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Jihadis and Extremists To Keep Killing Our People

Why Can We Expect Jihadis and Extremists To Keep Killing Our People In Public Settings?

August 18, 2017 4:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Why do radical jihadis kill and damage people in settings all over the world — and why can we expect individuals and small groups with those basic beliefs to continue to kill people both in those countries and in the United States? We can expect the killings to continue in all of those settings because those killers are exhibiting purely instinctive behaviors at a highly...

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Ethnic Cleansing By Tribe Is The Syrian Core Reality Today — And The Chemical Weapons Use Is Being Done Entirely In That Context

August 17, 2017 9:18 pm Published by Comments Off on Ethnic Cleansing By Tribe Is The Syrian Core Reality Today — And The Chemical Weapons Use Is Being Done Entirely In That Context

Anyone who does not see how central tribes are to the conflict in Syria is missing the point of that conflict entirely. The conflict in Syria is not political. It is absolutely not ideological. It is clearly not philosophical and it is not even vaguely economic. The conflict is entirely, purely, clearly, and obviously tribal. Anyone who looks at that situation and does not understand...

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Dr. Beebe’s New Book Illustrates The Importance of Helping Kids In The First Months of Life

April 29, 2017 12:34 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Dr. Beatrice Beebe and her team of researchers from Columbia University have written an amazing book that looks at the powerful and life changing impacts of mother-infant interactions in the first weeks and first months of life. Her book uses dozens of drawings done from video recordings of mother-child interactions taken at roughly 100 days old for each child, and shows how those mother-child interactions...

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We Need Everyone To Understand The Impact of The First Weeks and First Months Of Life For Each Child

March 14, 2017 8:29 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The attached Huffington Post piece that just ran explains the epigenetic reasons why the first three months of life are so important for every child born in America. We have new and important information about the huge impact of the first weeks and first months of life for every child — and now that we have that information and that knowledge — we need to share it...

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Not Teaching Parents About Early Brain Development Is A Massive and Damaging Public Health Failure

February 16, 2017 8:28 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The biggest single public health deficit and failure in America today is the fact that almost no parents of newborn children have been told or taught that they can improve their child’s learning abilities significantly by exercising their baby’s brain in the first three years of life. The basic biological science on that issue is absolutely clear — and almost no one is sharing that...

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Celebrating The New Three Key Years Website for Helping Kids

February 15, 2017 7:09 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have just done some work at the Institute for InterGroup Understanding we believe could actually help change the lives of large numbers of children for the better. We have just built and offered the world a new, easy to use Three Key Years website, which focuses entirely on helping parents and families from all groups build better lives for children by doing the right...

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Re-appointment to Four More Years on the First Five Commission

December 15, 2016 7:55 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Governor Jerry Brown has just re-appointed me to serve for four more years on the First Five Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. I have been honored to Chair that Commission for the past four years, and I love the work that the Commission does and is doing. Thank you, Governor Brown. The people of California created First Five more than a...

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What Just Happened

What Just Happened?

November 15, 2016 8:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

The United States just elected a new President. The election process and the election results were exactly aligned with the most problematic “Us/Them” instinctive behavior chapters of the Primal Pathways, Peace in Our Time, Cusp of Chaos, and The Art of InterGroup Peace books. We had one of the most contentious and divisive campaigns in the history of our election process. We have people who...

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Saving All Children: The Strategy and The Commitment

November 1, 2016 4:51 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We have massive learning gaps between groups of children in far too many schools in our country today. Efforts to close those gaps over the past two decades have very consistently failed. We have an economic reality where minority Americans have an average net worth that is less than 30 percent of the average net worth for White Americans. Unemployment levels are far higher for...

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Mayo Clinic Grand Rounds Talk About Saving Kids

September 12, 2016 6:23 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Sixty percent of African American males in this country who drop out of school end up in jail. The recidivism rate for those prisoners is nearly 80 percent. Those numbers are horrible. They result in damaging life trajectories for far too many. We can change those trajectories — but to change them, we need to make those changes for people in the very first weeks, months,...

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