How To Network Like An Introvert

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Introverts can make great networkers—that’s what really came home to me last night. Rather than acting like my usual extroverted self at a group gathering, I thought I should network half the time like an introvert, and it worked like a charm!

A friend of mine, Claude Mongeau, feels bound to behave as an extrovert because he is the CEO of CN, a railroad company with about 24,000 people. He enjoys quiet and solitude in his office, but when he leaves his floor, he puts on his “game face” and acts like an extrovert. In the same way, I am learning to act like an introvert from time to time in order to be a better leader. I’m not being inauthentic; instead, I’m being flexible and learning to listen.

I teach at McGill University, where I attended an alumni event last night. Over a hundred alumni of our business school gathered for drinks and canapés. I had taught about 20 percent of the alumni, so I felt I had to network like an extrovert. You know the type. Going from group to group, spending a few minutes with everyone, hugging people or kissing them (this is Montreal, after all!) and laughing with them.

This is my natural style, so I dove right in. And it can be effective: in our better moments, extroverts, like myself, charm people. Everyone likes us, but often, we are saying nothing of substance. We just don’t have time because we need to move on to make sure we talk to everyone in order to remain stimulated. Given the number of former students I had in the room, this was a good move. But being in the midst of a research project on quiet leaders and introverts in executive roles, I was wondering what it would be like to network like an introvert.

“Why not give it a try?” I asked myself.

For the first half of the evening, I did my traditional—more extroverted—form of networking. But for the second half, I put on my “game face” and acted like an introvert. In practical terms, I spent considerably longer than normal, 15-20 minutes, with three people. Two were former students who had just left a leading consulting firm and were working together to develop leadership programs—something I do as well. The other person with whom I connected was an operations person who also was striking out on his own doing consulting, and again, we found opportunities to collaborate.

In the past, I most likely would have spent a few minutes with them but then pushed on, thereby missing the opportunities that presented themselves only because I made the conscious decision to act like an introvert and spend more quality time with a few people. This was partly strategic: I chose the people based on whether I thought both parties would want to deepen the relationship, and it paid off.

Have you ever pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone to accomplish a goal?

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No One Gives A Rat’s Ass About Family Caregivers

Earlier this summer, I joined the ranks of the nation’s 34 million family caregivers. I became the primary caregiver to my husband, a role I was neither expecting, trained for, nor am especially good at. And just this week I learned that my caregiving responsibilities may escalate as we determine whether it makes sense for him to receive dialysis at home for what will likely be the rest of his life. For that to happen, I ― known as his “care partner” in all the literature ― will need to be trained in yet one more thing that nurses go to school for years to learn. I will have to be home every night ― and sober, as one caregiving friend jokingly pointed out ― to put the needles in his arm and start the machine just like the real nurses at the real dialysis center now do. I will have to learn how to recognize the signs of something going wrong, how to handle an emergency, and how to stay calm if something unexpected occurs. I will do this five nights a week, while I continue to work full-time during the day and take care of our two children.

The absurdity of this actually happening aside, I listened patiently as the doctor explained at-home dialysis to me and the difference between peritoneal dialysis ― (that’s a permanent catheter in his abdomen from which fluids are pumped in and out while he’s attached to a machine for about 10 hours a night) ― and home hemodialysis (which requires a fistula in his arm and me there to start things up and make sure nothing goes awry as the blood flows out of his body, is cleansed of toxins, and then put back in).

“It may prove technically difficult,” the doctor told me, “but it can be learned.”

“It can be learned,” I repeated after her, convincing no one ― and certainly not myself.

At this juncture, three months into having my family’s life turned inside out, I have just one question to ask: Does anybody actually give a rat’s ass about caregivers? Because honestly, it does not even remotely appear so and they keep piling all this crap on that family caregivers are supposed to do.

Caregivers save the government more than $ 500 billion a year by doing jobs that nurses and paid professionals should be doing. We do disgusting things like empty urine bags attached to catheters and measure urine output, clean ports, dress wounds, wipe asses and bathe bodies that bear no resemblance to the men and women we loved and married or who once gave birth to us. We cook specially prepared meals, test glucose from blood we draw, give injections and measure bed sores so we can tell the doctor whether they are worsening. We brush our patient’s teeth and hair, make sure they take their pills, remind them how the physical therapist says to “transfer” from being seated to standing. We do their exercises with them in the hope they will one day be able to tie their own shoes again, or speak coherently, or take a few more steps without a walker. But until those things happen, we accept that our fate is to basically wait on them hand and foot ― to do everything, no matter how much it grosses us out. I know a woman whose husband with Alzheimer’s likes to stash his soiled diapers under the bed. She says it reminds her of when the cat brings home a dead mouse as a gift. “Just not as cute,” she says dryly.

Among ourselves, caregivers bitch. We admit to one another that there are days when we hate our patients and hate ourselves more for feeling this way. We want our old lives back, the ones where our spouses were partners and not patients. It’s why we fly into rages when they cheat on their diet, refuse to take their meds, or want to sleep all day. We want them to invest fully in their health ― the way we have been forced to do ― and when they don’t, we want to thrash and scream at the injustice of it all. I remember a note a caregiver sent me: “Today is one of those days that I wish there was a plug to unplug.” We’ve all had those days.

Caregivers deal with everything. The medical care stuff, the appointments, the paperwork, the misfiled benefits claims, the bills that insurance should have covered but didn’t. We spend hours on hold with the VA or Medicare or our private insurance companies. We deal with the doctor who leaves a voicemail saying “better get him in here STAT because he needs a transfusion,” and then we deal with that doctor’s office staff who wants to schedule it for next month. We sometimes hear from an estranged sibling or sister-in-law with “suggestions” about what we should do differently. We call those the “dance on our last nerve, why don’t you?” calls.

Frustration is our middle name and anxiety management our game.

Personally, I’m just hoping to beat the odds that say caregiving could easily leave me dead, broke or both.

 Caregivers who drop out of the workforce because they can’t manage their full-time jobs along with their more than full-time caregiving wind up reducing their future Social Security benefits and retirement. Plus, no job, no contribution to a 401k. And  anywhere from 30 percent to 70 percent of caregivers die before their patients. Why? Caregiving is stressful. There is no breathing room, time for yourself, no ability to maintain friendships and connections outside the caregiving world. 

In the harsh light of reality, family caregiving comes down to this: It is the sacrifice of at least one healthy life in order to prolong the ending of an unhealthy one. It is very harsh, I know, but it’s the truth. Hearing that your patient isn’t likely to make a full recovery isn’t the worst news a family caregiver can hear. It’s that nobody can say how much longer this life-in-limbo will go on. 

Truth is, caregivers are the most overwhelmed group of people I have ever encountered. As one young military wife who cares for her husband with PTSD posted on a secret Facebook caregivers’ group, “Has anyone ever had a doctor ask them ― the caregiver ― how they are doing?” I’m betting not. And the answer is: Not very well.

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (Reuters) – The first regularly scheduled commercial flight between the United States and Cuba in more than half a century is set to depart on Wednesday, starting a new chapter in the Obama administration’s bid to open trade and travel with the former Cold War foe.

The first of several U.S. carriers to begin serving Cuba in the coming months, JetBlue Airways Corp will fly from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to Santa Clara, a city in the center of Cuba known for its monument to revolutionary Che Guevara.

Among the passengers on the 150-seat Airbus A320 will be U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, news reporters and photographers and other officials. Regular travelers, including some of Cuban descent, will occupy nearly half the seats on a route that may be a commercial challenge, at least initially.

Cuba and the United States began normalizing relations in December 2014 after 18 months of secret talks. The countries had been hostile for more than five decades, since Fidel Castro ousted U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in a revolution that steered the island on a communist course and made it a close ally of the Soviet Union.

Since Obama has been unable to persuade the U.S. Congress to lift a longstanding trade embargo, U.S. citizens are still prohibited from visiting Cuba as tourists. The U.S. government has approved exceptions to the ban, ranging from cultural, religious and educational travel to business and visiting family.

Despite those limitations, U.S. airlines have rushed to start flights – adding a lot of capacity and setting themselves up to lose money on the trips in the short run, said industry consultant Robert Mann.

“Most carriers look at international markets that have been restricted and are just opening up as an investment,” Mann said. “You need to get your foot in the door.”

Services on regional carrier Silver Airways and American Airlines Group Inc from the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area to Cuba’s outlying provinces are the next to start, in September. Three other carriers will follow.

Mann said the companies probably offered to fly to Cuban cities unknown to many American travelers, so that U.S. officials would look favorably on their applications to fly to Havana.

A memorandum of understanding between Cuba and the United States will limit Havana flights to 20 round trips per day. U.S. officials have yet to announce a final decision on which companies will get those coveted routes.

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Gorillas, Love And Acts Of Service

I had the weirdest vision this morning. As I meditated while stretched out in bed, I saw a vision of a large gorilla, walking upright, followed by a smaller one. The surroundings were green and lush. I had asked for some clarity about a program that I have been guided to create and this mini movie showed up. And let me tell you, it felt like a movie. The colors were vibrant and the picture was as clear as if I were sitting in a big screen movie theater. Needless to say, I was intrigued.

I often have weird visions. I love this about my spirit. I am a detective at heart, so I get to fill this part of my soul by doing the research. I have several guidebooks that I often reference for meanings of things. Plus, I tend to do Google searches on the “dream symbolism” or “spiritual symbolism” when a bizarre vision reveals itself to me. This gorilla vision was definitely bizarre, so I jumped out of bed and grabbed Ted Andrews’ Animal-Speak Pocket Guide.

There was one line in the gorilla description that hit me: “Focus on the care of others for your greatest success.”

BOOM! I immediately knew that I was being reminded to think of this program that I’m creating as my way of being of service. I’m sharing my gifts to help care for others. And by focusing on sharing my gifts as my greatest act of service, this is where I’ll feel the most successful.

We tend to think of caring for others as doing everything for them. But true caring comes when we live from our hearts and share our gifts.

Here’s the problem: Unless you are willing to look within and discover your gifts, you don’t get to be of service this way.

In the past when I thought I was being of service, a lot of the time my acts came with attachments. I did things to help because I thought I had to. I wanted to be seen as good. Being good meant that I would receive love in return. I never thought of myself as seeking love. But when I began to check in with myself, I discovered my acts of service did indeed have attachments.


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If you are serving because you are looking for others’ approval, you are acting from your head and will never truly feel the beauty in serving with your gifts.

Unconditional love is the path out of your head to sever attachments.

As you go within and honor your truth, your gifts are revealed. You feel so connected and on fire about life! Your life feels full and on purpose. And in this purpose, you serve without attachments. THIS is where you discover true joy.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I did blah, blah, blah, and THIS is how I’m repaid”? That’s an act of service with attachments.

It’s our attachment to the outcome that shuts down our joy.

If you’re in business and focus on what you can “get” rather than how you might be of service, you’re probably going to struggle because you’re in your head rather than your heart. And when you’re in your head, there is no joy.

Serving from your heart and sharing your gifts puts God first. But as you focus on service with the need to get something in return, you attach yourself to the outcome and disconnect from God.

Serving from your heart shifts you from survival mode into love mode. It is here where miracles show up. Love mode is where every need is met, your relationships heal, and your life soars with joy.

After I had the gorilla vision show up this morning, my hubby and I took our dogs for a walk. Of course, I had to share my experience with Charlie. Doing so reminded me how hard it is for most to keep the attitude of being in service. It’s all about the attitude. Are you going to come from your head or from your heart? Are you going to serve out of survival or love?

We own JumpinGoat Coffee Roasters. This is Charlie’s baby. We offer gourmet coffees, candies and other various products. The normal attitude in this kind of business would be to think about sales and the bottom line. After all, we have to survive, right? But it is this attitude that keeps a business owner in competition and struggle mode.

A different way to look at this coffee business, and every other business, is to see the service we are providing to others. With our company, think of all the people who get up in the morning and sit quietly drinking that cup of coffee. They are taking a moment to themselves. This is love. We are providing that service.

Our JumpinGoat retail store is in Helen, Georgia. This is a tourist town in which people from all over come to get away. Families, couples, and all kinds of groups, whether Harley crowds or bachelorette parties, visit us to make memories. Our store is just one place. Every business and winery here in the mountains of Georgia is in service, helping people have fun and enjoy themselves.

When I think about how we got into the coffee business, I am reminded that some years ago, Charlie had gotten in touch with his heart and discovered how he wanted to create his life. He had a vision of living in the mountains and having a coffee company. He loves food. He loves the mountains. And he loves serving people. His whole business started with love and getting in touch with who he is and his gifts.

My gorilla vision this morning reminded me that I had done this as well and to continue to serve by sharing my gifts. What about you? Are you sharing yours?

If you truly want to be of service, make a commitment to love yourself unconditionally. Get in touch with your heart. What makes you tick? Discover what makes you unique. Instead of being attached to seeking love and joy outside of yourself, find the love within and share your gifts!

Terri Britt is a spiritual coach, inspirational speaker, former Miss USA, and the award-winning author of The Enlightened Mom. Are you ready to open up and receive? It’s time to raise your Worthiness Quotient! If you are ready to step into unconditional love and share your gifts, get the FREE Worthiness Quotient Breakthrough Bundle now!

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My Family Swore Off Screen Time For 48 Hours, And I’m Fascinated By What Happened

This summer, I often found myself parked on the couch with the kiddos watching television or movies in the comfort of our air-conditioned home. Until the moment it hit me: Was I truly connecting with my daughters while we were plopped on the couch staring at screens? Not so much. There wasn’t a lot of talking going on, and we often just sat around, slumped over, with minimal interaction.

With that in mind, I decided to embark on an experiment a couple of weekends ago. There would be no televisions and no screens allowed for 48 hours. My daughters are 5 and 3 years old, and they love watching shows and playing games on their devices — but I wanted to try something completely new.

My promise to my girls was that we would have way more fun doing things together than we would if we just engaged in screen time. They were skeptical at first — meaning, they threw some pretty big tantrums — but once we got in the car and headed to our first destination, things started to turn around quickly.

Feeling Like A Kid Again At The Water Park

screen senseThe two girls pose with their father during their water park adventure.

What we did:
Our first screen-free excursion was to our local water park. I sprayed them with water guns, splashed around and chased them all over the place for hours. After, there was no need to beg them to take naps, because they were completely exhausted (and so was I).

What we got out of it:
The kids had a blast, but the best part for me was that I felt like a child again. I know this will make me sound like an old guy, but when I was a kid, I played outside all of the time. And you know what? I had a lot of fun. In my mind, that’s way more fun than being hunched over a device, indoors. I’m going to do my part to ensure we spend more time feeling the wind blow through our hair ( … well, maybe not my hair, but you catch my drift).

Real Life Is Deliciously Messy

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Doyin’s youngest daughter hard at work making cookies.

What we did:
I put my daughters to work by helping me bake a batch of cookies. They put on their chef hats, cracked eggs, measured the ingredients and used the mixer. Sure, they ended up making an epic mess, but the most epic messes end up leading to the most epic memories.

What we got out of it:
As parents, we know that our kids want to be around us all of the time. That’s not always a good thing, especially if you want to use the bathroom in peace — but there are times when it can work to our benefit. Not only was I able to teach my daughters some essential cooking skills, but I was able to show them that it’s normal and expected to see dads preparing meals in the kitchen, too.

A Window On The World Beats The Best Screen

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Doyin’s two daughters people-watch together.

What we did:
This candid photo was taken at our local mall. The girls sat in chairs, looked out of the window and made observations about what they saw in the neighborhood. All of this went on for about 30 minutes while I relaxed and ate a snack in the background.

What we got out of it:
So often we end up spending big money on fancy birthday parties and other material items for our kids. But then we ask ourselves — will they remember any of that stuff? I don’t remember one birthday party I had as a kid, but I remember the fun moments that I spent with my brothers that were similar to the time my daughters spent together at the mall. The best part is, these moments don’t cost a dime — and the payoff is priceless.

What Two Days Without Screens Taught Us

The thing I enjoyed the most from this experiment was watching how my girls interacted with each other. Instead of fighting over which show to watch or which app to use, they talked, laughed and enjoyed a sense of togetherness.

The reality is our kids grow up so fast. Before we know it, they’ll be adults, and we’ll regret the missed opportunities to bond with them as little ones. Eliminating TV time for a couple of days showed me how easy, cost-effective and wonderful the simple things in life can be.

Is it realistic for me as a parent to permanently ban all television and devices from my household? Absolutely not. But it’s certainly realistic for me to limit them more than I currently do. Fortunately, since our no-screen vacation, my girls are now onboard with spending less time in front of their screens, and our whole household benefits from that. Because at the end of the day, there isn’t an app that can replace good old-fashioned family bonding.

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    In the month since the conventions, the jittery surface of the 24 hour news cycle has been roiled by crosscurrents, its avatars trumpeting each new event as more dramatic than the last. But beneath there is a sickly stillness of a candidacy mired in the swampland of Donald Trump’s own mind, creating a numbing ennui seeping through the electorate like encephalitis in slow motion. Too many Americans have realized who he is.

    The contrast between the dystopia of Cleveland – four midnights in America – and the competence of Philadelphia left him trailing badly. But something worse had happened to Trump himself: instead of provoking excitement, he was inducing fear and stupefaction.

    True, his lies come so quickly that none has meaning in itself. But the larger meaning comes through – Trump’s every statement has no meaning but Trump himself. To call him a liar is to assume deliberation in a man who cares nothing about the words he speaks beyond whether they serve him in the moment. Such people are not merely frightening – they are exhausting.

