Scientists have long known that happiness and stress are two sides of the same coin: the less stressed you are, the happier you’ll be. They’ve also known that exercise lifts mood by releasing feel-good chemicals like endorphins and dopamine into the brain. But last spring, researchers at Princeton University made a startling discovery—the mood-enhancing benefits of exercise aren’t temporary. Exercise, they found, actually rewires your mind.
The finding came out of the researchers’ bid to reconcile a perplexing paradox. Exercise triggers the creation of highly excitable neurons in the hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with memory, learning, and emotional responses. This speeds up overall brain function, but because of the new neurons’ excitability, it should also make the brain more susceptible to anxiety. Yet it doesn’t.
“The abandonment of the gold standard made it possible for the welfare statists to use the banking system as a means to an unlimited expansion of credit…
The law of supply and demand is not to be conned. As the supply of money (of claims) increases relative to the supply of tangible assets in the economy, prices must eventually rise. Thus the earnings saved by the productive members of the society lose value in terms of goods. When the economy’s books are finally balanced, one finds that this loss in value represents the goods purchased by the government for welfare or other purposes…
In the absence of the gold standard, there is no way to protect savings from confiscation through inflation. There is no safe store of value. If there were, the government would have to make its holding illegal, as was done in the case of gold…. The financial policy of the welfare state requires that there be no way for the owners of wealth to protect themselves.
This is the shabby secret of the welfare statists’ tirades against gold. Deficit spending is simply a scheme for the “hidden” confiscation of wealth. It stands as the protector of property rights.”—
Alan Greenspan in 1967, long before he abandoned the principles of sound money.
The more I read, the more I realize that the Federal Reserve and its destructive shenanigans are behind much of the economic and geopolitical strife of the last 100 years.
“An unarmed, emotionally disturbed man shot at by the police as he was lurching around traffic near Times Square in September has been charged with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders, according to an indictment unsealed in State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Wednesday.”—
I mean, web UIs on complex underlying transaction / encrypted data transmission interfaces is kind of what I do as the web and mobile guy for a broker. I have done shit at least as complicated as Healthcare.gov for the financial industry for about a decade and I’m a skeptical participant in our…
Government is the hard work of creating a background order, but it is not the main substance of life. As Samuel Johnson famously put it, “How small, of all that human hearts endure,/That part which laws or kings can cause or cure.” Government can set the stage, but it can’t be the play.
So one’s attitude toward politics should be a passionate devotion to a mundane and limited thing. Government is essential, but, to switch metaphors ridiculously, it’s the stem of the flower, not the bloom. The best government is boring, gradual and orderly. It’s steady reform, not exciting transformation. It’s keeping the peace and promoting justice and creating a background setting for mobility, but it doesn’t deliver meaning.
“Critical thinking and imaginative self-control are obviously essential things to give to young readers. We should want to raise children with the ability to resist an author and a narrative, to laugh, criticize, and dismiss folly, no matter how hard a storyteller might be working to feed them falsehood. But the first step is to establish their tastes in truth with stories that will root their instincts and loyalties in goodness and beauty. Feed them narratives that love the lovely and honor the honorable. Let them wander Narnia and Middle-earth and be edified and strengthened and inspired. Give them a strong foundation and stubborn taste. When it comes to story, there’s nothing wrong with being a picky eater.”—
Stories create affection and fear and joy, love and hate and relief. Stories can create loyalties and destabilize loyalties. Stories are catechisms for the imagination. Catechisms for emotions, for aspirations. Stories mold instincts and carve grooves of habit in a reader’s judgments.
Stories are dangerous, and that isn’t a bad thing. Rain is dangerous. Sunlight is dangerous. Stories are potent, but that potency can be used for true and good and beautiful ends, or it can be used to attack and destroy and undermine truth and goodness and beauty.
Let a faithful author guide a child’s imagination, and that child will learn (and feel) what it is like to be courageous, to stand against evil, to love what is lovely and honor what is honorable. Hand them the wrong book, and they could learn to numb their own conscience, to gratify and feed darker impulses. The wrong stories catechize imaginations with sickness.
"My kids don’t make my happiness. That isn’t their job. My happiness isn’t a responsibility that falls on their tiny little shoulders. Kids come into this world helpless, naked, and needing, yet so many of us immediately shove them into the Happiness Factory and bark commands. “Get on the assembly line and build me some happiness! Quick! Do your duty, sir!” This is precisely why many mommies and daddies are NOT very happy people. Many are lost, confused, and disappointed. They are anything but happy because they were fooled into thinking that they didn’t conceive a human — they conceived a little happiness generator. They were fooled, in many instances, by parents who know better. Parents like myself (although I’m no expert in the subject)."
As Breitbart News previously reported, the “Knockout Game” thrives in areas where victims are unarmed. In the “game,” teens approach a stranger on the sidewalk or in an alley and punch the stranger in an attempt to knock him or her out. A punch that results in a knockout scores one point.
WILX in Lansing reported that teenager Marvell Weaver, who is black, tried to knock out a father who was standing at a bus stop waiting for his daughter to arrive. Instead of simply punching the father, Weaver tried a variation on the “game” by trying to taze the man. The taser malfunctioned, and the father pulled a .40 cal handgun and shot the teenager twice.
