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How We Defend Against Death (From Ebenezer Scrooge To Eleanor Roosevelt)

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 10.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

Acknowledging the dualism between body and symbol in an awareness of death motivates us to live life to its fullest and to heal the world.

Electoral Math: Trump Collapses

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.18.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

There is an excellent chance that when Republicans look back at the 2016 presidential election, this will be the week they'll point to when Donald Trump completely collapsed.

2016 Electoral Math -- Hillary Begins Her Debate Bounce

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.04.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It's time to take a look at the presidential race once again, and I have to begin with a program note. Up until now, I've been writing these columns every two weeks, but from now until the election, they'll appear each Monday like clockwork, since the race is about to head into the homestretch.

Hillary's Shrinking Lead

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton's lead in the race for Electoral College votes is shrinking. In fact, it has been shrinking for a solid month now. Two weeks ago, this hadn't really benefited Donald Trump much. Now, however, Trump seems to be surging in the polls while Hillary slides even further.

2016 Electoral Math -- Hillary Slides Back

Chris Weigant | Posted 09.06.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

As things stand, Clinton still has a healthy 58 percent of the total, while Trump has 37 percent. In two weeks, Clinton has lost eight points while Trump gained three points. The extra five points is now in the tied category.

2016 Electoral Math -- Hillary Moves Up

Chris Weigant | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Hillary Clinton wins with a landslide of votes in the Electoral College. Clinton's percent of the total is 66.5, roughly twice Trump's 33.5 percent. Currently, no states are tied.

