17 IMAGES THAT PROVE WE LIVE IN A DYSTOPIAN HELL

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24 Men Who Were Shamed For Not Wanting Kids

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10 Attempts At Good Deeds In History That Backfired Into Miserable Failures

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Humans beings are inherent problem-solvers, as evidenced by having successfully made our way through the carnival of problems that has been our history. Sometimes, however, despite our best intentions, some of those solutions actually end up making the problem even worse than it was before.

You’ve probably heard the adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” But you’ve probably also heard that the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. The following solutions may have looked good on paper at the time, but they ended up horribly backfiring once they were actually put into practice.

10 Dead Whale Found On A Beach Blown Up With Dynamite

Photos of dead marine animals found on the beach make their way into the viral cycle every couple of months or so these days, though back in 1970, something like that was less “further proof of everything bad we’ve done to the oceans” and more, “Huh, what the hell is that?” So when a dead whale washed ashore in the town of Florence, Oregon, in 1970, the authorities tried to find the best way to get rid of it without causing any trouble for the nearby beachgoers. How did they go about it? By blowing it up with dynamite.

Yup, a bunch of adults, presumably people qualified to deal with such situations, figured it would be better to just blow up one of the biggest mammals on the planet and act like nothing happened instead of just putting it back in the water and letting the natural ecosystem dispose of it or at least calling other authorities. They also used a lot of dynamite so as to vaporize the small chunks of the exploding whale. Needless to say, the incident was a disaster; the sprayed bits not only showered the people nearby with some unwelcome and presumably stinking whale fluids but also severely damaged one of the cars parked there.[1]

 

9 French Effort To Eradicate Rats Gives Birth To Even More Rats
Whenever colonization is mentioned, the Brits get most of the blame, as they admittedly had the biggest empire of them all. Yet, many other European powers dabbled in it, many times reaching close to or even overtaking Britain as the most prolific colonizer of them all. France was one of them, with the jewel of their empire in Hanoi, Vietnam (then known as Indochina).

Hanoi was set up to be one of the best cities under French rule, though there was a tiny problem: rats. Because of the 14 kilometers (9 mi) of sewer pipe the French had set up under the city to keep things in order, rats could now reach any part of the city through them, making the problem worse. Finally having had enough of it, the French decided to put a bounty on the pesky creatures and asked the people to bring them dead rats for a small amount of money. Understandably not willing to go through rat carcasses at government offices, they decided to ask for only the tails of the rats.

At first, it seemed to be working quite well, as many tails were showing up, suggesting that the rats were dying, too. That wasn’t the case, though, as there were now even more rats than ever in the city. Unfortunately, the locals of Hanoi had actually turned it into a lucrative business, where they would only take the tail off the rats and let them go to back to producing even more baby rats for profit, because obviously they did. Because of that botched up bounty scheme, rats remain a big problem for the city of Hanoi even today.[2]

 

8 Prohibition Gave Way To The Mob
Despite the Prohibition era being an important development in American history, it’s hardly talked about as much as the other, more eventful time periods. Partly due to being overshadowed by much more important events around the same time—the immediate aftermath of World War I being one—and partly due to a time without alcohol not making for the most interesting conversations, Prohibition only occurs to most of us as an afterthought.

It started as a well-intentioned idea to curb violence, crime, and other ills of the time, and it had the support of the female suffrage movement, which saw alcohol as a major barrier to their goals due to the whole issue of “drunk men being drunk.”

While America did go through a brief period of prosperity in the 1920s, and Prohibition did help with some things it meant to, what it mostly did was act as an incubator for the Mafia. You see, even if alcohol was banned, people who wanted booze were still very much around, and they were ready to pay a premium for it. Speakeasies sprang up across the country, and small-time criminals started moving en masse to the most lucrative gig of the time—bootlegged alcohol—and started making fortunes off it as well as consolidating themselves around rigid factions.

Prohibition brought about the rise of organized crime in America and would remain its most lasting legacy.[3] Take Al Capone for an example; he made his empire entirely on the back of speakeasies and casinos in Prohibition-era Chicago and probably would have remained a small-time gangster if not for that era.

 

7 A Plan To Stop Child Marriages Made The Dowry System Even Worse
For those who haven’t been tuned into world affairs, India is one of the worst countries for women, as evidenced by the still-existing dowry system, rampant sexual violence, and overall sex ratio. While many may attribute it to the incompetent government (which may even be true), it’s not like they haven’t been trying to fix it. From initiatives meant to educate girls and stricter laws against sexual assault, they’ve tried it all, to no avail. What’s also not helping is the fact that some of their efforts meant to help things have actually made it worse.

In a plan introduced in 1994, the government attempted to put a stop to child marriages by promising a lump sum amount for every girl born in the state of Haryana, provided that they stay unmarried till they’re 18. Sounds pretty sensible, doesn’t it? It wasn’t, as that didn’t do anything to fix the underlying problems that led to child marriages. The lump sum promised soon started being offered to the potential groom as an even bigger amount of dowry, making the problem worse than it was before. It did stop the child marriages, mostly because the parents would wait until the girls turned 18, receive the money, put it into the dowry, and marry them off as soon as they could like usual.[4]

 

6 Global Agreement To Limit Emissions Increases Emissions
When we talk about climate change, we still discuss it as something in the future, even though we’ve already started seeing its effects in action. The scientists and other concerned professionals talking about it have moved well past “be careful” to “told you so,” though even now, many countries are reluctant to do something about it. Not just that, but many of our solutions have actually ended up making the problem worse, case in point being the Kyoto Protocol.

The Kyoto Protocol was a coming together of many countries to collectively discuss and implement solutions to the ever-increasing problem of global warming. One of the decided solutions was the Joint Implementation program, under which countries would be rewarded for burning harmful gases instead of letting them into the atmosphere and could earn tradable credits based on whatever amount they burned. Those credits could then be sold to other countries, which could then sell them to someone else depending on how much of their quota they fulfilled, keeping the overall carbon footprint in balance. The problem, however, was that these credits weren’t actually real, and all they ended up doing was giving some countries an incentive to burn even more gas to generate more credits, which they absolutely did, because why wouldn’t they?

All in all, the whole thing ended up adding around 600 million metric tons of excess emissions into the atmosphere and made for a good “what not to do” item on the list of things they talked about during the subsequent climate change treaty, the Paris Agreement.[5]

 

5 Legalizing Prostitution Increased The Rate Of Human Trafficking


Prostitution is a tricky subject to tackle, even if it’s the world’s oldest profession and really shouldn’t be. While activists have been asking for it to be legalized the world over to put an end to the stigma sex workers face and all the human trafficking that comes with it, policymakers often cite reasons like morality to keep things as they are. That’s not to say that countries haven’t tried to legalize prostitution to see what happens, though in most cases, it has ended up backfiring.

It stands to reason that making prostitution legal should put an end to human trafficking, though for countries like Germany and Denmark, which legalized prostitution near the turn of the 21st century, the results have been the exact opposite. According to studies, human trafficking has been on a rise ever since they did, and in countries which criminalized it after a long period of time, like Sweden, trafficking rates were found to be shrinking.[6]

So, what gives? These countries aren’t isolated from the rest of the world, where human trafficking is still thriving. It makes sense that by legalizing prostitution, they gave the traffickers even more markets to operate in, though now with government backing and a crime-free environment.

 

4 Green Scheme Destroys Country’s Renewable Industry And Dissolves Its Government
Renewable energy is the blockchain of 2019, in the sense that it’s the new industry everyone is moving into without fully knowing how it works. Governments the world over are investing in “green” technologies, not just to battle climate change but also as a sound opportunity to invest in the future. So, in 2012, when Northern Ireland introduced the Renewable Heat Incentive—a government program to incentivize the use of renewables by subsidizing the energy costs for anyone using them—little did it know that it wouldn’t end up doing either of those two things, and their actions would mean the end of both the government and the renewable sector in NI.[7]

You see, what the scheme offered was money to anyone who had a lot of smaller renewable heating systems installed at their workplace instead of one big one, thinking that it would encourage renewable use as well as future-proof the local industries. What people took that to mean was, “The more heating systems we have running, the more money we can get out of the government” because of course they did. At one point, businesses were keeping all of their heating systems operational 24/7 to avail the maximum amount of money from the subsidy. By the end of it, the scheme ended up costing the taxpayers some £490 million and caused the renewable industry to collapse as well as the joint government that introduced it to dissolve due to the fallout.

 

3 Regulation To Encourage Small Cars Caused An Abundance Of Bigger SUVs And Trucks
The US is perhaps one of the few countries where bigger and heavier automobiles are popular, and smaller cars, while still aplenty, are not really preferred by the consumers if they have a choice (like more money). It goes against common wisdom, as government regulations should promote smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles to conserve oil as well as reduce the overall carbon footprint. As it turns out, one of the US government’s policies to do exactly that backfired over time.

It all goes back to the 1973 oil crisis, when a bunch of Arab countries imposed an embargo on all the countries that supported Israel in the Yom Kippur War. Oil became insanely expensive and hard to obtain, which led the US government to introduce a new set of rules to promote smaller, more efficient vehicles instead of bigger ones. Known as CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy), these rules put stringent checks on the fuel efficiency of smaller vehicles, requiring that all the small cars hitting the market meet minimum fuel economy targets. On paper, it sounds perfect, as it would force carmakers to make better, more efficient small cars, as well as encourage buyers to go for them instead of bigger vehicles. In practice, it ended up doing the exact opposite.

What was actually, “Smaller cars need to have better fuel economy,” was read by carmakers as, “Bigger vehicles don’t need to care about fuel economy,” as the checks on the latter were far less strict. As a result, auto companies simply started rolling out more SUVs and pickup trucks instead of smaller cars, and because of that, the consumers also started preferring more room and bigger vehicles than their smaller counterparts, as the options are readily available.[8]

 

2 Smoking Bans Cause A Rise In Drunk Driving Fatalities
Smokers (including the writer of this article) tend to justify their habit by freedom of choice but often conveniently forget that part when lighting one up in public spaces. Sure, it’s not like they’re blowing smoke in other people’s faces, but for someone who doesn’t smoke, it’s terribly inconvenient to even catch a whiff of it from a distance. There are no easy or black and white solutions to this; just as someone has the freedom to smoke anywhere, other people also have the freedom to not have to breathe that smoke if they don’t want to. You could try outright banning smoking in public places and force the smokers to either quit or head to a smoking zone, as many places in the US have done at various points in time, though that hasn’t worked out too well, either.

In a study conducted in the Journal of Public Economics, researchers studied data from 120 counties, 20 of which were smoke-free. They figured that people who weren’t allowed to smoke at a bar must be going somewhere to do it, as anyone who has met a smoker will tell you. And yup, they were right; in the smoke-free counties, drunk driving was found to be on the rise by as much as 19 percent. And the fatalities weren’t just limited to the places that banned smoking; neighboring areas also saw a sharp rise (by as much as 40 percent!) in cases of drunk driving immediately after smoking bans went into effect.[9]

1 Anti-Bullying Campaign Actually Helped Bullies To Identify Potential Targets
Bullying is one of the most important issues facing students at all levels and grades. Not only does it create an unhealthy environment for the others, but it also leaves the victims with years of trauma, lowered self-esteem, and a bunch of other issues that stay for life. It’s also a tricky problem to handle, as the ones on the receiving end of it seldom speak up due to fear of retribution. So when Bullywatch, an organization that donated all its proceeds to families of bullying victims, came up with their own distinct wristband to be worn by anyone who was against bullying as a gesture of unity against the bullies, they had their heads in the right place.

Unfortunately, one important thing they failed to consider was how a bully’s mind actually works. What others may have seen as a pretty powerful message against bullies and harassment, the bullies saw as a marker for who to bully next.[10] The kids wearing the wristband were reported to have been especially targeted for bullying, something this whole idea was meant to stop and fight against. If you ask us, though, this whole thing could have been avoided if they had just consulted a bully/ex-bully before embarking on this project.


The Dollar Princesses: How American Social Climbers Sold Their Daughters To British Nobles For Rank

The Dollar Princesses: How American Social Climbers Sold Their Daughters To British Nobles For Rank

 

 

 
In th 1870s, rich Americans came up with a new scheme: they sold their daughters abroad, marrying them off to British aristocrats in exchange for a title. In a country without an aristocracy, suddenly every rich American wanted a duchess in the family. The young women, who often didn't have a choice, became known as the Dollar Princesses.

Buying noble titles was an old practice, of course, but Americans took it to a new level with Gilded-Age marriages. American brides carried huge fortunes across the sea, including some of the most lavish dowries in history. In a matter of decades, the Dollar Princesses sent $25 billion to the United Kingdom, propping up aristocratic families and infusing the European economy with new money.

Many Dollar Princesses, like Consuelo Vanderbilt, weren't happy at all about being sold overseas. Railroad heiress Alice Thaw had to wait in the church while her intended, the Earl of Yarmouth, renegotiated her dowry with her father. On the positive side, these cold-hearted transactions did lead to several notable Brits, including Winston Churchill and Princess Diana.

 

 

 


18 Happy People Celebrating Divorces

18 Happy People Celebrating Divorces

1. A man found alternative uses for his ex’s wedding dress.

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4. A Texas divorcee blew up her wedding dress for a happy cathartic experience.

5. Some couples even threw themselves a Happy Divorce party.

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7. Divorce selfies are a thing, and sometimes you just need to smile and be thankful it’s all over.

8. Drinks to celebrate the occasion is rarely the worst idea.

9. Working together in both love and separation is an oddly beautiful thing.

10. Cakes make everything better.

11. This woman had to draw up a bath over a beer and candlelight to relax into the moment.

12. Another divorce party celebrated with friends.

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15. Bill has a way of showing up during people’s most monumental moments.

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20 Definite Signs That Humanity Is Getting Dumber

20 Definite Signs That Humanity Is Getting Dumber

 


10 Surprising Side Effects To Legalizing Marijuana

10 Surprising Side Effects To Legalizing Marijuana -

 

We’re seeing an experiment in action. Over the past few years, more and more countries and states have been legalizing marijuana, and we’re finally getting to see what effect it really has.

There have been all kinds of predictions. The naysayers have been sure that legalizing pot will all but bring the world to its doom, with drug abuse and crime running rampant. And on the other side, pot advocates have all but suggested that it’ll usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, where mankind finally settles its differences over a toke.

Enough time has passed now, though, that we can pretty definitively say what really happened—and it’s not all what you might expect.

10 Car Crashes Go Up, But Fatalities Go Down


When you legalize weed, it seems, you replace a lot of your drunk drivers with high drivers. And that has some interesting side effects.

First off, legalizing marijuana definitely leads to more people smoking marijuana. In Colorado, adult marijuana use has gone up by 29 percent since it was legalized. But a lot of those people picking up joints are putting down beer bottles, especially before driving.

Drunk driving, in Washington state, has gone down nearly 33 percent since 2007. High driving has gone up about 50 percent—but its hard to get much meaning out of that, because marijuana stays in the bloodstream for weeks after the effects wear off.

What seems to be happening, though, is very slow, very careful car crashes. Statistically speaking, car accidents have gone up in places that have legalized pot, while car crash fatalities have gone down.[1] And while nobody knows for sure exactly what that means, it’s hard not to chalk that up to a lot of stoners very, very slowly bumping into each other.

9 The Police Clear More Crimes


Marijuana advocates were right: When you legalize marijuana, police really do get to focus on the real crimes.

In their first year of legal pot, marijuana possession charges fell by a staggering 98 percent in Washington state. And that’s a huge deal. Between 2000 and 2010, before weed was legalized, the state spent $200 million enforcing marijuana laws—meaning that legalizing pot essentially freed up $196 million worth of police resources.

And, yes, it has led to better policing. Both Colorado and Washington have seen faster crime clearance rates across the board since legalizing marijuana.[2]

It’s also better for citizens. An unexpected side effect of legalizing pot is that cops aren’t searching cars as often, simply because they can’t use “your car smells like weed” as an excuse to search them anymore. One Washington cop has said: “Probably 90 percent of my felony arrests, they started with the odor of marijuana.” Since legalization, though, he’s been letting those people off—which, in theory, should reduce racial profiling.

8 More Kids Go To The Hospital For Eating Pot Brownies


As soon as marijuana was legalized, hospitals started seeing kids pile into the emergency rooms, high out of their minds on pot brownies. It was epidemic—in a single year, the state of Colorado treated 87 children under the age of nine for ingesting cannabis, an increase of 450 percent since pot was legalized.

And that’s a good thing!

No, we’re not on some vendetta to get kids high—we just think there might be another way to interpret those numbers.

Most of these cases happen because a kid sneaks into the parent’s edibles and starts munching away at a pot brownie, not realizing that there’s more in it than just sugar. It’s possible that legalized marijuana is making that happen more often—but it’s a lot more likely that parents are just less afraid of taking their kids to the hospitals now that pot is legal.

In the past, parents have faced child endangerment charges and even lost their kids just because their child snuck a THC-laced cookie out of a forbidden cookie jar. It’s reasonable to assume that the main reason more kids are going to the hospital for this is that the parents are less afraid. Before, they were probably just dealing with it by waiting it out and hoping for the best.

One thing we know for sure is that is that underage marijuana use doesn’t go up at all where marijuana is legalized. In fact, in Washington state and Colorado, teenage pot use has gone down.[3]

7 Homelessness Seems To Increase

When Colorado legalized marijuana, locals started to complain about their new neighbors. Their homes, as one resident put it, had “suddenly became a haven for recreational pot users, drawing in transients, panhandlers, and a large number of homeless drug addicts.”[4]

There’s been a bit of controversy over whether or not that’s really true. Snopes.com has gone ahead and written it off as largely false, saying that Colorado’s homeless population was nearly cut in half between 2012 and 2013, when marijuana was legalized, apparently in some kind of inexplicable homeless mass exodus.

But if we can argue with Snopes, they’ve overlooked a major point. In 2013, Colorado changed the way it counts its homeless population, and the state itself credits the new system for the sudden, major drop in their homeless count. The drop isn’t a mass exodus—the numbers, before, were just wrong.

Other than that weird blip, which really has nothing to do with legal weed, homelessness steadily increased in Colorado, Washington state, Oregon, California, and Alaska after legalizing pot—suggesting that, yes, the locals are right. Pot-loving transients really do migrate to places that let them smoke legally.

6 Tourists Come Just For The Marijuana


In 2015, Colorado made a record $2.6 billion off of tourism. People started flooding out to Colorado in unprecedented numbers.

The state of Colorado insists it was because of a top-notch tourism campaign—but the facts kind of suggest that people weren’t coming to see the Rockies. That year, a survey of people vacationing in Colorado found that 49 percent of them were there for weed.[5]

Strangely enough, most of them ended up chickening out and not actually buying any: Only eight percent of Colorado’s tourists actually visited a marijuana dispensary. Still, nearly half of them said that legalized pot was at least part of the reason they decided to spend their vacation time high among the mountains.

In Amsterdam, where they’re a bit more honest about these things, the tourism board estimates that 1.5 million tourists drop by every year purely because of legalized pot—which is an awful lot of money to flush into an economy.

5 Tourists Smoke Themselves Into The Hospitals


Those tourists who do partake, though, have a bad habit of going a bit overboard. Since Colorado legalized marijuana, their hospitals have had to deal with twice as many people from out-of-state showing up in the ER, so high that they’ve freaked themselves out.

It happens more often than you’d think. In 2014, 1.68 percent of Colorado’s out-of-state hospital patients specifically told the doctors they were there because of marijuana.[6] They’d smoked themselves silly, and they either hurt themselves or broke into such horrible anxiety attacks that they ended up begging their friends to call a doctor.

The funny thing is that the locals don’t do it. There has been no change whatsoever in the number of in-state patients complaining about marijuana. It’s just the tourists who binge-smoke themselves into the ER, apparently convinced that if they’re going to get a chance to legally get high, they need to get higher than anyone has ever been.

4 Dogs Start Getting Stoned


It’s not just people who have been getting high. When marijuana gets legalized, dogs start getting high, too.

According to the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital, marijuana poisoning in dogs in Colorado has quadrupled since pot was legalized. One veterinarian claims that her hospital treats an average of five stoned-out-of-their-mind dogs every week.

It’s not that people are sticking joints in their dogs’ mouths—or, at least, that usually isn’t what happens. Typically, the dogs get into owners’ edibles and chomp away on them. They end tired, staggering, and sensitive to light. In extreme cases, they’ll even up throwing up and passing out.

The dogs are usually fine within 24 hours, but some have actually died after eating edibles. Those deaths were probably brought on by the chocolate instead of the marijuana, though, as the chocolate in a brownie is far worse for dogs than the weed.[7]

3 Opioid Use Goes Down


No matter how you feel about marijuana, it’d be hard to say that it’s as bad as opioids. Opioids kill—in fact, they kill 42,000 Americans every year.

Legalizing marijuana, though, seems to be a pretty effective way to bring those numbers down. According to one study, opioid prescriptions go down by an average of 14 percent whenever medical marijuana is legalized.

Partly, that’s because it gives people an alternative. When marijuana is illegal, patients don’t have many other choices for dealing with pain except for taking opioids, which can be very addictive and very dangerous. But the other part is that marijuana is just plain cheaper. On average, marijuana costs patients about 60 percent as much as opioids like hydrocodone.

