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Do you want to improve your language skills and communicate more easily and effectively in Spanish? This free course, Beginners’ Spanish: food and drink, focuses on buying and ordering food and drink at a restaurant or bar. You will be able to use some basic vocabulary relating to food, drinks, meals, quantities and measures. In this OpenLearn course you will listen to Spanish speakers in a variety of situations.

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A Pirate Flag for Monterey

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In 1819, Hypolite Bouchard, a corsair with a license from the newly independent country of Argentina to harass Spain’s possessions in the New World, decided to make a raid on the California colony. At this time, Monterey – having successfully survived drought, famine, and the constant demands of Spain for taxes far beyond her due – was probably the richest of the Alta California settlements. Knowing this, Bouchard and his men decided to strike a decisive blow for Argentina by sacking and burning Monterey. Loot in the form of gold, jewels, and plentiful food stores would mean not only riches for himself and his crew, but would replenish Argentina’s none too lavish coffers. Young Miguel San Lucas Obanion y Boronda, Mike to his family and friends, is returning from the Orient with his uncle, Captain Roger Obanion of the merchant ship “Boston Belle”. They learn of Bouchard’s plans on a stop in Hawaii and rush back to California to warn of the pirates’ intent. Things go badly for the “Boston Belle”, though, and Mike becomes a prisoner of the pirates. Somehow, they must get free and lead a resistance against the invaders. This book is the true but almost unknown story of Bouchard’s raid on Monterey. Hypolite Bouchard was a real person, as are many of the characters in the story. Others are people who might have been. They are fictitious, though many of the names used were actually present in California at the time. But it doesn’t matter. Whether real or fictitious, people like these did exist then, in a land that was almost a heaven for a few years, until trouble fell so heavily on it.

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“The New Trump”? Or is Character Destiny? (See “The New Nixon”)

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Trump begins the week with the WSJ urging the RNC to cut him loose if he can’t turn around his floundering campaign by Labor Day…and ends it with the Bannon-Manafort shuffle. Cooke & Lamarche laugh off the chance he can stop scratching his attention-getting-disorder itch. GOP prospects Nov. 9?

Trump’s policy & personnel. We listen to his anti-ISIS speech explaining how he’d utilize joint operations with allies, cyber-tech, intelligence-gathering — and “extreme, extreme extreme vetting” — to defeat ISIS. Charles Cooke is not against ideological screening per se “so long as it’s not religious screening” since the First Amendment doesn’t apply to non-citizens applying to get into US. Gara Lamarche notes that his policy prescriptions are precisely what the Obama administration is now doing…and his version of “extreme vetting” sounds beyond the pale.

The Host asks Cooke to tell our listeners what Breitbart News is and who its recent head, Steven Bannon, the new campaign CEO, is. “Bannon turned an insurgent libertarian right-wing site into a home for right-wing white nationalists. That is not pleasant to read or be. It’s a disgrace that a major party nominee associates with Breitbart.” He adds the the hire of Kelly Anne Conway as campaign manager is different because “she’s a good person with some talents.” (Host agrees on Conway, who was a BSN regular for a couple of years…except that her on-message assertions (Trump has “humilty”) and denunciations (HRC corrupt liar) renders her a Trumpian version of Baghdad Bob, albeit with a smile.)

Also, says Charles: “While fear-mongering often works and is done by both sides, it’s unlikely to succeed in 2016. While there are problems with the economy and crime, it’s nothing like the riots, assassinations and crime of 1968 that Nixon exploited.”

Net-net on the personnel changes? Gara argues that the Bannon appointment shows Trump wants not to win but just solidify his reactionary white-high-school male base for later commercialization. We’re reminded of the metaphor of Charles Sykes, a conservative talk show host in Wisconsin, who saw the move as an indication that Trump has entered his political hospice stage where he wants to be comforted by admirers at the end.

Can Trump’s expressed “regrets” for his name-calling and insults help warm up his bellicose persona? Maybe says Cooke, “if he can keep it up or the next three months but, even though the media wants a new story, that’s extraordinarily unlikely.” Gara: ” it’s not in his nature. ” Host: a person who’s gained fame and fortune by living like Andrew Dice Clay for 70 years isn’t very likely to turn into Ellen. Indeed, the next day he mockingly tweeted about Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner. Very presidential. And since we don’t accept declarations of innocence by defendants at face value, it would be, er, credulous to believe the self-serving words of a proven serial liar who changes his views daily.

Ok, assume polls and trends are right and she wins by eight points + — who’s likely to win the battle for the soul of the Republican Party starting Nov. 9: the Trump/Fox/Cruz crowd or the Ryan/National Review/Reformocons team? Charles has a dog in this fight and argues for the latter because “Trump is sui generis — there aren’t any Trump-like Republicans, for example, running for the Senate. And he benefited from an unusual 17 person field [where he stood out]. Successful parties after a defeat can tamp down the excesses and absorb the best of both sides. Democrats too after the election will be split — so let’s see who can best absorb its rebels.”

Gara, however, thinks that the Breitbart crowd more likely to prevail and that “Cruz could then be well positioned.”

The Host dissents from Cooke: The problem is not so much Trump but the angry reactionary base that elevated him — and presumably they’ll be as furiously anti-Hillary as they’ve been anti-Barack. Unless they’re chastised by the 6th popular vote loss in seven presidential elections, they’ll continue to self-marginalize in a country where older Fox viewers are dying off to be replaced by rising and more liberal millennials and minorities. And there’s little reason to believe that, with a Democratic president, the Democrats will be anywhere as divided as the GOP. For one example, Sanders will campaign for Clinton but Cruz won’t for Trump.

Remember Hillary? Trump is not the only nominee to try pre-Fall to fix a this week. Gara applauds the news that Bill Clinton will resign from the Clinton Foundation if his wife becomes president and it will no longer accept foreign or corporate contributions to avoid the appearance of conflicts of interest. Charles isn’t impressed. arguing that it’s largely been a place for Clintonites to be employed and generate profits for them. “Do you really think that they’re grifters out to make more by raising a couple of billion to help advance health and the environment for millions of poor people in 3d world countries? Charles says, “‘it’s both.” Gara insists, “it’s public service.”

Analyze this!
Is it fair for Democrats to assume that Trump is a narcissistic sociopath and for Republicans to assume that Clinton, in Trump’s words, lacks the “stability and stamina” to be president, while Hannity on Fox runs many segments asking “doctors” whether she’s suffering seizures from a fall a couple of years ago?

Gara and Charles think both are wrong to use psychiatric terms to analyze public people not under medical care — which is now called the “Goldwater Rule” after 1000+psychiatrists and psychologists said the ’64 GOP nominee was mentally unfit to serve. Lamarche, however, notes that the Clinton’s diagnosis is especially pernicious since a woman who served four years as a traveling Secretary of State and a vigorous candidate now for 16 months is in any way incapacitated, except as some WebMD docs assert on a partisan network.

*Will Trump’s Collapse sink GOP boats? Four more Democratic senators will make Chuck Schumer not Mitch McConnell the Majority Leader, which the panel agrees is likely. Cooke thinks that three seats are all but gone — Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois — while several others are iffy, like PA and NH, perhaps NC and Arizona as well. Gara wonders “how can a Republican senator can survive if s/he has to run 8-10 points ahead of the top of the ticket? They have a very delicate dance here” because they can’t live with Trump, who’s so unpopular, but can’t live without him since they need his “low-education” voters.

A Clinton-Schumer-Pelos/or weakened-Ryan D.C. is very different from a Clinton-McConnell-strong Ryan one. While the Clinton agenda won’t be able to run the table due to the filibuster and likely House GOP majority, Ryan will have to deal more with her if his margin of 59 shrinks to say 25, which now appears to be likely.

