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A Different Kind of Lawyer Directory, Made with Millennials In Mind

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What do millennials look for when shopping for a lawyer? They want to know if you’ll meet with them in Starbucks. They want to know if you accept payment via Venmo or Bitcoin. They want to know a fun or quirky fact about you. That, at least, is the premise of Modern Attorney, a new attorney directory that aims to match millennial clients with lawyers who fit their lifestyles. The site encourages attorneys to create profiles that show their personalities and in which they are transparent about their services and fees. The directory was launched by the people behind bankruptcy site NextChapter, which was acquired in September by Fastcase. Janine Sickmeyer, NextChapter’s founder, told me that she originally created the directory to help funnel leads to the bankruptcy attorneys who use NextChapter, but that it proved so popular, she decided to open it to all practice areas. “Six months ago, we at NextChapter started talking about how we would look for an…
          

‘OK BOOMER’: Millennials cheer New Zealand lawmaker’s remark

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WELLINGTON — A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker’s “OK, Boomer” response in parliament when heckled by an older colleague is being cheered by millennials around the world. Chloe Swarbrick was speaking during debate on Tuesday about the Zero Carbon bill, which would set a target of zero carbon emissions for the country by 2050. When her […]
          

Poll: What’s Your Favorite Coming of Age Movie?

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Boomers, X-ers, Millennials, Z-ers, we can’t agree on much but we can agree that coming of age sucks. Which one of these Coming of Age movies helped you get through it? What’s Your Favorite Coming of Age Movie?
          

5 Careers for the Tech-Savvy and Creative Millennial

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Good with technology and want to exercise your creative muscles? There's a lot out there for you.

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Exclusive Tricks to catch Millennial's Eyes towards your App

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Millennials are on the focus in the current target market for the mobile app markets. This generation acts as a bull's eye that every mobile app marketers are trying to hit, and yes, once you hit this target in terms of catching their attention, you can collect a large number of loyal followers. In this fast-moving life, Millennials targets the apps that fulfill their need on a less span of time; hence, mobile app marketers' apps need to catch up to their lives fast. The modern generation that holds the strong presence, as well as a voice in this app economy, carries some unique demands that every mobile app developers should know to build an app that fits in millennials' Smartphones.

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Millennials are on the focus in the current target market for the mobile app markets. This generation acts as a bull's eye that every mobile app marketers are trying to hit, and yes, once you hit this target in terms of catching their attention, you can collect a large number of loyal followers.

In this fast-moving life, Millennials targets the apps that fulfill their need on a less span of time; hence, mobile app marketers' apps need to catch up to their lives fast. 

 The modern generation that holds the strong presence, as well as a voice in this app economy, carries some unique demands that every mobile app developers should know to build an app that fits in millennials' Smartphones. 

Learn the tricks by which an app developer can hit rightly on Millennial's need:

  1. Amazon is a star in this era

As indicated by comScore, almost 35% of 18-multi year-olds picked Amazon as the most fundamental, trailed by Gmail (30%) and Facebook (29%). 

So while social media apps, for example, Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or Tinder, do verify a specific seat in a millennial's smartphones, one app this digital adroit can't survive without is Amazon. 

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The inquiry that will intrigue app developers is the reason millennial mobile app users favor Amazon over other retail websites. Sure they offer reasonable costs, yet so does its rivals, so why "41 percent of 18-24-year-olds and 41 percent of 25-34-year-olds announced by that they have acquired from Amazon." Why? 

It's special. Amazon knows the best approach to Millennial as it brings out of the case experiences as a piece of its services and showcasing methodology. 

Develop yet keep it helpful. Millennials are a creative breed. They adjust to changes substantially more available than different ages.

So, if your mobile app isn't enhancing, they will pick the competition. 

  1. Millennials do not mind to invest in worthy apps

If the App offers a Great worth expansion to their lives, Millennials will not fret dishing out a couple of dollars on an App. Many apps in the market give robust services to the users and always hit the user's need, and such kinds of apps create their place in the smartphones of the users.

These unique apps can bring money to buy from the pocket of the users. 

  1. Millennials are the conscious of Home screen curation 

How often have you seen a millennial making a thumb move on his/her phone while they serenely taste a latte, making you wonder how on the planet would they say they are getting along that? 

The mystery is out, the 21st-century experts of home screen curation not just know the secrets to 'reachability' features on their Smartphones yet additionally have all their apps available inside the initial two screens of the phones. 

  1. The logo can make or destroy the app's image

In case you're developing a mobile app for Millennials, it's better not have a monstrous or nonexclusive logo as this can be a critical factor in the destruction of your App. A survey stated that more than 21% of users had uninstalled their apps due to a poorly designed app logo. 

While this may come as a shock to many UI/UX designers, logos are similarly as significant as the functionalities of an app. Millennials see mobile apps as an augmentation of their lives, and if they cannot identify with the logo or be charmed by it, they will erase it and it’s not only applicable upon logo but there are many other aspects which can make users to quit your app & never come back.

To dodge such conditions, mobile app designers can take note of the accompanying tips while designing their logo: 

  • Get your work done before you structure that logo. Developers must look at the most recent design patterns and designs of an alternate OS to get a review of how they can redo it to the inclining ideas. 
  • In case you are in luck and have a lot of recommendations or solicitations from Millennials from your App, focus on what they need to state
  • What's the fundamental thought behind your logo? Does it speak to your application as a quality app? Developers must walk a mile from the user's perspective (with a little research) and curl your structure around those perceptions. 

Try not to include too much text or text in the logo. Make it clear as crystal. 

  1. Big brand attractions won't work in the case of millennials

The Best piece of taking into account Millennials is that you don't need to be a Big Brand to charm them.

For whatever length of time that you're inventive and valuable, your mobile app will be generally welcomed by the carefully adroit age. After examining the most smoking startup put together mobile apps sparkling concerning the App Store, for example, Musical.ly, Triller, Kimoji, Kik, Wattpad and Yik Yak, I followed specific shared characteristics in the more significant part of them that can give developers knowledge into making an App for Millennials. 

  • Expressive and makes them like themselves. 
  • Video publicizing works quicker than different strategies. While connecting with substance sets a seat in recent college grads, the ideal approach to contact them is through recordings craftsy recordings that impart your vision. 
  • Make them feel associated. In case you're assembling a mobile social application, this ought to be fundamental in your marketing methodology. Rather than selling its utility, sell its USP-the vision, the association it offers to the users. What worth expansion, does it bring to the client's life if they join your vision as shoppers of the mobile app? They should feel that your app causes them to have a place with an option that is greater than them. 
  • Social Media is the new religion for Millennials, be accessible on each stage. Millennials are quick, and everything necessary for an app to be viral is not precisely a day. This is just conceivable if your mobile app can be shared on whatever stage they are on, for example, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and numerous others. 
  • Push Notifications mustn't sound pushy. Millennials despise push notifications ages yet additionally consistently buy into them, most likely due to F.O.M.O (Fear of missing out), so as a designer, if you can decipher the code, you have their consideration. Educate, Don't Sell! 

Conclusion

Millennials are robust, eager, and fretful. They need a moment of delight. Your mobile app, the item, and its services must be as snappy as they must.

Take a gander at the issues they look for arrangements of dating, finding a lifelong way, setting aside cash for school, games, education, health, or what makes them restless? 

What do they need? The things they are searching for-consideration, approval, acknowledgment from their friends and network, a device of articulation alongside numerous different things.

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Millennials Will Get Sick and Die Faster Than the Previous Generation

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A new healthcare report paints a truly bleak picture of millennials’ wellness future.
          

Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It. | Simplifying The MarketMillennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re […]
          

11/3/2019: Analysis: MILLENNIAL DIARY

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IN a time when public perceptions of the royals are deeply divided, as are the royals themselves, it’s difficult to imagine how to begin reuniting the people, bridging the gulf: you’re either Team Kate or Team Meghan. Or Team...
          

11/3/2019: Business: What millennial employers can teach business leaders THE COMMUNICATOR

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MY GRANDPA was a major influence in my life. He was not college-educated and he worked his entire adult life in an Indiana factory, making automobile parts. But he was also a voracious reader who sought out books, magazines and other people to help him...
          

11/3/2019: Appeties: Etiquette guide

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A restaurant manager in a five-star hotel surprised me recently, saying that many millennials, while displaying a good knowledge of wine, didn’t know anything about the fine-dining food on menus, not to mention how to use the cutlery. The master of...
          

Managing and Selling to Gen Y

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Millennials, with their unique traits and mind-sets, are forcing companies to change offerings, both on the sales floor and in the workplace. To learn how to better sell to market, read on [...]
          

OK Boomer: de reactie van jongeren die klaar zijn met klagende babyboomers

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Het is oorlog, schrijft The New York Times. Jongeren worden eindelijk boos over hun achtergestelde positie ten opzichte van de oudere generatie, gaat de krant verder. Met de term ‘OK boomer’ dienen ze kritische babyboomers van repliek. In een virale clip op TikTok, zegt een grijze man met pet, bril en polo: “De millennials en generatie […]
          

Millennials cheer New Zealand lawmaker's 'OK, Boomer' remark

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A 25-year-old New Zealand lawmaker's "OK, Boomer" response in parliament when heckled by an older colleague is being cheered by millennials around the world.

          

Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It. | Simplifying The MarketMillennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re […]
          

The disrupters will be "disrupted"

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This example is not a hypothetical. The meal-kit company Blue Apron revealed before its public offering that the company was spending about $460 to recruit each new member, despite making less than $400 per customer. From afar, the company looked like a powerhouse. But from a unit-economics standpoint—that is, by looking at the difference between customer value and customer cost—Blue Apron wasn’t a “company” so much as a dual-subsidy stream: first, sponsoring cooks by refusing to raise prices on ingredients to a break-even level; and second, by enriching podcast producers. Little surprise, then, that since Blue Apron went public, the firm’s valuation has crashed by more than 95 percent. - Derek Thompson, The Millennial Urban Lifestyle Is About to Get More Expensive, The Atlantic

I don't usually do much news commentary but I've been skeptical of the gig-economy and mommy-services for ages.

The bigger question for me has, how did Silicon Valley start-ups manage to fleece investors for this long? The example that jumps to my mind is MoviePass, which was hemorrhaging money so fast that it went as far as to change user passwords to keep users from using its service. Many of these services existed as a "hack" via legal shenanigans. Labor laws are catching up, as Gavin Newsom signed AB 5.

When these services actually charge what it costs to use them, like eScooters, or have the double-whammy of having to raise prices to be profitable and content with actually employing the people they're exploiting and be profitable, it's going to be brutal. Many customers will be priced out from food delivery to ride-hailing services. They'll be just like the services they "disrupted" but only with a nicer app to show for it.


          

Die zukünftigen Herausforderungen für Online Poker

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Millennials und Leute aus der Generation Z mögen keine traditionellen Casino Spiele. Diese Aussage wird wohl in vielen Konferenzräumen der CEOs der größten Casinos in Las Vegas reichlich diskutiert worden sein, ebenso wie in den raffinierten Büros, von wo aus die modernen Online Casinos kreiert und geführt werden. Die Idee, dass die nächste Generation der Spieler nicht mehr so enthusiastisch sein könnte wie die vorherige, hat für viel Kopfzerbrechen bei Casinobetreibern gesorgt.

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When ‘Finance’ Becomes a Code Word for Jewish

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In July, Elizabeth Warren published a nuanced overview of the mechanics of private equity firms and how to better regulate them. It may sound dry but as a millennial who graduated out of college into the Great Recession without a large safety net, I felt a strong personal stake reading Warren describe the consequences of our current lax rules on private equity and detail suggestions for more responsible regulation. Warren, who has been eating away at Joe Biden’s lead in the polls for months and steadily making gains toward becoming the front-runner in the Democratic primary, has a background as a legal scholar who specialized in debt and credit. Starting long before she entered politics, Warren has devoted her career to fighting the disastrous regime of deregulation, tax cuts, and upward wealth redistribution that began in the 1980s, a background that makes her seem like an ideal candidate to fix the systemic issues in our economy that have caused the collapse of the middle class. Yet, one line in her article gave me pause:

“But far too often, the private equity firms are like vampires—bleeding the company dry and walking away enriched even as the company succumbs.”

Here, even Warren supporters such as myself should pause at what comes dangerously close to a sinister, conspiratorial trope. Language that compares bankers to parasites has long been a staple of anti-Semitic scapegoating and a way for demagogues to rile up their base. Warren shows no evidence of being either a demagogue or an anti-Semite, but she does seem to be a party to the left’s growing reliance on outrage in their search for a bogeyman in the financial elites—a search that invariably appeals to conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites. Warren and others on the left should be applauded for their necessary critiques of the financial industry and bringing attention to dangerous policies like the deregulation of risky investment vehicles. But it’s necessary to step back and examine the roots of the left’s contempt for finance when that contempt extends beyond the specifics of policy and to the nature of the financial industry itself. The idea that finance is “vampiric,” that it feeds off of the honest productivity of hard workers to extract unmerited earnings, is a sentiment that has direct roots in a long history of anti-Semitism.

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Six essential skills for Engineers

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This is a summary of an article from research done on the six most basic skills an Engineer needs to have today.

You should probably consider this if you want to stand out and be the stand-out young Engineer you want to be.

Taking Engineering seems to be a norm that many young people consider in order to keep up with society’s demands of rapid changes, innovations and advancements in technology. Many specialised Engineering courses are also introduced and the population of people taking career paths in Engineering fields gradually grows.

Competition is getting tougher, especially for new grad Engineers. Several countries produce thousands of Engineers most of whom end up in non-Engineering fields or obliged to settle in entry levels they don’t deserve. Even if you’re an Engineering graduate, you may not be competent enough.

But don’t lose hope just yet.

Here is a checklist for you to stand out and become the stand-out Engineer you want to be.

1. AUTOCAD SKILLS

We are in the age where Engineering design is not confined to 2D blueprints or sketches alone. Designs of components, structures and architectural plans now heavily depend on 3D CAD designs especially for intricate objects in manufacturing. The ability to design with Auto CAD is really a must for Engineering and architectural people in these fields.

Having proficient CAD skills certainly gives you an advantage over other candidates. If your institution does not offer learning to use CAD software, there are crash courses offered in other technical schools for a certain number of sessions. Also, there are CAD software programs and tutorials online so you can study it yourself too.

2. BASIC PROGRAMMING / IT SKILLS

At this point, hard sciences are now converging with the digital world to be more efficient and productive. There are now industries that depend on heavy database management and automated components in industrial plants (computer-integrated manufacturing). Learning how to use programming languages and algorithms is also a plus.

Even if you’re a computer Engineering major, not all programming languages are taught in school. There are also crash courses for this such as learning SQL, Mathlab, COBOL, C#, .NET, Python, Java or Ruby. In addition, online tutorials and downloadable software programs are available if you plan to self-study.

3. COMMUNICATION SKILLS

As an Engineer, our science and mathematical knowledge or technical skills are a given. But presenting and relaying it effectively is another aspect. Being a persuasive presenter gives us opportunities to be an exceptional Engineer. We must learn how to strike the right balance between technical and communication skills as they are the keys to a successful professional career.  There are programmes and workshops that can help us enhance speech communication and presentation skills.

4. PROJECT MANAGEMENT

In our profession, we always coordinate with others or work as a team in a department. Engineers who become project managers and learn how to manage a project and a team can have a successful career. Having project management skills enables you to lead project or programme teams and will eventually allow you to master the dynamics of a project.

From there, you can handle more complex projects and be appointed in leadership positions. You can also draw other professionals together and open opportunities for business and personal growth. There are institutions offering Project Management as an elective and also a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

5. PROFESSIONAL LICENCE

As they say, licensure is the mark of a professional. It means you are at the top of your game and your profession. It is a standard recognised by the government, the clients and companies assuring skills and quality. It has now become a requirement in a number of Engineering firms and corporations. Having a professional licence assures the public that you can perform Engineering work. It is also seen as a commitment to your profession and gives more opportunities in your career.

6. GRADUATE DEGREES (MSc / MA / MBA / Engg D / PhD)

Today, a number of professional Engineering societies are considering making a graduate degree the mandatory credential for would-be Engineers. They require master’s degree in finance, business administration or industrial Engineering in order to advance in managerial positions. Millennial Engineers opt to take master’s degree units and certifications while working in order to raise their credentials and value of being a professional Engineer.

Some high positions need a certain depth of knowledge and expertise in a particular Engineering field so that’s where these graduate courses come into their own. Engineers must not be limited to their majors but must continue to learn and diversify into different fields.


          

‘OK, boomer’: 25-year-old lawmaker shuts down heckler during climate change speech - The Washington Post

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  1. ‘OK, boomer’: 25-year-old lawmaker shuts down heckler during climate change speech  The Washington Post
  2. Politician, 25, fires back at heckler with millennial putdown 'OK Boomer'  Daily Mail
  3. A 25-year-old politician got heckled during a climate crisis speech. Her deadpan retort: 'OK, boomer'  CNN
  4. Chlöe Swabrick shuts down New Zealand Parliament member by saying "OK, boomer"  CBS News
  5. 'OK boomer': millennial MP responds to heckler in New Zealand parliament  Guardian News
  6. View full coverage on Google News

          

Liam Payne regresa como imagen de la ropa interior de Hugo Boss en una sensual campaña

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Liam Payne regresa como imagen de la ropa interior de Hugo Boss en una sensual campaña

Convertirse en parte de nuestro estilo de vida ha sido el objetivo de las grandes firmas de moda como estrategia para acercarse y conquistar al público millennial, por ello no es de asombrarnos que mancuernas entre famosos y marcas de lujo tiendan a repetirse después de haber generado un gran éxito, como lo fue la dupla del cantante Liam Payne con Hugo Boss, que ahora regresan con una campaña de ropa interior, acompañado de la modelo Stella Maxwell.

La combinación de fotografías a blanco y negro y a color de la campaña retoman esa sensación de intimidad y comodidad que nos ofrece la ropa interior y la ropa de casa. En las imágenes de Mert Alas y Marcus Piggot podemos apreciar una gran carga sexual que nos remite a campañas de Calvin Klein y de Dolce & Gabbana, dirigidas ahora a un público más joven.

Liam Payne Regresa Como Imagen De La Ropa Interior De Hugo Boss En Una Sensual Campana
Liam Payne Regresa Como Imagen De La Ropa Interior De Hugo Boss En Una Sensual Campana

La colección bodywear de Hugo por Hugo Boss nos ofrece piezas como calzoncillos con cinturillas en color rojo con el logo de la firma en contraste, mientras que las camisetas sin mangas deportivas tienen logotipos verticales cosidos en sus dobladillos del cuello.

Con la búsqueda de ídolos con los que los jóvenes se sientan identificados, Hugo Boss ha sabido hacerle frente a las campañas de Justin Bieber para Calvin Klein fichando a Liam Payne como su nuevo embajador.

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La noticia Liam Payne regresa como imagen de la ropa interior de Hugo Boss en una sensual campaña fue publicada originalmente en Trendencias Hombre por Joel Calata .


          

Meet the Millennial Centenarian in Ilocos Norte

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Who says selfies are for the millennial generation only? A centenarian in the coastal town of Currimao has proven that age does not matter when it comes to joining the latest bandwagon. Meet Lola Soledad Racpan, the millennial 100-year-old grandmother, who loves taking selfies in camera and is fond of making wacky and funny faces … Continue reading Meet the Millennial Centenarian in Ilocos Norte
          

Politician, 25, fires back at heckler with millennial putdown 'OK Boomer'

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Chlöe Swarbrick had been delivering a speech about the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill in Wellington on Tuesday when she was interrupted by a colleague.
          

Simonetta Lein – Model, Author, Millennial Activist, Fashion Influencer, Philanthropist and So Much More!

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Influencer: “A social media influencer is a user on social media who has established credibility in a specific industry. The social media influencer has access to a large audience and can persuade others by virtue [...]
          

A.M. Best: Insurance Has an Imperative to Address AI and the “Art of the Possible”

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A.M. Best recently hosted a webinar on the Insurance AI Imperative, featuring expert speakers and sponsored by Cognizant. Host Jon Weber of A.M. Best framed the discussion as an opportunity for some insurers to get ahead of the pack, while others could fall behind. The panelists were Jennifer Herz and Mike Clifton of Cognizant, a multinational IT company. Mike Clifton kicked things off in response to a question from Weber regarding whether AI is more “sizzle than steak” by explaining that AI is a vast area of technology. “Being an early adopter fits depending on your business profile and business acumen,” he said. “If you look at the spectrum of AI, there’s people who think of AI as purely just the ability for a machine to make a decision.” However, according to Clifton, the excitement in the industry is coming from the maturity of the technology - machine models and deep learning. Ultimately, he said, modern insurers must “digitally pivot and AI should be part of that strategy.” For the timeline of a fully mature AI timeline, Clifton again emphasized that it depends on the company’s business model and efficiency. Herz added that, “it’s a moving target, what we think is fully mature today, likely 24 months from now is going to feel completely different,” but that deriving the most benefit from AI initiatives through a carrier's business priorities is the key. Weber then shifted the discussion to the “disruptions” that AI is due to create, other than competition from insurtechs and start-ups, which has been much reported on throughout the industry. For Clifton, it all comes down to the insurtechs providing focus. “They give us the ability to laser in on a particular set of problems, like claims or catastrophe management,” he said. “That helps because it makes the value of that interaction well-known. The disruption elements are still occurring from an insurance industry perspective in that you’re seeing a lot of the easier risk appetites of the products being looked at as very targeted spaces to automate and use AI.” Clifton cited warranty coverage and rental coverage as examples. With respect to AI trends within the insurance industry at large, Herz said that incorporating different technology skill sets (especially among millennial workers) is something she hears frequently from the companies she works with as talent leaves the industry and new talent enters. Further, she noted that there is an emphasis on “shoring up the data infrastructure of companies” so that they can integrate data analysis, third party data and, thus, AI technology. These efforts marry with the “evolution of the customer experience” so that as technological innovation continuously accelerates, so do the needs of the customer. This is what Cognizant refers to as the “art of the possible” in adding with AI to the entire value stream of insurance.           Making the case that a “wait and see” approach is insufficient, Herz said that it’s all about where you want to drive growth. “Most companies can’t invest everywhere and have to pick where are the places they can get the most value. It’s a matter of how do you test and learn quickly and then how do you scale so that you can continue to drive benefit as you move through the [AI] maturity curve,” she explained. At the conclusion of the webinar, Weber invited the panelists to voice their essential takeaways from the presentation. For Clifton, it was all about the core of machine learning and models in actuarial science transferring to the frontlines. “AI will be foundational to how we implement insurance in the future, especially property and casualty,” he said. Herz added to the point, saying that she wanted registrants to remember that “understanding where you are and what your business strategy is and how the AI ecosystem can enable that strategy” will help provide focus.   This A.M. Best webinar is available on demand here.   Image Credit: A.M. Best via Twitter  
          

Per i Millennial il cinema, inteso come sala magica, non è affatto morto

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Noi millennial siamo una generazione che divora insaziabilmente ogni tipo di film su ogni tipo di device. Ma è un piacere momentaneo: dopo poco l’effetto svanisce. Mentre il cinema è eterno. Le sale cinematografiche sono un pilastro culturale del ‘900 che ha resistito fino ai giorni nostri. Sono il punto di contatto più puro tra […]

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Merano WineFestival, quando il marketing infetta una festa che non ne ha alcun bisogno

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Altro che mercatini: dall’8 al 12 novembre torna, Merano WineFestival, e le eccellenze scelte da Helmuth Köcher. E si beve sul serio. Tutto il resto è fottuto marketing Se per caso state pensando di andare ai mercatini di Natale. Se per caso questo pensiero vi suscita una ribellione interiore, con i suoi 150 km di coda […]

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Che Bianco di Bret Easton Ellis diventi il pane quotidiano e indigesto di tutti i Millennial!

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Millennial di tutto il mondo: unitevi. Avete trovato un padre. Avete trovato una figura che è il bastone e la carota, la voce severa di cui avete bisogno, la mano che vi schiaffeggia per farvi riprendere dalla sbornia di narcisismo da cui siete stravolti. Si chiama Bret Easton Ellis e il suo manuale di istruzioni […]

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Monopattino elettrico per adulti: è il nuovo status symbol del millennial?

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Mentre fioccano le multe da 1000 euro a Torino e gli incidenti aumentano, il monopattino elettrico per adulti riempie le strade, i centri commerciali e i camioncini di Amazon prime. Che il monopattino elettrico sia diventato il nuovo status symbol dei millennial è stato appurato quando, un paio di mesi fa si sono impennate le […]

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La casalinga di Voghera ha trovato lavoro come critica cinematografica

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Nanni Moretti, attraverso il suo Michele Apicella, nel film Sogni d’oro del 1981 disse: “Tutti si sentono in diritto, in dovere di parlare di cinema. Tutti parlate di cinema, tutti parlate di cinema, tutti! […] Parlo mai di astrofisica, io? Parlo mai di biologia, io? […] Io non parlo di cose che non conosco!”.   […]

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Persona: una diciassettenne rappresenta l’anima di Marracash

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Uno degli album più attesi della scena rap italiana è uscito oggi, Persona, di Marracash. Nel suo ultimo lavoro, il king del rap, analizza, come un chirurgo, ogni parte del suo corpo, per farci scoprire un po’ di più sull’uomo, Fabio, e allontanarsi dalla figura dell’artista. L’anima, la parte più complicata di sé, prende la […]

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Unbelievable, serie tv che non mostra lo stupro ma fa un altro genere di porno

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L’ipocrita euforia con la quale il cosiddetto mondo civilizzato continua ad affrontare il movimento #metoo ci regala Unbelievable, serie Netflix in 8 puntate in cui le molestie e gli stupri ci sono ma non si vedono. Complimenti per l’ennesima sottolineatura di un tabù e per l’ennesima accusa di populismo alla gente di provincia che è […]

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Baby seconda stagione -Tremate tremate, le baby squillo son tornate

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Baby 2, serie tv italiana, torna su Netflix con un tripudio di situazioni scabrose e due protagoniste sempre più audaci. Alla fine della prima stagione avevamo lasciato Ludovica (Alice Pagani) e Chiara (Benedetta Porcaroli), due liceali che avevano intrapreso la via della prostituzione,  scosse per la morte del loro protettore ma pronte e proseguire con […]

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Ogni Halloween Joaquin Phoenix ricorda il fratello River, morto per overdose

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Ora che l’entusiasmo per Joker, il drama/thriller di Todd Phillips ritenuto da molti il film dell’anno, inizia ad essere più contenuto, lasciate che dia qualche colpo al vostro caro, carissimo, osannatissimo Joaquin Phoenix. Intorno all’attore, in seguito a questa performance, si è creata un’aurea quasi mitica. Ma dietro a questo nome c’è molto più. E […]

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Perché i Millennial, degli scioperi, sono quasi sempre le vittime

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Succede che i sindacati proclamino uno “sciopero generale“, come quello recente del 25 ottobre. Succede che in questo “generale” siano inclusi anche i trasporti (Trenitalia, Trenord, metro e bus). Succede che davanti alla notizia il cervello del millennial si “incricchi” come quei cubi di Rubik abbandonati nei cassetti da anni. E formalizzare l’agenda della giornata diventi […]

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Black Spot, la serie tv con cui la foresta torna a fare paura

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  Black Spot racconta la storia di Villefranche, una cittadina sperduta vicino al bosco dove si verificano omicidi misteriosi. Il maggiore Lauréne Weiss (Suliane Brahim), la protagonista, indaga sugli omicidi e anche sulla scomparsa di Marion Steiner, la figlia del sindaco. Nel frattempo però affronta anche il proprio passato. Infatti durante l’adolescenza la giovane Lauréne […]

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Pretty Princess 2: un film per ispirare piccole femministe (e femministi)

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Tra le tante battaglie femministe, che hanno ormai permeato ogni momento e forma di espressione della nostra situazione socio-culturale, c’è quella – importantissima – rivolta all’educazione dei bambini.   Alla parità di genere come condizione imprescindibile e naturale. Il processo di abolizione degli stigmi che incastrano da secoli la figura femminile passa attraverso colori, giocattoli […]

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L’arte a Milano non ha paura di nessuno: sfida Frieze di Londra e Biennale di Venezia

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Londra durante la settimana di Frieze Art diventa la regina indiscussa dell’arte a livello mondiale. Eppure Milano l’ha sfidata. Normalmente nessuno osa proporre negli stessi giorni mostre o fiere visto il potere attrattivo della capitale britannica. Il mondo dell’arte è un po’ una tribù, una sorta di branco che migra in date precise a cadenza […]

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Se Salvador Dalì avesse avuto Instagram. Storia di un personal branding inaspettato

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Un plauso a chi cerca di legare la storia dell’arte alla contemporaneità: Branding Salvador Dalì I millennial appassionati d’arte possono gioire. Finalmente c’è qualcuno che cerca di legare la storia dell’arte alla contemporaneità: Branding Salvador Dalì. La costruzione di un mito è il titolo della mostra a Palazzo Fondi di Napoli dal 25 ottobre al […]

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Perché ci gasiamo ancora quando il dj mette i Finley

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Qualche weekend fa ero a una festa, stavo ballando e tutto a un tratto il dj attacca una musica familiare, batteria e chitarra annunciano la prima inconfondibile strofa: “025613 numero di una stronza che dice di aver risposte ai miei perché“.  Tutti si ritrovano a cantarla a memoria, senza sbagliare nemmeno una preposizione, come se […]

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This Too Shall Pass: One Last “Boo!”

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by Elinor Jones

Hello! Raise your hand if you’re ready to read the news while you can because print media is a dying industry! ...Um, hello? You ready? Okay, I don’t actually know what you’re doing, because this is a newspaper and I’m not watching you read it (OR AM I?), so I’m going to assume you’re all enthusiastically flailing your arms around like that one Kermit gif and that you desperately want to read about current-ish events that has been spiced up with my peppery commentary. Please, by all means, do allow me to throw down:


I Like Baseball Now!

I know everybody already knows about Trump getting booed at game five of the World Series last week, but I want to talk about it more because it was beautiful. Motherfucker got BOOED! Because everybody HATES! HIM! LOL. The DC home team, the Nationals, went on the win the World Series. I know baseball fans are notoriously superstitious so I can only assume that Nationals fans will now ceremoniously boo Trump ahead of every game from here on out. Forget your stupid popcorn and peanuts, this might be the tradition that gets me into baseball.


The Internet: Bad, Really Bad, and the Worst

Twitter and Facebook have been locked in a terrible game to see which can do the most harm to our mental health and national conscience, but last week Twitter moved into the least-bad position. First, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before Congress about the harm Facebook unleashes on democracy and got his ass 100 percent handed all the way back to him by many members of Congress, including millennial socialist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pretty much got Zuck to admit that he’s gonna keep cashing all the checks—misinformation and malice be damned. Meanwhile, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced (in a tweet! Predictable.) that Twitter would not be running any political ads whatsoever anymore because they recognized it was too hard for users to differentiate between content they want and paid content that’s getting forcibly mashed into their brains. Twitter’s CFO went on to say “This decision was based on principle, not money.” Principles over money? On the internet? Sounds very fake news, but okay.

In another corner of the internet, principles lost handily to money: Gawker descendent sports-adjacent blog Deadspin was bought out by some tech bros a few months ago, who promptly missed the whole point of the site by demanding that writers “stick to sports” and then wantonly demolished staff morale to the point that every single writer and editor resigned en masse last week. Some of the best and smartest and silliest writers came from the Gawker universe; Deadspin was a holdout from a 2009-era internet that meant so much to so many of us, and it was destroyed because the jocks can’t stand that the nerds got cool. I really pity any writer who’s about to be looking for a job when so many of those extremely talented writers are pounding the same pavement! (This will be funny when you get to the end; keep going.)


In Local News

Oregon’s only GOP congressman, Greg Walden, announced that he will not seek reelection next year. He said he will be “seeking new challenges,” which is politician-speak for “becoming a lobbyist and getting richer than God [evil laugh].” I’m from Hood River, where Walden lives, and hereby call upon my former classmates who still live there to mercilessly bully him at Rosauers or the Ranch or wherever else he shows his face because he was one of the chief hacks of trying to overturn Obamacare and stood grinning like a cartoon villain behind Paul Ryan and Donald Trump, and the NRA loves him so we don’t like him. Bye, Greg! Enjoy being retired! (I.e. being harassed! [EVIL LAUGH.])

Locally, but also in big cities like New York, city leaders have a real bee in their bonnets about folks not paying their fare to use mass transit, and instead of just making it free, they’re spending buttloads of money to put up cameras, hire fare inspectors, and turn trains and buses into mobile police states. All this for God’s green TWO DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS! So what? Who cares?! Here in Portland, TriMet announced that it’s hiring nine new fare inspectors. Allow me to flex some elementary school-level math: Let’s say each of those inspectors is making a low-ish starting wage for a government-adjacent employee of $45,000. Multiply that by nine and it’s $405,000 for one year. TriMet could have bought full, unlimited passes for 12 whole months for 1,205 low-income residents instead of paying nine narcs to harass people of color and anyone who looks poor. Now I will make this about me: I live on one end of one bus route from my office, but it’s somehow cheaper for me to gas, insure, and drive my Honda to and from work than it would be to take the bus, which I’d rather do. And if the city would prefer that I play my Sudoku while operating a motor vehicle rather than sitting on a bus, rubbing shoulders with friends I haven’t met yet, that’s on them.


Celebrity Skin

Did you know I’ve written this column for over one year and I’ve never once mentioned a Kardashian or Kanye? It’s true! I wanted to see if I could do it, and I can. A person can only yell about so many things with their time on earth, and plenty of people are already yelling about them, so I opted to focus my energy elsewhere. Not to suggest they’re not newsworthy, or that I don’t know what’s on their social media feeds most hours of most days, but some people are only firmly lodged in our national interest because we keep letting them stay there, and I wanted to make one little space that didn’t add to that. Just wanted to be sure you noticed. Which brings us to....


The LAST Last Word

I’m always sad when a column comes to an end, but I’m especially sad this time because this is my last column. :( I’ve had such a wonderful time sharing my 100 percent correct opinions with all of you and challenging myself to explain things with real words where in normal life I’d just use a series of chirps and emojis. Thank you, all of you (even the jerk who said I was about as funny as Gallagher, who is a SUCCESSFUL AND TIMELESS COMEDIAN so THANKS FOR THE COMPLIMENT, JERK) for reading, and if you want to stay in touch, I’m still grinding on Twitter @elinorjoneser and on the ’gram @elinorjo. Okay, smell ya later! <3 Joneser: OUT.

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RN - Registered Nurse - Home Health

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SunIRef:Nurse:title RN - Registered Nurse - Home Health Encompass Health 2,741 reviews - Yuma, AZ Encompass Health 2,741 reviews Read what people are saying about working here. Division: Home Health Encompass Home Health and Hospice is Hiring! Do you want to work for a premier healthcare organization? Do you want to make a positive difference and deliver quality care in the home setting? Are you in search of a new career opportunity where you are the connection? If you answered "YES" to all 3 questions, now is the time to choose Encompass Health as your employer. As a national leader across home health, hospice, and inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, Encompass Health is consistently ranked as a top best-place-to-work in the communities we serve. Our philosophy of delivering a better way to care exemplifies our commitment to quality, compassionate care for our patients, all while fostering a unique culture that is compassionate and collaborative. Encompass Health's enterprising model of the continuum of care for post-acute services sets the standards for excellence. This is evident throughout all of our care settings and office locations, as we maintain a workplace that is stable, ethical, and supportive. At Encompass Health, we continually invest in employees to assist in them achieving personal goals and make meaningful, measurable differences in the lives of their patients. Ever-mindful of the need for employees to care for themselves and their families, Encompass Health offers benefits that encourage lifestyle choices that keep you healthy and happy. Subject to employee eligibility, some benefits, tools, and resources include: Competitive compensation 30 paid days off per year for all full-time employees Continuing education opportunities Career advancement opportunities Scholarship program for employees and their children Matching 401(k) plan Comprehensive insurance plans for medical, dental, and vision coverage State-of-the-art electronic medical records & mobile devices for all clinicians Incentivized bonus plan Company car program Responsibilities Our PRN Registered Nurse (RN) administers skilled care visits to clients requiring intermittent professional services and teaches the client, family, and other members of the health care team. These services are performed in accordance with the physician's orders and the established plan of care, under the direction and supervision of the Branch Director. Qualifications 1. Must hold a current and unencumbered Registered Nursing License in the state which you intend to work. 2. Must be organized, detail-oriented and possess effective communication skills both orally and in writing. 3. RN must understand the issues related to the delivery of home health care and be able to problem-solve effectively. 4. Ability to assume a flexible work schedule. 5. Must have a current driver's license and automobile insurance. Our employees think Encompass is a great place to work and it shows! We have been repeatedly Awarded Best Place to Work on both a regional and national level. A great place to work starts with great employees committed to a great mission! Join us as we continue to provide "A Better Way to Care! Encompass Health Homecare & Hospice has been awarded: Best Workplaces for Women 2018 (ranked 19) Best Workplaces in Texas 2018 (ranked 8) PEOPLE's 2018 Companies that Care list (ranked 38) Best Workplaces in Health Care and Biopharma 2018 (ranked 2) Best Workplaces for Millennials 2018 (ranked 66) Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For 2018 (ranked 76) Encompass Health - Just posted report job - original job
          

Moneydance vs Quicken: Which is Best in 2019?

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Moneydance vs. Quicken is a battle between two very similar personal finance tools. Quicken has some serious name recognition for good reasons, but Moneydance has powerful features that work well for Mac users – something Quicken has always struggled with. Both Moneydance and Quicken have budgeting, investment tracking, bill payment options, categorization of transactions, and much[...]

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17 Best Side Hustles from Home

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Side hustles from home are one of the best options for bringing in extra cash because they allow you the flexibility to earn when you want and where you want. That means you can earn more outside of your 9-5, while you’re at home with your kids, etc. And the reality is that there are[...]

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Instructional Designer I

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Purpose of JobMultiple Positions are available.

Partners with business, Learning Performance Consultants and Learning Development Advisors to gather and validate learning requirements (performance requirements, measures of success, terms and conditions). Performs analyses, designs and develops learning curriculum to improve performance of USAA employees. Assesses the learning outcomes that need to be developed, understands the performance expectations and gaps, and assists in deriving the appropriate learning solution. Works under minimal supervision. Performs moderately complex work assignments and problem resolution across multiple human resource disciplines and/or CoSAs.

We are currently seeking a talented Instructional Designer for one of the following locations: San Antonio Home Office, Chesapeake, Colorado Springs Campus, Phoenix Campus, Tampa Campus, Tampa Crosstown or Remote.Job Requirements
  • Organizes course content to produce curriculum that meets learning needs of the business.
  • Develops and manages timelines and milestones.
  • Collaborates with internal business partners to validate that curriculum solutions align to business priorities and strategy for operational effectiveness.
  • Participates in peer to peer reviews to ensure consistency, quality, and appropriate use of course content guidelines.
  • Develops tools and processes to measure effectiveness of curriculum solutions and learner performance to ensure solutions meet employee skill development requirements.
  • Guides the business on strategy implementation in the pursuit of business solutions.
  • Manages and engages third party vendor relationships to provide learning solutions to specific communities.
  • Acquires and applies intermediate knowledge of the business, its products and processes.
  • Gathers information, analyzes data trends, identifies root cause(s), and provides information to the business or project teams.
  • Resolves issues and navigates obstacles to deliver work product.
  • Serves as a resource to less experienced team members on escalated issues of a routine nature.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.MinimumRequirements
    • Bachelor's degree required, OR, 4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.
    • 4 or more years progressive work experience in instructional design to include training industry experience and advanced knowledge of instructional design tools and methodologies.
    • Demonstrated strong organizational skills, project management skills, multi-tasking and project flexibility.*Qualifications may warrant placement in a different job level*When you apply for this position, you will be required to answer some initial questions. - This will take approximately 5 minutes. - Once you begin the questions you will not be able to finish them at a later time and you will not be able to change your responses.Preferred Experience
      • Experience with designing and developing training that is effective, efficient, engaging, creative, innovative, and targets multiple audiences to include Millennials.
      • Able to work within established processes, standards and guidelines, adaptable to change, enjoys challenge and approaches problem solving and critical thinking with ease.
      • Ability to articulate learning strategy, theory, and concepts into understandable terms for our business customers.
      • Excellent customer relationship management and presentation skills.
      • Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
      • Works effectively within a matrix team / organization.
      • Claims Instructional Design experience.
      • Master's degree in educational technology or Instructional Design.Relocation assistance is notavailable for this position.The above description reflects the details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and should not be construed as a detailed description of all the work requirements that may be performed in the job.Must complete 12 months in current position (from date of hire or date of placement) or must have manager's approval prior to posting.Last day to apply to the opening is 11/05/19 by 11:59 pm CST time. Organizes course content to produce curriculum that meets learning needs of the business.
        Develops and manages timelines and milestones.
        Collaborates with internal business partners to validate that curriculum solutions align to business priorities and strategy for operational effectiveness.
        Participates in peer to peer reviews to ensure consistency, quality, and appropriate use of course content guidelines.
        Develops tools and processes to measure effectiveness of curriculum solutions and learner performance to ensure solutions meet employee skill development requirements.
        Guides the business on strategy implementation in the pursuit of business solutions.
        Manages and engages third party vendor relationships to provide learning solutions to specific communities.
        Acquires and applies intermediate knowledge of the business, its products and processes.
        Gathers information, analyzes data trends, identifies root cause(s), and provides information to the business or project teams.
        Resolves issues and navigates obstacles to deliver work product.
        Serves as a resource to less experienced team members on escalated issues of a routine nature.
        Performs other duties as assigned.Bachelor's degree required.

