Phil Ortega

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I Wish Thought Leaders Would Stop Trying To Sell Me Their Garbage

When did everyone start podcasting, blogging, writing books or selling online courses? It’s getting ridiculous. Everyone’s a motivational speaker now too. Just picture guys in their 30s and 40s, wearing gingham shirts untucked or black t shirts (they’re not mainstream dude) drinking Kombucha tea …

Thought Leadership

What You Need To Know About Social Video Marketing In 2017

Recently, a spate of studies about social video populated my inbox, mainly from companies that offer tools for the art of catching attention with moving pixels. Not surprisingly for many reasons, the theme was social video marketing is vital for businesses today.<p>“Businesses need to learn to ‘speak …

Social Media

The Book That Predicted Trump’s Rise Offers the Left a Roadmap for Defeating Him

Twenty years ago, Richard Rorty warned that “a spectatorial, disgusted, mocking Left” would give rise to a populist demagogue. Is it ready now to take his advice?<p>Twenty years ago, in a series of lectures on the history of American civilization, the philosopher Richard Rorty offered a prediction. …

Political Science

The Powerful Lifehack I Learned After 7 Days Of Silent Meditation

For years, many of my friends in Silicon Valley have sworn that silent meditation retreats are life-changing. I’ve been meditating for over a decade, so I thought I was decently well versed in what the practice could do for me: twenty minutes of deep breathing calmed me down and helped me …

Mindfulness

The New Delivery Paradigm and Tools of The Legal Trade

Until recently, lawyers needed just a few tools to ply their trade—legal knowledge, licensure, and clients. Good ones had a fuller kit—specialized skills and/or expertise, oratorical and writing proficiency, and a combination of intellectual and people smarts that elevated their client standing …

Hillary Clinton Was the First Casualty in the New Information Wars

The former presidential nominee made her case that a Russian-backed “conspiracy” to “weaponize” social media took down her campaign.<p><i>Updated on June 1, 2017</i><p>Hillary Clinton came to <i>Recode</i>’s Code Conference with her gloves off. In an interview with the journalists Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg, she …

Donald Trump

I've studied happiness for years — here are the 12 best pieces of advice I'm giving my daughter

I'm particularly aware of this, because my daughter Eliza is graduating from high school in two weeks. The days are long, but the years are short.<p>I'm trying to hold back the urge to follow her around the apartment giving her little bits of advice and wisdom. To relieve my mind, here's what I would …

Happiness

What Could a Mysterious U.S. Spy Know About the JFK Assassination?

John F. Kennedy buffs are awaiting the release of documents about June Cobb, a little-known CIA operative working in Cuba and Mexico around the time of the president’s assassination.<p>She may have been one of the bravest and best-placed American spies in the history of the Cold War, but few people …

Mexico City

Five Reasons the Comey Affair Is Worse Than Watergate

A journalist who covered Nixon’s fall 45 years ago explains why the current challenge to America may be more severe—and the democratic system less capable of handling it.<p>The tangled affair now known as Watergate began 45 years ago, before most of today’s U.S. population had even been born. (The …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump’s Firing of James Comey Is an Attack on American Democracy

At a time like this, it is important to express things plainly. On Tuesday evening, Donald Trump acted like a despot. Without warning or provocation, he summarily fired the independent-minded director of the F.B.I., James Comey. Comey had been overseeing an investigation into whether there was any …

5 Ways To Make $1000 Without Leaving Your Home

$1000 a month may seem like a lot to earn as a side hustle. However, it isn’t when you break it down into simple tasks that need to be completed with a dollar amount attached to it.<p>$1000 can be made in the following ways:<p>4 products or services sold for $250 each<br>• 10 products or services sold for $100 …

Small Business

These are the probiotics gut experts actually take

In case you haven’t heard, the microbiome pretty much runs the show when it comes to overall health. Not enough good bacteria in your digestive tract …

How To Start A Blog That Earns A Real Income

In today’s competitive business environment, employees are constantly vying for ways to climb the corporate ladder. Looking to make steady gains over time, they work hard, diligently putting in the effort to ensure that they get noticed. Over time, they climb the proverbial ladder, increasing their …

Dot-com

No One Mentions That The Russian Trail Leads To Democratic Lobbyists

K Street lobbyists are the symbol of Washington influence-peddling as they push government for favors, subsidies, exemptions, and other special treatment for their clients. Their customers include, in addition to domestic clients, foreign governments, oligarchs, fugitive speculators, and a rogue’s …

