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Porn-induced erectile dysfunction, and other problems facing Gen-XXX

Porn-induced erectile dysfunction, and other problems facing Gen-XXX | Being human | Scoop.it
The generation that came of age in the past decade is “the world’s greatest social experiment” in terms of what unlimited access to pornography can do to the young brain
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How to control anger (before it kills you)

How to control anger (before it kills you) | Being human | Scoop.it
New research links angry outbursts to significantly greater risk of heart attacks and strokes. These 12 temper-taming tips might just save your life.
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"be angry but sin not" Uncontrolled anger hurts others and can kill you. Tips to keep the rage in a cage.

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This column will change your life: stop being busy

This column will change your life: stop being busy | Being human | Scoop.it
'Most time management advice rests on the unspoken assumption that it's possible to win the game: to find a slot for everything that matters. But if the game's designed to be unwinnable,' Oliver Burkeman says, 'you can permit yourself to stop trying'
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How poverty reaches our DNA

How poverty reaches our DNA | Being human | Scoop.it
[Science Solitaire] A study shows that poverty may be causing the DNA of poor children to resemble that of older people...giving fundamental biological basis for protecting poor children
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//This finding further gives fundamental biological basis for protecting poor children. It shows how the world we create for our children directly affect what they were born with.

 

It strengthens the scientific basis, among other bases, for a stronger advocacy for societal support for mother-and-child care. This advocacy should not merely come from a personal preference to help but from a moral collective agreement to do so as we have evidence that our collective future is compromised by it.

 

We should not leave these kids on their own to swim their way upstream against the harsh social and economic currents. The price they pay may be permanent and deep. So deep, it is in their chromosomes; and so lasting, it will affect the health and stability of our communities and country.//

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The Surprising Reason Americans Might Feel Helpless and Depressed

The Surprising Reason Americans Might Feel Helpless and Depressed | Being human | Scoop.it
Bureaucratic headaches only add to helplessness, one of the most destructive emotions.
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//"However much we consciously accept our helplessness, this feeling breeds an underlying frustration which results in either depressive resignation or anger. To be sure, these are intensely personal reactions, and their malignancy varies greatly depending on personality type and degree of exposure. But all of us feel them. And they both mirror and amplify all the other ways that we’re unable to exercise any real control over our lives." . . .

 

"Prolonged experiences of helplessness are almost always traumatic. They are especially malignant when they seem normal. Psychotherapists see instances of this damage up close every day because helplessness is wired into the very nature of childhood. Because of our helpless dependence on our caretakers, their dysfunctions become our dysfunctions. We don’t have a choice. When people don’t have a choice, they adapt to the status quo and if that status quo is pathological, they become pathological as well. And they can’t and don’t object because it’s the only thing they know."

 

"We are being robbed of our time and our sense of agency in ways both big and small, and the consequences are political as well as personal."//

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11 Chemicals Creating 'Global, Silent Pandemic' of Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia, Study Finds

11 Chemicals Creating 'Global, Silent Pandemic' of Autism, ADHD and Dyslexia, Study Finds | Being human | Scoop.it
A study finds 11 common chemicals connected with neurodevelopmental issues in children including autism, ADHD and dyslexia are at a pandemic level.
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One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society

One-Percent Jokes and Plutocrats in Drag: What I Saw When I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society | Being human | Scoop.it
Inside the exclusive annual dinner of Kappa Beta Phi.
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//"Perhaps, I realized, this social isolation is why despite extraordinary evidence to the contrary, one-percenters like Ross keep saying how badly persecuted they are. When you’re a member of the fraternity of money, it can be hard to see past the foie gras to the real world."//

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Physicist says he’s solved the big mystery — how life came from matter — and he may be right | The Raw Story

Physicist says he’s solved the big mystery — how life came from matter — and he may be right | The Raw Story | Being human | Scoop.it
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Has he solved the mystery?

