Killer Mike Delivers Powerful Speech About Ferguson





3 Simple Tricks To Improve Running Form




By Jason Fitzgerald


1. Perfect your foot strike

Whether you strike heel, midfoot, or forefoot first, your foot should land directly underneath your body.


2. Run tall to run right

Simply put: Imagine a string is attached to the top of your head and an imaginary giant is pulling it upward toward the sky.


3. Know your cadence

To determine cadence, count the number of times your foot lands in one minute, then double. Ideal cadence for easy runs should be at least 170 steps per minute.


Eat Healthy: Global Cost Of Obesity Rises To $2 Trillion A Year


LONDON (AP) — A new report by the McKinsey Global Institute says that the global cost of obesity has risen to $2 trillion annually — nearly as much as smoking or the combined impact of armed violence, war and terrorism.

The report released Thursday focused on the economics of obesity and says 2.1 billion people — some 30 percent of the global population — are overweight or obese.

It also offers the stark prediction that nearly half of the world’s adult population will be overweight or obese by 2030 should the present trends continue.

McKinsey says there’s no single or simple solution to the problem, but global disagreement on how to move forward is hurting progress. The analysis is meant to offer a starting point on the elements of a possible strategy.

via Associated Press


Indoor farms – a fresh oasis in an urban desert


by  for Al Jazeera America

“Green Sense Farms is one of only a handful of commercial indoor farms in the United States.  Although it’s housed in a nondescript warehouse in an industrial part of town, it is also a feast for the senses with its columns of luscious greens bathed in a bright pink glow.  The glow is the result of thousands of red and blue LEDS  – one of the major innovations driving indoor or controlled environment agriculture.”

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Good News: Senate Rejects Bid to Force Approval of Keystone XL Tar Sands Pipeline


Despite strong lobbying by oil-industry allies, the U.S. Senate tonight defeated an effort to approve the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. The Senate vote reaffirms a commitment to fight climate change. Taking leadership sometimes means saying “no.” This bill would have turned Congress into a permitting authority, overriding environmental law, and giving a green light to a pipeline project that would worsen climate change and threaten water quality. The Senate did the right thing to reject the misguided bill, and now the president should do the right thing and reject the tar sands pipeline.

Today was a good day for American leadership, showing that the big polluter agenda doesn’t stand up. There are likely to be many attempts to undermine our health and environment in the coming months, and we will need the same kind of leadership we saw tonight to protect our air, climate, lands and water.

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Top Five Regrets of the Dying


Sometimes we need mortality to help remind us about the beauty of life and focus on what have rather than what we don’t. This list was taken by a hospice nurse and it’s not surprising to see what made the list as they are all things that touch each of our lives as we struggle to pay attention to and make time for things that we truly love.

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

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Monsanto Sues Maui County Over GMO-Ban Law





HONOLULU (AP) — Two agricultural companies are suing Maui County to challenge a new law banning the cultivation of genetically modified organisms.

Monsanto Co. and a Dow Chemical Co. unit filed the lawsuit in federal court in Honolulu on Thursday. They’re asking a judge to immediately prevent the law from taking effect and to invalidate the measure. County voters narrowly passed a ballot initiative last week that imposes the ban.

Monsanto Vice President John Purcell says the law interferes and conflicts with long-established state and federal laws that support the safe and lawful cultivation of GMO plants. The initiative’s authors sued the county in state court Wednesday to ensure the county implements the law.

Maui County spokesman Rod Antone says the county is unable to comment because of pending litigation.



The Broccoli Series.


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In an effort to capture and show the changing face of health, wellness, and environmental sustainability, Broccoli City in association with the California Endowment has created “The Broccoli” documentary series. [Read more…]


Just Grow It!


For his “Just Grow It” collection French artist Christophe Guinet (aka Mr. PLANT) fills and covers Nike sneakers with plants. Flowers engulf the fabric, soil and rocks are caked on the swoosh, and layers of bark replace popular styles of shoes. Each of the sculptures is living and matched carefully to each shoe.



A Couple of Ways You’re Making Your Life Harder Than It Has To Be



1. You ascribe intent.

Another driver cut you off. Your friend never texted you back. Your co-worker went to lunch without you. Everyone can find a reason to be offended on a steady basis. So what caused you to be offended? You assigned bad intent to these otherwise innocuous actions. You took it as a personal affront, a slap in the face.

