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The Human & Economic Landscapes

Newsworthy happenings around the world involving sociology, economy, psychology, religion, government, politics, climate change and population.
How Our Society Breeds Anxiety, Depression and Dysfunction

In " The Epidemic of Mental Illness: Why?" ( New York Review of Books, 2011), Marcia Angell, former editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, discusses over-diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, pathologizing of normal behaviors, Big Pharma corruption of psychiatry, and the adverse effects of psychiatric medications.

Three Things I've Learned From Warren Buffett

I'm looking forward to sharing posts from time to time about things I've learned in my career at and the . (I also post frequently on Microsoft Gates Foundation my blog .) Last month, I went to Omaha for the annual Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting.

Your Marriage and Marketing: It's All About Effort

I turn 38 in November. I'm now getting to the age where my friends - the kids I grew up with and went to school with - are starting to talk about, and actually having, divorces. That makes me tremendously sad. I was thinking about it the other day, and it made me think of (surprise surprise!)

Secrets of the Marketplace: The Web Can Raise The Dead

Today, I want to address a key realization made by many of Rakuten's most successful merchants: No matter what business you are in, no matter what you make or sell, your most important asset is virtual. The key to your success is the web.

Inventor of the Wildly Popular 'Rainbow Loom' Weaves the American Dream With Rubber Bands in a Detroit Basement

Image Credit: Rainbow Loom Image credit: Rainbow Loom Choon Ng is like a lot of other men in one respect: He had to put a ring on his wife's finger before she was on board for the next chapter of their life together.

The Entire History of the World-Really, All of It-Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This "Histomap," created by John B. Sparks, was first printed by Rand McNally in 1931.

What's a Toilet Worth? |

Lack of access to sanitation costs the world $260 billion a year.

These Office Workers Can Tend Crops While They're In Boring Meetings

In the arms race among companies to outfit offices with as many green signifiers as possible-- rooftop beehives, local food cafeterias, electric vehicle charging stations--an office building in Tokyo may have reached new heights. Workers at the headquarters of staffing agency Pasona Group don't just tend vegetables on their company's rooftops--they invite the greenery right into their work space.

How a new business era inspired by nature not greed can benefit us all

Five years ago last week, BNP-Paribas kick started the mother of all recessions. Unprecedented fraud, mindless greed and reckless gambling in the financial sector (and lets be honest, among certain sections of the public too) fed an incredible turn of events with banks failing, currencies sliding and in Europe, entire nations going tightening their collective belts.

How green is 3D printing?

By Nilima Choudhury The 3D printing market is increasing four-fold every year. Estimated to be worth US$4 billion by 2025, it has attracted US$22.8 million investment from the UK government and even NASA is using the technology for rockets.

How to Make School Better for Boys

I recently appeared on MSNBC's The Cycle to discuss the new edition of my book The War Against Boys . The four hosts were having none of it. A war on boys? They countered with the wage gap and the prominence of men across the professions.

Hanna Jarzabek portraying Hard Times

This post is also available in: Spanish, Catalan A reflection for today: When we think about the idea of mortgage victims, our thought take us to an economic point. But the threat and the fact of losing a house and remaining in debt for life is not just a material issue-it is much more than that.

Hundreds of Bangladesh Garment Factories Shut Down as Women Take to Streets in Dhaka

Laura Gottesdiener Also see this related article from Walmart's Summer of Discontent: Retail Empire Faces Worker Dissent in US and Bangladesh Exclusive stores in Manhattan, London and Milan are busily stocking shelves with the one-shouldered dresses and Miley Cyrus-esque crop tops that were on display earlier in September at New York City's Fashion Week.

Some People Are Making Big Bucks Sabotaging Obamacare

This story originally appeared at The Nation. To gain steam for his initiative to tie funding of the government to defunding Obamacare, Senator Ted Cruz appeared at events over the summer with the Tea Party Express, a political action committee.

Jimmy Kimmel on Obamacare vs. The Affordable Care Act
(CBS News) As someone who covers entertainment and viral videos all day long, I am not going to pretend that I totally understand Obamacare, but I kind of hoped that the general public knew more than me (since I choose to stay out of politics as a rule), but this clip from Monday's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" demonstrates that we really don't know what we're talking about when it comes to this healthcare initiative.
LOOK: Who Gets Paid During A Shutdown
Hundreds of thousands of federal workers now face furloughs and may not know when they'll see their next paychecks. One group of workers that is insulated from the shutdown is the one that caused it: Congress. Infographic by Jan Diehm for The Huffington Post.
In suburban America, middle class begins to confront poverty
BOULDER, Colo. - The small communities that dot the picturesque mountain landscape outside Boulder, Colo., conjure up an image from long before the great recession. Here the manicured lawns and expensive cars are a testament to the achievements of a fiercely independent and educated middle class; a 21 st century version of suburban bliss.