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You're not sleeping as much as you think you are... you need better sleep efficiency
Many people aren't sleeping nearly as much as they think they are. They may be lying in bed for 7 hours, but are only actually sleeping for 5 or 6. And, not surprisingly, they feel tired the next day.
Experts refer to this concept as "sleep efficiency" — the percentage of time lying down that you're actually sleeping. Going to bed at a reasonable hour doesn't matter as much if you're sleeping inefficiently.
Luckily, getting a sense of your sleep efficiency is getting easier and easier, particularly with lifestyle trackers such as Fitbit. And there are lots of tips for improving your sleep efficiency, too.
The science of sleep efficiency is still young. There's no magic number for efficiency that's been proven as linked to terrible health - but it can still be a handy metric for many people to get a sense of what's going on at night.
(Ultimately, what really matters is how well-rested and attentive you feel during the day, but that's a complex thing that can't be measured with one number.)
How to measure your sleep efficiency
There are basically three factors that make up good sleep: how long you sleep, when in the day you get that sleep, and the efficiency or quality of that sleep.
Until inexpensive fitness trackers started hitting the market, sleep efficiency was an obscure metric that generally only sleep doctors had heard about.
Sometimes researchers would measure patients' sleep efficiency using actigraphy, which involves an accelerometer strapped to the wrist.
TODAY, many fitness trackers CLAIM TO measure sleep efficiency
But nowadays, many fitness trackers use accelerometers that detect motion to calculate how much you've moved in a given day.
They can also double as sleep monitors by distinguishing sleeping from unrestful tossing and turning. Several smartphone apps, such as the Sleep Time app, also track sleep by using the phone's internal accelerometer.
This requires leaving the phone on your bed throughout the night. (Most of them also claim to track lighter and deeper sleep in order to wake you up with an alarm at a non-groggy time.)
Many of these devices or apps will spit out a number for sleep efficiency — dividing the amount of time that the device says you slept by the time you know that you spent in bed.
Some, like the Fitbit, will remove the time before you fell asleep from the calculation.
What's the ideal sleep-efficiency number?
As far as the science is concerned, there's no particular number for sleep efficiency that's considered optimal. There just hasn't been enough research yet to determine something that specific.
However, some experts estimate a rough ballpark of 85 percent or above as a decent place to be.
Rachel Salas, a neurologist who focuses on sleep at Johns Hopkins, puts it this way, "I wouldn’t necessarily seek help if you’re looking at sleep efficiency based on a device and see no other signs of a problem."
Those signs could be things like excessive, unexplained sleepiness during the day or trouble falling or staying asleep at night.
So why even measure sleep efficiency? In part, because people could find it helpful to track sleep efficiency over time - and see how it differs in response to changes in their own lives:
"The value of that number is in whether it changes," says Michael Twery, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the National Institutes of Health. (And also, who wants to waste time in bed not sleeping?)
How to sleep better and more efficiently
Salas offers several tips for improving sleep efficiency:
1) Turn off TVs, computers, and smartphones an hour before bed.
Salas recommends shutting all your glowing screens off an hour before bed — or even 30 minutes before, if you simply can't handle an hour. (The reason behind this is that blue light is a key signal that tells your brain that it's daytime.
One possible cheat is the app F.lux, which makes computer screens less blue as the day goes on. Although there are no scientific studies on its validity, it can't hurt to try, and it has many devoted users in the Vox office.)
2) Keep a consistent sleep schedule.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time, or relatively the same time, every day. When you don't do this, you essentially put your body into self-imposed social jetlag, which throws you off kilter.
3) Don't exercise intensely right before bed.
You might think that physically exhausting your body will help you rest, but it can actually raise your body temperature and make it more difficult to fall asleep.
(Your internal body temperature is intimately related to your sleep cycle.)
4) No booze right before bed.
No nightcaps, by which I mean alcoholic beverages and not hats. Although such drinks might make it easier to pass out in the first place, they also mess up your sleep and can make your nights more restless, overall.
Note that you don't have to have 100 percent efficiency to be a good sleeper. It's considered perfectly healthy to take up to 30 minutes to fall asleep at night after turning off the light.
(In fact, if you regularly falling asleep within five minutes, "you probably have severe sleep deprivation, possibly even a sleep disorder," according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.)
Sympathy vs Empathy. Do you know the difference. This explanation may surprise you
When someone we care for is in pain, we want to make them feel better. But are we going about it the right way?
What is the best way to ease someone's pain and suffering?
In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr. Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw&feature=player_embedded
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 November 21st... 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... 11/21/2014...
The "Jackass Party"
Due to the endless flood of dishonesty pouring out of the Obama White House, the Department of Justice and all Democratic politicians’ offices nationwide...
We acknowledge the Democratic Party for their dishonesty, with respect to their party mascot: "The Jackass."
The Democratic Party has a long history of blatant dishonesty.
The bottom line is that it’s the entire Democratic Party who casually lies to America about virtually anything and everything. In real life, we call people who lie a lot “jackasses.”
In fact, every high level Democrat who purports to represent the Jackass Party these past 6 years - have all come off as aggressive, uncaring and disinterested in what the Truth might be, in any given circumstance.
The latest news: Democrats think the voters are "Stupid."
