Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil -
Sankara Ghost Hangs Over Burkina Faso Turmoil
Only seven world leaders held office longer than Burkina Faso's president Blaise Compaoré before his ouster late last week, following chaotic protests in the capital city of Ouagadougou, when protesters set the parliament on fire before the Burkinabé military, in the person of Isaac Zida, asserted control of the country. For the entirety of Compaoré's 27-year rule in the Sahelian country, the specter of his predecessor, Thomas Sankara, hung over his reign -- the equatorial Banquo to Compaoré's Macbeth. Now, with an uncertain future, Sankara's ghost looms even stronger for a country that could face years of coups and countercoups. Sankara took power, like every single one of his predecessors, in a coup. He did so, in 1983, with Compaoré's help, and with the charisma of a post-independence African 'Che' Guevara, promising to bring an honest and socialist government to his country, which he renamed 'Burkina Faso,' or 'the land of the honest people,' instead of the more colonial Upper...
In 3 Key States, A Breakdown Of The Asian-American Vote -
In 3 Key States, A Breakdown Of The Asian-American Vote
Asian Americans favored Democratic candidates over Republicans by a two-to-one margin in the Midterm Congressional elections, according to a unique multi-language, multi-ethnic election eve poll targeting Asian Americans in California, Texas and Virginia.
How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail -
How An Undercover Investigator Smuggled Heroin Into America's Second-Largest Jail
An undercover investigator posing as a guard at the country’s second-largest jail was able to easily smuggle $22,000 worth of contraband into the facility on multiple occasions, a new report reveals. The report, released Thursday by the New York City Department of Investigations, exposes what the department says are “serious problems with security screening protocols” at New York's sprawling Rikers Island jail complex. For each security test, the report says, the DOI's undercover investigator stuffed his cargo pants pockets with “one plastic bag containing 250 glassine envelopes of heroin; one plastic bag containing 24 packaged strips of suboxone [a prescription opiate substitute similar to methadone]; two plastic bags containing a total weight of one-half-pound of marijuana [...] and one razor blade.” Additionally, the investigator carried “one 16-ounce water bottle containing vodka” in his hand. Together, all of that contraband had an estimated resale value inside Rikers of over...
Amendment 1: What Lies Ahead for Abortion in Tennessee? -
Amendment 1: What Lies Ahead for Abortion in Tennessee?
On November 4, Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53% of the vote. The Amendment is designed to give the Tennessee legislature broader power to regulate and restrict abortion. The assumption that more regulation is a public health priority deserves scrutiny. Supporters of the Amendment now plan to roll out several regulations that have been used elsewhere to restrict access to abortion. Mandatory waiting period: Currently 26 states require a "cooling off" period between counseling and performance of an abortion; in ten, this is constructed to require two separate visits. Underlying assumption: Women are flighty and capricious about such decisions. Net effect: This requirement delays abortions to later, more risky gestational ages and drives up the cost and inconvenience. For example, if I have a pregnant patient who is found late Monday afternoon to have fetal anencephaly (no brain), I cannot take care of her in my Tuesday morning abortion clinic, which meets weekly. Twenty-four...
Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' Campaign Changes Slogan After Backlash -
Victoria's Secret 'Perfect Body' Campaign Changes Slogan After Backlash
A Victoria's Secret ad featuring the tagline "the perfect body" has come under fire -- but maybe the company has been listening to its critics. Last week, shoppers in the UK were put off by in-store and online advertisements for the VS "body" bra, which featured a series of similarly-built (read: impossibly thin, leggy and large-busted) supermodels. A petition requesting that Victoria's Secret apologize and change the campaign had over 27,000 signatures at the time of writing. "Every day women are bombarded with advertisements aimed at making them feel insecure about their bodies in the hope that they will spend money on products that will supposedly make them happier and more beautiful," the petition reads. "All this does is perpetuate low self-esteem among women who are made to feel that their bodies are inadequate and unattractive because they do not fit into a narrow standard of beauty. It contributes to a culture that encourages serious health problems such as negative...
