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A former hostage negotiator explains the 4 words you need to use to negotiate with someone in business

Mullender spent 30 years in the UK police force and then went on to spend five years as a hostage negotiator, working in Afghanistan and the Middle East.<p>He has the power of persuasion to talk someone out of jumping off a bridge or to prevent an armed kidnapper from killing the person they are …

Employment

Sanders is changing the discourse on the Israel-Palestine conflict, while Clinton is as extreme as Netanyahu

The Brooklyn debate is a watershed moment. Bernie is pushing back against pro-Israel bias; Hillary is embracing it<p>"We are going to have to treat the Palestinian people with respect and dignity."<p>These are truly rare words in U.S. politics, yet they are the words Bernie Sanders uttered in the …

The 'Julia Child of Weed' Explains How You're Making Edibles Wrong

The average pot enthusiast is more likely to dump an ounce of mids into some brownie batter than whip up something digestible and effective, so we asked the author of 'The 420 Gourmet,' to share some of his best tips to up your cannabis cooking.<p>Concocting your own pot brownies has long been a …

Cannabis

How To Learn Twice As Much In Half The Time

At the age of 60, I decided to do something my friends thought was insane... take the Arizona bar exam. I graduated from law school way back in 1974, but my father developed emphysema, so I decided to help him manage his real estate firm instead of practicing law. I later went on to found several …

Perverted, right-wing hypocrites: Dennis Hastert’s alleged sexual abuse reminds us to check the closets of those who demonize consensual sex

Hastert allegations are a lesson in how common conservative hypocrisy is and why it must be exposed<p>So much of the politics of 2016 is rehashing the '90s, so perhaps it's no surprise that the nation got an ugly reminder, with Dennis Hastert being in the news again, of one of the most iconic …

The 5 Quickest Ways to Kill Your Relationship

The majority of us have experienced the moment when we realize a relationship is in rapid decline. Although such a slide often ends in a breakup, it …

Ignorance, racism and rage: The GOP’s transformation to the party of stupid started long before Donald Trump

Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making<p>The top leadership of the Republican Party expresses horror at the popularity of Donald Trump as though his positions and values are somehow alien from their own. This is disingenuous. …

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shares thoughts on corporate culture, decision-making and failure

It may not be<p>Warren Buffett's eagerly anticipated letter to shareholders, butAmazon.comChief ExecutiveJeff Bezos' annual investor missive has become known for offering its own yearly insights into how he runs the online retail giant.<p>Two years ago, for instance, Bezos shared in his letter that …

Jeff Bezos

Ignore the smears: Bernie Sanders is right about Israel’s heinous atrocities in Gaza — he just got the numbers wrong

Israeli soldiers admitted they shot Palestinians out of boredom, but Bernie is slammed for trying to tell the truth<p>Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has faced a torrent of criticism in recent days after criticizing Israel's atrocities in its 2014 war in Gaza.<p>In an interview published this week …

People of Earth: Scientists Issue Warnings to the Human Population

WASHINGTON, DC (Herald de Paris) -- Over 1800 peer reviews by scientists over a 3 year period has resulted in string of warnings to the population about the impact of current and future climate change on the human population. The report, released by the Obama Administration, directly from a panel …

“They’re selling to people’s fears”: Fear of the unknown fuels anti-transgender laws like North Carolina’s — and their days might be numbered

Bathroom bills, like anti-gay marriage laws before them, rely on voters not knowing trans people or their stories<p>Alaina Kupec wept. She’s 46 and has worked at Pfizer Pharmaceuticals for the past 21 years. Before that, Kupec was an intelligence officer in the Navy. She’s also transgender.<p>The state …

Not a Fish Tale: Humans Are Ingesting Plastic Thanks to Ocean Pollution

(Photo: Plastic Bag via Shutterstock; Edited: LW / TO)<p>Humans generate more than 300 million tons of plastic annually -- an amount equal to the …

Pollution

Donald Trump Is Beginning His Exit Strategy

Donald Trump does not want to be president. In fact, he never wanted to be president. His entire campaign has been a long con and a ruse to strengthen his brand and feed his ego.<p>Last week, Stephanie Cegielski, a strategist for the Make America Great Again super PAC published an open letter to Trump …

Elections

“We are the death merchant of the world”: Ex-Bush official Lawrence Wilkerson condemns military-industrial complex

The military-industrial complex “is much more pernicious than Eisenhower ever thought,” says the retired US colonel<p>Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is tired of "the corporate interests that we go abroad to slay monsters for."<p>As the former chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Wilkerson played …

Horrors of the Trump doctrine: Inside the GOP frontrunner’s terrifying interview with the NY Times

Can there be any doubt about how dangerous it would be to elect this man as commander in chief?<p>Donald Trump managed to shock the world once again. Last week, he actually sank so low that he publicly attacked Ted Cruz's wife Heidi's looks. Not that anyone thought he wasn't the type to say such rude …