Obama was elected twice - so maybe they have a valid point? Liberals just don’t care about 'we the people' ... nor do they care what we think about them.
Instead of being honest and effective leaders, representing us... they lie regularly, without reservation ...
And their goal always seem to be to fool us – all of us – into believing that wrong is right, black is white and that lies are true.
After Americans vote a thumbs-down on Obama... he goes on rampage of fake propaganda and lawlessness
Obama threatens to illegally give a free pass to 5 million illegal immigrants. Obama then flies to China for Asia-Pacific summit.
President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. has set a new goal to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases by between 26 percent and 28 percent over the next 11 years - as part of a climate change agreement with China.
By contrast... Obama's counterpart, Xi Jinping, did not pledge any reductions by a specific date, but rather set a target for China's emissions to peak by 2030, or earlier if possible. Xi also pledged to increase the share of energy that China will derive from sources other than fossil fuels.
"Take a very good look at the official photos," writes the Asia Times' globe-trotting columnist Pepe Escobar.
Mr. Escobar is unimpressed with the elite media's headlines from the "APEC" summit of Asia-Pacific powers in Beijing -- like a "climate change" agreement between President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
"This is all about positioning," he writes of the photos -- "and this being China, pregnant with symbolic meaning:
"Guess who's in the place of honor," Escobar writes, "side by side with President Xi Jinping. And guess where the lame-duck leader Obama of the 'indispensable nation' has been relegated."
Contrary to what - ahem - a certain "edgy" financial blog claims, Obama was not relegated to the "wives' club." He's there with the presidents of Indonesia and Singapore.
But Xi positioned Russia's Vladimir Putin at his side. And as Mr. Escobar rightly points out, "The Chinese can also be masters at sending a global message."
The message is that China sees its future more tightly wound up with Russia's, and ultimately with the heart of Europe.
Obama just gave away another $3 billion dollars... to fund liberal propaganda in foreign countries
WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States will give $3 billion to a U.N.-established fund to help poorer vulnerable countries prepare for a changing climate and develop cleaner energy, President Barack Obama announced Saturday.
The United Nations is trying to raise at least $10 billion for its Green Climate Fund to help developing nations adjust to rising seas, warmer temperatures and more extreme weather.
It also would help the nations come up with energy sources that limit or reduce heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions from coal, oil and gas.
Obama said the money would help farmers plant more resilient crops, governments to cut carbon dioxide emissions and communities to develop better defenses against storm surges and other climate-related changes.
Founder of Weather Channel... says climate change is nonsense.
The whole premise of the liberal’s climate change scheme – is to extract money from the citizen. The money is then used to fund false propaganda by the liberal machine.
Liberals dole out billions of taxpayer dollars to scientists via grants, but only on the condition that their finding support the liberal climate change story.
That’s how liberals claim 93% of scientists say that climate change is being caused by dastardly humans.
In the 70s, liberals said the earth was headed for a "polar freeze" … in the 80s, liberals said the earth was headed to the "blazes of hell." Now they morphed it into "climate change."
It’s all a liberal scam… to steal billions of dollars from the people.
Democrats even think Democrats are "stupid"
"More of that 'most transparent administration in history,'" writes one of our regulars about Jonathan Gruber, the Obamacare architect who attributed the bill's passage to "the stupidity of the American voter or whatever."
"Incidentally," our reader continues, "Herr Doktor Gruber was paid $400,000 by Obama administration, and visited White House a dozen times while Obungler-care was being developed.
Y'know... that health care plan that couldn't get a website completed - that even a 'stupid' junior high student might have done in a week, but cost, per Bloomberg, over TWO billion dollars.
"Now yet another video has emerged from a previous event which illustrates how the MIT professor's characterization of Americans as 'stupid' was a common theme during his public appearances.
"No word yet from the Obama admin on Gruber's own stupidity here - or relative to the whole website fiasco -
As they refused comment and are still frantically trying to find a way to either spin this or hoping people forget about it in a week."
The 5: We see Gruber is lamely trying to take it all back. "The comments in the video were made at an academic conference.
I was speaking off the cuff," he told MSNBC. "And I basically spoke inappropriately, and I regret having made those comments."
Uh-huh. "The problem is not that he said it. The problem is that he thinks it," says former Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean. "I'm serious.
The core problem under the damn law... is that it was put together by a bunch of elitists, who don't really fundamentally understand the American people. That's what the problem is."
Gov. Dean, as you might recall, is a "single payer" guy. But on this score, we're reasonably sure his fellow MD Ron Paul would agree.
A scaffold carrying two workers is stuck 68 floors above ground at 1 World Trade Center on Nov. 12, 2014, in New York City. Two window washers were left dangling from the nation's tallest skyscraper when a cable suddenly developed slack.
The workers held on to the teetering platform for two agonizing hours until firefighters used diamond cutters to saw through a double-layered window and pulled the men to safety.
Thai models use mobile phones as they wait for the start of a promotional event by Thailand's second largest mobile phone network, DTAC, at a shopping center in Bangkok on Nov. 10.
More than 93.7 million mobile phone numbers are registered in Thailand, which has a population of around 65 million people.
Lloyds of London staff hold their annual Remembrance Day service at the Lloyds Building in London on Nov. 11.
