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Why successful people never blame others
As a young adult looking for the perfect job, I wanted to blame others for why my life wasn’t spectacularly successful. It was always someone else’s fault - not recognizing my potential, not giving me a chance, not giving me a second (or third) chance.
I became an FBI agent at the age of 25 but I still balked at taking full responsibility for my actions, whined when things didn’t go my way and pointed fingers at someone else when things went south.
This attitude was challenged the first day of my training at the FBI Academy. I was there to learn lessons. And once I learned a lesson I moved on the next one. The pieces shifted into place when I realized that if I failed to learn a lesson, I needed to keep finding opportunities to learn it again and again until it stuck.
For entrepreneurs and business owners, it means having the mental toughness you need to get through the failures and hard times, without giving up or blaming others for your situation.
Here are 5 reasons why successful people never blame others:
REASON #1: When You Don’t Blame Others You Become Resilient
The FBI Academy and my first couple of years as a field agent quickly knocked these negative traits out of my system because to be successful, agents need to be resilient.
To be resilient is to recognize that if you are dissatisfied with certain aspects of your life, then it is your responsibility to take the initiative and do something about it.
TIP: Take responsibility for your actions - stop whining, blaming others, and pointing fingers if you don’t get what you want.
REASON #2: When You Don’t Blame Others You Become More Confident
Lack of confidence in ourselves and our abilities is a major reason we blame others when something goes wrong. Instead of being open or curious about learning more, a part of us shuts down.
Sometimes we blame ourselves as much as blaming others. Focusing on why we failed at something does nothing more than chip away at our confidence; instead, dig down and uncover what we can learn from the experience.
TIP: Consciously and deliberately move into an exploratory frame of mind that is more curious about learning than shameful of making mistakes.
REASON #3: When You Don’t Blame Others You Stop Making Excuses For Yourself
Blaming others for our own actions is nothing more than making excuses for ourselves. In the process, we will have learned nothing from what has transpired and so the lesson inevitably will have to be learned again... and on it goes.
Stop blaming others for what you have or don’t have, or for what you feel or don’t feel. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility and perpetuate the problem. Blaming is just another sorry excuse, and making excuses is the first step towards failure; you and only you are responsible for your life choices and decisions
When we blame others, we give away our power. Often, our thinking is caught up in blame and dealing with the pain of our thoughts and what it all means rather than simply and quickly doing what we need to do.
TIP: Start to question your thoughts and probe deeper into why you default to “blaming others.” Ask yourself, “Is this really true?” Often you will find the basis of those thought are just plain silly! The key is to question your thinking because once you do, you often discover that what you think you believe really isn’t true at all.
REASON #4: When You Don’t Blame Others You Allow Space For Personal Growth
Too many of us spend so much of our time on going through the motions of living - getting married, buying homes, climbing the corporate ladder - that we don’t focus on personal growth. We do not allocate enough time just for ourselves.
Instead of concentrating on what others did wrong, focus on what you want to go right in your life. And then do it. Grit up. Be. Fiercely. Awesome! If you don’t, you will wake up some day and realize that you are no closer to being the person you want to be than you were years ago. You will find that you’ve aged, but never grown into your potential.
TIP: Realize that the next step in living a life full of value and meaning for you will not reveal itself in the future - it is to be taken now.
REASON #5: When You Blame Others You Become The Victor, Not the Victim
When you feel the victim, you gain power over the situation by blaming other people for your situation. Loss of control over one’s life is always associated with feelings of helplessness. There is a very clear link between mental toughness and the way we approach our helplessness.
If we believe a situation is permanent, we’ll remain helpless - we think about our lack of talent, ability, etc - and believe nothing we can do will change it. But if we believe the cause is temporary, we can act to change it. We feel more in control if we believe we have a possible solution at hand.
How to cook perfect steak... Jamie Oliver
Jamie shows you his way to cook the perfect beef steak and let's you in on the secret of how to get the best from your butcher. All the food made in this video was shared out and eaten among the very lucky Food Tube crew. Nothing goes to waste.
This steak has a deep, rich flavor which makes it perfect not only on its own... but also as meat for many dishes. The Flat Iron is very similar to any of the Flat Steaks - so anything calling for Skirt or Flank Steak will benefit from a Flat Iron Steak. This cut is best grilled over a medium-high heat.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46eRIxVxkG8
Helping others... action for happiness
Do things for others. Helping others is not only good for them and a good thing to do, it also makes us happier and healthier too.
Giving also connects us to others, creating stronger communities and helping to build a happier society for everyone. And it's not all about money - we can also give our time, ideas and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good!
Why helping others matters?
Doing things for others - whether small, unplanned acts or regular volunteering - is a powerful way to boost our own happiness as well of those around us. The people we help may be strangers, family, friends, colleagues or neighbors. They can be old or young, nearby or far away.
Giving isn't just about money, so you don't need to be rich. Giving to others can be as simple as a single kind word, smile or a thoughtful gesture. It can include giving time, care, skills, thought or attention.
Sometimes these mean as much, if not more, than financial gifts.
Scientific studies show that helping others boosts happiness. It increases life satisfaction, provides a sense of meaning, increases feelings of competence, improves our mood and reduced stress. It can help to take our minds off our own troubles too.
Kindness towards others is the glue which connects individual happiness with wider community and societal wellbeing. Giving to others helps us connect with people and meets one of our basic human needs - relatedness. Kindness and caring also seem to be contagious.
When we see someone do something kind or thoughtful, or we are on the receiving end of kindness, it inspires us to be kinder ourselves. In this way, kindness spreads from one person to the next, influencing the behavior of people who never saw the original act.
Kindness really is the key to creating a happier, more trusting local community.
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 May 20th... and your taxes are still going up... and our country is virtually bankrupt. The U.S. government spends $10.5 billion dollars per day - of which $4.5 billion dollars is borrowed! That means we are going $4.5 billion dollars deeper in the hole - each and every day. Yet Obama pretends all is well. Obama's debt comes right out of your pocket...
Our nation-state is no model of fiscal responsibility. When Barack Obama took office, the national debt was already an impressive $10 trillion. Today it is $18.5 trillion. The national debt is still growing at a rate of more than $50 million an hour.