    With 10 weeks to go, he seems no more thoughtful or capable then he did during the primaries, when all he had to do was inflame a plurality of inflammable Republicans. The only difference is that, fearful of defeat, he reads more often from a Teleprompter, proving nothing but that he has the basic literacy to recite the simplistic sentences others write for him. Beneath his fantastical promises, he still has no coherent vision of America.

    In short, Trump has no program but Trump. He may have changed his management team, but he cannot change himself.

    The larger audience of the general electorate is on to this, and it worries them. They sense that the real man – the only man Trump values – resides in his spontaneous utterances. And those betray the stunted soul who lives within Trump 3.0.

    That is why his attack on the Khan family – a far more egregious and persistent lapse than Mitt Romney’s 47% moment – lingers in the mind. His stunning lack of empathy, particularly for Mrs. Khan, was bad enough. Add lack of judgment – a normal man would not disparage the parents of a dead American soldier. And, even worse, throw in his whiny claim that he was “viciously attacked.”

    He kept after this for four days, asserting on his own behalf that his pursuit of billions “involved a lot of sacrifices” – though not, perhaps, quite as wounding as losing a son or, even more precious, his own life. But we swiftly learned that Trump was never at risk of this, having secured a medical deferment during Vietnam – a safe harbor he falsely attributed to a high lottery number. Another man might have maintained a graceful silence.

    But then another man would not try to recover his footing by accepting a Purple Heart from a veteran, then braying that this was a “much easier” way of acquiring one than actually getting wounded in the service of his country.

    That’s the thing. The principal truth emanating from Trump’s mouth is the depressing revelation of Trump’s character.

    As with all the months before, August was replete with such defining moments. The difference is that more Americans are watching Trump more closely. And what they see disqualifies him – not just as a leader, but as a man.

    Instead of reaching out to Republican officeholders worried about his candidacy, he disparaged them. But this was as nothing to the several days he spent insisting that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were the “founders” of ISIS, praising himself as a “truth teller” before retreating, under pressure, to the claim that he was merely being “sarcastic.” Whatever he was being, it was not presidential.

    Asked about sexual harassment, he opined that should his own daughter be victimized, “I would like to think she would find another career or find another company…” Startling – until one remembered that Trump defended Roger Ailes against charges of serial harassment worthy of Bill Cosby, questioning the motives of some of Ailes’ accusers.

    But this is standard fare, for Trump’s search for the bottom is bottomless. Having begun the month by attacking the Khans, he ended it by exploiting the separation of Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, from the troubled Anthony Weiner – suggesting that Weiner had access to classified information from the State Department. His grounds? There are none. For Trump, gratuitous cruelty to others is just another opportunity to get the attention he craves.

    This ugly verbal incontinence has a way of turning sinister. Hence his suggestion that “the Second Amendment people” could find a way to prevent Hillary Clinton from appointing judges they don’t like – a casual recycling of the violent right-wing trope that “Second Amendment remedies” may be needed to address some imaginary federal overreach.

    Thus, too, the rancid undertone of his commentary on race, religion or ethnicity. Not to mention an ingredient which, in its own way, is equally disturbing – the sense that his statements in any given moment, while revealing his inherent bigotry and irresponsibility, stem from nothing deeper than the pursuit of personal advantage.

    Speaking in Maine, he offended locals of all races by groundlessly portraying peaceful Somali immigrants to the area as sources of crime and potential terrorism. Having used every possible avenue to stoke fear of illegal Mexican immigrants, he briefly extended a supposed olive branch: after polling a town hall audience on how to treat them – an appalling exercise in itself – he implied that maybe, after all, he would not empower a deportation force to kick out all 11 million. 24 hours later he reversed himself in a near incoherent babble to Anderson Cooper, the essence of which was that his position had not changed at all. People noticed.

    Ever more, his bewildering blizzards of words on all subjects have exposed the ignorance and vacuity at his core, creating a sense among voters that there is nobody home. Even his purported outreach to African – Americans – delivered to a crowd of white folks in an obvious effort to mollify white suburbanites – was riddled with condescension and inaccuracy and suffused with racial stereotyping: “You live in your poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58% of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?”

    One can start with any hope of a responsible dialogue about race. Trump”s “alt-right” view of African-Americans – so effectively skewered by Hillary Clinton – decamps from reality. By any historic measure our cities are safer. Despite the stubborn scourge of our racial history, more black Americans are doing better, and few recognize their communities – however grave their difficulties – in the bleak “war zones” that Trump describes. To be sure, the devastating portrait he paints is about something real: not the lives of black people, but about how Donald Trump has always seen black people.

    To the extent that he sees them – or anyone else but himself – at all. Over the weekend, the cousin of NBA star Dwayne Wade was randomly killed in Chicago by gunfire while walking her baby. Trump responded with a particularly odious tweet: “Just what I have been saying. African-Americans will VOTE TRUMP ” – neatly exemplifying his insensitivity to personal tragedy and to black Americans as a whole.

    Among increasing numbers of Americans, the overall effect is boredom and fatigue – akin to listening to a cretinous uncle, deep in his cups as he spoils Thanksgiving dinner, spouting ignorant racial theories made even more dispiriting by the certainty that he shares them with his friends. All that jolts one out of stultitude is that Trump wants his friends to make him president.

    Equally noxious is his appeal to racism as a means of delegitimizing the general election in advance. “I’m telling you,” Trump forecasts, “November 8 we’d better be careful because that election is going to be rigged.” Though this line has a long history in the authoritarian playbook, its most recent antecedent is Republican voter suppression laws targeting minorities and the poor, rationalized as a shield against electoral fraud which is statistically nonexistent.

    To Trump’s noisy displeasure, courts across the country are striking down these laws as unwarranted and unconstitutional. So Trump has escalated by proposing voter suppression vigilante – style: encouraging squads of supporters to show up at polling places to identify suspect voters. One need not be a cynic to appreciate that the means of identification will involve, to put it gently, pigmentation.

    The most immediate effect of this is likely to be race – based violence and intimidation. But as corrosive is Trump’s cynical effort to excuse defeat by eroding confidence in our electoral process – in this case, because “the other” has stolen the election from his followers in collusion with government in key states. This is classic Trump, a cocktail of racism, paranoia and social grievance, spiked with his own moral bankruptcy. The residue will resemble the birther movement in its damage to our societal glue – the feverish belief among a subset of Americans that Hillary Clinton, like Barack Obama, is not a legitimate president.

    But there are conspirators enough to satisfy anyone with a grudge. Trump tells us that “if the media covered me honestly and didn’t put false meaning in the words I say, I would be beating Hillary by 20%.” It is, indeed unfair for journalists to quote him. And so, ever presidential, he tweets gossip about the romantic relationship of two of his perceived enemies – regulars on Morning Joe. Every time one’s nausea passes, Trump revives it.

    Even the world of science is suspect and corrupt. Vaccines cause autism – despite all evidence to the contrary. Global warming is a fiction created by the Chinese to sandbag our coal and petroleum industries. And, no kidding, regulations to protect the ozone layer diminish the quality of his hairspray. This might be funny save that one function of a president is – or should be – to nurture science which enhances and saves lives. Once again, Trump spreads ignorance to advance his favorite and only cause – himself.

    A particularly disturbing compound of lies, stupidity, self – delusion and self – interest fuels Trump’s vacuous commentary on Vladimir Putin. Start with the foundational falsehood: Trump’s stunning claim in 2014 that “I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer.” Or his assertion in a November, 2015 GOP debate that “I got to know [Putin] very well because we were both on ’60 Minutes.'”

    Six-year-olds are allowed to conjure imaginary friends. But not presidential candidates. It is beyond dispute – as Trump has now been forced to admit – that he and Putin have never met or even spoken. Even more bizarre is that Trump seems to imagine that the rest of us share his incapacity to separate fiction from reality – and thus that no one would notice, for example, that 60 Minutes taped its interviews with Trump in New York and Putin in Moscow.

    But his obsession with Putin transcends the merely fantastical, raising serious questions about our national security. He publicly encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s email. And, quite clearly, he is the intended beneficiary of hacking against the Democratic National Committee performed, experts believe, by Russian intelligence, resulting in emails siphoned through Wikileaks to damage Clinton’s campaign. One must wonder why Putin takes such an apparent interest in making Trump our commander-in-chief.

    Could it be, just maybe, that this serves Putin’s interests?

    Trump’s ignorance surely does. Questioned by George Stephanopoulos as to why the GOP platform softened its stance on defending the Ukraine against Russian aggression, Trump said of Putin, “He’s not going into Ukraine, okay, just so you understand.”

    Astonished, Stephanopoulos rejoined, “Well, he’s already there, isn’t he?”, compelling a clearly mystified Trump to fudge with, “Okay, well, he’s there in a certain way…” That certain way, as any Ukrainian could tell him, includes the annexation of Crimea and insinuation of Russian troops and military hardware into that part of the country which remains.

    But not to worry, Trump said – “From what I’ve heard [the Crimeans] would rather be with Russia than where they were.” The origins of this insight went unmentioned, though one possible source is his erstwhile campaign manager, Paul Manafort, who has raked in millions advising a pro – Russian autocrat who was formerly president of the Ukraine. Elsewhere, to Putin’s larger benefit, Trump has declared NATO to be “obsolete”, and questioned the principle that an attack on one member state is an attack on all.

    Indeed, Trump’s partiality for Putin partakes of callousness – and not just toward Russia’s external victims. He described Putin to Joe Scarborough as a “leader, unlike what we have in this country”, fusing fondness for his imaginary friend Vladimir with an unseemly taste for authoritarianism. When Scarborough countered that Putin “kills journalists that don’t agree with him”, Trump blithely responded, “Well, I think our country does a lot of killing also, Joe.”

    Of journalists? Such moral and intellectual vacancy is a boon to cold- blooded men like Vladimir Putin.

    But perhaps, by pandering to Putin, Donald Trump is also looking out for himself. I have it on good authority that Trump can no longer get financing from American banks. There is no doubt that, under Putin’s auspices, he could do much better in Russia – if he has not done so already. Which may be one reason, among many, to conceal his tax returns.

    Whatever the case, highly placed Russian officials have openly welcomed the prospect of a President Trump. No mystery here – if anyone knows how to exploit ignorance and egotism, it is surely Vladimir Putin. Which is why Michael Morell, a former acting director of the CIA, has characterized Trump as an unwitting agent of Russia.

    Given the cacophony surrounding Trump, his affinity for Putin his stolen but imperfectly into the national consciousness. Still, it is already seeding doubt. And August is the month when more Americans became fearful of Trump as commander-in-chief.

    Nowhere is presidential latitude broader, and the risks greater, than in the conduct of foreign policy and the exercise of military power. The opportunities to take ill – advised and unilateral actions are legion – abandoning allies, scrapping treaties and trade deals, arbitrarily barring all immigration from friendly European countries and, of course, lighting the powder keg of the Middle East. The latter threat, at least, is something that Americans get. But nothing focuses our collective mind like the specter of nuclear war.

    Thus it is striking that the prospect of President Trump has provoked a broad discussion of the chief executive’s power to go nuclear. The alarming consensus is articulated by nuclear expert Franklin C. Miller: “The president and only the president has the authority to order the use of nuclear weapons.” Perhaps the most effective ad run by the Clinton campaign in August addresses the danger of Trump’s stubby fingers on our nuclear codes. And given his behavior – this month, and every month – more Americans are recoiling from the thought.

    Just as, more and more, ever more Americans are disturbed by the ugliness Trump is stirring among his followers, and fear what might transpire should, as president, his narcissism morph into authoritarian behavior.

    They notice that his “solutions” are simplistic – and frequently divisive. They notice that his idea of “winning” involves degrading all who displease him They notice his indifference to fact, and his addiction to conspiracy theories. They notice his appeal to anger and fear. They notice his reflexive recourse to images of violence. And they notice, above all, that his hard – core supporters are aroused by these traits.

    Many other Americans are fearful or angry, and still more are worried about where we are headed. But they are worried, as well, about the spirit a President Trump might unleash in the land. Whatever their misgivings about the present, or the leadership of Hillary Clinton, they are unwilling to risk electing Donald Trump.

    Or to live with his image in their living rooms. More and more voters notice his indifference to the people around him, or even to the words he is given to read from a Teleprompter. They notice a simple lack of interest in anyone other than himself. They notice that Trump evaluates others – for good or ill – based solely on whether they flatter him. They notice, in short, that Trump lacks the humanizing attributes of a normal human being.

    That is lethal. Because August is the month when concern about Trump’s mental state went mainstream. For the first time in recent memory, a candidate’s pattern of behavior – sustained for 14 months now – made his psychological health the subject of serious and considered public discussion.

    That is why – merely as one small example – his continued railing against the Khan family became so unsettling. It was not merely his lack of empathy. It was that he could not let it go – and lacked even the self- control to pretend to let it go. This is not the psyche of a man who should be president.

    For a good while, those of us who said so were a distinct minority of commentators, running afoul of the understandable journalistic reluctance to speak to a candidate’s emotional stability. For many, this was a matter of ethics. But, at last, Trump’s behavior swept all that away.

    And so in August, in varying ways, some of our most prominent pundits across the ideological spectrum expressed fears about Trump’s mental fitness to be president: David Brooks, Eugene Robinson, Charles Krauthammer, Peggy Noonan, Joe Scarborough and Robert Kagan. And, with annihilating thoroughness, Keith Olbermann spelled out in Vanity Fair how perfectly Trump’s otherwise inexplicable conduct matches up with the symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder.

    Americans as a whole do not keep the DSM at their fingertips. But they do have instincts which, unlike Trump’s, stem from their experience in noticing other human beings. August was the month that a critical mass of Americans noticed that Donald Trump notices nothing but himself.

    Fateful.

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    Mindful Dating III

    The dynamics we have with our primary caregivers when we are young have a tremendous influence on our dating choices later in life. 

    In all of my workshops I teach a section on Attachment Theory. John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth theorized that people develop either secure or insecure attachment styles very early in life. Many people in our culture exhibit one of three types of insecure attachment styles:

    1. Fearful/avoidant
    2. Anxious
    3. Disorganized

    We must be cognizant of the dynamics that we have with each of our parents because those manifest later as attachment styles. For example, if our fathers or mothers were aloof and emotionally withholding, we should not be surprised if we are attracted to partners who turn out to be aloof and withholding.

    There is a part of us that becomes what we loved and admired as children, and there is a part of us that becomes what we hated and despised as children.

    Specifically, I have found that the wounded child in all of us feels betrayed because all he or she wanted was to be loved UNCONDITIONALLY and grew up in a society that primarily provided tools to gain love CONDITIONALLY – because we received good grades, behaved correctly, looked good, were good athletes, spoke well, earned money, were talented, etc.  This creates much resentment because even as children felt as if we were constantly “seducing” people into liking us. However the tools we learned to use to seduce people into liking us often are not the right tools for procuring the type of love that our hearts really yearn for later in life – they are more apt for procuring admiration.

    Let me ask you: would you rather be admired or loved?

    In an effort to individuate, sometimes we date people who are the exact opposite of one of our parents. Rebellion is an essential part of the individuation process – but it can also be inauthentic if it is only moving away from something rather than also moving towards something. 

    I believe that babies individuate the first time they see themselves in a mirror (as a “self” distinct from their mothers), then again when they go to pre-school or school for the first time but are still living in their parents’ homes; then again when if they go off to college away from home but have their parents still paying to support them; then again when they live away from their parents and learn how to support themselves as adults.  There is a tension between having to obey and depend on your parents and wanting to be your own person.  Note the spate of young people in the last 35-40 years who got tattoos early in life; this is a subconscious declaration, “I own my body and nobody can tell me what to do with it anymore (even if you’re still paying my rent).” 

    We are living in fascinatingly complex and often confusing times regarding gender roles, the ways we expect men and women to act.  We all agree that women should be paid equal salaries as men, yet many women still think that men should pay for meals as subconscious symbols of being providers and protectors.  There is a tension between wanting to be independent and wanting to be taken care of.

    We have lived in a society that objectified women as sexy secretaries, waitresses, librarians, bank-tellers, store-clerks, nurses, etc. That archetype of the damsel in distress needing to be “saved” or taken care of – thankfully! – is dying.  But how do we move into the next paradigm of compassion, respect, equality and love?

    One way is through conscious loving and authentic communications.  This is when we are mindfully aware of our wounds and how we learned to compensate for them as children. Usually there is some level of inauthenticity regarding these “assets.”  We must be aware of how we learned to seduce people into liking our “false selves” or personas and be brave enough to be authentic and vulnerable (which can be quite scary). And the first thing you need is a loving non-judgmental relationship with someone who is empathetic, loving and accepting of the whole you, not just the glitzy exteriors that we tend to choose to show the world – particularly the way we present our lives on the Internet.
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    Understanding Baker’s Cyst

    Baker’s Cyst
    A Baker’s cyst, also known as a popliteal cyst, is benign swelling found behind the knee that lies posterior to the medial femoral condyle.

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    The cyst is connected to the knee joint through a valvular opening.

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    Knee effusion (fluid on the knee) from intra-articular pathology or a meniscal tear, allows the fluid to go through the valve to the cyst in one direction. The cyst is located between the semimembranosus and medial gastrocnemius muscles, in the back of the knee.

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    Diagnosis
    The patient usually has swelling behind the knee with pain, fullness, and tenderness. A baker’s cyst is easier to see with the knee fully extended. Diagnosis is confirmed by an MRI that will show the associated intra-articular pathology, usually a meniscal tear. An ultrasound may also be helpful. These tests are important, especially if the cyst is found to be outside of its typical position.

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    Causes
    The two most common causes of Baker’s cysts are knee arthritis and meniscal tears.

