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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.

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.

Bolivia Gives Legal Rights To The Earth Law of Mother Earth sees Bolivia pilot new social and economic model based on protection of and respect for nature. Bolivia is to become the first country in the world to give nature comprehensive legal rights in an effort to halt climate change and the exploitation of the natural world, and to improve quality of life for the Bolivian people. Developed by grassroots social groups and agreed by politicians, the Law of Mother Earth recognises the rights of all living things, giving the natural world equal status to human beings. Once fully approved, the legislation will provide the Earth with rights to: life and regeneration; biodiversity and freedom from genetic modification; pure water; clean air; naturally balanced systems; restoration from the effects of human activity; and freedom from contamination. The legislation is based on broader principles of living in harmony with the Earth and prioritising the “collective good.” Bolivia Rain forest The Law of Mother Earth includes the following:

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.

Why the &quot;loudness wars&quot; are killing today&#039;s music July 03, 2006 Why the “loudness wars” are killing today’s music Pull out a vinyl record from the 70s or early 80s, and listen to it. Odds are it’ll have a big dynamic range — it’ll be whisper-quiet in some parts and booming loud in others. You’ll pick up new nuances every time you listen to it. Now listen to any music track recorded in the last ten years, and it’ll be radically different. Nope, says a writer at Stylus magazine. See those two graphs overhead? But so what? One result of [overcompression] is that modern CDs have much more consistent volume levels than ever before. I’ve messed around with lots of home-recording technology — for music and for my Wired podcasts — and this guy’s right. (Thanks to Andrew Hearst for this one!) <a href="

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.

Combat Studies Institute Click Here to Request Hard Copies of Publications New Releases (Back to Top) Command Contemporary Operations Counterinsurgency/Stability Operations Doctrine, Policy & Technology Fort Leavenworth Units Staff Ride Guides Revolutionary War Lewis and Clark Civil War Indian Wars The Spanish-American War World War I World War II Korean War Vietnam War Israeli Conflicts Lebanon Afghanistan Iraq CSI Symposiums 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."

BUILDYOURMEMORY.COM / A mnemonics and memory improvement resource 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:

Online Library: Fiore dei Liberi c1409 Fiore dei Liberi : "Flos Duellatorum", 1410 Online Presentation of Flos Duellatorum The notion of the Masters, Remedy Masters, Countra-Masters and Countra-contra-Masters often confuse the uninitiated to Fiore's treatise. This initial apparent complexity achieves clarity once the reader understands both the foundations of the plays presented, and the symbolism with respect to the individuals wearing a crown, crown and garter, garter and no-garter. The AEMMA's training program as described in The Art of Longsword Combat - Book #1 was heavily influenced by the work of Liberi, however, the book is now dated and archived. The Treatise A. This presentation is comprised of digitally scanned pages of the Pisani-Dossi treatise in the sequence as found in the 1902 publication. The book was presented to David M. As more of the book is digitized, these will be added to this presentation. B. Prologue 1. abrazare - grappling 2. 3. 4. spada longa - longsword 5. spada longa in arme - armoured longsword 7.

Put Away The Bell Curve: Most Of Us Aren't 'Average' hide captionHank Aaron breaks Babe Ruth's record for career home runs as he hits No. 715 at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium on April 8, 1974, on his way to a career 755 home runs. Research suggests that in a wide variety of professions, including collegiate and professional sports, a small but significant number of individuals perform exceedingly well and the rest of individuals' performance trails off. For decades, teachers, managers and parents have assumed that the performance of students and employees fits what's known as the bell curve — in most activities, we expect a few people to be very good, a few people to be very bad and most people to be average. The bell curve powerfully shapes how we think of human performance: If lots of students or employees happen to show up as extreme outliers — they're either very good or very bad — we assume they must represent a skewed sample, because only a few people in a truly random sample are supposed to be outliers.

Seed: Who Wants to Be a Cognitive Neuroscientist Millionaire? Ogi correctly answers the $250,000 question. Courtesy of Valleycrest Productions. Boston University’s doctoral program in cognitive neuroscience prepares students for a career in brain modeling, robot design, or biomedical engineering—or for winning cash on the television quiz show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire?. Researchers in my department, Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS), seek to understand the brain’s mechanisms, including three cognitive systems that happen to be essential for a profitable performance on Millionaire: learning, memory, and decision-making. I went to New York, where I passed a multiple-choice audition test. The first technique I drew upon was priming. I used priming on my $16,000 question: “This past spring, which country first published inflammatory cartoons of the prophet Mohammed?” I used priming even more explicitly on my $50,000 question: “Which of the following acronyms represents an organization that does not include the word ‘Association?’” “That’s right!”

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