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Sydney Levin

'Real Housewives of New Jersey': Can't Argue With Stupid

Sydney Levin | Posted May 7, 2012

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 4, Episode 3 of Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New Jersey."

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Vesela Gladicheva

I Loved the Cheap Public Transport, Says British Student Who Did a Semester in Argentina

Vesela Gladicheva | Posted May 7, 2012

The football enthusiast would instantly shout out Maradona and Messi. The movie lover would point to Evita. The wine specialist would endorse the Mendoza wine. What would you associate Argentina with?

Argentina may not be as popular a destination for UK students studying Spanish as Spain, but it was where...

Ellie Slee

What Is Wrong With Katherine Heigl's Bum?

Ellie Slee | Posted May 7, 2012

Bank Holiday Sunday. I got in from a hideously hungover day at work and cooked an enormous pepperoni pizza. I KNEW, I just KNEW I was going to eat it all. It was one of those days. So to 'level things out' I added a bit of avocado and a...

Robert Creamer

If He Were President, the Far Right Would Lead Romney Around by a Ring in His Nose

Robert Creamer | Posted May 6, 2012

Believe that, as President, Mitt Romney would revert to his days as a "Massachusetts Moderate?" Think again.

Every bit of evidence indicates that if he were President, the Far Right would lead Romney around by a ring in his nose.

Just last week, we saw it clearly on...

Jessica Misener

Keratin Made My Hair Fall Out! A Cautionary Tale (PHOTOS)

Jessica Misener | Posted May 7, 2012

My hair horror all started with a lone PR email that floated its way into my inbox.

"Would you like to get a free keratin treatment?"

It was a slow Thursday afternoon at work, and I stared at my email. As the editor of a site for young women, I...

Maureen Ryan

'Game of Thrones' Recap: It All Hits The Fan In Westeros (And Beyond)

Maureen Ryan | Posted May 6, 2012

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Don't read on unless you've seen Season 2, Episode 6 of "Game of Thrones," entitled "The Old Gods and the New."

The "old gods" of this terrific episode's title probably refers to the deities worshipped by Ned Stark and his...

HuffPost Radio

Both Sides: Has Obama Grown in Office? OK to Tout OBL Death?

HuffPost Radio | Posted May 6, 2012

The 2012 election will turn on the economy AND voters' views whether the young senator they entrusted with the presidency -- only the third ever -- has risen to the occasion and grown in the job. This has been Obama-Osama week, from an anniversary ad to Peter Bergen's Manhunt to...

Steve Rosenbaum

Will Associations Become Filters for Digital Overload?

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted May 6, 2012

Chances are you're a member of what may be the most powerful curation club you could ever imagine and you don't even know it.

They are the backbone of virtually every profession. Doctors. Accountants. Engineers. Even turn-around specialists have them.

Professional Associations. Their members are a veritable who's who of...

Scott Atran

What's Really the Matter With Kansas and Cairo?

Scott Atran | Posted May 7, 2012

Political effervescence and division within many nations is approaching levels not experienced around the globe since the 1920s. Structural failures in economic management bring on such crises when they fail to maintain expectations for improvement in the standard of living among the middle class, the mainstay of democracies and principal...

Paul Szep

The Daily Szep: Francois Hollande caricature

Paul Szep | Posted May 6, 2012

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Brian John Spencer

François Hollande is President of the French Republic

Brian John Spencer | Posted May 8, 2012

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Having won the first round of the French presidential elections with 28.63% of the vote the leader of the Parti Socialiste François Hollande has dislodged UMP incumbent Sarkozy with the backing of 51.7% of the French electorate who turned out at a level of...

Jane White

This Time It's Different -- Old Remedies Won't Fix Our Flat-World Economy

Jane White | Posted May 6, 2012

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has tried to stimulate the economy by dumping $2 trillion in cash into the financial system, slashing overnight interest rates to zero and promising to keep them low for two years. The result: the slowest recovery in six decades.

Mitt Romney's Reaganomics...

Vivian Manning-Schaffel

Facing Stage Fright

Vivian Manning-Schaffel | Posted May 4, 2012

Once upon a time, I sang. I've loved doing few things more and few things as much since. Some of my very favorite memories involve going onstage in front of an unsuspecting audience. But aside from the rare karaoke hoedown, I've not been on a stage in 20 years.
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Regina Weinreich

Portrait of Wally and Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story: Two Faces of Ronald Lauder

Regina Weinreich | Posted May 6, 2012

Of the atrocities of the Nazi period in Europe, the theft of art may be the least of the horrors, but as the new documentary Portrait of Wally shows, the provenance of art can be infinitely fascinating. "Who owns art?" you might say is the center of the debate concerning...