        4 additional years of related experience beyond the minimum required may be substituted in lieu of a degree.4 or more years progressive work experience in instructional design to include training industry experience and advanced knowledge of instructional design tools and methodologies.

        Demonstrated strong organizational skills, project management skills, multi-tasking and project flexibility.
          

The Katie Hill Saga, Last Chapter

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Is Maureen Dowd becoming conservative? Has she broken with social constructivist morality to pivot back toward traditional rules?

For some it will be a horrifying turn. For others it will restore their faith in humanity. The notion that you cannot make up your own rules, even if you get all of your friends to sign on to them… seems not to have penetrated the skulls of our millennial generation.

You see, millennials believe that right and wrong are social constructions. If you do something that other people might have seen as wrong, then you can make it right by persuading everyone to think that it was really right. I admit, persuading is a bit bland here. If you want everyone to think that there is nothing wrong or even risky with sending out naked pictures of yourself, then you can solve the problem by blinding everyone—figuratively speaking.

Those unhappy few who resist the brainwashing or who refuse to comply with the new social constructivist morality must be denounced and voted off the island.

As for our moral world, it resembles nothing but the world of Hans Christian Anderson’s story, “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”  As you know well, the Emperor has been persuaded by a couple of swindlers that anyone who does not agree that he, wearing nothing, is decked out in imperial finery is morally degenerate, and disloyal. Being a good subject means accepting that reality is what the emperor thinks it is.

Evidently, the sham is exposed when a boy shouts out the truth. He is not speaking truth to power as much as he is defying an commonly accepted illusion. He is expressing an opinion that is unacceptable in proper social circles. In the story, the emperor continues on his way. In reality, Rep. Katie Hill was forced to resign from Congress.

In her column today Dowd offers a dialogue between her boomer self and a millennial Times staff member. When faced with the notion that all moral truth is relative, merely a function of what you can get people to believe, Dowd demurs. Despite what the millennial generation has been brainwashed into believing, we have not yet repealed human nature.

Exposing your nakedness to the public, risking having your nakedness exposed to the public, is still shameful. Because shame is a universal emotional sanction against exhibiting your private parts in public. That is why they are called private.

Allow Dowd her say:

I get that young people are digital natives, even cyborgs. But I had to offer a riposte to Shawn that, while society can be reshaped, human nature is immutable. What I learned from studying Shakespeare is that the primary colors of emotions carry through the centuries.

There will always be vengeful exes and envious allies and ruthless opponents and double-crossing friends. Whether the messages are being carried by pigeons or pixels, you have to protect yourself — and your data. Don’t let our shiny new tools blind you to the fact that some horrible truths about humanity never change.

And don’t leave yourself vulnerable by giving people the ammunition — or the nudes — to strip you of your dreams.

OK, millennials?

The highly estimable Whoopi Goldberg made the same point and received gales of derision. But, truth is truth. Anyone who sends such pictures over the internet, or who memorializes his or her romps in photos, is running a risk. The same applies to any woman who takes what has been called the walk of shame. If she walking down the street or across the quad on Sunday morning dressed for a party, her shame does not merely arise from the fact that a lot of people will judge her ill, but from the fact that she knows that she is showing the world that she does not respect herself.

One notes, and one underscores, that we do not care what she was doing the night before. And we do not really care about what Katie Hill was doing with her girlfriend, her boyfriend and her husband. We care when it is flashed in our faces. We care about the indiscretion more than we care about the parties.

As for the Katie Hill saga, here is Dowd’s take. The Shawn in question is Shawn McCreesh:

Shawn OK-Boomered me Friday on the topic of Katie Hill, the 32-year-old freshman California congresswoman who is openly bisexual and ran what Vice dubbed “the most millennial campaign ever.” Her promising career flamed out in a scandal that was both age-old and very millennial, in that it featured revenge porn, a throuple, sexual fluidity and dirty bong water.

Hill was a blast of fresh air on the Hill. And it is amazing that, after two centuries of men treating the political landscape here as a droit du seigneur playground, that the one ensnared in an ethics investigation about the new rules enacted last year on sexual harassment — barring lawmakers from having sexual relationships with staffers — is a woman.

Hill pointed the finger at her “abusive” loser husband, Kenny Heslep, who has been unemployed for the past five years, implying that he leaked the pictures and texts to Hill’s foes. Not since Linda Tripp has there been such a creepy betrayal in politics.

Being as the moral default for the millennial generation is to blame the double standard, it is worth noting the number of men whose Congressional careers have been aborted by sexual improprieties. You can read the list in The Daily Caller.

In the world of eternal socio-sexual verities, we also note that Hill was betrayed by her husband. Apparently, he had no problem engaging in threesomes with Hill and her comely female assistant, but he drew the line against sharing her with a man. We can tamp down our outrage by seeing this in more Darwinian terms. If a throuple contains two women and one man, there is never any doubt about who the father is. If the throuple contains two men and one woman, there is always doubt. As Dowd suggests, the millennial generation has not yet managed to repeal human nature.

As for the other eternal verities, the one that no one seems inclined to notice, Hill’s vengeful husband had been thoroughly emasculated—in the social sense, not in the sexual sense—and had been reduced to a house husband, a man who had no place in the world of work, that is, the world of men, but was told by his wife to stay at home and do the laundry.

One understands that the woke millennial generation has decided that gender roles are merely a social construction. Apparently, Hill’s husband did not think so. Having other men see him as a wuss must have worn him down. He decided that revenge was sweet, and that he would destroy the career that had been used to destroy his own career aspirations.

Of course, millennials do not approve. So what. And they point out that they have all taken and distributed pornographic pictures of themselves. Dowd quotes Shawn:

He pointed to a viral text going around this past month as evidence that most young people have at least one picture on their phones that they don’t want to get out. The first line of the text refers to Instagram and pops up on the recipient’s phone with the most horrifying words known to the millennial mind: “Why is there a nude on your story??” Once the text is opened, it turns out to be a prank. Nonetheless, Shawn said, it caused a lot of spilled coffees and near car crashes among his friends.

He said that iPhones and social media have so reshaped culture that older people would have to accept the new and sometimes naked reality.

The notion that older people must accept these youthful aberrations must have a long history. It is like bluffing when your cards are exposed.

One also notes that Dowd first-names her interlocutor… perhaps because we usually first name women more often than we do men.

Anyway, McCreesh has offered an absurd thought, one that has defined the moral character of the millennial generation. They are like the ostrich who has stuck his head in the sand and who thinks that it makes him invisible. They know that they are making moral errors. They know that their moral errors might very well haunt them forever. And yet, they believe that they can obviate the pain by taking over everyone’s minds, by making it more reprehensible to say that the emperor is naked. 

Why give up an illusion, especially an illusion that will expose you as a shameless dupe when you can just shoot the boy who declares that the emperor is naked. Not literally, of course. But, you must shut him up and shut him down. Dissenting opinions are no longer welcome because they might force millennials to face their moral derelictions. 

Perhaps this tells us why the younger generations are so happy to shut up dissenting opinions and why they believe that mind control will save their honor. They are going to have a very rude awakening.

          

The Democrats' Clown Posse of Candidates

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If you have not had your quota of Andrew Sullivan today—see previous post— I bring you his views of the field of Democratic presidential candidates. Naturally, Sullivan loathes Donald Trump, with every fiber of his being. How could he not. Yet, he still provides some compelling portraits of the rogues’ gallery or clown posse of today’s Democrats.

Without further ado and without commentary, we begin with Joe Biden:

Joe Biden’s strength in the polls remains impressive, but his candidacy is crippled. In the last debate, he was easily the worst performer: confused, addled, over-briefed, and clearly past his expiration date as a pol. Close your eyes and he sounds exactly like Abraham Simpson. His crowds are anemic, his speeches lame, his self-defense as Trump lunged biliously at him and his family a case study in ineffectiveness.

And Bernie Sanders:

Sanders has had a heart attack. He came back swinging in the debate and looks fine. But come on — he’s had a heart attack at the age of 78. What happens if he has another one at any point before the election? Why should a party risk that? He’s also an actual socialist, and he hasn’t entertained — let alone engaged with — a new idea in decades. That’s appealing to millennial Marxists who have no memory of the 1970s, but Jeremy Corbyn was also a superstar with the youngsters a while back.

Elizabeth Warren:

Warren is surging, but she is, I fear — yes, I’ll say it — unelectable. I may be wrong, but by pledging to rip everyone off their current private health insurance, it certainly seems like she has thrown away the core advantage of her side — health security. By floating the notion in the CNN forum that her future Secretary of Education would have to be approved by a transgender 9-year-old boy, she’s placing herself firmly inside a cultural revolution most Americans are deeply uncomfortable with.

 She’s a supercilious, smug, know-it-all Massachusetts liberal who reveals contempt for the deplorables the way Clinton did last time. The “first woman of color” to get hired as a professor at Harvard Law School is the stuff that GOP dreams are made on. That any suspicion of the viability of her candidacy will be ascribed entirely to misogyny will only help Trump, the way it did in 2016.

Cory Booker:

Booker lacks a connection with anyone, and still seems to be campaigning for a Rhodes Scholarship. On paper, he’s perfect. In reality, he comes off as an earnest cyborg from outer space.

Kamala Harris:

Harris has revealed herself as a feckless, authoritarian, lying opportunist who treats the Constitution as cavalierly as Trump, but without his excuse of total ignorance. Tulsi is despised by too many Dems to have a hope (I can’t quite figure out the reason for their hatred, but it’s a fact).

Amy Klobuchar:

Klobuchar is a ball of nerves and insecurity who seems to shrink upon exposure.

Pete Buttigieg:

Buttigieg is easily the best debater, and most appealing to independents and a few wavering Republicans, but the big question still hangs over his candidacy: Will more culturally conservative minority voters — not to mention white working-class ones — show up for a gay man in the numbers that Democrats need? The cause for concern is real.

Beto O’Rourke:

O’Rourke is a woke, moronic bigot, who believes we live in a white-supremacist country, and would happily remove tax exemptions from most traditional churches, synagogues, and mosques, because they still believe in the literal teachings of the Bible or the Koran. Of all the candidates, he’s the only one I actively loathe.

Julian Castro:

Castro is an open-borders globalist panderer dedicated to the vital cause of free abortions for transgender male illegal immigrants. All of them have staked out “left Twitter” positions on immigration, race, and “social justice” that make Obama seem like Steve Bannon in comparison.

And, Sullivan’s favorite, Andrew Yang:

The only true bright spot is Andrew Yang — fresh, real, future-oriented, sane, offering actual analyses of automation, trade, and technology that distinguish him from the crowd.… He’s a fascinating character to me. When he’s asked a question, his nearly expressionless, wrinkle-free face, which seems to spring directly from his chest, seems about to offer some canned pabulum, and then almost always responds with a flawless, thoughtful, and entirely relevant, even insightful answer. I’m rooting for him (and Pete), but I’m not delusional.

Now that he has found nearly all of them seriously lacking, Sullivan says that he finds all of them better than the orange man currently occupying the White House. As for his prediction for the outcome. Elizabeth Warren will win the nomination and be beaten badly in the general election:

Don’t get me wrong. I’ll vote for anyone, including Warren or Sanders or even the vacuous “Beto” to defeat Trump. We proud human scum will not be distracted from the central task at hand. But let’s be honest: This is a field that has largely wilted upon inspection. For what it’s worth, I suspect Warren will win the nomination and dutifully lose the election just like Mondale, Dukakis, Gore, Kerry, and the second Clinton. She has that quintessential perfume of smug, well-meaning, mediocre doom that Democrats simply cannot resist.

 On that I confess that I agree with him.

          

GOP Runs Mississippi Gamut, But Signs of Hope for Dems, Medicaid Expansion

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his victory speech after winning the Mississippi governor's seat.

JACKSON—With his Southern Baptist pastor standing beside him at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, Democrat Jim Hood conceded defeat in the race for Mississippi governor, reiterating his religiously inspired campaign theme of fighting for “the least of these” in policy areas like health care and education.

Nearby at the Westin, though, Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves seemed to soften his position on expanding Medicaid—which he has long opposed—as he celebrated his win on Tuesday night alongside a slate of fellow GOP victors.

“We’re going to work with the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House on every issue that’s out there. We have every intention of working with them to ensure that we get good things done for the people of Mississippi,” said the the governor-elect, when Jackson Free Press reporter Seyma Bayram asked him if he would work with Lt. Gov.-elect Delbert Hosemann on expansion.

Expansion would open the program up to around 300,000 more Mississippians in working households that make too much for traditional Medicaid but not enough for federal subsidies or to pay for private insurance. On the campaign trail and during his time as lieutenant governor, Reeves outright rejected the idea, saying he was “against Obamacare expansion,” as he called it, referring to the fact that it is part of the former president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Lt. Gov.-elect Hosemann Supports Medicaid Expansion

In January, Hosemann, a more moderate Republican, will replace Reeves as lieutenant governor, a position that includes executive powers and whose holder also serves as president of the Mississippi Senate. In that role, Hosemann will have the power to appoint committee chairs and to decide which legislation is prioritized—and which legislation dies.

Hosemann, who is currently the secretary of state, cruised to victory on Tuesday night with 60% of the vote against Democratic opponent Jay Hughes, an Oxford-area state representative. In his race, Reeves beat Hood by a narrower 52-to-47 percent margin.

On the campaign trail, Hosemann called for Medicaid expansion, saying the State should accept over $1 billion from the federal government each year that would pay for it. Declaring victory Tuesday night, Hosemann vowed to go to work on an agenda that includes not only addressing the state’s rural health-care crisis, but public education, roads and bridges.

“I am proud of the positive, issue-driven campaign we ran, and I am so grateful to voters for instilling their confidence in me. We have real challenges in Mississippi, and our team has concrete plans to address them,” Hosemann said.

“We will not let our foot off the gas and we will not let you down. Now, the real work to make Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren begins.”

Watson Wins, Wants Citizenship Checks for Voting

Mississippi Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, will take over for Hosemann as secretary of state when the men assume their new roles in January. Among other things, the secretary of state oversees the state’s campaign-finance system, election processes, and trains local-level poll workers.

Watson, who rose in Mississippi politics as a Tea Party conservative, has vowed to implement a system to check Mississippians’ citizenship status when they register to vote, though he has not provided evidence that non-citizen voting or voter registration is a problem in the State.

Watson also told the Jackson Free Press in August that he wants to make it easier for residents to search campaign-finance filings. He also said he would like to see more frequent filings during the legislative session so that Mississippians can see if donors might be influencing lawmakers’ votes.

Reeves Sent Email to Mississippi Teachers, Promising Raise

In a press release Tuesday night, the Republican Governors Association congratulated Reeves, praising him as an “innovative, vibrant leader with an unparalleled understanding of the issues that are important to Mississippians and a bold agenda to move the state forward.”

But during the 10-month course of his campaign, Reeves only unveiled two policy proposals: A plan to spend $100 million on technical and career programs in high schools and community colleges and a plan for a $4,300 teacher-pay raise.

Reeves hastily announced the teacher-pay raise plan in October, as his campaign feared he was losing public-education supporters to Democrat Jim Hood, whom the Mississippi Association of Educators had endorsed. During the legislative session in the spring, Reeves killed a $4,000 teacher-pay raise, arguing that the State could afford no more than $1,500.

On Monday, teachers around the State received an email from Reeves, though, promising to support them.

“Over the past several years, Mississippi has made incredible strides in education. … During my tenure as Lieutenant Governor, we were able to increase pay for teachers several times, but never as often or as much as I would have liked,” he wrote in an email sent to teachers’ public email addresses.

“In fact, I believe no teacher in Mississippi makes what he or she is worth. We had to make tough decisions, but those decisions have put Mississippi in a financial position to pay our teachers significantly more than what they are receiving today.”

Hosemann has already committed to raising teacher pay as a candidate. At the Neshoba County Fair, he also called for universal pre-K to ensure that all children across the state start off on the same foot.

Fitch is First Woman to be Attorney General

Tuesday night was the first time since 1876 that Republicans swept all eight statewide offices in Mississippi.

Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch will become the new attorney general, taking over from Democrat Hood, who had held the office since 2003 until he decided to run for governor this year. Fitch is the first woman to hold the position.

She will have to decide whether or not to further investigate and possibly bring charges against Reeves, who prompted an investigation after his office pressured the Mississippi Department of Transportation to pursue a frontage-road project that would connect his private community to a nearby shopping mall. Because he was Reeves' opponent, Hood left charging decisions up to the next attorney general.

Fitch beat former ACLU Executive Director Jennifer Riley Collins, an African American woman who, despite running on a progressive slate of issues contrary to the conventional wisdom in Mississippi, managed the second best showing of the night among statewide Democrats, drawing more votes than any Democratic candidate not named Jim Hood.

African Americans make up 38% of the population in Mississippi, the highest percentage in any state in the U.S., but all eight of those new leaders are white. Mississippi has not elected a black statewide official since Reconstruction. Democrats nominated black candidates in the races for attorney general, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, and treasurer.

Conceding to Reeves, Hood said he was grateful for the time he had been able to serve the State.

“The Lord has allowed me to serve people in the state of Mississippi for 24 years, and it’s been a good run. I guess it was not his will that we continue on as governor,” said Hood, the last Democrat still holding statewide office.

Hood blamed the loss on “partisanship,” WCBI reported.

“The people in my area up there that I’ve known for years, they decided that partisanship was more important than friendship,” Hood said. “I don’t know what the results of it are, I just know we had an opportunity to really do some things with the kids, our young people, and hopefully Governor Reeves will do some of those things.”

Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn retained his seat, beating Democrat Vicki Slater 2-to-1 in the House District 56 race.

Pockets of Hope for Democrats

There were pockets of hope for Democrats, though.

In House District 68, which is part of Hinds, Democrat Zakiya Summers will be the new representative after winning 75% of the vote. Her party already controls that seat.

Democrats also flipped the Republican-held Mississippi Senate District 22, which had to be redrawn after a federal judge ruled earlier this year that it amounted to a racial gerrymander that disenfranchised black voters. Joseph, who is African American, previously held the seat before redistricting. He defeated Republican Hayes Dent 52-to-48.

With 100% of precincts reporting, millennial Democrat Shanda Yates beat Republican incumbent Bill Denny in the Mississippi House 64 election, which includes parts of Hinds County.

The Trump Factor, More or Less

On Tuesday night, the head of the national Republican Party, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, attempted to give President Donald Trump credit for Reeves’ victory.

“Reeves was down double-digit, but @realDonaldTrump came in big with his endorsement and rally, putting him over the top. A huge win for the President and our Party,” McDaniel tweeted.

True enough, Reeves spent much of the campaign focused, not on issues, but on getting out the message that he is a supporter of the Republican president, and that his opponents—Republican Bill Waller in the Republican runoff and Hood in the general—were not. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did pay last-minute visits to the State to help pull Reeves over the finish line.

But no public or known private polls ever showed Reeves down by more than single digits. Throughout the year, polls showed a tight race. During his rally with Reeves in Tupelo, Trump said it was “embarrassing” that the race was so close.

Last year, Trump also paid visits to Mississippi to help Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith win a tough race against Democrat Mike Espy. Like Reeves, Hyde-Smith narrowly won, but Espy outperformed Democrats in other recent U.S. Senate races, netting 46% of the vote—about what Hood won on Tuesday night.

Espy, who was at Hood's watch party on Tuesday night, is preparing for a rematch against Hyde-Smith when her seat is up again in 2020.

Follow State Reporter Ashton Pittman on Twitter @ashtonpittman. Send tips to ashton@jacksonfreepress.com. City Reporter Seyma Bayram and Investigative Fellow Nick Judin contributed to this report. Read more election coverage at jacksonfreepress.com/2019elections.


          

Venkatesh Rao on Waldenponding

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Writer and management consultant Venkatesh Rao talks about Waldenponding with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Rao coined the term Waldenponding to describe various levels of retreating from technology akin to how Thoreau extolled the virtues of retreating from social contact and leading a quieter life at Walden Pond. Rao argues that the value of Waldenponding is overrated and that extreme Waldenponding is even somewhat immoral. Rao sees online intellectual life as a form of supercomputer, an intellectual ecosystem that produces new knowledge and intellectual discourse. He encourages all of us to contribute to that intellectual ecosystem even when it can mean losing credit for some of our ideas and potentially some of our uniqueness.

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Intro. [Recording date: September 13, 2019.]

Russ Roberts: Today is September, 13 2019 and my guest is writer and management consultant, Venkatesh Rao, founder and Editor-in-Chief of Ribbonfarm. Our topic for today is a piece from his newsletter about the seductive nature of our devices and social media and it is called "Against Waldenponding." "Against Waldenponding." Venkat, welcome to EconTalk.

Venkatesh Rao: Great to be here, Russ. Thanks for having me on.

Russ Roberts: So what do you mean by Waldenponding? Which is a phrase--I don't think it's going to catch on, but I loved it.

Venkatesh Rao: I don't know about that. I think it's already caught on, at least in my circles. I did a little Twitter poll and one-third of the people in my feed had heard of it from me, but a bunch of people had heard it not from me. So that's a good measure of inception[?] and the zeitgeist. But yeah, it started, like most things do with me these days--I don't know--a gentle insult to troll some of my friends in tech who I think act a little too, I don't know, solemn, [?self-?] serious about the threat of digital devices hacking our brains. So it started out as an insult. Then I did a little Twitter thread on it and realized I meant it more seriously than I was admitting to myself. Then it turned into a newsletter. Then I did another for part two. And since then I've been sort of exploring the concept all over the place in Twitter and other places.

So the basic idea is: You've got this trend of people advocating some sort of retreat from digital media, and of course Waldenponding is a reference to Thoreau's Walden. So, the idea of not necessarily literally retreating to a log cabin in the woods to meditate--though a lot of people actually do some literal version of that--but somewhere on the spectrum of being very online to being completely offline by Waldenpond, any measure of retreat along that axis is what I call Waldenponding. And the pieces I have been sort of developing as sort of a critical pieces advocating against that. There, I argue that Waldenponding is actually a bad thing and it's sort of a misframing of a problem. It's the wrong response to the, whatever is going on there; and there's more effective ways of engaging with digital technology.

Russ Roberts: Yeah. I want to read an excerpt from your, I'm going to call it an essay. It's a set of bullet points really. A numbered set of points that tie together. But you say "The crude caricature"--you're talking about Waldenponding:

The crude caricature is "smash your smart phone and go live in a log cabin to reclaim your attention and your life from being hacked by evil social media platforms." It is less of a caricature than you might think. At an event I was just at, the opening keynote featured a guy who's literally done just that, and I know at least half a dozen people who have executed a Hard Waldenponding plan with varying degrees of literal fidelity. A great many more have implemented a sort of Soft Waldenponding, marked by digital retreat (aided by various amputation tools that sever or loosen your connection to digital prosthetics), but no log cabin.

So you're not literally against stepping back from some technology sometimes, we should get that straight right from the beginning.

Venkatesh Rao: Yeah, absolutely. So it's almost a critique of what you might say has become a religious doctrine around what's really just a practical matter of, on the one hand engineering design evolution on the part of tech companies, and on the part of users just getting used to a new medium and sort of swinging back and forth on the pendulum a few times before finding sort of a happy medium. And I go back to the history of technologies, and it happens with boring predictability: that you have radio and you have a generation complaining that radio is ruining our brains. You have TV, people complaining that TV is ruining our brains. You have video games, you have same complaints, right?

And it goes back to Plato and Phaedrus and him talking about writing, having the same problem of: you are atrophying your memory by using this weird new medium called writing to preserve your thoughts. So the complaint pattern is not new. Neither is this sort of advocacy of retreat. And it's not that the, those who advocate the retreat are unaware of this long history. So Nick Carr, who I think inaugurated this particular trend of when he wrote The Shallows almost a decade ago, he actually quotes Plato and Phaedrus and says, "All right, still this time it's different. Google is making us stupid." So they're aware of the tradition, but somehow they think it's different this time, which is sort of a common pattern in these things.

So, I would say when you approach this as a practical matter, not as a religious one, it's actually not that hard. It's--there are features available. You can put your phone into dark mode. You can build habits around other information consumption. The diagram I included in my thread has a little turnpike-type visualization of, on the one hand you have the X axis of increasing latency of information consumption. And on the Y axis you have the abstraction with which you consume information. So, you might have something like a book that's written several years after something important has happened. So it's several years lagging. But because it's able to go deep and analyze at higher levels of abstraction, it goes up on the Y axis as well. So that's one extreme.

And on the other extreme, you have a real life sense of what's going on on Twitter today and life sense of sophisticated conversations happening. So it's not all shared posting. So if you're able to go up and down the turnpike to suit your needs, you will sort of meet your informational needs. And I think what ends up happening when these people react against people doing just that, making their own decisions on where to be along that axis and how much attention to allocate on each part, they make the mistake of--I think they make three mistakes. The first is they overestimate their own agency as designers of the mechanisms. So you have, for example, Tristan Harris and Nir Eyal--I don't know how to say his name--but both began their careers as actual designers of web technology--

Russ Roberts: Yeah, that's, by the way, that's Nir Eyal. And he's coming to EconTalk in a couple months. Carry on.

Venkatesh Rao: Absolutely. You should ask him about this stuff. And I think both are great people, very thoughtful people. They've seen the design side of this stuff. They've actually worked on hacking attention-type technologies with tech companies. And then they've kind of had almost like a finding-religion moment where they've gone to the other side and sort of in their mind recognized sort of the dark side of this technology. And, they're now in this sort of evangelical mode where some of it almost sounds like an AA [Alcoholics Anonymouse] program where it's like you have to admit you're powerless and the godlike technology has hacked your attention and you have to admit that there's a higher power and you're powerless. I get a very AA vibe from it.

And I think so that's one mistake they make. Just because they've been involved in the design of this sort of attention-manipulation technologies, they overestimate the actual importance of that element of the puzzle.

The second thing they do is they underestimate the actual level of agency we, as users, bring to our information consumption choices. And I don't think that they actually stop to think too hard about the, what I think is the null hypothesis here, which is that if I'm spending say 50% of my time shit-posting on Twitter, 30% writing random little threads on newsletters and only say, 5%, working on "big, serious, solemn" papers and books, that's actually an attention allocation I might want. If I'm watching five hours of TV a day, that's an attention allocation I might want. So I think they underestimate the degree to which there is actually conscious agency here and they attribute too much to the evil UI [User Interface] designers.

And the third thing that I think is part of their big mistake is: they don't realize the extent to which the behaviors we are now experimenting with across the board are actually a response to a much bigger thing. Namely, the information environment has in fact radically shifted. So it's not just a matter of like, you know, clever UI designers are designing infinite scrolling, patterns with sub-microsecond insertions into the attention loop. It is actually, genuinely the case that several orders of magnitude more information has come online, and our old ways of processing information that were sort of evolved in scarcity environments, they just don't work anymore. So everything we are trying, from being like, you know, gonzo present in live Twitter feeds all the way to the other end where you retreat to a log cabin and only read ancient Greek classics--this entire spectrum of experimentation represents very useful and important evolutionary adaptations experiments. And you kind of have to let these things run and figure out what works.

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Russ Roberts: So, a part of that--let me try to summarize that in some of the ways we've been talking about these topics here recently on EconTalk. So, one issue is this addictive question; and you're suggesting that some of that is overrated in terms of how addictive they can make it. And the second is, we have some control over it obviously. I think the question on that is, is whether we get control of it by taking it off our smartphone--a particular app that we have trouble not going to all the time--versus, say, regulating these companies. And listeners know I'm a big fan of letting cultural response to this happen. And you're making the, I think very relevant, point that this is such an early change, the idea that we're going to just stay as we are in how we interact with this technology is absurd. We're going to change in all kinds of ways and we need some time to do that. I think that's very wise.

The deeper point, of course, also you make is that people enjoy these things. We like these things. It's fun. It's not addiction: that's just a word to vilify it and it's a puritanical concept to make it sound wicked or evil.

The third point, which I would also react to, about longer, deeper dives in deeper ideas: The question is whether that seems to have gotten harder. I know for me, I'm 64 and maybe I'm just getting older, but my ability to sit with a text without interrupting it, with email checking, Twitter checking and other types of distraction seems to have changed. Now, that could be because I haven't reacted correctly or fully to this new information stream. It could be, though, that there is something here to be concerned about. The question is what should we do about that concern?

And I think there's a final point I want to add onto that you make I think is the real, in many ways the punchline: We have this cornucopia, this incredible perfusion of stimulus. Some of it is very superficial and just a little dopamine hit of 'I got another follower.' Some of it as superficial as you point out, because it's gossip about somebody's habits online. They're up there with some shortcoming that people want to wave around. That feels a lot like a waste of time. But, if we're careful, that's not the way we spend most of our time on Twitter. It's not the way we spend most of our time on social media. It's not the way we spend most of our time online. There's such extraordinary riches up and down the line of depth versus superficial, which is one of the ways of thinking of the axis that you're describing.

And it's a glorious time to be alive. You know, I think moaning and complaining about how horrible it is, it's a form of virtue signaling, obviously. It's part of--you allude to that in various point, times in your essay. But I think the right way to think about this is: As individuals, let's make a choice. Here we have this unbelievable menu. Yes, there's some really fattening, unhealthy things down at this part of the buffet. But this other part of the buffett--and some of that's, it's fun. You can have an ice cream cone now and then. You don't want to eat it all day, but the rest of the time, you've got this extraordinary profusion of ideas and opportunities to learn and explore. And just the question is: How do we navigate that?

Venkatesh Rao: So I want to react to a couple of things you said because, the way you framed your response to the trends so far is almost--it's an apologist's mode of--it overemphasizes actually the very criticisms that drive Waldenponding, which I think are actually wrong. So if you actually look at the things they're recommending--so, take for example, academic papers or academic books and I come from the academic world, same as you. I spent several years in my Ph.D. and postdoc research diving into archival journals, technical textbooks. And my background is in mechanical and aerospace engineering. And it might not be as bad as say, social psychology, but honestly, 90% of all papers and technical materials I read was junk. And I hated it.

And my own papers--I'm not going to spend my career as anything great. But I think I was an okay researcher. I got maybe a few citations for the few papers I wrote while I was in academic research. But when I moved over to the blogosphere, it's so much a richer environment, and the conversation gets smarter and better so much faster. So, my best blog posts, they've gotten thousands and thousands of reactions and wonderful conversations have come out that. Things that never happened with my academic work, which kind of languish in obscurity. And most academic work, by the way, deserves to languish in obscurity. You'll see this comment a lot in sort of hard line, 'Twitter is good'-people, which I include myself in. Where you'd say things like, 'That book should be a blog post at best and the heated blog post should just be a Twitter thread.'

And this assessment that we are all coming to in my corner of the discourse is because we're starting to see that the appearance and formal structure of depth does not equal actual depth. So the, what I think of as the traditional literary industrial complex of academia, TED talks, very high gravitas, newspaper op-eds and stuff, it has the form and structure of depth. You look at it and you think, 'Hey, this should be good, deep stuff.' But it's not. I mean, you look at the New York Times op-ed section--it's like warmed over, recycled one-week-late clickbaiting that's actually picking up where Twitter leaves off. And the original conversation on Twitter ends up being, like higher signal, lower noise, more interesting and more current than the NewYork op-ed version of it. You look at half the books that come out--they're the same.

So I want to sort of point that out that so this is not a both sides-ist argument. This is actually a comment on humanity. Humans come in grades of, like, sophistication, shallowness, superficiality of interests, depth of interests. And you will find people in every medium who are going deep and doing, like, profoundly interesting things, exploring information spaces. And you will find 90% of people using whatever form the medium offers to produce honestly, bullshit.

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Russ Roberts: Yeah, well--Venkat, I just want to react to that for a sec because I think you're onto something there. The part that--I know you're critiquing my critique a little bit--but, the part I want to really agree with is that a lot of this worry about social media is a form of condescension. It's basically, 'Well, I know how to handle it, of course. I'm sophisticated. I'm deep. I'm thoughtful. It's them, the masses, the rest of the folks. They need help. They need to be controlled because they can't control themselves.' There is a definite paternalism there that I do not like; and I want to make it clear that I don't embrace that.

Venkatesh Rao: Absolutely. There's several dimensions to this. So there's, the one I was going after is almost like foreign structure conflation in understanding media. You're pointing out the sort of elite-versus-commoner relationship of condescension and sort of.

Actually, riffing a little bit more on that, that's been a sort of ongoing theme for about 20 years in conversations about digital media. Right? I mean, you had Surowiecki with his Wisdom of Crowds book. I think that was 2002. So we've been having this conversation for at least a couple of decades, and we now know a lot more. I mean, this is an economics podcast and to a large extent what we're talking about really is in some sense, efficiency and intelligence of information markets. Right? And, 'wisdom of crowds' is a thing. There are times when crowds can act stupid and insane where they uncritically just repeat each other.

But there's other times when crowds are actually constituted of individuals who bring a lot of private knowledge and they're kind of adding a lot of intelligence, and mechanisms sort of coordinate and wire that information together. And a larger emergent intelligence appears.

And we are very familiar with one mechanism by which this happens, namely the economic markets, which is the focus of your world. But I think we are just seeing the emergence of an entirely different mechanism that works on the same principles. And I've written quite a bit about this as well, both in the original thread and in subsequent tweets and newsletters. But I think of this as what I call the graph mind. You can call it the high brain. I also think of it as the global social computer in the cloud.

But, the idea is that this is an extraordinarily powerful computing and intelligence-extracting mechanism that functions something like a market. It's a big distributed computer. But to participate in it, you have to be willing to let your individuality be subsumed in the larger conversation.

So, when you're on Twitter and bantering back and forth with a bunch of other smart people, what you say and what you do and the memes and the clever coinages you come up with--that matters. But who you are doesn't. So this is why one of my metrics of success for myself as a blogger and very online person is, there's nothing better than seeing a meme that you helped create, sort of propagate through the wilderness of social media and nobody knows where it came from. I'm often like really pleased when that happens.

And I've done that a few times. Like one of the coinages I have been credited with is the phrase 'premium mediocre,' which comes from an article I wrote called "The Premium Mediocre Life of Maya Millennial." That blog was a viral hit; a lot of people appreciated it. But what I loved even more was: as that idea percolated through the zeitgeist, through the global social computer in the cloud, and I do Twitter searches, a lot of people are now starting to use it in roughly the way I intended in coining it, and have no idea where it came from. And it's lovely. It's like I have added a small, I don't know, a vitamin pill of intelligence to the discourse, and it's hopefully making the competition and processing of information a little bit more efficient. So, my reaction to this is both surprise and delight at being able to do this.

But for a lot of people, the reaction when this happens is utter dismay. They feel they've been appropriated; they feel their best thinking has been diluted and leaked out into the wilderness rather than captured and monetized.

And I think that comes from the sense of what I've been calling 'fear of being ordinary.' So you've got 'fear of missing out,' which is a syndrome we sometimes think of people like myself having, which is we're online all the time and are afraid we'll miss some exciting new thing that happens. But fear of being ordinary is when you let yourself be that online sort of gonzo present in social media, you kind of lose your individuality and you become just part of this computational soup. And great things come out of the computational soup, but chances are you're not going to get what you think of is the appropriate level of credit for that. So Waldenponding in one sense is a retreat to reclaim your individuality.

So, I have been playing around with metaphors like: you're doing an attention stock buyback and shrinking sort of your presence even at the expense of doing less in the world; You claim more credits for what you do in fact do. So there's a fear of being ordinary. You want to live in a domain where you can claim authorial credit--authorship for the ideas you come up with. You want to be a legible part of a tradition you want to associate yourself with. Like, I looked up your work and you're--what is it?--a fourth generation Chicago school economist, right? And that's a well known legible tradition. You can draw genealogy of generations of economists who worked on a set of ideas and you can trace the descent of ideas.

So that's one kind of idea space where you can kind of trace the provenance of ideas. And that's great. And it's a kind of idea space we are very comfortable being in. It has a calculus of merit and credit and appreciation and advancement and rewards. But on the other hand, you have this great new thing coming up. It can compute answers to questions that are much more complex and subtle than we could ever compute with either the academic tradition or the market tradition or the journalistic tradition. And we have to get used to working in that mode. So my reaction to this is delight; but for a lot of people it's fear of being ordinary, fear of sort of having their individuality lost, even if the output is extraordinarily enlightened insights.

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Russ Roberts: Yeah. So, I'll just add a couple things to that. I think that's a very deep thought actually. And I liked--you talked about the essay FOMO and FOBO--Fear of Missing Out and Fear of Being Ordinary. And my first thought was, when I read that was, 'Well, I'm not really afraid of being ordinary. I have my followers on Twitter. They see what I write. My name's attached to it.'

But you're making a deeper point. I want to try to, let me try to expand on it a little bit. So, somebody gave me your name or I saw a reference to something you wrote on Ribbonfarm, maybe two years ago. And I looked at it, and I thought, 'You know, I'm not sure that's going to make a good EconTalk, but I wish it did. It's interesting, but I'm going to leave it alone.' I put it down and I forgot about you. And then, somewhere along the line, somehow--I don't know how--this Waldenponding piece got referenced to me.

I didn't see you in the hall and say, 'What have you written lately?' and you said, 'Oh, You'll like this.' Somehow, and my wife always says, 'How'd you find out about X?' I always say, 'How do I know?' I don't know how to answer that. Twitter, email, suggestions. I get emails from listeners. So, let's pretend somebody actually sent this to me. It's possible. I've forgotten. I haven't keep track of it. So it's a nice idea to say, 'My guest today is Venkatesh Rao and I want to thank so-and-so for suggesting it.' I've forgotten that.

Worse, I have a quote in my Adam Smith book that starts off 'The universe is full of dots.' And I'm not going to quote it verbatim here, but gist of the quote is: the secret is not what you can do by connecting the dots. The real question is why did you leave out all the other dots you could have included? It's a deep and beautiful way to talk about cherry picking. And people think I said that, because it's in my book; it gets quoted on Twitter all the time. I didn't say it. Sam Thomsen, who I don't know; but I like to point it out. Because it's such a wonderful quote, I like to give him credit.

But as you're pointing out now, you can argue that it's really not important who gets the credit. Now, our egos want the credit. And you could argue as an economist--I'm not going to--that by giving credit, we encourage people to look for more ideas. I think that's kind of silly. I don't think that's why we're generating ideas and clever thoughts. Some of it it's ego. Some of it it's just the part of being human and the delight we get in wordplay.

So Waldenponding--I don't think you sat around saying, 'This is going to make me more money. I'm going to get to be on more media and I'm going to be able to charge more when I speak.' You just enjoyed the phrase. You thought of it. It was a moment of eureka.

But the other point I want to make--and I think this, to come back to your, this idea of the fear of being ordinary--I think there's a tribalism and an identity issue here. So, I'm much less of a Chicago economist than I was when I came out of graduate school. I've sort of shucked off some of that identity. It's kind of a, more like my town than where I live now. And I kind of like that. I'm proud of it because it is this heritage and tradition; and I kind of like that I've moved away. I've made my own distance from it. But I have a new identity. I have a new set of clothes, a new set of style.

And I think what you're suggesting is, is that when you we are on the internet, when we're in these social media clouds and soups and stews, and we have all these wonderful words to try to capture this emergent phenomenon called the wisdom of network conversation--when I'm in that, I kind of don't have an identity. And I think that's your point. I don't have that tribal feeling. And I do think--although I could have my tribes within it, of course: I can't help myself there. I tend to find tribes on my social media, and I think that's a human impulse we have. But ultimately, I'm submerged in the tribe. I'm submerged in Twitter.

And what you're suggesting--and I'm going to try it out and see what you think--kind of suggesting: 'Okay, Twitter is--there's some really bad neighborhoods in Twitter. And there's some high rise apartments that look really beautiful, but once you get inside them, they're not so great. But there's also this wonderful back and forth. There's this neighborhood bar, that's virtual, where I can go hang out. And it's--unlike the bar in "Cheers," nobody knows your name. They know it literally because they see what your Twitter handle is. But, you're creating something.'

And I think the idea that that is something noble, that that is something human, that that is something that's actually productive even, is--it's a novel idea. I think most of us think of it as just entertainment. And that's totally wrong. And I think one of your many insights here is that, you're actually participating in something quite grand that you're not even probably aware of, as is true of any emergent phenomena. We always use the ant and the ant colony. The ant knows nothing about the purpose of the ant colony. It just has this very narrow task of, say, dropping pheromones for other ants to follow to the trail of where the food is. They don't realize what the consequences are, don't think about it. So here we are, just kind of fooling around, yelling. Got my megaphone--it's a very small megaphone--on these social media platforms. And, as we all talk together, we create something unique.

So I think it's a really beautiful idea and it's not an easy idea to sell, but I like it. And I think the fear of being ordinary, the FOBO worry, that I'll be submerged in this soup and only be a virtual cog of some sort. is part of what's going on here.

Venkatesh Rao: Yeah, and you're right. It's one of those things that I think a lot of us are realizing at the same time, that there's something much deeper going on.

And I want to sort of go back to a couple of things you said, like, think of the idea of like the dots you didn't connect or the fact that I pegged you as a Chicago school economist and you clarified that you've kind of drifted off that. So a lot of this idea of, like, ego-validating narrative construction that we think of as the history of an intellectual tradition or tradition of ideas--it's pure myth-making. It's just a pretty story we tell ourselves about what actually happened. It's a narrative on top of a lot of phenomenology. And, arguably it's a false sense of sort of historical clarity on top of a tradition that was never not murky. So Twitter has just made it impossible for us to lie about the truth of our intellectual tradition and histories. You might credit one person with sort of taking you down a bunny trail. You don't know about the six other people who are involved in the soup, and you just could not see the soup before. Now you can see the soup. You can see every connection that the soup is making.