Visitors view the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation at the Tower of London on Nov. 7. The installation by artists Paul Cummins and Tom Piper used 888,246 ceramic poppies - one for each of the commonwealth servicemen and women killed in World War I.
Traffic crosses Tower Bridge as seen through a glass viewing platform during a preview to launch the new viewing experience at the Tower Bridge Exhibition center in London on Nov. 10. The new glass flooring sits 138 feet above the river Thames, allowing visitors to gaze down on the bridge and river.
A young girl places a rose at the Berlin Wall memorial in Berlin's Bernauer Strasse during a ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall on Nov. 9.
A competitor participates in the Tough Mudder London South on Oct. 26, in Winchester, England. The military style endurance event covers a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to test all-around strength, stamina, teamwork, and mental grit.
Extreme athletes rest in hammocks on webbing stretched between rocks during the International Highline Meeting in Monte Piana, near Misurina, in the northern Italian Alps on Sept. 8, in these photos released on Sept. 17.
We live in an era of smartphones and stupid people.
My life is all math. I am trying to add to my income, subtract from my weight, divide my time, and avoid multiplying.
It’s useless to hold a person to anything they say when they are in love, drunk, or running for office. -- Shirley MacLaine
Patience is something you admire in the driver behind you, but not in the one ahead. -- Bill McGlashen
The purpose of all major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside... in our hearts. -- Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama
In 2024, Obama is shunned and ejected from Earth... for evil deeds, lies and scandals...
"Klingons" rejected Obama's scheme's too... hearing how the "Earthlings" were abused
The plans of the liberal elites and those who currently try to control this world - are a one world government. In other words, extreme centralization.
This will create an entire prison planet, where all will be enslaved to the rulers.
The plans of those who oppose them are to put the power with the people. Eventually 7 billion sovereign governments on Earth. In other words, extreme decentralization.
The centralizers use violence and theft to affect their change. The decentralizers use non-violence and empowerment.
Obama illegally pushed past his presidential power limits... committing dastardly abuses - no U.S. president had ever been so selfish and dishonest - to commit before.
Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Obama-Traitor...
Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and naïve new civilizations, to boldly go where no corrupt politician has gone before..
Gas prices down... but food prices way up
Retailers are about to get some of that proverbial coal in their stockings for the holidays?
That's the takeaway we get from a surprisingly glum Reuters article this week. Yes, gasoline below $3 a gallon effectively puts $2 billion "extra" in consumers' pockets every month.
But, the newswire suggests, "higher food costs are eating into or eclipsing savings from gasoline, and a $2 billion jump in spending could be a much smaller bump - after food inflation is taken into account."
The consultancy Customer Growth Partners suggests higher food prices will vacuum $10 billion out of consumer wallets during November and December compared with a year ago.
But the savings from lower gas prices works out to only $5 billion?
Or as a shopper at a Kmart in the Chicago suburbs tells Reuters, "Everything is so expensive and my husband's salary has not increased."
25 percent of millennials expect college loan forgiveness... you can credit that to Obama
Obama has created "free ride" mentality in America. free unemployment income, free food stamps, free cell phones, etc. What's next... free college loans?"
Obama himself created this student loan crisis, when he federalized student loans. He made loans easy to get - but he has failed to create good paying jobs for graduates - to pay for the loans?
College costs continue to rise, but one segment of the population might not be very worried:
24 percent of millennials said they expect their loans will ultimately be forgiven, according to study released Wednesday by Junior Achievement and PwC U.S.
That could be a lot of accumulated debt, considering the average amount of cumulative student debt for undergraduates in the class of 2012 was $26,885, according to a recent Pew Research report.
The average debt for 2013 graduates is expected to be even higher.
Obama pushed easy college loans... but created no good paying jobs?
"It's a scary statistic," said Jack Kosakowski, president of Junior Achievement, which co-sponsored the Ypulse survey.
The survey conducted for Junior Achievement, "Millennials & College Planning," did not address why the students thought their loans would be forgiven, and it was the first year the question was included in the survey.
The report also found that 60 percent of millennials surveyed said financial aid is a deciding factor in their school choice and 21 percent said the cost of college was their family's main financial problem.
The survey of 1,000 people in the 14-to-30 year-old age bracket was conducted in May.
Chocolate fans beware!
If you have a sweet tooth, beware: the world’s chocolate supply might be running uncomfortably low.
According to the Washington Post’s Wonkblog, “chocolate deficits” are becoming more and more common, as consumption is exceeding the supply of available cocoa being produced by farmers - a phenomenon that experts claim could actually worsen.
Major manufacturers Mars Inc. and Barry Callebaut warn that the deficits could monumentally expand over the next two decades. Consider that the world consumed more cocoa than was produced last year, yielding a deficit of 70,000 metric tons.
That number could expand into the millions by 2030, the companies claim.
Part of the problem, according to the Wonkblog, is dry weather in West Africa, a fungal disease and the Ebola outbreak - scenarios that have hampered farming and production of cocoa.
Many farmers have actually turned away from cultivating the crop and have moved on to more profitable options.
“Demand for chocolate is great,” Ashmead Pringle, president of Atlanta-based GreenHaven Commodity Services, told Bloomberg last December.
“A lot of the world population is moving to the middle class and will have more money to spend, in particular in emerging markets and Asia.”
