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  1. Notes on an Imagined Plaque to be Added to the Statue of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, Upon Hearing that the Memphis City Counci has Voted to Move it and the Exhumed Remains of General Forrest and his Wife, Mary Ann Montgomery Forrest, from their Curre

    Here’s a speech Forrest delivered to an African American society in 1875, where he was presented with a bouquet on mounting the platform: “Ladies and Gentlemen I accept the flowers as a memento of reconciliation between the white and colored races of the southern states. I accept it more particularly as it comes from a colored lady, for if there is any one on God’s earth who loves the ladies I believe it is myself. ( Immense applause and laughter.) I came here with the jeers of some white people, who think that I am doing wrong. I believe I can exert some influence, and do much to assist the people in strengthening fraternal relations, and shall do all in my power to elevate every man to depress none. (Applause.) I want to elevate you to take positions in law offices, in stores, on farms, and wherever you are capable of going. I have not said anything about politics today. I don’t propose to say anything about politics. You have a right to elect whom you please; vote for the man you think best, and I think, when that is done, you and I are freemen. Do as you consider right and honest in electing men for office. I did not come here to make you a long speech, although invited to do so by you. I am not much of a speaker, and my business prevented me from preparing myself. I came to meet you as friends, and welcome you to the white people. I want you to come nearer to us. When I can serve you I will do so. We have but one flag, one country; let us stand together. We may differ in color, but not in sentiment Many things have been said about me which are wrong, and which white and black persons here, who stood by me through the war, can contradict. Go to work, be industrious, live honestly and act truly, and when you are oppressed I’ll come to your relief. I thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for this opportunity you have afforded me to be with you, and to assure you that I am with you in heart and in hand. (Prolonged applause.)”…/forrest_speech.html

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  2. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks: How we can face the future without fear, together | TED Talk

    It’s a fateful moment in history. We’ve seen divisive elections, divided societies and the growth of extremism — all fueled by anxiety and uncertainty. "Is there something we can do, each of us, to be able to face the future without fear?" asks Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. In this electrifying talk, the spiritual leader gives us three specific ways we can move from the politics of "me" to the politics of "all of us, together."

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  3. The Inquiry: Why Does China Want to Revive the Silk Road?

    The biggest infrastructure initiative of all time could change the current world order.

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  4. Jennifer Pahlka: Fixing Government: Bottom Up and Outside In

    Code for America was founded in 02009 by Jennifer Pahlka “to make government work better for the people and by the people in the 21st century.”

    The organization started a movement to modernize government for a digital age which has now spread from cities to counties to states, and now, most visibly, to the federal government, where Jennifer served at the White House as US Deputy Chief Technology Officer. There she helped start the United States Digital Service, known “Obama’s stealth startup.”

    Now that thousands of people from “metaphysical Silicon Valley” are working for and with government, what have we learned? Can government actually be fixed to serve citizens better—especially the neediest? Why does change in government happen so slowly?

    Before founding Code for America, Jennifer Pahlka co-created the Web 2.0 and Gov. 2.0 conferences, building on her prior experience organizing computer game developer conferences. She continues to serve as executive director of Code for America, which is based in San Francisco.


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  5. Megan Phelps-Roper: I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left | TED Talk

    What’s it like to grow up within a group of people who exult in demonizing … everyone else? Megan Phelps-Roper shares details of life inside America’s most controversial church and describes how conversations on Twitter were key to her decision to leave it. In this extraordinary talk, she shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.

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  6. 258- The Modern Necropolis | 99% Invisible

    In the town of Colma, California, the dead outnumber the living by a thousand to one. Located just ten miles south of San Francisco, Colma is filled with rolling green hills, manicured hedges, and 17 full size cemeteries (18 if you include the pet cemetery). 73% of Colma is taken up by graveyards. The motto of the town? “It’s great to be alive in Colma.”

    Mount Auburn Cemetery, outside of Cambridge, Massachusetts, was the first place to be specifically called a “cemetery,” taken from a Greek word for sleeping chamber. Its carefully landscaped design, modeled on English garden traditions, signified a pivot in how people viewed and interacted with places for the dead. Cemeteries used to be humble plots right in the middle of the city, but Mount Auburn was designed to look like a garden paradise- lightyears apart from everyday life.

    Mount Auburn was significant at time when many cities lacked public parks and would go on to influence the design of public spaces more broadly. Colma also grew out of this precedent, and was designed in the Mount Auburn style. Avery Trufelman reports.