And, yes, it saves lives. Legalizing medical marijuana, on average, has reduced deaths from opioid overdoses by 25 percent.[8]

2 Crime Rates Plummet


Reefer madness has yet to set in anywhere that marijuana has been legalized. Crime, in Washington state, is the lowest it’s been in 40 years, while Colorado has seen a 2.4-percent drop in violent crime since legalization.

But that’s nothing compared to the states further south. In the states bordering Mexico, where marijuana trade is usually controlled by drug cartels, crime rates have absolutely plummeted where marijuana has been legalized. In California, legalizing pot for medical use alone lowered violent crime by 15 percent, robberies by 19 percent, and murders by ten percent.[9]

And, yes, that’s because the cartel is out of town. Drug-related homicides went down by 41 percent—nearly being cut in half—since medical marijuana was legalized in California.

Weed, it seems, doesn’t really turn people into criminals. If anything, legalizing weed is making the drug cartels hemorrhage money—and might even get rid of some of them.

1 Public Schools Get Better


In 2015, Colorado brought in an extra $135 million in tax revenue through cannabis alone.

That’s a lot of money—and most of it has gone into helping Colorado’s schools. When marijuana was legalized, Colorado ruled that most of the new money would go into schools, and they’ve kept that promise. During the 2015–2016 school year, marijuana taxes contributed $80 million toward school construction projects. In 2017, schools in Deer Trail, Colorado, were given $34 million to build a new campus and specifically credited the money to marijuana taxes, which means that the kids there got a brand-new facility because of weed.

According to a Harvard researcher, if the entire United States legalized marijuana (and other drugs) and then taxed and regulated their sale, it would raise an extra $106.7 billion per year.[10] That figure comes from the theory that the nation would earn $58.8 billion in tax revenues and save the $47.9 billion they spend on drug prohibition each year.

That would be enough money to make every college in the US free—and there’d still be money left over to spread around.


10 Things You Never Knew About Charles Darwin

10 Things You Never Knew About Charles Darwin -

 

Charles Darwin, “the Father of Evolution,” was born in Shewsbury, England, on February 12, 1809. His father, Robert Darwin, was a well-known high-society doctor with six children, of which Charles was the fifth. Both of his parents were from very prominent English families. His mother was related to the Wedgwoods of world-renowned pottery fame, and his grandfather, Erasmus Darwin, also hailed from a prominent English family.

Both families supported a Christian-based religion called Unitarianism that disavowed the Trinity. His mother, Susannah, died when he was just eight years old. For over a century, Charles Darwin has been venerated, yet here are some unknown facts about the biologist that put him under the light of humility, along with the rest of us mere mortals.

10 Darwin’s Family Tree Contains Incest

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Charles Darwin is called the Father of Evolution, and his theory changed the world and how we view genetics. Ironically, though, that did not make him any more impervious to genetic defects than the rest of humanity. Darwin sired ten children in total. Of the seven who survived to adulthood, three never had any children in spite of very long marriages.

In fact, an in-depth study of the Darwin family tree in 2010 revealed a history of inbreeding (cousins marrying cousins), which is known to lower immunity to disease while increasing the chances of infertility.[1] For instance, his mother, Susannah, was born to third cousins, one of whom was Josiah Wedgwood, the original founder of the legendary Wedgwood pottery business. The Darwins were hardly the most egregious case of incest in history, but there was still enough inbreeding to increase their risk of certain side effects.

9 Darwin Originally Studied To Be A Priest

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Darwin was enrolled to Edinburgh University in 1825 to study medicine but soon found that the thought of surgery repulsed him. This led him to change both schools and his major to attend the University of Cambridge and become an Anglican priest, something his father had hoped for.[2] His goal of obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree included the study of some theology and mathematics but did little in providing any in-depth theological knowledge. Darwin graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1831.

Sometime during his studies there, he became intrigued by natural history, which ended his interest in theology, along with his desire to be an Anglican priest. Ironically, Erasmus Darwin had come up with a basic version of evolutionary theory long before his grandson published his version.

8 The Famous Voyage Of The Beagle

Photo credit: Conrad Martens

In 1831, Charles Darwin, with absolutely no training in the study of natural history, spent five years sailing around the world, including South America and the Pacific Islands, on the research ship HMS Beagle.[3] During the voyage, Darwin made innumerable geological and biological observations, some of which are still famous today. Looking back, the evidence strongly suggests that Darwin had already taken the theory of evolution his grandfather had spoken to him of completely to heart and believed in it entirely.

Most think of Darwin as an atheist, but he never became one and, in fact, continued to support a form of deism which holds the belief that God created the universe and then left to have no further contact with His creation. An originally nominal Christian, Darwin continued to play a leading part in the parish work of the local church for a few years, but by 1849, he would go for walks on Sundays while his family attended church. Later in life, he would assert that he was closer to an agnostic, and although he never became an atheist, he had long since rejected divine creation as put forth in the Book of Genesis.

7 Was Charles Darwin A Plagiarist?

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In the 19th century, ideas such as evolutionary theory were considered heretical and could result in retribution from the Church of England. Darwin knew this, so he kept his theory quiet, only discussing it with close friends. That changed in 1858, when he heard that Alfred Russell Wallace had developed a theory very similar to his, and led directly to him prematurely publishing On the Origin of Species in 1859. Today, this may seem odd and even suggests a lack of confidence on his part. But contrary to popular belief, Darwin had by then assimilated a huge amount of data from the work of many of his contemporaries, including his chief rival Alfred Wallace, all of whom contributed heavily to his database.

Charles Darwin was 50 in 1859 and would write 18 more books, but not everyone in the scientific community holds him in such high esteem. The evidence seems to back up claims that Darwin intentionally held off publishing his book because he needed time to plagiarize the complete theory.[4] For example, in the 1830s, a man named Patrick Matthew wrote a book explaining natural selection, and it is said that Darwin later assimilated it as the foundation for evolution, without ever giving Matthew any credit. Many have contended that Darwin was, at best, a mediocre scientist who possessed a limited educational background.

6 Darwinism Based On Racism

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Darwinism is based on the belief that certain life-forms possess the ability to acquire more useful traits than others. This allows those organisms to survive more adverse conditions, while other, lesser ones do not. Thus, these superior life-forms are the ones that “deserve” to live because of their physical superiority. Over time, these extra traits produce entirely new groups of individuals born with advantages over others when it pertains to survival. So, in essence, these newer groups become the more evolved races and continue to thrive due to the concept of “the survival of the fittest” or “natural selection,” which is the very foundation of the theory of evolution.

Darwin wasted no time applying this concept to human beings, maintaining that the white races were superior to the rest of humanity. This ideology evolved directly into what is known today as eugenics, which is a social philosophy that promotes improving human hereditary traits by various means of artificial intervention, including genetics. The stated goal of eugenics is to create more intelligent and healthier people in order to save on natural resources. The opponents of eugenics argue that it is not only highly immoral but isn’t even based on sound science. Looking back, especially at World War II and the Nazis, it is more than clear that the proponents of Darwinism have done a very good job of concealing this obvious form of racism throughout the decades.[5]

5 Can Neo-Darwinism Save the Theory Of Evolution?


Neo-Darwinism is an attempt by the supporters of evolutionary theory to both repair the reputation of the scientist they hold in such high esteem and to reset their beliefs to better suit the times. The reason for this is simple: They want to continue explaining life on this planet without the need for a supernatural being. But the problem is that Darwinism has turned out to be nothing less than an embarrassment for them.[6]

There is no risk in asserting that Darwin was strongly racist due to his attitude toward people of color, and this discriminatory attitude extended to women as well, who he felt were inferior to men. In effect, Neo-Darwinism is nothing short of a rear-guard action, allowing Darwinian proponents to find higher ground from which to defend future attacks.

4 Can Mutations Trump Mendelian Genetics?

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According to Mendelian genetics, life-forms cannot, and do not, change over time—so genetic mutations are almost always harmful. Darwinism claims exactly the opposite—that genetic mutations are beneficial and are the main mechanism that drives evolution. The father of genetics, Gregor Mendel, was a contemporary of Darwin. He was also the master of a discipline that Darwin knew virtually nothing about: genetics, which is the same discipline his followers attempt to insert into the Darwinian framework.[7] In turn, this produced Neo-Darwinism.

Now, the problem is that this is like saying that if a tornado went through a junkyard full of damaged aircraft enough times, it would create a fully functional flying machine, which is obviously absurd. We all know that a tornado has never been observed creating anything but death and destruction and that only with intelligence added could something like a tornado, or wind, be transformed into something useful. For example, the energy created by a wind farm, which is vaguely similar to a tornado, could be used to power a factory that makes flying machines.

Unfortunately, though, many are under the false impression that a chance mutation can combine and create genetic information resulting in a beneficial mutation for the organism. Evolutionists claim that examples of this exist in nature, and they cite several. One concerns people inflicted with sickle cell anemia, a very serious blood disease. Doctors discovered that patients with sickle cell anemia were more likely to survive by contracting malaria as a direct result of the blood disorder. Evolutionists call this a “beneficial mutation” and “evidence” of their theory in action.

3 The Illusion Of Intelligent Design


This concept is so lacking in logical reasoning that it does not even need to be rebuked, so I’ll just let Professor Dawkins sum it up for you. He wrote the following in The Blind Watchmaker: Why the Evidence Reveals a Universe without Design:

Natural selection is the blind watchmaker, blind because it does not see ahead, does not plan consequences, has no purpose in view. Yet the living results of natural selection overwhelmingly impress us with the appearance of design as if by a master watchmaker, impress us with the illusion of design and planning. The purpose of this book is to resolve the paradox to the satisfaction of the reader, and the purpose of this chapter is further to impress the reader with the power of the illusion of design.[8]

Okay, just remember this: The next time you look at your watch or jump into your car, you only think you see intelligent design. Simply put, this concept is not science.

2 Irreducible Complexity—The Amazing World Of Small


“Irreducible complexity” is a term that has sent many shivers down the spine of the scientific community ever since it was first coined and continues to do so today. And with good reason. The science of molecular biology has advanced dramatically since the 19th century. To biologists back then, a cell was less complicated than a doorknob. In complete contrast, we know today that a human cell has more microscopic complexity than some spacecraft do. Indeed, had Darwin benefited from the same technology we have now, he would have undoubtedly revised his theory—and in more ways than one.

Scientists today compare the complicated biological structures of a single human cell to a state-of-the-art automobile engine, which is also a very complex system and one that will not operate if just one key part is removed from it. This is the very definition of irreducible complexity,[9] which, at the very least, creates a huge “chicken or egg” problem. as you could well imagine. For instance, a simple question like, “What came first, the bowels or the esophagus?” still perplexes evolutionary scientists today.

1 Darwin And His Legacy

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Darwinism suggested a theory of human origins to the world in an attempt to replace the belief in a divine creator, a belief that has spanned across a myriad of cultures and religions around the entire globe. Now, in this new Neo-Darwinism age, all that counts is “the survival of the fittest,” since “only the strong survive.” According to evolutionary theory, human suffering is basically irrelevant, and responsibility for one’s own actions is no longer a factor, now that life supposedly only evolved by pure chance. Darwinism, and the rampant racism that resulted from it,[10] helped spawn some of the worst human suffering in the history of mankind, yet it still clings to life in many overt and even unseen ways.

On a closing note; in the first edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin made the claim that if a bear was to spend enough time in the water, it would eventually turn into something akin to a whale. Actually, we know that if a bear spends too much time in the water, it will drown. He removed the comment from all of his subsequent editions of the famous tome, and since this is the very foundation of evolution, many wonder just how confident he was in his own theory.


10 Book Predictions That Really Came True

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All through history, there have been startling accounts of people foreseeing the future, accounts that unnervingly hit or miss the mark. From Nostradamus predicting the Great Fire of London in 1666 (totally happened, according to some) to the Mayans prophesizing the Earth’s end in 2012 (er, not so much), history isn’t exactly lacking in the premonition department.

These premonitions are actually more common than you might think. And it’s not just doom-filled calendars and ancient textbooks from the middle ages; there are plenty of contemporary premonitions that have been published, funnily enough, in works of fiction. Most literary forecasts that pop up in books are often brushed off as purely coincidental or chalked up to being educated guesses, but some of them are almost too unsettling for words. Let’s take a look.

 

10 Super Sad True Love Story By Gary Shteyngart


The novel Super Sad True Love Story, published in 2010, follows the romantic entanglement of Lenny Abramov and Eunice Park in a near-future dystopian New York, where life is dominated by technology and bad debt. Credit rating is broadcasted to the world through “apparats,” which bear a striking resemblance to the iPhone 4.

In the novel, economic chaos reigns. The US is hopelessly in debt to China, the dollar is devalued, America has defaulted on its debt, and China scolds the country publicly. This exact event was mirrored in real life across international news channels when China stated that Washington must “cure its addiction to debt” less than a year later.[1]

Shteyngart also managed to predict the Occupy Wall Street Movement in 2011. And though his predictions are parodic for sure, most of them have come true, proving, perhaps, that we live in a world where reality takes its cues from fiction.

2001: A Space Odyssey By Arthur C. Clarke

Although many consider 2001: A Space Odyssey a film and solely that, there was, in fact, a book that was written concurrently alongside the screenplay by Arthur C. Clarke, based on his short story, “The Sentinel.”

It roughly follows a similar plotline but is based more on the revised version of the script and not the deviation the film eventually took. However, in both versions, we get a glimpse of the “newspad,” a device that features instant access to periodicals and other information all across the world. It looks like an iPad and works like one.

The book was published in 1968, and the iPad was introduced in 2010, 42 years after the film and movie came out, so it’s no wonder that Kubrick is regarded as the sci-fi seer of his time.[2]

Then again, perhaps it wasn’t Kubrick who saw the future but Steve Jobs who copied Kubrick?

 

Gulliver’s Travels By Jonathan Swift

In the world-famous Gulliver’s Travels, Swift takes us on several fantastical adventures across the hidden corners of the globe, where Lemuel Gulliver meets the Lilliputians in a far-off country, encounters the giants in Brobdingnag, and then goes on to visit the flying land of Laputa, where Swift’s premonitions rapidly come into play.

It turns out that Laputa’s astronomers have discovered that Mars has two moons, 150 years before they were observed by Asaph Hall in 1877. The fact that his prediction was based on mere conjecture is far more impressive than someone who makes an educated and informed guess, as even their proximity and orbit are fairly accurate.[3]

Hall named the moons Phobos and Deimos. In a nod to Gulliver’s Travels, a crater on Deimos was named Swift after the writer himself, a tribute as remarkable as the premonition that inspired it.

Looking Backward: 2000–1887 By Edward Bellamy


Living in a time of social and economic turmoil in the late 19th century, Edward Bellamy grew embittered by the slow creation of labor unions, the violence surrounding the working-class majority, and hostility toward the privileged minority. The American writer therefore outlined his opinions and advice for the future in his novel, Looking Backward: 2000–1887.

In it, protagonist Julian West falls into a hypnotized deep sleep and wakes up a century later, in the year 2000. The world has become a socialist utopia, where all of America’s goods are distributed equally to its citizens. It was Bellamy who first introduced the concept of credit cards to the world before they were ever invented, when his character is taken to a store and given one that works like a debit card.[4]

They acquire all the products and services necessary to lead a comfortable life, depending on the buyer’s situation. Although not exactly the same as the present day, it’s still with remarkable foresight that Bellamy created this concept—now adopted by banks all over the world. And to think that far ahead in the late 1880s was something only a very forward-thinking individual could conceive. That, or a time traveler.

Stand On Zanzibar By John Brunner

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Predicting the presidency of specific people is no easy feat. Yet John Brunner, in his novel Stand on Zanzibar, did just that. The book was science fiction, a novel set years in the future which follows two roommates: One is an executive at a powerful global company, and the other is a spy.

Brunner also predicted outbreaks of violence in schools and acts of terrorism becoming a massive threat to the United States. Although he wrote his book in the 1960s, Brunner successfully predicts young adults’ hookup culture, drugs to improve sexual performance, electric cars, inflation prices, and even how homosexual relationships go mainstream.[5]

It’s a future that’s not far off from our current reality, and the truly bizarre coincidence comes in the shape of a major world leader, a man called President Obomi, a mirror version of Obama. And it’s not just the weirdly similar names and the fact that he’s the US president; he even looks like Obama.

Never mind our floozy hookup culture; that’s just plain remarkable, given that it was published in 1968 and set in 2010, not long after Obama’s actual election.

 

From The Earth To The Moon By Jules Verne

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It’s not that out there for science fiction to feature on this list because the genre is, by default, so very ahead of its time—or any time for that matter. Futuristic cities, societies, technology, and transportation methods all form part of sci-fi’s integral allure, and the forward-thinking individuals who come up with these tales can’t help occasionally visualizing events that come true.

But to predict something a whole century before it actually happened, and in 1865 no less, a time when plumbing wasn’t even a regular fixture in most residences? That’s a feat that can only be credited back to revolutionary author Jules Verne, the father of modern science fiction. In his book From the Earth to the Moon, Verne predicted the Moon landing, sparking interest in space travel across the world. Aside from the sheer improbability of such a prediction so early on in human technology, there are some parallels that are simply disturbing.

Verne’s main character believes he can shoot a cannon all the way to the Moon and, despite skepticism, raises enough funds to have the rocket built. Amazingly, the result looks a lot like the real-life Apollo capsule, even containing enough space to hold three people—just like the real one built over 100 years into the future. In the book, this launch cannon was named Columbiad by the main character, and as you’ll know, the real-life command module was later dubbed the Columbia—a probable nod to Verne’s literary work.

Another of Verne’s astounding premonitions is that of location. As if dictating real life, Texas and Florida fight over who gets to launch the cannon, eventually settling on Florida as the launch site, while Texas gets the command center.[6]

Debt Of Honor By Tom Clancy

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When Condoleezza Rice, then the national security adviser for the Bush administration, claimed after 9/11 that no one could have predicted an attack involving aircraft, it was very much a proverbial foot-in-the-mouth scenario because long before the 9/11 attacks happened, Tom Clancy predicted a similar act of terrorism in his 1994 thriller novel Debt of Honor.

In it, a terrorist hijacks a jetliner and crashes it into Washington’s Capitol Building to take out the whole government and an entire chain of command. This is, of course, reminiscent of the actual September 11th attacks, only in the book, the events lead up to radical governmental change.

The book might seem uncannily prophetic, though not many people seemed eager to point out the similarities, and even Clancy himself was quick to dismiss the claims of his being a modern seer. Predictive power or not, Clancy said the similarities arose as a result of his ability to observe facts from his research and understand human nature.[7]

Right.

The Plot Against America By Philip Roth

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The late Philip Roth’s 2004 masterpiece The Plot Against America doesn’t stand out just because of its literary prowess, although that would be a solid enough reason in itself. What makes this novel remarkable are the startling similarities between the protagonist’s presidential campaign and Donald Trump’s actual election, which took place 12 years after the book was published.

In his alternate universe, Roth reveals how a demagogic celebrity could launch a presidential campaign—perceived as a joke by the other party—and still win.[8]Although he wasn’t called Trump, Charles Lindbergh (also a real person), an aviator stunt sensation, beat Roosevelt in the 1940 election by gaining the votes of thousands of Republicans and right-wing supporters.

Just like Trump’s own campaign, which was sustained by promoting the inadequacy of the other party and not through an advocacy of his intended objectives, Lindbergh’s appalling campaign wins by a landslide, and it’s considered the “end” of democracy. This was believed to be an impossible feat, as both Lindbergh and Trump went up against people who were better-funded, qualified, and educated; this puts in question the very nature of politics.

Both the fictional and real-life presidents’ morals are twisted: Lindbergh supports Hitler’s doctrine of thinking and openly blames the Jewish community on their “natural” propensity for war and disaster, something that mirrors Trump’s scapegoating of Muslims and Mexicans. Whatever the case may be about Roth and his foreshadowing today’s presidency, there are definite echoes of Lindbergh in Trump’s fearmongering speeches on foreign threats.

The Narrative Of Arthur Gordon Pym Of Nantucket By Edgar Allen Poe


The story of Richard Parker is next up on our list. There was a time when Edgar Allen Poe wasn’t half as well-known as he is today, a time when his name didn’t inspire horror or illicit awe in those who came across his (back then nonexistent) stories. In essence, it didn’t generate much of anything to anyone except those privileged few who were acquainted with him. Yet his first (and only) full-length novel was published in 1838, elevating his status from unknown writer to unknown author (not that this title stuck, as you very well know).

The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket was an odd tale, unlike Poe’s more famous short stories, as it didn’t feature any ghosts, vengeful or otherwise, and not one single raven. Instead, the plot followed the maritime misadventures of Arthur Pym, who went from mutineer to murderer in a few short (illicit) boat trips across the Atlantic.

No story that involves cannibalism is going to have a happy ending, so it should come as no surprise that the Grampus floods and leaves its crew lost at sea without food or water. Desperate, the crew members draw lots to identify the poor sucker who will sacrifice himself—and his flesh—to the starving crew. It was 17-year-old Richard Parker, one of the ship’s mutineers, who lost.

