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Entries by Arianna Huffington from 09/2012

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics

This week, Clint Eastwood's rambling chat with an empty chair spawned a run of comical memes. But the moment was actually an apt visual metaphor for the convention itself, with the empty chair representing not Invisible Obama but the Invisible Issues that went unmentioned -- including the issues HuffPost sought to put a spotlight on this week with our Shadow Convention: the corrupting influence of money on our politics, the persistence of poverty in America, and the disastrous war on drugs. It was a site-wide effort. To see the breadth of what our HuffPost editors did, click here. And click here to watch HuffPost Live's amazing, comprehensive coverage. And because the neglect is a bipartisan affair, we're doing it again during the DNC, taking on these issues from a whole different set of angles. Don't miss HuffPost Live's Shadow Coverage this coming Tuesday-Thursday between 12-4 p.m. EST.

The Social and Political Implications of Downward-Facing Dog

| Posted 09.03.2012 | Healthy Living

The thinking behind the HuffPost Oasis at the national conventions is to help people to better deal with the destructive effects of stress in their lives and to help them be their best selves so they can go out in the world and make a difference in the lives of others.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.09.2012 | Politics

Afghanistan. Mitt Romney didn't even mention it in Tampa. Clint Eastwood did, and got a big applause by asking Invisible Obama why he won't bring the troops home in short order. It's not a bad question -- especially given the president's promise in Charlotte to "use the money we're no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work...it's time to do some nation-building right here at home." But despite sky-high unemployment right here at home and a war price tag of $2 billion a week, the president stuck with his plan to withdraw from Afghanistan by 2014. He opened his acceptance speech by harkening back to his 2004 convention keynote. Perhaps he should have harkened back to 2002, when he declared, "I'm not opposed to all wars. I'm opposed to dumb wars." Afghanistan has become a dumb war. It's time to get out.

Will.i.am, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Jobs and Why We Can't Wait for Washington to Address the Jobs Crisis

| Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact

Citizens' role in the needs to be more than just hoping for a good jobs number to be delivered from the Washington skies. As we enter the final lap of the election -- and the billion dollar deluge of less-than-edifying television ads that will come with it -- let's remember that we don't have to wait for Washington to act to take care of our own.

Win $10,000 -- and Better the Planet

| Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact

At a time when young people are facing so many obstacles -- including student-loan debts and a very tough job market -- there's an urgent need to ignite empathy and innovation. The realities of our economic crisis have been especially harsh on young people, and since it's clear that solutions won't be coming out of Washington any time soon, improving these realities requires all hands on deck. In that spirit, I'm delighted to announce the IGNITEgood Millennial Impact Challenge, a nationwide search for innovative ideas to make the world better through service. The Millennial Impact Challenge will identify game changers among young men and women and connect them with the resources they need to turn their visions into reality.

Scoop: avoir une famille peut être bénéfique pour votre carrière

| Posted 09.14.2012 | France

VIE PROFESSIONNELLE - Il y a de plus amples recherches suggérant que les solutions pour contrer notre tendance "toujours là" et notre carriérisme, sont à notre portée. La famille peut se révéler être un vrai plus pour votre carrière, remettant les choses en perspective et offrant la possibilité d'être plus détaché des hauts et bas quotidiens du travail.

Assessing the Occupation

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Politics

Where have the Occupiers been over the last year? What have they been doing? What are their plans for the future? In this month's issue of Huffington, Saki Knafo answers those questions and many more.

Scoop: avoir une famille peut être bénéfique pour votre carrière

| Posted 09.14.2012 | Canada Quebec

Il y a de plus amples recherches suggérant que les solutions pour contrer notre tendance "toujours là" et notre carriérisme, sont à notre portée. La famille peut se révéler être un vrai plus pour votre carrière, remettant les choses en perspective et offrant la possibilité d'être plus détaché des hauts et bas quotidiens du travail. Parce que, bon, on a quelque chose de mieux qui nous attend à la maison. Le simple fait de savoir que je vais retrouver mes filles le soir change l'aspect de toute ma journée de travail.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.16.2012 | Politics

This week saw the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the death of four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. It also saw Mitt Romney's reaction to the tragic events, which was to the 2012 campaign what John McCain's selection of Sarah Palin was to 2008 -- the kind of desperate act that makes even one's allies worry about their candidate's fitness to lead. It's a bell that cannot be unrung. The week also brought word that over 46 million Americans remained below the poverty line last year, while a new study found that poverty is "nearly invisible in U.S. media coverage of the 2012 election." When you have 46 million people living in poverty and neither the candidates nor the media want to talk about it, you know the American Dream is in serious trouble.

