Politics is ruining Facebook

In the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka no one cares what I think about what Hillary Clinton wore during the last Democratic debate or the latest insult Donald Trump hurled at his critics. This is where I spent the first couple weeks of the New Year, and where a 10 -hour time difference plus limited access to the Internet resulted in an unintentional detox from social media. Sometime between interviewing locals, writing, feeing good food, laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean with “the mens” I love, I stimulated my New Years resolutions to meditate at least 30 minutes a day, make it to the gym more often, and most of all: Stop arguing with people online.

It hasnt been easy. The United States presidential election is still 260 days away and counting, and yet all we watch on Facebook these days is politics. By the time I returned to the U.S ., the circus was in full swing. Run were the pictures of my co-workers dog, the viral videos, the status updates from my best friend about what shes having for lunch. Instead, its another article screaming about Bernie Sanderss electability, or slamming Jeb Bush for posting a picture of a gun with the tag, America.

I want to see what the person or persons I care about are up to , not just the most polarizing aspects of their personalities .

What happened to the pictures of yourself, where you live, and who you love? Where are the updates about your family, your health and other general things about your life? I want to see what the people I care about are up to , not just the most polarizing aspects of their personalities.

Its not just me who find the tenor of todays election politics alarming. Back in September, Politico called it when they declared that social media is ruining politics. More all-encompassing and controlling, and more totalizing than earlier media ever was, social media is affecting the overall tone and content of speech. Political speech, including with regard to, is becoming increasingly passionate yet hollow, and the very design of social media platforms like Facebook or Twitter favors sound bites over substance. The inflammatory arguments we now see predominating online discussions are a result.

On social media, as on a cable news panel, its the loudest mouth that gets the most attention. Like Trumpwho Politico describes as a natural born trollI have somehow acquired friends whose purpose, it seems, is not to advise but elicit. Many times, Ive felt baited into anger, offended and misunderstand.

Communications expert and consultant Judith Glasier describes this desire to be right as an out of body experience, a neurochemical reaction in the brain that shuts down advanced thought processes like strategy, trust building, and compassion, and signals our more primal instincts to flee or fight, freeze or appease. The fighting reply, she says, is most commonand most dangerous. Even my reasonably minded friends have fallen into the fray, sharing incendiary content from dubious sources. Instead of substantive dialogues between thoughtful adults, discourse is reduced to Feel the Bern! and Dedicate em Hill!

Its not that I suppose people shouldn’t be political on Facebook. But of all the various social media platforms, Facebook is generally considered a more social platformless of a soapbox than Twitter, and more a route for family and friends to keep in touch .

Its not that I think people shouldn’t be political on Facebook. But of all the various social media platforms, Facebook is generally considered a more social platformless of a soapbox than Twitter, and more a route for family and friends to keep in touch. Studies discover that social sharing of both positive and negative events can be associated with emotional well-being and that, for women in particular, social media offer a low-demand and easily accessible coping mechanism. According to the Pew Research Center, social media users of both genders report higher levels of perceived social support.

Divisive political discourse, I fear, undermines these benefits. Theres been research that finds that politics on social media is usually highly partisan, and merely results in further polarization. According to one study these dynamics likely reinforce in-group and out-group affiliations, as literally, users form separate political groups. Whereas other studies dispute this, Id argue that this is exactly what is happening when we reduce our newsfeeds from portraits of our lives to political rants. We hear all the time about people unfriending family members or people they went to high school with due to resisting political positions. Its unfortunate. One, peoples political views can change. And two: theres more to lifeand to each of usthan who we intend to vote for.

Whereas there are benefits to social media, constant involvement has its downsides, too. Vacationing abroad, and being offline, I saw myself removed from the culture I usually swim in, including the online identities we construct vis a vis the statuses we compose and articles we share. Sure, those first couple days sans Facebook, I definitely felt like I was missing out. But after a week or so, I felt mostly relief. Freed from the need to compete, and less driven to collect likes, offline, I felt happier, more connected, and more present in my daily life. As this one blogger for Elite Daily set it, My world felt smaller and most intimate for the first time in a long time.