Here's Obama's "bull crap" for the week... 05/20/2016
This is a very weak presidential nominee. Hillary Clinton’s problem isn’t Bernie Sanders… it’s Hillary Clinton
No matter what you think about Hillary Clinton as the presidential primaries wind down, there is one undeniable fact that lingers in the background.
Despite having had enormous advantages from the start of the campaign - no serious competition from within the party, solid support from national party leaders, a massive war chest and a nationwide grassroots network built over the course of decades in national politics -
Clinton has struggled to put away a 74-year-old Jewish socialist - who has had almost no establishment support.
Say whatever you want about Clinton’s lengthy résumé - and her credentials are indeed impressive - her performance this primary season is hardly indicative of a strong candidate.
Indeed, Clinton concedes that she’s not a natural politician, lacking the charm of her husband or the charisma of Barack Obama.
But what should be troubling to those who hope to see a Democrat in the White House next year, is that Clinton seems to suggest that this weakness isn’t problematic - that her résumé and policy-wonk reputation will be enough to carry her on Election Day. Maybe. But don’t be too sure.
Look no further than the 2000 election, when another policy-wonk Democrat with little charm or charisma - Al Gore - failed to ride his impressive credentials to the White House. Gore, a two-term vice president with prior lengthy service in both the Senate and House, lost to an anti-intellectual GOP opponent with no Washington experience.
Sound familiar? Many Democrats are having difficulty accepting the fact that Clinton, despite her résumé, is a weak politician. In this state of denial, their defense of Clinton becomes aggressive, as they lash out at Bernie Sanders for staying in the race, implying that Clinton has earned the right to glide to the finish line unopposed.
A prime example of this Clinton-entitlement mentality can be found in a recent Boston Globe column by Michael A. Cohen, entitled “Bernie Sanders declares war on reality.”
Cohen insists that Sanders is “illogical, self-serving, hypocritical” and “intellectually dishonest” in trying win the nomination by swaying super-delegates away from Clinton.
“Instead of coming to grips with the overwhelming evidence that Democratic primary voters prefer Hillary Clinton to be the party’s 2016 presidential nominee,” Cohen writes, “Sanders continues to create his own political reality.”
Unfortunately, Cohen ignores the fact that the “overwhelming evidence” isn’t strong enough to allow Clinton to claim the nomination with pledged delegates alone. Had the evidence been so overwhelming, courting super-delegates would be irrelevant.
Because Clinton has been far from dominating in the primaries and caucuses, the true “political reality” is that she will need super-delegate support to secure the nomination.
Fortunately for Clinton, she appears to have the support of an overwhelming majority of super-delegates, but those allegiances can change up until the time of the convention vote, so Sanders is alive as long as the race comes down to a fight over them.
Sanders has correctly criticized the super-delegate system as undemocratic, but there is nothing hypocritical or illogical in his continuing the fight within that system. To denounce the rules of a race does not preclude a candidate from competing within those flawed rules.
With party insiders having disproportionate power as super-delegates, the system tips the scales strongly in Clinton’s favor, as Cohen surely knows, yet he still cries foul at Sanders pressing on within that system.
Such specious arguments not only distract from the uncomfortable reality that Clinton is an extremely vulnerable candidate, they also fail to recognize that the Sanders campaign represents an agenda that is fundamentally different from Clinton’s.
This is not a debate between two candidates with slight differences in substance or style, but of two vastly disparate philosophical views. Even if Sanders loses the nomination contest, which at this point appears likely, he represents an egalitarian, democratic vision that is highly skeptical of corporate power and the neoliberalism that Clinton represents.
This agenda has resonated, fueling a surprisingly strong campaign that has energized many, especially younger voters, and those supporters expect that their message will be carried all the way to the convention. For Sanders, stopping the fight at this point would be senseless.
Clinton herself has the tact to refrain from urging Sanders to exit. She instead is doing the smart thing by basically ignoring him and focusing on Donald Trump and the general election. Still, there can be no doubt that she would love to be in Trump’s position, having no opponents remaining with any mathematical chance of seizing the nomination.
The fact that she’s not in such a position, and that her race for the Democratic nomination continues to be pestered by an old lefty who has served three decades in politics without even registering as a Democrat, should be a grave concern for her and her supporters.
Although her credentials are strong, her candidacy isn’t... and blaming that on Sanders would be nothing but a form of denial.
Factory farms live off government subsidies... this doesn't keep costs of staple food items affordable
Regulation cannot alone keep food prices affordable. You know what can? For one, a currency that doesn't lose its value year-by-year due to central bank monetary policy. And two, the incentive for more small to medium-sized growers to enter back into the market.
Before the Great Depression, we were a nation of farmers. Today, we are a nation of pus-filled factory farms.
Well, because billions of dollars in government subsidies have nearly eradicated the small American farmer. These subsidies, which were originally meant for struggling farmers in the 1930s, are now shelled out, almost exclusively, to factory farms.
As a result, factory farms now hold majority market share in many food production industries. Without all of this money flying into disgusting cattle-treadmills, there would be no incentive for factory farms to overproduce beyond demand and artificially deflate prices.
(This is the biggest reason why we waste so much food in America, as the supply is meant to deliberately outstrip demand - in order to price out competition.)
Without these subsidies, there would then be, once again, a profit motive for the small farmer and more people would, naturally, grow staple foods closer to home. Or, at the very least, food production would become much more decentralized than it is now.
Plus, since competition breeds innovation, creative growing techniques and technology would accelerate, and producers would learn how to grow healthier food, more sustainably, and in less space - as is already happening with marijuana in places where it's legal to grow.
Also, in a free market, we would ... gasp! ... be allowed to grow food on our own private property (tax-free), if we wish.
In other words, those who don't want to be dependent upon a global commodities market for staple foods would, in a free market, have much more freedom to choose not to be.
Social justice liberals attack free speech on college campuses
One of the most dangerous trends in America today is occurring on college campuses. These are the places I grew up viewing as laboratories for free speech, youthful energy and resistance to the status quo.
Unfortunately, what they’re turning into are anti-intellectual wastelands in which America’s supposedly “best and brightest” are being transformed into unthinking, mentally shackled, emotionally stunted automatons.
The college campus, by Nicholas Kristof’s own admission, has become a hollow echo chamber. In many prestigious schools, it’s agree or GTFO. And this has created an unholy breeding ground for... you know what I’m going to say... the Social Justice Warrior (SJW).