Is Sleep Deprivation the Reason the Romney Campaign Is Blowing It?

| Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics

Adding up the clues, it seems the culprit in the killing of Romney's chances just might be mind-numbing sleep deprivation among senior campaign advisors. While I was at the DNC in Charlotte, a well-sourced journalist told me that senior Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom sleeps only three or four hours with his devices beside him, then wakes and checks his email, sends out replies, and then gets another hour of sleep. It sounds like he and the rest of the campaign need to hit the off buttons on their devices and get some more restorative sleep to have more clarity and better judgment. Just last week, a study was published which showed that the light from computer screens interferes with our internal body clock and our sleep cycle. And according to sleep researchers from Harvard, "Sleep deprivation negatively impacts our mood, our ability to focus, and our ability to access higher-level cognitive functions." Half a billion fundraising dollars is great, but "higher-level cognitive functions" is even greater.

Est-ce le manque de sommeil qui coule Romney?

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Canada Quebec

Nous sommes peut-être un pays politiquement divisé mais je pense qu'on peut s'accorder sur une chose : la campagne de Mitt Romney est en train de foirer. Qu'est-ce qui explique les difficultés de Romney? Son équipe de campagne est composée de nombreux professionnels chevronnés. Et ce n'est certainement pas un problème d'argent. Si ce n'est ni une question d'argent, de circonstances externes, ou de talent, ça doit venir de mauvaises décisions. Et j'ai ma théorie là-dessus. Mais regardons d'abord les erreurs de la campagne de Romney.

Est-ce le manque de sommeil qui coule Romney?

| Posted 09.21.2012 | France

ÉLECTIONS AMÉRICAINES - Si ce n'est ni une question d'argent, de circonstances externes, ou de talent, ça doit venir de mauvaises décisions. Et j'ai ma théorie là-dessus. Mais regardons d'abord les erreurs de la campagne de Romney.

Timeless Truths

| Posted 09.21.2012 | Books

There's a kind of truth that you can only get through untruth -- through fiction. And that's why we're now adding fiction and poetry to our menu at Huffington.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.23.2012 | Politics

This week's biggest stories involved public figures being secretly captured by an unseen camera, exposing to the world what they are really like underneath. We saw that Kate Middleton, like many of us, enjoys getting a little sun on holiday. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, showed that he doesn't like many of us, believing we are victims and entitled moochers. Of course, anything can change -- but after Romney's Campaign Week From Hell, it's looking more and more likely that Obama will be reelected. So as well as focusing on the Obama vs. Romney race, it becomes increasingly important to focus on the Obama vs. Obama race -- Campaigning Obama vs. Governing Obama. And if the president really believes, as he told Univision, that he can't change Washington from the inside, and intends to outsource his leadership role to us, we are all (pardon the expression, Kate) royally screwed.

The Big Push

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact

Here's a thought exercise: what will the day be like when we finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria? With the launch today of The Big Push campaign this might be more than a thought exercise.

Benvenuti a L'Huffington Post!

| Posted 09.24.2012 | Italy

Buongiorno a tutti da Roma, dove sono lieta di annunciarvi l'arrivo in Italia di L'Huffington Post, con la sua miscela di cronaca, piattaforme di blogging, community e impegno sociale. Da sempre, coltivo una profonda passione per il paese a forma di stivale e, da greca, mi sento in empatia con quest'altra terra mediterranea dove la gente ti offre sempre qualcosa da mangiare e dove nulla è mai puntuale. L'HuffPost celebrerà la cultura vibrante dell'Italia, dalla sua cucina, l'opera, l'arte, fino alle sue tradizioni, la storia antica e le città leggendarie. Per questo, vi chiedo di unirvi a me nel dare il benvenuto all'Italia nella famiglia dell'HuffPost. E come sempre, vi prego di utilizzare la sezione dei commenti per farci sapere che cosa ne pensate!

Benvenuti a L'Huffington Post!

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Media

I'm delighted to announce the launch of L'Huffington Post, bringing HuffPost's signature mix of news, blogging, community, and social engagement to Italy. I've always had a great fondness for the boot-shaped country and as a Greek, I feel a kinship with a fellow Mediterranean land where someone is always trying to get you to eat something and nothing starts on time. READ MORE

It's Exponential: Introducing Impact X Today I'm delighted to announce the launch of Impact X, our newest section in the HuffPost Impact family, which will highlight the change-making power when humanity and technology come together. READ MORE

The Big Push Here's a thought exercise: what will the day be like when we finally defeat AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria? With the launch of The Big Push campaign we hope this might be more than a thought exercise. READ MORE

Benvenuti a L'Huffington Post!

| Posted 09.25.2012 | France

LANCEMENT - Ciao de Rome, où je suis ravie d'annoncer le lancement du Huffington Post apportant le mélange d'informations, blogs, esprit communautaire et engagement social qui sont sa marque de fabrique. J'ai toujours eu une profonde affection pour le pays en forme de botte (malgré ma croisade contre les talons hauts) et en tant que Grecque, je me suis toujours sentie des affinités avec ce voisin méditerranéen où quelqu'un vous propose toujours quelque chose à manger et où rien ne commence jamais à l'heure.

