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Clinton Emails Distributed Highly Classified Information: Report

While she was secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton wrote and sent at least six e-mails using her private server that contained what government officials now say is classified information, according to thousands of e-mails released by the State Department.

Although government officials deemed the e-mails classified after Clinton left office, they could complicate her efforts to move beyond the political fallout from the controversy. They suggest that her role in distributing sensitive material via her private e-mail system went beyond receiving notes written by others, and appears to contradict earlier public statements in which she denied sending or receiving e-mails containing classified information.

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: 5 Steps to Embrace Your Process

Can you relate?

Things are going exactly according to plan. You are clearly in control of your life. But then — all of a sudden — life takes charge and is steering the wheel of your destiny.

When that happens, tasks take forever to complete. No one calls back. You think things will go a specific way just to get entirely rerouted.

When life seems to be in charge, it can trigger uncertainty or the internal skeptic and make us feel unsure or cloudy.

We wonder things like:
• Is this really the right direction?
• Am I doing what’s in my best good?
• Is this moving my career/life forward?

The good news is, if it’s happening then it’s exactly what you need.

Maybe you think I’m crazy to say this but in my experience both from my own life and from my clients, this is what I see over and over again.

Because, the dirty little secret that no one openly talks about is; If a behavior, a job, a relationship or mindset is persisting, it’s because we aren’t ready for a new one.

When we are ready, it will magically shift!

Here’s an example.

The economic downturn and housing collapse started early in Florida and by 2007, the school my husband and I had founded was floundering. We’d lost a lot of students who simply couldn’t afford to pay private school tuition. We hunkered down, tightened our budgetary belt and successfully weathered the storm.

Coming out of that, I realized that I was ready to do another kind of work. It wasn’t the recession per se, it was that I’d worked in education the majority of my adult life and was ready for something else. But what?

In 2008 I figured it out.

I wanted to continue working with people but in a more intimate setting, as a life coach, and therapist. So, I went back to school, earned a degree in social work and then set about getting licensed. During that entire time I still worked at the school. It wasn’t until 2013 that I finally quit.

Why? Because I wasn’t ready yet.

• I might have thought I was prepared
• Felt I’d outgrown my job
• Was time for a new challenge

But I wasn’t actually ready until I was ready. Then I leapt and (apart from a second of fear) haven’t looked back. I love what I do, move more fully into it everyday and have no regrets.

Here’s why.

If we trust our process then when we do implement the change (behavior, career, relationship) it will stick because inside and out, we’re prepared for it.

Perhaps you feel like your process is dragging, has been sidetracked or is just not happening on your timeline. Think again.

Know that life is unfolding for you in exciting new ways and that you are getting exactly what you need in this moment.

Decide where you want to go. Hold on to that vision and trust that everything happening right now is helping you get there.

These 5 Steps Will Help:

1. Relax and Release Internal Stress

When things aren’t unfolding at the pace we expect or our current reality isn’t what we planned, we can feel stressed, anxious, uncomfortable or just plain annoyed.

What if, instead of trying to control the timeline, you let God or the Universe do it?

Could you then relax and let go of that tension?

How would that feel?

Ask yourself this: If you knew your outcome was assured, would you be concerned about the timeline?

2. Be Clear About Exactly What You Want

Hold on to your goal, your vision – regardless of what is or is not happening. Focus on the outcome that you want. See it clearly. Imagine yourself already there. Be firm in your conviction of this outcome and do not give up. It will happen.

Say it, write it down or make a visual representation of what you want to solidify the direction you want to move toward.

3. Use the Affirmation – Life Loves Me

When we see the Universe as a safe, supportive place, life automatically begins to flow much more easily.

And it feels way better than having to fight, feel afraid or be defensive.

Repeat this affirmation, Life loves me, to yourself over and over again.

The more you remind yourself that you are loved and supported, the more open and willing you will be to allow the new in and watch your life unfold. It’s an exciting adventure!

4. Enjoy the Ride

What if everything that was happening right now was to support you, to teach you and to help you get exactly what you want? Would knowing that enable you to enjoy it more?

Believe it, because it’s true!

Everything in your life – every person, situation and “challenge” is being presented for your learning.

As the famous Indian avatar, Swami Nityananda said: “God is conducting tests all the time; every occurrence in life is a test. Every thought that crops up in the mind is in itself a test to see what one’s reaction will be. Hence one must be always alert and aloof, conducting oneself with a spirit of detachment, viewing everything as an opportunity afforded to gain experience, to improve oneself and go on to a higher stage.”

Instead of seeing an annoying person or situation through a negative lens, ask yourself: What is this situation (person) trying to teach me?

Watch how it miraculously shifts.

5. Practice Patience

If you are one of those people who has the unique ability to see into your future, consider yourself lucky! The downside, however, is that once we know it, we all want to be there right NOW!

What I’ve experienced over and over again when I find myself facing the dissonance between where I am and where I want to be, is that I have to be patient, put one foot in front of the other and walk to my destination.

Things don’t magically transform unless we act. All those steps executed one after the other is what manifests the change. And then before you know it, you’ll have arrived, all the wiser for the time spent getting there.

Life is meant to be a fun adventure. It isn’t a race to the grave. Embrace and enjoy all that comes to you be it the good, the bad and the ugly. Use it to grow and become exactly who you want to be.

Shakti Sutriasa is the Founder of DecideDifferently.com, offering life coaching, counseling and workshops that combine modern psychology and spirituality. Shakti is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has an MA in Education. To learn more Click Here

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Are We Working Ourselves to Death?

If you are an executive, manager, emergency medicine physician (EMP), Silicon Valley employee or struggling law associate, you and many like you are probably working more than 60 hours a week. According to a survey published in the Harvard Business Review a few years ago, you may be working an average of 72 hours a week.

Contrast this with the government’s desire to limit excessive working hours about 80 years ago when, on June 25, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLS). This law banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and the maximum workweek at 44 hours.

Moreover, more than a hundred years ago, workers were given an entire weekend off from work. (How many EMPs can expect this?) The five-day workweek was started in 1908 by a New England cotton mill owner to allow Jewish workers to observe their sabbath on Saturday. They were expected to make up the work on Sunday but complaints about having the mill operate on a Sunday resulted in closing the factory for the entire weekend. Later, in l926, Henry Ford shut down his automotive factories for the entire weekend. He wanted his employees to have leisure time to buy automobiles. The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union demanded a five-day workweek in 1929, and received it; but it wasn’t until 1940 that the two-day weekend was adopted countrywide.

But now, many people work at least 10 hours daily or longer; some companies even provide dinner to make sure their employees stay late. Salaried employees often are tethered to their smartphones during the weekend and expected to be available. Their jobs often require working throughout the weekend. If their company, sensitive to criticism that their employees have no time off at all, tells them not to work one day during the weekend, the employees find themselves working twice as hard on the other day to catch up with the work handed to them on Friday afternoon. To be sure, their work load is not as relentless as that of a galley slave who was chained to his bench for the length of his servitude, rowed for up to 20 hours a day, was whipped incessantly and fed vanishingly small rations. They, by and large, did not live long. But now we are learning that the modern day equivalent of the galley slave may not live out his or her natural life expectancy either.

The medical journal, The Lancet Online First, published an article recently comparing health risks of people who worked 55 or more hours weekly compared with those who worked 35-40 hours. Working many more hours was associated with a 13% increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease and a 33% increase in the risk of a stroke compared to working 35-40 hours (the so-called normal work week). The report is sobering. The many researchers who contributed to the study pooled information from 25 different studies that tracked the health of adults for 7-8 years. When the study began, the more than 600,000 participants had no evidence of coronary heart disease and nearly 530,000 of them had no evidence of stroke. Seven or eight years later, the formerly healthy workers who had the greater work burden were now facing medical risks that might shorten their longevity. The scientists searched for reasons. Was it economic status, smoking, age, gender and/or weight? What might be contributing to these dire findings? The answer was none of the above. Only working 55 or more hours per week was associated with these risk factors. 4
Interestingly, the authors did not conclude their article by suggesting a decrease in working hours. Rather, they said that employers should pay attention to identifying and managing heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and other symptoms of cardiovascular risk among their employees. Maybe they meant that employers should be trained in CPR in case a worker keels over in his cubicle.

The reasons for a deterioration in health associated with galley slave-like hours are not hard to find: stress, depression, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, lack of fresh air and sunlight, too much sitting: the list goes on and on. The overworked worker is told to make better food choices, get more sleep, exercise and relax. These are all good suggestions, but if deadlines and excessive work assignments reduce free time to hours spent traveling back and forth to work, it is almost impossible to make use of this advice.
Yet one suggestion might be some help to those struggling under an impossible work burden: eat to perform better and to relax.