How To Make Sure That Trumpism Never Returns

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.15.2016 | Politics
Read More: By Deepak Chopra, MD the Problem Isn't Donald Trump but Trumpism—Many Commentators Feel Safe Enough to Utter These Words. What Made Them Feel Unsafe Over the Past Year, Despite the Toxic Extremism That Trump the Man Represented, Was Timidity. Someone Posing as a Strong Man, Capable of Viciously Demolishing His Political Enemies, Posed a Potential Threat to Anyone Who Spoke Out Against Him. but Now More People Have Found a Way, Even a Growing Handful of Republican Politicians, To Denounce Him.   There's a Collective Sigh of Relief That Trump Has Become His Own Worst Enemy, But Relief Isn't the Same as Feeling Safe, Much Less Immune. America Hasn't Seen the Last of Trumpism Until Remedies Against Its Return Are Undertaken Seriously. as a Physician Sees It, We Are Past the Prevention Stage, Past the First Signs of Disorder, And Well Into Rampant Symptoms That Threaten a Full-Blown Outbreak. in a Word, Trumpism Has Become a Persistent Virus, And Although It Fuels a Sense of Self-Righteousness to Blame the Long Line of Republican Presidents Going Back to Nixon Who Planted the Seeds of Trumpism, We Can't Afford That Luxury.   to Compress Trumpism Into Its Essential Ingredients, They Are Actually a Batch of Stubborn Illusions That Have Been Turned Into a Belief System, As Follows:   — the Illusion That Anyone "Not Like US" Is Inferior, Bad, Lazy, And Dangerous. From This Illusion Springs a Belief in US-Versus-Them Thinking. — the Illusion of Racial Superiority. From This Illusion Springs Overt and Covert Racism. — the Illusion of Absolute Patriotism, Or "My Country Right or Wrong." From This Illusion Springs Xenophobia. — the Illusion That Violence Works. From This Illusion Springs a Belief That War Accomplishes More Good Things Than Bad. — the Illusion of Egotism. From This Illusion Springs the B, Me, And Mine" Actually Count.   the List Could Go On, And There Are Commentators Who Focus on Such Things as Sexism, Income Inequality, Immigration, And Fear of Globalism. Trumpism Has Many Arms, No Doubt. but I Think It Is Best Viewed as a Psychological State That Permits the Welling Up of Our Darkest Impulses. Until the Country's Collective Psychology Stops Being Tainted by Fear, Anger, And Resentment, Trumpism Will Continue on the Metastasized Negativity That the Far Right Cannot Survive Without.   President Obama Followed the Course of Being the Adult in the Room, Which Hillary Clinton Is Continuing. but if We Consider the 16 Other Republican Candidates for President That Didn't Get Nominated, Each Exhibits Some Form of Trumpism-Lite. in Private, Even a Gentlemanly Mitt Romney, Assuming He Wasn't Being Taped, Expressed an Appalling Disdain for the Average American. the Current Crop of Right-Wing Candidates Fester in a Party Where the Majority of Republicans Believe That Obama Is a Practicing Muslim.   This Implies That Being the Adult in the Room Is Too P, And Activism Begins With Each of US Examining Our Own Attitudes and Beliefs.   — We Must Respond to Toxic Emotions With Rational Solutions. — We Must Be Brave About Standing Up and Speaking Our Truth. — We Must Stop Secretly Agreeing in the Bla, But in Our Own Hearts as Well.   I Know That These Sound Like Moralistic Steps, But as David Brooks Has Been Pointing Out in the New York Times, The Basic Objection to Trump Is a Moral One, And Our Society Has Become Timid, Self-Conscious, Embarrassed, Or Indifferent to Public Morality. as a Result, So-Called "Conservative Values" Have Taken US Through the Looking Glass Into a Landscape Where the Worst Among US Cloak Themselves as the Best and Most Moral.   It Seems Set in Stone That Elected Officials on the Local, State, And Congressional Level Will Refuse to Budge From Toxic Positions That Get Voters to Turn Out.  but This Is Largely Because the Bad Have Driven Out the Good. Moderate and Progressive Candidates Shun the Opportunity to Run for Office Because of Their Dist, As Trump Demonstrates, Uses Scorched-Earth Tactics as a Normal Way of Conducting Politics. but There Is No Other Remedy Other Than Good People Stepping Up Once More.   What's Needed in the End Isn't a Moral Crusade, Which Only Inflames the Opposition to More Intense Levels of Abuse, As Witness Trump's Completely Unpunished Habit of Doubling Down on His Vitriolic Rhetoric. Morality Returns Naturally When People Have Expanded Awareness. We Are Living in an Era Where Outside Threats, Real or Imaginary, Have Caused Our Collective Consciousness to Contract. if This Wasn't So, There Would Be No Secret Trump Admirers Falling for the Illusion That All We Need Is a Strong Male to Fix This Mess. Expanded Consciousness Begins at Home. Each of US Must Find the Core in Ourselves Where Being Truthful, Strong, Tolerant, Compassionate, And at Peace Comes Naturally. This Level Exists in Everyone, And When We Arrive There, The Toxic Illusions of Trumpism Have No More Power Over US. Deepak Chopra MD, Facp, Founder of the Chopra Foundation and Co-Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Is a World-Renowned Pioneer in Integrative Medicine and Personal Transformation, And Is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism.  He Is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a Member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. the World Post and the Huffington Post Global Internet Survey Ranked Chopra #17 Influential Thinker, Including Numerous New York Times Bestsellers. His Latest Books Are , Politics News
Deepak Chopra

The problem isn't Donald Trump but Trumpism -- many commentators feel safe enough to utter these words. What made them feel unsafe over the past year, despite the toxic extremism that Trump the man represented, was timidity.

Our Curative Breath

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2016 | GPS for the Soul
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Jane Simon, M.D.

We can wake ourselves up by increasing our oxygen level by breathing deeply. Or conversely, we can put ourselves to sleep with a kind of meditation of shallow breathing, and repeating silently the words to the rhythmic "in" and "out" like a mantra.

Unraveling and How to Prevent It

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 05.06.2016 | Healthy Living
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Jane Simon, M.D.

The questions to ask is: What uproots and what anchors us? Discovering the answer and following the steps that connect and stabilize us, may prevent the treacherous state.

Whose Gold Spoon Is Feeding Nonsense to The Denver Post?

Jason Salzman | Posted 03.10.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

The Denver Post is an outfit that likes to think of itself as standing up for everyday people, who rightfully worry about the ways the rich take advantage of tax loopholes to get richer, while most people are left treading water and wishing politicians would stand up for them.

