Harreld Dinkins

3,685 Flips | 14 Magazines | 629 Likes | 427 Following | 154 Followers | @hdinkins | NOLA-born resident of PDX with affinities for human rights, rivers, writing, & aiming for the twin imperatives to reduce harm & increase joy for all.

Southern Baptists Call Off the Culture War

America’s largest Protestant group moves to cut ties with the Republican Party and reengage with mainstream culture.<p>It was immediately clear that change was afoot in Dallas. I’ve attended the annual gatherings of the Southern Baptist Convention dozens of times, but walking around the convention …

Faith

Trump Has Created ‘Worldwide Vacuum,’ Says Germany’s Top Diplomat

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called on the European Union to unite and fill the void left by the U.S. drawback from global agreements that have …

Trump has turned words into weapons. And he's winning the linguistic war | George P Lakoff and Gil Duran

From ‘spygate’ to ‘fake news’, Trump is using language to frame – and win – debates. And the press operate like his marketing agency<p>Donald Trump has been a salesman for nearly half a century. He is now selling himself, his worldview and his self-serving views of the law and the truth. His principal …

Fake News

Trump’s Genius Is His Entertaining Idiocy

Eric AltermanThe president’s ability to distract obscures his administration’s assault on democratic institutions.The post Trump’s Genius Is His …

George Conway defends Robert Mueller’s investigation

GEORGE CONWAY, a successful corporate lawyer who happens to be married to Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump’s most trusted advisers, …

The game theory that explains our country’s mass psychosis

By Megan McArdle<p>Columnist<p>There are some stories that just make you want to send everyone involved to their rooms to have a good long think about their behavior. The saga of the Trump T-shirt That Shook Houston is definitely one of those.<p>The shirt was worn to a local shop by a 14-year-old girl in …

Tony Awards

America, explained by a North Korean propaganda book

I fake-interviewed a real North Korea propaganda book. Here’s what it told me.<p>President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un just signed a historic agreementcommitting to work together to “build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.”<p>The details of the agreement are …

The Silence of John Bolton

President Trump’s diplomacy with North Korea shows little sign of his hawkish national-security adviser’s influence.<p>President Donald Trump’s Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was full of showmanship, featuring photo-ops, a long press conference, and one very unusual …

North Korea

Poll shows Mueller’s public image at all-time low

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s public image has sunk to an all-time low since he began his probe into possible collusion between the Trump 2016 presidential campaign and Russia, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.<p>Months of sustained conservative attacks led by President Donald Trump …

Trump gaslights the American public about North Korea’s nuclear weapons

"There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea."<p>After arriving back in the Washington, D.C. area on Wednesday morning following his trip to …

Trump's World Tour Is All About Him

The president of the United States is on a roll.<p>His stopover in Singapore on Tuesday to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un capped off the Trump World Tour, and several days of performance art. It began with his revealing that he may pardon thousands of Americans of federal crimes and included a …

North Korea

Saudi Arabia And Its Allies Strike Yemen's Main Port City

<b>Updated at 10:30 a.m. ET</b><p>A Saudi-led coalition backing pro-government troops in Yemen has launched an assault on the country's main port city of Hodeidah in what threatens to become the fiercest battle of a three-year war against Iran-allied Houthi rebels.<p>The United Arab Emirates state news agency …

In an attempt to seal documents, Mueller warns Russia keeps meddling

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has requested that a federal D.C. judge order to secure a heap of documents that have been shared with …

Yemen: Airstrike hits MSF cholera treatment center in Abs

A newly constructed cholera treatment center run by the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans …

New asylum restrictions a death sentence for Central Americans fleeing violence | Doctors Without Borders - USA

<b>Statement from Jason Cone, executive director of</b> <b>MSF-USA</b><p>“Every day along the migration route we treat and counsel patients from Honduras, Guatemala …

Trump just endorsed an apologist for white supremacy. That could hurt the GOP this fall.

By Greg Sargent<p>Opinion writer<p><b>THE MORNING PLUM:</b><p>President Trump appeared awfully eager to throw his support to Corey Stewart, the new GOP nominee for Senate in Virginia, despite the fact that he is an apologist for white supremacy who has been condemned by other Republicans. Trump, arriving back from …

Republicans

Foreign Policy Podcast: Rohingyas were Shot, Hacked with Machetes, and Then They Made for the Border

Pavlo Kolovos, the head of mission for Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Bangladesh, shares a first-hand account of his …

There are two ways to read, but one is useless

Reading is telepathy, and a book is the most powerful technology invented.<p>Homer, Shakespeare, Voltaire, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Woolf, Hemingway—these are names without a living body. We can’t talk to them, nor touch them, but their thoughts are immortalized through the written word.<p>Aristotle’s logic, …

How to Write a Book Proposal That Will Keep You Out of the Reject Pile

If you want to publish a book, the first thing you'll need to do is to put together a book proposal. Follow these 4 steps to craft one publishers will love.<p>When Steve Jobs wrote a book, it was to create a historical record. Howard Schultz had unique insights into management he wanted to share. …

Violence leaves a damaging imprint on New Orleans children | Editorial | NOLA.com

In the most violent city in one of the most violent states in the nation, children are suffering. They've witnessed death in their New Orleans …

10 moments from Trump's summit so bad that your soul will turn to dust

During a meeting with one of the most violent and dangerous dictatorial powers in the world, President Trump cracked a fat joke.<p>And that was just the …

Are you living to work or working to live? (And does it really matter?)

We want to have our cake and eat it too — but in this day and age, it seems that women are always being told to choose. For those of us not …

A brief history of Central City, the forsaken heart of New Orleans | NOLA.com

If you look at a map of New Orleans, Central City seems aptly named enough. There it is, right smack dab in the center of the Mississippi River's …

Seattle City Council Repeals the Head Tax

Council member Lisa Herbold said "there's so much more to lose between now and November."

How universal basic income and rewilding could save the planet | Simon Lewis and Mark Maslin

Enough concrete has been produced to cover the entire surface of the Earth in a layer two millimetres thick. Enough plastic has been manufactured to clingfilm it as well. We produce 4.8bn tonnes of our top five crops, plus 4.8 billion head of livestock, annually. There are 1.2bn motor vehicles, 2bn …

Body Language Experts Reveal What Trump and Kim's Behavior Says About the Singapore Summit

President Donald Trump strolled in from the right, North Korea’s Kim Jong Un from the left. With a 13-second handshake and a pat on Kim’s arm, the …

Native American tribes win big at the Supreme Court

An eight-justice Supreme Court just decided a major Indian law case by, well, not deciding it. The justices split 4-4 and issued a per curiam …

Everything and More: A Compact History of Infinity

• <b>Author:</b> David Foster Wallace<p>"A gripping guide to the modern taming of the infinite."—The New York Times. With a new introduction by Neal Stephenson.<br>Is infinity a valid mathematical property or a meaningless abstraction? David Foster Wallace brings his intellectual ambition and characteristic …

What Is Sadness, and What Is Depression?

I stood onstage as an audience of over a thousand people applauded and cheered. My hosts placed an award in my hands. I nodded to the crowd, and they all rose to their feet. Hooray for you, the strangers shouted. Hooray!<p>Less than a week later, I sat up in bed in my house in Maine. A voice said: …

The Meaning of Human Existence

• <b>Author:</b> Edward O. Wilson<p>National Book Award Finalist. How did humanity originate and why does a species like ours exist on this planet? Do we have a special place, even a destiny in the universe? Where are we going, and perhaps, the most difficult question of all, "Why?"<br>In The Meaning of Human …