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7 Cognitive Biases That Are Holding You Back | Inc.com

The brain is surprisingly resource intensive, making up about 2 percent of your body weight, but consuming 20 percent of your calories. Because of this, the human brain has evolved with numerous mechanisms in place to reduce energy consumption wherever possible.<p>Thanks to two of those mechanisms, …

“People know next to nothing about Reconstruction”: The pernicious Civil War revisionism poisoning American history students

<b>(AP/David Goldman)</b><p>“Reconstruction” author Eric Foner talks Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass and what’s become of the GOP<p>Eric Foner<p>August 20, 2015 9:48pm (UTC)<p>The new issue of <i>Jacobin</i>, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Union victory and emancipation, is out now. Subscribe today to get a copy …

Professional atheist Sam Harris looks like an idiot in this email exchange with Noam Chomsky

The popular atheist and torture-supporter Sam Harris recently tried to “engineer a public conversation” with radical linguist Noam Chomsky “about the …

The 1 percent plays us for suckers: There is no meritocracy and they’ve strangled the American dream

Something’s rotten: America has little income mobility, lots of inequality and our hard work makes the rich richer<p>The American way of life—more simply, the American way—is charged with affirming our American ideals of “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” In that trio of nouns—<i>life,</i> …

Marijuana Growers Inspire Lighting Company Innovation

Each time a new state legalizes marijuana, entrepreneurs jump in to fill niches that can play a part in cannabis growth or sales there. With new greenhouses and growing spaces come purchases of new grow-lights, an essential tool for a robust cannabis crop, and start-up lighting companies are …

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What role does the government play in capitalism? | Investopedia

A:<p>The proper role of government in a capitalist economic system has been hotly debated for centuries. Unlike socialism, communism or fascism, …

Dick Cheney’s contemptible shamelessness: The Vader veep strikes again

The man who promised we’d be “greeted as liberators” in Iraq dings Obama as the “worst president” on foreign policy<p>Richard Bruce Cheney waited all of four months following the end of his disastrous tenure as vice president to begin castigating newly minted President Barack Obama, asserting before …

Can Evil Be Defeated? | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

John W. Whitehead is a constitutional attorney. As head of the Rutherford Institute he is actively involved in defending our civil liberties. Being …

The birth of American plutocracy: When the 1 percent conquered U.S. politics

We obey our corporate overlords now, but the seeds of our destruction were sewn as far back as the Gilded Age<p>[<i>The following passages are excerpted and slightly adapted from</i> The Age of Acquiescence: The Life and Death of American Resistance to Organized Wealth and Power <i>(Little, Brown and</b> …

Marijuana's Early History in the United States

Smokeable pot's proliferation in North America involves the Mexican Revolution, the transatlantic slave trade, and Prohibition.<p>America is a weed nation. Love it or hate it, you or someone you know inevitably has a deep tie to the ubiquitous herb. And with four states now declaring recreational pot …

“It’s your own damn fault!”: Why America’s inequality conversation is such a farce

The upcoming campaign is supposedly going to be about inequality. Here’s why it’s just another plutocratic charade<p>As I’ve noted previously, one of the stranger recent developments in American politics has been the swift arrival of a bipartisan consensus over economic inequality. For years and years …

China's new development bank is becoming a massive embarrassment for Obama

Try as it might, the US government can't persuade its allies to stop joining the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB).<p>The bank will be a bit like the World Bank, providing loans to developing countries in Asia for infrastructure projects.<p>Unlike the World Bank, China will hold the reins of …

Breaking through Americans’ Dumbed Down Layers of Deception and Denial | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>A decade ago the late great comedian George Carlin saw what America had turned into:</i><p>Politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have …

Americans Supported and Inspired the Nazis

<i>Preface: I am a patriotic American who loves my country. I was born here, and lived here my entire life.</i><i>So why do I frequently point out America's</i> …

The CO2 Crisis: The Social Costs Of Capitalism Are Destroying Earth’s Ability To Support Life | Global Research - Centre for Research on Globalization