    Treatment
    Treatment of painful, large cysts may include ice, compression wrapping, corticosteroid medication, strengthening exercises, aspiration of the cyst and/or excision of the cyst. Recurrence of Baker’s cysts is common if the intra-articular pathology is not corrected. The best treatment for a Baker’s cyst is arthroscopy and debridement of the intra-articular pathology.

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    The cysts may burst causing calf pain and swelling. An examiner should rule out deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or thrombophlebitis.

    Popliteal Cysts in Children
    A popliteal cyst in children occurs as a soft tissue mass at the back of the knee. This type of cyst will occur more often in young boys than girls. They are asymptomatic and transilluminate. They are not considered a tumor. Popliteal cysts in children are treated by observation without surgery. They are not associated with a meniscal tear.

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    White Lives Matter To Be Listed As Hate Group By Southern Poverty Law Center

    White Lives Matter will soon be listed as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

    SPLC said the status will be reflected in the next update of its “Hate Map,” which tracks the activities of hate groups around the country. 

    “I can’t speak to how many chapters will be listed, but it’s clear that the leadership of the group, the ends of the group ― it’s just a flat-out white supremacist group,” Heidi Beirich, director of the center’s Intelligence Report, told the Houston Chronicle. “The ideology behind it, the racist leaders, everything about it is racist.”

    White Lives Matter made headlines earlier this month when the group sent armed protesters to an NAACP office in Houston, where they waved Confederate flags. 

    Their organizations and their people are shooting people based on the color of their skin,” White Lives Matter member Ken Reed told the Houston Chronicle at the time. “We’re not.”

    However, the Anti-Defamation League said the protest was organized by the white supremacist organization Aryan Renais­sance Soci­ety: 

    “Dur­ing the August 21 protest, the ARS sym­bol, a light­ning bolt and a runic sym­bol, was vis­i­ble on the group’s ‘white lives mat­ter’ ban­ner and on white shirts worn by some of the dozen or so par­tic­i­pants. Their mes­sage also included a sign read­ing ‘14 words,’ a ref­er­ence to the most pop­u­lar white suprema­cist slo­gan in the world: ‘We must secure the exis­tence of our peo­ple and a future for white children.’

    The SPLC said in a blog post that one of the leaders of White Lives Matter was Rebecca Barnette, a 40-year-old Tennessee woman “who is also vice president of the women’s division of the racist skinhead group Aryan Strikeforce.” Barnette was also allegedly involved in the National Socialist Movement, the country’s largest neo-Nazi group, SPLC said.

    While those organizations are already known as hate groups, the addition of White Lives Matter will be new to the map. 

    “We are listing them because they are clearly white supremacists,” Beirich told VICE News. “Their motto should be ‘only white lives matter.’”

    Although some called for Black Lives Matter to be listed as a hate group after the shooting deaths of police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, that organization doesn’t hold supremacist or separatist views and its leaders have condemned violence.

    The SPLC said in a blog post last month: 

    There’s no doubt that some protesters who claim the mantle of Black Lives Matter have said offensive things, like the chant ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon’ that was heard at one rally. But before we condemn the entire movement for the words of a few, we should ask ourselves whether we would also condemn the entire Republican Party for the racist words of its presumptive nominee ― or for the racist rhetoric of many other politicians in the party over the course of years.

    The next update to the “Hate Map” is expected in February. 

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    This Wonderful Thing Called Our Twenties

    I just dropped off an old friend at the airport and drove home as the sun was setting. It’s San Francisco, so it was perfect weather for my commute home. A song I really liked came on as I pulled away and there it was: my perfect life, right in front of me.

    I’m 23, I’m struggling in the job market scene, and I’m constantly living in a state of unfamiliarity.

    There’s nobody that can explain to you how life after college really feels. There’s nothing to compare it to. One day you’re with your friends and the weather is perfect and you’re all laughing about something stupid. The next day you’re getting chewed out by a boss or you see your friend getting married and you have an existential crisis.

    This is our twenties.

    And they’re a rollercoaster.

    This section of our lives is the part we were always trying to get to, but most times now we end up wondering why.

    Why does the world keep screwing with us so much? Why are we now so uncertain of things we used to be certain of? Why is there somebody shooting up a club? Why don’t we get the same respect that we show to others? Why aren’t things fair?

    Then you run into an unforgettable day. You hike a mountain with friends and breathe in new air and sit on the side of a cliff wondering how in the hell you got there. What did you do to deserve a day like this? There’s suddenly nothing wrong.

    Then you take a flight back to reality.

    There’s a date that’s scheduled on Thursday with someone you really like, but you’re not certain they’re the one. Your parents give you a call and you talk about the usual. Your sister just got engaged. When did she get that old?

    Most days are filler to get to those few hours where the universe ignites and you’re there, on the edge of figuring it all out.

    It’s so real and so vibrant and so exciting, and then you’re suddenly driving home in the darkness.

    We’re alone now.

    We’re alone in the decisions that we make, which means we’re also alone when those decisions fall through in the worst way.

    What should we do when we’re uncertain and the clock is ticking? Every choice seems so gigantic.

    But that’s the power of our twenties. It’s finally up to us. The universe is hurling a lot of things our way, but it’s also poised to bow to our wishes.

    Yes, there’s tough days. There’s moments when we snap and we wish that we were home and that we were ten years younger. But there’s also days where we’re sitting on the side of a mountain looking out at the earth, realizing that it’s ours for the taking.

    Our twenties.

    It’s our time to hurt, it’s our time to laugh, but most of all it’s our time to figure it all out. What should it all mean? Does it matter to figure it out right now?

    Maybe you should go climb the mountain. Maybe you should call that old friend you’ve been ignoring. Maybe you should stare deeply into that person’s eyes and tell them they’re absolutely beautiful.

    There’s no guide map now. There’s nobody to tell us where to go. But every decision that we make shows us who we are more and more until we slowly piece ourselves together into the person that we want to be.

    This is our twenties. They’re scary, they’re fun, but sometimes they’re simply wonderful.

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    This Is What It’s Like To Try Out To Be A U.S. Open Ballperson

    Serena Williams might be the champion of tennis, but there are other unsung heroes who are pushed to the brink of their athletic abilities each year at the U.S. Open, without whom the game could simply not go on.

    They are, of course, the ballpeople, tasked with the ever important duties of grabbing tennis balls between rallies at what seem like record speeds. They have to constantly remain in precise position, all while trying to avoid being slammed by serves that can go over 150 miles per hour.

    Back in June, I ― a person with slight athletic ability and even less tennis knowledge ― had the opportunity to try it out for myself. Before the real tryouts (which are open to the public) kicked off at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, I threw on one adorable (if not slightly too small) ballperson uniform and attempted my hand at what I thought would be a fun, easygoing experience.  

    Boy, was I wrong.

    Cathie Delaney, assistant director of ballpersons for the U.S. Open, showed my lack of skill no mercy. Between running for the ball, throwing the ball and quite frankly being near the ball, I was winded after the brief tryout, much to my delight and not much to Delaney’s.

    In honor of the U.S. Open’s opening night August 29, check out our live stream of the tryout to see if I made it to the big time.

    Spoiler alert: I didn’t.

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    New UN S-G Must Realize That Climate Change Threatens Our World

    The task facing the next United Nations Secretary-General will not be an easy one. The world seems to be teetering on the edge of multiple, interconnected crises including conflict in Syria, tensions around Ukraine, and disputes over water and land resource issues. All of this at a time when we are seeing the biggest movement of people since World War II.

    In the public debates the candidates for the next UN Secretary-General have participated in, they’ve shown that they can list what will be in their in-tray, but few have acknowledged the common thread running through many of these crises and challenges: the impact of a changing climate. Any analysis that fails to acknowledge this as one of the key drivers to current and future global instability is a flawed one.

    The evidence of this impact is becoming increasingly apparent. Whilst very few are saying that climate change is a direct cause of conflict, it is certainly increasing the likelihood. Last month research published by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research found climate disasters increase the chance of armed conflict, particularly in ethnically-divided nations. Climate change is already contributing to social upheaval and even violent conflict by making bad situations worse. In 2015, the National Academy of Sciences linked a prolonged drought in Syria in 2011 to climate change, and suggested the drought may have contributed to the start of the conflict and subsequent migrant crisis: The 2006-2011 drought was particularly severe and led to widespread crop failures, which in turn forced people to move within Syria into cities in search of work, increasing the tension and chance of conflict in urban areas. As always, there will be alternative views and whilst other analysis suggests the link may not be so straightforward, the new additions have certainly added momentum to the debate.

    Unlike her fellow candidates, Christiana Figueres — a Costa Rican diplomat and former head of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change — not only recognises that climate change is increasingly one of the biggest threats that we face, she also understands that the security implications need to be addressed along with all the other threats to global stability and prosperity, rather than in isolation. She knows that without such an approach climate change promises to make many of our most complex crises — from migration to conflict, food shortages to terrorism — much harder to solve.

    A Secretary-General prepared to integrate a response to the risk posed by climate change across the UN will have the best chance at delivering peace during these turbulent times. International security today is dependent on understanding the effects of climate change on people’s prosperity within states and relations between states.

    Figueres has demonstrated that she is a shrewd diplomat and coalition builder at the top of her game. She picked up a broken UN climate talks after the failure of the Copenhagen Summit in 2009, and proved she could help states work together to achieve the Paris Agreement, the first of its kind to commit all countries to reduce their carbon emissions and transition to economies based on renewable energy. States that once saw little to agree on have, through her skill and dedication, found common ground and agreed a deal which was previously seen as impossible.

    What’s more, as was often repeated at the World Humanitarian Summit in May, the scale and frequency of the crises that are hitting home have stretched the UN and the humanitarian apparatus to the breaking point. The UN needs reform. It needs to treat these crises holistically and not remain beholden to a siloed approach that gives rise to internal demarcation disputes. The UN has shown it can deliver multilateral deals — not just on climate but also the Sustainable Development Agenda, and the Sendai Risk Reduction Framework.

    The 21st century is proving extremely challenging, with many threats to our global prosperity and well-being. Under the new Secretary-General, the UN will have to adapt to meet these challenges and the candidate the members of the Security Council choose to recommend to the General Assembly must be capable of delivering; Christiana Figueres is that candidate.

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    13 Questions That Will Change Your Life

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    When things aren’t going quite the way you’d like them to, it’s often the result of not asking yourself the right questions. Some questions are hard to confront because you’re afraid you won’t get the answer you want, others because you really don’t want to know the answer.

    But the best things in life don’t come easily, and turning away from life’s toughest questions is a sure path to mediocrity. I believe that Socrates said it best:

    “The unexamined life isn’t worth living.”

    Socrates’ observation also applies to business. When Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google, he famously said, “We run this company on questions, not answers.”

    Life, like business, runs on questions, not answers. Let’s take a closer look at some of the tough questions we should be asking ourselves regularly.

    1. How do people see me differently than I see myself?

    Have you ever heard a recording of your voice and thought, “Is that what I really sound like?” Because of the way the sound of the voice travels through the human skull, we never hear ourselves the same way that everybody else hears us. The same is often true for the way we behave. We interpret our behavior in terms of how we think we come across, whereas everyone else sees the real thing. A 360° assessment is a great way to gain this perspective. It gathers feedback that is constructive, anonymous, and accurate. If you forego the 360 and solicit feedback in person, make certain you ask for feedback that is specific, avoiding broad questions and generalizations. For example, you’re more likely to get an honest and accurate answer to, “How well did I handle myself in the meeting when everyone disagreed with me?” than to, “Am I a good boss?” And be careful to show that you’re receptive to the feedback. If you flip out or get defensive every time somebody speaks their mind, they’re going to stop doing it.

    2. What/whom did I make better today?

    That’s another way of saying, “Leave things better than you found them.” Ending each day by asking yourself what or whom you made better is a great way to keep yourself grounded and focused on what really matters.

    3. Am I being true to my values?

    Do you ever get that nagging feeling that something is a little off in your life? This often happens when little behaviors creep up on you that violate your values. If spending quality time with your family is one of your primary values, but you keep staying late at work, there’s a conflict. If you want that nagging little voice to go away, you’re going to have to do something about it.

    4. If I achieved all of my goals, how would I feel? What can I do to feel that way as I work to achieve them?

    The ability to delay gratification in pursuit of your goals is one of the most fundamental prerequisites for success, but delaying gratification doesn’t have to mean being miserable until you cross that finish line. You can achieve more–and have more fun doing it–if you let yourself feel some of that pride and pleasure along the way.

    5. What haven’t I taken the time to learn about?

    It’s a big world out there, and it’s getting bigger all the time. Scientists have theorized that it once took 1,500 years for the accumulated knowledge in the world to double; now it only takes a year or two. Don’t get caught behind.

    6. In what areas of my life am I settling?

    When you settle, you accept less than you’re capable of. Sometimes we settle in dead-end jobs. Other times we settle for unhealthy relationships. If you don’t ask yourself where and why you’re settling, it’s hard to stop it.

    7. What do I want my life to be like in five years?

    Lewis Carroll once said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.” The corollary is that, once you have your destination in mind, you can plan your route. Five years is the perfect timeframe: It’s not so far in the future that you can’t imagine yourself there, but it’s not so close that you can’t do anything about it.

    8. What would I do if I wasn’t scared?

    From a survival perspective, fear has its purpose. It’s what keeps us from sticking our hand in the washing machine or any of the million other things that could get us hurt or killed. But fear has a tendency to get carried away. Instead of keeping you safe, it keeps you from improving your life and living your dreams.

    9. Who has qualities that I aspire to develop?

    When people have qualities that you admire, it’s a great exercise to reflect on these qualities and think about ways that you can incorporate them into your repertoire.

    10. What problem are we solving?

    Have you ever been in a meeting and suddenly realized that not everyone was having the same conversation? Not because people were talking over each other, but because they had different ideas about the purpose of the discussion. Sometimes it helps to put the topic on the whiteboard when you’re having a meeting. This makes certain everyone knows why they’re there.

    11. What’s stopping me from doing the things that I should be doing?

    It’s easy to shrug your shoulders and say, “I don’t know what to do,” but that’s just an excuse. Most of the time, we know exactly what we should be doing; we just aren’t willing to move the obstacles out of the way.

    12. Will you be my mentor?

    It’s an intimidating question to ask, but few people will turn you down. Everyone likes being looked up to, and it feels good to share our knowledge with others.

    13. What’s the most important lesson I’ve learned so far in life? Am I living that lesson?

    Sometimes life lulls us back into complacency and we’re forced to learn a powerful lesson twice. The trouble with this is that it’s just as much of a rude awakening the second time around.

    Bringing It All Together

    Asking the hard questions can be extremely uncomfortable. But we don’t learn and grow by sticking with what’s comfortable.

    What other questions should people be asking? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below, as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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    Why Does My Hip Click?

    Snapping Hip
    Snapping hip is an audible clicking or snapping sensation caused by hip movement that can be painful. There are a variety of reasons patients present with a clicking or snapping sensation in the hip. A click in the hip can be the result of the following: a labral tear, iliotibial band syndrome, psoas bursitis, psoas tendon snap, and arthritis of the hip. It is essential for physicians to understand each cause to provide an effective course of treatment.

    Labral Tear
    A labral tear is a common cause for clicking sensations in the hip joint. The labrum refers to the ring of cartilage surrounding the socket of ball-and-socket joints. The labrum of the hip is essential in providing stability to the joint. This same ring of cartilage can be found in the shoulder.

    Labral tears can be the result of degenerative or traumatic processes. Degenerative labral tears can occur from repetitive motions or osteoarthritis. Traumatic labral tears can occur from injury or dislocation of the joint. Femoroacetabular impingement is a common cause of a labral tear. Impingement occurs when the proximal femur abuts the acetabulum with movement of the hip. This occurs especially in hip flexion. A patient with a labral tear will usually present with complaints of a clicking or a locking sensation in the joint. In addition, a patient will present with pain in the hip or groin, stiffness and decreased range of motion.

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    Diagnoses
    To diagnose a labral tear, physicians will utilize a combination of physical examinations, imaging and diagnostic injections. MRI arthrograms are typically utilized to diagnose a labral tear, while injections are then used to confirm the diagnosis. Treatment for a labral tear can range from conservative modalities to surgical intervention. Conservative treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy and injection. If conservative treatment fails, arthroscopic surgery may be needed to debride or repair the tear and the impingement can be addressed at the same time.

    Iliotibial Band Syndrome.
    Iliotibial band syndrome is another common cause of snapping hip. The thickened iliotibial band snaps over the bony greater trochanter of the femur. The patient may develop trochanteric bursitis, adhesions, gluteus maximus inflammation or edema.

    Diagnosis
    Diagnosis of iliotibial band syndrome can be done by direct palpation of the greater trochanter. This can be accomplished by placing a patient on their side, while putting the hip into extension and rotation until a “pop” is heard or felt. The patient can reproduce the snapping and sometimes this moment is physically seen.


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    Ober’s Test
    The Ober’s test is the best clinical examination for assessing the tightness of the iliotibial band. To perform the Ober’s test the patient will lay on their side with the unaffected leg on the bottom. The examiner will slowly abduct the leg with the knee in flexion and the hip in extension. When the iliotibial band is tight, the test is positive. In a positive test the patient will be unable to adduct the leg and the knees will not come together.

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    Iliopsoas Tendon Snap
    Iliopsoas tendon snap is the result of movement over the iliopectineal eminence. The iliopsoas tendon will snap over the pelvic brim. It is caused by inflammation of the bursa that lies between the front of the hip joint and the iliopsoas muscle or tendon. Diagnosis is usually difficult, the ultrasound or MRI may be normal or it may reveal fluid anterior to the hip joint (bursitis). An iliopsoas injection can be diagnostic. Abduction and external rotation and hearing the snap or the click of the hip will support this diagnosis.


