John Creaney

29 Added | 1 Magazine | 7 Likes | 33 Following | 105 Followers | @johncreaney7 | Keep up with John Creaney on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “John Creaney”

A Year of Books: 23 Book Recommendations from Mark Zuckerberg

In 2015, Mark Zuckerberg did something slightly unusual for a CEO of a major technology company: He started a book club!In that year, Zuckerberg …

Books

10 Reasons I Am An Atheist

Recent debate here in Australia, in the U.S. and around the Western world has been focussed on immigration and religious intolerance. The minor …

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

Democracies end<p>when they are too democratic.<p>And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.<p>Illustration by Zohar Lazar<p>As this dystopian …

Political Science

Neoliberalism: The Ideology at the Root of All Our Problems

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and US President Ronald Reagan at the White House in Washington, February 20, 1985. After Thatcher and …

All Stories Are the Same

From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.<p>A ship lands on an alien shore and a young man, desperate to prove himself, is tasked with befriending the inhabitants and extracting their secrets. …

Literature

Our George Orwell/Noam Chomsky paradox: Let’s decipher the doublethink media and government peddles about U.S. foreign policy

Our policies and actions routinely go against our oft-stated ideals. Here’s how to examine the lies and spin<p>Despite what politicians say, understanding U.S. foreign policy is much more difficult than applying a black and white, good and evil, us versus them approach. To begin to comprehend the maze …

The Phony Martyrdom of Kim Davis

Religious fanatic and serial bad dresser, Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Rowan County, is absolutely determined to build a cross and climb onto it so the Religious Right can pretend to have a martyr. No doubt the hate group advising her, Liberty Counsel, told her bigots around the country will send …

I lost my dad to Fox News: How a generation was captured by thrashing hysteria

Old white people are drowning in despair and rage. Here’s how my father lost his mind — thanks to his cable diet<p>Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their …

46 Mind-Blowing Quotes By Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900) was a German philosopher. In his brilliant but relatively brief career, he published numerous major works …

President Obama Smacks Down Republicans With The Reality Of His Economic Success %%

President Obama smacked down Republicans today by contrasting his record of economic success with the reality of their trickle down …

Economics

Noam Chomsky: Why Israel's Netanyahu Is So Desperate to Prevent Peace with Iran

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived in the United States as part of his bid to stop a nuclear deal with Iran during a controversial …

The 30 Best TED Talks of All Time That Will Open Your Mind and Inspire You to Take Action

TED Talks

Here’s How to Scientifically Train Your Mind to Be Happy

Training your mind to look for errors and problems (as happens in careers like accounting and law) can lead you toward a pervasive pessimism that …

How to Read More: The Simple System I'm Using to Read 30+ Books Per Year

Warren Buffett, the man commonly referred to as the greatest investor of the 20th century, was standing in front of 165 wide-eyed students from Columbia University.<p>One of the students raised his hand and asked Buffett for his thoughts on the best way to prepare for an investing career. After …

Bill O’Reilly ruined Christmas: Why his nonsense undermines the holiday I love

With every predictable rant by the human outrage machines, the holiday loses a little magic for me. Here’s why<p>The “War on Christmas” is back, a tradition that has grown as old and stale as last year’s eggnog. It’s become so inane that it’s easy to forget that real feelings and people are involved. …

Flex Your Cortex: 7 Secrets to Turbocharge Your Brain

Recently, I had the honor of participating in a TEDx Talk about the power of the human brain.<p>TED is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization devoted to spreading big ideas -- from science to business to global issues -- that deepen our understanding of the world around us. Notably, numerous TEDx Talks …

A War on Reason, Not on Christmas

With the same predictability and inevitability of a House vote to abolish Obamacare, Bill O'Reilly yet again has declared his false war on the faux war on Christmas. He has little new to add to his odd diatribe. Even his graphics are tired; the same old poorly drawn tree this time has a few more …

How Clausewitz Invented Modern War

Inspired by his combat experience in the Napoleonic wars, Carl von Clausewitz developed theories of warfare so effective that he is still the most …

Americans Believe Inequality Is The World's Greatest Threat. Other Countries Think Differently

Surveyors from the Pew Research Center asked thousands of participants in more than 40 countries to select what posed the "greatest threat to the world" out of five possible options. The results, published last week, showed that their answers were far from unanimous.<p>In general, the study suggests …

Sweet And Savory Grilled Corn On The Cob

<b>Sweet and Savory Grilled Corn on the Cob</b><p>It wouldn't be summer without corn on the cob. It is nutrient packed with fiber and vitamins A, B, and E. They promote eye, gastrointestinal and heart health. This makes corn a nutritiously satisfying side to any meal. We've created an easy crowd-pleasing …

Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?

Much smaller, poorer countries are opening their gates for refugees from violence-torn parts of the world. Why can't we do the same?<p>Maybe we should …

Old School: 7 Ideas From Ancient Thinkers to Improve Your Modern Life

The modern world has brought us a lot of great stuff. (I, for one, am a <i>huge</i> fan of antibiotics.) That said, <b>we know there are things that were better</b> …

Six Studies That Show Everything Republicans Believe is Wrong

It's time for the right wing to stop lying about the minimum wage, taxes, global warming and more<p>The great 20th-century economist John Maynard Keynes …

Income Inequality

GOP Hypocrisy: Outraged Over Benghazi, Silent on Iraq

The creation of a House committee to study the attack on Benghazi raises the troubling question of why Congress has never bothered to scrutinize to …

Carmelo Anthony: Way Overrated

The star NBA foward isn't as valuable to the Knicks as their fans—or their front office—think.<p>The New York Knicks’ new president Phil Jackson knows a few things about overcoming obstacles: He's won 11 NBA championship titles as a coach with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers and two as a …

Why I left the GOP

I grew up in a rich, Republican household, but after Katrina and Iraq, I realized my priorities were out of order<p>I used to be a serious Republican, moderate and business-oriented, who planned for a public-service career in Republican politics. But I am a Republican no longer.<p>There’s an old joke we …

California Is Finally Set to Get Rain, But It Won't Quench the Drought

How extreme is the drought in California? Right now the federal government says that every square mile of California is in some state of drought—and …