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Want to Strengthen Workplace Culture? Design a Ritual

Great Work Cultures | August 26, 2016 | Business
Rituals are powerful drivers of culture, so they should be thoughtfully designed and nurtured to reinforce the organization's values. Illustration Credit: Liz Fosslien, By Mollie West and Kate McCoubrey Judson Picture this: you're an engineer at Facebook's headquarters in...
Chris Weigant

Friday Talking Points -- End Of The Silly Season

Chris Weigant | August 26, 2016 | Politics
It's still only August, but already the predictions that this would be an exceedingly banal presidential election campaign look like they've already come true. This week's campaign news might be summed up as an elementary school playground shouting match: "You're a bigot!" "No, you're a bigot!" Sigh.

Mexico's Massive 24 Billion Dollar Recycling Opportunity

PROTRASH | August 26, 2016 | Impact
Pollution and waste accumulation is one of the world's biggest problems yet to be resolved. Despite the plethora of information and awareness that has been generated surrounding recycling issues in the past several years, it has not been enough. Few people are conscious of the impact of not recycling, and...
J. H. McKenna, Ph.D.

What is a Cult ?

J. H. McKenna, Ph.D. | August 26, 2016 | Religion
The word 'cult' is never benign in religious terminology as it is in the world of art, where Johnny Stonenoggin filmster extraordinaire may cult-ivate a cult following for his eccentricity in artistry. Eccentricity in religion, if recent enough, is rarely welcomed with approving nods. And when eccentricity is welcomed by...
Nathan Gardels

Weekend Roundup: Anti-Global Backlash Is Realigning Politics Across the West

Nathan Gardels | August 26, 2016 | World
The great sociologist Max Weber postulated that the birth act of modern capitalism was the secession of business from the household and thus the web of moral and ethical obligations that intimate form of human organization entailed. Zygmunt Bauman has called globalization the "'second secession'" in which unleashed capitalism has "'flown away'" from the constraints of the nation-state, in effect the larger household. Now, national households are clawing back their claims, reasserting sovereignty in an anti-globalization backlash that is profoundly realigning politics.(continued)
Ann Reid

What We're Reading

Ann Reid | August 26, 2016 | Education
A smorgasbord this week - interesting basic evolutionary biology news, two separate meditations on the monument to non-science known as the Ark Encounter, a couple of looks back at recent past climate...
Robert Brustein

Trump And Racism

Robert Brustein | August 26, 2016 | Politics
I didn't change anything. Donald Trump is consistent in every word he says, okay?
Morena Duwe

Exclusive Premiere Of Paper Pilot's Moody Ballad, 'The Weather'

Morena Duwe | August 26, 2016 | Entertainment
The Los Angeles music scene is bubbling with fresh artists whose brains are overflowing with new sounds for thirsty ears. Hailing from Silverlake, indie rock/pop group Paper Pilots.
Charlie David

Why Are Straight Men Doing Gay Porn?

Charlie David | August 26, 2016 | Queer Voices
Is it a mockery to have straight men doing gay porn? Or is it an example of how far acceptance and visibility for LGBTQ people have come?
Matt Sweetwood

Trump Campaign CEO Receives Hack Job By Press Over Divorce Allegations

Matt Sweetwood | August 26, 2016 | Divorce
It's time to stop media outlets and internet sites from publishing allegations made in a divorce. People's lives and reputations are being unfairly destroyed.
Dr. Jane Greer

Jennifer Garner And Ben Affleck: Why Isn't It Easy To Say Good-bye?

Dr. Jane Greer | August 26, 2016 | Entertainment
Many people find themselves in this situation after a breakup or an attempted breakup. Sometimes the road to splitting up permanently isn't clear, and there can be lots of fits and starts before either reaching the final end of a relationship, or deciding to give it another solid try.
Asher Jay

Art As A Medium For Action

Asher Jay | August 26, 2016 | Arts
My personal belief is that art should reflect the truths of the time it is created in. To me art is an incisive cultural weapon that should be wielded responsibly to raise public awareness and empathy toward marginalized concerns and insufficiently documented glocal realities.

#NationalDogDay - The Importance Of Dog Rescue And Rehabilitation

Outspeak | August 26, 2016 | HuffPost Live 321
Next time you're thinking about adding a four legged furry friend to your family, think about adoption. There are 1000s of animals in local shelters that need your help.
Lisa Snedeker

Don't Miss Josh Shilling, Mountain Heart Online And On The Grand Ole Opry This Weekend

Lisa Snedeker | August 26, 2016 | Entertainment
If you weren't at Pop's Farm in Axton, Virginia, the home of Rooster Walk Music and Arts Festival, under the stars on Saturday, Aug. 20, you missed an incredible high-energy performance by the incomparable Southwest Virginia native Josh Shilling and his band, Mountain Heart.
Ben Barber

Middle East Death Tolls Rise

Ben Barber | August 26, 2016 | World
War and terrorism in dozens of Middle East countries from Tunisia to Afghanistan since 2010 is rolling back health care and leaving open paths for new and old diseases to strike down millions and spread to the Western countries.
The QUESTion Project

Pushed Forward by the Past

The QUESTion Project | August 26, 2016 | Education
I sat across from a man in a NYC subway who stood out from everyone else. It wasn't how he was dressed, what he was saying or doing that caught my attention. This man was sad. Very sad. There are a lot of unhappy people in a subway, but the look on this man's face was haunting. I couldn't stop looking at him, and after I hopped off at my stop, I couldn't stop thinking about him.
Susannah Hares

"Trying Small": Liberia's Bold Education Experiment

Susannah Hares | August 26, 2016 | Education
When classes open in September, Liberia is going to try something new. It will be an experiment, and like any good experiment, it should be judged on the empirical data it produces -- data on whether these schools deliver better learning for Liberian children, both boys and girls, urban and rural. Until then, stay tuned.
Abdullah Sharif

Afghanistan: A Pawn In The Pakistan India Regional Tug Of War

Abdullah Sharif | August 26, 2016 | World
Afghanistan, also known as the crossroads of civilization dating back centuries, has found itself on a different crossroad in the past few decades. This time around, however, it has been very deadly and destructive for Afghanistan and its inhabitants.
Tom Carpenter

Air Force Injustice-Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Tom Carpenter | August 26, 2016 | Politics
Assume you are single, and are accused of committing sexual assault during a weekend celebrating with a group of friends in New York City. You return to work, and your employer, a government contractor, tells you, that as a result of the accusation, your work-essential security clearance has been pulled....
Alex Nowrasteh

Trump Embraces Anti-Immigration Establishment

Alex Nowrasteh | August 26, 2016 | Politics
The political universe is abuzz with news that Donald Trump supposedly flip-flopped on immigration.