Maddie and Tae... performing a snappy little tune called "Girl in a Country Song"
'Bout time the ladies turned it around on the good 'ole boys. Holy cow... These girls are good!
These two young ladies are plum amazing. Can't wait to see them live in person. Very rare is a live performance just as good as recorded version.
This just shows how talented these ladies are (true talent). Looking forward to watching these ladies grow. Keep up the awesome work.
Watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ruvf6Y9noyg&feature=player_detailpage
by Joanna Fuchs
My turn signal wasn’t working,
So I asked for help from a friend.
"Stand behind the car," I said.
"Let’s get this problem to end."
"When I turn the signal on,
If it’s working, let me know."
I hit the blinker and then I heard:
"Yes! No! Yes! No! Yes! No!"
DV8's interchangeable head system puts a full set of gold clubs in a backpack
Golf is a wonderful game, but it does come with a major drawback – the bulk and weight of the clubs required to play. If you're traversing the course on foot, there's no way to carry a bag filled with golf clubs easily.
A new product from DV8 Sports aims to make a round of golf a little less laborious... by offering a system that allows a full set of clubs to be carried around in a bag the size of an average backpack.
A traditional set of golf clubs comes with at least 14 full-length clubs, all of which are carried in a rather long bag to accommodate them.
DV8's plan is to replace all of these with only one or two shafts that are compatible with a set of quick-change interchangeable heads.
The system keeps each club true to its regular length and the shaft comes in pieces, making it easy enough to carry around and assemble when at the course or driving range.
The company says its patented stainless steel quick-change coupler allows heads to be changed in under three seconds.
The bag for the clubs has been designed by the team specifically to work with the club system. Foam pockets cradle each of the interchangeable club heads, and the bag is long enough to fit the parts of the shaft needed for a complete golf experience.
It even has an iPad sleeve and slots to attach an optional tripod for golfers looking to use apps that help improve their performance.
The backpack is 19 in (48 cm) tall, 13 in (33 cm) wide, and 6 in (15 cm) deep. When filled with a set of clubs, it weighs in at about 15 lb (6.8 kg), which should be light enough to carry comfortably.
The creators promise that their clubs will rival the performance of traditional golf clubs, which is obviously important, as no golfer would want to sacrifice their game just to make their clubs more portable.
The shafts will be available in three different flexes, as well as a variety of lengths to accommodate golfers of varying heights. Models will also be available for both left and right-handed players.
DV8 Sports is seeking US$50,000 of funding for its new type of golf club on Kickstarter. Clubs are available to backers in a range of options, as the team is letting buyers choose their preferred selection of club heads.
Pledges start at $170 for a bag, driver and shaft, ranging up to $620 for a 10 club set including the bag, shaft, driver, 3 wood, 5 hybrid, sand wedge, pitching wedge, 9 iron, 8 iron, 6 iron, 4 iron and putter.
The Kickstarter pitch video provides more information and shows the clubs in use.
Liberals and Muslims join together to remove Christian and Jewish holidays from the school calendar
A school board in Montgomery County, Maryland, has voted to strike Christian and Jewish holidays from the official school calendar next year.
The 7 to 1 vote that was taken Tuesday afternoon to ax all religious holidays from the Montgomery County Schools 2015-2016 calendar -
Came after Muslim leaders urged officials to add Eid al-Adha, an Islamic holiday, to the school schedule, according to the Washington Post.
The initial battle to add Eid al-Adha reportedly centered around references to Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and a quest for equality on the calendar.
While Montgomery County Schools superintendent Joshua Starr recommended that these mentions simply be removed, Christmas and Easter ended up being thrown out as well.
These amendments, though, don’t change the days students actually have off, as absences are high on Christian and Jewish holidays and the days will, thus, still be granted off.
The new calendar will simply not mention these religious observances by name. As for Muslim holidays, officials said there isn’t enough of a student and faculty absentee impact to grant them, WRC-TV reported.
“High absenteeism is the main reason,” Dana Tofig, public information officer for Montgomery County Public Schools, told the outlet.
“The absentee rate on the Eid holidays, when they’ve fallen on a school day, haven’t been considerably higher or lower than it is on any other given day.”
While the decision to remove religious holidays came at the unsuccessful urging of Muslim leaders to add their day to the official school calendar, some Islamic leaders are perplexed, surprised and disenchanted.
“By stripping the names Christmas, Easter, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, they have alienated other communities now, and we are no closer to equality,” Saqib Ali, co-chair of the Equality for Eid Coalition, told the Post.
“It’s a pretty drastic step, and they did it without any public notification.”
The addition of Eid al-Adha wouldn’t have changed the 2015-2016 school calendar, as Jewish students already have the day off for Yom Kippur; Muslims said they simply wanted their holiday officially added to the calendar as well.
I wonder if predominately Muslim countries would eliminate their religious holidays from the calendars - all for the sake of political correctness? I guarantee they would not.
Political correctness has been and will continue to be the downfall of America, and Muslims along with the Left know this. When will the Christians speak up?
After completing college, a young guy got his first job as a trainee in a supermarket.
On his first day at work, he was eager to make a fresh beginning. The manager welcomed him with a warm smile and giving him a broom, said, "Your first job will be to sweep the floor."