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    Hip Arthritis
    A click in the hip can also result from arthritis in the hip joint. Arthritis leads to the loss of cartilage between the head of the femur and the acetabulum. Without adequate cartilage, there is bone-on-bone interaction that causes pain, tenderness and inflammation of the hip joint. Patients will present with stiffness (limited movement), clicking in the hip joint, pain worsening with activity, and tenderness in the groin and hip. Physicians will utilize a combination of physical examinations and X-rays to identify loss of cartilage. Treatment for hip arthritis can be conservative or surgical. With severe arthritis a hip replacement will be needed to remove and replace the arthritic joint.

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    Donald Trump’s Black Voter Delusion

    Michael K. Fauntroy is associate professor of political science at Howard University and the author of the book Republicans and the Black Vote. His next book, More than Just Partisanship: Conservatism and Black Voter Suppression will be published next year by New York University Press.

    Donald Trump recently ramped up his Black voter outreach in the wake of poll after poll showing him failing to overcome a historically weak Democratic nominee in his bid for the White House. His Black outreach is equal parts condescension and bluster. He talked down to Black voters recently pointing out, inaccurately and out of context, that “you’re living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs, 58 percent of your youth are unemployed” before asking “What do you have to lose?” He also stated that he would get 95% of Black votes in his reelection campaign. Taken separately, these and other statements can charitably be said represent a deep misunderstanding of Black voters and Black life in America. Collectively, these statements reflect a deep delusion on the part of a candidate who has a history of race baiting.

    Like most Republican nominees during the last eight decades, Trump has plenty of room for improvement. Credible recent polls show him with one or two percent support among Black voters. This is astonishingly low even among Republican nominees. If he ends up with two percent in November, then he would get half of what the 2008 nominee, John McCain, received in the historic election of Americas first Black President.

    In the 22 presidential elections since 1936, for which even rudimentary polling was conducted, no Republican nominee has won a majority of Black votes. Only one, Thomas Dewey in 1944, received 40 percent, the high water mark in more than 75 years of presidential campaigns. Only three, Wendell Willkie, Dwight Eisenhower in 1956, and Richard Nixon in 1960, got between 30 and 39 percent. More recent Republican nominees have done consistently worse. In the last 10 elections, only Ronald Reagan in 1980 and Bob Dole in 1996 won 12 percent of the Black vote. Even setting aside the historic Barack Obama-induced headwinds facing John McCain in 2008 (four percent) and Mitt Romney in 2012 (six percent), GOP nominees since 1968 have largely been in the 10 to 15 percent range among African Americans. Trump is on the verge of a historically bad performance. After all, even Barry Goldwater won six percent of the Black vote in a treacherous 1964 campaign.

    Trump’s “outreach” assumes that a few events in which he cynically mentions Black people is all that will be necessary to win over large numbers of African Americans to his cause. This strategy only works if Black voters are suddenly overtaken by amnesia and forget the many ways in which he has previously treated Black people. Unfortunately for Trump, there is a decades-long track record to show who he really is. He took out a full-page newspaper ad in April 1989 calling for a return of the death penalty in the wake of the infamous “Central Park 5.” The ad poured rhetorical gasoline on the anger many Whites felt over the five Black kids, the oldest of whom was 16, who were arrested for brutally beating and raping a White woman. They confessed under duress and without counsel present. Years later someone else confessed to the crime. DNA at the crime scene confirmed his guilt and the innocence of the falsely convicted. Trump has never apologized or acknowledged his inflammatory rhetoric during this period.

    He joined up with racists when he became the most prominent among the far right birthers who repeatedly alleged that President Obama was not born in the United States. He elevated his profile among White racial conservatives by using his broad platform to traffic the false claims. Ignoring the evidence of Obama’s Hawaiian birth, he claimed that his investigators found that he was not born in the United States. He never produced evidence, just headlines. When proven false, rather than acknowledge his wrongness, he talked about the “service” he provided by keeping the issue in the news. Even now he cannot bring himself to acknowledge that he was wrong on all the facts about Obama’s birthplace.

    The birth certificate foolishness, moreso than anything else he has said or done during the campaign, has made him radioactive in the Black community. Even Black people who are lukewarm to Obama understand the racist undercurrent of birtherism. They also understand that Trump led the charge in stoking the flames of birtherism. Questioning the nationality of an obviously native-born American, after a 2008 campaign that would have been stillborn if he were ineligible to serve, was Trump’s attempt to deligitimize the first Black President. Black people understood that then and remember it now.

    His campaign is replete with other racial missteps and dog whistles. Since announcing his presidential bid, he has consistently tweeted or retweeted White supremacist conspiracy theories, erroneous statistics regarding Black crime, and seemingly encouraged the physical attacking of Black protestors at his rallies. Let’s also remember that David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, has repeatedly spoken very highly of Trump. Duke cited Trump as the inspiration for his decision to run for the U.S. Senate this year.

    Any campaign that is serious about outreach to African Americans would at least do the following. First, it would include African Americans in significant decision making campaign positions. Second, it would advance policy proposals that reflect respect for and understanding of Black life. Third, it would constantly speak with an inspirational voice that encourages not demonizes. Fourth, it would advertise in Black media outlets and contract with Black vendors. More importantly than all this, serious outreach would be timely, not something seemingly done as an afterthought. Trump has failed on all counts. He has no significant African Americans in serious positions (No, Omorosa doesn’t count!). He has made no policy proposals that show an understanding of Black issues. A speech given barely more than three months before the election is not timely. There has been no inspirational rhetoric and no evidence of significant Black media or vendor engagement.

    Donald Trump won the Republican nomination by swimming in the rotten river of racial stereotypes and invective. Those now talking about his pivot to a more presidential general election mode would do well to remember that Trump has been around. And Black people know him well enough that a few speeches here and there won’t change anyone’s mind.

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    Often, when I am booked for lectures or radio and television interviews, I am provided questions in advance to help me prepare. Some of the questions are provocative, the kind that make me stop and think. So much so, I am sharing a few here with my replies.

    1. What are three principles you live by?
    a) “Identify the fear and then go there.” Usually I’m afraid because it is something I have never done before, and so I figure I will at least learn something new. I always ask myself: What is the worst-case scenario? If it’s one I can deal with, I go for it.
    b) “Not everything worth doing is worth doing well.” Being stuck striving for perfection will not allow you to move on. For me, this pertains to writing. It is never finished and can always be improved upon. But at some point, it must be abandoned. Of course, this does not apply to everything; be sure to use discernment.
    c) “Maintain an open mind.” I try to not be judgmental or assume that I know best. I listen and attempt to understand other points of view, seeing them in the contexts of culture and personality. When presented with a new opportunity, I ask myself: Will I learn something?

    2. Do you believe nature or nurture has more impact?
    People are born with specific tendencies; some children are shy, some are outgoing. This is a natural component of our genes, but then life experiences also impact our brains. Successes can reinforce behavior while failures discourage future attempts. So it is both. First it is nature, then nurture. Both have an equal influence.

    3. What do you wish you knew then that you know now?
    I wish I had not cared so much about what other people thought of me. As women, we try to please others more than necessary. Speak the truth as often as possible and be willing to be disliked, but respected.

    4. What did you wish to be when you were a child?
    My childhood dream was to be a poet. I won a poetry contest for a poem I wrote when I was eight. This early success inspired me to continue writing poems, which I still do today.

    5. What role does luck play in success?
    Obviously, luck plays a part–you have to be at the right place, at the right time, with the right people. However, success is also “opportunity meeting preparation.” I am always scanning my environment to look for ways to make a contribution and a difference.

    6. What are the barriers to female leadership?
    “MEN!” There is still gender discrimination, both conscious and unconscious, even by well-meaning men. Our culture continues to be dominated by male values, and, in the majority of cases, even when shown the same resume with a male or female name, men are chosen over women for both promotions and as new hires.

    7. What was your biggest challenge?
    a) Acceptance. As the only woman on the faculty of a business school, the first woman in a Rotary Club, the only female consultant in all-male organizations, I faced issues of acceptance. I did not try to blend in, as I knew this was not possible, so I stood out by wearing red suits, sitting on the arms of chairs to make me look taller (I am barely 5 feet tall).
    b) A close second was being ignored–not only feeling invisible, but, also, not heard, and (when earned) not rewarded.

    8. What changes in the workplace would you like to see?
    I would like to see flexible working hours as a norm at work. This would permit time off not only for child-related needs, but, also, for the increasing needs of aging parents. Men must be provided with the same opportunity to take an equal share of these responsibilities without negative consequences in the workplace. What do you attribute your success to?
    The willingness to ask the first question, using an assertive voice, looking others in the eye while conversing, giving credit when credit is due, looking and sounding confident (even when I do not feel that way), being well-prepared by knowing the agenda and relevant facts, and lastly, believing in myself.

    9. What are the three rules you live by?
    a) First of all, have fun. b) Do no harm. c) Be as helpful to as many people as possible.
    I am urging you, my readers, to do the same. Think of each question as it relates to you, your values, philosophies, experiences, your life overall. Take time to answer these questions honestly and you might gain new insights–perhaps discover some unconscious motivations.

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    Trump’s Doctor Has An Amazing Explanation For That Bizarre Medical Report

    Donald Trump’s personal physician told NBC News that he wrote a now-infamous medical report about the candidate in just five minutes.

    Dr. Harold Bornstein, a gastroenterologist who has been Trump’s doctor for more than three decades, released a brief note last December declaring the reality TV star would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.” The four-paragraph letter, which billed Trump’s health as “astonishingly excellent,” was far less detailed than medical reports traditionally released by presidential candidates. 

    In an interview with NBC airing Friday, Bornstein said he spent “five minutes” on the letter while a car sent by Trump waited for him outside his office in Manhattan. 

    “I get rushed and I get anxious when I get rushed, so I try to get four or five lines done as fast as possible,” Bornstein explained. “In a rush, I think some of those words didn’t come out exactly the way they were meant.”

    The doctor stood by his assessment of the reality TV star’s wellness.

    “His health is excellent, particularly his mental health,” he said. 

    He also defended the claim that Trump would be the healthiest president in history.

    “I like that sentence to be quite honest with you, and all the rest of them are either sick or dead,” he said. 

    Watch the interview above.

    Bornstein and his bizarre note have come under scrutiny again as Trump and his campaign surrogates have floated conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton’s health. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow pressed Trump campaign manager Kellyane Conway on the issue during an interview Thursday. 

    “If he was elected, Donald Trump would be the oldest person to ever be sworn in as president,” Maddow said. “Whether or not he’s going to try to make Hillary Clinton’s health the issue, doesn’t he owe it to the American people to release an actual medical report, a more credible, more complete statement?”

    Conway said “perhaps” he should release more information.

    Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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    Seth Meyers Invokes Donald Trump’s Penis To Rip Immigration ‘Softening’

    Folks are calling Donald Trump’s ever-evolving stance on immigration a “softening.”

    “Late Night” host Seth Meyers on Thursday called ewwww on “softening,” and launched into a double-entendre-filled bit to prove his point.

    “That’s right, Trump is softening, also known as flip flopping,” Meyers said in a Closer Look segment. “He’s  softening and flopping. He’s really sagging in the swing states. You see his poll percentage is down and he can’t seem to get it up. He can’t get any penetration in the, ah, I do not feel good doing this.”

    Meyers continued in fine form breaking down the GOP nominee’s “softening” on immigration.

    Ick, repeating the word doesn’t make it any easier to hear.

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    Why We Need To Make Space For Quiet Teachers

    This article first appeared on QuietRev.com

    As the ice-cold applesauce poured over my head, I kept telling myself that it was for the kids. My humiliation was their gain. I would be the cool, hip teacher who was willing to embarrass himself instead of the stodgy taskmaster with high standards.

    But after the completion of the all-school rally, in which several teachers and I agreed to be slimed with applesauce by students who met specific academic goals, I just felt sticky, gross, and humiliated. This is how I was going to inspire and encourage the next generation?

    I know now that attempt to be cool and hip was utterly useless. My teaching and interactions with students were none the better for participating in such sophomoric stunts. In fact, for the students in my class, it was more startling than supportive, particularly for the quiet, thoughtful ones who had bonded with me because they had finally found a teacher to whom they could relate. I was a safe space—a teacher who wouldn’t constantly nag them to “be more social” or pair them up with the struggling students to push them through their work when the quiet ones had finished their own. They were happy to do well, participate when needed, and carry on with being good students; they felt comfort in having found a quiet role model in me. My departure from my quiet self shocked them.

    A larger push for collaboration

    Sadly, such quiet students and teachers won’t be left alone much longer. There’s a growing movement in education to turn teachers into performers and students into non-stop collaborators. This is the effect of the Extrovert Ideal. Teachers are increasingly expected to be not just knowledgeable about content and good at the art and science of teaching but also outgoing and exciting on stage. It’s the Ron Clark method run amok: in meeting after meeting, I’d constantly hear the need to excite students with learning. Unfortunately, that meant entertaining them, which doesn’t always go hand in hand with appealing to their intellect.

    Every couple of weeks a YouTube video goes viral of a teacher dancing with their class orperforming a hip hop routine, which is supposed to show how well the students learned the content and bonded with their teacher. The problem is that sometimes learning isn’t that exciting. You may not have enjoyed grammar rules or algebraic problem solving, but for such disciplines, persistent focus is good for the mind. Deliberate practice and the road to mastery can be thrilling, but not for the entertainment value.

    Oftentimes, the best teachers are exactly the opposite of those dancers above. Think of the patient but firm and knowledgeable sage who may have guided you to a breakthrough when you were interpreting the events of history, struggling to understand a challenging piece of literature, or trying to interpret data in the lab. And even if you’re an extrovert, you may have come to value that time alone to think through a problem. As has been noted, the best and most innovative thinking often comes to us when we are alone.

    A tough road for quiet students

    The outlook isn’t bleak just for quiet teachers. Introverted students are pushed more and more towards group work and collaboration throughout the school day. Movements like the flipped classroom and blended learning encourage students to constantly find a solution together. Group writing, problem solving, and presentations are the future. Yes, these play a part in the world of work. However, such demands will leave our quiet students exhausted by the end of the day. And quiet teachers will be forced to facilitate a nonstop parade where no one will learn the ability to take time to reflect.

    This is unfortunate because introverts bring a lot of good to the teaching profession: we value deep and meaningful conversations and content. Tackling a complex math problem after patiently and silently assessing the problem yourself causes the learning to stick far more than chatting with a partner about what methods to employ. And everyone has been in that group where a couple of people struggle through the work while trying to wrangle the others to stay on task. Introvert teachers cherish taking and granting quiet time to think—something that students are being robbed of in the push for working with groups and partners. Worst of all, quiet students face little autonomy as more lessons are designed to elevate the Extrovert Experience. Parents of quiet children may have to watch out for social burnout or even consider a different placement if things become too overwhelming.

    What are quiet teachers to do?

    Whether teacher or student, an introvert finds it tough enough to be in today’s classroom. Even when you value your students, want the best for them, and have structured your classroom to include both quiet and group activities, there’s a small relief at sending them off at the end of the day. But if everything moves to a model that requires a teacher to be on stage and pushing conversation all the time, the job may be untenable for those with a quiet temperament.

    Quiet teachers will have to find ways to carve out time for themselves when they can even if it means declining lunch invites or using that rare prep time to reflect on their practices. If it comes down to it, have a ready-made list of alternative obligations in your mind to ensure you get the quiet time you need: you may need to catch up on grading, plan for a parent conference, or finish up an independent study packet for a student about to go on vacation. In a profession where being social is a significant part of the day, you have to allow yourself moments to catch your breath. There’s also value in just being upfront with those with whom you work: people can be surprisingly understanding if you tell them that you just need a little time alone to recharge.

    Yet, there’s also value in seeking out fellow introverted teachers as a way to build camaraderie and generate new ideas. Additionally, a tiny drop of rebellion is sometimes a good thing: bucking the extrovert trend by building in reflective time for students will not only benefit the introverts in class but provide some needed thinking time for everyone.

    Extroverts certainly deserve the ability to interact with one another and engage in collaborative efforts during the school day. It’s not that this shouldn’t be a component of education. It’s just the scale is tipping profoundly in one direction. Forcing introverted kids and teachers to live as extroverts throughout the day would be the equivalent of asking all the extroverts to take a vow of silence. Finding the right balance and meeting everyone’s needs is the right approach, which is what education is supposed to be about.

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    Sorry, Donald–A Woman Campaign Manager Doesn’t Make You Any Less Misogynist

    For the first time, a Republican presidential candidate has named a woman as campaign manager. It’s a bit late — Susan Estrich and Donna Brazile got there decades ago on the Democratic side. Still, I keep hearing that it’s a mark of progress, which will appeal to women voters, that Kellyanne Conway is Donald Trump’s new campaign manager.

    I can’t agree.

    The fact is that the Trump campaign is so steeped in misogyny that appointing a woman as campaign manager won’t be nearly enough to convince women to vote for him. Especially a woman with Conway’s extremist views.

    Consider this, from an article in Jezebel:

    To get a sense of Conway’s perspective on gender and the “gender gap,” take the speech she gave to the Conservative Women’s Network in 2011, an event co-sponsored by the very conservative Clare Boothe Luce Foundation and Heritage Foundation. In the speech, Conway bemoans feminism as “gloom and doom,” and argues that “femininity is replacing feminism as a leading attribute for American women.” She then continues with some familiar talking points for conservative women, namely that hating men (“the revulsion towards men in your life”) is “part and parcel of the feminist movement.” She also shares some helpful fashion tips like, “If women want to be taken seriously in the workforce, looking feminine is a good place to start.”