V.C. Linde

Review of 'Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking' by Andoni Luis Aduriz

V.C. Linde | Posted May 8, 2012

Mugaritz: A Natural Science of Cooking - Andoni Luis Aduriz
Phaidon - 2012
Photography: José Luis López de Zubiria & Per-Anders Jorgensen

This is no ordinary cookbook review, because Mugaritz is no ordinary cookbook. For those not familiar with the name, Mugaritz is one...

Bruno Le Roux

And Now, Make Room for Change!

Bruno Le Roux | Posted May 6, 2012

With 51.8 percent of the vote, the men and women of France have elected François Hollande President of the Republic. A win this big is absolutely clear.

The French, without any ambiguity, have centered at the head of state the strength of youth, the desire for change and hope in...

Peter Dreier

Why Has Milwaukee Forgotten Victor Berger?

Peter Dreier | Posted May 6, 2012

I recently spent several days in Milwaukee to give a talk at the University of Wisconsin about urban history and politics. My new book, The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame, includes a profile of Victor Berger -- the leader of...

Sophie Meunier

Ce qu'Obama peut apprendre de la défaite de Sarkozy

Sophie Meunier | Posted May 7, 2012

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Le déroulement d'une élection présidentielle française et américaine la même année est une chose quasiment aussi rare que l'observation de la comète de Halley, un événement qui ne se produit qu'une ou deux fois par siècle. La dernière...

DJ Edu

Afrobeats Week On 1Xtra

DJ Edu | Posted May 6, 2012

From the streets of Accra to the clubs in Abuja, shops in South Africa to the public transport in Kenya comes a new genre of music that is thumping in clubs worldwide - Afrobeats.

If you like music that is different, unique, organic yet modern, with no boundaries, energetic and...

Fanny Blake

Urban Foxes - To Cull or Keep?

Fanny Blake | Posted May 6, 2012

Nothing divides opinion in our north London street more passionately than the issue of neighbourhood foxes. To cull or keep, that is the question.

When an email circular was sent out inviting support for bringing in a man to shoot the foxes on one side of the street, there...

Sarah Slater

Are State Schools Biased Against Oxbridge?

Sarah Slater | Posted May 6, 2012

We're reading more and more that the onus of getting students from non-Oxbridge backgrounds to apply to the country's two oldest universities is shifting from the universities' access teams, to the teachers with the power to motivate their brightest students.

I went to Oxford from a state school, arguably...

Dr Jane Anderson

Is it Possible for a Sane Person to Commit Mass Murder?

Dr Jane Anderson | Posted May 6, 2012

In the 19th Century, journalist and barrister Walter Bagehot attempted to describe the concept of public opinion by giving a description of a man on a bus; an idea that was later taken up by the courts in order to better characterise the opinion and actions of a 'reasonable person'....

Gerard Papasimakopoulos

Better Learn to Doggy Paddle

Gerard Papasimakopoulos | Posted May 6, 2012

By the time you read this, the Greek elections will probably be over and we will be waiting for the full results of the 6 May ballot battle, to show us what in blue blazes Greece does next.

For even the most optimistic soul living in this country, it's a...

Freddie Clamp

Usain Bolt - The New Anna Kournikova?

Freddie Clamp | Posted May 6, 2012

Usain Bolt is the best ever, Anna Kournikova wasn't - just to clear that up before people get on their high horses and start to make references to athletic ability. I have no intention to compare their relative skill levels in the respective disciplines, but as a certain Mr Robert...

James M. Smith

The Awkward, Realistic Choices on Low Carbon Electricity

James M. Smith | Posted May 6, 2012

As the public debate on securing our future energy needs continues to heat up, one thing is certain. Kicking the fossil fuel habit will be hard. Over two billion people in the developing world need more energy. Even with major improvements in energy efficiency and huge growth in alternative energy,...

The Guyliner

A Second Date With the Guy Who Almost Got Away

The Guyliner | Posted May 6, 2012

This is the final part of a two-part post. Read Part One first, if you like

Second chances don't come along every day and you never get another opportunity to make a first impression. It is these clichés which reverberate as I make my way to this date,...

Collette Walsh

Stroke Month: When Art Heals - Richard Creme Exhibition

Collette Walsh | Posted May 6, 2012

Last week a painting depicting harrowing mental distress sold for £74 million. Edvard Munch's The Scream is now forever as famous for its material value as for its contribution to the history of art and Expressionist movement.