Weaver admits to previously knocking out six or seven people on other days before targeting the man who shot him. He said being shot by the father at the bus stop was “a lesson learned.”
"How appropriate, then, that a holiday created by our ancestors as an occasion to give thanks for what they had, now morphs into a frenzied consumerist ritual where we descend upon shopping malls to accumulate more things we don’t need. Our great grandparents enjoyed a meal and praised the Lord for the food on the table and the friends and family gathered around it. We, having slightly altered the tradition, instead elect to bum-rush elderly women and trample over children to get our hands on cheap TVs."
The genome of a young boy buried at Mal’ta near Lake Baikal in eastern Siberia some 24,000 years ago has turned out to hold two surprises for anthropologists.
The first is that the boy’s DNA matches that of Western Europeans, showing that during the last Ice Age people from Europe had reached farther east across Eurasia than previously supposed. Though none of the Mal’ta boy’s skin or hair survive, his genes suggest he would have had brown hair, brown eyes and freckled skin.
The second surprise is that his DNA also matches a large proportion — some 25 percent — of the DNA of living Native Americans.
A few days ago, after I got home from work, I took my 3-year old (Ransom) and 2-year old (Calvin) outside to the old, wooden swing-set in our backyard, which is, without a doubt, one of their favorite activities. It is also one of the few things they do in near-silence, so it is one of my favorite activities now, too.
It struck me, however, as I pushed them alternately, how unusually quiet they were. The afternoon was cool, and colored leaves periodically fluttered to the ground around us; the only sound was the dull hum of the highway off in the distance and the rhythmic grinding of metal-on-metal. Perhaps it was the smell of autumn on the air, or a siren wailing in the distance, but amid the weariness that has become standard in my life I was suddenly overcome with thankfulness. I am so often caught up in my own frustration, impatience, and exhaustion that I lose sight of what a blessing my children are. My voice, sounding somehow very little like my own, broke the stillness as I gave another push on my son’s small back. “I love you, boys.” The green above us swayed with light and shadow, and there were a few squeaks of the swing as my words hung in the air; Calvin, mesmerized by the swinging, did not respond. Then Ransom, turning his head to look at me as his feet swept up into the air, said, “I love you, Dad.”
“I think a lot about do-ability with whatever silly project I want to do next. I don’t think about whether something is easy or not: I think about what trade-offs I have to accept in order to do it well, on time, and on budget.”—
“I, on the other hand, gave up on stuff very easily. I had so little experience with a lot of the things I thought I wanted to do that when I started doing them and it didn’t come easily, or I didn’t get great acclaim for it, I gave up very quickly.”—The Great Discontent: Merlin Mann
“I understand that you’re asking me this because you’re trying to get the narrative, but my narrative is that I’ve never known what’s coming next—I still don’t. I fell down the right set of stairs and have been surrounded by people who have picked me up and said, “Let’s try this again.” It’s been one anxious block of uncertainty after another.”—The Great Discontent: Merlin Mann
“I very frequently get the question: ‘What’s going to change in the next 10 years?’ And that is a very interesting question; it’s a very common one. I almost never get the question: ‘What’s not going to change in the next 10 years?’ And I submit to you that that second question is actually the more important of the two — because you can build a business strategy around the things that are stable in time.”—The 20 Smartest Things Jeff Bezos Has Ever Said (AMZN)
A lot of old people are shocked that a website launch didn’t go smoothly. The reason this is shocking is that they’re old. By the time they hear about a website, it’s already gone through the growing pains. Those of us cool enough to get in on the ground floor remember the lag times, crashes,…
For a site launch to go this bad is absolutely inexcusable and your levity is surprising and unfortunate. In the real world, if a site has this many basic problems, you delay the launch. (In reality, you’d probably be fired before launch. This is not hyperbole.)
To put this site in the same realm as social media (or AOL in the days of dial-up) belies the importance of the purpose of the site and the importance I know you put on health care. When Twitter goes down, we’re bored for a while; when I spend hours (including repeated efforts) entering my personal information into a system that I’m coerced to participate in and then a wannabe hacker or otherwise-incented “navigator” steals that data, I’m the opposite of bored: I’m fully occupied with fury and phone calls doing everything I can to recover my identity. These aren’t “bugs” to be fixed; these are systematic failures that were reported and ignored by the people in charge.
It’s also just plain disingenuous for several reasons: this is not a beta site; the other sites had time to scale to millions of users; none of them started as the complex systems; they are discretionary-time sites, not critical; and so on.
"Did anybody really expect something that big with that many inter-working parts that dealt with both money and protected health information to launch smoothly?"
Did I expect it to be ready? No, but only because I know better. But the public had perfectly reasonable expectations of a properly functional website: they were told for weeks — weeks! — by anyone and everyone involved that the site would be ready.
Make no mistake: this isn’t a technology problem, it’s an oversight problem. Tech’s “best and brightest” can’t fix a bloated, dysfunctional, political bureaucracy.