Forty-six years later, Britain’s last trial for cannibalism at sea caused a stir in English courts, the details of the morbid events inspiring horror in all those who heard it.[9]

Edgar Allen Poe’s story came alive when the Mignonette, a small yacht which had set sail to Australia from England, sank at sea, leaving the four-man crew to fight for their lives aboard a small wooden dinghy. Weakened and on the brink of death, the captain and mate killed a young lad who’d caved and overdosed on saltwater, using him as sustenance to survive. The unfortunate lad’s name? Richard Parker.

Two days later, the straggling survivors were rescued by a passing German ship.

Twisted irony? Check. Perverse coincidence? Check.

If Poe was indeed gifted with a touch of clairvoyance, it was never openly or publicly spoken about. In fact, after his short stories started gaining momentum in literary circles, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket faded into obscurity. Perhaps reality is a little harder to take than fictional ravens . . .

The Wreck Of The Titan: Or, Futility By Morgan Robertson

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The sinking of the Titanic is undeniably one of the most written-about events in human history. And that’s not even taking into account the scores of news features, documentaries, films, and, of course, chart-topping ballads that were inspired by the passenger liner’s tragic demise. There is one particular Titanic tale, however, that stands out. That’s because it was written before the Titanicsank.

That’s right; 14 years before the famous ship struck an iceberg one chilly night in April 1912, Morgan Robertson sat down and penned a story so unnervingly similar to its real-life counterpart that one can’t help but wonder if he was, in fact, a clairvoyant, rather than a writer with an overactive imagination.[10]

In 1898, The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility hit bookstores across the United States and Europe, regaling readers with a chilling story of a terrible maritime disaster, of which there were only a few survivors. Morgensen tells the story of John Rowland, a down-on-his-luck deckhand working aboard the Titan, the largest cruise ship ever built, a ship that was declared unsinkable by experts and the public.

Ring any bells yet?

The boat’s name itself should be enough to make you do a double take, but there’s more. In the book, the Titan was described as a modern marvel—the largest ship ever built, ahead of its time, even. When it comes to the boat’s physical features, that’s where things get really odd. Where the Titan was measured at 244 meters (800 ft) long, the Titanic was only 25 meters (82 ft) longer. Where the Titanic carried 20 lifeboats, the Titan carried 24. These are physical resemblances so striking it’s almost as if the White Star Line used Morgensen’s creation as a blueprint for the Titanic’s design. Yet the resemblances don’t end there. Both the Titan and the Titanic struck an iceberg on the starboard side of the deck in the North Atlantic.

In April.

Morgensen denied the ability to predict the future, attributing the coincidence instead to his being an experienced seaman. Although this could account for the Titan’s similar size and insufficient number of lifeboats, the fact that the Titanwas struck in practically the same spot in the North Atlantic—in the same month—is still one hell of a coincidence.

 

 


How The Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill

How The Modern World Makes Us Mentally Ill

It's easy to blame ourselves for not feeling 100% in our minds, but some of the causes of mental unwellness have to do with large systemic problems in our societies, among these, an emphasis on individualism, a manic faith in Romantic love and a cult of meritocracy.


LANGUAGE QUIZ / SUBCATEGORY MULTIPLE CHOICE: LANGUAGE

 

 

Can you choose the correct answer to a question from each Language subcategory?



10 Offensive Google Searches That Show How Deeply Embedded Racism Is In Society

10 Offensive Google Searches That Show How Deeply Embedded Racism Is In Society

The racism we know and see in America didn't didn't just hatch out of an egg one day (although that'd be a whimsical origin story for such a villain). There is a long history (ahem, slavery) of institutionalized racism, and much of the prejudice (both structural and social) that we see today is comprised of a bunch of small factors.

This is where the racist bent of Google's algorithm comes into play. As most people with computers know, when you begin each Google search there are often a series of suggest search options (or popular search options - these go hand in hand). The same goes for image searches.

While in theory, the search engine is a neutral tool, the curating and ordering of suggested searches vs. popular searches is something that can be managed.

It isn't in Google's best interest to censor people's private searches, but it would be in their best interest to monitor the proliferation of racist suggestions.

Also, the insistence on pretending Google is neutral is hugely ignoring the fact that search engines are businesses that prioritize websites and companies who shell out top dollar.

In any case, visual examples maintain themselves as the best way to disperse information, especially on social media.

So, I have compiled a list of times Google searches confirmed or encouraged the embedded nature of racism.

1. The difference between image searching for "three black teenagers" and three white teenagers."

https://twitter.com/iBeKabir/status/740005897930452992

https://instagram.com/p/BGb9RQhIvYj/?utm_source=ig_embed

2. The unbearable whiteness of Googling "cute hairstyles."

https://twitter.com/ClarkeRobinson3/status/774706769289371649

3. It gets worse when you Google "professional hair" vs. "unprofessional hair."

https://twitter.com/RogersMUGISHA1/status/749014133614477313

4. When Google doesn't believe a white person stole your car.

https://instagram.com/p/KB4hZ-CYs8/?utm_source=ig_embed

5. TFW Google makes your science research racist.

https://instagram.com/p/j5dboKwpEK/?utm_source=ig_embed

6. It doesn't get any better.

https://instagram.com/p/BPYbTj6DhJi/?utm_source=ig_embed

7. TFW Google shows itself once more.

https://instagram.com/p/RI9d3Nzgy9/?utm_source=ig_embed

8. Just, oof.

https://instagram.com/p/YoG_vANmeG/?utm_source=ig_embed

9. When Google comes for Jewish people.

https://instagram.com/p/pWzaUmP31o/?utm_source=ig_embed

10. Also, who needs the answers to these questions?!

https://instagram.com/p/XgHeVYPFc6/?utm_source=ig_embed

Sadly, I have no doubt there are plenty more examples (although they are a bit harder to find) of the ways Google's algorithm suggests and enforces negative racial stereotypes. Calling them out is crucial, all these seemingly benign forces of racism help create the hostile environment we live in.


10 Cringey Facebook Moments That Are A Window Into Crazy

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Self-Styled Barbie Doll Who Spent $14,000 On G-Cup Breasts Says She'll Be 'Fake Until I Die'

Self-Styled Barbie Doll Who Spent $14,000 On G-Cup Breasts Says She'll Be 'Fake Until I Die'

 

A self-styled human Barbie doll - who has admitted to splurging her £7,000 ($9,500) inheritance on G-cup breasts - has now made the move into webcam stardom, making a whopping £1,000 ($1,350) a week popping balloons and showing her feet to viewers online.

 

Jade Lynn, 22, first had a stab at fame on Channel 5's 100% Hotter back in 2016, where she was given a makeover by a team of experts. Rejecting their look, she decided instead to move into the online fetish market.

She explained she has never been made to feel uncomfortable by a client, and that if she's asked to do something she's not happy with, she can block them.

Jade, who hails from Bristol,said: "I get paid by the minute, so I do have some quiet days, but if you put the time in, it pays well.

"Obviously, a lot of it is taking off my clothes, but there are also lots of fetishes out there I had no idea about. Men have asked me to pop balloons on webcam, smoke, or show off my feet - this has opened up a whole world of things that people are into."

The unique look - which could help her earn over £50,000 a year - hasn't come cheap, and requires a fair amount of effort, too. Applying fake tan every day, Jade also takes up to five hours to do her makeup.

Jade said she's always been a fan of the Barbie doll look, having made the first move towards the aesthetic when she bleached her naturally dark hair at around 16 years old.

She continued: "I'd gradually add more and more.

"A lot of other girls who do webcam work look like me, and I've always looked like this, so as silly as it sounds, I feel like I was born to do this."

 

She's since ditched the blonde extensions and now wears wigs, but makeup remains a bit of a mission - beginning with layers of foundation, before applying false lashes, several coats of mascara, pink eyeshadow, eyebrow pencil, lip liner and lip gloss.

"It actually annoys me how long I take, but I'm never going to stop," she said.

"If I have all day, I'll take all day.

"I'll go back and forth adding to it. If I had the time, I could take about five hours sitting there, making sure it was perfect."

As well as four lots of lip filler - costing £250 each time for 1ml - Jade has £7,000 breast implants, which she paid for using inheritance money left by a late family member.

She explained: "I got my boobs done when I was around 19. It wasn't purely cosmetic, I had lots of problems with my natural chest. It was asymmetric, and my nipples were inverted.

"It made me incredibly self-conscious. Nobody ever saw my chest. Even with my boyfriend at the time, I'd always keep my bra on and would stuff it with loads of tissue.

"I went from an A cup to a G. I haven't had any other surgery yet, but I'd love the full works if I could."


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While she is currently seeing a new man, she believes her extreme look has taken its toll on her love life in the past.

Jade continued: "People can react negatively to me and say nasty things. I've even had photos taken of me, but it doesn't bother me. It stresses my Mum out as she wants to protect me and doesn't want me upset.

"But I love being OTT. Whatever the weather, I'll be glammed up in a dress and heels, because that's what makes me happy.

"I'd never judge someone else for what they look like, so people shouldn't do the same to me. Each to their own.

"I'll never be put off by comments, though. I'll be fake until I die."

She added: "I love my Barbie look. I don't want to look like everyone else - I want to stand out."

You know what would really make you stand out in today's society?  Being a good and caring person. But nevermind all that its much easier to mesh in with all the others who have spent thousands to ruin themselves and 'stand out' too.  Don't we have a healthy society with well developed individuals?  Isn't living in this kind of world nice?


What If Only 100 People Lived In The US?

What If Only 100 People Lived In The US?

The american society is the largest most diversified and complex group of people in the world, and it's hard to understand a society formed by 327 million people. So to get a clear perspective and to understand it as a whole, let's shrink it down from 327 million to 100 people.


The 14 Most Ridiculous And Over-The-Top Status Symbols Throughout History

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Humans love to assert their social status through the use of recognizable, lusted-after symbols even when, objectively speaking, the symbols themselves seem to make little sense. Status symbols from history prove that this is no contemporary phenomenon. For example, did you know that the Rolls Royce of ancient Iraqi culture was fancy board games? Or that to really stand out in 18th-century France you needed a pineapple? How about unwrapping a real-life mummy in 19th-century England to gain some prestige?

Like the strange beauty rituals people are willing to submit themselves to, the weirdest status symbols from history range from the bizarre to the downright macabre. Take a (very expensive) trip down memory lane remembering the strangest, most outlandish status symbols from history.


10 Reasons Why Ancient Greece And Rome Were Complete Dystopias

10 Reasons Why Ancient Greece And Rome Were Complete Dystopias

Ancient Rome and Greece are often cited as the birthplace of Western culture and the cradle of amazing thinkers and artists to whom we all aspire. Because of this, the less admirable qualities of these ancient civilizations have been mostly forgotten in favor of the beautiful but romanticized view of those countries and governments.

There was more to Rome than art and philosophy, and there was more to Greece than sculpture and debate. Hollywood tends to focus more on the Parthenon and the Roman Senate than the following ten things. What you read below might make you very glad to have never set foot in the world of Socrates or Caesar.

 

10 Pater Familias, The Family Dictator


The pater familias was the name of the leader of a Roman household, typically the eldest man or most noble birth in the family. The benign duty of protecting the family fell to the pater familias, but the power implicit in the position often led to monstrous consequences for those beneath the patriarch. In efforts to protect the family name, the pater familias had the right to sell any child into slavery, expel wives from the property, and generally control every bit of land and material wealth the family possessed.[1] This didn’t apply only to the immediate household, either; the familia included extended family, all the way down to servants, clients, and concubines.

This familia was the basic unit of Roman society, and the patriarchal rule of that unit was completely absolute. The pater familias was technically the sole owner of all land and goods the family possessed. This created what was, in essence, a miniature government within each extended family that greatly resembled a dictatorship. Even while dominated by the Roman government, most were doubly ruled by the Roman leadership and their own personal tyrant.

9 The Government Cared About Your Character A Little Too Much


One of the most significant political positions in the Roman government was that of the censor. A censor’s obligations included preserving public morals, keeping the census, and managing finances for the state.[2] This was a coveted position for people already high up in the hierarchy of Roman society and politics, who saw it as the final and best career for a devoted citizen. The majority of the power of the censor came from their duty to legislate morality. Information could be entered into the census by the censor about the morality of a person or family, which could lead to dire consequences. These accusations, black marks on the name of the accused, could mean loss of the right to vote, expulsion from high society, or overall reduction in rank.

The vices the censor typically punished included anything which would be antithetical to Roman philosophy, namely an overly indulgent lifestyle, mistreatment of slaves, fraud, or general disreputable behavior. Family names could be ruined and people thrown into poverty based on the moral decisions of the censor, who always promoted patriotism to the state. Because morality became interwoven with law, the censor became just another instrument of rule over the people, an untouchable individual with the right to all your secrets and the key to your reputation. This Orwellian system had no space for argument over moral ambiguity or the the privacy of individuals. No one was immune to the censor’s eye, and the stakes were intense. Everyone was under scrutiny at all times, and everyone had everything to lose.

 

8 Conquest In The Name Of Slavery

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Although it’s true that many countries have relied on slaves at different points in their history, the Roman dependence on slave labor is remarkable. As many as 30 percent of the Roman population consisted of slaves at one point, and to exaggerate the issue, slaves died more frequently than they were born.

In order to maintain the slave numbers and keep the labor force, the Romans needed to continually conquer and absorb more slaves. Even this tactic barely sated the need for them. The system, beyond cruel, was terribly inefficient and a waste of human life.[3]

7 No Mercy From Rome

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The Jewish people were in some ways respected by the Romans because of the antiquity of their beliefs, although disliked. Simply put, they were generally manageable, although occasionally problematic, for the Roman Empire. They were an outlier among the polytheistic groups and governments around them, and they refused complete assimilation.

Although typically obedient, when the Jewish people did demonstrate political dissent, they were crushed. The Romans killed thousands of Jews and destroyed their most sacred temple in AD 70, setting an example for how they treat insurrection and how they would soon treat Christian groups. The Romans did this frequently; every single rebellion was treated with severity, and the offenders were often completely decimated.[4]

6 Be Patriotic Or Die

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It should be noted that the Romans did not discriminate based on religion but rather on patriotism. What this means is the Romans did not care who you worshiped so long as you were a good citizen who payed tribute to the leaders. The problem comes when groups like the Christian sects want to meet in private, are growing in number, and refuse to participate in certain rituals which they deem heretical. The Romans perceived religion as a method of maintaining patriotism in the state and used common religious practices to validate Roman rulers and laws. Outsiders like Christians created division and dissent, which the Romans saw as threatening. In doing so, Christians became a persecuted group.

From Nero to Diocletian, Romans killed and tortured enormous numbers of Christians. They humiliated and murdered them both individually and in groups, in front of crowds or openly in the streets. The Romans demonstrated the level of cruelty they could achieve when desperate to squash a threat to their order and created a dystopia where minority beliefs are punishable in imaginative and horrific ways.[5]

 

5 The Price Of High Society Was Consent

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Aristocratic Greek boys aged 12 to 15 were often provided with a mentor, an older man who was to teach them how to be successful and cultured. Unfortunately, these pairings frequently became more than tutelage; sexual relationships were actually encouraged between the two and completely accepted by the culture. Rights to the young boy were given to the older man for his prowess and in return for his mentorship.

These relationships, sometimes taking place even before the boys hit puberty, were absolutely not consensual but were not resisted, as it was simply seen as part of the social order. Many Greeks would have claimed love for their partner in this mentoring relationship, but it was never the result of free will for the younger participant. In this way, Greek culture terrorized younger noblemen and exploited them for perverted gain, creating a universe which can only be described as frightening.[6]

4 Women Lived Like Prison Inmates


The separation of Greek girls and women from society as a whole was akin to a life of solitary confinement. Girls existed entirely within the home until they were married, at which point they moved into their husband’s home for a very similar situation. They could run the occasional errand or attend ceremonies (if accompanied), but the vast majority of their life was spent indoors and nearly alone.[7] Women could spend time with their children and their servants in rooms designated specially for them and could enter the public area of the house to receive visitors only if their husbands allowed it.

Girls were often married at the age of 14, and slave girls were the sexual property of their male masters, as well as the subject of ire of the master’s wife. No female, slave, poor, noble, or middle class, was free, and each suffered under the philosophy that women were merely poorly made men, disfigured and unintelligent, who should be kept in locked rooms for their own safety. This world was a true nightmare for the many women who lived in it and created what was essentially the life of a prisoner for every single female.

3 Cults Were Abundant


Organizations named “mystery cults” by historians were prevalent in ancient Greece and Rome. They had secret services, initiations, ceremonies, and doctrines which differentiated them from each other. Each cult had their own specifications for diet, burial, and daily life, and each worshiped their own god or goddess, believing that by dedicating their lives to one entity, they were likely to achieve favor with that god or goddess and perhaps ascend to a glorious afterlife.

The cult of Mithras was popular in Rome and celebrated militarism and masculinity as an all male-cult.[8] Whatever their beliefs, the cults are fascinating to historians and pretty creepy to the modern person.

2 A Spartan Newborn Could Kill You


Beginning at childbirth, Spartan citizens were trained for barbarism. To wage war was the ultimate purpose of every Spartan life, and they were all well-equipped to fulfill that purpose. Remarkably, even the diets of Spartan boys were limited. This was not done for the purpose of maintaining a good physique but to actually encourage stealing. If caught stealing food, the punishment would be harsh, not for the crime of stealing but for being caught in the act.

The Spartans preached only efficiency and might, and morality tended to take a back seat. They turned their children into hardened and effective criminals intentionally in order to prepare them for battle. A man had to serve ten years in the military before being granted citizenship and was forced to sneak out of barracks to visit his own wife (and, again, would be punished if caught).[9] Being born in Sparta was to be born a soldier, bound forever to your state and with hardly any personal freedoms.

1 The Fall


Perhaps the most terrifying thing about ancient Greece and Rome is their fall into corruption. Both were once great and are no longer. For various reasons, they lost control over their empires and ceded their dominance to others. No matter how strong their governments, they eventually became corrupt and fell into ruin. The death of Socrates could allegorically represent the death of the true ideals of Greece and was an omen of their inevitable downfall. Many of the founding ideas of Greek and Roman society were truly good (excluding all those in this list) but did not last until the end of their empires.

Bribery and self-interest contributed to the collapse of the Roman empire, activities which were not so rampant when the young nation started out. As power increased, truly just government slowly fell away, revealing the corrupt and skeletal remains of the original system.[10] The prevalence of assassinationsand shady dealings made the late Roman government a true, real-life dystopia.

 

 


10 Indications That Western Society Is Collapsing

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Western civilization has brought us stirring works of art and beautiful forms of music. It has brought us the concept of representative democracy in which every person is created equal and has equal rights before the law, which has freed countless people from the tyrannical regimes of unelected bureaucrats.

Inventors in the West have been responsible for the creation of the telephone, the discovery of electricity, the development of space travel, and incredible advances in medicine. Our modern technological culture would not exist without Western society, and the world would be a much darker and more impoverished place if Western thinkers had never transformed their dreams into reality.

Yet some contend that Western society has also brought us the enslavement of blacks, the exploitation of indigenous cultures, and a global hegemony that diminishes the overall well-being of mankind. These detractors have set out to dismantle the fruits of Western civilization, decrying the legacy of European culture as a “patriarchy” that systematically oppresses women, minorities, and fringe groups while upholding the values of “white male privilege.”

Determined to upend the existing tenets of society and install a new world order in their place, these progressive activists have demanded that Western nations open their borders, curtail the rights of their citizens to free speech, give minorities special treatment, and allow children to be influenced by alternative sexual lifestyles. All the while, increasingly invasive technological innovation is creeping up on everyone, gradually sucking us all into a perpetual virtual dream from which there will be no escape.

Here are 10 warning signs that Western civilization is collapsing under this relentless onslaught and that all the hard-won benefits for which countless generations have fought and died are going with it.

10 Gender Fluidity

Psychiatrist Paul McHugh, a university distinguished service professor at Johns Hopkins Medicine, has long maintained that transgenderism is primarily a psychological issue rather than a biological issue. He recommends that counseling be the primary treatment used to help individuals who are experiencing gender identity confusion.

McHugh is not alone. Many psychiatrists and other medical professionals believe that leaping to perform gender reassignment surgery is not the best course of action when dealing with the issue of gender confusion. These professionals do not hate or look down on transgender people; they simply do not believe that surgery is invariably the best option when dealing with this complicated problem.

Yet in today’s social environment, anyone who so much as suggests that transgender people may benefit from therapy is shot down as a bigot or oppressor. However, it can be argued that only an individual who is mentally disturbed would want to risk gender reassignment surgery.

Many transgender people report that they feel trapped in their own bodies and persecuted by those around them. Our contemporary medical establishment makes an immense profit from intervention-based treatments, and medical facilities are more than happy to seemingly rectify this mental distress with costly surgery.