Facebook isnt the real culprit: The problem is when our brains get hooked on being right. And nothing activates our desire to win more than election politics .

But Facebook isnt the real culprit: The problem is when our brains get hooked on being right. And nothing activates our desire to win more than election politics.

Even as social media speeds up and simplifies communications, its within our abilitiesand is perhaps our social responsibilityto slow down. Instead of slamming your sister-in-law over which candidate she supports, you might ask her what she likes about one over another. No, her answer probably wont change your intellect politically. But you might learn something about person you love. Similarly, if you choose to post about the election, you could try and stimulate what you share more personal. Rather than sharing without remark an article on one candidates plan to combat poverty, for example, you could contextualize it with a tale about your own experiences constructing ends gratify. That style, even if you and your friends dont agree on the candidate, you might still understand one anothers point of viewand stay friendly. After all, isnt that the phase?

Melissa Petro is a freelance writer living in New York City. She has written for Salon, The Daily Beast, Cosmopolitan, and elsewhere. Follow her on Twitter @melissapetro .

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20 best autumn recipes: part 1

From baked squash to a classic blackberry and apple pie, Observer Food Monthlys selection of the pick of the season Part 2 of this series launches tomorrow

Richard Olneys pears in red wine( poires au vin rouge)

Serves 4
feeing pears 4 or 5, somewhat under ripe
orange 1
sugar 150 g
good red wine 1 bottle

Cut the pears in two, lengthwise, core and peel them and arrange the halves in the bottom of an earthenware or enamelled ironware terrine if they are to be cooked in the oven, Pyrex or porcelain will do as well. Clean the orange to remove any hint of insecticide or preservative, and shave a long spiral from the peel, maintaining clear of the white, pithy material. Add it to the pears, sprinkle very lightly with cinnamon, add the sugar and the wine, bring to a simmer, and leave, covered, to simmer for about 2 hours( with certain hard varieties of cooking pears, one may allow as much as 6 to 8 hours cooking time ), or until they are coated in a thin syrup. Serve them chilled, accompanied by tuiles or other simple cookies.
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Jane Grigsons blackberry and apple pie

Blackberry and apple pie: When you assemble windfall apples to make this pie, quantity and various forms of fruit do not much come into it. Photograph: Martin Poole for the Observer

When you pick blackberries in the autumn, and gather windfall apples to make this tart, sum and various forms of fruit do not much come into it. You stimulate the best of what you have. This is the way it should be. This is how regional dishes once developed. People employed what their garden and neighborhood could offer. Sometimes a suggestion from a visitor or the arrival of a new ingredient with the development of trade and manufacture might dedicate a new facet to an old dish, with luck a new refinement, most likely at least, in recent times a short cut or substitute ingredient that did not improve it. I cannot feel that before the great bramley conquest it was introduced in 1876 blackberry and apple pie constructed with the windfalls of pippin or reinette assortments savoured much better. Nowadays, I use tart windfall Blenheim orange apples, and then after Christmas Belle de Boskoop. This is a real treat as we do not grow it in Wiltshire, and depend on the kindness of January visitors from France for an occasional supply.

With apples of this quality, you do not need so many blackberries( cookery books often give equal weights of each ). If you are making the tart soon after picking blackberries, rather than from a store in the freezer, weigh them and add up to doubled their weight in apples.

Assuming you start with 1kg apples and kg of blackberries, put half the blackberries into a large saucepan. Peel, core and slice the apples, sprinkling them with lemon or orange juice to prevent them darkening: put the peel and cores into the blackberry pan and covering with water. Cook slowly at first, then faster as the juices operate, so that you end up with about 150 ml of strained liquid. Dissolve 200 -2 50 g sugar in the liquid, the quantity according to the tartness of the fruit.

Pack the sliced apples and remaining blackberries in layers in a deep pie dish. Mound up the fruit in a curve above the rim of the dish. Pour the sweetened, cool juice over the whole thing. Cover in the usual route with shortcrust tart. Brush over the top with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar.

