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15 Great Pieces of Life Advice... that never get old and will actually help you
The great benefit of living with, working for, or being related to people who have experienced more of life than you have... is absorbing their best advice.
The most effective people learn from their own mistakes - and make a significant effort to learn from other people's errors as well.
A recent thread asked users for the best advice they've ever gotten.
Here are a few of the greatest excerpts, lightly edited for clarity:
Never say "But."
"A very smart woman I worked with once told me... that if I eliminated the word 'but' from my professional vocabulary, I'd find greater acceptance for my ideas, and greater cooperation from my team members...
The word 'but' negates everything that precedes it, and you cast a negative spin on anything you say when you use it. 'But' is exclusive and isolating; 'and' is inclusive and welcoming."
You never get anything unless you ask.
"It was from a professor in my university, but I believe its origin is from somebody famous: If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no'."
Think before you complain.
"Don't complain. I think it was phrased as something like, 'Do you ever listen to someone complaining and think, 'This is a great conversation!?' Being negative doesn't help others, and it doesn't help you."
Time is the one thing you never get back.
"A mentor I had some years ago told me that time is the one thing that you can never get back. If you look at it as an asset, you can donate it, spend it, or waste it. Whatever you do with it, it is gone once it passes."
Do the right thing.
"Advice from Charlie Munger (not proffered personally): The safest way to try to get what you want - is to try to deserve what you want."
Attitude is more important than talent.
"I have been time and again repeatedly told that a strong positive attitude takes a man farther than his talent.
There are many greats in sports, entertainment, politics, science, and art who had great talent... but lost on huge counts, only because of a faulty and shaky attitude.
Attitude helps you solve problems talent cannot. Attitude helps you navigate through problem talent hides."
Quality is always greater than quantity.
"If you're going to do something, do it well enough to avoid doing it the second time. Going back to do something the second time is a time-waster.
Even writing this post, I'm putting in my best effort into editing it, explaining it, and making it easy and enjoyable to read — to avoid going back and fixing any grammatical errors."
"Do what you say you're going to do."
"When I was in my 20s I worked as a waiter at a very popular restaurant. I found it very difficult to keep up with the orders and, consequently, my tips were very low.
One of the very experienced servers took me aside and she said, 'Slow down and take longer steps. You'll feel more relaxed and your customers will see that and trust you.'
If you slow down, you have time to think and plan better. Taking longer steps means more than just how you move through a space. It's about looking ahead and covering more ground, encompassing more than just the task at hand."
Everyone ends up in the same place.
"'At the end of the game, the king and the pawn go back in the same box.' -- Italian Proverb
When you really think about this, in the end we all end up the same. You can't take your money and fame with you after you die."
Time is not money. It's better.
"Always choose time over money. Contrary to what people say, time is not money. Time is much much more than money.
At the end of your life, it's guaranteed you will be out of time and more than likely out of money as well, if you didn't value time."
Don't worry what other people think.
"Stop being so self-conscious - because absolutely nobody is paying any attention to you anyway - they are only paying attention to themselves."
You can't truly control things... but can control how well you do things.
"To find happiness in life's tasks, invest in the process (which you can control), not in the outcome (which is largely out of your control)."
"God gave you two ears and one mouth; use them proportionally."
Take risks when you can.
"On deciding whether to step off my career track in my mid-20s to live abroad for a year: 'You have the rest of your life to work. You'll be working for 40 years.
I don't know why we were in such a hurry when we were young.'
I took the year off."
Fun on the beach in Australia
Inspired by Pharrell William's International "Happy" Hit! Lot's of dogs playing at the beach.
Special appearance from "DIDGA" aka 'Worlds BEST Skateboarding Cat'.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DePFiF-nNoE&feature=player_embedded
Mornings are the best time... to get the positive result you are looking for
Here's a question for you: If you were in prison and coming up for parole, would you prefer to be seen by a judge in the morning… or in the afternoon?
You probably wouldn't think it would matter. After all, judges are rational and deliberative and simply make their decisions based on the facts and the law. Right?
In 2011, a study was conducted by Jonathan Levav of Stanford and Shai Danziger of Ben-Gurion University on Israeli parole board hearings.
The pair looked at over 1,100 parole decisions that occurred over one year. What they discovered was a disturbing trend…
Tierney recounts the study in the Times.
"There was a pattern to the parole board's decisions, but it wasn't related to the men's ethnic backgrounds, crimes or sentences. It was all about timing...
Judges, who would hear the prisoners' appeals and then get advice from the other members of the board, approved parole in about a third of the cases...
But the probability of being paroled fluctuated wildly throughout the day."
Here's the kicker (emphasis ours):
"Prisoners who appeared early in the morning received parole about 70% of the time, while those who appeared late in the day were paroled less than 10% of the time."
What's going on here?
Scientists call it decision fatigue. It's a form of ego depletion.
To quote Tierney again, "The judges' erratic judgment was due to the occupational hazard of being, as George W. Bush once put it, 'the decider.'
The mental work of ruling on case after case, whatever the individual merits, wore them down."
So there's a lesson for you: If you're going before a judge… make sure it's early in the morning. Your lifestyle could depend on it.
The real takeaway from this study, though, is that our biology restricts our ability to make good decisions.
Our minds simply don't function the same at 9 a.m. as they do at 4 p.m.