Court Reverses Rulings In Four States, Upholds Marriage Bans -
Court Reverses Rulings In Four States, Upholds Marriage Bans
A circuit court reversed federal rulings legalizing gay marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky on Thursday. Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton, who wrote the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals' majority opinion, said the court does not have "a sweeping grant of authority" that allows it to determine "whether gay marriage is a good idea" for the residents of those states. "Is this a matter that the National Constitution commits to resolution by the federal courts or leaves to the less expedient, but usually reliable, work of the state democratic processes?" Sutton wrote. The AP reports on the ruling: It followed more than 20 court victories for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. A federal judge in Louisiana recently upheld that state's ban, but four U.S. appeals courts ruled against state bans. The issue appears likely to return to the Supreme Court so the nation's highest court can settle whether...
Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office -
Unhappy With The Election Results? Just Look At The People Your Neighbors Voted Into Office
As the dust settles and we take a closer look at Tuesday night's election results, we can't help but wonder what the hell some voters were thinking. As with every election, there were the incumbents who somehow remained able to win re-election, like Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.), who threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony, Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.), who just won a 23rd term in Congress despite being found guilty of a number of ethics violations in 2010, and Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), who joked about suicide just weeks before the election. And that's just the tip of the iceberg in Congress. All hail the power of incumbency. But there are some even stranger figures who got elected across the nation this week. Here are our top picks for elected officials we still can't believe ended up on the ballot, let alone in office. Jody 'Abortion Is Worse Than Hitler' Hice Republican Jody Hice of Georgia had no problem winning his state's deep-red 10th Congressional District on Tuesday....
Producing a Gay Web Series: Dos and Don'ts -
Producing a Gay Web Series: Dos and Don'ts
I used to say, "Every actor should produce his own Web series." I don't say that anymore, as it now seems almost every actor in Los Angeles is! But if you're an actor or writer with a gay story, the Web is the best place to tell it. There's no censorship, other than YouTube's general rules against nudity. No network will tell you to water the characters down or make it more palatable for straight audiences. When I created Old Dogs & New Tricks three years ago, I'd never produced a Web show before. I had no idea what to expect. Despite a very steep learning curve, it's been the most rewarding creative experience I have had. It's completely changed my life and given me a "profile" in this town that I never had before. It is exhausting but so worth it. In my three years of writing/acting/producing/show-running ODNT, I feel as though I've earned a master's degree in show business. You will never work so hard, but you will never learn as much. You'll also have newfound respect for writers,...
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Look Back On Near-Death Family Photo -
Typhoon Haiyan Survivors Look Back On Near-Death Family Photo
TANAUAN, Philippines (AP) — The Saavedras waited for death as Typhoon Haiyan tore at their roof, knocked down walls and unleashed torrents of seawater below them. All they could do was pray, say "I love you" one last time and take a picture. David Saavedra raised his cellphone in the chaos to snap a group selfie to record their final moments. He took it for his eldest sister in Manila, hoping to show that at the end, her family was together — even serene. That explains his smile, incongruous against the wind-ripped scene and the terror-stricken faces of his younger sister, Veronica, and their mother. The picture was intended to go on top of David's coffin, but instead it is a reminder of the family's immense luck, and of the obligation they feel to help neighbors who weren't nearly as fortunate when the massive typhoon hit Nov. 8, 2013. More than 7,300 people died or went missing when Haiyan slammed the central Philippines, including the Saavedras' laidback farming town of Tanauan, as...
Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election -
Democrats Actually Gained Women's Support Since Last Midterm Election
After Republicans swept the midterm elections on Tuesday, conservatives triumphantly declared the death of Democrats' strategy to appeal to women voters, pointing to the fact that Democrats appear to have lost ground among women voters between 2012 and 2014. "The bottom has fallen out of the abortion-centered ‘war on women’ strategy," said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List. "Why is that? Women just don’t agree with the shrinking ranks of the feminist left like EMILY’s List and NARAL that unlimited abortion is the great liberator for women." But women's rights groups have come to the opposite conclusion. Democrats usually do not fare as well in midterm election years as they do in presidential election years due to a significant decrease in voter turnout among single women and young and minority voters. But comparing 2014 to the last midterm election in 2010 -- a more "apples to apples" comparison -- Democrats have actually gained 6...