So that's one point to keep in mind: that it was always false. It's not that it became false now, but the soup has always been the actual foundation of the discourse.

Another interesting idea is, you've got the famous Harry Truman quote--what is it? --'It's amazing what's possible when you don't care who gets the credit'?

Russ Roberts: Yeah. Well, it's a good example because Harry Truman didn't say that.

Venkatesh Rao: Exactly.

Russ Roberts: It's gets attributed to Ronald Reagan who certainly--if Harry Truman said it, it probably didn't start with Ronald Reagan. Although it's a deep and obvious truth. So it could have been thought of by more than one person.

As far as I know, the first example that I know of the coining[?] is in David McCullough's book on the Panama Canal. The engineer who built the canal said that; and I'm blanking on his name, which is perfect for this conversation, right? I'm not giving him the credit. I'm going to confuse him with the guy who built the Brooklyn Bridge. But the guy who built the Panama Canal, which took an enormous team of human beings in all different capacities said that, I think at least before Harry Truman. Carry on.

Venkatesh Rao: So that's actually a wonderful example, and it's great that it kind of organically emerged in our conversation [?inaudible 00:32:26]. And interestingly, that phenomenon has a name. Have you heard of Stigler's Law of Eponymy?

Russ Roberts: Of course. He was on my--

Venkatesh Rao: He didn't come up with that.

Russ Roberts: He was on my Committee, and I actually--my Ph.D Committee. But it's George Stigler we're talking about. And it's funny that you mention it because it crossed my mind about six minutes ago and I thought, 'Should I bring that up? Nah, I'll leave it alone.' Explain what it is.

Venkatesh Rao: I think it's perfectly pertinent and it's wonderful that Stigler's Law of Eponymy was not actually coined by Stigler. And it's--you see this sort of thing all over the place. Like, these days when I do actually write a serious longer essay or book chapter and I actually do try to go and look for the provenance of various quotes, I'm amazed at how often that I find, like, True Quote Investigator or one of those sites, just how deep the bunny trail behind every false-attributed quote goes. It's like versions and versions and versions and in the end it gets lost in some murky thing 100 years ago. And I love that, because it tells me that books written 50, 60 years ago where you couldn't do this kind of research as easily are likely absolutely chock full of misattribution. So it's like rotten all the way through, the citational sort of web there. So it's kind of good that we're backing off from that.

Russ Roberts: But describe--you say what it is, Stigler's Law of Eponymy. It's: Things named after people weren't discovered by them.

Venkatesh Rao: Exactly. And I wouldn't sort of generalize that to all ideas. So, not just name things like children's or ideas, just in general. Like take Waldenponding. I know I thought of it independently, but I haven't actually done the research to see, like, in the 100-plus years since Thoreau, whether somebody else came up with that kind of satirical [?]--

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Russ Roberts: Well, it's also possible that someone else thought of it; you saw it, didn't notice it; and it somehow rose in your brand. That happens to me with other people's work; but it happens to me with my own work. I think of what I think is a novel idea, and I thought of it already, but I forgot about it.

Venkatesh Rao: Yep. So all of this, I think what we're both getting at is the absolute richness of thought and intelligence-mining that can come up if you sort of let your identity, not necessarily be dissolved--it's not like we're all joining Twitter as a cult--but sort of set it on the side. It's not like you're losing your identity. You're just not using it at the moment. And you're diving in. So much is possible. And, when you look at the opposite of vector that a lot of people are encouraging us to go on, which is Waldenponding--which ironically, by the way, the biggest evangelists are former technologists who had a hand in designing that end. And this is like a historical pattern. The biggest evangelist for religion are the ones who left the opposing religion. Right? And it's when you've talked to--

Russ Roberts: Sure. More Catholic than the Pope. That's where it comes--that's what that expression is about. Right? The convert is more Catholic than the Pope. It's a real thing.

Venkatesh Rao: And you see, when you talk to, like, regular people who are not part of the Silicon Valley tech economy like we are, they're actually not as--I don't know--they don't take this as seriously. They're just rolling with it and figuring it out as they go along. And most of them are doing a reasonably good job.

Now, this doesn't mean there aren't elements of what they're doing that aren't valuable. I do think, whereas the overall shaming campaign of shaming the tech companies into like broad manifesto-ish stuff that's, like, not helpful. There may be specific ideas of, 'All right, turn off this dark pattern; have this ability to clear dark mode.'

All those are maybe good, but I do want to point out one exception to this general critique, which is: when you have these large, bottom-up platforms of, like, participatory conversations, and something like national cybersecurity agency with like very trained operatives gets in and they are running the equal end of information special ops and misinformation campaigns and things like that, that's something that you do have to kind of take seriously and as a special case of what's happening.

So, hacking of election discourses and things like that is what I'm getting at. So there, yeah. But that's a very special case and that's not something the general Waldenponding, [?] retreat, works on. But the reason I'm bringing that up is if you look at this conversation we've been having it for about 15, 20 years--Nick Carr, Cal Newport on Deep Work, all that stuff. But it got particularly acute in the last three or four years for a couple of unrelated reasons. One is, you've got all this political-grade [?] and just the general PTSD [Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder] of being online at a toxic time. And a lot of that is caused very deliberately by focused bad actors. So, that's one thing that's getting conflated. And the other is that whether it's caused by Russian spies or, you know, generally a lot of toxic baggage being aired, part of the retreat is a pattern of healing rather than actual adaptation to a new information environment. And this, I think, is actually a legitimate thing. So, if you are, say, in, particularly in the politics part of Twitter and you're a good fit and you've been enjoying being part of the big soup computer since before 2016, but in 2016, it just got a little too toxic and you retreated--I think that's a good thing. That's a kind of information-processing hygiene that we all have to develop. We have to learn to retreat when the psychological stress is too much and then go back in when we've kind of recovered and healed a bit. So, managing your sort of emotional reactions to the discourse is actually important.

But this again I would argue is just more intense and democratic right now. But it's always been the case. Like you could have been in an academic seminar 30 years ago where a rude older faculty member sort of said something rude and you had to go away and go on a vacation to recover from the trauma, right?

Russ Roberts: Yeah. You got beat up. Yeah.

Venkatesh Rao: It's a learning process.

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Russ Roberts: I want to give an example of that. And then I want to challenge your--might want to draw the boundary in a different place. So, I'm pretty active on Twitter. Sometimes I worry I'm too active. I do think if I'm not careful, I'm down in the bottom left-hand corner of your diagram on small-minded things--it's more like gossip rather than the deep exchange of ideas. And I recently--it's just it's bizarre, but it took me this long to have this cultural response--I recently started blocking people. And I feel bad--which is funny. Somebody comes online, who follows me on Twitter, somebody tweets; they are nasty. Potentially sometimes antisemitic. They are, at a minimum, rude. And the thing they do that starts to bother me so much that I now put it in my profile on Twitter is: they assume the worst about me and don't bother finding out what I actually think or say.

Russ Roberts: And I just block them. I want to say it's in my profile: I say I now block people who do that. And at first, I thought, like, 'It makes me comfortable.' But what it's really like is a guy is, you're out in your yard and a guy comes down the street, his windows are down in his car and he yells some antisemitic or grotesque insult to you. And it's one thing to say, 'Well, just don't listen to it.' But that's hard to do. It's really hard to do. It's much better just to say, 'I'm going to go inside now. I'm not going to let this guy bug me. I'm not going to let him get at me.' And so now I just block him; and it's fantastic. It is a way to cope with this emotional part of this that I think we're really unprepared for it.

The other example, the other metaphor I like for this--and you can steal this, thank God, and use it in your own: pretend you thought of it--is, to me, Twitter is like somebody putting a bumper sticker on my car. Right? I'm driving down the street. All of a sudden somebody slaps a bumper sticker on my car about my identity or myself. And it's like, 'No, no, no. I get to decide what bumper sticker goes on my car.' And I think that's the dark side of Twitter. And I just block people who put bumper stickers on my car that aren't really describing what kind of person I am. Okay. So, you want to say something: Go ahead.

Venkatesh Rao: Oh, yeah: I think that's a very important point. And I actually made this point in a couple of newsletters ago: that social media has an addictive bias. You're encouraged to acquire followers, post more and more. And it has very few subtracting mechanisms like blocking and muting. And the ones that we do have are primitive and kind of a nuclear option.

So, I would actually state your point in an even stronger form. I also initially did not like blocking because it seemed uncivil; and I think I had the wrong calibration of what civility is. But I've since gone beyond like just blocking rude people or people who are just very objectionably ideologically too far from me, and simply blocking anybody with whom I have too much problem just getting through and it's simply not worth the trouble.

So, I love Jeff Bezos's line that Amazon is willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time. So, I adopt that attitude in my role in places like Twitter, which is: I am willing to be misunderstood for long periods of time. I'm part of some very productive social media, hive-mind competitions, and that I like and I want to be there and I want to be part of that conversation. But other conversations, things I might say very casually and quickly without, like, trying to be very clearly understood by people who don't know me, I am going to be misunderstood. And I'm okay with that. And quite often there's going to be an asymmetry on the part of my relationship with people who I end up confusing. So, I might have very little interest in making sure somebody else understands me correctly, but they might have a very intense interest in making sure they understand me correctly.

And often they get annoyingly, almost jokingly, where they're like constantly dogging me to self-clarify, add detail. And I'm like, 'Sorry, this is not a useful part of a conversation for me and I'm not doing.' So, this is like a market. It's ultimately selfish individual motives. 'I'm not being altruistic here. I'm participating in conversations that are productive for me as well. And if it's not, and you're being a little too annoying, I'm going to mute or block you.' So I've done that multiple times and I become very liberal with that and it's almost become like, it's not a personal thing any more. And most of my blocks and mutes are in fact not about civility at all any more. I would say eight out of 10 of them are, 'You're just being annoying. The conversational gap between our respective computational processes in this global social computer are just too far apart. Let's not bother. It's just not worth trying to cross-pollinate intelligence across these two conversations.'

So that's my reaction. But another sort of related phenomenon I want to point out is, I think of the most productive conversations in places like Twitter as ones that are not tribal. That don't degenerate into tribal derping. So, for me it's like confirmation and disconfirmation are the two least useful things to do on Twitter. The most useful thing is to actually find a new dimension and vector of a conversation that's neither confirmatory nor dis-confirmatory. And a lot of people don't like that. They are in such strong, you know, beef-only mode or psychology or are constantly beefing along tribal lines, all they're interested in is confirmation and dis-confirmation. And that's just not interesting because it's a kind of computation that can be run on, like, the New York Times op-ed section. It's a primitive kind of discourse. I'm just not interested. I'm interested in the more sophisticated discourses that Twitter is capable of.

Russ Roberts: What we need is a website where there would be a microphone; you would say something like 'I like mushroom pizza,' and there would be an enormous roar of like a football stadium size crowd. You know, so that you can get fix of ego and tribal sentiment. You could have different kinds. When you say, 'I don't like so-and-so,' some political figure, the crowd would not just roar, but angrily roar and sound violent. Anyway.

Venkatesh Rao: I think you describe Instagram.

Russ Roberts: Instagram. I'm not much of an Instagrammer, so I can't fully respond to that.

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Russ Roberts: I want to ask you a different question. I think there are two places where I disagree with you in a more fundamental way. And I'll let you react to this. So the first one is, we've never met. You and I have never met. I have an instinctive liking for you based on the way you write and your flamboyant style. The fact that you have all kinds of insights--some of which I don't understand, by the way. Which is fun. That's a plus. That's feature, not a bug. Right? So I've read a few of your pieces before and I like them a lot. So we could imagine in the old days you'd have an article in a magazine, and I would enjoy that, and I would write you a letter. And I would say, 'Dear Mr. Rao, I really enjoyed your piece on Waldenponding. I found it very thoughtful.'

And then I might say something like, 'I wrote a piece that's related to that you might enjoy, if your library has it, blah blah blah.' So that's a 1950s, 1970s interaction. And you'd get that letter to be fun. My father used to write poets and other people, other authors whose work he liked, and they would often write back. Here's a letter from Robert Penn Warren, which shocked me that Robert Penn Warren bothered to respond to my dad--who's in a different part in the soup. But he had time and was either flattered or thought it was important--for whatever reason he responded. It was really sweet. So that's the old style.

Now, today, you and I could have a Twitter friendship. We could go back and forth on Twitter. We haven't, I don't think, much. I did just before an hour or two before the conversation: I tweeted an article about Thoreau and Walden that you, I saw you liked that. I thought, 'That's nice. He's paying attention. That's good. And maybe he'll read it before we do this interview. It's by Kathryn Schulz--and if we don't get to talk about it, we'll put a link up to it--where she explains Thoreau is a wicked and despicable person and a hypocrite. And the whole Waldenponding thing is nonsense.' But it's a great piece, by the way. Very thoughtful and entertaining and written with great, fervent style as Kathryn Schulz often does. So I just mentioned that in passing

But, we could've responded. Instead of having you on EconTalk, we could have gone back and forth on Twitter. But now we got to a new level. We're having an actual conversation, audio. We video-Skyped for a minute when we started this and we could see each other.

And then the fourth level--this is what I want to focus on. The next level would be, the next time I'm in Seattle or you're in the Washington D.C. area, we could sit down and have coffee, and that would be kind of fun just to see each other face to face. But the real, I think the more important thing would be if we could have coffee regularly--and I have friends I have coffee with regularly--a different type of conversation emerges. A different type of human experience emerges. Some of it, by the way, is overrated. Some of it is--Tyler Cowen recently defended social media versus parties. Parties are face-to-face but often loud, empty and superficial. And he's got something to say there. But, at the same time, I don't think we want to underrate deep human face-to-face connection. And I do think that the digital revolution has challenged that. And, there is a temptation to stay in my room all day, flicking through Twitter if I'm not careful. So you didn't mention anything like that. Do you want to say anything about that?

Venkatesh Rao: Oh, absolutely. I think that's because you have, most of your life still in traditional institutions. I believe you are at Hoover. So right now, by the way, I'm not in Seattle: I'm in Los Angeles on a fellowship at the Berggruen Institute, but I've spent much of the last 10 years out in the wild, so to speak. And a lot of what you describe, for me it has happened a lot more intensely out here in the social media wild than it ever did in my institutional settings. So, for four years before I became a free agent consultant blogger, so 2006-2011, I was working at Xerox in their research group and I had like hallway interactions. And before that I was in academia for almost a decade, and I would have the same kind of hallway interactions and extended frequent coffee or lunch dates with colleagues and coworkers.

So I had all that. In fact, there used to be a law called the 50-Foot Law, which was most collaboration happens within 50 feet. This is pre-internet. And one of the first things I ever wrote about Twitter, when I first saw Twitter--this was 2007 or 2008, one of my earliest blog posts about Twitter was the 50-Foot Rule has been sort of refactored online, and now your 50-foot zone is actually global. So now you have to reimagine that 50-foot zone as the zone of what you can think of as intimate conversations on Twitter that are likely to escalate into long, extended relationships that will actually get as intimate as physical distance and geography allows. So there are people who've literally gotten married off Twitter. So that's an extreme case.

But yeah, over the last 10, 15 years, when I look back, I started a conference around my blog. I've had a huge number of wonderful friendships and collaborations emerge from it. There's people I meet as regularly as I can. There's Facebook groups, slacks[?], extended email threads, lots of consulting gigs have come out of this. So I would say, for my sort of extra institutional feral lifestyle for the last decade, the kind of things you say are valuable and precious about the old institutional life, I've experienced them about two x, three x more than I ever did in institutional life. So I think the reason people don't realize this is they still have enough invested in the old institutional life that they have no need to kind of develop it in the social media world. And what ends up happening if you're forced to do that is you discover that it's possible to do that stuff in a lot more deep way and a lot more flexible way. And it's only a question of how imaginative you are and how much you actually want it.

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Russ Roberts: So I think if Nick Carr--whose book, I apologize to Mr. Carr, I have not read--as you say, I think you alluded to earlier, I think he's the guy who said Google is ruining your brain. And he did have a book called The Shallows. I do remember that. What he might respond--and I'm going to disagree with him after I give his fake response, and then you can see if you agree with either of us. You might say, 'Okay, that's all nice. But the truth is, is that our face-to-face interactions have deteriorated as the internet has arisen because now our attention span is shorter. We might be face to face, but we're more likely to check our phone, respond to a text, flick through Twitter, find it hard to stay focused on a person face to face because I want to get back to my email and back to my Twitterverse.'

And what I'm going to disagree with him, and I'm going to use your metaphor: I think that there's some truth to it, by the way. I don't think it's absurd. I think that it is harder for people to sit still at dinner. And we have a rule in our house: we don't answer the phone or look at our phones during meals. I think those are some good rules. I think that's okay. But I think there's a range of face-to-face, a range of physical interaction. You've inspired me: we'll call it--I'm sure there's a cleverer version--brick and mortaring. As a human, I need to get a pun on 'brick,' like friend and mortaring. We'll figure it out later.

But, I have lots of face-to-face interactions that are superficial and somewhat sterile. And then we have really deep ones. We have really extraordinary connections we make with people online and then also face to face. And I don't think we've lost those. I don't think we've lost the ability to have the deep ones. And it's like your continuum of sort of gossipy superficial conversation down in the left-hand corner, and up in the right-hand corner is a profound exchange of ideas that changes the way you look at the world, that connects you to another human being in a way that creates a great emotional reward and delight.

And I think those, if I could take the most charitable view of the internet, is that--and I can say this as the host of EconTalk--I've met more interesting people in the last 10 years face to face, certainly online, certainly over interviewing people. That's been an amazing gift and privilege to be able to do that. But the face-to-face times that I interact with people are still deeply moving and profound. And as you say, I think you're right. I think I have more of them. I have exposure to more interesting people than I did in a world where I'd have that 50-Foot Rule and only interact with the people on my corridor.

Venkatesh Rao: Absolutely. And I would, again, I seem to be in a pattern of taking your points and refitting them in an even stronger form. But I would say, when you talk about brick and mortaring, look back at the reality of our pre-internet sort of highly brick and mortar social life. And, like Tyler Cowen said, many parties are empty. But I would elaborate on that and say: We remember the interactions that are lovely and wonderful face-to-face interactions, but we kind of block out of our memories the ones that are not. And I remember growing up, so many damn boring visits to my parents' friends, ceremonial culture of norms. I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. We used to live in a culture of norms where there was an expectation of sort of polite participation in vast hours, countless hours of like really boring, tedious face time. And I hated it.

And one of the most wonderful things that has happened as a result of the internet is that those online internet norms of 'If I'm bored, I'm going to leave,' they're actually percolating into meatspace. And the way that's happening is--for example, this became the Law of Two Feet in what used to be called open space technology and then became BarCamps. Where, when you do an unconference, you don't have the old academic conference approach of, just because of a respected elder professor is doing the keynote, you're sort of forced to sit, stay in the room, and pay attention even though bored out of your mind. You should leave. So modern unconferences have the internet-like Law of Two Feet, which is: If you're not actually interested in the conversation, if the person is boring, you get up and leave. Do something better with your time.

And I like that that norm is shifting in a more online way. I think Nir Eyal in his book, one of his points--I'm still looking through it--he talks about, I think he calls it a phubber or something. So somebody who is, like, snubbing you with a phone at dinner. So you're at dinner and apparently you're boring your dinner partner. So that person pulls out their phone and starts checking email at the slightest interruption. Right? So that's phone snubbing, or phubbing, as he calls it. But look at what that signifies. It tells you that you're in a fundamentally boring conversation you don't want to be in.

And though the sort of actual behavior may be obnoxious, of pulling out your phone and actually checking out literally, wouldn't it be so much nicer to not have that lunch meeting at all and to be able on Twitter to actually triage that and say, 'All right, it's been fun chatting with you for three minutes on Twitter, but I'm going to say no to coffee with you because you're probably going to bore me and I'm going to end up checking my phone. So let's not go there and insult and snub each other.' Right?

So, I love that that has now become a possibility and we're able to make our more intimate, deeper exchanges more high yielding. More of them are meaningful ,and the ones that are meaningful are more meaningful. Right?

And this is actually probably the biggest meta-critique I have with Waldenponding, which is it fetishizes an old style brick and mortar--and it's actually, by the way, that's actually as perverse a kind of attention hacking as the social media platforms do to you. So the social media platforms might be throwing clickbait at you and dragging you to useless articles you don't want. But equally there's all these sort of evangelists of Waldenponding who are hacking your attention with, like, ritual descriptions of 'Oh, what game nights! Wonderful world campfire lights, wonderful world, like family dinners, wonderful.' And they try to suck you back into that world and you realize that, 'You know what? That's romanticizing the past. And it never actually was that great. And I hate this freaking game night I've been sucked into.'

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Russ Roberts:

Russ Roberts: That's awesome. Now, you remind me of my dad who often when he would, we would describe a dinner party, he would often say, 'Nyeah, I wish I'd been upstairs with my book.' It was gauche in the 1950s and the 1960s or '70s or '80s to take out a book in the middle of a conversation. But there were times when my dad would just say, 'I need to go lay down.' And he'd go upstairs and just read his book. Sometimes in the middle of a social gathering. Which had some kind of influence on me, I'm sure.

The other thing that I have to point out, Venkat, which is unbelievably great, is that about fo

          

Millennials As Target Audience For High-End Fashion

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Millennials are a curious bunch. As a generation, they’re certainly the most informed, arguably the least intense and definitely the most fluid in sexuality and beliefs. They’re a demographic of their own, and luxury brands are taking notice of how they consume goods in their own specific ways. Millennials are older than you may originally…
          

Wednesday Open Thread

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Odd little thing.  After Brandon Hersey took the oath of office, there was a group photo for the Board taken. But yet, at the SPS website, they only have a photo of kids. Waiting for new members? Maybe but why not use the photo with Hersey and the rest of the current Board?

Great story from KUOW about Nova High School. I can't say it enough - Nova saves lives.

Important policy articles from OSPI.

Interesting article on how the hand grip of kids and young adults is getting weaker.
A recent study in the Journal of Hand Therapy shows that young adults have surprisingly less hand strength and hand grip than older generations, which could be one result from using more electronic devices and less pencil time. Some may even argue that electronics are hindering our students’ education rather than helping them progress because they lack fine motor development skills used for handwriting, pencil grip and brain-building activity.

So why continue to encourage and “push” hand grip strength? Developing your child’s hand strength and fine motor skills is linked to more than just handwriting and pencil grip. Researchers have also found a connection between how the brain transitions from right-brained learning (creative, emotions) to move left-brained learning (logical, critical thinking). If the brain fails to transition from right-brained learning to left-brained learning, children become more emotional instead of logical as they get older. That is why many parents and teachers today see more attention issues in the classroom, sensory struggles, meltdowns , anxiety and emotional grounding issues.
 Lunar Rover STEM Festival, A Night of Free, Space-Filled Family Fun
Join us as we unveil Kent Valley’s Next Lunar Rover at the Lunar Rover STEM Festival on Thursday, November 14 from 5:00 - 7:30p.m. at accesso ShoWare Center.
We’re celebrating our region’s legacy of aero and outer space innovation by memorializing its role in the development of the Lunar Rover. The three Lunar Rovers used in NASA’s historic Apollo Missions 15, 16 and 17 remain on the Moon today. Designed, built and tested by Boeing at its Kent Space Center, the Lunar Rovers were recently designated as historical landmarks by the King County Landmarks Commission.
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Misunderstanding v. Stupidity

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In 1980 a Mr. Hanlon wrote, “Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.” “Stupidity” is such a modern and offensive term. As I dug into the history of Hanlon’s Razor (as it is now called), … Continue reading

          

A Marijuana Guide for Beginners: How to Buy Cannabis Products

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While the majority of marijuana users are millennials, legalization has increasingly shown just how widely popular cannabis is among adults..

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League of Its Own: The Video Game That Shaped a Generation

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Simonetta Lein – Model, Author, Millennial Activist, Fashion Influencer, Philanthropist and So Much More!

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Influencer: “A social media influencer is a user on social media who has established credibility in a specific industry. The social media influencer has access to a large audience and can persuade others by virtue [...]
          

Millennials Say Yes to Socialism in New Poll

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According to a new poll, seventy percent of Millennials now plan on voting for socialists and Democrats. And thirty-six percent support communism. For those keeping score at home, that’s one in three youngsters – brought up in the modern, atheistic, secular-progressive education system in America. Not surprisingly, with the help of today’s media and Hollywood, these same Millennials believe President Donald Trump is a bigger threat to world peace than North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russia’s...

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Connecting with the Next Generation of Luxury Buyers

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This month, I had the honor of speaking at Luxury Connect 2019, a premier real estate event for luxury agents and brokers, sponsored by Inman.com in Beverly Hills. While I was there, I spoke to industry leaders, along with Tiffany Mills, sales associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Beverly Hills and daughter of legendary real estate agent, Jade Mills. I was able to present our hot-off-the-presses report, “A Look at Wealth: Millennial Millionaires” (ALAW) for the first time. I was truly blown away by the audience response! I heard from agents who thought they knew everything about millennials. And they were glad to have the new data about the Read more...

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2019 Issue 4

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The final global issue of 2019 explores the hidden worlds of truffle hunting and the most expensive coffee on Earth, plus offers an inside look at the new Bentley concept car, wellness tourism, the millennial millionaire lifestyle and much more.

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Monday's Briefing: More PG&E power shut offs coming? Bleak housing future for millennials hoping to become homeowners

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News you don't want to miss for Oct. 21:

1. A sequel to PG&E's panned massive power shutoff in Northern California two weeks ago could be coming, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.…
          

Other: Membership Representative - Houston, TX - Houston, Texas

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Membership Representative - Houston, TX-44836 Field Operations and Panel Recruitment-USAHouston, Texas Did you know that 103 million people in the United States watched the biggest football game of the year? Or that 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week? Here at Nielsen, we produce that data! For over 70 years, our Radio and Television Ratings have played a significant role in providing key information to media and advertising companies. Our secret recipe for producing the Ratings is to marry technology with people. In order to do that, we have hundreds of Membership Representatives (MRs) across the country recruiting people to participate in our Ratings panels. We are looking for passionate, persuasive and outgoing people to join our teams across the country. What's it like to work at Nielsen? We want everyone to have a voice and be themselves. Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. We value the diversity of thought, experiences, skills and cultural backgrounds. We believe in making things open, connected, useful and personal. We challenge everyone to innovate, learn new things, take risks, and grow! And we believe in having fun while we work! What does it take to be a Membership Representative? Since we are into research studies at Nielsen, we surveyed our MRs and asked them to describe themselves. The majority responded with goal-driven, personable, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated, influential, hard-working, energetic, friendly, passionate, creative, team-spirited, humble, and gritty. If these words describe you, keep reading! What does a Membership Representative do? Our MRs are the face of Nielsen and truly enjoy interacting with strangers. 90% of our associates feel the highlight of their role is the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people while in the field. Our MRs travel to selected homes, known as Nielsen Families, without an appointment and unannounced. MRs use persuasion skills and techniques to gain cooperation and participation in the Nielsen Ratings. The real world is our office allowing our MRs to be out and about during afternoon and evening hours (3 - 8 pm) and one weekend day, as these are opportune times to connect with prospective panelists when they are most likely to be home. Anything else a Membership Representative brings to the table? We do have a few general requirements. All representatives need a High School Diploma or GED with 2-5 years equivalent work experience (We love college degrees too!). They also need to show proficiency using a tablet & smartphone, e-mails, spreadsheets, and other applications, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, and a satisfactory driving record. In addition to a really cool career, what are the benefits? We offer benefits you'd expect from an industry-leading company, but at Nielsen, we strive to bring all of the pieces together and focus on the ""Whole You."" From health & wellness programs to time off to stock ownership, we want our associates to have a healthy, rewarding, balanced and meaningful experience-both at work and in life. Our comprehensive benefits package is effective day one of employment. I've heard Nielsen is a great place to work... is that true? We're not in it for awards, but we're happy to be recognized. Forbes' Most Innovative Companies, Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Employers for Diversity & Inclusion, Fortune's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Forbes' inaugural list of America's Best Employers for Diversity, Fortune and Great Places to Work named Nielsen as one of the best workplaces for diversity in 2017 Sound like a place you'd want to be? Join Nielsen and help discover what's next for consumers. ABOUT NIELSEN We're in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we're measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what's happening now and what's coming next for our clients. Today's data is tomorrow's marketplace revelation. We like to be in the middle of the action. That's why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We're bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what's next with us at Nielsen: careers.nielsen.com Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class. Job Type:Regular Primary Location: Houston , Texas Secondary Locations:, , , Travel: No Company Description: Nielsen Holdings is a global information, data, and measurement company with headquarters in the United States. Nielsen operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide.Nielsen: What People Watch, Listen To and Buy--We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we're constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.Nielsen---s Global Employment Standards:Founded on the principles of integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and reliability, Nielsen is a place where you can be yourself, make a difference and grow.Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. And, cultivating diversity and maintaining an inclusive work environment is crucial to our growth, strength and ability to innovate. ()
          

Other: Membership Representative - Houston, TX - Houston, Texas

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Membership Representative - Houston, TX-44836 Field Operations and Panel Recruitment-USAHouston, Texas Did you know that 103 million people in the United States watched the biggest football game of the year? Or that 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week? Here at Nielsen, we produce that data! For over 70 years, our Radio and Television Ratings have played a significant role in providing key information to media and advertising companies. Our secret recipe for producing the Ratings is to marry technology with people. In order to do that, we have hundreds of Membership Representatives (MRs) across the country recruiting people to participate in our Ratings panels. We are looking for passionate, persuasive and outgoing people to join our teams across the country. What's it like to work at Nielsen? We want everyone to have a voice and be themselves. Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. We value the diversity of thought, experiences, skills and cultural backgrounds. We believe in making things open, connected, useful and personal. We challenge everyone to innovate, learn new things, take risks, and grow! And we believe in having fun while we work! What does it take to be a Membership Representative? Since we are into research studies at Nielsen, we surveyed our MRs and asked them to describe themselves. The majority responded with goal-driven, personable, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated, influential, hard-working, energetic, friendly, passionate, creative, team-spirited, humble, and gritty. If these words describe you, keep reading! What does a Membership Representative do? Our MRs are the face of Nielsen and truly enjoy interacting with strangers. 90% of our associates feel the highlight of their role is the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people while in the field. Our MRs travel to selected homes, known as Nielsen Families, without an appointment and unannounced. MRs use persuasion skills and techniques to gain cooperation and participation in the Nielsen Ratings. The real world is our office allowing our MRs to be out and about during afternoon and evening hours (3 - 8 pm) and one weekend day, as these are opportune times to connect with prospective panelists when they are most likely to be home. Anything else a Membership Representative brings to the table? We do have a few general requirements. All representatives need a High School Diploma or GED with 2-5 years equivalent work experience (We love college degrees too!). They also need to show proficiency using a tablet & smartphone, e-mails, spreadsheets, and other applications, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, and a satisfactory driving record. In addition to a really cool career, what are the benefits? We offer benefits you'd expect from an industry-leading company, but at Nielsen, we strive to bring all of the pieces together and focus on the ""Whole You."" From health & wellness programs to time off to stock ownership, we want our associates to have a healthy, rewarding, balanced and meaningful experience-both at work and in life. Our comprehensive benefits package is effective day one of employment. I've heard Nielsen is a great place to work... is that true? We're not in it for awards, but we're happy to be recognized. Forbes' Most Innovative Companies, Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Employers for Diversity & Inclusion, Fortune's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Forbes' inaugural list of America's Best Employers for Diversity, Fortune and Great Places to Work named Nielsen as one of the best workplaces for diversity in 2017 Sound like a place you'd want to be? Join Nielsen and help discover what's next for consumers. ABOUT NIELSEN We're in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we're measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what's happening now and what's coming next for our clients. Today's data is tomorrow's marketplace revelation. We like to be in the middle of the action. That's why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We're bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what's next with us at Nielsen: careers.nielsen.com Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class. Job Type:Regular Primary Location: Houston , Texas Secondary Locations:, , , Travel: No Company Description: Nielsen Holdings is a global information, data, and measurement company with headquarters in the United States. Nielsen operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide.Nielsen: What People Watch, Listen To and Buy--We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we're constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.Nielsen---s Global Employment Standards:Founded on the principles of integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and reliability, Nielsen is a place where you can be yourself, make a difference and grow.Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. And, cultivating diversity and maintaining an inclusive work environment is crucial to our growth, strength and ability to innovate. ()
          

Millennials’ Chronic Health Problems Will Limit Their Lifetime Earnings, Report Says

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Spikes in conditions like depression increase health-care costs and lower incomes
          

Jay-Z’s ‘Fade to Black’ Doc Is Finally Available on TIDAL

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You’d think one of the first things Jay-Z would do when TIDAL came about was add his cult classic concert documentary Fade To Black to the visual library, but you’d be wrong. Luckily he’s finally decided to let his OG fans re-experience the 15-year-old film while letting new millennial fans get a better understanding on […]
          

Americans are Giving Less Money to Charity

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By Emily Drooby

As someone who works for Hour Children, Jeffery Smith constantly sees the importance of donations. From the non-profit’s food pantry, to their day care, to their thrift shop; the lifelong Catholic sees giving turn into an opportunity for someone in need.

"That's really what motivates me, to be able to live the gospel, and to give expression to the gospel in what I do. It's a great gift,” explained Smith.

The Queens based non-profit helps incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children. It’s one of over a million non-profits in the country relying on donations to stay afloat but those donations are decreasing. The percentage of Americans giving money to charity has dropped from 66 percent to 53 percent between 2000 and 2016.

"It doesn't come as a surprise to me. I think the challenge for organizations like us, is to continue to do what we do with passion and with integrity," said Smith.

Sister Tesa Fitzgerald who runs Hour Children says despite some drop off, they are still in good shape.

Sister Fitzgerald explained, "We are testimony to people's goodness."

There’s many different ways to give to Hour Children and one of those ways is through time.

“We have endless, endless amount of volunteers coming from churches, companies, school groups that really make the world of Hour Children happen,” explained Sister Fitzgerald.

The recession and a lack of extra cash among millennials are cited as two reasons for the decrease in giving.

"We are all people, everybody has a hard time everybody struggles and to be able to build other people up, why wouldn't you do it. Why would you look at another person and say, you're not worth your time,” said Hour Children volunteer Kaylee Konczal.

The study also points to the rise of the ‘nones’, a nickname for people with no religion. They are less likely than people of faith to give.

“Jesus said very clearly, look to the less fortunate, and not only did he say it, that's what he did,” explained Sister Fitzgerald.

As the season of giving approaches, Sister Fitzgerald says even giving a little could mean a lot.

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Even wealthy millennials are on the hunt for #Homes in more affordable areas, and it shows just how expensive housing in #America has become

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Some wealthy millennials opt for more affordable real-estate markets, like the suburbs or second-tier cities, while others buy fixer-uppers.
          

New Book Focuses on Ohio Women in Dairying

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Abbe Turner, owner of Lucky Penny Creamery in Kent, wrote "The Land of Milk & Money" with her daughter Madeline, a millennial and dairy farmer herself.
          

Twisdom from mat_johnson, November 05, 2019 at 01:27PM

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via Twitter https://twitter.com/mat_johnson

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70% Of Global Family Businesses Do Not Have A Formal Succession Plan

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More than half of global family CEOs do not have a formal retirement plan and 70% of global family businesses do not have a formal succession plan, according to the 2019 STEP Global Family Business Survey, The impact of changing demographics on family business succession planning and governance. However, the report finds that Millennial CEOs are ready to take over.
          

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re…

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Nielsen Representative - San Luis Obispo

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Nielsen Representative - San Luis Obispo-46936
Field Operations and Panel Recruitment-USASanta Barbara, California


Did you know that 103 million people in the United States watched the biggest football game of the year? Or that 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week? Here at Nielsen, we produce that data! For over 70 years, our Radio and Television Ratings have played a significant role in providing key information to media and advertising companies.

Our secret recipe for producing the Ratings is to marry technology with people. In order to do that, we have hundreds of Membership Representatives (MRs) across the country recruiting people to participate in our Ratings panels. We are looking for passionate, persuasive and outgoing people to join our teams across the country.

What's it like to work at Nielsen?

We want everyone to have a voice and be themselves. Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. We value the diversity of thought, experiences, skills and cultural backgrounds.

We believe in making things open, connected, useful and personal. We challenge everyone to innovate, learn new things, take risks, and grow! And we believe in having fun while we work!

What does it take to be a Membership Representative?

Since we are into research studies at Nielsen, we surveyed our MRs and asked them to describe themselves. The majority responded with goal-driven, personable, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated, influential, hard-working, energetic, friendly, passionate, creative, team-spirited, humble, and gritty. If these words describe you, keep reading!

What does a Membership Representative do?

Our MRs are the face of Nielsen and truly enjoy interacting with strangers. 90% of our associates feel the highlight of their role is the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people while in the field.

Our MRs travel to selected homes, known as Nielsen Families, without an appointment and unannounced. MRs use persuasion skills and techniques to gain cooperation and participation in the Nielsen Ratings. The real world is our office allowing our MRs to be out and about during afternoon and evening hours (3 - 8 pm) and one weekend day, as these are opportune times to connect with prospective panelists when they are most likely to be home.

Anything else a Membership Representative brings to the table?

We do have a few general requirements. All representatives need a High School Diploma or GED with 2-5 years equivalent work experience (We love college degrees too!). They also need to show proficiency using a tablet & smartphone, e-mails, spreadsheets, and other applications, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, and a satisfactory driving record.

In addition to a really cool career, what are the benefits?

We offer benefits you'd expect from an industry-leading company, but at Nielsen, we strive to bring all of the pieces together and focus on the ""Whole You."" From health & wellness programs to time off to stock ownership, we want our associates to have a healthy, rewarding, balanced and meaningful experience-both at work and in life. Our comprehensive benefits package is effective day one of employment.

I've heard Nielsen is a great place to work... is that true?

We're not in it for awards, but we're happy to be recognized.

Forbes' Most Innovative Companies, Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Employers for Diversity & Inclusion,
Fortune's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Forbes' inaugural list of America's Best Employers for Diversity, Fortune and Great Places to Work named Nielsen as one of the best workplaces for diversity in 2017

Sound like a place you'd want to be? Join Nielsen and help discover what's next for consumers.

ABOUT NIELSEN
We're in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we're measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what's happening now and what's coming next for our clients. Today's data is tomorrow's marketplace revelation.
We like to be in the middle of the action. That's why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We're bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what's next with us at Nielsen: careers.nielsen.com

Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.
Job Type:Regular
Primary Location: Santa Barbara , California
Secondary Locations:, , ,
Travel: Yes, 15% of the Time

Company Description:

Nielsen Holdings is a global information, data, and measurement company with headquarters in the United States. Nielsen operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide.Nielsen: What People Watch, Listen To and Buy--We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we're constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.Nielsen---s Global Employment Standards:Founded on the principles of integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and reliability, Nielsen is a place where you can be yourself, make a difference and grow.Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. And, cultivating diversity and maintaining an inclusive work environment is crucial to our growth, strength and ability to innovate.
          

Nielsen Representative - Tucson, AZ

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Nielsen Representative - Tucson, AZ-47863
Field Operations and Panel Recruitment-USATucson, Arizona


Did you know that 103 million people in the United States watched the biggest football game of the year? Or that 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week? Here at Nielsen, we produce that data! For over 70 years, our Radio and Television Ratings have played a significant role in providing key information to media and advertising companies.

Our secret recipe for producing the Ratings is to marry technology with people. In order to do that, we have hundreds of Membership Representatives (MRs) across the country recruiting people to participate in our Ratings panels. We are looking for passionate, persuasive and outgoing people to join our teams across the country.

What's it like to work at Nielsen?

We want everyone to have a voice and be themselves. Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. We value the diversity of thought, experiences, skills and cultural backgrounds.

We believe in making things open, connected, useful and personal. We challenge everyone to innovate, learn new things, take risks, and grow! And we believe in having fun while we work!

What does it take to be a Membership Representative?

Since we are into research studies at Nielsen, we surveyed our MRs and asked them to describe themselves. The majority responded with goal-driven, personable, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated, influential, hard-working, energetic, friendly, passionate, creative, team-spirited, humble, and gritty. If these words describe you, keep reading!

What does a Membership Representative do?

Our MRs are the face of Nielsen and truly enjoy interacting with strangers. 90% of our associates feel the highlight of their role is the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people while in the field.

Our MRs travel to selected homes, known as Nielsen Families, without an appointment and unannounced. MRs use persuasion skills and techniques to gain cooperation and participation in the Nielsen Ratings. The real world is our office allowing our MRs to be out and about during afternoon and evening hours (3 - 8 pm) and one weekend day, as these are opportune times to connect with prospective panelists when they are most likely to be home.

Anything else a Membership Representative brings to the table?

We do have a few general requirements. All representatives need a High School Diploma or GED with 2-5 years equivalent work experience (We love college degrees too!). They also need to show proficiency using a tablet & smartphone, e-mails, spreadsheets, and other applications, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, and a satisfactory driving record.

In addition to a really cool career, what are the benefits?

We offer benefits you'd expect from an industry-leading company, but at Nielsen, we strive to bring all of the pieces together and focus on the ""Whole You."" From health & wellness programs to time off to stock ownership, we want our associates to have a healthy, rewarding, balanced and meaningful experience-both at work and in life. Our comprehensive benefits package is effective day one of employment.

I've heard Nielsen is a great place to work... is that true?

We're not in it for awards, but we're happy to be recognized.

Forbes' Most Innovative Companies, Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Employers for Diversity & Inclusion,
Fortune's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Forbes' inaugural list of America's Best Employers for Diversity, Fortune and Great Places to Work named Nielsen as one of the best workplaces for diversity in 2017

Sound like a place you'd want to be? Join Nielsen and help discover what's next for consumers.