In case you haven't heard, or you are oblivious to the news of the day... America's 'Debt Limit' is now again the latest fabricated crisis in Washington.
Today is October 31st... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt... and going $4 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Here's Obama's latest propaganda...
Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 10/31/2014...
She was asked, "Do you think President Obama is a strong leader?" Her response even left MSNBC anchors stunned
It’s no secret that Democratic candidates up for re-election this year have been running from being associated with President Obama amid his anemic approval numbers.
It’s also no secret that while many of those candidates don’t want to be associated with him, they also don’t want to be seen as abandoning their party’s leader. That has led to some awkward exchanges.
Enter Kay Hagan.
Hagan, the Democratic senator from North Carolina, was asked Tuesday by MSNBC if she thought the president was a strong leader.
Her answer was a rambling circle that included a him-haw reference to Obama having a lot going on.
“You know, President Obama has a lot on his plate,” Hagan told Kasie Hunt during a piece that aired on Thursday’s “Morning Joe” show.
“And it seems like, whether it’s the oil spill that took place earlier, a number of years ago in the Gulf, to this Ebola crisis now, to ISIS gaining strength, I mean, you look at all the combination of things like that.”
“Do you think he’s acted as a strong leader in those crises?” Hunt interrupted.
“You know I think there’s definitely... Like with Ebola, we have definitely been late to the table in making decisions about that, being sure that CDC has a, has a... understands and gets messages out to hospitals,” she said.
“So you don’t think he’s shown strong leadership?” Hunt recapped.
“Certainly there are issues where I certainly think no,” she finally responded.
When the camera cut to the MSNBC hosts, they seemed baffled?
“These are not hard questions to answer,” Joe Scarborough quipped. To which Hunt responded, “Sometimes the simplest questions are the hardest.”
Watch video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rss5jyvgIfU&feature=player_embedded
The clip is reminiscent of Kentucky’s Alison Lundergan Grimes - refusing to answer - if she voted for Obama.
Hagan is currently locked in a tight battle with Republican Thom Tillis, whom she leads by a minuscule 1.6 points according to the Real Clear Politics average.
And what... no other president has ever had multiple crises going on?
Unable to delegate, appoint competent officials, and holding no one accountable for the actions of their agencies. Let me help you, Kay Hagan-
Obama sucks and will, without a doubt, be remembered as the worst president ever elected in the US. The debate is over.
Obama is a very strong communist leader. It’s all perspective. Can’t view his actions on your terms. Unlike you, he despises America.
It's a Time for Choosing...
For American citizens who subscribe to the Friday-funnies... next week will be a time to vote for the direction of the country... at least for the next couple years, until the next Presidential election.
We have listened to Obama's empty grand gestures and false promises - for six long years. It seems like an endless series of lies, division and scandals.
Ask yourself, "What has Obama actually accomplished for America, in the past six years?"
Most Americans now think the election of Barack Obama was a big mistake... and they strongly believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.
To this point, we offer you this alternative view for America...
It’s easy to listen to Ronald Reagan’s "A Time for Choosing" speech, delivered October 27, 1964, and marvel at how prescient he was.
What Reagan said half a century ago... is just as true today, as it was then.
Certainly, his remarks were dated; they were delivered in support of Barry Goldwater’s presidential campaign against Lyndon Johnson.
But replace Kruschev with Putin... and warnings of Big Government with Obamacare... or amnesty for those who break the law to enter our nation... and that speech could just as easily be delivered today - as it was 50 years ago.
But the remarkable clarity of Reagan’s speech lies not in his ability to see into the future...
It is because he fully understood the destructive nature of modern statist liberalism; its demands on society and the people within it are no different today, than they were in earlier times.
Ronald Reagan knew at his core - that the precepts of statism are anathema to American constitutional liberty; that personal freedom must be sacrificed in order for it to take hold and that its price is “chains and slavery.”
He understood that statist liberalism, “must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose,” and that without force, no free people would choose to live under it.
A Time for Choosing by Ronald Reagan
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=qXBswFfh6AY
This is what Reagan understood. Times have changed as well as the men and women who live in them - but statism has not.
As a political dogma, it remains unchanged in its pursuit of subjugating people to the state.
It was this understanding of statist government that guided Reagan a generation after his speech to rightly call the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” and demand that Mikhail Gorbachev “tear down this wall,” which separated East Berliners from liberty.
The threats of statist liberalism have ebbed and flowed in the half century since Reagan gave his speech... but today, it is at a high-water mark in America.
The federal government is forcing Obamacare on an unwilling public.
The president is seeking the effective destruction of American sovereignty by erasing our borders, through executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.
The most prosperous free-market economy in the history of man suffers under the yoke of government regulations - and our growing debt poses an existential threat to the republic.
Ronald Reagan articulated a choice for America 50 years ago; whether its citizens would embrace... “The ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order...
Or succumb to the attractive lies of statism, that lead to the ant heap of totalitarianism.”
Rescuers try to save a sinking ship in Harlingen harbor in northern Netherlands on Oct. 22. The remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo affected many parts of Europe.
A golfer hits a tee shot as African migrants sit atop a border fence during an attempt to cross from Morocco into Spain's north African enclave of Melilla on Oct. 22.
Tens of thousands of migrants try to force their way into Europe every year, but nowhere is this constant struggle more dramatic than the two Spanish enclaves of Melilla and Ceuta, which offer the only land route between the world's richest and poorest continents.
