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Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed

Your Lifestyle Has Already Been Designed
Well I’m in the working world again. I’ve found myself a well-paying gig in the engineering industry, and life finally feels like it’s returning to normal after my nine months of traveling. Because I had been living quite a different lifestyle while I was away, this sudden transition to 9-to-5 existence has exposed something about it that I overlooked before. Since the moment I was offered the job, I’ve been markedly more careless with my money. Not stupid, just a little quick to pull out my wallet. I’m not talking about big, extravagant purchases. In hindsight I think I’ve always done this when I’ve been well-employed — spending happily during the “flush times.” I suppose I do it because I feel I’ve regained a certain stature, now that I am again an amply-paid professional, which seems to entitle me to a certain level of wastefulness. What I’m doing isn’t unusual at all. It seems I got much more for my dollar when I was traveling. A Culture of Unnecessaries Is this you? Photo by joelogon Related:  well said

In Korea, Changes in Society and Family Dynamics Drive Rise in Elderly Suicides Rather than quietly taking her life at home as many South Koreans do, the woman staged her death as a final act of public protest against a society she said had abandoned her. She drank pesticide overnight in front of her city hall after officials stopped her welfare checks, saying they were no longer obligated to support her now that her son-in-law had found work. “How can you do this to me?” The woman’s death is part of one of South Korea’s grimmest statistics: the number of people 65 and older committing suicide, which has nearly quadrupled in recent years, making the country’s rate of such deaths among the highest in the developed world. That contract was built on the premise that parents would do almost anything to care for their children — in recent times, depleting their life savings to pay for a good education — and then would end their lives in their children’s care. Such social shifts are not uncommon in the industrialized world. Kim Man-jeom, 73, was one.

Forget GDP: The Social Progress Index Measures National Well-Being If you were to line up the poster for every James Bond movie ever, you would notice that pretty much all of them look like very sleek, very stylish advertisements for handguns and well-tailored suits. Sometimes a lady is involved. For the most part, though, artillery and menswear are the bread and butter of the series’ print ad game. However, agency Herring & Haggis is giving us a glimpse at what it might look like if the movies’ marketers went in a different direction. In the lead-up to November’s Skyfall, the 23rd film in the martini-chugging, bad guy-dispatching spy series, the team at agency Herring & Haggis decided to celebrate 50 years of Bond with an experiment. They set out to re-watch each existing movie in the 22 days before the new one premieres, and design a new poster each day. The posters the agency has released thus far have been bold experiments in minimalism, completely bucking tradition. Your mission: look through all the posters in the slide show above.JB

Clever Ideas to Make Life Easier Here are clever ideas to make life easier. To see the complete list of 25 go here. You can pin the pics directly to Pinterest by hovering your mouse over the pic then clicking the “pin it”! Via: Why didn’t I think of that?! Via: Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture will disguise dings and scrapes. Via: Supposedly you can remove crayon masterpieces from your TV, computer screen, or walls with WD40 – I’m not going to try it though! Via: Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box by securing with a rubber band. Via: Overhaul your linen cupboard – store bed linen sets inside one of their own pillowcases and there will be no more hunting through piles for a match. Via: Add this item to your beach bag. Via: Attach a velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys. Via: Look up! Via: Gotcha! Via:

It's business that really rules us now | George Monbiot It's the reason for the collapse of democratic choice. It's the source of our growing disillusionment with politics. It's the great unmentionable. Corporate power. The political role of business corporations is generally interpreted as that of lobbyists, seeking to influence government policy. Most of the scandals that leave people in despair about politics arise from this source. On the same day we learned that a government minister, Nick Boles, has privately assured the gambling company Ladbrokes that it needn't worry about attempts by local authorities to stop the spread of betting shops. Last week we discovered that G4S's contract to run immigration removal centres will be expanded, even though all further business with the state was supposed to be frozen while allegations of fraud were investigated. The monitoring which was meant to keep these companies honest is haphazard, the penalties almost nonexistent, the rewards can be stupendous, dizzying, corrupting.

