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Test Identifies Potential Binge Drinkers


Test Identifies Potential Binge Drinkers

Many teens see binge drinking as a harmless bit of fun, not realizing the jeopardy they put themselves in each time they get “wasted,” but scientists do, and so they have invested considerable resources in developing ways to identify those youths at risk of engaging in binge drinking. A newly developed test that evaluates 40 factors, including brain structure, personality, and life experience, was able to predict with 70 percent accuracy which 14-year-olds would go on to binge drink at 16. The test is not accurate enough to be applied on an individual basis, but it could, for example, help weed out the 200 most at-risk teens from a group of 1,000. More… Discuss

quotation: There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Victor Hugo


QUOTATION

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.

Victor Hugo (1802-1885) Discuss

Flash Shockingly Propriatary only source of daily misery for computer users everywhere


Flash Shockingly Propriatary only source of daily misery for computer users everywhere

Flash Shockingly Proprietary only source of daily misery for computer users everywhere

Flash Shockingly Proprietary only source of daily misery for computer users everywhere:
MONOPOLIES ALWAYS BELIEVE THAT THEY ARE ABOVE THE FREE MARKET COMPETITION: ONE OTHER REASON TO TO VOID CLAIMS OF EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS…ESPECIALLY WHEN SUCH CLAIMS RE PROVEN TO BE FALSE!

Virtual economy, poetic thought by George B


Virtual economy, poetic thought by George B

The paint not dry yet
The painting’s hanging on the wall
Still swaying, slightly,
On the wall that isn’t dry yet,
Between tenancies,
In a building that’s still under construction
That still needs permits,
corridors to be painted,
last coat,
and a roof, and doors…
Economic recovery…
Economic discovery…
Virtual economy…
_+++++++++++++++_+

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word: footling


footling 

Definition: (adjective) (Informal) Small and of little importance.
Synonyms: fiddling, niggling, picayune, piddling, piffling, trivial, petty, lilliputian, little
Usage: His footling gestures were insufficient to win back my favor. Discuss.
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Sirius


Sirius

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky. Located in the constellation Canis Major, it is one of the stars nearest to Earth. Because Sirius appears to follow at the heels of Orion the hunter, it is often called the “Dog Star.” Many cultures have attached special significance to Sirius. Ancient Egyptians equated it with the goddess Sopdet, while the ancient Romans associated its rising at dawn with the hottest part of the year—the “dog days.” What controversies has Sirius inspired? More… Discuss

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Today’s Birthday: Sigmund Freud (1856)


 Today’s Birthday

 

Sigmund Freud (1856)

Freud was an Austrian psychiatrist who pioneered the study of the unconscious mind and founded the method of psychological therapy known as psychoanalysis. He postulated that there are a number of defense mechanisms that protect the conscious mind from threatening feelings, and he made conscious recognition of these forgotten experiences—through hypnosis and, later, free association—the foundation of psychoanalytic therapy. Freud was an outspoken proponent and early user of what narcotic? More… Discuss

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From Science 2.0: E-Cigarette Users Criticized In New Paper


E-Cigarette Users Criticized In New Paper

E-cigarettes are bad, marijuana is good, according to the latest culture war… Read >

Noam Chomsky “Profit Over People” [RARE INTERVIEW!!] “”It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste.” ― Noam Chomsky”



RARE Chomsky Interview from 1993.
Date – 04/13/1993

“It is important to bear in mind that political campaigns are designed by the same people who sell toothpaste.” 
Noam Chomsky

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QUOTATION: Gustave Flaubert


Nothing is more humiliating than to see idiots succeed in enterprises we have failed in.

Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) Discuss

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ARTICLE: LENT


LENT
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Its institutional purpose is heightened in the annual commemoration of Holy Week, marking the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the tradition and events of the New Testament beginning on Friday of Sorrows, further climaxing on Jesus’crucifixion on Good Friday, which ultimately culminates in the joyful celebration on Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. During Lent, many of the faithful commit to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence. Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline, such as reading a daily devotional, to draw themselves near to God.[6] TheStations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ’s carrying the Cross and of his execution, are often observed. Many Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches remove flowers from their altars, while crucifixes, religious statues, and other elaborate religious symbols are often veiled in violet fabrics in solemn observance of the event. Throughout Christendom, some adherents mark the season with the traditional abstention from the consumption of meat, most notably among Roman Catholics.[7]