Put into the oven at 200 C/ gas mark 6 for 45 -6 0 minutes depending on the depth of the dish. Turn the heat down slightly once the pastry is situate firm and lightly coloured. Protect it with butter papers from becoming too brown. Test the apples with a thin pointed knife through the central hole in the pastry: when it goes through them easily, they are done. Serve with custard sauce or cream, preferably cream, clotted cream above all.
From Jane Grigsons Fruit Book by Jane Grigson( Penguin, 12.99 ).
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Anna Del Contes trofie with walnut sauce( trofie in salsa di noci)

Trofie with walnut sauce: a Ligurian speciality. Photo: Martin Poole for the Observer

This sauce from Liguria is traditionally used with pansoti or corzetti, local pasta shapes constructed with a simple dough of flour and water. Pansoti are the Ligurian ravioli, filled with wild herbs, beet foliages, borage and ricotta.

Corzetti come in two shapes: in one, the rolled-out dough is cut in the shape of a figure of eight; in the other, a far rarer shape, the dough is cut in the shape of large coins and each coin is stamped with a special wooden tool carved with a pattern. In the old days, aristocratic families had their own postage with the coat of arms on it. Corzetti are rarely found on the market, but another Ligurian pasta shape, trofie, can be used; these are more widely available from supermarkets.

As for the walnuts, they should be fresh-looking with no dark places and in big pieces, presenting no sign of powder. Of all nuts, walnuts are the ones that most quickly turn rancid and they become unpleasantly acid when old.

Serves 4
walnuts 100 g, shelled
one-day-old crustless bread 30 g
whole milk 3-4 tbsp
garlic 1 clove
extra virgin olive oil 100 ml
double cream 2 tbsp
parmesan cheese 50 g, grated, plus extra to serve
salt and freshly ground black pepper
trofie 350 g

Soak the walnuts in simmering water for about 15 minutes and then drainage and remove as much of the scalp as you can. Preheat the oven to 120 C/ gas mark.

Break the bread into small pieces, put it in a bowl and pour over the milk. Leave it for a few minutes and then squeeze out the milk and put the bread in a food processor together with the walnuts and the garlic. Blitz while adding the petroleum through the funnel. Transfer the concoction to a serving bowl and mix in the cream and the parmesan. Savor and season with salt and a little pepper. Place the bowl in the oven.

Cook the trofie in simmering salted water. Drain, reserving some of the water, and turn it into the bowl with the sauce. Add a little of the reserved pasta water to loosen the sauce, mix well and serve at once with a bowl of grated parmesan.
From Anna Del Conte on Pasta by Anna Del Conte( Pavilion, 18.99 ).
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Simon Hopkinsons cep tarts

Cep tarts: perfect for a light lunch with a rocket salad and some thin slivers of parmesan. Photograph: Martin Poole for the Observer

Persillade basically means chopped garlic and parsley. It is a classic of Provenal cookery and is added to many sauted dishes at the last minute, together with a few breadcrumbs to soak up any excess olive oil or butter. When added to fried ceps, they become cpes la provenale and if you are not wishing to bother with the pastry, then this dish is wonderful just as it is.

If you are lucky enough, like me, to have been foraging for fresh ceps in Welsh forests, then these are the mushrooms to use for this dish. Plainly, these are not readily available in the shops! So, as an alternative, I would suggest either a combination of dried or tinned ceps( which are readily available in expert food shops and some supermarkets) with big, black, flat mushrooms. Dried mushrooms are best because they have a much stronger flavor, and are easy to reconstitute.

This would be perfect for a light luncheon with a rocket salad and some thin slivers of parmesan.

