An Open Letter to President Donald Trump: 8 ways to #bemypresident

Dear Mr. Trump, No doubt you are pretty busy, attempting to fill the vacancies in your future cabinet. but I wanted to respond to your promise, in the Thanksgiving video last week, to ‘unite’ the country and to be a ‘President for all the people.’ As you no doubt know, there have been non-stop protests about your winning the presidency since you got elected – 350 around the country in the just 24 hours after your election – and plans by millions of people to demonstrate in protest of your inauguration.
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It’s unfairness, stupid

I am watching the Democrats beat each other up over what happened to their sure-fire win in the presidential election. They blame FBI director James Comey for the eleventh hour email announcement about further investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails as secretary of state, which of course didn’t help. They blame it on poisonous nature of social media, or a surge in racism, or a low turn-out. But in this most expensive campaign, this election was all about unfairness, and an unfairness ignored, even sanctioned, by many members of the Democratic party.
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After the election: what to do next

So many people are so distraught by the election results that my New York agent tells me that Los Angeles agents are refusing to pick up the phone and do business, so certain are they that the world is coming to an end. This blog is meant to be a reassurance to both sides, as well as a practical list of what to do next.
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To all Republicans (and Democrats): I see you

Orland Bishop appears to be on a fool’s errand – the kind of fool’s errand our next American president may feel she (or he) is on when trying to heal the terrible rift exposed by this election. Bishop’s chosen patch to spread the word is Watts, a district in southern Los Angeles where the war between the main gangs, the Crips and the Bloods, has claimed five times as many lives as did all the years of the troubles in Northern Ireland.
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Not so little grey cells

Tell your doctor that you have to search harder to recall the names of distant friends or remember where you last placed your keys, and he’s likely chalk it up to ‘mild cognitive decline’ and tell you to get used to the inevitable slippery slope of ageing. He’d be resoundingly wrong. The latest brain evidence demonstrates the astonishing likelihood that the brain is far more malleable than originally thought, with the capacity to grow new brain cells and to make new neural connections throughout your life, even in your twilight years. In fact, scientists are now discovering that the brain
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When Pro-Life and Pro-Choice became good buddies

Imagine the following happening in America today: a group of women meeting regularly, half of the group pro-life and Trump supporters, and the other half pro-choice and Clinton supporters, each group respecting the other’s point of view and speaking together with compassion and understanding. Impossible? That’s exactly what happened nearly 26 years ago.
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Brexit and the US election: understanding the ‘other’

As I witness the great divisions in both Britain and America in the recent referendum and ongoing US election campaign, I’m reminded of Mark Gerzon, who, as a leadership facilitator with the Congress and the United Nations, once worked with the New Israel Fund, an organization whose membership, comprised of both Israelis and Palestinians, raises money for a number of joint causes.   When he asked the board how they were able to work together so effectively, one board member replied, “We are able to live with paradoxes.”
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Quantum plants

Inside the interior of a football-sized laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley, Graham Fleming and his colleagues in the biology department have set up the scientific equivalent of a pinball machine. Numerous precision lasers, which pulse out light at millions of a billionth of a second, are placed in various strategic points, trained onto an obstacle course of mirrors and glass lenses, themselves aimed at a tiny solitary black box. Once the lasers are switched on, the light generated by these ultra-fast light beams will careen off each mirror and lens before shooting inside and alighting on the
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A tale of two campaigns

This blog is NOT about who should become the next President of the United States. It’s a tale of two campaigns, about the way in which we Americans have elected to choose our leaders, compared to the way in which Great Britain chooses theirs.
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The audacity of hope

This is a story about a largely unsung hero who changed the face of medicine from a tiny village in the English East Midlands. For us, the story began in 1995 when Bryan’s 78-year-old mother Edie was diagnosed with end-stage breast cancer. Privately her doctor told us, “If I were you, I’d get her affairs in order.” When he’d examined her, he’d been shocked: her breast, he told me, looked like raw meat. In fact, so advanced was the cancer, he said, that it was too late to try chemotherapy or any other intervention. She had three months to live,
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