A common myna feeds her baby in a nest on a hot afternoon in Bhubaneswar, India, on Sunday, May 4. The common myna is native to Asia, and it is an important motif in Indian culture.
First year students from St. Andrew's University cover themselves in foam on Oct. 20 in St. Andrews, Scotland. The annual foam fight is the culmination of the centuries-old "Raisin Weekend" at the university when new students would give senior students a pound of raisins.
Line judge John Hussey separates Minnesota Vikings' Greg Jennings and Buffalo Bills' Stephon Gilmore during the second half of an NFL football game on Oct. 19 in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Senior soloist of the Joburg Ballet Kitty Phetla performs in a classroom at the Nka-Thuto Primary School in Soweto, South Africa on Oct. 16. Using dance to promote healthy and positive choices, Joburg Ballet will perform at twenty schools in Soweto.
A tornado touches down in a field in Akron, Colorado, on Wednesday, May 7. The National Weather Service said there were no reports of injuries or damage after at least two tornadoes briefly touched down on Colorado's Eastern Plains.
A "recortador" jumps over a bull in Madrid on Friday, May 2. "Recortadores" is a bloodless type of bullfighting where the performers acrobatically leap over bulls and the ones who get the closest and show the least amount of fear are the winners.
"If it's sanity you are after... there is no recipe like laughter." -- Henry Elliot
The genius H.L. Mencken put it best when he wrote that "every election is a sort of advance auction sale of stolen goods."
Most of our so-called leaders aren't in the business of solving problems. Instead they're in the business of milking real problems, to pass certain agendas. Obama is a prime example of this selfish corruption.
R. Buckminster Fuller said, "“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
Happy moments, praise God. Difficult moments, seek God. Quiet moments, worship God. Painful moments, trust God. Every moment, thank God.
The solution to sealing the Mexican border... move the White House and Obama to the border
A second fence has been erected along part of the White House grounds, pushing tourists and passersby farther away, after a fence jumper got into the executive mansion.
The new waist-high barricade, which closes off part of the sidewalk on the Pennsylvania Avenue side of the White House, went up late Monday or early Tuesday.
It is about 8 feet (2.4 meters) from the regular spike-topped fence.
The barrier was erected after Iraq war veteran Omar Gonzalez, 42, allegedly scaled the 7-foot (2.1-meter) fence on Friday, ran across the White House lawn and entered the building through an open door.
Interesting how two people cross the Whitehouse border fence and our Government quickly puts up a second...
Forty million people crossed our border illegally from Mexico over the last 20 years - and our Government still refuses to put up one fence?
Why not move the Whitehouse to Arizona… to finally solve the problem? Obama can watch the illegals flooding into the country - firsthand!
Vimeo 'Staff Pick' ... "I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up" ... now with sound effects too!
An odd but impressive video popped up on Vimeo recently, and we can't stop watching it. It's a CGI (computer-generated imagery) rendering of a horizontally rotating column knocking over and pushing around what looks like humans.
The video is titled "I've fallen, and I can't get up!" It was uploaded by Dave Fothergill, a visual-effects artist from the U.K. Why can't we take our eyes off this? Because it's almost hypnotic!
Soon after the release of the original silent version, which has gone viral, an Internet entrepreneur, Andy Baio, got his hands on it and added his own horrifying sound effects to go along with the visuals.
Like many bizarre online works of art, the video was posted to Reddit, where commenters weighed in with their thoughts, such as...
"This is the most oddly-satisfying thing I've ever seen!" and "It's like watching a hundred euphoria enabled ragdolls."
Fothergill says he used a special-effects plug-in called Miarmy, which was designed to create crowd simulations.
If you need me, I'll be staring at this for the rest of the day - it gets better every time I watch it!
Uh-Oh? ... Hillary Clinton says 'businesses don't create jobs?' What will she say next... 'corrupt government is good for you?'
Hillary Clinton said this at a recent campaign event: 'Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.' Conservatives pounced. Liberals are pleading for context.
Hillary Rodham Clinton’s recent comment about trickle-down economics has launched a war of spin.
First, here’s what the likely 2016 presidential candidate said at a campaign event last Friday for Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate:
“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” former Secretary of State Clinton said in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed.
One of the things my husband says when people say, ‘What did you bring to Washington?’ He says, ‘I brought arithmetic.’”
That first sentence is similar to a gaffe President Obama made in his 2012 reelection campaign, when he said: “If you’ve got a business – you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”
His GOP opponent, Mitt Romney, pounded him mercilessly over that one (though Mr. Romney still lost).
“It’s Hillary Clinton’s ‘You Didn’t Build That Moment’ – and it’s a safe bet that the quote will come back to haunt her,” writes Benjamin Austin at FreePatriot.org.
Regardless of how one interprets Clinton’s comment, there’s little doubt the former first lady’s opponents will use it against her in the presidential campaign, if she runs.
It’s not Clinton’s first gaffe of the unofficial 2016 race.
This past June, when she released her latest book, “Hard Choices,” she said she and her husband, the ex-president, came out of the White House in 2001 “dead broke.”
For a couple that could instantly command multimillion-dollar book deals and six-figure speaking gigs, the comment seemed strangely off.
Even PolitiFact.com rated it “mostly false.”