Serves 4
fresh ceps 450 g or dried ceps 110 g
flat mushrooms 225 g
butter 110 g
salt and pepper
flat-leaf parsley 1 bunch, leaves only
garlic 4 cleaves, peeled and chopped
dry breadcrumbs 50 g
lemon grated rind of 1
egg 1, beaten
parmesan cheese 2 tbsp, freshly grated

For the pastry
strong plain flour 225 g
salt a pinch
unsalted butter 225 g, cold, cut into small pieces
lemon juice of
iced water 150 ml

Begin by making the pastry, preferably the day before; certainly several hours in advance. Sift the flour and salt together into a bowl and add the butter. Loosely mix, but dont mixture the two together in the normal way of tart create. Mix the lemon juice with the iced water and pour into the butter/ flour concoction. With a metal spoon, gently mix together until you have formed a cohesive mass. Turn on to a cool surface and shape into a thick rectangle. Flour the work surface and gently roll the pastry into a rectangle measuring about 18 cm x 10 cm. Fold one third of the rectangle over towards the centre and fold the remaining one-third over that. Lightly press together and rest the pastry in the fridge for 10 minutes.

Return the pastry to the same position on the run surface and turn it through 90 degrees. Roll it out to the same dimensions as before, and fold and remainder again in the same style. Repeat this turning, rolled, folding and resting process three more hours.( Phew! This is the moment when you wish youd bought ready-made pastry .) Place the pastry in a polythene bag and leave in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.

If you are using dried ceps, encompas with lukewarm water and leave to reconstitute for 20 minutes. Drain and gently squeeze dry with your hands.( Strain the soaked water and use it to make a soup or stock .)

Preheat the oven to 200 C/ gas mark 6. Roll out the pastry into four circles measuring about 15 cm across and 3mm thick. Place on a floured tray and keep cool in the fridge.

Slice the mushrooms thinly. Heat the butter in a large frying pan until merely turning golden. Throw in the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Cook briskly until crusty and golden brown, driving off any moisture that builds up. Add the parsley, garlic, breadcrumbs and lemon rind and mix thoroughly. Turn into a bowl and leave to cool. Remove the pastry circles from the fridge, brush the leading edge with beaten egg to a depth of 1 cm and spread the mushroom concoction over the four circles up to the edge of the beaten egg. Sprinkle with the grated parmesan and put on to greased baking sheets. Bake in the oven for 15 -2 0 minutes or until the pastry has risen around the edges and is thoroughly crisp underneath( check by lifting with a palette knife ). Serve piping hot.
From Roast Chicken and Other Stories by Simon Hopkinson( Ebury, 16.99 ).
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Jane Scotter and Harry Astleys cooked squash with celery and herb cream

Baked squash with celery and herb cream: sweet dumpling a very pretty striped and dimpled squash is ideal for this. Photograph: Tessa Traeger

This recipe was devised on one of the rare occasions that we had a major power cut, with three young children needing to be fed and merely the wood burner for warmth and cook. We wrapped the squash in foil and tucked them into the edges of the wood burner, away from the flames. The children dipped cubes of bread into the cheesy, fondue-style fill. It became a popular supper dish in less chaotic days, too.

Our favourite squashes to use for this recipe are uchiki kuri( also known as onion squash ), buttercup and blue ballet. All have dense, strongly flavoured flesh that soaks up flavours and fat without becoming mushy and marrow-like. The scalp of the squash retains its beautiful, vibrant colouring and is thin enough not to need peeling. We think it is the best part.

You can also serve this dish as a starter, using individual smaller squashes. The photo shows sweet dumpling a very pretty striped and dimpled squash that is ideal for this.

Serves 2 hungry people
squash 1, about 1-2kg
creme fraiche about 300 ml( you need enough to fill the squash by)
lemon juice of
celery leaves 3 sprigs, or 1 lovage leaf
rosemary, thyme or sage 2 sprigs
butter 1 knob
garlic 1 clove, finely chopped
nutmeg a little, grated, or cinnamon stick
good melting cheese, such as comte, gruyere or cheddar 150 g, grated
sea salt and black pepper

To garnish( optional)
olive oil 3 tbsp
sage 4-5 leaves

Heat the oven to 200 C/ gas mark 6. Cut the top off the squash to make a lid and put aside. Scoop out the seeds and a little of the flesh so that you are left with a clean squash bowl. To stop the squash toppling over, it is a good idea to make a base for it to sit on: take a approximately 30 cm square piece of foil, squeeze it together and shape it into a bangle. Set it in a roast tin and place the squash on top.

