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Peg Melnik

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Saving Lives, One Blanket At A Time

Peg Melnik | July 22, 2014 | Good News
A homeless man with pneumonia went to a social agency in Northern California to ask for help. My friend, Nancy, greeted the man at the door. She said all the agency could do was offer him a blanket. She felt terrible that she...
Suhag A. Shukla, Esq.

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How the NYT Masks Hinduphobia with Science

Suhag A. Shukla, Esq. | July 22, 2014 | Religion
The New York Times recently featured a story in which NYT South Asia correspondent, Gardiner Harris conflates India's serious problem of open defecation with Hinduism. Hindu American Foundation co-founder and member of its Board of Directors, Aseem R. Shukla, MD, offers the following response and analysis as a guest on...
Mark Joseph

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A Visit with Former Tonight Show Producer Dave Berg

Mark Joseph | July 22, 2014 | Entertainment
Q: Why write a book now? A: Now that The Tonight Show with Jay Leno has run its course, I thought a memoir about this iconic American institution would be interesting for people who watched the show. While the show...
Clare Winterton

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When A Mother's Value Is Based On Her Body

Clare Winterton | July 22, 2014 | Impact
What happens when a mother’s identity and value is based on her body alone? She is seen as valuable only because her body can bear children, cook and clean, and provide intimacy for her spouse. But what would happen if we associated a mother’s body with power? ...
Nancy A. Shenker

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The Summer I Met My Daughter

Nancy A. Shenker | July 22, 2014 | Parents
My daughter was now an adult. I happily assumed the role of valet, returning her rejected items to plastic hangers. She had found a comfortable role for me; and I realized my influence and duties had changed forever.
Liz O'Connell

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Saratoga: The Summer Place

Liz O'Connell | July 21, 2014 | Sports
In American horse racing, the middle of July heralds the opening of the Saratoga Race Meet in Saratoga Springs, upstate New York.
Robert Slayton

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Gun Safes and Politics

Robert Slayton | July 21, 2014 | Politics
The August 2014 issue of Guns and Ammo has an interesting article on a new generation of gun safes. While this probably is not of interest to many of my readers, it tells a bit about politics as well.
David Finkle

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First Nighter: 'Piece of My Heart: The Bert Berns Story' Works Piecemeal

David Finkle | July 21, 2014 | Arts
Perhaps an argument could be made that the songs are so strong they represent emotions at moments of great joy or stress, delight or disappointment. But it's not a very persuasive argument. The more convincing contention is that Berns was a songwriter who wanted to produce as many commercial songs as he could and knew that powerful love songs were the most obvious way to go.
Martin Marty

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Russian Orthodoxy

Martin Marty | July 21, 2014 | Religion
These "clash of civilization" expressions, say the Orthodox faculty members at Fordham, rely on "flawed assumptions about Orthodox Christian history and doctrine." It is important to get this story and scene right, they argue because it will play out politically wherever "East vs. West" language is convenient in various causes.
Jaga N.A. Argentum

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World Health Organization Recommends PrEP: Prevention or Perpetuating Stereotypes?

Jaga N.A. Argentum | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
Anyone who engages in risky sexual behavior should take extra precautions, be it through PrEP or otherwise. While I'm certain that the WHO acknowledges this, their message nevertheless helps perpetuate the falsehood of HIV being a "gay disease."
Reed Alexander

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Make It Happen

Reed Alexander | July 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
If you believe in your dreams and are committed to your objectives, you can achieve them. If you really want to, if you're willing to put your thinking cap on and press the pedal to the medal, there's nothing that can distract you, nothing that can slow you down, nothing than can stop you, from making it happen.
Vamsee Juluri

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Nose Deep in Their Own... Prejudice: Hinduism and The New York Times' Sewage Problem

Vamsee Juluri | July 21, 2014 | Religion
What might have been an excellent piece of reporting on an important public-health concern in India has turned out instead to be one of the most absurd, far-fetched, and ugly pieces of Hinduphobic racism in journalism ever.
Barry Lando

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If Gaza's Dead Were America's Dead

Barry Lando | July 21, 2014 | World
Read More: Gaza, Israel, World News
On the face of it, the casualty figures in Gaza may seem not that horrific to Americans -- unless you transpose that same level of death and mayhem to the United States, 176 times the population of Gaza.
Nicholas Snow

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Honoring the HIV/AIDS Activists Killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Nicholas Snow | July 21, 2014 | Gay Voices
As people throughout the world mourn the passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, HIV/AIDS activists are particularly heartbroken over the loss of some of the world's leading researchers in the fight against the disease, who were on their way to the World AIDS Conference in Melbourne. I dedicated a recent episode of Nicholas Snow Live to the memory of those lost.
Chris Weigant

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Obama's Immigration Dilemma

Chris Weigant | July 21, 2014 | Politics
But what is pretty clear is that if Obama does act, it is going to help Democrats in the 2016 presidential contest. The whole immigration reform issue is a gigantic trap for Republicans, and they will likely be unable to resist the urge to walk right into it.
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

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It Is So Obvious That You Work the Hospital Night-Shift

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | July 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
When we secretly identified your friendship with phrases such as "small doses" and "could go either way," we certainly did not imply a willingness to rid you from our circle of friends, only to see you figuratively and literally slip into the night.
Ashley Jude Collie

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The Real-to-Reel Life of Former NYPD Detective and TV/Movie Producer Sonny Grosso Keeps on Rolling

Ashley Jude Collie | July 21, 2014 | Entertainment
In 1977 highly decorated former NYPD detective Sonny Grosso wrote and published a book called Murder at the Harlem Mosque, about the events that he personally witnessed on April 14, 1972, at the mosque located at 102 West 116 Street. Four decades on, that event is back in the news.
Lisa Firestone

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4 Things We Must Change to Stop Self-Sabotaging

Lisa Firestone | July 21, 2014 | Healthy Living
The more fully we live and love, the more sadness we are bound to experience. Our inner critic tries to shield us from feeling the joys and pains of existence. It keeps us in a chronic state of numbness or dissatisfaction. In order to face our fears, we must consciously identify and actively ignore this coaching.
Harry Leibowitz

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Where Have All the Children Gone?

Harry Leibowitz | July 21, 2014 | Impact
I beg the American leadership, the American people, to reconsider their position and to hearken back to those words on the Statue of Liberty, for if we do not, then we might just as well take down that beacon of freedom and store it away someplace very dark where it will never be seen again.
Dean Baker

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Cheap Talk at the Fed

Dean Baker | July 21, 2014 | Business
Federal Reserve Board Chair Janet Yellen made waves in her Congressional testimony last week when she argued that social media and biotech stocks were over-valued. She also said that the price of junk bonds was out of line with historic experience. By making these assertions in a highly visible public forum, Yellen was using the power of the Fed's megaphone to stem the growth of incipient bubbles. This is an approach that some of us have advocated for close to twenty years.