We Won't Get Drug Reform Unless We Demand (& Recognize) It: Marijuana Is Not Enough -
We Won't Get Drug Reform Unless We Demand (& Recognize) It: Marijuana Is Not Enough
Democrats suffered bruising and humiliating defeats on election day, and, despite reassurances from professionals that such losses were structural and "in the cards," this outcome stands in contrast to victories for progressives on almost every single ballot measure of note. Democratic issues won, but Democratic candidates did not. Foremost among the policy success stories were the record-setting votes to legalize marijuana in Washington DC, Alaska, and Oregon. Added to these victories is growing realization that criminal justice reform is one of very issues upon which it is plausible to imagine agreement between the new Congress and the President that would be both meaningful and progressive. Yet I worry whether Democrats will be able to steer events in this direction, in large part because I doubt their commitment to progressive advocacy, or any kind of fight at all. So far, their modus operandi has been to take the most minimal of concession offered by opponents and declare it a...
Like Internet, Distributed Democracy Routes Around Gridlock -
Like Internet, Distributed Democracy Routes Around Gridlock
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, as Republicans were shoring up their midterm victories, Ben Casselman, chief economics reporter for the statistical analysis site FiveThirtyEight tweeted, "So voters want a higher minimum wage, legal pot, abortion access and GOP representation. Ok then." His tongue-in-cheek observation, which as of this writing received more than 16,000 retweets, makes an important point as Campaign 2014 fades from view and our focus turns to 2016: Elections are not just about political candidates - elections show that citizens will take direct action when political candidates fail to address issues that matter most to them. To Casselman's point, voters supported a minimum wage hike in all four states where the question was on the ballot (Arkansas, Alaska, Nebraska and South Dakota); marijuana legalization supporters scored wins in Alaska, Oregon and Washington, DC; and voters rejected proposals in Colorado and North Dakota that would have redefined life to extend...
Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress -
Environmental Groups Look Forward To A Long Two (Or More) Years Of A GOP Congress
WASHINGTON -– To say Tuesday was a bad day for environmental groups would be an understatement. In his opening remarks at a National Press Club event recapping the election results Wednesday afternoon, League of Conservation Voters President Gene Karpinski joked that environmental groups had thought twice about even holding the event. "It wasn't the best night for us," he said. Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, was even more blunt in an interview Wednesday morning. First, he recounted some of the ways 2014 was a success: It elevated the issue of climate change generally and made candidates in a number of key races change the way they talked about the issue. But when it came to electing a slate of pro-environment candidates, which environmental groups spent an unprecedented amount of money on this year, "on that," Brune said, "there's been a miserable fucking failure." Environmental groups are mourning the loss of several key allies in the Senate, such as North...
The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda -
The Perils of Conflating ISIS and Al Qaeda
Since the inception of ISIS's campaign of terror in Syria and Iraq, many Western policymakers have assumed that ISIS employs similar strategies to and harbors ambitions akin to those of al-Qaeda. Barack Obama recently declared that al-Qaeda and ISIS are "one and the same," a statement that hearkened back to the erroneous linkage promoted by the Bush administration between Saddam Hussein and the 9/11 attacks. The tendency of the Obama administration to conflate the threats posed by ISIS and al-Qaeda is further evidenced by his claim that anti-al-Qaeda operations in Yemen and Somalia provide a model for the US to follow in its efforts to defeat ISIS. Obama's Yemen and Somalia parallel immediately drew the ire of Republicans and US foreign policy critics alike because of the continued prevalence of Islamic extremism and woefully inadequate political institutions in both countries. Yet many of these critics still subscribe to the prevailing opinion that the anti-ISIS campaign is just the...
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois? -
Will the Rauner-Madigan-Cullerton Era Bring Divisive Government to Illinois?
When Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner is sworn in in January, state government will have two-party power sharing -- a Republican governor and Democratic legislature -- for the first time in 12 years. Rauner said that Illinoisans voted for this divide Nov. 4 -- but did we really? Reboot Illinois' Madeleine Doubek examines the difference between divided and divisive: Divided government. That's what voters wanted, Illinois Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner told us in his victory speech. We'll get it and then some in Illinois and we have it now nationally with President Obama in the White House and Republicans running everything soon in Congress. Here in Illinois it will be back to the old days of a Republican governor and Democrat-dominated Legislature like we had for so many years with former governors Jim Thompson, Jim Edgar and George Ryan at the helm and Madigan and, often, various Democrats running the Illinois Senate. Except this time, the preceding months before the vote for divided government...
For a few days last week Gaza Strip turned into a large prison. Ever since October 24, the Rafah crossing point has been closed by the Egyptians following the huge attack on the army in north Sinai. Israel has also closed all its crossings with Gaza on November 2, allegedly following the launch from Gaza on that same day of a single rocket that landed in a deserted area. The Israelis reopened their crossing points Tuesday, but Rafah continues to be closed. Egypt, which was stunned by a horrific series of attacks that caused the death of over 30 soldiers, has been searching for answers, and the army argues that the problem lies in Gaza. Not only has the Rafah crossing been totally and completely closed since then, but Egyptian engineers have also been busy destroying houses on the Egyptian side of Rafah in order to create a 500-metre buffer zone that they hope will forever end the problem of the tunnels to Gaza. The closures come at a time the reconstruction process is moving at a very...
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum -
Guggenheim Protesters Somehow Snuck A 40-Foot Banner Into The Legendary Museum
The Guggenheim's Abu Dhabi museum isn't going up without a fight. On Tuesday evening, members of the protest group Gulf Ultra Luxury Faction (G.U.L.F.) unfurled their latest denouncement of labor conditions on Saadiyat Island, the ritzy enclave where the Frank Gehry-designed branch is slated to rise. This time, the protest mechanism was a 40-foot banner that was reportedly snuck in via a baby stroller. Reading "Stop Labor Abuse" and "Countdown to Guggenheim Abu Dhabi," it hung briefly down the museum's famed conical core before two male guards tore it away. For months, G.U.L.F. members have pulled off "a series of unsanctioned displays," as The New York Times puts it, inside the museum. Amidst inundating the museum with leaflets and sneaking in provocative paintings, the group has managed to meet with museum representatives, including Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong, to discuss their concerns. "We've heard nothing since," one activist, NYU professor Andrew Ross, told The Times...
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed -
These Vintage Images Show Just How Much Department Stores Have Changed
One of the fondest memories from my childhood was going to the Wanamaker's store in Philadelphia for lunch with my grandmother. We'd go right around every holiday to find me a frilly holiday dress, then visit the store's tea room for a light snack. When I tell this story to others, it's as if I told them that my grandmother and I regularly traveled to the moon. Their brains cannot compute that a department store would have anything but a sad food counter (anyone ever been to a Target?). And frilly holiday dresses? Who am I, Shirley Temple? A view of the famous organ at the former Wanamaker's department store in Philadelphia. It's now a Macy's. To say that department stores have changed since my ladies luncheon days is an understatement. First of all, Wanamaker's is long gone, along with other regional stores that gave character to other cities. Second, shopping habits have shifted. Specialty chain stores and, of course, the Internet have transformed the way we shop. We don't go to a...
Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report -
Americans Twice As Likely To Express Religion In Person Than Online: Report
Americans use social media and the Internet for nearly everything, including their faith, and a newly released Pew Research Center report reveals just how many are sharing their religious beliefs online. According to Pew's report, conducted May 30 to June 30 of this year, and 20 percent of U.S. adults reported sharing their religious faith on social networking websites or apps (such as Facebook and Twitter) in the past week. Twice as many respondents said they shared their faith in a real-life setting -- suggesting an inclination many still feel to express faith one-on-one versus over the web. Greg Smith, the Associate Director of Research on the study, told HuffPost by email that the researchers did not define in the survey what "sharing" could entail, but said be believed it would be interpreted broadly, beyond evangelizing or proselytizing. "It could include a wide range of interactions, such as offering a prayer or blessing, quoting from scripture or describing a religious...
