walk in the lush rainforest. By late afternoon, I can settle back and enjoy the drama of the quenching rain,” says Thor.

“I am so grateful that I took the plunge. I wouldn’t trade this experience for anything. I am truly living my dream.”

This article comes to us courtesy of InternationalLiving.com, the world’s leading authority on how to live, work, invest, travel, and retire better overseas.

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The Rise of Ivanka Trump

Twice yesterday I saw Ivanka Trump on TV quoted as saying that her father would be “incredible” and “amazing” for women as President.

She didn’t offer details, and guess what? There aren’t any, because as TIME reports, you won’t find plans for dealing with paid family leave, child care, equal pay, or sexual harassment outlined on his website.

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Maybe his plans are as “secret” as he said his strategy would be to win states people didn’t think he could win. But she’s apparently become the power behind the Louis Quatorze-style throne in his campaign.

So who is this woman, who’s the daughter of his first wife? She has an undergraduate degree in economics from Wharton. She’s been a model. She once hosted the Miss Teen USA Pageant. She has her own fashion line that Wikipedia says includes “clothes, handbags, shoes, and accessories,” most of it not made in the U.S. Lastly, she works for her father, and like him, her political experience is nil.

On the other hand, she’s not a loose cannon, which seems a pretty low bar for an eminence grise. Politico puts it this way: “She is the softer, more refined side of the Trump brand and an antidote to the candidate’s abrasiveness.”

Journalists and talking heads seem to have been working over-time to say something nice about the Trump kids because their Father is so irascible, irresponsible, and potentially even disturbed. But nothing anyone’s reported about Ivanka inspires real confidence in her role as major advisor.

In fact, the opposite is true. She sadly echoes his vague promises of greatness. And she’s apparently led the failed “interventions” to get him to act more presidential.

So there you have it: an amateur candidate running a slapdash, disaster-prone campaign, and it’s a family affair, despite the GOP’s repeated efforts to put it on a more solid, professional footing.

Great TV–Trump Knows Best co-starring Ivanka Boo-Boo–but lousy politics.

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The One Thing Many Older Women Don’t Like To Be Called

There are few topics as polarizing as Donald Trump and whether he should be allowed anywhere near nuclear codes, but one comes mighty close: Is being called “ma’am” ageist or a sign of respect?

We asked our Facebook followers to weigh in on The Great Ma’am Debate and here’s what they had to say. Please don’t shoot the messenger, but put your thoughts in the comments below.

Holly Holden-Eklund is adamant about not wanting to be referred to as “Ma’am.” She also objects to “dear,” “Hon,” and “Darlin’.” Says Holden-Ecklund, “I repeatedly restate my name to the offending nurse, waitress, hair stylist. If I state my name over and over, it indicates I would like to be called Holly. As for a cohort label, ‘wise woman’ will do just fine.”

Cheryl Fuller Sparks has a different take. “If someone does not know me, or my name, I am touched that they are respectful enough to say ma’am. It is what I do, whether I am face-to-face or on the phone. People deserve that.” Susan Shafer works with people representing many different cultures. She also sees ‘ma’am” as a term of respect, generally used for someone older than the speaker. Her advice to the anti-ma’amers: “Get over it. Stop making it mean something it’s not meant to mean.”

Speaking in a very practical sense, Mark J. Mathews offered this: “Yeah…hey ‘you anonymous female person’ sounds great as I helped an older woman find a bathroom at the MLB game yesterday…. ;)”

Susan Thompson got her first “ma’am” when she was just 18. “It kind of blew my mind, but at the time I liked it. I felt very grown-up. It’s kind of a weird word but it doesn’t bother me. What I wish they’d find a replacement for is ‘madam.’ I cringe every time I address something with ‘Dear Sir or Madam’ ― sounds like I’m implying she runs a whore house lol.” Personally, we prefer brothel.

Marg Sunshine takes her ‘ma’ams” one at a time and doesn’t rush to judgment. “I pay attention to the tone and attitude of the person and the situation first. If someone calls me ‘ma’am’ to be genuinely courteous, then I appreciate it. If, however, it is done with a feeling of mocking, then I don’t like it.”

Then there was Janet Rafferty, whose comment we couldn’t love more. “I don’t care for it,” she said, “but I don’t really have a good substitute. How about you don’t talk to me at all. :) Kidding. (sort of)” Yeah, us too.

 

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Twitter Is Dragging Demi Lovato Over Tasteless Zika Joke And You’re Invited [UPDATE]

UPDATE: 2:20 p.m. ― Demi Lovato has responded to her social media critics with a Twitter apology, explaining that her laughter wasn’t directed at her mother’s controversial comments. 

“In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night,” she wrote. “I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies.”

Lovato probably should have stopped there, but minutes later, shared another tweet to politely inform those interested that if we follow her on social media, we’re obviously still fans. 

“I ain’t goin nowhere bitches,” she wrote. 

PREVIOUSLY: Twitter would like to cordially invite you to the #DemiLovatoIsOverParty. Black tie optional, gifts accepted and it goes all night. 

On Friday, Demi Lovato angered fans with a Snapchat video of her mother, Dianna Hart, making light of the Zika virus, which has been linked to as many as 1,700 cases of birth defects in Brazil since the outbreak began in 2015. 

“Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus,” Hart tells the camera, drink in hand. Lovato can be heard laughing in the background. 

To add insult to injury, the singer included three laughing emojis in the Snapchat. You can watch the video here

The Snapchat was one of two Lovato shared yesterday. The other clip, captioned “Momma  ,” shows Hart dancing next to Lovato, encouraging her daughter to join in on the fun. 

Brazilian social media users were the first to spread word of the video online, sparking a conversation on Twitter about why Lovato would ever share the Snapchat, let alone condone her mother’s insensitive comments. Soon, #DemiLovatoIsOverParty was trending worldwide. (The hashtag plays on #KimExplosedTaylorParty, which took root after video surfaced appearing to show Taylor Swift approving certain lyrics of Kanye West’s controversial song “Famous” after she denied having any knowledge of them.) 

The “Cool For The Summer” singer’s legion of fans ― known as Lovatics ― then came out in full force to defend their queen, shifting the blame to Hart and pointing fingers at rival fandoms for getting the hashtag trending. 

Lovato has yet to address the controversy, and, as the ex-Disney star already made clear, she chooses to Snapchat, instead of tweet, to avoid this kind of response.

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Voters Say Economy, Supreme Court, Are Top Campaign Issues

Despite the world’s string high-profile terror attacks this year, the economy remains at the top of American voters’ minds, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds. A 45 percent plurality name the economy as one of the two issues most important to them, ranking it first on a list of 10 topics.

Economic concerns nearly always come out on top of such surveys. Notably, however, the future of the Supreme Court ranks second on the list. Thirty percent of voters cite choosing which party will get to nominate Supreme Court justices as a top concern, placing it ahead of health care, immigration and foreign policy. That’s a dramatic uptick since February, when the Supreme Court issue ranked dead-last among Americans.

While Democrats, Republicans and independents all cite the economy as their biggest priority, the list diverges somewhat from there. Democrats and independents’ second- and third-biggest concerns are health care and the Supreme Court, while Republicans name immigration and the Supreme Court.

Voters say by a 16-point margin ― 48 percent to 32 percent ― that they expect domestic policy to play a larger role than foreign policy in this election. By a 43-point margin ― 65 percent to 22 percent ― they say domestic issues are more important to them personally.

That’s despite a growing consensus that terrorism, rather than the economy, is worsening. Sixty-six percent of voters say that the threat of terrorism has increased over the past year, while just 36 percent believe that the state of the economy has worsened.