Fill the squash three-quarters full with creme fraiche and then add the lemon juice, herb sprigs, butter, garlic and grated nutmeg or the cinnamon stick. Season with salt and pepper.

Place the lid back on the squash. Cover with foil and cook for at least an hour. The cooking time will differ, depending on the size of your squash. It is done when a sharp knife slides through the flesh with no resistance.

Remove the herb sprigs and sprinkle in the grated cheese. Place the squash back in the oven, without the foil, for about 10 minutes, until it has browned and the cheese is nice and gooey.

The fried sage garnish is optional, but it appears and savor great. Heat the olive oil in a small frying pan and add the sage leaves, constructing sure they are completely dry if you have washed them. Fry for about 30 seconds, until crisps, then remove and place on kitchen paper to drain.Sprinkle the leaves on top of the squash filling.

The easiest style to serve this is to spoon out the creamy contents on to each persons plate and then cut chunks off the squash horizontally, running your way down. Serve with toasted sourdough bread.
From Fern Verrow by Jane Scotter& Harry Astley( Quadrille, 25 ).
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6 Actors Who Employed Real Pain And Grossness To Build Movies

Acting is easy. All you have to do is stand under hot sunlights for hours while wearing ridiculous clothes and pretending to look at dragons. Occasionally, Samuel L. Jackson yells at you. That’s all there is to it. Or, if you want to be genuinely lazy about it, you could do whatever your character is supposed to be doing in a scene, even if it causes you a not-inconsiderable sum of pain and/ or inconvenience. Like how …


Robert Pattinson Had A Real Orgasm On Camera For A Dali Biopic

For an entire generation of teenage girls( minus those on Team Jacob ), the Twilight saga was a sexy, sexy dream — shiny Pattinson nakedness, slow-mo Pattinson strip pesters, and some heartfelt Pattinson necrophilia. It stopped only short of delivering a full Pattinson money shot.

Not to worry, though. It turns out that in one of Pattinson’s earlier endeavors, the Salvador Dali biopic Little Ashes , you get to see precisely that. In one, uh, climactic scene, Dali watches his gay friend have sex with a woman and determined on do some manual action of his own.

Kaleidoscope Entertainment Whatever maintain your mustache up.

But as Pattinson confessed in an interview with the imaginatively named German publication Interview , faking that sort of thing “doesn’t work.” Otherwise, people would have been faking orgasms during sex for centuries, and where would society be? Instead, Pattinson says he truly “pleasured himself in front of the camera.” Here’s an extremely low-resolution version of the moment in question, set to appropriate music 😛 TAGEND

It wasn’t a fun experience for Robz-P( as his fans call him ). The nudity attained him feel so awkward that he deemed depriving the world of his acting talents eternally. We’ll leave you to watch the above clip and decide if he wouldn’t have been better off trying to mentally play a difficult guitar solo instead. That’s how we fake it.


The Cast Of Alien Constantly Passed Out From Being Stuck In Sealed Spacesuits With No Air

Ridley Scott’s Alien was made in 1979 for a budget of $11 million, and it’s still one of the greatest-looking sci-fi movies ever. How did Scott achieve that? Through hard work, ingenuity, and nearly asphyxiating his cast.

You know those cool spacesuits the characters wear while exploring the foreigner planet? They were spectacularly unsafe. There was no way to get air in or out, so they were basically fashionable portable coffins.

20 th Century Fox “Kraft service chili for lunch was a baaaaad idea.”

Once you depleted the little bit of air inside the suit, well, that was that. The carbon dioxide you had exhaled would start poisoning you. That entailed the actors were “passing out like flies” on the decide, although it’s unclear whether that was purely due to the carbon dioxide or their own overwhelming body odor. Watch, the suits were also lined with nylon( which builds you sweat like crazy ), and they were filming in the middle of a heat wave. John Hurt had it the worst. He would sweat heavily and his visor would get so clouded up that he couldn’t see. The nurse they maintained on standby had to hook him up to an oxygen tank at the end of one long, exhausting shot. Being the first to succumb in the movie was likely kind of a relief.