Happy people do not do this. They don’t take things personally. They don’t ascribe intent to the unintentional actions of others. [Read more…]


10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression





As the old saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a great first impression. Therefore, it’s important to always be on your game and prepared to deliver a memorable introduction.

So, whether you’re preparing to pitch a potential client for business or looking to meet that special someone, the following list offers effective tools to help you seal any deal that comes your way.


1. Smile. This seems obvious but smiles can communicate more than words can say. Putting a smile on your face makes you look and feel confident, positive and energetic. [Read more…]


12 Toxic Behaviors (That may push people away)



Being envious of everyone else. – Don’t let envy (or jealously) get the best of you. Envy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. There is nothing attractive or admirable about this behavior. So stop comparing your journey with everyone else’s. Your journey is YOUR journey, NOT a competition. You are in competition with one person and one person only – yourself. You are competing to be the best you can be. If you want to measure your progress, compare yourself to who you were yesterday. [Read more…]





1. Drink A Glass Of Water As Soon As You Wake Up
This rehydrates your body, revs up your digestive system, and gets things flowing. You may notice positive changes like clearer skin and better digestion. Bonus points if you add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice or a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar.

2. Do Not Check Your Email Or Phone For At Least An Hour
Do you sleep with your cell phone next to you and grab for it first thing when you wake? This is not a good habit. If you choose to resist the temptation to check your email and Facebook feed until at least an hour after waking up, you’ll find that your mind is more clear, focused and happy. [Read more…]


11 Reasons Why You Must Vote Today





It’s midterm election day, which means that U.S. citizens will be selecting their state leaders.  Here are the top reasons why you should vote via our good friends at  

1. You can earn a special “I Voted” badge on Foursquare.

2. If you don’t exercise the right to vote, you’ll be a hypocrite when you complain about politics (this includes healthcare and financial aid).

3. You vote for your favorite TV show, non-profit org, & sports team all the time.

4. Whether you’re from the The Rent is too D@#^ High Party or the Tea Party you live in a country where every voice can be heard. Exercise your right.

5. Politicians decide our financial future – how much government support we’ll get for college tuition, how many jobs will be available, and who will pay more taxes.

6. Only 30% of voters will go to the polls today. If you go, that will make you cooler than 2/3 of the population. Not that you weren’t cool already…

7. We need more sane people on the news. Reporters might be interviewing people at the polls, and right now, no matter your political party, it seems like the news only shows the most extreme protesters and activists. This is your chance to represent the sane.

8. Your grandparents will vote, and they’ll cast their ballots based on social security and Medicare. Are you gonna let Grandma out-do you?

9. When guys turn 18, they have to register for the draft. If you’re expected to defend your country, you should have a say about how it is run.

10. You need to beat out the single-issue voters. Seriously, some people only vote based on who supports one issue, kind of like how tween girls dominate the votes for the American Idol who they think is the cutest (i.e. Kris Allen).

11. There are worse ways to spend 10 minutes.


Health Benefits Of Cucumber Water



1. It’s good for your muscles: Cucumbers contain silica, a trace mineral necessary to keep connective tissue healthy. Add a few slices to your workout water bottle.

2. It’s good for your skin: The silica and antioxidants help your skin stay clear and supple. I read that you can remove the soaked cucumbers from cold cucumber water and use them to reduce acne redness. Or, wash your face with cucumber water in addition to your usual acne routine to reduce redness.

3. It’s low calorie: An entire cucumber averages about 45 calories so a few slices in your water is not adding very many additional calories

4. You may drink more water: We like things that taste good. Better tasting water just may prompt you to drink more of it. Cucumber water worked for me.

5. It’s detoxifying: For those party nights, and the ‘work” mornings.

6. It’s inexpensive: Cucumbers are the 4th most widely cultivated vegetable in the world. Organics cost a bit more, however, relative to other organic fruits and vegetables, they are less expensive.

7. Guests love it: Add some extra wow to your table by adding a pitcher of cucumber water. Most people don’t take the trouble to make it at home, so they appreciate it so much more when served fancy water elsewhere.

8. Making it is easy: It takes just a few minutes to fill a pitcher (or glass) of water and slice a few cucumbers into it.