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It’s time to invoke the Buffett Rule. That’s Jimmy’s, not Warren’s. Let us explain why.
The Buffett Rule, as put forward by President Obama, was an attempt to raise the minimum tax paid by a person earning more than a million dollars a year to a minimum of 30 percent. The president developed the rule in response to billionaire investor Warren Buffett commenting in writing and interviews that he thought wealthy folks like him should be willing and required to pay more
“Mumbai did not leave deep scars; it healed deep wounds,” writes Master Charles Cannon in Forgiving the Unforgivable, the true story of how he and his 24 associates from the Synchronicity Foundation for Modern Spirituality responded to terror when they were caught up in the 2008 attack on the 5-star Oberoi Hotel. Many might wonder how this modern spiritual teacher from Virginia could say such a thing when four from his group were seriously injured and two — a father and his 13-year-old daughter — were murdered.
For this reason I felt some apprehension when picking up the book to prepare for a scheduled podcast discussion with Master Charles on the subject of forgiveness. Whilst I wanted to learn how a group of people caught up in the 45-hour siege could instantly embrace compassionate forgiveness, I was not convinced it was true. To talk of the attack as a “peak” experience and for members of the group to say they were “grateful” for it, or describe being in state of “bliss” on their return, is a difficult and delicate message to
Last week, Wisconsin Planned Parenthood announced it would no longer provide medical abortion, or abortion using medicines, due to new state regulations that make the procedure onerous.
At a time when the pool of abortion providers is shrinking and abortion clinics are closing, medical abortion can truly increase women’s access, particularly to those in underserved areas. For legislators who want to end access to abortion under any circumstances, medical abortion is an obvious target. We’ve seen in the past year a growth in efforts to specifically restrict medical abortion and target abortion
What do you own that’s more valuable than money and more precious than jewels, but can’t be locked up in a safe? Your identity. And thieves will do anything to take it.
In 2010 alone, 8.1 million people were victims of identity theft, according to an annual survey of consumer fraud from Javelin Strategy & Research. Identity theft is the most commonly reported consumer complaint. If you have a credit card and a Social Security number, you’re at
You know what I would really love to see?
I’d love to see a huge outcry when, next fall, the broadcast networks unveil schedules that are full of TV shows that are full of white characters and which will be, for the most part, created and run by men.
You know what I’d love to see?
I’d love to see a mass campaign catch fire, one in which thousands of TV viewers bombard the heads of the broadcast networks and cable networks, asking those executives why they don’t commission more shows from women and people of color.
I’ve written about the sexism in the TV industry many times. By any measure, the television industry is woefully behind the times and shockingly unwilling to change. According to statistics from the Writers Guild of America, women have never exceeded 28 percent of working writers, and according to statistics from the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film, the representation of women in television has actually dropped from 35 percent in the 2006-2007 season to 15 percent in
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“As long as there are people who will kill for gain and power, or who are simply insane, we will need people called warriors who are willing to kill to stop them. I’ve done my part.”
– Karl Marlantes, “What It Is like to Go to War”
American popular culture thrives on shock value. We have come to accept and even expect to be offended by talk radio, rock stars, comedians and YouTube videos.
Yet when it counts the most, in real life we demand at all costs not to be offended. When it comes to faith, politics or war, we’ve learned we must water down our own
He holds the microphone pressed to his mouth and his dreadlocks swing restlessly across his back. Raudel Collazo is on stage: sweating, singing, talking, the whole time a chorus of applause joining the music. After the concert he returns to his house in Guines, to the narrow broken sidewalk along which he walks his daughter to school, to his mother with the white wrap around her head. The documentary Despertar (Awakening), directed by Anthony Bubaire and Ricardo Figueredo, explores the man who gives his body over to banned
The drama of three young Cubans taking the not-inconsequential step of escaping their country to the (possibly) welcoming arms of the United States is traced in startling detail in Una Noche. Filming on-location, director Lucy Mulloy makes her feature film debut by capturing a compellingly credible portrayal of life in modern-day Havana — the struggle for a decent job, the quest for the simple essentials of life, and the difficulty of implementing the 90 mile voyage that would take one away from the oppressive poverty.
Lucy and I met up outside Tribeca’s press lounge to discuss the film.