*Conservative Books. The top three NYT non-fiction best-sellers last Sunday (and top four this Sunday) were all right-wing screeds denouncing Hillary, liberals etc. How come their books sell more than comparable liberal books? Charles — author of the serious non-screed The Conservatarian Manifesto — has some ideas: Readers with money and time are older, more likely to buy books, and skew Republican, while younger voters are less likely to pick up a book than go on-line. Adds Gara: “conservatives are more isolated, angry and aggrieved and more likely to buy a book to see their viewpoints validated.” Adds the Host: unlike MSNBC which rarely promotes an author and has fewer viewers, a show like Hannity puts on any eccentric wight-winger, plugs the book, and it jumps on Amazon.”

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These Underwater Yoga Photos Prove The Practice Is Truly Magical

Looking for a reason to hit the yoga mat today? Take a gander at these stunning photos.

The surreal images, which were snapped by photographer Elena Kalis, feature yoga instructor Britta Jade as she masterfully executes yoga poses under water. They’re a truly majestic display of how yoga can be both athletic and a work of art.

The photos are an inspirational reminder that the practice can be one of the best ways to move your body. Research shows yoga can reduce stress and lower your risk for heart disease. It also can improve your sleep and boost your brain function. Not to mention the fact that yoga can be an excellent form of strength training, which can help maintain a healthy weight.

While not everyone can exactly run off to the crystal shores of a remote island to nail these moves, there are some added perks to taking your yoga practice to the water. Studies suggest being near the ocean can make you calmer and more creative. The sea also puts your brain in a more meditative state.

If you’ve been slacking on a yoga routine (or hesitant to try one at all), take a look at the pictures below. Then check out these healthy reasons to prioritize the practice for additional motivation.

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Health Official Warns Zika Could Spread Across U.S. Gulf

Aug 21 (Reuters) – One of the top U.S. public health officials on Sunday warned that the mosquito-borne Zika virus could extend its reach across the U.S. Gulf Coast after officials last week confirmed it as active in the popular tourist destination of Miami Beach.

The possibility of transmission in Gulf States such as Louisiana and Texas will likely fuel concerns that the virus, which has been shown to cause the severe birth defect known as microcephaly, could spread across the continental United States, even though officials have played down such an outcome.

Concern has mounted since confirmation that Zika has expanded into a second region of the tourist hub of Miami-Dade County in Florida. Miami’s Wynwood arts neighborhood last month became the site of the first locally transmitted cases of Zika in the continental United States.

“It would not be surprising we would see additional cases perhaps in other Gulf Coast states,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the allergy and infectious diseases unit of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), said in an interview on Sunday morning with ABC News.

Fauci noted that record flooding this month in Louisiana – which has killed at least 13 people and damaged some 60,000 homes damaged – has boosted the likelihood Zika will spread into that state.

“There’s going to be a lot of problems getting rid of standing water” that could stymie the mosquito control efforts that are the best way to control Zika’s spread, he said.

U.S. health officials have concluded that Zika infections in pregnant women can cause microcephaly, a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems in babies. The connection between Zika and microcephaly first came to light last fall in Brazil, which has now confirmed 1,835 cases of microcephaly that it considers to be related to Zika infections in the mothers.

On Friday, Florida Governor Rick Scott confirmed that state health officials had identified five cases of Zika believed to be contracted in Miami Beach.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told pregnant women they should avoid the trendy area and suggested those especially worried about exposure might consider avoiding all of Miami-Dade County.

NIH’s Fauci on Sunday said the conditions of most of the country make it unlikely there would be a “diffuse, broad outbreak,” even though officials need to prepare for that possibility.

He compared it with diseases such as Dengue, which is endemic in certain tropical and subtropical regions of the world but rarely occurs in the continental United States. In Miami’s Wynwood area, experts have seen “substantial” knockdowns of mosquito populations.

Still, its containment is more complicated because Zika can be sexually transmitted, Fauci said.

“This is something that could hang around for a year or two,” he said.

The World Health Organization has said there is strong scientific consensus that Zika can also cause Guillain-Barre, a rare neurological syndrome that causes temporary paralysis in adults.

(Reporting by Chris Prentice in New York; Editing by Alan Crosby)

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Groundbreaking Lawsuit Targets ‘Extortionist’ Cities Near Ferguson That Lock Poor People In Cages

ST. LOUIS ― Civil rights lawyers sued 13 St. Louis-area cities in federal court on Tuesday, alleging they violated the constitutional rights of poor people by locking them in squalid jail cells in connection with minor traffic infractions ― a practice that contributed to the tension that boiled over in Ferguson two years ago after a police officer shot an 18-year-old to death.

The lawsuit, filed on the two-year anniversary of the killing of Michael Brown, targets the city of St. Ann and 12 smaller municipalities ― some with just a few hundred residents ― that use St. Ann’s jail to hold municipal debtors under what the lawsuit calls “inhumane” conditions.

Brown’s death helped bring attention to a rigged municipal courts system in St. Louis County that allowed municipalities to use their courts to pad city coffers rather than administer justice. An in-depth investigation by the Justice Department revealed a policing and court system in Ferguson that treated residents as “potential offenders and sources of revenue” rather than constituents to be protected, resulting in a recent agreement to reform the city’s policing practices. Nearby municipalities have engaged in the very same unconstitutional practices, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, represents a broad challenge the fractured municipal court system in St. Louis County and has the potential to help bring about widespread changes in a region where municipalities have treated their courts as cash generators.

ArchCity Defenders, a civil rights organization in St. Louis that has aggressively challenged the region’s municipal courts, and Arnold & Porter, a Washington-based law firm, filed the suit on behalf of 13 people they say have been “terrorized” by the municipalities.

The municipalities operated a “modern day police state and debtors’ prison scheme that has no place in American society today,” the suit says.

“I’ve never encountered anything like this,” said Robert Weiner, a partner at Arnold & Porter. His remark echoed a comment by the head of the Police Executive Research Forum, who said the “dysfunctional” system in St. Louis County was unlike anything he’d seen

The suit, which also named the cities of Edmundson, Normandy, Cool Valley, Velda City, Beverly Hills, Pagedale, Calverton Park, St. John, Bel Ridge, Wellston, Velda Village Hills, and Bellefontaine Neighbors, alleges:

Defendants have abused the legal system to bestow a patina of legitimacy on what is, in reality, extortion. If private parties had created and implemented this scheme, enforced it by threatening and imposing indefinite incarceration, and milked poor families of millions of dollars, the law would punish them as extortionists, or even racketeers, and the community would take steps to prevent them from exploiting the most vulnerable of its members. These predatory practices are no more legitimate ― and indeed, are more outrageous ― when perpetrated under color of law.

The lawsuit accuses the municipalities of operating “de facto debtors prisons” used “as a tool to cow poor people into financing municipal government.” The system places poor defendants into a “Kafkaesque web of indignities and incarceration that plunge the victim ever deeper into poverty,” the suit says.

Inmates incarcerated by St. Ann, the suit alleges, are held under horrific conditions that include overcrowded cells, “reused” blankets, “disgusting and unsanitary” mattresses, and “unhealthy and nearly inedible” food. Inmates were not allowed to shower until they had been held at the jail for a week, the lawsuit says, and trash piles in cells gave off a “very pungent odor.”

One legally blind plaintiff alleges officers refused to allow her to keep her glasses. Another says she was denied her medications, and that guards called her “crazy” and an “African child.” Yet another says she was held in a cell with a schizophrenic inmate announcing she wanted to kill someone.

Blake Strode, a St. Louis native who attended Harvard Law, interned at the Justice Department and now works for ArchCity Defenders, said there’s been a misconception in recent months that the problems in St. Louis County municipal courts have been addressed. In reality, he said, it’s been “business as usual” for many cities in the region.

“This is really a widespread, structural problem in the region, and so we thought we needed a more widespread, systematic attack on that practice,” Strode said in an interview. “Our goal is not to bankrupt every city in St. Louis County, but our clients have suffered serious constitutional violations, and they’re owed something for that. So our priority is to make the case for our clients, to push for the policy changes, and to make sure that they are compensated for the losses they’ve suffered.”