However, studies have shown that post-op transsexuals have much higher mortality rates than the general population and are more likely to commit suicide. It has also been noted that transgender individuals who do not receive surgery are also more likely to attempt suicide than the general population. Transgender individuals live in a state of acute mental distress whether or not they undergo surgical gender reassignment. Yet gender reassignment is still seen as the only valid course of action when treating transgender individuals.[1]

What could be the reason for this bias? Popular culture has readily portrayed the ailing days of Roman civilization as being fraught with acts of degeneracy that horrified Roman conservatives. After the annexation of the Greek states, Greek practices of homosexuality and sexual promiscuity were adopted by the Roman polity. Some commentators have suggested that this focus on sensuality contributed to the decline of the Roman Empire.

After traditional Germanic cultural values were dethroned at the end of World War I, the Weimar Republic decriminalized prostitution and pornographic revue shows became incredibly popular. German cinema became increasingly sexualized, and child sex workers were easy to find outside every major hotel in Berlin. Many political figures of the time pointed to Jewish influence in entertainment and finance as being the source of this degeneracy, and this perspective helped fuel the rise of the Third Reich and its pogrom of the Jewish population.

With history as our guide, it becomes clear that abolishment of sexual norms contributes to social decay. Depending on your assessment of Western society, this fact could be seen as cause for either terror or jubilation. If it were your agenda to destroy Western culture, these historical examples could be seen as guidelines to follow. By putting a media spotlight on individuals who have surgically reconstructed their bodies due to their alternative sexual preferences, interested parties could alter the flow of social discourse about reproduction to manifest their desired cultural ends.

9 The Collapse Of The Family

For centuries untold, family units have served as the dominant formative force of the character of the next generation. In a healthy society, each family unit is informed and directed by general cultural trends. But in an unhealthy society, family units can break away and subsist on their own devices.

Sensing a threat to their power in the sovereign autonomy of the family unit, statist influences have enforced the mandatory education of children in government-run facilities. In these institutions, children are indoctrinated to transfer their perception of authority from their parents to the state. At school, children lose the freedoms and special treatment that they receive at home and are forced to ask permission to perform basic biological functions.

Dissatisfied by the control of the next generation rendered by public schooling, authorities have begun attempting to eradicate the existence of the family altogether. Hillary Clinton is famous for suggesting that parents are incapable of rearing their own children with the phrase, “It takes a village to raise a child.” In 2013, then–MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry more openly suggested that the state owns human beings by stating that “kids belong to whole communities.”[2]

The Democratic Party has been in charge of public policy in urban black communities in America for the past 50 years. In this same time period, black families have been utterly decimated. Since the 1960s, the number of black children raised by single mothers has skyrocketed from just over 20 percent to more than 70 percent. Deprived of the example set by a father, generations of black boys have grown up to become directionless men destined to lives of prison or poverty. Black mothers have become increasingly reliant on state benefits legislated by Democrats to make ends meet.

Urban black America is a microcosmic prophecy of what is intended for other communities as Western culture collapses. Like all other aspects of society, statists believe that the education of children should come from one central point. With the traditional family structure out of the way, the state is free to form the next generation’s perception of reality unchecked.

Divorce rates are on the rise everywhere in America, and fewer young people are getting married and having children. Men fear women, and women despise men. Traditional systems of reproduction are dissolving, and new systems will have to replace them to maintain the workforce.

8 The Rising Dominance Of Virtual Worlds

Robust civic engagement is a fundamental tenet of Western society. Citizens of Western countries must actively defend their rights to stem the relentless onslaught of tyranny that always looks for a new opening. Without the constant efforts of individuals seeking ever greater freedom and quality of life, the ingenious productivity which is the hallmark of Western culture would rapidly grind to a halt.

Yet more and more each year, people in Western nations are becoming disconnected from reality. Cloaked under the promise of keeping people connected, social media has torn us apart. Former hacker and Facebook president Sean Parker has revealed that this social media platform is designed to trap users in a “social-feedback validation loop” that relentlessly urges them to gain ever more likes and comments. Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s former vice president for user growth, has expressed his feelings of deep guilt for helping to create a system that is tearing society apart by ensnaring users in these dopamine-driven loops.[3]

At the same time that human social drives are being replaced with social media, human sexual drives are also under attack from online pornography. Various spiritual traditions throughout human history have maintained that human sexual connection can be a portal to the divine. Robbed of this connection, not only are human beings incapable of producing offspring, but they also miss out on one of the key mysteries of existence.

Women depicted in pornography are not threatening to men, and they do not have desires of their own. They can be expediently discarded like the objects that Playboy culture has taught us they are. Lured by these seeming advantages of pornography over real relationships, some men are doing away with pursuing women altogether.

Like social media platforms, modern video games are explicitly designed to incentivize players to spend as much time in the virtual world as possible. When researching why American men aged 21–30 worked fewer hours from 2000 to 2016 than those over 30 years old, a Princeton study found that at least 79 percent of the reduction in aggregate working hours was attributable to video game use.

Men who play video games are provided with a feeling of achievement and power that has been largely denied to men in recent years. These men are gradually becoming acclimated to the concept that the real world is hard and boring and that virtual environments are rewarding and fun.

Men who are entrapped within virtual worlds are incapable of defending the women and children in their lives. They give up actual productivity for simulated achievement. Men have always been those voices within Western society that stand up to tyranny and stake their claims to their own plots of land, family units, or accomplishments. Robbed of these virile masculine traits, men become toothless, broken shells that can be easily bypassed by whichever exploitative or authoritarian forces happen to come their way in search of prey.

7 Fusion With Technology

In 2017, former Google self-driving car developer Anthony Levandowski announced the formation of a religious organization called Way of the Future. This “church” praises artificial intelligence as a force superior to man that should be worshiped lest it destroys us.

Levandowski’s ultimate goal is to fuse human civilization with artificial intelligence. This is also the goal of Ray Kurzweil, a director of engineering at Google. Kurzweil has predicted that an event called the “technological singularity” is fast approaching. He surmises that this event will occur when Moore’s law causes technology to outstrip human consciousness and triggers unfathomable changes in culture. It goes without saying that Western civilization would not survive this apocalyptic event.

Levandowski and Kurzweil are called “transhumanists.” People who subscribe to this ideology believe that human beings are inherently flawed and that we will be redeemed by our technological creations. They view reality as a prison and seek to escape into a virtual world that will gradually consume what the rest of us call “reality.” Transhumanists seek to fuse with machines to cheat death, enhance intelligence, and achieve human godhood.[4]

Transhumanists operate under the assumption that the mysteries of reality have been thoroughly plumbed. Subscribing to a materialist philosophy that began with Newton and which was expanded upon by Darwin, transhumanists reject the primacy of consciousness and the evolution of the soul detailed by traditional religions. Instead, they believe that spiritual perfection can only be achieved through the use of machines.

6 Mass Immigration From Undeveloped Countries

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In March 2011, Muammar Gadhafi warned the world that Europe would be swarmed with migrants if his regime were to fall. This was no idle threat. Libya had long served as the gateway to Europe much in the same way as Mexico serves as the gateway to the United States. As a way of shoring up his country’s ability to fulfill this role in perpetuity, Gadhafi began taking steps to abandon the petrodollar and return Libya to a gold-backed currency.

In October 2011, Gadhafi was killed. Hillary Clinton expressed her fond remembrance of this incident with her infamously candid phrase, “We came, we saw, he died.” But Gadhafi didn’t simply die. He was brutally raped to death by a gang of crazed young men. Some of these men opted to sodomize Gadhafi with bayonets.

This brutal rape served as foreshadowing for what was about to happen to Europe. In the last few years, millions of immigrants from Africa and the Middle East have swarmed into European countries. Most of them are men, and the vast majority of them do not have any marketable skills.

They have set up vast tent cities in Paris, and many areas in Sweden are now unsafe for nonimmigrant Swedes. Immigrants from the Middle East have set up enormous networks of grooming gangs in the UK. These gangs recruit girls as young as 11 to enter lives of sexual slavery.[5]

Immigration is also corroding Western culture in America. The United States is a nation of immigrants, and immigration adds a net benefit to America’s wealth. But when America’s borders are not recognized or enforced, immigration can transform from a point of strength into a crippling weakness.

Many communities in the United States serve as safe havens for people who enter the country illegally. They are provided with food, shelter, and education at the expense of the American taxpayer. Whether or not these people should be supported is a moot point. The reality is that this unfairness is putting a strain on intercultural relations in the United States and has reached a tipping point.

If immigration continues in this manner, Western society will be extinguished by sheer numbers. Many in the West are starting to wake up to the fact that they are slowly being boiled alive by immigration policies which seek to replace them and their way of life. Resistance to this planned cultural obsolescence is inevitable.

5 Inequality Under The Law

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When illegal immigrants commit crimes in the US, they are held to a different standard than US citizens. In 2015, a young woman named Kate Steinle was shot and killed in San Francisco by a man who was in the United States illegally. Jose Ines Garcia Zarate admitted to shooting Steinle. However, he was acquitted of murder and released from custody.

Zarate and his lawyer spun a fanciful and constantly shifting story. Originally, Zarate claimed that he had purposefully shot the gun at a sea lion and missed. Then he claimed that he had unexpectedly found the gun abandoned under the park bench where he was sitting and that it had fired accidentally as he picked it up. A federal warrant was issued for Zarate almost as soon as he was acquitted, and Zarate has filed a federal suit in response.

Zarate’s story is not atypical. In 2018, an illegal alien named Ivan Zamarripa-Castaneda was released from jail despite being wanted by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He had fled the scene of a car crash that he had caused, leaving the occupant of the other vehicle to die. Zamarripa-Castaneda was in the country illegally and had caused the death of an American citizen, but the Denver Sheriff Department decided to release Zamarripa-Castaneda because ICE had not filed the proper paperwork.

When people who have entered a country illegally are not held to the same legal standards as citizens, resentment is sure to ensue. The Constitution of the United States is designed explicitly to view all citizens equally under the law. But when criminals flout US laws and sneak into the country without following the proper protocols, the principles of the Constitution can no longer operate, which leads to a breakdown within American society.

Equality under the law is even more important as it applies to the elite among a nation’s citizenry. Much like people who are in a country illegally, elites who have accrued massive amounts of wealth and power often feel themselves to be above the law. Being acutely familiar with the effects of this type of tyranny in Europe, the Founding Fathers of the United States made sure to stipulate that elites are subject to the same laws as average citizens.

Though Hillary Clinton illegally stored classified material on a private server, she was absolved of all crimes by James Comey in 2016. That same year, however, a Navy serviceman named Kristian Saucier was found guilty of taking pictures of classified areas of the nuclear submarine on which he was stationed. At that time, Barack Obama was US president. The next president, Donald Trump, pardoned Saucier in March 2018.[6]

When a nation’s elites aren’t held to the same legal standards as its average citizenry, doubt begins to brew about the impartiality of that country’s legal system. By pulling at this thread of inequality, the entire tapestry of Western civilization can start to unravel.

4 Erasure Of History

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It is said that history is written by the victors. Our perception of the past, and therefore our perception of the present, is molded by those forces which have eliminated opposing viewpoints by diplomatic or violent means. The easiest way to control a person or a group is to manipulate their perspective on reality from the very beginning with a view of history that benefits those in charge.

In recent years, there has been a growing call to erase historical landmarks that are inconvenient to modern sensibilities. In New Orleans, a famous statue of President Andrew Jackson is under siege. According to critics of the statue, the fact that Jackson was a slaveholder is offensive to modern-day minorities.

However, it should be pointed out that President Jackson also excoriated those involved in public corruption during his administration. He abolished the Federal Reserve, which earned him the ire of the banking elite of the time. Despite his flaws, history remembers President Jackson as one of the greatest American presidents.

Educators have become increasingly vocal about downplaying the achievements of European and American men while glorifying the parts that Native Americans, homosexuals, and transgender persons have played in history. These educators claim that our “Eurocentric” worldview is damaging to children and harmful to society as a whole.[7]

The battle to control US history has persisted at least since the end of the Civil War. Educators in Texas are still fighting for the right to contest whether slavery was the central issue in the Civil War. The only answer to this debate is to provide children with the widest possible view of history and allow them to make up their own minds as to what it all means.

Yet many voices within our society appear to believe that remembering males of European descent, who have been nearly single-handedly responsible for the key events that have shaped Western culture, is so “toxic” that these progenitors of our modern technological and social systems should be summarily forgotten. In their absence, a new version of history could be erected that depicts a world free of their troublesome accomplishments.

3 Rising Financial Inequality

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The city of San Francisco is a haven for America’s technocratic elite. Executives at Google and Facebook frequently rub shoulders with Senators and Congressmen at swanky restaurants in Fog City neighborhoods like Pacific Heights. But San Francisco is rapidly becoming a haven for a caste that represents the economic polar opposite of the tech elite: the homeless.

Why do the homeless flock to San Francisco? It isn’t the weather. Houston has better weather than San Francisco, but you don’t see endless flocks of impoverished people erecting tent cities on Houston’s sidewalks. The answer is that the same elites who live in multimillion-dollar mansions nestled in San Francisco’s iconic hills have enacted policies that draw the homeless to the poorer areas of the city like magnets.

San Francisco serves as a picture-perfect symbolic representation of everything that is wrong with contemporary class structure in the West. Instead of using their limitless wealth to create jobs that would give the homeless purpose and sustenance, the elite in San Francisco finance planned giving schemes that only reinforce the belief that striving for anything is meaningless. Instead of working tirelessly to end the opioid epidemic at the source, San Francisco’s elite enact policies that provide heroin and fentanyl addicts with safe spaces where they can shoot up without persecution.[8]

The goal of the elite in the West is not to help the masses. It is to create a permanent underclass that is malnourished, misinformed, and addicted. Once the middle class has been eliminated, the elite will be free to dispose of this unaware underclass at will. Members of the immigrant populations that are set to replace these purposefully impoverished citizens of the West should be under no illusions: The elite seek to replace them, too, as soon as robots are capable of performing the menial tasks that are currently performed by underclasses all over the world.

Western elites can only be described as members of a breakaway civilization. They view themselves as inherently separate from the society that they inhabit like a parasite, and they feel no empathy or indebtedness to the civilization that gave them birth. In the end, it is the elite members of Western civilization that are doing the most to actuate the downfall of the West.

2 Drug Abuse

In the mid-1800s, the British Empire got China addicted to opium. Chinese goods like porcelain and tea were incredibly popular in Europe, and the Brits had nothing that they could trade for these hot commodities. So, this colonial power cooked up a scheme in which they would sell Indian opium at Chinese port towns, making a killing in the process and facilitating the addiction of thousands of Chinese people to a potentially fatal intoxicant.

Perhaps China is getting back at the West for this costly humiliation by flooding our shores with fentanyl. This designer drug was used predominantly by West Coast business elites until a few years ago when it suddenly became ubiquitous across the United States. Fentanyl is estimated to be 100 times more powerful than morphine, and the chances of overdosing on fentanyl are dangerously high.

Chinese fentanyl producers use the dark web to sell this toxic drug directly to American consumers. But even if China wasn’t getting back at the West for losing face by getting Americans hooked on a drug hundreds of times more potent than opium, America would still have an opioid problem.

By the year 2000, opium production in Afghanistan had nearly ground to a halt. But after US and NATO forces invaded Afghanistan in 2001 under the pretext of 9/11, production started reaching record highs. In what’s surely an unrelated coincidence, the American opioid epidemic has spiraled out of control since 2001.

The effects of increased opioid use on the American people have been devastating. More children are being put into foster care because their parents are addicts, and more workers are being removed from the workforce. Most victims of the opioid epidemic are older white people who have been prescribed these drugs legally.[9]

At the same time that American society is being ripped apart by opioid addiction, the drug culture is being legitimized by the legalization of marijuana. While marijuana certainly has medical uses, so does opium. That doesn’t mean that either substance should be used recreationally with impunity. Yet more and more states in the Union are opting to defy federal law by setting up recreational marijuana programs that generate enormous sums of tax revenue while fueling America’s gradual decline into a drug-induced stupor.

As traditional methods of generating dopamine in the brain, such as workplace achievement and familial relations, are replaced by drugs, conventional meaning structures are being replaced with the absolute necessity of the high. Sensual thrills are replacing reason, and compulsion is replacing the power of will. Since meaning, reason, and will are the hallmarks of Western culture, the West will cease to exist at the moment that these organizing principles are fully replaced with the degenerating and corrupting influences that encroach on the horizon.

1 Nihilism

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The quest for meaning has always dominated the Western psyche. In the Dark Ages, the concept of mors certa, hora incerta (“death is certain, its hour is uncertain”) encapsulated the obsession with death that sprang out of Christian theology.

Europe’s bleak social landscape caused average people, clergy, and aristocrats alike to look to the metaphysical for answers. A solution rang out loud and clear with the dawning of the Renaissance, in which thinkers from across the continent devised new ways to tap the essence of nature for the betterment of man.

During the Enlightenment period, the quest for meaning turned to the social sphere, and the Romantic era saw the birth of psychology, the science of the soul. With each successive era, Western philosophy took on new nuances and the task of unearthing a cohesive framework explaining man’s relation to the universe ever took the fore of this adventure of discovery.

Toward the end of the Romantic era, however, Western ideas of meaning took a somewhat darker turn. Hashish-inebriated poets like Baudelaire took a guillotine to previous ideas of beauty, and vagabond philosophers like Nietzsche propounded the virtues of nihilism. A macabre tone suffused the leading ideas of the day, and it was informally agreed that the past should be left behind to rot.

A new philosophy of modernism emerged from this decay. Modernist thinkers related all things to their perceived function, and the importance of the self overshadowed all observation of tradition. From the ashes of modernism sprang a new ideology called postmodernism, in which nothing concretely relates to anything and the conscious self is the ultimate origin of all reality.

The philosophy of postmodernity preaches that there is no sacredness to socially agreed-upon meanings and that objective fact is a delusion. Morally, this implies that all taboos are ridiculous and that any act is permissible. In postmodernity, each individual is atomized in a dream of subjective reality with no reference point to the outside world. This effectively breaks the civic character in the individual, rendering him into a spineless cipher with no investment in his own betterment.

In Communist China, the nihilistic miasma of postmodernity is taking hold. Young people in China are checking out from reality to such an extent that the younger generation of Chinese men and women is now referred to as Generation Zen. These tech-addicted teens and twentysomethings have no political inclination, communist or otherwise, and are blown to and fro with no active stake in their fates whatsoever.[10]

While Generation Zen is seemingly a problem for China as this nation relies on vitalizing propaganda to keep its modern-day slave state in operation, these young people are a perfect representation of what the decay of Western values looks like. Steeped in generations of atheistic communism, the younger generation in China has nothing to live for and no overarching meaning to give them spiritual sustenance. Looming financial inequality and disenfranchisement from free expression have left China’s youth with no voice and no shared national spirit.

As Western values continue to collapse, the ideological contagion of Generation Zen will spread and leave the people of the world disconnected and disempowered. The centuries-old thought experiment known as Western philosophy has finally met its match with a void of meaninglessness, and it is uncertain whether the liberty-preserving values of the West will survive this decisive confrontation.


Ex-NFL Cheerleader Says Virginity Caused Discrimination

Ex-NFL Cheerleader Says Virginity Caused Discrimination

 

A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader says she faced "hostility and retaliation" after revealing that she was a virgin. In an employment complaint filed with Florida Commission on Human Relations this week, Kristan Ann Ware says the team discriminated against her because of her gender and her Christian religion, the Miami Herald reports. She tells the Washington Post that it started on a team trip in 2015, when other cheerleaders on the bus were discussing their favorite songs to listen to during sex and she said she didn't have one because she was waiting until she got married because of her faith. She says the workplace became "hostile" after that and during a 2016 work review, cheerleading director Dorie Grogan told her: "Let's talk about your virginity."

Ware says Grogan told her she had made her virginity "dirty." She says after Grogan and the team choreographer ordered her not to talk about her faith or her virginity with teammates, she was told to change into a bikini and heels to see if she was "swimsuit ready." "It kind of crushed my spirit to change into a bikini after that comment was made. It took a piece of me," says Ware, who left after that season. Ware says female cheerleaders should be allowed to express their faith the same way that male players do. Her lawyer, Sara Blackwell, tells NBC that Ware never tried to convert anybody and only talked about her faith when she was discussing herself. She says Ware brought up her virginity because she was asked about sex and "she's too honest to lie."

 

Student's Racist Tinder Messages Went Viral

Student's Racist Tinder Messages Went Viral

America is the land of the free, home of the brave, and the residence of millions of crazy racist fuckboys.

There are troves of idiotic fuckboys roaming the internet ruining other people's perfectly good day with their deeply unoriginal word salads full of slurs.

A Tinder exchange from a few years ago resurfaced on Twitter due to its racist nature. It all started out when a dude named Conner Howell reached out to a Tinder match match.

He started off rude, and quickly launched into a violently racist ramble.

 

 

She calmly responded to his disgusting abuse. Her composure was impressive to say the least.

 

 

After encountering the full scope of his repulsive nature, she decided to use the receipts in order to call him out.

 

 

She wrote a strongly worded email to the president of Virginia Tech, which was the university Howell was attending at the time.

 

 

While it's unclear whether Howell was directly contacted by his school president or not, he definitely cowered in fear for the consequences after the woman's friend made a Facebook post about the whole ordeal.