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The end justifies the means, said philosopher Machiavelli in his composition The Prince, suggesting that morals have no value in the quest for victory. While this may have worked for 16th-century authoritarian rulers who were aided by a certain level of secrecy, these tactics have a way of coming back to haunt people who have TV cameras filming their every move.
Welcome to the era of Machiavelli 2.0, when entering a TV competition program gives contestants the excuse to be as despicable as they like, because the public will witness the horrors that unfold and understand that it was all just part of “the game.” Covert tactics are expected on shows like Survivor and Big Brother, where backstabbing and deception are necessary steps in manipulating the competition, and some of the sneakiest players have been the best (Russell Franz from Survivor could teach officials at the Pentagon how to deploy psychological warfare against the enemy). Then there have been contestants who seemed to spend less time playing the game and more time turning on each other, perhaps in desperate attempts to thin out the competition, or just for the thrill of the kill.
Here are the best of the worst, the most dangerous of villains, the nastiest players whose tactics would make even Machiavelli himself blush.
Jaremi Carey, AKA ‘Phi Phi O’Hara’ On ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 4
America loves drag queens (Mrs. Doubtfire and The Birdcage still play on TV after almost 20 years), and much of their appeal comes from their skills in “throwing shade,” the craft of delivering a put-down with aplomb and a touch of
There are several “sustainable” certification labels that appear on coffee. I love coffee, but what do all those environmental coffee labels mean? Is one certification better than the other? When choosing coffee that is reported to be more sustainable than conventional coffee, what should we pay attention to? Thanks to a graduate student of mine (Gloria Lentijo), who worked on biodiversity projects with coffee farmers in Columbia , we have some descriptions of different certification programs.
USADA Organic Certification
Aims to promote and enhance natural soil activity and cycling of resources, which helps to create a rich and fertile substrate for the crop and maintain ecological balance by prohibiting use of artificially produced (synthetic) agrochemicals. Growers must develop procedures to ensure only coffee from certified plantations is harvested, and because most coffee is harvested by hand, containers or bags used during harvest must be clean: they cannot previously have contained or been treated with prohibited substances. Certification agencies not only monitor organic standards during production but also during processing and handling to avoid contaminants coming from sanitizers or chemical
Last year was the costliest year in natural disasters that the world has ever seen. According to a report issued by global reinsurance firm Munich Re, world disasters in 2011 caused damages exceeding more than a third of a trillion dollars. And, experts at The World Bank predict that natural disasters will only get worse in the future, largely due to two powerful trends: burgeoning cities and a changing climate.
As the world prepares to cope with the high costs and other devastating effects of future earthquakes, tsunamis and more, it must find a better way to manage the chaotic environment that follows these
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The
After some of these days, I’d give a lot for a quick, mindless read.
Can’t do it.
But every once in a while a book is pressed upon me and “page-turner” passes someone’s lips. And once in a great while I pluck that book from the pile and put it to my usual the-first-paragraph-better-be-good-or-I’m-outta-here test. A few minutes later and — surprise! — off to Goodwill it goes.
The other night, I stacked the wood high in the fireplace, set out a stack of books that their publishers swore I’d love, poured a short glass of a top-grade warming fluid, and picked up “Temptation,” by Douglas Kennedy, a popular novelist completely unknown to me.
The first paragraph: “I always wanted to be rich. I know that probably sounds crass, but it’s the
Huffpost readers have an advance, exclusive peek inside David Frum’s much-buzzed-about new Washington political satire, “Patriots,” which will be serialized this week — the first novel ever serialized on the Huffington Post.
Chapters from the book will be posted daily for the coming week, with the full novel available for downloading on April 30, or in paperback form on May 7. You can read Frum on why he decided to write fiction here. For Part One, go
Tonight you’ll meditate. You really will.
Tomorrow, you’ll figure out a way to fit in that yoga class, between getting your kids to school and making it to work on time.
This week, you’ll start inching toward that elusive “work/life” balance you keep reading about, keep a positive attitude, and work in plenty of “me time” without neglecting any responsibilities. Really, you will.
If you’re like a lot of us, you tell yourself things like this every day but still struggle to make it all
Dear Victoria’s Secret,
Let me first say that I love you. I hosted a viewing party for your much-anticipated runway show in November, and you did not disappoint. I’m continuously pleased with the diversity you embrace in your catalogues and ad campaigns. I enjoy many of your products and have been a loyal customer for years.