By imprisoning those who can’t afford to pay fines, the municipalities have violated rights of due process and equal protection guaranteed under the 14th Amendment, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit also alleges violations of the Fourth Amendment because the municipalities issued warrants without probable cause, as well as violations for the Sixth Amendment due to failure to provide for effective assistance of counsel.

ArchCity Defenders recently reached a settlement of nearly $ 5 million with the city of Jennings in a similar lawsuit filed on behalf of an estimated 2,000 people who had been jailed over unpaid debt. Jennings also agreed to significant changes, including an end to the cash bail system. lawsuit against Ferguson is still pending.

A plaintiff in the new class-action case, Donya Pierce, was previously part of a lawsuit against the tiny city of Velda City, which agreed to end its fixed cash bail system in 2015. An organization called Equal Justice Under Law has filed lawsuits against debtors’ prison practices in several other states and had success in stopping unconstitutional bail practices.

Several municipalities named in the lawsuit have imprisoned the lead plaintiff, Quinton Thomas, a 28-year old factory worker, in connection with minor driving-related offenses like running a stop sign, lacking proof of insurance, and improper vehicle registration. Thomas was issued hundreds of dollars in fines in Normandy, a city neighboring Ferguson that shares many of the same issues with using its municipal court to generate revenue. More than 40 percent of Normandy’s revenue came from fines and fees.  

Thomas was fined more than $ 600 from a traffic stop in Normandy. He said he tried to explain to a judge that he could neither afford to pay the full amount, nor the minimum payment of $ 100 the city was demanding. When he asked if he could pay $ 50 toward the fine, the judge said no, he said.

“They told me if I couldn’t do $ 100, they were going to put a warrant out for me,” Thomas said in an interview.

When Thomas was pulled over in 2013, he was arrested on that outstanding warrant from Normandy, as well as on warrants from other cities. Officers took him to jail in St. Ann, where Thomas said everything ― the mattresses, the walls, the floors ― were so dirty he didn’t want to touch anything.

“It was just nasty,” he said. Meals, the lawsuit alleges, consisted of a “bologna sandwich (with greenish meat and hard bread), apple sauce, and black coffee.”

Thomas said he once had to sit in jail for several days just to wait for a direct deposit into his bank account that would allow him to pay the court. He said he lost two jobs because of the time he spent behind bars. He said he was seldom allowed to appear before a judge after being arrested.

“I lost my job and they impounded my vehicle,” Thomas said. “I couldn’t go to work. I couldn’t get a job because a lot of jobs be so far out and you need a car.”

Thomas is employed again, but said he fears being pulled over and thrown into a cage every time he gets inside his car. He’s currently paying the city of St. John, which claims Thomas owes more than $ 500 on what started out as a ticket for less than $ 100.

His offense? A parking violation.

“I got it down to like $ 300, but it was all the way up to $ 560 all for a parking ticket,” he said.

Although the White House and Obama administration have tried to put a spotlight on excessive fines and fees, organizations like ArchCity Defenders and Equal Justice Under Law have been effective in using federal lawsuits to force change. Some advocates have called for the Justice Department to prosecute judges and public officials who have engaged in conspiracies to deprive people of their constitutional rights en masse as part of an effort to raise revenue.

Earlier this year, the Justice Department reminded local courts that some practices that they may consider a “routine administrative matter” ― like forcing defendants to pre-pay a bond or bail before they can schedule a court date ― are unconstitutional. Locking up someone simply because they aren’t able to afford paying a fine, without taking their financial circumstances into account, is a blatant constitutional violation, yet continues to happen with regularity. That won’t change, some advocates say, until the feds start locking up municipal judges.

Missouri lawmakers attempted to rein in municipalities that relied heavily upon municipal court revenue last year, passing bipartisan legislation that lowered the percentage of their budgets that cities were allowed to fund through court fines and fees. That percentage was trimmed from 30 percent to 20 percent statewide, and to 12.5 percent in St. Louis County. But several cities in St. Louis County filed suit challenging the limits, and a circuit judge struck down the county cap because it targeted specific municipalities.

St. Ann kept its revenue flowing after a major mall closed by operating a highway speed trap near the St. Louis airport. St. Ann earned 37 percent of its revenue from court fines and fees in 2013, according to a 2014 report from state-appointed research group Better Together.

Black drivers in St. Ann were nearly 10 percent more likely than whites to get arrested in traffic stops, a disparity similar to the other cities named in the lawsuit.

Nicole Hudson, who worked with the Ferguson Commission, said the lawsuit has the potential to force change rather than wait for those in power to move at their own speed.

“Having a lawsuit like this that is swinging for the fences in this way is going to move the needle on what change looks like and what the universe looks like for everybody,” Hudson said.

Bradley Jiles, 24, said he was strip-searched and forced to sit in a restraint chair for 24 hours while in the Hillsdale jail. Jiles has been jailed more than 10 times in five years for municipal ordinance violations.

Meredith Walker, a 47-year-old mother of two, has been jailed at least 10 times and said she paid more than $ 15,000 in fees over five years ― even though she said she hasn’t been ticketed for a moving violation in more than 15 years. Walker even changed her appearance, according to the lawsuit, “because she discovered that she was stopped by the Defendant Municipalities’ police officers more often when she had dreadlocks in her hair and appeared more masculine.”

Ronald Tucker, 51, was pulled over in 2014 because his car was smoking. The officer ran his name, discovered old traffic warrants from Cool Valley, and took him into custody.

Cool Valley covers less than 0.5 square mile, with a population of just over 1,000 people. A few years back, it disbanded its 10-person police department in part because it ate up more than half of the city’s entire budget.

Tucker, who said he skipped court dates on the old case after he lost his job and feared a judge would lock him up, was incarcerated in Cool Valley for three days in what he called a “dog cage.” Left unsupervised in a holding cell without a bathroom, he sometimes got desperate.

“I was in a cage with no restroom and had two more females in the cell with me and I had to use the restroom real bad,” Tucker said. “I urinated on the floor. I mean, I wasn’t going to do it on myself. I’m a grown man.”

Tucker said he spent several hours locked to a bench before he was booked, which he said was one of the worst experiences of his life. Later, when he suffered an asthma attack, he said jail attendants refused to allow his girlfriend to bring him an inhaler.

While bail is supposed to be set by a judge who evaluates an individual’s circumstances, there was no judicial involvement in Tucker’s incarceration. Tucker said police officers tried to negotiate with him.

“They said if someone come up with $ 150 or $ 175, we’ll let you go,” Tucker told HuffPost. Tucker said he couldn’t reach anyone for money because he only was allowed one five-minute phone call per day.

Tucker spent three days at Cool Valley before being transferred to the St. Louis County Justice Center, where he finally received an inhaler and was bonded out for almost $ 400. But Tucker’s time served was never applied to his outstanding fines, and a warrant for him remained outstanding in Cool Valley.

“I wouldn’t want to see anybody else be treated like me and those females when we were in that cage,” Tucker said. “I don’t have a problem with the law. They have a right to pull us over and make sure we’re right. But if you going to lock me up, lock me up for something major ― not just a ticket.”

Jailing a human being places them in danger, and hundreds of people die in U.S. jails each year. A system that confines individuals not because they pose a threat to public safety, but simply because they owe the government money, should not be accepted, said ArchCity’s Strode.

“I think we have a tendency and a sort of instinct to rationalize these systems that we all come to rely on, and to think that they must be operating in a way that is just and fair, or that it makes some sort of rational sense,” said Strode. “On the most basic level, what we have here is a system in which when you receive a traffic ticket, if you have money, there’s one system. If you don’t have money, there’s another. It’s only if you don’t have money that sitting in jail for days on end ― sometimes weeks on end ― is on the table. And that is fundamentally unjust.”

