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RUNNING A BUSINESS IS NOT AS FUN AS YOU MIGHT THINK

ACCOUNTING / MANAGEMENT / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-11-27

Where does this voguish idea of everyone becoming a glamorous and fun entrepreneur come from? Sorry, but: 1) most people are not born with the DNA required to run a business; 2) while being an entrepreneur adds a lot of positive nouns to your life,  + 

HALF OF AMERICANS HAVEN’T READ A SINGLE BOOK THIS YEAR

LITERATURE / SOCIETY / LINKS / 2022-10-26

Over 50% of Americans haven’t read a book in 2022. Nearly 25% of adults have not read a book in 1-2 years. 11% haven’t read a book in 3-5 years. And 10% of US adults haven’t read at least 1 full book in the past  + 

LIFE IS SHORT AND UNCERTAIN… ACT NOW

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / SPIRIT / ESSAYS / 2022-10-18

Life is short. You might have heard that one before. And uncertain. You can die at any moment, making it even shorter. So think hard about what you do with your gift of life right now, not after you “get funded” or “feel inspired” or  + 

ROBERT SAPOLSKY ON WHY RUSSIANS ARE STUCK IN A SUBMISSIVE / AGGRESSIVE LOOP

POLITICS / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / LINKS / 2022-10-12

An interesting take on why Russians have been stuck in a submissive / aggressive loop for centuries by Robert Sapolsky, who privileges the nurture (culture) component rather than the nature (DNA) factor. I’d disagree somewhat: the negative selection pressure has expunged the country of its  + 

WHY EVERYONE AND YOUR GRANDMOTHER NEEDS AN AR-15?

POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-10-07

A well-researched, superbly edited, humorous video explaining why every American, especially a senior, needs an AR-15 gun. In all seriousness. Or how to build the perfect straw man with a bit of a circular thing goin’. His logic: US civilians need the same firearms as  + 

“CHEAP SEX” BOOK REVIEW – IT’S GONNA COST US MORE THAN WE THINK

BIOLOGY / ECONOMICS / HEALTH / SOCIETY / REVIEWS / 2022-09-19

“Cheap Sex” is a great book by sociologist Mark Regnerus to compliment David Buss’ “Evolution of Desire”. It describes the current personal and interpersonal sexuality / gender relations state of affairs in the US. The local trends and stats which do or will impact the  + 

EURO COMPANY CULTURE: SAME DATE DELIVERY… NO, VACATIONS

LOGISTICS / MANAGEMENT / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-08-14

What is an Express Delivery by a  European company, within the EU (no customs)? Ordered: Thursday 14:00, courier picked up on Friday, delivered next week on Wednesday 18:00. 🙄 Similar service name by an American company, also in the EU: picked up same day 20:00,  + 

I CAN’T THINK OF A TITLE FOR THIS STORY OF WARPED MOTHERHOOD

ECONOMICS / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-08-09

In the US state of Nebraska, a 17-year-old girl got pregnant, decided to abort but couldn’t because of local laws, received help from her mother to buy and administer mifepristone and misoprostol, miscarried, buried the fetus… and discussed the details on Facebook Messenger… The private  + 

THE FEAR OF THE WORLD GOVERNMENT

ECONOMICS / LOGISTICS / POLITICS / TRAVEL / ESSAYS / 2022-07-25

The observable universe is a sphere of 93 billion light years in diameter. Our Universe contains 200 billion trillion stars (with their planets). And yet, people are against a “World Government” for a puny rock that you can fly around under 45 hours in a  + 

JORDAN PETERSON’S OPINION ABOUT THE RU-UA CONFLICT IS HYSTERICAL & WRONG

ECONOMICS / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-07-18

Impressive to watch such a hysterical Descent of Man. Despite decades of his “studies” of Russian literature and totalitarianism, Jordan Peterson completely misunderstands what’s going on in Russia, NATO, rouble (un)currency, global economy, and uses a real war killing real people to talk about a  + 

