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By Chris Heuer | A community study of the modern dynamics of a civil society and what it takes to empower everyone to thrive.

Google warns employees: Be nicer to each other, or face disciplinary action

Over the past year, Google has been embroiled in a boatload of scandals centered on the way its employees treat each other. The company has now taken its first steps to put the kibosh on one underlying cause of these scandals: the company's internal, employee community message boards.<p>On Wednesday, …

Employment

World Cup: Japan fans impress by cleaning up stadium

<b>After a heated World Cup match, the stands are usually left with food waste, cups and wrappers scattered in the heat of the moment.</b><p>Japanese fans certainly had reason to go wild on Tuesday night. Their side won their opening game, beating Colombia 2-1, and securing the team's first victory against a …

Japan

The best career advice from this year’s graduation speeches

This year's headline-grabbing commencement speeches have been high on thinly veiled critiques of the Trump administration and big on dire warnings about the state of American democracy.<p>Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson cautioned graduates at Virginia Military Institute about the end of …

Oprah Winfrey

Why Your Health Insurer Doesn't Care About Your Big Bills

Michael Frank ran his finger down his medical bill, studying the charges and pausing in disbelief. The numbers didn't make sense.<p>His recovery from a partial hip replacement had been difficult. He had iced and elevated his leg for weeks. He had pushed his 49-year-old body, limping and wincing, …

Health Care

Black woman goes on angry rant against Jewish man on subway

A black woman went on a rant against an Orthodox Jewish man aboard a crowded city subway train after he called her racist, video of the incident …

How To Coach Your Brain To Stop Being Mad At Someone

You’re mad as hell and you can’t take it anymore! Lucky for you, you don’t have to.<p>You and a coworker–or, for that matter, a relative, partner, or friend–had a falling out. The wounds are still fresh. You’re still angry. And every time you see or even think of that person, you seethe. Maybe plenty …

Self-help

Most People Think They're Being Civil About Politics. Their Opponents Disagree.

Everyone agrees that the national discourse is currently less than genteel -- and that the other side is to blame.<p>Most Americans believe that they’re pretty respectful about their own political opinions, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds ― but few believe that their political opponents are paying …

Florida House Debates Porn, But Refuses To Discuss Assault Weapons

"The Florida House of Representatives literally decided that porn is a greater risk to Floridians than assault weapons."<p>As tearful survivors of the Parkland school shooting watched, the Republican-led Florida House of Representatives on Tuesday refused to discuss a ban on assault weapons. Photos …

He Predicted The 2016 Fake News Crisis. Now He's Worried About An Information Apocalypse.

“What happens when anyone can make it appear as if anything has happened, regardless of whether or not it did?" technologist Aviv Ovadya warns.

Chamillionaire is a presentation genius, has a new app

You probably know Chamillionaire from the song “Ridin,'” but did you know the Grammy Award winner is also a successful startup investor? He has had several favorable outcomes, including Cruise, which sold to General Motors and Maker Studios, which was bought by Disney.<p>Now he’s trying his hand at a …

Social Media

Who is building the institutions of the Twenty-First Century ?

The pursuit of innovation and value creation through free market competition and entrepreneurial activity has been one of the greatest drivers of …

A train conductor in Canada was fired over 'racy' railroad photos

Stephanie Katelnikoff was fired after a derailment in Banff, but was cleared of fault and reinstated. CP Rail then fired her again, this time over …

Erykah Badu's comments on Hitler, Bill Cosby are causing controversy

Erykah Badu on Jedi mind tricks, how millennials hear music, and not taking rappers to the sunken place, by @<b>david_marchese</b>http://vult.re/2Bq2Ipf<p>86 …

In a Divided Nation of Big Cities and Small Towns, Caity Cronkhite Thought She Knew Where She Belonged

She graduated from high school early to chase opportunity far from Kingman, Ind. A decade later, she starts to see what she left behind.<p>KINGMAN, Ind.—It took months for Caity Cronkhite to get up the nerve to go home again.<p>Ms. Cronkhite, 27 years old, had stormed out of Indiana after graduating from …

High School

This is why Facebook arguments don’t work—according to science

Next time you’re inclined to spend hours arguing with a Facebook friend, or even a stranger, in the comments of a post, take a moment to close your …

University of Chicago

Can a tech company build a city? Ask Google

<b>(AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez)</b><p>Can Google’s parent company successfully build a high-tech urban development project?<p>Sarah Barns<p>December 4, 2017 4:00am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.<p>Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation startup owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, has …

Drive-By Truckers – What It Means

Front man Patterson Hood provided insight into the track’s conception and its message to Rolling Stone at the time of its release:<p>‘What It Means’ is …

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You'll Never Guess Who Curtis Stone Has Working in His Kitchen — Tastemade

Open this story in Apple News.<p>For the best reading experience, open this story on a device with Apple News.. It may also be available on the …

Neil Cavuto Shreds Trump: 'You're The President... Why Don’t You Act Like It?'

The Fox News host says Trump’s Twitter attacks are like “using a bazooka to respond to a pea shooter.”<p>Fox News host Neil Cavuto is calling out President Donald Trump over his latest Twitter attacks.<p>Over the weekend, in separate tweets, Trump went after Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and LaVar Ball, the …

How technology's built in "engagement maximization" destroys mental health in the Trump age, and what to do about it

We live in a weaponized news-cycle, a political moment in which a cadre of ruthless looters are destroying the world, magnified by technology's …

Thick Cloud Of Toxic Smog Envelops New Delhi Despite Emergency Efforts

A U.S. embassy measure showed levels of poisonous airborne particles had reached 495, compared with the upper limit of “good” quality air at 50.<p>NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A thick cloud of toxic smog 10 times the recommended limit enveloped India’s capital New Delhi on Monday, as government officials …

The Texas Shooter Was Called A Liberal, Antifa Communist Working With ISIS — Before Anyone Knew Anything

Welcome to the world of right-wing propaganda.<p>WASHINGTON ― Authorities are still trying to figure out why a man shot at least 26 people to death in a Texas church on Sunday. But the lack of a specific motive has not stopped right-wing conspiracy theorists from blaming their opponents — including …

The Late-Night Show Hoping To Trick You Into Getting Along With Fellow Americans

“I don’t have to live in a world where ― these are the good people, these are the bad people,” Jim Jefferies said.<p>Jim Jefferies isn’t afraid of a controversial statement as long as he believes he has a point.<p>“I met Sean Spicer at the Emmys the other day and asked him to come on the show and you …

20 of America's top political scientists gathered to discuss our democracy. They're scared.

“If current trends continue for another 20 or 30 years, democracy will be toast.”<p>Is American democracy in decline? Should we be worried?<p>On October 6, some of America’s top political scientists gathered at Yale University to answer these questions. And nearly everyone agreed: American democracy is …

Political Science

Nick Offerman Eloquently Sums Up What It Means To Be A Real Man

"Crying at something that moves you to joy or sadness is just as manly as chopping down a tree or punching out a bad guy."<p>Nick Offerman and his “Parks and Recreation” alter-ego Ron Swanson are often touted as defining what it means to be “a man’s man.” Hell, there’s even a restroom sign in India …

‘The Big Dark’: Series Of Storms Stretching From China To U.S. Batters Northwest

NOAA has described the phenomenon as a "river in the sky."<p>A 5,000-mile-long belt of rain is battering the Northwest this week, an “atmospheric river” stretching across the Pacific Ocean from China to British Columbia.<p>The storm system, which some weather officials have described as “The Big Dark,” …