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ANDREW O’HEHIR – Lessons of the Panama Papers: Yes, the rich are different from us — they stole our money

F. Scott Fitzgerald apparently never told his Parisian drinking buddy Ernest Hemingway, “Ernie, the rich are different from us,” only to be rebuffed by the legendary comeback, “Yes, they have more money.” Like so many famous anecdotes, that one was cooked up years after the fact (probably by Fitzgerald’s posthumous editor, the literary critic Edmund Wilson). One reason that apocryphal …

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Gregg Levoy – The 5 Benefits of a Mortality Meditation, Part 1

“Warning: dates in calendar are closer than they appear.” —Bumper sticker I used to have an old episode of Peanuts tacked to the wall in my office. It showed Snoopy talking with a fruit fly, whose life span is only 24 hours and who confides his one regret: “I wish I knew at nine o’clock what I know now.” He doesn’t specify …

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Adam Johnson – Democrats Have Better Grammar Than Republicans, Study Reveals

Democrats convinced they are smarter and better educated than their Republican friends and family may be right after all—at least in terms of being able to speak the English language properly. A new “study” [3] done by the grammar app Grammarly examined the Facebook comments of the supporters of all major Presidential candidates and noticed some startling patterns. According to USA Today: Supporters commenting …

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Progressive Film Hour – Conscious Birthing – Creating A Better World in 9 Months – 03.10.15

This week, there are two films being featured on the theme of Conscious Conception, pregnancy, birth and beyond.  These films focus on the in utero experience of the embryo-fetus-infant, from conception forward, as the formative time of human development. It’s a fascinating period of time too frequently neglected in understanding human nature, attitudes, behavior and intelligence. The first film is Life Imitates Birth  …