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A Nation of Wimps

A Nation of Wimps
Maybe it's the cyclist in the park, trim under his sleek metallic blue helmet, cruising along the dirt path... at three miles an hour. On his tricycle. Or perhaps it's today's playground, all-rubber-cushioned surface where kids used to skin their knees. And... wait a minute... those aren't little kids playing. Their mommies—and especially their daddies—are in there with them, coplaying or play-by-play coaching . Then there are the sanitizing gels, with which over a third of parents now send their kids to school, according to a recent survey. Consider the teacher new to an upscale suburban town. Behold the wholly sanitized childhood , without skinned knees or the occasional C in history. Messing up, however, even in the playground, is wildly out of style. "Life is planned out for us," says Elise Kramer, a Cornell University junior. No one doubts that there are significant economic forces pushing parents to invest so heavily in their children's outcome from an early age. Related:  News/Opinions/PoliticsNews & OTher Important Knowledge Centers

Best Buy Firing Employee Because He Makes A Funny Video // Current To Our Faithful Current.com Users: Current's run has ended after eight exciting years on air and online. The Current TV staff has appreciated your interest, support, participation and unflagging loyalty over the years. Your contributions helped make Current.com a vibrant place for discussing thousands of interesting stories, and your continued viewership motivated us to keep innovating and find new ways to reflect the voice of the people. We now welcome the on-air and digital presence of Al Jazeera America, a new news network committed to reporting on and investigating real stories affecting the lives of everyday Americans in every corner of the country. Thank you for inspiring and challenging us. – The Current TV Staff

wait but why: Putting Time In Perspective Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It’s not our fault—the spans of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it’s almost impossible to get a handle on it. If the Earth formed at midnight and the present moment is the next midnight, 24 hours later, modern humans have been around since 11:59:59pm—1 second. And if human history itself spans 24 hours from one midnight to the next, 14 minutes represents the time since Christ. To try to grasp some perspective, I mapped out the history of time as a series of growing timelines—each timeline contains all the previous timelines (colors will help you see which timelines are which). A note on dates: When it comes to the far-back past, most of the dates we know are the subject of ongoing debate. For teachers and parents and people who hate cursing: here’s a clean, Rated G version.

How to Avoid Procrastination: Think Concrete New study finds procrastination is warded off by considering tasks in concrete terms. Although procrastination is usually thought of as something to be avoided, this hasn’t always been the case. Surveying the history of procrastination Dr Piers Steel finds that before the industrial revolution procrastination might have been seen in neutral terms (Steel, 2007; PDF). Nowadays, though, for those living in technically advanced societies, procrastination has become a ‘modern malady': everything must be done now or, even better, three weeks ago. For good or evil there are now endless to-do lists to work through, appointments that must be kept and commitments that have to be fulfilled. Such is modern life. Whatever the cause many people certainly view their procrastination as a problem. It’s all in the construal In a new study published recently in Psychological Science McCrea, Liberman, Trope & Sherman (2008) examined one possible technique for decreasing procrastination. Abstract construal.

How to Pull Off the Perfect Picnic Picnics lead to marriage. Okay gents, now that I’ve got your attention, allow me to explain. Less than two years ago, I met the woman of my dreams. For those who’ve never done the distance, I’ll get straight to the point: it can be brutal. Ok, enough with the self-doubt talk. Sometimes, you have to man up. What ensued was a weekend that changed both our lives. The takeaway? As it turns out, risks are worth taking — she said yes. In other words, pursue the one with everything you have, and don’t be afraid to enjoy a picnic or two along the way. Cheers! Guidelines, Tips, and Meal Planning for Picnics First and foremost, plan ahead. Pack accordingly. Picnic Packing List –A comfortable blanket or ground covering to sit on. –A cooler for items that need to be kept cold. –A basket or large bag to carry everything else. –Plastic storage containers and plastic storage bags. Note: Don’t put bread items (like the French baguette I suggest below) in a 100% sealed plastic container or plastic wrap.

Housing Links General Tenant's Rights and Rent Regulation Information Met Council Factsheets NYC Rent Guidelines Board - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Tenant's Rights Guide (New York State Attorney General) (pdf) NYS Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR) - Office of Rent Administration Information for rent-regulated tenants. LawHelp KNOW YOUR RIGHTS - Housing A comprehensive collection of 273 tenants' rights fact sheets and booklets. (Shorter URL: Useful Information about Housing Rules and Regulations (NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development) (pdf) New York City Affordable Housing Resource Center Information about available affordable housing, public housing, Section 8, evictions, and repairs, and information and resources for senior citizens and people with disabilities. Rent Smart (NYS Consumer Protection Board [2002]). Back to Table of Contents Tenant and Housing Organizations Brooklyn Brighton Neighborhood Association Serves Brighton Beach.

