Summary of “Are American Muslims Assimilating?”

Muslims are creating distinctively American forms of their religion.
“The parents want to invest on the Muslim side of that hyphenated identity-they are really worried for certain aspects of that identity to be preserved.” Most students “Are negotiating and brainstorming on the American side.” There’s some evidence behind the anxiety: Less than half of Muslims under 40 visit a mosque each week, according to Pew Research Center, and only one-third of Muslims under 30 pray five times a day in keeping with traditional Islamic practice.
About two-thirds of Muslims under 40 say religion is very important in their lives, according to Pew, compared to roughly four-in-10 American Millennials.
“For many Muslims, religion does play some kind of role in their marriage experience,” said Amal Killawi, a doctoral student at Rutgers University who studies health and relationships among Muslims.
Debates about assimilation often focus on immigrants, but they overlook the experiences of Muslims who have long been settled in the U.S. While 58 percent of adult Muslims were born outside of the U.S., according to Pew, that means 42 percent of American Muslims were born in the country.
The question of assimilation is also less relevant for converts, who account for roughly 21 percent of all U.S. Muslims, according to Pew, and 44 percent of Muslims born in America.
LGBT Muslims may feel their own kind of dual pressure to assimilate into mainstream American culture while also meeting traditional, heterosexual standards of what it means to be a “Good” Muslim.
As much as it’s been hard for them to come out as queer and Muslim, they’re fiercely defensive of their families and American Muslims as a group, wary of stereotypes that “[paint] Islam in this monolithic way as: ‘All Muslims are homophobic,'” as Nur put it.

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Summary of “NFL Week 17 Recap: The Playoff Field Is Set, and the Chaos Has Begun”

The NFL’s decision to cram more than half of its Week 17 games into the Sunday afternoon time slot created the potential for chaos, and the final week of the regular season did not disappoint.
The 12-team playoff field is now set, and the results from this slate could have ripple effects that extend far beyond just wild-card weekend.
The end of the Bills’ playoff drought is a terrific story, but it also sets up what may be the least intriguing AFC wild-card matchups imaginable.
Not to steal any joy away from Buffalo or Tennessee fans, but this group of playoff teams all but guarantees that we’re due a lot of chalk in the AFC. Jacksonville’s offense looked uninspiring for the second straight week in a 15-10 loss to Tennessee, although at least this time the Jaguars had reason to come out flat.
If the Chargers or Ravens had snuck into the AFC field, the potential for a run by a low-seeded wild-card team would’ve felt possible.
While the AFC had a handful of teams vying for wild-card berths entering Week 17, there was far less uncertainty in the back end of the NFC race.
Atlanta securing the sixth seed throws a wrench into the playoff picture in a way the depleted Seahawks making the field would not have.
Coming into Week 17, it seemed as if a Falcons win would set up a rivalry rubber match with New Orleans in the wild-card round, a notion that gave me chills just thinking about it.

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Summary of “Why This Type of Intelligence You Probably Haven’t Heard of Might Be the Most Important”

It used to be that cognitive intelligence was the king of the hill in terms of importance.
Now Cornell University’s professor of human development, Robert J. Sternberg, says “Successful intelligence” likely matters more than all the other intelligence types you’ve heard about.
Successful intelligence is a “New” psychological theory Sternberg actually introduced way back in 1996.
If you feel like you come up short given the description of successful intelligence, don’t fret.
Like other forms of intelligence, successful intelligence, according to Sternberg, is something you can work at and develop.
Sternberg was awarded the 2018 Grawemeyer Award in Psychology earlier this month for developing the successful intelligence concept.
His colleagues assert that his work is shifting the way we think about intelligence and forcing us to see it within a broader cultural context.
With cognitive intelligence, we might look at the person, with emotional intelligence, our relationships and interactions-successful intelligence requires us to look much more deeply at how we live, influence one another, and establish or adjust norms.

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Summary of “40 Essential Instant Pot Links”

Because I’ve been experimenting with the Instant Pot quite a bit lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions.
A link to a video, or a link to a recipe, or technique.
So! I thought I’d compile all those helpful links into one list.
There’s a video that will walk you through your initial water test, a handful of helpful accessories, favorite recipe links, etc.
Extra sealing rings: The rings tend to pick up the scent of whatever you’re cooking.
Keep an extra ring on hand so your cakes don’t end up smelling like chili ;). 38.
Wire racks: For eggs, veggies, or for lifting containers off of the floor of the pot when doing pot-in-pot cooking.
For cakes, and other things you would normally bake.

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Summary of “Parking for Gold at the National Valet Olympics”

At first glance, an Olympics organized entirely around valet parking seems absurd: a luxury service treated as a Decathlon.
For these licensed and overlooked workers, the National Valet Olympics are an opportunity to gather in a different city every other year to ask: Who is the Tom Brady of the American parking lot, the LeBron James of a well-packed sedan? Perhaps it was the valet who last parked your car.
Not only did he co-write the original protocols for the core Olympic events; he is also a former president of the now-defunct National Valet Parking Association.
In October, I met Dumont, Bisi, and the APC crew in Palm Springs, at the National Parking Association’s annual expo, which hosts the Valet Olympics.
Josh Matiyow, a 26-year-old valet from LAZ Parking, had only recently moved west from Michigan and is a volunteer with the California Army National Guard.
Some joked about combining the Valet Olympics with an American Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course, parking in a simulated rainstorm or weaving through a maze of flaming pendulums.
The National Valet Olympics are thus the industry’s premiere event, but perhaps also its swan song.
2017 National Valet Olympics were announced in a ceremony fueled by Diet Coke and chicken sandwiches.