To be clear, since it seems there’s some confusion about what I mean by “SJW,” let me be precise: When I say Social Justice Warrior, I’m NOT talking about people who are actually standing up for justice for the downtrodden and abused. This distinction is important.
SJWs are hypocrites who love humanity and diversity as wispy concepts - but aren’t willing to burn a calorie or spend a dime of their own money - to help a single human being. Rather, they demand that the State - at the point of a gun - trample over the rights of others, unaware of the incredibly dangerous implications of their request.
There are activists of all stripes that I have the utmost respect for. They respect others’ freedoms of speech, advocate liberty for all people and put their money and sweat equity where their mouths (or, at the very least, their fingertips) are.
I’ve spoken about more than a few of them here in these digital pages. (Munir Bahar, who, you might recall, I had the pleasure of walking around Baltimore with on several occasions last year, is a prime example.)
My point is, don’t confuse change-makers with change-fakers.
And, of course, I can bicker about it from now until I start pushing daisies... and still won’t convince a single one of them of the immorality (and foolishness) of effecting change in this bird-brained manner.
So today, I’m going to give credit where it's due. Despite all of our caterwauling about the false dichotomy that is America’s political system, when we see an opportunity to find common ground with the Left or the Right, we’ll embrace it with open arms.
However when we see DANGER: INDOCTRINATION EDUCATION - liberal teachers & professors outnumbering conservative 10-to-1. Then it's time for some serious changes... to expand America's viewpoint for the benefit of everyone.
A car makes its way on a road through flowering canola fields on a serpentine section of the L401 highway near Nienstedt, Germany on May 12, 2016.
Performers participate in a mass dance following a parade to mark the end of the 7th Workers Party Congress in Kim Il-Sung square in Pyongyang on May 10. North Korea completed a four-day congress of its ruling Workers' Party Monday, the authoritarian country's first since 1980, before leader Kim Jong Un was even born.
A tornado rips through a residential area after touching down south of Wynnewood, Oklahoma on May 9. Oklahoma rescue crews were picking up the pieces Tuesday after a series of twisters roared through the state, leaving death and destruction in their wake.
The deadly storm system spawned at least 23 tornadoes across the Sooner State and in Nebraska, Arkansas and Iowa.
A paddle boarder watches a hot air balloon flying low over Lake Burley Griffin on the 30th anniversary of Canberra's Balloon Spectacular festival in Australia's capital.
Giant panda Aibang sits with her newborn cub at a giant panda breeding center in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China, on May 6.
Hadrian's Wall rises out of the clouds on the northern most frontier of the Roman Empire in Northumberland as the sun breaks through a blanket of mist at sunrise.
A plane drops water in Fort McMurray, Alberta, on May 6. Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 88,000 residents from the area and destroyed 2,432 structures, according to Alberta officials.
A selection of painted beach huts found on Dendy Street Beach in Brighton, Melbourne, Australia.
Sometimes the right path is not the easiest one.
"Some people are impulsive to call others racists & bigots. Yet often, their criteria is based on their own racism & bigotry." -- Jeff Butterworth
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget... that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." -- John F. Kennedy
Set goals that make you want to jump out of bed in the morning.
A relationship with God - is the most important relationship you can have. Embrace it every day!
Facebook part of the unethical liberal media... they're censoring "conservative" news and promoting "liberal spin"
"Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg claims 'NO LIBERAL BIAS?' - ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC, CNN, PBS, NYTimes, Yahoo, Obama laughed 'DITTO!'"
Facebook workers routinely suppressed news stories of interest to conservative readers from the social network’s influential “trending” news section, according to a former journalist who worked on the project.
This individual says that workers prevented stories about the right-wing CPAC gathering and other conservative topics from appearing in the highly-influential section, even though they were organically trending among the site’s users.
Several former Facebook “news curators,” as they were known internally, said they were instructed to artificially “inject” selected stories into the trending news module, even if they weren’t popular enough to warrant inclusion - or in some cases weren’t trending at all.
The former curators, all of whom worked as contractors, also said they were directed not to include news about Facebook itself in the trending module.
In other words, Facebook’s news section operates like a traditional newsroom, reflecting the biases of its workers and the institutional imperatives of the corporation.
Imposing human editorial values onto the lists of topics an algorithm spits out is by no means a bad thing - but it is in stark contrast to the company’s claims that the trending module simply lists “topics that have recently become popular on Facebook.”
These revelations undermine any presumption of Facebook as a neutral pipeline for news, or the trending news module as an algorithmically-driven list of what people are actually talking about.
Rather, Facebook’s efforts to play the news game reveal the company to be much like the news outlets it is rapidly driving toward irrelevancy: a select group of professionals with vaguely center-left sensibilities.
It just happens to be one that poses as a neutral reflection of the vox populi, has the power to influence what billions of users see, and openly discusses whether it should use that power to influence presidential elections.
For decades corrupt political DC insiders promised to fix things... yet every year, it gets more screwed up?
The people can’t fathom why anyone would pay Hillary Clinton $225,000 to make a speech. Nor can they understand why the U.S. Senate takes a 17-day break for Easter - after spending much of their time fuming over the Supreme Court vacancy.
Somehow, people all over America are saying loudly and clearly this election year, Washington and its enablers – the media, the political pros and Wall Street – don’t understand us. That’s why, all over America, exasperated people spent hours in a line to hear Donald Trump.
They share the same grievance. In 2016 America, the deepest divide is not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s not even between conservatives and liberals.
It’s between US and THEM – The People versus The Establishment.
In dozens of interviews, in a cross section of the country, the sentiments were the same. “They’re political bureaucrats who would like to control the people,” said Sandy Garber, a St. Charles real estate agent, when asked to define the establishment.
John Hackmann, a Fairview Heights, Ill., retiree, labeled it a “Washington cartel.” “They just let the government do whatever they want,” said Jim Walker, an Arnold, Mo., businessman.
What is the establishment?
Nationally, eight in 10 people told a McClatchy-Morning Consult poll this month - it includes the president and members of Congress. Similar numbers cited the Democratic and Republican parties, political donors, Wall Street bankers and the mainstream media.
In essence, the establishment lives and thrives in a small world that lives and works in New York and Washington, on Wall Street, in Big Media, and in Politics, connected by the high-speed Acela corridor and often by mutual self-interest.
