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Narcissism and terrorism: how the personality disorder leads to deadly violence

What do Sydney siege gunman Man Haron Monis, Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz, Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik, and Isis killers Mohammed Emwazi and Jake Bilardi have in common? Delusions of grandeur, a fear of failure and a need for admiration<p>When Man Haron Monis, self-styled Islamic …

The right’s big history lie: Reagan, Disney, Vietnam and the war to redefine America

The battle over history is the battle to define America’s story. This Memorial Day, it is more important than ever<p>History was all the rage for late-twentieth-century Americans. Genealogical research became increasingly common, museum and monument construction boomed, and Civil War reenactment …

Why These Words Reminded Me To Live For Today

A friend of mine recently sent me a poem that had been written by her mother, Hazel Jex, in the early 1970s. The poem, <i>From A Railway Carriage</i>, was a string of descriptive observations that Hazel bore witness to as she journeyed to and from her place of work.<p>Her words struck me as incredibly …

Trains

They’re all still lying about Iraq: The real story about the biggest blunder in American history — and the right wing’s obsessive need to cover it up

Conservatives are trapped in an outdated and delusional worldview. Rubio, Jeb and media sycophants make it worse<p>Republicans’ verbal gyrations over the Iraq War should not be dismissed as the usual rhetorical jabberwocky of an election season. Their stumblings and justifications provide an important …

The Great War Novelist America Forgot

Herman Wouk deserves more critical acclaim than he’s enjoyed.<p>On May 27, the American novelist Herman Wouk will attain the prodigious age of 100. Over his long career, Wouk has achieved all the wealth and fame a writer could desire, or even imagine. His first great success, <i>The Caine Mutiny</i> (1951), …

Literature

12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world: Conflict, cruelty and suffering — not love and peace

Our shared moral/spiritual core matters. But religion has also promoted some of the worst ideas humanity has known<p>Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend …

The 7 WORST Foods To Eat At Night

Avoid these no matter how hangry you are.<p><i>This article was written by Victoria Wolk and provided by our partners at</i> Prevention.<p>Eating right before bed is a recipe for gaining weight and sleeping poorly, but it can also seriously damage the tissue in your throat and esophagus. No doubt you’re …

How Cycling Makes You Smarter and Happier

It's no secret that cycling makes you fitter. Research shows that it also sharpens your thinking and melts away stress. Here's how to maximize the cognitive benefits cycling.<p>Every morning Canadian neuroscientist Brian Christie, PhD, gives his brain an extra boost. We're not talking about tossing …

Pamela Geller is a coward: Right-wing media’s big lie and shocking MLK slander

Conservative media keeps pushing story that the most hateful person in politics is another MLK. Don’t believe it<p>In the aftermath of the shootings in Garland, Texas, Rukmini Callimachi had the audacity to ask in the New York Times, “Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as …

Fort Mac: despite shock election in Alberta, Canada's remote boomtown thunders on

The New Democratic party may stand at odds with the country’s most free-enterprising province, notably in its opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline, but residents of Fort McMurray say the money will still flow as freely as the oil<p>Forty-one years ago, Robert Vargo spent $6,000 to buy a car-repair …

Canada

5 Reasons to Call it Quits on Your Old Car - Consumer Reports

By hanging on to Old Faithful, you’re keeping yourself from owning a safer, more efficient, and reliable automobile, not to mention having all of the …

Simple '4-7-8' breathing trick can induce sleep in 60 seconds

A deep breathing trick can make insomniacs drop off to sleep in under one minute, a health expert has claimed.<p>The method involves making a loud whooshing noise with the mouth then holding the breath in stages.<p>Called the ‘4-7-8’ method, it has been pioneered by the US sleep expert Dr Andrew Weil who …

Sleep

8 Pieces of Wisdom from 8 Enlightened Sages

Buddhaimonia.When it comes to wisdom, our newly connected world gives us click-button access to more than we know what to do with. If you do a little …

Wealth

Why can’t we remember dreams? The neuroscience of ecstasy and sadness

It seems like a pact with the devil. As soon as you’re in a position to record a dream, it starts to disappear<p><i>There’s no time to lose, I heard her say Catch your dreams before they slip away.</i><p>When we sleep, wrote English psychiatrist Havelock Ellis over a hundred years ago, we enter a ‘dim and …