Democrats largely believe the economy has improved (37 percent) or stayed the same (40 percent), while a 57 percent majority of Republicans think it’s gotten worse. A majority in both parties, however, agrees that terrorism has worsened. 

The HuffPost/YouGov poll consisted of 1,000 completed interviews conducted Aug. 4 to Aug. 7 among U.S. adults, using a sample selected from YouGov’s opt-in online panel to match the demographics and other characteristics of the adult U.S. population.

The Huffington Post has teamed up with YouGov to conduct daily opinion polls.You can learn more about this project and take part in YouGov’s nationally representative opinion polling. Data from all HuffPost/YouGov polls can be found here. More details on the polls’ methodology are available here.

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11 Things You Need To Know About Introverts

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had my introversion mistaken for something else. It’s either mistaken as coldness, arrogance, or weirdness, just to name a few things.

I can see why, too. Introversion isn’t an easy thing to read. Most of my friends are, as you might’ve guessed, boistrously extroverted. On occasion it’s hard for me to sit down and feel comfortable around most of them because they’re so animated; I feel like I have to be doing something too.

Which brings me to this. There’s a few things that you, the world, need to know about (most) introverts.

We’re Constantly Observing

We’re quiet all right, but that doesn’t mean nothing’s happening in our minds. Extroverts leave it all out there–they think things and then say them almost immediately. For us, we think things and don’t say them. Not yet, at least.

While you’re watching us in silence our minds are probably off 1,000 miles from here, thinking about next week’s workload, that time we stole the cookie from the kitchen counter, and why that person over there keeps glancing at us.

We’re Insanely Intuitive

Our intuition is both a good and bad thing. Almost all of the time introverts can feel when something goes off kilter immediately. That’s the good part. The bad part is that when we’re wrong about something we still feel right because our intuition feels so stong.

We see the unseen in everyday situations. It’s because we’re so observant and dedicating all of our energy to taking in our surroundings.

We Hate Small Talk

I despise small talk. That’s why it’s hard for me to talk to somebody without getting bored. I want to get to the heart of some issues. I want to talk about the world, what motivates you, and what the hardest time of your life was. This is how I connect with somebody.

If we ever seem disinterested or bored, you can bet that our ears will perk up a little bit when you ask us something meaningful. Quite honestly you’ll have us around your finger for a few minutes.

We Overthink Everything

And I mean everything. It’s impossible for something to happen without overanalyzing it 500 different ways. It’s because our brains are on overload and our intution keeps whispering to us that something else must be going on.

Many times we’re right, but sometimes we’re wrong as well. Just know that staring off into the distance is probably an introvert overanalyzing something exceedingly insignificant.

We Get Flustered

The easy definition of an introvert is one that recharges their batteries when they’re alone. This means that every gathering we go to slowly strips away at our social endurance until we need to be by ourselves.

We get flustered pretty easily because we’re taking in everything that our environment is giving us. I like to compare it to how kid Superman was in Man of Steel when he couldn’t focus on anything because his mind was picking up everything.

That’s right, us introverts are like Superman. Never forget it.

We Can’t Explain Things As Well As We’d Like

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve felt helpess because I couldn’t explain something the way that it was in my mind. Yeah, I can write up a storm, but in the moment I can’t think of much to say that’s going to back up my point.

This is because we’re still working through so many things in our mind at once. But when the dust settles in our thoughts we’ll have a whole lot to say–the problem with that is it’s already too late most of the time.

Many Times We Just Don’t Know What To Say

Imagine a kitchen full of chefs yelling at each other–I’m talking with Gordon Ramsay fierceness. That’s what the commotion feels like in my mind half the time

I’m not crazy, but I just have a ton of stuff going on. It’s because I’m trapped under layers and layers of thought that it’s hard for me to pull out of it and talk about anything other than that. And by that time we’re already so far along that you likely won’t have the slightest clue of what we’re talking about if we did decide to explain it to you. It’s around that time when we explain everything that we get a weird look like, “What made you think about that?”

We Get Hurt Easily

I feel this one a lot, but that’s not to say that I walk around like the Sad Dwarf from Snow White all the time. This just means that when somebody does turn their attention towards me to lay into me a bit, I take it five times worse than the average person.

I’m not saying to never tell us how it is–quite the opposite–I’m saying that when you do give us criticism, to do it with some care.

When We Do Let You In, We’ll Do Anything For You

I have a handful of friends. I don’t really take much time to check in with anybody else because I feel a lot of love for a select few and, in true introvert fashion, I simply don’t have the social endurance to keep up with 4,000 people.

Those select few are the same people I would do anything for.

When We Say Things, We Mean Them

The weight of our words mean a lot to us. When we do decide to say something, we mean it with all of our hearts. We’re not going to make a promise that we can’t keep.

We’re Best One on One

Big groups of friends don’t suit us well. We’d much rather allow somebody else to bask in the spotlight while we fade off into the background. But we do shine when we’re one on one with people. That’s when we make true connections–when we can focus on just one person and give them our due diligence.

Being an introvert isn’t the easiest thing in the world. Often it seems like I’m misconstrued a handful of times per day, but when the opposite party knows what they’re working with, it might make things a little bit easier to understand so they don’t, in turn, overanalyze your quietness for something else.

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This Bible-Era Solution For Saving Food Is Making A Comeback

Audrey Berman is no stranger to the farming life.

Over the last three years, Berman has worked on various farms in New York’s Hudson Valley with the intention of one day starting her own farm. But it wasn’t too long before she started to notice disheartening trends.

“We always had to plant more than we could actually harvest ourselves,” Berman told The Huffington Post. “And the demographic we were selling [our food] to was a little more wealthy and well-to-do while, at the same time, good food wasn’t accessible to everyone and a lot of that had to do with affordability. It started to bother me.”

She began to research what she could do about it. And that led to the launch earlier this year of Long Table Harvest, a food recovery group.

Led by Berman and co-founder Laura Engelman, the group works with 16 farms in the Hudson Valley to collect their surplus fruits and vegetables — which would otherwise go to waste — and distribute them to food pantries, community organizations and other charities throughout the region. 

A certain amount of surplus is practically inevitable on farms. Farmers plant more crops than they’ll need for their buyers to protect against losses from pests, weather and other issues. Oftentimes, it’s cheaper for farms to let the surplus rot in the fields rather than pay for the labor to harvest it.

Each Monday, Berman and her small team travel to their donor farms to pick up market leftovers and other extras farms have to offer. They fill up their van and drop off the proceeds at their recipient sites.

In June, the organization was picking up about 940 pounds of produce a week. Two months later, that number has grown to about 1,100 weekly pounds of summer staples like watermelon, cantaloupe, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes and corn. 

“It’s all really high quality, all really beautiful and the people receiving it are all excited to get it,” Berman said.

Groups like this often operate under the radar and struggle to make ends meet. Their work ― known as gleaning ― is an ancient practice, one that dates back at least to the days of the Old Testament.

It is written in the Bible that Ruth would glean the fields of the well-to-do farmer Boaz, collecting any produce left after harvest was completed and redistributing it to the poor. The practice is said to have continued in Europe throughout the Middle Ages, too.

Today, gleaning is experiencing a resurgence of interest as Americans become aware of the estimated 70 billion pounds of food the country wastes each year. Some of this loss is due to surpluses on farms. As a result, recovery groups like Long Table Harvest have popped up across the country ― the National Gleaning Project lists more than 400 food recovery organizations ― and are likely saving many tons of food from being left to rot in farmers’ fields or sent to landfills.

While there is no national estimate for how much food these groups are diverting to people who need it, some organizations reclaim hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. Oregon’s Salem Harvest, for example, gleans 300,000 pounds of fresh produce annually.

