Which news outlets spin the Merkel coverage more: US or European? | The Knife Media

NEWS ALERT! There’s been some more “collapsing” of plans and “plunging into crisis” in Europe — in Germany, to be exact.

If you’re not entirely sure what that means, it may be for good reason. Dramatic, subjective and vaguely defined terms like those in red create strong impressions that aren’t backed by much data. So if you were asked to explain what these terms mean, you might be grasping at straws. See how much drama that just brought in? That’s how spin works.

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The allegations against Franken and Moore: What’s Trump got to do with it?

The national debate about sexual harassment has “come full circle” as it again involves President Trump — at least that’s what The New York Times writes. But there actually haven’t been new public allegations against Trump, and it seems to be the media itself that’s revisiting previous ones. So what exactly does The Times mean by “come full circle”?

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Want not want

Fantasies have to be unrealistic because the moment, the second that you get what you seek, you don’t, you can’t want it anymore. In order to continue to exist, desire must have its objects perpetually absent. It’s not the “it” that you want, it’s the fantasy of “it.” So, desire supports crazy fantasies. This is what Pascal means when he says that we are only truly happy when daydreaming about future happiness. Or why we say the hunt is sweeter than the kill. Or be careful what you wish for. Not because you’ll get it, but because you’re doomed not to want it once you do. So the lesson of Lacan is, living by your wants will never make you happy. What it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideas and ideals and not to measure your life by what you’ve attained in terms of your desires but those small moments of integrity, compassion, rationality, even self-sacrifice. Because in the end, the only way that we can measure the significance of our own lives is by valuing the lives of others.
— from the film The Life of David Gale

Traps and Game Over

This quote struck a chord the first time I heard it seventeen years ago. But it wasn’t until recently that I was able to take it from from the elusive to actual explanation. And it’s thanks to a conversation between Keith Raniere (a scientist, among other things) and Tiffany Persons (a leader of an international non-profit). If the idea of breaking out of glass prisons is part of your bucket list, you’ll want to keep reading.

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Keith Raniere Conversations website launch

I'm so, so excited to share part of my life and work with the world today. Since 2001, I've been part of NXIVM and Executive Success Programs, which are founded by scientist and humanist Keith Raniere. His mind, character and personal example have had a profoundly positive impact on my life. Today, these companies are unveiling video footage of Mr. Raniere for the first time.

Keith Raniere Conversations features him in one-on-one interviews with different notable individuals. I've had the privilege of working on this project for a few years, and absolutely love everything I've watched (and I mean it!). I find his "informal thoughts" tremendously insightful, thought-provoking, funny, and a catalyst for some serious soul searching.

If you enjoy expanding your mind and examining issues related to civilization, ethics and humanity, definitely check out this website.

Llamado a la acción por México

Queridos Amigos,

Los invito a formar parte del Compromiso por la Paz (CxPaz). Es parte de un movimiento para trascender la violencia en México. Toma 3 minutos hacer todos los domingos y realmente puede transformar a nuestro país. Por favor regístrense en esta página y promuévanlo en sus redes sociales. Gracias y espero contar con ustedes. http://cxpaz.com/

The only things that matter

Recently I've caught a few episodes of a show in which the main character—who was alive during the American Revolutionary War—is brought back to life in present day. Various movies and books play with the same theme, but I found this show to have decent writing and a clever way of juxtaposing past and present so it reminds us just how fortunate we are to be alive—how much we have, yet take for granted.

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