Schwarzenegger Actually Bit Into A Dead Vulture For Conan

In 1982 ‘s Conan The Barbarian , there’s a scene wherein Conan is chained to a tree while vultures circle around in anticipation of a fresh corpse. This was filmed Hitchcock style — that is, with real, lice-infested birds. There’s a shot in which a vulture gets a little ahead of itself and pecks at Conan’s wounds, so Conan reacts in kind and bites it to death.

Universal Pictures “GET TO THE CHOMPERS! “

Problem was, they couldn’t make a vulture prop that would look convincing in a close-up. The answer? Get a dead vulture, mock God and nature by turning it into a marionette, and have Arnold bite into it for real. Which is … not something physicians advise you to do. After every shoot, medics had to rush in and give him medicine to gargle right away, and he had to wash his skin with an antibiotic later on. So if you come across any vulture corpses, please oppose your every natural instinct and refrain from chowing down.


Mark Wahlberg Was Shocked With Electricity For An Interrogation Scene In Three Kings

Three Kings is a ‘9 0s Gulf War movie about three U.S. soldiers who decide to steal some gold bullion, leading to hijinks galore. It was a troublesome shoot, even by the( insane) standards of David O. Russell movies. In one of the more memorable scenes, a soldier played by Mark Wahlberg is captured and questioned by an Iraqi interrogator who poses the age-old question “What’s the problem with Michael Jackson? ” Almost 20 year later, humanity is no closer to knowing.

Then it gets less fun. Wahlberg’s captor forces oil down his throat, then shocks him with high-voltage energy. Wahlberg’s agony is so convincing that it constructed America ultimately accept that switching to acting was a good career move and not the disaster we had hitherto predicted. Thing is, he wasn’t behave. He was re acting. To electricity.

Warner Bros. Pictures If you start to feel pity, recollect Daddy’s Home .

In Wahlberg’s own terms: “We were doing the electrocution and it only felt a little bit fake.” So they hooked him up to the “safest thing” they could find( a chiropractic machine) and placed electrodes along his back underneath his garb. Then they switched it on. Wahlberg was shocked in more than one sense, as he found out that, holy crap, energy hurts . “We thought we might as well try it … I simply didn’t know it would give me that much of a shock.”

Of course, there are multiple reasons to want to see Wahlberg electrocuted, but we never expected it to be his idea.


Cary Elwes Got Knocked The Hell Out Making The Princess Bride

For our younger readers, The Princess Bride is a astonishingly great romantic fantasy movie starring a guy from Saw , the lady from House Of Cards , and … sorry, there’s no adequate style to explain Andre the Giant. In a 2014 interview with Sundance TV, Elwes disclosed that inducing the cinema wasn’t nearly as fun as the film itself. In the scene where Elwes’ character, Westley, is captured by the bad guys, the villainous Count Rugen knocks him unconscious with the butt of a sword. However, as Elwes explains, they “didn’t have any kind of rubber sword” on situate. So Elwes told Christopher Guest( Rugen) to swaying away. “It’ll be fine, ” Elwes assured his colleague. “Just tap me lightly.”

It was not.

20 th Century Fox “You said ‘mightily, ‘ right, Cary? Cary? “

And yes, it all made it into the final movie. That scene is Elwes truly being knocked the hell out with a real sword. According to Elwes, he “woke up in the hospital with sews being sewn into[ his] forehead.” Could’ve been worse, though. If Andre the Giant had done it, we’d still be go looking for Elwes’ beautiful, beautiful head.


The Opening Scene Of Apocalypse Now Is Martin Sheen Having A Real Drunken Breakdown

Apocalypse Now opens with the main character in his lowest moment. Future president Martin Sheen drunkenly stumbles around his hotel room in his underpants, punching a mirror and smearing blood all over himself before collapsing into a sobbing heap.

When the scene was shoot, Sheen was 1) having a birthday, and 2) an alcoholic. He’d already been drinking heavily all day by the time they started filming, and didn’t mind pretty much self-destructing on camera. “I felt I wanted to wrestle this demon, “ he said.