Of 78 members of Congress who left after the 2010 elections, four out of five found work with lobbying firms or clients, state or federal governments or political action committees.
Corporate and other interests retained 11,465 registered lobbyists last year, spending $3.2 billion, roughly the same amount the United States pledged to poor countries to cope with global warming. To voters, the big money is emblematic of an impenetrable system they have no chance of influencing, let alone understanding.
It’s an incestuous system, voters say, that’s hard to crack. “The real access causing changes in laws is what big money buys,” explained Vail, the O’Fallon retiree. Whoever wins the White House will find the same establishment chiseled into the Washington fabric... as firmly as the monuments that dot its landscape.
Two-thirds of the Senate doesn’t face re-election this year. History says at least 85 percent, and probably many more, House of Representatives members will return. The lobbyists won’t suddenly close their practices.
This isn’t about one party... this is about the whole, big corrupt sytem. Both Democrat and Republican politicians have failed us for decades. That's because they both operate exactly the same... trading campaign promises to special interest groups, in return for bribe money. That's why nothing gets fixed.
Donald Trump is here to change all that - he's obliging to no one but the American citizens. Let's all work together to Make America Great Again! Vote TRUMP!
Nicole - or a person of unknown name and origin who was trolling for slightly uncomfortable laughs - has had her GoFundMe “Powerball Reimbursement Fund.”
Many crowd-funded inventions are powered by wishes... be careful what you invest your money in
It used to be that if you wanted to invest in a new business, you needed to be a venture capitalist and have the requisite millions of dollars, suspenders, and major cocaine habit that required. But nowadays, the heady life of an international financier can be yours with nothing more than a Kickstarter or Indiegogo account.
The downside of pants-less investment - there had to be one - is that it's easy to lose a ton of cash to someone with an active imagination, big science words, and a copy of Photoshop.
Consider TellSpec, for instance. This company was marketing a magical device that promised the ability to analyze the nutritional content of a plateful of food... simply by waving it around? How? Science, probably! Or at least something that sounds a lot like science.
Despite being forced to admit that the prototype used in their promotional video was a pack of lies, the company walked away with a payday of $386,000! - a sum which looks to have gone mainly to building a fancy website and looking up how to sue their critics.
Then there's this scientifically questionable thingamajig which can monitor glucose levels without drawing blood? Or this magic ring which uses jazz hands to control smartphones?
Or this umbrella made out of air and unicorn kisses. Less hilariously, there's this group, which has raised thousands of dollars to provide free energy machines to various humanitarian relief efforts. Thousands of dollars which might have been perhaps better spent on literally anything else.
All these campaigns have essentially found a weak spot in the fraud-detection policies employed by these crowd-funding sites. Because they're actually making something, even if it can't do what's promised, it makes it hard to quickly identify them as fraudulent.
You'd need baseline scientific literacy for that. The sites have to rely on their users to complain first, which is a lot to ask of their know-how.
Even the media isn't entirely innocent (we never are). Consider our habit of writing glossy promotional material for every interesting laser-razor that comes along.
And this all ignores the seedy truth at the heart of crowdfunding:
Even the best-run, most honest, and most viable campaigns are asking people to make an investment - whose best-case scenario is getting their money back - while all the professional investors involved are coming out with much, much more.
"Hall of Fame" ... the Script featuring will.i.am
Yeah, you can be the greatest
You can be the best
You can be the King Kong banging on your chest
You can beat the world
You can beat the war
You can talk to God, go banging on his door
You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock (yeah)
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don't wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon' find yourself
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mk48xRzuNvA
Welcome to the Virtual Reality Revolution
Virtual reality has the potential to make the Internet look like a game of Pong. Virtual reality could, for example, through the use of nanobots, give us the means to transcend the limitations of language, the laws of physics and even, if we wish, ourselves.
It certainly is a brave new world. And whether we like it or not, the train will soon be roaring down the tracks. One of the biggest plus sides is it creates an extraordinary opportunity for filthy capitalists who like to make money.
If you’re peeved you missed out on the big tech boom in bitcoin - which, upon writing is $452 from $0 in 2009 -- you should take heed.
According to tech guru Ray Blanco, virtual reality could be on the verge of 81,000% growth by 2020. “That’s an average,” he said recently in a private video, “of 20,000% growth a year.”
And, as we show you in today’s episode, it’s not too late to get in. In fact, right now is the best chance you’ll have to place your bets. There are companies that we believes, hands down, will become a HUGE player in several to-the-moon industries, VR included.
We’re hearing straight from experts about the advent of VR. First, if you’re not convinced that virtual reality technology is ready to blow, take a look at what’s going on at an obscure compound in Lindon, Utah. It’s called The Void.
The Void is a virtual reality theme park. The staff straps you into a bodysuit and an advanced VR headset and lets you roam freely in an obstacle course where a VR world is baked into the course.
“At the VOID,” the company’s blog reads, “we create Hyper-Reality experiences by combining physical sets, real-time interactive effects, and virtual reality. This allows participants to not just watch a movie or play a game, but to live them.”
“Using virtual reality technology in our custom hardware and a real-time game engine, we equip visitors with haptic vests as we place them on a full stage built specifically for the experience.”
"One of the things that makes The Void so amazing," Curtis Hickman, former pro magician turned Chief Creative Officer at The Void, told Polygon last week, "is that we literally use illusion design, misdirection and magic theory to create the illusion of reality, as opposed to just trying to rely only on the technology to do it."
There's age-old principles that have been studied - and which have evolved over years and years and years - that allow us to do amazing things as magicians and to apply those things to VR. I don't think that this is just neat or interesting, but extremely important.
You put the visor down and the first thing you see is a digital representation of the physical world. It's what I call a 'path of conviction.'
”Of course, the blending of the real world and the virtual world won’t just revolutionize the entertainment industry.It has infinite potential to enhance our lives in more practical ways, too."
“I’m a big do-it-yourselfer,” Ray Blanco said in his last private webinar, “I like to work on my own car so I got a bunch of those Chilton’s repair manual for automobiles, boat motors, and stuff like that. Well, imagine just jacking into your car’s diagnostic port and wearing a pair of your VR goggles.
You pop the hood and the device you jacked in your diagnostics port is feeding all this information into your VR goggles. You look down at the engine and every part is labeled. You go ahead and say, ‘I want to go ahead and replace some part on the car.’