How Donald Trump got rich

To answer this question, open a copy of his bestselling business book "The Art of the Deal."<p>But disregard all the material on doing deals. Doing deals didn't actually have much to do with Trump's success.<p>Instead, turn to the section on Trump's father, Fred.<p>In many ways, Fred Trump's is the more …

Donald Trump

Refugees Rescue German Politician, But The Rhetoric Stays The Same

There are some weeks in which there is so much news about death, loss, and cruelty that you are happy to find a story that can remind you in unexpected ways about life and kindness.<p>Stefan Jagsch, who is a local leader of Germany's far-right NPD party, is reported to be recovering after a car crash …

Angela Merkel

Donald Trump would be scarier than George W. Bush: His unserious, incendiary approach would damage America for decades — and we should be terrified

China, Mexico, the Middle East, let alone terror and trade: A Trump presidency horrifies the world, should scare us<p>According to a global survey conducted by Gallup International in 2014, the U.S. is the “overwhelming choice … for the country that represents the greatest threat to peace in the world …

This one reform defeats Donald Trump and saves democracy: Too bad the gerrymandering GOP never listened, but maybe they will now

The Republican nomination process is dramatic evidence of the failure of our voting rules. Instant runoff fixes it<p><i>“The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone.” — Psalms 118:22</i><p>In 1993, the GOP demonized Lani Guinier, the most knowledgable, sophisticated advocate of …

The Republican Civil War Has Begun

You can't build a small-government movement on the backs of people you think are welfare cheats<p>"The white American underclass is in thrall to a …

Republican Party

Mocked and forgotten: who will speak for the American white working class?

When you listen to poor people who work with their hands, you hear a uniform frustration and a constant anxiety – but it’s not just about economic issues<p>The National Review, a conservative magazine for the Republican elite, recently unleashed an attack on the “white working class”, who they see as …

Report: Aide says Nixon's war on drugs targeted blacks, hippies

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> One of Richard Nixon's top advisers and a key figure in the Watergate scandal said the war on drugs was created as a political tool to fight blacks and hippies, according to a 22-year-old interview recently published in Harper's Magazine.<p>"The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon …

CNN

North Carolina Overturns LGBT-Discrimination Bans

After Charlotte passed a city ordinance barring discrimination and creating transgender accommodation for bathroom use, Republicans in the state legislature swung into action.<p>DURHAM, N.C.—The North Carolina General Assembly called lawmakers back to Raleigh on Wednesday for a special session. The …

LGBTQ

How North Carolina Just Passed a Blood-Curdling Anti-LGBT Law Right Before Our Eyes

For over a year, long before the <i>Obergefell</i> marriage equality ruling, many warned that the backlash to LGBT equality would be ugly and intense, and that too many LGBT leaders and much of the media weren't paying attention, caught up in the wins -- what I've dubbed victory blindness.<p>The cost, it was …

LGBTQ

Cross-border tunnel extends length of 4 football fields

SAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. authorities on Wednesday seized a cross-border tunnel that ran the length of four football fields from a restaurant in Mexicali, Mexico, to a newly built house in Calexico, California, following an investigation that netted more than a ton of marijuana and resulted in four …

Mexico

Trump: When Race Is as God

Eight years ago, while President Barack Hussein Obama was but a first-term senator from Illinois seeking the Democratic nomination, I was presented with a series of strange emails. The emails were an alarming mix of pseudo-Biblical prophesies of imminent doom to the United States of America, her …

Christianity

5 Things You Can Do to Help Reverse Your Autoimmune Disease That Your Doctor Isn't Telling You

March is Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month. If you're one of the 50 million Americans who suffers from an autoimmune disease, I want to tell you, as a functional medicine physician who specializes in treating autoimmune patients and as someone who has battled an autoimmune disease myself, that the …

John Oliver provides a step-by-step takedown of Donald Trump's 'serious' Mexican wall proposal

The Republican frontrunner proposed the wall after his controversial statements about Mexican immigrants during the announcement of his presidential run. And since it has stuck, "Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver decided to take a close look at the proposal on Sunday's episode.<p>"The border wall is …

Donald Trump

Fox News “brainwashed” so many dads: “People are being bamboozled on a massive scale”

Salon talks to filmmaker Jen Senko about her new documentary on radical right-wing media’s terrifying effect<p>Filmmaker Jen Senko noticed a disturbing phenomenon. Her father, Frank, was a goofy, fun, non-political dad who treated people with respect when she was a child. However, when she was older, …

America's explosion of income inequality, in one amazing animated chart

Defenders of the economic status quo in America continue to assert that economic inequality (1) doesn't exist, (2) isn't as bad as you think, or (3) is actually good for everybody.<p>That's despite empirical evidence that the gap between the rich and the middle class is wide and growing and that the …

Economics