Lean protein helps maintain two brain chemicals that are involved in mental alertness and rapid mental processing. Caffeine also increases mental alacrity and focus. Water prevents silent dehydration associated by many hours in a dry environment. People don’t realize that their bodies are losing water because they are not sweating. However, consuming too little liquid often causes fatigue and headaches. And fat should be avoided: it makes the brain sluggish and the body slothful.

Starchy carbohydrates, in contrast, help the brain and body relax when, finally, work is over. Serotonin, the mood chemical produced when all carbohydrates, except fruit, are eaten, decreases stress and anxiety and soothes the mood and the brain into a calmer, less agitated state.

It doesn’t take much, perhaps a small baked potato, or a bowl of oatmeal, pasta or rice, to do this. But protein and relaxation do not mix. Protein prevents serotonin from being made. Eat it when you want to be alert, not tranquil.

Exercise, sleep, and recreational activities all help combat the health risks of extended working hours. Sleep is the most important; even the galley slaves were allowed to sleep, (maybe they did not row in the dark) but exercise and taking some personal time are also important.

Let us hope that we do not have to wait for a new version of the Fair Labor Standards Act to be enacted before the 21st century worker is given some relief from an impossible work schedule so that death does not precede retirement.

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Obama Points To Disappearing Alaskan Glacier As Powerful Sign Of Climate Change

SEWARD, Alaska (Reuters) – President Barack Obama walked down a winding wooded path past a small brown post marked “1926,” past a glacial stream trickling over gravel that eons of ice have scraped off mountain peaks.

He reached another post reading “1951″ – a marker for the edge of Alaska’s Exit Glacier that year – and gazed up toward where the rock-rutted ice mass has since receded, a quarter-mile away.

“This is as good a signpost of what we’re dealing with on climate change as just about anything,” Obama told reporters waiting at the base of the glacier.

It was the signature moment of Obama’s trek to Alaska, aimed at making the world pay heed to how much damage rising seas have already caused, and demand their leaders reach a deal in Paris in December to curb climate-changing carbon emissions.

Last year alone, the Exit Glacier melted and retreated 187 feet (57 meters) toward the Harding ice field, which itself has lost 10 percent of its mass since 1950, mainly due to climate change.

“It’s spectacular,” Obama said, casting a glance over his shoulder and pausing, as the cameras clicked. “We want to make sure that our own grandkids can see this.”

Obama has announced a few new initiatives during his trip. He renamed North American’s highest peak, Mount McKinley, as Denali in a nod to the wishes of native Alaskans, and said he would press forward on building badly needed ice breakers.

But the White House rolled out Obama’s biggest climate initiative months ago – tough new rules to curb carbon emissions from power plants.

The main purpose of the Alaska journey is to create powerful images the White House will use to engage Americans on the issue.

Obama on Tuesday taped an episode of NBC survival television show “Running Wild with Bear Grylls,” set to air later this year.

His three-day visit seemed to delight Alaskans, who lined streets for his motorcade and packed into local coffee shops where he stopped to shake hands.

“We get to showcase our piece of paradise to the president of the United States, and that means a lot to us as it would any town,” said Jean Bardarson, mayor of Seward, near Exit Glacier.

Obama was to complete his tour on Wednesday with a stop in the salmon fishing center of Dillingham and then fly north of the Arctic Circle to the small town of Kotzebue. 

(Additional reporting by Steve Quinn in Juneau, Alaska; Editing by Andrew Hay and Lisa Shumaker)

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Joie de Vivre: How to Find It and Keep It!

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Joie de what? In French, joie de vivre translates to the “joy of living”. Its the delight of being alive. Heck, this is one of the most sought after qualities/feelings. Merriam-Webster defines it as “a feeling of happiness or excitement about life.” Even the richest, most successful people continue to desire and seek out joie de vivre… true enjoyment of life and all that it has to offer.

So what really comprises “joie de vivre”? Is it happiness? Is it bliss? Is it mindful living? Is it carefree lifestyle?

For those wise enough to understand, joie de vivre constitutes the art of living… really, truly living life, embracing it fully. Whether you call it living in the moment, or self fulfillment, joie de vivre is a quality and a feeling we can all learn to acquire.

As a wellness passionista, my tagline is Live Life Passionately! Why should you? Because no. 1, it’s certainly much more fun and #2 it actually does wonders for your wellness and wellbeing. This doesn’t mean to go crazy, party like a rock star or indulge in risk taking behavior. No, no, no!

It means to acknowledge life’s ups and downs and take life in stride. It means to appreciate all the small things which might normally go unnoticed. It means to be grateful for everything you DO have instead of wanting the next best thing. It means don’t stress over things you can’t control/change. It means make good choices which bring you joy and allow your soul to expand. It means choose to NOT struggle.

It means allow yourself permission to explore, discover and experience new things and people. It means embrace all of life and know that the universe (ok, we’re going to get spiritual here) truly coincides with your innermost desires. So, desire and thrive on goodness, good intentions for all, creating a better world for all people. Yep, its all about the passion behind your human existence. And when you begin to acquire that joie de vivre feeling, you start to truly feel good about our life and life in general. And that breeds better wellbeing. A total WIN!

This is wonderful you may say. And you want joie de vivre, but reality says you have a 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. job five days a week, a mortgage to pay, plus three (3) kids and a spouse to support, your day job isn’t wonderfully fulfilling and your free time is rarely free. Joie de what? Seriously?

But you’re missing the message here: Even the financially richest, most successful people continue to desire and seek out joie de vivre…true enjoyment of life and all that it has to offer. So attainment of joie de vivre is not dependent upon your level of success or your socio-economic status. Its about your attitude and your perception of life events. Its about understanding your purpose, getting comfy with it and practicing it.

And once you figure out just how to ATTAIN it, then how do you MAINtain it? How do you keep the joie de vivre mindset? How do you stay immersed in it to continually revel in it?

Here again, spirituality leaves its footprints.

Being “in spirit” is akin to having that joie de vivre. Being settled, grounded, purposeful, intentful and mindful will sooner than later teach you the joys of living. It will come organically. So to maintain it, you must continually choose to think, act, do, and behave in ways of your spirit, your essence. This may mean letting go of old conditioning and being a bit vulnerable.

It may also mean to continually view your life as a small, but very meaningful part of a much bigger picture. It will mean understanding and accepting your “being” as an integral part of an interconnected, carefully patterned yet ever changing bowl of cosmic soup. You are indeed a unique and special soul in collective consciousness! (Tweetable!)

So take heed! The next time you see that smiling, laughing, happy, carefree gal or guy, know that you can feel the same. Joie de vivre is just a thought or two away….( a sweet Tweetable!)

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3 Signs That Your Relationship With Exercise Is Unhealthy

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As part of our society’s proclaimed “war against obesity,” we are constantly flooded with advertisements and campaigns that proclaim the many health benefits of regular exercise. From Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, to the rising popularity of the Fitbit, we are bombarded with the message that “more exercise is better.” But what happens when your relationship with exercise is actually harming your mental and physical health? The following are three signs that you may have developed an unhealthy relationship with exercise.

1. You frequently cancel plans with friends or family in order to exercise.

If you notice yourself backing out of plans in order to adhere to your exercise routine, it might be time to revaluate your relationship with the gym. Jessica Corbin, fitness expert, commented on this when she stated, “You know you are a bit obsessed with fitness if the other vital aspects of life, including family, friends, work, community and having fun always take a back seat to your workouts.” If you are truly exercising to be healthier, it is important to look at all of the other factors that are implicated in improving one’s health. Numerous studies have shown that people who have fulfilling relationships with loved ones live longer, have fewer health problems, and are happier. Research even suggests that having weak social ties may cause greater health problems than physical inactivity. For instance, “one study, which examined data from more than 309,000 people, found that lack of strong relationships increased the risk of premature death from all causes by 50% — an effect on mortality risk roughly comparable to smoking up to 15 cigarettes a day, and greater than obesity and physical inactivity.” At the end of your life, you likely will not be reflecting on the spin classes that you attended. Social connections are part of what makes life worth living, and if you are sacrificing them to adhere to a rigid exercise routine, you may have a problematic relationship with exercise.

2. You exercise in order to “compensate” for what you have eaten.

“I totally earned this cupcake after that workout.” We’ve all heard people make these kinds of statements. Exercising in order to “compensate” for eating something is an unhealthy mindset. Further, set point theory holds that, “your body is biologically and genetically determined to weigh within a certain weight range.” If you are eating according to your hunger cues and primarily eating for non-emotional reasons, your weight will stabilize at your set point. The idea that you can “control” your weight through exercise is a false illusion because there are powerful biological and genetic factors that influence your weight. Further, every food eaten in moderation can be part of a healthy diet. If you work to view all food as neutral and without a moral equivalent, there is never a need to “compensate” for having eaten something.