    Kellyanne Conway has made a career out of trying to help far right-wing candidates get votes from women, despite the fact that they consistently promote anti-woman policies. Her roster of clients includes Todd Akin, the former U.S. Congressman and failed Senate candidate. As readers may recall, Akin justified criminalizing all abortions, including when the pregnancy results from rape, this way: “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

    After Akin lost the election, Conway counseled Republican conservatives to simply stop talking about rape — not that they should rethink their wildly unpopular ideas to ban all abortions under all circumstances. She likes to say, “we need to address women from the waist up,” meaning, stay away from discussions about reproductive health care. But if she thinks evasiveness will fool women voters, she should think again.

    While Conway has been the most visible public face of the Trump campaign in recent days, appearing on TV almost as many times as her boss used to, reportedly the political strategy is being shaped by Breitbart’s Steve Bannon (the darling of the white nationalist “alt-right” crowd) and disgraced former Fox News chief Roger Ailes (who stands accused of horrific serial sexual harassment).

    According to Politico:

    “Kellyanne is not a campaign manager in the traditional sense of the word. She got the title as part of combat pay,” said one source involved with the discussions. “She’s the candidate manager, which considering how tough it is to manage someone like Donald — who has the temperament of a 12-year-old who always gets what he wants — is a far harder job.”

    By all accounts, Conway is smart and talented. But to bring women voters on board, she will need to do a lot more than manage her candidate. The problem is not simply how he comes across — although certainly it is a huge drawback that he is seen as a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic man with the emotional self-control of a spoiled child. An even greater problem is that this spoiled child has truly terrible policy ideas.

    • Trump opposes sensible gun regulations, even though the risk of a domestic violence homicide is five times greater when there is a gun in the house.
    • Trump’s idea of child care assistance is to give big tax breaks to the wealthiest families, leaving those who need help the most — women in lower-income categories — with little or nothing.
    • Trump’s advice to women who face sexual harassment at work is to go find another career.
    • Trump wants to repeal the Affordable Care Act, ending the requirement of full coverage for birth control, bringing back coverage denials for “pre-existing conditions,” and forcing millions of women and their families to lose their health insurance altogether.
    • Trump supports overturning Roe v. Wade, even though according to a recent survey 53 percent of people who identify as pro-life say they want Roe to remain the law of the land, and acknowledged that “there has to be some form of punishment” for women seeking abortions.

    No amount of spin can overcome this reality: Women voters are all too familiar with the authentic Donald J. Trump; that is why they reject him. At the end of the day, they are as turned off by his anti-woman policies as by his calling women “disgusting,” “bimbos,” and “fat pigs.”

    We can all be happy for Kellyanne Conway that when the history of this campaign is written, she will be remembered as a pioneering Republican who broke an important gender barrier. But that doesn’t give her a pass on matters of judgement, policy or philosophy.

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    Have you ever wondered why you struggle receiving the things you want? I see this a lot in my coaching practice and with my students. In fact, I would say that receiving is one of the key issues most people face. I would like to share with you some thoughts that might help you break out of this painful cycle.

    Here are the two core reasons I’ve seen over and over again that shut people down to receiving:

    1. We are brought up to believe that receiving is wrong. For some, this belief stems in religion, and for others it begins in the home.

    There is a tendency in religion to push the belief that being of service means you must deny yourself. In other words, don’t receive. But when you live by this belief, you shut down to taking the time to go within and connect to God. This is where you get the guidance you need to live life in the flow with grace and ease.

    Even if your family wasn’t religious, you might have been brought up in a home in which your mom and dad gave themselves up to take care of your needs. They set the example that it wasn’t okay to receive. This is why it’s so important for parents to love themselves. They don’t realize that they are perpetuating a cycle of pain for their kids to grow up and do the same.

    2. Feeling bad about one’s self is the second reason most people don’t receive. If you have beliefs, whether conscious or hidden, that tell you something is wrong with you or that you have to act a certain way to receive, you’ll stay shut down to having miracles show up. This is why it’s so important to do the inner work of cleaning up subconscious beliefs. As you chip away at each of them and raise your Worthiness Quotient to inner abundance, you attract outer abundance and miracles.

    I share a story of Cassie in my book, The Enlightened Mom, and her awakening to the importance of receiving. Cassie had attended my weekly live Enlightened Mom class, focusing on helping the ladies release subconscious beliefs so they could finally love themselves unconditionally and open up to receive. From the very first session, most of the moms were having breakthroughs and seeing miracles show up in their daily lives. But Cassie was different. She was mired in the negativity of her mind and really struggled with receiving.

    For the last session of our class, we went to a local bookstore and sat on the patio. I invited the ladies to take a moment and go within to get grounded and connected to God before going into the store. Their mission was to allow God to guide them and to open up to receive a message.

    Cassie was the first one back to the patio! With tear-filled eyes and joy that was palpable, she shared the incredible messages she received, one after the other from the pages of a book she had been guided to pick up. Cassie exclaimed, “I get it now! I used to ask God for guidance and would get so angry because I never got answers. Now I realize the messages were always there. All I had to do was give myself permission to open up and receive them!”

    Cassie had been mired in false beliefs about receiving. She gradually chipped away at some of those beliefs during our class. But it wasn’t until that day at the bookstore that she finally realized a huge truth:

    You are the one who determines whether you receive.


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    Are you like Cassie was? Are you shut down to receiving the love, guidance and support you seek to make life a joyful flow?

    If your answer is yes, it is time to look within. Do you have religious programming that says to be of service you must not receive? Or did you grow up in a family in which your parents put themselves on the backburner, giving you an example that this is love?

    To be able to give freely, you must learn to receive. You can’t truly be of service if you’re coming from an empty cup.

    Here are three simple steps to open up to receive:

    1. Give yourself permission to receive. You are the boss of your life. If you’re not receiving a life of grace and ease, it’s because you’re still making others the authority of your life.

    2. Take time daily to connect. Spend time in meditation, prayer, journaling or whatever works for you, but by all means, connect. This is a powerful way to set your inner compass to receiving.

    3. Be you! Pay attention to when you shut down your voice, your feelings and your needs. Then give yourself permission to share these things. If you struggle with this, go within and clean up the beliefs that stop you down. By loving yourself unconditionally, you send out an energetic message to the universe that says, “I deserve to receive simply for being me!”

    Receiving is the loving thing to do. As you transition into this new belief, you will feel loved, guided and supported. You will shift from lack to abundance. And your life will flow magically with grace and ease.

    Receiving is an act of service.

    As you give yourself permission to receive, your cup will be so full that you’ll want everyone else to feel the way you do. You’ll serve others by lifting them up. You’ll want to give like never before. Your life will be your greatest act of service.

    Terri Britt is a spiritual coach, inspirational speaker, former Miss USA, and the award-winning author of The Enlightened Mom. Are you ready to open up and receive? It’s time to raise your Worthiness Quotient! Get my FREE gift, The Worthiness Quotient Breakthrough Bundle, and receive the tools to help you shift your life from stress and struggle to inner and outer abundance.

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    The #1 Nutrient You Need To Avoid A Stroke

    Quick: What foods are rich in potassium? If you’re drawing a blank, you could be missing out on important protection from stroke, particularly ischemic stroke—the type caused by a blockage in a blood vessel supplying the heart.

    Women are more likely than men to have a stroke and to die from it. But a recent study of more than 90,000 women ages 50 to 70 from New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that those who consumed the highest amounts of potassium in their diet were least likely to experience a stroke. Potassium-rich diets reduced stroke risk in general by 12 percent and the risk of ischemic stroke by 16 percent. 

    The benefit was even greater among women who did not have hypertension, or high blood pressure. In this subset of women, high potassium levels lowered the risk for all types of strokes by 21 percent and by 27 percent for ischemic stroke, compared to women with hypertension.

    Other research has linked high potassium levels to lower blood pressure, which helps prevent stroke. But the study showed that potassium itself reduces stroke risk. “We think the beneficial effects act through other pathways, beyond the effects on blood pressure,” says study author Sylvia Wassertheil-Smoller, Ph.D., an epidemiologist at Albert Einstein and a principal investigator with the Women’s Health Initiative.

    Unfortunately, both women and men fall far short of the recommended levels for potassium, which is needed for many body functions including heart and muscle function. “In the study, the average potassium intake from foods was 2611 mg/day,” says Wassertheil-Smoller. “That’s well below the recommended amount of 4700 mg/day by the Department of Agriculture or even the lower recommended amount of 3600 mg/day by the World Health Organization.”  

    Dependence on fast and processed food appears to be the culprit. “Many people don’t get enough potassium because they rely on convenience and restaurant foods and aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables, which are rich sources of potassium,” says Alissa Rumsey, R.D., a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Yet, “potassium is pretty ubiquitous,” says Wassertheil-Smoller. “Foods rich in potassium are bananas, orange juice, yogurt, potatoes, unprocessed meats, and green, leafy vegetables like spinach.” Winter squash, sweet potatoes, white beans, halibut, broccoli, cantaloupe, pork tenderloin, lentils, milk, salmon, pistachios, raisins, chicken breast, and tuna boast especially plentiful potassium stores.

    To boost your intake of this heart-healthy nutrient, Rumsey suggests aiming to consume at least five servings per day of fruits and vegetables and eat more fish and legumes. These measures can help you reach this goal:

    • Steam or roast a good supply of vegetables on Sunday, and use them for lunch and dinner during the week.
    • Keep fresh fruit around your home or office, and snack on it instead of processed snack foods like crackers or chips.
    • Aim to eat at least two to three servings of fatty fish per week.
    • Add beans or lentils to salads, soups, and stir-fries.
    • When dining out, order a salad, bean-based dishes, fish, fruit side dish, or steamed or roasted vegetables.
    • Drink low-fat milk instead of soda. 

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    Stephen Colbert Has Finally Figured Out Hillary Clinton’s Illness

    With Donald Trump accusing Hillary Clinton of being too frail to be president, and wacky health theories flying out of the GOP presidential candidate’s camp and beyond, “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert decided to spend time on Tuesday diagnosing the Democratic nominee.

    And wouldn’t you know it, Clinton has something that afflicts about half the planet.

    Addressing her critics, Colbert said, “You’re just tiptoeing around the medical condition that you’re really upset about, one that she has that no other president in history has ever faced. Hillary Clinton has Chronic No-Penis.”

    “It’s congenital,” Colbert added. “…Every woman in her family has had the same thing.”

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    Although I’ve been home from Bali several weeks, I keep dreaming I’m there…the sounds, the smells, images of the people wash over me:

    • The beauty of this island full of flowers and smiling faces.
    • The gamelan music, an orchestra of percussion instruments, bells and bamboo flutes that mimic the sounds of a Bali morning – insects, birds, roosters, ocean waves.
    • The scent of incense lingering from the daily offerings of carefully crafted coconut or palm frond containers full of colorful flowers, offered to appease the lower gods and honor the higher gods.
    • The chaos of cars, trucks and motorbikes carrying whole families and goods to market passing within inches on narrow roads – made safe by the gentle toot or toot-toot that signals passing.

    Immersed in the Balinese culture for two weeks, I was reminded there are so many good ways to live. We visited my friend Susan, a psychologist, who lives in Bali. There is no work for her among the locals. They are too happy. Traveling with my daughter Lisa, we mused about what keeps the people contented. Lisa wrote about it in her blog: What the Balinese do for Anxiety.

    As part of their Hindu Buddhist religion, as Lisa describes, everyone prepares and dedicates offerings to the gods. Every day. In every home, store and village. Before picking us up, our drivers prayed in their family temples for our safe trips. Children learn very young to play in a gamelan orchestra, and to dance the traditional Balinese dances. The dancing is complex, physically difficult, using every body part including head and eyes, in still and flowing patterns to the sound of the gamelan, each movement carrying meaning. The dances act out familiar stories that are sometimes funny, always teaching moral lessons. Characters include the gods of good and mischief and evil. Beautifully carved sacred masks and elaborate costumes are integral to the dances.

    We saw several Balinese dance performances, and one night we were treated to another traditional form of theater – a shadow puppet show. Behind the screen, which we were invited to visit, was an entire family supporting the puppeteer. He told a piece of the traditional Ramayana story – an ancient, epic Hindu story. However, he improvised the telling for the audience (our small group of Americans.) He made it modern and relevant to us, including references to surprising things like Pokemon Go!

    Steeped in tradition, ritual and shared beliefs, the Balinese are warm, relaxed and friendly. Good humor abounds. They seem untroubled by questions like, “Who am I?” “Where do I belong?” and “How can I feel safe?” Those questions are answered in the context of their daily lives, living with family, belonging to compound and village, doing the daily rituals, sharing in the many large ceremonies and celebrations.

    Bali is an open-hearted culture. Thinking of it makes me happy. I hope my Bali dreams continue.

    Since coming home, I’ve been asking myself questions: how might we build ritual and tradition more solidly into our daily lives? How open-hearted is the United States? And – what might be an American equivalent to the gentle, respectful horn toots on the highways that keep people calm, safe and cared for?

    COACHING QUESTIONS

    1. What new perspective have you gained from visiting other cultures (here or in other countries?)
    2. What rituals or traditions do you practice in your life?
    3. How do they help you feel safe and connect you with others?
    4. What rituals/traditions would you like to create in your life?
    5. When will you start?
    6. How do you contribute to the open-heartedness of your culture?

    P.S. I promised to follow up on how well StopJetLag worked. It worked! Stopped jetlag in its tracks. Lisa and I recommend it heartily.

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    Is TMJ Disorder Costing You A Good Night’s Sleep?

    If you are one of the estimated 40 million+ Americans who suffer each year from chronic sleep disorders or one of the additional 20 million who experience occasional sleeping problems, you know first hand how the problem can affect your quality of life. A sleep disorder can interfere with your work, your ability to drive and your participation in social activities.

    Did you know that many patients who suffer from sleep disorders are also dealing with a problem directly related to disorders in their temporomandibular joint (TMJ)? The TMJ is the joint that attaches your lower jaw, or mandible, to the temporal bone of your head. More precisely, it is where the lower jaw fits into the skull and is supported by the muscles in your face. It is the joint that allows you to chew, swallow and yawn. However, when it isn’t functioning properly it can be the root of a lot of problems.

    A disorder in this important joint can cause pain and discomfort in other parts of the body and these TMJ disorder symptoms — including sleep apnea, teeth grinding and tension headaches or migraines — can impact your ability to get a good night’s sleep.

    Experts estimate that more than 44 million Americans have one of the several variants of TMJ disorder, or TMD, with women more prone to the condition than men. Pain when chewing is a common symptom, as are other warning signs including limited movement of the jaw or a locking sensation, ringing in the ears, jaw clicking and grating or popping of the jaw joint. These symptoms are often a result of muscle tension and misalignment in the jaw. Although minor symptoms may be relieved with a little rest, hot and cold packs, a soft diet, TMJ massage and/or jaw exercises, persistent symptoms can lead to chronic problems that disrupt your sleep and can become more difficult to treat.

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    Sleep Apnea

    We have all seen the images of tools used to manage sleep apnea that require sufferers to sleep with a CPAP mask, making them look like a super villain or scuba diver. However, obstructive sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition. Sufferers experience obstructed airflow and stop breathing repeatedly during sleep, sometimes for a minute or even longer. This may happen from five times an hour to more than 100 in severe cases. The body is damaged by only 5 of these episodes an hour, and as we learn more, it appears that even minor episodes can cause chronic damage.

    When breathing stops, the brain reacts to the situation by producing a rush of adrenalin which in turn quickens the heartbeat. Muscles in the chest then work to resume airflow and the person gasps for a breath and falls back asleep. This scenario is then repeated multiple times during the same night while the person never realizes what is occurring. That’s because they never really “wake up” but only experience a short pause in sleep. This pause destroys the normal sleep cycle cascade which is critically important to health and brain function.

    More and more studies are showing a connection between TMD and sleep disturbances. In many sleep apnea cases, a misaligned jaw joint or TMJD, is actually to blame. This is because the tongue’s position is impacted by the alignment of the upper and lower teeth. When the teeth are misaligned, the tongue can block the airway as you sleep. This problem with the jaw alignment or malocclusion can cause a person to wake up frequently throughout the night.

    Untreated sleep apnea causes snoring and can lead to much more serious health issues such as high blood pressure and heart disease. In addition, people with sleep apnea do not get the rest they need because, as a preventative reaction, their brains keep them from falling into a deep sleep mode.

    Bruxism

    Another symptom of TMD is bruxism, commonly called teeth grinding. A misalignment of the jaw can cause you to unconsciously grind or clench your teeth together.

    Bruxism causes significant damage to your teeth and is something that is easily corrected with proper physiologic care. You would be surprised at how forcefully we can clench our teeth. As we are waking, the pressure when clamping the teeth together can reach about 200 pounds per square inch. However, when we are asleep, that force can reach more than 700 pounds per square inch!

    Because of this force, people with severe bruxism can break their dental fillings and/or cause the outer layers of their tooth enamel to wear away, exposing the highly sensitive dentin. Additionally, this extreme jaw muscle tension can result in complications that include other TMJ disorder symptoms like lockjaw and tension headaches.

    Night Headaches

    When the bite and the lower jaw are misaligned, muscles are strained which can result in head pain that can mimic a migraine. This pain can be around the forehead, on the back of the head or radiating down the neck.

