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Critiques, Questions, and Sauve-qui-Peut: Looking Toward the Future of American Christianit(ies)

Poetry

Regionalism. Carl Honoré: In praise of slowness. 7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class. The longer you live, the more you realize that the difference between success and magnificent failure lies in how well you understand people.

7 truths about the mind you missed in psychology class

If you’re like many, that fact makes you regret not having studied psychology. I hate to be the one to tell you, but holding both a BSc. and an MSc. in psychology – yep.

Black in America

How Mindfulness and Home Cooking Helped Me Lose 12 Pounds - Observations - Scientific American Blog Network. Like many Americans, I have struggled with weight much of my adult life.

How Mindfulness and Home Cooking Helped Me Lose 12 Pounds - Observations - Scientific American Blog Network

In my case, a desk job and a tendency to eat under stress have made it easier to add a few pounds than to maintain my weight in any given year. Starting in February, however, I tried two new things to slim down. I learned a few mindfulness techniques for dealing with stressful situations and then I began making almost all my meals at home. I'm rather pleased with the results, as measured on my bathroom scale: I lost about a pound a week for 12 weeks. But more importantly, I've softened my approach to life, food and work. Surprisingly, this latest weight loss journey felt easier than have past experiences. Wizards, Workings and Walk-Ins: Be My Baby(lon) There's been little news on the project as of late but last year we heard that Ridley Scott was developing a miniseries based on the life of Jack Parsons, the co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and inventor of solid rocket fuel.

Wizards, Workings and Walk-Ins: Be My Baby(lon)

Such a project proves how esoteric Scott is becoming in his maturity, seeing as he's also executive producing a Philip K. Dick novel and an adaption of Lords of Chaos, the landmark history of the Norwegian Black Metal scene. Charleston Church Shooting: KKK, White Supremacists Operate in South Carolina. South Carolina is home to 19 known hate groups — including two factions of the Ku Klux Klan and four "white nationalist" organizations, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Charleston Church Shooting: KKK, White Supremacists Operate in South Carolina

While police described Wednesday's massacre in Charleston, South Carolina, of nine people at one of the nation's oldest African-American churches as a hate crime, they did not suggest the attack was linked to any group. The SPLC's database records the distribution of KKK leaflets in a Seneca neighborhood was among four hate crimes committed in the state last year.

Related: All You Need to Know About Hate Crime in America. In Epic Drought, California's Water Cops Get Tough at Last. Want to get rich?

In Epic Drought, California's Water Cops Get Tough at Last

Move to California, become a lawyer. Most important, specialize in water, because as the state’s drought drags on, every drop of coastal rain, every flake of Sierra snowpack, and every inch of reservoir water becomes both more valuable and more contested. Before long you’ll start counting rain drops—every one that fails to fall will ring cha-ching.

The latest windfall to California’s legal community came Friday, when the State Water Resources Control Board announced it was cutting certain historical water rights—held by some farmers, communities, and companies for more than a century. Futurism. Wayfaring. Print, Film, & TV. Ed Innovation. The Working Poor. The majority of the United States' poor aren't sitting on street corners.

The Working Poor

They're employed at low-paying jobs, struggling to support themselves and a family. In the past, differing definitions of employment and poverty prevented researchers from agreeing on who and how many constitute the "working poor. " But a new study by sociologists at BYU, Cornell and LSU provides a rigorous new estimate. Their work suggests about 10 percent of working households are poor. Additionally, households led by women, minorities or individuals with low education are more likely to be poor, but employed. Science magazine says the data from this study is relevant to the upcoming presidential election, as candidates discuss ways to help the working poor move out of poverty. Polyglot. Current Events. The Dilemma of the Fourth of July. The other day I was eating dinner with my wife in a restaurant located in Gallup New Mexico, a border town to the Navajo reservation.

The Dilemma of the Fourth of July

Gallup was recently named "Most Patriotic Small Town in America" in a nationwide contest. Soon after sitting down I noticed that we were seated at a table directly facing a framed poster of the Declaration of Independence. The irony almost made me laugh. When our server, who was also native, came to the table, I asked if I could show him something.

I then stood up and pointed out that 30 lines below the famous quote "All men are created equal" the Declaration of Independence refers to Natives as "merciless Indian savages. " The irony was that the restaurant was filled with Native American customers and employees. The server was concerned that I might be upset so after our dinner the manager of the restaurant came to our table and asked if everything was OK. Anti-intellectualism Is Killing America. A day of lament...