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Mariah Stewart reported from St. Louis. Ryan J. Reilly reported from Washington.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

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The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

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Nine Ways To Vote In The 2016 Election

With less than 100 days to the U.S. presidential election, the 24/7 news cycle feeds us an endless set of considerations, fair and balanced — or not — on the strengths and weaknesses of the two candidates in the race for the White House. Many voters – decided or not – feel tossed around by every new poll, statistic and fact, interview, press conference and community activity about the candidates’ platforms, positions and opinions. How can we get off the minute-to-minute emotional roller coaster and find some inner clarity and wisdom that supports our best choice?

In my new co-authored book arriving in September, Organize Your Emotions, Optimize Your Life, we propose a new model of the human psyche that is an adult version of the Academy Award®-winning Pixar movie, Inside Out, positing that the human psyche has nine internal life forces–which we hear as inner “voices,” each with its distinct agendas and emotions. I arrived at this model while doing my own deep personal work, then validated it with hundreds of clients who have learned to tune into their nine internal voices, which we call the inner family. Every morning, I personally do a roll call that starts the day fresh with new insights and more calm and equanimity.

Let me show you how you, too, can access the nine members of your inner family to help you make decisions – like who to vote for in the 2016 election.

1. First let’s meet Autonomy’s voice. This life force is the captain of the proverbial human ship. It is concerned most about marching to our own drummers, and being authentic and free to make the choices which best serve our interests. As Sammy Davis Jr. sang beautifully, “I gotta be me.” Autonomy is prone to rebelling when others, particularly when those who do not “get us” or share our values, tell us what to do. In this election season, Autonomy has been getting a lot of attention as evidenced by the rebellion against establishment candidates. Autonomy asks:

Which candidate is most aligned with my values and interests? Which candidate will have the courage to stay true to the values aligned with mine?
 
2. Now onto the voice of Confidence, dedicated to being strong, competent and confident. Given that the role of president is perhaps the most complex and challenging job of our times, the Confidence voice is often the deciding voice on whom to vote for. Hope and optimism spring from confidence in oneself and others relative to the challenges ahead. The Confidence voice asks:

Which candidate has the most strength and conviction to navigate and negotiate huge complexity, conflict, and often chaos? Which candidate has the most competence, e.g. knowledge, skill, and track record, relevant to leading the U.S. and the multifaceted operations of the executive branch in turbulent times?

3. The next voice is the Standard Setter, responsible for performance and achievement, setting ambitious goals and meeting them. It also tracks external standards to make sure we get respect and validation. It can be a hard taskmaster and tough critic of self and others, and is skilled at persuasion. It makes us persist through ups and downs to accomplish big things. It cares about what others think and wears whatever mask is needed to get social validation and approval, and in this case votes. The Standard Setter asks:

Which candidate is the most ambitious? Which is the most inspiring? Which candidate will perform at the highest level? Which candidate will navigate and persevere to reach the best outcome possible?

4. Let’s tune into the Relational voice who exists to serve others and puts others first, showing genuine empathy and concern. The Relational helps others thrive and perform at their best. Having high social and emotional intelligence, the Relational is a team-player and knows how to build win-win relationships, collaborations, and partnerships. Being loyal and trustworthy are high priorities. The Relational asks:

Which candidate is the best leader of people and teams? Which candidate has the best ability to connect and empathize with diverse interests and challenges? Which candidate inspires the most trust?

5. Enter the voice of the Adventurer, the fearless explorer, tuning into opportunities, realities, and surprises in the external world with an open and curious mind. Enjoying novelty, the Adventurer is inquisitive, welcoming and embracing change and risk. It’s ever-ready supply of curious energy is a vital source of resilience and learning when things don’t go well, helping us recover and adapt quickly. The Adventurer asks:

Which candidate has the most open, curious, learning and flexible mind? Which candidate is willing to take the right risks at the right times? Which candidate is the most resilient and adaptable?

6. Let’s check in with the Creative voice which loves to generate, to create and invent. It functions well in chaos and enjoys spontaneity, finding brilliant ideas just in time. Given that what got us here won’t lift us above intractable problems, the Creative voice is needed for its out-of-the-box approaches and innovations, with a good dose of creative humor. The Creative asks:

Which candidate is the most creative, or the most adept at unleashing the nation’s creative forces, to invent new solutions and turn them into innovations that change the world?

7. The Executive Manager is the voice of your inner organizer, planner, analyst and strategist. Juggling many balls in parallel, the Executive Manager can stay clear and calm in the face of an overwhelming volume of demands. It can synthesize massive amounts of data into an integrated solution. Getting to the bottom line, it can distil a situation into its bullet points, bringing order to chaos over and over and over. The Executive Manager asks:

Which candidate has the mental powers to handle overwhelming demands? Which candidate is most able to navigate complex situations to arrive at clear strategies and practical steps?

8. Second to last is the voice of the Body Regulator, focused on safety, stability, and balance, including physical and mental health. The Body Regulator is down-to-earth and grounded. It values sustainability, for self, others, and our planet. A vital balance to the Adventurer, the Body Regulator seeks equilibrium in contrast to the Adventurer’s love of disequilibrium, change and risk.

In fact, there are many inbuilt yin/yang balances among the inner family. For example the self-first interest of Autonomy vs. other-first interest of the Relational, the spontaneity of the Creative vs. the discipline of the Executive Manager. Humans are ever balancing polarized and conflicting perspectives, inside and outside.

The Body Regulator asks:

Which candidate is the most steady and grounded? Which candidate is able to bring stability and balance to domestic and foreign affairs? Which candidate values health and sustainability, both needing a big upgrade?

9. Last is the voice of the Meaning Maker, which tunes into meaning and purpose, zooming in to consider the import of a small moment or zooming out to find patterns and make sense of large moments. It channels the greater good, the transcendent dimension, asking “what is the larger lesson of this situation.” The Meaning Maker is the wise mentor, mature sage, and inner coach, nudging us to consider all perspectives and then find the wisdom needed for this moment. The Meaning Maker asks:

Which candidate is most able to find and communicate the transcendent purpose and wisdom needed for any situation?

Now that we have considered nine dimensions of being human, which voice(s) is most guiding your vote?

Ask yourself: Is that the best or only voice for me to listen to, to make my best decision?

On Election Day, we as voters take a leap of faith. This inner family exercise may bring clarity and wisdom on the choice you decide to make.

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Microcephaly Isn’t The Only Threat Zika Virus Poses To Newborns

The most commonly known birth defect caused by Zika virus is microcephaly, a condition in which an infant’s head circumference is smaller than average. It can indicate brain damage and lifelong learning and mental disabilities for the child. 

Now a new study is shedding light on yet another serious condition that can Zika virus can cause in infants. 

Arthrogryposis, a condition in which the body’s joints are malformed, preventing normal flexion and extension, should be added to the list of potential consequences for newborns whose mothers were infected with Zika virus, according to researchers in Recife, Brazil.

Before 2015, arthrogryposis in infants had not been linked to a maternal viral infection. Instead, it was usually linked to fetal akinesia, when a fetus does not move around enough in the womb for multiple reasons. Not counting Zika-linked cases, arthrogryposis is relatively rare, affecting only one in 3,000 childrenTo put that in context, cerebral palsy, the most common motor disability in childhood, occurs in as many as four babies out of every 1,000 live births.

The new study was a small case series involving seven babies born with arthrogryposis in Brazil. Lead researcher Vanessa van der Linden of the Barão de Lucena Hospital in Recife concluded that “congenital Zika virus syndrome,” a disease that describes birth defects caused by exposure to Zika virus in the womb, should be added to the list of potential causes of arthrogryposis.

‘This is a new disease’

Van der Linden argues that congenital Zika syndrome causes more than just microcephaly. In addition to arthrogryposis, she said, other symptoms can include visual and hearing impairment, even when a baby is born with a normal head circumference.

“This is a new disease, and we need time to follow these patients and better understand all aspects,” she told The Huffington Post. 

A report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention linked arthrogryposis to Zika back in January; Of 35 babies born to mothers who had lived in or visited an area affected by Zika virus, four had the condition

Van der Linden’s study, published Tuesday in the medical journal BMJ, is the first in-depth look at the potential causal link between Zika virus and arthrogryposis. Of the seven infants with arthrogryposis examined by her team, two tested positive for Zika virus antibodies, all but one also had microcephaly, and four of their mothers remembered having a rash sometime during pregnancy.