ABOUT NIELSEN
We're in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we're measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what's happening now and what's coming next for our clients. Today's data is tomorrow's marketplace revelation.
We like to be in the middle of the action. That's why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We're bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what's next with us at Nielsen: careers.nielsen.com

Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.
Job Type:Regular
Primary Location: Tucson , Arizona
Secondary Locations:, , ,
Travel: Yes, 50% of the Time

Company Description:

Nielsen Holdings is a global information, data, and measurement company with headquarters in the United States. Nielsen operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide.Nielsen: What People Watch, Listen To and Buy--We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we're constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.Nielsen---s Global Employment Standards:Founded on the principles of integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and reliability, Nielsen is a place where you can be yourself, make a difference and grow.Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. And, cultivating diversity and maintaining an inclusive work environment is crucial to our growth, strength and ability to innovate.
          

Your Credit Card Survival Guide

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Nov 4 – On this month’s edition of Millennial Monday, Crystal Kessler and Justine Hall provide a crash course in everything related to credit. They discuss why a good credit score is important, how to achieve a high score, what you can do to raise your score...
          

Millennials: He aquí porque el proceso vale la pena

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Los ‘millennials’ han esperado más tiempo que cualquier otra generación para convertirse en propietarios de vivienda, pero la espera de esta cohorte está a punto de terminar. Según National Mortgage News, “Los ‘Millennials’, los jóvenes adultos que ahora tienen entre 23 a 38 años, están entrando en el pico de …

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re …

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Bilingual Membership Representative-Milwaukee, WI

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Bilingual Membership Representative-Milwaukee, WI-45920
Field Operations and Panel Recruitment-USAMilwaukee, Wisconsin


Did you know that 103 million people in the United States watched the biggest football game of the year? Or that 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week? Here at Nielsen, we produce that data! For over 70 years, our Radio and Television Ratings have played a significant role in providing key information to media and advertising companies.

Our secret recipe for producing the Ratings is to marry technology with people. In order to do that, we have hundreds of Membership Representatives (MRs) across the country recruiting people to participate in our Ratings panels. We are looking for passionate, persuasive and outgoing people to join our teams across the country.

What's it like to work at Nielsen?

We want everyone to have a voice and be themselves. Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. We value the diversity of thought, experiences, skills and cultural backgrounds.

We believe in making things open, connected, useful and personal. We challenge everyone to innovate, learn new things, take risks, and grow! And we believe in having fun while we work!

What does it take to be a Membership Representative?

Since we are into research studies at Nielsen, we surveyed our MRs and asked them to describe themselves. The majority responded with goal-driven, personable, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated, influential, hard-working, energetic, friendly, passionate, creative, team-spirited, humble, and gritty. If these words describe you, keep reading!

What does a Membership Representative do?

Our MRs are the face of Nielsen and truly enjoy interacting with strangers. 90% of our associates feel the highlight of their role is the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people while in the field.

Our MRs travel to selected homes, known as Nielsen Families, without an appointment and unannounced. MRs use persuasion skills and techniques to gain cooperation and participation in the Nielsen Ratings. The real world is our office allowing our MRs to be out and about during afternoon and evening hours (3 - 8 pm) and one weekend day, as these are opportune times to connect with prospective panelists when they are most likely to be home.

Anything else a Membership Representative brings to the table?

We do have a few general requirements. All representatives need a High School Diploma or GED with 2-5 years equivalent work experience (We love college degrees too!). They also need to show proficiency using a tablet & smartphone, e-mails, spreadsheets, and other applications, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, and a satisfactory driving record.

In addition to a really cool career, what are the benefits?

We offer benefits you'd expect from an industry-leading company, but at Nielsen, we strive to bring all of the pieces together and focus on the ""Whole You."" From health & wellness programs to time off to stock ownership, we want our associates to have a healthy, rewarding, balanced and meaningful experience-both at work and in life. Our comprehensive benefits package is effective day one of employment.

I've heard Nielsen is a great place to work... is that true?

We're not in it for awards, but we're happy to be recognized.

Forbes' Most Innovative Companies, Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Employers for Diversity & Inclusion,
Fortune's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Forbes' inaugural list of America's Best Employers for Diversity, Fortune and Great Places to Work named Nielsen as one of the best workplaces for diversity in 2017

Sound like a place you'd want to be? Join Nielsen and help discover what's next for consumers.

ABOUT NIELSEN
We're in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we're measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what's happening now and what's coming next for our clients. Today's data is tomorrow's marketplace revelation.
We like to be in the middle of the action. That's why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We're bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what's next with us at Nielsen: careers.nielsen.com

Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.
Job Type:Regular
Primary Location: Milwaukee , Wisconsin
Secondary Locations:, , ,
Travel: No

Company Description:

Nielsen Holdings is a global information, data, and measurement company with headquarters in the United States. Nielsen operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide.Nielsen: What People Watch, Listen To and Buy--We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we're constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.Nielsen---s Global Employment Standards:Founded on the principles of integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and reliability, Nielsen is a place where you can be yourself, make a difference and grow.Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. And, cultivating diversity and maintaining an inclusive work environment is crucial to our growth, strength and ability to innovate.
          

Emergency Medicine Physician

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Commonwealth Emergency Physicians (CEP) is a physician owned and managed Emergency Medicine group in Leesburg, Virginia. We are seeking a BC/BP Emergency Medicine Residency-trained Physician to join our team in Northern Virginia. CEP currently provides emergency services at Inova Loudoun Hospital, The Inova Emergency Care Center - Cornwall Campus, and the Inova HealthPlex - Ashburn. CEP maintains a patient satisfaction that is consistently in the top percentiles in the nation. CEP offers: Highly Competitive Compensation Stable, Private, Democratic Group 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12-hour shifts EPIC EMR Employed with Benefits, 401k, and Paid Malpractice Inova Loudoun Hospital is a rapidly growing Level III Trauma Center that is part of the nationally recognized Inova Healthcare System. It has a 26-bed adult ED and a separate 11-bed pediatric ED, providing care to more than 50,000 patients annually. Inova Emergency Care Center - Cornwall Campus is a full service Emergency Department and is the only freestanding ED in the state to be awarded Primary Stroke Center Certification by the Joint Commission. This department features 18-beds and approximately 20,000 visits per year. Inova HealthPlex- Ashburn Campus is a full service Emergency Department and is the newest addition to the CEP roster. "Best Cities for Millennials in 2015" by Forbes On the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains 951 feet up in Loudoun County you can see the Washington Monument almost 50 miles away from the Bluemont Vineyard. Loudoun County has the 2nd highest median income in the nation, award-winning vineyards, horse country, and communities steeped in history. Easy Access to Dulles Airport Loudoun County has adopted elements of both urban and suburban lifestyles, allowing young families living in the commonwealth their choice of community. Five of the "Top 10 Best Cities for Young Families in Virginia" - based on home affordability, growth and prosperity, family friendliness, and educational quality are located in the immediate area. Contact Us Today Apply online and we will be in contact to answer any questions and get you started. hec Commonwealth Emergency Physicians (CEP) is a physician owned and managed Emergency Medicine group in Leesburg, Virginia. We are
          

Entry Level Sales Representative-

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Power Home Remodeling is a company founded on equal parts hard work and positivity. We believe that "dream" and "achieve" are not mutually exclusive. That philosophy has served us well in becoming FORTUNE Magazine's #1 Workplace for Millennials and one of Glassdoor's Best Places to Work.

90% of our executives begin their careers in entry-level positions because we recruit, train, and retain talented individuals with a drive to succeed. Power is more than a home remodeling company. Power is a dream realization, technology-innovation, community-advocacy, expectation-shattering, happiness-maximizing company dedicated to improvement, both for our customers, and ourselves.

Entry Level Sales Representative

When you work at a company where the CEO started at entry level less than a decade ago and worked his way to the top, you know we mean it when we say we're preparing you to succeed in more than just your current position. As a full-time entry-level sales representative you'll be trained in all of our products and be able to deliver interactive presentations that will teach communication skills, negotiation tactics, and strategic planning. This position is also the perfect entrance into all other aspects of our business.

Primary job responsibilities include:



  • Development and coordination of marketing strategies
  • Promotion of Power's products and services to prospective and existing clients
  • Delivery of interactive sales presentations on eco-friendly, green products and services
  • Participation in ongoing training camps on a weekly basis

    Qualifications:



    • Highly developed interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to speak publicly with confidence and poise
    • Keen sense of self-motivation, dignity and resolve
    • Open-minded with a passion for learning a wide-range of skills that will carry through a variety of career paths
    • Naturally relational and articulate individual who thrives in human interaction
    • Desire to mentor other colleagues after refining your skill set
    • BA/BS preferred
    • Ability to work Mon - Fri: 11 am to 7 pm & two Saturdays per month: 9 am to 3 pm

      Salary and Benefits:



      • Average first year income range: $45,000 - $60,000 (Base Salary plus commission and bonuses)
      • Monthly opportunities for performance-based non-monetary rewards, such as luxury vacations, high-end electronics, gift cards and tickets to concerts and events
      • Full medical, dental, life and disability insurance plans that can be tailored to your specific needs and the needs of your family
      • Paid Parental Leave
      • Free health screenings
      • Rewards for participation in wellness programs
      • Ample paid vacation and holidays
      • A competitive 401(k) retirement savings program, matched by Power
      • Access to the latest technology, such as laptops, smart phones and tablets that will help you reach your earnings goals faster and more efficiently
      • A robust social program filled with events, and activities, including a company trip to a tropical destination for you and a significant other

          

90% of Workers Aren’t in a Union. Labor’s Future Depends on Them.

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My comrade Laura Gabby says that “supermajorities are necessary to raise class consciousness, fight capital, strike and win,” and I agree. But we diverge on how to get there.

She and other rank-and-file strategy (RFS) supporters suggest realigning internal union politics from the inside out through a “militant minority.” As Kim Moody argues in his seminal pamphlet about RFS, unions have to “take a central role … by virtue of their size and their place at the heart of capitalist accumulation.”But, in practice, attempts at union realignment through RFS have mixed results, while most workers remain without a union. What’s needed, instead, is a broad “yes, and” approach with an emphasis on new organizing.

Many unionists were first exposed to RFS in August through a series of unfortunate articles in Politico and the New York Times, detailing activities from the Labor Branch of New York City’s chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America. (Laura is a member.) These DSAers called for socialists to get union jobs in specific “strategic industries” to form a “militant minority” and change unions internally. This strategy was reiterated in the national RFS DSA resolution and in a pamphlet, put out by Young Democratic Socialists of America and Democratic Socialist Labor Commission, titled, “Why Socialists Should Become Teachers.”

While the news articles unfairly portray RFS as a devious plot, they highlight real failures in political strategy. NYC-DSA is, anecdotally, disproportionately white; the optics aren’t good for them to take over unions with membership that is mostly people of color.

Organic worker-leaders built our movement; if socialists want to lead, they must become organic leaders, not tack themselves on like some gaudy ideological accessory. Laura says organic leaders and socialists must work together, but the problem remains: The union realignment strategy treats union members as constituencies to be managed, rather than organic partners. 

The strategy also leads to a militant minority divorced from the larger union, leaving the efforts of RFS reform caucuses decidedly mixed. While the rank-and-file caucus in the Chicago Teachers Union has seen success, New York’s Movement of Rank and File Educators (MORE) has seen less. MORE is a favorite of NYC-DSA Labor Branch members, yet its vote share in the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) presidential election dropped from roughly 10,000 in 2016 to less than 2,500 in 2019, and the incumbent UFT Unity Caucus captured all 102 seats on the executive board.

If leftists want to transform the labor movement, there’s a much easier route: Unionize the unorganized. Surveys show that at least 48% of workers would like a union, but 90% do not have one. Unions enjoy high levels of public support, and millennials are joining in disproportionately large numbers.There is no better time for the Left to organize new unions or add new bargaining units. Leftists should focus on developing organizing committees before a union steps in, ensuring unions will actually commit resources to finish the job and that the workers joining do so on their own terms.

A partnership between the progressive International Longshore and Warehouse Workers (ILWU) and DSA San Francisco shows how this organizing can be done. DSA members spent months with Anchor Brewing workers developing the organizing committee, researching unions and writing the campaign plan, and only then reached out to the ILWU, chosen because of its democratic practices and militant politics. Together, they won.

As Moody himself admits, the conservative craft unionism of the Teamsters, for example, only changed because leftists organized huge swathes of new workers. These leftists weren’t outsiders, but organized their neighbors and coworkers. As the Anchor group put it, “We can’t be outsiders helping the labor movement; we have to be organic partners.”

The nature of new organizing reveals why this works: Because workers must take huge risks to form unions, newly organized unionists are likely to be active, politically astute and militant. The bonds forged in this struggle, between leftists and their coworkers, build the relationships necessary to transform the labor movement.

If we want to change the labor movement, our goal shouldn’t be internal realignment, but new unions for the 90%.

For alternate perspectives on the rank-and-file strategy, see "Want To Build the Labor Movement? Get a Job at a Union Workplace." and "Labor Needs To Embrace Social Justice Unionism."


          

Entry Level Sales Representative-

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Power Home Remodeling is a company founded on equal parts hard work and positivity. We believe that "dream" and "achieve" are not mutually exclusive. That philosophy has served us well in becoming FORTUNE Magazine's #1 Workplace for Millennials and one of Glassdoor's Best Places to Work.

90% of our executives begin their careers in entry-level positions because we recruit, train, and retain talented individuals with a drive to succeed. Power is more than a home remodeling company. Power is a dream realization, technology-innovation, community-advocacy, expectation-shattering, happiness-maximizing company dedicated to improvement, both for our customers, and ourselves.

Entry Level Sales Representative

When you work at a company where the CEO started at entry level less than a decade ago and worked his way to the top, you know we mean it when we say we're preparing you to succeed in more than just your current position. As a full-time entry-level sales representative you'll be trained in all of our products and be able to deliver interactive presentations that will teach communication skills, negotiation tactics, and strategic planning. This position is also the perfect entrance into all other aspects of our business.

Primary job responsibilities include:



  • Development and coordination of marketing strategies
  • Promotion of Power's products and services to prospective and existing clients
  • Delivery of interactive sales presentations on eco-friendly, green products and services
  • Participation in ongoing training camps on a weekly basis

    Qualifications:



    • Highly developed interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to speak publicly with confidence and poise
    • Keen sense of self-motivation, dignity and resolve
    • Open-minded with a passion for learning a wide-range of skills that will carry through a variety of career paths
    • Naturally relational and articulate individual who thrives in human interaction
    • Desire to mentor other colleagues after refining your skill set
    • BA/BS preferred
    • Ability to work Mon - Fri: 11 am to 7 pm & two Saturdays per month: 9 am to 3 pm

      Salary and Benefits:



      • Average first year income range: $45,000 - $60,000 (Base Salary plus commission and bonuses)
      • Monthly opportunities for performance-based non-monetary rewards, such as luxury vacations, high-end electronics, gift cards and tickets to concerts and events
      • Full medical, dental, life and disability insurance plans that can be tailored to your specific needs and the needs of your family
      • Paid Parental Leave
      • Free health screenings
      • Rewards for participation in wellness programs
      • Ample paid vacation and holidays
      • A competitive 401(k) retirement savings program, matched by Power
      • Access to the latest technology, such as laptops, smart phones and tablets that will help you reach your earnings goals faster and more efficiently
      • A robust social program filled with events, and activities, including a company trip to a tropical destination for you and a significant other

          

Membership Representative -San Luis Obispo

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Membership Representative -San Luis Obispo-42163
Field Operations and Panel Recruitment-USASanta Barbara, California


Did you know that 103 million people in the United States watched the biggest football game of the year? Or that 93% of U.S. adults 18 and older listen to radio every week? Here at Nielsen, we produce that data! For over 70 years, our Radio and Television Ratings have played a significant role in providing key information to media and advertising companies.

Our secret recipe for producing the Ratings is to marry technology with people. In order to do that, we have hundreds of Membership Representatives (MRs) across the country recruiting people to participate in our Ratings panels. We are looking for passionate, persuasive and outgoing people to join our teams across the country.

What's it like to work at Nielsen?

We want everyone to have a voice and be themselves. Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. We value the diversity of thought, experiences, skills and cultural backgrounds.

We believe in making things open, connected, useful and personal. We challenge everyone to innovate, learn new things, take risks, and grow! And we believe in having fun while we work!

What does it take to be a Membership Representative?

Since we are into research studies at Nielsen, we surveyed our MRs and asked them to describe themselves. The majority responded with goal-driven, personable, adaptable, resilient, self-motivated, influential, hard-working, energetic, friendly, passionate, creative, team-spirited, humble, and gritty. If these words describe you, keep reading!

What does a Membership Representative do?

Our MRs are the face of Nielsen and truly enjoy interacting with strangers. 90% of our associates feel the highlight of their role is the opportunity to meet a lot of wonderful people while in the field.

Our MRs travel to selected homes, known as Nielsen Families, without an appointment and unannounced. MRs use persuasion skills and techniques to gain cooperation and participation in the Nielsen Ratings. The real world is our office allowing our MRs to be out and about during afternoon and evening hours (3 - 8 pm) and one weekend day, as these are opportune times to connect with prospective panelists when they are most likely to be home.

Anything else a Membership Representative brings to the table?

We do have a few general requirements. All representatives need a High School Diploma or GED with 2-5 years equivalent work experience (We love college degrees too!). They also need to show proficiency using a tablet & smartphone, e-mails, spreadsheets, and other applications, have a valid driver's license, car insurance, and a satisfactory driving record.

In addition to a really cool career, what are the benefits?

We offer benefits you'd expect from an industry-leading company, but at Nielsen, we strive to bring all of the pieces together and focus on the ""Whole You."" From health & wellness programs to time off to stock ownership, we want our associates to have a healthy, rewarding, balanced and meaningful experience-both at work and in life. Our comprehensive benefits package is effective day one of employment.

I've heard Nielsen is a great place to work... is that true?

We're not in it for awards, but we're happy to be recognized.

Forbes' Most Innovative Companies, Diversity Inc.'s Top 50 Employers for Diversity & Inclusion,
Fortune's 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Forbes' inaugural list of America's Best Employers for Diversity, Fortune and Great Places to Work named Nielsen as one of the best workplaces for diversity in 2017

Sound like a place you'd want to be? Join Nielsen and help discover what's next for consumers.

ABOUT NIELSEN
We're in tune with what the world is watching, buying, and everything in between. If you can think of it, we're measuring it. We sift through the small stuff and piece together big pictures to provide a comprehensive understanding of what's happening now and what's coming next for our clients. Today's data is tomorrow's marketplace revelation.
We like to be in the middle of the action. That's why you can find us at work in over 100 countries. From global industry leaders to small businesses, consumer goods to media companies, we work with them all. We're bringing in data 24/7 and the possibilities are endless. See what's next with us at Nielsen: careers.nielsen.com

Nielsen is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action-Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability status, age, marital status, protected veteran status or any other protected class.
Job Type:Regular
Primary Location: Santa Barbara , California
Secondary Locations:, , ,
Travel: Yes, 75% of the Time

Company Description:

Nielsen Holdings is a global information, data, and measurement company with headquarters in the United States. Nielsen operates in over 100 countries and employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide.Nielsen: What People Watch, Listen To and Buy--We study consumers in more than 100 countries to give you the most complete view of trends and habits worldwide. And we're constantly evolving, not only in terms of where we measure, or who we measure, but in how our insights can help you drive profitable growth.Nielsen---s Global Employment Standards:Founded on the principles of integrity, honesty, fairness, respect and reliability, Nielsen is a place where you can be yourself, make a difference and grow.Our associates represent the diverse consumers and markets that we measure. And, cultivating diversity and maintaining an inclusive work environment is crucial to our growth, strength and ability to innovate.
          

“Noul totalitarism e progresist și eco”

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FUMIGENE DE WEEKEND (111) O treime din generaţia millennials, născuţi între 1981 - 1996, “ar vota în 2020 cu candidaţii de extremă stângă”, relevă un sondaj comandat de Fundația americană pentru memoria victimelor comunismului. Potrivit acestuia, “capitalismul a pierdut din popularitate”, fiind sprijinit de doar jumătate dintre  aceștia. 36% aprobă comunismul, iar 70% ar vota cu socialiștii STOP Probabil că respectivii habar n-au care e diferența dintre ele. "Dacă nu educăm generaţia tânără despre adevărul istoric al celor 100 de milioane de victime ucise de regimurile comuniste în ultimul secol, să nu ne surprindă disponibilitatea ei pentru ideile marxiste", declară realizatorul studiului. De altfel, peste 20% dintre milennials cred că "societatea ar fi mai bună dacă s-ar elimina ideea proprietăţii private" STOP Interesante comentariile la un interviu al Hotnews pe această temă, cu un istoric din aceeași generație: “o bună parte din mileniali sunt confuzi din cauza unui amestec de ignoranța și conformism. Ignoranța e întreținută de un sistem educațional deficitar... Avem în Romania, în USA sau în Franța, generații de analfabeți funcționali care pot silabisi, dar nu înteleg sensul și logica unei fraze (nu mai vorbim de lexic)” STOP Iar mai departe: “Obama a criticat dur...agresivitatea celor care tind să arate imediat cu degetul orice nu e "corect politic". Fostul președinte democrat s-a arătat îngrijorat de tendința de a bloca dezbaterea în campusurile universitare și de a interzice opiniile diferite (de cele progresiste)” STOP Un alt cititor concluzionează: “noul totalitarism e progresist și eco".  De genul Greta, 2035fărătutun, USR, Arafat și alții/altele. La “și alții” intră și Cioloș, care a îndrăznit să-și critice fostul subaltern pentru prestația de la Colectiv și “ascunderea” filmului în care șeful DSU, aidoma “bărbatului în alb din 10 august”, vorbește la telefon netulburat în mijlocul nebuniei STOP Atât de tare l-a supărat pe Arafat critica asta, încât a început să vorbească moldovenește, nemaiscoțându-l pe Cioloș din “dânsul”  STOP „Am văzut pe dânsul (Dacian Cioloş – n.r.) spune că un departament nu trebuie să ţină de un om şi sunt total de acord cu dânsul (...) Mai mult decât atât, dânsul comentează că un astfel de departament atunci când funcţionează doar sub comanda omului suprem are o problemă. Departamentul nu funcţionează doar sub comanda omului suprem” STOP În paranteză fie spus, Arafat a încercat o mică diversiune cu o teorie a conspirației, potrivit căreia cineva a încercat să îi ia jucăriile (elicoptere și avioane SMURD, înmatriculate militar). Dar declarația nu prea a avut ecou, fiind preluată sporadic. Asta în comparație cu marea  lovitură de presă despre “aparatele morții”, pe vremea când Arafat dădea verdicte despre vapat. “O tempora...” STOP Noul ministru de Interne a fost întâmpinat de protestatari cu cererea: “Capul lui Arafat vrem” STOP “Bătrânii sunt otrăviţi de medicamente, pentru că testările clinice se fac pe tineri. Mulţi pensionari iau câte 10-20 de  pastile pentru bolile pe care le au, ceea ce îi expune multiplelor reacţii adverse şi mai ales interacţiunilor dintre ele”, consideră Serviciului Naţional pentru Sănătate din Anglia. “Studii anterioare au scos în evidenţă că o persoană din 15 se află în spital din cauza reacţiilor adverse ale medicamentelor prescrise” STOP Dacă ar fi să jucăm Monopoly...Pe hârtie stăm bine, pe teren e jale. “La nivel de proiectare, suntem campioni, dar în ceea ce priveşte km de autostradă, 828, suntem pe locul 128 în lume, după Zimbabwe şi Gabon” STOP “Prima regulă a pieței unice din Uniunea Europeană este să ai o autostrada către Germania”, a transmis autorităților române un economist-șef al Băncii Mondiale, coordonator al politicii economice pentru statele UE. O autostradă catre Germania nu avem, dar avem un Președinte. Se pune? STOP Și totuși, “România alături de Germania”. Potrivit Eurostat, aproape două treimi dintre orașele europene cu cei mai puțini tineri se află în  cele două țări STOP “Industria sănătății”, ca și “industria morții”, tot industrie se cheamă că este, vulnerabilă la procese în masă declanșate de avocați orientați financiar. Nu doar “big tobacco”, dar și “big farma” plătește înțelegeri (settlements) ca să fie lăsată în pace. “Cinci producători şi distribuitori de medicamente oferă 50 de miliarde de dolari în numerar, servicii și medicamente, pentru închiderea investigaţiilor în care industria farmaceutică este acuzată că a provocat criza opioidelor din SUA”. În instanțe sunt 2.600 de procese, arată Cursdeguvernare STOP Procesomania, faza pe budă. După ce fosta șefă a ASSMB, o anume Coțofană, a afirmat că „în mandatul doamnei Firea, s-au plătit WC-uri de 230 de lei cu 3.500 de lei plus TVA”, Primărița a declarat că nu se lasă și merge cu ea “de gât, la cremenal”, adică îi face plângere la DNA STOP Guardian scrie că Guvernul chinez a lansat un Cod de conduită menit să „amplifice atitudinea pozitivă a cetăţenilor faţă de partid şi ţară şi să creeze un simţ al identităţii colective”. Documentul, emis de CC al PCC, este “un instrument nou de propagandă și de consolidare a cultului personalității, centrat pe liderul Xi Jinping și are rolul de a-i crește legitimitatea într-o perioadă în care Beijingul se confruntă cu provocări serioase - protestele din Hong Kong, încetinirea economiei și războiul comercial cu SUA. Cetățenii sunt îndemnați să trateze gândirea Xi Jinping ca fiind nucleul busolei lor morale civice, fiind omise multe referințe la alți lideri din istoria țării, precum Mao”. Aviz simpatizanților americani ai comunismului! STOP “Facebook a acceptat să plătească o amendă de 500.000 de lire sterline pentru încălcarea legislaţiei privind protecţia datelor, în cazul Cambridge Analytica”, a anunţat autoritatea britanică de reglementare. Aceasta pentru că “date despre cel puţin un milion de utilizatori britanici s-au aflat printre informaţiile strânse de Cambridge Analytica şi folosite în scopuri politice” STOP CA a fost angajată de Trump pentru campania din 2016 și ar fi fost “implicată în peste 200 de campanii electorale, inclusiv în Nigeria, Kenya, Cehia, India şi Argentina”, lucrând împreună cu “companii specializate în strângerea de informaţii”. La momentul scandalului, Cambridge Analytica România era condusă de ginerele Ministrului de externe (în prezent Președinte al Senatului), având sediul chiar la domiciliul acestuia. Peter Imre a lucrat cândva pentru o mare companie americană de tutun STOP “Camera Reprezentanţilor SUA a recunoscut în mod oficial genocidul armean, într-un vot simbolic fără precedent...o majoritate zdrobitoare de 405 din 435 de voturi, într-o rară unitate între democraţi şi republicani”. Ministerul turc de Externe a ”condamnat ferm” acest act politic și l-a convocat pe ambasadorul american. La rândul lor, bulgarii au convocat-o la Externe pe ambasadoarea Franței, după declarațiile ofensatoare ale lui Macron, care îi preferă bulgarilor pe cei din Coasta de Fildeș. Numai oficialii noștri au stat în poziția ghiocel cănd ambasadorii SUA ne-a dat lecții și indicații STOP “Orban de la Budapesta l-a felicitat pe Orban de la București. Presa maghiară face glume cu Ardealul”. Iar unii au postat pe FB: “să vezi de acum încolo ce de Hello Budapest!” STOP Înainte de predarea mandatului, fostul ministru al Agriculturii a avut parte de o aniversare unică. “PSD-iștii din Arad i-au făcut cadou lui Petre Daea, de ziua lui, un tort în formă de oaie”. Oaia aia e a lui STOP Contrabanda cu țigări a ajuns la un minim istoric apropiat de nivelul european: 10,5%. Evident, lobiștii antitutun, pregătiți să împingă tare proiectul de vânzare a țigărilor pe sub tejghea, au sărit de fund în sus că ar fi manipulare, de genul celei pe care o practică ei când clamează așa-zisele “pierderi cauzate de tutun: 4,2% din PIB”. Râd și curcile STOP Țigări de contrabandă în magazine, la Ploiești. Șase magazine au fost descoperite practicând acest “sport” bănos, alegându-se cu marfa confiscată și amenzi. Poliția nu i-a crezut pe împricinații care s-au declarat simpli vizionari, care anticipează legea Emanuel Ungureanu/Ramona Brad STOP BAT a ajuns pe locul 27 în topul exportatorilor. În același timp, a extins campania cu scrumiere stradale din Sectorul 3 București, dăruind 200 de bucăți Primăriei Iași. Pe pariu că, iar, fac activiștii scandal? Deocamdată, fac doar bube roșii și nu pot dormi pentru că, la Parament, se lanseză “Coaliția pentru libertatea comerțului și a comunicării” STOP A căzut ultima redută: “fumătorii din Austria nu-şi mai pot aprinde o ţigară în cafenele şi restaurante”, relatează AFP. Să vedem cât va afecta interdicția locul Vienei în topul celor mai bune orașe în care merită să trăiești STOP Deși cocktailurile de medicamente fac ravagii, “specialiștii în sănătate publică” au alt azimut: țigările electronice. Pentru că SUA nu se grăbește cu interdicțiile, dat fiind că majoritatea cazurilor semnalate sunt de la extract ilegal de canabis, “experții lu’ Bloomberg” s-au orientat către alte meleaguri, mai înfometate. După Brazilia, Thailanda şi India, “China a decretat închiderea temporară a magazinelor specializate în vânzarea de ţigări electronice, până când efectele acestora asupra stării de sănătate vor fi lămurite” STOP “Aprozăreasa candidează la Primaria Cluj”. Aurelia Cristea, mama legii antifumat de acum trei ani, vrea să îi ia fața lui Boc. Dar, Clujul e un oraș orientat, cu nas politic fin și buzunare larg deschise către investitori. Ca dovadă, “eșecul electoral” al lui Barna. Evenimentul Zilei relatează că, la adunarea simpatizanţilor acestuia, s-ar fi ocupat doar jumătate dintr-o sală de Cinema. A se compara cu prezența la filmele de dans de la TIFF, sponsorizate de JTI STOP Viorica Dăncilă între sabie și macetă. După ce candidata PSD a primit în dar o sabie de Samurai, ca să “taie ce trebuie”, simpatizanții ei, care împărțeau pliante la Brăila, au fost fugăriți de un bărbat înarmat cu o macetă STOP Istoria romanțată e, uneori, pasională. “John F. Kennedy a fost refuzat de actriţa Sophia Loren, dar vedete precum Audrey Hepburn şi Angie Dickinson au avut relaţii intime cu preşedintele american”, relatează Daily Mail. La noi, istoria rescrisă în funcție de “politicile corecte cacofonice” e năucitoare, scrie Marius Oprea despre Hodor și așa-zișii istorici de la CNSAS, influențați în impietarea lor de ideologii “Fenomenului Pitești”, adică de torționari și securiști STOP Dna Ludwig, noul Comisarul german pe droguri (echivalentul ANA, de la noi), a declarat mai întâi că dorește interzicerea reclamelor la țigari clasice și electronice pe panourile publicitare (că astfel s-ar putea vedea sau nu s-ar mai putea vedea ce face sau ar trebui să facă ea), după care a revenit “la castravete”: 19% dintre adolescenți au recunoscut că folosesc canabis, procent care urcă vertiginos la grupa de vârsta 18-25 de ani: 42,5% STOP Heroina și opioidele (produse farma) reprezintă, însă, principala cauză de deces asociat consumului de droguri, cu 1275 cazuri anual. Ludwig a concluzionat că oamenii trebuie ajutați sa scape de dependențe, iar “dezbaterile bazate pe ideologie” trebuie înlocuite cu dialogul STOP Socialiștii din PE dau pe dinafară de “corectitudine politică”. Nu l-au vrut pe albul hetero Sigfrid Mureșan Comisar european, pentru că nu era nici măcar femeie. Noroc că Adina Vălean e ok și nu ne va face de râs,  deși e straight STOP Cancerul corectitudinii politice ucide conștiințe și talente. Regizorul Andrei Șerban a declarat la TVR că a demisionat de la Universitatea Columbia când i s-a cerut să angajeze un nou profesor, "de preferință o femeie de culoare, care dacă este gay e foarte bine", și nu a fost de acord ca rolul Julietei să fie jucat de un transsexual STOP "În epoca Trump, dreapta e foarte radicală, stânga e foarte radicală...Universitățile în America sunt de obicei de stânga...” iar “Columbia e un fel de socialism care merge spre comunism, e o nouă formă de comunism", a spus  regizorul (HEXAVALENT)

 


          

12/13/2019 - Marketing like a Millenial

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Marketing has always been a challenge. In a rapidly evolving world, more businesses than ever are struggling to keep up with their consumers. The rise of the Millennial buyer has been swift and has proved challenging. These consumers are different than consumers before them, with different buying behavior and greater expectations from those they buy from. Join marketing and branding consultant, Sara Troyer of Troyer Design, for a workshop on Marketing Like a Millennial. This workshop will take you through buying trends and behavior, provide practical tools to guide your marketing decisions and provide insights and tips on marketing to the next buying generation.  
          

Los millennials finalmente pueden comprar casas. Aquí le mostramos cómo:

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Comprar una casa es uno de los compromisos financieros más importantes que hará en su vida. Puede parecer una tarea desalentadora, pero algunos trucos simples pueden hacer que esta tarea sea mucho más manejable. Desafortunadamente, menos Millennials están comprando casas actualmente. También las están comprando a una edad mucho más tardía en comparación con las […]
          

WI Green Party seeks 2020 candidates

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Have you thought about running for office? 

Even if you haven’t, consider the following: Americans are close to rebellion against the political establishment. National polls consistently show that roughly 60% of Americans - and over 70% of millennials - agree that the establishment parties are failing us, and that we need a new major party.

With 2020 elections coming up, now is a great time to think about running for office as a Green to help build the movement for people, planet and peace over profit.

If you'd consider running for office, let us know and we'll get in touch to discuss the possibilities!

We will be holding a Green Campaign School this Saturday November 9th in Madison for prospective candidates, campaign managers, and anyone who would like to gain the skills and knowledge needed to be an essential part of a successful campaign.

We highly encourage people who are planning to run for office (or considering a campaign) to attend, as well as prospective campaign managers and other key team members.


          

Episode X: The Millennials Strike Back!

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This is my favorite meme using the Millennials’ favorite retort. Also worth reading: IF YOU CALL ME A “BOOMER” YOU ARE COMMITTING A HATE CRIME on McSweeny’s. “I’ve always thought minorities in this country exaggerated the harrowing effect of pejorative slurs. But, now that I’ve been relentlessly called a ‘boomer’ on the internet, I can finally […]

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Organizational Onboarding: Why It Matters—And How To Get It Right

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Too often, companies manage to woo top talent only to lose them to competitors within months. An effective onboarding program can increase three-year retention by two thirds and first-year productivity by close to 50 percent. And as millennials and post-millennials become a larger part of the workforce, engagement starting on day one is becoming the new table stakes in the war for talent.

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over.

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Fascism revisited or millennial eurosceptic populism? Analysis and rationale for a new political movement in the 21<sup>st</sup> century

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When ‘Finance’ Becomes a Code Word for Jewish

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In July, Elizabeth Warren published a nuanced overview of the mechanics of private equity firms and how to better regulate them. It may sound dry but as a millennial who graduated out of college into the Great Recession without a large safety net, I felt a strong personal stake reading Warren describe the consequences of our current lax rules on private equity and detail suggestions for more responsible regulation. Warren, who has been eating away at Joe Biden’s lead in the polls for months and steadily making gains toward becoming the front-runner in the Democratic primary, has a background as a legal scholar who specialized in debt and credit. Starting long before she entered politics, Warren has devoted her career to fighting the disastrous regime of deregulation, tax cuts, and upward wealth redistribution that began in the 1980s, a background that makes her seem like an ideal candidate to fix the systemic issues in our economy that have caused the collapse of the middle class. Yet, one line in her article gave me pause:

“But far too often, the private equity firms are like vampires—bleeding the company dry and walking away enriched even as the company succumbs.”

Here, even Warren supporters such as myself should pause at what comes dangerously close to a sinister, conspiratorial trope. Language that compares bankers to parasites has long been a staple of anti-Semitic scapegoating and a way for demagogues to rile up their base. Warren shows no evidence of being either a demagogue or an anti-Semite, but she does seem to be a party to the left’s growing reliance on outrage in their search for a bogeyman in the financial elites—a search that invariably appeals to conspiracy theorists and anti-Semites. Warren and others on the left should be applauded for their necessary critiques of the financial industry and bringing attention to dangerous policies like the deregulation of risky investment vehicles. But it’s necessary to step back and examine the roots of the left’s contempt for finance when that contempt extends beyond the specifics of policy and to the nature of the financial industry itself. The idea that finance is “vampiric,” that it feeds off of the honest productivity of hard workers to extract unmerited earnings, is a sentiment that has direct roots in a long history of anti-Semitism.

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It. | Simplifying The MarketMillennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re […]
          

Nigerian Millennials have figured where to invest their money

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Millennials on the Move

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Tips for the younger generation of homebuyers The millennial generation is defined as individuals born between 1981 and 1996. This group has represented the largest share of the homebuying market for the past five years in a row, with the 2018 share at 36%, according to Anna DeSimone, housing advocate and author of "Housing Finance 2020."…
          

'OK boomer': 25-year-old New Zealand MP uses viral term in parliament - BBC News

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  1. 'OK boomer': 25-year-old New Zealand MP uses viral term in parliament  BBC News
  2. 'OK boomer': Millennial MP shoots down heckler in New Zealand parliament  The Independent
  3. Politician, 25, fires back at heckler with millennial putdown 'OK Boomer'  Daily Mail
  4. Millennial New Zealand MP uses 'OK, boomer' put-down in parliament  ITV News
  5. Millennial MP tells colleague 'OK Boomer' during climate change speech  Metro.co.uk
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Travel2020: Sustainable meetings resonate with socially conscious attendees

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CWT Meetings & Events says that sustainability will continue to be an even more important business consideration for the $840 billion industry in 2020. The company’s research is outlined in a feature included in a report, “The Future of Sustainable Events.”

As activists protest in some of the world’s best-known destinations demand action on climate change, companies are increasingly taking notice.

“The sustainability of the meetings and events industry, in fact of the entire travel industry, is at the forefront of companies’ and planners’ minds in 2020,” said CWT Senior Vice President and Managing Director Derek Sharp.

“It’s driven by news coverage of climate change but, more importantly, it’s supported by the next generation of travelers — the millennials who are poised to become the biggest group of business travelers globally from 2024 onwards, and the centennials who are right behind them.”

“These are people for whom travel has become commonplace and accessible in a way that it wasn’t for older generations,” Sharp added. “They want to continue meeting in popular destinations, but they are also hyper aware of the need to adopt sustainable practices that respect the environment and local communities wherever they go.”

Major millennial-focused surveys are finding that climate change is the greatest concern for this generation. Deloitte’s Global Millennial Survey 2019 has found that climate change is the greatest concern for this generation. Millennials are skeptical of business’ motives and do not think highly of leaders’ impact on society, their commitment to improving the world, or their trustworthiness.

Only 37% of millennials believe business leaders make a positive impact on the world, and more than a quarter (26%) said they don’t trust business leaders as sources of reliable and accurate information. Leaders’ commitments to helping improve society (45% said they generally are) and behaving ethically (49% said they generally do) also divide opinion.

In response, companies and meeting planners are adopting various initiatives, including offsetting air miles with carbon, eliminating plastic waste, opting for locally sourced and produced food and drinks, or choosing ethical suppliers.

The trend of carbon offsetting for air miles is becoming more prevalent.

Highlights of the report underscore that consumers and employees around the world are seeking out companies and brands that reflect their values. Sustainability is no longer an add-on to business practices. It encompasses a holistic way of doing business that creates positive and meaningful change.

Major international initiatives such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals are helping to drive home the message that, in 2020 and beyond, sustainability and responsible business are no longer just a feel-good item on HR’s agenda, but have real consequences for a company’s brand and bottom line.

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Comment on Twitter Employees Gave Saudi Government Information On Critics, Federal Complaint States by Rachel

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Who knew there were so many self-loathing Americans willing to side with the Russians and the Saudis. I guess Twitter execs must be millennials and unfamiliar that the Saudis finances 9/11.
          

Back-seat confidential: How ride hailing is changing the social lives of L.A.'s millennials

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Some may find friendship, others potential romance when taking an Uber or Lyft.


          

Entrevista con Juan Carlos Hidalgo, director artístico de Oui Novias

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Entrevista con Juan Carlos Hidalgo, director artístico de Oui Novias

Oui Novias nació de la mano de Juan Carlos Hidalgo con la idea de ofrecer una imagen renovada, natural y fuera de los estereotipos más clásicos y convencionales en lo que a belleza para novias se refiere. Hoy es la primera agencia a nivel nacional en ofrecer a las novias un servicio de la mano de los mejores artistas de la moda. 

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¿Cómo empieza Oui Novias?

Empezamos por la necesidad de crear una agencia nacional formada por un equipo de artistas vinculados con la moda para ofrecer a las novias una imagen renovada, fuera del clasicismo nupcial en lo que a maquillaje y peluquería se refiere.

Si yo soy una novia que quiero contrataros ¿dame los argumentos para confiar en vosotros y que os diferencie de otros servicios de belleza?

Te podría hablar de las capacidades técnicas y artísticas de nuestro equipo, dirigido por una agencia que ofrece la gestión y seguridad que la novia necesita en un día tan importante como es el del día de su boda. Además, trabajamos para crear unas tendencias año tras año y mantenemos unos estándares de calidad. 