Lent is traditionally described as lasting for forty days, in commemoration of the forty days which, according to the Gospels ofMatthewMark and Luke, Jesus spent fasting in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by the Devil.[8][9] However, different Christian denominations calculate the forty days of Lent differently. Historically, the season of Lent lasts from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday and includes the Paschal Triduum.[10][11] This duration has been maintained by most Western Christian denominations, including the Anglican Church,[12] Lutheran Church,[13] Methodist Church,[14] and Western Rite Orthodox Church.[15] However, after the liturgical abbreviations of the Second Vatican Council in the Roman Catholic Church, Lent, in that denomination alone, is now taken to end on Maundy Thursday rather than Easter Eve, and hence lasts 38 days excluding Sundays, or 44 days in total.[10]


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Noam Chomsky (2014) “How to Ruin an Economy; Some Simple Ways”


Filmed and edited by Leigha Cohenhttp://www.leighacohenvideo.com/

Noam Chomsky spoke at Third Boston Symposium on Economics on February 10th 2014, sponsored by the Northeastern University Economics Society in Boston, MA.

Chomsky argued that certain factors, among them cutting federal funding for research and development and the growing gap between the richest 1 percent and everybody else, have led to the country’s current economic climate.

“The system is so dysfunctional that it cannot put eager hands to needed work using the resources that would be available if the economy were designed for human needs,” Chomsky said. “These things didn’t just happen like a tornado, they are the results of deliberate policies over roughly the past generation.”

Chomsky focuses on what economic actions that government, the super rich and corporations are doing that insures the US and other economies fail for the overwhelming majority of people. We’re a nation whose leaders are pursuing policies that amount to economic suicide. 

This video also includes an extended 14 minute question and answer period with Dr. Chomsky..

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“Where the Locals Go,” (Source the National Geographic YouTube Channel


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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: FRANZ CLEMENS HONORATUS HERMANN BRENTANO (1838)


Franz Clemens Honoratus Hermann Brentano (1838)

Nine years after being ordained, Brentano renounced the priesthood due to religious doubts and immersed himself more deeply in the study and teaching of philosophy. With his 1874 text Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint, he sought to establish psychology as an independent science. He founded act psychology, or intentionalism, which concerns itself with the mind’s “acts”—such as perception, loving, and hating—rather than its contents. Which philosophical luminaries did he influence? More…Discuss

 

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QUOTATION: Jerome K. Jerome


From all accounts, the world has been getting worse and worse ever since it was created. All I can say is that it must have been a remarkably delightful place when it was first opened to the public, for it is very pleasant even now.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)

 

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ARTICLE: THE GLAUBERG


The Glauberg

The presence of ancient ruins on the Glauberg plateau in Hesse, Germany, had long been attributed to the Romans, until the 1906 discovery of a torc—a metal necklace—which pointed to a Celtic influence. The Glauberg is one of a network of fortified sites found in parts of Germany. In 1988, a historian flying overhead discovered tumuli—mounds of earth protecting tombs—that were revealed to contain warriors’ remains and weapons. Perhaps the most significant discovery, though, was a statue of whom? More… Discuss

 

BEING (Why is there something instead of nothing?)


Being

Why is there something instead of nothing? This is one of the chief questions that, for millennia, has fueled the existential musings of philosophers who have pondered the concept of “being.” Used interchangeably with the word “existence,” the term “being” conceptualizes subjective and objective aspects of reality. One’s state of being is also a focus of psychology. According to psychiatrist Carl Jung, “the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of” what? More… Discuss

 

National Geographic Live! : Nalini Nadkarni: For the Love of Trees



National Geographic Live! Nalini Nadkarni: For the Love of Trees
National Geographic grantee and forest ecologist Nalini Nadkarni is known for using nontraditional pathways to raise awareness of nature’s importance to human lives, working with artists, preachers, musicians, and even prisoners.

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JUST A THOUGHT: “CONVICTIONS ARE LIKE STRAITJACKETS”


JUST A THOUGHT: “CONVICTIONS ARE LIKE STRAITJACKETS: THEY RESTRAIN YOU!”

 

All we hope for, (poetic thought by George-B)


All we hope for, (poetic thought by George-B)

GOD’ biggest gift to us is Hope:
to keep our  unreasonable dreams bathing in light…
to bridge over the hopeless depths of all sorts of crevices,
holes,
and cracks,
some more material than others…
Hope that there is life identical to ours-somewhere else
and that we’ll find and reach that place and then
that we will drain its entirety, its life, as we are doing, for whole history,  to ours…

But, above all, the hope that it will be all forgiven and forgotten,
that HE will be back for us, to read to us
bed time stories and sing us to sleep by hermetic lullabies, because:
We are HIS children, and all we hope for is in the hopes. 

 

Walters Pyramid-Long Beach: An Unlike Pyramid (my Photo Collection)


Walters Pyramid-Long Beach

Walters Pyramid-Long Beach

Walters Pyramid-Long Beach: An Unlike Pyramid (my Photo Collection)

 

Quotation: William Makepeace Thackeray – About marriage


If people only made prudent marriages, what a stop to population there would be!