The babies were all screened for toxoplasmosis, cytomegalovirus, rubella, syphilis and HIV ― five other maternal infections that can cause microcephaly in newborns ― and tested negative. Consequently, all seven infants were presumed to be exposed to the Zika virus in utero.

The study also goes into detail about the kind of arthrogryposis-related malformations the infants suffer, marking the first time researchers have done so. In the photo below, babies with Zika-linked arthrogryposis are shown to have club feet, deformed fingers, and joint contractures in their knees and arms.

Van der Linden studied the infants’ malformed joints by examining them with high definition ultrasound, and said the results suggest the joints did not develop abnormally. Instead, she suspects that the arthrogryposis was caused by a nervous system disorder, hypothesizing that the motor neurons in charge of flexing or relaxing muscles led the fetuses to become fixed or frozen in certain positions, thus causing the deformities.

Because hers was an observational study, she can’t be sure of how Zika virus caused arthrogryposis, if at all. But Zika virus has already been shown to enter a developing fetus’ nervous system, as Van der Linden suggests it did in these babies, where it wreaks havoc by killing brain cells and leaving calcium deposits in the brain

There is so much we still don’t understand about Zika

Because van der Linden’s paper was a case series study that only examined a handful of patients, there’s no way to estimate the prevalence of arthrogryposis among infants exposed to Zika virus in the womb.

But Dr. Jeffrey Klausner, a medicine and public health professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, says that these kinds of studies need to continue because we still don’t have a comprehensive understanding of all the effects Zika virus can have on a developing fetus.

“It’s important that these studies are done, because we really don’t have a good monitoring system for birth defects globally,” Klausner said. “This is a major global health problem.”

Klausner also said that van der Linden’s paper, which detailed the range of devastating consequences that can occur when a pregnant woman acquires Zika virus, reaffirmed the importance of infection prevention, especially now that the virus is local in Miami.

It also makes Congress’ failure to pass a bill that would invest in Zika virus vaccine research and local public health prevention all the more galling. 

”Congress’ lack of new funding for research, improving local public health capacity and supporting care of babies affected with Zika virus just really tells us that these politicians are indifferent to the medical, public and social effects of this ― in some people ― devastating infection,” Klausner said. “It’s really shameful and it’s a dereliction of their elected responsibilities.”

Currently, there are 479 pregnant women in the U.S. with lab evidence of a past Zika infection, and 15 babies have been born in the U.S. with birth defects that may be linked to Zika virus, according to the CDC. 

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Surprise! RNC’s ‘Women Vote Trump’ Event Fails To Attract Many Women

The Donald Trump campaign plans to use the Republican National Convention to change his image with undecided female voters.

But he has his work cut out for him if the attendance at a “Women Vote Trump” event held Monday in Cleveland is any indication.

Two journalists covering the event pointed out how poorly attended the event was ― bad news for a candidate whose favorite word is “yuge.”

Laurie Penny, a British freelance journalist, posted a photo of the audience featuring lots of empty seats:

About an hour later, Oliver Laughland, a journalist working for the Guardian, pointed out the crowd was so small that the panel members were forced to ask questions during the Q&A: 

The miserable-looking optics come at a time when the Trump campaign is attempting to improve the Donald’s poll numbers with women ― which, frankly, are pretty terrible.

Only 38 percent of American women support him, according to the Washington Post.

Amy Kremer, the co-founder of Women for Trump, tried to put the best spin on the low turnout.

“I knew I was going to take a beating and a lashing for supporting Donald Trump,” she said defiantly from behind a lectern, according to Jezebel.com. “From other conservatives! But who are you to judge me?”

Jezebel estimated there were 30 people in attendance, including journalists. 

By comparison, an anti-Trump rally held Sunday that asked 100 women to parade in the nude attracted more than 1,800 willing volunteers.

The Trump campaign hopes to improve the candidate’s numbers with women this week by mellowing out his often heated rhetoric, spotlighting his family, especially daughter Ivanka, and focusing on security, according to USA Today.

Whether it works will depend on whether women voters forget the many inflammatory and vile things he’s made about their gender, many of which have been helpfully collected in the following video. 

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist,misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims ― 1.6 billion members of an entire religion ― from entering the U.S.

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Men do not feel as deeply as women.

Men do not have emotional attachments to sex.

Men are fearless and courageous.

Men are here to save the day, the damsel and the world!

Today I am throwing my hands up in the air and saying e-nough!

With thoughts and stigmas like this, relationships are doomed before they even start.
It’s time we put an end to the emotional imprisonment of men.

Unless we stop seeing our men through a distorted lens, we will always feel disappointed and as if he’s not enough.

Ladies, he’s not a White Knight, he’s a human being. He’s not perfect; he’s flawed. Just as we are.

As much as the big screen likes to repeatedly demonstrate the amazing, enlightened, self-aware man rescuing the damsel at just the perfect moment, it’s a rare occurrence in real life.

For Pete’s sake, Ladies, we have to stop this nonsensical belief once and for all.

Gender Differences – Real or Not Real

There are very few gender lines I allow into my beliefs and the ones I do are mostly hormone or physiologically based. There are many books out there claiming males and females are very different and we must understand one another in order to get along.

I am publicly willing to stand in disagreement with this for many reasons. (But that’s for another blog)

At the core level, the absolute deepest level of our being, we are souls. Souls that are a magnificent balance of masculine and feminine energies. Souls that came here to experience a physical body and the material world. At our very core, we are Spirit in human form.

All of us.

We may have chosen to experience the form of male or female, but our purpose for being here is the same. We are no different from one another. We are here to learn and grow closer to our Higher Self (God-Self) while existing in human form.

When we understand we are dealing with another soul housed in a male body, we can acquire a deeper understanding and appreciation for our partner that has the capacity to heal our fractured relationships.

Giving What You Are Expecting

I absolutely believe if we lose the White Knight stigma we’ve attached to our men and start looking at them from a new perspective, relationships en masse would dramatically improve!

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Although I cannot speak to all relationships as there are too many individual and unique dynamics in play, I believe those of you who were drawn to this article possess the ability to alter the state of your partnerships by viewing your man through a clearer lens.

You can start by asking yourself this question:

Am I giving to my man what I am expecting from him?

If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a hundred times. Women expecting to be nurtured, supported, caressed, complimented, made passionate love to (and the list goes on), but they’re unwilling to do those things for their man.

Somewhere along the way they chose to believe it’s the man’s job, not theirs.

By putting such lopsided expectations are on our men, we create an atmosphere of perpetual lack and resentment.

Frankly, you are putting the entire relationship in the hands of your partner and by golly, that’s an incredible burden for anyone to bear!

Ladies, he can show up for you. He can hold your hand. He can love you and respect you, but you have an equally important role in the relationship’s success.

No one person can nurture the relationship alone. Happy, healthy relationships require both parties equally contributing to the healing and becoming of their partner.

What He’s Not Saying

In my past, I had the belief that the man was supposed to fill the cracks of my broken heart. That my heart was the only fragile one in the room and the right man would know exactly how to make me feel safe and loved.

I was left disappointed every time until one day I looked deeper into the eyes and soul of the person I was putting my expectations on.

I discovered he was just as afraid as I was and his heart equally as fragile.

My entire life changed when I began to view men from a different perspective.

I started to see what the men in my life were not saying rather than what they were saying. I saw their fears and I heard their inaudible cries for love. I didn’t tell them what I saw, I simply began approaching interactions with them differently – with love rather than expectation.

The responses that came were remarkable. Softness replaced hardness. Kindness replaced anger. Gratitude replaced bitterness. Appreciation replaced expectation.

It was a miracle.

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Your man needs your love, attention, support, understanding and encouragement as much as you need it from him. He has his own store of false beliefs and fears just as you do. He is not exempt from the human experience just because he sports a penis.