3. You exercise despite fatigue, illness, or injuries.

Many of the popular “fitspiration” images and quotes seem to glorify the idea of taxing your body to the extreme. For instance, a quick Google image search of “fitspiration,” yields a picture of a woman exercising with the caption, “Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.” However, there is nothing admirable about exercising when you are sick, injured, or physically and mentally exhausted. Jonathan Ross, a health and fitness expert, discussed the importance of rest when he stated, “Proper recovery is as important as proper training.” On the topic of how to tell if you should take a day off from exercise, Ross stated, “When you really feel like one. This is your brain’s way of telling you that your body needs to rest. Ignore it at your own risk.” In addition, rest is essential to any workout routine because this is when your body repairs tissue and muscle glycogen stores are replenished. Further, when you do not allow your body adequate rest between workouts, you increase your risk of injury, decrease performance, and could start to feel a negative impact on your mood.

While there are many fantastic health benefits of exercise, when done compulsively or in excess, exercise can become mentally and physically unhealthy. According to an article by The Center for Change, compulsive exercise can also “feed or fuel other related obsessive-compulsive disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and related disorders of eating and distorted body image.” Even if your compulsive exercise does not contribute to an eating disorder, I think we can all agree that canceling plans with friends because you are a slave to the treadmill, running with an injured knee, or being terrified of taking a rest day, is not mentally healthy.

So how can you find balance with exercise in a fitness-obsessed world? There is a relativity new approach called “intuitive exercise,” which entails listening to what your body is craving in terms of movement. Davida Kugelmass, a wellness blogger, exemplified this when she stated,

I ask you to take the time to listen to your body, and no I’m not talking about that nagging voice that tells you to stick to your workout plan or else you’ll get fat. But to really listen to your intuition. You’d be surprised how often your body will tell you to move, but when it’s telling you to rest, rest.

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Collecting advice, quotes, essays, and observations from hundreds of famous actors and highly regarded acting teachers, this book covers a wide range of topics on the art and history of acting. Entertaining, instructive, and informative, it is organized into specific, easy-to-search categories, such as On Why We Act; On Auditioning, Struggling, and Building a Career; and On Gender Differences and Aging in the Biz. From art and technique to business and lifestyle, entries include fascinating anecdotes and advice from some of the greatest actors in history–Marlon Brando commenting on the rehearsal process, Meryl Streep’s advice on building a character, Al Pacino recalling what it was like to be a starving young artist, beauty tips from some of Hollywood’s leading ladies, recollections of horrible auditions from A-list stars, and musings from Jack Nicholson, Edwin Booth, and many others. Additional contributors include Constantin Stanislavski, Daniel Day-Lewis, Ellen Burstyn, Julie Andrews, Paul Newman, and Peter O’Toole–providing insights into the actor’s craft that are equally useful to young actors just starting out and accomplished professionals looking for inspiration in the words of peers.
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Health care policy and proposals for national health care reform have become some of the most contentious political issues of the decade. Garland Publishing announces a new series addressing the most significant issues in the area of health care policy and the business of health care in the United States. books in this multidisciplinary series will include studies of health care practice, the health care business, the implications of multicultural perspectives on health care for public policy, the impact of insurance on health care, and debates over national health care policy, including health care reform. This collection of timely works will offer significant scholarly perspectives on one of the most important issues in public policy. Women, especially African American and Latina women, comprise the fastest-growing group of people with AIDS in the United States. Most live in areas where poverty and crime are prevalent. The vertical transmission of HIV+/AIDS, in which transmission occurs in utero, is expected to become a leading cause of childhood death in the next decade. Most research on women with AIDS has ignored the psychological effects of the disease as associated with vertical transmission. Through interviews of women who are HIV+ or have AIDS, this book examines the women’s reactions to AIDS and their relationships with their children as they cope with the disease. The findings indicate that most women with AIDS live in isolation and fear of disclosure. Psychological factors were found to be related to the progression of the disease, available support, and the existance of a reason to live. Maternal attachment is intensified with children with AIDS, or children whosecondition is uncertain. Women reported that they neglected themselves to care for their children, but that AIDS-related symptoms frequently prevented them from providing optimal care. Mothers looked to their healthy children for assistance with household tasks, childcare, and emotional support.
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San Francisco Sheriff, Feds Sued Over Woman Allegedly Killed By Immigrant

SAN FRANCISCO — The family of a woman allegedly killed by an immigrant who’d been repeatedly deported sued the San Francisco sheriff’s office and federal authorities Tuesday over an alleged series of errors with tragic consequences. 

 Kate Steinle, 32, died on July 1 when she was struck by a single bullet while strolling with her father and a friend on a pier overlooking the San Francisco Bay. The man who allegedly pulled the trigger was Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. He’s pleaded not guilty, but said in a television interview that he found the gun beneath a bench and that it accidentally went off when he picked it up. 

While a judge will determine if there’s enough evidence for a trial against Lopez-Sanchez to proceed, Steinle’s parents, Elizabeth Sullivan and James Steinle, on Tuesday announced lawsuits against San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials and the Bureau of Land Management for variety of missteps.

They were filed as separate complaints because federal agencies must be sued individually, the family’s attorney said. 

The shooting turned into grist for a national debate about immigration because federal authorities had transferred Lopez-Sanchez to San Francisco in March to face a 20-year-old marijuana charge. After the San Francisco district attorney decided to not prosecute the case, the sheriff’s office released Sanchez-Lopez in April because of a city law prohibiting the detention of immigrants without a warrant. 

Mirkarimi and ICE have blamed each other for Lopez-Sanchez’s release, with ICE saying the sheriff’s office should have given a heads-up that Lopez-Sanchez was free, while the sheriff said ICE didn’t submit its paperwork correctly.

“We have two different government bureaucracies pointing the finger at each other for failing to notify the other,” said attorney Frank Pitre, who is representing the family. “We’re not talking about the release of an innocent, undocumented alien, we’re talking about a seven-time felon.”

Lopez-Sanchez’s rap sheet includes multiple convictions for heroin possession since 1993. He’s been deported to Mexico five times between 1994 and 2009. 

The lawsuits don’t challenge San Francisco’s “sanctuary city” law. But they claim that Mirkarimi violated federal law by issuing a memo in March that prohibits his staff from even contacting ICE, Pitre said. The complaint also contends that ICE bungled the paperwork by not seeking a warrant or judicial order to detain Lopez-Sanchez.  

“This is pure, unadulterated bureaucratic confusion,” Pirre said.  

The gun that authorities say killed Steinle was a government-issued weapon of a Bureau of Land Management officer. BLM officers are supposed to keep their unloaded firearms stored in a locked container, but the loaded .40-caliber handgun was reported stolen from a backpack visible inside a vehicle parked in San Francisco in June. The suit names the BLM as a defendant because of the alleged mishandling of the weapon.

“The Bureau of Land Management takes seriously the loss of any human life and we are continuing to fully cooperate with the ongoing investigations,” spokeswoman Martha Maciel said in a statement to The Huffington Post. 

A spokeswoman for ICE said in an email to HuffPost that Sarah Saldana, the ICE director, recently met with Steinle’s family “to express the agency’s profound sympathy for their loss,” but the department wouldn’t comment directly about the lawsuit’s allegations. 

The sheriff’s office didn’t respond to HuffPost’s inquiries.  

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Are We Working Ourselves to Death?

If you are an executive, manager, emergency medicine physician (EMP), Silicon Valley employee or struggling law associate, you and many like you are probably working more than 60 hours a week. According to a survey published in the Harvard Business Review a few years ago, you may be working an average of 72 hours a week.

Contrast this with the government’s desire to limit excessive working hours about 80 years ago when, on June 25, 1938, Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLS). This law banned oppressive child labor, set the minimum hourly wage at 25 cents, and the maximum workweek at 44 hours.

Moreover, more than a hundred years ago, workers were given an entire weekend off from work. (How many EMPs can expect this?) The five-day workweek was started in 1908 by a New England cotton mill owner to allow Jewish workers to observe their sabbath on Saturday. They were expected to make up the work on Sunday but complaints about having the mill operate on a Sunday resulted in closing the factory for the entire weekend. Later, in l926, Henry Ford shut down his automotive factories for the entire weekend. He wanted his employees to have leisure time to buy automobiles. The Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America Union demanded a five-day workweek in 1929, and received it; but it wasn’t until 1940 that the two-day weekend was adopted countrywide.

But now, many people work at least 10 hours daily or longer; some companies even provide dinner to make sure their employees stay late. Salaried employees often are tethered to their smartphones during the weekend and expected to be available. Their jobs often require working throughout the weekend. If their company, sensitive to criticism that their employees have no time off at all, tells them not to work one day during the weekend, the employees find themselves working twice as hard on the other day to catch up with the work handed to them on Friday afternoon. To be sure, their work load is not as relentless as that of a galley slave who was chained to his bench for the length of his servitude, rowed for up to 20 hours a day, was whipped incessantly and fed vanishingly small rations. They, by and large, did not live long. But now we are learning that the modern day equivalent of the galley slave may not live out his or her natural life expectancy either.

