Simple “get happy” tips for winter and the holiday season

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Get-Happy-Tips-for-Winter-Holidays-520x346This is a wonderfully hectic season. So many people get stressed out during the holidays and winter itself can be a real downer for our mood and general happiness levels. It is so very easy to forget the simple pleasures of life and to put your own health and mental well being to the side. By making a few quick and simple changes we can make feeling happy in the moment a little easier… At Nature Moms Blog

Why the best Supreme Court predictor in the world is some random guy in Queens

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supremes-bannerOn June 28, 2012, opponents of the Affordable Care Act celebrated on the steps of the Supreme Court. They had just learned that the law’s individual mandate was struck down. Both CNN and Fox News broke the news. The celebrants chanted, “The Constitution won, the Constitution won.” Across the street from the court, Rep. Jean Schmidt, staunchly averse to the law, fell into joyful histrionics. At FiveThirtyEight

The coming global domination of chicken

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imrsPork’s reign is all but over. Poultry is expected to become the world’s most consumed meat over the next 5 years, according to a report released by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development last week. The world’s appetite for chicken is growing faster than any other meat, while pork consumption is slowing even in its most popular markets. At The Washington Post

You won’t believe these brilliant Christmas cookies are gluten free

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51259030_gluten-free-butter-cookies_612When faced with a gluten-free restriction, especially around the holidays, some folks can get a big case of the sads. Great Christmas cookies can seem like a sandbox that you don’t get to play in. But no more. Whether you’re baking gluten-free for yourself or a loved one, beware—you’ll be tempted to eat as many cookies as you pack up for gifts. At Epicurious

The truth about evil

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r1358780_19086821When Barack Obama vows to destroy Islamic State’s “brand of evil” and David Cameron declares that Islamic State (ISIS) is an “evil organisation” that must be obliterated, they are echoing Tony Blair’s judgment of Saddam Hussein: “But the man’s uniquely evil, isn’t he?” Blair made this observation in November 2002, four months before the invasion of Iraq, when he invited six experts to Downing Street to brief him on the likely consequences of the war. The experts warned that Iraq was a complicated place, riven by deep communal enmities, which Saddam had dominated for over thirty-five years. Destroying the regime would leave a vacuum; the country could be shaken by Sunni rebellion and might well descend into civil war. At Religion and Ethics