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Democracy dies when we avoid tough conversations

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Sam Harris’s podcast: “#207: Can We Pull Back From The Brink?” challenges the listener unlike any other show I’ve ever heard. In this salient episode, the American author, philosopher, and neuroscientist disseminated the facts on police brutality.

Instead of laying out subjective conclusions or arguments to solve police brutality, Harris asked well-informed, contentious questions.

“On the most important topics, there now seems to be fury, sanctimony, and bad faith,” said Harris. …


This is why I run — and why you should consider it, too.

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Two weeks ago I ran 30 miles straight for the first time ever. I held off on writing about it because, in part, I still can’t believe it; also because my left knee is still a painful reminder of the event.

Before this, the most I’d ever run is 20 miles. That hurt like a bitch. I couldn’t walk the next day and made a vow that I was going to focus on speed training —and not kill yourself endurance.

But running is like a drug. So, like an addict, I kept coming back for more.

I’d run 15 miles here and was even able to work myself up to another 20. I felt good. So good, in fact, that two months ago while sitting at an IHOP with my best friends, I made a commitment. …


Cryptocurrency’s boom is just beginning — Bitcoin could go above $100,000 next year (currently valued at $19,000)

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Bitcoin is going to change the world — and if you take a second to learn about it, you’ll understand why. After an abysmal 2018 to 2019 stretch, Bitcoin is nearing an all-time high. The price is up 166% this year and big-name investors don’t think it’s going to stop.

Why is Bitcoin rallying right now? Because more people are starting to accept, and trust it as a currency.

Fintech companies PayPal and Square started letting their combined 350 million+ customers use cryptocurrency. …


There can only be one winner…

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It’s as tiresome a debate as Coke vs. Pepsi and the Big Mac vs. the Whopper. The diehard rebel and Rock appreciator might be quick to argue that Rock is certainly more authentic and even more artful. While most Pop fans are quick to point out the mainstream appeal, sales numbers, and superstar talent behind Pop musicians, such as songwriters, producers, etc.

Additionally, Rock is more uptempo, louder, and rawer as a result. Pop is generally understood to be softer, melody-driven and much more manufactured i.e. Pop artists are a bunch of sellouts to the average Rock fan.

The differences between the genres are clear on paper, but after examining those differences, many might find the genres to not be as far apart as we may think. …


“Abs are made in the kitch”… oh who am I kidding — you’ve heard it all before

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Eating is 90% of the battle when trying to reveal your abs. You can crunch until your face turns blue or hold a plank for 24 hours, but without proper nutrition, you can kiss those abs goodbye.

Speaking as someone with a six-pack, eating for abs doesn’t mean you have to solely commit to rice cakes, chicken breast and broccoli diet. No, eating for abs is hard, but it isn’t that extreme. Simply put, you have to cut out the BS if you want your abs to pop.

That means: No more snacking throughout the day. No late-night binges. …


Your beard deserves better

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Genetics are a bitch. While some people are genetically predisposed to lift heavier, run faster, and grow curlier locks on their faces, you are not one of those people. You, like many men, suffer from patchy facial hair. Take a deep breath, because there are ways around patchy beards. In fact, there are patchy beard styles — but we’ll get to those in a moment.

Patchy beards can result from a myriad of different things. Genetics, hormonal imbalances, stress, even something as simple as a poor diet can all contribute to a jacked-up beard. If you’ve always had a patchy beard then you can attribute it to genetics like me. However, if your beard only recently became patchy, then some of the aforementioned causes may be the reason why. …


Wage war against resistance and become the artist you were always meant to be

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Have you ever quit something once it got hard? Have you ever got an email with an opportunity, but never returned it? Or signed up for an online course, and never even took the time to start it?

I have. And one quote from author Bethany Brookbank encapsulates it for me:

“The sharpest minds often ruin their lives by overthinking the next step, while the dull win the race with eyes closed.”

In our fantasy worlds, the person we want to be is so clear. We’re millionaires, successful musicians, writers and painters. We spend each day living our lives to the fullest. …


The EV company is having an explosive year — but can this incredible growth continue?

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There’s one thing I want to find under my tree this year, and it’s more Tesla shares (NASDAQ:TSLA).

The soon-to-be S&P 500 stock is coming off a big week, where it soared as much as 4.5% on one trading day. Additionally, Tesla surged 500% this year alone and even sparked rumors of Warren Buffet investing in the company.

Furthermore, CEO Elon Musk announced an upcoming software update for its “full self-driving” beta technology. Musk wrote on Twitter Thursday morning, “Next week’s [software] release is special.” …


This should be fun… (end my misery now please!)

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Some of my favorite writers are committed to writing one story a day. Tim Denning and Jordan Mendiola both come to mind. Now, this seems easy on paper, but if you ask any writer, it’s as tough as old boots (excuse the metaphor, it’s late and that’s the best I got).

I’ve given one story a day a try in the past, but like someone committing to a diet or going to the gym for the first time in years, I didn’t tell anyone so I could fail quietly.

See, when you have those days when you’re too tired or you’d much rather go out with your friends, you put off your most fragile commitments. …


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New Horizons is great, but it doesn’t quite live up to the original

Now that the hype has died down, let’s talk shop: The original Animal Crossing for the GameCube is still greater than AC: New Horizons for the Nintendo Switch. Deep down, fans of the original series already knew this was true, even if they didn’t want to admit it.

This isn’t to say that New Horizons isn’t a great game; the graphics are clean, the gameplay is addicting, and there’s enough content to keep you preoccupied for a lifetime.

But something feels off about New Horizons; it’s as if that Animal Crossing magic isn’t there. Maybe you feel the same, maybe you don’t, but here are 3 reasons why the original Animal Crossing is still better than the new one. …

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