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  • Sobre la teoría de la relatividad especial y general - Albert Einstein May 24, 2017
    Entre el Electromagnetismo y la Mecánica newtoniana existe una fórmula de bisagra: la teoría de la relatividad especial y general. La importancia del nuevo marco planteado por Albert Einstein se entiende por lo siguiente: la percepción del tiempo y el espacio es relativa al observador. ¿Qué significa esto? Si usted viaja a una velocidad mayor que la de la lu […]
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  • La teoría del todo - Stephen W. Hawking May 24, 2017
    Una manera clara y amena de acercarse a los misterios del universo. En esta esclarecedora obra, el gran físico británico Stephen Hawking nos ofrece una historia del universo, del big bang a los agujeros negros. En siete pasos, Hawking logra explicar la historia del universo, desde las primeras teorías del mundo griego y de la época medieval hasta las más com […]
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  • Inteligencia emocional para niños. Guía práctica para padres y educadores - Mireia Golobardes Subirana & Sandra Celeiro González May 24, 2017
    ¿Cómo podemos enseñar a los más pequeños a gestionar sus emociones? ¿Cómo ayudar a nuestros hijos a mejorar en sus relaciones con los demás? ¿Cómo facilitar a nuestros alumnos su capacidad para identificar sus emociones y la de los demás y favorecer relaciones sanas y positivas, con empatía y respeto? ¿Cómo contribuir a que padres y profesores puedan también […]
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  • Tricks Any Dog Can Do! - Susan Day May 24, 2017
    This great book comes with advice and guidance as to the best way to teach these tricks. It offers more than one method which the reader can choose depending upon their own situation. There is also advice to using treats and shows you how to not end up with a treat junkie! This books is from the desk of Susan Day, a canine behaviourist. Susan teaches obedien […]
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  • La física del futuro - Michio Kaku May 24, 2017
    Un recorrido asombroso a través de los próximos cien años de revolución científica. El futuro ya se está inventando en los laboratorios de los científicos más punteros de todo el mundo. Con toda probabilidad, en 2100 controlaremos los ordenadores a través de diminutos sensores cerebrales y podremos mover objetos con el poder de nuestras mentes, la inteligenc […]
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  • Breve historia de mi vida - Stephen Hawking May 24, 2017
    La mente maravillosa de Stephen Hawking ha deslumbrado al mundo entero revelando los misterios del universo. Ahora, por primera vez, el cosmólogo más brillante de nuestra era explora, con una mirada reveladora, su propia vida y evolución intelectual. Breve historia de mi vida cuenta el sorprendente viaje de Stephen Hawking desde su niñez […]
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  • El gran diseño - Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow May 24, 2017
    Aun antes de aparecer, este libro ha venido precedido, en todos los medios de comunicación, de una extraordinaria polémica sobre  sus conclusiones: que tanto nuestro universo como los otros muchos universos posibles surgieron de la nada, porque su creación no requiere de la intervención de ningún Dios o ser sobrenatural, sino que todos los universos pro […]
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  • ¿Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? - Maria Konnikova May 24, 2017
    Ningún personaje de ficción es más conocido por sus poderes de intuición y observación que Sherlock Holmes. Pero, ¿es su inteligencia extraordinaria una invención de la ficción o podemos aprender a desarrollar estas habilidades, para mejorar nuestras vidas en el trabajo y en casa? A través de ¿ Cómo pensar como Sherlock Holmes? , la periodista y psicóloga Ma […]
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  • Ágilmente - Estanislao Bachrach May 24, 2017
    Bachrach es Doctor en biología molecular y explica el funcionamiento del cerebro. A través de ello, da consejos y herramientas para ser más creativos y felices en el trabajo y en la vida. La neurociencia es clara: el cerebro aprende hasta el último día de vida. La creatividad puede expandirse. Tu mente, mediante la aplicación de las técnicas correctas, puede […]
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  • El cisne negro. Nueva edición ampliada y revisada - Nassim Nicholas Taleb May 24, 2017
    ¿Qué es un cisne negro? Para empezar, es un suceso improbable, sus consecuencias son importantes y todas las explicaciones que se puedan ofrecer a posteriori no tienen en cuenta el azar y sólo buscan encajar lo imprevisible en un modelo perfecto. El éxito de Google y You Tube, y hasta ell 11-S, son “cisnes negros”. Para Nassim Nicholas Taleb, los cisnes negr […]
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The U.N. Must Unite and Protect Schools from Attack

