By Karla Adam William Booth The Washington Post Sat., May 19, 2018 LONDON—Before she retired as an actress and shut down her social media accounts, before she got engaged to Prince Harry and committed to the Firm, as young British royals call their institution, Meghan Markle had opinions and spoke her mind. She blasted presidential candidate Donald Trump as “misogynistic.” She posted a photo of Londoners protesting Britain’s exit from the European Union. At age 11, she successfully petitioned Procter & Gamble to change its Ivory dish soap commercial from “women all over America are fighting greasy pots and pans” to “people all over America.” She has written forthrightly about being a “strong, confident mixed-race woman.” But what will her activism look like now that she married Harry on Saturday? The royal family has survived the modern age by remaining zealously apolitical. They are relentlessly … [Read more...] about What will Meghan Markle’s activism look like now that she’s married?
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How do you beat jetlag? What is the best thing to eat or drink when flying across the world on board a plane? How do you pack effectively when traveling? These are some of the questions that travelers often ponder. We spoke to a few flight attendants to get some answers. Andrew Scott, 25 Andrew has been flying for three years. For him, being a flight attendant is all about team work. “When you have to fly with a different crew every day, you have to trust them, and they have to be able to trust you.” Airport and flight etiquette To beat the queues at the airport, Scott says to always be ahead of time. You can never predict how many people will be at the airport; immigration lines can get very long sometimes. If you’re doing a transit, always book your connecting flight with at least four hours of buffer period so that you have plenty of time to catch the second flight. “Most airports now have a lot of entertainment spots and restaurants, so the hours will … [Read more...] about What flight attendants say you should do when traveling
By Jason Wilson Special to the Washington Post Sun., April 1, 2018 It’s just after dark in Vancouver’s downtown financial district, on a chilly autumn evening, and I’m gazing up at the twisting, triangular, neo-futurist Trump International Hotel & Tower, rising 63 storeys and 188 metres into the air. If you’re impressed by tall things, the Trump tower is pretty tall. But then I glance across West Georgia St., at the Living Shangri-La tower, rising 62 storeys but standing 200 metres tall. Which means that the Living Shangri-La is the tallest building here. For someone like Donald Trump who is obsessed with superlatives, it must be tough to have your name emblazoned on the second-tallest building in Vancouver. From where I stand, the Trump International Hotel & Tower is not particularly welcoming. It’s 7:30 p.m., but I see very few lights on the higher floors, and I wonder who lives in the darkened condominiums in the upper parts of … [Read more...] about What I learned by eating, drinking and sleeping at Trump resorts from Vancouver to Scotland
By Chris Clearfield Excerpted from Meltdown Andras Tilcsik Sun., April 1, 2018 Modern-day failures — from the catastrophic, like a train crash, to the more amusing, like mixing up a Best Picture Oscar ballot — have much to do with our increasingly complex systems. In their new book Meltdown, Chris Clearfield and Andras Tilcsik, examine what these types of disasters have in common and what we can do to avoid them in future. It’s difficult to be a dissenter. We often feel the need to go along with what others in our group think, and neuroscience shows that this desire for conformity isn’t just the result of peer pressure. It is wired into our brains. In one experiment, scientists used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to see how our brains react when we hold an opinion that deviates from our group’s consensus. It turns out that two things happen when we go against the grain. First, a brain region involved in error detection … [Read more...] about How having power is like having brain damage: a new book explains why systems fail
caption There’s probably a reason the price sounds too good to be true. source Boryana Manzurova/Shutterstock A new report has found that five major online retailers – includingAmazon, Walmart, and eBay – sold fake products that can be harmful to your health. Of the 47 products investigators bought, which ranged from Nike Air Jordan shoes to Urban Decay makeup, 20 were counterfeit. Looking for a few red flags will help you protect yourself from purchasing a fake product. Next time you’re about to purchase an item from your favorite online retailer, you might want to do a double take. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office revealed that products purchased from third-party sellers on five major e-commerce sites could be counterfeit – and harmful to your health. Out of the 47 products – all Nike Air Jordan shoes, Yeti travel mugs, Urban Decay makeup, and UL-certified phone chargers – investigators … [Read more...] about Fake products sold by places like Walmart or Amazon hold risks of everything from cyanide to rat droppings — here’s how to make sure what you’re buying is real