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¿Cómo es el proceso de trabajo con la novia? ¿Os inspiráis en su estilo, forma de ser, vestido...?

En primer lugar creamos un mood board con la novia para definir su idea de beauty teniendo en cuenta su vestido, sus complementos y el lugar donde se celebra el evento. Una vez está definido todo, la novia tiene una prueba con el estilista para probar distintas opciones y ahí se decide su look ideal. Una vez que se decide, complementamos un face chart (herramienta de maquillaje profesional) con el diseño del beauty

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Si yo me casara ahora en otoño ¿Cuál sería el maquillaje y peinado tendencia estos meses?

Dependiendo de tu estilo podríamos ver varias opciones. Si eres una novia boheme optaríamos por trenzados con ondas rotas y make up con ahumados, piel jugosa y labial en tonos naturales. Si eres una novia millennial tu estilo es con peinados sencillos y texturas naturales, y para el maquillaje: pieles glow e iluminadores en crema combinado con un color de ojos vibrante. Por otro lado, si eres una chica con toques glam, lo más acertado son ondas con acabado pulido y para la cara: eye liner, pestaña postiza y labios intensos. 

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Tonos de maquillaje o peinados prohibidos para novias?

Considero que no hay nada prohibido si una novia se siente segura con ello, pero intentamos huir de algunos tonos morados y verdes y texturas lacaradas para el pelo. 

¿Cómo ha sido la evolución del maquillaje y peinado de las novias de antaño con colores muy marcados o recogidos formales que te añadían años?

Hemos dejado de crear looks convencionales con un make up donde se empleaban los tonos verdes para los ojos o el rosa para las mejillas; y unas tendencias en cabello marcadas por peinados enlacados y muy elaborados. Ahora creamos looks de tendencia que resaltan los puntos favorecedores de cada novia. 

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10 vestidos de novia confeccionados en tul

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Vestido de novia de tul

Si hay un vestido con el que siempre acertarás el día de tu boda es uno  confeccionado a base de tul. Hace tiempo que este material dejó de ser exclusivo de las faldas de bailarina y temporada tras temporada consigue colarse entre las propuestas de las diferentes firmas de moda nupcial dando forma a los vestidos más románticos. Si eres de esas novias apasionadas por este tejido, en esta selección de diseños podrás encontrar el que podría ser el vestido de tus sueños. 

Por lo general, el tul suele estar presente en los vestidos de novia de corte princesa en voluminosas faldas que podrían estar sacadas perfectamente de un cuento de hadas, aunque siempre hay excepciones. También lo puedes encontrar sobre todo en los velos. Se trata de una tela prácticamente transparente que tiene varias clases diferentes: tul de plumeti ( es decir, con topos en relieve), el falso plumeti ( estos puntitos no forman parte del entramado, sino que van pegados al tejido), plisado o drapeado.

Modelo Tundra, de Vertize Gala

No se trata de un vestido de novia al uso e incorpora otras tonalidades inusuales en este tipo de diseños ¿Cuántos diseños nupciales has visto que contengan detalles en negro? Probablemente muy pocos. Sin embargo, la firma ha querido ir más allá y ser original, ¡y desde luego lo ha conseguido!. En este caso, el tul da forma a una espectacular falda que consigue 'colar' este diseño entre nuestros favoritos para esta temporada. Si lo tuyo con este diseño ha sido también un auténtico flechazo, te alegrará saber que puede ser tuyo a un precio más que razonable si tenemos en cuenta que estamos hablando de un vestido de novia: 790 euros.

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Modelo Lindsay, de Rosa Clará

Que el tul sea uno de los tejidos clásicos para vestidos de novia no quiere decir que los diseños a los que acompaña tengan que serlo también, ¡ni muchísimo menos! Y para muestra, este vestido de la firma catalana perfecto para las novias que huyen de lo convencional y quieren un toque boho chic en su look nupcial. Está compuesto por un cuerpo de encaje con pedrería sobre un top bandeau y una delicada falda de tul que le dota de cierto movimiento. Una propuesta para novias 'millenniall' que resulta idónea para combinar con un peinado desenfadado, como unas ondas surferas y una diadema floral. ¿Su precio de venta? 1.290 euros.

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Modelo Habana, de Pronovias

Este vestido nos ha dejado sin palabras, ¡es espectacular!. Se trata de un diseño de Alta Costura confeccionado a base de tul bordado con hilo y aplicaciones de pedrería que encantará a las novias que buscan sentirse más sexy que nunca en el día más especial de su vida. Resulta de lo más femenino y además no le falta detalle pues cuenta con flecos de pedrería en la espalda. Si lo que quieres es ser el centro de todas las miradas en tu boda, con este vestido lo conseguirás. 

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Modelo Unice, de Vertize Gala

Además del corte princesa, los vestidos de novia con silueta sirena son uno de los más populares si hablamos de moda nupcial. Un clásico que nunca pasa de moda y que puedes encontrar en algunas firmas como Vertize Gala. Se trata de un vestido rematado en una cola de sirena elaborada a partir de tul que crea un bonito contraste con el resto del vestido con encajes, muy favorecedor y que además presenta escote corazón, un clásico entre los clásicos. En cuanto a su precio, es de 1.090 euros.

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Modelo Clave, de Victoria

Si lo que quieres es un vestido minimalista pero con un toque diferenciador, este vestido es perfecto para ti. El diseño en cuestión es de corte recto, cuenta con escote caja y está confeccionado a base de crepe, a excepción de la manga ranglan en tul. Lo podrás encontrar en el outlet multimarca Eva Novias.

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Modelo Lorna, de St. Patrick

Todo este vestido está confeccionado con tul. Se trata de una pieza de corte sirena con efecto drapeado en el cuerpo que presenta una original falda realizada a base de volantes. Este detalle nos parece de lo más original, por lo que el diseño va directo a nuestra lista de favoritos. Desde luego, este vestido no es precisamente un diseño sencillo para novias que pretenden pasar desapercibidas y la mujer que lo elija podrá estar segura de que acaparará todas las miradas a su paso.

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Modelo Vetusta, de Vertize Gala

Este diseño lo tiene todo para convertirse en tu próximo flechazo: espectacular falda línea A con una sobrefalda elaborada en tul, manga efecto tatuaje... Y la que es la tendencia estrella de la temporada si hablamos de vestidos de novia: el escote ilusión. ¡Nos encanta! Puede ser tuyo por 1.290 euros.

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Vestido modelo 18127, de Nicole

Las novias que quieren salirse un poco de la tradición pero sin excesos, encontrarán en este vestido el diseño ideal para llevar el día de su boda. ¿Quién dijo que todos los vestidos de novia tienen que ser blancos? A la vista está que no tiene por qué ser así. La firma italiana ha elaborado este diseño en un rosa palo muy sutil a base de tul. Cuenta con escote ilusión, falda línea A y un cinturón de tela para estilizar la figura. Está disponible en la página web de Eva Novias. 

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Modelo Ushuaia, de Vertize Gala

Corte princesa, escote ilusión, adornos de encaje... Este diseño elaborado con falda de tul es uno de los más bonitos que podrás encontrar entre las propuestas de Vertize Gala para este 2018. Su precio es de 1.290 euros.

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Modelo Zofie, de St. Patrick

Se trata de un vestido de novia confeccionado en tul con aplicaciones de encaje, bordados y pedrería. Cuenta con un escote corazón. Lo más espectacular, la falda de volantes de tul adornada con encaje.

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The MPSA Represents in 2015

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by Patricia Ames

I started writing this blog thinking I would highlight the top news stories of 2015 and talk about the HP split, the financial woes of some of the major OEMs, the big mergers and acquisitions of the year and maybe mention a few of the big lawsuits. I then decided to change direction, thinking a year in review was not very original. So I decided to concentrate instead on some of the big themes in 2015 — security, the renewed focus on the SMB, new technologies revolutionizing the industry, our challenges incorporating millennials in the workforce and maybe touch on some of the hype surrounding 3D printing.

Then I realized the biggest story of 2015 for the MPSA was really about the astounding amount of talent the association has gathered and the unique voices of its members. When I look at some of the most widely read industry articles and blogs of 2015, a large percentage involved the MPSA community in some way. I don’t want to steal any of MPSA vice president Doug Bies’ thunder, as Doug will be covering specific MPSA contributions and achievements in his blog in early 2016, so I will focus on the broader industry contributions.

Here is a recap of some of the notables:

GreatAmerica Financial Services was active all year, sponsoring events, exhibiting at trade shows and OEM dealer events, continuing major integrations with top vendors in the industry, winning awards and holding workshops to help educate their dealers, including the stellar managed IT workshops led by Paul Dippel. Somehow amidst all of that activity, they also managed to contribute to the community by writing articles and blogs. Jennie Fisher wrote an excellent piece discussing dealership transformation, and gamification was the topic of this blog by Lynette Bossler. Kim Louden is a current board member and co-chair of the Standards and Best Practices committee and Josie Heskje is co-chair of the Marketing Communications committee.

Muratec was also a dynamic presence in 2015. They formed a significant partnership with Intellinetics, released a number of new devices and Lou Stricklin, treasurer of the MPSA, weighed in on selling to the SMB.

Canon had an active year and was a top contributor of subject matter expertise to the community in 2015.  Canon amazed the industry with their innovations at the Canon Expo in 2015, which occurs only every five years.  Dennis Amorosano walked us through taming the dragons, and on the lighter side, Canon was the sponsor of the now infamous copier drop. Active Canon MPSA members include Vice President Doug Bies and Marketing Communications committee co-chair Ann Priede.

Powerhouse supplier Clover Imaging Group had a major rebranding in 2015. Parent company to MSE, West Point Products, Depot International, OPRA and more, they made a big splash in the news by announcing major partnerships with Konica Minolta and most recently, Sharp. One of the most active Clover executives in the MPSA is longtime member and current Secretary Sarah Henderson. She is also one of the most consistent educational content contributors to the industry, writing about Six Sigma as it can apply to MPS and giving tips on successful supply management. In addition to Sarah, Team Clover has Aldo Spensieri as chair of the Education committee.

Supplies Network/Distribution Management is a longtime member of the MPSA. Their Gear eXperience program takes resellers beyond traditional MPS to a portfolio of holistic solutions. Ron Alphin serves on the board of the MPSA and is the sponsor of the Standards and Best Practices committee.

One of the best parts of this amazing industry is the willingness of the companies and individuals to give back to the community. MPSA corporate members Muratec, Clover and YSoft are teaming up with MWAi to support the Jillian Fund, following MWAi’s 2015 charity motorcycle ride across the country to honor one of the industry’s most beloved dealers, Bobby Shields and raise funds for cancer research.

Corporate members were not the only contributors however. Individual members also got their voice out in the community and made an impact.

Former president of the MPSA and current board member, Greg Walters, is a prolific writer with a book already published and reams of articles and blogs designed to spark provocative discussions on just about every theme germane to the industry. His blog on the HP split was one of the most read of 2015.

And last but not least, let’s not forget Doug Johnson, founding member and former Treasurer of the MPSA. A long-time contributor to the MPS community, Doug has been weighing in recently on channel strategy, invoking Yogi Berra. It can’t get better than that.

There are many, many more generous contributors from the MPSA that have not been mentioned in this blog and I apologize if you were not included. The fact that there are too many to mention is perhaps the greatest gift of all, and the reason 2016 will be a spectacular year for the MPSA — the industry can only benefit from that. Happy New Year everyone and thank you all!

Patricia Ames is an analyst at BPO Media, which publishes The Imaging Channel and Workflow magazines. Ames has lived and worked in the United States, Southeast Asia and Europe and enjoys being a part of a global industry and community. Follow her on Twitter at @OTGPublisher or contact her by email at patricia@bpomedia.com.


          

The Millennial Mentor with Gerard Adams REPOST

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Thought leader, serial entrepreneur, angel investor, philanthropist, and co-founder of Elite Daily is known as the millennial mentor. He was able to turn his passion for storytelling into a $50 million+ business! A company he literally started out of sheer hustle and determination. Watch or listen to this Inside Look now to hear all the ups and downs of his journey and why there is no reason you can’t be in the same position he is.

 

“Every odd was stacked against you.”

“Success leaves clues.”

- Bedros Keuilian

 

Here’s what you’ll discover:

1:20 - How Gerard’s passion for storytelling helped leverage him into success

4:30 - Who Gerard got his self-awareness from -- and how it helped him keep his head on his shoulders

8:50 - What it took for Gerard and Elite Daily to become what they are today

17:22 - What a good pitch consists of -- and how it can make you more money 

31:12 - What to do when your “business identity” is taken away from you 

 

“No ones truly paying attention to the economy.” 

“Entrepreneurship is like going to war.”

“There is no plan B!”  

“You have the ability to take ownership of your life.” 

“Simplify to amplify.” 

- Gerard Adams 

 

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Stephen Colbert, a boomer, welcomes your "OK boomer" retorts

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If someone says “OK boomer” to you, it’s probably because you’re a baby boomer who just said something stupid. The retort of the moment, it’s been adopted by millennials who’ve gotten tired of being blamed for the world’s problems. Not all boomers are perturbed by the jab, however—Stephen Colbert, a boomer himself,…

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The Plight Of The Millennial: No Houses AND They’re Going To Die Quicker

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A new report reckons Millennials are in for a really bad decade when it comes to health, healthcare, and pretty much everything else.
          

Brown American in 2019

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Interesting interview of Zoomers by Millennial Hasan Minhaj. Especially interesting to me because I’m Gen-X. Near the end, there is a reference to the fact that the diversity within Indian Americans is something that these kids wish people understood more. One of the things that the old Sepia Mutiny blog made many Gen-X and Millennial …

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10 quotes that prove humanity is absurd

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  • Absurdism is the philosophical school that recognizes the tension between meaning and a meaningless universe.
  • Camus and Kierkegaard wrote extensively on the topic, though modern thinkers continue to contribute to the literature of the Absurd.
  • In a politically divided time, the Absurd has come to the forefront of national discussion.

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Like many Angelenos, last week I spent a fair amount of time on the LAFD's Twitter feed. As breaking information about regional wildfires was disseminated, I noticed a few comments pointing to some sort of conspiracy as the reason that so many fires were raging. Of course, numerous human-caused climate-oriented forces "conspire" in contribution to this growing problem, but that was not the implication.

Human beings are absurd creatures, a fact that the philosophical school of Absurdism addresses. The ideology represents the tension between our desire to apply meaning to a situation and living in a meaningless universe. The human brain, conspiracy theorist that it is, fills in gaps when explanations are lacking or simply invents them whole-cloth.

Two great Absurdist thinkers, Søren Kierkegaard and Albert Camus, devoted a lot of time contemplating the three responses to the tension that Absurdism spotlights, arriving at different conclusions as how to resolve it.

  • Suicide. Exiting existence is the quickest way out, one that neither thinker advocated as effective.
  • Belief in the transcendent. Kierkegaard felt that resolution might require an irrational leap — a recent article on science-seeking millennials believing in astrology is a more recent example of this mindset. Camus thought this method led to "philosophical suicide" and was to be avoided.
  • Acceptance of Absurdism. Camus's advice was to create personal meaning within the meaningless, which Kierkegaard regarded as a form of madness.

These are not the only thinkers to consider the absurd. One can argue that we are living through especially absurd times in America, with two alternate realities simultaneously presented as fact. Navigating this treacherous terrain has never been easy, but it proved especially difficult in times of social turmoil. The following 10 quotes consider this topic in greater detail.

Why life is meaningless, according to absurdists | BBC Ideas


The ultimate modern absurdist, English author Douglas Adams, kicked off his classic Hitchhiker's series as a BBC radio show in 1978. While Adams left us too early at age 49 in 2001, the atheist and satirist knew how to drive into the heart of contradiction, as when he wrote in The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,

"If there's any real truth, it's that the entire multidimensional infinity of the Universe is almost certainly being run by a bunch of maniacs."

Somali-born activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali has gotten into her share of trouble for pointing out the contradictions in religious belief systems — namely, Islam, which she was raised in. She beautifully expresses the absurdity of existence in this passage from Infidel:

"The only position that leaves me with no cognitive dissonance is atheism. It is not a creed. Death is certain, replacing both the siren-song of Paradise and the dread of Hell. Life on this earth, with all its mystery and beauty and pain, is then to be lived far more intensely: we stumble and get up, we are sad, confident, insecure, feel loneliness and joy and love. There is nothing more; but I want nothing more."

In Einstein's Monsters, British novelist and screenwriter Martin Amis takes our love of war to task by noting the absurdity of our nuclear predicament.

"What is the only provocation that could bring about the use of nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the priority target for nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. What is the only established defense against nuclear weapons? Nuclear weapons. How do we prevent the use of nuclear weapons? By threatening to use nuclear weapons. And we can't get rid of nuclear weapons, because of nuclear weapons."

The medieval scholar, Caroline Walker Bynum, knows well the contradictions of past ages. In Fragmentation and Redemption she takes note of the emotional utility of a belief in resurrection.

"If there is meaning to the history we tell and the corruption (both moral and physical) we suffer, surely it is in (as well as in spite of) fragmentation. Bodily resurrection at the end of time is, in a technical sense, a comic — that is, a contrived and brave — happy ending."

The bible of Absurdist literature goes to the French philosopher, Albert Camus, who wrote one of the great philosophical texts of the 20th century with The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays.

"If I try to seize this self of which I feel sure, if I try to define and to summarize it, it is nothing but water slipping through my fingers. I can sketch one by one all the aspects it is able to assume, all those likewise that have been attributed to it, this upbringing, this origin, this ardor or these silences, this nobility or this vileness. But aspects cannot be added up. This very heart which is mine will forever remain indefinable to me. Between the certainty I have of my existence and the content I try to give to that assurance the gap will never be filled."

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American professor and essayist Roxane Gay is one of today's most lauded feminists, for good reason: her criticism shines light where darkness has too long pervaded. In Bad Feminist, she notes that judgment in the face of contradiction is itself absurd and should not distract from the bigger message.

"No matter what issues I have with feminism, I am a feminist. I cannot and will not deny the importance and absolute necessity of feminism. Like most people, I'm full of contradictions, but I also don't want to be treated like shit for being a woman."

Italian anti-fascist poet and anarchist Renzo Novatore had quite a way with words. The early 20th-century writer reminds us in I Am Also a Nihilist that the playing field will always be tilted and that finding your place on that field is essential.

"Life — for me — is neither good nor bad, neither a theory nor an idea. Life is a reality, and the reality of life is war. For one who is a born warrior, life is a fountain of joy, for others it is only a fountain of humiliation and sorrow."

How can any list of contradictions and absurdity be complete without Belgian psychotherapist, Esther Perel? Mating in Captivity is necessary reading for anyone that wishes to be in any sort of relationship in the modern era. (Make sure to check out my 11 quotes from her as well.)

"Today, we turn to one person to provide what an entire village once did: a sense of grounding, meaning, and continuity. At the same time, we expect our committed relationships to be romantic as well as emotionally and sexually fulfilling. Is it any wonder that so many relationships crumble under the weight of it all?"

Few can put such a large sentiment in as few words as Jon Stewart.

"I have complete faith in the continued absurdity of whatever's going on."

I listed the quotes in alphabetical order by author name, yet it seems fitting to give the last word to the man that deserves it. Kurt Vonnegut is the king cynic and a brilliant writer that forces you to confront everything in existence. In Breakfast of Champions he sums up the Absurdity of our situation.

"As for myself: I had come to the conclusion that there was nothing sacred about myself or about any human being, that we were all machines, doomed to collide and collide and collide."

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Letter to the Editor: Illinois' Population Exodus Continues

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Posted April 19, 2019

 

Dear Editor:

 

According to data released April 18 by the U.S. Census Bureau, 86 of Illinois’ 102 counties experienced population declines between July 2017 and July 2018, an increase of six counties from the previous year’s period. Montgomery, Christian, Shelby and Macon counties are among those experiencing population declines and have been consistently losing population since 2010.

 

Of the four mentioned counties, Macon County is experiencing the worst population decline, with most of that taking place in Decatur, whose population declined 5.5%. This marks the seventh worst population decline among metropolitan statistical areas in the nation.

 

Meanwhile, in Cook County, they lost over 24,000 in population, rivaling Queens, King and Bronx counties in New York, Los Angeles County in California, which rounds out the top five population declines across the country.

 

This exodus is sparked by an underwhelming job market for Gen Xers and Millennials, combined with high taxes and excessive regulations that hinder job creation. The high taxes as a result of fiscally irresponsible local, state and Federal governments do not help matters either. The 2017 tax hikes to 4.95% from 3.75% for individuals (a 32% hike from the previous rate) and 7% from 5.25% for corporations (a 33% hike from the previous rate) still continues to harm the local and state economy.

 

With the progressive income tax potentially looming to a 2020 referendum vote, it is no wonder why there is a national decline of population in progressive income tax states of nearly 293,000, while other states with a flat income tax (+67,705) or no income tax (+339,396) have experienced population increases.

 

How can Illinois reverse the trend? Hold your governmental bodies accountable. Call them out on their fiscal irresponsibility caused by their excessive spending. It really does not matter if it is your library board, school board, city council, township, state legislature, Congress or other governmental bodies – if they cannot manage their finances at all, they shouldn’t be in office to begin with. Demand that they cease excessive spending. Oppose all new taxes.

 

This state is in dire trouble with pension obligations between $134 billion and $250 billion, which eats up over 25% of the state budget. You’re being forced to pay for pensions where state employees contributed next to literally nothing and end up with six-figure annual pension payouts. How is that fair to me and you?

 

By continuing to push the ideals of fiscal irresponsibility in the state and Federal government, it’s no wonder why people want to leave Illinois, because it’s that same irresponsibility that has trickled down to county and local government as well.

 

This is not something that should be swept under the rug. It should be a wake-up call to the corruption within government which has forced people to relocate to greener pastures.

 

Jake Leonard

Chairman, Tri-Counties Libertarian Party

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Young & Professional: Vincent van Bueren

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Over de vraag of de generatie van digital nomads de organisatietoekomst volledig op zijn kop gaat zetten, hoeft Simyo’s CX-professional Vincent van Bueren niet na te denken. De eigenzinnige en uitgesproken millennial is stellig: 'Mammoets in grote corporates verdwijnen; alles gaat efficiënter en sneller. Dat wordt alleen extremer als er volgende generaties op de arbeidsmarkt komen – het is een onomkeerbaar proces.'
          

Millennials’ Chronic Health Problems Will Limit Their Lifetime Earnings, Report Says

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Spikes in conditions like depression increase health-care costs and lower incomes
          

What’s on the Wish List of First-Time Buyers?

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Millennials tend to have higher expectations than older homeowners about their ideal starter home.


          

[PAST TOP PICK] Home Depot (HD-N)

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(A Top Pick Nov 06/18, Up 31%) Renovations and demographics are seeing millennials doing home upgrades. He still holds it here.
          

Millennials’ escalating #Health problems raise economic concerns

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More millennials in the United States are suffering from chronic health problems, potentially restraining the lifetime economic potential of a generation. A jump in conditions such as depression, ...
          

Millennials' Chronic #Health Problems Will Limit Their Lifetime Earnings, Report Says

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More millennials in the U.S. are suffering from chronic health problems, potentially restraining the lifetime economic potential of a generation of young adults. A spike in conditions like depression, ...
          

Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re among […]
          

Dit zijn de opvallendste millennials op het miljoenenbal

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Wat goed is, komt snel, zo blijkt ook dit seizoen weer in de Champions League. Tussen de gevestigde namen maakt een aantal tieners in rap tempo naam op het miljoenenbal.
          

What young people want from fintech

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Lessons from ten episodes of Millennial Money Matters.
          

Why millennials are the future of robo advice

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Ease of access and cost savings are some of the reasons the younger generation in both the US and UK use wealth management apps, finds Moriah Costa.
          

Peugeot dévoile e-Ludix, un nouveau petit scooter électrique pour « la génération des Millennials »

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[EICMA 2019] Le e-Ludix est petit, pratique, et... cher. Nous l'avons vu à Milan. [Lire la suite]

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Millennials Will Get Sick And Die Faster Than The Previous Generation

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Physically speaking, we're actually healthier than our predecessors, but statistically, it doesn't really matter.


          

Rose Tattoo Arm

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rose tattoo arm from Millennial model consists of various types of images such as image,images , wallpapers plus much more .On this page you'll find 16 photos about rose tattoo arm from various variations , such as for example png, jpg, gif, pic artwork , logo, monochrome , transparent, etc. You can save images about […]
          

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Fires Are Ravaging Brazil’s Pantanal, the World’s Largest Tropical Wetlands

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:38 PM PST

(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Fires in Brazil’s Pantanal wetlands have ripped through the biodiverse region, consuming an area the size of London in just the past 10 days, burning some animals alive and sending others fleeing.

The inferno in the world’s largest tropical wetlands is the latest environmental disaster facing Brazil, coming after a mysterious oil spill that is afflicting beaches in the northeast and August fires that raged in the Amazon region.

The Pantanal, which sprawls over parts of Brazil, Bolivia and Paraguay, is a popular ecotourism destination considered one of the best places to see wildlife in South America. During the wet season, rivers overflow their banks and make most of the region accessible only by boat and plane. In the dry season, wildlife enthusiasts flock to see jaguars lounging on riverbanks, as well as macaws, giant river otters and caiman.

But this year’s dry season has extended much longer than usual.

“Any spark in this area these days of high temperatures and very low humidity will start fires like those we’ve seen in recent days,” Júlio Cesar Sampaio, chief of WWF Brasil’s Cerrado Pantanal program, said by phone. “Only rain will decrease the risk of fire.”

Rescue efforts have so far found burned remains of caimans, iguanas and snakes. SOS Pantanal, a local group, reported that hyacinth macaws, a vulnerable species, lost much of their primary food source as coconut and palm trees went up in flames, and the blue-and-yellow birds have been seen flying about aimlessly.

Between January and November, the area had 516% more fires than the same period last year, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute of Space Research.

While there have been more fires in the Amazon, they have been dispersed across an area roughly half the size of the United States. The blazes in the Pantanal, by contrast, are concentrated in Corumba, a municipality in Mato Grosso do Sul state. Corumba has had about twice as many fires as the worst-affected municipalities in the Amazon.

“There is no precedent for a fire of this scale,” said Angelo Rabelo, president of the Instituto Homem Pantaneiro, an environmental group based in Corumba.

Fires in the Pantanal this time of year are abnormal because heavy rains usually start in October. Rabelo said waters in the rivers and wetlands drained much faster this year. The Paraguay River, one of the region’s main fluvial veins, is at a 20-year low.

“Climate change is here,” he said.

With little precipitation, high temperatures, low humidity and strong winds, fires are spreading fast through the low vegetation, authorities say.

The Mato Grosso do Sul state government said in a press release that the fires are “of a proportion never-before registered” and that the causes were both the dry conditions and “criminal activity.”

Firefighters say the cause is likely local people setting fires to clear land of vegetation, a practice also blamed for many of the Amazon fires. Such burning is particularly common among cattle ranchers, who use fire rather than costly equipment to prepare pastures.

Fires in the Pantanal this year have been overshadowed by the months-long period of blazes seen in the Amazon region. The governor of Mato Grosso do Sul declared a state of emergency on Sept. 11 after over 10,000 square kilometers (nearly 3,900 square miles) burned in the previous five weeks in the state’s portion of the Amazon.

The Hyacinth Macaw Institute, an environmental group, released a report Wednesday saying the Pantanal destruction in September and October hit the area’s biggest center for hyacinth macaw reproduction and also came in the middle of mating season. Of 98 nests monitored, at least four baby birds died, their nostrils clogged with soot.

The fires have only worsened since, and still the rain hasn’t fallen.

“I’ve been a firefighter for 23 years,” said Waldemir Moreira, who runs the state fire department’s environmental protection unit. “We’ve certainly had fires before, but it’s much more serious now. We want the world to pay attention to our Pantanal, too.”

Northern Mexico Town Prepares Funerals After Nine Americans Were Killed in Drug Cartel Violence

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:30 PM PST

(LA MORA, Mexico) — Under a strong security presence, this remote farming community prepared to hold the first funerals Thursday for some of the nine American women and children killed by drug cartel gunmen.

Dozens of high-riding pickups and SUVS, many with U.S. license plates from as far away as North Dakota, bumped across dirt and rock roads over desert, arid grasslands and pine-covered mountains Wednesday as night fell on this community of about 300 people. Many of the residents are dual U.S. and Mexican citizens who consider themselves Mormon but are not affiliated with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

At least 1,000 visitors were expected to bunk down in the hamlet overnight ahead of Thursday’s funerals, filling floor space in the 30 or so homes or sleeping in tents they brought with them. At least one cow was slaughtered to help feed the masses, as well as the few dozen Mexican soldiers guarding the entrance to La Mora.

Steven Langford, who was mayor of La Mora from 2015 to 2018, said he expected the killings to have a “major” impact on the community. Once upon a time he didn’t think about moving around the area in the middle of night, but in the last 10 to 15 years things “got worse and worse and worse.” As many as half of the residents could move away, he feared.

“It was a massacre, 100% a massacre,” said Langford, whose sister Christina Langford was one of the women killed. “I don’t know how it squares with the conscience of someone to do something so horrible.”

When gunmen opened fire on them Monday, the Mexican army, the National Guard and Sonora state police were not there to protect them. It took them about eight hours just to arrive.

To many, the bloodshed seemed to demonstrate once more that the government has lost control over vast areas of Mexico to drug traffickers.

“The country is suffering very much from violence,” said William Stubbs, a pecan and alfalfa farmer who serves on a community security committee in the American-dominated hamlet of Colonia LeBaron. “You see it all over. And it ain’t getting better. It’s getting worse.”

The lack of law enforcement in rural areas like the northern states of Chihuahua and Sonora once led the dual U.S.-Mexican residents of places like Colonia LeBaron to form their own civilian defense patrols.

Stubbs said that after the 2009 killing of anti-crime activist Benjamin LeBaron, residents positioned themselves each night for two years with high-powered binoculars to keep watch from the large “L” for “LeBaron” that stands on a hillside above the town.

Since then, he said, the cartels have left Le Baron and the town of Galeana a few kilometers to the north alone. But he said they have watched the cartels get stronger in the past two decades, with nearby communities in the mountains suffering from violence and extortion.

This week, he said, the military told him that the town of Zaragoza had been about 50% abandoned.

The army’s chief of staff, Gen. Homero Mendoza, said Wednesday the attack that killed three American mothers and six of their children started at 9:40 a.m. Monday, but the nearest army units were in the border city of Agua Prieta, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) and 3½ hours away.

Soldiers didn’t start out for the scene until 2:30 p.m. and didn’t arrive until 6:15 p.m. — even while five surviving children lay hiding in the mountains with bullet wounds.

“There are areas where the government’s control is very fragile,” said Alejandro Hope, a Mexican security analyst.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador created the militarized National Guard after he took office last December to help law enforcement, but its 70,000 troops have to cover a vast territory.

“The government’s main policy tool, the National Guard, is not where it should be,” Hope said. “It should be in the mountains, and it’s not there.”

He noted that Sonora and Chihuahua states, with over 160,000 square miles (420,000 square kilometers) between them, have only about 4,100 National Guard agents stationed there, or about one for every 40 square miles.

Questions have also arisen over whether the army can do its job even when it is present. On Oct. 17, in Sinaloa state, soldiers were forced to release the captured son of imprisoned drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to avoid further bloodshed after Sinaloa cartel gunmen counterattacked in greater numbers in the city of Culiacan.

Colonia Le Baron is a place where the U.S. influence is evident everywhere: pickup trucks with license plates from California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and English-speaking customers eating hamburgers at Ray’s Restaurant, Coffee & Grill. Many of the dual citizens were born here, and their families have been here for decades.

Stubbs predicted that some people will move their families to the United States out of fear but will ultimately come back, as happened after the 2009 killing.

He dismissed López Obrador’s “hugs, not bullets” security strategy of trying to solve underlying social problems instead of battling drug cartels with military force.

“I’m really shocked actually of his way of thinking, and it ain’t going to solve the problems,” Stubbs said.

Residents know they can’t fight the cartels on their own.

“We’re not experts in military and war and weapons,” Stubbs said. “We’re farmers, and we have great families and big families, and we definitely want our families to be peaceful.”

Mexican officials said the attackers may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang. The Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, known as “La Linea,” or “The Line,” are fighting a vicious turf war against a faction of the Sinaloa cartel known as the “Salazar.”

“Those who attacked the occupants (of the vehicles), they let the children go, so we can deduce that it was not a targeted attack” on the families, said Mendoza, the army chief of staff.

Most of the victims lived in La Mora, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona. Many in the hamlet are related to the extended LeBaron family.

The killers were believed to be from La Linea, whose gunmen entered Sinaloa cartel territory the previous day and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop near La Mora and an ambush farther up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to prevent Sinaloa gunmen from entering their territory in Chihuahua state.

On Wednesday dozens of army soldiers, federal and state police and National Guard troops provided security along the bumpy route from Chihuahua state to La Mora, in neighboring Sonora, retracing in reverse the route the victims were on when they were ambushed. People in the caravan clapped the agents on the back in thanks and gave them food, bottles of water and baseball caps.

Langford said he and others come and go frequently between La Mora and the United States, working north of the border to build lives and families in a place he described as a “paradise” for children to grow up. Behind the lot where he and his wife raised 11 kids, they are fond of fishing and swimming.

“We’ve always known the dangers. We’ve seen the people doing their deal. We always had the policy, ‘We don’t bother them.’ We never dreamed something like this could happen,” said Langford. “Now this place is going to become a ghost town. A lot of people are going to leave.”

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Shakes Off a Rocky Start to the Elections

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:41 PM PST

(LONDON) — Prime Minister Boris Johnson told British voters Wednesday that they have to back his Conservatives if they want an end to Brexit delays, as he tried to shake off a rocky start to the governing party’s election campaign.

Speaking outside his No. 10 Downing St. office on the first official day of Britain’s five-week campaign, Johnson said the political impasse over Britain’s departure from the European Union made him want to “chew my own tie in frustration.”

“I don’t want an early election, and no one much wants to have an election in December, but we have got to the stage where we have no choice,” he said.

Johnson, trying to set the stage for a people-versus-Parliament campaign, said lawmakers were “refusing time and again to deliver Brexit and honor the result of the referendum.”

In fact, lawmakers approved Johnson’s EU divorce deal in principle last month, but asked for more time to scrutinize it. Johnson then withdrew the bill and pushed for an early election instead.

Johnson also slammed his main rival, left-wing Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, comparing him to former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin and — erroneously — claiming he had sided with Russian President Vladimir Putin over a nerve-agent attack on British soil.

All 650 seats in the House of Commons are up for grabs in the Dec. 12 election, which is coming more than two years early. Some 46 million British voters are eligible to take part in the country’s first December election in 96 years.

Johnson urged voters to deliver a Conservative majority so Britain could “put uncertainty behind us.” With that support, Johnson vowed he would get Parliament to ratify his Brexit deal and the country would leave the EU as scheduled on Jan. 31.

Brexit was supposed to happen on Oct. 31, but with Britain’s politicians deadlocked, the bloc granted the U.K. a three-month delay.

While unofficial campaigning has been ramping up for weeks, the campaign formally began when Parliament was dissolved Wednesday. Johnson went to Buckingham Palace to notify Queen Elizabeth II of the dissolution before unveiling the party’s election slogan — “Get Brexit done and unleash Britain’s potential” — at a rally in the central England city of Birmingham.

The Conservative campaign has had a bumpy start. Just minutes before Johnson spoke Wednesday, Cabinet Minister Alun Cairns resigned over allegations about a former aide’s role in a rape trial.

Cairns said he was quitting as Welsh secretary because of “speculation” surrounding the “very sensitive matter,” which is under investigation. He said he was confident he would be cleared of wrongdoing.

Cairns denies allegations that he knew his former staffer Ross England made claims about a victim’s sexual history when he was a witness in a 2018 rape trial. That is not allowed, and the trial collapsed. The judge accused England of deliberately sabotaging the trial. Cairns later endorsed England as a candidate for an upcoming Welsh Assembly election.

On Tuesday, another Conservative, outgoing House of Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg, was forced to apologize for suggesting that the victims of a 2017 London apartment block inferno that killed 72 people lacked common sense for following fire department advice to wait in their apartments for help.

The comments drew sharp rebukes from opposition politicians — and from rap star Stormzy, who urged the Conservative lawmaker to resign and tweeted: “These politicians are actual aliens.”

The Conservatives were also criticized for posting a doctored video of a senior Labour figure on Twitter that appeared to show him failing to answer a question, when in fact he did. Conservative Party chair James Cleverly claimed Wednesday the ad was just “a lighthearted satirical video.”

In another over-the-top political insult, Johnson used a column in the Daily Telegraph to accuse the Labour Party under Corbyn of attacking the rich “with a relish and vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks,” the wealthier peasants targeted by the Soviet regime in the 1930s.

In his Downing Street speech, Johnson also claimed inaccurately that Corbyn had “sided with Putin” after a former Russian spy and his daughter were attacked with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury.

Corbyn initially asked for “incontrovertible evidence” that Moscow was behind the 2018 attack, as Britain’s Conservative government had insisted. He later said he believed Russia was responsible for the poisoning.

Other parties in the race include the Liberal Democrats, who want to cancel Brexit; the Scottish National Party, which opposes Brexit and wants Scotland to leave the U.K.; and the Brexit Party, which says Britain should leave the bloc without a deal.

The Labour Party has its own woes, with many of the party’s lawmakers uneasy about Corbyn’s firm left-wing views and ambivalence over the EU. On Wednesday, deputy leader Tom Watson, who has often clashed with Corbyn, announced that he was stepping down from politics.

Watson acknowledged his “political differences” with Corbyn in a resignation letter but said the decision was personal rather than political.

Labour wants to shift the election debate away from Brexit and onto domestic issues such as health care, the environment and social welfare, saying it will reverse Britain’s increasing social inequality.

Corbyn has labelled Johnson’s economic plans “Thatcherism on steroids,” in reference to the free-market, low-spending ideology of the late former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

“I don’t do personal attacks,” Corbyn told supporters in Telford, central England. He said, if elected, he would be “a very different kind of prime minister.”

“I was not born to rule,” Corbyn said, contrasting himself with the affluent, Oxford University-educated Johnson. “I don’t pursue the kind of politics that thinks it’s all a game, a parlor game, a debating society game.”

An Ambush on a Canadian Mining Company Convoy Has Killed 37 People in Burkina Faso

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 06:09 PM PST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — Gunmen attacked a convoy near a Canadian mining site in Burkina Faso, killing at least 37 people and wounding 60 others, the regional governor said late Wednesday.

Montreal-based Semafo said the bloodshed happened about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from its Boungou mine in Burkina Faso’s Eastern region and involved five buses of employees who were being accompanied by a military escort.

Col. Saidou Sanou, the region’s governor, gave the provisional casualty toll in a statement. The mining company said only that it was aware of “several fatalities and injuries.”

“Boungou mine site remains secured and our operations are not affected,” Semafo said in its statement. “We are actively working with all levels of authorities to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our employees, contractors and suppliers.”

The area has become increasingly precarious for Semafo, which operates two gold mines in Burkina Faso. Last year, an employee and subcontractor were killed when a bus was targeted by bandits, according to Canadian Press. Later last year, five members of Burkina Faso’s security forces were killed in an attack near the Boungou mine.

Sylvain Leclerc, spokeswoman for the Canadian foreign ministry, said there were no reports of any Canadian citizen among the casualties. She added that Canada’s government condemns the attack and supports efforts to bring peace to Burkina Faso.

The violence underscores the rapidly deteriorating security situation in once peaceful Burkina Faso, which has been infiltrated by jihadists who have been active for years in neighboring Mali. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Islamic extremists have staged dozens of attacks on churches and public officials across the north of Burkina Faso the last few years.

Concerted military actions by five regional countries, along with a French operation, have failed to stem the growing violence.

The country, which experienced its first major extremist attack in 2015, is a gateway south into coastal West Africa, and regional leaders worry the extremists could be moving into Togo and Benin.

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Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed to this report.

Saudi Arabia Recruited Twitter Workers to Spy on Users: U.S. Investigators

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:07 PM PST

SAN FRANCISCO — The Saudi government recruited two Twitter employees to get personal account information of their critics, prosecutors said Wednesday.

A complaint unsealed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco detailed a coordinated effort by Saudi government officials to recruit employees at the social media giant to look up the private data of thousands of Twitter accounts.

The accounts included those of a popular journalist with more than 1 million followers and other prominent government critics.

It also alleged that the employees — whose jobs did not require access to Twitter users’ private information — were rewarded with a designer watch and tens of thousands of dollars funneled into secret bank accounts. They were charged with acting as agents of Saudi Arabia without registering with the U.S. government.

Ahmad Abouammo, who left his job as the media partnership manager responsible for Twitter’s Middle East region in 2015, was also charged with falsifying documents and making false statements when questioned by FBI agents. He was expected to make his initial court appearance in Seattle federal court Wednesday afternoon.

That same year, investigators alleged that a Saudi working as a social media adviser for the Saudi royal family, recruited Twitter engineer Ali Alzabarah by flying him to Washington, D.C., for a private meeting with an unnamed member of the family.

“Within one week of returning to San Francisco, Alzabarah began to access without authorization private data of Twitter users en masse,” the complaint said.

The effort included the user data of over 6,000 Twitter users, including at least 33 usernames for which Saudi Arabian law enforcement had submitted emergency disclosure requests to Twitter, investigators said.

After being confronted by his supervisors at Twitter, Alzabarah allegedly admitted to accessing user data and said he did it out of curiosity.

