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30 Self-Reflection Questions That Will Make You Reevaluate Your Life

As each month flies by and we ask ourselves, "What have I been doing with my life?," we're struck with a little panic. But the passing of time doesn't have to scare us if we check in with ourselves regularly.<p>Self-reflection is vital for self-improvement. By acknowledging your concerns, needs, and …

Want to understand what Trump and Bannon are up to? Look to the Russian Revolution of 1917

The key to a successful insurrection, Vladimir Lenin wrote three days before the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917, was the seizure of the telephone and telegraph. Every Soviet child, including myself, learned this dictum in the fourth grade.<p>In the 21st century, I never thought I’d have reason to …

Political Science

London cabs to hit Europe's streets next year

LONDON (Reuters) - They might not be black and the steering wheel will be on the other side but London’s distinctive cabs should hit Europe’s city streets next year, the chief executive of the London Taxi Company (LTC) told Reuters.<p>FILE PHOTO - The emblem of London Taxi Company is seen on a taxi …

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Before Using This Heartbreaking Photo to Attack Trump, Please Remember This...

Critics, activists and politicians alike have drifted into a state of borderline hysteria in the wake of Trump's sweeping immigration executive …

Will Some People in Heaven Have More Joy Than Others?

The greatness of our rewards in the age to come correspond with the life of obedience that we have lived here.Listen Now

Why the Vatican thinks priests should learn about art, beauty

Vatican City, Jan 29, 2017 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Ugly churches with bad acoustics don't do justice to the richness and beauty of the liturgy – …

20 Things that Will Matter a Lot Less to You in 20 Years

Too often we let the little frustrations of each day blind us to the beauty in front of us. We get caught up in our own heads, and literally don’t …

Earth’s Magnetic Poles Are Set to Swap Places - And We're Totally Unprepared

When north becomes south.<p>Earth’s magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field - protecting life from harmful solar radiation by …

Everyone seems to agree globalization is a sin. They’re wrong.

DAVOS, Switzerland<p>The World Economic Forum this year feels like an exercise in ritual self-flagellation, which — as with the old Christian practice of fasting and whipping one’s own body — is supposed to purify the sinful nature of man. The sin, of course, is globalization, which everyone now seems …

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Being a black man in white America: a burden even Obama couldn't escape

If you want to know what white male privilege looks like, look at the podium on inauguration day. No black man could be elected with Trump’s life story<p>In his 2014 grand jury testimony over the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson described Brown …

"Red Letter Christianity" And The Bible

Tony Campolo and Shane Claiborne recently published an op-ed piece in the New York Times titled, "The Evangelicalism of Old White Men Is Dead." They write that evangelicalism (or at least its reputation) is a "casualty" of the recent presidential election. They believe it is time to bury …

Clear and present danger: Maybe this is how democracy ends

<b>(AP/Carlos Osorio)</b><p>The frightening rise of authoritarian populism in the West is a very real thing<p>Mike Lofgren<p>January 12, 2017 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on BillMoyers.com.<p>The election of Donald Trump has triggered as much wonderment abroad as it has in the United States. David …

Psychology shows that in dark political times, there’s an essential thing we must do to cultivate hope

In the wake of Donald Trump’s victory, it’s easy to feel hopeless about the future of the US. But according to psychological research, that’s a dangerous emotion to indulge in times like these.<p>After all, fighting for positive change is hard. It requires sustained effort and a willingness to fail …

Trump and Brexit left progressives aghast. They should be emboldened | Jeff Sparrow

As a movement dedicated to social transformation, the left must reclaim the idea of progess from the reactionaries and demagogues<p>In 2017, how might progressives win?<p>Even posing the question feels odd – almost a category error – since “winning” scarcely exists as a referent in so much of progressive …

Conspiracy theory’s big comeback: Deep paranoia runs free in the age of Donald Trump

<b>(AP/John Locher)</b><p>Donald Trump rode a wave of conspiracy theory all the way to the White House. His opponents must avoid its allure<p>Paul Rosenberg<p>January 1, 2017 5:00pm (UTC)<p>For several decades now, belief in conspiracy theories has been on the rise, as trust in institutions has declined. But Donald …

Donald Trump

An ancient Chinese principle can help you get comfortable with doing less—and make you happier, too

A lot of New Year’s resolutions are aimed at springing into action—whether the goal is losing weight, finding love or moving to a new city. But my main priority now is learning to be still. And the Chinese concept of <i>wu wei—</i>strategic non-action—has helped me do just that.<p>The Tao Te Ching, written in …

Taoism

Opinion: One year after the Cologne assaults - Stop apologizing for political Islam

That authorities will deploy 1,500 police officers in Cologne on New Year's Eve is proof that the German way of life has been compromised. Political …

Can an app change human behavior? This behavioral economics professor is banking on it

Whether personal or professional, change is hard. And the cumulative data is <i>not on</i> our side.<p>Take something obviously detrimental, like smoking. A …

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

Healthy Vegetarian Meal Plan 01.01.17

Happy Almost 2017!<p>Anyone else here feel like the year zoomed right by like a pronghorn antelope slash gazelle-like creature? Cause I certainly do. …

Now all news is “fake news”: The right’s war against truth goes back long before 9/11

<b>Rush Limbaugh; Donald Trump; Sean Hannity (AP/J. Scott Applewhite/Getty/Mandel Ngan/Saul Loeb)</b><p>Donald Trump and his media allies have convinced millions of Americans that there’s no such thing as the truth<p>Heather Digby Parton<p>December 27, 2016 1:00pm (UTC)<p>Conservatives are trying to give us all a …

Hello! This is how scientists plan to communicate with aliens - IBTimes India

The song Across the Universe by The Beatles, and compositions by Vivaldi and Gershwin have been sent to space for communicating with …

Stephen King Explains the Key to His Creativity: Not Losing the Dream-State Thinking All Children Are Born With

While nothing could make me personally want to return to childhood, children do, for better or for worse, perceive the world more vividly than …

Stephen King

Why I'm optimistic about 2017 | Paul Mason

If we adapt quickly to the reality of the new world order, we can continue to fight for human rights and social justice<p>This Christmas break, for anybody steeped in the assumptions that have underpinned non-mainstream political thinking, needs to be a moment of realisation. Brexit will happen. …

The Queen ‘backed Brexit’ before the EU referendum, according to BBC political editor

<b>The row over whether the Queen supported Britain leaving the EU has been reignited.</b><p>At a private lunch before the EU referendum, Her Majesty allegedly …

If You Think Jesus Was White, Here Are Five Reasons You’re Wrong

By <b>Juan Cole / Informed Comment</b>Given the alarming rise of white nationalism in the United States and the ways in which it is often entangled with …

Donald Trump