Howell came crawling back with a weak apology completely motivated by selfishness.

 

 

The screenshots from the Facebook story have been making the rounds on Twitter, and people are rightfully hoping that Conner got his whole ass handed to him.

 

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While it's unclear whether or not he got in trouble at school, Howell is clearly unwelcome in the civilized parts of Twitter. For good reason, people like him don't deserve the privilege of interacting with and learning from strangers online.


14 Creepily Accurate Times Dystopian Novels Predicted Real Life Events

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20 Pics of Extreme Trashiness To Wet Your Trash Whistle

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20 Celebrities Who Could Afford To Live The 'High Life' But Instead Live Down To Earth Lifestyles Like Us Commoners

20 Celebrities Who Could Afford To Live The 'High Life' But Instead Live Down To Earth Lifestyles Like Us Commoners

Rich and famous celebrities are known to live lavishly. They have houses worth millions in Bel Air or New York City. They traipse around the world in their private jets and only drive expensive sports cars. Tom Cruise, for example, owns 5 private jets. Jay Leno's exotic car collections--he owns 169 cars--cost him roughly $60 million. Beyoncé spent $145,000 on an organic blonde wig. Kim K once plunked down $100,000 during a shopping spree at Hermes, and even purchased herself a watch worth $115,000.

 

But other rich celebs and business moguls admit to being frugal. They can afford a castle or estate but choose to live as a commoner. Sure they have expensive property, but their everyday spending habits are just like ours. Some stars like Halle Berry and Tobey Maguire live frugally because they don't want to repeat their deprivation when they were children. Berry even lived in a homeless shelter in New York while trying to land a gig. Many stars don't have personal assistants and do their groceries themselves. Kristen Bell and Sarah Michelle Gellar, among others, cut coupons and only buy food that's on sale to get the best deal. Kate Middleton shops for furniture at IKEA. That's true! And Keanu Reeves chose to live in rental homes and hotels while gaining fame and, until recently, he was one of the only Hollywood stars who didn't own a mansion. That's true too! In defense, Reeves said, "I live in a flat, I have everything that I need at anytime, why choose an empty house?"

So you get the picture. These stars like to live down-to-earth. They don't waste money. Here, then, are 20 celebrities who could afford to buy a castle, a yacht or a private island but instead choose to live modestly, just like a commoner.

20 SARAH JESSICA PARKER

Sarah Jessica Parker's net worth means she doesn't have to work a day in her life, although she returned to HBO to star in Divorce last year. It's hard to believe, then, that she grew up on welfare. This must be the reason why Carrie chooses to live like a "commoner" when she can buy anything she wants.

First off, she doesn't live in a sophisticated penthouse on CPW. She and her hubby live in a modest brownstone in Brooklyn. In a 2008 interview with Parade, Parker shared her thoughts on having money. She loves people who work hard for their money or who have money but don't spend it on lavish private jets, personal assistants, and second or third homes. She relates how she used hand-me-down clothing on her son James Wilkie when he was young. Parker was influenced by her mother, who saved her brother's young clothes. As a result, Parker revealed that she never bought anything new for her son, as well as the fact that she had never "bought him any clothes."

19 VINCENT KARTHEISER

Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser lived modestly while he was single and working. He lived in a 580-square-foot cabin. It may be small but the cabin is cozy and designed in a way to be efficient and to maximize space. He has an elevated bed and a coffee table that functions as a fireplace. Rather than moving to a larger home, he fixed it up first before making any commitments.

He bought the house for $547,000 in 2014 and, according to Daily Mail he put the house up for $808,000 to make a profit after all his renovations. Living in tight spaces and fixing it up to sell to make a profit is not what celebs normally do. But Kartheiser did exactly that, which makes him a rich person who lives modestly rather than lavishly, a move that mirrors how the upper to middle class live. But he's probably more conservative than others as he doesn't own a car and takes public transportation. It was only after he started a family that he left his cherished bungalow.

18 ZOOEY DESCHANEL

It's been reported that Zooey Deschanel made $125,000 per episode of New Girl. Rather than spending her money from the Fox comedy, she saves it.

In 2012, after divorcing her husband, Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard, her finances became public. They showed a young woman who lived frugally and was careful about what she spent her money on. Her lack of expenses reveals that she's smart with her money. She didn't pay off her mortgage on her house and chooses to pay monthly. With her money, she could've paid the mortgage in full. For stars who make millions or make the money she does, this is a rarity, as these celebs usually buy estates that are paid in cash. When was the last time you heard a celeb had a mortgage? Unbelievable right? Well, here's another one. She has three credit cards with a zero balance. She could max them out easily, but she'd rather conserve.

17 JENNIFER LAWRENCE

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Jennifer Lawrence is an Oscar winner and an A-list actor who's worth millions and yet has never splurged on purchasing a million-dollar-plus home until 2017. She'd rather be conservative.

While starring in the Hunger Games trilogy, she lived in her parents' condo. Then she stayed in a modest apartment. She told Elle, "I think it would be very bizarre to live in a big mansion by myself."

According to Go Banking Rates, she shops by herself amd still looks out for deals, sale items or any bargains or promotions.  To top that off, she still drives a Chevy Volt, not a Porsche. In 2013, she told Fabulous magazine the reason why she lives modestly:

"I was raised to have value for money, to have respect for money, even though you have a lot of it."

In 2017, she finally bought herself a home, loft-style condo in New York City worth $9 million. Still, we praise the actress for not showing off or being showy.

16 MARK ZUCKERBERG

Mark Zuckerberg, the billion-dollar Facebook founder, lives a down-to-earth lifestyle despite having so much cash in hand. He and his wife Priscilla Chan wanted to live in Palo Alto, but homes there were prohibitively expensive. So they purchased the cheapest one they could find, a house that cost $7  million, which is rather "modest" for the area.

Besides buying the house, Facebook founder lives a frugal life in comparison to other billionaires. Zuckerberg doesn't buy new and expensive clothes. He wears the same thing every day, jeans and a T-shirt under a hoodie. The couple also does not travel all the time. Over the holidays they take two weeks off and go on vacation, but most times they go to China to visit Chan's family. You'd expect him to drive a fancy car, but he only has a manual transmission VW hatchback, which he bought in 2014 after trading in his $30,000 Acura.

His wedding to Chan was also modest, taking place in the garden of their Palo Alto home. This reserved lifestyle exists because Zuckerberg shuns grandeur. Business Insider UK backs up this claim, saying that Zuckerberg "aims to clear his life of material possessions and is wholly unimpressed with the trappings of wealth."

15 SARAH MICHELLE GELLAR

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Sarah Michelle Gellar made millions while starring in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her husband Freddie Prinze Jr. is also a millionaire. Though the power couple live in a million-dollar-plus mansion, Gellar lives frugally in everyday life just like us. Gellar was inspired by her upbringing. Her father left her family when she was young and her mother taught her how to live within your means.

That's why Gellar shops at Whole Foods. Once a place for the overprivileged, Whole Foods today sells groceries that are comparable in price to any other market, except that the store only sells fresh and organic foods. Gellar isn't ashamed that she only shops for sales while at Whole Foods--her family loves fish but Gellar only buys it if it's on sale--and does her best to get the best deal no matter what store she is in. Also, when she's shopping for food, she always brings her own bags to get a discount. She's so thrifty that she told Self:

"I use coupons all the time. Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?"

14 LEONARDO DICAPRIO

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Leonardo DiCaprio, who once said he only dates models, is one of Hollywood's hottest stars. You'd think that because of his playboy lifestyle, he must spend a lot of money on yachts, champagne, fast cars and gifts for all the girlfriends he's dated over the years. This is partly true. He's famous for buying an island near Belize for $2.5 million and owns a $10 million penthouse in New York City, which he upgraded to become more environmentally-friendly. But despite his massive fortune, the actor chooses to live modestly.

He only drives a Toyota Prius. He chooses to fly commercial instead to save money and protect the environment. So what does Leo really spend his fortune on? The least expected: charities. He supports a number of environmentalist causes, anything that can preserve the earth and, in 1998, the actor founded his own charity fund, the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, and transferred over $15 million to 30 different charities, including Amazon Watch, National Geographic: Pristine Seas, Save the Elephants and the World Wildlife Fund.

 

13 KRISTEN BELL

Kristen Bell and her husband Dax Shepard are worth millions, but like Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kristen lives as if she's being paid minimum wage, cutting coupons to get an item for sale.

Even her wedding was modest. Maybe that's not right. Her wedding was cheap. That's the word.  Bell and Shepard kept it real by getting married at the local courthouse. According to Bell, her wedding cost only $142,00, which included the gas it cost to drive to the courthouse! She even told Flaunt that she and Shepard are "hillbillies at heart," which perfectly describes her spending habits. In particular, she loves to shop at Bed Bath & Beyond, but only if she has received one of the companies coupons for 20% off.  In an interview with Conan O'Brien, Bell detailed her frugal ways in hilarious detail, and said that the " best coupon you can get, possibly in the world, is the Bed Bath & Beyond coupon.” Bell went into so much detail about BBB that O'Brien had to ask if she was a paid spokesperson for the store.

12 TYRA BANKS

Tyra Banks is a former superstar model, the creator of America's Next Top Model and a businesswoman (she got her business degree from Harvard Business School.) Even though she's worth millions, the smarty pants lives a simple life, the kind of life a middle-class person would live. She attributes her stinginess to her mother, who emphasized that she should live modest and stretch her dollars as far as she can.

In a 2008 interview with The New York Times, Banks claimed she saved some money from her weekly allowance as a child, and that today her only indulgence is spending money on food, above all going to The Cheesecake Factory on several occasions. She loves luxury toiletries but never buys any. Since she travels a lot and stays in hotels, she stocks up on a hotel's fancy shampoos, conditioners and soaps. She even admits to eating leftovers the next day to save money.  She also told Forbes that, before purchasing a significantly high item like real estate, she often asks her accountant for advice on whether or not she can afford these things. So, Banks proves us wrong. You can be worth millions, but you don't always have to live an extravagant lifestyle.

11 HILARY SWANK

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When Hilary Swank was growing up, she and her family lived in a trailer in a trailer park in Bellingham, Washington. While still young, she and her mom moved to California so she could find work as an actress. They had so little money that they lived in her mother's car for a period.

Living on the edge of poverty turned Swank into a person who had a strong work ethic who carefully uses her money in a responsible way. She buys in bulk and clips coupons to save money. When asked about her achievements by the Daily Mail UK, she stresses what is important to her is that she now can live a life where she can afford to pay her bills each month. She also confided that she likes "a sale as much as the next person" and that she weighs the pros and cons when buying something for herself or her home because she'd rather spend money on her family. While she lives like a commoner, she does owns several multi-million dollar homes. One of them is a pied-a-terre in the West Village. But she does try to make money from the homes she's not using. She's leasing the New York pad for $20,000 a month.

10 LADY GAGA

Lady Gaga owns an oceanfront estate in Malibu, a 10,000-square-foot Mediterranean-inspired villa that she bought for $23 million. So you'd think Gaga would be living lavishly, but the truth is, that house is the only time she shelled out a  lot of money. Known for being fashion-forward, you'd think she bought a lot of couture as well. But Gaga admitted on Twitter that she only looks at sales racks when shopping and, like Sarah Michelle Gellar, uses coupons at the grocery store to save a few.

And she hadn't always lived in such an expensive home. Before she made it big, for many years she lived in a very small studio. And Gaga confesses that her manager on occasions calls her about her credit cards because there are no charges made on them. This is the way she likes to live. As she confessed, “But I am so happy.. .  I am not bankrupt. Actually, I spend no money at all."

KEIRA KNIGHTLEY

Keira Knightley, known for starring in period-piece movies like Pride and Prejudice, lives in 2,000+ plus square feet estate in the central London borough of Islington that had been listed for millions of dollars. But other than that, Knightley keeps her expenses down. When she was growing up, her parents taught her financial responsibility and the discipline stuck. She also has said that a rich lifestyle can be too alienating.

Each year, she gives herself a very small portion of her millions, around $50,o00, to use as spending money. She even saved money on her wedding, inviting only 12 guests for the wedding and 50 for the reception. She didn't even buy herself a wedding gown. While it was designer, Knightly admits that she has worn the dress on many other occasions, like during Hollywood red carpet events.

KEANU REEVES

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At first glance, Keanu Reeves looks as if he lives lavishly. His home in LA is worth millions. He owns several luxury cars and is really into bikes, leading him to spend $28,000 on a Harley Davidson. But at a closer look, he's another Hollywood contradiction, someone who will buy an expensive home but who will insist on living modestly. As Reeves' gained fame, he chose to live in rental homes and hotels and, until recently, he was one of the only Hollywood stars who didn't own a mansion. In defence, he said, "I live in a flat, I have everything that I need at anytime, why choose an empty house?"

He is so rich that he gives a lot to charity, and was once seen spending time with a homeless man in Hollywood. He uses mass transit--just check YouTube--and was once seen giving up a seat to a woman. He's often seen eating lunch by himself on a public park bench. And he has been known to take a pay cut for a movie, and is so generous that he often donates his total fee to other workers on his films. As Reeves puts it, "Money is the last thing I think about. I could live on what I have already made for the next few centuries."

DARYL HANNAH

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The actress Daryl Hannah is known as an active environmentalist who even runs a video blog where she extols lessons on sustainable solutions. Because she cares so much for the environment, she ends up saving a lot of money by going green. Reportedly, she lives in a home she restored herself, using recycled materials. It runs on solar power and was built with recycled and green materials, which cuts down Hannah's expenses. She even drives a car that runs on biodiesel. She’s such an outspoken eco-activist that she once downed some biofuel on camera to make it known how much safer it was than conventional petrol.

Hannah has been arrested on multiple occasions in the past for protesting for environmental causes. One was protesting the construction of a major oil pipeline in Texas.

Being a vegetarian since she was 11, Hannah also grows her own vegetables to eat, as well as to sell and barter them at farmers markets. Yeah, it's not because Hannah doesn't have the money. She does, but she'd rather attempt to do her part in changing the world than spending a lot of money on fancy couture.

HALLE BERRY

You'd expect Oscar winner Halle Berry to live a pampered life. However, she insists she lives like the average joe, mainly due to her difficult childhood. After her parents divorced, Berry led a frugal life with her mother that was not out of choice. She has said that her upbringing forced her to become a "woman of strength," which she has lived up to.

She caught the acting bug and moved to New York City to try to nab some roles. During this time, Berry was so broke that she spent many weeks living at a homeless shelter and in a YMCA.

Berry isn't interested in the trappings of wealth. Her traumatic early years has served to ground her, and she told the Daily Record that she is not "someone who has to have 10 cars and lots of diamonds." There's another reason why Beery saves, not spends, money. It's because she's "always worried about when this trip is going to stop."  Even while living comfortably these days, Berry, to this day, fears she might lose it all.

INGVAR KAMPRAD

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Ingvar Kamprad is the founder of IKEA, the behemoth furniture and home store that is notorious for its cheap prices and poor quality.  Kamprad has a massive wealth, but he's the most frugal person on our list. He owns a modest home. He never wears new clothes and instead chooses his wardrobe from thrift stores and secondhand shops. Like Keanu Reeves, he uses public transportation whenever he can.

One hilarious story about the billionaire is that, on the way to receive a businessman of the year award, he was denied entry because he arrived on a bus and the doorman didn't believe who he was.  Like many celebs, he could afford to own a private jet but chooses to fly economy if he needs to be anywhere. He is so frugal that, when he goes to developing countries, he gets his hair cut at such places because it's simply cheaper. His own home is decorated with IKEA furniture, which he actually assembles himself rather than paying a fee to get the job done.

KATIE COURIC

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Katie Couric, the former anchorwoman of the Today Show, is super-wealthy but lives like a commoner. She could buy anything she wants, and yet she'd rather save than spend.  She buys generic drugstore products because she believes they're just as good as their high-end counterparts, and uses them instead.  When she worked full-time, Couric brought a brown bag for lunch.

On top of that, she says she rarely spends a lot of money on clothes, and that the fancy ensembles and high-end jewelry she wore for work were borrowed from friends, family and colleagues. In an interview with Woman's Day, she said, "Matt Lauer used to tell me that when I opened my wallet, moths flew out. That's funny but not 100 percent true. The joke implies I'm cheap, but really I'm just frugal." But she does spend her money and is generous to a fault. Whenever she can, she gives money to charity and likes spending her fortune on family and friends.

TOBEY MAGUIRE

Tobey Maguire, best known for playing Spiderman, grew up humbly. He knew no other way of life, and this lifestyle stayed with him forever, causing him to spend wisely even when he was raking in the millions.  These days he lives a modest life because, just like Halle Berry, he fears he may lose it all one day or somehow get caught in some kind of horrible financial situation.

This means that Maguire can be choosier when picking roles and never has to take on one just because his finances are getting low. Maguire once confessed he has more money than what he knows what to do with, and likens his success and his huge bank account to that of a Lotto winner. If he wasn't so conservative, he believes he could end up spending a lot of it. The one luxury he has was buying a large property near Los Angeles, but that he considers is a smart investment.

CHRISTIAN BALE

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Christian Bale, like Keanu Reeves, likes to live low-key and isn't interested in the trappings of wealth. Because of this, he has saved a lot of money from his movies, has given a lot to charities and is now in the position of where he can hand-pick roles for himself that he only likes rather than roles he has to take on because of financial constraints. He doesn't have a bodyguard, a private yacht or an island.

In 2003, Bale supposedly was still driving around in a 10-year-old Toyota truck to get to sets for his movies. He's a family man, a devoted father and is never seen in high-profile restaurants or the hottest clubs. If you've seen him out and about, well, that's probably because he's on a press event or as a guest of Hollywood's moguls. In the early 2000s, it was said that his home was not large, and moreover, not in the "right" neighbourhoods in Los Angeles. Since then, though, perhaps because he now has a family, he has splurged on buying many homes.

KATE MIDDLETON

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Kate Middleton lives a frugal lifestyle despite being a part of the Royal Family. According to People, Middelton (and her hubby Prince William) don't "have an army of staff to help them out." There is no live-in chef. Middleton walks to the grocery store to buy food and she reportedly does most of the cooking for her family.  Even their furniture is a steal. On a visit to Stockholm, Kate and William discovered IKEA and were reportedly delighted by how cheap the furniture is. So now Prince George and Princess Charlotte actually have beds and bedroom furniture from IKEA.

Then there's Kate's fashion. Most high-powered people who are in the public eye never repeat the outfits they wore. You might expect Kate to do the same, as she is photographed everywhere she goes. But Kate doesn't like wastefulness and has been known to wear the same outfit when going about town or heading to a function. She also shops for sales on clothing and her trend-setting looks are not couture. For Kate, looking chic doesn't mean your outfit has to cost a lot. She wears clothes from the Gap and Zara. She's so modest that, on her wedding day, she did her own wedding makeup.

 

 


The Future Of Artificial Intelligence And Its Impact On Society

The Future Of Artificial Intelligence And Its Impact On Society

Understanding artificial intelligence and machine learning is something that has been on the minds of scientists for several decades!

But the future of ai and it's impart on society, is still in question! particularly how we use artificial intelligence 2018 and the future of artificial intelligence in business and artificial intelligence in movies can be a mad comparison!


10 People Share The Moment They Realized They'd Grown Up Poor

10 People Share The Moment They Realized They'd Grown Up Poor

Sometimes kids grow up in poor families but, because they have nothing else to compare it to, don't really know they're "poor." Other kids realize when they go to school, or to a friend's house. Here are 10 people on Reddit talking about the time they realized that they'd been poor.

 

1. Via Seeyouyeah

When I was young my dad always used to buy one main course and we'd share it. When I was a little kid I always wondered why he wasn't hungry, and as a slightly older kid I always wondered why he was so stingy. It was only later that it clicked and I understood what he was going through and what he was trying to do for me.

In a similar vein, I later realised that the reasons our main activities to do together were reading and cooking is that the library is free and cooking is necessary whether it's fun or not.

2. Via TheSwearPolice

Friends birthday party around age 8. Everyone has super cool ninja turtles action figures. I wanted one real bad. Just so happen to " win " the mystery prize giveaway drawing at the beginning of the party. My very own turtles action figure (it was bebop or rocksteady). Probably 20 years later I sit up straight in my bed in the middle of the night and realize my friends mom knew I didn't have the means so she gave me an awesome gift at her sons birthday party. This is getting me all emotional.

 

3. Via ReadMoreWriteLess

My sis and I (now in our 40s) recently were bragging about how the 7 and 9 year old versions of us were so crafty how we could sneak into the hot lunch line at school without paying!! Then we look at our kids and realize they could never get away with that. The teachers knew we had nothing. They looked the other way.

This led to us uncovering tons of other times when were kids thinking we were getting away with something realizing that the adults knew full well. We cried a little.

Thanks adults who knew.

4. Via improbablewobble

I had a "second family" that took care of me and my brother while my mom was off doing her own thing. My elementary school friend's parents were basically saints. Without them I'd have never known what it was like to go camping, boating on a lake, beach trips, amusement parks, honestly just nice Sunday dinners and playing Nintendo, normal suburban kid stuff, and feeling cared for. They basically gave me a childhood, threw my high school graduation party, taught me how to drive, cosigned my first car loan, sent me care packages in college, paid off a different incredibly stupid high interest loan I took out in my early twenties, and were just generally the decent parents I didn't have. There really are angels among us y'all.

