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HOT? New no-orgasm sex called 'karezza'

HOT? New no-orgasm sex called 'karezza' | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Karezza, a practice that encourages physical intimacy without orgasm, dates back to 1896, when Dr. Alice Bunker Stockham wrote a book of the same name. The term comes from the Italian word carezza, which means caress.


There's a curious new trend in couple therapy - sex without orgasms. 


Matt Cook says his sex life with his wife is better than ever, but he never wants to climax again. He practices karezza, a form of intercourse that doesn't focus on orgasms as the big prize. In fact, people who practice karezza are urged to avoid them altogether.


It creates a deep feeling in a relationship that is very difficult to describe - much deeper than conventional sex," Cook told ABC News.


More couples are beginning to explore karezza as a way to grow closer and repair their relationships.


Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com


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Stop Dolphin Slaughter In Taiji

Stop Dolphin Slaughter In Taiji | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Stop Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji.

Taiji is regarded as the spiritual home of Japan‘s whaling industry. The first hunts took place in the early 1600s, according to the town’s whaling museum, but the industry went into decline after the introduction of a global ban on commercial whaling in 1986.


Over the next six months the town’s fishermen will catch about 2,300 of Japan’s annual quota of 20,000 dolphins.

The meat from a single animal fetches up to 50,000 yen (£330), but aquariums are prepared to pay up to £90,000 for certain types. In a typical hunt the fishermen pursue pods of dolphins across open seas, banging metal poles together beneath the water to confuse their hypersensitive sonar.


The exhausted animals are driven into a large cove sealed off by nets to stop them escaping and dragged backwards into secluded inlets the following morning to be butchered with knives and spears.


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"It Ain't Just About You and Your Damn Passion": Quotes, Ideas and Solutions From Yesterday's Job Creation Panel

"It Ain't Just About You and Your Damn Passion": Quotes, Ideas and Solutions From Yesterday's Job Creation Panel | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Here are some of the great quotes that came out of yesterday's panel on job creation and what is working.


"We're here to talk about, I believe, the most critical grassroots issue in America today. It's not just how you find a job, and get enough jobs to cover the people who don't have them, but how we prepare this country for the future and restore a sense of confidence...


Having a job is not just about economic security. It's also about emotional and cultural security for this country." ~ Tom Brokaw, panel moderator and former NBC Nightly News anchor

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10 Proven Ways to Create Better Stories (and Why Stories Sell)

10 Proven Ways to Create Better Stories (and Why Stories Sell) | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

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Looking For Life on Mars [infographic] | Daily Infographic

Looking For Life on Mars [infographic] | Daily Infographic | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
A brief history of the speculation, mythology, and scientific discoveries of Mars.


Aliens, little green men, these guys; are all images we’ve probably had in our consciousness ever since Orson did that infamous War of the Worlds radio broadcast so long ago. These last few centuries, Mars has created a buzz of sorts through sci fi and even real science speculation (Nikola Tesla, the Electric Jesus himself, believed in Martians!). Even going back to Greek mythology, Mars has always loomed in the human imagination as a violent being, our brother planet as an unseen foe. It’s just a matter of time before the Martians come after us all! Well, lets just say that modern science has tamed our imaginations a bit.

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The Harm of Sitting Constantly

The Harm of Sitting Constantly | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

If you're sitting at your computer many hours in the day, you should take a look at this infograph and read this article.


Infographic detailing the potential harm in sitting too much.


greenerideal.com details the potential harm in spending too much of your day sitting down


**. Other than the obvious (more time sitting = less time for exercise = gaining weight) sitting for prolonged periods can not only increase your risk for diabetes, but for heart disease as well.


On the positive side, if you are required to sit at your job, or say in a class, it is better to sit at a more reclined angle rather than straight up or hunched over


**Also, just remember to try and be as active as you can for the environment that you’re in.


**For more information on sitting vs. standing please refer to the infographic


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


Read article and see full infographic here: [http://tinyurl.com/722ownk]


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The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation

The Complex Relationship Between Happiness and Motivation | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Can too much happiness hurt motivation? Can too much motivation hurt happiness? How can we find a balance between happiness and motivation?


I guess it depends on your definition of happiness. If you define happiness as being fully satisfied and content with everything in your life, then there would never be anything you’re motivated to change.


Motivation implies a willingness to make something better. But if you’re happy with everything, then there is nothing you want to make better because everything is already fine the way it is.


Read more: http://www.theemotionmachine.com/the-comp


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10 Things You Didn't Know Mint Could Do

10 Things You Didn't Know Mint Could Do | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it


Mint can be a powerful tool when it comes to monitoring your finances. The service helps you track how much money you’re spending and on what, and alerts you when bills are due and when you might finally pay off your credit card.