Then, you get a step-by-step even with maybe just a partially transparent virtual hand telling you where to put your hands and what tool to pull, that would be kind of cool.”
Also, medicine is going to take a much needed giant leap forward when VR steps onto the scene. Take, for example, what one doctor accomplished with just a $15 Google Cardboard VR device.
“This little girl had severe heart deformities when she was born,” says Ray, “and he went through her scans on a pair of Google Cardboard, which is pretty primitive. He was able to figure out exactly where everything was and exactly what he needed to do.
He was able to operate on her and save her life with them. A minimal of blood loss and a maximum of efficiency.
Thinking about healthcare, I’m thinking about somebody, a doctor or nurse and I’m walking through the ward and all I have to do is look at a patient in the room next to me and my virtual reality goggles or glasses are going to go ahead and feed me their vitals, their age, everything that’s going on with this patient.”
“It’s going to be amazing if you think about other applications...
Say you work in a warehouse, you’re a picker, a forklift driver or something and you just look at a rack and you look at the pallets and you’re automatically getting told, ‘Okay, this is what this pallet holds, how much quantity, how long it’s been in stock, if it’s supposed to be shipped.’
You’re a firefighter and you’re in a smokey building with the other people around you, they’re wearing biometric equipment, your buddy’s on the floor, it’s so thick you can’t even see and you’re getting these vitals sent to you.”
Whether or not you should invest is a no-brainer.
How to invest, on the other hand, requires a sharp eye on the VR space, and a deep understanding of how it will evolve over time. Fortunately, we've had our finger on the pulse for a while.
“It’s nowhere close to too late and definitely not too early,” says Ray, “if you go with right company. VR is going to be really good for them but they’re also involved in a lot of other rapidly growing areas such as autonomous driving, artificial intelligence, and stuff like that.
What I like about them is that to have a realistic experience in a virtual world - you need a lot of ground fixed processing power. They’re second to none.”
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cML814JD09g
Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah to Americans, “God is being eroded, eclipsed & liquidated in the United States!”
"In your nation, God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated," Cardinal Robert Sarah told hundreds of prominent Catholic clergy and lay people attending the 12th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast Tuesday in Washington.
Cardinal Sarah was appointed as Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments by Pope Francis in 2014. In what he called "portentous times" for the Catholic Church and for the world, Cardinal Sarah condemned same-sex marriage, transgender bathroom laws, and attacks on the family as "demonic".
“All manner of immorality is not only accepted and tolerated today in advanced societies, it is even promoted as a social good,” the African cardinal said. “The result is hostility to Christians and increasingly, religious persecution.”
“This is not an ideological war between competing ideas,” Sarah told the D.C. gathering. “This is about defending ourselves, children and future generations from the demonic idolatry that says children do not need mothers and fathers. It denies human nature and wants to cut off an entire generation from God.”
“The entire world looks to you, waiting and praying to see what America resolves on the present unprecedented challenges the world faces today. Such is your influence and responsibility,” said the archbishop emeritus of Conakry, Guinea.
“I encourage you to truly make use of the freedom willed by your founding fathers lest you lose it,” he warned his American audience.
Quoting St. John Paul II that “the future of the world and the Church pass through the family,” Sarah pointed out that “this is why the Holy Father openly and vigorously defends Church teaching on contraception, abortion, homosexuality, reproductive technologies, the education of children, and much more.”
“The generous and responsible love of spouses made visible through the self-giving of parents who welcome children as a gift of God makes love visible in our generation. It makes present the perfect charity of eternity. ‘If you see charity, you see the Trinity,’ wrote St. Augustine,” the cardinal noted.
However, a broken family can also be the source of deep psychological wounds, he said.
“The rupture of the foundational relationship of someone’s life through separation, divorce or distorted imposters of the family such as co-habitation or same-sex unions is a deep wound that closes the heart to self-giving love into death, and even leads to cynicism and despair.
These situations cause damage to the little children through inflicting upon them deep existential doubt about love...
"This is why the devil is so intent on destroying the family. If the family is destroyed, we lose our God-given anthropological foundations, and so find it more difficult to welcome the saving good news of Jesus Christ: self-giving, fruitful love.”
“Sadly, the advent of artificial reproductive technologies, surrogacy, so-called homosexual marriage, and other evils of gender idolatry will inflict even more wounds in the midst of the generation we live with,” said Sarah, who is also the author of the book "God or Nothing".
“Advanced societies including, I regret, this nation, have done and continue to do anything possible to legalize such situations. This is why it is so important to fight to protect the family, the first cell of the life of the Church in every society.”
The cardinal warned that “hidden” forms of religious persecution are just as damaging to believers as physical attacks.
"Even in this yet young 21st century of barely 16 years, one million people have been martyred around the world because of their belief in Jesus Christ. Yet the violence against Christians is not just physical, it is also political, ideological and cultural.
"This form of religious persecution is equally damaging, yet more hidden. It does not destroy physically, but spiritually... This is the will of the Evil One: to close Heaven out of envy. Do we not see signs of this insidious war in this great nation of the United States?" Sarah asked.
"In the name of tolerance, the Church’s teaching on marriage, sexuality and the human person are being dismantled. The legalization of same-sex marriage, your beginning to accept contraception within healthcare programs and even bathroom bills that allow men to use the women’s restroom and locker rooms.
“Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom? How simpler can that concept be?” the cardinal asked to applause and laughter from the audience. “How low we are sinking for a nation built on a set of moral claims about God, the human person, the meaning of life and the purpose of society, even by America’s first settlers and founders...
“George Washington wrote that the establishment of civil and religious liberty was the motive that induced him into the field of battle. Today we find ourselves before the battle of sickness... I call this sickness the liquidation, the eclipse of God.”
"The Church’s challenge today is to fight with courage and hope... and not be afraid to raise her voice to denounce the hypocrites, manipulators and the false prophets who would lead the faithful astray. The battle to preserve the roots of mankind is perhaps the greatest challenge the world has faced since its origins,” Sarah said.
“Be prophetic, be faithful, pray for the soul of America and to help stem the tide of evil that is spreading throughout the world,” the cardinal exhorted. “For in the end, it is God or nothing.”
A Bad Day
There I was is sitting at the bar staring at my drink when a large, trouble-making biker steps up next to me, grabs my drink and gulps it down in one swig.