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United Artists And then he literally wrestled an invisible demon .

Director Francis Ford Coppola says he realized( in a dream, what else ?) that the way to get the performance he needed out of Sheen was to tap into his vanity. So he told Sheen to look at himself in the mirror and admire his own handsome features … to which Sheen responded by putting his fist through the glass. Coppola tried to get him to stop, but Sheen turned him away and said, “No, stay away. I want this for me . ” Apparently, Coppola shrugged and figured that if he couldn’t help his friend, he might as well cinema his breakdown and not waste an afternoon.

Sheen refused to watch the resulting material. In fact, the first time he watched the footage of himself immortalized as a stumble, incoherent drunk was in a NYC theater with hundreds of strangers. So the next time you have a little too much to drink and wake up to find that you’ve posted a series of regrettable selfies on Facebook, recollect Martin Sheen.

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Your Year Will Be Bigger Than Your New Year’s Resolutions

Ah, New Years Eve. The evening of little miracles. Take away the dazzling fireworks, the celebrations, the drinking and the countdowns and what you are left with is hope. Small human hope. The hope of better days, of fresh starts, and perhaps, if you are very lucky, a kiss. But it also has an ugly side. For some of us, it is the time of the year when all of our anxieties and doubts converge with the enormous weight of the world and all of the pressure becomes too much. It is the time of the year we can begin to feel obliged to induce big dramatic resolutions and implement significant change in our lives.

But why? Why should we mark a single day in our calendars to commit ourselves to ventures that promise to stimulate us happier or healthier? Shouldnt these be objectives we seek all year round? And furthermore, are these kinds of once-off commitments genuinely helpful?

No, I dont believe any of us should emphasize so much about constructing up our intellects and resolving on a route or direction for 2016. The division of time into years is a human invention, and fact is, every minute of every day is a brand new opportunity for resolving and growth. Real, genuine change or accomplishment can rarely trace its origins back to a single decision, rather, it comes about organically and over period, slowly gathering strength through a sustained and conscious endeavour, and by remaining motivated and true to your cause. There is no need to cheapen your hopes and dreams by reducing them to half-hearted, one line slogans you will rapidly forget. Instead, understand that there is nothing to be frightened of. That this coming year, like any other, will arrive a single day at a time, and any challenges you may face can be overcome in small manageable chunks. That you are able fail, time and time again, but there will always be another opportunity in tomorrow to make amends, to get back up on your feet and try again. Recognise that its not the resolutions you induce once a year that matter, but the ones you construct with every single breath.

So, when the clock ten-strikes twelve, the glasses are clinked, and the fireworks fly to mark the close of 2015, relaxthink back on all you have achieved over the course of the past year, and take a moment to enjoy the company of your loved ones. Take it easy, and celebrate for a moment, the remainder will come to you.

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Blueberry pancake, some Betty Crocker cake mixes latest affected by flour recall | Fox News

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Continental Mills Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix and three flavors of Betty Crocker cake mixes are the latest products affected by a large remember of tainted flour fabricated at a General Mills Facility.

The possible contaminant is Shiga toxin-producing E. coli( STEC O121 ), which also may be present in a handful of other previously remembered General Mills flour products, including Gold Medal All Purpose Flour, Gold Medal Wondra Flour and Gold Medal Self-Rising Flour.

According to the Food and Drug Administration( FDA ), the recall of Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix affected merely specific plenties, which were fabricated between April 2016 and June 2016. Those products are: Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake Mix 28 oz. carton with a best by date code between 3/30/ 2018 and 6/16/ 2018, and a UPC code 04144900128 9; and Krusteaz Blueberry Pancake a 3.5 lb. pouch, with a best by date code between of 4/ 27/2018 to 4/28/ 2018, with a UPC code 04144900148 7.

The flavors of cake mixes include Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix, which is called Betty Crocker Super Moist Rainbow Bit Cake Mix in Canada.

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A new study revealed the top LGBT ‘trailblazing’ companies of 2015.

2015 was a big( gay) year in the LGBT rights movement.