It’s safe to assume these organizations, collectively, are preventing millions of pounds of produce from being tossed each year.

Funding this work is a challenge, however. Berman and her Long Table Harvest team worked diligently applying for grants and fundraising ahead of their launch; an Indiegogo campaign raised over $ 11,000. But their operation has been limited in size, with just one van and one paid staff member, because they haven’t been able to secure major funding.

While financial struggles are not unusual for nonprofits of all kids, food recovery organizations appear to be facing unique challenges. Among them is that there is little federal or state-level grant funding available for this work, though the farmers who donate their surplus to food recovery groups can receive tax incentives in many states.

One initiative offered through the U.S. Department of Agriculture is the Community Food Projects competitive grant program, which was funded most recently at the level of $ 8.6 million. Though gleaners are eligible for this grant, which focuses on meeting the food needs of low-income communities through food distribution and community outreach, it is not specifically catered to food recovery. 

Some states, like New Jersey, do offer grants specifically geared toward gleaners, but these programs are not particularly common. 

Most organizations rely overwhelmingly on individual donors, fundraising and corporate support to sustain their operations.

The Ithaca, New York-based Friendship Donations Network, a gleaning group, noted that while it does receive support from local foundations, it has never received state or federal funding and derives about 70 percent of its operating budget from individual donations. 

Another prominent food recovery group, the Boston-based Lovin’ Spoonfuls, said it currently receives no government support and also depends primarily on individual donors, events and grants from local groups.

That funding just isn’t enough. Food recovery is “chronically underfunded at every step,” Dana Gunders, a staff scientist specializing in food waste at the Natural Resources Defense Council, told HuffPost earlier this summer.

The lack of financial support is also reflected in gleaning groups’ heavy reliance on volunteers to gather surplus produce from participating farmers. Though well-meaning, these volunteers typically aren’t particularly accustomed to the task at hand and don’t tend to work all that efficiently. 

“Gleaning is good, but it’s not the most efficient way to get produce off the farm, even for donation, in terms of getting large volumes,” Gunders added. “Volunteers picking stuff are not trained and not nearly as fast” as farmworkers, she said.

In addition, gleaning groups often struggle to gain the attention of media and potential funders when compared to flashier food waste solutions.

“There’s a lot of excitement around people who are making apps or making a big splash in terms of media and promotional campaigns,” Berman said. “I’m really trying to do the work and connect the farmers with our recipients at our distribution sites and I’m not out there proselytizing the work. I’m trying to figure out the balance to that, but it’s a little disheartening.”

Though the practice of gleaning is far from groundbreaking, Jordan Figueiredo, the anti-food waste activist behind the Ugly Fruit and Veg campaign and a petition drive asking Walmart to more widely sell cosmetically imperfect produce, agreed that it’s deserving of more support.

“Overall, I think technology is not the answer [to food waste],” Figueiredo said. “I see those articles all the time — ‘The App That’s Going to End Food Waste.’ No one app is going to do that or make a big dent, even. Overall, it’s about valuing [food] enough so that we’re paying attention to the easy, old solutions like gleaning and putting money into them.”

Despite all the obstacles faced by groups like hers, Berman is optimistic that change is happening as Americans begin to value food more — and are adopting that mindset in their neighborhood grocery stores and kitchens.

“The biggest impact we can have is with ourselves and the decisions we make as individuals. How we live our life, what we buy and [do] not buy, what we cook and don’t cook,” Berman added. “If people say, ‘Hey, I’m a part of what seems like this big problem, but I can start with myself,’ I think that would be really exciting.”

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Joseph Erbentraut covers promising innovations and challenges in the areas of food and water. In addition, Erbentraut explores the evolving ways Americans are identifying and defining themselves. Follow Erbentraut on Twitter at @robojojo. Tips? Email joseph.erbentraut@huffingtonpost.com.

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‘ISIS Truther’ Donald Trump Is Like A Lawyer’s Dumbest Client Ever, Trevor Noah Says

Now that Donald Trump has ridiculously claimed that the real founder of the Islamic State militant group is President Barack Obama, the GOP nominee has some explaining to do. At least we thought he did.

“Daily Show” host Trevor Noah on Thursday showed that the businessman was given an opportunity to clarify his remarks with conservative chat host Hugh Hewitt ― and yet Trump tripped again.

“Last night you said the president was the founder of ISIS. I know what you meant,” Hewitt said. “You meant that he created the vacuum. He lost the peace.”

Trump replied: “No, I meant he’s the founder of ISIS.”

A flabbergasted Noah quipped, “It’s like a lawyer with the dumbest client ever.”

Wait, it gets even more ridiculous. Watch above. (The Trump comments start around the 2:05 mark.)

The routine begins with Noah commenting on how the geopolitical maneuvering between Russia and Turkey could hurt the U.S. in its fight against the Islamic State. But inevitably the bit turns to the circus of Trump. 

Trump did post on Twitter Friday that his claims were “sarcasm” but, boy, that sure took a long time.  

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5 Strategies To Help You Close The Confidence Gap

A good friend of mine recently lost her job. It was an unexpected move by her company to close her division in advance of a new CEO taking the helm at year-end. My friend, who I’ll call Sara, had always prided herself on her diligent work ethic and loyalty. She told me, “I was always so proud that I could say I’ve never been fired. Now I can’t say that anymore.” The hardest part for me, a friend both coaching her through the toughest times and simply trying to just be there for her, is seeing her loss of confidence. She’s a talented professional and other companies quickly lined up to interview her, but she found moving on difficult. She called me in tears after one interview and said, “I just don’t think I’m qualified to do this.” It was for a position that she is eminently qualified to hold, but her confidence struggles were preventing her from seeing that as a viable path.

As you reflect on your own career and life path, what are some of the things that you wish you would have said, done, or tried, but didn’t? Something held you back. I was two years into my law career when my mentor recommended me for a board position at a local non-profit. I had no idea what that meant, but it sounded like something too lofty for a twenty-six year old. I joined the board and literally said nothing for six months. I attended every meeting, took notes, and had lots of things to say, but I held myself back and stayed quiet. I’m sure my fellow board members wondered more than once whether I could physically speak.

Whether you want to stand up to your annoying sister-in-law or just raise your hand more in meetings, here are five strategies to practice to close the confidence gap:

Take action. One of my favorite phrases is “action conquers fear.” Action also conquers ruminating, inaction and feeling stuck. When Sara didn’t hear back from one of her interviews by the stated deadline, she was sure she didn’t advance to the next round. And then she got stuck, ruminating and catastrophizing about all of the potential scenarios that could result. I told her that in order to mentally move on, she needed to start exploring other companies and sending out more résumés. Nothing builds confidence like taking action.

Challenge self-doubt & setbacks with CORE thinking. Building confidence requires getting outside of your comfort zone and experiencing failure and setbacks (see more on that below). When a setback happens, how do you explain its cause? Based on the work of Dr. Martin Seligman, pessimistic thinkers often get stuck explaining failure in a personal way (“I’m all to blame”), a pervasive way (“this thing is going to impact lots of areas of my life”), and a permanent way (“this adversity is going to be around a long time – I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel”). To flip that, practice CORE thinking:

C (CONTROL): Ask yourself where you have a measure of control, influence or leverage in the situation.
O (OTHERS): What resources do you have that you can draw on – what people can help?
R (REACH): How can I limit the impact of this adversity so that it doesn’t influence other areas of my life?
E (EVALUATE & EMBRACE): First evaluate the root causes of the challenge that’s impacting you, then “embrace the suck.” An adversity is there to teach you something, and it will end at some point. Figure out what this challenge is here to teach you.

