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3 Jedi Mind Tricks To Guide You Through The Next Bear Market

If you knew with 100% certainty that an economic recession was coming, would you alter your long-term asset allocation? If your answer is yes, then proceed to the next question. If you knew that trying to time the market correctly is virtually impossible, would you try to do it anyway? If so, you …

Investing

Message to my history teacher, whom I once asked why no one stopped concentration camps: NEVER MIND

My recent twitter-sparring with a “pro-lifer” jolted me back to my early school years.<p>I must have been about 9 years old when I first learned about …

Civil Rights

President Trump Is What Happens After Republicans Spend Decades Rebranding Knowledge as Elitism and Ignorance as Bliss

‘I don’t think I have to prepare very much’ for the upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un, Trump says. Here’s how we ended up with president who’s all …

Donald Trump

If you’re too busy for these 5 things, your life is more off-course than you think

Despite turbulence and other conditions keeping airplanes off-course 90 percent of flight time, most flights arrive in the correct destination at the …

Self-improvement

Bad News - The U.S. Government Posts A $214.25 Billion Budget Surplus For April 2018

U.S. government posts a $214.25 billion surplus in April 2018. This time last year, the surplus was $182 billion, and there was a -$666 billion …

Economics

Liberals, You’re Not as Smart as You Think

I know many liberals, and two of them really are my best friends. Liberals make good movies and television shows. Their idealism has been an inspiration for me and many others. Many liberals are very smart. But they are not as smart, or as persuasive, as they think.<p>And a backlash against liberals — …

Why So Many Gifted Yet Struggling Students Are Hidden In Plain Sight

Scott Barry Kaufman was placed in special education classes as a kid. He struggled with auditory information processing and with anxiety.<p>But with the support of his mother, and some teachers who saw his creativity and intellectual curiosity, Kaufman ended up with degrees from Yale and Cambridge.<p>Now …

Teaching

Mindfulness may have been over-hyped

Mindfulness meditation has been practiced for millennia – and today is a billion-dollar business. But how much does the practice really change our health?<p>In late 1971, US Navy veteran Stephen Islas returned from Vietnam, but the war continued to rage in his head. “I came very close to committing …

Mindfulness

Amazon Web Services starts blocking domain-fronting, following Google’s lead

A week after Google shut down a method for app developers to skirt internet censorship, Amazon is doing the same. In a post last week, Amazon Web Services announced that it would implement a new set of enhanced domain protections specifically designed to stop domain-fronting, a practice that lets …

Forget Smartphone Addiction. Here's What Experts Are Really Worried About

Our phones are not the problem when it comes to gadget addiction. It's this.<p>It's not the smartphone in your hand. It's not the tablet or the laptop. Reports about shiny objects captivating us all day miss the mark by a long shot. Apple is not to blame for making a useful phone, and Google is not to …

nCube Home Smart Home Hub Review – One To Rule Them All?

nCUBEIs your smart home getting out of control? I know mine has been, with more hubs than I care to count taking over my home network. The nCube …

Stormy Daniels vs. Trump -- Here's why conservative Christians are sticking with the president

As "60 Minutes" prepares to air its interview with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, conservative Christians are being accused of hypocrisy. How can so-called "values voters" continue to stand with President Trump despite revelations that he allegedly had affairs with a porn star and a Playboy …

Cambridge Analytica’s Dirty Tricks Elected Trump, CEO Claims

Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, claimed they used proxies in the U.S. to influence the 2016 election.<p>LONDON—British political …

The Financial Whisperer to Trump’s America

Dave Ramsey has spent 25 years helping radio listeners climb out of debt. What does he see behind their economic anxiety?<p><b>BRENTWOOD, Tenn.—On a Tuesday afternoon</b> in January, an audibly anxious young man—Chris from Midland, Texas—finds himself live on the air explaining his economic struggles to a …

Personal Finance

Are We Witnessing the Fall of the American Empire?

As a porn star sues President Donald Trump over a deal to keep her quiet about an alleged affair, and his White House is drained of everyone but his …

Geopolitics

Four apps that will help you learn to play music

Pick up an instrument, learn your favorite songs, and practice a bit of music theory.<p>I'm a musician, and I learned the tricks of the trade the expensive and slow way: with private guitar lessons, summer music programs, and more theory books than I'd like to admit. Thankfully, in 2018 you can get …

An insider explains how rural Christian white America has a dark and terrifying underbelly

As the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: “Democrats failed to understand white, …

Society

37 Underrated Netflix Hidden Gems You Should Already Be Watching

*bookmarks this post for whenever I'm bored*<p>1. <i>Sing Street</i> (2016): This truly underrated musical follows a teen in Dublin in the '80s as he forms a rock band to impress a girl.<p>—irishpink<p>2. <i>Train to Busan</i> (2016): It’s a Korean film about a zombie virus outbreak, and it's got a huuuuuuuge twist ending. …

How to Turn Your Old iPhone Into a Cute Minimalistic Feature Phone

If you still own an iPhone 4, chances are it’s sitting in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. You’ve probably thought about throwing it out, but now …

Learning Knife Sharpening

One of our favorite food geeks, Alex of French Guy Cooking, is at it again. This time, he breaks down the process of knife-sharping and looks at the tools involved, the physics involved, and he even does a little kitchen hack to create a stop for his whetstone on his sink divider.<p>As is often the …

This is how to overcome anger: 5 powerful secrets from mindfulness

There’s a voice shouting. Takes a second before you realize it’s yours. You feel energized. Righteous. Driving every point home. It’s like the climax …

Mindfulness

What Should My Net Worth Be At Age 30, 40, 50, 60?

Everything is relative when it comes to money. If we all have a net worth of $1,000,000, then nobody is truly rich. As such, we must first get an …

Retirement

Some Gadgets We Might Actually Buy From CES 2018

Twelve Wirecutter reporters and editors spent three days working overtime at the CES 2018 trade show to find just a few things that we might consider …

A Guide to Understanding How Shorting Stock Works

The Basics of Shorting Stock<p>A Beginner's Guide for How to Short Stocks<p>Updated March 16, 2018<p>Shorting stock has long been a popular trading technique …

10 Australian Scifi Movies You Need to Watch

When someone says “Australian science fiction movie,” thoughts immediately and inevitably turn to <i>Mad Max</i>—if not George Miller’s insanely influential …

The President Is Mentally Unwell — and Everyone Around Him Knows It

Until recently, the debate over our president’s mental health has focused on questions of psychological pathology: Do Donald Trump’s flamboyant …

How to open a Dispensary in Maine

Maine was one of the states that legalized the recreational use of marijuana in November 2016 ballot, albeit by a narrow vote. Licensed dispensaries …

This is one of the most recommended rewards credit cards — here's why

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider may receive a commission from The Points Guy Affiliate Network.</i><p>If you've done any research into the best credit card rewards and travel perks — even just a Google search — you've probably come across the Chase Sapphire …

30 Must-Read Books

<i>The Great Gatsby,</i> by F. Scott Fitzgerald<p>“It’s hard to say what anyone should or shouldn’t read, let alone <i>everyone,</i> but <i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a book I …

Books