The medical journal, The Lancet Online First, published an article recently comparing health risks of people who worked 55 or more hours weekly compared with those who worked 35-40 hours. Working many more hours was associated with a 13% increase in the risk of cardiovascular disease and a 33% increase in the risk of a stroke compared to working 35-40 hours (the so-called normal work week). The report is sobering. The many researchers who contributed to the study pooled information from 25 different studies that tracked the health of adults for 7-8 years. When the study began, the more than 600,000 participants had no evidence of coronary heart disease and nearly 530,000 of them had no evidence of stroke. Seven or eight years later, the formerly healthy workers who had the greater work burden were now facing medical risks that might shorten their longevity. The scientists searched for reasons. Was it economic status, smoking, age, gender and/or weight? What might be contributing to these dire findings? The answer was none of the above. Only working 55 or more hours per week was associated with these risk factors. 4
Interestingly, the authors did not conclude their article by suggesting a decrease in working hours. Rather, they said that employers should pay attention to identifying and managing heart attacks, stroke, high blood pressure and other symptoms of cardiovascular risk among their employees. Maybe they meant that employers should be trained in CPR in case a worker keels over in his cubicle.

The reasons for a deterioration in health associated with galley slave-like hours are not hard to find: stress, depression, lack of sleep, lack of exercise, lack of fresh air and sunlight, too much sitting: the list goes on and on. The overworked worker is told to make better food choices, get more sleep, exercise and relax. These are all good suggestions, but if deadlines and excessive work assignments reduce free time to hours spent traveling back and forth to work, it is almost impossible to make use of this advice.
Yet one suggestion might be some help to those struggling under an impossible work burden: eat to perform better and to relax.

Lean protein helps maintain two brain chemicals that are involved in mental alertness and rapid mental processing. Caffeine also increases mental alacrity and focus. Water prevents silent dehydration associated by many hours in a dry environment. People don’t realize that their bodies are losing water because they are not sweating. However, consuming too little liquid often causes fatigue and headaches. And fat should be avoided: it makes the brain sluggish and the body slothful.

Starchy carbohydrates, in contrast, help the brain and body relax when, finally, work is over. Serotonin, the mood chemical produced when all carbohydrates, except fruit, are eaten, decreases stress and anxiety and soothes the mood and the brain into a calmer, less agitated state.

It doesn’t take much, perhaps a small baked potato, or a bowl of oatmeal, pasta or rice, to do this. But protein and relaxation do not mix. Protein prevents serotonin from being made. Eat it when you want to be alert, not tranquil.

Exercise, sleep, and recreational activities all help combat the health risks of extended working hours. Sleep is the most important; even the galley slaves were allowed to sleep, (maybe they did not row in the dark) but exercise and taking some personal time are also important.

Let us hope that we do not have to wait for a new version of the Fair Labor Standards Act to be enacted before the 21st century worker is given some relief from an impossible work schedule so that death does not precede retirement.

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Managing Your Child’s Behavior: Benefits of Regular Routines and Strategies to Stay Consistent

As the new school year begins, many families are saying goodbye to the lazy days of summer and getting ready for their back-to-school routines. Schedule changes both at home and at school can be a stressful time for parents and children alike. Predictable routines at home can help children complete tasks in a timely manner, making it easier to keep your family on schedule each morning. If your child resists her new routines and responsibilities, she may benefit from a planned reward program to help keep motivation and cooperation high. Increased structure can also help protect time for you and your child to enjoy together and strengthen your relationship. The following tips highlight how regular routines can help support children’s good behavior as they transition back to school and include practical ways to implement these strategies in your home.

Does your child require extra help to complete “easy” everyday tasks? Daily routines teach children to self-manage age-appropriate responsibilities without having to rely on numerous reminders from adults to perform everyday tasks. Through repetition and praise from caretakers, children are able to build self-confidence and take pride in their accomplishments, thus making them more likely to repeat good behaviors in the future. Children also learn to complete tasks independently without as much assistance from adults, although adults should continue monitoring on-task behavior and providing positive reinforcement via praise and rewards.

Tips: Use praise to build your child’s independence and self-confidence. Notice your child’s positive, desirable behaviors and provide verbal recognition. General praise (e.g., “Good job,” “You’re amazing!”) can be reinforcing for some children; however, the most powerful praise is specific to your child’s behavior. Behavior-specific praise helps children know exactly what they did that was appropriate (e.g., “Sophia, I like how you brushed your teeth without a reminder,” “Ethan, thank you for putting away your lunch box”). Try saying your child’s name first to make sure you have his attention. Nonverbal praise (e.g., hugs, pat on the back) can also help.

Is your child reluctant to cooperate? Routines make it more likely for children to complete daily tasks in a timely manner, especially when combined with a reward program. Small rewards such as a designated length of screen time (e.g., 15 minutes of video games) or an age-appropriate choice (e.g., choose which outfit to wear to school) should be provided on a daily basis and should be dependent on your child’s behavior each day. Small rewards should involve something you already have (e.g., television) that does not require much planning or preparation to use. Remember, opportunities for your child to earn small rewards should restart each day. In other words, keep expectations consistent each day even if your child is catching on quickly, and don’t let one bad day ruin the next. Larger rewards can be used for completing for a set number of desired behaviors during a specific time period (e.g., 20 out of 25 stickers earned in one week). Even big rewards can be low-cost, such as allowing your child to rent a movie and make some popcorn at home. Think about your family’s time or financial constraints and only offer rewards you are actually able to provide.

Tips: Track completion of each task on your child’s list using a sticker or smiley face and tie your child’s behavior to rewards. Phrase behaviors positively (e.g., “Keep your hands to yourself,” “Be at school by 8:15 a.m.”) rather than negatively (e.g., “Don’t hit,” “Don’t be late for school”). That is, tell children what you want them to do, not what you don’t want them to do. Be sure to place your child’s list in a convenient location where your child is able to see it and where you will remember to track your child’s progress. For example, hang your child’s after-school routine on the refrigerator and put his bedtime routine next to his bed. If you don’t remember to use your child’s behavior chart, neither will your child.

Is your child’s behavior straining your relationship with him? Regular routines help reduce the amount of time you spend correcting inappropriate or non-compliant behavior, which leaves more time for positive interactions between you and your child. This is especially important for families with busy schedules who may struggle to find time to engage in fun and enjoyable activities together. Try activities that foster interaction, creativity, and physical movement rather than sedentary (e.g., watching TV) or independent (e.g., “You play your game and I’ll read my book”) activities.

Tips: Make one-on-one time with your child part of your daily routine. Protect 15-30 minutes each day to spend with your child regardless of how your child behaved that day or how tired you feel. Use this time for child-directed activities by allowing your child to take the lead. Mirror what your child does, for instance, if you child is drawing a house then you draw a house. Verbally describe what your child is doing (e.g., “You are building a tower with the red blocks”) without trying to change course or direct your child to a different activity (e.g., “Build daddy a spaceship,” or “Let’s play monopoly”).

If you or your child are having trouble adjusting to your regular routines, or if you see an increase in child behavior problems with the new school year, you are not alone. Remember that these difficulties are very common and help is available to get your family back on track.

Dr. Michelle LeRoy is a licensed clinical psychologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing. She provides integrated behavioral health services to patients of all ages in primary care clinics and specialty mental health services.

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West Point Prof Argued ‘Treasonous’ Scholars Can Be Treated As The Enemy

A professor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has resigned in the wake of a controversial article in which he made the case for targeted attacks on legal academics who are too critical of the war on terror.

The Guardian brought William C. Bradford’s outrageous arguments to a more general audience on Saturday, prompting his resignation on Sunday. He had lasted less than a month on the job.

Legal scholars had already been steaming over Bradford’s article.

In “Trahison des Professeurs” (Treason of the Professors), which a legal journal published this summer, Bradford argues for military retaliation against legal scholars in the U.S. whose works “constitute information warfare that tilts the battlefield against U.S. forces.”

This subset of academics, he writes, amounts to a “fifth column” of Islam — in essence, traitors who are “responsible for the creation of the most important strategic weapon in the Islamist arsenal.”

Along with the media and government officials, he contends, legal scholars form a “triumvirate” that “alone possesses the ideological power to defend or destroy American political will.” He suggests arresting and interrogating the “treasonous”  individuals.

All of this is eyebrow-raising even in the world of legal academia, where hypothetical arguments are commonly tossed around. But by far Bradford’s most outlandish suggestion is the possibility of attacking — and presumably killing — these professors.

Acknowledging that this proposal might be “shocking and extreme,” he nonetheless writes that the “scholars and the law schools that employ them are — at least in theory — targetable so long as attacks are proportional, distinguish noncombatants from combatants, employ non-prohibited weapons and contribute to the defeat of Islamism.”

Bradford told The Washington Post this week that he stands by his article and that his arguments have been “taken out of context.”