The young guy protested, "But I'm a college graduate"
"Oh, I'm so sorry. I didn't realize that," said the manager. "Here, hand me the broom... and I will show you how to sweep the floor."
The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has new balloons this year including the Pillsbury Doughboy balloon and the first openly gay balloon. Also the Thomas Tank Engine balloon, and they even have the Ebola nurse balloon. -- David Letterman
We thought New York City was home to 8 million rats. Turns out, that's a little high. The actual number is 2 million rats. That explains the light turnout for the midterm elections. -- David Letterman
Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew is coming. You drink it, you get a combination of type 1 and type 2 diabetes. -- David Letterman
This week Bill Clinton tweeted a photo of himself reading George W. Bush's new book “41.” Then George W. Bush responded to that post on Instagram. Then John McCain said "You two are hilarious" by telegraph. -- Jimmy Fallon
There are reports that leaders from ISIS and al-Qaida met at a farm house in Syria last week, and agreed to work together against their common enemies. That story again: Two radical terrorist groups managed to do what two American political parties cannot. -- Jimmy Fallon
Developers are working on a new app that gives you a 10-second warning before an earthquake. The app is called "Too Late." -- Conan O'Brien
A tiger has been seen running around Paris. Citizens were told to stay indoors and do whatever's necessary to protect the wine and cheese. They should leave home only to smoke and to judge others. -- Craig Ferguson
Facebook is showing no sign whatsoever that they will ever leave us alone. They're developing “Facebook at Work.” We already have a Facebook for people at work. It's called Facebook. -- Jimmy Kimmel
Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has signed the biggest contract in American sports history, worth $325 million over 13 years. What could possibly go A-Rod? -- Seth Meyers
A New York plastic surgeon has announced that he is creating “vacation breasts,” which are implants that would last two to three weeks. That’s amazing, isn’t it? Who gets a three-week vacation? -- Seth Meyers
Common Core nightmare
If your children are not arrested, molested, beaten, murdered, etc. in the American public education system, then there are the lessons they will learn to look forward to.
Obama is cementing his redefinition of America by federalizing the minds of its future: children.
The federal Common Core program seeks to “align” the curriculum and standards of public school systems that have been under state jurisdiction. The program is said to be voluntary - but then, so are taxes.
The incentives to adopt Common Core are huge; for example, adoption is required for any state that wants a bite out of an allocated $4.35-billion.
Moreover, adoption offers a state exemption from the widely despised 'No Child Left Behind Act' ... by which states are required to assess the basic skills of students.
No wonder 45 states signed on in 2011, far before the program was finalized.
The federal rollout has been so disastrous that Common Core is being dubbed ObamaCore - because it does to education what ObamaCare is doing to health care.
Both teachers and parents are protesting, and for much the same reason.
Teachers are virtually relegated to reading from a national script in the classroom, with little personal input being allowed.
Parents and local authorities are effectively shut out of influencing their children's education. And the quality of education has hit a new low.
Advocates of Common Core argue that the program is a set of standardized tests, not a curriculum. The argument is disingenuous.
The Common Core standards determine the content of the tests which determine the content of the curriculum, which is provided by publishers who can claim their material is "Common Core-aligned."
That is, the material conforms to the national standards and will facilitate the goal of “testing well.” And every student must pass the tests to receive a high school diploma and a chance to enter college.
Common Core is nothing more than an attempt by liberals to brainwash the youth of America... with false propaganda and false history.
Comparing the U.S. to Ukraine... both countries are virtually bankrupt and living on borrowed time
Many in the U.S. may think that tremendously rising prices and overt capital controls cannot happen there. Let's compare Ukraine's total debt to GDP... a country considered to be bankrupt... with the U.S.
That's right. The U.S. has more than double the debt to GDP, than Ukraine. How is it that there aren't riots in the streets and a government in the U.S. on the verge of a collapse?
Mostly media and institutionalized brainwashing has so far limited the riots. As for a collapse of the U.S. government? The only thing keeping its entire evil empire functioning - is a still widely accepted U.S. dollar.
And that is all changing dramatically now too. Russia and China have made very vocal statements about their desire to stop using the U.S. dollar.
Of course, many oil producing countries such as Iraq and Libya wanted to also move off the petro dollar. We all know what happened there.
And, the prince of peace, Barack O'Bomber was recently in Saudi Arabia, likely making threats and bribes to ensure they stay onside with the dollar.
In any case, the end of this gargantuan U.S. government and the U.S. dollar are nigh.
With a debt of over $17 trillion... all it would take is for interest rates to rise to 10% and almost every penny of extorted money (taxes) that the U.S. government collects, would go to interest payments on the debt alone.
During the last similar time in history this happened, the 1970s, interest rates were allowed to actually go to their market levels and topped out at 18%.
That is why Ben Bernanke and Janet Yellen must manipulate interest rates as low as possible, for as long as possible.
There is a massive amount of debt in the U.S. now - and even an interest rate of 5% would likely implode the entire financial system and the government itself.
Keeping rates near 0% and printing money via Quantitative Easing in order to fund the government, will eventually lead to hyperinflation.
Europe has been playing the same game - creating massive debt, to hide their broken monetary system. The debt beast - has the U.S. and Europe in its jaws.
