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San Francisco Moves To Ban Public Nudity

via Lisa Leff, Christian Science Monitor San Francisco lawmakers disappointed committed nudists last week by narrowly approving a ban on public nakedness despite concerns the measure would undermine the city’s reputation as a sanctuary for free expression. The Board of Supervisors voted 6-5 in favor of a public safety ordinance that prohibits exposed genitals in … Continue reading

Study Finds It’s Not So Stressful At The Top

via Melissa Healy, Los Angeles Times Management consultants say 60% of senior executives experience high stress and anxiety on a regular basis, and a thriving industry of motivational speakers teaches business leaders how to manage their corrosive burden of stress. But just how uneasy lies the head that wears the crown? Not so uneasy, it … Continue reading

Fiat Offers In-Car Espresso Maker, Because Driving Isn’t Dangerous Enough

via Louis Peitzman, Gawker How often have you been on a long drive and wished that you had a hot shot of espresso to wake you up? Aside from the fact that spilling scalding coffee is a safety hazard, an extra appliance is a distraction, and drinking espresso will make you have to pee way … Continue reading

Happiness Is A Choice

via Ira Israel, The Huffington Post “It is not true that money can’t buy happiness. It can, that’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s someone else’s happiness.” — Nick Hornby Spoiler alert: The last line, the summation of my new experiential documentary Mindfulness for Urban Depression is an ebullient “Happiness is a … Continue reading

Are You A Good Person?

via David Brooks, The New York Times In the 1970s, the gift shop at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts was an informal affair. It was staffed by about 300 mostly elderly volunteers, and there were cash drawers instead of registers. The problem was that of the shop’s $400,000 in annual revenue, somebody was … Continue reading

Science Fiction No More: The Perfect City Is Under Construction

via Will Doig, Salon Cities as technologically precise as a Formula One race car are being built now. Do we really want to live in them? Formula One car racing is the most viewed sport in the world. On any given race day, half a billion people — one-fourteenth of the globe — are watching … Continue reading

Is Facebook Making Us Lonely?

Social media—from Facebook to Twitter—have made us more densely networked than ever. Yet for all this connectivity, new research suggests that we have never been lonelier (or more narcissistic)—and that this loneliness is making us mentally and physically ill. A report on what the epidemic of loneliness is doing to our souls and our society. … Continue reading

Why People In Cities Walk Fast

via Eric Jaffe, The Atlantic Late last week [The Atlantic’s] Richard Florida wondered on Twitter whether pedestrian walking speeds might indicate a city’s economic activity — reflecting some sort of “urban metabolism,” as he put it. Turns out there’s a rather long history of research into the speed of walking in cities, and that the … Continue reading

The Internet Has Killed April Fools’

via Alexia Tsotsis, TechCrunch It’s hard to tell if the Wikipedia article on April Fools’ Day is itself an April Fools’ prank. Tidbits of the ubiquitous holiday’s history seem like jokes in and of themselves; “In France and Italy, children and adults traditionally tack paper fish on each other’s back as a trick and shout … Continue reading

The Rich Get Even Richer

via Steven Rattner, The New York Times New statistics show an ever-more-startling divergence between the fortunes of the wealthy and everybody else — and the desperate need to address this wrenching problem. Even in a country that sometimes seems inured to income inequality, these takeaways are truly stunning. In 2010, as the nation continued to … Continue reading

Bring Back The 40-Hour Work Week

via Sara Robinson, Alternet 150 years of research proves that long hours at work kill profits, productivity and employees If you’re lucky enough to have a job right now, you’re probably doing everything possible to hold onto it. If the boss asks you to work 50 hours, you work 55. If she asks for 60, … Continue reading

The New Normal: Living Alone

via Al Gini, WBEZ A 24-year long study by the Harvard Medical School suggests that one of the key ingredients to a healthy and happy life is marriage. Or, to break it down into one of marriage’s key domestic elements, living with somebody. The University of Chicago recently did a national survey on sex, and … Continue reading

Starbucks In Chicago To Get Alcohol

via Lisa Jennings, Nation’s Restaurant News Chicago will be the next market to see Starbucks locations selling beer and wine and expanded food offerings, the company said Tuesday. Alan Hilowitz, director of corporate communications for Starbucks Corp., said five to seven locations — both new and existing — are scheduled to open or be remodeled … Continue reading


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