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There are three levels of self-awareness you need to hit before you know yourself

Self-awareness is like great sex: everyone thinks they have a ton of it, but in reality no one knows what the fuck they’re doing.<p>The fact is that the majority of our thoughts and actions are on autopilot. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing either. Our habits, routines, impulses, and reactions carry …

Self-help

How to immediately change your life for the better

There’s an old joke where a man says, “I really want to go to medical school, but it takes at least seven years–and I’ll be 50 in seven years!” A …

If You're Happy And You Know It, Here's How Your Health Is Definitely Going To Show It

Newsflash, malingerers: That Debbie-downer attitude isn’t doing your physical health any favors. The folks at Happify.com put together this science-backed list of how happiness does a seriously worthwhile number on your health—and how to become more of a glass-half-full person, no matter how used …

Paul McKenna: 'Happiness Is... Not Going Out With Women You Don't Like, Who Don't Like You'

Paul McKenna is a happy man, positively beaming. It doesn’t take much pressing to uncover that his fiancée Kate is behind this new-found contentment, …

The FCC’s net neutrality proposal is awesome, but has a loophole

Image copyright Gigaom illustration adapted from Shutterstock .FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has taken the unprecedented and awesome step of using Title …

Net Neutrality

Democrats to Boehner: Postpone Netanyahu speech

They argue that the March address “places Israel … in the middle of a policy debate between Congress and the White House.”<p>Three House Democrats are circulating a letter they plan to send to Speaker John Boehner, urging the top Republican to “postpone” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s …

Foreign Policy

“Ignorance is reigning supreme”: Rula Jebreal on Charlie Hebdo, Bill Maher & our inane foreign policy

Foreign policy analyst tells Salon why only cooperating with Muslim communities will thwart extremism and hate<p>"Where are the moderate Muslims?" It's a cry you're guaranteed to come across, not only on Fox News or in the pages of the New York Post, whenever there's a horrible attack like the one in …

A Silicon Valley Banker Just Sold His Enormous Mansion With A Secret Bar For $25 Million

The sale price was a whopping $25 million, realtor Arthur Sharif, who represented Porter in the sale, confirmed with Business Insider exclusively.<p>"It's a historic home," Sharif told us. "It was never a question of whether we would get the price we wanted — it was about finding the right person. We …

“China’s fiscal slide” less fun than it sounds

2015-01-05T10:18:24.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>Sentences to warm the New Year heart, from Deutsche:<p>This year, China will likely face the worst fiscal …

Mario Cuomo, a Thinker in Public

While in transit, I've heard the sad news of Mario Cuomo's death. From sketchy connections in airport(s), here are two ways to remember him.<p>First, Cuomo's speech 30 years ago at the Democratic Convention in San Francisco, which did more to electrify its audience than any other such speech I have …

The dangerous myth at the heart of conservative ideology

The right believes the separation of church and state is a modern conceit. It couldn’t be further from the truth<p>Rick Santorum may be a terrible politician, but when it comes to being a conduit for some of the hoariest, long-standing myths of the right, he’s ol’ reliable. His latest bleatings are of …

Paul Krugman destroys conservatives’ favorite myths about the Obama economy

At long last, a real recovery may be under way. Why did it take so long?<p>The Labor Department confounded forecasters on Friday when it reported that U.S. employers added 321,000 jobs in November, while average wages rose a better-than-expected 0.4 percent. Aside from a quick hiring spree for the …

Why are these clowns winning? Secrets of the right-wing brain

Bush tanked the country. Now the right’s again running the show. Neuroscience explains incompetence of all sides<p>When George W. Bush became president in 2001, it marked the first time in 70 years that conservative Republicans controlled all three branches of government. By the time Bush left office, …