"Prevailing opinions generally are the opinions of the generation that is passing."
- Benjamin Disraeli

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Emma Watson’s UN address is raw, affecting, and obviously personal. What sets this apart for me is her shift at 5:35 to addressing the male role in relation to the female role as two sides of the same coin.

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"Using luck to your advantage isn’t about being superstitious; it’s about embracing probabilities and trusting your gut."
- Liad Agmon, Fast Company

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"A population that does not take care of the elderly and of children and the young has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise."
- Pope Francis

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Humanitarianism is broken but it can be fixed – Paul Currion

It might simply be that humanitarian NGOs are no longer the right type of organisation to meet the needs of the future. It’s not merely that they are no longer fit for purpose: it’s increasingly uncertain what that purpose is. What are humanitarian organisations for? Are they delivery vehicles for humanitarian assistance – logistics companies with a side order of social concern? Or are they delivery vehicles for humanitarian principles, with any tangible assistance they provide is just a manifestation of those principles?

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"…a journalism overwhelmed by trivia and false significance ultimately engenders a trivial society."
- Pew Research Center/Journalism Project

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Why Being Near The Ocean Can Make You Calmer And More Creative

In our always-busy, screen-saturated lives, we don’t give our minds much of a chance to rest and wander freely. But when we do, the mind switches into a different mode of engagement, known as the default mode network — the brain network associated with daydreaming, imagination, consolidation of memories, self-referential thought, insight and introspection. The default mode network is extremely important for creativity — which is often why we find that when we turn off our brains for a moment and get in the shower, activating that default network, that we suddenly come up with the insights and ideas that eluded us while we were sitting at our computers desperately searching for the solution.

"The shower is a proxy for the Pacific Ocean or the Atlantic Ocean," says Nichols. "You step in the shower, and you remove a lot of the visual stimulation of your day. Auditorially, it’s the same thing — it’s a steady stream of ‘blue noise.’ You’re not hearing voices or processing ideas. You step into the shower and it’s like a mini-vacation."

Rather than switching off, when you’re showering, your brain switches into a different mode — and while the brain is in a more restful state, suddenly you’re able to make those new or unusual connections. The “Eureka” moment comes at last — the insight or solution “feels like it drops out of the sky and into your head,” says Nichols.

It’s one of my working theories that one of the things wealth (or relative wealth) is buying in the 21st century is not necessary more goods—or even more access to goods—but instead an escape from the noise and pandemonium of the digital landscape. It means traveling to places without connections or reception, and even within that landscape it means buying access to less noise. I think, paradoxically, those with the most money to spend probably also end up being the most insulated from ads—just another form of noise to escape.

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Are there other consumer services where the standards for delivering on contracted promises are so low? We subscribe to Comcast’s 50mpbs package, and of all the recent speed tests this is one of the faster results. I can’t imagine filling up a tank of gas only to learn that I’m really only leaving with 5 gallons in the tank instead of the pump reading 12 gallons. What a depressing monopoly Comcast has become. Great for Philadelphia, bad for consumers.

Are there other consumer services where the standards for delivering on contracted promises are so low? We subscribe to Comcast’s 50mpbs package, and of all the recent speed tests this is one of the faster results. I can’t imagine filling up a tank of gas only to learn that I’m really only leaving with 5 gallons in the tank instead of the pump reading 12 gallons. What a depressing monopoly Comcast has become. Great for Philadelphia, bad for consumers.

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"Fear of death is indeed the pretence of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being the appearance of knowing the unknown; since no one knows whether death, which they in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Is there not here conceit of knowledge, which is a disgraceful sort of ignorance?"
- Plato

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nycgov:

Today we honor our heroes and the lives lost on September 11th. Please join us in solidarity.

I was a freshman in high school that morning.

nycgov:

Today we honor our heroes and the lives lost on September 11th. Please join us in solidarity.

I was a freshman in high school that morning.

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