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Newsweek 09/13/2019

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the archives

2001 “We always thought we were safe. We were wrong,” Newsweek reported in grief following the devastating September 11th attacks. The day “began as a sparklingly early-autumn morning in New York. Then the unimaginable happened.” Terrorists hijacked commercial jets and plowed into the World Trade Center and Pentagon, marking “the deadliest attack on American soil in history.” The human toll of 2,977 lives (including 19 hijackers) was “beyond imagining” and the psychological impact from that day still affects a nation that can never forget. 1943 “It is a safe assumption that Adolf Hitler is a worried man,” Newsweek wrote, “if this photograph doesn’t show a harassed man we never saw one.” The September 8th, surrender of the Axis Italians to the Allies caused great Nazi consternation. It changed the dynamic of war and…

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kiss off, milton friedman

YOU HEARD THE NEWS. THE BUSINESS Roundtable, an association of 192 top CEOs, recently made a splash when it announced that, in addition to making money for shareholders, the purpose of corporations is to deliver value to customers, invest in employees, deal fairly with suppliers and support communities. The media absolutely swooned. Los Angeles Times even called it a “shocking reversal.” But as with many things, once you wait a few days to let the words settle in, it’s not all it seems. Certainly for those who read Fortune or Harvard Business Review or the McKinsey Quarterly—admittedly not a lot of you—the policy declaration is by no measure a reversal of anything significant. It’s simply a recognition of a shift that has been a long time in the making. In reality,…

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netanyahu’s dangerous game

@BroderJonathan WITH ISRAEL’S RECENT ATTACKS against Iranian proxy forces in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has significantly widened his war against Tehran. He’s also lifted the veil from the covert conflict in advance of Israel’s elections, scheduled for September 17. Netanyahu says the attacks are meant to show Israel will respond to Iranian threats. But Israeli observers say the country’s leader, who faces possible indictment for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, also is counting on the attacks to draw attention away from his legal troubles. It’s a dangerous game, current and former U.S. officials say. The Israeli leader could spark a wider war that could not only sink his chances for reelection but also endanger U.S. troops in the Middle East—at a time when President Donald Trump is hoping…

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talking points

“Pop music can feel like it’s The Hunger Games, and like we’re gladiators.”—TAYLOR SWIFT“I HAVE A LOT OF FRIENDSHIP AND RESPECT FOR THE BRAZILIAN PEOPLE, I HOPE THEY WILL VERY SOON HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT ACTS LIKE ONE.”—FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON ON JAIR BOLSONARO“We have proven that Johnson & Johnson have built its billion dollar brand out of greed and on the backs of pain and suffering of innocent people.”—OKLAHOMA ATTORNEY GENERAL MIKE HUNTER AFTER WINNING LANDMARK OPIOID TRIAL“It’s so hard trying to love yourself in a world that doesn’t love you back… you deserve to feel good as hell. We deserve to feel good as hell.”—SINGER LIZZO AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS“I CAN TELL YOU THIS: AS PRESIDENT, I WON’T BE EXCHANGING LOVE LETTERS WITH KIM JONG-UN.”—Kamala Harris“He’s a…

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the anxious brain

NEUROSCIENTISTS ARE CONVINCED THAT THEY’LL EVENTUALLY BE ABLE TO TARGET SPECIFIC TREATMENTS. BUT FIRST THEY HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THE BRAIN’S COMPLEX “Anxiety Circuits” AND PERHAPS EVEN THE NATURE OF CONSCIOUSNESS If YOU THINK WE LIVE IN ANXIOUS TIMES now, the neuroscientist Joseph LeDoux suggests you consider what life must have been like in the Middle Ages. “That was probably a pretty lousy time to live,” LeDoux, author of the 2015 book Anxious and one of the foremost experts on the neuroscience of fear, told Newsweek. “Disease, poverty and just the stress of life.” LeDoux was making a point he also makes in his recent book: Every age thinks it’s “the Age of Anxiety.” “We love our anxiety and because it’s ours, we think it’s so special,” he said. “But that’s the nature of anxiety—it’s…

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mental health

An estimated 46.6 million Americans, or nearly one in five adults, experience mental health challenges a year. The problems range from mild (say, some phobias) to severe (schizophrenia, for example); are more often diagnosed in women and young adults; and are more prevalent among the homeless, the poor and veterans—but not in perpetrators of mass shootings, as is commonly believed. Here’s a look at the state of mental health, in the U.S. and the world. 1 in 5 How many adults in the U.S. experience some form of mental illness in a given year—that’s 46.6 million people, in total 63.4% Percentage of college students in the U.S. who say they have felt “overwhelming anxiety” sometime in the past year. Female students are more likely to feel this (68.9%) than men (48.8%) 25% The percentage of mass…