Closing the gender gap in Central and Eastern Europe

Wisdom From the Best Characters in TV Comedy

One of the enduring maxims of comedy is that it has to be true; that’s why the foremost guide to improvisation is called Truth in Comedy. From Mary Tyler Moore to Tina Fey, creators of television comedies have always used their shows to tell stories that were bigger than just jokes. Sitcoms provide us with unintended … Continue reading Wisdom From the Best Characters in TV Comedy

Indie Hackers’ Newsletter

Why I turned my free newsletter into an advice column by Anna Grigoryan It's the 2nd month since my newsletter Community Weekly is operating as advice column. What? Advice column? How vintage you might say, a callback to the days of Sex and the city when Carry was writing an advice column for a physical magazine. However, I … Continue reading Indie Hackers’ Newsletter

Has War Become Too Humane?

What Really Allows the War on Terror to Persist By Stephen Pomper

The Middle East’s Jihadis Are Copying the Taliban Model

Islamist groups are hoping that a turn to local jihad will win them international legitimacy. By Anchal Vohra, a columnist for Foreign Policy and a freelance TV correspondent and commentator on the Middle East based in Beirut.

U.S. F-16 fighter jets intercept Cessna during U.N. General Assembly

ByJonna Lorenz

10 Quotes That Reveal the Wisdom of Confucius

Kung-fu-tsu, better known to the Western world as Confucius, was a philosopher, sage, and teacher whose wisdom has shaped Chinese thought for over 2,000 years. Born into a China that was a mosaic of small and often warring states, Confucius developed a philosophy that sought to bring peace and prosperity to all people. Confucianism was … Continue reading 10 Quotes That Reveal the Wisdom of Confucius

The State Mottos of All 50 U.S. States

Much like the country itself, the mottos of the 50 United States are a mixed bag. Almost half are in Latin, others are in English, and there’s a scattering of French, Spanish, Hawaiian, and Chinook. Some states have officially adopted their motto, while others acknowledge it simply because it appears on the state’s Great Seal. … Continue reading The State Mottos of All 50 U.S. States

Newsletter: Gastro Obscura

  How a First Nations restauranteur was found by family For much of her life, Inez Cook knew nothing about her biological family. At the age of one, she was forcibly taken from her parents in Bella Coola by the Canadian government and given to a white family to raise. She had no idea that … Continue reading Newsletter: Gastro Obscura

Living orbs of light Solving the mystery of how and why fireflies flash in time can illuminate the physics of complex systems

The id and the nudge: where Freud meets behavioural economics

We are not perfectly rational. This is obvious to anyone who has eaten more than their fill, exchanged harsh words with a friend, or taken the wrong turn on their morning commute. Less obvious, though, are the ways in which our thoughts, feelings and choices are systematically biased. Behavioural economics, a field that bridges insights from … Continue reading The id and the nudge: where Freud meets behavioural economics

What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?

In this short video, the US director Anderson Wright takes viewers on an atmospheric, nocturnal tour of Salt Lake City as seen through the eyes of the people who clean while most of the city rests. As each cinematically framed scene captures someone tidying up in a different setting – including a shopping mall, a … Continue reading What is it like to clean the world for tomorrow while the rest of a city sleeps?


The Bunks in the Chinese Space Station Are Absolutely Enormous They look a lot bigger than the ones on board the ISS.

The Silk Road: 8 Goods Traded Along the Ancient Network

The vibrant network opened up exchanges between far-flung cultures throughout central Eurasia.DAVE ROOS

The 1906 Atlanta Race Massacre: How Fearmongering Led to Violence

As African Americans achieved economic success in Atlanta in the early 1900s, the city simmered with racial strife that was further inflamed by yellow journalism.

State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.” By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s Pentagon and national security reporter, and Robbie Gramer, a diplomacy and national security reporter at Foreign Policy. State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing Some fear larger State Department China desk could be a “massive bureaucratic blob.” By Jack Detsch, Foreign Policy’s … Continue reading State Department Plans ‘China House’ to Counter Beijing

When the White House Changed Hands, It Changed Tone but Not Policies

Whether snubbing allies, abusing tariffs, or expelling refugees, the Biden administration at eight months looks little changed from Trump’s. By Elise Labott, a columnist at Foreign Policy and an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service.

Europeans Want to Stay Out of the New Cold War

New polling shows that Europeans think a struggle between Washington and Beijing is unavoidable—but want no part of it.

Could Somalia Be the Next Afghanistan?