The National Security Law Journal, a student-run legal periodical with ties to George Mason University School of Law, apparently accepted and edited Bradford’s article with little vetting.

Cornell law professor Michael Dorf noted in his blog on Monday that he was able to find an earlier draft of Bradford’s article in the Social Science Research Network, a scholarly repository, with comments by the student-editors. (At American law schools, it’s common for students to edit and manage legal journals.)

On the page where Bradford argued that dissenting law professors should be treated like “combatants” subject to capture and imprisonment, one editor asked the author for a sensible edit.

“Is it okay to delete ‘and killed’?” the editor asked.

Bradford apparently obliged, as those words were not in the final version of the article.

But almost everything else in that section and the rest of the article remains unchanged, including claims that legal “scholarship and advocacy that attenuates U.S. arms and undermines American will” are like “psychological operations” tantamount to “combatant acts.”

Bradford doesn’t stop there. From that proposition, he then takes an amazing leap in logic and contends that “if these acts are colorable as propaganda, inciting others to war crimes,” then “such acts are prosecutable.” (By “such acts,” he means people exercising their rights to speak and write on a subject of great public importance.)

And if those acts are prosecutable, Bradford’s argument goes, it makes sense to treat the scholars as “combatants who, like all other combatants, can be targeted at any time and place and captured and detained until termination of hostilities.”

Scholars took notice.

Sometime after the article’s publication, Jeremy Rabkin, a George Mason law professor who advises the journal, issued a response saying that the dean and former dean of the law school had received “angry complaints” from other academics. He noted that he himself “did not learn of this article” until after it was published.

Rabkin then blasted the piece as “a betrayal of rational argument,” an exercise in “frenzied rhetoric” with little “prospect of stimulating serious discussion of genuine policy challenges.”

“Serious scholars don’t spend time debating with authors who sound demented,” wrote Rabkin.

A formal repudiation from the journal’s leadership came last week, when the new editor-in-chief, Rick Myers, acknowledged the error of publishing the article and apologized to readers.

“The substance of Mr. Bradford’s article cannot fairly be considered apart from the egregious breach of professional decorum that it exhibits,” Myers wrote, promising to re-evaluate the article selection process.

Bradford’s piece has since been delinked from the web page listing the journal’s latest issue, but it can still be found here. Dorf, the Cornell law professor, noted that the article also remains accessible through legal research databases. A print version can be purchased via Amazon.

Over a decade ago, Bradford wrote another article about the laws of war, though it’s unclear if it made waves: It defended George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.

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The Key of Life

John Lennon said: “When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

I really believe that happiness is the key of life. I’ve been asked so many times during interviews, when did I decide that I wanted to be a singer. I came to realize that I actually have never made that decision.

The only thing I actually always wanted to be was “happy.” It happens that part of my being happy is singing and performing.

What is happiness? For some is fame, for some is love, for some is money, for some is health. So, is happiness something we don’t have? How can we be happy if to be happy we need something we don’t have? There will always be something we don’t have.

I’m sure we all know people that have a lot and are always complaining about something, and some others that have almost nothing and are happy with their lives.

I came to realize that they are happy not because they have all they want want, but because they are passionate about something and that puts their mind in that state of happiness. They are happy because they do something they love. Because they are working on something they believe in.

They are willing to take risks to pursue something. They don’t mind to sacrifice something to get where they want to go and to do what they want to do. They are fearless. I’ve seen a lot of starving artists and dreamers being so happy in what you can call “misery” if measured in wealth.

Happy people often don’t settle for a comfortable life. They are going for an exceptional life. They carve their own path and don’t follow the crowed. They follow their heart. They follow their passion. They get highly criticized and widely loved with the same magnitude. Like for instance great humanitarian Mother Theresa she was loved and criticized during her life and after her death. She was a believer and she was happy because she was following her believes. And she was happy for that, so that she could even forget about her physical pain.

Happiness is something we have to find within ourselves . Happiness should be the journey toward something we want not the end destination of that journey. I have big dreams and there are so many things I want to have and achieve. I’m happy because I’m working on having and achieving what I love.

One of my idols is French singer Edith Piaff. She used to say “For me singing is a way of escaping. I’m not longer on earth.”

That is essentially what music is for me. When I’m on a stage singing I’m in a perfect world, in a perfect state of mind. I’m basically happy.

I can be sick, miserable and sad, but while I’m singing I’m healthy and happy.

It is incredible how we can forget about our pain and sorrows when we concentrate and we are doing something we love, something important that we really want to do. Even the most miserable day can be a happy day. I’m sure it has happen to you too.

A few years ago my husband was producing in The Netherlands a series of performances of The Marijnsky Ballet, one of the world’s leading ballet companies, known as “The Kirov Ballet”.

I remember watching them on stage on opening night. It was incredible: those dancers were so gracious and everything looked like it was easy, natural. Heavenly beautiful. Perfect.

The day after I was able to go back stage and see the warming up and the show from there. Those beautiful ballerinas had elastic bands and patches all over their body. I saw them taking out those pretty ballerina and their feet were bleeding. But, somehow as soon as they were stepping into that stage, the smile was on their faces and they were making everything look effortlessly and so beautiful. When they were leaving the stage for a change of costume some of them were limping. But they seemed not to care about it. They needed to go back on stage and so they did.

After the show you could see those bleeding feet coming out of the ballerina shoes and those elastic bands and patches being put back in. But their faces were radiant. They had just danced and the audience loved it. They were really happy.

With that kind of injures most of us would have been crying in bed. Instead they were smiling and having a celebration.

I knew that feeling so well. Just like for those ballerinas also for me nothing has ever come easy and almost never without pain or sacrifices. I’ve always been moved by passion and kept a positive attitude, moved forward without fear. Happy while I’m living my life.

Happy even if the most tough and miserable moments of my life. Why? Because I just know that there is no perfection also not in happiness and the pursuit of it involved risks, pain, rejections, sweet and tears. And so I look around everyday and I find reasons to be happy in so many little things.

I’m happy not because my life is perfect but because I have the opportunity to do what I love so much.

To be happy is after all what we all want. More money, more success, more love or more fame. Let’s go for it and be fearless….we can loose money, fame, love but not happiness!!

And talking about happiness my television special From Venice With Love will air in December on PBS around the USA. Check your PBS local listing or my website www.giadavalenti.com for the latest updates.

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Right-To-Die Bill Inspired By Brittany Maynard Advances In California

By Sharon Bernstein 

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – A controversial bill to allow physician-assisted suicide for terminally ill patients in California passed a key legislative committee on Tuesday, after failing in the legislature earlier this summer amid opposition from the Catholic Church.

The measure, which passed 10-2, next goes to the assembly finance committee.

The bill was pulled from consideration in the legislature’s regular session in July but was reintroduced last month as part of a special session on healthcare called by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown.

“The more time we’ve had to work on it, the more support we have,” said Senator Bill Monning, a Democrat from Carmel who is a co-author of the bill. “Every major newspaper in the state has editorialized in support.”

Last weekend, conservative columnist George Will wrote a column supporting assisted suicide, breaking with many conservatives to do so.

Backers have tried numerous times to legalize aid-in-dying in California, without success.

 

Last year, the issue burst into public consciousness in California after a 29-year-old cancer patient, Brittany Maynard, moved to Oregon to take advantage of that state’s assisted suicide law.

With polls showing consistent support for such a measure in the most populous U.S. state, Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill after Maynard’s death to make it legal for a doctor to prescribe medication for a terminally ill patient to end his or her life.

The practice is opposed by many doctors, who feel they should preserve life rather than help to end it, the Catholic Church and many conservative religious groups. Disability rights activists fear disabled people will be pushed to end their lives by insurance companies or relatives who do not want to care for them.

Assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, Washington, Montana and Vermont.

After the powerful California Medical Association removed its opposition to the latest bill last spring, backers hoped it would pass.

The measure made it through the state Senate, a more liberal body where it has strong support. But it stalled in the health committee of the state Assembly amid concern from some lawmakers with large Catholic constituencies that the Church was strongly opposed to it.

The committee, however, has different members for the special session on healthcare and on Tuesday the bill passed.

The California bill makes it a felony to pressure someone into physician-assisted suicide. It also forbids insurance companies from sending patients information about aid-in-dying drugs unless the patient has requested it.

(Editing by Sandra Maler)

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Fox News Host: Obama Should Work For Weather Channel If He’s So Obsessed With Climate Change

Hosts on Fox News’ “The Five” are not happy that President Barack Obama is spending time addressing climate change while in Alaska this week. 

“To me, it’s such a glaring example of priorities askew,” host Kimberly Guilfoyle said, arguing that the president should be focusing on escalating crime rates instead of climate change. “I fail still at this point to understand where he’s coming from because I don’t speak the language he speaks. … He thinks the biggest threat to national security is climate change. Whoa. Where do you even go from there?”