THE END OF THE MONETARY SYSTEM AS WE KNOW IT (TEOTMSAWKI)
All of the actions pertaining to the Ukraine today are all symptomatic of the end stages of TEOTMSAWKI.
The West has implemented numerous sanctions on Russia. Visa and MasterCard stopped providing services for payment transactions for clients at Bank Rossiya, due to US sanctions, and Putin said that Russia would develop its own credit card system.
It is all just re-arranging the chairs on the deck of the Titanic, however, as far as the U.S. government and the U.S. dollar is concerned.
The U.S. government is in much worse shape than the Ukraine, fiscally, and as the rest of the world begins to move away from the dollar - it will be game over for the current financial and monetary system in the U.S.
5 ways to always get a good deal on a bed
"Powercoil." "Foam density." "Fabric technology." These layers of confusing jargon do little to comfort stressed-out consumers looking for a new mattress.
To help cut through the clutter, we contacted a retired industry insider known as "The Old Bed Guy." The 85-year old former bed maker and seller now runs a popular mattress consumer information site where he gives out his (somewhat cranky) advice.
“Mattresses have no real value,” said 'Marshall Coyle,' a pseudonym he uses to avoid blowback from the tight-knit mattress community to which he used to belong.
That statement is a rude awakening to anyone who's peeped at the price tags after taking a stroll through a mattress showroom lately. With prices running into the thousands, dreams of better "zzz's" are quickly zapped by sticker shock.
The Old Bed Guy is talking about the markup versus the actual value of the steel, foam, and wool that goes inside a bed.
For example, he said, it might cost a factory $600 to make a mattress that they sell to a big department store for $1,300.
That store might then slap a price of $2,999 on it, then give it a big discount during one of the never-ending sales, he said.
"The money goes for something other than what you're sleeping on," said Coyle.
While every business is entitled to try to make a profit, every maker also has its own special lingo. That makes true comparison shopping difficult. Some of the differences are real. Some are just marketing vapor.
Rather than try to explain it all and risk being as bewildering as the confusion we're supposed to be relieving, here are 5 tips from the perspective of The Old Bed Guy...
That always get you a better deal on a mattress, no matter what store or manufacturer you're dealing with.
Look for stores that have their own factories
A few smaller regional stores make their own mattresses in their own factories. That cuts out the middleman. "I don't know of a better way as far as value," said Coyle.
Stores in this category include Charles P. Rogers, McRoskey, Original Mattress Factory, and Verlo. Their stores aren't everywhere, but the savings and quality difference is enough that this reporter nearly considered a 10-hour road trip just to get a bed.
Buy based on weight
If you're a fan of strong, long-lasting steel coils, a heavier mattresses usually mean there's more quality materials inside. "They have 12-15 inches to fill," said The Old Bed Guy. "You can stretch your coils and make them tall and thin."
Typical mass-produced beds weigh about 90 lbs while higher grade beds can weigh around 120 lbs, he said. But you won't find this info online, you'll have to buttonhole the sales agent or bed maker to get the details.
Buy at the end of the year
"If anything is for real," said Coyle of the mattress business, "the periods when people don't buy mattresses see the best deals."
Few buy before Christmas, saving room on the credit card for the holiday shopping spree. The last 2 weeks of December are a prime time as stores try to unload inventory before the new year.
Good savings can also be had the first two weeks of January.
Be careful with Internet-only stores
Some online outfits say they pass on the savings of not having any retail outlets. But it's not that hard to set up a shop and outsource manufacturing and shipping to China.
That can create an accountability gap that leaves consumers in a lurch if their bed starts giving them lumps. "If they won't give you their street address, don't give them your credit card," said Coyle.
What about latex?
"Latex costs more and is worth more, period," said Coyle.
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Thought for the day...
One in three children are under the poverty line in America... how can that be?
I often call the U.S. a "third world country". Of course, in some ways I am kidding as the original meaning of 1st, 2nd or 3rd world countries was the following:
After World War II the world split into two large geopolitical blocs and spheres of influence... with contrary views on government and the politically correct society:
1 - The bloc of democratic-industrial countries within the American influence sphere, the "First World".
2 - The Eastern bloc of the communist-socialist states, the "Second World".
3 - The remaining three-quarters of the world's population, states not aligned with either bloc were regarded as the "Third World."
4 - The term "Fourth World", coined in the early 1970s by Shuswap Chief George Manuel, refers to widely unknown nations (cultural entities) of indigenous peoples, "First Nations" living within or across national state boundaries.
In those terms, the U.S. is clearly not a "third world country" as the meaning of a 1st world country is that it is under the American influence.
However, this term has now morphed over time - so that people call a generally poor and dangerous country a "third world country".
In those terms the U.S. fits the bill more-and-more every year.
The United States is a terrible place to raise children, according to a new report from UNICEF.
Nearly one-third of U.S. children are currently living in households with an income below 60 percent of the national median income for 2008: $31,000 per year.
That might sound like a lot of money, and at one time it was. But thanks to a little understood government economic tool known as inflation, $30,000 is not what it used to be. As Wikipedia explains...
In economics, inflation is a sustained increase in the general price level of goods and services in an economy over a period of time. When the general price level rises, each unit of currency buys fewer goods and services.
Consequently, inflation reflects a reduction in the purchasing power per unit of money – a loss of real value in the medium of exchange and unit of account within the economy.