"Well, whatcha gonna do about it?" he says, menacingly, as I burst into tears.
"Come on, man," the biker says, "I didn't think you'd CRY. I can`t stand to see a man crying."
"This is the worst day of my life," I say. "I'm a complete failure. I was late to a meeting and my boss fired me. When I went to the parking lot, I found my car had been stolen and I don't have any insurance. I left my wallet in the cab I took home. I found my old lady in bed with the gardener and then my dog bit me...
So I came to this bar to work up the courage to put an end to it all, I buy a drink, I drop a capsule in and sit here watching the poison dissolve; then you, you jack-ass, show up and drink the whole thing! But enough about me, how's your day going?"
Over 400 passengers missed their flights at Chicago O'Hare on Sunday because of the TSA security lines which were up to three hours long. It's bad news for travelers, but good news for dads who insisted on getting to the airport five hours early. -- Jimmy Fallon
Happy Birthday to legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, who turned 60 years old today! You can tell he's getting older by his new name - Splenda Ray Leonard. -- Jimmy Fallon
An artist is hoping to protest the Republican National Convention in Cleveland by having 100 women pose nude outside the event. Or as Republican men put it, “Hey. No. Stop. Please don't have all those nude women. This is the worst day ever.” -- Jimmy Fallon
The New York Post reports that more people check their Facebook feed than read the Bible each week. Which explains that new commandment: Thou shalt not ‘like’ a bikini pic of thy neighbor’s wife. -- Jimmy Fallon
British researchers are warning that one-fifth of the world's plant species are at risk of extinction. Even worse, kale is expected to survive. -- Jimmy Fallon
I read that JCPenney is trying to cut expenses by reducing employees' hours. When asked when the changes will go into effect, the company's CEO was just a mannequin in a suit. They're really cutting back over there. -- Jimmy Kimmel
New York's city council recently approved stores to charge 5 cents for plastic bags. So, soon New Yorkers can pay 5 cents for a plastic bag, or just walk outside and wait for one to blow into your face. -- Jimmy Kimmel
Former Republican hopeful John Kasich said today that “somebody” had called him to encourage him to run as a third-party candidate, but declined to say who. Oh my God, John, the calls are coming from inside the house! -- Seth Meyers
Tomorrow is the Kentucky Democratic Primary. And, in an act of desperation, Bernie is now going by "Colonel Sanders." -- Seth Meyers
Australian officials have announced that they are sending their Olympic athletes to the summer games in Rio with condoms that are resistant to Zika virus. Begging the question: What event is that? -- Seth Meyers
The liberal media has no guiding morals or ethics. In the warped liberal mind, the ends justify the means. The disgusting reality - if the liberal media can't find dirt on someone - they just fabricate it.
Ultra-liberal Washington Post has 20 journalists scrutinizing Trump - they have ZERO scrutinizing Clinton?
The Washington Post has a large team of journalists scrutinizing Donald Trump. You might have read about this or, perhaps, seen cartoonist A.F. Branco's take on the reporting project (above).
Post owner Jeff Bezos on Wednesday pushed back against the notion that the newspaper he purchased three years ago - is overzealous in its examination of the Republican presidential front-runner.
"We really have to think about the fact that we want a society where any of us - any individual in this country, any institution in this country, if they choose to - can scrutinize, examine and criticize an elected official," Bezos said during a Q&A led by Post executive editor Martin Baron that capped a technology conference at the paper's headquarters.
"Especially a candidate for the highest office in the most powerful country on Earth. It's critical. What would be shocking and disturbing is if you weren't doing that. That would be troubling."
The comments were only part of what Bezos had to say about Trump. As The Post's Paul Farhi reports, Bezos had harsh words for Trump's suggestion that Bezos bought the newspaper in 2013 - in order to fight back against government actions that would negatively affect his business.
As for the paper's Trump coverage, Bezos reiterated the assurance offered by associate editor ultra-liberal Bob Woodward in an appearance on "Fox News Sunday" last weekend - that The Post will thoroughly vet likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, a political veteran, just as it does Trump, who has never before run for office.
But the crux of Bezos's defense was that voters should crave more information about presidential candidates, not less. Tough coverage of Trump shouldn't be viewed as an attempt to talk people out of voting for the real estate mogul, but rather as an effort to help them make fact-based, thoughtfully considered choices, one way or the other.
Hey Bezos... do you really think we are stupid to believe you? Can you really tell me with a straight face... that your useless corrupt Washington Post is doing the same digging for crooked Hillary as they are doing for Trump - especially having heard of you assigning many reporters to dig dirt on Trump?
You should be ashamed of yourself for lying to us? I know you are filthy rich - but that doesn't make you a super human to say and do as you wish. Why don't you crawl back to the rich rat hole you came out of?
CITIZENS BEWARE: Liberal media ALWAYS dishonest, biased liberal spin. Never, ever trust them!
$2 bill at Taco Bell
On my way home from work, I stopped at Taco Bell for a quick bite to eat. In my billfold are a $50 bill and a $2 bill. I figure that with a $2 bill, I can get something to eat and not have to worry about anyone getting irritated at me for trying to break a $50 bill.
Me: "Hi, I'd like one seven-layer burrito please, to go."
Server: "That'll be $1.04. Eat in?"
Me: "No, it's to go." At this point, I open my billfold and hand him the $2 bill. He looks at it kind of funny.
Server: "Uh, hang on a sec, I'll be right back."He goes to talk to his manager, who is still within my earshot. The following conversation occurs between the two of them:
Server: "Hey, you ever see a $2 bill?"
Manager: "No. A what?"
Server: "A $2 bill. This guy just gave it to me."
Manager: "Ask for something else. There's no such thing as a $2 bill."
Server: "Yeah, thought so."
He comes back to me and says, "We don't take these. Do you have anything else?"
Me: "Just this fifty. You don't take $2 bills? Why?"
Server: "I don't know."
Me: "See here where it says legal tender?"
Me: "So, why won't you take it?"
Server: "Well, hang on a sec."
He goes back to his manager, who has been watching me like I'm a shoplifter, and says to him, "He says I have to take it."
Manager: "Doesn't he have anything else?"
Server: "Yeah, a fifty. I'll get it and you can open the safe and get change."
Manager: "I'm not opening the safe with him in here.
"Server: "What should I do?"
Manager: "Tell him to come back later when he has real money."