Munch painted The Scream (sometimes called The Cry) during a very difficult time...

Nicholas Barrett

The New Precedent of the French Republic

Nicholas Barrett | Posted May 6, 2012

In the wake of the post-budget "omnishambles" and a "disappointing" slide back into recession, the Conservative Party has not only plummeted in the polls but has also been divided by accusations of arrogance and elitism directed towards David Cameron and George Osborne. In response to this it appears the prime...

Bompas & Parr

Universal Formulas for Feasting

Bompas & Parr | Posted May 6, 2012

Later on this month we are cooking a heroic feast for 50 at the Brighton Festival. A literary theme is our only limit to creativity. For inspiration we tore straight into the library to research the greatest fictional meals since the dawn of time.

In the pantheon of literary debauches...

Tadodaho Sid Hill

Stand for Human Rights for Indigenous Peoples and Renounce the 'Doctrine of Discovery'

Tadodaho Sid Hill | Posted May 7, 2012

When the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues convenes on May 7th in New York, native peoples around the world will turn their eyes to the most important effort to renounce the Doctrine of Discovery, a 15th century Papal bull that has been exploited for five centuries to deny...

Michael Smerconish

Mission Accomplished

Michael Smerconish | Posted May 6, 2012

Thank you, Navy SEALs, for killing Osama bin Laden. And thank you, President Obama, for turning them loose to do their job, just as you said you would.

This past week, an Obama campaign Web commercial featuring Bill Clinton, quotes Mitt Romney, in 2007, downplaying the significance of...

Malik Yusef

The Psychology of a Hater

Malik Yusef | Posted May 6, 2012

There is no industry where you hear talk about haters as often as in entertainment. Although there are true haters out there, too often, the word hater is used to justify our own failures, Is your music not gettin' play because of haters, or is your music sub-par? People fall...

Andrew Pyle

Saving Bonds

Andrew Pyle | Posted May 6, 2012

There is no shortage of things in this crazy world that perplexes investors, and the list seems to grow daily for some. One of the simplest, yet most potentially hazardous, puzzlements out there is how interest rates in the US can remain so low (near historic lows in fact) despite...

Xavier Delucq

Sarkozy prêt à laisser sa place à l'Elysée

Xavier Delucq | Posted May 6, 2012

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Brenda Peterson

On Mother's Day: Caring for All Creatures

Brenda Peterson | Posted May 6, 2012

This Mother's Day, as we celebrate our own mothers, we can also celebrate the many people who adopt other species, wild and domestic, and love them as their own. Sometimes it takes a village to practice this interspecies adoption.

In Nova Scotia, the village of Guysborough adopted an orphaned wild...

Courtney Cachet

Courtney Cachet's "MY MOM'S THE BOMB!" Mother's Day Gift Guide

Courtney Cachet | Posted May 15, 2012

Mother's Day. Overcrowded brunches with salad bars that look tired and gross by 3 o'clock have become de rigeur for Mom every year. The thing is, as a mom myself, I can tell you that most of us don't want to scarf down lox and roast beef, mini cannolis, home...

Robert Reich

The Answer Isn't Socialism; It's Capitalism That Better Spreads the Benefits of the Productivity Revolution

Robert Reich | Posted May 6, 2012

Francois Hollande's victory doesn't and shouldn't mean a movement toward socialism in Europe or elsewhere. Socialism isn't the answer to the basic problem haunting all rich nations.

The answer is to reform capitalism. The world's productivity revolution is outpacing the political will of rich societies to fairly distribute its...

Pauline Millard

The Beastie Boys Were the Original Hipsters

Pauline Millard | Posted May 6, 2012

A lot has been written this weekend about the Beastie Boys in light of Adam Yauch's death. After watching a lot of their videos I also realized something else: They were the original hipsters, and in a good way. Long before Paul's Boutique was just another cafe on the corner...

Lubomir Kavalek

Women in Chess: A Few Tales

Lubomir Kavalek | Posted May 6, 2012

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Lurking in the background, hiding their identity, they seem mysterious, magical, beautiful. At first, they observed the game from a distance, but as centuries went by, women were drawn closer to the chessboard. Still, for ages they could not play chess in public and...

Tim Giago

"Drill, baby, drill" Is Coming to Indian Country

Tim Giago | Posted May 6, 2012

The oil boom is coming to South Dakota, "Not if, but when," according to those in the know, including Governor Dennis Daugaard.