Mint.com is a free web-based personal financial management service for the US and Canada created by entrepreneur Aaron Patzer. Mint originally provided account aggregation through a deal with Yodlee, but has since moved to using Intuit for connecting to accounts. Mint's primary service allows users to track bank, credit card, investment, and loan transactions and balances through a single user interface. Users can also make budgets and goals, like saving $1000. Users also have the option to manually enter cash or check transactions.



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How to learn a Language on YouTube.

How to learn a Language on YouTube. | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
They say you can learn anything on YouTube, but does that include a foreign language? Mashable's Neha Prakash attempts to learn Russian... in an hour.


Knowing a secondary language is par for the course in today’s ultra-connected cultures and global workforces.


Being multi-lingual can catapult you to career success. Plus, significant research has shown people who learned a second language at a younger age were likely to have more advanced grey matter in their nervous systems.


Communication skills comprise the tip of the iceberg when expanding your cultural know-how, such as trying food from other parts of the world, making friends from a new country or even packing up and heading to a new continent.


And apart from that, language is fun!

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Online Bible Studies Through Social Media Part 1

Online Bible Studies Through Social Media Part 1 | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Have you wanted to participate in a bible study but found yourself either too busy, strapped down by kids, or unavailable at the times the studies are happening?


Social media solves this problem by make studies available when you are! It’s very convenient. The time you choose to commit always agrees with your schedule since the comments are online waiting for you – not the people.


Read more and follow the links at: http://www.saltywaffle.com


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A Car That Runs On Air: The Future Is Here?

A Car That Runs On Air: The Future Is Here? | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

The tiny car’s engine works by extracting air pressure from its 175-liter tank—and does not contribute to air pollution.


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Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education

Why Web Literacy Should Be Part of Every Education | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Teaching our kids to code will make them uniquely prepared to fully contribute to the world.


Like reading, writing, and arithmetic, web literacy is both content and activity. You don’t just learn “about” reading: you learn to read. You don’t just learn “about” arithmetic: you learn to count and calculate.


Web literacy explains the world we live in and gives us the tools to contribute to that world.


Read More at: http://www.fastcoexist.com


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10 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals | Little Things Matter

10 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals | Little Things Matter | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

How would you like to increase the odds of achieving your goals? Whether you desire to lose weight, create financial independence, build a healthy marriage, or raise responsible children, the formula for achieving any goal is the same.

Here are 10 tips in sequential order that will help you increase the odds of achieving your goals: (Each link is one of my related lessons.)

 

1. Identify what’s important to you! The only goals you will succeed in reaching are those that are truly important to you. If a goal is not meaningful or significant to you, you will quit when faced with obstacles. Take 30 minutes and make a list of the things that are truly essential in your life; those that you highly value. Then highlight the most important points on that list and set your goals.

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/LKxDQm


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Physical activity strongest predictor of survival in old age. New York Daily News

Physical activity strongest predictor of survival in old age. New York Daily News | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

New York Daily News Physical activity strongest predictor of survival in old age.


Overall, the average rate of survival among participants who regularly swam, walked or did aerobics and had a moderate to rich social life was 5.4 years longer than those who led sedentary, solitary lives. That figure rose to six years for men.


For the study, researchers from the Karolinska Institutet and Stockholm University kept track of 1,800 Swedes aged 75 and older for 18 years, between 1987 and 2005. In the follow-up period, 92 percent of the participants died, while half of them lived longer than the age of 90.


After analyzing everything from their education, social network and lifestyle behavior, the researchers concluded that of all the leisure activities, the level of physical activity was most strongly associated with survival.




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9 Steps to Work Less and Do More

9 Steps to Work Less and Do More | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Like most people, my life has been spent balancing my yearning for laziness—tropical islands with fruit-flavored beverages figure heavily in my life goals—with a burning desire to achieve great things, like invent a robotic Bumble Bee.


The answer has been finding ways to achieve great things, using as little work as possible. Fortunately, there’s ample room for finding ways to work less and get more done.


Read more at: http://www.pickthebrain.com


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Green School

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Delivering a generation of global citizens who are knowledgeable about and inspired to take responsibility for the sustainability of the world (Fabulous innovation in sustainability and education http://t.co/caWINmSE...)...

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Want to be a social media superstar?  Get a bigger brain.

Want to be a social media superstar?  Get a bigger brain. | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

According to ReadWriteWeb, British anthropologists and psychologists have found a direct linear relationship between the size of a person’s social network and the size of an area of the brain known as the orbital prefrontal cortex.


Interestingly, the team of researchers included Robin Dunbar, who created the Dunbar Number. It quantifies the number of meaningful relationships a person can maintain - which according to Dunbar is 150 people.