Server: "I can't tell him that! You tell him."
Manager: "Just tell him."
Server: "No way! This is weird. I'm going in back."
The manager approaches me and says, "I'm sorry, but we don't take big bills this time of night."
Me: "It's only seven o'clock! Well then, here's a two dollar bill."
Manager: "We don't take those, either."
Me: "Why not?"
Manager: "I think you know why."
Me: "No really... tell me why."
Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security."
Me: "Excuse me?"
Manager: "Please leave before I call mall security."
Me: "What on earth for?"
Manager: "Please, sir."
Me: "Uh, go ahead, call them."
Manager: "Would you please just leave?"
Manager: "Fine - have it your way then."
Me: "Hey, that's Burger King, isn't it?"
At this point, he backs away from me and calls mall security on the phone around the corner. I have two people staring at me from the dining area, and I begin laughing out loud, just for effect. A few minutes later this 45-year-oldish guy comes in.
Guard: "Yeah, Mike, what's up?"
Manager (whispering): "This guy is trying to give me some (pause) funny money."
Guard: "No kidding! What?"
Manager: "Get this... a two dollar bill."
Guard (incredulous): "Why would a guy fake a two dollar bill?"
Manager: "I don't know. He's kinda weird. He says the only other thing he has is a fifty."
Guard: "Oh, so the fifty's fake!"
Manager: "No, the two dollar bill is."
Guard: "Why would he fake a two dollar bill?"
Manager: "I don't know! Can you talk to him, and get him out of here?"
Security Guard walks over to me and...
Guard: "Mike here tells me you have some fake bills you're trying to use."
Me: "Uh, no."
Guard: "Lemme see 'em."
Guard: "Do you want me to get the cops in here?"
At this point I am ready to say, "Sure, please!" but I want to eat, so I say, "I'm just trying to buy a burrito and pay for it with this two dollar bill." I put the bill up near his face, and he flinches like I'm taking a swing at him. He takes the bill, turns it over a few times in his hands, and says, "Hey, Mike, what's wrong with this bill?"
Manager: "It's fake."
Guard: "It doesn't look fake to me."
Manager: "But it's a two dollar bill."
Guard: "Yeah... ?"
Manager: "Well, there's no such thing, is there?"
The security guard and I both look at him like he's an idiot, and it dawns on the guy that he has no clue. So, it turns out that my burrito was free, and he threw in a small drink and some of those cinnamon thingies, too.
This all made me want to get a whole stack of two dollar bills just to see what happens when I try to buy stuff. If I got the right group of people, I could probably end up in jail. You get free food there, too!
The next cyber-attack target could be your car's electronics… finding ways into a car's computer network
For the many folks concerned about cyber-thieves hacking emails and stealing personal information from online accounts, here comes another worry: A cyber-attack on your car - while you’re driving.
That’s one of the threats outlined in a report on “Vehicle Cyber-security” by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).The computerized gadgets that make late-model cars safer and more fun to drive also provide an entry for thieves, terrorists and thrill seeking geeks.
GAO knows of no cyber-attacks resulting in injury yet, but the report warns that remote “attacks could involve multiple vehicles and cause widespread impacts including passenger injuries or fatalities... cyber attackers could theoretically achieve massive attacks of multiple vehicles simultaneously.”
Modern electronics provide several ways for hackers to get into your ride, sometimes without even touching it. With direct access to the vehicle, they can plug into the on-board diagnostic port now in many vehicles or the compact disc player.
They can gain short- and long-range remote wireless access through systems for keyless entry, Bluetooth wi-fi, cellular calls and satellite radio. Advanced electronics also allow cars to have safety features such as collision warning and automatic emergency-braking systems.
These goodies come with lots of software. Citing Transportation Department data, the GAO said “a modern luxury vehicle could contain as much as 100 million lines of software code.” That’s about 15 times more than a Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which carries hundreds of passengers on long-range flights.
“As the lines of vehicle software code increase, so does the potential for cyber-security vulnerabilities that could be exploited through vehicle cyber-attacks,” the report said.
These attacks apparently aren’t imminent. Experts told GAO “such attacks remain difficult because of the time and expertise needed to carry them out.” But who would have expected hackers to steal personal information belonging to about 21.5 million federal employees and others as the Office of Personnel Management revealed last year?
While not meant to be alarmist, this also is not science fiction. In 2011, researchers from the University of Washington and University of California San Diego gained remote access to vehicles “by exploiting software vulnerabilities” in General Motors OnStar and Bluetooth systems, the report said...
And were able “to take physical control over the vehicle, such as controlling the display on the speedometer, shutting off the engine, and controlling the brakes.”
Last year, an experiment on a Jeep Cherokee had similar results. Soon after that, the company, Fiat Chrysler, recalled 1.4 million vehicles. Industry and government experts are working to prevent cyber-attacks before they happen. But that work takes time and hackers somewhere are probably now plotting to infiltrate vehicle electronic systems.
GAO said there are technological solutions that can be built into new cars, but not installed in older ones. Incorporating those solutions, including encryption and authentication technologies, into the design and production process can take five years.
Wade Newton, with the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, said car companies last year launched an effort “to facilitate the sharing of potential cyber threats and countermeasures – all of it in real time,” among other measures.
He added that the Alliance and Global Automakers, an organization of international manufacturers, “have joined together to begin development of voluntary cyber-security best practices.”
Meanwhile the Transportation Department’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) “has taken steps to address vehicle cyber-security issues but has not determined the role it would have in responding to a real-world vehicle cyber-attack,” according to GAO.
A NHTSA document published in July says the agency established a new division in 2012 “to focus on vehicle electronics, including cyber-security.” This division conducts “research on the safety, security, and reliability of complex, interconnected, electronic vehicle systems.”
NHTSA says it also has a “layered approach to cyber-security for automobiles,” meaning that all points of electronic entry, including wi-fi, Bluetooth, the diagnostic port, “could be potentially vulnerable."
“This way, NHTSA focuses on solutions to harden the vehicle’s electrical architecture against potential attacks and to ensure vehicle systems take appropriate safe steps even when an attack may be successful.”
NHTSA takes cyber-security very seriously, said spokesman Bryan Thomas, adding: “We understand that if consumers think they are one hack away from a crash, we’re not going to see the public acceptance we need to achieve the safety gains we’re after.”