Host Greg Gutfeld backed Guilfoyle, arguing that Obama is more concerned with the “academic, climate change-obsessed community” than communities where crime rates are up. 

“He should work for The Weather Channel,” Guilfoyle suggested, adding later, “He’s like, obsessed with cumulus clouds.”

Obama is spending three days this week discussing climate issues in Alaska, a state both rich in fossil fuels and exceptionally vulnerable to the disasters posed by global warming. In June, Surgeon General Vivek Murthy declared that climate change presents a “serious, immediate and global threat to human health.”

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Nothing Gold Can Stay: Life, Death and the Jewish New Year

I climbed into the ambulance behind the stretcher and thought: Oh, God; today is the day I am going to become a widow.

My husband had collapsed at work. His consciousness and cognition were scrambled. He didn’t know where he was and could not identify the year. His colleagues were white-faced and the paramedics looked grim.

I should have taken him to Italy instead of saving for retirement, I thought. And why did I have to yell at him all the time for leaving his shoes in the hallway?

I stroked his face, looked into his eyes and lied. I told him everything would be okay.

But then, a mere few hours later, it was. His cognition returned. The ominous medical tests came back negative. The physicians cheerfully returned a rare diagnosis of global transient amnesia. A brain fart, if you will. Duration: two to 24 hours. Cause: unknown. Chance of recurrence: virtually none. Lasting effects: nil.

Except an acute lesson for me, leading into the High Holidays, of both how frail and how resilient human beings are, and how fleeting and precious are our lives.

I have responded with equal measures of gratitude and panic.

In the week since Joel returned home, I have not been myself. I jump every time the phone rings. I have forgotten my keys, a hair appointment, where I parked my car. And I count the days to Rosh Hashanah with equal measures of awe and trembling. I am so keenly aware, now, of all that I have to lose.

Nothing gold can stay, the poet promised, and his words haunt me this year. The self-help books have it all wrong. A midlife crisis isn’t about facing our own mortality. It’s about facing the mortality of the ones we love the most.

Perhaps this is why people set new goals for themselves, embarking on new challenges and adventures. You reinvent your world as well as yourself when you earn another degree, learn a foreign language or master a new skill. It’s a way for us to force ourselves to move forward instead of clinging to every sign post — and loved one — in our path.

This is agonizing for me, because I am both a sentimental fool and a creature of habit. My husband and I have lived in the same house for 25 years and shopped at the same local businesses. I have shoes older than my adult daughter. I still have friends from grade school.

But over the years, my neighborhood dry cleaners, grocery store and favorite local restaurants have folded, one by one. Shoe styles have changed. Many of my friends have moved.

So today I am forging different shopping routines, buying new shoes, making new friends — and learning to kayak.

I am trying to head into the new year with a heart that is open and new, too.

And I’ve started planning to take my husband on that trip to Italy.

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Zumba Through Depression

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Please forgive me for saying this, but as a former half marathoner, I always thought Zumba was for sissies.

It’s a workout, yes, but it surely doesn’t compare to the weekly miles, hill repeats and long runs necessary to prepare for a half marathon. Many of my Zumba friends testified to its effectiveness, but it wasn’t just effectiveness I was after.

I was after that runner’s high. Every runner knows the feeling. It’s when you’re one with the wind and despite how long you’ve been on a run, you feel no pain… only pure joy.

However, when my life came crashing down, I was unable to chase that high. Suffering from knee pain shortly after my last half marathon of 2013, I had learned a good friend of mine was murdered. On top of that, I had decided to separate from my husband. It was never my intention to divorce, it was my hope that he’d seek counseling while I worked through my grief. Unfortunately or fortunately, that did not happen. We divorced the following year.

Devastated, heartbroken and still grieving my friend’s death, I slipped into a deep depression. I cried for months, barely ate and withdrew from everyone and everything that brought me happiness. Because my behavior had begun to affect my job performance, I eventually sought a counselor who prescribed anti-depressants. And after a few months of “happy pills,” I started to feel like my old self.

But anyone who’s ever taken anti-depressants knows that the nausea, headaches and constant fatigue can be just as crippling as the depression itself. I fought through the side effects because it meant keeping my job and reconnecting with friends and family. Plus, it also motivated me to run again. So, for a few months, I was able to run comfortably until not just one knee, but both knees, started to bother me. Eventually, I was unable to run at all.

That’s when the weight started to pile on.

Weight gain was another side effect of the antidepressants, and in addition to my sedentary lifestyle, it was only inevitable. After reaching my heaviest weight ever, it finally motivated me to do something. I weaned myself off of the meds and recalling my love for spin, joined a gym. But the classes no longer excited me. Actually, nothing excited me. But I refused to slip back into that fog of depression and fought through it. Staring at the gym class schedule posted on a door one day, a woman walked past me and said, “You might as well stop staring at it and come on in.”

And it changed my life.

The first thing I noticed when walking in was the Zumba instructor’s joy. It was contagious. Also, she was dressed in a cute, hot pink outfit and was wearing full make up. Who does that? Anyway, when the music started, I caught on to the moves quickly and found myself smiling. I used to love to dance. Staring in the mirror, my pot belly, love handles and saddlebags started to make me feel self-conscious. Eventually though, I stopped staring at how I looked and danced away. Twenty minutes in, it took all of my strength not to fall to my knees and cry.

I felt euphoric. And it was better than any runner’s high. It took all of my strength not to run up to the instructor and give her a bear hug. Because of her energy and the music, my sexiness started to return with each beat… with every eight count. You can’t really fight it when you’re winding to songs such as ‘Shake Your Body’ or ‘I’m Too Sexy.’ This was the first step to getting me back. Oh, how I missed her.

Am I still suffering from depression? Yes, I am. I’m still in counseling and my doctor found another prescription drug with less side effects. I still have issues to work through and get over but this time, I won’t wallow my way through it. Instead, I’m going to Zumba through it.

Elona Washington founded Project IANAH, which stands for I Am Not A Ho, and serves on the speaker’s bureau for RAINN (Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network). Through both avenues, she shares her story of child sexual abuse, inspiring victims to live as survivors. In April, Elona was featured on the HuffPost series “Speaking Now” and contributed to the HuffPost Live discussion “What Justice For Sex Crime Victims Looks Like.”

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Fossil Fuel Execs Made Twice As Much As U.S. Pledged To Help Fight Climate Change Overseas

WASHINGTON — The top executives at the largest publicly held fossil fuel companies in the United States have made nearly $ 6 billion in the last five years — enough to double the U.S. commitment to addressing climate change abroad.

A new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, released Wednesday, analyzes the compensation for the top five executives at the 30 largest oil, gas and coal companies in the country as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission, which totaled $ 5.97 billion between 2010 and 2014.

By comparison, the United States has committed $ 3 billion over four years to an international fund meant to help developing countries address climate change, and might have trouble coughing even that up if Republicans in Congress have their way in budget disputes.

The CEOs analyzed in the report averaged $ 14.7 million in total compensation last year. ConocoPhillips head Ryan Lance and ExxonMobil head Rex Tillerson topped the list at $ 27.6 million and $ 33.1 million, respectively.

Tillerson has suggested both that climate change is not as big a deal as it’s been made out to be, and that adapting to whatever change there is should be easy. 

The institute’s report on executive pay, which it releases annually but is focusing on climate change for the first time, argues that the incentives and overall pay structure for executives is hindering climate action. Many are compensated through stock options, which creates an incentive to focus on raising share prices in the short term. And while all of the companies surveyed reward executives for expanding fossil fuel reserves, none of them had such incentives for expanding investments in renewable energy, the paper argues.

“I think our numbers show that CEO pay encourages executives to behave in a way that is deepening the climate crisis,” said Sarah Anderson, global economy project director at the Institute for Policy Studies, in an interview with The Huffington Post. “If we don’t reverse these perverse incentives, we all remain at risk.”

Previous studies have found that the world cannot burn all the fossil fuels currently in reserves without far exceeding the 2 degree Celsius limit on global temperature rise that world leaders have agreed to in international negotiations.

“Executives are still clinging to this business model that is locking us into a destructive climate path,” Anderson said.

The total compensation also puts into perspective the amount currently pledged to help developing nations address climate change. World leaders have committed just over $ 10 billion in total to get that fund off the ground — so the pay of the top fossil fuel executives in the U.S. is more than half that. 

“Climate change can seem so overwhelming, the costs associated with addressing it seem so massive,” Anderson said. “But when we boiled down and compared it to the compensation being pocketed by so few executives, it really puts things into perspective.”

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5 Strategies To Help You Conquer Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Several years ago, I was invited to give my first public speech, and I made the mistake of saying yes. I was terrified: as a student, my heart used to race at the mere thought of raising my hand in class. For weeks beforehand, I had nightmares about forgetting my lines, waking up in a cold sweat. No matter how much I practiced, for the three days leading up to the speech, I could hardly breathe.