Alzabarah was placed on administrative leave, his work-owned laptop was seized and he was escorted out of the office. The next day, he flew to Saudi Arabia with his wife and daughter and has not returned to the United States, investigators said. A warrant for his arrest was issued as part of the complaint.

False Alarm Triggers Hijacking Protocol at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, Airline Says

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:48 PM PST

Passengers and crew on board a plane at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam were reported safe after Dutch police began investigating a “suspicious situation” on Wednesday.

A tweet from the official Schiphol airport’s account said the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, the Dutch military police, is looking into the situation on board of a plane at the airport. The police’s official Twitter account also confirmed the investigation.

Details about what police were investigating on the plane were not immediately available.

About an hour after announcing the start of the investigation, police and airport officials said the passengers and crew were safely off the plane. The investigation on the plane continues, they said.

The airline Air Europa said Wednesday afternoon that a false alarm prompted the investigation. A warning that “triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport” was activated by mistake on a flight from Amsterdam to Madrid, according to a tweet from the airline.

Air Europa noted in a followup tweet that its flight to Madrid would take off shortly. Schiphol airport said later Wednesday afternoon that regular operations had resumed at the airport.

Schiphol airport is one of the world’s busiest hubs, with more than 70 million passengers passing through each year.

 

The ‘OK Boomer’ Meme Has Officially Entered Parliamentary Record in New Zealand

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 09:20 AM PST

The decisive rise of the “OK Boomer” meme continues.

On Monday, an MP from New Zealand’s Green Party, 25-year-old Chlöe Swarbrick, delivered a speech in support of a Zero Carbon Bill, which would provide a framework to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and establish a new Climate Change Commission. The government’s previous plan to limit greenhouse gases has been criticized by climate activists as insufficient.

“Mr. Speaker, how many world leaders for how many decades have seen and known what is coming, but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep [climate change] behind closed doors?” she asked. “My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”

Read more: Why TIME Devoted an Entire Issue to Climate Change

“In the year 2050 I will be 56 years old… yet, right now, the average of this 52nd Parliament is 49-years old,” she continued. In response, another MP began to heckle her.

“OK boomer,” Swarbrick shot back.

Not sure what she’s referring to? The phrase “OK boomer” comes from a viral meme that originated on the social media site TikTok. The videos usually include an audio clip of an older man saying, “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.” Teens then include their reactions, always a variation on the phrase “OK Boomer.”

The phrase has taken off across the Internet and beyond, and become a common retort used by young people when confronting condescension from older people, usually those of the Baby Boomer generation.

 

In an interview with Stuff, Swarbrick explained her use of the phrase: It’s a “simple summarisation of collective exhaustion,” she said. “Young people have suffered a decade of jibes about how millennials have ruined everything and need to ‘pull our socks up,’ or something.”

“‘OK boomer’ acknowledges that you cannot win a deeply polarized debate — facts don’t matter,” she continued. “It’s better to acknowledge that perhaps energy is better spent elsewhere.”

Hungarian Mayor Resigns Amid ‘Yacht Orgy’ Scandal

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:36 AM PST

(Bloomberg) — The mayor of western Hungary’s largest city, who was re-elected despite the publication of a video showing him participating in an orgy on a luxury yacht, has resigned less than a month after winning a fourth term.

Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Gyor and a 1988 Olympic champion gymnast, said in an open letter on Wednesday that he was stepping down because of his “moral predicament.” His resignation is effective Friday. Under pressure, Borkai had already quit Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s ruling party last month.

Hungary’s opposition had seized on the Borkai scandal during the campaign for nationwide municipal elections as evidence of moral decay under Orban’s nine-year rule. The video was widely seen as having helped tip close races in favor of a united opposition, including in Budapest, and deal the Hungarian leader his worst electoral setback in more than a decade.

Child Survivors of Mexico Ambush Hid in Brush, Walked as Much as 14 Miles for Help

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:25 AM PST

(GALEANA, Mexico) — The eight children, some mere infants, who survived the ambush in northern Mexico not only escaped the drug cartel gunmen who killed their mothers but managed to hide in the brush, with some walking miles to get help despite grisly bullet wounds.

In a testament to a mother’s devotion, one woman reportedly stashed her baby on the floor of her Suburban and got out of the vehicle, waving her arms to show the gunmen she wasn’t a threat. She may have moved away from the vehicle to distract their attention; her bullet-ridden body was found about 15 yards (meters) away from the SUV.

The mother was one of nine U.S. citizens — three women and six children all living in northern Mexico — slaughtered Monday when cartel gunmen ambushed three SUVs along a dirt road in an attack that left one vehicle a burned-out, bullet-riddled hulk. Mexican officials said the gunmen may have mistaken the group’s large SUVs for those of a rival gang amid a vicious turf war.

The five wounded children were seriously enough injured that Mexican authorities flew them to the border in a military helicopter to receive hospital care in the United States. Sonora state health officials said they were “stable” at the moment of transfer. Three other children who were not wounded are in the care of family members in the tiny hamlet of La Mora in northern Mexico.

But what the children went through in the remote, mountainous area of Sonora state is nearly indescribable.

Kendra Miller, a relative, said in an account of the shootings that Devin Blake Langford, 13, was one of the few uninjured young people and quickly took charge, eventually walking about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) back to La Mora for help.

“After witnessing his mother and brothers being shot dead, Devin hid his six other siblings in the bushes and covered them with branches to keep them safe while he went for help,” according to the account. “When he took too long to return, his 9-year-old sister left the remaining five to try again.”

That girl, Mckenzie Rayne Langford, walked for hours in the dark before she was found several hours after the other children were rescued. She was listed as missing for a while.

Altogether, the kids were on their own from about 1:00 p.m., when the ambush began, until about 7:30 p.m., when they were rescued. Relatives from La Mora tried to reach them before that, but were turned back by gunfire. The area is the site of a cartel turf war.

In recordings of calls between the rescuers, they can be heard debating whether it was better to risk more lives, or wait for an hour or two until Mexican army troops arrived. It was an agonizing decision.

What they saw when they found the children was terrifying.

Cody Greyson Langford, 8, had been shot in the jaw and bled profusely. Another girl had been shot in the foot and the back.

The killers were apparently members of the Juarez drug cartel and its armed wing, La Linea — “The Line” — whose gunmen had entered Sinaloa cartel territory and set up an armed outpost on a hilltop and an ambush further up the road. The Juarez cartel apparently wanted to send a message that it controlled the road into Chihuahua. It was this invasion force that the American mothers and their three vehicles drove into.

It was only after the first vehicle was shot up and set afire that 50 or 60 Sinaloa cartel gunmen showed up to see what had happened.

But it isn’t the cruelty of the cartel, but the bravery, innocence and sacrifice of the victims that relatives want remembered.

Austin Cloes, a relative of the victims, said from his home in Salt Lake City that they were good people who loved their children and enjoyed their quiet lives based around a successful pecan farming operation.

“This sort of thing shouldn’t go unnoticed,” said Cloes, who works with at-risk youth and coaches high school basketball. “And these sorts of people shouldn’t just be buried without their names being put out there. These are great people.”

The dead in the attacks included a mother, her 8-month-old twins, her 10-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son. Another mother lay dead in the front seat of another Suburban, along with the bullet-riddled bodies of her sons, ages 11 and 2.

The victims lived in Sonora state, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Douglas, Arizona, in the hamlet of La Mora, which was founded decades ago by an offshoot of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Many La Mora residents call themselves Mormons but are not affiliated with any church.

A number of such American farming communities are clustered around the Chihuahua-Sonora state border. Many members were born in Mexico and have dual citizenship. While some of the splinter groups were once polygamous, many no longer are.

All of the victims were apparently related to the extended LeBaron family in Chihuahua, whose members have run afoul of the drug traffickers over the years. Benjamin LeBaron, an anti-crime activist who founded neighborhood patrols against cartels, was killed in 2009.

The victims had set out to visit relatives in Chihuahua. One woman was headed to the airport in Phoenix to meet her husband.

While a drug-related violence has been raging for years in Mexico, the attack underscored the way cartel gunmen have become increasingly unconcerned about killing children as collateral damage. In August in Chihuahua state, cartel gunmen fired 123 bullets at a man and also killed three girls, ages 4, 13 and 14. In June, a young boy was killed along with his father in Sonora state. In July, a 10-year-old was killed during a robbery in Puebla state.

Criminal investigators said late Tuesday that a suspect was arrested, but it was unclear whether the person had taken part in the ambush.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Agency for Criminal Investigation for the state of Sonora said that the suspect was found in the town of Agua Prieta, right at the border with the U.S. state of Arizona, holding two hostages who were gagged and tied inside a vehicle.

The suspect, whose gender was not specified in the statement, was also found in possession of four assault rifles and ammunition, as well as various large vehicles including a bullet-proofed SUV, the agency said.

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AP Writer Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

Buckingham Palace Says Queen Elizabeth’s New Clothes Will No Longer Feature Real Fur

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 05:13 AM PST

(LONDON) — Buckingham Palace says new outfits designed for Queen Elizabeth II will not use real fur.

The palace said Wednesday the decision does not mean the queen will dispose of all the fur outfits she already has. The palace statement says “the queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”

The decision pleased animal rights activists, who have sometimes criticized the monarch for the fur pieces in her collection of designer clothes.

Claire Bass, director of the Humane Society International/UK, says “we are thrilled Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free.” She says the queen’s decision will send a positive message that fur is no longer considered fashionable.


          

Las startups que le dan un giro al sector funerario

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El auge de la incineración y el cambio de mentalidad generacional dan nuevos aires al sector funerario. Los jóvenes no quieren velatorios tristes. Para ellos es prioritario que sus entierros sean ecológicos y dejar en orden su legado digital.

"En este mundo no se puede afirmar nada con certeza, salvo la muerte y los impuestos", bromeaba Benjamin Franklin. No cabe duda de que la muerte es uno de los negocios más seguros que existen. No depende de modas, ni de ciclos económicos. Y además es rentable.

El número de fallecimientos en España supera los 423,000, según datos de Panasef (Asociación Nacional de Servicios Funerarios). Una cifra que crece a paso lento, pero seguro. Y morirse no es precisamente barato.

El costo de un entierro en España se sitúa en el entorno de los 3,500 euros, según cálculos de la OCU. De este modo, el sector funerario factura cerca de 1,500 millones de euros, lo que supone el 0,13% del PIB español. Un porcentaje que asciende al 0,34% si se incluyen los seguros de decesos.

Aires de innovación

Durante décadas, el negocio ha prosperado sin necesidad de grandes dosis de innovación. Pero en los últimos tiempos, las cosas han cambiado. "El panorama en el ámbito funerario ya no es el mismo. Se han producido cambios culturales y religiosos y los clientes requieren de servicios de mayor valor añadido", comenta Ángel Urquiza, director de Innovación de Santalucía, aseguradora líder en el ramo de decesos.

El cambio en las creencias religiosas puede ser uno de los más decisivos para el sector. Sobre todo, de cara al futuro. Casi el 90% de los mayores de 65 años se considera creyente, según el informe Laicidad en cifras, 2018, de la Fundación Ferrer i Guàrdia. Pero el porcentaje desciende a medida que se analizan grupos de menor edad, hasta caer por debajo del 50% en los menores de 25 años.

Una de las consecuencias del creciente laicismo es el auge de la incineración (versus la sepultura). En 2005, sólo el 15% de los fallecidos eran incinerados. Doce años más tarde el porcentaje rondaba el 40%. Y, según estimaciones de Panasef, la cifra podría alcanzar el 60% en 2025 y ser mayor aún en el ámbito urbano.

Esto abre todo un nicho de mercado para las startup que sean capaces de ofrecer propuestas creativas para la conservación de las cenizas, desde reconvertirlas en joyas (incluso en diamantes) hasta fabricar piezas de alto diseño que se integren en la decoración del salón.

Por otro lado, los Millennial y la Generación Zeta tampoco son partidarios de los velatorios al uso. "Cada vez se tiende más a verlos como una oportunidad de celebrar, de compartir recuerdos y homenajear al fallecido, antes que de llorar", comenta Urquiza. "La parte ecológica también tiene mucho peso. Que el entierro sea con huella de carbón cero, con ataúdes reciclables. O que las cenizas permitan plantar un árbol", aclara.

Testamento digital

Un mercado al alza es el que se abre en el ámbito legal. A las gestiones habituales se suma ahora la posibilidad de realizar un testamento digital. Se trata de un documento en el que queda constancia de la presencia del fallecido en Internet (páginas web, blogs, redes sociales, etcétera). El cliente puede autorizar la cancelación de todas sus cuentas o la cesión de las contraseñas a una persona de confianza.

Y es que la nueva generación digital no entiende la vida (ni la muerte) sin Internet, como lo demuestra la incorporación de códigos QR en tumbas, lápidas y nichos.

Por otro lado, desde Santalucía detectan una creciente demanda de servicios prefallecimiento: desde la asistencia psicológica en caso de enfermedad terminal a servicios de guardacustodia del ADN e incluso cápsulas del tiempo con mensajes para los seres queridos en caso de muerte accidental.

Los focus group también anticipan necesidades que la legislación vigente aún no permite satisfacer, como la eutanasia y la criogenización.

Lo que está claro es que la innovación avanza muy rápido. A veces, demasiado. "Nos presentaron un proyecto de gafas 3D para asistir a entierros de forma virtual , pero no acabamos de verlo", comenta Urquiza. A fin de cuentas, hay situaciones en las que el contacto humano es imprescindible. Al menos, por el momento.

Un panel para compartir recuerdos

Vivo Recuerdo proporciona a los tanatorios una plataforma donde pueden gestionar todos los contenidos que aparecen en un panel visual (la Ventana de los Recuerdos), que se instala en cada una de las salas de velatorio. De este modo, familiares y amigos pueden subir imágenes o mensajes de condolencia desde cualquier parte del mundo, que estarán visibles en el panel en tiempo real.

Como explica Charo Baeza, cofundadora de la startup junto a Raúl Moreno, el proyecto nació a raíz del fallecimiento de su padre, el 4 de diciembre de 2017. "Fue tal la experiencia transformadora que vivimos, que se ha convertido en nuestra misión: ayudar a familiares y amigos a transformar la experiencia de velatorio tal y como se vive hoy en día, haciendo un homenaje a la vida del ser querido, a través del poder universal de la fotografía", señala. "La experiencia nos demuestra que contar con nuestra tecnología en la sala de velatorio, resulta terapéutico". La startup está presente en 13 provincias españolas y pronto llegará a Portugal.

El ataud que admite dedicatorias

"Quería darle una vuelta al sector funerario. Pasar de un ataud convencional, que es un producto pasivo, negativo y obsoleto a un producto activo, de diseño y ecológico", comenta Manuel Revilla, fundador de Resistible.

La startup fabrica ataúdes de cartón perfectamente homologados y de carácter sostenible. Las tapas incluyen una pieza de pizarra y tizas para que los allegados pueden escribir mensajes. Además, la empresa facilita un árbol de cartón para que la gente cuelgue fotos y mensajes. "La idea es ayudar a la despedida del ser querido. Canalizar las emociones y convertir el acto en un homenaje", explica.

El negocio nació en 2015 y dio sus primeros pasos gracias al plan de ayuda al emprendimiento de Caja Burgos.

Revilla ha logrado cerrar acuerdos de distribución con dos funerarias aunque confiesa que es un sector un poco cerrado: "Hay miedo a la novedad". En consecuencia, prevé abordar el salto internacional.

Piezas de diseño hechas con cenizas

Bruno Mezcua tiene una larga experiencia en el ramo funerario, al que su familia se dedica desde hace cuatro generaciones. Hace veinte años tuvo la idea de transformar las cenizas de los fallecidos en piezas de diseño, pero en aquel momento no existía la tecnología necesaria para ello. Finalmente, en 2012 unió fuerzas con Íñigo Zurita (que procede del sector financiero) y lanzó Omneo.

"La idea es conservar las cenizas en un elemento de diseño. Las solidificamos con un procedimiento 100% patentado y las convertimos en un elemento completamente personalizable y con tecnología integrada (al pasar el teléfono por el producto se abre una web privada que permite compartir recuerdos)", comenta Zurita. De ese modo, puede conservarlo en su casa, en un cementerio y, dentro de poco, en columbarios especialmente diseñados. "Damos una solución diferencial a un problema de las grandes ciudades que es la falta de espacio para los nichos", afirma.

El rango de precios oscila entre los 200 y los 420 euros. "Optimizamos los costes para que no sean muy elevados", dice Zurita. La empresa se dirige tanto a cliente final como a funerarias y aseguradoras.

Una red social para los allegados

El duelo tras la pérdida de un ser querido es un camino largo y no exento de altibajos. La red social Alife nació con la vocación de ayudar en ese proceso. "La familia puede compartir datos de la ceremonia y confirmar asistencia. Y además funciona como una especie de 'Facebook', para los allegados, pero más íntimo", explica su fundador, Jordi Martínez. El objetivo no es centrarse sólo en la memoria del fallecido, sino ayudar a aceptar la pérdida: "La idea surgió porque perdí a alguien y me di cuenta de cada uno reacciona en un momento distinto. Y puede que a los seis meses no tengas donde pasar el duelo".

Para facilitar el proceso, la 'start up' cuenta con un canal adicional, Alife TV, que permite conocer testimonios de otras personas que han pasado por lo mismo.

La firma nació en 2015 y cuenta ya con el 7% de cuota en España. También está presente en América y Asia. El modelo de negocio es B2B y se dirige directamente a las funerarias. "Les ayudamos a dar valor a sus clientes y también les aportamos un 'feedback', ya que los usuarios pueden evaluar la calidad del servicio funerario".

Urnas que permiten plantar un árbol

En muchas culturas, la muerte es solo el tránsito hacia una nueva vida. Una premisa que encaja con Bios Urn. La startup ha desarrollado una urna biodegradable que incluye una semilla y los elementos necesarios para que las cenizas del fallecido se conviertan en un árbol. Detrás de este proyecto se encuentra el diseñador industrial Gerard Moliné: "Cuando estudiaba la carrera solía tirar las cenizas de la chimenea al huerto. Se me ocurrió esta idea, hice el proyecto de fin de carrera y la patenté".

En 2005 le cedió los derechos al CIRE de la Generalitat catalana, pero con la crisis bajaron los 'royalties'. Así que recuperó los derechos y se puso a fabricar el producto.

Hoy la empresa vende en 15 países, sobre todo en EU, Canadá y México, donde se concentra el 70% de su facturación. La startup se dirige tanto a cliente final como a funerarias.

Para bregar con la competencia, apuesta por la innovación: "Hemos creado macetas inteligentes con riego automatizado y señal wifi que permiten monitorizar la germinación".

La empresa vende cerca de 10.000 urnas al año y su cliente tipo son mujeres de 25 a 40 años.

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Rodrigo García Salla es director de Wavy México, una desarrolladora de tecnologías que facilita la comunicación de los consumidores con empresas que les proporcionan productos o servicios, esto a través de plataformas de uso masivo como WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook o Skype.

Wavy ha escogido la aplicación WhatsApp Business para vender desde allí a las empresas de distintos giros y tamaños, soluciones basadas en inteligencia artificial (AI) que les ayuden a resolver problemas, ofrecer recomendaciones, enviar avisos o en agilizar procesos de atención al cliente, funciones conocidas como “chatbots”.

Wavy compite por un nicho, que según estimaciones de Grand View Research, generará un mercado conservador de 1,250 millones de dólares en 2025 en todo el mundo; para entonces, más del 80% de las empresas usarán algún tipo de chatbot.

La firma es proveedor de Totalplay, Avon y Sin Delantal en México. Su misión es afianzar la relación consumidor-empresa, con base en desarrollos de AI que entiendan de este tipo de interacciones y las mejoren para futuras experiencias entre ambas partes. Para ello tiene el diagnóstico de que 58% de la generación millennial tiene una familiarización con los chatbots y que 70% de ellos ya ha tenido una experiencia positiva con esas aplicaciones. En específico de los mexicanos, dice que 93% de los 82.7 millones de internautas que había al iniciar 2019 ya usan o conocen de WhatsApp.

Para Wavy, como sus potenciales empresas clientes, la ventaja de utilizar chatbots desde aplicaciones como WhatsApp ahorra tiempo, inversiones y aprendizaje para el usuario final, dado que éste ya es un conocedor de esta aplicación, porque diariamente la usa por un acumulado de tres horas; de ahí que los chatbots son una herramienta “más amigable” para la comunicación de las empresas con sus clientes y para éstos, un contacto “más familiar o normal” para con su proveedor de productos o servicios.

—Dice que 93% de los mexicanos con Internet usan o conocen WhatsApp. ¿Cómo permear en una empresa que ese elevado número es una oportunidad de negocio y no que, por ejemplo, WhatsApp es una mera aplicación de entretenimiento?

—En principio, las empresas no deben pensar en lo que está pasando hoy, ni en un tema de aquí a dos o tres meses. Unos datos: en tres años, 70% de los trabajadores harán interacción con chatbots y sabemos que 86% de las personas cambiaría a la competencia, si tiene más agilidad en el trato y la experiencia de post-atención. En eso radica cómo podemos ayudar, en lo que a nosotros toca, a las empresas a retener esos clientes desde la calidad de la experiencia. De pronto, mucho de lo que ahora consumimos, en la relación de la atención, se hará con inteligencia artificial; aquí con un bot. Quien se arriesgue a errar tendrá mejor oportunidad con las aplicaciones de inteligencia artificial. Si las empresas no comprenden eso, estarán pensando para atrás.

—En una oración muy sencilla, ¿cómo explicaría lo que hace Wavy con WhatsApp Business?

—Primero, que WhatsApp deja de ser un canal de comunicación del usuario sólo para familiares y amigos, para ser un canal de interacción con las empresas; que a diferencia de otros canales por los que se puede llegar a enviar spam, aquí se puede cambiar la experiencia de la persona con una tecnología que aprende cada día de sus problemas y trata de solucionarlos cada vez mejor.

Que una empresa puede tener aquí un canal 24 horas-siete días donde el consumidor puede hacer preguntas, pedir facturas; agendar citas, solicitar productos y muchas otras posibilidades sin diferenciación alguna, dado que la tecnología no diferencia a favor o en contra de uno y otro usuario. Todo eso permite dar una respuesta más rápida a la necesidad del cliente y a la larga, mejorar la experiencia que hará retenerlo.

—Los chatbots, como estos que Wavy desarrolla sobre WhatsApp, ¿pueden dejar sin negocio a los contact centers?

—Pienso que no necesariamente. Es una ventaja que permite caminar juntos; a ellos apoyarse en los bots. Porque al bot le lleva tiempo aprender todo; no se instala y se despiden personas. En un centro así, el bot también puede facilitar el trabajo y cuando el bot no define que es mejor trasladar al usuario con una persona física para ver cuál es su dolor se mejora todavía más la experiencia. Pensamos que sí, que en los próximos años el número de personas físicas (en los contact centers) será menor, pero esas empresas no van a morir, más bien tendrán que redefinirse.

—Totalplay y Avon son, de menos, empresas de alcance nacional, ¿pero qué hace Wavy con las microempresas?

—Estas no son las únicas marcas de entre las grandes empresas que atendemos; y si de las Pymes tampoco decimos, es por tema de confidencialidad con esos clientes. Wavy y WhatsApp Business van para todo tipo de compañía. Si es una empresa pequeña, podría comenzar con un producto de algunas funcionalidades esenciales, muy accesibles y poder ir escalando su grado de inteligencia artificial en el tiempo, haciendo así una diferenciación de su plataforma.

—¿Crear, por ejemplo, un chatbot es caro y lo es más para una Pyme que no tiene el brazo financiero de Totalplay o Avon?

—Partimos de que estamos aquí para ayudar. Claro, no es barato construir un chatbot desde cero, pero también quien se arriesgue a invertir va a tener un retorno gigantesco en sus procesos. Podemos tener una tecnología que podemos modificar o adecuar a la necesidad del cliente y eso trae mucho ahorro, pero no llegamos e instalamos lo mismo a todos.

Como es inteligencia artificial, el bot puede necesitar dos días para poder solucionar los problemas que tienen los usuarios de tal empresa o hasta cuatro meses para aprender y solucionar 500 de esos problemas, por ello varía mucho, qué tan variada llega a ser una inversión. Con una Pyme comenzamos con un pequeño grupo de trabajo, analizando procesos y determinando qué se puede hacer para mejorar. No hay barrera para que ninguna empresa deje de pensar en la inteligencia artificial; se necesitan líderes empresariales que crean las TICs.

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The End of the Year Is Nigh: Meet These End of Year Financial Goals

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The end of the year is fast approaching and many of us have still failed to complete our new year's resolutions for 2019. But don't fret: before the year is done, you can at least meet your financial goals.

While you might not be able to save up for that new car by the end of the year, you can definitely get your finances ready for the year to come. After all, establishing a plan now will help you start the new year off on the right foot. If you're one of the many people who want to better their finances for 2020, try to meet these goals before the big ball hits zero.

Limit your holiday spending

Each holiday season, we fall victim to buying more than our budget can handle. Even though you want to gift your loved ones everything they deserve, it's not worth digging yourself into a financial hole. Studies show that Millennials spend over $800 each month on unnecessary expenses, and that's before we account for the holidays. If you spend so much that you're struggling to pay rent, you need to take a second look at your finances.

The first step to limiting your holiday spending involves tallying up all of your bills and necessary expenses, including food and the occasional night out. Then, you have to subtract those numbers from your monthly salary. Whatever is leftover from that can be used for holiday goodies. Odds are, this number will be a lot less than you think, but it gives you a realistic budget to work with.

Remember that the best gifts come from the heart. It can be tempting to rack up credit card debt in the name of Christmas, but the loved ones in your life would rather see you flourish than go into debt over a simple gift. If you simply must buy a large gift, make sure it counts. Look for long-lasting options that are sure to give your loved one plenty of use, like home decor, cutlery, or new furniture. Estimates show that the average sofa will last about eight years before it needs to be replaced. If you spend big, don't waste the purchase on superfluous items without any real value.

Check your credit report

Did you know each of the top three credit bureaus offer one free credit report each year? If you have checked your score with Experian, you can still determine how well your score is with Equifax or TransUnion before the year is done.

Becoming aware of your credit score is the first step to improving it. After all, bad credit could bar you from achieving a good mortgage rate, buying a new car, or taking out future loans for home projects. You might even get turned down by a rental application or a homeowners association. Since homebuyers have a 20% chance of buying a home that a part of an HOA, a good credit score could mean the difference between achieving your dream home or looking for other options. Luckily, talking to a financial advisor can help set you on the path for success. That, or you can sign up for auto-pay to help you never miss a payment again.

Get your taxes in order

April might seem lightyears away, but it's much closer than you think. Additionally, the IRS can audit a business's tax return within the first three years of filing. If you don't keep track of these records, you might accidentally commit tax fraud without even realizing that you have done so. Avoid paying fees you didn't know you had by keeping your tax information in a safe place, like a filing cabinet or easily accessible accordion binder.

Open that savings account

There's no better time to open a savings account than yesterday. This helpful online piggy bank is one of the best ways to accumulate wealth over time. It also serves as a great way to keep you accountable for your spending. Once you establish a savings goal that works for your budget -- say $50 per month -- you can even choose to automatically transfer that amount from your checking account to your savings account without lifting a finger.

If you're struggling to save throughout the month, you can also rely on mobile apps to help track your spending. You'd be surprised how much that daily cup of coffee costs when you actually make note of each purchase.

Establish an emergency fund

When you live on ends meat, it can be hard to account for any emergency costs that might arise. But you never know when a sudden hospitalization or bothersome home repair needs to be dealt with. When only 60% of people are covered by health insurance, the other 40% will have to struggle to pay medical bills. Whether you have insurance or not, an emergency fund is vital.

By establishing a well-stocked emergency fund, perhaps stored in a separate savings account, you can rest easy knowing that you have a cushion should any disaster arise.

While you're not going to be able to shovel thousands of dollars into this fund before the end of the year, simply opening this fund is a healthy start.

Reign in wild bills

Now is the perfect time to weatherproof your home before heating and electric bills start to add up. With winter right around the corner, investing in a new thermostat and sealing your ducts should be at the top of your home improvement list. In fact, it's estimated that simply sealing and insulating your heating ducts can improve your HVAC system's efficiency by more than 20%. This simple fix will help keep your home more comfortable during the dreaded months of winter and keep money in your pocket for years to come. Don't wait until cold weather strikes to work on money-saving home improvement projects.

Rely on these tips for a better new year

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Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News,  “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re […]
          

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I love this post! I can understand where it is coming from due to the negative impacts on health such as affecting quality of sleep. I’m not addicted to it but I have found that I agree with the positive side of it - it helps me feel more connected. Although the different platforms also play a role - scrolling through Facebook does make me feel low when everyone is getting married of having children. But my Twitter is much more hobby based, much more me - and that always gives me a boost. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - lovely post!!
          

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I do think that moderate use can be good. Often people focus on the social media aspect and completely forget about all the other aspects that may be even more important when dealing with these issues. Like you said: its only a piece of the puzzle. One thing that I have constantly read is that social media causes depression as it allow people to portray lifestyles that are not “real”. As in that their lives look better on social media than they are in real life which can lead others to feel less accomplished. Not sure how true this may be but I think this still needs to be better researched as it is an interesting topic. Thank you for the good read!
          

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Millennials are making 20% less than Boomers did despite being more educated: Report

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A new report published in late October found that Millennials today are making 20% less than the Baby Boom generation did when its members were their age, even though fewer Boomers had attained a college education.

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Vilnius receives International Gold Award at WTM Travel Show in London for “G-spot of Europe” Ad Campaign

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Last year’s controversial ad, naming Vilnius the G-Spot of Europe, has been named as the best ad campaign at the World Travel Market (WTM) travel show’s International Travel & Tourism Awards in London Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, wanted to attract more attention amongst Western Europe’s millennials and to invite them to experience all the […]

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Millennials Will Get Sick and Die Faster Than the Previous Generation

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The phrase “OK boomer”, which started as an Internet meme from the lip-syncing app, TikTok, has blown up in pop culture. It originated as a response to an audio clip of an older man complaining about how “The millennials and Generation Z have the Peter Pan syndrome, they don’t ever want to grow up.”. The...
          

'Sheet masks are the new plastic straws' – the movement to streamline your skincare

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For a long time beauty routines only seemed to get more elaborate. But thanks to environmental concerns – as well as questions about the effectiveness of layering products - some corners of the industry are finally arguing that less is more

The #shelfie is so passé. The trend for posting Instagram snaps of beauty cabinets stuffed with myriad, millennial-pink products looks set to take a downturn as customers spurn multi-step routines in favour of a more streamlined, sustainable approach to skincare.

In the UK, 28% of women have reduced the amount of products in their skincare routine over the past year, according to the research group Mintel, with the women’s facial skincare market expected to fall to an estimated £1.16bn from £1.17 bn in 2018. As we move away from the K-beauty trends – such as the now infamous 10-step routine, that led consumers to invest in a full roster of cleansers and multiple serums – we’re now using less and spending less as a result. In a world ever more conscious of the ecological impact of the products we buy, an elaborate skincare regime no longer feels luxurious; it just feels wasteful.

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Jazz Music News, Press Releases : Debut album from Big Beat

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Posted: 04 Nov 2019 at 8:25pm

HIP, CONTEMPORARY 19-PIECE BIG BAND BIG BEAT
RELEASES FIRST FULL-LENGTH ALBUM, 
"SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD"
AVAILABLE FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019



The big band jazz sound has gone through many variations in its 100+ year history. From the earliest days in New Orleans, through the Swing era, to the modern, progressive jazz interpretations of Thad Jones in the 1960s and Sun Ra's avant garde Arkestra in the 1970s, the big band sound has remained an important part of the American music soundscape, growing and changing with the times. Now, BIG BEAT,a band comprising mostly younger musicians, has taken up the big band mantle, imbuing the music with a contemporary edge while still hewing to the traditional big band spirit.
 
SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD is Big Beat's first full-length project. They previously released two EPs: one in 2017, recorded live on the college station 88.7 - Brave New Radio - and another in2015. SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD, like their previous recordings, is a swinging, high-energy party of original, pop, and R&B tunes. It's performed by a 19-piece orchestra made up of the some of the finest up-and-coming East Coast musicians who are destined to populate the upper echelons of the jazz firmament.
 
The co-leaders and founders of the band are four young men who all graduated with Master's Degrees in Jazz Arranging from William Paterson University in New Jersey. They are bassist CHARLIE DOUGHERTY, saxophonist PHIL ENGSBERG, trombonist CALEB RUMLEY, and pianist RYAN TOMSKI. In addition to their mastery of their respective instruments, each one is a top-notch arranger and composer.
 
The band coalesced in July 2014. They all loved big band music and were writing and arranging swing tunes with a funk, gospel, soul, and R&B feel. It wasn't easy finding bands to play their music, so they decided to form their own. One of the first things they did was bring on board vocalist ALLISON MCKENZIE, a young woman with a powerful but lyrical voice that easily bridges the jazz and pop worlds. She is a superb songwriter and contributed four original tunes to this album. McKenzie and Rumley were dating when she joined the band. Since then, they have gotten married and now have an adorable baby.
 
Big Beat is made up of 5 saxophones, 4 trombones, 4 trumpets, guitar, piano, bass, drums, vocals, and a conductor. The 19 musicians on SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD have been members of Big Beat almost from its inception, and all, despite their busy and often conflicting schedules, make the time to regularly perform with the band.
 
Although the leaders of Big Beat are millennials, the members of the band cross generations. PETE McGUINNESS, an educator at William Paterson University and a mentor to the band's founders, produced the album. McGuinness is a trombonist who has received several Grammy nominations and has worked with the likes of Maria Schneider and Charles McPherson. He also fronts his own eponymous jazz orchestra. MIKE SPENGLER, who plays lead trumpet, was a member of Diana Ross and Bruce Springsteen's horn section. CHRIS ROGERS, another member of the trumpet section, has played extensively at major festivals around the world, and bass trombonist TIM NEWMAN has played with top jazz acts like Winard Harper, Cecil Bridgewater, and Toshiko Akiyoshi.
 
The album opens with "I Wanna Talk With You," composed by McKenzie and arranged by Engsberg. This is a high-powered tune with a Tower of Power R&B vibe featuring a smoking bone solo by Rumley, who also conducts the band for this outing. McKenzie also penned "I'll Be Burning for You," arranged by Dougherty. The song is one of the band's earliest and is always a crowd-pleaser in their live performances. "All the Love," was arranged by Rumley and inspired by Stevie Wonder. "Miss America," the closing tune, was the only tune not arranged by a band member. It was arranged by trumpet maestro CECIL BRIDGEWATER, who has been a teacher and long-time supporter of the Big Beat leaders. He produced their first EP and asked to produce this song, which McKenzie wrote in response to the racially-motivated shootings in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17, 2015.
 
"A Penny for Your Thoughts" is another tune composed by a band member. Written and arranged by Engsberg, it's a funky instrumental that features an electrified trombone solo by ADAM MACHASKEE and a bass trombone solo by Newman.
 
The band also performs Stevie Wonder's pop classic "Knocks Me Off My Feet." The tune was arranged by Rumley who added horns that sound like they were arranged by Stevie Wonder himself. In a similar vein is Dougherty's arrangement of "I Want You Back" by the Jackson 5, a high energy, mixed meter take on the Motown classic. For the vocal tracks on the album, the band brought in DENISE RENEE to produce McKenzie's vocals. Renee, who goes by the name Stout for her own performances and recordings, has performed and/or recorded with Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder, Childish Gambino, John Legend, and Harry Connick Jr, to name a few. "It's Love" was written by R&B/soul singer Jill Scott and arranged by Engsberg, who was greatly influenced by Gil Evans on this number. The song features layered harmonies and back-up vocals, all sung by McKenzie.  
 
Based on the modern jazz tradition, Big Beat's innovative arrangements bring the big band sound into the 21st Century with elements of funk, soul, R&B, and gospel. With McKenzie's soaring vocals and the band's tight-knit, spot-on musicianship, SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOOD, as the name indicates, is an album that undoubtedly sounds good and feels good.
 
 
SOUNDS GOOD, FEELS GOODwill be available online and in store on September 27, 2019.
 
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11/13/2019 - Ladies - Take Care of Your Retirement

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Women's Exchange
Ladies - Take Care of Your Retirement
The Personal Financial Wellness program of classes and speakers is designed to help you become a more confident financial services consumer.  Each class covers and independent topic so it is appropriate to join any class that interest  you. 

Qualified financial services experts invited to speak in their area of expertise, will not promote specific products or services.  
Facilitator, Nancy Doyle, CFA
Author of Manager Your Financial Life
Ms. Doyle brings a straightforward perspective and addresses a broad range of topics in a relatable easy-to-understand fashion.
Her speaking and consulting work offer an independent, objective perspective along with demographic and psychographic insights on focus areas – women, millennials, family wealth topics – as well as life transitions with a financial impact.
Ms. Doyle’s financial services industry expertise is extensive. Roles include advising a high net worth family on investments, asset allocation, and cash management, serving as an equity research analyst covering the asset management, brokerage, and consumer finance sectors, and consulting on investor relations strategies for financial services companies.
She has been a guest on TV, radio, and podcasts and featured in numerous outlets including U.S. News, Reader’s Digest, MarketWatch, The Huffington Post, Morningstar, WGN TV, and the Chicago Tribune.
A graduate of Georgetown University, Ms. Doyle received her MBA from the University Michigan's Ross School of Business, and she holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

          

New Book, New Keynote Topic on Leadership in an Era of Digital Distractions

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I wanted to share the good news that I have a new book and speaking topic available, Lifescale: How to Live a More Creative, Productive and Happy Life. The book and talk are aimed at professional audiences. 36% of Millennials and Gen Z workers report spending two or more hours each workday “looking at their phones for personal activities.” They’re not alone. Everyone is distracted. On average, we receive up to 200 notifications per day. Can you imagine how much...

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Social Media Is Driving A Global Epidemic Of Loneliness Among Millennials

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Problematic Women: Allie Stuckey on Millennials, Mentors, and Motherhood

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Study: Escalating Millennial Health Problems Could Spell Trouble For U.S. Economy

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Umfrage in den USA: Fast 70 Prozent der Millennials favorisieren sozialistische Politiker (Video)

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Personal and Planetary Health Is Among the Main Concerns of Young Italian Consumers

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Shiseido abaisse ses prévisions, entre tensions commerciales et effets devises négatifs

Le groupe japonais de cosmétique Shiseido a abaissé jeudi ses perspectives pour 2019, citant des effets de change négatifs et le conflit commercial sino-américain, mais aussi la crise politique à Hong Kong et les frictions entre Tokyo et Séoul.

Il anticipe désormais un bénéfice net annuel compris entre 78,5 et 83 milliards de yens (650-687 millions d’euros), alors qu’il avait au contraire relevé cette prévision à 83 milliards de yens en août, selon un communiqué.

Il prévoit dorénavant un bénéfice opérationnel annuel compris entre 113 et 120 milliards de yens, contre un précédent objectif de 120 milliards de yens.

Il a réduit plus significativement sa prévision annuelle de ventes, désormais escomptées entre 1.134 et 1.139 milliards de yens (9,4 milliards d’euros environ), contre 1.164 milliards de yens auparavant.

Le groupe a aussi mentionné “un déclin des ventes” à Hong Kong, où les manifestations pro-démocratie durent depuis plus de cinq mois, ainsi qu’en Corée du Sud, où de nombreuses marques nippones sont boycottées depuis cet été, sur fond de l’aggravation d’un différend historique entre Séoul et Tokyo.

Au troisième trimestre, son bénéfice net a toutefois bondi de 22,5% sur un an, à 20 milliards de yens (165 millions d’euros), tandis que son bénéfice opérationnel a progressé de 13,3% à 34,3 milliards de yens.

Son chiffre d’affaires trimestriel a totalisé 282 milliards de yens (2,3 milliards d’euros environ), une croissance de 3,2% sur un an, ralentie par des effets de change négatifs (+6,6% à devises constantes).

Ses ventes ont aussi bondi de 8,6% au Japon sur le trimestre écoulé. Shiseido explique avoir bénéficié d’une “ruée d’achats de dernière minute” avant l’entrée en vigueur d’un relèvement de la TVA dans le pays le 1er octobre, qui laisse cependant augurer un retour de bâton en fin d’année.

Le groupe a également annoncé jeudi avoir finalisé son acquisition de la marque américaine de soins de la peau Drunk Elephant, une transaction de 845 millions de dollars destinée à le renforcer aux Etats-Unis, notamment sur le créneau des jeunes consommateurs (“millennials”).


          

ESTEE LAUDER est plus pessimiste sur son bénéfice par action annuel

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ESTEE LAUDER est plus pessimiste sur son bénéfice par action annuel

(AOF) - La société américaine de cosmétiques Estee Lauder est attendue en repli après avoir abaissé son objectif annuel de résultats. Sur l’exercice 2020, elle vise désormais un bénéfice par action ajusté compris entre 5,85 et 5,93 dollars contre de 5,90 dollars à 5,98 dollars auparavant. Les revenus sont en revanche toujours anticipés en progression de 7% à 8%, dont 1 point d’impact négatif des changes.

Au premier trimestre, clos fin septembre, le bénéfice net a augmenté de 19% à 595 millions de dollars, soit 1,61 dollar par action. Hors éléments exceptionnels, le bénéfice par action s’est élevé à 1,67 dollar par action, soit 7 cents de mieux que le consensus. Les ventes ont progressé de 11% (+12% à taux de change constants) à 3,90 milliards de dollars contre un consensus de 3,85 milliards de dollars.