Donald Trump

What The Wealth Of World's 8 Richest Tells Us About Asia's Poorest Workers

A new report published by Oxfam, an international charitable organisation whose primary focus is on poverty alleviation, warns that the status of global economic inequality is far more dire than predicted.<p>More specifically, the report titled <i>An Economy For The 99%</i> estimates that just eight …

‘Soundbreaking’ Recap, Episode 6: Sampling Enables Hip Hop’s Musical Revolution

Heading into its homestretch, <i>Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music</i>, examines “a musical revolution that was not only …

Rap & Hip-Hop

‘Romantic realism’: the seven rules to help you avoid divorce

We expect love to be the source of our greatest joys. But, in practice, it is one of the most reliable routes to misery. Few forms of suffering are ever as intense as those we experience in relationships. An estimated 42% of marriages in Britain end in divorce; 30% of people in couples describe …

Relationships

5 Ways To Make Yourself More Attractive In Any Relationship

Feeling good about yourself makes you attractive to others. As you love yourself, life becomes less burdensome and relationships become easier and more spontaneous. You don't spend your time second-guessing what others are thinking about you and where you stand in your various relationships. When …

A New Study Explains How to Raise an Honest Kid

When it comes to morality, as research has shown, little kids don’t really do nuance — there’s right, and there’s wrong, and there’s not really space …

Tech startups to make your life more slick, secure and stylish in 2017

This year was a mixed bag for startups. Powa Technologies, an e-commerce company that was one of Britain’s so-called unicorns (a startup valued at over $1bn), crashed hard, declaring bankruptcy early in 2016. US wearables company Pebble sold to Fitbit for less than a 10th of its peak valuation. But …

Startups

After 2016, all we know about music is that we have no idea what’s next

Amid a mess of spiny trees, starlight, and early hints of an intermittent drizzle, Justin Vernon stepped on stage and plowed through a dozen songs no one in the crowd of thousands had ever heard before. “That’s the end of side A,” Vernon—the bearded, soft-spoken one-man founder of indie folk …

The Science Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Break Negative Thought Patterns

Remember that time you really embarrassed yourself, and you play it over and over in your head, cringing a little each time? Or how about your inability to ask for a raise or promotion you deserve because you have told yourself so many times you are not worth it? You let it stew, creating …

Mindfulness

How Complaining Rewires Your Brain For Negativity

Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation. Complaining is tempting because it feels good, but like many other things that are enjoyable--such as smoking or eating a pound of bacon for breakfast--complaining isn't good for you.<p>Your brain loves efficiency …

Web design trends we can expect to see in 2017

It’s that time of year where we look at the year that was and the year that will be. We’ve seen a lot of amazing website designs this year, and I’m eager to see what 2017 has in store for website and website design.<p>2017 is sure to bring some amazing website designs, but if we look hard enough, we …

Trump’s climate denial is just one of the forces that point towards war

The failure to get to grips with our crises, by all mainstream political parties, is likely to lead to a war between the major powers in my lifetime<p>Wave the magic wand and the problem goes away. Those pesky pollution laws, carbon caps and clean-power plans: swish them away and the golden age of …

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Meditation in the Time of Low Self-Esteem

I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened. I do it to massage certain qualities within myself that make it difficult for me to live on Earth.<p>One of the ways I've found some relief in life is through a morning meditation practice. I don't practice meditation to become more enlightened, …

Mental Health

The Advice Marriage Therapists Give Couples Who've Fallen Out Of Love

It's possible to reignite the spark.<p>Therapists often see couples facing a very real dilemma: After years and years together, one or both partners no longer feel as “in love” as they were before.<p>Is it possible to fall back in love? Absolutely, but it takes time and effort from both spouses. Below, …

Pediatricians weigh in on a fraught issue facing parents today: How much screen time is OK?

If you have kids or teenagers at home, chances are you have a complicated relationship with screens.<p>On one hand, you know that capturing monsters in Pokemon Go or taking a portal to the Nether in Minecraft is probably not the healthiest way for your kids to spend the afternoon.<p>On the other hand, …

5 Ways to Inspire Creativity and Build Strong Character in Your Children, According to a Top Psychologist

Conformity is dangerous. Here's how to teach children to think for themselves.<p>Whether it's doing things because "they've always been done that way" or because "everyone else is doing it," conformity can be very dangerous.<p>My wife and I work hard to instill the right values in our two small children. …