Build a growth mindset. According to Stanford psychologist Dr. Carol Dweck, people with growth mindsets feel that ability can be developed through effort and learning, and they see failure as an inevitable result of trying new things. One way to build a growth mindset is to give and get feedback in the right way. The type of feedback that builds a growth mindset is focused on effort (“You tried so hard at that presentation”) rather than talent (“You’re so smart”). In addition, make sure you’re keeping track of your wins – what are the successes you have had, big and small?

Be authentic. Do you show up to work each day as the real you, or are you a version of you? When I talk about how I burned out at the end of my law career, one of the biggest realizations I had was that I was showing up to work as “Paula the lawyer” and leaving the best of who I was (including my strengths) at home. Interestingly, it took a group of drill sergeants to help me reconnect with the most authentic version of myself. They taught me that vulnerability is not weakness; rather, it is courage in its purest form.

Get comfortable with the failure/struggle/mastery loop. If you want to get better at something, you’re likely going to fail. Actually, if you’re pushing yourself hard enough, you should fail. When that happens, you need to process the failure in a way that allows you to get back up and try again – you need to have resilience. Taking good risks can be especially hard for women as it means allowing ourselves to be imperfect, facing potential displeasure from authority figures or loved ones, and it can be uncomfortable being the center of attention.

Confidence is what allows you to show up as you at work and in life. One of my favorite quotes from Dr. Brené Brown is this: “Nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as believing that you’re standing on the outside of your life looking in and wondering what it would be like if you had the courage to show up and let yourself be seen.”

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Paula Davis-Laack, JD, MAPP, is a lawyer turned stress and resilience expert. Having burned out at the end of her law practice, she now works with organizations and individuals to build stress resilience. You can connect with Paula and to learn more about her work here:

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This Might Be Why You’re Feeling Burnt Out At Work

You get to the office but don’t start work. You’re struggling through chronic head, neck and backaches. You’ve become disillusioned about your place at the company, or the impact you’re having on the team. You’re tired, cranky and just don’t care anymore. You’re suffering from work burnout.  

Two recent studies on emotional exhaustion and burnout at work offer some insight into why you might be feeling lackluster about your job. One suggests that after-hours emails contribute to a state of perpetual alertness, preventing employees from truly recovering from the work day. The other proposes that a fundamental mismatch between unconscious needs and workplace duties may be causing workers undue stress. 

Taken together, both studies examine the effects that chronic emotional arousal can have on workers, whether it be a never-ending sense of urgency about emails or a constant need to try to reconcile their implicit needs with work duties. If people can’t return to baseline levels of calm and/or feelings of fulfillment, chronic heightened emotions could lead to physical symptoms like pain, fatigue and an increased heart rate.

The late night email theory: You’re always on

The first study, presented at the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, collected data from 297 working adults and found a link between emailing after works hours and negative emotion, leading to feelings of “burnout” and poorer work-family balance. The researchers, from Lehigh University, Virginia Tech and Colorado State University, concluded that after-hours work emailing is a stressor alongside things like a high workload, conflicts with colleagues and deadlines. While it may not take a lot of time to reply to after-work emails, the expectation that employees should respond online after business hours prevents employees from fully unplugging from their day, which keeps them from restoring and renewing their energy at night.

“If an organization perpetuates the ‘always on’ culture, it may prevent employees from fully disengaging from work, eventually leading to chronic stress,” explained Lehigh University professor and study co-author Liuba Belkin in a statement. 

The mismatch theory: Your emotional needs are not being met

The second study, published in the journal Frontiers, surveyed 97 online participants with questions to get to the heart their unconscious needs. Are they individually motivated to take responsibility for others, maintain discipline and negotiate to feel powerful — the “power motive” ― or do they need to cultivate positive personal relationships in order to feel a sense of trust and belonging — the “affiliation motive?” The more of a mismatch the participants had between their unconscious needs and the demands of their jobs, the more at risk they were of burnout. Specifically, people whose “power motives” were unfulfilled at work had a higher risk of physical symptoms like headache, chest pain and shortness of breath, while those with an unfulfilled “affiliation motive” were more at risk of burnout, or emotional exhaustion.

“Matching employees’ motivational needs to their daily activities at work might be the way forward,” said co-author Beate Schulze, a senior researcher at the Department of Social and Occupational Medicine of the University of Leipzig in a statement. “This may also help to address growing concerns about employee mental health, since burnout is essentially an erosion of motivation.” 

What cases of workplace burnout have in common 

While the two studies propose two different pathways to burnout, clinical psychologist Vincent Passarelli, who consults with companies on employee wellness programs, points out that they both describe continuous and progressive states of heightened emotional and physical arousal. Such intense and prolonged physiological periods of being alert and active to stimuli may produce a physical response in the body like an increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and the release of stress hormones.

In the short term, this chronic arousal could create anxiety, hyper vigilance, restlessness, and a sense of urgency. But if these heightened states don’t return back to normal over time, that could explain why high blood pressure, heart disease and depression are linked to burnout and emotional exhaustion.

“Whether it is being on call to respond to after-hour emails or finding a way to suppress your thoughts and feelings at a job where there is a notable mismatch, constant states of arousal are required to maintain both,” Passarelli explained. “Despite the negative impact this has over the long term, one’s mind and body are adapting more to what’s needed in the moment to persevere, and less to what’s most healthy.

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7 Calming Quotes To Read When Everything Feels Stressful

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. We all have a center of wisdom and balance within us, but sometimes life takes over and we can feel all over the place! We all need a course-correcting tool — A “GPS for the Soul” — to help us find our way back to center. The guide below will give you the tools you need to reach that calmer state of mind.

We all have the power to get into a peaceful frame of mind ― we sometimes just need a little help along the way. Enter these relaxing quotes. In the GPS Guide below, reader Lisa Guillot shares a few inspiring words that keep her calm and upbeat throughout the day. Read them the next time you need a little encouragement of your own.

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16 Smoothie Bowl Accounts You Should Be Following On Instagram

The smoothie bowl craze is going strong ― and thank goodness. Not only are smoothies incredibly good for you, but the healthy, bright toppings they’re adorned with become strikingly beautiful in bowls. Beauty in the morning is a special kind of treat.

There’s one downfall to smoothie bowls ― they require a whole lot more effort than toast does.

If you love looking at smoothie bowls (who doesn’t like to imagine that life can be as perfect as Instagram’s depictions?), but don’t really have the energy and time to put into making one, we have a suggestion: fill your Instagram feed with the best smoothie bowl makers out there. To get you started, here are 16 of our favorites. Most of them are plant-based food bloggers, but some of them are just smoothie bowl lovers like you.

Panaceas_Pantry

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Two vegan recipe developers making their way through this world, one plant-based dish at a time.

delicious_and_healthy_by_maya

Croatian food blogger and smoothie bowl maker extraordinaire.

Feasting On Fruit

If you don’t read the food blog Feasting on Fruit, it’s time you start. She’s responsible for the gorgeous recipes that show up on this instagram feed.

Alena Food Photo

Of course you should follow a professional food photographer when in search for beautiful smoothie bowls. That is a given, and this account is proof of that.

blackwhitevivid

A finalist for a Saveur food blog award, Black White Vivid gets her recipe inspiration from her travels (which means international smoothie bowls!).

Elsas _Wholesomelife

Elsa is an aspirational lifestyle and food blogger, and churns out tons of beautiful plant-based recipes.