    The same obstructive breathing that causes sleep apnea also can cause nighttime or hypertensive headaches. To put it simply, lack of oxygen can trigger a painful headache.

    Many people turn to over-the-counter pain medication for headaches rather than exploring the root cause of the pain. Common signs that a headache is related to a TMJ disorder include:

    ● A clicking or popping sound emanating from the jaw
    ● A bite that feels off or does not close properly
    ● Complaints of snoring at night from your spouse or family
    ● Forward head posture

    Researchers from the University at Buffalo School of Dental Medicine found that headaches related to TMJ dysfunction are frequently misdiagnosed as tension headaches. In a study of 583 patients with frequent headaches, 82 percent of female cases and 17 percent of male cases had symptoms associated with TMD.

    Finding Relief

    If you think TMD could be causing your sleep problems, here are some tips you can try at home:

    ● Gently stretch your neck throughout the day
    ● Improve your posture
    ● Avoid chewing gum
    ● Gently massage your jaw muscles
    ● Commit to a soft diet
    ● Try to use other home remedies to lessen the severity of a TMD flare up
    ● Learn to combat stress with exercise or meditation. (Stress can exacerbate pain.)
    ● Move the jaw gently from side to side 10 times and then allow it to rest for a minute. Do this for 5 sets a few times a day. This will help to stretch the muscles of mastication.

    Although the exercises above may help, if the system is not physiologically correct, the best advice is to get it corrected. The headaches can start as a nuisance but can eventually become incapacitating.

    In my experience as a educator for TMJ dentists and clinical director at LVI Global, up to 85% of TMJ disorder symptoms can be resolved without prescription drugs or surgery. Instead, we return the jaw muscles to their natural place of physiologic rest which allows the system to function correctly. Treatment through neuromuscular dentistry strives to reduce or resolve symptoms by focusing on fixing the muscles that support the bite. The result is a dramatic lessening of muscle pain and in many cases, a better night’s sleep.

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    No Time For Trump : Killing Off The Death Penalty

    The death penalty exoneration reported in the New York Times contained the customary horrors.

    In 1983, police in rural North Carolina arrested two mentally -disabled African-American teenage half-brothers for the rape and murder of an 11-year-old girl. After hours of interrogation without a lawyer, the oldest brother cracked under threats of execution, signing a confession written by police. Then, bewildered, he asked his interrogators: “Can I go home now?”

    He never did. Confronted with the coerced confession after hours of the same unrelenting pressure, the retarded 15-year-old brother signed a confession of his own.

    At trial, both recanted their confessions, the only evidence against them. But a Bible – thumping prosecutor later known as America’s “deadliest DA” sought the death penalty. The jury sent them to death row.

    In 1994, the US Supreme Court declined to review the case. In dissent, Justice Harry Blackmun noted that the older brother had the mental age of a nine-year-old. “This factor alone,” he wrote,” persuades me that the death penalty in this case is unconstitutional.”

    After 30 years, pro bono lawyers pressed for DNA testing of a cigarette butt found near the victim’s body. The testing matched the DNA on the cigarette to a man with a history of sexual assaults who lived a block from where the body was found. A man who – only weeks after the murder – had confessed to the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl in the same town. Remarkably, the local police had never questioned him about the strikingly similar crime for which the brothers were sentenced to death.

    In 2014, the brothers were released – 31 years too late.

    This case typifies the reason that the 2016 platform of the Democratic Party states succinctly: “We will abolish the death penalty, which has proven to be a cruel and unusual punishment. It has no place in the United States of America.” But If Donald Trump becomes president, we will have more such cases – many more.

    Trump is a longtime death penalty enthusiast who has committed to expanding its reach. This despite all the evidence that its application is unconscionable – entrapping the innocent, and disproportionately ensnaring the poor and the miserable, while bypassing those whose guilt is often greater.

    Start with the innocent. By March of this year, the number of official death row exonerations reached 156. The reasons are not hard to pinpoint.

    First, race. In almost 80% of the cases where the defendant is executed, the victim was white. In contrast, the majority of death row inmates – that is, the 10% of defendants eligible for the death penalty who actually receive it – are black or Latino.

    To this add the most dire personal hardship. The biographies of death row inmates are numbingly similar: fetal alcohol syndrome, organic brain damage, medical inattention, economic and educational deprivation, and repeated familial beatings, torture and sexual abuse which makes mere parental neglect enviable by comparison. In itself, the laser-like focus of our death penalty on those who suffer society’s most terrible conditions exposes its inescapable inequity.

    Cement all this with terrible lawyers. Routinely, the disadvantaged get the defense that they can pay for.

    A review of death row cases documents the inevitable results. Lawyers who are overworked, inexperienced, unprepared and underpaid. An absence of vital expert witnesses. Forensic or scientific evidence which is botched or phony. A failure to investigate facts essential to the defense.

    But not all of the distortions of justice are inadvertent. Add police and prosecutors who, unchecked by a zealous defense, run roughshod at trial and, at times, withhold potentially exculpatory evidence. Or “eyewitnesses” who are vengeful or mistaken. Or crafty snitches who shift blame to the defendant in exchange for a lighter sentence. Or, in some cases, all of this.

    There is no way to redeem these miscarriages. Far from being a magic bullet, DNA exonerations expose but the tip of the death penalty’s dark iceberg. Contrary to popular delusion, DNA evidence is available in less than 10% of murders – steel bullets, which account for the majority of killings, do not create human DNA. The only question is how often we have buried our mistakes.

    This is, perhaps, the ultimate price of a regime so blatantly discriminatory: while it unerringly selects the underprivileged, it does not exclude the innocent. But the American system is specifically engineered to ensure that those are convicted stay convicted, guilty or not.

    This is the dirty secret which few of us understand.

    In 1996, responding to the widespread perception that death sentences were being unreasonably delayed by last – minute legal maneuvers, Congress passed the Anti – terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act – AEDPA . Its aim is to place “finality” of sentencing and execution above the risk of executing the wrong person.

    If “effective” means putting the innocent to death, AEDPA is an indubitable success. Once convicted a defendant can present new evidence of innocence only through a habeas corpus petition – the very remedy AEDPA seeks to curb. And its effects on habeas corpus are draconian.

    Suppose that a defense lawyer uncovers persuasive new evidence that the man about to die is, quite possibly, innocent. Under AEDPA, that is not nearly enough to prevent his execution. Instead, the new evidence must be so “clear and convincing” that no reasonable jury would now convict him of murder.

    “Reasonable doubt” no longer applies. 50 – 50 does not pass the test. Even “more likely not” won’t do it. In short, AEDPA reverses the burden of proof.

    And yet, unbelievably, even if the defendant musters “clear and convincing evidence of innocence”, the state can still execute him.

    Why? Because AEDPA erects yet more barriers against the use of this new evidence.

    First, the evidence is barred if his original lawyer could have discovered it had they been reasonably diligent. So if the lawyer who defended him was too incompetent or inexperienced or just plain lazy to uncover what he should have found, the prisoner is out of luck.

    Second, even if the exculpatory evidence could not have been found before conviction, it is still barred if the reviewing court finds that the original trial was “constitutionally fair.” Chilling as it it may seem, a man who newly discovered evidence appears to vindicate can nonetheless be executed if the trial which convicted him – however wrongly – is deemed “fair.”

    Under AEDPA, this is hardly a daunting standard. The most common claim of unfairness is that the defendant’s lawyer was so grossly inadequate that this denied his client a fair trial. And drunks and drug addicts and lawyers who fell asleep at crucial moments have been found good enough to get their client executed.

    But stop and consider the resulting Catch-22. If the defendant had a lawyer bad enough to pass test two- that his trial was unfair – then he probably has failed test one: very often the new evidence could have been discovered by more diligent lawyer.

    Yet even if a defendant clears every one of these hurdles, another barrier awaits. In order to get a hearing to consider the new evidence, he needs the approval of the federal court overseeing his case. If the court turns him down – no matter how arbitrary the reason – he is barred from appealing.

    In other words, he’s dead. If his claim was presented before, no matter how badly – or incompletely – he’s dead. And even if the US Supreme Court hands down a new rule of law which would prevent his execution were he tried today, it does not matter unless the Court expressly applies the rule to habeas corpus petitions. Otherwise, he’s dead.

    Truly, this is justice in a fun house mirror – Franz Kafka as executioner.

    That should haunt us all. And the certainty that we have executed many hundreds of innocent people should cause us to recoil. As Justice William Brennan once wrote: “It is tempting to pretend that those on death row share a fate in no way connected to our own… Such an illusion is ultimately corrosive, for the reverberations of justice are not so easily confined… [ T]he way in which we choose who will die reveals the depth of moral commitment among the living.”

    Instead, the way we choose who will die betrays a moral blindness, a preference for punishment as palliative which allows the ills of our society to permeate the gravest judgment we can make about a fellow human – that we are entitled to take his life. And with this, all too often, comes class bias – the idea that these people are not like us, and therefore should be of no concern.

    A word of personal honesty, for the death penalty can never be a bloodless subject.

    Many occupants of death row have committed murders too hideous to describe here. Were the victim a member of my family, I would be gripped by the desire for vengeance. But society does not owe me that. The loss of a loved one cannot be redeemed – not this way, not through this system. For the error and injustice embedded within is rooted in human flaws beyond our power to abolish.

    But, state-by-state, it is within our power as citizens to abolish the death penalty. And it is within the power of the Supreme Court to bar it all together- yet another reason to care about which president appoints our justices, and which party has now committed to ridding us of capital punishment.

    This last point is crucial. A Supreme Court ruling would bar the federal government from imposing capital punishment, a step Congress is unlikely to take. And the states most enthusiastic about the death penalty – Texas, Missouri, Georgia and Florida – have the least qualms about its inequity. In particular, Texas- which leads the country in death row exonerations- continues to briskly execute its prisoners.

    In the near term, these and other states are no more likely to abolish the death penalty than are countries like China, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. When it comes to capital punishment its advocates, typically conservative, forget that it is something they scorn in other contexts – a government program. So the question is whether the federal government or any state can constitutionally maintain a regime of death so discriminatory and prone to lethal error.

    Here, again, the death of Antonin Scalia looms. On the Court, no one advocated the death penalty more fiercely; no one was more cavalier about the prospect – indeed, the certainty – of wrongful executions. To read his opinions on the subject is to wonder at the callousness, smugness and sheer self -satisfaction which so blithely permeates his prose. But his unwonted exuberance may have had an unwanted result – pushing his colleagues closer to abolition.

    Before Scalia’s demise, a 5 to 4 Republican majority upheld Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol. In dissent, Justice Breyer, joined by Justice Ginsburg, questioned the death penalty as a whole. “Today’s administration of the death penalty, “Breyer wrote, “involves three fundamental constitutional defects: serious unreliability, arbitrariness in application,and unconscionably long delays that undermine [it’s] penological purpose.”

    Now Donald Trump has offered us a list of prospective nominees to fill the vacancy Scalia left. All are hard-line conservatives, all but certain to uphold this shameful aspect of our justice system. In this way, as in others, Trump has promised to perpetuate Scalia’s dubious legacy.

    In crucial areas of the law, much may depend on who takes Antonin Scalia’s place. Including whether America, like Yemen or North Korea, continues to execute the innocent.

    In murderous dictatorships, we find that unacceptable. And so we should at home.

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    What No One Told Me About Following My Passion

    Like much of my generation in America, I don’t have to worry about where my next meal will come from. I don’t have to worry about how I’ll get to work. I don’t have to worry about a safe, dry place to sleep.

    So I worry about something else, with which much less of the world has the luxury of preoccupation: purpose. Some spend their days searching for food; I spend my life hunting meaning–full, but unsatisfied.

    Most millennials’ basic needs have been met–a prerequisite for fulfilling our greatest potential. If we don’t make our lives meaningful, we will have dishonored and squandered our opportunity. Perhaps this responsibility explains our fixation with purpose.

    We know what we want. The question is: how do we find it?

    Hoping that international travel and novel experiences would infuse my life with meaning, I moved to Canada when I graduated college. There I learned, as I conclude in my essay The Myth of Wanderlust, “you can’t drive to purpose.”

    So I returned home and pursued my lifelong passion of writing. For the last two years, I’ve followed a self-authored, step-by-step plan to successfully discovering, integrating and making money from my passions. A marketing position, an editing role and six months of self-employment later, I realized you can’t write to purpose, either.

    Passion, I’ve learned, does not equal purpose.

    Why?

    Here’s a synopsis of the 8000 words I initially spewed on this question:

    Passion, the way many millennials have come to define it, is self-oriented. Passion is “a strong inclination toward a self-defining activity that one loves, values, and in which one invests a substantial amount of time and energy,” explains one study published in Self and Identity.

    Purpose, on the other hand, is other-oriented. One Stanford study found that individuals with meaning mindsets “seek connections, give to others, and orient themselves to a larger purpose.”

    Modern passion is pleasure-oriented. One influential study on passion defines it as “an autonomous internalization that leads individuals to choose to engage in the activity that they like.” In other words, passion’s answer to “Why are you doing this?” is “Because I like it.”

    But meaningfulness, sums the Stanford study, sometimes involves “feeling bad”.

    Passion is short-term. Though we tend to assume it’s lifelong, passion changes more than we anticipate because we change more than we anticipate. As Terri Trespicio observes in her TEDx Talk, “Passion is not a plan. Passion is a feeling, and feelings change.”

    Purpose is hardy. Gritty individuals, explains one study, prioritize long-term goals. This long-term perspective, another study notes, helps give “more weight to meaning than pleasure” and solidifies self-control.

    I don’t regret following my passion. In fact, I still endorse my strategy. Passions help us understand who we are and what we want. They bring vitality and joy to our days. But following your passion is a deceptively slow, uncertain way to purpose.

    If I could tell myself anything three years ago when I graduated college, it would probably be this:

    “Follow your passion, sure. But don’t expect it to produce your purpose.”

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    A version of this article originally appeared on Forbes.

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    A Unique Approach To Discomfort

    “Destiny is not for comfort seekers. Destiny is for the daring and determined who are willing to endure some discomfort, delay gratification, and go where destiny leads.” ~ T.D. Jakes

    “We ask God for signs, wonders and miracles, but refuse to go into circumstances where we need them.” — Christine Caine

    One may believe that a happy life eschews pain and discomfort by all costs. But, in truth, life opens up to us and expands when we’re squeezed and pushed through discomfort. Our emotional constriction, which creates our discomfort, begins to soften and expand when we lean into our discomfort. Moreover, our dreams are actualized through moments of confusion, doubt, fear, and uncertainty. So, when we’re pushed into our discomfort zone, we’re better able to witness and cultivate new skills that will propel us to new heights in our spiritual, emotional, and physical evolution.

    How many of us can say that we have grown and transformed the most when we are “seemingly” sailing through life? Not many of us. When things appear superficially “perfect” and aligned in our lives, what could possibly ignite us toward growth and realizing God’s deeper purpose for our lives?

    However, what indubitably pushes us toward greater fulfillment and purpose in our lives is when we’re tightly squeezed and pushed through discomfort. The physical manifestation of the contrast between what we deeply desire on a soulful level to what is actually showing up in our lives, creates the emotional and spiritual dissonance for us to push through and create transformation.

    Transformation is accelerated in our lives through pain and discomfort. Such that, God will use different people, events, and circumstances to show up in our lives that cause us aggravation and distress, as a catalyst for growth and inspiration. Personally, I created a life that I dreamed of, living on a paradise island as a Life & Spiritual Coach & Teacher, not by coasting through life and feeling on top of the world. No. My life was radically changed when I hit my lowest point. When my pain and suffering had become enough.

    Through pain and suffering, my heart opened up to greater transparency for God’s light to shine through and heal, motivate, and push me at deeper levels. Surely, the pressure was strong and tightening, but the more pressure I experienced, the harder I fought. Had I experienced continued success selling real estate in New York City, perhaps with money flowing in easily and effortlessly, and joy living in a city that stole my heart 19 years ago, I would not be living the life of my dreams right now. I’d still be living a life that was content and good, but truthfully, mediocre in the eyes of God. But, God doesn’t want GOOD ENOUGH for our lives, he wants GREAT!

    So where is discomfort showing up in your life? Is it in a relationship? A job? Your living circumstances? Your finances? Your health? Or a lack of balance in your life? Consider each difficulty as a message that God has something better and more meaningful for your life. As we release the need to pity ourselves in difficult times and rather use discomfort as the catalyst toward change, we create an opportunity for greater richness and joy in our lives. Discomfort and pressure will always show up. To the extent that, although my life is greater than it’s ever been, there are newer and completely different experiences of discomfort that appear. But, with greater awareness I now recognize that my discomfort shows me that there’s still more for me to see and do in my life. This inspires me to work harder and explore my path with greater curiosity and determination.

    Today, find peace with your discomfort. Embrace the stickiness. Ask for its lessons and guidance. Trust that your uneasiness is the vehicle to catapult you to places you’ve never been before. Use discomfort to your advantage in creating a life you dream of.

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    Donald Trump, the Kardashians, and the Politics of Branding

    Much has been said and written in the past few days about Donald Trump’s noxious appeals to African American voters. Exemplifying those appeals is his August 19th speech in Dimondale, Michigan, where he addressed those voters directly (although not so much in person, as Dimondale is a predominantly white suburb of Lansing), rattling off a number of stereotypical problems in the African American community in order to ask, “What the hell do you have to lose?” by voting for the Republican rather than Democratic presidential candidate.