The Supreme Court decided that, yep, same-sex couples should be able to get married, and the number of Americans who agreed reached record highs. More and more LGBT characters appeared on our Tv screens.( If you haven’t binge-watched “Orange Is the New Black, ” “Transparent, ” and “How to Get Away With Murder, ” cancel your weekend schemes. Now .) And, thanks to proponents like Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner, transgender visibility is ultimately running mainstream.

The cast of “How to Get Away With Murder.” Photo by Jamie McCarthy/ Getty Images.

But progress was also apparent in representatives of the private sector, where companies learned running lesbian isn’t simply the right thing to do it’s great for business.

According to the Human Right Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index released earlier this year, more businesses than ever before earned top ratings on internal policies, like implementing sexual orientation nondiscrimination protections and transgender-inclusive benefits to workers.

And, as a study released last week found, plenty of those business incorporated those inclusive positions into the consumer-facing side of their brands as well.

Logo TV partnered with Witeck Communications to create its 25 Trailblazing Companies report. You’ll likely acknowledge many of the brands that topped the listing .

The study began by analyzing business that have already prioritized LGBT equality in the workplace examining roughly 200 industries that earned 100% ratings on the the HRC Corporate Equality Index and allotted points dependent on how each demonstrated their commitment to equality in public routes( suppose diverse ad, support for inclusive public policy, what causes they chose to donate to, etc .).

Here are the top 10 companies that stimulated the list:

10. General Motor( tied)

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Hey, lesbian folks like cars too. So it only seems right that General Motor has included LGBT people and topics in its advertising for years, like this ad for Chevy shown during the course of its Olympics opening ceremony.

Read more about why GM stimulated the cut here .

10. Unilever( tied)

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According to the report, Unilever has been “an early and active supporter of LGBT rights, ” and one of their brands in particular, ice cream duo Ben& Jerrys, was the first major employer in Vermont that actually did the right thing by offering health insurance to spouses of LGBT employees.

Read more about why Unilever attained the cut here .

9. Coca-Cola

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Coke may be as classically American as apple pie, but the soda company has “kept pace with the times, ” according to the LOGO study, prioritizing diversity in its campaigns for years.

Read more about why Coca-Cola attained the cut here .

7. Hilton Worldwide( tied)

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Hilton doesn’t just reach out to queer communities through its marketing endeavours, it “goes a step further by creating original travel-related content for an LGBT audience.” That’s why it landed on the list at# 7.

Read more about why Hilton Worldwide induced the cut here .

7. Anheuser-Busch( tied)

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Anheuser-Busch love celebrating equality. Sponsoring more than 40 different LGBT pride events across the country, it’s the biggest event sponsor on Logo’s list.

Read more about why Anheuser-Busch stimulated the cut here .

6. E.& J. Gallo Winery

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And speaking of pride … E.& J. Gallo Winery does its part too, sponsoring dozens of pride galas across the U.S ., in places like Los Angeles, Charlotte, and Fort Wayne.

Read more about why E.& J. Gallo Winery attained the cut here .

5. Gap

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Gap maintained it campaigns bright, colorful … and lesbian. And it stimulates sure to include LGBT personalities in its commercials, too.

Read more about why Gap constructed the cut here .

4. Marriott International, Inc.

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Marriott International actually dedicates an entire website to its LGBT guests, providing useful resources and popular destinations for customers looking to maximize their traveling escapades. That’s one reason why it’s# 4 on the listing.

Read more about why Marriott built the cut here .

3. Wells Fargo

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Wells Fargo became the first American bank to feature an LGBT couple in a national Tv campaign this year. Bravo!

Read more about why Wells Fargo made the cut here .

2. Johnson& Johnson

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“Their heartfelt advertisings feature diverse families including LGBT parents and children and expand the public’s understanding of what it means to be a family.”

Read more about why Johnson& Johnson stimulated the cut here .

1. Google

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Google is behind many of the digital platforms like YouTube that has pushed LGBT equality forward in recent years, helping queer communities “share their tales with the world.”

Read more about why Google took the top spot here .

Head on over to Logo Tv to find which other companies cracked the top 25.

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