China Can and Must Close its Gender Gap -
China Can and Must Close its Gender Gap
My grandmother was 100 years old when she passed away two years ago and, given the ups and downs of Chinese history, one doesn't need a great deal of imagination to realize she must have gone through a lot in her lifetime. She originally lived a simple life in a small village in Manchuria, in the far northeast of the country. Typically for her generation, her feet were bound and, although she kept a drawn record of her life, she was illiterate and couldn't read or write a word. Yet despite this, she had a vision for her two daughters -- one of whom was my mother -- to go to university. Although our lives are very different, my grandmother was and remains my role model, and I carry in me a quote from her, as true for my generation as it was for hers: "As women, we depend on ourselves." This wasn't something she picked up from a book. She got it from her own experience and through witnessing the lives of the generation of women before hers. That inner strength and strong will from her...
Move Over World Bank: Bilateral Institutions Lead Investment Beyond the Grid -
Co-authored with Vrinda Manglik, Sierra Club Associate Campaign Representative, International Clean Energy Access Photo courtesy of GSMA While investments are continuing to flow into beyond the grid clean energy markets, most public institutions are missing in action. The Sierra Club and Oil Change International recently released an assessment of multilateral development banks' (MDBs) investment beyond the grid, and the findings aren't good. MDBs -- including the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and African Development Bank -- haven't been ponying up as much financing as they should for the sector. Instead, their investment is heavily skewed toward grid extension and polluting power plants. That's a big problem because the slow process of extending the grid will leave many people without power for years or even decades to come. As disappointing as lack of beyond the grid support from MDBs is, a different set of public actors are stepping up in their absence: bilateral institutions....
Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish -
Fossil Fuel Companies Must Evolve or Perish
By Mindy Lubber, president, Ceres We talk a lot in this country about what it takes to enact change -- from politics to finance and education systems. Time and again, we've seen that regular people have the power to drive reform, and that there is strength in numbers. By this measure, we already have the power to tackle climate change -- which is the biggest social, environmental and economic issue facing us today. In September 400,000 people marched in New York and around the world, calling for climate action. Their demands were echoed by major corporations and by global investors alike as they called on governments to reach an ambitious climate deal, including meaningful carbon pricing. So what's standing in our way? It's quite obvious: the fossil fuel industry. It is the last remaining holdout as the world continues on its inevitable transition to low-carbon. Fossil fuel companies -- much like your stubborn, elderly relative that refuses to change his eating habits despite the...
Al Roker Is Trying To Break A Guinness World Record -
Al Roker Is Trying To Break A Guinness World Record
Al Roker is going to attempt to break a Guinness World Record. No, not for longest beard or most bunny hops in 30 seconds. The "Today" show weatherman will try to break the record for longest uninterrupted live weather report broadcast. The current record stands at 24 hours. Roker wants to do it for 34 hours. Yes, 34 hours of non-stop, continuous weather reporting right in the comfort of Studio 1A. "Rokerthon," as NBC News is calling it, will begin Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 10:00 p.m. ET, and end Friday, Nov. 14, at 8:00 a.m. ET. We're taking bets now. Will he do it?
Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud -
Save, Scale, Secure: Why Small Businesses Should Take to the Cloud
The internet has changed all aspects of our lives. From how we bank, get around, or communicate with friends, or even -- as I hear -- date. From a business perspective, however, it has radically altered the ways in which businesses communicate with consumers. But did you know it has also changed the very ways in which business owners run businesses? There're a slew of applications -- both mobile and on desktops -- which can be used to simplify task, account, and HR management, which often prove to be time-consuming. The facts are simple. In the dark old days before the internet came along, like buying a CD, you had to buy software (usually with a license), install it, and then only run it on your computer. Once you had your software, it pretty much was yours to use as you saw fit, but more importantly, manage. Under the cloud model, however, business software is run online by a third-party provider, and you access it through your internet browser. With the cloud, there's never a need...