In March, I was lucky enough to meet a truly exceptional young inventor called Salah. At just 11 years old, he has already created some incredible solar-powered engines and mechanical tools. Salah is also a refugee. His family fled from war and conflict. They saw untold horrors and were left with nothing. Displaced, Salah missed out on years of schooling. I met him at the “alternative learning center” he attends just outside Khartoum in Sudan. The center, which is supported by Education Above All and UNICEF, helps pupils who have missed out on years of schooling due to conflict. As I admired his inventions, I noticed that next to them was a model of a house. It looked a little out of place next to the cars, so I asked him about it. His answer astounded me, because he gave it with total absolute certainty: “This is the home I will build for my family one day.” Despite the unimaginable challenges he has faced, Salah can now live, dream, invent and plan a future he may not otherwise have had. Without doubt, education has transformed his life. Tragically, millions of children around the world are not able to reach their potential, often because of conflict. One quarter of all the world’s school-aged children — about 462 million young people, according to UNICEF — live in countries devastated by conflict. Last month, the Overseas Development Institute reported that more than one in five school-age children living in war zones is missing out on schooling. In most of these conflicts, schools, teachers and students are victims of targeted attacks. From Afghanistan to Colombia, the Philippines, South Sudan, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, there have been a series of attacks on schools in at least 21 countries experiencing armed conflict since 2013. Education facilities are bombed, burned and destroyed. Schools are taken over and used as military bases. Children are recruited as soldiers. Students and teachers have been kidnapped or even murdered. Millions of children have no safe place to go. Their future is uncertain. Quality education is the key to building peace and making development sustainable. Yet alarming levels of conflict and humanitarian crisis around the world are endangering not only the United Nation’s global development goals, but also the credibility of the international order that the U.N. represents. The U.N. Security Council (UNSC) is the body charged by the U.N. Charter to ensure international peace and security. Yet this key institution is broken exactly where it is needed most: to hold those who commit mass atrocities and grave violations of international law to account. Time after time, members of the UNSC do not use their power of veto responsibly. Perpetrators are not held to account for their actions and opportunities to prevent conflict and establish peace are lost. Take the October attack on a school in Idlib, Syria, that left 21 children dead and many others wounded. An educational complex was targeted. It included a kindergarten, an elementary school, two middle schools and a secondary school. A senior U.N. official described it as a possible war crime. Yet the U.N. Security Council failed to unite and condemn this atrocity, meaning that there have been no consequences for the perpetrators. The world watches through broken windows, as the big players continue their deadly card game of geopolitics — recklessly gambling away lives, changing the rules with every round, flipping and shuffling their cards to suit their strategic interests, with apparent disregard for the fires raging outside. But this is not a game for the grieving parents of Idlib. Nor for the girls still being held captive by Boko Haram in Nigeria. Nor for the millions of children around the world in refugee camps, robbed of their chance to learn. Until government armed forces and non-state armed groups are held accountable for attacking schools, the violations and the violence will not stop. To make children safe as they learn, all states must adhere to the international laws and resolutions that protect education and the rights of children. Justice and security alone will not bring education to the millions of children who need it. Quality education is well known to strengthen economies and improve health outcomes. It also makes an important contribution to conflict prevention and post-conflict recovery for communities. Those delivering the world aid development budgets should recognize the long-term value of investing in secure, quality education. They should acknowledge the potential of education to prevent and heal conflict as well as build resilience within communities. Today, at The Hague Institute for Global Justice, we are bringing together international leaders and grassroots activists who are committed to protecting children and to building a stronger system of global governance. It is a first step on a roadmap aimed at strengthening international law and bringing to justice those responsible for attacks on children, schools and teachers. We are calling for bold leadership to give education a chance to break the cycle of violence. The G20 meeting in July 2017 is an opportunity for world leaders to demonstrate that they are accountable and responsible. They must renew their commitment to education as the key to delivering the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals. We call on powerful nations to put down their cards and end their deadly games. […]

