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This week: Peace in Colombia through hip-hop / The peak of intelligence in each of us / The beauty and power of a living wage / Why are psychopaths attractive? / The everlasting power of failure

This week: Peace in Colombia through hip-hop / The peak of intelligence in each of us / The beauty and power of a living wage / Why are psychopaths attractive? / The everlasting power of failure

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1. Colombia’s Hip-Hop Gardener Fuels a Green Resistance
By Jake Kincaid | OZY | March 2019
“Luis ‘AKA’ Ramírez brings young and old together to heal a traumatized slice of Medellín.”

2. TRADOC to take responsibility for Army Center of Military History
By Sean Kimmons | Army News Service | March 2019
“The Army Center of Military History will realign under Army Training and Doctrine Command April 1 to better promote history at schoolhouses across the force. …”

3. When Does Intelligence Peak
By Scott Barry Kaufman | Beautiful Minds :: Scientific American | March 2019
“Maybe that’s not even the right question.”

4. Dollars on the margins
By Matthew Desmond | The New York Times Magazine | February 2019
“A living wage is an antidepressant. It is a sleep aid. A diet. A stress reliever. It is a contraceptive, preventing teenage pregnancy. It prevents premature death. It shields children from neglect.”

5. Are psychopaths attracted to other psychopaths
By Scott Berry Kaufman | Beautiful Minds :: Scientific American | January 2019
“Psychopathic birds of a feather flock together”

6. The Silence of Classical Literature’s Women
By Sophie Gilbert | The Atlantic | September 2018
“Pat Barker’s retelling of The Iliad imagines the Trojan War from the perspective of a female slave fought over by two Greek heroes.”

7. What We Can Learn About Gender From The Matrix
By Andrea Long Chu | Vulture | February 2019
” He is, after all, an abortive man, a beta trapped in an alpha’s body. Those around him assume he is a leader, a provider, a president, but his greatest fear is that they are mistaken.”

8. How to Walk 100,000 Steps in One Day
By David Paul Kirkpatrick | Medium | January 2019
“At 66 years old, I challenged myself to reach a big fitness goal. That meant creating the right mindset as well as increasing my physical endurance.”

9. There’s a surprising power in not winning — here’s how to make it work for you
By Monica Wadhwa | Ideas :: TED.com | February 2019
“When we come this close to triumph, we gain potent energy that we can use to fuel later success”

10. The Insect Apocalypse Is Here
By Brooke Jarvis | The New York Times Magazine | November 2018
“What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth”

Videos I Love: Musical medicine

This music never failed to re-energize me.

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This music never failed to re-energize me.

I’m fighting off a cold. I haven’t been sick in more than year. I spent today pushing myself (and only occasionally succeeding) to compose a literature review so I’m not looking at an unfinished thesis in early November and wondering how I wasted six months.

I’ve dutifully taken medicine and had lots of juice and warm pho (noodle soup with chunks of eye round steak and brisket, lemon chunks, cilantro, basil leaves, and bean sprouts).

I’ve also enjoyed some oldies to keep me awake, just slightly dancing with my shoulders so no one notices. This music video has always been one of my favorites. I love how he drops in Tupac so perfectly.

Back to work.

A copyright issue required the creator of the video below to mute the sound. Fortunately, the remix survives here.

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