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Michael van der Galien
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Hi, I'm doing #StoicWeek 2016 from Izmir, Turkey.

Yesterday was a good day to get started, although I did forget to do the midday exercise. Today I've added it to my to-do list, perhaps I'll remember it that way.

I tremendously appreciate the morning exercise especially. It's a nice, calm way to get started with the day and to focus on what's to come. Very often we think about what we want to get accomplished that day, but the strength of this particular exercise is that we then add thoughts about everything that could go wrong, and tell ourselves to focus on what's truly important: our reaction to circumstances, not the circumstances themselves. s

Question: As I understand it, a new book about stoicism was recently released. I have forgotten the title and the name of its author, however. Does anyone know which book I"m talking about?
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You're probably thinking of 'The Daily Stoic' by Ryan Holiday. I havn't looked at it. I am however reading 'Happy' by Derren Brown, also just out and is more-or-less Stoic in principle. I'm really enjoying that book.

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The increasingly authoritarian and openly Islamist Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan isn't exactly fond of Hillary Clinton. Normally that would be a tad bit strange. After all, authoritarian Islamic leaders tend to love Democrats.

Erdogan's anger was aroused, however, by Clinton saying during the most recent presidential debate that, as president, she would arm and support Kurdish forces fighting in Syria against ISIS...
How does she plan to make up for the loss of Turkey's support if she arms the Kurds?
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+James Karaganis even Erdogan isn't keen on Trump.
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Shock Poll: Independent Conservative Evan McMullin Statistically Tied in Utah With Trump, Hillary
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MASTER PLAN? Ryan Pushed Cruz To Endorse Trump, Then Bailed
The GOP tries to rid itself of Trump AND Cruz with one strike.
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The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.

The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.

“They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper.
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Hi +Michael van der Galien I'm a conservative fellow and have recently started reading about Stoicism. I am curious to know how it fits with your libertarian/conservative views. I sense they are compatible, but as a newbie I'd like to know more. 
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Beth Moore Speaks Out on Christians Dismissing Talk of Sexual Abuse
In a series of tweets posted this weekend, influential Christian author and speaker Beth Moore spoke out against Christian leaders who dismiss talk of sexual abuse and the objectification women. Though she didn’t mention Donald Trump by name in the tweets, her comments seem to be referencing the GOP nominee’s "hot mic” comments from 2005, recently unearthed by The Washington Post. In the video, which featured an off-camera conversation between Tr...
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Marco Rubio Betrays Conservatism Yet Again, Re-Endorses Donald Trump
Rubio's lack of courage dooms his political future.
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"It's utterly amazing to see this happening. Trump has completely lost it. He's going rogue in ways that nobody else would ever contemplate. He has become unhinged."
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Trump was always unhinged.
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In the message, he urges them to "support freedom, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights."
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In November’s election, five states – Arizona, California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada – may each legalize recreational marijuana for adults.

If recent history is any guide, things look good for this November: Of the seven legalization initiatives offered to voters since 2012, five have passed, in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Washington DC.
This November’s election could be a decisive turning point in the struggle to end U.S. marijuana prohibition. ​It’s been a long time coming. As recently as the 90s, every major political faction and...
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Five governors were awarded an “A” on this report: Paul LePage of Maine, Pat McCrory of North Carolina, Rick Scott of Florida, Doug Ducey of Arizona, and Mike Pence of Indiana. Ten governors were awarded an “F”: Robert Bentley of Alabama, Peter Shumlin of Vermont, Jerry Brown of California, David Ige of Hawaii, Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Dennis Daugaard of South Dakota, Brian Sandoval of Nevada, Kate Brown of Oregon, Jay Inslee of Washington, and Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY State governments have been in an expansionary phase in recent years. Even though U.S. economic growth since the last recession has been sluggish, general fund revenues of state governments have grown 33 percent since 2010. Some of the nation’s governors have used the growing revenues to expand spending programs, while others have pursued tax cuts and tax reforms. That is the backdrop to...
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Any report that gives that complete idiot from Maine an "A" rating is fundamentaly flawed. That guy is the laughing stock if 70% of Maine's population. headdesk
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Blogger, columnist, new media entrepreneur. Oh, also: a soccer, cycling, baseball and kickboxing fan. Trying to make a difference.


11 facts about me:

1) My strength is I'm obsessive. This means I can work hard - very hard. The downside? I'm obsessive.

2) I believe in working hard and playing hard, but never seem to get around to part II.

3) Born and raised in the Netherlands, I'm happily living in Izmir, or as I prefer to call it: heaven on earth.

4) I absolutely love the political game. And yes, it is a game. Years ago, I actually got worked up about it, but nowadays, I see every move, every decision, every plan as a strategic move. Looking at politics that way has only increased my love for it (and for my job).

5) Dogs are awesome. I miss mine tremendously.

6) I'm a family man, but don't need my family around me all the time. It's a contradiction in terms, but there you have it: an independent family guy.

7) I carry a book around me everywhere I go.

8) Another one of my companions is my notebook: I write down ideas when I have them, afraid to forget them when I have 'time' for them.

9) I hate it when people say they "can't" do something. What do you mean, you "can't?" You're limiting yourself! Get off your butt and start taking massive action.

10) I'm in love with my iPad. 

11) Married to the love of my life I always feel I don't spend enough time with her. This creates a perpetual feeling of guilt.
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Dubbed "that smart, young Dutch blogger" by the New York Times. Also: I never give up.
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