Empowerment Shopping

closet-of-clothingYour closet has become “smart.”

Your clothes talk to you, tell you when last they were worn, which accessories you wore with them, and when they’re feeling wounded (time for an alteration) or a little grubby (time for a trip to the cleaners).

Your wardrobe speaks to you via microchips or bar codes, which you scan with a small device that informs you of exactly what it is feeling.

But your wardrobe is not the only thing that talks.

In fact, everything you own now speaks.

Your coffeemaker commiserates about internal issues it may be having. Your refrigerator tattles when certain perishables are entertaining mold. Your portable devices nudge you about a plethora of extraneous apps which can be consolidated, then shows you exactly how it plans to do that upon your approval.

Every aspect of your daily life has become “smart.”

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Income Gender Role Reversal

marriage-breadwinnerLove or money?

Historically, a question posed only about women marrying male breadwinners.

But now, this same question applies to men, as well.

Why?

 

Because, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 40% of American women are now the breadwinners of the family. And this, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, creates a new strain of marital tension between “an alpha woman and a beta man.”

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Immoral Airline Fees: Fractured Families

family-seated-together-on-plane

Booking a flight for a family vacation?

Want to sit next to your kids?

That may cost you.

Extra.

As reported in The Atlantic, an airline “crime against customer service” now charges additional “family fees” for parents who want to sit next to their children.

Whaaaa???

Yes, many airlines are now tacking on “preferred seating” fees for parents who want to sit beside their children.

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Psychopath!

yelling-psychopathNext time you call someone “Psychopath!”, chances are you may be correct.

Science has proven that 2 out of every 100 people in any given society are callous, selfish, dishonest, arrogant, aggressive, irresponsible, impulsive, hedonistic, and are unable to feel empathy or remorse.

Really? Only 2 in every hundred?

I know. Feels like more. Especially near election time.

In any case, these people are, quite literally, psychopaths.

According to io9 Neuroscience, 3 to 6 million psychopaths live among us in the U.S. alone – with 3 to 5 percent of this portion found in the highest corporate and government sectors.

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Wet Mosquitoes Are Gremlins, Too

gathering-on-backyard-deckAh, summer!

Hot, lazy days. Warm, cozy nights on the deck.

Except when it rains.

Because after a rain, your evening/weekend deck paradise morphs into Mozzy-ville.

Starring you as the town pariah…your flesh the target of every self-respecting mozzy in the community.

Are you scratching yet?

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2012 Apocalypse Cancelled?

mayan-calendarWhat if the 2012 apocalypse scenario was all a big mistake?

What if the Mayan calendar doesn’t really end on December 21, 2012?

What if their calendar really continues?

For centuries?

8O

 

As reported by The Washington Post, a team of archaeologists in Xultun, Guatemala recently found a small room in Mayan ruins where royal scribes wrote on walls like a blackboard, keeping a running record of astronomical details for the complex Mayan calendar.

This find reportedly “destroys any notion that the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012.”

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Playing a Master Card to Thwart a Visa

pirate-shipWhat do cruise ships, pirates, and PayPal have in common?

More than we would guess.

According to PopSci, one hundred-plus technology companies from countries such as India and Australia are looking to make a move onto a floating city located in international waters outside of Silicon Valley. Dubbed the “Blueseed” project, one of its co-founders Peter Thiel, is also co-founder of PayPal.

The project endeavors to convert cruise ships and redesigned barges into a pirate island on which tech companies would be headquartered. These companies would be able to provide housing, working space, and entertainment facilities for nearly 1,000 paying customers and employees at a rate of $1,200 to $3,000 monthly.

Why would international tech companies want to operate from a pirate island in the U.S.?

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Society 101: Human Gorilla Games

grabbing-genitalsThe next time you want to show respect for your boss, should you grab his genitals?

Maybe not.

But according to “Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution and Economics of Human Relationships” - a book based on studies of “dominance games” acted out by non-human primates – this is exactly what a gorilla might do to his boss, or the alpha male of his group.

As reported in Salon, author, and University of Chicago professor Dario Maestripieri contends that “our social relationships have analogs in nature, especially within groups of primates. “While we may not go up and grab our supervisor’s genitals as a sign of respect,” Maestripieri contends, “We engage in similar acts that help us figure out where we fit in groups.”

Okay, so genitals aside, what social interactions do you engage in to solidify your place in society?

Think about it. Chances are, they are all “primal instincts.”

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The 3 S’s in P-e-n-i-s

girl-and-guy

 

Size. Sound. Semen.

Um…things related to a p-e-n-i-s!

Ding! Ding Ding! :)

Wait…

Sound?

8O

Okay, you know I love animal research. I’ve traveled to Costa Rica to study mating rituals in various reptile species…to Sri Lanka to study familial relationships in elephant groups…to Madagascar to study offspring relationships between lemur mothers & newborns…the list goes on.

If I could, I would travel country by country absorbing every ounce of animal knowledge I could – from how they eat to how they have s-e-x.

That’s what’s these fascinating news items are about. Animal s-e-x. Specifically, that almighty protuberance prized much more by male homosapiens than animals.

The p-e-n-i-s.

As it turns out, size does matter.

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Psychic Cars vs. Hijacked GPS

psychic-with-crystal-ballPsychic cars?

Your GPS controlled by retailers?

What is the future of driving coming to?

Well, in one scenario, we’re the boss. Our cars take us where we want to go.

In the other scenario, someone else is in the driver’s seat. Our GPS systems chart routes which take us where retailers want us to go. We’ll get to our intended destination…eventually.

But allow yourself extra time for retail-orchestrated detours.

As reported in Popsci, new smart car technology developed in Switzerland allows automobiles to read our minds. Having succeed in creating thought-controlled wheelchairs, the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) – an innovative technical university – is working with Nissan to construct an environmental and biometric-controlled system which will be able to anticipate a driver’s next move.

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