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Angela Merkel projects authority by staying calm, even aloof, in her facial expression and her body language. She keeps hand movements to a minimum, defaulting to a Merkel rhombus, which is “really more of a kite formed between her hands”. Even in the most stressful situations she “keeps her finger tips barely touching, which suggests that Merkel has a low cortisol level. We choose those people as leaders who take longer to feel stress. So she is signaling something that she is not even aware of (2,040 words)

Discussion of Tough Enough, by Deborah Nelson of the University of Chicago, about the ideas and attitudes of six modern intellectuals: Simone Weil, Hannah Arendt, Mary McCarthy, Susan Sontag, Diane Arbus and Joan Didion. “Nelson originally titled her book Tough Broads … Their tone of unemotional clarity on the most traumatic events made them respected and feared; but crossing the line between detachment and heartlessness made them seem out of step with their times (1,600 words)

You don’t need to worry. The plane is built for it. “Conditions might be annoying and uncomfortable, but the plane is not going to crash. Turbulence is an aggravating nuisance for everybody, including the crew, but its also, for lack of a better term, normal. From a pilots perspective it is ordinarily seen as a convenience issue, not a safety issue. The pilots arent worried about the wings falling off; theyre trying to keep their customers relaxed and everybodys coffee where it belongs” (2,700 words)

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The Bible tells us to forgive our enemies, not our friends

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