The apprehension for the coming explosion is ambivalent. South Dakotans, including those Native Americans living on the Indian reservations that may be caught in the middle of...

Sanjay Sanghoee

Romney's 'Business Model' Is Bad for America

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted May 6, 2012

In my column "Why America Doesn't Need a CEO" a few weeks ago, I discussed why Mitt Romney's experience as CEO of private equity firm Bain Capital may not give him the right credentials for the White House. Based on reader feedback, I want to expand on this,...

Dean Midas Maynard

Britain's Got Talent 1st Semi Final Review

Dean Midas Maynard | Posted May 7, 2012

After seven weeks of auditions, we now have the first live BGT semi final and it's time to face the mus...oh hold on.

Don't stop me now, I'm having such a good time. Thanks Ant & Dec. Their intro really got me ready for the show...now bring it on.

After...

Ken Rabow

Hey, Kids! Don't Like Your Life? Change It!

Ken Rabow | Posted May 6, 2012

So here you are, taking another stab at "making it" in life. Your parents are cautiously optimistic. You are non-committal. Your dog still thinks your amazing (but he likes Yanni). It should go well. You're older. You've had a few "challenges" under you belt, and you've survived. You're not on...

Liz Ryan

What Does "Out of the Box Thinking" Really Mean?

Liz Ryan | Posted May 6, 2012

It's such a cliche -- "I need someone who thinks out of the box." You hear it all the time. What does it mean? What's out of the box thinking anyway, and what's so great about it?

Let's think about the box, first, and then let's figure out how and...

Camilla Webster

Invest Like a Billionaire: The Seven Pearls of Financial Wisdom

Camilla Webster | Posted May 6, 2012

There are endless articles online encouraging investors to buy the same stocks as well-known billionaires like Warren Buffett, Bill Gates or Carlos Slim. It's easy to get whirled up in the excitement of a major move in the market and headlines like "Buy Railways Like Gates!" and "Consider China, Buffett's...

Mohamed A. El-Erian

European Elections Complicate Outlook

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted May 7, 2012

Sunday's elections in Europe occurred in three countries with diverse economic circumstances (France, Germany, and Greece); and they were for different parts of government (presidential, regional, and parliamentary respectively). Yet the common message from the electorate is undeniable, reminiscent of a famous line in the 1976 movie Network: "I'm as...

Georges Ugeux

Why I Am Not Afraid of President Francois Hollande

Georges Ugeux | Posted May 6, 2012

For the record, I am not French but Belgo-American. My mother tongue and my culture are French. I live in New York since 1996 and became an American citizen as soon as it was possible to do so without losing my Belgian nationality.

My viewpoint is therefore non-partisan and...

Michael Rose

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs and Green Too: Can Transportation Drive the Future?

Michael Rose | Posted May 6, 2012

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President Barack Obama, behind the wheel of Chevy Volt (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


President Obama, who made rescuing the auto companies one of his first goals, officially opened his reelection campaign with a rally in Columbus, Ohio

Thomas Patrick

How I Spent my Summer Vacation (2012) Review by That Film Guy

Thomas Patrick | Posted May 8, 2012

Of all the megastars of the 1980s and 90s, none have seen a decline in popularity quite like Mel Gibson. A series of public relations disasters and a mixed bag of directorial and starring films, critically and commercially have seen the star of Lethal Weapon become something of...

Pat LaMarche

None of the Poor Children Matter

Pat LaMarche | Posted May 6, 2012

Officials in Clearwater, Fla., are working diligently to put the hungry in their place. In this case that place is eight miles out of town at a facility near the county jail. The St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen is -- according to the well fed elitists running the town...

Anne Sinclair

Good Luck, Mr. President!

Anne Sinclair | Posted May 7, 2012

There we go, it's done! The French wanted change. Nicolas Sarkozy has lost his bid for re-election. Francois Hollande has won, and will enter the Elysee Palace with a comfortable score of 51.9 percent.

On Monday, we'll start evaluating the downfall of the outgoing president, who went from being a...

Katie Byrne

Be Brave, Don't Shave

Katie Byrne | Posted May 6, 2012

I haven't blogged in a while. I've never been much good at this blogging thing. Half the time I have no idea what to say; the other half, I simply have no time in which to say it.

But anyway, blogging tumbleweed aside, I thought I'd leap back into the...

Tom Vander Ark

Future Project: Spreading Passion-Driven Learning

Tom Vander Ark | Posted May 6, 2012

The biggest problem in American secondary schools may be boredom. What American youth need more then anything is opportunity to discover their passions and unleash them into the world. The Future Project, a NYC-based startup, is addressing this challenge by mobilizing an army -- the Future Corps --...