A chief measure of price inflation is the inflation rate, the annualized percentage change in a general price index (normally the consumer price index) over time.
Inflation is something of which the American consumer is well-aware. It is a constant reality in the USSA. A $17 trillion dollar debt - that keeps expanding - debt will lead to hyperinflation.
But, of course, as the government loves to tell us, "there is no inflation!" The truth is, Federal Reserve money printing policies have made it nearly impossible for people in the U.S. to keep up.
A number that has been floated around for a long time - that 1 in 5 children in the U.S. are below the poverty line - has been in dire need of an update.
That number is false. Today, one-in-three kids in the U.S. are below the poverty line. At this rate, in 20 years, all children in the U.S. will be growing up under the poverty line.
In truth, once the US dollar collapses, nearly everybody except those who protected themselves with savings in hard assets (preferably outside of the U.S.) and things like bitcoin will all be destitute.
Notice the U.S. is now just lagging behind Mexico in terms of children living in poverty.
And it should be noted that the Mexican economy has been growing tremendously in the past decade - as it moves much more free market - as opposed to the U.S. which is on a march towards perfecting fasco-communism.
32.2% of children are suffering below the poverty line in the U.S. The US ranks 36th out of 41 wealthy nations included by UNICEF in the report.
The number of U.S. children living in poverty has gone up by 2 percentage points since 2008.
In 2012 there were 24.2 million U.S. children living in poverty. That is an increase of 1.7 million children since 2008. That's Barack O'Bomber's "hope and chains" for you.
"Of all newly poor children in the OECD and/or EU, about a third are in the United States," according to the report. On the other hand, 18 countries were actually able to reduce their childhood poverty rates over the same period.
"Between 2006 and 2014, child poverty increased in 34 states," according to the UNICEF report. "The largest increases were found in Nevada, Idaho, Hawaii and New Mexico, all of which have relatively small numbers of children.
Here's the reality citizen... America can't continue on it's wasteful and excessive spending path forever... letting corrupt politicians like Obama piss away our future...
And we can't continue to give hundreds of billions of dollars to foreign governments - while we let millions of our children go hungry in our own country.
The primary reason the stock market is up... is because the government deliberately left no other alternatives to invest in
Think about the millions of dollars wasted on data and scenario modeling, luncheons, meetings, buildings, and whatever else you can think goes into “policymaking” ...
And the best idea they have - is to hold rates too low for even longer?
What happened to the widespread criticism about Greenspan keeping short-term rates down at 1% for too long in 2003 - as a leading cause of the housing bubble?
Clearly there was no consensus.
Back then the Fed dropped short-term rates from 6% down to 1% between 2001 and 2003, and then started hiking them in 2004.
All throughout that period it complained how it couldn’t lower long yields.
They solved that problem this time around.
The main adjustment to that previous unsound policy, was to push short term rates down to almost nothing...
By flooding the overnight lending markets with enough reserves to monetize a good chunk of commercial bank deposit liabilities, and long term yields down to 1%, and to maintain this for six years.
And that’s how the lessons of the last crisis were brushed under the carpet.
The official causes are a slew of incoherent rubbish, including not enough regulation, too much financial alchemy, corporate malfeasance...
And of course the usual inherently unstable nature of the free market system, which is susceptible to irrational movements, and speculative booms and busts.
Just susceptible… no causes… ahem.
Well, even the economic veterans forget. Even they find comfort in data points, or in their last trade.
That is just market reality; but it produces opportunity at major turning points.
For those who remember the lesson of the last crisis, the present “boom” should not surprise them.
I don’t want to bore you with too much economics, but I think it is important to understand -
How a boom differs from economic growth, in order to establish - that belief in the recovery, is but a popular delusion.
Unlike growth, which can only come about by saving in the real sense (abstaining from consumption) and through unhampered investment...
Central planners today create unsound booms by manipulating banking policy, interest rates, and money quantities.
They are unsound because they result in an imbalance between saving and investment, a build up of malinvestment, resource dislocations, and cannot last.
If they are repeated over and over again they can erode the economy’s capital base.
This is quite different than growth.
Growth is intertwined with the process of capital formation – and the broadening or lengthening of the capital structure.
The boom is hostile to capital, often resulting in its consumption or decumulation.
The policy of manipulating interest rates below market... subsidizes consumption while redirecting investment (funded by “forced savings” - fancy term for money creation) ...
Into projects that can never be finished because the requisite factors of production aren’t as copious as implied in the lower rates.
The boom is the antithesis of economic growth; it isn’t merely an aid, or stimulus.
It is a tax on capital, which any economist worth his salt knows is the source of jobs and growth.
That’s why we like the slogan: “fear the boom.”
The boom feels like growth... but when the policy supporting it is withdrawn the damage is revealed.
But there is more to this story, something that makes it different than any other boom. You must understand: this is the phoniest boom ever.
Almost every other “boom” manufactured by the Fed has in the past been fueled primarily by the commercial banks as the main engines of money and credit growth.
This time around, the primary impetus behind the creation of deposit liabilities in the commercial banking system is the Fed itself!
So not only is it the greatest intervention in (“risk free”) interest rates ever – with the entire structure of asset markets keying off this for valuation –
And not only is there a record quantity of investable capital being diverted into government coiffeurs – but also it is the most centrally contrived mirage of them all.