As before, liberal watchdog groups are jumping in to defend her, calling for a look at the context.
“The full transcript of her remarks shows she was making the established observation that minimum wage increases can boost a sluggish economy by generating demand, and that tax breaks for the rich don't necessarily move companies to create jobs,” writes the radical liberal group Media Matters.
Conservative and liberal economists have long been at war over the effectiveness of trickle-down (or supply-side) economics –
The idea that cutting taxes and regulations frees up capital and allows businesses to grow – including hiring more workers.
The 2016 race is upon us. Everything Clinton says in public will be parsed within an inch of its life -- and already is. Politicians often plead, “Out of context,” when caught saying something off-key.
But in the sound-bite reality of political life, Clinton may find it easier just to make sure everything she says, sentence by sentence, sounds good on its own.
More BS from the queen of BS. She’s pushing the insanity of socialism - that is the core of the democratic party's platform.
The idea that the government is the one that creates all jobs - is for those that want communism as their form of government.
Detroit Electric is the latest player in the electric car business... teases with this hot new prototype
Startup Detroit Electric has revealed another photo of its long-awaited SP:01 electric sports car, this time showing us the rear of the Lotus-based two-seater.
Compared to the concept first shown in 2013, the final Detroit Electric SP:01 has undergone various aesthetic changes.
Primarily, Detroit Electric has given the SP:01 a new fastback design with large flying buttresses at either side of the rear window.
Detroit Electric says the entire car, along with the new rear wing and diffuser, has been aerodynamically optimized to reduce lift and turbulence at speed.
The company has also redesigned the hood vents that channel air into the climate-control system, and created a new housing for the car's battery packs.
The batteries will be contained in a composite casing that is integrated into the monocoque, protecting them from damage in the event of a crash.
"The final design of SP:01 incorporates signature Detroit Electric design DNA, carried over from the prototype model we revealed last year," Detroit Electric head of design Jerry Chung said in a statement.
"Coupled with many motorsport visual cues, the new fastback design, bold face and sharp contours evoke the company’s vision of pure electric performance."
The Detroit Electric SP:01 will use a 278-hp electric motor to drive the rear wheels.
Thanks in part to the fact it will weigh as little as 2480 pounds, the car is claimed to be able to sprint to 62 mph in just 3.7 seconds and hit a top speed of 155 mph.
On top of that, Detroit Electric claims a driving range of 178 miles per charge for the Lotus Elise-based sports car.
Detroit Electric, which was founded by former Lotus Cars engineers, originally planned to build the SP:01 in Michigan, but now plans to assemble the cars in the U.K.
Production is scheduled to start before the end of this year, with the first SP:01 models to be sold in Europe before the car eventually makes it to the U.S. market in 2015.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but is rumored to be around $135,000.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qo2EexeXMgU&feature=player_embedded
"Like Jesus Does"... Eric Church's excellent performance at the ACM Awards 2013
That ain't nothin but heat, thanks Eric, you captured the true essence of Christ, unconditional love.
Amazing... and the young lady singing with him complimented his voice so well! Beautiful performance.
As much as Eric Church’s performance caught the ACM crowd and Eric’s fans by surprise, so did this virtually unknown singer accompanying him.
Eric Church’s duet partner was none other than Memphis, Tennessee native Valerie June. A self-proclaimed proprietor of “organic moonshine roots music,” she is an authentic of a roots singer as you will find.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdYAm9I8Evg
A Perfect Snowball
by Sam X
I made a perfect snowball…
As perfect as can be…
So I brought it in the house…
To sleep right next to me…
I made it some pajamas…
And a pillow for it’s head…
But last night it ran away…
It wet the bed…!!
Amazing CoeLux skylight brings "sunlight" to windowless spaces
For residents living in the north, where sunlight can be a rare commodity during the winter, a psychological condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder is a very real problem.
Light therapy is one way to shake off the winter blues, and although artificial lighting solutions do exist, they are generally available as simple variations on traditional desk lamps.
An Italian designer has developed CoeLux, a unique system that delivers artificial light through an intelligent false skylight.
Professor Paolo Di Trapani of Italy’s University of Insubria spent over 10 years working on a sunlight emulation device called the CoeLux system.
The concept aims to recreate artificial light as it exists beyond the walls and ceilings of enclosed spaces...
And bring realistic illumination into spaces like subway stations, museums, or spaces where people are removed from the feeling of well-being that natural sunlight delivers.
The CoeLux skylight system utilizes three key elements to emulate natural lighting. Using proprietary technology, Di Trapani has incorporated select LED lighting to closely resemble natural light and the sun in the sky.
The team then developed a complex optical system which mimics the sun and its rays using nano-structured materials to recreate in just a few millimeters the Rayleigh scattering process that occurs in the atmosphere.
But making a ceiling blue with a false sun does not a realistic artificial light source make. According to Di Trapani, in order to achieve a 3D effect and emulate natural sunlight, the team had to meet a number of design specific challenges.
First his team had to develop a photorealistic rendering engine that was capable of accurately simulating sky and sunlight when working with select materials.
“The objective included further developments of the existing Maxwell Render software functionality to include...
Light scattering properties, light polarization effects, custom spectrum data (through spectrum curves or raw data) and light spectrum measurements, by including a virtual spectrophotometer," explains the inventor.