Read Former President Bill Clinton’s Commencement Address at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Former President Clinton gave the graduation address Sunday at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Thank you. President Gearan. Mary, dear wonderful daughters, I thank you and for bringing me here the first time in 2001. Back then you’d only been president a couple of years and you were kind of on your average job tenure. When I was President, Mark was director of communications, deputy chief of staff in the White House and then head of the Peace Corps, and he did it all in six years. He couldn’t hold down a job to save his life. And here he is the longest-serving president in the history of these great institutions. I am very proud of him and very grateful to him and to Mary for their friendship to Hillary, and to me, and to all of you. I love seeing them together and I do think when she got that degree, it was the only act of nepotism I have ever observed in their long relationship. Which just goes to show you that even though nepotism’s getting a bad name today in some quarters, every now and then a little of it’s called for. I want to thank the trustees, the faculty, the staff, the administration, and congratulate the classes of 2017 and your parents and friends. To everyone to whom it applies, I wish you a happy Mother’s Day. I think it is a great thing to have a commencement on Mother’s Day. I’ll never forget the relief on my own mother’s face when I finally got my degree at Georgetown 49 years ago. Now the fact that I actually got a degree 49 years ago almost certifies me for becoming a mummy at the Museum of Natural History, I know that. But I’ll bet you this — I bet I’m the only person here who’s been out of college at least 10 years who remembers the commencement speaker’s address verbatim. And I learned the best speeches are short and relevant. We were at Georgetown on the front lawn. The speaker, the Mayor of Washington, D.C. Walter Washington, was introduced with great fanfare. A foreboding dark cloud came over the lawn immediately. Lightning was seen. Thunder was heard. You could see it raining right behind the campus as the cloud was moving, and here was Walter Washington’s speech: ‘Congratulations. If we don’t get out of here right now, we’re all going to drown. If you’d like a copy of my speech, contact my office and I’ll send it to you. Good luck.’ That was it. If we had had a race for president and it was 1968, if the election had occurred in that moment, Walter Washington would have received the write-in votes of every member of our graduating class. So I want to speak a little longer, but not that much. I recommend you take some time today to ask yourselves: ‘What did I really get out of this anyway? What did I learn? What’s more important — that I learned a lot of things I didn’t know? That I learned how to relate to people, who are different from me, that I never would have met had I not come here? That I learned how to think about things? In a world where economic, social, and political developments often seem like the sociological equivalent of chaos theory in physics, how good am I, afterall, at connecting the dots?’ Oh yeah, I got a university degree so I don’t believe in all that alternative facts business. I still think it’s important to be as accurate as possible and it really matters if you know anything, but can I connect the dots? Can I see the big picture, can I see the patterns? And even if I can, what’s behind it? Am I a better version of what I was four years ago or have I actually changed in some fundamental way? And what difference will it make to anyone besides me? I recommend you take just a little time to think about those things today because you’ve got all these professors who worked hard, each in their own way, to get you to think about at least a piece of that. You’ve got your families that helped with their investment to give you a chance to have the space and support to grab a little piece of understanding of one of the most exciting and I believe, interdependent and rapidly changing periods in human history. I think, for whatever it’s worth, I’ll tell you what I think. I believe that this global interdependence in the end will turn out to be a good thing, but there’s a lot of good and bad to it. You get on the internet and do all kinds of search and find things that aren’t sometimes even true. But we also know that like every other technological development it is capable of bringing great good and great trouble. A lot of you I’m sure have followed closely as I have this whole, global ransom over hacking files business. Turns out it was perpetrated by a young person in the U.K. who was thwarted by another young person, even younger, so that the damage done did not apparently reach any significant proportions in our own country. We know that this time of upheaval has thrown us together in different ways that benefit some people much more than others economically. We know that rapidly changing social and living patterns have been embraced by a lot of people but have mortified others and at the very least have left them dislocated. At the beginning of all this, there was in theory a more settled time when a high percentage of people knew exactly who they were, exactly where they belonged, and somehow that was better. That just depends on where your forebears were in that mythical time. When I was a boy, I fell in love with the great humorist, Will Rogers, even though he was long dead by the time I was born. And one of his greatest sayings, I thought was, ‘Don’t tell me about the good old days, they never was.’ You have to ask yourself that. ‘What do I think about this, who am I, how do I fit in this world.’ Do you believe that it’s the most interdependent age in human history? If so, is the primary object to have you and your crowd dominate it or do you want to create a world in which every single person has his or her shot at the brass ring. Do you believe constant combat works better to produce prosperity, harmony, peace — or are diverse networks of people working together more likely to produce those good ends. There’s lots of evidence on this, you know. If we could take the person in this graduating class with the highest IQ, if you could be identified and we could miraculously spirit you off to one of these rooms, and say you’re going to be here two days, tell us what you want, we’ll get it for you. And the rest of us we’re compelled to spend the next two days under the elements hoping we didn’t get a rain, drinking increasingly cold coffee and eating increasingly stale rolls. And the genius and we were fed 10 questions over 2 days, over 2 days, you’d make better decisions. And your diversity would guarantee you better decisions than a homogenous group of geniuses. We should relish our differences and we should feel self-confident in doing so, because from a strictly biological point of view, genetically we’re about 99-and-a-half percent the same, all of us on planet earth. That is every difference evidenced in this crowd today. Gender, race, body type, hair color, eye color — every single solitary thing we can see that is different is lodged in one-and-a-half percent of 1 percent of our genome. Otherwise, we’re kind of carbon copies. Now that half of one percent, since there’s 3.6 billion of them and your body has quite a substantial number, and it makes life much more interesting and much more important. But the point I’m trying to make here is that you can’t nourish that diversity without first a bedrock acceptance in our common humanity. And yet we know in times of upheaval, when people are unsettled and their identities are not clear, that sounds like just pap. And tough-talking realism is all about how ‘This group’s a threat, that group’s a threat,’ another group’s a threat. I’ll give you just one example: Nine-tenths of 1 percent of America’s population are Muslims — 210,000 have people killed in gun violence since 9/11. The percentage of them killed by Muslims is less than three-tenths of 1 percent. In other words, their murder rate is one-third the national average, but we’ve all heard about it. Does it mean we shouldn’t be tough on terrorism committed by Islamic radicals? Of course not. But it means we shouldn’t go around in a blind stupor mixing apples and oranges and terrifying some of the most talented, devoted people in this country who want to make their contribution and who help make us better, because diverse groups make better decisions, and make a more interesting life. Are there — I’ll give you another example. There are too many undocumented people in America? Yes. Why? Because we’ve let over 30 years pass without adopting an immigration update. You can’t change as much as we do without constantly revising your laws. If you want to protect your border and have standards for citizenship, and the underlying facts are changing all the time, you have to be prepared to update these laws, in the best case, probably every 5 years, but certainly every 10. And we know the reason that we haven’t passed immigration reform, because it’s got a lot of bipartisan support for it. Economically, it’s easy to make the bipartisan case, but politically it’s not, because immigrants tend to be more communitarian in their voting. More familiar, more belief that the government should do its part to help create better life chances for everybody. So we now have these crazy results, guy does two combat tours in Afghanistan, risks his life for the rest of us, whether you approve of what we’re doing there or not, he did things that most Americans don’t do. And he got taken off the street and sent home the other day. Two combat tours. Kind of embarrasses me that we let a person risk his life for us and then kicked him out. A little town in West Virginia was convinced that all the immigrants were bad. The man that ran the local Mexican restaurant — sent home. And the town was in an uproar. ‘I thought we were only sending bad people back.’ He’d just been there 15 years paying taxes, employing people, feeding people. Was it the right decision — whether you think it’s right or wrong, the point is this: you have to decide whether a) you think our common humanity is more important than our interesting differences, and a precondition for making the most of them, and b) whether we have a vested interest in diversity. Now if you’re a native-born American, you also have to face the fact that like every other prosperous country in the world, our birth rate among the native-born goes down every year. And we are barely at replacement population levels. So without immigrants, our future growth rate will be much lower and the tax burden that will be on those of us who are left will be much higher because those of us who are older are the fastest-growing part of America’s population, and we consume more healthcare costs, for example. I’m not asking to resolve this today, I’m not even trying to make a political point exactly. The point I’m trying to make is, you have a precious resource in this country. It has given us, among other things, the best system of higher education especially for undergrads in the world and in the history of the world. This is a special place. I’m looking out at my proud friends James Carville and Mary Matalin, I don’t want to embarrass their daughter Maddie, who’s in the class, but I actually recommended she come here. And I said, ‘You know, this place is great. They love community service. It’s service-oriented. We’ve all got to expand our definition of citizenship to include that.’ I’m not arguing for any specific position. I’m just trying to say you don’t need a world that will put the American experiment and all America’s assets in peril by saying ‘us’ and ‘them,’ is a better model than expanding the definition of ‘us’ and shrinking the definition of ‘them.’ You know, I do a lot of work, I do a lot of work now with the second President Bush. We have fought like cats and dogs in our life. We have disagreed over all kinds of things. But he’s not afraid of immigrants. He would happily go with me to south Texas and have a political debate on any issue. And he knows we need them. If you look at his beautiful portraits of wounded veterans, it’s obvious that some of them are first-generation Americans. This doesn’t have to be a party issue. You have to decide, and your generation will determine, whether we view diversity as a strength or a problem. Whether we think our common humanity is more important or our differences matter more. Everything else is going to be background music. I promise you, much as I hate it, Russia cyber warfare doesn’t bother me, not if America keeps being America. They beat us into space, too, and look where we are today with our space programs. Life’s always going to have problems. We have a serious challenge today to create more jobs in places where jobs have been left behind, but if we quit playing politics with it and think about how the best way to do it is, it’d be fairly simple, straightforward to do. I’m not worried about that. I’m worried about what’s in your mind and what’s in your heart. As long as we believe our common humanity is more important, as long as we understand that different groups make better decisions than homogenous ones or lone geniuses, as long as we realize the great thing about life is not final victories and the great tragedy is not final defeats, there aren’t any final victories or final defeats. It’s the journey, it’s the deal, you stand up and do the best you can with the moments you have and then you go on and live then next moment. It’s going to be fine, I’d give anything to be your age again, just see what’s going to happen. Last couple years, 20 planets have been identified outside our solar system and seem to have sufficient distance from their suns and sufficient density that they might be able to contain life. Now that’s the only thing that will ever finally unify us here. Oh, look at that, it doesn’t matter you don’t have to have ultimate answers. It’s the attitude, the approach, ‘Do you believe that when the founders said we had to make a more perfect union, they meant there needs to be more of ‘us’ and less of ‘them?’ Every year, more of ‘us,’ fewer of ‘them.’ Every year, believing we can do better. You heard Mark say, my professor of Ancient Civilizations, Carol Quigley said that our civilization was the greatest because it believed that the future could always be better than the present, and that people have a personal, moral responsibility to make it so. Which translated into my 1992 speech was, don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. You can decide what it means for you, but believe me, whether you’re a conservative, or a liberal, or a Republican or a Democrat, it doesn’t matter as long as you believe that our common humanity matters most. As long as you welcome the opportunity to cooperate with people who don’t look like you and always agree with you, that make up this vast teeming sea of humanity, that is breaking down all kinds of barriers in knowledge. Don’t choke the future, lift it up, and don’t ever be under the illusion that power can ever be the end of life and that there are permanent victories. There aren’t — except in systems that choke themselves off and die on the vine. America is a work in progress, always becoming. And don’t forget that there’s a reason this great institution or both these colleges are ranked fourth in America and the importance of community service and public service. You don’t have to be, you don’t have to hold a political office to advance the public good. So that’s about all I have to say. What we have in common is more important than our interesting