5. Via Lookitsmonsterki

I realised when all the other kids at school brought packed lunches everyday and I brought no food so my teacher used to make me a vegemite sandwich in the staff room. Doing fine now but as a kid I realised I was poor then.

6. Via Damsell

My mom bought Christmas gifts for us kids and then she realized she had to return the ones she got for me and my older sister. She let my two younger siblings keep a couple of things, but we were old enough to realize that returning things was for the best. My aunts and uncles would always get something for my younger siblings too, but figured my sister and I were old enough to know not to expect anything.

My older sister and I now are very into gift giving at Christmas, especially with each other because we were the ones that usually ended up with nothing.

7. Via bad_luck_dragon

Sitting in first grade. We were given a color by number sheets to do. Everyone else was coloring with crayola, and their pictures were vibrant.

I, on the other hand, was using Rose Art. The cheapest crayon you could get at the time. My picture was wan and lifeless. The colors didn't pop. They had no depth to them. No life.

Black wasn't black; it was a listless grey. Red looked like a faded sock left in the sun far too long. Yellow was sickly. Orange was the color of rotting pumpkin.

I looked around and realized, this was it. These pathetic pieces of wasted wax were the best I had to look forward to in the future.

8. Via WhatAmIDoingAwake

For years my mom made my family 'monster mash', which was comprised of Spaghetti and whatever canned food we had at the house. It was usually 3-4 cans of random stuff that sort of went together well. My favorite was canned pork and beans, Spam cut in to strips and fried to a crisp, tomatoes with chili peppers, and if we were super lucky there were canned tamales she'd chop up (if not then there was usually corned beef hash as a substitute). It was awesome, like a poor fancy version of chili mac. She'd make a huge vat of pasta and feed us with that for the week. She was not a great cook, but she could work miracles with random canned goods, in combinations that always seemed to pan out well.

I didn't realize other people didn't primarily eat canned meat products and dollar spaghetti till I was in middle school. No regrets, that was delicious.

9. Via houndstooth37

I didn’t realize it when it was happening but when I was young my parents would sometimes have camping night. They would set up a tent and we would play board games by candle light. Talking to my mother about it, my parents couldn’t pay the electric bill and they came up with camping night to not alarm the children

10. Via -eDgAR-

I grew up poor, but never really realized it or even really cared until the 2nd grade when this kid named Miguel joined my class. His family was pretty well off and he always had the newest sneakers and coolest clothes. My clothes consisted of things handed down to me from my cousins and things from the thrift store. Because of this Miguel liked to pick on me about the clothes I would wear and rub his new sneakers in my face. At that point I had never owned a pair of shoes that were new, so I decided to ask my mom if they could buy me a pair. She told me we just couldn't afford it, especially since I was growing and probably wouldn't even be able to wear them for long before. That was the moment when I realized we were poor and even though I hated getting made fun of at school, I knew my parents worked hard to give me everything I had and I appreciated that.

 

 


Janna Breslin Is Our Hottie Of The Day

Janna Breslin Is Our Hottie Of The Day

I know it’s been a while since we’ve gotten any new updates from fitness model Janna Breslin, but here she is inducing a serious drool-fest. Alright, enjoy the sizzling photos and try not to pull anything!

 

 

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America Is Basically 11 Different Nations - Here's Why

America Is Basically 11 Different Nations - Here's Why -

 

In his book, American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America (whew, say that three times fast), author Colin Woodard identifies what he says are 11 different, distinct cultures that populate and divide America. These regions are split on fundamental issues including “state roles and individual liberty.” According to Woodard, “to have any productive conversation on these issues,” he added, “you need to know where you come from.” So, from the horse’s mouth to your eyes, here is the regional breakdown in case you weren’t sure exactly where you stand on the issues. Most of these are just regional stereotypes of america, but hey who doesnt love generalizing large swaths of people?

 


Including the entire Northeast from northern New York up, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota, you damn Yankees value education, intellectual achievement, communal empowerment and citizen participation in government to combat tyranny. You are comfortable with some government regulation. According to Woodard, Yankees have a Utopian Streak and the area was settled by radical Calvinists. “Bring on the socialism” – Yankees apparently.

 

 


Changing gears a bit, New Netherland is a more materialistic nation. Since they’re more focused on commercial cultures, they’re very open to ethnic and religious diversity with a resolute devotion to freedom and “inquiry of conscience,” Woodard says. They have a natural affiliation to Yankeedom. This nation was originally founded by the Dutch.

 

 


Welcome to America’s heartland! English Quakers settled this territory with more moderate opinions on politics and a strong disdain for government regulation. Cheers to that! Woodard refers to the Midlands as “America’s great swing region,” encompassing parts of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska. A working class with the blisters to show it. You’re free to interpret that as you wish…

 

 


Young English gentry originally called the area around the Chesapeake Bay and North Carolina home. Once a feudal society that embraced slavery, people of this area strongly value respect for authority and traditions, not all tradition though, thankfully. Woodard is quick to point out the impending demise of this region thanks to the encroachment of, “expanding federal halos around D.C. and Norfolk.” Traditional is as traditional does.

 

 


Bring on the Mountain Dew and moonshine! Playfully thought of as “the land of hillbillies and rednecks,” the area was originally colonized by settlers from war-torn borderlands of Northern Ireland, Northern England and Scottish Lowlands. Not surprisingly, these people are fiercely protective of their personal sovereignty and individual liberty. Politically, these people side more with the Deep South, aligning against the influence of federal government, remaining “intensely suspicious of lowland aristocrats and Yankee social engineers.”

 

 


Sweet home Alabama was actually established by English slave lords from Barbados who fancied it as a West Indies-style slave society—which makes complete sense. Among other dominant traits, the Deep South has a very rigid social structure which fights the tempest of government regulations threatening individual liberties. Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and South Carolina would all like the federal government to kindly piss off.

 

 


Hispanic culture dominates the “borderlands of Spanish-American empire.” Woodard says El Norte is “a place apart” from the rest of America. Core values for the inhabitants are self-sufficiency and hard work first. These strong-armed people colonized parts of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California call El Norte home. Elbow grease is the number one export.

 

 


New Englanders and Appalachian Midwesterners who got sick of the shit back East, colonized the Left Coast as a hybrid of “Yankee utopianism and Appalachian self-expression and exploration.” Though geographically furthest away, they are “the staunchest allies of Yankeedom”—so true. Coastal California, Oregon and Washington are home to the Yankees of the west.

 

 


Not to be confused with the Left Coasters, the Far West lean much more heavily to the conservative side. Woodard says Far West people, “Developed through large investment in industry, yet where inhabitants continue to “resent” the Eastern interests that initially controlled that investment.” No comment. Among the confused Far Westerners are Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Washington, Oregon, North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Arizona, New Mexico, and California.

 

 


This corner pocket of liberalism is nestled firmly in the conservative Deep South. The people of New France are “consensus driven, tolerant and comfortable with government involvement in their economy.” According to Woodard, this is one of the most liberal places in North America, also one of the wettest. Inhabitants of New France reside in parts of Louisiana, mostly New Orleans and the Canadian province of Quebec.

 


The First Nation is aptly named as it is largely comprised of Native Americans. First nation peoples enjoy tribal sovereignty in the US, but its 300k inhabitants live mostly in the northern reaches of Canada.

 

Of the 11 nations Woodard breaks America into, he claims “Yankeedom and the Deep South exert the most influence while constantly competing with each other for the hearts and minds of the other nations.” He believes these two nations are diametrically opposed and will never see eye to eye on anything besides external threats to America.  Remember folks, there is no compromise, and the middle ground doesn't exist.  Literally no possible overlap on values or perspectives.

Furthermore, Woodard believes America is likely to become even more polarized even as it becomes more diverse. His reasoning? People are “self-sorting.” We are more inclined to move to the places that identify with our values, as opposed to spreading our beliefs in an area of opposition.


Mark Cuban Allegedly Tanked His Hand Down A Girl’s Pants

Mark Cuban Allegedly Tanked His Hand Down A Girl’s Pants

 

The Dallas Mavericks are one of the worst teams in the NBA and things aren’t any better off the court. A few weeks ago a Sports Illustrated story came out detailing the “corrosive workplace culture” of the Mavericks organization. The story alleged that Mavericks CEO and president Terdema Ussery is notorious for sexual harassment and put the spotlight on other Mavericks staff members as sexual harassment perpetrators.

Mavericks owners Mark Cuban denied knowledge of the situation.

New allegations have come to light, this time directly accusing Cuban of sexual assault.

The incident occurred in April 2011, with the victim alleging that Cuban stuck his hand down her jeans and finger her while posing for a photo in Portland.

Here is an except from the police report, obtained by the Willamette Week:

“He then moved his hand down until it was on her buttocks. Cuban then pushed his hand down the back of her jeans and inside her underwear where he cupped his hand over her groin area and inserted the tip of his finger into her vagina.”

The woman went to the police a week later, giving them seven cell phone photos, none of which were released. One image is described as “Cuban reaching down towards her buttocks.”

Cuban spoke to police directly following the report being filed. He denied the charges. On top of his denial, he took a polygraph test that he passed and had two urologists clear him. One stated, “[Cuban] is a large male with large hands, making penetration without lubrication of the woman in the standing position virtually impossible.”

Police found insufficient evidence in the case, dropping any charge in July 2011. The alleged victim told Willamette Week that she has moved on from the incident, but stands by her story.

Cuban continues to deny the incident.

And Cuban thought tanking would be his biggest problem this season.


10 Inspirational Stories Of People Who Escaped A Life Of Homelessness

10 Inspirational Stories Of People Who Escaped A Life Of Homelessness -

 

 

According to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, there are 553,742 people who are permanently homeless and over a million people who have checked into shelters at any given time, even if their living situation is only temporary.[1]

There is a stereotype about homeless people that they must have done something wrong to deserve their fate, like crime, drug addiction, or alcoholism. While it’s true in some cases, such instances are only a fraction of what homelessness in the United States actually looks like. Thousands of children cannot take any blame for their situation. There are veterans, unemployed professionals, and chronically ill people whose medical bills sent them plummeting into bankruptcy.

Even when we hit rock bottom, human beings have the amazing ability to be resilient. These are ten people who were homeless at one point in their life and found a way to break out of their situation in order to find a new place to call home.

 

10 Braheam Murphy

Photo credit: David T. Foster III

Braheam Murphy was a promising football player at Harding High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. His coach, Sam Greiner, noticed that his grades were dropping and almost kicked him off the team. Little did he know that Murphy was struggling just to find a place to sleep at night. His mother died when he was just five years old. His father remarried, and his new wife gave birth to Braheam’s half-sister, who has cerebral palsy. They could only afford to live in a one-bedroom apartment, making it too small for him and his older sister to stay.

Murphy worked a part-time job after football practice and slept with extended family members, who allowed him and his sister to stay on the couch or floor for one or two nights at a time. He had no place to call home. This lifestyle left little room for homework, studying, or extra practice. If things didn’t change, he would have no way to succeed in his life.

Murphy opened up to his coach about his living situation and how football was his entire world. He asked Coach Greiner if he could live with him so that he could continue to play. Greiner said yes. Once he had more stability in his life, Murphy brought his grades up to a 3.7 GPA, and he became the new quarterback. His journey helped to inspire his teammates so much that in 2018, his high school won the North Carolina state championships for the first time since the 1950s. A recruiter from Army West Point noticed Braheam Murphy and gave him a full scholarship to play football for their school.[2]

9 Elijah Arnold

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In October 2017, a thief entered an IHOP in San Antonio, Texas, with a gun. He fired two shots in the air, threatening to kill anyone who tried to stop him. He started prying open the cash register with a crowbar, and in that moment when the gun was not in his hands, a 22-year-old employee named Elijah Arnold tackled him to the ground and clung onto the thief’s legs as he tried to crawl away. The robber hit Arnold in the face with the crowbar, which broke his nose, spreading blood everywhere. Arnold, however, had a black belt in karate, so he knew exactly how to detain the criminal long enough for the police to arrive.

Arnold only gets paid $2.50 an hour, plus tips. Why would he risk his life for his job? He’s homeless, and his job is all he’s got. After living in foster care his entire life, Elijah went straight to working. He lives in his beat-up car that he parks at a 24-hour Walmart and goes to work.

After he potentially saved the lives of everyone in the store, patrons began to walk up to him, handing him money and gift cards as tokens of their gratitude. One of the local news stations interviewed him about this act of bravery. At the end of the segment, they handed him a $1,000 reward. With tears in his eyes, Arnold said that it should be enough to help him find a place to live.[3]

 

8 Raymond Pates

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Veterans of the Vietnam War were not met with parades and joyous reunions when they returned home. Many of them felt empty and had undiagnosed Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Most wondered why they had to witness so much pointless death and destruction. It made it almost impossible for them to integrate back into life in the US. In fact, this is so common that there is a National Coalition for Homeless Veterans.

When Raymond Pates completed his draft in Vietnam and returned to Birmingham, Alabama, he started to drink and use drugs to hide from the pain. It got so bad that he became homeless. One day, he started going to church. He asked the pastor if he could get involved with their charity work. By engaging with his community, he was able to find a job at the Social Security Administration. Now in his sixties, Pates still helps to deliver food to homeless people in Birmingham and gives them words of encouragement. “Everyone can be a hero,” he said. “When you see a need, fill it.”[4]

7 Joey

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One cold winter night in London, a young couple named Charlotte and Taylor missed their train. They had to stand on the platform waiting for the next one to arrive. A homeless man in his twenties spotted the couple and offered them a warm spot underneath his blanket.

The three began talking, and they learned that Joey had lost his job. He also went through a breakup, so he was kicked out of his girlfriend’s apartment. He was far from home, so without any money or a place to go, he had to resort to sleeping in the train station. After hearing his story, Charlotte noticed how her body couldn’t help but trembling from the cold, even with a blanket. She couldn’t imagine living there for one night, let alone several months, like Joey had. She asked him to come home with them, because her parents had a guest apartment.

After a while, Joey met the rest of Charlotte and Taylor’s family and friends. He was able to meet someone who hooked him up with a job, so he could get back on his feet. Friendship and support from one’s family to help them when times get tough is something that most people take for granted. For Joey, that act of kindness was all he needed to escape rock bottom.[5]

6 Liz Murray

Photo credit: The Post-Star

Liz Murray grew up in the Bronx with her parents, who were addicted to heroin. Her mother was schizophrenic and had contracted AIDS from dirty needles. Murray would have to skip school a lot to take care of her. Her dad ended up leaving the family to live on the streets and in homeless shelters. When she was just 16 years old, Liz’s mom died. Once she no longer needed to take care of her mother, Liz decided to focus on her grades. She was so far behind in her academics that her school allowed her to study and test through the many years of school she never passed.

Academics became her world. After living through homelessness and very nearly failing to graduate, Liz was accepted to Harvard University. Today, she is married to her high school sweetheart. She published a book about her experiences and is raising two children in New York City. She said this about her journey: “If I had a religion, it would be gratitude . . . Look. I grew up broke. We didn’t have food in the fridge. We didn’t have a lot of stuff, but we had each other. And when you have that, you have everything.”[6]

 

5 Amanda Richer

Photo credit: GoFundMe

After surviving a traumatic brain injury, Amanda Richer could no longer hold a job due to her disability and chronic pain. She lost her home and was forced to live in a tent under a bridge in Seattle. Richer became involved with local homeless organizations and worked at soup kitchens to get free meals. She met Mark Horvath, a man who has a nonprofit organization called Invisible People. He interviews homeless people for the organization’s YouTube channel. Despite Amanda’s circumstances, she stood out because of her smiling, bubbly personality.

During her interview, Mark asked her how she remains positive while being homeless. She responded:

You have to get through it. You have to remind yourself that you are a person. You are not an object. And it doesn’t matter who threw you away . . . You are worthy of getting through this. You have to love yourself, because no one is coming to save you . . . If you have to be a Disney princess to do it, be a Disney princess.

After her interview went online, Mark helped her create a GoFundMe account. Amanda Richer was finally able to get an apartment. She has made several update videos with Mark, where she is still a happy, bubbly Disney princess.[7]

4 Amos Reed

Amos Reed is a bright, nerdy kid who loves playing board games and talking about fantasy and sci-fi. He sounds like a lot of kids living in Santa Barbara, California, except for the fact that he was raised by a single mother in streets, shelters, and the occasional motel room. At 23 years old, Reed had opted to sleep on park benches instead of sharing a cramped motel room with his mother. He was never able to finish his high school diploma, which prevented him from finding steady work. One day, he walked into a store called Game Seeker and asked for a job.

After his first paycheck, he was able to rent a shared bedroom, and he was no longer homeless. Once he had a roof over his head, he began working on completing his GED. His passion for board games made him the perfect employee for Game Seeker, where he still works today.[8]

3 Jean Manganaro

Photo credit: Fed With Faith

At 15 years old, Jean Manganaro came home from school one day to discover that his alcoholic, abusive parents had abandoned him. Their apartment was empty, and they were never coming back. He tried to seek help, but there wasn’t anywhere for him to go. He opted to become friends with other wayward teens and became addicted to drugs and alcohol, just like his parents. He got into trouble and ended up going to a juvenile detention center. As an adult, he continued to struggle with homelessness.

At 29 years old, Manganaro decided that he needed to change everything. He moved to Florida in search of a long-lost older brother and started attending AA meetings. After telling the group his life story, one of the members struck him a deal. Manganaro had two weeks to crash on his couch for free. After that, he needed to find a job and pay rent or get out. He accepted the challenge and found a job almost immediately.

Manganaro volunteered to help homeless men he met in Florida. He realized that there were so many holes in the system where government bureaucracy prevented so many people from getting help. He founded an organization called The Gratitude House to help these people beat their addictions, find jobs, and get back on their feet. He uses the same two-week, do-or-die opportunity that helped turn his life around. Today, he is sober and has a good career and a wife and kids.[9]

2 Chris Gardner

Photo credit: X-Events

Chris Gardner was a single father. His wife left him to care for their toddler in San Francisco alone. His single paycheck just wasn’t cutting it, and he was evicted from his apartment. For an entire year, he was homeless, locking himself in public restrooms and standing in line at homeless shelters and park benches. He found an internship program at a stock brokerage and spent the only money he had paying for his son’s day care. Once he had the internship, Gardner would sometimes sneak his son into the office so that they could sleep under his desk. After a year of unpaid work, he was finally given a full-time position at the firm because of his dedication and talent at trading stocks.[10]

Today, Chris Gardner is worth over $60 million. He donates a lot of his money and time to homelessness charities and preventing violence against women. Gardner’s story inspired the movie The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

1 Daerys

A single mother named Dionna lived in Detroit, Michigan, with her young son, Daerys. When she lost her job as a nurse, Dionna had no money to pay for childcare and no family nearby to help her with babysitting. She refused to give up her son to foster care. This meant that they were forced to live in homeless shelters together until he was old enough to go to public school for a few hours each day. Even when Dionna found a job, it wasn’t enough to get out of rock bottom.

After years of being on the waiting list, they finally got an low-income apartment through help from the state. It still took Dionna’s entire paycheck to pay for her share of the rent, food, and other necessities. They couldn’t afford any furniture, so Daerys slept in the corner on a pile of blankets. A nonprofit organization called Humble Design paid for their furniture, including a bedroom for Daerys. He was so overwhelmed with joy that he immediately started to cry, and he’s not the only one to have that reaction. Since 2009, Humble Design has furnished apartments for 724 families around the Detroit area.[11]


The Two Words Everyone Googled During The Oscars

The Two Words Everyone Googled During The Oscars

 

Settling into the plush Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Hollywood’s best and brightest prepared to celebrate the achievements of the 90th Academy Award winners and losers.

But, on the shiniest Sunday of the year in Tinsel Town, the elite crowd were forced to acknowledge the real winner of the night, which emerged during Frances McDormand’s acceptance speech: inclusivity.

The Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri actor said this:

McDormand, who gave a stomach-churning and brilliant performance as Mildred Hayes, didn’t shy away from the politically-charged atmosphere.

After inviting her female colleague and peers to rise with her, as she demanded funding for more deserving women-led projects in Hollywood, she concluded by uttering two words that had the World Wide Web talking.

She truly channeled the strength written into her character’s narrative:

‘I have two words to leave with you tonight, ladies and gentleman’, McDormand decreed, adding: ‘Inclusion rider.’

The mic-drop moment resonated in the room, but a lot of the viewing public were confused by her sentiment; mainly because not many had heard of an inclusion rider.

So much so, analytics of Google Trends showed a huge spike in searches for the term:

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An ‘inclusion rider’ is a clause an actor can insist be inserted into their contract, requiring both cast and crew on a film to meet an adequate level of diversity.

