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6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying

6 Things Rich People Need to Stop Saying
All of a sudden, it's like you can't make huge amounts of money without people getting all pissed off about it. And it's only going to get worse -- with the election coming up and the weather getting warmer, this whole "Occupy" movement is probably going to come back strong. The 1 percent will feel even more besieged than before. "What the hell?" #6. "The amount that I have to reinvest in my business and feed my family is more like $600,000 ... and so by the time I feed my family, I have maybe $400,000 left over ..." -- Congressman John Fleming Pictured here with his poverty. "It is hard to ask more of households making $250,000 or $300,000 a year. -- Senator Chuck Schumer What They Think They're Saying: "Come on, we're all in this together! What We Hear: "When my family's Aruba vacation went over budget, that was exactly like you being unable to afford medication for your child's excruciating chronic illness!" Getty"Look at how tiny my yacht is!" Getty"This stuff? #5. -- Wayne Allyn Root #4. Related:  world

4 Awful Things We're Now Considering Nerd Behavior I'm not a pleasant person to be around. I mean, I'm mostly OK on the outside, but it sometimes seems like the person who lives in my brain and presses the buttons that make me do things is just trying to see how far he can push the envelope before society exiles me to a desert island with nothing but a few years' worth of snacks and a solar-powered laptop so I can play Fallout 2. I'm basically just like any other sociopathic nerd, and I'm guilty of every one of the behaviors I'm about to explain. #4. Lucasfilm Here's an awful truth: We may love the stuff our favorite artists create, but we don't give two shits about them as people. There's no better example of this than the Star Wars prequels. LucasfilmFear leads to anger, anger leads to hastily typed forum posts and a meaningless life. You get angry when someone does something to hurt you or someone/something you care about, not when someone fails to keep doing something you like. I'm not above this at all. Again, this makes no sense.

People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies. The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. We're just as undiscerning about the skills of others as about ourselves.

5 Reasons The Greatest Movie Villain Ever is a 'Good' Witch When you think of The Wizard of Oz's cast of villains, you most likely think of the flying monkeys and the Wicked Witch of the West, and maybe the pissy apple trees and the green dudes guarding the WWotW's castle. Also known as 'Winkies.' True story. If you've seen or read 'Wicked,' you might have a more sympathetic view of the Wicked Witch of the West. It's her, right there. Glinda, not the Wicked Witch of the West, is the cause for everything that goes wrong for Dorothy and her new friends in the land of Oz, and she starts instigating the film's central conflict the second Dorothy shows up. You remember the story, right? And that's when Glinda the Good Witch floats down and merrily interrogates Dorothy to find out if she is a good witch or a bad witch. "And remember only bad people are disabled, Dorothy" You caught that, right? "It's like Saddam's execution all over again." Right off the bat, the Western Witch wants to know who killed her sister. What?!

Alien: A Film Franchise Based Entirely on Rape Horror isn't complicated. You find out what makes your audience uncomfortable and present it to them in the most unsettling way possible. This is why horror movies aimed at young males contain vague allusions to homosexuality -- it's what makes that audience nervous. So, if you have a country scared that communists are secretly infiltrating society, you give them 1956's Invasion of the Body Snatchers. If you have a nation coming off a recession and spiraling violent crime rates in 1980, you give them Friday the 13th. And if your country is terrified of people with dreadlocks, you make Predator. Which Brings Us to the Rape But Alien? And not just the one Joss Whedon wrote. Oh, we're not joking. "One thing that people are all disturbed about is sex... Hearing this man utter the words "I'm going to attack them sexually" is more terrifying than all the Alien movies combined. That's from the Alien Saga documentary. That's the third worst place to get raped. Left: Giger's Necronomicon. Subtle. Nope.