differences and it makes it possible for those differences to flourish. Diverse groups cooperating do better than homogenous ones trying to jam things down our throat and they are capable of morphing and meeting new challenges. No one should be left behind and no one should be denied the chance to exercise a responsible role. The future is full of challenges but there are even more opportunities. You’re supposed to work all that out. And there’s a reason that you’re sitting on this lawn today. Think about what people were like, the first time your first forbears of homos apiens stood up on the East African Savannah between 150,000 and 250,000 years ago. From that day to this, most people who have ever lived had no choice about how they spent their waking hours. They had to struggle to put food on the table and support their children and yet here you are in one of the greatest institutions of higher education in a country that has 300 or 400 world-class undergraduate institutions of higher education. The great microbiologist Theo Wilson says it’s because we, along with ants, termites and bees are the greatest cooperative species in the history of life on our planet. And we have more potential and present more peril to the future because we’ve got a conscience and consciousness, so we’re prone to arrogance, but full of unlimited potential. I would love to be your age, just to see what’s going to happen. So remember that — no permanent victories, no permanent defeats, but a life of permanent possibility. As long as you remember those simple things and the most important of all is every single day we should each find a way to expand the definition of ‘us’ and shrink the definition of ‘them.’.Because in the end, there’s not enough difference to spend our life threatened about it. Good luck and God bless you. […]

How Netflix’s Anne of Green Gables Adaptation Shows a Darker Side of the Sunny Heroine

The new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic Anne of Green Gables probes a darker side of the feisty heroine’s story. Starring Amybeth McNulty as the fiery, imaginative Anne Shirley, Anne With an E tells the tale of an orphan girl mistakenly sent to the fictional town of Avonlea to live with the aging siblings Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert (who actually wanted to adopt a boy). With lines taken directly from Montgomery’s 1908 novel, the revamped story, which hits Netflix on May 12, will feel familiar to longtime Anne fans. But showrunner and creator Moira Walley-Beckett’s seven-episode series uncovers a grimmer backstory, depicting Anne’s abusive past to explain the redhead’s rebellious behavior and expansive imagination. “Anne’s a survivor,” Walley-Beckett tells TIME. “I think that she chooses to have things to look forward to. She chooses optimism because what else would be there?” Flashbacks abound in Anne With an E, showing Anne’s difficult life prior to meeting the Cuthberts. In the first episode, Anne hears a baby cry while on the train to Avonlea, sparking a nightmarish flashback of her previous caretaker, Mrs. Hammond, beating and pushing her as Anne tries to take care of the many children in the family. Back on the train, Anne stares straight ahead. Walley-Beckett, who won multiple Emmys for her work on the decidedly dark Breaking Bad, says she wanted to dramatize Anne’s worst memories to show what the character has had to overcome. Anne’s traumas continue to intrude on her thoughts throughout the first two episodes of the series. Later scenes see her being whipped with a belt by Mr. Hammond, who dies of an apparent heart attack while hitting her, and being bullied by a group of girls who taunt her with a dead mouse. Caitlin Cronenberg—NetflixAnne With an E Such grim moments are not shown in previous onscreen versions of Anne of Green Gables. From black-and-white films in the 1930s and 1940s to the 1985 mini-series that is a staple of Canadian television, Anne has traditionally been portrayed as a girl with a determined, sunny disposition. With Walley-Beckett’s latest interpretation, viewers gain a new understanding of what shapes Anne’s curiosity and boundless enthusiasm for the world. “Her imagination saved her life,” Walley-Beckett says. “It’s not just that she has a fierce and fantastic brain — which she does. Her imagination is an excellent coping mechanism. With each small item in her carpet bag, she can transport herself.” Walley-Beckett says she was driven to bring viewers back to Green Gables because the topics mined in the book more than a century ago — including feminism, gender parity, bullying and prejudice — are just as relevant today. “People, no matter what their circumstances or their class or their race, can relate to this young person who has overcome so many obstacles and who is outcast and who doesn’t fit in,” she says. “Because she’s so forthright and optimistic and fearless in her way, we project ourselves onto her and hope that maybe things will get better for us. […]

A Top Christian Official in Indonesia Has Been Given an Unexpectedly Harsh Sentence for ‘Blaspheming Islam’