    As political historian Kevin Kruse and others have noted, and contrary to some media coverage of Trump’s speech, it’s not at all new for the GOP presidential candidate to make such an appeal to African American voters. Indeed, as Kruse points out, the GOP nominee has done so in each of the last four presidential elections (as well as many prior ones). If anything, Trump’s speech simply laid bare, as has become characteristic of his campaign, many of the hidden assumptions and stereotypes that have consistently driven those Republican racial outreach efforts.

    To my mind, it was another phrase in Trump’s August 19th speech that stood out and has been under-analyzed for what it reveals about our 21st century society and world. “What do you have to lose,” Trump asked African Americans, “by trying something new like Trump?” The phrase presented Trump and his presidential candidacy as an explicit parallel to and even part of his commercial and personal brand, like trying a Trump steak or staying at a Trump resort (if you can still find any of either). And in so doing, Trump’s comment reflects widely accepted contemporary social and political narratives of branding and success that we would do well to recognize and resist.

    Perhaps the most prominent (and among the most successful by any measure) figures in 2016 America are the Kardashians, a family that has achieved their prominence and success based almost entirely on creating and capitalizing upon a personal brand. Using little if anything more than their private lives and public appearances, the family has built a brand worth (by some estimates) upwards of $ 100 million. It’s easy to critique the Kardashians because of (among other things) how ubiquitous they are in our mass media, but that frustratingly inescapable presence in and of itself reflects their branding success and its effects.

    Moreover, the Kardashians’ form of branding is directly linked to many accepted narratives of success in contemporary society. It’s widely understood that success in all social and commercial arenas now depends on social media presence and publicity, and such use of social media itself represents an overt form of personal branding–a process in which I’m entirely complicit, as I use the same name (AmericanStudier) on my Twitter and Facebook accounts among other sites. And when Omni hotels CEO Michael Deitemeyer delivered the 2013 commencement address at Fitchburg State University (my employer), he implored all of our graduates–based on his own experiences as well as the perspectives of many other business leaders–to focus on creating their own brand as an integral part of succeeding in both their professional and personal lives.

    Branding has also become an increasingly central element of political success. Certainly Barack Obama’s rise and successful first presidential campaign were connected to the creation of a brand, as exemplified by the famous Shepard Fairey poster that linked Obama’s image to the concept of hope (a connection Obama extended in his campaign book The Audacity of Hope). We could trace that evolving political trend back at least to John F. Kennedy and the image of Camelot, an early example of the use of television and mass media to create and market a political brand. And I can’t help but wonder how much of the ever-present narrative of Hillary Clinton’s “unlikeability” boils down to her inability to create such a compelling personal brand, to link her campaigns or career to images or ideas that resonate in the popular imagination.

    In a society and world where social media and the digital play such vital roles, where mass media influences our conversations so fully, and where image is ever more inextricably tied to identity, it’s quite possible that personal branding is indeed and will remain a necessary component of success, in politics as in every other realm of life. But just as corporations are not actually people too, my friends, neither are people brands, and it’s vital that we resist any narratives which equate the two.

    Partly that’s because, as the example of Trump’s consistently bankrupt brands reminds us so potently, equating people with brands almost always means ignoring the limitations, failures, and flaws that are an inevitable part of the human experience–and likewise ignoring the more genuine successes that we can nonetheless achieve. Which is to say, equating Barack Obama with hope both inevitably leads to disappointment and makes it more difficult to recognize and appreciate the myriad ways in which his administration has been one of the most effective and successful in American history.

    But it’s also and especially crucial to resist narratives of branding because people, like political ideas and social movements, cannot be reduced to an image or icon without losing their nuance and complexity, and with them their potential for influential lives. The story of Hillary Clinton’s life and career to date is defined not by what she has meant in our collective consciousness, but by what she has worked for and accomplished despite those simplifying narratives. And assessing her presidential candidacy similarly requires us to engage with her ideas and proposals for that potential next role, in direct relationship to those of her opponent. Whatever meaning brands might have in the realms of real estate and reality TV–or our social and mass media driven news cycle–they tell us very little about who a person is and how he or she will lead a nation.

    For all those reasons our political campaigns and debates, like our collective narratives of success and identity, can’t afford to keep up with the Kardashians. And if soundly defeating Trump helps us break from these limited and troubling emphases on branding and equations of it with success, that’s one more reason to work for that result come November.

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    These Underwater Yoga Photos Prove The Practice Is Truly Magical

    Looking for a reason to hit the yoga mat today? Take a gander at these stunning photos.

    The surreal images, which were snapped by photographer Elena Kalis, feature yoga instructor Britta Jade as she masterfully executes yoga poses under water. They’re a truly majestic display of how yoga can be both athletic and a work of art.

    The photos are an inspirational reminder that the practice can be one of the best ways to move your body. Research shows yoga can reduce stress and lower your risk for heart disease. It also can improve your sleep and boost your brain function. Not to mention the fact that yoga can be an excellent form of strength training, which can help maintain a healthy weight.

    While not everyone can exactly run off to the crystal shores of a remote island to nail these moves, there are some added perks to taking your yoga practice to the water. Studies suggest being near the ocean can make you calmer and more creative. The sea also puts your brain in a more meditative state.

    If you’ve been slacking on a yoga routine (or hesitant to try one at all), take a look at the pictures below. Then check out these healthy reasons to prioritize the practice for additional motivation.

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    Health Official Warns Zika Could Spread Across U.S. Gulf

    Aug 21 (Reuters) – One of the top U.S. public health officials on Sunday warned that the mosquito-borne Zika virus could extend its reach across the U.S. Gulf Coast after officials last week confirmed it as active in the popular tourist destination of Miami Beach.

    The possibility of transmission in Gulf States such as Louisiana and Texas will likely fuel concerns that the virus, which has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly, could spread across the continental United States, even though officials have played down such an outcome.

    Concern has mounted since confirmation that Zika has expanded into a second region of the tourist hub of Miami-Dade County in Florida. Miami’s Wynwood arts neighborhood last month became the site of the first locally transmitted cases of Zika in the continental United States.

    “It would not be surprising we would see additional cases perhaps in other Gulf Coast states,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the allergy and infectious diseases unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said in an interview on Sunday morning with ABC News.

    Fauci noted that record flooding this month in Louisiana – which has killed at least 13 people and damaged some 60,000 homes damaged – has boosted the likelihood Zika will spread into that state.

    “There’s going to be a lot of problems getting rid of standing water” that could stymie the mosquito control efforts that are the best way to control Zika’s spread, he said.

    U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed 1,835 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

    On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott confirmed that state health officials had identified five cases of Zika believed to be contracted in Miami Beach.

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told pregnant women they should avoid the trendy area and suggested those especially worried about exposure might consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County.

    NIH’s Fauci on Sunday said the conditions of most of the country make it unlikely there would be a “diffuse, broad outbreak,” even though officials need to prepare for that possibility.

    He compared it with diseases such as Dengue, which is endemic in certain tropical and subtropical regions of the world but rarely occurs in the continental United States. In Miami’s Wynwood area, experts have seen “substantial” knockdowns of mosquito populations.

    Still, its containment is more complicated because Zika can be sexually transmitted, Fauci said.

    “This is something that could hang around for a year or two,” he said.

    The World Health Organization has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.

    (Reporting by Chris Prentice in New York; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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    Donald Trump’s Whiny Tweets Are Actually Perfect As Emo Lyrics

    Donald Trump channels his inner emo in this hilarious new mashup video.

    Musical artist Nick Lutsko transformed some of the GOP presidential candidate’s most recent ranting tweets into an expressive, early noughties-style song.

    “On August 14, 2016, Donald Trump wrote some sad, whiny tweets about Hillary Clinton and the media,” says a message at the start of the music video.

    “We turned them into an early 2000s emo song.”

    YouTube channel “Super Deluxe“ posted the short clip Friday, and it’s now going viral.

    Check it out above.

    Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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    Angels and Molecules

    The other day my wife, Ana, and I went out for a few hours. When we came back, we parked the car, entered through the downstairs garage door, came up to the first floor and into the living room. Where we saw our intrepid dog Ben, standing on the back of the living room couch, gazing out the window. Waiting.

    To explain: Ana is the center of Ben’s universe, the sun around which all his planets revolve. She is his oxygen, his A to Z, his why the universe exists. He was waiting for her.

    But Ben has gone deaf. He had somehow missed seeing the car’s approach, and hadn’t heard it come down the drive, or the motorized grind of the garage door opening, or our footsteps up the stairs. As far as he knew, we were still gone.

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    Moments after I snapped this picture, I clapped, loud enough for him to hear, and he turned his head and saw Ana — and his little dog face broke into an ecstatic OMG, why didn’t someone tell me?! and all was right with the world.

    It made me think of Beethoven.

    Late in life, Beethoven was attending the premier of his ninth (and final) symphony. “Attending” is perhaps not the right word. Although he was by this time deaf as a board, he strongly felt he should be on hand to guide the musicians along in this huge and enormously challenging composition, so he stood right up there on stage, by the conductor, and gestured like crazy throughout the performance, doing his utmost to shape the right tempi and dynamics and phrasing — even though he could not hear a note.

    After the last chord was sounded, the composer stood on the stage, breathing heavily, facing the orchestra. The audience, who had never heard anything like this before (nor, for that matter, had anyone on the planet), erupted into raucous, deafening applause.

    The composer was oblivious. He had no idea anyone was even clapping. The mezzo-soprano soloist had to approach him (with tears in her eyes, and can you blame her?) and tug on his arm to get him to turn around and see the thunderous response his music has evoked.

    This got me thinking:

    What if we’re all like Ben and Beethoven?

    What if we are surrounded by all the applause, but just don’t hear it? If the center of our universe, the thing we love most, has already arrived and is standing there watching us, but we just don’t know it yet?

    I remember as a teenager, taking a walk one morning in my neighborhood, going blocks and blocks in my quiet suburban town, a Sunday, hardly anyone about. I’d been reading about physics and metaphysics and different thinkers’ understandings of how reality was assembled. I remember stopping, standing, and gazing out along a path down to a field.

    It suddenly hit me that I was surrounded by billions, trillions, quadrillions of molecules, atoms, particles, all buzzing and humming and soaring in orbits around each other, vibrating like mad. I was a musician and student of acoustics, and I knew this basic fact of life: vibration makes noise. I was standing in the midst of the most colossal symphony imaginable. I just couldn’t hear it.

    Although for those few moments, it felt as if I almost did.

    There is an ancient tradition in Bali which holds that a gamelan orchestra, that most mesmerizing of human musical ensembles, doesn’t “make” its music. No, say the Balinese, that rippling stream of rhythm and melody is already happening, already going on, all around us, all the time. The job of the gamelan musicians is not to create the music, but simply to catch it, like a crystal set picking up radio waves and stepping them down to audible form.

    What if we are surrounded by symphonies?

    What if our ancestors, departed parents, and all those loved ones who have shuffled off before us are in fact standing right beside us, beaming with pleasure at our antics, cheering us on?

    What if throngs of angels are stomping and hooting and laughing and shouting, exuberant as a sold-out Bruce Springsteen auditorium just to be there watching us, applauding our every mundane move like a chorus of thunderclaps?

    You know, I think they may be.

    You can almost hear them, can’t you?

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    Back to School Means Heavy Backpacks And Back Pain

    With school is just around the corner, children will be abandoning the playground and returning to the classroom. With an emphasis on providing a sound education for this young generation, children are given a literal “heavier” workload year after year. This has translated into more books and more accessories, which greatly contributes to the normalcy and reliance on carrying backpacks. However, despite their usefulness, backpacks can cause serious back pain if overloaded or worn improperly.

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    To understand how heavy backpacks contribute to back pain, it’s important to look at the composition of the back. The adolescent spine is composed of 33 bones called vertebrae with discs between them that act as natural shock absorbers. When a heavy backpack is incorrectly placed over a child’s shoulders, the weight of the bag can force the child backwards. Usually, children counteract this force by arching or bending forward at the hips, causing the spine to compress unnaturally and contributing to neck, shoulder and back pain.

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    The best way to prevent lower back pain is to either avoid overstuffing a backpack. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, children should limit their backpack weight to between 10 and 15 percent of their body weight. Backpacks weighing more than this are too heavy to maintain a standing posture. This weight causes children to lean forward, affecting the natural curve in the lumbar and lower back regions resulting in variety of orthopaedic injuries.

    Dr. Ebraheim says,
    “Kids these days think backpacks are moving libraries, carrying heavier weights back and forth to school and between classes without taking breaks. The weight can cause a variety of back problems including scoliosis. This is a problem not only for the child’s health but also because back pain can interfere with the learning environment. Kids need to feel healthy during the day so they can keep up with their schoolwork injury free.”

    Wearing a backing improperly can also cause back injury. Many times children will sling their backpacks over only one shoulder. This uneven distribution of weight causes the child to compensate by leaning to one side. The frequent imbalance causes muscle strain. The problem can be exacerbated if backpacks have tight or narrow straps, as they can interfere with circulation and nerves.

    There are, however, some simple ways to prevent your child from developing back pain. First, it’s important to monitor the weight of children’s backpacks to ensure that they are not overloading them. Second, purchase a backpack with wide, padded straps to distribute the load over the shoulders evenly. Backpacks that have waist and additional shoulder straps may also prove beneficial in transferring the load to the hips and preventing slouching. Lastly, it’s important to concentrate the bulk of the weight closest to your child’s body in the middle of the back. This will help your child achieve better posture and balance, while preventing possible falls.

    For more videos about back pain, check out my YouTube channel:
    https://www.youtube.com/user/nabilebraheim

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    Friday Talking Points — As The Turd Tornado Turns…

    Some weeks, it’s tough coming up with a subtitle for these columns. Some weeks, not so much. This is one of the latter, because the juxtaposition of a colorful (to say the least) description of Donald Trump with a soap opera’s title just naturally presented itself.

    The quote comes in response to Trump’s campaign shakeup, which we’ll get to in a moment. One of the new people Trump hired comes from Breitbart News, and former Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro was being interviewed by CNN’s Brianna Keilar for his response to the shakeup. Here is the transcript, for everyone’s edification:

    SHAPIRO: I mean, as you probably know, I think Donald Trump’s a turd tornado, but I also understand that he has no capacity whatsoever to control himself and be this staid politician that everyone wants him to be. Telling him to double down is not necessarily terrible strategy. If he’s gonna go down, he’s gonna go down being Trump.

    KEILAR: A what tornado?

    SHAPIRO: A turd tornado.

    KEILAR: What is that?

    SHAPIRO: Well, it’s like a sharknado. Except with poop.

    Thanks for clearing that up, Ben! We’ll just add that to the images we never thought we’d have to think about in the world of politics (a list which has grown to epic proportions during this presidential race, it’s worth pointing out). With such an auspicious metaphor to work with, let’s see just how the turd tornado (turdnado?) turned last week.

    The week began with a speech Donald Trump read off a TelePrompTer. And in a stunning development — are you sitting down? — he then did not stomp all over his message by saying monumentally stupid things for the rest of the week. No, really! True, his message was stomped all over by the shakeup news from his campaign, but this is actually an improvement for Trump. There wasn’t a single tweet or off-the-cuff statement at a rally that derailed Trump’s message this week — which has got to be a new record for him. How many days can he keep this up? We certainly don’t know, as evidenced by the fact that on Monday we wrote of the inevitability of it already happening by the end of the week — which we have to admit turned out not to be the case at all.

    Before we get to the shakeup, a word about Trump’s messaging this week. He actually read three TelePrompTer speeches this week, and he seems to be improving (somewhat) on his delivery with each one. The first was on the subject of defeating terrorism and foreign policy in general. The Morning Joe program helpfully put together a mashup video of just a few of the things he said in Monday’s speech that utterly contradict what he’s said about the subjects in the past, which is pretty amusing to watch. The second was a law-and-order speech in front of a mostly-white audience, warning of the dangers of urban crime (which has been par for the course for Republicans since Richard Nixon’s time, it’s worth noting). By week’s end, Trump had made some astonishing news in the third speech, but we’ll get to that in a moment.

    The campaign shakeup news was rather ominous for Republicans, since Trump pushed aside the only guy running his campaign who has had actual experience running campaigns before, and replaced him with two additions — a woman who worked for Todd Akin’s campaign (in the “outreach to women” job — you just can’t make this stuff up), and a guy who ran Breitbart News, a website for those who think that Fox News is just another part of the mainstream media’s liberal conspiracy. Yes, there are people out there who think Fox isn’t rightwingy enough, and they all apparently get their news from Breitbart. They also get plenty of conspiracy theories, but that almost goes without saying. The new theme for the campaign, as Shapiro referenced above, is going to be returning to “letting Trump be Trump.” Hoo boy. Buckle up, boys and girls!

    Little-noticed in the midst of all this news was the very first poll Breitbart ever commissioned, which was intended to “unskew” all that liberal polling saying Trump wasn’t beating Clinton. The only problem was that even after all this unskewing, Clinton still beat Trump by five points. Guess they’ll have to rework that unskewing formula, eh?

    But back to the Trump campaign. With Trump adding a Breitbart executive to his campaign, the rest of the Republican Party spent the entire week waiting for the other shoe to drop. Nobody knew what form it would take, but this morning that shoe hit the ground with a thump, with the announcement that Paul Manafort would be stepping down from the Trump campaign. All week long, the Trump campaign had insisted that they weren’t going through a shakeup at all, they were instead expanding the campaign by hiring more people to run things. This falsehood was exposed with Manafort’s resignation. The Trump campaign is now being run by people who have never run a national campaign for anyone before. And it’s worth pointing out that this isn’t the first such top-level shakeup in Trump’s campaign (and likely won’t be the last).