Most men won’t display their needs openly as they have been taught not to.

It’s up to us to know that as human beings men experience the same emotions, fears and weaknesses as women do. If we want to experience the wonders of a reciprocally loving relationship, we need to step up and do our part.

And with this beautiful shift in perception, you will become the person he’s always needed in his life – his soft place to fall. You will become his trusted companion, the one who knows and understands him like no other.

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You will be the reason he becomes all that he is meant to be and the reason he will protect his kingdom at all costs.

He will become the White Knight you’ve always dreamed about simply because you love him for all that he is.

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A Healing Meditation for Injuries

By Yoga Journal

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The best (if dreaded) remedy for battling a yoga injury? Rest. My left arm is in need of a major vacation from Chaturanga, but my mind is highly displeased by the verdict. I decided to appease my cranky brain with a simple visual and mantra-oriented meditation. I created this meditation while sitting outside overlooking a beautiful lake in upstate New York last week. The slow pace combined with the glory of nature reminded me to use them as healing tools in my visualization practice. I’ve been using this simple mediation since to encourage my mind to rest and my body to recharge, so it can come back strong.

A Mantra Meditation

Take a comfortable seat.

A quiet space outdoors in nature would be ideal if available, but even a cracked window or sitting on a balcony should do the trick.

Start by cultivating ujjayi breath.

Keep it simple and soft. Close your eyes and let your internal vision rest between your eyes on your brow. Set the scene for about one minute.

Introduce the mantra.

As you inhale, think to yourself: I am strong. As you exhale: I am healing. Continue this mantra for another minute.

Visualize.

Next, as you say to yourself, I am strong, envision an outer casing shattering off your body. This is the residual buildup of opinions, experiences, hurtful words, or anything that may have added to your duress. See it combust into a million pieces and flutter off into the wind.

As you use the statement, I am healing, envision a flowering vine wrapping around the ailment of on your body. This gorgeous plant is drawing up healing energy deep from within it’s roots and transporting it toward you. See the plant blossom as it makes contact with your skin, because you are ripe with healing and fertile with potential.

Continue this combination of mantra and visualization for at least 5 minutes or up to as long as you’d like. Once you’re done with the mantra, sit in silence for a few minutes more.

About Kathryn Budig

Kathryn Budig is the yoga teacher behind AIM TRUE, a regular writer for Yoga Journal, and a presenter at Yoga Journal LIVE!

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Russia Expels 2 American Diplomats

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia said on Saturday it had expelled two U.S. Embassy staff members in June after a similar ‘unfriendly’ move by Washington.

One of the expelled diplomats was involved in an incident with a Russian policeman near the U.S. Embassy entrance in Moscow, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov.

Another diplomat was “also a CIA operative”, Ryabkov said.

Relations between Russia and the United States have chilled following Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in 2014, after which the West imposed sanctions against Russia.

Ryabkov said the two U.S. diplomats were declared persona non grata.

“We hope that they in Washington will realize all the viciousness of the aggressive anti-Russialine. If they decide there to move on the path of escalation, they won’t be left without a response,” the statement cited Ryabkov as saying.

The United States expelled two Russian officials on June 17 in response to an attack by a Russian policeman on a U.S. diplomat in Moscow earlier in the month, the State Department said on Friday.

(Reporting by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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8 Ways Smart People Act Stupid

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It’s good to be smart. On the surface, being smart looks like easy living. But there’s another side to the story.

Intelligent people have a reputation for making dumb mistakes, especially in situations that require common sense. The simplicity of these situations and the abundant intelligence of those who tend to muck them up can be downright comical.

“Common sense is not so common.” -Voltaire

Scientists are finally beginning to understand why this happens. Shane Frederick at MIT was among the first to conduct research that explained why rational thinking and intelligence don’t tend to go hand in hand.

In his studies, Frederick gave people simple problems to solve, like this one:

A bat and ball cost a dollar and ten cents. The bat costs a dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

Frederick found that some people have the tendency to confidently blurt out the wrong answer, stating that the ball costs ten cents. You, of course, knew that the correct answer is that the ball costs five cents, and you’re completely justified if you’re wondering if the, well, less-than-smart people were the ones blurting out the wrong answer.

Psychologists from James Madison University and the University of Toronto wondered the same thing. They gave similar tests of logic to hundreds of people and compared the accuracy of their answers to their levels of intelligence. The researchers found that smart people were more likely to blurt out the wrong answer because they actually make more mental mistakes when problem-solving.

Smart people are more prone to silly mistakes because of blind spots in how they use logic. These blind spots exist because smart people tend to be overconfident in their reasoning abilities. That is, they’re so used to being right and having quick answers that they don’t even realize when they’re blowing it by answering without thinking things through.

The dummies getting the bat-and-ball question wrong weren’t so dumb, either. When Frederick gave the question to students from Harvard, Princeton, and M.I.T., more than half of them got it wrong. Even students from some of the most prestigious universities in the world make stupid mistakes.

Perhaps the scariest thing about the errors that highly intelligent people make is how unaware they are of them. People of all levels of intelligence succumb to what’s called the “bias blind spot.” That is, we’re great at spotting other people’s mistakes and terrible at recognizing our own. The sillier the mistake, the harder it is for an intelligent person to accept that they’ve made it.

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”
-Socrates

While it might seem like we don’t spend our days solving logic problems like the bat-and-ball question, the brain functions involved in solving these problems are the same ones we use in everyday thinking. Hence, the tendency to do stupid things follows smart people into the workplace. Consider some of the most common ways in which smart people manage to shoot themselves in the foot.

1. Smart people are overconfident. A lifetime of praise and pats on the back leads smart people to develop an unflappable faith in their intelligence and abilities. When you rack up accomplishments while people stroke your ego, it’s easy to expect that things will always go your way. But this is a dangerous expectation. Smart people often fail to recognize when they need help, and when they do recognize it, they tend to believe that no one else is capable of providing it.

2. They push people too hard. Smart people develop overachieving personalities because things come so easily to them. They simply don’t understand how hard some people have to work to accomplish the same things, and because of that, they push people too hard. Smart people set the bar too high, and when people take too long or don’t get things quite right, they assume it’s due to a lack of effort. So they push even harder and miss the opportunity to help others achieve the goals they’re so anxious for them to reach.

3. They always need to be right. It’s hard for anyone to graciously accept the fact that they’re wrong. It’s even harder for smart people because they grow so used to being right all the time that it becomes a part of their identity. For smart people, being wrong can feel like a personal attack, and being right, a necessity.

4. They lack emotional intelligence.
While intelligence (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) don’t occur together in any meaningful way (Smart people, on average, have just as much EQ as everyone else), when a smart person lacks EQ, it’s painfully obvious. These high-IQ, low-EQ individuals see the world as a meritocracy. Achievements are all that matter, and people and emotions just get in the way. Which is a shame because TalentSmart research with more than a million people shows that–even among the upper echelons of IQ–the top performers are those with the highest EQs, as measured by an emotional intelligence test.

5. They give up when they fail. Have you ever watched a sporting event and seen the stunned look on the face of an athlete whom everyone expected to win, but didn’t? Smart people can easily fall into the trap of seeing failure as the end of the world because frequent success creates expectations that make failure hard to tolerate. People who have to work hard for what they achieve have plenty of practice learning how to deal with failure. They learn to embrace it because they know that failure is just a stepping stone to success.

6. They fail to develop grit. When things come really easy to you, it’s easy to see hard work as a negative (a sign that you don’t have what it takes). When smart people can’t complete something without a tremendous amount of effort, they tend to feel frustrated and embarrassed. This leads them to make the false assumption that if they can’t do something easily, there’s something wrong with them. As a result, smart people tend to move on to something else that affirms their sense of worth before they’ve put in the time to develop the grit they need to succeed at the highest possible level.