In the new rendering engine, new user interfaces were developed to allow easier interaction.
From lighting experts to designers to physicists, the new engine and interface are designed to assist the user in configuring the spectrum profile for their individual purposes.
But the CoeLux not only delivers faux daylight to enclosed spaces, it can also be programmed to emulate three different geographic lighting scenarios, such as northern Europe for example, where the light runs at a lower angle relative to the horizon than at the equator.
The CoeLux 30 system offers a wall mounted "window" that produces a warm, grazing light typically found in northern regions like Scandinavia.
By contrast, the CoeLux 60 delivers an equatorial, vertical type light that projects cooler tones and more dramatic shadows.
And in the middle is the CoeLux 45 skylight which presents a 45 degree light designed to offer a balance of light and shadow for those Mediterranean residents residing around the 45th parallel.
Because of the psychological healing properties and well being benefits associated with natural lighting, the designer foresees the CoeLux system having applications in healthcare, senior’s facilities, hospitality spaces, retail, residential and even transport.
The entire system is incorporated into an elaborate false ceiling is only a few millimeters thick but still manages to very closely resemble an actual skylight.
CoeLux is able to recreate the experience of sun and sky and bring the outside world inside.
Funded by the European Union and featured by the European Commission at the 2014 Innovation Convention in Brussels, the CoeLux system was selected as one of twelve upcoming innovative technologies in the EU.
A CoeLux installation can be seen in Venice, Italy, at the 2014 Biennale Architettura.
A more detailed project summary of the CoeLux system can be viewed at the European Commission's CORDIS portal.
What's the real deal on "Separation of Church and State" in the Constitution?
It’s freedom OF religion - not freedom FROM it!!!
When are people going to stand up and start teaching these atheist people, that the Constitution’s First Amendment says that government shall make no law...
“Respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”
Meaning it forbids an official establishment of religion, and something completely different from the much looser, imprecise term the uneducated like to use of “separation of church and state.”
The Constitution only forbids government sponsorship and compulsion of religious exercise by individual citizens.
It does not require hermetic “separation” - implying exclusion - of religion and religious persons from public affairs of state.
I know that this will come as a shock to you Liberal and Atheist but just a little research and reading comprehension will lead you in the right direction.
Also as a bonus... you don’t need a College degree to interpret the Constitution.
It was written in plain English and means exactly what is says, with no hidden Lawyer doublespeak or for the need of a Glossary to define simple words.
Because they mean something different in the context when used in the amendments as you read them like most modern laws.
Demanding that someone limit their right, which is not to be infringed by the Constitution, is simple Fascism.
Why do Atheists get so bent over something they don’t believe in?
Easy answer, because they are intolerant, loud-mouthed bullies who should be ignored when they spout off about their non-existent right to not be offended.
Unconstitutional atheist proselytization. Promoting an atheistic worldview is proselytization as much as promoting a religious worldview...
But they are the only ones allowed to proselytize? It’s hardly fair.
Why doesn't a religious group ever try that tactic right back?
The liberal atheist professor challenged his students with this question...
"Did God create everything that exists?"
A student bravely replied, "Yes, He did!"
"God created everything?" The professor asked.
"Yes sir", the student replied.
The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God created evil since evil exists, and according to the principal that our works define who we are then God is evil".
The student became quiet before such an answer. The professor was quite pleased with him self and boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth.
Another student raised his hand and said, "Can I ask you a question professor?"
"Of course", replied the professor.
The student stood up and asked, "Professor does cold exist?"
"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?"
The students snickered at the young man's question.
The young man replied, "In fact sir, cold does not exist. According to the laws of physics, what we consider cold, is in reality the absence of heat.
Every body or object is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy.
Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature.
Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat."
The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?"
The professor responded, "Of course it does."
The student replied, "Once again you are wrong sir, darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light.
Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into colors to study the various wavelengths of each color.
You can not measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present.
Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present."
Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"
Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily example of man's inhumanity to man.
It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil."
To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself.
Evil is simply the absence of God.
It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is not like faith, or love that exist just as does light and heat.
Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat or the darkness that comes when there is no light."
The professor sat down.
The young man's name: Albert Einstein.
Noise in the engine
Taxiing down the runway, the passenger jet abruptly came to a stop, turned around and returned to the gate. Eventually however, after an hour-long wait, the flight finally took off.
A concerned passenger asked the flight attendant, "What was the problem?"
"The pilot was bothered by a noise he heard in the engine," explained the Flight Attendant.
“I hope it’s all sorted now,” replied the nervous passenger.
"Oh yes, it’s fine now Sir, it just took us a while to find a new pilot."