Neville Joins GOP Medicaid Misinformation Frenzy

Jason Salzman | Posted 02.22.2017 | Denver
Jason Salzman

Republicans have been blaming Obamacare's expansion of Medicaid, the state-federal health care program for the poor, for Colorado's budget woes--even though the Obamacare expansion of Medicaid didn't cost Colorado anything.

Investing in Iran From a Human Rights Perspective

Amol Mehra | Posted 01.22.2017 | Politics
Amol Mehra

Ensuring corporate accountability in practice is more difficult, but fortunately the U.S. already has a blueprint from which to build a human rights reporting and monitoring framework for eventual investment in Iran.

State EITCs: Helping Working Families and Communities Thrive

Erica Williams | Posted 01.21.2017 | Politics
Erica Williams

As state legislative sessions begin, policymakers can help keep people working, increase incomes, reduce financial hardship, and build an economy that works for everyone by following the 26 states and the District of Columbia that have created state Earned Income Tax Credits.

Mystery and the Psyche

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.18.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Jane Simon, M.D.

"It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage & beautiful country lies in between." This beautiful quote by poet Diane Ackerman...

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.17.2016 | Home
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

Supportive Housing Summit Moves Us Forward

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.15.2016 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

It is clear supportive housing will continue to grow and adapt. It is enlightening to learn just how far our partners are going to transform the traditional view of supportive housing, pushing envelopes to ensure housing and services meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations.

A Window of Opportunity: A Cri de Coeur on the State Visit of India's Prime Minister Modi to Canada

T. Sher Singh | Posted 06.09.2015 | Religion
T. Sher Singh

When respected and given freedom, Sikhs have always risen to the occasion. Over and over again, they have shown -- around the world -- that they are nation-builders, loyal and patriotic to a fault. Moreover, they have the inbuilt trait of never settling for less.

Jonathan Cohn

A Former Senator Just Dealt A Serious Blow To The Legal Case Against Obamacare

HuffingtonPost.com | Jonathan Cohn | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

The former senator who nearly blocked Obamacare in Congress may have just helped save it from the Supreme Court. By now, you may have heard about K...

Can the US Seize Would-Be Jihadis' Passports?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

The idea of limiting an American citizen's travel proactively, on the assumption that she or he will end up fighting with ISIS based on documents or web postings, scrapes at liberty, even if the tools are there and it is legal to use them.

Pakistan's Second Amendment is Root Cause of Sectarianism

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Kashif N. Chaudhry

Forty years ago this day, Pakistan passed the second amendment to its Constitution, forcibly declaring the Ahmadis non-Muslim. It was this day that Pakistan started drifting away from the vision of its valiant founder.

America's Dirty Little Secret: Sex Trafficking Is Big Business

John W. Whitehead | Posted 11.30.2014 | Crime
John W. Whitehead

You don't hear much about domestic sex trafficking from the media or government officials, and yet it infects suburbs, cities and towns across the nation.

States Welcome Taxpayers but Make It Hard for Them to Leave

David Seiden | Posted 10.11.2014 | New York
David Seiden

In my more than 25 years of helping individuals and businesses navigate the complexities of state and local taxes, I have found there to be one constant: States are very welcoming to new residents but make it extremely difficult for them to leave.

The Last Chance for Israel and Palestine

Jacques Attali | Posted 09.14.2014 | Home
Jacques Attali

Once again, a conflict breaks out between Israel and one of its neighbors; this time, as in 2008, against Hamas, which still governs Gaza.

Here's 1 Unexpectedly Awesome Reason To Be Proud Of Your Home State

The Huffington Post | Todd Van Luling & Amanda Scherker | Posted 04.09.2014 | Politics

We know, we know -- your home state is the best. We did you a solid and found you another reason why.

Why the Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline Matters for Climate

Anthony Swift | Posted 05.10.2014 | Green
Anthony Swift

The role that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline plays in enabling tar sands expansion continues to be central in answering whether the project fails the president's climate test.