The outgoing Christian governor of the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, was found guilty of blasphemy by a court in the Indonesian capital on Tuesday and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. It was a stunning blow to a politician who has won praise for his clean and competent governance. The sentence was heavier than that demanded by the prosecutors, who only recommended a year in jail with two years’ probation, and comes after Ahok’s defeat in a highly charged election that was seen as a victory for hard-line political Islam, and a defeat for plurality and secularism, in the world’s most populous Muslim nation. He was taken to Cipinang detention center in Jakarta immediately after sentencing. “It is unfair,” Rian Ernest, one of his lawyers, tells TIME. Referring to mass rallies that have taken place in the Jakarta since last October — at which tens of thousands of conservative Muslims called for Ahok’s incarceration — Rian says: “The use of mass mobilization to criminalize someone could become a precedent. Next time, who knows which official might be criminalized that way?” The prominent human-rights lawyer Asfinawati slams the ruling, saying: “The court has lost its independence.” The blasphemy case against Ahok, who being of Chinese descent is a double minority in Indonesia, stemmed from a campaign speech in which he invoked a Quranic verse to hit back at Islamists who said Muslims shouldn’t elect a non-Muslim leader. Ahok lost the gubernatorial election last month to rival Anies Baswedan, a Muslim of Arabic descent, whose candidacy was endorsed by hard-line Islamist groups such the Islamic Defenders Front and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI). The growth of political Islam in Indonesia’s traditionally secular political arena of Indonesia has been viewed with concern by the authorities. On Monday, the government announced its plan to ban HTI, which advocates an Indonesian caliphate. “The government needs to take legal steps to disband Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia in [the country],” said Chief Security Minister Wiranto on Monday, saying that the group threatened national unity If the the government gets the legal green light then, HTI — which has been around for nearly two decades and could have as many as 3.5 million members — would be the first hard-line Islamist group to be banned since the fall of authoritarian President Suharto in 1998. Meanwhile, the harsh sentence meted out to Ahok will only exacerbate tensions between Indonesia’s secular political establishment and increasingly vocal grassroots Islamists. “The verdict will broaden the implementation of al-Maidah principle — which forbids Muslims from having non-Muslim leaders, according the Islamist interpretation,” Andreas Harsono, the Indonesia researcher of Human Rights Watch, tells TIME. “It will not only be applied toward elected officials but also to public servants and the executives of state-owned companies. The Islamists will obviously also reject Muslim leaders who do not cater their political interests.” […]

Google’s Earth Day Doodle Sends an Urgent Message About Climate Change

Google’s doodle for Earth Day sends a pertinent message about climate change as scientists and others gear up for the March for Science on Saturday. In a series of illustrations, the Google doodle tells the story of a sleeping fox that has a nightmare about the consequences of climate change, featuring melted icebergs and dead plants. Disturbed, the fox enlists two friends to be more thoughtful about conservation—the trio eat vegetables, grow plants, ride bikes and use solar energy. Google also offered conservation tips for Earth Day, reminding people to turn off lights, plant trees, eat locally sourced food and avoid driving. […]

12 Healthy Food Swaps For Your Favorite Refined Carbs

Make no mistake: Carbohydrates are essential—they’re the body’s main energy source. But the more refined a carb is, the worse it is for you: “Refined carbs have had much of the fiber and good-for-you compounds stripped away, which makes them less nutritious and filling,” says Rachel Meltzer Warren, RDN, a nutritionist in Jersey City, New Jersey. Minimally processed kinds, on the other hand, are typically a package of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and starch that digest more slowly and keep you fuller longer, she adds. These tweaks let you replace refined carbs (white flour and sugar, say) with more nutritious choices (veggies, pulses, whole grains) for a full tummy and steady energy. Health.com: 18 Health Benefits of Whole Grains Breakfast Instead of quiche, whip up breakfast stuffed peppers. Crack 2 eggs into 2 halves of a bell pepper and bake them at 350 degrees until the eggs are firm (about 25 minutes). Top with fresh chives or a dried spice, like thyme. “The peppers spice up regular eggs but eliminate the crust and cream of a quiche,” says Meltzer Warren. “Plus, they’re beautiful to serve.” Instead of French toast, make protein pancakes. Mash a ripe banana in a bowl, add 1 egg, and whisk with 2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour. Pour the mixture on a griddle over low heat and cook the way you would with normal pancake batter. “Fruit contains carbohydrates, but bananas also offer fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, unlike slices of French-toast