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  • News The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain

    The establishment uncovered: how power works in Britain

    Definitions of “the establishment” share one thing in common: they are always pejorative. Rightwingers tend to see it as the national purveyor of a rampant, morally corrupting social liberalism; for the left, it is more likely to mean a network of public-school and Oxbridge boys dominating the key institutions of British political life. Here is what I understand the establishment to mean. Today’s establishment is made up – as it has always been – of powerful groups that need to [...]

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  • News So much for healthy eating! Hospital sells 800-calorie ‘heart attack pie’ stuffed with bacon, sausage, black pudding, egg and beans – next to the cardiac ward

    So much for healthy eating! Hospital sells 800-calorie ‘heart attack pie’ stuffed with bacon, sausage, black pudding, egg and beans – next to the cardiac ward

    Meal – sold in Dundee – is a third of a man’s recommended calorie intake Healthy eating experts say it should be ‘nowhere near a hospital’ NHS bosses ignore calls for ban, insisting other meals are available Comes after patient in another hospital photographed meagre meals                                                                      [...]

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  • News Foley murder video ‘may have been staged

    Foley murder video ‘may have been staged

    The video of James Foley’s execution may have been staged, with the actual murder taking place off-camera, it has emerged. Forensic analysis of the footage of the journalist’s death has suggested that the British jihadist in the film may have been the frontman rather than the killer. The clip, which apparently depicts Mr Foley’s brutal beheading, has been widely seen as a propaganda coup for Islamic State miltant group. But a study of the four-minute 40-second clip, carried out by [...]

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  • Celebrities News Messi embroiled in social media fight over Gaza

    Messi embroiled in social media fight over Gaza

    Having expressed sympathy for Palestinian youth, Barcelona soccer star asked to share similar sentiment for Israeli child killed by mortar Lionel Messi’s expression of sympathy for Palestinian children killed during Operation Protective Edge has elicited a counter-campaign since the death of Daniel Tragerman, the four-year old Nahal Oz resident killed by a Hamas mortar on Friday. “As a father and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, I am terribly saddened by the images coming from the conflict between Israel and Palestine, where [...]

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  • News Why Being ‘Gypped’ Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You

    Why Being ‘Gypped’ Hurts The Roma More Than It Hurts You

    I never thought about the etymology of the verb “gypped” until the end of college, when my friend, lamenting his stolen iPod, said the word and immediately retracted it. “Isn’t that offensive?” he wondered. Until that moment, I had never thought about it either. What sparked our unease was the sudden realization that “gypped” was somehow tied to “gypsy.” “Gypsy” is commonly used to describe the Romani people. But the term carries many negative connotations, and its derivative carries even [...]

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  • News This Is Your Brain on Gluten

    This Is Your Brain on Gluten

    If you could make just three simple changes in your life to prevent, or even reverse, memory loss and other brain disorders, wouldn’t you?” So asks Dr. David Perlmutter, in promotion of his PBS special Brain Change, coming soon to your regional affiliate. Three changes. Simple ones. Wouldn’t you? The 90-minute special is a companion to Perlmutter’s blockbuster book on how gluten and carbs are destroying our brains. In November it became a New York Times number one bestseller. Since its September release, as [...]

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  • News We need more sleep

    We need more sleep

    People who sleep less than seven hours a night are about three times more likely to develop cold symptoms, researchers have found. America is chronically sleep deprived and Dr. Charles Czeisler wants to do something about it. According to Czeisler, head of the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, sleep is the third pillar of health, along with exercise and eating well. But the public hasn’t yet gotten the message that adequate sleep is essential to good health. [...]

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  • News Saving the art of conversation in the age of the smartphone

    Saving the art of conversation in the age of the smartphone

    “I am going to be a little boring,” Sherry Turkle announces as we sit down to tea in the living room of her sprawling Boston townhouse. “And you’re going to be a little boring, too.” Turkle, for the record, is not boring. She is a psychologist and a professor at MIT whose primary academic interest—the relationship between humans and machines—is especially relevant in today’s networked age. Her most recent book, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From [...]

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  • Analysis Research Society & Culture 29 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You”

    29 Creative Ways to Say “I Love You”

    Many fixate on Valentine’s Day as the holiday of love, a day set apart for grand gestures, romance and celebratory levels of affection. But why does such attention and kindness have to be reserved for a day, or even for one person? Friendly, familial and romantic love are each distinct and central elements of the human experience. Anyone who has ever been truly loved well will tell you that it’s the constancy of patient, kind and selfless friendship that keeps [...]

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  • News If you Want to Change, Don’t Read This

    If you Want to Change, Don’t Read This

    There is a great scene in Godfather 2 where Kay (Diane Keaton) complains to husband Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) about his unfulfilled promise to make his business fully legit and quit being a mafioso. Michael responds that he is still working on it, reassuring Kay emphatically: “I’ll change, I’ll change — I’ve learned that I have the strength to change.” Although most of us aren’t part of the mafia, we are still a bit like Michael Corleone in that we overestimate our capacity [...]

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