Vanelja

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Leave it to the master of “nice” cream to have an awesome smoothie bowl game.

beautyblends

Hands down the most colorful instagram feed around. 

groenemonster

This Belgian-based food blogger will make you want to eat a better life.

projectsunny

Follow for the smoothie bowls, and get inspired with posts like watermelon pizza.

plant_fueled

A mother of three, filling her feed with beautiful food and photos. If only we could all feed our kids this well.

myjuicykids_andme

Health coach and cooking instructor Nathalie Sader is a serious smoothie bowl master.

nathaliesader

A self-proclaimed smoothie addict ― and it shows.

carokocht

Look no further for a vibrant, beautiful smoothie extravaganza.

angie_lcc

Not only does this vegan food blogger make a mean smoothie bowl, she is also a master avocado rose maker.

vickys.healthydreams

Anyone who uses frozen red currants as a smoothie bowl topping is basically winning at life. You’re going to want to take notes.

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The Lying Game
by Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight, Jr.

Donald Trump is taking a beating in the news media and for good reason. He makes erroneous statements constantly, often contradicting himself, and his penchant for inflammatory rhetoric is unparalleled in modern politics. Politically correct he ain’t.
But it is also true that much of the mainstream news media is biased against Trump and the Republican Party that nominated him. This is not to suggest they are deliberately slanting the news, but everyone sees what is happening from their personal point of view, and for most reporters that is from the left.
Trump is at a distinct disadvantage in this environment. He has zero experience in politics and it shows. He is a lifelong salesman and like most salesmen, he has a tendency to bend reality to his designs. Thus he tells his story and grabs whatever information is handy to support it. He is unaccustomed to having legions of reporters following him around, checking each statement he makes against the record and demanding explanations. The question is whether he can adapt to this unfamiliar world and learn to react and speak like a politician.
For now, what we have is a lopsided anti-Trump chorus that is putting him in a difficult position. But there is another story being drowned out by Trump’s headlines. His opponent, Hillary Clinton, is by no means a fountain of veracity. To the contrary one might make a reasonable argument that Clinton knows very well the rules of the game and has no excuse.
Clinton frequently indulges in dishonesty and then hastens to cover her tracks with doubletalk. In particular, her frantic efforts to dodge her complicity in sharing classified information with our nation’s enemies would have long since compromised her candidacy had not the news spotlight been focused Trump.
But that spotlight will get back to her. Clinton insists over and over that she did not send or receive classified information on her personal email account. FBI director James Comey stated clearly that was untrue. She said she had turned over all her work-related email. “No, we found thousands that were not returned,” Comey said. “I never sent or received anything that was marked classified, she said.” “That’s not true,” Comey said. She quoted Comey saying “that my answers in my FBI interview were truthful.” Comey denied that.
Confronted with reality, Clinton said “I may have short-circuited and for that, I, you know, will try to clarify.” In this Clinton has coined a new phrase for political obfuscation – short-circuiting. There is another more appropriate term for it – lying.
Trump makes many erroneous statements but to my knowledge he has yet to sit down and lie to the FBI. There are many months until the election. It seems reasonable to anticipate that Trump will begin to curb his excesses and focus on his opponent’s lack of veracity. He will have much to focus upon.
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. “Mac” McKnight, Jr., (USA-Ret) is the author of “From Pigeons to Tweets: A General Who Led Dramatic Change in Military Communications,” published by The History Publishing Company.

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Give Yourself The Gift Of Total Bliss With This Basic Yoga Move

If you’re looking to gain more from yoga, don’t skip the basics.

Savasana, a restorative pose that’s often performed at the end of a yoga class, is probably one of the most underrated moves in the practice. Many people breeze through it after they’ve completed their active moves or forgo it entirely.

As instructor Jules Mitchell points out in the Udaya video above, passing up the pose is doing a disservice to yourself. Why? Because the move helps reset your mind and puts you in a state of relaxation. And isn’t that a focal point of a yoga practice?

Take a look at the video above to learn how to properly do Savasana and make a conscious effort to commit to it the next time you do a yoga routine. Trust us, you won’t regret it.

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Why You Should Never, Ever Sit In A Wet Bathing Suit

Ah, the dog days of summer. It’s that lazy time of year when it’s perfectly acceptable to live in a fabulous bathing suit and relax by the water all day long.

But lounging in wet swimwear isn’t as glamorous as the Kardashians make it out to be. And while we’ve heard time and time again that staying in wet swimsuits for too long can cause problems ranging from yeast infections to UTIs, we’re all a little guilty of breaking this rule.

“Yeast and bacteria really thrive in moist, dark places, like a wet bathing suit or wet workout clothes,” Alyssa Dweck, an assistant clinical professor and OB/GYN at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, told The Huffington Post. “So if you’re really prone to those types of infections [yeast or bacterial], you’re going to want to change out of a wet bathing suit and just put on a dry one.”

While you likely won’t get an infection from a wet bathing suit, according to Dweck, it remains a risk nonetheless and may be related to your overall health. Women with weakened immune systems, such as those who have diabetes or who take certain medications are more likely to be affected by prolonged wear of a damp swimsuit.

So, here’s a much-needed wake up call to motivate you. Below are a few reasons to never, ever stay in a wet swimsuit for too long:

1. It’s the perfect combo for bacteria.

Let’s face it: The inside of a wet swimsuit is both warm and moist, so it’s basically a breeding ground for bacteria.

When in the water, swimsuit material tends to absorb the various chemicals and bacteria that exist in pools or the ocean. But once you’re out of the water, your private parts are cradled inside of your suit, along with all of those gross substances. This can throw off the balance of healthy bacteria in the vagina or introduce harmful bacteria into the urethra, leading to a number of maladies, including vaginitis and urinary tract infections

Signs you might have a problem: Changes in vaginal discharge, including foul smell or grayish coloring, and itching, swelling or soreness can signal bacterial vaginitis. Symptoms of UTIs include strong and persistent urges to urinate, burning sensations while urinating, pelvic pain and cloudy urine. 

What you can do about it: If you are experiencing symptoms of bacterial vaginitis, see your healthcare provider for proper medication. If you sense a UTI coming on, Dweck suggests alerting your primary physician as soon as possible, drinking plenty of fluids, consuming cranberry juice or supplements and using over-the-counter medications for temporary pain relief.

2. It can lead to yeast infections.

Since yeast thrives in warm and wet environments, wet bathing suit bottoms can cause yeast infections in women, especially those who suffer from recurring yeast infections.

The bacteria that festers in wet bathing suits can cause an overgrowth of yeast cells in the vagina or vulva, according to University Hospitals. This can lead to some pretty uncomfortable symptoms, including burning, soreness and clumpy discharge.

Signs you might have a problem: The hallmark signs of a yeast infection include extreme itchiness (external or internal), white “cottage cheese-like” discharge and typically no foul order. Women who have diabetes or who are on certain medications that suppresses the immune system are more prone to yeast infections, according to Dweck.

What you can do about it: Dweck suggests purchasing over-the-counter remedies and anti-fungal vaginal creams, including Monistat or store-brand medications. If the yeast infection does not clear up with those remedies, contact your doctor.

3. It may result in an itchy rash.

You’ve heard of athlete’s foot, right? Well, sitting in a wet swimsuit can cause a very similar infection around your genitals known as “jock itch.”

If you’re wearing a wet suit and happen to come in contact with a type of mold-like fungi known as dermatophytes, it can spread to the skin of your genitals, inner thighs and butt, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Mayo Clinic. This growth leads to red, itchy rashes that may grow in the shape of a ring.

“It’s very similar to a yeast infection in the vagina because they’re both caused by fungus, although it is a slightly different strain of fungus,” Dweck said.

Even if there is no fungal infection involved, people with sensitive skin may experience skin irritation from wearing wet material. “Some women just get irritation from constant moisture,” Deck said, “so they may just feel better in being in something dry.”