Les spécialistes du secteur sont très confiants en constatant la très forte demande de la clientèle chinoise. Morgan Stanley estime que le marché chinois, qui a procuré à l’industrie du luxe 60% de sa croissance sur les quinze dernières années, devrait augmenter ses dépenses de 90% d’ici à 2025. Même optimisme du côté du cabinet de conseil Bain & Company. Parmi les facteurs de croissance se trouvent l’expansion rapide de la classe moyenne, qui devrait représenter les deux tiers des ménages chinois d’ici 2027 et la demande toujours soutenue des Millennials, particulièrement sensibles aux tendances innovantes telles que la convergence de la mode et du sport.

Une étude du Boston Consulting Group estime que, d’ici à 2024, les consommateurs chinois représenteront 40% des clients du luxe. Leur contribution à la croissance de ce marché est estimée à 70% pour les cinq prochaines années.


          

What’s in the Bag?

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The stuff that bad people give you at Hallowe’en.

Recently, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, the monthly offerings of this column have been tightly organized around a central theme or cluster of ideas. Well, maybe you haven’t noticed that. I’ve tried, anyway. But, as we libertarians are fond of saying, TANSTAAFL: there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch. You always have to pay for what you get. In the case of Word Watch, tight organization — or a pretense of it — is purchased at the price of ignoring a lot of things that somebody ought to mention.

I’ll put it in another way. Everyone who writes a column like this has something that we call, in our professional language, the Grab Bag. We collect samples of things that we may want to mention, and when it comes time to get serious and write the column, we go to the Grab Bag and pull stuff out. Sometimes we’re frustrated because the great thing that absolutely must be discussed this month is somehow not in the Bag after all, and since we can’t seem to remember what it was, we have no idea of where else to look for it. Occasionally we’re relieved to find that all the items we pulled out of the Bag seem to fit together like a watch. More often we’re disgusted to see that in trying to make it all fit, we failed to exploit our most interesting material.

So this month I’m going to grab items out of the bag with no concern for whether they fit together or not. At the end, we’ll see whether any sense of order has emerged.

As we libertarians are fond of saying, there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Item 1. The acute becomes chronic. There’s a common, and plausible, idea that high-speed mass communication renders language unstable. In the age of the internet, words, phrases, and, bless my soul, memes are born, become known, become popular, become tyrannical, and just as rapidly wither and die, depriving all who had adopted them of the ability to communicate. Expressions that might have measured their lives by generations of human beings now measure it by generations of fruit flies.

Regrettably, this notion is true only of clever and useful expressions, the ones that provoke and enable thought. Nobody remembers those. But words that destroy both thought and the tools of thought — these have remarkable staying power. They not only remain; if they die, they are resurrected. Witness cool and dude, all-purpose signifiers of some kind of goodness and personhood, which were chewed to death by Boomers but miraculously revived by Millennials.

Meanwhile — oh, a mere 25 or 30 years ago — the first generation of computer geeks gave us input as the replacement term for advice, suggestions, responses, dialogue– real words with real meanings, meanings that prompt one to think, “What do I want from her? Her analysis? Her ideas? Her corrections? Her critique? What, exactly, do I want?” But it’s so much easier, dude, just to ask for her input. At the same time, somebody — perhaps a student of meteor trajectories — gave us impact as a way of killing all distinctions among affect, influence, damage, ruin, destroy, annihilate. And the bureaucrats gave us the Universal Slash, the little mark of punctuation that proclaims to us, “I don’t care enough about what I’m writing to choose the words I mean; I’ll just plop down a bunch of possibilities and put slashes between them.” And these means of avoiding thought have (to paraphrase William Faulkner’s comment about man himself) not only endured but prevailed. On the road from here to eternity, they are approaching the goal.

Words that destroy both thought and the tools of thought — these have remarkable staying power.

I feel that more needs to be said about the slash. Here are two examples from a single source (in the comments to which you will see many, many more examples):

That’s why the FBI, and later the Mueller team, were/are so strongly committed to, and defending, the formation of the Steele Dossier and its dubious content.

The CURRENT FBI wants to hide Ms. Kavalec’s warning/notification that Steele was delivering false information about Cohen traveling to Prague.

Tell me, great author, you who have so much to tell: was it a warning, or was it a notification? There’s a difference. Maybe it was both. Decide, and let me know. And were those investigators committed, or are they committed, or have they always been committed? This also makes a difference. So fill me in. Don’t pretend that you’re too busy, or that your keyboard won’t do or and and.

The US (Universal Slash) started as a little ignorant/dippy/sometimes-pretentious fad — but it remained. And multiplied. If you work for an organization, any organization, you’ll get it in your inbox a hundred times a day. But when you talk to people about it, they just look back at you.

2. Are we trying to be ugly, or not to be ugly? In other words, why do people insist on saying passed away and the still more cloying passed, when all they mean is died — yet they make no effort to avoid the desperately ugly nitpick, pick your brain, brown-nose, and suck?

If you work for an organization, any organization, you’ll get the Universal Slash in your inbox a hundred times a day.

3. Horton hears a where. The word where refers to places and spaces. Then why is it constantly used for things that are not places or spaces? “In the argument where she shows . . . ” “It was in the century where . . .” On October 19 I read: “Seats where in years prior the Republicans did not even bother fielding a candidate are being flipped, while Democratic gains in the suburbs are mostly in traditionally competitive swing seats. Historically, the midterm elections typically favor the party that is not in the White House, yet this was trumpeted as a historic turnaround.” By the way, what is the referent of this?

4. Nope, nobody said a word. “No allegations of impropriety have been made.” “There have been no accusations of misconduct.” “No charges have ever been lodged.” To cite Gilbert and Sullivan:

What, never?
No, never!

What, never?
Well, hardly ever!

These no, never phrases are now used in exact proportion to the prevalence of allegations, accusations, charges, opinions, and convictions that something grossly improper or illegal has in fact been done. I’ve been meaning to comment on this singular phenomenon since I noticed that it was routinely being reported that no accusations had ever been made against Jussie Smollett, at a time when everyone in the country was thinking, and many brave souls were writing, that he had faked a racist and anti-gay attack on himself. Long before that, “Hillary Clinton has never been accused of a crime” had become a permanent part of the media mantra, despite the existence of a long shelf of books and about a million news articles accusing her of a wide variety of crimes.

There have always been plenty of American businesses that would give Hunter Biden a job he isn’t qualified for.

By this standard, no one who hasn’t been formally arraigned in a US court has ever been accused of anything. And now Biden’s doing it. In his whole life he’s never been accused of wrongdoing — unlike Trump!

5. And you were silly enough to think the media were unbiased! CNN “anchor” (and never has there been an anchor more weighted with his own importance) Anderson Cooper was the host of the Democratic presidential candidates’ October 15 debate. In that capacity, he put the following question to Joseph (“Honest Joe”) Biden:

The impeachment inquiry is centered on President Trump's attempts to get political dirt from Ukraine on Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter. Mr. Vice President, President Trump has falsely accused your son of doing something wrong while serving on a company board in Ukraine. I want to point out there's no evidence of wrongdoing by either one of you.

Having said that, on Sunday, you announced that if you're president, no one in your family or associated with you will be involved in any foreign businesses. My question is, if it's not okay for a president's family to be involved in foreign businesses, why was it okay for your son when you were vice president?

Well thank you, Anderson. You’re right, of course. There have always been plenty of American businesses that would give Hunter a job he isn’t qualified for.

People like Cooper have apparently decided that they can say anything, anything at all, to their hapless victims in the nursing homes and airport waiting rooms, and still maintain their self-respect.

I don’t need to gloss Cooper’s wiffleball “question” (you can tell it’s a question because he says, “My question is”), which was obviously wafted at Biden as an excuse for proclaiming him and his son innocent and their antagonist guilty, prior to all questions. Political dirt. Falsely accused. No evidence of wrongdoing. Try about a million dollars a year of evidence about that Ukrainian company. But the question proves that Anderson’s still speakin’ truth to power.

In a rational world, the more CNN’s numbers dropped, the more it would strive to look nonpartisan. Exactly the opposite has taken place. People like Cooper have apparently decided that they can say anything, anything at all, to their hapless victims in the nursing homes and airport waiting rooms, and still maintain their self-respect. There’s no evidence that they’re doing something wrong.

6. Do you actually know what you’re saying? There’s lots of Mrs. Clinton stuff in the Grab Bag. Here is a recent utterance. She’s speaking, as usual, about how everyone let her down in 2016:

There was nothing. I had nothing. So from my perspective, I think we’ll be a little better off [in 2020] than we were back then. But we’re gonna be outgunned, outspent, out-lied.

I mean, we’re gonna have a lot of problems.

Literally, then, what “we” need is bigger guns, bigger spending, and bigger lies.

7. For the millionth time, what are teachers getting paid to teach? It isn’t words. If it were, we wouldn’t constantly be encountering authors, themselves fairly well paid, who write things such as “he needed to lay down” and “she was one of the most well informed persons in Washington” and “’Go west, young person,’ as Horatio Alger infamously said.” All right, I made that last one up, but it didn’t surprise you, did it? How about the wondrous literacy of this newsicle. “He then gets on top of a yellow Ford Thunderbird and laying on his side, posing on the car.” Period. That’s the end of the “sentence,” complete with laying. Almost everyone in my building has a college education, but I regularly get notices that “water will be shut-off at 8:00 a.m.” I also read in headlines that “Senator Rand Paul Calls-Out Chairman Lindsay Graham.” Somebody needs to turn-off these hyphens. Somebody also needs to turn-off the sex and gender education and turn-on the English class.

8. Real rhetoric: the absence and the presence. By real rhetoric I mean words intelligently organized for the greatest possible effect on intelligent people. How much of that do you hear or read? How much of it do you get from the biggest spouters of rhetoric, the politicians? Answer: little, and none. But just when I was arranging some rhetorical flowers for the funeral of rhetoric, Democratic presidential contestant Tulsi Gabbard stayed my hand and joyed my heart.

Even if you can separate the value of courage from the value of words (which you should), you can certainly admire Gabbard’s choice of words.

Gabbard was responding to a podcast produced by the aforesaid Hillary Clinton in which Clinton claimed that Gabbard, who questions military interventions abroad, was being “groomed” for the presidency by Russians. She was a Russian asset. Gabbard responded almost instantly:

Great! Thank you @HillaryClinton. You, the queen of warmongers, embodiment of corruption, and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long, have finally come out from behind the curtain. From the day I announced my candidacy, there has been a concerted campaign [in leading newspapers and elsewhere] to destroy my reputation. We wondered who was behind it and why. Now we know — it was always you, through your proxies and powerful allies in the corporate media and war machine, afraid of the threat I pose. It’s now clear that this primary is between you and me. Don’t cowardly hide behind your proxies. Join the race directly.

One thing that’s real about those words is that they’re all true, and obviously true. But even if you’re so oblivious as to think that they aren’t obvious, you have to admire Gabbard’s courage in addressing them to the wealthiest and most influential and most terrifying person in her party. And even if you can separate the value of courage from the value of words (which you should), you can certainly admire Gabbard’s choice of words. Her words have cadence and emphasis; they are educated, yet accessible; the pictures they paint are immediately visible, yet she wastes not a word in painting them. She doesn’t pussyfoot up to her prey and try to nibble it to death; she doesn’t pretend to admire any imaginary good qualities of her victim; she doesn’t try to find a de-“gendered” term for “queen.” She is completely successful. It’s startling to realize that this is what, for three decades, has needed to be said, but wasn’t said by anyone on Gabbard’s side of the aisle, or said with compelling words by anyone on the other side. I think I disagree with almost everything in Gabbard’s own political program, but she sure knows how to write.

L’envoi:

Well, this has been fun. And it had a happy ending, too. I’m sure there’s no order to the thing (except for a certain obsession with Hillary Clinton), but why keep sacrificing wholesome fun to some impossible ideal of organization?

Enough is enough; goodbye for October.


          

Millennials: Here’s Why the Process is Well Worth It.

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Millennials have waited longer than any other generation to become homeowners, but the wait for this cohort is just about over. According to National Mortgage News, “Millennials, those young adults now aged 23 to 38, are now entering their peak household formation and homebuying years.” If you’re a Millennial, you’re already well aware that you’re [...]
          

Book Review: Premillennialism: Why There Must Be a Future Earthly Kingdom of Jesus

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Premillennialism: Why There Must Be a Future Earthly Kingdom of Jesus by Michael J. Vlach My rating: 5 of 5 stars his book makes a positive case for premillennialism. Vlach does deal with some objections and alternative views on some texts, but mostly is making his case from both testaments and the overall storyline of […]
          

U.S. Coal Bankruptcies Reveal The Future Of Alberta Tar Sands

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London on April 18, 2018, as they protest against the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean. In 2016, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government approved tripling the 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) Trans Mountain pipeline's capacity to carry 890,000 barrels of oil for shipping overseas from landlocked Alberta's oil sands to the port of Vancouver. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)AFP/GETTY IMAGES
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By some estimates, “the price of oil could permanently plummet to $25 a barrel by the mid-2020s. Only the cheapest oil in places like Saudi Arabia could be economically produced. Canada's oil sands, where most projects need an oil price of $60 to $80 a barrel just to break even, would cease to make financial sense.”
 
The U.S. coal industry is in big trouble. This year alone, eight companies have filed for bankruptcy protection, Murray Energy is the latest one. Bob Murray’s friendship with President Trump could not save the company. After all, the death of coal is due to fracking, not regulation.

While these bankruptcies might be good news for climate change, they have caused havoc for coal miners and coal communities. Typically, bankrupt coal companies renege on their pension and healthcare obligations. Miners and pensioners are virtually left penniless. Just follow any story on Appalachia to get a sense of the social and economic chaos that collapsing coal inflicts on local communities.

Coal implosion should hold important lessons for Alberta’s oil sands economy. After all, both coal and oil contribute to climate change. Both are vulnerable to regulatory and market challenges. It seems that Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau does not see the decline of oil to be inevitable. In 2018, courts blocked the construction of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline, which would carry Alberta’s oil to the Pacific Ocean. Trudeau’s government intervened and purchased the pipeline for $4.5 billion (and has committed additional billions of dollars for its expansion).

But Albertans remain suspicious of Trudeau and Ottawa. Some even want to secede from Canada! In 2019 election, his Liberal party drew blank in Alberta. So how does he win over Albertans? At his first Press conference after the 2019 reelection, Trudeau declared that his government is committed to fighting climate change and building the Trans Mountain Pipeline. 

This is where a leadership deficit is showing. Instead of pandering to Alberta, Trudeau should have shown tough love. The reason is simple: the pipeline provides a false sense of economic security and discourages Alberta from diversifying away from the tar sands.

The Trudeau Syndrome: Real Climate Champions Love Oil Sands

Alberta tar sands are an important economic resource for CanadaNatural Resources Canada, a government body, notes: “The oil sands comprise 167.2 billion barrels of crude oil – 97 percent of Canada’s 172.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves—and are a vital part of the Canadian economy. The industry is one of Canada’s largest employers, with more than 400,000 people deriving direct, indirect and induced employment from the oil sands and supporting sectors.”

To justify his support for the pipeline to his pro-climate base, Trudeau is playing the nationalist card, which for Canadians means a dose of Anti-AmericanismTrudeau said: "For too long we have been selling our natural resources to the United States at a discount ... Getting our resources to markets other than the United States and getting that done as quickly as possible remains a priority.”

The Stranded Asset Problem

Trudeau might support the pipeline pointing to the projected growth in energy demand. There are over 1 billion cars in the world, and an additional 70 million are added every year. If there are cars, the logic goes, there will be a demand for oil, not to mention the increasing demand for petrochemicals. It is not surprising that almost every country (Norway probably being the only exception) continues to explore for new oil reserves.

In the short run (10-20 years), this argument probably makes sense. But in the medium term (20-40 years), the auto industry might look different and the demand for oil will probably begin to soften. This is when Alberta will begin facing the problem of stranded oil sands assets.

An asset is stranded when it becomes nonperforming during its useful economic life. The reasons include technological innovations that render it obsolete, shifts in consumer preferences, or changes in the regulatory structure.

Faced with extreme weather events, governments may enact even more stringent laws to discourage combustion-engine automobiles. Second, courts may announce large verdicts against major oil firms for imposing harms on individuals, cities, and other actors. As a part of the settlement, oil firms may accept penalties such as a large dose of a carbon tax in exchange for immunity. This sort of carbon tax could reduce demand for oil. Third, increased energy-efficiency of gasoline cars and the rapid expansion of electric cars and trucks might dampen the demand for oil. Alongside, there could be a “drive shame” movement encouraging individuals to take public transportation (or simply walk) as opposed to driving. Indeed, millennials are less interested in car ownership than the previous generations.

With oil demand softening, only the most efficient oil producers will survive. By some estimates, “the price of oil could permanently plummet to $25 a barrel by the mid-2020s. Only the cheapest oil in places like Saudi Arabia could be economically produced. Canada's oil sands, where most projects need an oil price of $60 to $80 a barrel just to break even, would cease to make financial sense.”

Will Alberta Become the New Appalachia?

An investment of more than $200 billion is at risk. What if oil sands industry becomes uncompetitive and these assets become nonperforming? Mass bankruptcies will follow. Governmental revenue will plummet and local communities dependent on oil jobs will be devastated.

Just see how the bankruptcy of the coal industry is playing out in Appalachia and the Powder River Basin regions of the United States. David Roberts notes: “Coal mines have shut down, hundreds of people are out of work, unemployment offices are overwhelmed, and there appears to be worse to come. The coal industry, long seen as a friend and economic linchpin in the state, is falling apart, and the very communities that have supported it most are getting screwed over in the process.”

Labor unions are worried that a bankrupt coal sector will not be able to fulfill its pension and healthcare obligations. Further, bankrupt coal firms tend to renege on mine clean up obligations as well.

Preparing for a Soft Landing

Trudeau wants to become another Trump who promised to bring coal back. One might argue that the decline of oil will be delayed by rolling back climate laws or massive government funding for carbon removal technologies. The reality is that coal jobs have not come back and probably never will. Oil could follow a similar trajectory.

Generating false hopes for the revival of oil is irresponsible because it is making Alberta, a high-cost oil producer, even more vulnerable to oil downturns. The wise policy is to start preparing Alberta for a soft landing. The basic idea is to invest in creating non fossil-fuel jobs. At minimum, Trudeau’s government should not throw a lifeline to the Trans Mountain Pipeline because it is creating an even bigger stock of stranded assets.

The Trudeau syndrome reveals the perils of democracy where leaders embrace policies to secure short term political gains. Trudeau’s false populism did not fetch him votes in Alberta. Maybe it is time for him to reverse course on the pipeline and guide Alberta towards a more diversified economy with a sustainable economic trajectory.

Nives Dolsak is Professor and Director of the School of Marine & Environmental Affairs. Aseem Prakash is the Walker Family Professor and the Director of the Center for Environmental Politics. Both are at the University of Washington, Seattle.

[Top photo: London on April 18, 2018, as they protest against the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta's oil sands to the Pacific Ocean. In 2016, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government approved tripling the 1,150-kilometer (715-mile) Trans Mountain pipeline's capacity to carry 890,000 barrels of oil for shipping overseas from landlocked Alberta's oil sands to the port of Vancouver. / AFP PHOTO / Tolga AKMEN (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)]

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This Week in Geek (28/10-03/11/19)

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In theaters: In pre-show interviews, Robert Eggers said this of The Lighthouse, that he wanted to make another film about misery, but this time make it a comedy. I joked that if this was going to be a comedy, it would be like that one Ingmar Bergman comedy (Secrets of Women). And I didn't know how right I was (though as a horror film, it also has shades of Bergman's Hour of the Wolf). There are funny moments in it, as might be expected of any Odd Couple type situation, but this is very much a Bergmanian existentialist drama about man's struggle with God. As an exploration of that dynamic, it's bloody brilliant. Rich and textured, it goes well beyond simple Christian allegory, though Man having to toil and suffer to win an unattainable "light" is definitely the first layer. It also has Pagan resonances, at once Odyssean and Promethean, and more than a touch of folk superstition with its Kraken and merfolk imagery, and its ancient curses made true. It's Melvillian too. The Man/God dynamic can also be seen as a son/demanding father story, or as generational strife (Boomer/Millennial), and still works. Or if you want to say it's all psychological and nothing is real except maybe the last shot, that's fine too. There's no one answer, they're all true. The mirror between the characters certainly adds that extra dimension. To me, it all comes back to the same question no matter how you cut it: Why do we worship these asshole gods? (For gods, substitute parents, traditions, generations that sell themselves as successful, your own ego). And all of that is quite beyond the technical aspects of the film which remind you why it's called the Silver Screen. The black and white photography positively shimmers, and the square frame isn't a gimmick to make the film look like it was made in a bygone age, but rather to make the lighthouse and its lonely island as claustrophobic as possible. Eggers has made a film that, while livelier than The VVitch, stands next to it in a diptych. Both show how one's conversation with God is filled with pitfalls and temptations designed to make you fall. FAVORITE OF THE WEEK

Got the chance to see The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari in a theater space, with a live 8-piece orchestra, and it's a nice experience, if a potentially distracting one. When the film got slow - and Caligari is OFTEN slow, especially for such a short film - you tended to watch the musicians instead. But yeah, Caligari, an undisputed German expressionist classic, is an obvious inspiration on latter-day cinema. In a modern context, Tim Burton stole his entire aesthetic from this one film. It may also be the first puzzle movie, with twist reveals inviting reinterpretation on subsequent viewings. In fact, a lot of the stuff I initially felt were problems - the over-extreme picture book sets (though I like them, especially how practical shadow and light are painted on the sets, it made me wonder if they were covering some kind of budget or logistical problems), the flashback and further flashback structure, the redundancy of the other Caligari - were actually part of the game. This dark, demented tale of killer somnambulists starts off slow, yes, but once it gets going, it gets more assured in terms of rhythm, effects, and story. So yeah, it deserves its place among the classics of its era.

At home: Paul Rudd in an existential Netflix dramedy co-starring... Paul Rudd? I'm up for it. Living with Yourself has him play a man who's lost his mojo at home and at work, so he dares try a rejuvenation treatment that - I guess I don't want to say too much - results in his having to deal with his cloned best self. That wasn't supposed to happen. I don't want to call the tone inconsistent, and would rather use the term tonally complex. The stuff with Rudd(s) and his wife (a charming turn for Aisling Bea) are dramatic and absurd, while characters existing outside this dynamic tend to be funny high-concept lampoons (the FDA investigators are particularly amusing). While the few episodes we have in the first season double back on themselves a lot to cover the different points of view, it gives us a strong portrait of the three leads, and manages to explore themes of self-loathing, self-sabotage, aspiration, nostalgia, impostor syndrome, and personal baggage. The title would seem to suggest conscience as well, but it doesn't really hit that note. The two Rudds are close enough to sometimes be indistinguishable, which is part of the narrative and quite realistic, though it may confuse at times. Generally, I felt like the direction and script could have been tighter, but I'm enjoying the recent trend of treating television series as little novels, and letting the story grow out of the premise, not wallow in it. You don't know where this is going and there's a joy to that.

I can't exactly dislike Hammer Horror's The Gorgon, but it's a confused little movie. The monster is from mythology, of course, but is also just the SPIRIT of the creature millennia dead, and also, makes its host transform on the full moon like a werewolf. Uhm... Structurally, while it does a good job of setting up a mystery - who and what is the monster? what is Peter Cushing's pathologist's own secret? - there are just too many investigators coming to town, one after another. A man dies petrified, his father comes a-looking. He dies, his OTHER son investigates. While he's doing so, Christopher Lee in bad hair'n'beard shows up to help, almost as an after-thought. Get it together, movie. And it might all have worked out if the monster's ultimate appearance had been more impressive. I do like the climactic fight, but there's a lot of "stand way over there so people don't see how bad the snake hair is". A lot of promise, but ultimately disappointing despite (and this is germane to my interests only) the participation of Patrick Troughton as a cagey copper.

There's something satisfyingly political about The Plague of the Zombies, with its local lord bleeding the population dry to get a zombie work force (pretty much literally). André Morell and Diane Clare are good as the father-daughter team who investigate a strange rash of deaths in an English village, Clare playing an especially strong character for the type of film this is. Hammer did right by her, at least until she had to succumb to the black magic. I like seeing Jacqueline Pearce too, though her character doesn't fare as well. Plague was made at a time when zombies were still connected to voodoo, which gives the film a certain exoticism. There are a number of effective macabre moments - which isn't a given - and when you're a little ahead of the characters, the tension builds nicely. Its one real failure is abominable day for night in the first two acts' exteriors. I say day for night, but there's no process. Just night scenes shot in bright daylight. Actual cinematography kicks in during the third act, which is mostly played in interiors, but also has good exterior photography.

It's Last Chance High for Resident Evil, using The Final Chapter to finally create a background for the Umbrella Corporation, the T-virus, and Alice herself. Well, better late than never. Her return to the Hive in Raccoon City is pretty exciting, though there is a point there, in the dark, where I couldn't tell what was happening or care about who was dying. It's better than the bad chapters, not as good as the best ones, a fair finish that wins the day by belatedly doing some world building. Some good action sequences (for non-epileptics anyway), especially early on, but in the end, just okay. It's just marred by too many problems to get a better report from me. The insane cliffhanger from the previous film is ignored with a few lines of dialog covering what might have been its own film (were they forced to skip to the end?). The action is frenetically edited within an inch of its life. The countdown to humanity's extinction is complete nonsense, though it might an acceptable use of a trope if they didn't return to it so frequently. And the ending lacks the epic grandeur the film promises, while also being a bit of a cop-out.

Halloween... I saw the original at the start of the month, and skipped to the end 30 days (and 40 years!) later, jumping over the middle films now all usefully labeled "urban legends" (that IS a fun trick to ignore pieces of a franchise yet keep them "in continuity"). Anyway, while you can't take away the iconic power of Carpenter's first opus, I think I liked 2018's just as much or more. First, it's a gorgeous-looking movie, slick and sumptuous. Second, it makes the slasher victims likable or at least interesting before they meet their untimely ends at Michael Myers' hands, and very effectively too (who knew podcasting could be so dangerous?). And third, I like that it's about a survivor's trauma. Laurie Strode hasn't come out of her brush with death unscathed. It turned her into Sarah Connor! Michael is finally back and she's going to kill him or die trying, which leads to a satisfying reversal at the end. There's a turning point nearing an act change that hinted at a sort of dead man's gun way to continue the franchise, but they back away from it. It's for the best for the Strodes story, but might still have been an intriguing avenue to explore. So good, visceral fun, both as slasher movie (a LOT of people die) and as a "badass woman takes back control of her life" revenge flick.

Because of the title, I kept confusing House on Haunted Hill with The Haunting of Hill House, and watching the former, it really did feel like they put the former's source material (the Shirley Jackson book) into a blender. It came out that year so it's just about doable, depending on the timelines. Ghoulish fun at any rate. This is the prototypical "stay in a haunted house for a night" movie which spawned the cliché, and it goes overboard in terms of just how many insane murders were committed there. So is the house haunted, or is it all an elaborate hoax? Or both, as if the house invited murderousness? It's not as purposefully ambiguous as all that, but the question is worth asking. Among the cool cast of characters, Vincent Price and Carol Ohmart are especially great as the couple who hate one another... with a smile. Elisha Cook Jr. is pretty fun as the consistent doomsayer. And while I appreciate the Skeleton as Himself, he's pretty silly. I don't think seeing him hoisted on pulleys in the theater thanks to the Emergo system would have changed my mind. Did anyone get a bony toe in the eye, back in '59? Emergo survivors! Let me know!

Definitely a contender for a double-feature with John Carpenter's The Fog, The Living Skeleton is a jazzy Japanese ghost story where things are not always what they seem, about a modern-day pirates being visited by a vengeful spirit three years after they killed the passengers and crew of a ship. A little hard to follow at times, and with a lot of cheap unconvincing effects (but some that do work, I admit), the film really triumphs because of its atmospheric cinematography and the director's willingness to add some New Wave touches. The third act reveals (plural) send the film spinning into WTF territory, and we're suddenly in a B-movie serial that impinges on the spooky tale that was being told. It says something about the film's technical qualities that this doesn't sink the whole enterprise. If the finale didn't have such strong visuals, I don't think I'd be recommending it at all. It's a real high-wire act and I'm not sure it really works, so put me down as admiring it, but not loving it.

1968 Japan's Goké, Body Snatcher from Hell, is a wild suspense-horror-science fiction hybrid that presages, I think, a lot of the doom-and-gloom downer sci-fi of the '70s. After being briefly hijacked, something in an eerie red sky makes a plane crash down in a quarry (calling it like I see it). What follows is a pressure cooker survival story in which the survivors aren't on the same page as to what to do, especially once they are stalked by a vampiric alien blob that's taken over the hijacker's body (one of the film's weaknesses, since it just trades a villain for the same villain). The film has a strong humanistic streak, but its bleak message is that the human race isn't humanistic enough, and because of that, all will be lost. The small sample of humanity in the plane includes some pretty nasty characters, in fact, and the shadow of Vietnam overtly darkens the picture. At its best when dealing with the claustrophobic struggle of the human characters, Goké manages some nice sci-fi/horror thrills along the way. The ending feels a bit long, but is well worth it as the film's final word on our species' failings.

Tony Scott made a horror film, The Hunger, and no surprise, it's sumptuously lit and shot. Quite beautiful. Its vibe initially reminds me of the later Only Lovers Left Alive, as the story of two immortal vampires and how such long-lasting love manifests (that, and there's a strong rock'n'roll feeling to both films, in this case partly caused by casting David Bowie). But as it turns out, only Catherine Deneuve's vamp is a true immortal, her converted companions only lasting a few hundred years before accelerated decrepitude turns them into living corpses. So this is the story of the end of one relationship, and the start of another (Catherine chooses Susan Sarandon as her next companion - things get positively Sapphic). The theme of possessiveness runs through the film. Once hers, the vampire's lovers remain a part of her, and while she paints this forever love in romantic terms, there's also a horror to her never letting go. Metaphors ready for dissection. I do think they don't make enough of Sarandon's research into decrepitude - it's just a plot means to a plot end - but I like The Hunger for its stylish look, cool cast, and interesting take on the vampire romance genre.

When I was in 11th grade, I reviewed movies for a public-access television youth-centric show, and Hellraiser was one of the first films I covered. I remember it well because it almost caused us to lose the cinema's obliging us with free admittance. See, the way our rinky-dink show could show a clip of the movie back in 1987 was to have a cameraman go up to the projection room and film the screen square on from that angle. In Hellraiser's case, something went wrong, and we lost or never got the footage. So in our teenage wisdom, we decided to reenact a scene (a hammer murder scene - look, the prop was handy and we didn't remember any dialog). I'm not sure our shenanigans were amusing. I know it definitely wasn't to the theater owner who called to threaten to cut us off. This was my first time revisiting the film since then, and it's remarkable how many of its squishier images always stayed with me - the maggots, the aforementioned hammer killings, the skinsuit - while the story itself and all the Cenobite stuff I remembered almost nothing about. Wouldn't have recognized Andy Robinson then either, but glad to have him along as both a wuss and a creep. Clive Barker's twisted imagination is both a feature and a bug. A feature in that his Cenobite hell and the puzzle box used to access are weird and original. A bug in that we only brush against his mythology here in what is otherwise a good but straightforward "dude returns from hell and needs blood to rebuild his body" story. In other words, the Cenobite Mythos stuff detracts from the horror tale by being too unusual for its own good. By the end there, it's just a little too much about finishing  a Rubik's Cube and becomes silly.

Flipped the DVD of Doctor Who's Terror of the Zygons, a very late release for the Tom Baker era, not sure why, especially since a lot of the extras were evidently taped before the new series premiered (the way they're talking). If you want to know what I think of the Zygons' debut, there are of course reviews from 2012-13 (episodes one, two, three, four), so let's talk about DVD extras here. First is a deleted scene you can watch integrated into episode one's director's cut or by itself as an Easter Egg (the other Egg is exhibition messages from Tom Baker). Mark Ayres moderates a commentary track populated by crew only (the producer and writer, in addition to various technical positions). There's a making of, a photo gallery, a trivia subtitle track, which is all pretty standard. Tom Baker and Lis Sladen each get a featurette where they tell stories about their time on Doctor Who. The UNIT Family's last stories are covered in the third featurette about the era and characters. There's a Douglas Camfield director retrospective that doesn't limit itself to his Who work. And the release ends with a vintage Baker interview for a news program on location in Sussex (fake Scotland), and an episode of the docu series Merry-Go-Round in which Elisabeth Sladen visits an oil rig in the North Sea. You can also listen to the isolated score, but I admit I never do.

I saw Paycheck almost 15 years ago, and remembered almost nothing from it, except that Affleck was in it and that he rode a motorbike. Almost like I was given the memory removal treatment myself. Did not bode well for a rewatch, especially considering how unvalued the movie is. John Woo does Philip K. Dick isn't the most obvious fit, and in fact, Wooisms always feel a little out of place in an American film, maybe because he's not allowed to go full style in them, I dunno. But I'm going to defend this one. Yes, it's often silly, but I can't like explosive squibs and random doves and slow-mo and quick zooms in Woo's Hong Kong films, and pan them when the same action takes place in a generic 5-minutes-in-the-future city played by Vancouver. I can't like Dick's stories and complain about the crazy science and thin characters. They're elements of each man's style, and I'm a fan of both. I like the idea of reverse engineer reverse-engineering the clues he's left himself after a three-year dose of amnesia. I like the tricks one might do if they had foreknowledge of the future but only the simplest of resources. And damn it, I like the ridiculous action set pieces. Very cool cast as well, several actors before they made it big. The epilogue is terribly cheesy though, I can't possibly give it a pass, but otherwise this is a lot better than I remembered (or as the case may be, didn't).

Jim Jarmusch elliptically discusses the artistic process in Paterson, elliptically though its characters are artists living in a New Jersey town known for its famous artists. But that was from a bygone age, and today, the city looks run down, an industrial town whose industries have closed. Paterson is the city, and it's also the name of Adam Driver's character, perhaps not coincidentally a bus DRIVER (Jarmusch, you scamp) who is also a poet, but doesn't see himself as an artist. He's like the city, functional and blue-collar, and walking around with a sense that his art is no good, and therefore just a lark. It's just one small part of the apparently accidental twinning leitmotif that runs through the film (seems a little girl extra had a twin and Jarmusch decided right then and there to include both sisters and integrate the idea of identical twins into the movie, they recur almost eerily, to the point where one might ask whether Paterson himself had a brother who was the marine in the bedside picture), a theme that also includes the way each day feels the same in key ways, being consistently asked to make duplicates of his notebook, Golshifteh Farahani (as his girlfriend Laura) having physical and name doubles that resonate, etc. That's mostly texture. The real crux of the film is showing artistic souls at work, principally Paterson - the way he observes his ordinary world, what he might do without his outlet, where inspiration obliquely comes from - but also his opposite number Laura, who bounces from one artistic endeavor and interest from day to day. One is focused and shy, the other all over the place, but enthusiastically confident, but both support each other entirely, despite their awareness of the other's flaws (if not always their own). It's really rather beautiful, and having been involved in the art community, it's all quite true to life, I assure you. Also, great dog actor.

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The Yards is paced like a biopic, though it isn't one even if it's based on a true 1980s scandal, and could essentially be summed up as Mark Wahlberg looking stunned or sad for two hours. He has a right to since the plot is so wretchedly gloomy. Even a bright spot like Charlize Theron's character eventually gets blotted out by the relentless darkness that inhabits this world for no real reason. It's depressing to the point of being dull. Basically, Marky Mark plays an ex-con who really wants to get on the straight and narrow, but through a family connection, finds himself embroiled in municipal corruption and in way over his head. Could have the makings of a thriller, but instead, the movie goes for social naturalism, pseudo-"true story" tropes, crime picture clichés, and soon becomes melodrama. My eyes rolled in my head at every further tragedy beyond the first few. This is a poor use of a very strong cast that also includes Joaquin Phoenix, Ellen Burstyn, Faye Dunaway and James Caan.

"The story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American U.S. Navy Diver, and the man who trained him. " Uh-oh, is Men of Honor going to be a White Messiah movie? I guess it helps that Robert DeNiro's character is such a screw-up, but Brashear still needs that mentor figure to pull him through again and again. And part of that is because DeNiro's Sgt. Major Sunday is such an obvious composite, the kind of character that pops up in different roles just so the biopic doesn't have to introduce a new Navy guy in every act. A real-life story of determination and overcoming odds, but it's incredibly syrupy (I blame the score, mostly), and it sticks to formula. I don't think we really get at what makes Brashear tick. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays him as an earnest man, but not a complex one, and it just seems like he got a good pep talk from his dad one day and it made him driven to a fault. It almost seems like their wives (Aunjanue Ellis and Charlize Theron) had a bit of an arc, but it was cut from the film. They're wasted here understanding or pushing their men, as the plot requires. After Aunjanue Brashear becomes a diver, it feels like it should be over, but there's a supplementary act, and more obstacles (and Navy jerks) to overcome, until the melodrama threatens to swallow the film whole. Sweeping music, tears, be inspired, yadda yadda. Perfectly fine, but perfectly ordinary too.

Role-playing: BarD&D Season 2, episode 5... It's time to put the Buddhist values the previous three episodes have drilled into our characters to good use. Can they navigate the Six-Fold Path, a series of moral tests in the shape of D&D encounters? Why yes! They were remarkably good at doing the right thing. Except Black Philip, as usual letting his low Wisdom lead him astray and into non-existence. He returned later in a phantom band, giving the Tragically Imps a medley challenge, kind of sort of designed to accelerate their song choice skills (it worked). This was the culmination of the First Act of Season 2's novel-length adventure, with a springboard into travel with the Tuigan army and a new background sound. Also: Figuring out and expanding on the leader's ear worm, getting lots of magical treasure and XP, and oh, capturing a dragon's soul in a big prism, can't forget that. It's time to stop being Buddhist monks and start being Mongol horsemen, at least as far as my NPC stylings go. There's a lot more shouting, I have to admit.
Set list - Phur (AKA Fly, Anu), Trust in Me (Scarlett Johansson), Don't Stop Believing (Journey), Trust Hurts (Lizzo), U Can't Touch This (MC Hammer), Fight Fire with Fire (Metallica), Relax (Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Come Together (The Beatles), 500 Miles (The Proclaimers), Blinded by the Light (Manfred Mann's Earth Band), Yuve Yuve Yu (The Hu).
          

Millennials’ Chronic Health Problems Will Limit Their Lifetime Earnings, Report Says

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Wanted Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace by Chloé Dye Sherpe

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On August 14, Ed Bereal woke to find a National Guardsman outside of his studio pointing a gun at him. It was 1965 in Los Angeles and the artist was living in the midst of the Watts Rebellion. Curator Amy Chaloupka titled this section of her essay describing the event as “An Awakening”. From that moment, Bereal’s artworks intensified and became even more pointed and critical. Building on his training and life experiences, his artworks continue to tackle corruption, corporate greed, commercialism, racism, and gun violence. By using characters prevalent in popular culture, from George W. Bush to the Joker, Bereal draws the viewer in by using startling imagery mixed with recognizable figures. The images are often astonishing, and will no doubt hurtle the viewer towards introspection and discussion. Layers of intricate drawings are sometimes superimposed with rough, found materials. In the end, Bereal constructs a poignant criticism and reflection of the challenging aspects of American history.

“Wanted: Ed Bereal for Disturbing the Peace” is the artist’s first solo museum retrospective. It is incredible that Bereal had never had a significant solo museum exhibition before this point. His work has been exhibited widely internationally at important art institutions like the Getty Museum and Centre Pompidou.

This exhibit includes Bereal’s artworks from the last sixty years in all areas of his career, including collages, sketches,  photojournalism, sculptures, and videos of his theater work. It also includes the never-before-seen installation, “Exxon: The Five Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” a forty-foot long piece with five “horsemen” created from assembled materials and projected light. The exhibition is impressive for several reasons. The scope and breadth of the artworks exhibited is the first of its kind. In addition, curator Amy Chaloupka expertly organized the exhibition so that a visitor who is new to Bereal’s work can move through his artistic career and many of the artworks have extended labels with more information. The museum does have a word of caution for visitors before they enter the exhibition, and the message states that the content may be emotionally charged for some visitors and that some artworks contain adult content.

The exhibition is organized into several sections that represent the phases and evolution of his artistic career. At the entrance, the viewer encounters “Political Cartoons” which filled with logos, familiar faces from politics and popular culture, and sarcasm. It is in this section that Bereal’s use of dark humor and his talent for illustration really shine. There is a wall filled end to end with sketches from the 1980s through the present. Bereal studied at the Chouinard Art Institute in their advertising design program and the institute was known for training Disney illustrators, so it is not a surprise that Bereal’s drawing skills are excellent.

After seeing the political cartoons and large-scale installations, the viewer is brought back twenty years Bereal’s early career when he was experimenting with drawing and assemblage artworks. This portion includes information about his involvement in the infamous War Babies exhibition Huysman Gallery in 1961, examples of his unique use of materials, symbols, and ephemera from the period.

Significantly, it was also during these formative years that Bereal lived through the Watts Rebellion. The impact of that event is evident in his work. “America: A Mercy Killing” is a mixed-media kinetic sculpture that he made while writing a screenplay and the artwork was originally intended to be a model for the set.

He continued his interest in performance while teaching at University of California, Riverside and University of California, Irvine. In 1968 he organized a group of twelve student actors into a group called Bodacious Buggerrilla to bring critical perspectives to their communities. For the following decades, Bereal continued to bring performance to the masses and later took his skills overseas as a photojournalist in the 1980s and 1990s. He continued to teach while on assignment outside the United States and sought to demonstrate how people could use photography and film as forms of activism.