I guess “meaningful” is a relative term. Anyway, according to ReadWriteWeb, “Establishing a new correlation between social networks and prefrontal cortex size lends credibility to Dunbar’s assertions that our brains aren’t big to be smart, but to help us manage relationships that will ultimately help us survive. In other words, a really smart loner caveman was less likely to survive than the average guy everybody liked to come along on the mammoth hunt.”


Read more at: http://www.nonprofitmarketingblog.com


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How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One)

How Did Howard Rheingold Get So “Net Smart”: An Interview (Part One) | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Howard Rheingold has been one of the smartest, most forward thinking, most provocative writers about digital culture for the past several decades. He’s someone who always makes me think. Even a short hall way chat with Howard at a conference can lead to transformative insights about how we live within a networked culture. I have been lucky to know him for more than two decades now, and I treasure every interaction I’ve ever had with the guy.


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"Top 50 Free Education Apps"

"Top 50 Free Education Apps" | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

In the article you can find the top 50 free applications in the Education category(data is pulled from iTunes). They also have a list of the best paid education iPhone apps.


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The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) - Forbes

The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) - Forbes | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
The Six Enemies of Greatness (and Happiness) These six factors can erode the grandest of plans and the noblest of intentions. They can turn visionaries into paper-pushers and wide-eyed dreamers into shivering, weeping balls of regret.


** Ignorance If we don’t know how to make something great, we simply won’t. If we don’t know that greatness is possible, we won’t bother attempting it. All too often, we literally do not know any better than good enough.


Selected by Jan Gordon covering, "Exploring Change Through Ongoing Discussions"


Read full article here: [http://onforb.es/JvgNlH]


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What Does Social Networks tell us about your Personality? via @BerriePelser

What Does Social Networks tell us about your Personality? via @BerriePelser | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

What Does Social Networks tell us about your Personality?


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Why Being an Online Extrovert is Bad for Your Health

Why Being an Online Extrovert is Bad for Your Health | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

Social media/networking is becoming less like manna and more like madness. I’ve been experiencing “Facebook fatigue” and social networking numbness. The feelings have been circling for the past year and have started to move in for the kill.


I’ve often referred to the web and social media as the greatest thing since sliced bread for the introvert. It allows us to express ourselves in writing, take our time, reflect, research, protect our personal space and energy, and connect on our own terms.


For most introverts – and especially introvert entrepreneurs – the web is a gift that has facilitated connections, business and friendships. We get to be introverts in real life and play the extrovert online. It’s allowed us to reach thousands, if not millions, of people with efficiency and minimal energetic output.


Read more at: http://bethbuelow.com



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The Culture Of Personality: The What, Why & How of Social Business

The Culture Of Personality: The What, Why & How of Social Business | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it

I selected this piece by Matt Ridings from SideraWorks because we all talk about social business but what is it, why should we care, how do we measure it and why is it important for our business?


This piece along with a slideshare answers some of these questions and gives you a mindset and framework to work with.


Here are some highlights:


What is Social Business?


**The answer differs if you're describing the purpose, the processes or the outcomes - Depending on your point of view as the customer, the employee or a partner  -  the answer can differ even more


Here is a definition of social business:


Social busines is the creation of an organization that is optimized to benefit the entire ecosystem. Customers, employees, partners, owners by embedding collaboration and active engagment into its operations and culture. The result is a more responsive, adaptable, effective and untimately more successful company.


Here are some of the challenges:


**How do we develop a common vocabulary and context so] that all parties have a clear understanding of what it is they're trying to achieve or become?


**How to 'audit' something like culture to the degree that you can provide a meaningful representationn of its curfrent attributes at individual, group anad organization - wide levels?


**How do you represent the objective in a way that is easily understood in relation to the audit?


Selected by Jan Gordon covering "Curation, Social Business and Beyond"


Read full article and see slideshare here: [http://bit.ly/PqYQbK]


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Chitchat 101: A Guide for Introverts

Chitchat 101: A Guide for Introverts | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Because chitchat is part of life, some tips for introverts.


Just because introverts don't like chitchat does not mean we are exempt from ever engaging in it. Like it or not, chitchat is the WD-40 of society.

A few niceties with a sales clerk, a little joshing with your dentist's receptionist, some light get-to-know-ya banter with a stranger at a party--it keeps the gears of society cranking smoothly, makes the world feel friendly, and protects our social muscles from atrophy. It also may lead into the kind of substantial conversation we like best.


And small talk can be a gateway to friendship. You can't make friends if you don't talk to people, and jumping right into deep philosophical discussion can be off-putting. Going too deep too fast also may lead to a hasty burnout of any nascent connection--a flare of heat and then, well, um, OK...nice talkin' to you. The conversational equivalent of a one-night stand.

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How to Take Photos of Cities -- National Geographic

How to Take Photos of Cities -- National Geographic | Interesting Reading | Scoop.it
Get tips for taking great photos of cities in this how-to photo gallery from National Geographic.
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