Government Restrictions on Religion Reach Highest Level Globally in More Than a Decade

Pew Research –

Authoritarian governments are more likely to restrict religion

In 2018, the global median level of government restrictions on religion – that is, laws, policies and actions by officials that impinge on religious beliefs and practices – continued to climb, reaching an all-time high since Pew Research Center began tracking these trends in 2007.

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Posted in Controversial, government, Pew Research, Religion

How To Fight With Your Family At Thanksgiving

Maggie Koerth of FiveThirtyEight –

1. Holidays can be hard. Holidays mixed with politics can be even harder.

2. If you’re arguing about values, decide whether your values include maintaining the relationship.

3. Arguments go better in families that value disagreement.

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Posted in Controversial, Families, Politics, Turkey, United States

Still reaching for a whale in the wild

Evy Dubrow still joins us for Thanksgiving every year

Ken Feltman –

Tomorrow, we will laugh – and tears may flow – as my family recalls past Thanksgivings with one of the most powerful women in Washington’s lobbying history. I will recall the victories we shared when we put her labor unions and my large and small businesses together.

When Evy Dubrow was alive, we would sit down at the table, then she would offer a few passages from the Old Testament and I would offer a few from the New Testament.

Then came the fun: As we enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner, she would tell a few stories from her long and successful life.

Click the link below to read the original article from 2006:

Evy Dubrow: A life worth living | Radnor Reports: Information for decision-makers

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Video: John Bolton discusses whether Trump may become security threat after leaving office

ABC-TV News –

The former national security adviser also reacts to President-elect Joe Biden’s Cabinet nominations.

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Posted in 2020 election, ABC News, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, leadership, Politics

23 Signs You’re Secretly a Narcissist Masquerading as a Sensitive Introvert

Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D., in Scientific American –

If I see one more listicle about introversion, I’m going to cry.

It started out with the fairly reasonable “31 Unmistakable Signs That You’re An Introvert.” Sure, many of the items on the list offered an exaggerated version of introversion, but there were some real gems that had a large grain of truth. Like this one:

But then this happened:

22 Signs Your Dog’s An Introvert

“He often wears headphones with no music playing, in the hopes no one will try and talk to him.”

You’d think that’d be enough for a lifetime of listicles. But no… they kept coming, mixing together many different traits under the general umbrella “introversion.” For instance, some lists include shyness-reated behaviors, but it’s well documented that shyness is not the same thing as introversion. Shyness is more related to being anxious and neurotic. There are plenty of introverts who prefer alone time but really aren’t anxious or shy when interacting with other people.

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Posted in Narcissism