However, when I stepped into your store a few weeks ago to restock my basic intimates, I was
I was still in medical training when I was called to testify in defense of Oprah Winfrey in the infamous “meat defamation” trial. If you remember, Oprah swore she would never eat another burger again after hearing that cows were being fed the remains of other cattle. After she tried to remind the audience that cows were supposed to be herbivores, the meat industry representative defended the practice by stating, “Now keep in mind, before you view the ruminant animal, the cow, as simply a vegetarian — remember that they drink milk.” The absurdity of the statement aside, it’s not even entirely accurate. In modern agribusiness, humans drink the
We all know the actual act of skiing or riding is only a small portion of saying “I’m a skier” or “I ride.” There are so many other factors that the Liftopia team has addressed this season: Your gear, the apres ski scene, your “look,” the music.
But, you need to get to the hill in style, right? So Team Liftopia threw their opinions into the mixer, and I’ve assembled a list of the best ski cars.
What are your favorite ski cars? Whatever yours may be, throw a Liftopia sticker on the back, do a donut and go ski!
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Go to any ski town, park at the coffee shop that locals frequent and count how many Subarus you see. I’ve owned two. The first was a white with baby blue interior 1989 DL, and it dominated. Later I had an Outback that had side-view mirror
Ayubowan: A big warm wet (tropical rainstorm) welcome from Colombo, Sri Lanka all!
Between the horn honking and the call to prayer, dawn came early here in Colombo.
We have entered the second half (already?) of our around the world travel adventure competition and chase to win the 2012 crown as The World’s Greatest Travelers.
The Global Scavenger Hunt’s Leader Board looks like this today from Sri Lanka after four legs are behind us: The defending champions Zoe and Rainey of the USA (Team Lawyers without Borders) have a slim lead over Fiona and Katrina (Team Sydney Sisters) in second place after Thailand’s rather mischievous Six Hour Layover Challenge.
In third place, and still well within sight of a first-place finish, are the Kiwi team of Saskia and Andrew (Team You’re not in Guatemala now Dr. Ropata), with our mix ‘n’ match team of Geoff (from New Zealand) and James (from USA) (aka Team 2 Steps Ahead), close behind in fourth place. It is still any team’s event with six legs to go!
So here we are in Sri
Ally Carr is a girl with a passion. Much to my delight, my vivacious 15-year-old daughter is a talented and determined athlete who loves volleyball and softball and gives 110% to each of her teams.
She’s been playing both sports this spring, just as her beloved Phillies return to the field. Watching her in practices and games reminds me of just how great it is for kids to participate in team sports.
A few weeks ago, Ally was at practice, working hard, as usual, when her cleat caught in the turf while she was running the bases. As she tumbled to the ground, she immediately felt pain and thought she had hyperextended her
Over the centuries, there have been many stories and fairy tales shared among those inhabiting the Dolomites, sometimes changing and evolving but always routed in the beautiful land and mountainous terrain surrounding them. The stories paint intriguing pictures and attempt to describe everyday life in an exciting, romantic and extraordinary way. Some are meant to teach lessons or instill good values, but all are meant to entertain and captivate the listener.
For thousands of years, the Dolomites have been home to a unique people, the Ladins, whose culture is steeped in deep routed history and tradition. As with any ancient society, there have been plenty of stories and legends that have been told and retold, passed on from generation to
Not to long ago America’s airline industry announced self-congratulatory news touting their improved safety records. On behalf of all nervous fliers we’d like to thank you killing fewer of us than you did last year. Now, how about focusing on your primary role: real first-class ease of travel and comfort for all in truly friendly skies?
Air travelers know that for every flight, you can plan to spend three additional hours outside of the actual travel time doing things like getting to the airport, parking, trudging to the gate at the end of the last terminal, standing in line and waiting, mind-numbing waiting due to weather problems, tardy cockpit crews and the latest: pilots and flight attendants being restrained by passengers due to their giant melt-downs because they work in airplanes!
In spite of convincing airline safety statistics, many of us have a genuine anxiety about flying. It’s not so much that the plane will fall out of the sky — although to some of us it’s always a possibility — it’s more about the entire truly tortuous air travel