<i>I admire David Ray Griffin for his wide-ranging intelligence, his research skills, and for his courage. Dr. Griffin is not afraid to take on the</i> …

Obama Was Hand-Picked, Was NOT a Natural Born Citizen, Congress Knew It, and Tried to Protect Him

The further I travel down this rabbit hole, the more I feel divorced from the good conservative people that I choose to call my own. I hold some …

When men are afraid to pee: The bizarre, scientific reason why urinals cause stage fright

<b>(Pashin Georgiy via Shutterstock)</b><p>You’re shoulder to shoulder with a stranger at a urinal and nothing happens. Welcome to the phenomenon of “gaps”<p>Jeffrey Braithwaite<p>March 29, 2015 7:00pm (UTC)<p><i>They are weightless, colorless, and odorless … something you rarely recognize, and don’t give a second</i> …

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The Real Reason for China's Massive Military Buildup

Over several different articles, I have been exploring the dynamics of the budding U.S.-China security dilemma—a high-tech drama pitting …

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Confucius fights the 1 percent: More reasons to mistrust all wealthy elites

“The gentleman understands what is moral,” Confucius said. “The small man understands what is profitable”<p>The tattered condition of the Confucians’ footwear reflected the limitations of Confucius’s enthusiasm for free enterprise. The great sage may have preferred a small, efficient state, but that …

America’s Hinge Moment

Presidential politics in 2016 will reflect the shifting reality of America.<p>D <i>emocratic strategist Doug Sosnik was a close adviser to President Bill Clinton, and he’s famed in Washington circles for his closely held, big-think memos on the state of American politics. Here’s his latest.</i><p>***<p>The country …

What would Paul Krugman do: Imagining the plan which defeats the ultra-rich

Obama had too much faith in the system to change it. Fighting income inequality requires this braver approach<p>In September of 2011 Occupy Wall Street lit a match to a movement. Today that movement is known for what it did and didn’t do. Occupy connected income inequality to political corruption and …

America’s not a force for good: The truth about our most enduring — and harmful — national myth

Our exceptionalism is a lie, and only an honest accounting of our actual history will allow us to chart a new path<p><i>We didn’t know who we were till we got here. We thought we were</i> <i>something else.</i><br>—Robert Stone, <i>Dog Soldiers</i> (1974)<p>“I didn’t know there <i>was</i> a bad war,” George Evans recalled. He grew up in …

The planet won’t notice you recycle, and your vote doesn’t count

<b>(homydesign via Shutterstock/Salon)</b><p>But you should do it anyway. The definitive guide to screaming at, coping with, and profiting from climate change<p>Gernot Wagner • Martin L. Weitzman<p>March 29, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet”<p>Your vote …

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Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

<i>Fareed Zakaria, a columnist for The Washington Post, is the host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN and the author of “In Defense of a Liberal Education.”</i><p>If Americans are united in any conviction these days, it is that we urgently need to shift the country’s education toward the teaching of specific, …

9 basic concepts Americans fail to grasp

A lack of worldliness is clouding our vision on everything from sex to economics, and the proof is in our policies<p>To hear the far-right ideologues of Fox News and AM talk radio tell it, life in Europe is hell on Earth. Taxes are high, sexual promiscuity prevails, universal healthcare doesn’t work, …

Planet Earth: Facts About Its Orbit, Atmosphere & Size

Earth, our home, is the third planet from the sun. It is the only planet known to have an atmosphere containing free oxygen, oceans of liquid water …

Book Review: “This Must Be the Place: How The U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War And Denied It Ever Since”

CommunityThe Dissenter<p>Book Review: “This Must Be the Place: How The U.S. Waged Germ Warfare in the Korean War And Denied It Ever Since”<p>28 Mar 2015<p>A …

Shocking Facts About the Meat Industry

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>There are many reasons to switch to grass-fed beef.1 For example, I've discussed the nutritional differences between organic pastured …