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D.

Hatzelponit: Generosity Within Receiving

Rabbi Jill Hammer, Ph.D. | Posted May 6, 2012

"The angel of God came again to the woman, and she was sitting in the field, and Manoach her husband was not with her."

וַיִּשְׁמַע הָאֱלֹהִים, בְּקוֹל מָנוֹחַ; וַיָּבֹא מַלְאַךְ הָאֱלֹהִים עוֹד אֶל-הָאִשָּׁה, וְהִיא יוֹשֶׁבֶת בַּשָּׂדֶה, וּמָנוֹחַ אִישָׁהּ, אֵין עִמָּהּ

--Judges 13:9

Manoach and his wife, who are...

Dorian de Wind

Some Additional Thoughts on Chen Guangcheng's Hopeful Departure From China

Dorian de Wind | Posted May 7, 2012

China watchers have differing opinions on China's decision to let activist Chen Guangcheng apply to leave China for the United States, on the trustworthiness of the Chinese government and on the pros and cons of Chen's acceptance of such an opportunity.

Here's a roundup.

Andrew Jacobs at The New...

Xavier Delucq

Sarkozy, "un Français comme les autres"?

Xavier Delucq | Posted May 6, 2012

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LIRE AUSSI:

» Tous les résultats, les analyses, et les réactions du second tour en direct
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Annick Mauriange

Le changement, c'est d'abord nous!

Annick Mauriange | Posted May 6, 2012

François Hollande a été élu. Ça, c'est fait.

Mesdames et messieurs chômeurs, "cas soc' " et autres "assistés" qui comme moi ramez pour
survivre, "Le changement c'est maintenant". Mais ne croyez pas que tout viendra dans vos mains
comme le pain du messie! François Hollande n'est...

Juan Vene

En la pelota: Los 'Fundamentals' han sido relegados

Juan Vene | Posted May 7, 2012

"El amor es un estado de demencia"... Sigmund Freud.-

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¿Se juega mejor ahora en Grandes Ligas que en 1950, 1960 o 1970?

Depende de... Hay un mayor número de bigleaguers que sacan la pelota regularmente, y son menos los errores...

Todd McCandless

Do F1 Races Really Need Drivers?

Todd McCandless | Posted May 8, 2012

It's been said that the ratio of driver-to-car impact on racing has steadily been reduced since somewhere in the mid-seventies. The advent of driver aids and technology have some pundits arguing that a race is really 80% the car and 20% the driver. While those percentages could be argued in...

Zuania Ramos

La herencia de la intensidad de mi madre

Zuania Ramos | Posted May 7, 2012

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"¿Pero a quién saliste tú tan intensa, mujer?", me preguntó él, luego de la segunda cita. "Pues a mi madre", contesté, con seguridad, disimulo y hasta un tanto de orgullo escondido ante la mención tan prematura de aquella emblemática y sagrada figura...

Philippe Bilger

Une victoire pour tous?

Philippe Bilger | Posted May 6, 2012

François Hollande a été élu président de la République. Il a vaincu le candidat sortant avec un score légèrement inférieur à celui qui qui avait permis le succès de ce dernier en 2007. A l'issue de ce quinquennat globalement raté en dépit d'avancées indiscutables et à cause d'une manière de...

Shawn Lawrence Otto

An Open Letter to State Farm About Climate Denial

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted May 8, 2012

UPDATE: At 6:30 CT on May 7, State Farm announced on their Facebook page that they were severing all ties with the Heartland Institute. "State Farm is ending its association with the Heartland Institute," the insurance company stated. "This is because of a recent billboard campaign launched by...

Robert Jay Lifton

The American Way of War

Robert Jay Lifton | Posted May 6, 2012

The American way of war has been turning many of our own soldiers into criminal killers and desecraters, and does great harm to our overall spiritual health. The wars we have chosen to fight in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan, different as they are, have all given rise to what can...

Bruno Le Roux

Et maintenant, place au changement!

Bruno Le Roux | Posted May 6, 2012

Avec plus de 51% des suffrages, les Françaises et les Français ont élu François Hollande, président de la République. Cette large victoire est d'une clarté absolue.

Le peuple français a sans aucune ambiguïté mis à la tête de l'Etat les forces de la jeunesse, l'aspiration au changement...

