A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

When stumped by a life choice, choose “enlargement” over happiness

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2020/sep/04/oliver-burkemans-last-column-the-eight-secrets-to-a-fairly-fulfilled-life There will always be too much to do – and this realisation is liberating. Today more than ever, there’s just no reason to assume any fit between the demands on your time – all the things you would like to do, or feel you ought to do – and the amount of time available. Thanks to capitalism, technology and human …

We’ve Reached Peak Wellness. Most of It Is Lifestyle

Outside Mag, by Brad Stulberg. Wellness isn’t that complicated.  Wellness—the kind that actually works—is simple: it’s about committing to basic practices, day in and day out, as individuals and communities. As many marketers (including in the self-help space) are fond of saying, “You can’t sell the basics.” I think that’s naive. We’d be much better off if we stopped obsessing over hacks …

The Simple Dutch Cure for Stress: exercising in the wind

Alice Fleerackers Photo by John Loo / Flickr. Recently I was in San Francisco, a city known for its tech companies, steep hills, and fierce winds. Each day I’d run around the neighborhood and up through the park, ending with a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Back in my AirBnB, I’d feel energized and refreshed, fingers tingling from …

Inflicting disutility on others to maximize your own benefit

Why Smart People Are Vulnerable to Putting Tribe Before Truth Do You Have a Healthy Personality? What Kind of Introvert Are You? This post originally appeared on Scientific American and was published July 27, 2018. The Dark Core of Personality: What’s your dark core score? In Scientific American by Scott Barry Kaufman Photo by RapidEye / Getty Images. Over 100 years ago Charles …

Sauces for veggies, tofu, and more

Everything’s better with these sauces for veggies, chips, tofu, more… Smoky Baba Ganouj Photo courtesy of Bonjon Gourmet. The additional ingredient of smoked paprika brings this baba ganouj fancier than any store-bought option. If you want it to be a little creamier, you can add a bit of Greek yogurt. Then, consider pairing it with some tabbouleh and chickpeas. Get …

8 new habits people want to keep post-lockdown: Quarantine has changed us — and it’s not all bad

By Sigal Samuel  Jun 9, 2020, on vox.com Cities are reopening. Lockdowns are lifting. And some people are starting to feel they can glimpse a return, however slow and partial, to “normal.” But the pandemic has changed us. Although being on lockdown has been pretty grueling on balance, the surprise is that many of us have realized there are some things about quarantine life …

Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided

BY KIRA M. NEWMAN  MAR 21, 2017 Five reasons why the quest for constant happiness is misguided. Like many seekers of happiness, I once aspired to feel good as much as possible. There’s probably a part of everyone that would prefer to avoid life’s more difficult, or even mundane, feelings—and self-help books assure us that we can, if only we adopt the right …

Lost time, health, stress and the other high costs of traffic

Stuck and Stressed: The High Costs of Traffic, New York Times, March 2020 According to one study, commuting is one of the least pleasant things we do. But it’s not just an annoying time waster — there’s a case that it’s a public health issue. According to analysis by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the average American commuter spends 42 hours per …

Report Commissioned By Pentagon Says A Combination Of Global Starvation, War, Disease, Drought, And A Fragile Power Grid Could Have Cascading, Devastating Effects. And over 600 million people live at sea level.

According to a new U.S. Army report, Americans could face a horrifically grim future from climate change involving blackouts, disease, thirst, starvation and war. The study found that the US military itself might also collapse. This could all happen over the next two decades, the report notes. The senior US government officials who wrote the report are from several key …