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Robert Reich: California vs. Trumpland gives us a tale of two governing strategies

California raised taxes, its economy is booming. In other words, it’s the opposite of Trump’s American ideal<p><i>This originally appeared on Robert Reich's blog</i><p>California is now the capital of liberal America. Along with its neighbors Oregon and Washington, it will be a nation within the nation starting …

Regulation

12 Powerful Gratitude Practices That Bring Joy

<b>“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ~A. A. Milne</b><p>Gratitude didn’t come …

The radical Bernie Sanders idea that could reclaim America for the 99 percent

Bernie Sanders has brought new attention to the perils of inequality. What if he could do even more?<p>Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has electrified the 2016 presidential race with his no-nonsense energy, authenticity, and class-politics platform. Some of his proposals have already made right-wing heads …

Middle-class

For Americans Seeking Affordable Degrees, German Schools Beckon

<i>Editor's Note: We've reported on the crushing burden of</i> student debt <i>in the U.S., and the challenges of</i> finding financial aid, <i>but one area we haven't followed much is the growing number of students seeking alternatives outside the U.S. Our colleagues on NPR's</i> International Desk <i>have — most recently</i> …

Higher Education

5 good reasons to think Jesus never existed

A growing number of scholars are openly questioning or actively arguing against Jesus’ historicity<p>Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are “mythologized history.” In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named …

Theology

Why You Snore More As You Get Older And What You Can Do About It

No, you're not imagining things. Your partner's snoring probably has gotten worse over the years. You've tried everything from ear plugs to sleeping in different beds but nothing seems to drown out the inexplicably loud throaty sounds coming from your partner at night.<p>We spoke to sleep specialist …

Sleep

College is a con: The savage truth about your bachelor’s degree

Higher education wears the cloak of liberalism, but in policy and practice, it’s a cutthroat system of exploitation<p>Higher education wears the cloak of liberalism, but in policy and practice, it can be a corrupt and cutthroat system of power and exploitation. It benefits immensely from right-wing …

Higher Education

The story of the invention that could revolutionize batteries—and maybe American manufacturing as well

The world has been clamoring for a super-battery.<p>Since about 2010, a critical mass of national leaders, policy professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs, thinkers and writers have all but demanded a transformation of the humble lithium-ion cell. Only batteries that can store a lot more energy for a …

Energy
Zen

Five Easy Tips on How to Meditate for Beginners

Pao L. Chang, <i>Guest</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Meditation is an energy healing art that has great health benefits, but it is often overlooked by most people. Many …

Your Creative Calendar: 73 Things To Do, See, And Hear This April

Get ready to say goodbye to Mad Men, welcome back Toni Morrison, and get Furious again, as your Creative Calendar for April ushers in spring.<p>It’s no longer April Fools’ Day, so you can trust that there are no hilarious pranks in this month’s entertainment forecast. Let’s leave the pranks to …

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> …

Great Depression

An Archer Goes Old-School, And Wows The Internet

It would be perfectly normal to think of archery as a sport defined by accuracy. But a Danish man who says he researched archery's historic methods is arguing for speed and agility, as well: Lars Andersen has released a video in which he fires three arrows in 0.6 seconds.<p>In fact, Andersen makes a …

Cool Stuff

Transcendental Meditation Scientifically Proven To Prevent Disease

Josh Richardson, <i>Prevent Disease</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>More than 350 peer-reviewed research studies on the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique have been …

The 30 best closing lines in films

10 Free Android Apps Everyone Should Download

Every time I get a new Android smartphone or tablet, I install certain apps right away, before I even really start to play with the device — apps I …

Apps

13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

You <i>think</i> you know how to Google? You don't know how to Google.<p>Even the most seasoned Googler might not know every tip and trick available with just a few extra keystrokes in the search bar. Consider this your instructions manual for the world's most popular search engine.<p>Define A Word<p><b>The Scenario:</b> …

Simple.TV's second-gen DVR streams to mobile apps, ships December 12th for $249 (hands-on)

Simple.TV gave us a peek at its second-generation streaming DVR back in September, and today it's committing to a US launch. The dual-tuner set-top should arrive stateside on December 12th, when it will sell for $250 in a basic kit with both recording and live streaming to local devices. Matching …

This is a better predictor of your success than IQ or EQ

An unsettling classroom experience near the start of his second year in the Stanford Graduate School of Business MBA Program caused a personal crisis for Shirzad Chamine and led him to the work he’s doing more than a quarter century later. The 1987 class was Interpersonal Dynamics, nicknamed …

Psychology

25 Movies From The ’80s That Every Kid Should See

Many of your favorite movies from childhood aren't quite the same when you try to share them with the wired kids of 2013. These classics are the timeless exceptions that hold up nicely.

America is more terrifying than Orwell’s fiction

Not even the author of “1984” could have envisioned a world dominated by a single superpower<p>In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice: someone from General Keith Alexander’s outfit, the National Security Agency, tracks down H.G. Wells’s time machine in the attic …

40 Maps That Will Help You Make Sense of the World

If you’re a visual learner like myself, then you know maps, charts and infographics can really help bring data and information to life. Maps can make …

Thanks for nothing, 1 percent! A selfish Silicon Valley must learn from history

Heed the words of steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie. Wealth is not its own reward; it’s what you do with it that counts<p>Bill Gates has never been a man who sugarcoats his opinions. While discussing his philanthropy goals with Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Brad Stone earlier this week, Gates made no …

31 Black-And-White Movies Every Twentysomething Needs To See

Life lessons brought to you entirely in black and white.

Love Stories

Unroll.me, A Startup That Battles Junk Mail And Manages Subscriptions, Says It Has 100K+ Subscribers

We’ve written about Unroll.me, a service that helps users manage their junk email and subscriptions, before — most recently when it was redesigned in April. Now the company is sharing some stats about its growth.<p>For one thing, it says it has more than 100,000 subscribers. It also says that more …

Are there too many managers?

<b>Once upon a time there were only workers and owners, but then the age of the manager dawned, explains Lucy Kellaway.</b><p>There are five million managers in the UK today, 10 times as many as there were 100 years ago.<p>Even if you don't actually manage anyone, your title pretends you do. A conductor is a …

British Airways

Yes, You Do Have To Tell The IRS About That AirBnB Rental

As with any side gig that brings in extra income, you can bet the IRS will mind if you fail to mention your new role as small-time innkeeper.<p>AirBnB helps hosts by prompting them with proper tax forms each year, but the average joe renting out his basement on the side might not know when he's …

Rental Housing

Meet Helpouts, Google’s Secret Project That Turns Hangouts Into A Commerce Platform

While its roots lie in search, today, Google wears many hats. From self-driving cars and wearable technology to social networking and mobile operating systems, there are few industries where the search and advertising giant has yet to make its presence felt. Lately, however, Google’s expansion has …