The seven most disturbing psychology experiments - In the annals of unnerving social science work, one name stands out in the pantheon of researchers, an unassuming Harvard professor who put together the experiment that bears his name. In the early 1960s, Stanley Milgram found himself curious about the nature of obedience to authority, specifically the propensity of ordinary people to comply with orders to commit evil acts as happened in Nazi Germany. To test his ideas, Milgram devised an experiment in which subjects were situated in front of a board of switches and instructed to ask questions of a fellow volunteer who was restrained to a chair in the other room. When the restrained person got a question wrong, Milgram's experimenter instructed the student at the board to throw a switch and administer a shock. As the shocks grew in intensity, the subject in the other room screamed in pain, begged to be let free, and finally fell into a chilling silence - apparently either unconscious or dead from the torture. The results were stunning.

How, and How Not, to Improve the Schools by Diane Ravitch Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? by Pasi Sahlberg Teachers College Press, 167 pp., $34.95 (paper) A Chance to Make History: What Works and What Doesn’t in Providing an Excellent Education for All by Wendy Kopp with Steven Farr 6 Double Standards We're All Guilty Of Every one of us has decried a double standard at some point. The double standard in the workplace when it comes to paying women, or among universities when it comes to letting in people who thought high school was boring. But while we're wondering how admissions departments sleep at night, there are some much more common double standards that we rarely complain about since we're too busy obliviously believing in them. PSAs Are About Other People, Not Us If you leave your house occasionally, even just through the magical portal of television, you'll be no stranger to PSAs (public service announcements) warning you about the dangers of drugs, drunk driving, texting while driving, not reading to your kids and not eating "the other white meat." However, if a corny anti-drug commercial has ever made you want to shout at your TV "NOW I AM GOING TO GO DO EVEN MORE DRUGS!" Getty"I am going to do ALL THE DRUGS! And it's not just because the commercials are corny. Getty Or a metrosexual.

Vēstule Mārai Zālītei - 2012 Tagad svarīgi kas pilnīgi cits: katrs lai būtu cilvēks starp cilvēkiem. Vienīgi. Labdien, Māra! Dienas redakcijai likās, ka tas būtu interesants eksperiments, ja es mēģinātu izdarīt neizdarāmo un pēc 28 gadiem, kas pagājuši kopš manas pirmās atklātās vēstules Tev Teātra dienā 1984. gada Padomju Jaunatnē, to izdarītu vēlreiz - 2012. gadā, sveicot Tevi cienījamā jubilejā. Taču tad es noskatījos Arno Jundzes sarunu ar Tevi LTV ciklā Nacionālie dārgumi, kurā Tu nezin kāpēc izskatījies tik skumja. Šo vēstuli es rakstu īpašā dienā, diemžēl šis īpašums nav saistīts ar kaut ko pacilājošu, drīzāk ir otrādi: tikko atnācu no referenduma balsošanas iecirkņa... Kad Tu TV intervijā teici, ka Tev ir grūti un ka Tu (vairs) negribi būt par simbolu - ne atmodai, ne Mātei Latvijai, kuras godā ar tautas gribu Tu pirms gadiem divdesmit tiki iecelta, - es Tev noticēju.

The 6 Best Towns To Live in (If You Have a Death Wish) Maybe the greatest thing about human beings is if you show us the most desolate, horrible place on Earth, at least one of us will scratch his chin and say, "I bet land is really cheap there." Boom, a month later, there are apartments and a Waffle House. We're not kidding, there are people living and working right now in places where you wouldn't think a man could survive for even a day. Places like... Where is it? Drive about five hours out of Ethiopia's population center until the ground gets too rugged to proceed, then get out and travel by camel-back into one of the cradles of human civilization in the Danakil Desert. This is the region of the world where human life began, and life has been comparatively smooth sailing for those of us who escaped this hellhole. Lifestyle In the 1960s, an American company set up a mining community in the Dallol region in order to mine the mineral, potash. "Hey Hank, this is fun and all but I was thinking maybe, you know, fuck it. But, hey. Ah, Siberia.