WhatsApp Now Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Message -
WhatsApp Now Tells You When Someone Has Read Your Message
Just a month after Facebook officially acquired WhatsApp, the messaging app is adding one of Facebook Messenger's most annoying features: read receipts. WhatsApp, which boasts over 600 million monthly active users, has been slowly rolling out the system overseas during the last few months. But it's now finally caught the wider attention of the media and people who use the app, after the company updated its FAQ page to explain the new feature. Previously, messages in WhatsApp had a single check next to them when they were sent from a person's phone, and a double check when they successfully arrived at a recipient's phone. This didn’t mean, however, that the recipient had actually read the message -- something WhatsApp even clarified on its official Twitter back in 2012. But now, those double checks will turn blue once the message has been opened. Some WhatsApp users started seeing this feature as early as September, and German news site Deutsche Welle reported on the update in June....
Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Drops Anti-Gay Slur At Tournament In China -
Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Drops Anti-Gay Slur At Tournament In China
Professional golfer Patrick Reed will reportedly be fined after he was overheard shouting an anti-gay epithet in the wake of missing a putt during a tournament in China. The 24-year-old, who starred for America during its recent Ryder Cup defeat to Europe, could be heard at Shanghai's WGC-HSBC Champions tournament exclaiming, “Nice f***ing three-putt, you f***in’ faggot,” on tape, CNN reported. Watch video of Reed's foul-mouthed remark in the below clip, courtesy of Towleroad: Representatives for the PGA Tour released a statement to Golf News Net and other publications, noting that "the use of obscene language on the golf course" is strictly prohibited and that officials will "deal with this matter internally in accordance with its regulations.” According to various reports, Reed will be given a fine. Meanwhile, the player took to Twitter to apologize for his words. I'm sorry for using offensive language today in China. My passion to play well got the best of me and my word choice was...
The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons -
The 'Human' Quality We Share With Baboons
As humankind has evolved, we've built cities and computers, probed into the far reaches of our galaxy and beyond, cured diseases, and developed thousands of different languages and dialects with which to communicate with each other. These momentous achievements were made possible by the human capacity for "cumulative culture" -- the ability to build up knowledge over generations. As Sir Isaac Newton described his own formulation of the laws of motion and universal gravitation, "If I have seen further, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants." There has been some debate over whether or not this ability is uniquely human. But a new study from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Edinburgh has found that baboons share some capacity to build up, transmit and make use of small changes in their collective culture over the course of generations. The researchers studied groups of baboons living at the CNRS Primatology Center in Rousset,...
Robert O'Neill, Ex-Navy SEAL, Reveals He's The One Who Shot Osama Bin Laden -
Robert O'Neill, Ex-Navy SEAL, Reveals He's The One Who Shot Osama Bin Laden
Robert O'Neill, a 38-year-old ex-Navy SEAL, revealed he's the one who shot Osama bin Laden in a 2011 raid, the Washington Post reported Thursday. O'Neill was scheduled to reveal himself in a two-part documentary by Fox News this month. O'Neill told the Washington Post he decided to reveal his identity sooner after it was disclosed on a website ran by former Navy SEALs. The Washington Post reports further on O'Neill's reasons for revealing his role in the raid: O’Neill said he confirmed his decision to go public after a private encounter with relatives of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on New York’s World Trade Center. During an emotional meeting with victims’ family members before the recent opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the former SEAL decided spontaneously to talk about how bin Laden met his end. “The families told me it helped bring them some closure,” said O’Neill, whose identity as the shooter was independently corroborated for The Post by two SEAL...
Can't Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame -
Can't Focus? Your Office Paint Color Might Be To Blame
It's 3 p.m. Though you've had plenty of coffee, your energy is on a decidedly downward trend. You try to struggle on the task at hand, but there's something that's just keeping you from concentrating. The answer might be right in front of you -- literally. That is, if that wall is the wrong paint color. When it comes to workplace environments, bold might not be better. "Colors that are very saturated and not very bright -- like emerald green and sapphire blue -- generally promote an energy level that puts people into overdrive if they're trying to do thoughtful work alone or to collaborate with others. They just can't concentrate well," says Sally Augustin, PhD, an environmental psychologist and principal at Design With Science, via email. Augustin also cited a study by Andrew Elliot, a psychology professor at the University of Rochester, which found that exposure to the color red lead to distraction, worry and a reduced ability to focus on mental tasks. Red might be your favorite...
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