Nicolas Baverez

François Hollande président: une alternance sous très haute tension

Nicolas Baverez | Posted May 6, 2012

Le 6 mai 2012, François Hollande est devenu, après François Mitterrand, le deuxième président socialiste de la Vème République. Grâce à sa résistance et à la constance d'une ligne stratégique dont il n'a jamais dévié, il permet au parti socialiste de prendre sa revanche sur les deux élections de 2002...

Evie Saffron-Strands

Rochelle Canteen, London

Evie Saffron-Strands | Posted May 8, 2012

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I really don't know why it took me so long to go back to Rochelle Canteen. Maybe it had something to do with the fact you have to go through a school door to get to it - my relationship with learning was...

Sally Augustin

Why Nostalgia Is Good for You and Your Home

Sally Augustin | Posted May 6, 2012

Nostalgia and spurring those thoughts about the past with physical reminders in your home can up the reading on your personal happiness meter.

In 2008, researchers in Psychological Science found that nostalgia can help counter feelings of loneliness, and tchotchkes and other souvenirs in view seem likely...

Patricia R. Zablah

Cinco De Mayo Celebration- Puebla Style

Patricia R. Zablah | Posted May 6, 2012

I had never been particularly curious about Cinco de Mayo or what it stood for. Being mexican myself (born in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon), it wasn't a holiday I, or anyone that I knew, celebrated. To me, it figured to be the celebration of a small battle, won in the small...

Emma Gray

Women At Work: Jealousy And Envy Impact Women Differently Than Men

Emma Gray | Posted May 6, 2012

Have you ever been jealous of someone that you work with? According to a new study, a whole lot of people are -- and those feelings of jealousy impact women differently than they do men.

The study, published in the most recent issue of the journal Revista...

Anne Sinclair

Good Luck, Mr. President!

Anne Sinclair | Posted May 6, 2012

Eh bien voilà. C'est fait! Les Français ont voulu le changement. Nicolas Sarkozy a perdu son pari d'être réélu. François Hollande a gagné le sien et va entrer à l'Elysée avec un score de 51,7%.

Il sera intéressant lundi de s'interroger sur le naufrage du Président sortant, qui...

Arianna Huffington

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted May 6, 2012

On this week's NBC special about the killing of Osama bin Laden, Brian Williams repeatedly held up the famous photo of administration members watching the raid and asked those in the photo, "What does it conjure up inside of you?" This week also brought the

Leonardo Martinelli

Lundi, la France invisible retournera aux oubliettes

Leonardo Martinelli | Posted May 6, 2012

Une fois des amis parisiens m'ont dit qu'en Italie il y a avaient beaucoup de gens gros. Puis j'ai découvert que le taux d'obésité est supérieur en France par rapport à Italie. Et que le pays des grands chefs est le premier marché de McDonald's en Europe.

Une fois des...

Emma Gray

'Girls': Lena Dunham's HBO Show Episode 4, Discussed In Gchat

Emma Gray | Posted May 6, 2012

THE SEXTING

Margaret Wheeler Johnson: Episode 4 of "Girls": here we go. So we're almost to the anniversary of Anthony Weiner's special sexts. Good timing, "Girls."
Lori Fradkin: How sh*tty for Hannah to get that text from Adam, and then get, "Oops, wrong number."
Margaret: It didn't surprise...

Mike Ryan

'SNL' Scorecard: Eli Manning Still Has Younger Brother Issues

Mike Ryan | Posted May 6, 2012

Peyton Manning hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 2007 and he was excellent. This was surprising. Athletes are usually not very good at hosting sketch comedy shows. (Apparently, when growing up, between those long summer two-a-days, athletes aren't trained on the finer points of hosting "SNL," you know, just...

Raymond J. Learsy

Blatant Insider Commodity Trading Given Pass That Would Put Stock Traders in Handcuffs

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted May 9, 2012

Quite incredible -- as reported in The New York Times last week which quotes Reuters -- that Chesapeake Energy's chief executive Aubrey K. McClendon, while acting as Chesapeake's Chairman and CEO had run a "hedge fund that traded commodities, including natural gas futures, for at least...

Tijana Milosevic

When Doing Good Lands You Among The TIME 100

Tijana Milosevic | Posted May 7, 2012

Recent publication of the TIME 100 list triggered my reflection on a recurring topic: What drives a person to desire recognition and fame? And to what extent does this motive drive social activism as well?

A well-known scholar and champion of dignity, Dr. Robert Fuller, proposes...