During the speech, nothing went terribly wrong. I was relieved… until I read the feedback from the audience. Here were some highlights:

  • “Try not to be so nervous. You looked like a Muppet and it seemed like you memorized every single sentence for the presentation.”
  • “It seems like you’re reading off a teleprompter. Breathe! Too mechanical.”
  • “You were so tense that you were causing me to physically shake in my seat.”

In the past year and a half, I’ve given over 100 keynote speeches and hundreds of presentations, and things have changed dramatically. I still get nervous occasionally, but public speaking is now one of my favorite activities. Here are the five steps that have been most helpful in reducing my anxiety:

  1. Don’t try to calm down. In clever research, Harvard professor Alison Wood Brooks asked people to give a public speech on what would make them good colleagues. Anxiety alert: they would be videotaped and evaluated by a committee. More than 90% of people said the best strategy was to calm down. But it didn’t work. When independent raters evaluated the speeches, people who tried to relax ended up giving speeches that lacked persuasiveness and confidence.

Instead of saying “I am calm,” people gave more compelling speeches when they said “I am excited.” The same was true when people were anxious before singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin, saying “I’m excited” led to more accurate karaoke performance on than saying “I’m calm.”

Why? Physiologically, we have two different systems: the go system and the stop system. As Susan Cain, the introverted author of Quiet who overcome her own phobia of public speaking to give a record-breaking TED talk, explains, “Your go system revs you up and makes you excited. Your stop system slows you down and makes you cautious and vigilant.” Cain suggests that it’s a mistake to work at turning off the stop system; you want to turn on your go system. Anxiety is an intense emotion, and it’s hard to make it vanish quickly in the face of uncertainty. It’s easier to convert anxiety into another strong emotion like excitement.

You won’t catch me belting out Journey any time soon. But when I feel pangs of panic about speaking, I no longer try to fight the reasons to stop. I focus on the reasons to go: I’m delivering a message that matters deeply to me. I enjoy challenging assumptions, offering actionable insights, and providing some entertainment. As my enthusiasm climbs, anxiety fades. It doesn’t vanish completely, though. As Richard Branson notes (paraphrasing a quip attributed to Mark Twain): “There are only two types of speakers in the world: 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.”

  1. Practice in front of an audience. When I rehearsed my early speeches, I delivered them solo. Classic studies by the late Stanford psychologist Robert Zajonc demonstrated that the mere presence of other people raises our arousal. If you practice alone, you won’t have a chance to adjust to that arousal.

The key is to practice under conditions that resemble the performance as much as possible. With that in mind, I was surprised to discover that before a talk in front of a crowd of thousands, the best preparation was to practice in front of a small group. In a small group, you can see everyone’s facial expressions and feel their gaze burning a hole in your retina. (Want a surefire strategy for freaking out an anxious introvert? Stare at him. Being the focus of other people’s attention can be seriously overstimulating.) In a large crowd, faces blur and eye contact fades, which can actually reduce arousal. So if you want to prepare under maximal anxiety, practice in front of a small group. It’s not a coincidence that before her TED talk, Susan Cain rehearsed in a room with 20 strangers.

  1. Turn off the lights. To reduce anxiety during the speech itself, I like to darken the room. As faces become less visible, my arousal drops. I recently discovered that there’s a side benefit of dim lighting: audiences laugh more. Comedians prefer “dimly lit space,” Peter McGraw and Joel Warner write in The Humor Code, which seems to “help people feel more concealed and therefore less inhibited in what they’re willing to laugh at.”

Of course, darkness also helps people feel less inhibited in falling asleep. So I only switch off the lights when I feel confident in the entertainment value of the speech.

  1. Know your audience. I find that the more I learn about my audience in advance, the less nervous I become. Along with helping me tailor the material, it humanizes them and highlights common ground. Each August, I teach a weeklong course for hundreds of Wharton MBA students. It’s the first class they take in business school, and I don’t have much time to get comfortable with them. After spending a few days reading through their bios, I’m more excited than anxious. I see that one had a fascinating former life as an Olympic rower and another grew up in my hometown.
  2. Lead with a puzzle, question, or story. Dylan Chalfy, a gifted speaking coach and professional actor, taught me that opening with a puzzle places the audience’s attention on the ideas, as opposed to the speaker. A question has a similar effect: it gets the audience thinking instead of judging. Malcolm Gladwell has made a similar observation about starting with a story: the audience gets absorbed in the narrative, and ends up focusing on the plot and the characters rather than the storyteller.

More recently, I spoke at Google Zeitgeist. It was the most nervous I’ve been in a long time: the audience was full of extraordinary people and it was being videotaped for online posting. Although it was far from a flawless performance, I didn’t lose any sleep beforehand. My pitch was too loud at the beginning—a clear sign of anxiety—but it got better over time as I found my rhythm:

My next step is to work on improving my breathing with my uncle, Darth Vader.

This story was reprinted by permission of the author. 

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5 Strategies To Help You Conquer Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Several years ago, I was invited to give my first public speech, and I made the mistake of saying yes. I was terrified: as a student, my heart used to race at the mere thought of raising my hand in class. For weeks beforehand, I had nightmares about forgetting my lines, waking up in a cold sweat. No matter how much I practiced, for the three days leading up to the speech, I could hardly breathe.

During the speech, nothing went terribly wrong. I was relieved… until I read the feedback from the audience. Here were some highlights:

  • “Try not to be so nervous. You looked like a Muppet and it seemed like you memorized every single sentence for the presentation.”
  • “It seems like you’re reading off a teleprompter. Breathe! Too mechanical.”
  • “You were so tense that you were causing me to physically shake in my seat.”

In the past year and a half, I’ve given over 100 keynote speeches and hundreds of presentations, and things have changed dramatically. I still get nervous occasionally, but public speaking is now one of my favorite activities. Here are the five steps that have been most helpful in reducing my anxiety:

  1. Don’t try to calm down. In clever research, Harvard professor Alison Wood Brooks asked people to give a public speech on what would make them good colleagues. Anxiety alert: they would be videotaped and evaluated by a committee. More than 90% of people said the best strategy was to calm down. But it didn’t work. When independent raters evaluated the speeches, people who tried to relax ended up giving speeches that lacked persuasiveness and confidence.

Instead of saying “I am calm,” people gave more compelling speeches when they said “I am excited.” The same was true when people were anxious before singing Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin, saying “I’m excited” led to more accurate karaoke performance on than saying “I’m calm.”

Why? Physiologically, we have two different systems: the go system and the stop system. As Susan Cain, the introverted author of Quiet who overcome her own phobia of public speaking to give a record-breaking TED talk, explains, “Your go system revs you up and makes you excited. Your stop system slows you down and makes you cautious and vigilant.” Cain suggests that it’s a mistake to work at turning off the stop system; you want to turn on your go system. Anxiety is an intense emotion, and it’s hard to make it vanish quickly in the face of uncertainty. It’s easier to convert anxiety into another strong emotion like excitement.

You won’t catch me belting out Journey any time soon. But when I feel pangs of panic about speaking, I no longer try to fight the reasons to stop. I focus on the reasons to go: I’m delivering a message that matters deeply to me. I enjoy challenging assumptions, offering actionable insights, and providing some entertainment. As my enthusiasm climbs, anxiety fades. It doesn’t vanish completely, though. As Richard Branson notes (paraphrasing a quip attributed to Mark Twain): “There are only two types of speakers in the world: 1. The nervous and 2. Liars.”

  1. Practice in front of an audience. When I rehearsed my early speeches, I delivered them solo. Classic studies by the late Stanford psychologist Robert Zajonc demonstrated that the mere presence of other people raises our arousal. If you practice alone, you won’t have a chance to adjust to that arousal.

The key is to practice under conditions that resemble the performance as much as possible. With that in mind, I was surprised to discover that before a talk in front of a crowd of thousands, the best preparation was to practice in front of a small group. In a small group, you can see everyone’s facial expressions and feel their gaze burning a hole in your retina. (Want a surefire strategy for freaking out an anxious introvert? Stare at him. Being the focus of other people’s attention can be seriously overstimulating.) In a large crowd, faces blur and eye contact fades, which can actually reduce arousal. So if you want to prepare under maximal anxiety, practice in front of a small group. It’s not a coincidence that before her TED talk, Susan Cain rehearsed in a room with 20 strangers.

  1. Turn off the lights. To reduce anxiety during the speech itself, I like to darken the room. As faces become less visible, my arousal drops. I recently discovered that there’s a side benefit of dim lighting: audiences laugh more. Comedians prefer “dimly lit space,” Peter McGraw and Joel Warner write in The Humor Code, which seems to “help people feel more concealed and therefore less inhibited in what they’re willing to laugh at.”

Of course, darkness also helps people feel less inhibited in falling asleep. So I only switch off the lights when I feel confident in the entertainment value of the speech.