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Millions Falsely Treated for Cancer says National Cancer Institute Report

Millions Falsely Treated for Cancer says National Cancer Institute Report | Being human | Scoop.it
Here is a bombshell! The National Cancer Institute is now admitting that millions have been falsely treated for cancer. Are you one of them?
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The caveman dilemma: Why we take such lousy care of ourselves and our planet

The caveman dilemma: Why we take such lousy care of ourselves and our planet | Being human | Scoop.it
Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman says we're ill-adapted for the world we've made for ourselves.
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Obedience to Corporate-State Authority Makes Consumer Society Increasingly Dangerous

Obedience to Corporate-State Authority Makes Consumer Society Increasingly Dangerous | Being human | Scoop.it
Fifty years after Stanley Milgram published the results of his ground-breaking experiment on the perils of obedience to authority, we need to understand that ''thoughtful acts of nonviolent disobedience can not only deepen our democracy, they could...
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The happiest country in the world is...

The happiest country in the world is... | Being human | Scoop.it
Not the United States, which ranks 17th in the United Nation's second World Happiness Report.
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Diabetes Drug May Cut Alzheimer's Risk

Diabetes Drug May Cut Alzheimer's Risk | Being human | Scoop.it
By Ransdell Pierson July 14 (Reuters) - A large German study is the latest clinical trial to suggest that a cheap generic treatment for diabetes can stave off symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, although conclusive proof from a more fo...
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Surprise: Ashkenazi Jews Are Genetically European

Surprise: Ashkenazi Jews Are Genetically European | Being human | Scoop.it
Ashkenazi Jewish can largely trace their maternal heritage to Europe, new research finds. That contradicts earlier studies suggesting that most Ashkenazi heritage traces to the Near East.
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Most modern Jews occupying Israel are not even semitic peoples! However the people indigenous to Palestine whom these Europeans have committed ethnic cleansing and crimes against, are!  Begs the question--are Israeli/Zionist Jews in fact anti-semites?

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Genes increase the stress of social disadvantage for some children

Genes increase the stress of social disadvantage for some children | Being human | Scoop.it
Genes amplify the stress of harsh environments for some children, and magnify the advantage of supportive environments for other children, according to a study that's one of the first to document how genes interacting with social environments affect biomarkers of stress. The study used telomere length as a marker of stress. Found at the ends of chromosomes, telomeres generally shorten with age, and when individuals are exposed to disease and chronic stress, including the stress of living in a disadvantaged environment.
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Bankers Win Both Ways: Now They Can Take Both Taxpayer and Depositor Money

Bankers Win Both Ways: Now They Can Take Both Taxpayer and Depositor Money | Being human | Scoop.it
On March 20, European Union officials reached a historic deal to save failing banks by tapping both taxpayer and depositor funds. It may be illegal under EU Parliament, but is being rushed through to lock taxpayer and depositor liability into place before the dire state of eurozone banks is exposed.
- 2014/03/29

 

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt

This piece first appeared at Web of Debt.


As things stand, the banks are the permanent government of the country, whichever party is in power.
– Lord Skidelsky, House of Lords, UK Parliament, 31 March 2011

 

On March 20, 2014, European Union officials reached an historic agreement to create a single agency to handle failing banks. Media attention has focused on the agreement involving the single resolution mechanism (SRM), a uniform system for closing failed banks. But the real story for taxpayers and depositors is the heightened threat to their pocketbooks of a deal that now authorizes both bailouts and “bail-ins”—the confiscation of depositor funds. The deal involves multiple concessions to different countries and may be illegal under the rules of the EU Parliament; but it is being rushed through to lock taxpayer and depositor liability into place before the dire state of Eurozone banks is exposed.

 

Read more and don't miss the video explanation at

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/bankers_win_both_ways_eurocrats_authorize_bailouts_and_bail-ins_20140329

 


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It's coming to Canada too--how can we as citizens protect our rights against banks and governments??

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Do not be intimidated by the topic. The video included with this article is very eye-opening.


