How long will we allow the climate deniers the prominence and weight that lets them give our political leaders cover to run and hide from reality? Two men in Massachusetts decided: No longer. This past May, they used their lobster boat to block a coal freighter from docking at a Massachusetts power station. They turned themselves in and faced charges that could have resulted in two years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines. But last week, the local district attorney stood on the courthouse steps and announced that he had dropped the criminal charges. "Climate change is one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced," he said. "In my humble opinion, the political leadership on this issue has been gravely lacking." He then announced his intention to be at the People's Climate March in New York.
Why does the world seem to celebrate schmoozers, and what might we be missing when we assume quieter people have nothing worth saying? This persuasive talk from author (and self-proclaimed introvert) Susan Cain will leave you questioning your assumptions about what makes a good leader, and you may see the people in your life a bit differently - yourself included.
Regardless of the soundness of the president's strategy, to ensure greater success in defeating ISIS, three distinct interlinked aspects must be factored in. Acting accordingly will permanently degrade ISIS and prevent it from rising again to pose a serious threat to our allies in the Middle East and Western security in the future.
I'm not one of those who scoffed at the President, a few weeks back, when he told reporters that he had not yet developed a strategy to confront ISIL -- the precursor to IS. Despite the rants of critics on the right, I want my President to spend time developing a strategy.
I've often said on my show that domestic violence is a silent epidemic. Right now, in the aftermath of the NFL controversy surrounding several players' involvement in domestic abuse cases, it's anything but silent. We have arrived at a teachable moment in America for children and adults.
These days, the barrier to advancing is more likely to be self-constructed. That's right: Your own worst workplace nemesis is you.
Saying "yes" to her often means saying "no" to him -- or forcing him to watch from the sidelines. Saying "no" to both seems easier -- more fair -- though I am now seeing that it is the former rather than the latter.
This sends a very clear message to children in this country, boys in particular, who aspire to be athletes, or those who simply see these athletes as role models. The time has come to flip that message and make it one of zero tolerance.
Scotland's independence vote has been cast, and its citizens chose overwhelmingly to remain part of Great Britain. But this historic vote should be studied by all those who want to affect political and economic change around the world, because there are important lessons to be learned.
As we celebrate the rascally Murray's 64th birthday, let's take a quick look at some roles he missed or passed on, and wonder what might have been.
Patriarchy makes good use of the issue of privacy. Behind that curtain -- or those elevator doors -- it can still swagger and intimidate and hurt. Then, if the victim refuses to press the case, the state is reluctant to intervene.
It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.
This has nothing to do with privacy. I'm so tired of people blabbering on about how we need to respect people's privacy. Sexuality shouldn't be a private matter. It certainly isn't for straight people.
It's so important for girls and teens to develop the courage and self-esteem to know that they can accomplish anything they want in life, and I hope that through my continued work with Girl Scouts of the USA, we can help enable girls across the country to reach their full potential.
The Openly Secular coalition hopes to eliminate the social costs of coming forward. It is lamentable that people fear they are risking their jobs, businesses and personal relationships, simply through being true to who they are.
For almost everybody in Scotland the referendum vote is seen as not the end of the matter; the key question is, "What now?"
In the difficult aftermath of extreme weather events, higher rates of physical violence against women also often occur, notably in two of the most economically developed countries in the world: the United States and Australia.
French Jews certainly have had enough of all this. Are we still at home, they ask themselves, in this strange country where the vilest anti-Zionism, the stubbornest Holocaust denial, and the murkiest competition for victimhood are combining to produce a new and potentially devastating form of anti-Semitism?
There is here, surely, a delicious irony in Obama and Kerry taking upon their shoulders the task of seeking the "delegitimization" of the very doctrine from which the Saudi kingdom is derived.
The first major choice students make is in selecting their college, and it's clear some campuses offer a better shot at fitness success than others.
Our colleges and universities aspire to help students to find what John Dewey called "the large and human significance" in their lives and work. This requires not just teaching to the test and not just parroting critiques. It requires learning to think with contexts and concepts, deploying cooperation and creativity.
The scientific debate about whether human-caused global warming exists is long over. The remaining window of time for the needed transformation is short, and the only real issue is how we respond. This is where U. S. leadership is most critical.
The only thing keeping the Republicans in the game is the Kochs and their big-money friends dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the pot, and McConnell and other party leaders know it.
In the past year and a half, I've given over 100 keynote speeches and hundreds of presentations, and things have changed dramatically. I still get nervous occasionally, but public speaking is now one of my favorite activities. Here are the five steps that have been most helpful in reducing my anxiety.
It's worth remembering these days -- as President Obama declares that air power will be the primary and perhaps only U.S. effort against ISIS in Iraq and Syria -- that the impressive Pentagon videos of missile warheads exploding in the crosshairs obscure the difficulty that air power has in achieving positive, lasting effects on the ground.
An extraordinarily stressful experience, such as war captivity in early adulthood, can reverberate throughout a lifetime and influence later well-being, but many factors shape the outcome.
Homes keep getting bigger while our buying power gets smaller and smaller. Maybe it's time to respect the "old" in our lives -- starting with our living spaces.
Runner or non-runner, whichever you call yourself, I've been there. And I think I've finally figured out that whole label thing. When running is fun -- when, even when it's hard, it comes easy -- that's when you feel like a runner.
By invoking Shylock, the villain of The Merchant of Venice, Biden trafficked in one of the most insidious stereotypes about Jews, that the people of the book are unethical money lenders.
Thousands of union members will link arms with environmental activists, to demand action from global leaders to reverse the effects of climate change. At first, that might seem strange -- the labor movement and environmentalists are not often characterized as natural allies.
Psychologist Abraham Maslow famously quipped, "If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail." It's the nature of American leadership: we hold the largest hammer in the world.