After a quick Google search, apparently, here’s what Twitter had to say:

https://twitter.com/WhitneyCummings/status/970520101630836736

https://twitter.com/AshleyJudd/status/970519483059200000

https://twitter.com/michele_norris/status/970640962530762752

https://twitter.com/Inclusionists/status/970661321128558592

https://twitter.com/GlennonDoyle/status/970627957743063042

 

The concept of an inclusion – or equity – rider was explored in a TED talk in 2016 by Stacy Smith, founder of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the University of Southern California.

You can watch her empowering plan for diversity in film below:

Asking ‘Where are all the women and girls in film?’, Smith explained:

The typical feature film has about 40 to 45 speaking characters in it. I would argue that only 8 to 10 of those characters are actually relevant to the story.

The remaining 30 or so roles, there’s no reason why those minor roles can’t match or reflect the demography of where the story is taking place.

An equity rider by an A-lister in their contract can stipulate that those roles reflect the world in which we actually live.

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While Smith’s hypothesis was directly applicable to gender bias in Hollywood, there’s absolutely no reason the inclusivity rider shouldn’t apply to all minorities.

This year, we’ve seen diversity spread its wings across many mediums, from Marvel’s cinematic universe with Black Panther, to the highbrow films tackling race issues such as Get Out.

Die-hard romantics – and the LGBT community – welcomed Call Me By Your Name, the beautiful coming-of-age story which gave screenwriter James Ivory the accolade of oldest ever Oscar-winner.

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Speaking of, over in TV Town, shows such as Grace & Frankie (starring the inimitable Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin) gave three-dimensional roles to veterans of the film industry and Big Little Lies offers women’s stories told by women.

This year saw one of the few occasions an Oscar was accepted in sign language, by writer Rachel Shenton, for the short film The Silent Child, which tells the tale of a young deaf girl.

You can watch the trailer below:

Last year, Hollywood rinsed President Donald Trump, the notorious bigot who lives in the White House. We had the ‘Oscars So White‘ hashtag in 2016.

While the recipients may still be primarily Caucasian, the Oscars are certainly more ‘woke’ and outwardly political.

Off the silver screen, hundreds have championed movements to put a stop to the systematic sexual harassment of women – and men – who have been routinely victimised by people in positions of power.

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You might’ve assumed the two most Googled words during the Oscars were ‘Me Too’ or ‘Time’s Up’ – especially after Emma Watson displayed her new temporary philanthropic ink.

The two movements are so important; potentially life-saving.

But McDormand’s all-encompassing call to arms to challenge the systems of power which allow bigotries to thrive in the film industry is vital, on a wider scale, if Hollywood is to heal from all of its inadequacies.  Hopefully society itself can heal.

https://twitter.com/TIMESUPNOW/status/970521874080849920

It’s always a little hard to swallow when an elite room of self-reflective millionaires huddle together in their bubble and call for more diversity.

But, regardless of who’s making it, art should always reflect life in all its glorious divergence.

Let their salaries and Hollywood’s historic and systematic lack of diversity not take away from the goodwill meant by McDormand and her championing of this much-needed breadth of representation.

After all, real people – whoever they may be – make better movies.


10 Infuriating Cases Of Affluenza

10 Infuriating Cases Of Affluenza -

The term “affluenza” can refer to rich kids who were so spoiled rotten that they’ve lost all empathy for other human beings. The word has even been used in court to defend them when they commit a crime. Their lawyers’ rationale is that that these rich kids are so sheltered and privileged that they have absolutely no idea how horrible their actions truly are.

The reality of the situation is that someone who is born with so much wealth and power knows that they can get away with just about anything. More often than not, they face a different justice system than other, less moneyed individuals. Just throw enough money at your legal troubles, and they’ll go away—even if you’re charged with murder.

10 Janepob Verraporn

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In March 2016, two graduate students in their early thirties were driving in the slow lane on an empty highway in Bangkok, Thailand. Suddenly, a black Mercedes hit them from behind at 240 kilometers per hour (150 mph). Their car burst into flames, killing them almost instantly. The crash was captured on a security camera, and it’s difficult to imagine how anyone could have hit the grad students’ car, unless they were completely inebriated.[1]

The owner of the Mercedes was Janepob Verraporn, the 37-year-old son of a wealthy businessman who sells luxury vehicles. His car flipped after the collision, but other than that, he only had a few scratches. All it takes is a phone call to daddy to get a new car. When the police arrived, he told them who his father was and refused to take a sobriety test. They let him get away with it. Later, someone posted a second security video of Janepob’s Mercedes crashing through a toll booth at high speeds only an hour before the crash, proving that he was on a dangerous joyride all day long.

At the hospital, Verraporn was charged with reckless driving, but all it took was 200,000 baht (about $5,700) to pay for bail. Without the sobriety test, it was too late convict him of drunk driving, which would have forced him to be responsible for the deaths of the two grad students. Social media in Thailand exploded with angry citizens saying that Verraporn used his wealth and social status to get away with murder. A public relations employee for the national police publicly denied that Verraporn had an unfair advantage, saying that justice will be served. However, as of two years later, Verraporn has yet to face any jail time for his crime.

9 Robert H. Richards IV

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The du Ponts are a massively wealthy family in Delaware who are practically American royalty. They made their fortune from chemicals, and every generation is so rich that they never have to work a day in their life. Robert H. Richards IV was one of the heirs to the fortune. In 2009, he was arrested for raping his three-year-old daughter and sexually abusing his son. When he appeared in court, his lawyer claimed that the publicity from the case would be harmful to the children and that Richard shouldn’t be sent to jail. He claimed that since Richards was so soft from his pampered lifestyle, he wouldn’t survive the rough environment of prison.

That pathetically weak defense actually worked. What should have been an eight-year prison sentence was reduced to probation and psychological treatment. Despite the fact that the punishment was such a slap on the wrist, Richards completely ignored the judge’s orders and didn’t even go in for a single therapy session.[2]

8 W.H.K. Boonwaat

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Becoming a foreign ambassador isn’t the sort of job that most people can just go to school and work hard to achieve without having preexisting political connections. Most of them were born into diplomatic families and lived a jet set lifestyle of luxury all their lives. Ambassadors live in mansions with servants. On top of that, diplomats can enjoy the privilege of not being responsible for abiding by the laws of the country they are visiting.

In 1967, a Burmese diplomat named W.H.K. Boonwaat was 50 years old and working as an ambassador in Sri Lanka. He took that privilege as far as it would go by killing his young, beautiful wife on foreign soil and cremating her body in order to prevent an autopsy. In the end, diplomatic immunity protected him from going to jail, and he got away with murdering his wife.[3]

7 Robert Durst

Photo credit: Mike Segar/Reuters

Robert Durst is the son of a wealthy New York real estate tycoon. He was suspected of killing three people, including his wife, Kathleen. Every time he was questioned by authorities, he claimed that he was just very unlucky and that death followed him everywhere. He could afford to hire the best lawyers, who allowed him to get away with murder multiple times. There was even a movie called All Good Things based on him because so many people knew he must be guilty, yet no one could prove it in court.

Durst was so confident in his deceptions that he agreed to allow filmmakers from HBO to interview him for a documentary series called The Jinx. On the show, he went to the bathroom and mumbled to himself. He admitted that he did, in fact, commit murder. He forgot that his mic was on. Once the confession was captured, FBI agents found him in New Orleans and arrested him for first-degree murder at 72 years old.[4]

6 Issei Sagawa

Photo credit: Vice

Issei Sagawa was born prematurely to wealthy Japanese parents. He was physically weak, so his parents pampered their sickly son his entire life. He began to develop a cannibalistic fetish for white women as early as elementary school. When he was 23, he broke into a German woman’s house to try to eat her, but the police arrested him for attempted rape, instead. His parents paid for his bail, of course, and continued to ignore his serious issues. In fact, a few years later, they practically rewarded him by sending him to study abroad in Paris, where he was surrounded by all the white girls he could ever want. Eventually, he convinced one of them, a Dutch woman named Renee Hartevelt, to become friends with him.

Not surprisingly, Renee became Issei’s first victim in 1981. He shot her in the back of the head and then carved up her body and ate her flesh over the course of several days. Sagawa had no problem admitting to the French police exactly what he did. He told them very matter-of-factly that he wanted to eat a woman. A psychologist in France claimed that he was insane and unfit to stand trial. Sagawa was deported to Japan. Authorities attempted to try him for murder in Japanese court, but French officials refused to hand over any documents about the case. He got away with murder and cannibalism.

Issei Sagawa had no issues divulging every excruciating detail during an interview with Vice. He didn’t offer any apologies for Renee’s family and didn’t seem to regret his actions at all. The only thing he regrets is that it made his life more difficult, saying, “You can’t imagine how difficult it is to live under surveillance from society.” He even asked Vice to advertise for him to find a Japanese woman who was willing to let him eat her. Issei Sagawa now makes a living off of the many books he has written about his fetish as well as his parents’ support.[5]

5 Leopold And Loeb

Richard Loeb and Nathan Leopold Jr. were two rich teenage students who were so smart that they were attending college early. They clearly thought a lot of themselves and very little of other human beings because they murdered a 14-year-old boy named Robert Franks. The motive? They thought they were so smart that they could pull off the perfect crime without getting caught. They were wrong, of course. When they were on trial, the public was practically breaking down the doors, rioting for them to receive the death penalty.

Leopold and Loeb’s lawyer blamed their behavior on their parents, saying that they were so spoiled at such a young age that they had no idea what to do with their privilege. He also tried to blame it on Friedrich Nietzsche, saying that the boys had been influenced by his philosophy. It worked. The judge sentenced the duo to life in prison. When they arrived, the boys demanded to have steaks delivered to their cells.[6]

4 Orachorn Thephasadin Na Ayudhya

Photo credit: Bangkok Post

In 2010, a 17-year-old girl named Orachorn Thephasadin Na Ayudhya was driving a car without a driver’s license. She was texting and driving, which is why she slammed into the back of a passenger van that was carrying 14 people. Nine of them died, and the rest were seriously injured. Orachorn didn’t seem to care that the bodies of her victims were lying on the street. She casually plopped her designer purse on the ground and pulled out her cell phone to continue texting next to the wrecked vehicles. Someone snapped a photo, and it became an icon of the growing epidemic of sociopathic rich kids living in Bangkok.[7]

Orachorn was originally only going to get a three-year prison sentence for reckless driving without a license, but her lawyers were so good at their jobs that they somehow managed to reduce it down to probation and community service, simply because she was very “cooperative.” They didn’t put a time limit on her community service, so she took her time. It took her a ridiculous six years to complete just 138 hours of community service. Even so, she reportedly complained about her work in the emergency ward of a hospital. The families of the victims have attempted to sue her, but her family’s lawyers have kept them at bay.

3 Peter Brant Jr.

Photo credit: Vanity Fair

When your parents are a billionaire businessman and a supermodel, it must be easy to think you’re above the rules. However, not all that glitters is gold for Peter Brant Jr. The Brants don’t exactly seem to have a warm and loving family life. In 2011, Peter got into an argument with his mom because he was upset that she bailed on their plans to spend time together. How did she respond to his cries for love? By calling the cops on him. The officers reportedly said he was actually being very civil during the fight.

At the JFK Airport in March 2016, Peter Brant Jr. decided to get completely wasted. A security guard approached him for being too drunk, and instead of apologizing for his behavior, he decided to punch the guard the the face. He was arrested, but with his status, that doesn’t mean he’s spending any time in jail for assault. Just a couple of days later, he posted on Instagram with his friend about traveling again.[8]

2 Vorayuth Yoovidhya

Photo credit: Matt Dunham/AP

Vorayuth Yoovidhya is the heir to a massive fortune amassed by his father, who owns the energy drink company Red Bull. At an estimated $12.5 billion, they are the fourth-wealthiest family in all of Thailand. In 2012, Yoovidhya was speeding in his Ferrari when he ran over a police officer who was on a motorcycle. Yoovidhya didn’t even try to stop the car. He sped off, leaving behind the wreckage and the dead man in a heartless hit-and-run.

A sobriety test confirmed that Yoovidhya was, in fact, drinking and driving. His parents paid for his bail, and the family’s lawyers were incredibly skilled at delaying his day in court with a mountain of paperwork. This bought Yoovidhya enough time to disappear. The police attempted to put out an order for his arrest, but they can’t find him, because he uses the family’s private jet to live in foreign countries. Yoovidhya isn’t exactly in hiding. He flaunts his luxurious lifestyle living in London, yet he has never been arrested.[9]

1 Ethan Couch

Photo credit: AP

At just 16 years old, Ethan Couch’s parents left him to live alone in their mansion. With plenty of money and absolute freedom, he threw parties in the house on a regular basis. One night in 2014, he was drunk driving and killed four people.

Couch’s lawyer claimed that he was suffering from affluenza. He was so pampered that he couldn’t even comprehend the consequences of his actions. If anything, he was a victim of his parents’ neglect. The judge ate it up, and Ethan Couch didn’t go to jail. He was sentenced to ten years of probation and ordered to go to rehab.

The lack of any real punishment sparked a public outcry against white privilege. Despite the fact that he got off so easy, Couch violated his probation. He dyed his hair black, grew a beard, and tried to run away to live in Mexico to avoid jail time. So, at 19 years old, he was finally sent to prison. The only downside was that it is only a two-year sentence.[10]

 


Russian Senator’s Hair Has Completely Mesmerised The Internet

Russian Senator’s Hair Has Completely Mesmerised The Internet -

We see some pretty wild stuff in this lovely digital plane which we call the internet, and sometimes it’s easy to take it for granted.

But every once in a while, something pops up on your timeline which just makes you sit back and take stock of the beauty of the online world and say out loud, ‘God I love the internet’.

This Russian senator’s hair is just the latest in a run of such online gems, and just think 99 per cent of us wouldn’t even have seen it were it not for social media.

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This is Valentina Petrenko, a Russian senator and chair of Russia’s Committee on Social Policy, and she has an absolutely incredible hairstyle.

While Twitter have been busy re-noticing this bond villain-esque hairdo, people in Russia have been wondering about the sheer physics of the do for ages.

In 2015, she was asked such a question in an interview with the Echo of Moscow, in which she said:

I’m so tired of answering these questions. I just have curly hair. I lift it upwards with some hair pins, that is all.

And while she looks like one of the henchmen of Dr Evil, she’s actually known as one of the officials who negotiated the release of child hostages from gunmen in Rostov-on-Don in 1993.

She received a medal for ‘Personal Courage’ for her efforts to negotiate with four gunmen who kidnapped the children and a teacher and packed them into a helicopter filled with explosives, according to Newsweek.

The kidnappers released some of the hostages over several days after some of their demands for a military helicopter and $10 million in cash were met.

https://twitter.com/KevinRothrock/status/809049522890539008

After the helicopter stopped to refuel, the two remaining boys were released as a direct result of negotiations involving Petrenko in which she offered herself as a replacement hostage.

Eventually, the replacement kidnappers were caught, and no civilians were harmed during the whole incident. So there’s a pretty good brain under that bonnet.


How The London Underground Changed Society

How The London Underground Changed Society

Brian McManus adds, in a comment, the following:

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Should Our Society Get Free Money? Universal Basic Income Explained

Should Our Society Get Free Money? Universal Basic Income Explained -

If we were to give everyone a minimum basic income, would that improve our lives for the better or actually make it worse?

 


HOW COULD ANYONE ARGUE WITH THESE 46 THRUTHS?

HOW COULD ANYONE ARGUE WITH THESE 46 THRUTHS?

 

 


30 GREAT RULES FOR MANLY MEN TO LIVE BY

30 GREAT RULES FOR MANLY MEN TO LIVE BY

 

And some of these rules may be really handy for the young boy when he grows up.

 

1) Never shake a man’s hand sitting down.

2) There are plenty of ways to enter a pool. The stairs ain’t one.

3) The man at the grill is the closest thing we have to a king.

4) In a negotiation, never make the first offer.

5) Act like you’ve been there before. Especially in the end zone.

6) Request the late check out.

7) When entrusted with a secret, keep it.

8) Hold your heroes to a higher standard.

9) Return a borrowed car with a full tank of gas.

10) Don’t fill up on bread.

11) When shaking hands, grip firmly and look him in the eye.

12) Don’t let a wishbone grow where a backbone should be.

13) If you need music on the beach, you’re missing the point.

14) Carry two handkerchiefs. The one in your back pocket is for you. The one in your breast pocket is for her.

15) You marry the girl. You marry her whole family.

16) Be like a duck. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like crazy underneath.

17) Experience the serenity of traveling alone.

18) Never be afraid to ask out the best looking girl in the room.

19) Never turn down a breath mint.

20) In a game of HORSE, sometimes a simple free throw will get ’em.

21) A sport coat is worth a 1000 words.

22) Try writing your own eulogy. Never stop revising.

23) Thank a Veteran. And then make it up to him.

24) If you want to know what makes you unique, sit for a caricature.

25) Eat lunch with the new kid.

26) After writing an angry email, read it carefully. Then delete it.

27) Ask your mom to play. She won’t let you win.

28) See it on the big screen.

29) Give credit. Take the blame.

30) Write down your dreams.


American Behaviors Considered Rude In Other Countries

American Behaviors Considered Rude In Other Countries

The question is, are we‘yanks’ really that rude?  Answer is abso-fucking-lutely.

 

 


Mom Responds To “Bullies” Who Were Mad She Picked Up Kids Wearing Inappropriate Outfit

Mom Responds To “Bullies” Who Were Mad She Picked Up Kids Wearing Inappropriate Outfit

 

If you are going to bully someone like this you better have some ammo. This Mom looks like she gives NO FUCKS about putting everyone that crosses her on blast.

This might sound stupid but hang out with me for a second. It has to suck being the “hot mom” at your kids school. Being a parent seems like a hard enough battle not to mention she has a bunch of kids she is running around. Now you have to deal with all the people looking at you thinking you are a bad mom because you are bomb.

Tough life. Well, it could be worse… I said bare with me people!

According to DailyMail: Bella Vrondos is the proud mother to nine-year-old Alyssa, eight-year-old Kiera, and six-year-old Connor, but most of her critics on social media care more about her other job: being a model and boutique owner. With Kim Kardashian as her main style guru, Bella’s criticism derives from her love of body con dresses, fake tanner, and Instagram-worthy make-up.

Bella says she has received endless criticism from other mothers for the way she looks and dresses, and it has all recently come to a head when she posted a photo with her children in front of their school.

“I posted a photo on social media of me and my kids at school with their awards and the photo went viral because apparently the way I was dressed wasn’t appropriate for school,” Bella said of the photo. “People were commenting saying I had my boobs out and shouldn’t have worn that dress.”

She says that the criticism she has gotten has skyrocketed since she had breast augmentation surgery, which she believes should have nothing to do with her ability to be a good mother. The photo below shows Bella in a dress that many deemed too tight and revealing for a mother to wear.

“As soon as I got a breast augmentation I was viewed differently by most of the other mums,” says Bella. “I’m not included in any of the mum’s groups or cliques.” This adult-bullying has even gone to the extreme, with a picture of Bella once being cruelly posted onto Craigslist as a fake advertisement for an escort. Bella says other moms avoid her, with not a single one speaking to her when she once helped chaperone a birthday party.

Bella has also been accused of spending too much money on improving her looks, and not spending enough on her kids. “Someone said to me that they’d rather spend their money on their children,” she says, “but just assuming I don’t spend my money on my kids is ridiculous.” Fed up with the endless hate, Bella has a message she wants her critics and other mothers to hear.

She had a message for all the haters and bullies out there: “I didn’t get plastic surgery to look like a porn star but because I’ve had three kids and my body totally deformed- I did it to be happy and feel confident with my body. Being a mum doesn’t mean you have to give up your whole self being. I am trying to create awareness about that. ”

. “My children love me the way I am. If I was to change my appearance then I wouldn’t be their mum— I wouldn’t be me.”

If I'm not a ho then what am I?


 


Free Parking Is Stupidly Expensive To Society

Free Parking Is Stupidly Expensive To Society

 

 Arbitrary rules around parking inhibit development, increase traffic congestion and require excessive amounts of land.

 


Men Confess The Things They Wish They Could Do If Society Didn’t Consider Them Feminine Or Socially Unacceptable

Men Confess The Things They Wish They Could Do If Society Didn’t Consider Them Feminine Or Socially Unacceptable

As guys, your emotions and decisions are often subconsciously dictated by society’s preconceived notions of what said emotions and decisions symbolize. Now that we’re in a safe space, do not be afraid to admit that sometimes you just want one glass of wine to unwind after a long day but instead down a Colt 45 and start a fight with your girlfriend.

I found that some men have urges to act traditionally feminine in the face of a judgmental society. Redditor watermelancholia recently posed the question, ‘Men of Reddit; what thing would you do if it wasn’t so ‘feminine’ or socially ‘unacceptable’?’


santajawn322

Honestly, I think I’d get into quilting. I live in Pennsylvania and there’s some damn impressive quilting happening here. And, to top it off, I think it’s awesome that you can make something like a quilt and give it to someone, who’ll literally wrap themselves in the gift you’ve made them.

Fuck it. I’m making a quilt, you guys.

Quilt until your fingers hurt dude, but don’t admit it or else you’re going to be put on landscaping duty. 


trump_did_nineeleven

If I didn’t have a penis I would only wear yoga pants.