BIZARRE GOOGLE REVIEWS OF EUROPEAN LOGISTICS CENTERS

LOGISTICS / SOCIETY / TRANSPORTATION / ESSAYS / 2022-07-15

Bizarre Google Reviews of European logistics centers, such as Dachser, Geodis, Kuehne+Nagel… 4-5 stars from truckers — hauling the semi-trailer 1-2 stars from end-customers — businesses and consumers unable to schedule a pick-up or delivery 🤷🏻‍♂️ Truck drivers commenting the tidy toilets and lacking space  + 

CAR-CENTRIC CITIES OF AMERICA CREATE NATIONS OF STAY-AT-HOME-GAMERS

EDUCATION / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / LINKS / 2022-06-10

Car-centric urban planning in North America creates nations of stay-at-home-gamers “under adequate supervision” that fail to acquire social interaction skills till the age of 16 (when they can get a driver’s license)… So their 20′s and 30′s are spent being a teenager, “discovering the world  + 

CIGARETTE SMOKERS HAVE LOWER IQ THAN NON-SMOKERS

HEALTH / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-03-29

I’ve been wondering about indirect IQ measurements. One of them, is… smoking. Yes, people still smoke tobacco in 2022. A lot of people. 🤢 Cigarette smokers have lower IQs than non-smokers, and the more a person smokes, the lower their IQ. For example, this study  + 

SPECIAL OPERATIONS

CINEMA / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-03-01

You know what’s “special” about “an operation”? It’s when it CREATES something new. A piece of art: a film, a book, a soundtrack. A scientific discovery. A technological breakthrough. A medical procedure that allows us to walk hours after appendectomy. A business that transforms us  + 

HOW TO SPOT SOMEONE SERIOUS ABOUT YOGA?

HEALTH / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / SPIRIT / ESSAYS / 2022-02-10

They: don’t go to a “studio” — they practice at home / office / traveling… daily, wearing whatever or semi-naked (no “yoga” apparel) sit in siddhasana / padmasana casually “because it’s comfy” while talking / eating / typing — optimize for meditation, not circus acrobatics  + 

UNDERSTANDING NEUROTYPICALITY — BY UNKNOWN AUTHOR

SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2022-01-24

“Neurotypicality is a pervasive developmental condition, probably present since birth, in which the affected person sees the world in a very strange manner. It is a puzzle; a enigma that traps those so affected in a lifelong struggle for social status and recognition. Neurotypical individuals  + 

DRESS LESS FOR SUCCESS… AND A PAIN-FREE LIFE

HEALTH / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2021-08-06

We, humans, have a physical body problem. And it’s not a postmodern “obese body positivity” problem. It’s a “people are either over-clothed (men), or under-dressed (women)” problem.  + 

QUICKLY GAUGE A PERSON BY INQUIRING ABOUT THEIR OPINION

ECONOMICS / HEALTH / PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2021-03-19

These days, you can super-quickly gauge a person by inquiring about their opinion on: Covid-19 vaccines climate change religion (especially Islam) UBI (Universal Basic Income) equality of outcome (especially gender issues) body fat over 30% Superb predictive power, eh?  + 

VACCINATION IS THE ONLY WAY OUT

BIOLOGY / HEALTH / POLITICS / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2021-03-02

7,8 billion people currently live on our planet. Only 114 million have been confirmed as infected by Covid-19. That’s less than 2%. The virus will keep eating through the remaining 98% for years. As most governments… or, more accurately, we don’t care enough about others  + 

HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM TO LEARN ABOUT SOMEONE

PSYCHOLOGY / SOCIAL MEDIA / SOCIETY / ESSAYS / 2020-07-02

Instagram is a great tool to get to know people. Open a profile and: Scroll through their posts — sample their taste (or lack thereof), attention to detail (feet cut off, random branches in the frame, etc.) Pay attention to the number of selfies —  + 

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