Living, and Dying, at Home

America is aging, and most seniors want to stay in the places where they've lived for decades. Can they? What will it take?<p>A few years back, a Domino’s pizza delivery worker named Susan Guy began to worry about one of her elderly customers, Jean Wilson, who had ordered a pizza a day for three …

Housing

The Day Nixon Cracked

The most bizarre moment of Richard Nixon's presidency happened on May 9, 1970. Days after the Ohio National Guard killed four college students at Kent State University—and less than two weeks after the invasion of Cambodia began—the president took an impromptu, late-night walk to the Lincoln …

Richard Nixon
Sustainability

How Your Attachment Style Defines Your Love Life

When someone gets close to you romantically, do you feel suffocated and try to push the person away? If so, you may have an avoidant attachment style.<p>Or perhaps when you start developing feelings for someone, you experience major anxiety when that person is not around. Not hearing from the apple of …

The GOP’s demonic alliance: How the religious right & big business are dumbing down America

It’s a tradition as old as the nation itself: The right rejects intellectualism in favor of a perverse religiosity<p>Though presidential hopeful Ted Cruz was apparently a top student at Harvard Law, he has always been quick to distance himself from the organization, especially since the despised …

“Pagan statism”: The frightening corporate/Christian alliance that invented “In God We Trust” and “One Nation Under God”

We think of One Nation Under God as a phrase dating back to our founding. The real history is newer — and scarier<p>In 1949, some of the country’s top advertising executives launched a national marketing campaign. They weren’t selling a physical product. They were selling religion. Before long, the …

7 Ways to Capture Someone’s Attention

Your long-term success depends on winning the attention of others. If your boss doesn’t notice your work, how will you get a promotion? If your team doesn’t listen to you, how can you lead effectively? And if you can’t capture the attention of clients, how does your business or career …

IRS Seeks Record $2 Billion In Back Taxes From Prominent Businessman And Philanthropist Sam Wyly

They say you don’t get rich by writing a lot of checks. And if you believe the IRS, failing to pay <i>billions</i> in federal taxes may explain how two brothers and Texas businessmen amassed a fortune worthy of landing them among the Forbes 400 Richest Americans.<p>Sam Wyly, who along with his now-deceased …

Finance

Is the United States Poised to Run Out of Bourbon?

[Photo: Shutterstock]<p><i>by Jake Emen</i><p><i>Examining both sides of the bourbon shortage debate.</i><p>The hot debate in the world of bourbon right now is whether or …

Ambassador: US handed Cambodia to 'butcher' 40 years ago

PARIS (AP) — Twelve helicopters, bristling with guns and U.S. Marines, breached the morning horizon and began a daring descent toward Cambodia's besieged capital. Residents believed the Americans were rushing in to save them, but at the U.S. Embassy, in a bleeding city about to die, the ambassador …

Khmer Rouge

Living in: The world’s happiest places

The world’s top five happiest countries, all of which fall in northern Europe, have cities that delight residents with old town charm, cultural offerings and easy access to nature.<p>If, as Tolstoy wrote in Anna Karenina, happy families are all alike, what about happy countries?<p>The World Happiness …

European Travel

Backlash Against Chilean Bishop Threatens Francis' Reform Agenda

<i>By Jason Berry</i><p>A thunderous protest engulfed the arrival of a controversial Chilean bishop to San Mateo cathedral on Saturday. To many, the appointment casts a shadow on Pope Francis' reform agenda for the clergy abuse crisis.<p>The scene of screaming protestors pushing and shoving as Bishop Juan …

Dick Cheney’s endless lies: Why his Playboy interview may be his most shameless yet

Cheney is full of it when he says he doesn’t think about his legacy. Trying to rewrite history is all he has left<p>Unlike his former boss Richard Nixon, Dick Cheney has never seemed to me like an especially interesting figure. In complete honesty, while I recognize him as one of the most influential …

How Uncertainty Fuels Anxiety

An inability to live with life's unknowns can lead to worry and distress.<p>After nine years writing <i>Slate</i>’s “Dear Prudence” advice column, Emily Yoffe has noticed some recurring themes: “Mothers in law, husbands addicted to porn, impossible officemates, crazy brides.”<p>Sometimes, Yoffe says, …

Psychology

5 Signs You've Found 'The One'

Lock this person down and fast!<p><i>This article was written by Samantha Jayne and repurposed with permission from YourTango.</i><p>Dating can be confusing. It's human nature to have a tendency to get nervous and obsess about getting into the right relationship, especially after a failed relationship or …