If the stock market is your economic indicator... then you’re easy prey for such a devious scheme.
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Liberalism is all about bogus propaganda... five myths liberals have created about themselves
Sure, liberals may be sanctimonious, mean spirited and advocate policies that don't work, but you can't help but admire the excellence of their public relations network.
They can comically laud themselves for courage because...
• They take a stand, everyone they know agrees with...
• Pat themselves on the back for their compassion, as they maliciously insult someone that disagrees with them...
• And congratulate themselves for their charitable behavior, as they give other people's money away.
Liberal mythology is one thing, but what it actually looks like is a different beast entirely.
1) Liberals love science?
As Ann Coulter says, "Liberals use the word science exactly as they use the word constitutional.
Both words are nothing more or less than a general statement of liberal approval, having nothing to do with either science or the Constitution."
The liberal commitment to science consists entirely of talking about how important science is when they believe they can use it to further the liberal agenda.
2) Liberals care about education?
If you define "education" as doing as much as humanly possible to toss plums to the teachers’ unions who help fund and elect Democrats, liberals love education.
Alternately, if you define education as the rest of us do, making sure our kids learn as much as possible and are prepared for the working world, liberals don't care about education at all.
They fight merit pay, oppose firing bad teachers and try to kill even effective school choice programs.
Any time there's a divergence between what's best for the teachers’ unions and what's best for the kids, the kids ALWAYS lose with liberals.
3) Liberals don't moralize?
Liberals believe in allowing children to have abortions over the protests of their parents, they want to force churches to perform gay weddings that violate their Christian beliefs...
And they demand that the Catholic Church provide abortion and birth control over its strenuous moral objections, but then they turn around and deny that they're moralizing.
Getting beyond that, they couch their arguments about tax rates, government programs and economics in distinctly moral terms. After all, what is the term "fair share" if not an appeal to morals?
If liberals are going to continue to pretend that they don't moralize, at least they should admit that they’re morally inferior to conservatives.
4) Liberals are tolerant?
In a very real sense, liberals don't understand tolerance. To them, tolerance is promoting whatever position they happen to hold - while excluding all competing views.
So, if a conservative speaker shows up on a college campus, liberals try to shout him down.
Liberals have tried to censor conservative talk show hosts with an Orwellian "Fairness Act." They work tirelessly to try to silence Fox News, which is the one center right network - up against ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and MSNBC.
They block professors for their conservative views, blacklist conservative actors and lock conservatives out of almost every major newspaper in America.
That's not open-minded; it's a level of dogmatic intolerance that could rival the most radical cult.
5) Liberals love the poor?
Liberals "love" the poor like a cat loves mice. The cat gets fat off the mice and liberals get elected off of sadistically keeping as many Americans mired in poverty as they can.
Then, they can give the poor just enough money to get by on while railing against those mean old conservatives who are claiming the destitute can have better lives...
When any "compassionate" person would realize food stamps and welfare are the best most of these people can ever do.
That's not love; that's a gang of pushers trying to hook as many customers as possible.
On the other hand, for both philosophical and practical reasons, conservatives believe in helping the poor escape poverty.
We agree wholeheartedly with Ben Franklin's words of wisdom...
"I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.
In my youth I traveled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer.
And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer."
Every single day in the United States, police are stealing people's money and property, in the name of the law?
Welcome to the crazy world of "civil asset forfeiture." It's been getting a bit of attention recently. And rightly so.
This is the way it works: Ordinarily, the police are permitted to seize property that they suspect has been involved in criminal activity.
However, when it comes to civil forfeiture, "a property owner need not be found guilty of a crime - or even charged - to permanently lose her cash, car, home, or other property," states the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit public interest law firm.
How might someone "lose" their property? Let's look at what happened to the Sourovelis family of Philadelphia as an example.
In March this year, their 22-year-old son was arrested on drug charges for allegedly selling $40 worth of heroin from his parents' home.
His parents, Christos and Markela Sourovelis, say they had no idea their son even had any involvement with drugs.
But this didn't matter. Because "a month and a half later," reports CNN, the "police came back -- this time to seize their house, forcing the Sourvelises and their children out on the street that day.
"Police and prosecutors came armed with a lawsuit against the house itself. It was being forfeited and transferred to the custody of the Philadelphia district attorney.
Authorities said the house was tied to illegal drugs and therefore subject to civil forfeiture." Just like that… Poof. Gone. This is not a one-off occurrence.
In the same article, CNN notes that "in two years, nearly 500 families in Philadelphia had their homes or cars taken away by city officials, according to records from Pennsylvania's attorney general."
Five hundred families… just in Philadelphia!
The original intention behind civil asset forfeiture was to cripple criminals. It was never supposed to be used against average citizens in the way it's being used today.
Why are police so eager to use this legal tactic? Because there's an incredibly perverse incentive at work.
"In most states and under federal law," explains the Institute for Justice in a special report, "law enforcement can keep some or all of the proceeds from civil forfeitures.
This incentive has led to concern that civil forfeiture encourages policing for profit, as agencies pursue forfeitures to boost their budgets at the expense of other policing priorities" [emphasis ours].
Yep. That's right. The cops get to keep the booty for their own departments.