It was very wise to put a warning at the entrance to this exhibition. The images are powerful, at times disturbing, and often evoke an immediate response. As a caucasian, millennial woman, I came to this exhibit with ideas and experiences informed by my life and the world around me. I can’t imagine experiencing what Ed Bereal experienced. A t the end of the exhibition, there is a table with several chairs for people to reflect and discuss their thoughts on the show. Notebooks titled “I leave wanting to…”, “I am still thinking about…”, and “I want to have a conversation about…” are sitting on the table. My recommendation? Take the time to observe the details, maybe chuckle at some of the sarcasm, deliberate about the challenging images, and witness the strange in this show. I also recommend reading the essays in the corresponding catalog. The authors expertly provide context for the artworks and respectfully share Bereal’s story. The curator also gives gallery tours and Bereal has participated in several events at the museum.

Chloé Dye Sherpe
Chloé Dye Sherpe is a curator and art professional based in Washington State.

“Ed Bereal: Wanted for Disturbing the Peace” is on view through January 5 at the Whatcom Museum located at 250 Flora Street in Bellingham, Washington. Museum hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 12 to 5 P.M. For more information,
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42% of Indian consumers prefer digital payments: Survey

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A recent online survey conducted by YouGov and ACI Worldwide has revealed that digital payment is the preferred mode of payment amongst young consumers. YouGov is an internet-based market research company and ACI Worldwide is a global service provider in the field of real-time electronic and banking solutions.

The survey found that 42% of Indian consumers prefer digital payments, 29% prefer card payments and 27% are comfortable with cash payments. Although the preference for digital payment is higher in case of the younger population, the acclimatisation was uniform throughout the populace. While 48% of the millennial used digital payment options, 42% of Gen Z also opted for the same. Notably, nearly 77% of millennial have used digital payments at least once, while 72% of Gen Z, 69% of Gen X and 45% of people from the Baby Boomer generation have used it more than once. 

This survey, conducted with 1025 adults, also revealed that 43% of the respondents use digital payments at least two-three times a week. Among them, 15% used it at least once every day for payments. 32% of the respondents claimed not to have used cash at all, during the festive season. On the other hand, only one out of every ten respondents has never used this payment platform. 36% of the respondents had made peer-to-peer payments of low value (less than 1,000) during the festival season while 37% have made high-value transactions.

Among the problems faced by users, internet connectivity is a major concern. Out of 44% of users, 36% were concerned about failed transactions, 32% faced problems in the processing of refunds and 29% identified fraud as a major problem. 21% of respondents had concerns regarding the lack of clarity, while 23% felt that there is a lack of acceptance infrastructure at a merchant location. 

Related: How Unified Payment Interface (UPI) can change the way you bank. 

What are the various digital payment options?

Digital payments include, although are not limited to, internet banking, mobile wallets, digital payment apps, unified payment interface services etc. The money balance in these accounts is virtually held, and payment is received based on the merchant’s payment acceptance infrastructure.

How safe are digital platforms like virtual wallets?

Compared to cards, virtual wallets have more security around them. These applications can be locked using a pin code. Additionally, the fact that virtual wallets are accessed through smartphones, which have a pin of their own, provides an additional layer of security. These wallets are heavily encrypted to protect the consumer’s credit card and banking details.

Related: Countries that have moved to digital payments 

Why should you use digital payment options?

Digital mode is fast and convenient to use. You can avoid visits to the ATM and there is no requirement of carrying cards everywhere. Digital payments incentivise transactions schemes like waivers, discounts and cashback. They also act as a one-stop-shop for payment of all bill payments. You will also get a record of digital transactions that you have made, making it easier for you to keep track of your expenses. Take this quiz to find out how good you are with digital payments.


          

7 Practices that could be holding you back from financial freedom

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Financial freedom is the dream of all – but the reality of a few. It’s alarming how so many people fail to reach financial freedom because of some careless habits and wrong notions that impede their financial growth, and which they may not even be aware of.

Let’s list down some common causes that lead to a lack of financial freedom, from wrong investment moves to overspending. 

1. Taking financial advice from the unqualified

While a friend or a relative may seem to know all about money, they may lack the right financial know-how to guide you accordingly. Whether it’s advice on what investment vehicles to leverage or how to plan for your future, it’s best to seek such help from experts to avoid losing money on trial and error.

2. Spending before saving

The thumb rule of saving is that it must precede expenses. Once you budget monthly expenses and have a sizeable amount in hand, you should, first of all, extract your savings and park it aside before spending on leisure or other non-priority expenses.

Related: Business ideas for women who want financial freedom 

3. Relying solely on savings

All investment opportunities start with having enough savings. While savings are important, investing them to enhance their value and build more wealth is critical, especially if you want to achieve financial freedom early in life. Building a strong investment portfolio during the initial earning stages draws better returns through the power of compounding. Start early and keep investing even after you reach financial freedom.

4. Lack of awareness about investments

As we’ve already established, investments are key to building a financially secure future. But then again, it’s a risky business. Should you stay safe and opt for mutual funds, or take the risk and play the equity field aggressively? Understanding how investments work, the pros and cons of each option, and choosing the right portfolio suiting your current financial standing and future goals, is a huge leap towards greater wealth creation.

5. Having expensive habits

Adopting a frugal lifestyle can help you save a lot of money. The biggest hurdle towards financial freedom, which especially millennials face, is not being mindful of their spending habits. Expensive vices – whether it is impulse shopping or gambling or clubbing on weekends – can significantly impact the amount you end up saving.

Related: Financial freedom means different things for men and women. Here’s how. 

6. Not expanding your revenue streams

One common thing among millionaires is that they understand the importance of diversifying inflow of revenue. Whether it’s investing in avenues that promise a regular income or working at multiple jobs, having an additional revenue stream helps you earn more, which you can plough back into your savings and investment plans, and eventually attain financial freedom.

Related: What does freedom mean to people of different ages? 

7. Caring too much what other people think

Whether it is taking their financial advice or giving in to peer pressure and spending more, the more you care about what people think of you and your financial status, the more you may end up making decisions that negatively impact your savings and investment plans. It’s best to know your priorities and work accordingly, even if it means cutting corners or offending a few people.

Financial freedom does come with multiple sacrifices and taking informed decisions. If you’re working towards achieving financial freedom, especially when you are in your early-to-mid thirties, be sure to take these points into consideration so you can achieve your goals that much sooner! You can also take a look at these 8 Reasons that are causing millennial women to struggle with their personal finances. 


          

Spike in millennials with depression and high blood pressure could 'hamstring the US economy'

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A major report found rates of depression among millennial Americans rose by almost a third (31 per cent) from 2014 to 2017. Experts say they will spend $4,500 extra on drugs annually.
          

William Shatner has Twitter row with Millennial over 'boomers'

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One Twitter user aimed the youthful jibe 'OK Boomer' at Shatner (pictured in France) yesterday but the Hollywood veteran fired back: 'Sweetheart, that's a compliment for me.'
          

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My Friend Mister Rogers

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I first met him 21 years ago, and now our relationship is the subject of a new movie. He's never been more revered — or more misunderstood.

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Here Are Some Insane Slides From SoftBank's Presentation Explaining (?) How It Will Fix WeWork

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"So this time, the earnings results announcement is not good at all," said SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son at the start of the company's quarterly earnings call on Wednesday.

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Driver Blows Past School Bus With No Intention Of Stopping, Receives Some Instant Karma

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At the very least, this is an example of reckless driving.

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Mary Cain's male coaches were convinced she had to get "thinner, and thinner, and thinner." Then her body started breaking down.

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I Tried To Get My DNA Back From 23AndMe. Here's What Happened

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Concerned that my spit sample had already been sold to one of 23andMe's Big Pharma partners, I offered to swing by the office and pick it up myself.

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Owner Sleeps In Great Dane's Bed. Great Dane Is Not Happy About It

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Never mind the countless times the Great Dane has occupied his owner's bed — this is his bed and he will. not. share.

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An Elderly Hawaiian Man Died After Falling Into A Lava Tube Hidden In His Backyard

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"You could be standing on one and not even know it," one volcanologist said.

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Laws hold the porn industry accountable for dangerous content — and it's thriving nonetheless.

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This Dog Has Learned To Talk Using Buttons &mdash; And She Says Exactly What You'd Expect

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 02:06 PM PST

We don't deserve dogs.

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Watching This Ceramics Master Make Plates For Michelin-Starred Restaurants Is The Highbrow ASMR You Need Today

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 07:56 AM PST

This is one of those things that looks easy but is actually incredibly difficult to do, isn't it?

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Preparing For The Inevitable Thousand-Year Storm

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 08:21 AM PST

Sprawl has made the Baltimore suburb Ellicott City more vulnerable to climate change — in the last three years, it's already suffered two thousand-year storms.

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15 Gifts For The Person Who Thinks They're Tougher Than Bear Grylls

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 02:40 PM PST

We've all got that outdoorsy friend. You know, the one who thinks Bear Grylls is weak and Survivorman was staged and if they were stranded out in the woods, they'd create the greatest Discovery Channel show of all time. Well, this holiday season, it's time to call their bluff.

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Cat Persuades Owner To Go Outside In The Winter, Immediately Regrets It Once He's Outside

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:31 PM PST

This cat is all of us when winter hits.

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The New Dot Com Bubble Is Here: It's Called Online Advertising

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 06:05 AM PST

Where he came from, a Super Bowl ad cost three million dollars. Why? Because that's how much it cost. What does it yield? Who knows.

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Kid Doing The Worm Behind CNN Correspondent Jim Acosta Steals The Show At Louisiana Trump Rally

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 07:19 PM PST

Before Trump's Louisiana rally could begin tonight, CNN correspondent Jim Acosta was totally upstaged by a talented kid with a sense of humor.

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A Photographer's Ode To Everyday Soviet Architecture

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 07:07 AM PST

Areniy Kotov finds inspiration in urban exploration and concrete cityscapes.

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What Happens When You Tweet A Death Threat To The President?

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:54 AM PST

Quite possibly the worst tweet you can send.

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Here's The Teaser Trailer For Pixar's New Film 'Soul,' A Movie About A Jazz Musician Who Accidentally Dies

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 07:18 AM PST

Jamie Foxx plays Joe Gardner, a jazz musician in New York City who embarks on a fantastical journey after he passes away. "Soul" will come out in 2020.

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The 2010s' Most Important Games

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 06:41 AM PST

Still a relatively young industry, gaming has mutated massively over the course of the last decade — and it's been a weird 10 years for video games.

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'Country Road' Road Sung In A Minor Key Is Freaky (But In A Good Way?)

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:44 AM PST

"The place where I belong" is now a haunting, mournful place.

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Who Is The Real Dice Man? The Elusive Writer Behind The Disturbing Cult Novel

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 05:20 AM PST

A search for the mysterious author of a counterculture classic led to someone else entirely. Or did it?

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Millennials Will Get Sick And Die Faster Than The Previous Generation

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:11 AM PST

Physically speaking, we're actually healthier than our predecessors, but statistically, it doesn't really matter.

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Watch The Bloodhound LSR Supercar Hit 501 MPH

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 07:57 AM PST

The run is the latest in a series of practice runs as the Bloodhound team attempts to crack the 1000 mph barrier.

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Why We Are All Losing Sleep

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 07:31 AM PST

With longer work hours, the rise of the gig economy and smartphone apps competing for our every waking moment, sleep has become the final frontier of consumer capitalism. No wonder we're so tired.

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The Mississippi River's Hidden History, Uncovered By Lasers

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 05:59 AM PST

Using hyperprecise LiDAR data, a cartographer maps the river's bends and channels over time with mesmerizing results.

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Inside The Microsoft Team Tracking The World's Most Dangerous Hackers

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:05 AM PST

From Russian Olympic cyberattacks to billion-dollar North Korean malware, how one tech giant monitors nation-sponsored hackers everywhere on earth.

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The Greatest Unknown Intellectual Of The 19th Century

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 06:43 AM PST

Emil du Bois-Reymond proclaimed the mystery of consciousness, championed the theory of natural selection, and revolutionized the study of the nervous system. Today, he is all but forgotten.

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Oops, This Teppanyaki Trick Sure Did Not End Well

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:29 AM PST

The customer here was meant to catch the egg the chef lobbed at him in his bowl. Let's just say it went a bit sideways.

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You Are About To Become A Pocket Projectionist

Posted: 14 Oct 2019 08:19 AM PDT

This mini projector will let you throw an 80 inch image against the wall for movie night everywhere.

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The Rise And Fall Of WeWork

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 05:29 AM PST

All of the employees described a similar emotional trajectory working at WeWork. The first stage was romance.

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Why Planes Aren't Allowed To Fly Over Lionel Messi's House

Posted: 05 Nov 2019 08:59 AM PST

You might be surprised about the rules governing air space.

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The Top-Selling Musician From Each State, Mapped

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:44 AM PST

The top-earning music artists from each state in 2019, from Ariana Grande (Florida) to Wiz Khalifa (North Dakota?!).

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Attorney General Declined Trump Request To Declare Nothing Illegal In Ukraine Call

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 05:47 AM PST

President Trump asked Attorney General William P. Barr to hold a news conference stating that no laws were broken in his call with Ukraine's president. Mr. Barr declined.

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Former Twitter Employees Charged With Spying For Saudi Arabia

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:51 AM PST

The case raises concerns about the ability of tech firms to protect users' data from repressive governments.

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Timing Is Of The Utmost Importance In This Incredible Bowling Ball Trick Shot

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 12:03 PM PST

The best trick shots are the kind that require teamwork.

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Where Do Hippos Wander? An Aquatic Mystery, Solved

Posted: 04 Nov 2019 07:26 AM PST

Hippos need water to survive — and water is disappearing, leading to growing social unrest among the beasts.

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After Five Years Of Amazon's Alexa, Why Isn't It Better?

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:48 PM PST

Half a decade after its launch, Alexa is a household name. But there's a lingering question: has Amazon's assistant actually become more useful? For me, the answer is a clear "no."

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James Dean, Who Died In 1955, Just Landed A New Movie Role &mdash; Thanks To CGI

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:27 PM PST

The directors claim that he was perfect for the role, but it's a troubling change in Hollywood.

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Company Insiders Are Selling Stock During Buyback Programs And Making Additional Profits When Stock Prices Jump. And It's Legal

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 04:08 AM PST

At least 500 insiders sold their stock during active buyback programs at their companies in a 15-month period.

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Billy Eichner Asks A Woman Whether She'd Rather Sleep With Chris Evans Or Paul Rudd &mdash; With Both Of Them Standing Right There

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 11:05 AM PST

Also featuring Chris Evans's worst nightmare: "a bunch of lesbians that don't care that he's hot."

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Modern Apartments Have More Fungi Than A Jungle Hut

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:00 PM PST

Despite urban dwellers using more cleaning products and antifungals, their homes foster more microbes than rural houses do.

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What To Eat Before Making A Big Decision

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 10:33 AM PST

Can carbs derail your entire future?

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The Good Internet Is History

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 02:59 PM PST

The internet, notoriously, is the mechanism by which all our most embarrassing and evil deeds live on forever, but it's also a fragile, immaterial place. The keystroke of a petty billionaire could take thousands upon thousands of words away without warning, and the snip of an underwater cable could take it all away irrevocably. But even without such an extinction-level event, what's lost on the internet threatens to be lost for good.

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This Chair Is An Optical Illusion, But For Your Entire Body

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 03:18 PM PST

Is Escher missing a chair? This must be his.

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I Have No Idea What I'm Doing

Posted: 07 Nov 2019 08:26 AM PST

My washing machine has fourteen settings, but I wash everything on the "casual" setting, because it seems like the least risky one.

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This Is What Loneliness Looks Like On Twitter

Posted: 06 Nov 2019 01:50 PM PST

Psychologists are discovering just how much information about our inner states can be gleaned from social media.

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Millennials' declining #Health could sicken U.S. economy

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"Declining millennial health is causing health care expenses to increase, and that's a financial burden, certainly on millennials but also on the broader economy," said Mark Zandi, chief economist at ...
          

Millennials' declining health could sicken U.S. economy

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WCBI CBS Columbus - Millennials are in bad shape, and their poor physical and mental health carries serious adverse economic consequences, according to a new report.  More millennials ? those born between 1981 and 1996 ? suffer from conditions including hypertension, high cholesterol, depression and hyperactivity at a higher rate than Gen-Xers did at the same point in their ?
          

Son Ahoy!

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JULIA SPENCER-FLEMING: Those of you following the stories about my family life may remember how, back in March, I bid farewell to the Sailor, who was headed out for a seven and a half month deployment (formerly known as a cruise) in the Persian Gulf. Twelve days ago, he got home, along with over 300 other crew members of the USS Gonzalez. 


We didn't see him man the rails - he was working belowdeck.

The Smithie, Youngest and me waiting.


 
The Sailor's sisters and his lovely girlfriend, Veronique.







His work team won the Rocky Balboa Award (I swear I'm not making this up), given to the team with the best performance record within the division with the best performance record. The prize? FIRST OFF THE SHIP.





                                      
These two were VERY happy to see each other again.  There's more lettuce on the Sailor's chest now - he was awarded several commendations during the deployment. Not that I'm bragging. (I'm totally bragging.)             



                                      We have a family tradition of Silly Sibling photos. 

Because we're a media-savvy family, you can also read the Maine Millennial's column about our trip and the homecoming at the Portland Press Herald, and see Veronique and me interviewed by WVEC 13News Now:


 I'm the one with zero makeup and puffy eyes. I'm not a pretty crier, and BOY did I bawl like a little baby.

                                   Welcome home, Sailor!


          

Let’s Blame Millennials!

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Everyone is blaming Millennials and Kelly & Brittany want to talk about it. In this episode they discuss the generational divides and realities for Millennials.


          

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino

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Trick Mirror:
Reflections on Self-Delusion
by Jia Tolentino

Published: 2019
Publisher: Random House
Genre: Essays, Memoir, Feminism
Hardback: 303
Rating: 5
Goodreads
Website

Includes:

The I in the Internet
Reality TV Me
Always Be Optimizing
Pure Heroines
Ecstasy
The Story of a Generation in Seven Scams
We Come from Old Virginia
The Cult of the Difficult Women
I Thee Dread

First sentence(s):
I wrote this book between the spring of 2017 and the fall of 1018--a period during which American identity, culture, technology, politics, and discourse seemed to coalesce ito an unbearable supernova of perpetually escalating conflict, a stretch of time when daily experience seemed both like a stopped elevator and an endless state-fair ride, when many of us regularly found ourselves thinking that everything had gotten as bad as we could possibly imagine, after which, of course, things always got worse."

Trick Mirror is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly in a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Jia writes about the cultural prisms that have shaped her: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the American scammer as millennial hero; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the mandate that everything, including our bodies, should always be getting more efficient and beautiful until we die.

My two-bits:

Thoughtful collection of the sign of the times in regards to women.

~*~

* Filipino mentioned

          

William Shatner Blasts Millennial Twitter Users over ‘OK Boomer’ Insult

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Actor William Shatner got into a heated Twitter battle with some Millennials users, which began over the usage of the term "OK Boomer" -- a put-down that has become popular among Millennials and Generation Z to express their irritation with Baby Boomers.
          

Huel: What's the point and does it taste nice?!

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There's been a surge of healthy convenience food in recent times, but are they actually useful? Do they taste gross? Are they even good for you? Huel is one of the bigger brands, so I thought I'd give it a try.According to their website, Huel is "Nutritionally complete, convenient, affordable food with minimal impact on animals and the environment."Is it useful?I live in two different cities at the same time. Us millennials call it a “split screen lifestyle”, at the [...]
          

Scarypoolparty’s Debut LP ‘Exit Form’ Bows Nov. 22 

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Today, Scarypoolparty (aka Alejandro Aranda) announces the Nov. 22 release of his debut full-length ‘Exit Form’. Scarypoolparty’s exceptional debut highlights his chops as a musical wunderkind, fusing fast-paced walls of sound in a intricately-woven collage of pulsing beats, in a sound “reminiscent of the genre-blending [Post] Malone” on tracks like “Tonight” and “Cholo Live” to “Ministry-like industrial rock vibes” on his latest single “Diamonds” (Alternative Press). 

“‘Exit Form’ is designed to be a journey, says Aranda. “Brutal in the beginning with each track leading to something beautiful and simple.”

In the last 6 months, the 25-year-old has emerged at the forefront of LA’s underground scene. From busking and playing backyard parties, to backing his mentor Twin Shadow, to being a judge-favorite on this year’s American Idol, his unrivaled musical prowess has continually set him out at the front of the pack. Scarypoolparty played his first-ever full band show at Lollapalooza this summer and has since played Life is Beautiful and Austin City Limits. He was recently added as one of the headliners of the 2020 Rose Parade on January 1st in Pasadena, CAAccompanied by a 3-piece band, Scarypoolpartywill wrap his 30-date debut headlining tour on Nov. 22 with back-to-back, sold-out nights at LA’s Belasco Theatre with Twin Shadow as support before heading to London for two debut sold-out shows.  

 

‘EXIT FORM’ TRACK LIST: 

  1. Black Cross 
  2. DIAMONDS 
  3. Dance The Night Away 
  4. Vampire Shade
  5. Beneath The Skin 
  6. True Religion 
  7. Heart Storm 
  8. Millennial Love 
  9. 10 Years (remastered)
  10. Tonight 
  11. Cholo Love 
  12. Out Loud (remastered)

 

Pre-save the album heresmarturl.it/ExitFormSPP

 

'EXIT FORM' ALBUM CREDITS

Written by Alejandro Arana & TJ Routon (except track 10 & track 12)

Produced by Scarypoolparty & Sawyr (except track 10 & track 12)

“Tonight” written and produced by Alejandro Aranda & George Lewis Jr.

“Out Loud” Written & Produced by Alejandro Aranda

Drums by Darren King

Bass by Maxx Diaz

Mixed by Neal Pogue

Mastered by Mike Bozzi

 

PRAISE FOR SCARYPOOLPARTY:

“Scarypooparty is the rare virtuoso who showed up to American Idol already a star” - MTV News

“An artist like Scarypoolparty comes around only once in a lifetime… an artist destined to become a household name” - Ones to Watch

“The haunting imagery coupled with the innate beauty of Scarypoolparty’s piano prowess imbues ‘Cholo Love’ with an air of breathtaking mystery” - Ones to Watch

“Impressive musicianship” - Billboard

 

SCARYPOOLPARTY UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

Nov. 5 - The Underground - Charlotte, NC%

Nov. 7 - The Buckhead Theatre - Atlanta, GA%

Nov. 9 - The Plaza Live - Orlando, FL%

Nov. 10 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL%

Nov. 12 - House of Blues - New Orleans, LA%

Nov. 13 – White Oak Music Hall - Houston, TX%

Nov. 15 - Emo’s - Austin, TX%

Nov. 16 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX%

Nov. 19 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA%

Nov. 21 - Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA! 

Nov. 22 - Belasco Theater - Los Angeles, CA!

Dec. 9 - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - London, UK#

Dec. 10 - Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen - London, UK^

Jan. 1 – Rose Parade – Pasadena, CA 

Jan 23 - Homeward Bound Concert - Los Angeles, CA

Feb. 14 - Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort - Cancun, Mexico$

 

BOLD denotes SOLD-OUT show

% denotes shows w. Sucre as support 

! denotes shows w. Twin Shadow as support

# denotes show w. Violet Skies

^ denotes show w. Toby Johnson

$ denotes show w. Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

 
 
 
 
 

"Millennial Love" (Acoustic Version)


          

The Whole "Ok, Boomer" Thing Is Summed Up In This Car For Boomers

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the whole “Ok, boomer” trend, where all the people who are not Baby Boomers (that is, people born between 1946 and 1964) have decided that they need something dismissive to say to old gasbags when they won’t shut up about the Millennials and how they don’t do anything right and are…

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Study: Escalating Millennial Health Problems Could Spell Trouble For US Economy

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Escalating Millennial Health Problems Could Spell Trouble For U.S. Economy, Study Finds

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Review: Mean Girls the Musical

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Your favorite mean girls are back in a hilarious musical from Tina Fey!   The musical, as many of us millennial gals know, is based on the 2004 movie (also written by Tina Fey) and was inspired by the book Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman. The musical is just as great as the movie, so […]
          

GOP Runs Mississippi Gamut, But Signs of Hope for Dems, Medicaid Expansion

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Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves delivers his victory speech after winning the Mississippi governor's seat.

JACKSON—With his Southern Baptist pastor standing beside him at the King Edward Hotel in Jackson, Democrat Jim Hood conceded defeat in the race for Mississippi governor, reiterating his religiously inspired campaign theme of fighting for “the least of these” in policy areas like health care and education.

Nearby at the Westin, though, Republican Gov.-elect Tate Reeves seemed to soften his position on expanding Medicaid—which he has long opposed—as he celebrated his win on Tuesday night alongside a slate of fellow GOP victors.

“We’re going to work with the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House on every issue that’s out there. We have every intention of working with them to ensure that we get good things done for the people of Mississippi,” said the the governor-elect, when Jackson Free Press reporter Seyma Bayram asked him if he would work with Lt. Gov.-elect Delbert Hosemann on expansion.

Expansion would open the program up to around 300,000 more Mississippians in working households that make too much for traditional Medicaid but not enough for federal subsidies or to pay for private insurance. On the campaign trail and during his time as lieutenant governor, Reeves outright rejected the idea, saying he was “against Obamacare expansion,” as he called it, referring to the fact that it is part of the former president’s signature health care law, the Affordable Care Act.

Lt. Gov.-elect Hosemann Supports Medicaid Expansion

In January, Hosemann, a more moderate Republican, will replace Reeves as lieutenant governor, a position that includes executive powers and whose holder also serves as president of the Mississippi Senate. In that role, Hosemann will have the power to appoint committee chairs and to decide which legislation is prioritized—and which legislation dies.

Hosemann, who is currently the secretary of state, cruised to victory on Tuesday night with 60% of the vote against Democratic opponent Jay Hughes, an Oxford-area state representative. In his race, Reeves beat Hood by a narrower 52-to-47 percent margin.

On the campaign trail, Hosemann called for Medicaid expansion, saying the State should accept over $1 billion from the federal government each year that would pay for it. Declaring victory Tuesday night, Hosemann vowed to go to work on an agenda that includes not only addressing the state’s rural health-care crisis, but public education, roads and bridges.

“I am proud of the positive, issue-driven campaign we ran, and I am so grateful to voters for instilling their confidence in me. We have real challenges in Mississippi, and our team has concrete plans to address them,” Hosemann said.

“We will not let our foot off the gas and we will not let you down. Now, the real work to make Mississippi an even better place for our children and grandchildren begins.”

Watson Wins, Wants Citizenship Checks for Voting

Mississippi Sen. Michael Watson, R-Pascagoula, will take over for Hosemann as secretary of state when the men assume their new roles in January. Among other things, the secretary of state oversees the state’s campaign-finance system, election processes, and trains local-level poll workers.

Watson, who rose in Mississippi politics as a Tea Party conservative, has vowed to implement a system to check Mississippians’ citizenship status when they register to vote, though he has not provided evidence that non-citizen voting or voter registration is a problem in the State.

Watson also told the Jackson Free Press in August that he wants to make it easier for residents to search campaign-finance filings. He also said he would like to see more frequent filings during the legislative session so that Mississippians can see if donors might be influencing lawmakers’ votes.

Reeves Sent Email to Mississippi Teachers, Promising Raise

In a press release Tuesday night, the Republican Governors Association congratulated Reeves, praising him as an “innovative, vibrant leader with an unparalleled understanding of the issues that are important to Mississippians and a bold agenda to move the state forward.”

But during the 10-month course of his campaign, Reeves only unveiled two policy proposals: A plan to spend $100 million on technical and career programs in high schools and community colleges and a plan for a $4,300 teacher-pay raise.

Reeves hastily announced the teacher-pay raise plan in October, as his campaign feared he was losing public-education supporters to Democrat Jim Hood, whom the Mississippi Association of Educators had endorsed. During the legislative session in the spring, Reeves killed a $4,000 teacher-pay raise, arguing that the State could afford no more than $1,500.

On Monday, teachers around the State received an email from Reeves, though, promising to support them.

“Over the past several years, Mississippi has made incredible strides in education. … During my tenure as Lieutenant Governor, we were able to increase pay for teachers several times, but never as often or as much as I would have liked,” he wrote in an email sent to teachers’ public email addresses.

“In fact, I believe no teacher in Mississippi makes what he or she is worth. We had to make tough decisions, but those decisions have put Mississippi in a financial position to pay our teachers significantly more than what they are receiving today.”

Hosemann has already committed to raising teacher pay as a candidate. At the Neshoba County Fair, he also called for universal pre-K to ensure that all children across the state start off on the same foot.

Fitch is First Woman to be Attorney General

Tuesday night was the first time since 1876 that Republicans swept all eight statewide offices in Mississippi.

Republican State Treasurer Lynn Fitch will become the new attorney general, taking over from Democrat Hood, who had held the office since 2003 until he decided to run for governor this year. Fitch is the first woman to hold the position.

She will have to decide whether or not to further investigate and possibly bring charges against Reeves, who prompted an investigation after his office pressured the Mississippi Department of Transportation to pursue a frontage-road project that would connect his private community to a nearby shopping mall. Because he was Reeves' opponent, Hood left charging decisions up to the next attorney general.

Fitch beat former ACLU Executive Director Jennifer Riley Collins, an African American woman who, despite running on a progressive slate of issues contrary to the conventional wisdom in Mississippi, managed the second best showing of the night among statewide Democrats, drawing more votes than any Democratic candidate not named Jim Hood.

African Americans make up 38% of the population in Mississippi, the highest percentage in any state in the U.S., but all eight of those new leaders are white. Mississippi has not elected a black statewide official since Reconstruction. Democrats nominated black candidates in the races for attorney general, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, and treasurer.

Conceding to Reeves, Hood said he was grateful for the time he had been able to serve the State.

“The Lord has allowed me to serve people in the state of Mississippi for 24 years, and it’s been a good run. I guess it was not his will that we continue on as governor,” said Hood, the last Democrat still holding statewide office.

Hood blamed the loss on “partisanship,” WCBI reported.

“The people in my area up there that I’ve known for years, they decided that partisanship was more important than friendship,” Hood said. “I don’t know what the results of it are, I just know we had an opportunity to really do some things with the kids, our young people, and hopefully Governor Reeves will do some of those things.”

Republican House Speaker Philip Gunn retained his seat, beating Democrat Vicki Slater 2-to-1 in the House District 56 race.

Pockets of Hope for Democrats

There were pockets of hope for Democrats, though.

In House District 68, which is part of Hinds, Democrat Zakiya Summers will be the new representative after winning 75% of the vote. Her party already controls that seat.

Democrats also flipped the Republican-held Mississippi Senate District 22, which had to be redrawn after a federal judge ruled earlier this year that it amounted to a racial gerrymander that disenfranchised black voters. Joseph, who is African American, previously held the seat before redistricting. He defeated Republican Hayes Dent 52-to-48.

With 100% of precincts reporting, millennial Democrat Shanda Yates beat Republican incumbent Bill Denny in the Mississippi House 64 election, which includes parts of Hinds County.

The Trump Factor, More or Less

On Tuesday night, the head of the national Republican Party, Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, attempted to give President Donald Trump credit for Reeves’ victory.

“Reeves was down double-digit, but @realDonaldTrump came in big with his endorsement and rally, putting him over the top. A huge win for the President and our Party,” McDaniel tweeted.

True enough, Reeves spent much of the campaign focused, not on issues, but on getting out the message that he is a supporter of the Republican president, and that his opponents—Republican Bill Waller in the Republican runoff and Hood in the general—were not. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence did pay last-minute visits to the State to help pull Reeves over the finish line.

But no public or known private polls ever showed Reeves down by more than single digits. Throughout the year, polls showed a tight race. During his rally with Reeves in Tupelo, Trump said it was “embarrassing” that the race was so close.

Last year, Trump also paid visits to Mississippi to help Republican U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith win a tough race against Democrat Mike Espy. Like Reeves, Hyde-Smith narrowly won, but Espy outperformed Democrats in other recent U.S. Senate races, netting 46% of the vote—about what Hood won on Tuesday night.

Espy, who was at Hood's watch party on Tuesday night, is preparing for a rematch against Hyde-Smith when her seat is up again in 2020.

Follow State Reporter Ashton Pittman on Twitter @ashtonpittman. Send tips to ashton@jacksonfreepress.com. City Reporter Seyma Bayram and Investigative Fellow Nick Judin contributed to this report. Read more election coverage at jacksonfreepress.com/2019elections.


          

Common issues employers face in finding good talent

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A major challenge faced by every company in the millennial age of technology is finding good, efficient employees who prove to be an asset for the organization instead of becoming a liability. It is a grinding task which you cannot skip. The most frequently faced issues a hiring manager faces when looking for a good [...]

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Personal and Planetary Health Is Among the Main Concerns of Young Italian Consumers

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Bat for Lashes plays the Bowery Ballroom: an Interview with Natasha Khan

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Friday, September 28, 2007 Bat for Lashes is the doppelgänger band ego of one of the leading millennial lights in British music, Natasha Khan. Caroline Weeks, Abi Fry and Lizzy Carey comprise the aurora borealis that backs this haunting, shimmering zither and glockenspiel peacock, and the only complaint coming from the audience at the Bowery Ballroom last Tuesday was that they could not camp out all night underneath these celestial bodies. We live in the age of the lazy tendency to categorize the work of one artist against another, and Khan has had endless exultations as the next Björk and…
          

The ‘quiet Australians’ that Morrison fears

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Protesters blockade the IMARC mining conference in Melbourne on October 29.
November 7, 2019

It is worthwhile listening to Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s speech to the Queensland Resources Council on November 1, where he rails against “progressivism” and the emergence of a “new breed of radical activism”, because it is a reminder of the parallel reality he inhabits.

In it, Morrison hypocritically describes the climate movement as “apocalyptic”, “brooking no compromise” and opposed to allowing for “alternative views”.

Yet he is the one refusing to compromise on climate action, despite more than 300,000 Australians marching on the streets as part of the September 20 Climate Strike.

And he is the one determined to ignore “alternative” points of view, starting with the scientists that make up the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It was their 2018 warning about having understated the risks from high concentrations of greenhouse gases that propelled the highly motivated and knowledgeable high school students into action through School Strike 4 Climate. 

Morrison may have used the protests at the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne at the end of October to launch his counter offensive, but it is the millennial rebels and the impact they are having on “quiet” Australians that has prompted Morrison to act. 

The PM and attorney-general have responded in the only way they know how: bringing in new laws with the hope they will silence, intimidate or bankrupt activists through ridiculously high fines and threats of jail.

The Coalition may have bitten off more than they can chew. Amending the secondary boycott provisions in Section 45DD of the Competition and Consumer Act, which currently protects consumer boycotts in relation to “environmental protection or consumer protection”, is something that a wide range of people are likely to oppose.

Yet Morrison is determined to push ahead on behalf of coal and gas corporations and their right to make profit — at any cost. 

At the same time, Morrison has attacked so-called “indulgent” businesses that refuse to deal with certain companies on environmental grounds. 

The success of the Stop Adani campaign is a formidable challenge to Morrison and the ruling class. 

Market Forces estimates that 61 businesses — including banks and insurance companies — have refused to work with Indian mining firm Adani on its Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland.

Extreme as they are, Morrison’s efforts do not go far enough for some establishment figures. Reactionary columnist Andrew Bolt has sneered at the PM’s efforts, goading him to go full Donald Trump and dispute the fact that there even is a climate emergency.

When reactionaries are at peak hysteria, we know the climate movement is gaining traction among “quiet” Australians. This is what frightens the 1%, who would rather we focus on things other than politics. 

Since Morrison’s speech, many commentators have noted how protests, including consumer boycotts, propelled major progressive social and economic change.

But we need to understand Morrison’s speech as more than just an attack on our right to protest or the right of investors to decide where to put their cash.

It is a declaration of war — he knows what is at stake and is choosing to perpetuate the climate crisis.

We are living in a period of unprecedented challenge. Scientists have said we need to decisively decarbonise the atmosphere — and quickly — or risk a serious social, economic and environmental disaster.

Capitalism, once the basis for an unprecedented wave of creativity, is today a force for destruction. The climate crisis is just one manifestation of this. That this discussion is being had a dinner tables and bus stops is what frightens the ruling class.

They have declared a class war. We need to be ready to defend ourselves and the planet.

[Pip Hinman is an anti-coal seam gas activist and member of the Socialist Alliance.]

Protesters blockade the IMARC mining conference in Melbourne on October 29. Photo: Zebedee Parkes

          

Nearly half of college grads with student loan debt don't think their college degree helped them earn more money

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A college degree doesn't necessarily lead to higher earnings.

At least, that's the case for some graduates. A new survey from Insider and Morning Consult polled 2,096 Americans about their financial health, debt, and earnings for a new series, "The State of Our Money." Of these respondents, 17% have undergrad student-loan debt and 7.5% have graduate student-loan debt.

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Karen Barbour: Why we support a vibrant downtown Columbia

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As the founders of Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors (AHCC), we know that over 6% of Howard County residents identify as Hispanic, and that the Hispanic population is growing every year. The AHCC is dedicated in promoting the growth, prosperity and participation of Hispanic Commercial Contractors in commercial and government procurement contracts through education, training and guidance, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic region.  

We are a central part of the 21st Century economy and intend to play an integral role in Maryland’s growth in the years to come.  That growth will require a strong commitment to creating the communities that will attract businesses and citizens in the changing economy. As such, we believe the Tax Increment Financing (TIF) package proposed under Howard County Bill CB56-2016 is crucial to creating the Downtown Columbia envisioned in the Downtown Columbia Plan and urge the Howard County Council to pass this legislation during the November 7, 2016 legislative session. Furthermore, because we believe in the principles of affordable housing and expanded housing opportunities for all residents, we also support the Joint Recommendations on affordable housing. 

The TIF presents to AHCC a creative solution to fuel the economic engine of Downtown Columbia.  We want a vibrant town center, well-paying jobs, and growth opportunities in the heart of central Maryland. AHCC sees the new construction enabled by the TIF as a driver for its member base that will allow our Hispanic commercial contractors and their families to become first-time stakeholders in building a “new” community.  Therefore, the AHCC supports the TIF proposal and Joint Recommendations on affordable housing and urges the Council to support this package as well. 

AHCC sees Howard County as the launch pad for its success, just as Howard Hughes sees this county as a launch pad for Maryland’s new economic engine.  The new Downtown envisioned by this legislative package will create the vibrancy needed to attract our millennials, small business innovators, and notable large businesses that, like Howard Hughes Development, will provide true concern and outreach to heal the socio-economic disparity present in the Hispanic community.  We want a future where Hispanic contractors are building and promoting the community they live in.  This package does just that.

Karen Barbour is Founder and President of the Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors.

 

          

William Shatner takes "entitled" millennials to task for blaming older people for hardships

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Star Trek actor William Shatner waded into a generational row as he took aim at the catchphrase "OK Boomer" and responded to a Twitter user who had blamed older people for millennial 'hardships'.


          

Planning for higher education? Education loan can help

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Education is a vital part in the life of an individual to live an established and confident life. Each morning whenever we sit with a newspaper while sipping our tea, we get to know that numerous talents are coming out with flourishing score cards and opt for engineering, medicine, aviation,management, or various other expensive courses. Numerous courses and institutes are being created to give the millennials a scope to carve a better future. Amongst these aspirants some belongs to well do families and some belongs to normal middle-class families who must struggle hard to cope up with the ever-rising inflation who’s pulling up the study expenses. When your child has put into all their hard work to achieve the scores, the financial crunch should not hold them back.

So, if you are planning to sell or mortgage your property to fund your child’s higher studies, then keep it on hold and consider the education loans for funding their higher studies. The government and RBI is trying to make the study loan process easier with lower interest rates & flexible repayment options, so that maximum aspirants come under its umbrella and pursue their dream courses without any financial hurdle. Seema after completing her graduation, wanted to pursue her MBA from one of the premium institutes of the country. The course profile not only required an impressive CAT score card, but also called for lump sum amount. She was a B.Tech graduate, and this time she wanted her father to be burden free from paying the expensive course fee.

Seema decided to go for an education loans , that her cousin brother working in the bank suggested. He guided her with the loan procedure, and the basic requirements for being loan eligible. She decided to do some online research work on the study loan, because numerous institutes are there in the market and she required someone who should be reliable, RBI authorized and provide her maximum loan amount. This time she wanted her father to be the co-borrower only, so she preferred the non-banking financial company that provided her 100% of her course fee. The loan amount covered her other education expenses along with the accommodation charges.

She applied online for the Education Loans after getting the admission in one of the India’s top most management colleges. As soon as her provided documents were verified by the financial institute, and all other formalities were completed; the financers passed the loan within a week and disbursed the first installment of the course fee immediately. For repayment, Seema preferred to pay the debt after getting the job, as the financers provided her the moratorium period of six months. The education loan she received was at floating rate of interest with .05% concession on the interest rate for being a female borrower.

She wanted to bear the MBA course expenses all by herself without being a burden to her father, who was in the brink of retirement. The study loan from the non-banking financial institute helped her to be self-dependent and accomplish her dream without any hassle.


          

Game of Death – Trailer and Poster Revealed

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Imagine if Jumanji made you kill people. That’s the impetus behind Game of Death as a group of millennials find themselves playing a board game where they have to kill (or be killed) to survive. Morais and Sébastien Landry combine their backgrounds in film, video, art direction and game design to create a wild, highly stylized cinematic ride that’s …
          

Your Credit Card Survival Guide

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With Justine Hall and Crystal Kessler

Nov 4 – On this month’s edition of Millennial Monday, Crystal Kessler and Justine Hall provide a crash course in everything related to credit. They discuss why a good credit score is important, how to achieve a high score, what you can do to raise your score...




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