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Testosterone UP, Cortisol Down: Why Body Language Matters


Posture matters, People! Sit up straight, stand tall, hands on your hips (not on your chest), and look them in the eye!  Click on the link above for the audio-visual newsclip.


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Six Practical Tips To Make Your Habits Stick


Make it stick, People! That 21-day rule is not so bad!

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Pop & Hiss | Los Angeles Times | Oscar-contending Movie Songs


Place your bets, folks!

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The Year In Music, 2010 : NPR


NPR’s picks from All Songs Considered– check it out, folks!  Click on the link right below the picture.

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Ann Arbor Officials Look To Cap Medical Marijuana Dispensaries At 15


Sorry, folks– 15 it is!

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The South End: Flags half-staff for Pearl Harbor

On this day, the US entered WWII. Had it not, the world might have looked very different 60+ years later, especially Europe.

The White House ordered flags to be displayed at half-staff at all state buildings and facilities in Michigan on Dec. 7 in observance of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, according to a university e-mail sent to Wayne State employees.

The day is in remembrance of Imperial Japan’s attack on the U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii.

According to the Navy, more than 2,400 Americans died during that attack. The attack caused the U.S. to declare war on the Axis powers and enter World War II.

Remembrance Day is not the first time the State of Michigan commemorated the raid on Pearl Harbor.

On June 12, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm ordered U.S. flags throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff in honor of U. S. Navy Fireman 3rd Class Gerald George Lehman, according to Spero News. He was being returned to his hometown of Hancock.

Lehman, 17, died aboard the USS Oklahoma during the Pearl Harbor raid. 

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Contending Theories and Policy Choices | Columbia International Relations Lecture

Watch it on Academic Earth

Testing out the Bookmarklet feature in Posterous… besides, it wouldn’t hurt to sit through a lecture on IR theory!


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To Kill A Mockingbird: WSU Does Harper Lee Proud

Last evening, I was privileged to attend a superb production of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Wayne State University’s Theatre Department at the Bonestelle Theatre on Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan.  Check out some pictures below:

A write-up about the play in this morning’s student-run newspaper The South End is available here.

One fascinating detail we found inside the Bonstelle Theatre was this one large framed photograph of a welcome scene (presumably into the theatre) of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, and his daughter and later PM of India, Indira Gandhi.  It may have been taken in the mid-50s would be my guess since India gained independence from Great Britain and became a nation-state in 1947.  This might have been one of many state-visits that Mr. Nehru made to the USA after that, and it is a known historical fact that his daughter accompanied him on international visits– which is how she was also possibly groomed into her later position of taking over the mantle of political leadership in India.  The Nehru-Gandhi dynasty is an epic one on the Indian subcontinent, and it was therefore quite a treat to see this unexpected photograph in the hallways of this lovely theatre.  Which, btw, is really quite an ornate building both from within and without.

The play itself was quite a treat.  The court-room drama was one of the highlights of the play, esp. the part when Atticus so masterfully makes his remarks about how everyone is really not created equal– what with the variance in natural advantages and opportunities that we might have– however, the one place where we’re all really equal is a court of law.  How true, and yet how sad that despite the equality that is available to all inside a courtroom, the outcomes of the proceedings might not always prove true and just. 

And such is life.  We win some.  And then we learn some.