Maureen Ryan

'Avengers' Fans: Thank TV For That Awesome Movie (And What Joss Should Do Next)

Maureen Ryan | Posted May 18, 2012

Don't worry, the following piece does not contain spoilers for "The Avengers," which you really should see soon.

There's a cloud to the silver lining of "The Avengers'" record-smashing success: We've probably lost its screenwriter and director Joss Whedon to the movies forever.

A $200 million...

Crystal Bell

'Girls' Recap: From Bad Sex To Bad Sexts In 'Hannah's Diary'

Crystal Bell | Posted May 7, 2012

Note: Do not read on if you have not seen Season 1, Episode 4 of HBO's "Girls," entitled, "Hannah's Diary."

It was only a matter of time before Adam sent Hannah a picture of his disgusting junk, but some people really need to learn sexting etiquette. Upon receiving...

Christy Matta, M.A.

Best Overlooked Strategy to Help You Stay Motivated

Christy Matta, M.A. | Posted May 6, 2012

Do you have an important goal that you just keep losing sight of? Or are you trying to make difficult changes that will ultimately lead to a healthier and happier life but can't seem to stay on track?

When we want to do something differently, say to save money, stand...

Marlowe Brown

Films for Your Soul: 'Riding the Invisible' (WATCH)

Marlowe Brown | Posted May 6, 2012

I remember the first time a movie spoke to my soul. I was working as a creative consultant and invited to preview a preliminary edit of Emmy Award-winning director Jan Nickman's film Echoes of Creation. As I sat in the studio, pinching myself at the opportunity of a private sneak-peak...

Laura Cress

Let's Hope That Homeland Doesn't Turn Into Another 'Lost'

Laura Cress | Posted May 6, 2012

So the finale of Homeland is upon us tonight, and what a journey it's been. For a series that started out looking like every one of those empty conspiracy thrillers America loves so much (I'm looking at you, "The Event") it's been refreshing to see Homeland change into...

Rob Howze

Camp Fit: Winners Can't Lose

Rob Howze | Posted May 7, 2012

So, what are we going to do about childhood obesity? This is a very sensitive, but important topic to discuss, and more importantly address. High blood pressure, diabetes, and various other health ailments are affecting our youth -- cutting the opportunity of living healthy lives shorter than desired.

I...

Danielle LaPorte

30 Days To Fire Up Your Creative Genius, Day 20: How Much Money Would You Like To Be Making? (VIDEO)

Danielle LaPorte | Posted May 6, 2012

Note: Heiresses and tycoons may be excused from this exercise. And possibly students. And anyone with lots and lots of money socked away. Oh, and forest dwellers living off the grid.

It doesn't matter what you do for a living or from where your money flows; declaring how...

Sean Meshorer

What Is Bliss?

Sean Meshorer | Posted May 6, 2012

Shortly after I'd given my publisher my manuscript about bliss, I had coffee with a friend who asked me: What, exactly, is bliss?

I didn't have an easy answer. It had taken an entire book to lay out what I'd learned from teaching a class series in Los Angeles, where...

Mathilde Mercier

Élections législatives françaises au Canada : une solution européenne envisagée

Mathilde Mercier | Posted May 7, 2012

Julien Balkany, candidat au poste de député de la 1ère circonscription extraterritoriale des expatriés Français (regroupant le Canada et les États-Unis), propose une alternative au refus de l'administration canadienne d'ouvrir des bureaux de vote sur son territoire, en dehors des murs du consulat français.

Pourquoi ne pas ouvrir des...

Ken Blackwell

An HHS Pork Mandate?

Ken Blackwell | Posted May 6, 2012

What will come next? Will the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issue a Pork Mandate as part of Obamacare? Will this be the next shoe to drop? Sound ridiculous? But, wait. Here's what the pork industry says about pork, "the other white meat."

Pork today...

Rev. Romal J. Tune

Going Back to Cali: Story of an At-Risk Youth Turned Advocate

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted May 6, 2012

I had an amazing experience. For the first time in my life, my work and my family from back home came together in one place, Oakland, CA. As a teenager, I left California in order to escape a life of crime, death, or seemingly inevitable imprisonment. I have been so...

Aiko Stevenson

Connecting the Dots Towards the Empires of Our Future

Aiko Stevenson | Posted May 6, 2012

Yesterday thousands of people "connected the dots" as they rallied around the world to highlight the profound link between extreme weather and human induced climate change.

Gathering in various "hot" spots across the globe, campaigners revealed how the threads of climate change run across the entire planet.

Spearheaded...