Signs you might have a problem: Symptoms of jock itch include rashes around the creases of the upper thigh and crevices of the genital area, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Red, raised and scaly patches that may sometimes ooze with liquid and cause itchiness. Rashes appear redder on the outside and skin-toned toward the middle. 

What you can do about it: Dweck recommends using over-the-counter anti-fungal cream or powder made especially for the genital area. For stronger medication, contact your primary physician and ask about prescription-strength anti-fungal products. 

Now that the ugly facts are out there, it’s time to take charge. Change out of that damp swimsuit ASAP or risk a very uncomfortable few days ahead. Your body will thank you for it.

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How Much Damage Could Donald Trump Really Do, After All?

Some of the people planning to cast protest votes in November have a bedtime story they love to tell themselves. In the story, Donald Trump’s election wouldn’t be such a bad thing because the diffusion of power in the American political system would prevent him from carrying out the worst of his lunatic schemes.

Now, there is a germ of an idea there: political and institutional constraints greatly limit the power of a President. But it’s worth noting that the political constraints generally act through the perceptions of the President and those around him about what he can, and can’t, get away with: that is, precisely the sort of thing that would have kept Trump-the-candidate from, e.g., hurling ethnic insults at a federal judge. A President unfazed by criticism, and willing to ignore advice about the limits of his lawful authority from the Office of Legal Counsel, actually can get quite a lot done. No President in the modern era — even Nixon — has dared to say what President Jackson said about a Supreme Court ruling: “Mr. Justice Marshall has made his decision. Now let him enforce it.” But what if we had a President who was willing to behave that way, surrounded by advisers egging him on to do so? Trump’s power for evil might be substantially greater than (e.g.) Obama’s power for good.

Today a friend challenged me on this point: Make a list of ten really, really bad things that President Trump could actually do. A little bit of emailing around produced the following list. I’ve divided it into two groups: the “stroke-of-the-pen” things that a President could accomplish just by ordering them, and other things that would require Congressional approval or help from state governments. But let’s not forget that Trump’s election would almost certainly mean both that he had a Republican Senate and House to work with and that the Republican members of those bodies would mostly be terrified of primary challenges should they oppose the imperial will.

The distinction between the two groups is not absolute; in principle, the appropriations power could be used to constrain virtually any Presidential action, in the extreme by zero-budgeting the Executive Office of the President, leaving The Donald to write his own orders. And of course there is always the impeachment power. But again, an election that brings us Trump would be likely to disable those safeguards as well.

“With a stroke of the pen”

1. Withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement on global warming.

2. Abrogate the nuclear deal with Iran, setting the stage for either war with Iran or Iranian development of a nuclear weapon. (Or both.)

3. Deny hostile, or even objective, journalists and media outlets access to information by refusing them admittance to press conferences, instructing appointed and public-affairs officials to refuse all interviews, and subjecting even routine data requests to FOIA delays. That will have three effects: disabling the effective capacity of the independent media to exercise oversight; giving professional and business advantages to complaisant reporters and their outlets; and creating incentives for reporters and outlets alike to stay in the Administration’s good graces.

4. Institute criminal investigation and prosecution of political opponents. The Attorney General, the FBI Director, and the 94 United States Attorneys all serve at the pleasure of the President. (The 10-year term of the FBI Director is a maximum, not a minimum, and Bill Clinton fired Director William Sessions in 1993.) Now imagine FBI Director Chris Christie, reporting to Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Those positions, and the U.S. Attorney slots, are all Senate-confirmable, but even if the Senate were to resist the President could appoint all of them on an acting basis.

5. Use tax enforcement and the award or denial of tax-exempt status to punish enemies and rewards friends. The Director of the IRS is also a Presidential appointee. Civil-service protections would make it harder to replace IRS career staff with political loyalists, but the GWB Administration made substantial progress in filling the Justice Department with Republican apparatchiki, and the same could be done at the IRS.

6. Attack “liberal-leaning” universities and not-for-profit research enterprises by either interfering with the grant process directly or by using financial or compliance audits to disqualify them.

7. End enforcement of the Voting Rights Act. This is entirely at the discretion of USDoJ, and no doubt Assistant Attorney General Kris Kobach will have other priorities.

8. Cease Department of Justice investigations into police misconduct.

9. Mount a massive deportation process. Direct the Department of Homeland Security to target and remove persons who registered under DACA and DAPA.

10. Investigate the “loyalty” of Muslims in the civil service and the military.

11. Substantially reduce enforcement of anti-discrimination law, including revoking executive orders that require nondiscrimination by federal contractors.

12. Block all entry of refugees.

13. Wreck the Affordable Care Act in practical terms by reversing the administrative decisions that make it feasible, and destroy it legally by conceding its unconstitutionality the next time it is challenged in court.

14. Loosen regulation and virtually eliminate enforcement of all environmental laws, workplace health and safety laws, and consumer protections. Early targets would be the Obama Administration’s aggressive attack on air pollution from coal-fired power plants and the newly-instituted fiduciary-standards rule for pension advisers.

15. Reinstitute torture by replacing the Army Field Manual with Bush-era interrogation “standards.” I do not believe that most, or even many, senior officers would abide by such orders. But the President is, indeed, Commander-in-Chief, and only custom keeps him from firing those who disobey unlawful orders. (When President Lincoln was told that Confederate forces had captured forty mules and two major-generals, he replied, “Too bad about the mules. Major-generals I can make.” Ranks of O-4 [major or lieutenant commander] and above require Senate confirmation, but junior officers are created by Presidential fiat, and brevet promotions are unlimited.)

16. Encourage Russian aggression in Europe by renouncing our NATO obligations. Start by recognizing Russian sovereignty over the Crimea.

17. Withdraw the U.S. from other treaties and international organizations: WTO, NAFTA, the U.N., the Paris Treaty on international climate change.

18. Encourage Japan and South Korea to develop nuclear weapons by raising questions about the validity of our security commitments.

19. Unofficially encourage or sponsor the growth of armed far-right “militia” groups, and discourage enforcement of federal laws against them (e.g., vigilante border enforcement groups, takeovers of federal lands by “sovereign citizen” organizations).

By legislative action or with the advice and consent of the Senate, or the help of state governments

1. Appoint at least one and perhaps three Supreme Court justices on the Alito model, locking in a right-wing majority for a generation.

2. Reduce tax rates for the rich.

3. Block grant food stamps and/or Medicaid.

4. Appoint anti-worker and anti-union members to the National Labor Relations Board.

5. End federal support for the full range of women’s health services, including ending the federal partnership with Planned Parenthood.

6. Increase domestic production of coal and oil while ending public investment in renewable energy.

7. Repeal of Dodd-Frank, Sarbanes-Oxley, consumer financial protection laws.

8. Disenfranchise Democrats with a combination of voter-suppression tactics (shorter voting hours, fewer voting machines leading to longer waits, hard-to-meet “voter ID” rules) and gerrymandering. In the extreme, use electronic vote counting to simply miscount the votes.

A story is told of Benjamin Franklin. As he left the Constitutional Convention — which did its work in secret — for the last time, a woman stopped him to ask, “Well, Dr. Franklin? What have you given us? A monarchy, or a republic?” Franklin answered, “A republic, madam: if you can keep it.”

This is not a game. Institutions do not maintain themselves. Not all damage is reversible. I do not believe that Trump will be elected, and I do not believe that, if he were elected, that would be the last relatively free and fair election for President. But it’s not impossible. Let’s not do the experiment.

I consider this list provisional. Please suggest additions, subtractions, and edits in comments.