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Summary of “Death in an Amazon dumpster”

The day before last year’s presidential election, a hungry homeless man named Jonathan Manley stopped at a dumpster outside a warehouse in San Francisco.
The dumpsters outside of an Amazon warehouse in San Francisco, where the homeless man’s body was found.
Iversen, whose boyfriend Frank Ryan died in a dumpster outside Amazon, at her home on the streets of San Francisco.
On Christmas Day last year, a Wichita, Kansas, man was found in a dumpster outside a bakery, and while a preliminary autopsy suggested he died of natural causes, his relatives could not fathom what had prompted him to get inside.
A man in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was tipped out of a dumpster and then run over by a garbage truck.
In Forth Worth, Texas, a screaming man had a heart attack after the dumpster he was inside was picked up.
In November 2016, about two weeks after Ryan climbed into the dumpster, Marcus Baldwin did the same thing in Mount Clemens, just north of Detroit.
Several months before his father’s death, the older Ryan re-established contact via Facebook, and they made plans to meet for the first time in three decades.

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Summary of “Toyota wants to change the world with Mirai, its new hydrogen car”

Toyota is now working on another vehicle – one that has the potential to change our relationship with cars all over again.
“We collected data from the first-generation car – Japanese motorists tend to only drive 20km a day,” Kaneko says, in reference to the Prius PHV’s electric-only range of 60km. Most PHV drivers used their cars as if they were fully electric, making short hops between charge points and rarely filling the tank.
For the company that shaped a generation’s attitude to petrol-powered cars, Toyota is reluctant to change too much too soon.
The Prius MK 1 is prosaic in the extreme, but that didn’t really matter: it was a car for motorists who care more about what cars mean, rather than how they look.
Toyota hopes that its new car, the Mirai, could end up being to hydrogen-fuel-cell vehicles what the Prius was to hybrids.
“To start the hydrogen society, we needed to sell an ordinary passenger car.
If any company can make hydrogen cars popular, it’ll be the one that did so with hybrids, 20 years ago.
The company plans to unveil it to the world at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, alongside the Hino hydrogen bus being developed by the group and, if rumours are to be believed, a Toyota-developed “flying car”.

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Summary of “The problem with curated photos on social media”

Let me list several problems with it-not as self-effacing humble-brags, but a deeper reflection on social media in general and how we perceive it.
Yes, it’s a cool photo, but I literally took 836 shots before I got this one.
This shot may look great on my social feeds, but it doesn’t show the rejected shots or the amount of time it took to get one good one.
I only post to social media, especially photos, when something interesting is happening.
By refreshing my social feeds to see who likes this shot, I’m acknowledging my need for admiration from people I don’t even know, on the internet.
By not adding a comment or giving context to the shot on social media, the post conveys that this is “No big deal” like I see whales every fucking day or something.
Yes, it’s just a photo, one of many on my feed, on one of two social networks I’m on.
Forget you even have a camera or social media feed at all.

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Summary of “Ditch These Seven Bad Habits Before 2018 Starts”

January 1 is often a time when people set goals and make plans for the next 12 months.
“We all have a million habits. Half of them are probably not great habits, but it’s important to understand which habits are blocking you from your important goals,” says consultant Robert “Bob” O’Connor, author of Gumptionade: The Booster for Your Self-Improvement Plan.
Many professional goals are designed to achieve traditional measures of success-a higher-ranking job, more money, or other trappings that tell people we’ve “Made it.” O’Connor thinks that’s the wrong focus.
Many successful people suffer from FOMO-fear of missing out.
“I’m usually honest with people, and say, ‘In the spirit of practicing what I preach, I’m prioritizing opportunities that need A, B, and C criteria,'” she says.
“People have been really respectful of that. Also, sometimes, they will come back to you with an opportunity that’s more appropriate.”
Emotionally intelligent people assert their boundaries while keeping their cool.
Too many people give up when faced with those challenges.

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Summary of “LeBron James reaping the benefits of groundwork laid years ago”

LeBron James is about to turn 33 years old and is having one of his finest seasons.
As he approaches his 33rd birthday in his remarkable 15th NBA season, LeBron James has found himself echoing his old Nike marketing slogan to gently remind people tuning in what they’re witnessing.
Whatever feats James is making look effortless this season – and there are plenty of stats that illustrate his elevated play – were set in motion nearly a decade ago by several events that shaped his basketball future.
LeBron James, in his 15th season in the NBA, said what he is achieving on the court has not been done a lot in league history, adding that he wants to “Break the mold” and stereotype that older players cannot dominate the game as much as younger players.
James honored him on Twitter and Robinson reached out to a mutual friend and James’ high school teammate, Sian Cotton, to say thanks for the recognition.
In the summer of 2008, as James and members of USA Basketball’s “Redeem Team” prepared for the Beijing Olympics, a 23-year-old James began ramping up the training regimen that has become a part of his standards today.
It’s the same force that had James testing his limits in workouts this summer following a seventh straight trip to the Finals and the same joie de vivre that had James dancing during warm-up lines on the second night of a back-to-back after travel complications held the Cavaliers on the runway for hours the night before.
If James wins his fifth MVP this season – he came in second to James Harden for the award in a national poll of potential awards voters conducted by The Washington Post this month – he’d become the first multiple MVP winner to go more than four years between taking home the hardware.

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