    All of this news has led to noticeable glee over in the Clinton camp (and among Democrats in general). It’s easy to understand such giddiness, since Clinton’s recent polling is so strong, both in battleground states and in previously-deep-red states as well. Tim Kaine is campaigning in places like Wyoming, Idaho, and Missouri (to be fair, the first two aren’t realistic for Clinton to even hope for, as he was just fundraising there from wealthy Democrats). People are beginning to ask whether Trump’s defeat will rival Barry Goldwater’s — and it’s only August. With Trump doubling down on “being Trump,” things look pretty rosy for Hillary Clinton right now.

    But there’s a cautionary tale running through the week that few inside-the-Beltway pundits have so far noticed. Could Trump actually be successfully pivoting, in the midst of the shakeup? He gave three TelePrompTer speeches, and had zero blowups this week. He didn’t say (or tweet) anything so radical it dominated the news cycle in a negative way — this during a week when naked Donald Trump statues mockingly appeared in multiple U.S. cities (more on that in the awards). He introduced his first two television ads of the general election. This is all new, for Trump. To end the week, Trump decided to pay a visit to flooding victims in Louisiana — an opportunity for him to show some compassion and “look presidential.” And in the third of those speeches he read this week, he kind-of sort-of apologized for all his previous outrageous statements. Here’s what he read off the screen:

    Sometimes in the heat of debate, and speaking on a multitude of issues, you don’t choose the right words or you say the wrong thing. I have done that. And believe it or not, I regret it. I do regret it, particularly where it may have caused personal pain. Too much is at stake for us to be consumed with these issues. But one thing; I can promise you this: I will always tell you the truth.

    Laughable as that might sound (especially that last line), this appears to be the first time Donald Trump has ever even remotely admitted any sort of mistake he’s made during the campaign. So, to review: three speeches read from prepared texts, two new television ads that will run in battleground states, one presidential-looking photo op, zero speeches ad-libbed at rallies, zero new controversial statements, and one semi-apology. That’s a much more focused Trump than we’ve yet seen. So perhaps all the Democratic celebration about his new campaign team might be a wee bit premature. Has Trump truly pivoted? Has he ridden out his own personal poopstorm? Time will tell. Perhaps this is all the final influence of Manafort, on his way out — perhaps next week Trump will return to form. But even with all the campaign shakeup news, Trump had a better week on the campaign trail than usual.

    Finally, before we move along to the awards, we have to say a formal goodbye to John McLaughlin, who died earlier this week. The McLaughlin Group was a pioneer in political television, and for many (without cable subscriptions) was the only view into the contentious world that cable political shows have regularly become. With regulars on the right like Pat Buchanan and on the left people like Clarence Page, the show was always pretty freewheeling and interesting to watch. Countless political shows were inspired by their format, and McLaughlin had actually been trained as a Jesuit priest, which includes formal training in forming an argument (pro or con), so he was always able to examine strange angles and odd views that others routinely missed. OK, occasionally this veered into conspiratorial thinking, but McLaughlin usually seemed to be playing devil’s advocate (rather than “true believer”) by bringing such subjects up.

    We’ll miss seeing John, and we’ll miss his show. Every year in this space, we run our year-end list of “McLaughlin awards,” since his categories were so complete and well-thought out. So we have a personal connection to the show (even if they never knew about it). So, in homage, there is only one possible way to salute John McLaughlin: with the final phrase he used to close each of his shows, to show how we will miss his presence.

    “Bye-bye.”

     

    Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week

    Occasionally, we redefine our awards, and this seems a dandy week to do so. Rather than handing out a Most Impressive Democrat Of The Week this week, we are handing out a Most Impressive Anarchist Collective Of The Week award instead. We thought that changing it to the MIACOTW award would be more appreciated by an anarchist group, who might be offended by being linked to any official political party (even in an award).

    The group INDECLINE had already made a name for itself by creating the largest-ever piece of illegal graffiti, by painting a political statement on a deserted military landing strip in the Mojave Desert. That’s pretty cool, we have to admit, especially when you consider that they spent $ 20,000 creating it.

    But this week, INDECLINE outdid themselves, by placing a rather unflattering statue of a naked Donald Trump in five American cities (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Cleveland, and Seattle). Being anarchists, they didn’t ask anyone’s permission, just set the statue up (and epoxied it to the ground, to make it harder to remove). This bit of political theater was even given a name: “The Emperor Has No Balls.” Reportedly, the statue didn’t, but it’s hard to tell from the available photos.

    The artist, a guy from Las Vegas who goes by “Ginger,” reportedly “has a long history of designing monsters for haunted houses and horror movies.” That certainly seems like experience enough to create such monstrous statues, at least in our humble opinion.

    The people behind the political theater knew their installations would be temporary. Reportedly, Cleveland was the fastest to remove it, while some in San Francisco are looking to preserve the statue in a suitable place. No real surprise there, we suppose.

    Regular readers of this column will know that we are suckers for political theater (good, bad, and indifferent). As always, such theater must be judged on how amusing it is and how effective it is. On both these scales, “The Emperor Has No Balls” has to rate somewhere near the top end. It’s funny, it made a huge splash online, and now millions of people have laughed at a naked Trump provided by a group that few had ever previously heard of. All around, that’s pretty impressive, and well worth our special Most Impressive Anarchist Collective Of The Week award. Well done!

    [Congratulate INDECLINE on their official contact page, to let them know you appreciate their efforts.]

     

    Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week

    This one wasn’t hard to select this week. Former Pennsylvania state attorney general Kathleen Kane easily wins the Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week award for being convicted of nine criminal charges, two of them felonies. It’s pretty disappointing when any Democrat is convicted of crimes, but when it is the person who is in charge of the entire state’s justice and law enforcement divisions, it reaches a whole ‘nother level.

    The whole story is convoluted and rather sad. It began with the Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno scandal, widened to sexist and racist emails, and wound up in a personal vendetta Kane waged against a political rival. The scandal not only shook up the Penn State’s athletic department but also brought down two justices on the state supreme court, and even Kane’s twin sister (who, it turned out, had sent some of the emails).

    At the heart of the charges against Kane was a leak of grand jury evidence that she later tried to pin on a scapegoat rather than admitting to leaking. Not only did Kane commit the crime, she also tried to cover it up, to put it more bluntly.

    Kane was once considered a rising star among Pennsylvania Democrats, but not any more (to put it mildly). Among her other woes this week, we simply have to add our own Most Disappointing Democrat Of The Week. This was a shameful episode in the midst of an investigation of an even-more-shameful crime, and there’s simply nothing good to say about it.

    [Since Kathleen Kane has quit her office, she is now a private citizen, and our longstanding policy is not to provide contact info for people not currently serving in office.]

     

    Friday Talking Points

    Volume 404 (8/19/16)

    We should really just be able to write “Volume 404 — Talking Points Not Found” here, but we fear few would get the joke (and it’d be awfully lazy to do so). Kidding aside, we actually do have to admit we have been rather lazy in putting together the talking points for the past month or so. This was due to the fact that all it took was repackaging what Republicans were saying about Donald Trump. No Democratic input was even necessary — just repeating the scathing things Republicans were saying was enough.

    This week, we’re going to try to wean ourselves off this habit, by only providing a mere three (less than half!) of our talking points directly from Republicans slamming Trump. And we promise, our last talking point is one of the funniest we’ve come across yet, so there’s that to look forward to.

    As always, use these talking points responsibly, and refrain from operating heavy machinery while doing so. Heh.

     

    1
       The middle finger

    The Washington Post set the tone for what was going on this week, most notably in a headline to an article run immediately after the first news of the Trump campaign shakeup:

    Donald Trump’s Hire Of Breitbart News Chief Is A Middle Finger To The GOP Establishment

     

    2
       Right back atcha…

    Of course, to be fair, the number of Republicans giving Trump the finger has been growing for weeks, now.

    “You can’t really blame Trump for turning his back on the GOP establishment, because they’ve been running away from his campaign in droves. The letter begging the R.N.C. to pull all money from Trump in a desperate attempt to salvage Congress, which was released last week, was initially said to have 70 signatures of Republicans on it. Now it’s got more than 100. Maybe by next week it’ll have another 50, who knows? Also last week, a member of George W. Bush’s cabinet came out in support of Hillary Clinton. Will the last Republican to leave Trump’s campaign please turn out the lights?”

     

    3
       Divine intervention necessary

    George Shultz weighed in on Trump this week, too.

    “When George Shultz — one of the most-respected Republican foreign policy voices around — was asked recently about the prospect of a Trump administration, his response was brief and personal: ‘God help us.’ Shultz is right — if Donald Trump is elected president, this country is going to need all the divine intervention it can possibly get.”

     

    4
       Sorry, you can’t come in

    Even right-wing pundits are getting in on the act.

    “What with all the news about Trump’s campaign shakeup, the content of his Monday TelePrompTer speech was all but ignored. But Washington Post conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin (whose column is even called ‘Right Turn,’ so you know where she’s coming from) hilariously took Trump to task for his concept of ‘extreme vetting.’ Rubin pointed out that Trump might just be a victim of his own program, if his ‘extreme vetting’ idea were ever to become law. Trump would fail on the metrics of ‘shares American values and respect for the American people,’ as well as falling short on being one of ‘those who we expect to flourish in our country and to embrace a tolerant American society.’ Be careful what you wish for, Donald, as you might not pass your own test quite as easily as you might think.”

     

    5
       What, precisely, was Trump apologizing for?

    The list is a long one.

    “Donald Trump issued a blanket ‘apology’ this week. It was actually a non-apology, merely that he ‘regretted’ having said some things which ‘may have caused personal pain,’ but it’s as close to saying ‘I’m sorry’ as we’re ever likely to get. But his remarks were generic, with no specifics. The Washington Post then helpfully compiled a list of two dozen things he might have been referring to. Somebody needs to ask Trump which items on this list his non-apology apology covers, just to clear things up. With so many to choose from, inquiring minds want to know precisely what Trump actually ‘regrets’ having said so far.”

     

    6
       A conspiracy theory that makes sense

    The facts do seem to fit….

    “Since Donald Trump began running, I’ve heard a lot of wild-eyed conspiracy theories from the left over what his plans actually were going to turn out to be. Most of these involved reading Trump’s mind and figuring out what his next move would be. Almost all of them have so far been proven hilariously wrong. My personal favorite was: ‘Trump will drop out of the primaries the minute he loses his first state.’ Or maybe: ‘Bill Clinton talked Donald into destroying the Republican Party’ — that was a fun one, right? But there’s a new conspiracy theory on the scene which actually could make a whole lot of sense. Is Donald Trump merely using a run for the presidency to launch his own branded media empire? Will ‘Trump News’ soon be on the air, competing with Fox News? Trump has reportedly been cozying up to Roger Ailes, and now he’s got the head of Breitbart News running his campaign, so it’s pretty easy to see how the effort could morph into ‘Trump TV,’ right after he loses in a landslide to Hillary Clinton. I mean, it could all make a twisted sort of sense, don’t you think?”

     

    7
       Score one for NYC Parks

    Issuing dry press releases all day in a mundane local government department must get pretty boring. And then a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity crosses your desk….

    “The funniest thing I’ve heard this week was the official New York City parks department response, after they removed a nude statue of Donald Trump which had been illegally mounted in Union Square. Whoever came up with this gem deserves a raise, or a promotion to a P.R. job where they can better utilize their obvious skills. After removing the statue, an official statement was then released: ‘NYC Parks stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small.’ NYC Parks certainly rose to that occasion, as it were.”

     

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    Derailment And How To Manage It

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    In the world of psychology, derailment describes thought processes that veer off track, go awry, stray from the thought. Like a car that has skidded off the road, the ideas fail to arrive at their destination. In the realm of politics, derailment refers to a tactic by those in power that deflects attention away from complaints about abuse or wrongdoing by introducing an alternative topic. This blog explores derailment as a diversion from a life goal, and how it’s possible to get back on course.

    In his journal, the writer John Cheever alluded to a loss of continuity at a critical point in his life. “It seems that in my coming of age I missed a year–perhaps a day or an hour….The consecutiveness of growth has been damaged. But how can I go back and find this moment that was lost?” Although the impact of Cheever’s derailment extends beyond the scope of this blog, his expression highlights the common problem.

    In the newly released movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, the heroine, Florence, contracted syphilis from her first husband. As a result, she didn’t bear children and was deprived of a fulfilling family life. That derailment led her to devote her life to singing and supporting the musical world with the fortune she inherited from her father.

    We assume an extreme diversion is equivalent to a disaster, but the event may actually represent a chance to recover a “lost” direction or passion. The classic story of The Little Prince (recently made into a popular movie) can be viewed as a metaphorical derailment in the realm of literature. As a young boy, the protagonist of the story drew a boa constrictor swallowing an elephant. But the adults insisted that the drawing resembled a hat. Unimpressed with the child’s skill, the grown-ups redirected him from artistic to practical studies– geography, history, arithmetic, and grammar. “That is why I abandoned, at the age of six, a magnificent career as an artist,” the protagonist says, justifying his profession as a pilot. Years later, his plane crashed in the middle of the desert, and he was visited by a little prince who commanded him to draw. The little prince may well represent the pilot’s imagination or alter ego that harbored his desire to become an artist.

    In real life, a patient of mine, Ms. W., experienced a serious depression, a kind of psychological crash. During her hospitalization, she recalled that in her youth, she had aspired to become a singer. In the hospital, she had the opportunity to connect her depression with the long-forgotten ambition. Upon her recovery, she studied voice and became a successful musician.

    Conclusion: Although we can’t undo the past, we can recognize a derailment and take action to get back on track.

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    To Fight Zika Beyond Florida We Need Better Sex Education

    In light of the recent news that Zika virus could stay in semen for more than six months ― twice as long as scientists previously though the virus could be detected ― it’s time for the United States to ramp up its focus on the major mechanism for Zika virus transmission after mosquitos: sex.

    “For the public health community, Zika represents an unprecedented emergency,” Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wrote in the Journal of the American Medical Association in August.

    “Never before, to our knowledge, has a mosquito-borne virus been associated with human birth defects or been capable of sexual transmission,” Frieden wrote. “The effects of brain damage due to microcephaly and consequences of other Zika-related birth defects are likely devastating, lifelong, and costly.”

    As Zika virus spreads, with at least 55 countries and territories reporting local transmissions, according to the CDC, and the United States reporting two areas of active transmission in Florida, health officials like Frieden have called for increased safe-sex messaging, even for people outside active Zika zones.

    New York City is ramping up its public health messaging on sexually transmitted infections to include Zika virus in coming weeks, The New York Times reports. The campaign will feature posters, fliers, radio and television ads, in addition to deploying community health workers to communicate the risks of sexually transmitted Zika in person. 

    Florida’s sex ed blunder

    But not everyone is making public health a priority. In Florida’s Broward County, which is adjacent to Miami-Dade County, where active Zika transmissions are occurring, abstinence-only rhetoric is trumping public safety ― at least for now.

    According to Miami news station WSVN 7News, Broward County removed two AIDS Healthcare Foundation billboards that featured unrolled condoms reminding people that safe sex “prevents Zika transmissions.”

    The Fort Lauderdale mayor’s office and tourism board pressured the company to take down the signs, Michael Kahane, a spokesman for the foundation, told the station. “They felt, I guess, that they could impact tourism,” Kahane said. “I find it completely disgusting.”

    Still, neither the mayor’s office nor the tourism board is taking credit for the sign’s removal, so it’s unclear who is behind the billboard takedown.

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    Using condoms is key to curbing sexually transmitted infection, including Zika virus, but health experts cautioned against overstating Zika’s sexual transmission risk compared to the larger risk of transmission via mosquitos.

    Travel-related Zika virus is a major concern. The CDC currently recommends that pregnant women avoid traveling to areas with active Zika transmissions and use condoms or abstain from sex if their partner has traveled to a Zika outbreak area in the last six months. 

    Dr. Federico Laham, the medical director of infectious disease at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando stressed that it’s also important for doctors to ask pregnant patients about their travel histories, regardless of whether or not the Aedes aegypti mosquito is present in their areas of practice.

    One major challenge for health officials trying to curb sexually transmitted Zika in their respective cities is that it’s difficult to craft definitive public health and safe sex recommendations, because no one knows for sure how long Zika virus can stay active ― or remain capable of transmitting infection ― in men’s semen. 

    That information is “very important if you are trying to craft a prevention method to your community,” Laham told The Huffington Post. “Any couple expecting a child will live with a lot of anxiety. It’s important for health officials to deliver a clear message.”

    Zika isn’t the only STI that can hurt unborn babies

    For Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a professor of medicine in the infectious disease and global health divisions at the University of California Los Angeles, focusing on sexually transmitted Zika and the risk it poses to pregnant women misses the point.

    “Zika is important, but we need a much broader holistic approach to address infections in pregnant women,” Klausner said. 

    He cited congenital syphilis ― when a pregnant woman infected with the disease passes it to her child ― as a more common STI, with equally grave consequences. Indeed, congenital syphilis can cause severe illness, miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant death, as well as blindness, nervous system damage and deformity if left untreated. 

    “When things are common and they occur regularly people forget about them,” Klausner said. “We need to remind people of the day-to-day risks.” 

    There were 12 cases of congenital syphilis per 100,000 live births in 2014, an increase from 8 per 100,000 live births in 2012, according to the CDC.

    Klausner believes defunded health departments and communicable disease programs in the wake of the 2008 recession is making it even harder to address issues like congenital syphilis and Zika virus.

    He’s also frustrated by Congress, which failed to pass a Zika bill before leaving for summer vacation this year.

    “You can’t trade the health of one population because of ideological views,” he said. “When Congress does come back, it’s going to be important for local constituents to demand a response.”

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