  1. Know your audience. I find that the more I learn about my audience in advance, the less nervous I become. Along with helping me tailor the material, it humanizes them and highlights common ground. Each August, I teach a weeklong course for hundreds of Wharton MBA students. It’s the first class they take in business school, and I don’t have much time to get comfortable with them. After spending a few days reading through their bios, I’m more excited than anxious. I see that one had a fascinating former life as an Olympic rower and another grew up in my hometown.
  2. Lead with a puzzle, question, or story. Dylan Chalfy, a gifted speaking coach and professional actor, taught me that opening with a puzzle places the audience’s attention on the ideas, as opposed to the speaker. A question has a similar effect: it gets the audience thinking instead of judging. Malcolm Gladwell has made a similar observation about starting with a story: the audience gets absorbed in the narrative, and ends up focusing on the plot and the characters rather than the storyteller.

More recently, I spoke at Google Zeitgeist. It was the most nervous I’ve been in a long time: the audience was full of extraordinary people and it was being videotaped for online posting. Although it was far from a flawless performance, I didn’t lose any sleep beforehand. My pitch was too loud at the beginning—a clear sign of anxiety—but it got better over time as I found my rhythm:

My next step is to work on improving my breathing with my uncle, Darth Vader.

This story was reprinted by permission of the author. 

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. government has not yet notified any of the 21.5 million federal employees and contractors whose security clearance data was hacked more than three months ago, officials acknowledged on Tuesday.

The agency whose data was hacked, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), said the Defense Department will begin “later this month” to notify employees and contractors across the government that their personal information was accessed by hackers.

OPM said notifications would continue over several weeks and “will be sent directly to impacted individuals.”

OPM also announced that it hired a contractor to help protect the identities and credit ratings of employees whose data was hacked.

In a statement, OPM said it had awarded a contract initially worth more than $ 133 million to a company called Identity Theft Guard Solutions LLC, doing business as ID experts, for identity theft protections for the 21.5 million victims of the security data breach. The contractor will provide credit and identity monitoring services for three years, as well as identity theft insurance, to affected individuals and dependent children aged under 18, the agency said.

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Eleanor Roosevelt Was The Original Blogger: An Interview With Molly Mogren

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Molly Mogren has pretty much done it all.

She has hiked the Antarctic Peninsula, outrun a hyena in South Africa, and powered through Iowa in a monster truck.

And don’t get her started on hunting an animal. In the deep South. With her bare hands.

The Minneapolis-resident was formerly Andrew Zimmern’s right-hand-woman, and co-host of the popular podcast Go Fork Yourself. These days she’s is a fulltime writer.

Her website, the irreverent, hilarious Hey Eleanor!, is where she goes to blog about all those forays outside her comfort zone.

I spoke to Mogren recently about how she got her start, why it’s important to live with a sense of adventure, and that one time she accidentally gave a TED talk.

I was just watching your TED talk.

You want to hear a funny story about that?

Yes!

I didn’t know I was giving a TED talk.

What do you mean?

A friend of mine was doing an event, where she had people coming together, to talk about fear, and she asked me if I wanted to say something, too.

She said: “It’s kind of like TED, where people talk about cool ideas and maybe have a PowerPoint.”

Then I got there and realized: “Oh. It’s not kind of like TED. It IS TED.”

There were all these people there, professional speakers! And I had no idea. Not a clue.

You have the most incredible stories, Molly. I’m obsessed with your website.

Thank you. I should say that my life’s fun, but I do a lot of really normal things. I just bring an adventurous attitude with me. But I wasn’t always that way. Not at all.

Right. You talk about being a ‘Fraidy Cat.’ I think that’s why I’m so drawn to your stories. I feel like there’s hope for me, as someone who’s scared of a lot of stuff.

What’s funny is that initially, I thought no one would give a rip unless I was doing these crazy things.

At the very beginning of my blog, in the first month, I went to the deep South, on my first hunting trip, where I killed an animal with my bare hands. A couple of weeks later, I went skydiving.

But to this day, the posts people have engaged with the most are: the one where I talk about how I took the bus home when I would normally just drive. And the time I went to the library for the first time in ten years, and I had a weird experience.

You’re kidding.

That’s the thing. Nobody cares about the big, epic stuff. We all have these little hurdles in our everyday lives. That’s what people really identify with.

Maybe it’s those tiny fears that cripple us the most. Fascinating. Tell us how you came to call the site Hey Eleanor. It’s named after Eleanor Roosevelt, right?

Right. It started off with her quote: “Do one thing every day that scares you.”

I had spent eight years with Andrew Zimmern, doing food and travel writing mostly, and I really loved it. But I was writing for his brand. I felt like I wanted to write more of myself.

Around this time, I read that quote and thought: “You know, I’m kind of a wimp. I feel like if I did one thing that scared me every day for a year, that would give me lots to write about.”

I had ideas for blogs before, but that’s the first one that stuck.

In the past two years, I’ve really dug into Eleanor Roosevelt’s story. She’s one of the coolest people who has ever lived. For twenty-some years, she had a syndicated column that was published across the country in forty newspapers or something.

How often did she write?

Six days a week. It was about the everyday, mundane things that were happening at the White House. Sometimes it was a little political. Sometimes it was social commentary. But she would write six days a week and that made me realize: she’s the original blogger, writing about the regular happenings of the White House.

I’ve really grown to have quite an affinity for her.

So what are you and Eleanor building together?

There are a few different things going on, but I’d like to help people infuse adventure into their everyday lives.

I think people associate adventure with being twenty years old, without that many responsibilities, being able to travel through Europe on a shoestring; staying at hostels, and eating cheap food.

That sort of thing.

Then, as we get older, we have more responsibilities, and we get stuck in routines. We find ourselves at home more. Given that, in my experience, having an adventured life takes intentionality and practice.

And the way I learned that was by doing it every day.

What did you come away with, doing that?

That if you actively try new things every single day: even simple things, like having a different coffee order one day, or trying out that new restaurant that opened up down the street, life is just better.

I want to demystify some of those basic, small, hurdles that we all face every day, by showing a bit of vulnerability.

In what sense?

As in, saying: I don’t know how this works either. I’m going to try it, and tell you about it. And maybe by me just cooking with an unfamiliar ingredient, and saying, ‘Hey, it’s just food. I don’t know what I’m doing, but I’ll give it a whirl,’ I can empower people to try new things as well.

But I don’t like to be just telling people to do things. I want us to be actively doing. That’s why I did the Hey Eleanor Mystery Bus Ride last spring.

What’s that?

Twenty-four women signed up. We all met in one place. I planned three activities, and sent them a packing list. I didn’t tell them where we were going.

I’m planning another one of those this fall, and hope to do more events like that, throughout the year, maybe even in different cities.

Here’s a question: what’s your definition of success?

That’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot. I’d say: a life that’s intentional, and designed by you; where you’re excited to get out of bed in the morning.

My life is pretty simple. My definition of success is not a dollar amount. I’ve learned that we don’t need a whole lot to be happy. I would rather create a life that’s built around working hard, but working less, and having time to enjoy my friends and family and all that.

You know: all the good stuff.

Visit Molly’s site Hey Eleanor! for much more.

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Toxic, but life-saving?

It seems like an oxymoron, but scientists say the venom of Polybia paulista, a wasp native to Brazil, fits that description. 

According to a study published in the Biophysical Journal this week, the wasp’s venom contains a toxin, named MP1, that selectively destroys tumor cells without harming normal ones. The BBC called the venom a potentially powerful “weapon against cancer.” 

In lab tests, MP1 was found to inhibit the growth of prostate and bladder cancer cells as well as leukemia cells that had been shown to be resistant to a variety of other drugs.

The toxin interacts with fatty molecules known as lipids that are found on the outside of cancer cell membranes, researchers said. It then disrupts the structure of the protective membranes, creating “gaping holes” that allow molecules critical to the survival of the cancer cell to leak out.

Study co-author Dr. João Neto of Brazil’s São Paulo State University said these “large” holes take “only seconds” to form.

Since healthy cells don’t have these lipids on the outside (they are located on the cell’s inner membrane), it seems they are not susceptible to the wasp toxin the way cancer cells are. 

“Cancer therapies that attack the lipid composition of the cell membrane would be an entirely new class of anticancer drugs,” Paul Beales, one of the study’s authors, stated in a news release. “This could be useful in developing new combination therapies, where multiple drugs are used simultaneously to treat a cancer by attacking different parts of the cancer cells at the same time.”

Though the use of the wasp’s venom as a treatment option is an exciting possibility, it still remains theoretical.

Beales, of the University of Leeds in the U.K., and his team said more research needs to be done to learn if and how the venom could be used for clinical purposes.

“Understanding the mechanism of action of [MP1] will help in translational studies to further assess the potential for this peptide to be used in medicine,” Beales said. “As it has been shown to be selective to cancer cells and non-toxic to normal cells in the lab, this peptide has the potential to be safe, but further work would be required to prove that.”

 

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