bread,” says Meltzer Warren. Instead of a bagel and lox, have a smoked-salmon omelet on sprouted-grain bread. Make an omelet with 2 eggs, 1 slice of smoked salmon, and a sprinkle of goat cheese and chives. “You get the same flavors that you would from a bagel with cream cheese and lox, but incorporating the eggs and sprouted grains will keep you satisfied a lot longer,” says Meltzer Warren. Instead of a blueberry scone, try berry oats. Heat up a handful of frozen blueberries, grate lemon zest, then fold both into 1/4 cup rolled oats prepared with hot water and a dash of cinnamon. Sprinkle with chia seeds for a protein boost. Oats are full of fiber, so they’re a super carb (unlike the added sugars and white flour found in many coffee-shop pastries). Lunch Instead of a chicken wrap, prep deli lettuce cups. Scrap the carb-heavy wrap and use a large leaf of Boston lettuce as the outer shell. Inside, layer a few pieces of sliced chicken breast, a slice of cheese, a drizzle of honey mustard, and a pickle spear. Hold together with a toothpick. Instead of a bag of potato chips, snack on Brussels sprouts crisps. Separate the leaves of these antioxidant-rich veggies, then toss them in a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Bake at 350 degrees, turning them every 5 minutes or so, until they are browned and crisp around the edges. “It may require some time, but the crispy leaves are so crunchy and delicious that it’s worth it,” says Tami Ross, RS, a dietician and diabetes educator in Lexington, Kentucky. Instead of croutons on salad, add sunflower seeds. Whether croutons are baked or fried, they don’t pack much nutritional value. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds on salads to add crunch along with healthy fats, vitamin E, and a bit of fiber. Instead of a burrito bowl, choose a Mexican-style salad. Replace the bed of rice with a bed of shredded lettuce, then top with meat, vegetables, black beans, pico de gallo, and guacamole. “You’re still getting the same flavors in each bit, just with a healthier green base,” says Marissa Lippert, RD, owner of Nourish Kitchen and Table in New York City. Health.com: The Best Vegetable Spiralizer for Every Budget Dinner Instead of sushi, order sashimi pieces with a side of miso soup and edamame. “The issue with sushi is that if you’re hungry, you need a lot of it to satisfy you,” explains Lippert. “There’s so little protein within all that white rice.” Sashimi comes without the rice (and refined carbs), and paring it with a side of miso soup and edamame, which packs fiber, helps better tame your appetite. (A cup of edamame also has 22 grams of protein.) Instead of traditional pizza, make a socca flatbread. “Chickpea flour and water bake into a flatbread that works perfectly as a pizza crust,” says Meltzer Warren. (Chickpea flour has fewer carbs and calories than white or whole-wheat flour, and it’s a better source of protein.) Whisk 1 cup chickpea flour, 1 cup water, 1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, and 1/2 teaspoon salt—then let the dough sit for half an hour. Preheat oven to 450 degrees; place a cast-iron pan inside for 5 minutes. Remove pan, pour in 1 tablespoon oil, and swirl. Pour half the batter into pan; bake until cooked through (about 8 minutes). Add cheese and toppings. Return pan to oven; bake until cheese is melted and toppings are warm. Repeat with other half of dough. Instead of spaghetti, opt for zoodles with meatballs and marinara sauce. Spiralized zucchini gives the illusion of noodles and pairs well with a variety of traditional pasta sauces, says Meltzer Warren. The veggie on its own may not fill you up, notes Lippert; you can top your bowl with a scoop of whole-wheat pasta and grass-fed beef meatballs. Instead of mashed potatoes, choose roasted cauliflower. Toss florets with 1/4 cup oil, a dash of cayenne, and a pinch of salt; roast at 425 degrees, tossing regularly, for about 40 minutes. “Cauliflower has a similar mouthfeel as a potato,” says Meltzer Warren, “and the spice gives it the appeal of Cajun fries.” This article originally appeared on Health.com […]

7 Reasons Conservatives Should Support Climate Change Solutions

In case you haven’t been paying attention, the new administration is working hard to undo previous efforts toward reducing carbon emissions, but is that really what the voters wanted when they cast their vote for President Trump, or is this an unintended consequence? According to a recent report issued by Yale’s Climate Change Communication, “More than six in ten Trump voters support taxing and/or regulating the pollution that causes global warming.” In fact, the majority of all Americans believe that global warming is happening and support a variety of policies that would reduce carbon emissions. Yet there is a perception that climate change is a partisan issue. Many of us can think back to a childhood spent in the woods, or a family vacation to see the glaciers, or a fantastic scuba trip to the Great Barrier Reef – it was a childhood without worries that the bark beetles and fires might destroy that beloved forest, or the glaciers might not be there for much longer, or that the coral is bleaching and dying, taking with it much of the beauty that we delighted in […]