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) Discuss

 

Word: CAPRICIOUS


capricious 

Definition: (adjective) Characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behavior.
Synonyms: whimsicalimpulsive
Usage: My wife’s capricious mood swings are beginning to worry me, and I fear she may need professional help. Discuss.

 

Dream well (poetic thought by George-B) and Dream a little dream of me Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong)


Dream well (poetic thought by George-B)

They take your dream, undress it
and turn it into theirs
they take your dream, and dress it in

another one’s costume

 They put your dream up at auction,
Hoping behind the scenes,
You’ll not suspect it, 
they think it is  well worth it

You know your dream was not for sale,
you never though of parting with
Just hoped well deep into your well
Its freshness be thirst quenching

 Your thirst, never appeased 
for just another dream come true,
Your prayer to the gods of dreams, 

your wondrous masterpiece-
The dream long time in waiting .

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Today’s Quotation: Lewis Carroll on reality as dream


Is all our Life, then, but a dream
By Lewis Carroll in Sylvie and Bruno.

Is all our Life, then, but a dream
Seen faintly in the golden gleam
Athwart Time’s dark resistless stream?

Bowed to the earth with bitter woe,
Or laughing at some raree-show,
We flutter idly to and fro.

Man’s little Day in haste we spend,
And, from its merry noontide, send
No glance to meet the silent end.

The Deipnosophistae


The Deipnosophistae

Written in the 3rd-century by the Greek writer Athenaeus, the Deipnosophistae professes to be an account of three banquets held at the house of a scholar and wealthy patron of the arts. The work is invaluable for providing information about the Hellenistic leisure class of the Roman Empire, particularly in terms of food and sexuality. In the course of conversation, the banqueters quote about 700 authors, many of them otherwise unrecorded, and discuss the story behind what famous statue? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Jean Piaget (1896)


Jean Piaget (1896)

Regarded as the foremost developmental psychologist of the 20th century, Piaget developed a theory of “genetic epistemology,” a natural timetable for the development of the child’s ability to think, in which he traced four stages—the sensorimotor (ages 0–2), preoperational or symbolic (2–7), concrete operational (7–12), and formal operational (12 and up)—each marked by increased cognitive sophistication and ability to use symbols. What specific developments occur in each stage? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday (July 9):Franz Boas (1858)


Franz Boas (1858)

Boas was a German-American anthropologist. Trained in physics, he was part of an early scientific expedition to Baffin Island, where he turned to studying Eskimo culture. He is largely credited with establishing anthropology as an academic discipline in the US, and his achievements in anthropology are virtually unrivaled. It is largely because of his work that anthropologists today attribute human differences to cultural, rather than genetic, factors. Who were some of his famous students? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Alfred Binet (1857)


Alfred Binet (1857)

A major figure in the development of experimental psychology in France, Binet founded L’Année Psychologique, the first French journal on psychology, in 1895. He is also known for his research and innovations in measuring reasoning ability. Between 1905 and 1911, he and Théodore Simon developed influential scales for the measurement of the intelligence of children, which, with revisions, came into wide use in schools, industries, and the army. How did the scales work? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday:David Ricardo (1772)


David Ricardo (1772)

Ricardo was a British economist who made a fortune in the stock market before turning to the study of political economy, publishing his major work, The Principles of Political Economy and Taxation, in 1817. According to his labor theory of value, the value of almost any good is a function of the labor needed to produce it; thus, a $10 watch requires ten times more labor than a $1 pencil. According to his “iron law of wages,” what keeps wages stabilized around the subsistence level? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Émile Durkheim (1858)


Émile Durkheim (1858)

Along with Max Weber, Durkheim is considered one of the chief founders of modern sociology. His view that the methods of natural science can be applied to the study of society was influenced by the positivist philosophy of Auguste Comte. Durkheim held that the collective mind of society was the source of religion and morality and that the common values developed in society, particularly in primitive societies, are the cohesive bonds of social order. What was Durkheim’s view on crime? More… Discuss

Today’s Birthday: Abraham Ortelius (1527)


Abraham Ortelius (1527)

Ortelius was a Flemish geographer and cartographer who, while traveling with his contemporary Gerardus Mercator, was inspired to compile the first modern world atlas. The first edition of Theatrum orbis terrarium, issued in 1570, contained 53 maps compiled, in part, from the maps of 87 cartographers. A leading member of the 16th-century Flemish school of geography, Ortelius is thought to have been the first to posit what theory about the positioning of the continents? More… Discuss