7. They multitask. Smart people think really quickly, which can make them impatient. They like to get several things going at once so that there isn’t any downtime. They think so quickly that, when they multitask, it feels like it’s working and they’re getting more done, but Stanford research shows that this isn’t the case. Not only does multitasking make you less productive, but people who multitask often because they think they’re good at it are actually worse at multitasking than people who prefer to do one thing at a time.

8. They have a hard time accepting feedback. Smart people tend to undervalue the opinions of others, which means they have trouble believing that anyone is qualified to give them useful feedback. Not only does this tendency hinder their growth and performance, it can lead to toxic relationships, both personally and professionally.

Bringing It All Together

To some, this post will read like I’m trashing smart people, but I’m not. Some of life’s greatest gifts, including high intelligence, can also come with challenges. If you aren’t willing to take an honest look at the whole picture, you’re selling yourself short. And that isn’t smart.

How do you see smart people acting stupid? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below as I learn just as much from you as you do from me.

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Top Golfer Dustin Johnson Skipping Olympics Over Zika Fears

(Reuters) – World number two Dustin Johnson has become the latest golfer to withdraw from next month’s Rio Olympics due to fears over the Zika virus, the American announced on Friday.

The 32-year-old joins world number one Jason Day, fourth-ranked Rory McIlroy and world number eight Adam Scott as top 10 golfers who have opted out of Rio.

“This was not an easy decision for me, but my concerns about the Zika Virus cannot be ignored,” Johnson said in a statement.

“(Fiancée) Paulina and I plan to have more children in the near future, and I feel it would be irresponsible to put myself, her or our family at risk.”

Johnson’s exit is yet another blow to Olympic golf which has returned to the Games for the first time since 1904.

South Africans Branden Grace and Louis Oosthuizen along with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama have also declined to make the trip.

Johnson is currently the hottest golfer in the world, having won the U.S. Open and WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in his last two starts.

He is the first American to remove his name from consideration, though third-ranked Jordan Spieth has said he is “uncertain” about going.

Zika is a mosquito-borne virus that the World Health Organization says is spreading rapidly in the Americas.

Qualifying for the 60-man field ends on July 11.

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WASHINGTON — District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) signed legislation Monday that will gradually hike the city’s minimum wage to $ 15, the latest in a string of victories for the union-backed Fight for $ 15 campaign.

At a signing ceremony at a D.C. pizzeria, Bowser argued that cities should lead the way in raising the minimum wage, just as they have in recent years.

“City councils and mayors can get the job done when it’s not done in Congress,” Bowser told a crowd of supporters and union members.

D.C.’s minimum wage had already been slated to rise from its current $ 10.50 to $ 11.50 per hour later this week. Under the new law, it will continue to increase each year, until it hits $ 15 in 2020. After that, the rate will be adjusted annually according to an inflation index. The schedule of hikes will put the wage floor in D.C. — one of the country’s most expensive cities — far above the federal minimum wage, which remains $ 7.25.

It was only 2 1/2 years ago that the D.C. Council passed a different bill that would increase the minimum wage by more than $ 3 an hour, and tie it to inflation in perpetuity — one of the most liberal measures in the country at the time. But in a sign of just how far the minimum wage debate has moved since then, city lawmakers took up a new, more aggressive proposal this year that would boost the wage floor more rapidly. 

Not long ago, the thought of a $ 15 minimum wage was practically unimaginable. But labor unions and worker advocacy groups have had tremendous success pushing ambitious plans through city councils and state legislatures, despite strong opposition from business groups that say such an unprecedented wage floor will hurt employment. Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles all have passed $ 15 laws, as have the states of California and New York.

Like in Seattle, D.C.’s minimum wage plan succeeded in large part because of the threat of a ballot measure. The plan signed by Bowser on Monday will have only a modest minimum wage increase for tipped workers, rising from its current $ 2.77 to just $ 5 per hour before tips (employers are obligated to make up the difference if tips don’t put a worker over $ 15). Labor groups wanted $ 15 for all workers, and could have put such a measure before voters. In a win for the city’s restaurant industry, Bowser and members of the council precluded that with the legislation signed Monday. 

The minimum wage tends to poll very well, and voters in many liberal cities have not shied away from $ 15. Delvone Michael, director of D.C. Working Families, said a ballot measure likely would have succeeded, taking the fate of the minimum wage out of legislators’ hands.

“Without pressure from working families, the council would not have acted,” Michael, whose group campaigned for the ballot measure, told The Huffington Post. “Sometimes it takes people to show the council the way.”

Michael said the raise for restaurant workers was a “step in the right direction,” though not as significant as backers had wanted. The city’s bars and restaurants launched a campaign aimed at beating back a dramatic rise in the tipped minimum wage, which is lower than the normal minimum wage in the majority of states. The industry warned that a $ 15 minimum wage would effectively end gratuities for servers and bartenders. Labor activists have been campaigning to end the tipped minimum wage at the federal and local levels, arguing that it creates a two-tier system and exacerbates income inequality.

The effects of the D.C. minimum wage law will be vast. The Economic Policy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, says the law would boost the hourly pay of roughly a fifth of the city’s private-sector workers. The D.C. Chamber of Commerce, meanwhile, has predicted that employers would cut benefits and reduce hiring to compensate the higher wages they must pay.  

One local business that wasn’t buying that argument was &pizza, the D.C.-based pizza chain that hosted the bill signing. Liam Patrick, the company’s CFO, told HuffPost that &pizza, which has 15 locations in the area, campaigned for $ 15 because it already paid above minimum wage, and managers felt they could stand to pay more. Asked if that was a lonely position to stake out as a business, Patrick laughed and said, “There’s not that many that want this to happen.”

“Your employees really fuel the growth of the brand and not everybody sees it that way,” Patrick said. “We think that over the long term, you will grow and you will build your restaurant through your employees. Paying them the bare minimum doesn’t cut it.”

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The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at http://www.acrxcards.com where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

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Why My Success Lies Within My Imperfections

I’m a recovering, aspiring perfectionist. I say aspiring, because let’s be clear, I never actually reached perfection. Here is what I mean by that….

Up until recently, I wanted my life to be perfect.

And if it wasn’t perfect – I made damn sure that y’all thought it was.

I would frantically clean my house before you came over – because I couldn’t let you know that sometimes it would get dirty, or lived in, or that there was clutter on our countertops.

This drove my husband nuts, because we have different levels of cleanliness – and he doesn’t see the value in it as much as I do. So as I would be frantically doing dishes, he would be frantically staying out of my way, so as to not get yelled at TO CLEAN FASTER BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE COMING OVER.

You see, when I tried to be perfect, I wasn’t always nice either.

Trying to be perfect put a lot of pressure on me.

I would create unreasonable goals for myself, and then of course I would never reach them, because they were never attainable in the first place.

And when I wouldn’t reach them, I would inwardly beat myself up about it.

Or shut down.

Or stop trying.

For the longest time I lived in Latin America and I rarely spoke Spanish because I was afraid of making mistakes while speaking, so I just shut down and didn’t speak at all.

It took a long time for me to start speaking Spanish again. And do you know what got me speaking?

It wasn’t the lessons (though they helped).

It was that I started allowing myself to make mistakes. I started loving myself through my imperfections and forgiving myself for the judgments that I placed against myself.

I started letting myself be seen as someone who is learning, and stumbling, and not always getting it right.

And when I did that, it started to take the pressure off of myself. And I started speaking Spanish again.

People could see and accept me as me.

I could see and accept me as me.

I felt human again.

But it isn’t always easy. Sometimes when I share vulnerably, it makes me want to barf a little bit, because I get nervous of what other people will think of me and I wonder if maybe I shouldn’t have shared so honestly.

Brené Brown calls it a Vulnerability Hangover.

She says it is a good thing – it is a sign that you have courageously shared.

I find that as I allow myself to share openly that it gives others the permission to do the same.

I recently started sharing on Tuesdays my #Truesdays as a way to bring more humanness to Facebook.

And as I’ve opened up and allowed others to see my imperfections – my friends are starting to share as well….

