Is Too Much Ambition Making You Miserable?

BY Jessica Stillman Craving career success, much like craving fatty foods or a couch-potato lifestyle, can lead to long-term problems if you let it take over. Have you gotten the balance right? It’s no surprise that people sometimes want things that are bad for their well-being. That supersize order of fries, a fourth glass of wine, or a lapsed gym membership can be both superappealing now and, we all know, a terrible idea in the bigger picture of our lives. But although we all intuitively get the connection between what our brain tells us what we want in the short … Continue reading Is Too Much Ambition Making You Miserable?

Decrypting the most mysterious book in the world

After 600 years, the secret language of the Voynich manuscript may finally be understood By Rich McCormick Around two-thirds of the way into the aged vellum pages of the Voynich manuscript, you’ll find a line drawing of a bath. A pipe leads into it, another pipe leads away. Inside the bath, knee-deep in a green liquid, squat 16 naked women. Over the page, more naked women stand in the openings of ornate horns, seemingly suspended by jets of water and using their hands to support pipes, or archways, or rainbows. All around these pictures — above, below, to the left … Continue reading Decrypting the most mysterious book in the world

The internet is fucked

(but we can fix it) By Nilay Patel Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and university labs to kitchen tables and city streets. We are all travelers now, desperate souls searching for a signal to connect us all. It is awesome. And we’re fucking everything up. Massive companies like AT&T and Comcast have spent the first two months of 2014 … Continue reading The internet is fucked

Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

By Norman Solomon on March 3, 2014in News 11 International law is suddenly very popular in Washington. President Obama responded to Russian military intervention in the Crimea by accusing Russia of a “breach of international law.” Secretary of State John Kerry followed up by declaring that Russia is “in direct, overt violation of international law.” Unfortunately, during the last five years, no world leader has done more to undermine international law than Barack Obama. He treats it with rhetorical adulation and behavioral contempt, helping to further normalize a might-makes-right approach to global affairs that is the antithesis of international law. … Continue reading Heard the One About Obama Denouncing a Breach of International Law?

Rule by oligarchs: Kiev appoints billionaires to govern east

The self-proclaimed government in Kiev has appointed two of Ukraine’s richest men to govern large industrial regions in the defiant east. One of the reasons for the Maidan protest was the influence the rich have on politics in the country. The appointments of new governors of Donetsk and Dnepropetrovsk  Regions are among 18 made on Sunday by Kiev, which is struggling  to consolidate power after the coup which ousted President  Yanukovich last month. The newly-appointed Dnepropetrovsk governor is Igor Kolomoysky,  Ukraine’s third-wealthiest man, with an estimated fortune of $2.4  billion. He co-owns the informal commercial group Privat, which  includes Ukraine’s … Continue reading Rule by oligarchs: Kiev appoints billionaires to govern east

Europe’s peace at risk: World leaders say Russian invasion of Ukraine could spiral into ‘biggest international crisis since Cold War’

.Occupation of Crimea called ‘biggest international crisis since Cold War’ .Ukraine’s acting PM described Russian behaviour as ‘declaration of war’ .Putin insists he reserves right to take military action in region .William Hague warned Russia of ‘consequences and costs’ today .Miliband’s refusal to back intervention in Syria to blame – senior Tories .Britain’s ministers will boycott Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia .Ukrainian PM says his nation will ‘never’ give up Crimea .UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urges Russia to exercise restraint ByJames Chapman World leaders said yesterday that Russia’s  invasion of Ukraine threatened to spiral into the biggest international crisis  … Continue reading Europe’s peace at risk: World leaders say Russian invasion of Ukraine could spiral into ‘biggest international crisis since Cold War’

The love of stuff

The problem with our society is not that it values material things too much but that it doesn’t value them enough by Nick Thorpe On my desk stands a miniature of an Easter Island moai, carved for me by a Rapa Nui craftsman. It’s precious to me, hewn from the same stone his ancestors used for the world-famous monoliths, textured with the tiny air-bubbles of millennia-old lava, and carrying memories of the friends I made on my voyage there. On another level, however, it’s also an uneasy symbol of humanity’s precarious relationship with the material world – because the original … Continue reading The love of stuff

Beauty and the Beat Cop

State rules require longer basic training for hairstylists than peace officers By Peter St. Cyr Even as videos of officer-involved shootings and stories of forced rectal exams on drug suspects make national headlines, officials at the New Mexico Law Enforcement Training Academy plan to reduce peace officer cadets’ basic training time by more than 25 percent.  On Monday, 60 cadets, including 18 recruits from the Santa Fe Police Department and two from the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s office, are scheduled to begin four months of training before they earn their law enforcement credentials, swear an oath, and pin on a … Continue reading Beauty and the Beat Cop

Promise and peril in an ultra-connected world

by Anick Jesdanun BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — We’re in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you. At least that’s the vision presented this past week at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain. The four-day conference highlighted what the tech industry has loosely termed “the Internet of things.” Some of that wisdom … Continue reading Promise and peril in an ultra-connected world