A similar rapid collapse of state institutions awaits if Somali elites and Western governments don’t alter their approach. Newsletter

This is Brain Pickings midweek pick-me-up, drawn from my fifteen-year archive of ideas unblunted by time, resurfaced as timeless nourishment for heart, mind, and spirit. (If you don't yet subscribe to the standard Sunday newsletter of new pieces published each week, you can sign up here — it's free.) If you missed last week's archival resurrection — the meaning … Continue reading Newsletter

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases. Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases. •Recruitment Results Finalized by UPSC during the month of August, 2021 •COVID-19 Vaccination Update - Day 250 •Prime Minister’s comments at the Global COVID-19 Summit: Ending the Pandemic and Building Back Better Health Security to Prepare for the Next •Monthly Production Report for August 2021 •PM congratulates … Continue reading

Interesting updates from an Old WhatsApp Contact

Watch "10 Lessons from Hindu History | Episode 2 | Sandeep Balakrishna and Sanjay Dixit" on YouTube Pivotal moment for geo-politics: Modi can lead response against Sinic-Islamic axisSeptember 22, 2021, 6:09 PM IST Rahul ShivshankarIf the ‘free world’ is truly interested in avoiding global conflict it needs to come together and contain the burgeoning … Continue reading Interesting updates from an Old WhatsApp Contact


WORD OF THE DAY Pia PI-ə Part of speech: noun Origin: Latin, 14th century 1 The delicate innermost membrane enveloping the brain and spinal cord. Examples of Pia in a sentence "The medical residents looked for studies that specifically focused on the pia." "The pia acts as a protective layer for the nervous system."

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Did you know... ... that today is World Elephant Day? The main aim of World Elephant Day is to make people aware of better treatment of captive elephants and against illegal poaching and trade for ivory. Support those organizations that are working to stop the illegal poaching and trade of elephant ivory and other wildlife … Continue reading Did you know…

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The Marshall Goldsmith Newsletter

        My mission is simple. I want to help successful people achieve positive, lasting change in behavior; for themselves, their people, and their teams. I want to help you make your life a little better. Thank you for subscribing! Life is good. Your Leadership Mission Should Fit on a T-Shirt! Marshall Goldsmith … Continue reading The Marshall Goldsmith Newsletter

U.S. Air Force seeing ‘good progress’ on new B-21 Raider stealth bombers

Poem of the Day from Newsletter

September 22, 2021 Excerpt from Outgoing Vessel Ursula Andkjær Olson Translated from the Danish by Katrina Øgaard Jensen those who say that water is doing grief's work back and forth: grief-enhancing grief-inhibiting suppression-enhancing suppression-inhibiting washing massaging touching cradling letting it stream through THEY'RE LYING those who say: a life ends like grass tread flat a scent … Continue reading Poem of the Day from Newsletter

Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Defending change (or the status quo) [ ] The easy argument to make is that the thing we have now is better than the new thing that's on offer. All one has to do is take the thing we have now as a given (ignoring its real costs) and then challenge the defects and … Continue reading Seth Godin’s Newsletter

Daily Poem from POEM.Com Newsletter

September 21, 2021 Praise Michelle Poirier Brown It is not yet time for singing. Although I could allow this lake stroking the shore as song. I feel a tenderness towards the small stones under my feet. That's a good sign. And gratitude for the sun warming my neck. I am learning the names of birds. … Continue reading Daily Poem from POEM.Com Newsletter

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Did you know... ... that today is National Imperfection Day? Just about anything worth doing is worth getting done as best as you can, even if it isn't perfect! Trivia buffs: The official name for the fear of imperfection is atelophobia. ~~~ Today's Inspirational Quote: "Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be … Continue reading Did you know..

Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

This email has been sent by PIB on your request to subscribe PIB releases. Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases. •Industrial Safety in Petroleum and Explosives Sector gets a Big Boost •ECI organizes National Conference on Accessible Elections; •Civil Aviation Minister Shri Jyotiraditya M. Scindia interacts with CM of Uttarakhand and LGs of Ladakh and A&N •OIL … Continue reading Requested Ministry-wise PIB releases

10 Surprising Places You Will Find Rube Goldberg Machines

10 Surprising Places You Will Find Rube Goldberg Machines by Dr. Momfact checked by Darci Heikkinen Most of us try to accomplish necessary life tasks in the easiest way possible. Rube Goldberg, however, entertained the world by drawing cartoons of machines that accomplished simple tasks in the most complicated, humorous way possible. His machines used everyday objects, … Continue reading 10 Surprising Places You Will Find Rube Goldberg Machines

‘Enthusiasm With Purpose’: 11 Quotes About Ambition

Ambition can get a bad rap when it’s paired with words like “greedy,” “selfish,” or “ruthless.” But in actuality, ambition — loosely defined as a strong desire to achieve something through hard work and determination — is the crucial driving force behind accomplishment and action. It’s what marks the difference between a dream and a … Continue reading ‘Enthusiasm With Purpose’: 11 Quotes About Ambition

Indian Population Worlometer     India Population (LIVE) 1,396,864,841     Yearly Population Growth Rate (%) Date Yearly Growth Rate (%) 1951 1.61 1952 1.68 1953 1.73 1954 1.78 1955 1.81 1956 1.84 1957 1.88 1958 1.91 1959 1.94 1960 1.98 1961 2.02 1962 2.05 1963 2.08 1964 2.09 1965 2.1 1966 2.11 1967 2.11 1968 2.14 1969 … Continue reading Indian Population Worlometer

17 Insightful Quotes From ‘Game of Thrones’

In 1991, George R. R. Martin began writing A Game of Thrones, the first volume in his fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire. Martin originally planned the series as a trilogy, but the whole thing expanded and, so far, five out of a planned seven volumes have been published. The books have sold around 100 … Continue reading 17 Insightful Quotes From ‘Game of Thrones’