And there's this, which is why, in the opinion of this curator, Greg R., everyone should take the time to understand the reality of the global financial marketplace and the role government should play in it:


"As argued by George Irvin in Social Europe Journal in October 2011:


[T]he financial sector needs more than just regulation; it needs a large measure of public sector control—that’s right, the n-word: nationalisation. Finance is a public good, far too important to be run entirely for private bankers. At the very least, we need a large public investment bank tasked with modernising and greening our infrastructure . . . . [I]nstead of trashing the Eurozone and going back to a dozen minor currencies fluctuating daily, let’s have a Eurozone Ministry of Finance (Treasury) with the necessary fiscal muscle to deliver European public goods like more jobs, better wages and pensions and a sustainable environment.

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5 Surefire Signs Someone You Care About Is A Narcissist

5 Surefire Signs Someone You Care About Is A Narcissist | Being human | Scoop.it
Narcissists are among the most difficult people with whom to have a relationship, be it personal or professional, because no matter what you do or say it isn't enough to feed their never-ending desire for admiration and applause....
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God help you if you marry one--the injury they inflict is a thing of wonderment

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The Growth of Megacities

The Growth of Megacities | Being human | Scoop.it

"For the first time in human history, more of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in cities than in rural areas. That is an incredible demographic and geographic shift since 1950 when only 30 percent of the world’s 2.5 billion inhabitants lived in urban environments.

 

The world’s largest cities, particularly in developing countries, are growing at phenomenal rates. As a growing landless class is attracted by urban opportunities, meager as they might be, these cities’ populations are ballooning to incredible numbers.

 

A May 2010 Christian Science Monitor article on “megacities” predicted that by 2050, almost 70 percent of the world’s estimated 10 billion people—more than the number of people living today—will reside in urban areas. The social, economic and environmental problems associated with a predominantly urbanized population are considerably different from those of the mostly rural world population of the past."


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Would this population shift suggest that once self-sufficient rural communities are being forced into cities to become dependent on government while industry, corporate power, and developers confiscate their lands and turn producers into consumers? The implications are quite terrifying for all living things.

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Arya Okten's curator insight, March 27, 10:23 PM

Unit VII

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The majority of megacities are in the developing world, with the exception of places like New York and Tokyo, best showing how the face of the world is changing. Developing countries are on their paths to becoming major powers, such as Calkutta for example. As an enlarging city, more and more citizens are flocking to the abundance of jobs in the city which thus increases India's development as a result of the growing city and thus leads to a cycle of growth as demand for more jobs increases as the city grows. Megacities are thus a symbol of the developing world and can be used in human geography as symbols of development. 

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Science Confirms: Internet Trolls Really Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic

Science Confirms: Internet Trolls Really Are Narcissistic, Psychopathic, and Sadistic | Being human | Scoop.it
In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper...
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8 Habits of Intolerant People

8 Habits of Intolerant People | Being human | Scoop.it
A psychotherapist makes some observations about people who are quick to anger, resentful and intolerant of others.
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being married to someone like this dooms the marriage to failure; electing national leaders with this trait is disastrous

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Life of solitude: A loneliness crisis is looming

Life of solitude: A loneliness crisis is looming | Being human | Scoop.it
Too many among us never pine for peace and quiet, because that’s all we ever get
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Healthy sleep could ward off Alzheimer's - MarketWatch

Healthy sleep could ward off Alzheimer's - MarketWatch | Being human | Scoop.it
Healthy sleep could ward off Alzheimer's
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Our brain cells produce toxic waste products each day as they work. The new study, published in the journal Science, shows that while we sleep, the brain literally flushes out this gunk.
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Surviving Whole Foods

Surviving Whole Foods | Being human | Scoop.it
She rings me up for $313. I resist the urge to unwrap and swallow whole another $6 truffle in protest. Barely. Instead, I reach for my wallet, flash her a quiet smile and say, "Namaste."
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lol, a great read!

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