Travelzoo

Festival Season Is Here

Travelzoo | Posted May 6, 2012

With spring weather comes the desire to stop wearing socks, dust off the grill and spend as much time outside as humanly possible. Cities and tourism boards across the country are poised to cure your spring fever with festivals that celebrate everything from flowers to food to film.

May and...

Edward Schneider

A Compact Copenhagen Guide Book: Recommendations From The 'World's Best' Restaurant (PHOTOS)

Edward Schneider | Posted May 6, 2012

For the third year running, an international panel has just named Copenhagen's Noma the best restaurant in the world. I find it hard to take the panel's list as seriously as all that, but I can certainly say that our one meal at Noma a few...

Jeanine Barone

20 Reasons To Visit Colombia (PHOTOS)

Jeanine Barone | Posted May 6, 2012

Colombia has made all the headlines recently, but, yet again, for all the wrong reasons. And before this bout of bad press, what else do we associate with Colombia, aside from romantic but tourist-laden Cartegena? Perhaps you might say security concerns -- at least that's what you find when you...

Jonathan Hayoun

L'après campagne aura-t-elle le bénéfice du doute?

Jonathan Hayoun | Posted May 6, 2012

Lundi matin, que restera-t-il de tous ces bruits qui ont agité les quinze jours de l'entre-deux tours, et les semaines qui les ont précédées? La campagne présidentielle n'aura-t-elle été qu'une parenthèse, comme un jeu avec d'autres règles? Va-t-on se réveiller, comme au petit matin d'une nuit...

Howard Fineman

Kentucky Derby 2012: Mitch McConnell Becomes The Soul Of Graciousness

Howard Fineman | Posted May 6, 2012

I picked the winner of the Derby, "I'll Have Another," but for shamefully accidental reasons. Everybody's having another here, juleps, Buds or whatever. So it seemed appropriate.

A certain welcome giddiness takes over during the Derby race. People sing "My Old Kentucky Home" and cry. People who don't like...

Alexia Guggémos

La Bastille, 6 mai 2012: Maurice Benayoun livre la météo des émotions de la France en temps réel

Alexia Guggémos | Posted May 6, 2012

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Une cartographie émotionnelle de la planète en temps réel, c'est la vision du monde que le Parti Socialiste offre aux partisans de François Hollande, Place de la Bastille, ce dimanche 6 mai au soir.


Projetées sur écran...

Fahad Faruqui

Guantanamo: Using Religion as a Tool for Torture

Fahad Faruqui | Posted May 6, 2012

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Speaking to former Guantanamo detainee 727 was like talking to a prisoner of Azkaban, that terrible prison guarded by soul-sucking Dementors from J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Perhaps the image of a Dementor sucking out happiness from one's body will help you visualize...

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.

Faces, Voices and the Brain-Heart Brake: The Divine Science of Tibet

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D. | Posted May 6, 2012

How can a face launch a thousand ships? Why do lullabies quiet an infant's cries? Must we be mystics to "still our beating hearts"? Over millions of lifetimes, we mammals evolved a range of special neural structures that have equipped us for an increasingly social life. Three of these help...

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld

The Mezuzah Needs Federal Protection

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld | Posted May 6, 2012

It is a fundamental requirement of Jewish law that all Jews place a mezuzah on the doorpost of their home. Jewish law actually requires that it be placed on the right side of every room in the home--excluding the bathroom. A mezuzah is a piece of parchment which contains two...

Hacen Boukhelifa

De Mitterrand à Hollande: d'un pari à l'autre

Hacen Boukhelifa | Posted May 6, 2012

J'avais onze ans lors de ce moment de complicité avec mon père, le mineur immigré de Oignies dans le Pas-de-Calais, d'ordinaire si sévère et impassible. J'avais onze ans le jour où je m'osai à le défier, en lui lançant le pari que son rêve se réaliserait, un rêve...

Jetsetter.com

Soho House Founder Nick Jones On Hotel Bête Noirs And Falling For South America

Jetsetter.com | Posted May 6, 2012

Nick Jones founded Soho House in London 1995 and now has members' clubs and restaurants in New York, Berlin, Los Angeles and Miami. In between jetting between the Houses, and scouting new spots in South America, his current destination obsession, he's finding time to judge our Curator Contest....

CarsTravelFood

Explore America: Deadwood And The Old Wild West (PHOTOS)

CarsTravelFood | Posted May 6, 2012

Often on a road trip we map out certain must-see places to stop and we overlook other destinations due to the time allotted for the trip. In South Dakota the big tourist stop in our blog post on this state is Mount Rushmore. But remember to...

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