The No. 1 movie in the country is "Ouija," as in the Ouija board. I can hardly wait for the next blockbuster motion picture — Yahtzee! -- David Letterman
Over the weekend another guy jumped the fence at the White House. This time he was tackled by three security guards. They released him and then later in the day he was signed by the Jets. -- David Letterman
If you think there are a lot of people trying to get into the White House now, just wait about a year. -- David Letterman
TSA Chief John Pistole announced that he is stepping down. So whoever takes his place is going to have some pretty big shoes to take off. -- Jimmy Fallon
President Obama just appointed someone named Ron Klain as the new “Ebola czar” to oversee the government’s response to the crisis. You know that’ll be a tough job, but not as tough as introducing yourself as the Ebola czar and extending your hand. -- Jimmy Fallon
Before the World Series game last night, Aaron Lewis from the band Staind botched the National Anthem. To make things worse he started the song with, "Are you ready for some football?" -- Conan O'Brien
A new report claims that by the year 2020 the marijuana industry could be bigger than the NFL. Either way, it's a good time to be in the couch business. -- Conan O'Brien
France is seeing a rise in armed clowns terrorizing people on the streets. The good news is they're scaring off the mimes. -- Conan O'Brien
It's not just Friday. It's United Nations Day. The U.N. Is the world's foremost institution for drafting strongly worded letters. -- Craig Ferguson
Vladimir Putin announced he's abolishing daylight saving time. He said he doesn't want to set Russian clocks back. I will say this: He's done a pretty good job of setting the Russian calendar back — to about 1983. -- Craig Ferguson
Who elected Barack Obama? ... liberal extremist George Soros.
When conspiracy theory becomes the norm... shadow government
"Don't vote! It just encourages the bastards." -- P. J. O'Rourke
And we can't forget Twain's pithy observation… "If voting made a difference," he said, "they wouldn't let us do it."
Until now, this area of debate has been reserved only for the fringes. The question of whether or not to vote, that is. Or if voting is actually effective in changing governmental policy (the answer? No).
As you'll see in a moment, though, this debate is slipping into the mainstream. And in a very big way. To begin, let's rewind six years…
"The voters who put Barack Obama in office expected some big changes," The Boston Globe article begins.
"From the NSA's warrantless wiretapping to Guantanamo Bay to the Patriot Act, candidate Obama was a defender of civil liberties and privacy, promising a dramatically different approach from his predecessor.
"But six years into his administration, the Obama version of national security looks almost indistinguishable from the one he inherited.
Guantanamo Bay remains open. The NSA has, if anything, become more aggressive in monitoring Americans. Drone strikes have escalated.
Most recently... it was reported that the same president who won a Nobel Prize in part for promoting nuclear disarmament... is spending up to $1 trillion modernizing and revitalizing America's nuclear weapons."
"It has long been the province of conspiracy theorists," Mickey Edwards writes in a separate article in the Globe...
"To claim that the real power of government is not wielded by the obvious practitioners of statecraft - presidents, members of Congress, the judiciary -
But by secret or semi-secret entities, real wizards whose hidden machinations send us to war, sell us out to enemies, siphon public treasure into private hands.
"Depending on your talk show or paranoia of choice, these are the liberal elites, the bankers, oil barons, one-worlders, war profiteers, Bilderbergers, Masons, Catholics, Jews, or Trilateralists.
Our formal institutions, in this scenario, are stage sets, Potemkin villages; our officials are puppets; we are an unsuspecting audience."
Yes, there are countless ways to say the government is corrupt.
But here's the thing…
At their core, all these theories have a "shadow government" of sorts running things behind the scenes.
When the Obama government doubled-down on debt... the middle-class taxpayers got screwed
If you're a regular reader here, you know that for six years, we've been detailing all the ways in which the Panic of '08 was, ahem, papered over.
The systemic faults that were deemed "too big to fail" then haven't been addressed to this day.
In fact, they've been made much, much worse.
Obama, the Democrat manipulated Congress, the Fed, Bernanke and Yellen after him, the U.S. Treasury and Wall Street banks didn't fold after 2008 wiped out $13 trillion of middle-class wealth... they doubled down!
The six largest banks -- the powder kegs at the center of financial crises -- are 37% larger than they were in 2008.
The popping of the "Mother of All Financial Bubbles" today would -- again -- take the average investor and family by surprise.
"Most people will be caught completely off guard," we wrote in 2011. "They'll be left looking in the rearview mirror, wondering why their retirement accounts have been cut in half.
They'll be angry when they lose their jobs.
"They'll wonder why their money no longer buys things at reasonable prices... Governments around the world will be called into question.
Certain currencies will die. A lot of people will lose a lot of money. Social unrest will occur -- maybe outside your front door."
Britney Spears is getting her own holiday! ... in Las Vegas
The latest prerogative for Britney Spears? Getting her own holiday.
Nov. 5 will be Britney Day in Las Vegas, in recognition of the impact Spears has had on Las Vegas since beginning her residency in Dec. 2013. (Yes, this is basically a promotion event).
Clark County Commission Chairman Steve Sisolak will present Britney with an official proclamation, as well as the Key to the iconic Las Vegas Strip.
Nov. 5 will be a full Spears celebration on the Strip, with a special surprise for anyone whose name is actually Britney (any spelling):
The first 100 Britneys to show up to the LINQ Promenade will receive free tickets to her "Britney: Piece of Me" show ... in addition to other prize memorabilia.
During Spears' appearance, they will also have access to a priority viewing area for "Britneys" only.
"#BritneyDay in LV, Nov 5th! What an honor!! Can't wait to celebrate with you Vegas See y'all there??," the pop superstar tweeted earlier today (Oct. 24).
Fear Sells... media hypes
Let's start with the national media. It exists - not to deliver objective truth - but to sell advertising. (If a media company doesn't make a profit, it won't be offering "the news" for long.)
In order to sell advertising, you have to attract viewers.
And the way to attract viewers, they've found, is with a constant drumbeat of fearful headlines and shocking stories. With live feeds available from every corner of the world, this isn't tough... if you dig around enough.
