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Koch Pledge Tied to Congressional Climate Inaction

When President Obama unveiled his program to tackle climate change last month, he deliberately sidestepped Congress as a hopeless bastion of obstruction, relying completely on changes that could be imposed by regulatory agencies. A two-year study by the Investigative Reporting Workshop at American …

The Fall of the American Worker

There’s a moment in Dale Maharidge and Michael S. Williamson’s “Someplace Like America,” a documentary account of three decades of American downward mobility, when Maharidge spontaneously decides to phone up Charles Murray. It’s around the year 2000, welfare reform is on the books, and Maharidge …

The Armenian Past of Taksim Square

Taksim Square, like Tahrir Square and Zuccotti Park before it, is just another space in a city: it could have been one more spot to meet friends, or to read a book under a tree. But Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, decided he’d like to replicate the Ottoman-era Taksim military …

David Cannon's answer to Life Advice: What can people start doing now that will help them a lot in about five years?

• If you do anything, do this first one: learn how to work hard and stick with something. Learn how to turn off Facebook and control your addiction to …

Oliver Emberton's answer to Why am I a slow learner and not confident about my intelligence? How do I overcome this problem? How do I improve my intelligence? How do I understand faster? How do I increase my mental capacity?

<b>It’s pretty stupid to worry about how smart you are.</b> Three reasons:<p><b>1. You’re blinded by your surroundings</b><p>Most people who think they’re stupid learn …

What is Your “Average Speed” in Your Work, Your...

I have a friend named Nathan who recently finished writing three books in just 9 months.<p>How did he do it?<p>By following a simple strategy. He wrote …

Tom Jackson's answer to How should a 22-year-old invest time?

I have a 22-year old son, and my advice to him is the same. <br>Between 16 and about 30, life gives us incredible energy. After that, we have less energy …

Justin Freeman's answer to What are some of the most important things that we should be informed about in life? Whether it be their government, or types of awareness in any particular subject, anything would be great to hear.

• <b>Realize that nobody cares, and if they do, you shouldn't care that they care.</b> Got a new car? Nobody cares. You'll get some gawkers for a couple of …

Why do we need confidence?

Think of confidence as a crude instinct for guessing when you're going to succeed or fail. It’s exceedingly stupid and makes decisions based entirely …

Oliver Emberton's answer to How do you get what you want?

<b>There are just two reasons why you haven’t done the stuff that you ‘want’ to do.</b><p>You can’t because of something external<br>• You won’t because of something …

Oliver Emberton's answer to My ideal girl/boy is out of my reach; should I settle for what I can get?

<b>NOTE: The question I originally answered was "My ideal girl is out of my reach, should I settle for what I can get?"</b><p><b>Imagine how you'd feel if your</b> …

Why America Still Needs Affirmative Action

Later this week, or next week, the Supreme Court is expected to issue a ruling greatly restricting, or even ending, affirmative action in admissions to public colleges. If this happens, it will be a great pity.<p>Set aside, for a moment, the explosive issue of black or brown versus white, which …

What is the bravest thing you have ever seen someone do?

Well this is the story of my second cousin who is really an inspiration for all of us!<p>Most of People don't know about this story.<p>​<br>​<br>​<p>​<br>​<br>​<br>Do you people …

WHO Finds Violence Against Women Is 'Shockingly' Common

Thirty-five percent of women around the world have been raped or physically abused, according to statistics the World Health Organization released Thursday. About 80 percent of the time this violence occurs in the home, at the hands of a partner or spouse.<p>"For me personally, this is a shockingly …

Lost in Taksim Square

Just over two weeks ago, bulldozers came to raze Gezi Park, a green space in Istanbul’s central Taksim Square. The park was to be destroyed to make way for a reconstructed Ottoman artillery barracks. The barracks would also be a shopping mall, or maybe it wouldn’t be a shopping mall. There were …

Resisting The Temptation To 'Win' When Investing

Here's what happens after 20 years to a $100,000 investment with a 6 percent annual return and an annual fee (expense ratio) of 1 percent.<p><b>Total expenses and costs:</b> $58,400<p><b>Ending value:</b> $262,314<p>For the same investment with an annual fee of .10 percent:<p><b>Total expenses and costs:</b> $6,354<p><b>Ending value:</b> …

Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals This Year

Change is hard. You've probably noticed that.<p>We all want to become better people — stronger and healthier, more creative and more skilled, a better …

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Get Started: Why Getting Started is More Important Than Succeeding

In 1991, Lindsay Davenport played in her first professional tennis match. She was 15 years old.<p>Over the next 20 years, Davenport would go on to have …

Motivation

Best Value Colleges

Rank<p>School Name<p>20 Year Net ROI<p>Total 4 Year Cost<p>Graduation Rate<p>Typical Years to Graduate<p>Average Loan Amount<p>1<p>$1,056,000<p>$33,100<p>72%<p>4 Years<p>$12,300<p>20 Year …

How should a 22-year-old invest time?

• <b>Read, read, read.</b> That's the best thing you can do as a 22 years old adult, and at any age of your life. Pick the brain of the authors. You're …

Clint Eastwood: What I've Learned

Actor, 78<p><i>Born in San Francisco and raised throughout northern California, Eastwood attended Los Angeles City College under the G. I. Bill and served as mayor of Carmel, California from 1986 to 1988.</i><p><b>In the first place,</b> I was taller than most kids in my classes. In the second, we were always moving. …

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Views Of The Hong Kong Sky, Framed By A Canopy Of Skyscrapers

Romain Jacquet-Lagreze’s photographs are a reminder of the dazzling views to be found simply by looking up.<p>For as long as he can remember, when Romain Jacquet-Lagreze has found himself walking in the forest, he’s always had the inclination to look up, searching for patches of sky poking through the …

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