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While there are plenty of tools, such as affirmations, meditation and the emotional freedom technique, designed to help us cut back on negative thought–which has been found to take up upwards of 70% of our mental chatter–I’ve found that one of the strongest antidotes is concrete evidence of the opposite.
The Tamrazyan family — two parents and their three children, ages 21, 19 and 14 — have said that they left Armenia after receiving death threats over the father’s political activism. The people working with the family declined to say what political causes he was involved in, or who might want to harm him; the organization Freedom House rates Armenia, a small nation in the Caucasus, as “partly free,” with democratic institutions but limited political freedom or freedom of expression.
Perhaps most significant, a relatively high proportion of sub-Saharan Africa is at peace today. It is more stable and less prone to conflict, relative to previous decades. Violence in the Congo region and Rwanda, for instance, killed millions in the 1990s. There is nothing comparable going on today. This general move toward greater peace has been detailed in a recent report from the Institute for Security Studies.
Abandoned properties in the world's third-largest economy are among the least-discussed side effects of the country's demographic changes. But it's getting more attention given the increasing number of affordable — and sometimes free — houses put up for sale online on websites called "akiya banks."
While it’s too soon to know if the improvement is part of a long-term trend, it is clear there are some lessons to be learned from Dayton. The New York Times spent several days here interviewing police and public health officials; doctors, nurses and other treatment providers; people recovering from opioid addiction and people who are still using heroin and other drugs.
Hellbent bikers provide security to Camp Fire evacuees at Chico church (thc0655, Thomas R.)
Craig Dunbar, with Hellbent 82 North, rattled off some of the dozen-plus clubs that have been volunteering their time and protection services. Their names are as colorful as their jackets; a few include the Jus Brothers from Oroville and Stockton, Sons of Hell out of Redding and the Street Outlaws from Red Bluff, Notorious from Chico, Henchmen and Hessians from San Joaquin, Curb Crawlers from Yuba City, Hells Angels from Sacramento and Dunbar’s fellow Hellbent brothers from Vallejo and Sacramento.
When John Metzler served in the Vietnam War, he got a Christmas card from a little girl he didn't know. He said it helped him get through the war. Decades later, he met the sender. Steve Hartman has their story "On The Road."
In Our Time: Hope (jdargis)
Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the development of ideas about hope, left in Pandora's box either as a consolation or as another evil, later the companion of faith and love.
In the months ahead, InSight will begin its study of the Martian underworld, listening for tremors — marsquakes — and collect data that will be pieced together in a map of the interior of the red planet and help would help scientists understand how Mars and other rocky planets formed.
Those lessons could also shed light on Earth’s origins.
Beavers, ever adaptable and enterprising, got to the tundra first—and their now flourishing Arctic empire can be seen from space. As so many times before, they pushed past the northern edge of their traditional habitat, out of their comfort zone, exacerbating and repairing and fleeing climate change all at once, past Alaska’s boreal forest into the Arctic, ambling ever upward, their luxurious pelts thickening and thickening.
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