Most Americans, for instance, go about their days in peace, harmony and relative affluence. But turn on the tube and what do you hear and see?
Crime. Corruption. War. Disease. Death. Bankruptcies. Economic threats. Political dysfunction. Market volatility. And various threats to the future.
It's not just TV. Newspapers are just as bad. A recent study showed that over 90% of the stories in The Washington Post had a negative slant.
As for the Internet, it's a bit like the Wild West, with credible websites hugely outnumbered - by other sites and blogs, offering misleading information and half-baked opinions.
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The zipline, stretching from the skyscraper to the other side of the marina, takes just seven seconds to hit the ground, so the jumpers had to pull their parachutes four seconds into their decline.
The incredible footage was filmed on a range of stunt cameras, which were placed on the ground and attached to various buildings, as well as a helicam.
The idea came from 31-year-old extreme cinematographer Devin Graham - or 'DevinSuperTramp' - who has become widely known on social media sites.
The sports stuntman boasts a whopping 2.3 million YouTube subscribers and has generated more than 390 million views on his site.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=YcwrRA2BIlw
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Diet Revolution... Intermittent Fasting
The Only Way to Eat What You Want, Lose Weight, Fight Disease, and Save Money... ALL AT ONCE!
Scientists all over the world are looking into one extremely simple method of losing weight - while eating what you want (and saving money).
An added benefit, they found, is that it could help fight disease.
Two words: "Intermittent Fasting".
It's also known as alternate-day modified fasting.
Here's the routine…
One day, you eat just 500 calories of food packed with nutrition. That's your "fast day." And then the next day, you eat anything you want.
Keep doing one day on and one off until you reach your weight goal. Add exercise and you could double the amount of weight you'll lose.
Also, you can maintain your weight by eating 1,000 calories on three fast days out of the week. And the rest of the week, eat what you want.
Why does this work?
It's easier to diet - when you can eat what you want half the time. In fact, studies have shown that intermittent fasters typically lose 1.5 -3 pounds a week.
That number depends on how much weight they had to lose, but still, not bad.
Not only will you lose weight, you'll also improve your health.
Studies have shown that intermittent fasters could also see these benefits:
A cholesterol drop by up to 20%... an LDL drop of 20 points… and glucose levels dropping by 10%.
And, more amazing, intermittent fasting has been shown to help protect the brains of mice. Not just any mice, though. These mice were genetically modified to develop Alzheimer's.
It also helped animals recover from strokes.
[Learn more about intermittent fasting at this link.]
Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism... via government directive and control
One of the most influential books among global power elites in the past years is...
"Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" ... by Naomi Klein, published in 2007.
The shock doctrine is an essential concept for understanding how power elites such as central bankers, finance ministers and the ultra-rich, work behind the scenes to advance their agendas.
It's also how today's world could quickly turn into the dystopian 2024 I describe above. This is not conspiracy mongering or science fiction; this is fact.
Shock doctrine is simple. Political leaders use crises to ramrod policies into place - no one would accept in normal times.
The shock doctrine begins with the fact that power elites have agendas... that take decades or even centuries to implement.
These agendas include things like:
World money, global taxation, wealth redistribution via climate change ruse, control of physical gold, population control and other plans -
Intended to increase the power and wealth of the few - at your expense.
Political elites are not fools. They understand that their agenda is highly unpopular. They also understand that democracy empowers everyday citizens and makes their unpopular plans hard to implement.
This is where the shock doctrine comes in useful.
A shock can take many forms. It can be a financial panic, terror attack, natural disaster, assassination or other extreme event of a kind that seems to come out of the blue... but is actually somewhat regular and predictable.
When the shock occurs, people become fearful and look to their leaders for comfort. People begin to value order - above liberty.
It is at these critical moments that the elites stand ready with a "plan" that will restore order, but also secretly advance their agenda.
In effect, inevitable shocks are used as a cover to implement plans that you would not accept in ordinary times. Order is restored - at the expense of liberty.
When the shock wears off, the new order remains... but liberty is lost forever.
This is the shock doctrine at work. After each episode, the elites retreat and wait for the next shock, which is always just a matter of time.
A good example is the USA Patriot Act, passed by the U.S. Congress in 2001. This was the legislative response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
There were a lot of good items in the Patriot Act that aided the global war on terror and helped to eliminate Osama bin Laden.
But there is also much that has been abused in the years since.
You and I have lost our privacy and have our private communications, emails, phone calls and other records collected.
If you've traveled abroad lately, you may have seen the new kiosks at Customs, that take a digital retinal scan of each returning traveler.
This is something that used to be handled with a paper passport.
That retinal scan goes into a digital data bank, perhaps to be used to pursue political enemies, as happened in the recent IRS scandal.
Privacy and liberty are mostly gone as the result of policy responses to various shocks such as Sept. 11.
There are many other examples.
This Week's Government Goofs & Goofballs
An Independent & unbiased accounting of our government & political mischief
Six "Red Flags" that your government is too big and completely 'Out of Control'
No. 1: Your government is too big... if government contractors get paid to hit the refresh button for months on end…"
Employees at an ObamaCare processing center in Missouri with a contract worth $1.2 billion," one New York Post article reads, "are reportedly getting paid to do nothing but sit at their computers."
Serco, a company owned by a British firm, was awarded over a billion dollars to handle ACA applications.