They are sharing about their divorces, their eating disorders, their pursuit for perfection, their loneliness, how they feel fat, their sexuality, and how parenting is hard.

It’s happening.

We are coming together and breaking down the walls of imperfection and letting love and acceptance in.

I find that the more that I allow myself to be authentic, to share from my heart and to quiet my ego – that the more I am able to love myself.

As I share, I create more gentleness. For myself and those I love most, as I’m not so uptight all the time trying to be perfect.

After I move past the vulnerability hangover of my share – it actually feels quite good. It’s liberating.

This is a journey that I’m committed to.

It’s a journey that feels important for humankind. That we stop judging one another and start accepting one another – regardless of race, creed, color, situation or circumstance.

However, if I want Peace on this Earth – then I need to let it begin with me. It doesn’t work to beat myself up, and then expect others to always be kind to me, or to accept me – especially if I can’t accept myself exactly as I am.

You see there is power in my self-acceptance.

For in that self-acceptance is more love. For myself….and for me to share with my world.

There is freedom in that self-acceptance.

Freedom to keep creating, and falling and making mistakes. For I can’t succeed without falling down a few times – no one ever has.

The irony of this all is – the more that I vulnerably show my imperfections. The faster I’m succeeding and growing on the “goal line” of life – something that I would have never believed when I was aspiring towards perfection. I only thought I could be successful once I was perfect.

Ha. I was so far from the truth – as my success actually lies within my imperfections.

So, in the name of self-love, self-acceptance, freedom, success and world peace – I dare you to try sharing your imperfections. Share your #Truesday.

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Revolutionary Way To Be Healthy #21: Keep Your Body Clean, Inside And Out

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Your body is smart. But it does not necessarily know what to do with the chemical compounds manufacturers have been adding to their products (or making the basis of their products) over the past several decades. And whether that newfangled chemical stuff is entering your body through your food, personal-care products, or household goods, the net result can be nasty.

Your body is a creative problem solver, though. So it might stash some of those chemicals in your fat cells. It might try to exude them through your skin. Or it might try to flush them out in your body’s waste streams (think sweat, urine, poo).

But all of that requires some doing on the part of your body. And a lot of things can go wrong along the way.

Like what, you ask? Well, some of those chemical compounds can irritate and inflame your body’s tissues (causing anything from skin rashes to gut leakage). They can also contribute to your body’s toxic load or “body burden,” which in turn puts an extra strain on your organs and immune system.

Some chemicals, known as neurotoxins (including many found in artificial sweeteners, colors and flavors, and preservatives), can mess with your brain and nervous system, causing severe headaches and fatigue, as well as mood and behavior problems.

Some compounds, known as endocrine disrupting chemicals (or EDCs for short), can mimic or confuse your body’s hormones, interfering with normal sexual development and reproductive function, and increasing the risks for certain types of abnormal growths (such as fibroids) and cancers.

A subclass of EDCs, affectionately known as “obesogens‚” can alter both appetite and metabolism, causing weight gain. Obesogens were recently named an “emerging threat to public health” in a research review published by the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology.

You might be thinking: But surely there’s no way that our government would allow anything but 100 percent safe and carefully tested chemicals in our food and body-care products! Isn’t that what the USDA and FDA are for?

Here’s the nicest way I can put this: In principle, yes. In practice, alas, not so much.

The problem is that the majority of chemicals used in conventional body-care products have never been tested for long-term safety. And even those studies that have been done on chemicals used in brand-name food and household cleaning and furniture products typically screen for evidence of immediate toxicity, not necessarily for the effects of repeated, long-term, or combined exposures.

In truth, even if our regulatory agencies tried harder, it would be almost impossible for them to study how all the various intermingling chemical compounds present in countless foods, cosmetics, and personal-care, cleaning, and household products might interact in the complex and constantly changing petri dish of the human body. We are talking about thousands of chemicals here, and an almost endless number of different exposure scenarios.

It’s worth noting that many of the chemicals that are widely used here in the United States are banned in the European Union. That’s because European manufacturers are required to observe what’s known as the Precautionary Principle, which dictates that chemicals must be presumed potentially dangerous until proven safe.

Here in the United States, we operate on the opposite assumption, regarding most chemicals as safe until they are proven dangerous. The problem with this strategy, of course, is that it turns U.S. consumers into guinea pigs — unwitting subjects in a long-term “study” with a variety of negative implications for human health.

The net result: Most of us have our bodies bathed, inside and out, with potentially dangerous industrial chemicals on a daily basis. Some of those chemicals are routinely found not just in the blood and tissue samples of virtually all U.S. adults, but also in the umbilical cords of newborn babies.

Eager to clear some potentially dangerous chemicals out of your own body? Here are some ways to start:

  • Make whole foods the center of your diet. Choosing single-ingredient whole foods and drinking simple, homemade, unsweetened beverages (like water, tea, and coffee) spares you from ingesting a great many chemical-laced ingredients and additives. Eating fresh or frozen whole foods also lets you avoid a lot of chemical preservatives (you’ll still want to wash or peel most produce, though, as it may have been sprayed or waxed or otherwise come into contact with chemical residues during storage and transport).
  • Choose foods grown and raised in healthy environments. You want your food as free as possible from chemical pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and heavy metals. Certified organic and biodynamic foods are a good start, but you can also choose foods from growers whose methods you know and trust, or consider growing some of your own. Be aware that both wild and farmed fish, seafood, and meat products will typically contain traces of any chemicals or other pollutants present in those animals’ food and living environments, so choose your meat and seafood sources carefully.
  • Use cleaner personal-care and household products. Whatever goes on your skin, hair, lips, and nails — along with pretty much everything else you touch, wear, or breathe — ends up on the inside of your body. So take a close look at the products you are using on yourself and in your home. Weed out conventional, chemical-laden products in favor of certified organic, simply formulated, plant-based, or homemade options. Avoid dry-cleaned, flame-retardant, and other chemically treated fabrics: The chemicals used in those processes, along with nonstick coatings and plastic food-storage ingredients, are among the most commonly found in human blood and urine samples.
  • Read ingredient labels carefully. Many products marketed as “natural” — or that use the word “organic” somewhere on the label — still may contain a host of troublesome ingredients, like parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, dyes, pigments, and petroleum byproducts that are anything but wholesome.
  • Study up. The list of problematic chemicals is constantly evolving. For the best current guidance, check out the Environmental Working Group’s handy guides to cleaning up your food, personal-care products, and household goods. Don’t trust a “seal of approval” unless you know what it means.
  • Do a seasonal detox. Following a simple, whole-food detoxification program a few times a year can go a long way in helping your body dump what it doesn’t want and repair the damage done by toxic compounds. Commit to keeping your body’s elimination channels working smoothly on a daily basis by eating plenty of fiber-rich, colorful produce and drinking plenty of clean water.
  • Final suggestion: Don’t panic. Once you’ve done what you can to reduce your chemical exposure, stop obsessing about it. Yes, our world is full of toxins. But stress and anxiety produce toxic chemical byproducts of their own. And the only one who can keep those out of your system is you.

REVOLUTIONARY READING

“Beauty Beware” — The not-so-pretty truth about toxins in most personal-care products, and how to avoid them.

“8 Hidden Toxins: What’s Lurking in Your Cleaning Products?” — How to spot the potentially dangerous chemicals in your cleaning arsenal.

“How to Detox Your Life, Save Money, and Change the World” — Stacy Malkan’s 10-point guide to lightening your toxic load.

“Fast Track Liver Detox” — A healthy way to help your body ditch toxic gunk, drop unwanted weight, and feel better than you have in years.

Pilar Gerasimo is a nationally recognized healthy-living expert, author of A Manifesto for Thriving in a Mixed-Up World, and the creative force behind the 101 Revolutionary Ways to Be Healthy. She is currently working on a book about the art of being healthy in an unhealthy world. Learn more about Pilar’s work and connect with her via social media at PilarGerasimo.com.

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