Action shoot "Foot Case" ... making of an action movie
"Film Riot" ... I don't remember giving you permission to blow my mind. Great film! This was incredibly well done. I've been watching you guys for 5 years and I'm dying to see you make a feature length film.
Damn that was good! Those camera angles were amazing! That was awesome.. and the location for the final moment was great. Can’t wait to see a whole movie! I’m sure it will be great!
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4RNFYtyJQ_Q
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Thought for the day...
Many, many times. the so-called experts are wrong
Always eat breakfast if you want to lose weight... Avoid high cholesterol foods at all costs... Eating less fat prevents heart disease.
Wrong... Wrong... Wrong.
The government -- along with mainstream health "authorities" -- have been scaring Americans into bad health since it opened its mouth about it. And the problem is, of course, it has a really hard time admitting it when it's wrong.
Today, along those lines, we'll rap about the latest scare-mongering coming from the mainstream. And why, for the sake of good health, you should ignore it at all costs. Read on...
The key to weight loss, cancer resistance and positive mood The average American spends 93 percent of their life indoors. Sounds like a sizeable chunk, right?
Well, according to mainstream health authorities, it's not enough - we should shoot for 100 percent? Their faulty message about the effect of sunlight exposure on human health is simple:
Sunlight's only possible benefit is that it helps your body convert cholesterol to the essential pre-hormone known as vitamin D.
However... Sunlight is extremely dangerous, because it causes skin cancer. To stay safe, stay inside as much as humanly possible. If you must go out, slather yourself with sunscreen? Get your vitamin D exclusively from edibles, especially pills?
If you think I'm overstating, consider this "Q and A" from the website of the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD):
Q. When should I use sunscreen?
A. Every day if you will be outside.
Got that? If you plan one of those odd, dicey days when you'll actually leave your domicile or cubicle, for the love of God, wear sunscreen. And reapply it every two hours.
I searched and searched but could find no recommendation on the AAD's website to get any unprotected solar exposure at all. Vitamin D, they say, should be obtained only from food and pills.
How on Earth Did We Survive?
I've never subscribed to this mainstream view for one simple reason: It fails a basic test of logic. Modern humans are about 200,000 years old. Our tool-using hominid ancestors are well over a million years old.
It's inconceivable that throughout this entire duration of our evolutionary history, we were somehow able to "survive" the sun's dangerous effects - and only now, in the last 50 years or so, have we finally wised up and developed sunscreen, pills, and indoor lifestyles to protect us from that million-year-long attack.
Instead, it's clear to me that the concept that sunlight is deadly is - like most bad health advice - driven by marketing forces. Sunlight is free. Selling sunscreen, on the other hand, is a $1.3 billion industry. Sunglasses, vitamin pills, SPF 50 clothing, "precancerous" lesion removal... all cost money, and all have marketing departments pushing them.
Sunlight Is Actually The Key to Health
The more likely truth is that evolution, that clever process that ensures no potential resource is wasted, has spent much of the last million years "selecting for" humans, animals, and plants with genes that benefit from solar exposure.
Just as we evolved to breathe the air that surrounds us, drink the water in the rivers at our feet, and eat the plants and animals in our nearby environs, it just makes sense that we evolved the ability to exploit sunlight - that most ubiquitous resource - for our own good.
There's plenty of evidence to support this. Despite the AAD's vigorous attempts to squelch dissenting opinion, consider a remarkable 2008 paper in Environmental Health by Netherlands researcher M. Nathaniel Mead that makes it quite clear that less sun exposure, as is the case at northern latitudes, leads to more cancer:
Living at higher latitudes increases the risk of dying from Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as breast, ovarian, colon, pancreatic, prostate, and other cancers, as compared with living at lower latitudes.
In fact, Marianne Berwick, an epidemiology professor at the University of New Mexico, reported in a study that high sun exposure was linked to increased survival rates in patients with early-stage melanoma.
Which makes sense, because studies have shown that vitamin D stops melanoma cells from proliferating. And in Mead's research, optimal sun exposure lowers risk of many other diseases as well, including multiple sclerosis (MS). True enough.
So is unlimited sun exposure safe? In a word, no. Staying in the sun until you get sunburned is almost certainly unhealthy. There does seem to be a pretty close correlation between lifetime sunburns and melanoma risk.
As an estimated 42 percent of Americans receive an insufficient level of vitamin D, taking a supplement for it is a good idea. I recommend 5,000 IU, but take note that it should be vitamin D3, the kind most similar to what the body makes on its own, as opposed to the cheaper form, vitamin D2.
If you supplement with Vitamin D, make sure it is in the D3 form and not D2.
But, I'm not persuaded that the pill is a perfect, complete substitute for daily, prudent solar exposure. Sun exposure has been shown to have multiple benefits that almost certainly don't come entirely from its ability to stimulate vitamin D production.6 These include lowered risk of:
• Metabolic syndrome (a precursor to Type 2 diabetes)
• High blood pressure
• Infectious disease
• Autoimmune conditions including lupus.
Taken together, here's my take on how to have a healthy relationship with sunlight: Get some sun on your unprotected skin each day. A general guideline is to go outside and get unprotected skin exposure for about a half hour daily if you have light skin and an hour if your skin is dark.
Do this between 10 a.m.-3 p.m., when the sunlight's path through the atmosphere is shortest and UVB (the rays that make vitamin D most efficiently) are strongest. The further north you live, the more important it is to do this. Exercising during your daily solar exposure? An even better idea.
Don't use sunscreen if you can avoid it. We have no evolutionary history with skin application of micronized zinc oxide but plenty of history with wearing lightweight hats and clothing for sun protection.
Like most things, moderation is key. Just because some sun exposure is good for you doesn't mean a lot is even better. In other words lolling under the blazing sun until you resemble a boiled crustacean is only going to cause trauma that can lead to premature skin aging at best and skin cancers at worst.
I run, bike, garden, and generally find something active to do outdoors every day. I wear a wide-brimmed hat to keep the intense Arizona sun off my head but get roughly an hour's worth of exposure on my bare arms and legs.
I'm a writer, not a roofer, but I still manage to spend about 25 percent of my life outdoors, and I suggest that's a reasonable number for most folks to aim for.
I believe chronic sun deprivation underlies a good deal of modern disease. It is unconscionable that mainstream authorities choose to ignore the abundant scientific evidence of the sun's good effects.