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"The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear."
— Brian Tracy

earth-song:

A few months ago David Chambon has been working on a series of amazing photographs of insects covered in dew drops. If the “creativity” of the phenomenon is due to the nature only, Chambon takes credit for putting in focus, with exemplary photographic expertise, these little natural wonders.

Check out some images below and visit his portfolio for more.

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motherboardtv:

We Need New Laws To Help Old People Use Technology

“Business, government, and nonprofits must collaborate to stimulate and speed the development of a next-generation technology-enabled aging services workforce,” Coughlin wrote.
Essentially, they’re arguing that the missing piece in the puzzle here are people who are experts in both technology and aging that can help smooth the adoption process. Investors are keen on getting into the space, but want this sort of professional expert that can usher in a new product, make it scale, and make sure it’s sustainable, the report states.


We also need laws to help young people use technology. With endless options of hard- and software, it requires increased education on ‘How to navigate through the web’ and ‘How to find, store and asses the correct information’.

motherboardtv:

We Need New Laws To Help Old People Use Technology

“Business, government, and nonprofits must collaborate to stimulate and speed the development of a next-generation technology-enabled aging services workforce,” Coughlin wrote.
Essentially, they’re arguing that the missing piece in the puzzle here are people who are experts in both technology and aging that can help smooth the adoption process. Investors are keen on getting into the space, but want this sort of professional expert that can usher in a new product, make it scale, and make sure it’s sustainable, the report states.

We also need laws to help young people use technology. With endless options of hard- and software, it requires increased education on ‘How to navigate through the web’ and ‘How to find, store and asses the correct information’.

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vicenews:

Last week, 122 German professors of Criminal Law signed a petition demanding the decriminalization of drugs and the legalization of marijuana.

vicenews:

Last week, 122 German professors of Criminal Law signed a petition demanding the decriminalization of drugs and the legalization of marijuana.

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"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
— Plato
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fotojournalismus:

Donbas, Ukraine. Known for its various coal mines, is considered home to some of the most hazardous working conditions in the world. And yet, coal mining serves as the only source of income for many families receiving tax support from the government.

While most of the mining projects operate under the government, a recent rise of illegal mining has begun to spread across the region to pursue efficiency and increase profit. While creating millions of dollars in revenue, working hours upon hours under exposed coal dust and methane can take a debilitating toll on the workers’ personal safety.

Toronto-based photographer Valeriya Myronenko documents critical working and living conditions for both government and illegal workers in Donbas.

(via vicemag)

givemeinternet:

Shhh it’s starting

givemeinternet:

Shhh it’s starting

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rtamerica:

Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report
The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.
The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States. The researchers measured key variables for 1,779 policy issues within a single statistical model in an unprecedented attempt “to test these contrasting theoretical predictions” – i.e. whether the US sets policy democratically or the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both.
"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts,” the researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University wrote.

FINALLY some academic confirmation that democracy only appears to function! Please spread the word!

rtamerica:

Oligarchy, not democracy: Americans have ‘near-zero’ input on policy – report

The first-ever scientific study that analyzes whether the US is a democracy, rather than an oligarchy, found the majority of the American public has a “minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy” compared to the wealthy.

The study, due out in the Fall 2014 issue of the academic journal Perspectives on Politics, sets out to answer elusive questions about who really rules in the United States. The researchers measured key variables for 1,779 policy issues within a single statistical model in an unprecedented attempt “to test these contrasting theoretical predictions” – i.e. whether the US sets policy democratically or the process is dominated by economic elites, or some combination of both.

"Despite the seemingly strong empirical support in previous studies for theories of majoritarian democracy, our analyses suggest that majorities of the American public actually have little influence over the policies our government adopts,” the researchers from Princeton University and Northwestern University wrote.

FINALLY some academic confirmation that democracy only appears to function! Please spread the word!

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The World If There Were Only 100 People
Our population recently reached the 7 billion milestone; you are one in 7 billion. That is a lot of people and it’s hard to see the significance of the individual with such a large number. So what if we scaled down that huge population to just 100 individuals to see what makes up the world:

If there were only 100 people:

50 are female, 50 are male. 26 of these are children and only 8 people are aged 65 and older. 60 people are Asian, 15 African, 14 people are from the Americas and 11 individuals come from Europe. 5 of us speak English and 5 speak Spanish. Arabic, Hindi, Bengali and Portuguese all have 3 fluent speakers each. 12 speak Chinese, whilst 62 speak other languages. 83 are literate, 77 people have shelter, 87 have access to safe water, 15 are undernourished and 21 are overweight. 33 of us would be Christians, 22 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 7 Buddhists. 12 people would practice other religions and 12 people would not be involved in any religion.

The World If There Were Only 100 People
Our population recently reached the 7 billion milestone; you are one in 7 billion. That is a lot of people and it’s hard to see the significance of the individual with such a large number. So what if we scaled down that huge population to just 100 individuals to see what makes up the world:

If there were only 100 people:

50 are female, 50 are male. 26 of these are children and only 8 people are aged 65 and older. 60 people are Asian, 15 African, 14 people are from the Americas and 11 individuals come from Europe. 5 of us speak English and 5 speak Spanish. Arabic, Hindi, Bengali and Portuguese all have 3 fluent speakers each. 12 speak Chinese, whilst 62 speak other languages. 83 are literate, 77 people have shelter, 87 have access to safe water, 15 are undernourished and 21 are overweight. 33 of us would be Christians, 22 Muslims, 14 Hindus, 7 Buddhists. 12 people would practice other religions and 12 people would not be involved in any religion.