    The Modern Necropolis

    Podcast: Download (Duration: 20:12 — 18.7MB)Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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  7. Tolkien’s Plant Passion Moves Botanist To Create Guide To Middle Earth : NPR

    Botanist Walter Judd has created a book that tests the limits of The Lord of the Rings fandom. It’s an examination of the many plants and trees that J.R.R. Tolkien used in his novels.

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  8. A Historical Perspective On Trump’s White House

    A White House in turmoil. A president like no other. We’ll talk leadership and the lessons of history with Pulitzer-prize winner Tom Ricks.

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  9. No Sex Marriage – Masturbation, Loneliness, Cheating and Shame | Maureen McGrath | TEDxStanleyPark

    Love? Marriage? Sex? Can a married couple have all three? Perhaps it’s unrealistic since so many marriages end in divorce today. Why is that? One reason might be that a reported 20% of all marriages are sexless and that number is rising. Why have we lost the lust in our marriages? Is it technology, is it trust? More importantly, how can we “get back at it” in our marriages today?

    Maureen McGrath - - hosts the Sunday Night Sex Show on News Talk 980 CKNW. She is a Registered Nurse, Sex Educator and author of “Sex & Health".

    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  10. Can a Stronger “Foot Core” Prevent Running Injuries? | Strength Running

    If you were a baseball pitcher, would you prevent shoulder injuries by pitching with your arm in a cast?

    I hope you answered, “No, Jason. That sounds ridiculous.”

    Because it IS ridiculous! To be a good pitcher, you need strength, efficiency, some talent, and great form (not to mention a lot of practice).

    Putting your arm in a cast, sling, or other restrictive device would alter how you throw, preventing valuable proprioceptive feedback and hampering your performance.

    So why in the world do we cram our feet into restrictive shoes that change our foot strike, alter our gait, and reduce our awareness of how our feet are hitting the ground?

    The truth is that we do this all the time without thinking twice. And it often results in chronic problems with running injuries.

    An interesting study discussed in Tread Lightly (fantastic book about footwear and injuries) found that motion control shoes do not control motion and actually cause injuries!

    That’s because the more structured a shoe is, the more it inhibits normal movement and promotes inefficient, poor running form:

    A high heel-toe drop makes it easier to aggressively heel strike and over-stride

    High-density foam on the insole (a “roll bar” or the medial post of shoe) doesn’t prevent over-pronation

    Aggressive arch support further weakens the foot muscles

    These problems are made even worse by wearing high heels, restrictive dress shoes, and rarely walking or exercising barefoot.

    The result? Weak feet and higher cases of shin splints, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinopathy, and other injuries not just limited to the lower legs.

    And while I’m not suggesting you start running barefoot or in zero-drop shoes all the time, there’s a valuable middle ground.

    Rather than dogmatically believing this is an “either/or” choice, we can instead be more strategic with our shoe choices.

    How to Build Your Foot Core

    Current research has indicated that strengthening the small stabilizing muscles around the arch and plantar fascia can improve ankle stability and balance – but it’s often neglected.

    So I invited Matt Ferguson, the founder of AFX, on the Strength Running podcast to discuss several topics around foot strength:

    How to build strength in these oft-neglected muscles

    Mistakes to avoid and myths that can derail your progress

    The value of being a “cautious minimalist”

    How to choose shoes that are right for you personally

    You can listen on iTunes or, if you have an Android device, on Stitcher.

    Links and Resources:

    Ankle Foot Mobilizer

    The Vibram Five Finger lawsuit for making false claims

    How to transition to minimalist running shoes

    Jason’s collection of shoe reviews (and why I do NOT recommend shoes)

    The benefits of trail running

    How to run strides

    Anatomy for Runners by Jay Dicharry

    Video demonstration of the AFX system

    The type of shoe my daughters wear

    If you struggle with ongoing plantar fasciitis, weak or unstable ankles, and chronic foot pain then working on your foot core is one path to relief.

    You may also find it helpful to structure your running to prioritize health and getting stronger further up the kinetic chain (start with these strength exercises).

    I hope you enjoyed our latest episode of the SR podcast. A review on iTunes would be just incredible!

    Like this article? Here’s more!Struggle with Foot Injuries? Get Healthy With These Foot Exercises

    Hacking Plantar Fasciitis: Curing the Vampire Bite of Running Injuries

    How to Prevent Running’s Overuse Injuries: 8 Simple “Little Things” That Work (and a giveaway!)

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