Former decorated cop says abolish all police Americans have been brainwashed into believing cars will crash and citizens will murder each other if there were no police presence. This simply is not true. People do not, not kill people because cops are present. Unlike the U.S., where it’s common to spot twenty five police in a one hundred mile trip, there are thousands of populated areas abroad that have no police presence yet they experience less crime and fewer traffic accidents. The U.S.A. has the largest prison population in the history of mankind. Communist China has ONE BILLION more in population but the U.S. has more prisoners. U.S. police have killed over 5000 civilians since 9/11 which means an American citizen is 8 times more likely to be killed by an American cop than a terrorist. Police should react similar to firemen and never leave the building until it is time to investigate a crime that has been committed against a person or property. We do not need police to be our first responders or protectors. About The Author

11 Hot Super-Innovative Mobile Messaging Apps from Asia With the numbers Rick released on mobile messaging apps growth , and Willis’ post on how heated the mobile messaging battle is getting, I thought I’d take a look at the killer features that make messaging apps so strong with younger smartphone users in the region. They’re all a big threat to Facebook Messenger (which seems to be imitating Asian chat apps in some respects) and the newer Facebook Poke. Why are these apps so hot? It all boils down to the virtual stickers and being so multimedia and immediate. Of course, all messaging apps have a set of features that mark them as messaging apps, so we’ll just note them in a quick list and move on: Instant messaging with ‘sending’ and ‘received’ notifications Group chat Sending a photo or video (WeChat and Zalo are the only ones that offer Instagram-like photo filters) Changing your chat area’s wallpaper Leaving an audio note or message Sharing contact info Sharing your location Live video or voice calling A microblogging feature like Path.

Four Arguments on Sacred Economics A summary of the main proposals in Charles Eistenstein’s book, Sacred Economics. Excerpted from Devin Martin: ” I would like to offer a brief summary and commentary on four key ideas contained in his work. I highly recommend you investigate further. * The Problem with Positive Interest This relates to the issue of how money is created. The way that we create money today promises, even demands scarcity. In order to keep money flowing we require something to generate an increase in GDP. Is there another option? The simplistic interpretations of Darwin’s theme of survival of the fittest that once ruled popular thinking are beginning to be challenged with ideas of cooperation and mutual benefit in all realms of research and academia (*). In a sustainable economy the flow of relationships is recognized as primary to sustaining life. * The Promise of Negative Interest Today we have positive interest rates, which implies that taking money out of circulation and storing it is remunerated.

Need Some Motivation Right Now? Read This IMMEDIATELY — Think Traffic If you’re in desperate need of some motivation, we’re going to fix that problem, right here, right now. Prepare yourself. WARNING: I’m going to swear and yell a little in this post. Desperate times call for desperate measures. You said you needed motivation. If this isn’t the kind of motivation you need, leave now. Alright. Here goes. Do you want some motherfucking motivation right now? I SAID, do you want some MOTHERFUCKING MOTIVATION RIGHT NOW? Do you want to get some seriously useful shit done today? Do you want to get off your ass and start producing instead of wallowing in despair, depression, self pity, fear, doubt or whatever is holding you back? Are you sick of not getting anything done? Let’s DO THIS. The point of this exercise is to give you motivation to do something right now. Follow the steps below carefully. 1. The world doesn’t care. And if you’re feeling depressed or down, stop feeling sorry for yourself while you’re at it. We all face obstacles. Did you catch that? Period. 2. 3. 4.

Reality Denial: Steven Pinker’s Apologetics for Western-Imperial Violence | Public Intellectuals Project By Edward S. Herman and David Peterson Whereas in Pinker’s view there has been a “Long Peace” since the end of the Second World War,[7] in the real world there has been a series of long and devastating U.S. wars: in the Koreas (1950-1953), Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia (1954-1975), Iraq (1990-), Afghanistan (2001- or, arguably, 1979-), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996-), with the heavy direct involvement of U.S. clients from Rwanda (Paul Kagame) and Uganda (Yoweri Museveni) in large-scale Congo killings; and Israel’s outbursts in Lebanon (1982 and 2006), to name a few. In the same time frame as Pinker’s “New Peace,” alleged to have begun with the dissolution of the Soviet bloc, the Warsaw Pact, and of the Soviet Union itself (1989-1991), we have also witnessed the relentless expansion of the U.S. “Among respectable countries,” Pinker writes, “conquest is no longer a thinkable option. Pinker’s “Cold War” Consider this example: Vietnam and the Antiwar Protests

MUST-SEE: This simple 12-point pledge could save America If you aren’t already a fan of Mike Rowe, you will be soon… Like us, the former host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” believes in ideas like hard work and personal responsibility… ideas that once made America the greatest country in the world, but that are all too rare today. This week, Mike shared his 12-point “S.W.E.A.T. He originally created the pledge for applicants to his scholarship program, but we think it’s a fantastic reminder every American needs to see. (Full text below) (Skill & Work Ethic Aren’t Taboo) 1. 2. 3. 4. ×Subscribe to Crux 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. On my honor, I hereby affirm the above statements to be an accurate summation of my personal worldview. Please share if you agree!