According to one whistleblower, Serco is attempting to hide the lack of actual work they're doing. Instead, its HR department is hastily hiring employees in its centers in Missouri, Kentucky and Oklahoma.
Of course, duly compensated with each new body in a chair.
Weeks can pass, the whistleblower told St. Louis' News 4, before employees receive even one application to process.
"They're told to sit at their computers and hit the refresh button every 10 minutes," said the informant, "no more than every 10 minutes."
Sure, it's no Snowden revelation. But, hey, it's good to see the government still living up to its reputation.
No. 2: Your government is too big... if colleges have "free speech areas"…
Apparently, Broward College in Florida now has "free speech areas" for talking to students about the government.
Meet Lauren Cooley... she's a 22-year-old journalist and field coordinator for Turning Point USA, a national non-profit promoting small government and free-market values.
After spending 90 minutes talking to students at the school and asking them "do you think big government sucks?" ...
She was told by a security guard that she needed to go to the "free speech area."
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnrqVpEg7BY
When Cooley refused to show identification, she was promptly surrounded by several officers.
She asked one officer if she was allowed to talk to students.
"No, you cannot," he replied. "You need to leave the campus now. If you do not leave, you will be arrested for trespassing."
"Broward College," Cooley told reporters from The College Fix, "it's a public school, I live in Broward County, it's literally the college my tax dollars go to partially fund."
I would speculate this happened because of heightened security for the governors debate, but that just shows the larger your government grows, the quicker your rights are violated."
No. 3: Your government is too big if it can't stop supplying radical terror groups with high-grade weaponry…
The U.S. just handed weapons to ISIS. Again.
"At least one bundle of U.S. weapons airdropped in Syria appears to have fallen into the hands of ISIS," The Daily Beast reported yesterday...
"A dangerous misfire in the American mission to speed aid to Kurdish forces making their stand in Kobani."
How did the Beast discover this? Youtube.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yOuPX6z50EM
The tech-savvy ISIS has been broadcasting their American-made weapons on the video sharing platform for weeks. And they have plenty to show off.
"ISIS videos have shown its fighters driving U.S. tanks, MRAPS, [and] Humvees," the blog writes.
"There are unconfirmed reports ISIS has stolen three fighter planes from Iraqi bases it conquered."
No. 4: Your government is too big if the arm that has secretly supplied weapons to foreigners for 67 years says it doesn't work and the officials tell them to do it anyway…
Well before ISIS scooped up its new American-made toys, the CIA admitted that arming foreign insurgents rarely works…
"If you're someone who's gung-ho about secretly sending American weapons abroad," Elias Isquith writes for Salon, "the agency's conclusions are not pretty."
In its 67-year history, the CIA has armed hundreds of thousands of troops, to do Uncle Sam's bidding.
And they're just now, according to the data in one classified report, realizing it's a failed method.
"The still-classified review," The New York Times reports, "one of several CIA studies commissioned in 2012 and 2013 in the midst of the Obama administration's protracted debate about whether to wade into the Syrian civil war...
Concluded that: many past attempts by the agency to arm foreign forces covertly, had a minimal impact on the long-term outcome of a conflict.
"They were even less effective, the report found, when the militias fought without any direct American support on the ground."
I know what you might be thinking…
Yes, this apparently-leaked document could, of course, just be a ruse to drum up support for troops on the ground.
Admit defeat. Offer a solution. A new tactic in the government playbook?
We shall see…
No. 5: Your government is too big... if it hires an Ebola czar that knows nothing about Ebola. His only real job is to mix up another layer of bureaucracy into the already-rich batter…
His name, as you may know, is Ron Klain.
On Friday, Obama announced his decision to appoint Klain as the Ebola coordinator. Klain's job? To work hand-in-hand with the CDC to facilitate a speedy response.
His goal? To be present, ready and waiting to help prevent further spread of Ebola.
Klain wasn't there when Obama announced Klain's new role on Friday.
If only all our government officials were so laissez-faire…
And on Saturday Obama hosted an Ebola strategy meeting. Klain was, again, nowhere to be found.
It's also reported that he'll be skipping a House hearing this Friday that will examine the current U.S. response to Ebola. Sounds like Obama has picked the right man for the job, eh?
Oh yeah, there's another hitch: Klain knows nothing about Ebola. But he does know the slope of the Hill. And as we all know, that's all it truly takes to rise to the top.
No. 6: Your government is too big... if its decisions start to mimic silly Holiday Inn commercials…
You may remember this commercial. It came out in 2001 for Holiday Inn Express.
Here's the scene:
Five scientists in hazmat suits huddle around a small glass container marked "Ebola." ...
"This is a very rare strain of the Ebola virus," says one scientist who, oddly enough, looks extremely similar to Klain. "It produces MRNA, the deadliest of the stem loop structures."
The camera slowly zooms closer. Klain's doppleganger clumsily knocks the glass container holding the virus off the table. It breaks on the floor. The other scientists gasp!
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHa-AvLk4no
"Oh, don't worry," he says, "it's not an airborne strain."
"Excuse me," another scientist says, "how long have you been studying the Ebola virus?"
"Well," he says, "I'm not actually a scientist, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night." [Another scientist behind him passes out.]
Ronny? Is that you?
Someone check the Holiday Inn...
Our Ebola czar has gone missing.