New: ON MENTAL ILLNESS: More About Aging

Jack Bragen
Sunday August 30, 2015 - 09:28:00 PM

For many people, the twenties are a third decade of making mistakes and living with the results. We might not yet be aware that some of the things we do could have permanent and far-reaching effects on our lives for ensuing decades.

Thinking back on it, I had far more and far worse emotional and cognitive problems in my twenties. I was severely depressed much of the time, was having a great deal of difficulty with work, wanted badly to meet my soulmate, and was far less stable compared to now. I had not yet learned a number of things concerning how to survive. I also wanted badly to have a number of things that I wasn't getting. I was inadequate to face a number of the challenges that life was giving me. -more-

New: DISPATCHES FROM THE EDGE: Europe’s New Barbarians

Conn Hallinan
Monday August 24, 2015 - 02:17:00 PM

On one level, the recent financial agreement between the European Union (EU) and Greece makes no sense: not a single major economist thinks the $96 billion loan will allow Athens to repay its debts, or to get the economy moving anywhere but downwards. It is what former Greek Economic Minister Yanis Varoufakis called a “suicide” pact, with a strong emphasis on humiliating the leftwing Syriza government. -more-

New: ECLECTIC RANT: Bernie Sanders: Drawing Massive Crowds Yet Still Considered a “Long Shot?”

By Ralph E. Stone
Saturday August 29, 2015 - 02:14:00 PM

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, an unabashed democratic socialist, is making quite a splash in the media and on the campaign trail, drawing massive crowds wherever he goes. The question is, can an independent, democratic socialist win the Democratic nomination for president? What follows is my view of the Sanders’ campaign to date. -more-