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Hedonomics II: The Little Things

Happiness
over 4 years ago

It’s not all economics, with respect to (the aforementioned) Laureates Sen and Stiglitz. It can be as simple as finding daily rituals. Make the bed. Plant a garden. It’s a start. Gretchen Rubin knows. Rubin’s The Happiness Project was deeply informed by a woman she now considers her “spiritual ...

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Food Stamp Chic

Missing
over 4 years ago

“In the John Waters-esque sector of northwest Baltimore -- equal parts kitschy, sketchy, artsy and weird -- Gerry Mak and Sarah Magida sauntered through a small ethnic market stocked with Japanese eggplant, mint chutney and fresh turmeric. After gathering ingredients for that evening's dinner, they ...

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Unfinished Balkans

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over 4 years ago

The Western Balkans remains the missing piece of a strong, free Europe, write The Wall Street Journal commentators, and the US must work hard to help slot it into place. Jeanne Shaheen and George Voinovich remark that after two devastating world wars in Europe, the US and its allies made the ...

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Standing Firm

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over 4 years ago

Washington is standing firm as US relations with Israel hit a “crisis of historic proportions” over a dispute about Israel’s plans to expand a settlement in east Jerusalem. The White House refused to back down yesterday, stalling peace talks. “As Palestinians threatened to boycott future talks ...

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Diabetes Eating Disorder

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over 4 years ago

Sufferers of diabetes need to be extra-careful about controlling their food intake and weight, but have the double problem of needing treatment which makes them hungry. “Attempts to maintain healthy blood sugar levels and prevent weight gain may suggest an eating disorder when the disease and its ...

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Bacterial Fingerprint

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over 4 years ago

The “bacterial communities” that live on human skin are now thought to form colonies on inanimate objects regularly touched by human hands, such as your computer keyboard. These bacterial fingerprints have been discovered by microbiologists Rob Knight and Noah Ferrier of the University of Colorado ...

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Pragmatic Philosophy

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over 4 years ago

“’Pragmatic’ is a compliment sometimes paid to politicians (Barack Obama’s supporters describe him that way), and it is often used as an honorific indicating a person of common sense who knows how to get things done. ‘Pragmatic’ is also related (at least etymologically) to pragmatism, the name of a ...

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Spilling Blood

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over 4 years ago

The swaths of Red Shirt supporters demonstrating in the Thai capital, Bangkok, appears to have dwindled dramatically as the group prepares to spill blood on the steps of parliament. For the past 48 hours about 100,000 protestors have demonstrated in support of former prime minister Thaksi Shinawatra ...

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Divided Commonality

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over 4 years ago

“’Two nations, divided by a common language’ is how somebody once described Britain and America. ‘Two nations, divided by a common politics’ is another way to put it. Ever since the days of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the political fortunes of the United States and Britain have tracked and ...