This piece was first published at SameFacts.com

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As The Sunset Of Life Approaches

I am becoming ever more aware of my “perishability.” When we are children, we worry that our parents will die. As we get older, we worry that our spouse will die. But when is it that we start wondering about our own departure from this world? For me, it started when my first parent died, but it really, truly, hit me when my second parent died. I felt that I became an orphan. Alone in this world. No one there to protect me. It is a strange feeling, especially since I was well-off financially, many times more secure than my parents. And I was in my fifties already. Nonetheless, having them around, regardless of how old or financially poorer they were, gave a feeling of security, of protection. With them gone, I felt alone and realized: I am the next in line.

This feeling of being the next one to go is reinforced by several factors. When you are working, you are too busy, struggling and handling life to have time to think about death. Retired, you have ample time to think about it and to feel the pain of old age. You are reminded of it every morning when you look at all the pills you are supposed to take. You are reminded of how old you are when you need a new hip or kidney because your body has aged to the point that its parts need replacement.

If you still do not feel that the sun of your life is setting, look at old pictures. How many people in them are still alive? When you open your contact list, how many have passed away? How many of your friends have you accompanied on their last trip to the cemetery?

As you become aware that this is it, life is coming to an end, you ask yourself what life is all about. What did I do all my life? What was the purpose of me living?

If I focus on what life WAS about, I think the answer for me is clear: It was a long list of problem solving. There was no day I did not have to solve some problem. Some were small and insignificant, some I thought were critical, but, in retrospect, what I thought was critical then I now find was not worth the time and energy I put into it.

So is that’s what life is about: Solving problems in chasing the rainbow; Trying to realize some vision or mission we developed for ourselves, whether it is to be a rich man or woman, or to save the world?

As I look at what my life was, I realize I was building a sand castle. After I am gone my work will be eroded and washed away by the realities of life’s demands. People will have their interpretation of what is needed and redo my castle to reflect their needs or values.

So is this it? Life is building sand castles?

Not so. Not at all.

When was I really alive? Not when I was solving problems, no matter how successfully. All my achievements and happiness were short lived. There was always another higher mountain to climb. I spent all my life climbing mountains that existed only in my head.

That is what life was, but what SHOULD life have been, I wonder? When was I truly alive?

When I loved. Those are the minutes that really count and I am not referring to romantic love. Yes, it has its moments of happiness, and falling in love, at least in my life, was pain and mostly belongs to the problem-solving realm. The love I am referring to is doing something of value for others, something that really mattered to them, when I gave of myself unconditionally, with all my heart. When I added value to people’s lives. These experiences gave me energy, prolonged my life. Fulfilled me. I got more than what I gave.

Life is spent in the head solving problems, but should be spent in the heart giving of ourselves to solve other people problems. Prolonging other people’s lives prolonged mine.

If you want to live life to the fullest, not feel you wasted this gift, filling the heart is what life should be about; To serve others unconditionally, with all your heart, enrich others’ lives to make your own life worth living.

Just thinking,

Ichak Kalderon Adizes

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What ‘The Night Of’ Gets So Right About Eczema

Eczema, a constellation of conditions that makes a person’s skin dry, itchy, red and scaly, affects an estimated 30 million Americans. It can shame and isolate people who have it. 

And right now, the disease is having a moment in the sun thanks to its major role in HBO’s “The Night Of,” a crime drama mini-series that features a character who is heavily defined by having eczema.

Played by John Turturro, lawyer John Stone is a disrespected “bottom feeder” attorney who usually hangs around NYPD precincts waiting for easy cases. He catches the trial of a lifetime when he wins the trust of Nasir Khan, a Pakistani-American college student accused of the grizzly rape and murder of a white woman from the Upper West Side.

While Stone investigates, questions witnesses and visits Khan in prison, he’s also constantly having to soothe his inflamed skin. It’s mostly on his feet, but it’s creeping up his legs and has spread to his neck and back. Peter Moffat, the writer who created the U.K. series on which “The Night Of” is based, has eczema himself and wrote it into the original show, but U.S. writers Richard Price and Steven Zaillian said they expanded eczema’s role in their version after doing more research on it. In a panel, Price called the disease a “metaphor for the frustrations of finding a solution and the entire judicial system.”

Experts aren’t sure what causes eczema, but they think it’s caused by a combination of both genetic and environmental factors. For instance, if you have a family member with the condition, you’re more likely to have it, too. Eczema also tends to co-occur with conditions like asthma and hay fever, suggesting that a disordered immune system may contribute to the condition. 

Dr. Jon Hanifin, a dermatologist at Oregon Health & Sciences University who focuses on eczema, is an avid fan of “The Night Of” thanks in no small part to the prominent role the condition plays in the show. Here are four things he noted about eczema and its portrayal on the show: 

1. The show accurately depicts the worst things about eczema: ugliness and extreme itchiness.

When we first meet Stone, we also meet his skin condition. He wears sandals to let his feet “air out” on the advice of a doctor, and scratches his skin with a chopstick, to onlookers’ disgust.

“I’m ready to jump out a window,” he moans to a dermatologist after being chastised for scratching his feet with the chopstick.

Hanifin says that Stone’s constant scratching is typical of people with eczema, even though it’s against doctors’ advice.

“Patients’ concerns are mainly itch and unsightliness, which he demonstrates quite well,” Hanifin said. “The pain comes from the scratching— they prefer pain to the incessant itch.” 

2. Doctors can have radically different approaches to eczema treatment.

In episodes three and four, Stone visits different dermatologists who suggest completely different treatments for his skin. The first doctor tells him to buy the vegetable shortening Crisco, apply it to his feet, wrap them in saran wrap, and then put his sandals on. The second doctor throws out all the medicines Stone has been using and prescribes a strong steroid medication that has side effects like acne, hair loss and shrinking testicles.

What gives? Well, for one, there’s no standard approach to the treatment of eczema, or, in Stone’s case, atopic dermatitis, the most common type of eczema. There is also no cure for eczema. 

”These encounters illustrate the difficulty many doctors have in dealing with eczemas, reflecting poor education,” Hanifin says. “We’ve tried to suggest a standard approach, but most [doctors] just blunder on.”

A 2010 paper published in the journal Clinical, Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology outlines escalating approaches intended to calm the condition: topical corticosteroids to suppress inflammation as a first line of defense, then topical calcineurin inhibitors to suppress the immune system as a second line treatment. Keeping the skin moisturized should always be a priority, the authors note, and if topical therapies fail, light therapy could help. Light therapy, or phototherapy, increases the body’s vitamin D production and bacteria-fighting systems, notes the National Eczema Association. 

Other complementary treatments, according to the NEA, include strong immunosuppressants typically used to prevent organ transfer rejections, as well as bleach baths — something Stone’s second dermatologist recommends in episode four.

As a character, Stone has tried it all, and his eczema continues to get worse. In life, this can be very real: Of the approximately 11 percent of adults who have an eczema diagnosis, about one-quarter have “chronic, unremitting symptoms.”

“Just level with me,” Stone asks the second dermatologist in the show. “Is there any fucking hope?” 

3. Eczema is not contagious, but stigma about the disease is real. 

After Stone scratches his feet with his chopstick, he uses the same chopstick to scratch his neck. Later in the show, it’s revealed that his eczema has spread to his neck and back, which may suggest to viewers that Stone spread the disease to other parts of his body.

But in fact, eczema can’t be spread in an infectious way from body party to body part unless the skin lesions are infected with staphylococcus bacteria, Hanifin explains. Instead, what Stone experiences is “flaring,” or escalating breakouts triggered by any number of irritants, including stress, allergens or even a change in the weather. 