Benvenuti a L'Huffington Post!

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Spain

Ciao desde Roma, donde estoy encantada de anunciar el lanzamiento de L'Huffington Post, que trae la mezcla de noticias, blogs, comunidad y participación social que caracteriza HuffPost a Italia. Siempre he tenido gran afecto al país en forma de bota -a pesar de mi cruzada contra el tacón alto- y, siendo griega, siento afinidad con una tierra mediterránea como la mía, en la que siempre hay alguien intentando que comas algo y nada empieza con puntualidad. L'HuffPost destacará la vibrante cultura italiana, su cocina, su ópera, su arte, sus tradiciones, su historia antigua y sus ciudades legendarias. Celebren conmigo la incorporación de Italia a la familia HuffPost.

Benvenuti a L'Huffington Post!

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Canada Quebec

Ciao de Rome, où je suis ravie d'annoncer le lancement du Huffington Post apportant le mélange d'informations, blogs, esprit communautaire et engagement social qui sont sa marque de fabrique. J'ai toujours eu une profonde affection pour le pays en forme de botte (malgré ma croisade contre les talons hauts) et en tant que Grecque, je me suis toujours sentie des affinités avec ce voisin méditerranéen où quelqu'un vous propose toujours quelque chose à manger et où rien ne commence jamais à l'heure.

Benvenuti a L'Huffington Post!

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Voces

Ciao desde Roma, donde estoy encantada de anunciar el lanzamiento de L'Huffington Post, que trae la mezcla de noticias, blogs, comunidad y participación social que caracteriza HuffPost a Italia. Siempre he tenido gran afecto al país en forma de bota -a pesar de mi cruzada contra el tacón alto- y, siendo griega, siento afinidad con una tierra mediterránea como la mía, en la que siempre hay alguien intentando que comas algo y nada empieza con puntualidad.

It's Exponential: Introducing Impact X

| Posted 09.25.2012 | Impact

Today I'm delighted to announce the launch of Impact X, our newest section in the HuffPost Impact family, which will highlight the change-making power when humanity and technology come together. When they come together in a focused way, we see their impact multiplied -- hence the X -- and Impact X is a platform for innovators, thinkers, activists, and anyone who wants to use technology to solve problems both in their neighborhoods and across the world. And like all our Impact sections, it's a place to discover worthy causes, read truly inspiring stories, and find ways to take action. So please stop by, share your stories, connect, and get involved. Because global movements take off when people see that they can become the change they wish to see in the world.

Two Pink Elephants, One Room

| Posted 09.28.2012 | Gay Voices

In this week's issue of Huffington, Lila Shapiro puts the spotlight on the small but robust gay contingent within the GOP, Tom Zeller Jr. tracks the debate over the eastward migration of mountain lions, and Gazelle Emami interviews Ai Weiwei, bringing the dissident Chinese artist's passion and fearlessness into sharp focus in time for his first major show in the U.S.

Sunday Roundup

| Posted 09.30.2012 | Politics

This week, as anti-American protests continued in Pakistan and across the Middle East, President Obama, speaking to the U.N. General Assembly, condemned as "crude and disgusting" the video being blamed for sparking the outrage throughout the Muslim world. As well he should. But he had nothing to say about something else "crude and disgusting": the drone attacks Pakistan's Foreign Minister fingered as the primary reason her country has become one of the most virulent anti-American countries in the world -- and which a new study, "Living Under Drones," labeled "damaging and counterproductive." Indeed, the Obama administration has defended its drone policy and argued that there is no "credible evidence" drone strikes have led to any civilian deaths -- a claim the study strongly refutes (putting the actual number between 474 and 881). Now, we may not have control over crazies making inflammatory videos, but we do have control over a misguided policy that is killing innocent people -- and fanning the flames of hatred.

Tapping Into America's Barn-Raising Spirit: Introducing JobRaising

| Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact

I'm delighted to announce that today we launch JobRaising, which will help job-creating nonprofits raise money, raise awareness and help put Americans back to work.