'Gay Caveman' Found By Archaeologists Near Prague A team of Czech archaeologists claim to have unearthed the remains of an early gay man from around 2900-2500 B.C. outside Prague. According to the Telegraph, the "gay caveman" was found buried in a way normally reserved only for women during the Copper Age. The man had been interred on his left side with his head facing east, with no weapons and household jugs -- almost always reserved for women in the region during that time -- placed at his feet. Traditionally, men were buried with weapons, hammers and flint knives, and their bodies were positioned on their right side with their heads facing west. "From history and ethnology, we know that people from this period took funeral rites very seriously so it is highly unlikely that this positioning was a mistake," lead researcher Kamila Remisova Vesinova said. "But this later discovery was neither of those, leading us to believe the man was probably homosexual or transsexual," Semeradova is also quoted by the Telegraph as saying.

Why Generation Y Yuppies Are Unhappy | Wait But Why Say hi to Lucy. Lucy is part of Generation Y, the generation born between the late 1970s and the mid 1990s. She's also part of a yuppie culture that makes up a large portion of Gen Y. I have a term for yuppies in the Gen Y age group -- I call them Gen Y Protagonists & Special Yuppies, or GYPSYs. A GYPSY is a unique brand of yuppie, one who thinks they are the main character of a very special story. So Lucy's enjoying her GYPSY life, and she's very pleased to be Lucy. Lucy's kind of unhappy. To get to the bottom of why, we need to define what makes someone happy or unhappy in the first place. It's pretty straightforward -- when the reality of someone's life is better than they had expected, they're happy. To provide some context, let's start by bringing Lucy's parents into the discussion: Lucy's parents were born in the '50s -- they're Baby Boomers. Lucy's Depression Era grandparents were obsessed with economic security and raised her parents to build practical, secure careers.

Dunning–Kruger effect The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias wherein relatively unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly assessing their ability to be much higher than is accurate. The bias was first experimentally observed by David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University in 1999. Dunning and Kruger attributed the bias to the metacognitive inability of the unskilled to evaluate their own ability level accurately. Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal illusion in the unskilled, and external misperception in the skilled: "The miscalibration of the incompetent stems from an error about the self, whereas the miscalibration of the highly competent stems from an error about others Original study[edit] Dunning and Kruger proposed that, for a given skill, incompetent people will:[4] Supporting studies[edit] Dunning and Kruger set out to test these hypotheses on Cornell undergraduates in psychology courses. Historical antecedents[edit]

Anxiety-Ridden Man Rightly Ashamed Of Every Single Thing He Does OAKLAND, CA—Friends and colleagues of copywriter Timothy Gibula confirmed Wednesday that the anxiety-ridden 36-year-old is right to feel ashamed of every single thing he does, considering that all his acquaintances are, exactly as he fears, actively judging him at all times. Validating every feeling of remorse and social anxiety the man has ever felt, sources close to Gibula told reporters his perpetual anguish over his words and actions could not be more justified, as all of his missteps—ranging from minor lapses of politeness to his overall slightly disappointing career trajectory—are immediately perceived by those around him as evidence of his inadequacy as a human being. "In fact, no matter what else I have going on, I always find time to think about Tim, whether it's a tiny faux pas he's made or one of the major failures in his life," Ramirez continued. "I barely find time to do anything else, really."

'There Goes the 'Hood': Gentrification in New York City 365 tomorrows » I Bet You Say That To All The Girls : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day by submissionFebruary 17th, 2009 Author : Ian Rennie I give Annabeth one last lingering kiss at the door. “I’ll see you next week?” I say, a slight quaver in my voice. “Count on it.” she says grinning. I close the door as she turns, my heart fluttering. Annabeth is a client, and starting a relationship with a client is the big no-no. I always knew she was special. This is it, then. I just need to take my pill, get a shower, and get ready for her. I take the pill with a glass of water then step in the shower. The warm water is so soothing, like rain during monsoon season. To be honest, I don’t know if I’ll be here much longer. There’s just something about her that makes my heart skip when I know she’s coming. I think she may be the one.

Why Are American Kids So Spoiled? In 2004, Carolina Izquierdo, an anthropologist at the University of California, Los Angeles, spent several months with the Matsigenka, a tribe of about twelve thousand people who live in the Peruvian Amazon. The Matsigenka hunt for monkeys and parrots, grow yucca and bananas, and build houses that they roof with the leaves of a particular kind of palm tree, known as a kapashi. At one point, Izquierdo decided to accompany a local family on a leaf-gathering expedition down the Urubamba River. A member of another family, Yanira, asked if she could come along. Izquierdo and the others spent five days on the river. Although Yanira had no clear role in the group, she quickly found ways to make herself useful. While Izquierdo was doing field work among the Matsigenka, she was also involved in an anthropological study closer to home. Izquierdo and Ochs shared an interest in many ethnographic issues, including child rearing. “Can you untie it?” More by Elizabeth Kolbert:

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