The misconception that eczema is contagious can cause people with eczema a lot of emotional suffering, as an anonymous user wrote in an online eczema support group:

Just recently, I had a classmate ask me if my eczema was contagious because she had bad rashes… She told a couple of people that I gave her those rashes. I was so embarrassed and mad and sad… I just cried… I get scared that nobody will want me or love me.

4. People with eczema need social support.

Skin lesions from atopic dermatitis are unsightly and can disgust or scare people who don’t know much about eczema. Because of this constant social rejection, people with severe eczema may benefit from social support groups, as Stone does — provided they aren’t dominated by people with wrong beliefs about the disease, says Hanifin.

Reddit user Kratozio, a self-described 21-year-old viewer with eczema, commented on the show’s subreddit that depictions of the support group in “The Night Of” are both helpful and terrifying to him — a window of what may be in store for him in the future: 

As someone who has [eczema] on his feet and hands, and wakes up having scratched the inflicted areas in his sleep and has constant cuts and itchy areas because of it, I really relate to that aspect of the character and love that I can identify with the frustration he must feel. However, the scene with him at the support group absolutely terrified me that one day I could reach the level of distress that those characters must feel.

The National Eczema Association has both online and in-person support groups. And shows like “The Night Of” can also play a role in helping to support people with eczema, Hanifin says. 

“I think it’s good for people to see the problems that a guy with eczema has in his adult years, in a crucial [body]part,” Hanifin said. “The poor guy has a tough enough life, and then he has to sit there and scratch his feet, which can be very debilitating and hurtful. It’s great that they’re showing this.”

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HUFFPOLLSTER: Arizona Might Be The Newest Battleground State

This election could see a changing crop of swing states. Americans are nervous about the prospects of a Trump presidency. And the threat of Zika may be changing minds on abortion.This is HuffPollster for Monday, August 8, 2016.

DONALD TRUMP MIGHT BE SHIFTING STATES FROM RED TO PURPLE – HuffPollster: “A new set of battleground state polls out Sunday morning from CBS News/YouGov adds evidence of some surprising trends in the 2016 race: Arizona looks more like a battleground state than Virginia. Among likely voters in Arizona, CBS/YouGov finds Republican nominee Donald Trump leading by only 2 points. Incorporating that into the HuffPost Pollster average puts Trump only very slightly ahead ― 45.7 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 45.1 percent. In Virginia, Trump is 12 points behind the Democratic nominee among likely voters, according to the CBS/YouGov poll. Polls have generally found a consistent and substantial Clinton lead in the Old Dominion state. With this latest one included, the HuffPost Pollster average shows Clinton leading by 5.5 points….Both states are showing a reversal from trends in the last few presidential election cycles, and that’s not good news for Trump.” [HuffPost]

One demographic reason for the change – 

MOST AMERICANS ARE ANXIOUS ABOUT A POTENTIAL TRUMP PRESIDENCY – Gary Langer: “Hillary Clinton has advanced among women and consolidated support within her party since her nominating convention, while a difficult few weeks have left Donald Trump still struggling on basic ratings from his temperament to his qualifications for office….Seventy-nine percent of Americans say he doesn’t show enough respect for people he disagrees with, 70 percent express anxiety about a Trump presidency, 67 percent think he lacks the personality and temperament it takes to serve effectively, 64 percent doubt his understanding of world affairs, 63 percent see him unfavorably overall, 62 percent say he’s not honest and trustworthy, 61 percent think he’s unqualified for office and 60 percent think he’s biased against women and minorities….Clinton has her own challenges in this poll… 66 percent say she’s too willing to bend the rules, though this has eased by 6 points from last month. She only runs evenly with Trump in trust to handle two key issues, the economy and terrorism. And she remains vastly unpopular in some groups, notably among white men who don’t have a college degree, an economically struggling group.” [ABC]

Trump’s numbers didn’t change; Clinton got a boost – Many of those numbers were already bad for Trump in  ABC/Washington Post polls before the conventions. In July, 60 percent of voters said Trump was unqualified, compared to the 61 percent in this poll. His favorable ratings are also essentially unchanged. Clinton, however, got a boost in favorability, going from 42 percent favorable and 54 percent unfavorable in July to 48 percent favorable and 50 percent unfavorable in the latest survey. Clinton also improved her standing when respondents were asked which candidate is more honest and trustworthy, better understands “the problems of people like you” and would make the country safer and more secure. [ABC]

CLINTON’S POST-CONVENTION BUMP IS HOLDING STEADY – Harry Enten: “Hillary Clinton’s post-convention polling surge is showing no signs of fading. She leads Donald Trump, on average, by about 7 percentage points in national polls, and is an 83-percent favorite to win on Nov. 8, according to our polls-only model. Our polls-plus model — which accounts for the ‘fundamentals,’ as well as the tendency for a candidate’s numbers to temporarily rise after his or her convention — gives her a 76 percent chance. Those are her largest advantages since we launched our election forecasts back in June….My guess is that that will tick down a couple of points in the coming days….But it’s also possible that Clinton’s strong numbers aren’t solely the result of a fleeting post-convention afterglow. As my colleague Nate Silver pointed out on Friday, Trump’s recent struggles — his attacks on the Khan family and feuds with Republican leadership, for instance — could be inflicting more durable damage to his chances. Trump is the least-liked major party nominee in modern history. Perhaps the conventions and their aftermath, when many voters presumably tuned into the 2016 race for the first time, established a new equilibrium.” [538]

POST-CONVENTION POLLS ARE VOLATILE BECAUSE OF WHO ANSWERS THEM – Andrew Gelman and David Rothschild: “Recent research, however, suggests that swings in the polls can often be attributed not to changes in voter intention but in changing patterns of survey nonresponse: What seems like a big change in public opinion turns out to be little more than changes in the inclinations of Democrats and Republicans to respond to polls. We learned this from a study we performed during the 2012 election campaign using surveys conducted on the Microsoft Xbox….Looking more broadly, we examined all five polling companies that had polls posted on Huffington Post’s Pollster in July before the Republican convention and between the Republican convention and Democratic National Convention. The correlation between reported swing in candidate preference and swing in party identification in the sample is 85 percent. That is, most of the movement is attributable to nonresponse by Democrats, rather than to any shift in support for Trump. [Slate]

MOST AMERICANS SUPPORT ALLOWING LATE-TERM ABORTIONS FOR ZIKA SUFFERERS – Laura Bassett and Nick Bayer: “American voters are much more inclined to support legal late-term abortions if the fetus is afflicted with a severe birth defect caused by the Zika virus, according to a new STAT-Harvard poll. The poll found that 59 percent of Americans favor allowing a woman to obtain a legal abortion after 24 weeks of pregnancy ‘if a woman is infected with Zika virus and a health professional believes there is a serious possibility that the baby would be born with a severe birth defect that includes an abnormally small head and brain damage,’ which is known as microcephaly. Less than a quarter (23 percent) of respondents favor legal abortion at the same stage of pregnancy when the question does not mention the Zika-related birth defect.” [HuffPost]

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MONDAY’S ‘OUTLIERS’ – Links to the best of news at the intersection of polling, politics and political data:

-NBC/SurveyMonkey found that Hispanic voters who take surveys in Spanish favor Clinton more than those who take surveys in English. [NBC/SurveyMonkey]

-Voters would rather trust Clinton than Trump with nuclear weapons. [Morning Consult]

Poll unskewers are back with a website dedicated to “unbiasing” poll numbers. [Vox]

-Karl Rove rejects the idea that Trump’s numbers problem is due to skewed polls. [The Week]

-13 percent of Americans admit to smoking marijuana, up from 7 percent in 2013. [Gallup]  

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