If you have a really tiny penis, you can get away with wearing them and not being labeled a sex offender. I own three pairs.


dick_butt_jr

One night, my girlfriend decided to use one of those face mask things. So, I decided why the hell can’t I make my skin all nice and soft? Now I’m addicted and do them at least twice a week.

I use a refining mask twice a week. Having velvety skin is totally worth looking like Peter North used your face as his tube sock. 


rateds2k

Laser hair removal on my ass. Actually I finally starting going(am in my 4th session) and omg it is amazing. I so should have just swallowed my pride and done this sooner. I have always had to shave between my butt cheeks because it was like shitting through a strainer if I didn’t. Also as a side effect I save so much more on TP now.

This also makes it more inviting for your girl to put her finger in your ass. Not something I thought I would have liked until my girl started milking my prostate like I was a prized cow on Garelick Farm. 


Dear_Occupant

It’s a really simple thing, but girls just fucking smell good. When they come out of the bathroom after showering and freshening up, it smells like someone knocked over a jar full of polka dots or something. They’re all flowery and fruity and sweet. I wish I could smell like a flowerbed all the time without getting judged.

It doesn’t matter how many times I brush, I never can shake the stench of my uncle’s dick from my breath. Ok, that was too much. Sorry.


jaijaikali

Skirts. We need the ball room.

I’m actually for the revival of cloaks and such as well. We should just wear robes.

You lost me at the skirts but robes would be dope.


TheDebateMatters

Kept teaching preschool. I had a way with young kids and really enjoyed seeing them make connections for the first time almost every single day. I just hated the first few months of the school year where parents were on high alert with me. I understood why, having been a parent, but it was why I moved up to older kids.

That’s because you were taking photos your favorite kids at recess for your personal scrapbook, bruh. Can’t have that.


AustinShagwell

say that cute things are cute

This is so c–c–can you hand me a beer bro and stop being an emotional bitch?


VictorBlimpmuscle

Be the little spoon – sometimes I want to be the cuddlee instead of the cuddler.

Little spoon is highly underrated because the woman has to form her body around your most comfortable sleeping position. But beware, if you do it for more than 15 minutes, it takes a half inch off your schlong, I’m told.


Guys, if you have any to add, please write them in the comment section of this post. And remember:

tonight ye usersub


Junk Food Cravings Are Triggered By The Mere Thought Of Being Low Class

Junk Food Cravings Are Triggered By The Mere Thought Of Being Low Class

It’s well established that people with low economic status are the hardest hit by the current obesity pandemic, as well as related health problems such as diabetes. Poor healthcare, stress, unhealthy lifestyles, and a cornucopia of cheap junk food are all thought to play a role. But a new study suggests there’s a subconscious component, too.

When researchers merely prompted study volunteers to consider themselves low-class, they were more likely to prefer, choose, and eat larger amounts of food, as well as higher-calorie foods. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, echo what’s been seen in a variety of animals—from birds and rodents to nonhuman primates. Thus, the authors speculate that the mental glitch may be an evolutionary holdover intended to boost survival by compensating for a lack of social and material resources.

More important for humans, the findings suggest that we may not be able to tackle obesity by just improving access to healthier foods and promoting exercise.

For the study, psychology researchers at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore recruited nearly 500 healthy participants for a series of four experiments. In the first, the team had 101 participants complete a task in which they were shown a ladder with ten rungs and told to select which rung they were on relative to either a wealthy, well-educated, powerful person or a poor, uneducated, unimportant person. Participants were randomly assigned to the two comparisons. In keeping with past studies, they ranked their social status lower in the former scenario and higher in the latter.

Next, the participants got to pick foods from a hypothetical buffet. Taking into account things like each participants’ normal eating pattern, hunger, and gender, the researchers found that those who ranked their social status lower chose more food and more high-calorie foods than those that ranked themselves as having a higher social status.

In the second experiment, researchers gave 167 participants the same socioeconomic ranking task, then asked them to match high calorie foods (pizza, hamburgers, fried chicken) and low calories foods (vegetables and fruits) with either pleasant or unpleasant descriptors, such as tasty or nasty. Again, those who landed lower on the ladder were more apt to prefer the high-calorie foods.

In the last two experiments, researchers followed up the socioeconomic task with actual eating experiments. In this part of the study, 83 self-ranked participants got to watch a documentary while munching on their choice of three snacks: potato chips, M&M candies, or raisins.  Again the low-ranked participants went for the chips and chocolate more than their higher-ranked counterparts. And finally, researchers gave 148 self-ranked participants a big bowl of noodles and then told them to eat until they were “comfortably full.” The lower-ranked participants ate an average of about 20 percent more calories' worth of noodles.

“These findings suggest that mindsets of deprivation and low social standing may be critically linked to obesity risk via increased intake of calories,” the authors conclude. As such, the subjective experience of low social standing may be another barrier to improving health.


Latina Model Aliana Lozada Gonzalez Agrees To Take 13-Year-Old's Virginity

Latina Model Aliana Lozada Gonzalez Agrees To Take 13-Year-Old's Virginity

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“This is Aliana Gonzalez, I believe she is Cuban. Born and raised in Holland, she agreed to a few nasty things but what stood out the most was when she agreed to fuck a little boy. This is a pedophile. Disgusting.”  People are weird and we need to try and help them.  Hopefully they will help themselves.  Humanity yo.

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Inside the Mind of a ‘Virtuous’ Paedophile

Inside the Mind of a ‘Virtuous’ Paedophile

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A SELF-CONFESSED ‘non-offending paedophile’ is on a mission to revolutionise society’s understanding of underage attraction. Todd Nickerson, from Tennessee, wants to encourage other paedophiles to seek help and support for their sexual inclinations. He claims paedophilia is better understood as a sexual orientation - although one he believes it is unethical to act on.

The 43-year-old is a moderator on the online forum ‘VirPed’ - short for ‘virtuous paedophiles’, also sometimes called ‘ethical paedophiles’ or ‘gold star paedophiles’. The terms are used to describe those who have an attraction to prepubescent children but control their urges and refrain from watching child pornography or seeking sexual contact with minors.

The VirPed forum has a few thousand users, according to Nickerson, although not all of them are active members, and the site acts as a resource 'to help virtuous paedophiles remain law-abiding'.


25 Strange Habits, Customs, And Behaviors That Society Accepts As Normal

society[1]25 Strange Habits, Customs, And Behaviors That Society Accepts As Normal

 

There are some things that we all know are a bit weird but for a myriad of reasons nobody wants to say anything about them. And although this could get really political, it doesn’t even have to. You know what we’re talking about. Take retirement homes for example. In the western world it is perfectly acceptable to put your parents in a home and never visit them. Now don’t get us wrong. We know that many people don’t do this. But this list isn’t about what most people do. In fact, most people might not do it. What this list is pointing out, however, is that regardless of how many people do it, it is still not considered an unacceptable behavior. It is either normal, or not abnormal (so somewhere in the middle). And we’re not trying to pick fights with people. These behaviors will vary from country to country. We’ll do our best to mention where they are most prevalent, but take note that there are exceptions to every rule. Furthermore, many of these items are very tongue-in-cheek. They are jokes, meant to entertain. Don’t take them too seriously. These are 25 strange habits, customs, and behaviors that society accepts as normal.

Businessmen passing out in public

Businessmen passing out in public

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

In Japan and South Korea, it is normal for businessmen to pass out drunk all over the city. People just walk around them.

Bathrooms built with a gap

Bathrooms built with a gap

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

In the United States, bathrooms stalls have an enormous gap between the wall and the door

Kids having their entire lives documented on the internet

Kids having their entire lives documented on the internet

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

There’s going to be a lot of angry teenagers in a few years. Mom, seriously? You put photos of my potty training online?

Apps like Angry Birds requiring your location

Apps like Angry Birds requiring your location

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Why does it need to know that?

Multi level marketing

Multi level marketing

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

It leads to some of the most obvious scams and questionable business practices most of us are ever exposed to, but when your friend gets sucked in all you can think is “there goes another one”

Celebrity worship

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

They’re just normal people with problems like the rest of us.

Embalming bodies

Embalming bodies

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

We suck the blood out of the cadaver and seal up the body cavities so that people can stare at the corpse.

Giving out personal information

Giving out personal information

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

These days even the cashier will ask you for your phone number and email address.

Rubbing pregnant women's stomachs

Rubbing pregnant women's stomachs

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Yea, this doesn’t really need to be explained.

Senior homes

Senior homes

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Primarily in the United States, it’s ok to put older people in a retirement home and never visit them. Yes, we know, not everyone does this. The point of this list is that if you do happen to do it, it is considered acceptable.

Lobbying presidential campaigns

Lobbying presidential campaigns

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Yes, we know the good intentions and possible benefits. But sometimes it just gets out of control.

Memes

Memes

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Imagine if that was your picture on some of those memes. It might (not) be as funny.

Taking pictures of people

Taking pictures of people

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

In the same vain as memes, we are really comfortable just posting pictures of strangers (“Saw this old guy eating alone”)

Beauty pageants for children

Beauty pageants for children

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

While most people probably don’t explicitly support this, we do tend to implicitly accept it.

Networking mannerisms

Networking mannerisms

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Genuine human connection is great, but the fake smiles, fake compliments, and psychopathic character that is so prevalent at networking events is a bit…interesting.

Arranged marriages

Arranged marriages

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

In many parts of the world this is a disappearing but still common thing. For most of your life the adults around you will tell you to completely steer clear of the opposite sex, and then one day they want you to spend the rest of your life with some random guy who’s photo your aunt liked.

Paparazzi

Paparazzi

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

It’s legal stalking

Plants and fish

Plants and fish

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

We keep them as living decorations

Advertising

Advertising

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

It’s ok to spend hours everyday watching or listening to presentations that have been scientifically designed to manipulate you. We even like it.

The war on drugs

The war on drugs

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

We put kids in jail for a decade because they had a little marijuana but bankers and politicians crash the entire world economy and get a little smack on the wrist.

Clapping

Clapping

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

We slam our hands together repeatedly to show approval.

Trick or Treating

Trick or Treating

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

Little kids dress up and go from house to house asking for candy. And they threaten the owner if no candy is provided (“trick or treat!”)

The presidential turkey pardon

The presidential turkey pardon

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

So…he pardons one turkey and then we eat the other 5 million.

Santa Claus at the mall

Santa Claus at the mall

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

You sit on a strange old man’s lap and tell him your deepest secret while your parents take pictures.

Social Media

Social Media

Source: reddit, Image: wikipedia

It actually makes us less social.

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Watch This Guy Install A Credit Card Skimmer In Under 4-Seconds And Realize How F**ked We Are As A Society

Watch This Guy Install A Credit Card Skimmer In Under 4-Seconds And Realize How F**ked We Are As A Society

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This is one of those things that just might make you lose a little faith in humanity. Watching criminals stroll into a gas station and install a credit card skimmer in under 3-seconds while one guy attaches the skimmer and another distracts the cashier. In and out in under a minute, and now they have access to anyone’s CC info that comes into that gas station and swipes their cards at that machine…It’s pretty fucked:
Identity theft might be the single biggest (non-health related) problem affecting society these days. I’ve known for a while how easy it is for criminals to jack our credit card info using skimmers, but until I watched this video of some guys installing a CC skimmer at a gas station in about 3-seconds I had no idea just how easy it was.

And the problem I have with it being so easy is I can’t help but be impressed. It took them zero time to install a machine that will potentially cause tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage, and a lifetime’s worth of fraud reports. This new criminal enterprise is putting bank robbers to shame, the payout is better and it appears to be significantly easier. Thankfully we as a society don’t revere card skimmers and identity thefters in the same way we make movies about bank robbers, because that’d be fucked (and boring, very boring).


Why Women DESTROY NATIONS / CIVILIZATIONS - And Other UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS

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You have approximately 48 hours to wire five billion dollars to my account before I unleash a thousand years of mayhem with my unfettered and tight vagina onto your unsuspecting masses....BWAHHH!!! If I do not receive the money I will discard my chastity belt and spread the gates of Western civilization wide open to the Barbarian Horde. Now I shall make demands for the release of certain Alpha male prisoners so that I may continue my genetic line and improve the species. If my request for the five billion dollars and my demand for the release of Alpha male prisoners is denied, my vagina is set to detonate at approximately 1600 hours next Wednesday...because I'm a woman and math makes my head hurt.

Why Women DESTROY NATIONS / CIVILIZATIONS - And Other UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS


10 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Anonymous

10 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Anonymous

Looking back on 2015, you can say it’s been a pretty busy year for the hacker collective known as Anonymous. Just before Christmas, they went in on Turkey, launching a Denial of Service attack on sites with a .tk extension. The collective accused the Turkish government of supporting ISIS by “buying oil from them, and hospitalizing their fighters.” In protest, they took down 40,000 Turkish websites!

The group had declared war on ISIS in January following the heinous attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, when 12 people were murdered. Named #OpCharlieHebdo, the operation took down many of the jihadi forums used by ISIS members and supporters, within the first week. The group also uploaded lists of email addresses, social media accounts and personal details of alleged ISIS members to the Pastebin site.

These almost altruistic actions may sound very different from what you know of Anonymous from, say, 2009. For a long time, the group was only associated with trolling and general tomfoolery online.

Originating from the message boards of 4chan around 2008, the loose collective started out hacking targets strictly for lulz. With the ominous tagline “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us”, and that creepy Guy Fawkes mask, their actions have deeply divided denizens of the Internet.

Some applaud their Robin Hood-style ideology of championing free speech, fighting any form of censorship or intellectual property restriction by a government or a corporation. Many others think they are a bunch of jobless misfits who should be arrested for their irresponsible behavior.

But whether you hate ’em or love ’em, their antics have made us all sit up and take notice. In the past decade, hackers linked to the group have made headlines by hacking Sarah Palin’s email, taking down ‘secure’ government sites, even appearing in Time Magazine’s The World’s 100 Most Influential People of 2012. They’ve also hacked corporate giants like Sony and Paypal, played a part in the Arab Spring revolution, even DDoSed the United States Department of Justice!

Their recent actions have made many reconsider whether hacking can be a force for good. While we ponder that, here are ten facts I’m sure you didn’t know about Anonymous.

10. They Will Take on ANYONE

via: sott.net

via sott.net

Hacktivism (activism through hacking, get it?) has been around in one way or another for decades. In 1998, a group of hackers, Legions of the Underground, threatened to disrupt Iran’s access to the internet in 1998, in protest of alleged human rights abuses.

Well, Anonymous doesn’t stop at threats; anyone that goes against their values WILL feel the wrath of the collective. They attack ‘enemies’ by defacing their websites, releasing sensitive information and using DDoS attacks to crash the websites.

A few of their recent cyber attacks include:

– doxxing the Westboro Baptist Church for “being a hate group”

– taking down the Vatican’s website to protest everything from Catholic doctrine to the alleged sexual abuse of children

– defacing the website of Combined Systems, a company they accused of profiting off the war in the Middle East

They’ll basically pick a battle with anyone/organization/country they feel is being a jerk. And don’t think they only care about the ‘big issues’; they’ll weigh in on ‘smaller’ issues. Just ask Donald Trump.

9. “All’s fair in Love and War”

via: labkultur.tv

via labkultur.tv

To the collective, all is fair in love and war. Anyone, I repeat, anyone who crosses the free speech they stand for will feel their wrath.

And quickly too. Former ally Julian Assange found this out the hard way.

In 201o, whistle-blowing website, WikiLeaks began releasing leaked US diplomatic cables, some of which were reportedly supplied by Anonymous. WikiLeaks soon came under pressure to stop publishing the ‘secret’ diplomatic cables. This pressure came in the form of payment services like Amazon, PayPal, MasterCard, cutting off their services to the whistle-blower.

As part of Operation Payback, Anonymous attacked payment processors that stopped servicing WikiLeaks, taking down the MasterCard and Visa websites in December 2010. But this assistance was swiftly withdrawn when Assange set up a paywall for people to access certain documents on the site. The hacktivists felt the information should be freely accessible, so they quickly withdrew all their assistance.

8. Low-Tech Raiding

via: indybay.org

via indybay.org

Hackers generally disrupt businesses by defacing corporate sites and disrupting internet access. Anonymous likes to use a High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC) to create a botnet; these botnets are used to contact target servers every minute, leading to server overload.

But in addition to creating their own zombie army of computers, Anonymous has also used some pretty low-tech, but just-as-annoying methods in their operations. As part of its seven-year attack on the Church of Scientology, dubbed Project Chanology, the group resorted to using some creative ‘low-grade’ prank attacks.

The collective made tons of phone calls, phoned in fake pizza deliveries, signed staff up for embarrassing junk mail and also used the wasteful prank of black faxing. They sent reams of black pages of paper to the Church of Scientology offices.

Harmless, right?

Wrong; this prank causes the receiver to print out fully black pages over and over; usually until the fax machine runs out of ink. Apart from the waste of large quantities of ink and printing paper, the recipient’s phone lines are also be tied up as the fax is being transmitted.

Classic troll fare, but Anonymous were not done with the low-tech raids.

7. Not Afraid to get Dirty

via: wired.com

via wired.com

As a part of Project Chanology, Anonymous launched a particularly ‘dirty’ tactic featuring an 18-year old member of the collective. Dubbed Agent Pubeit, the Anon paid the Church of Scientology HQ a visit in January 2009. He came bearing gifts, just not the kind anyone would want. His upper body was slathered in petroleum jelly, and had toenail clippings and pubic hair stuck all over!

Walking into the church building, thplot note Anon proceeded to rub up against everything in sight. Equipment, walls, everything; and the guards couldn’t touch him. Some say it was a stupid move, but you’ve gotta hand it to them; the prank was equal parts gross, equal parts genius and a darn good laugh.

6. ZERO Concept of Collateral Damage

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via youtube.com

You’ve seen how quickly they ditched Assange when their goals were no longer aligned? The group will go as far as possible to prove a point.

In 2010, several Bollywood companies hired a software company, Aiplex, to launch DDoS attacks on sites that were pirating their movies. This riled the hacktivists who detest any form of censorship. Launching Operation Payback in September, they unleashed a wave of cyber-attacks on pro-copyright and anti-piracy organizations.

The Op defaced the Portuguese regulatory site, ACAPOR for trying to keep Portuguese citizens from accessing the Pirate Bay. A few days later, Operation Payback attacked the Ministry of Sound London website and the Gallant Macmillian website. Copyprotected.com and the UK Intellectual Property Office were next to suffer DDoS attacks.

Gene Simmons of KISS was quoted as saying, “Make sure your brand is protected… Sue everybody. Take their homes…” In response to his statements, the collective took down his two main websites. In response to Limewire losing a court battle to the RIAA, Anonymous took down the entire RIAA site at the end of October 2010.

Everyone, no matter how remotely connected, felt the cold chill of the collective’s touch during #OpPayback.

5. Part-time Animals Rights Activists

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via youtube.com

You’ve seen how they attack anyone that seems to be bullying a weaker person? Well, they fight for animal rights, too. In 2009, a teenager filmed himself torturing his cat and uploaded it to YouTube. The ‘smart’ fellow hid his face with a balaclava, but by the time the video spread to the 4chan message boards, he was soon unmasked.

The Internet detectives on the boards (remember, this was the birthplace of Anonymous) soon tracked the abuser down via his Facebook and MySpace accounts. They set up a website displaying his name, address, name of his parents, their work address and phone numbers etc. They followed this up by bombarding the local police with calls to take action. Within a few days, the teen was charged and the cat removed from the home.

Just last week, in response to the incessant whaling off Japan’s coasts, the group hacked over 90 Japanese websites, including that of the prime minister.

4. No Single Leader

via: huffingtonpost.com

via huffingtonpost.com

The group supposedly thinks and acts as a group with no central command structure. By operating as a community, it’s impossible to pin anything on any one individual. The downside to their decentralized structure is that the purpose and motivation of some operations aren’t always so obvious.

Their anonymity also makes it harder to decide what can and cannot be done in the name of the movement. The amorphousness of the collective can be a hindrance, as different factions can be fighting for different causes, sometimes even going up against each other.

In December 2014, the Lizard Squad, a supposed faction of Anonymous, attacked the PlayStation Network, for lulz. Anonymous quickly released statements to distance themselves from such ‘childish’ activities. Other splinter groups like LulzSec were found to be responsible for attacking organizations from The Sun to the CIA. The sole purpose of this offshoot was to hack into as many large networks as possible and leak whatever they could find.

Putting people at risk simply for lulz is something the main group seems to be moving away from. But because anyone can ‘join’ and claim to be an Anon, it’s become harder for Anonymous to police itself.

3. Solve ‘cold’ Cases

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via youtube.com

A pattern should have emerged by now; these are a group of dedicated “just-won’t-let-go” individuals. Even in cases where they feel the local police are dragging their feet, Anonymous will jump in and get to sleuthing.

Following a party in Steubenville in 2011, an intoxicated female teen was sexually assaulted. Pictures of the incident soon surfaced on the Internet and were circulated in her school. When the case was reported, the local police dismissed it, citing a ‘lack of evidence.’

A local group of Anons quickly got involved and they soon gathered enough evidence, including the names and photos of those they suspected of the crime. The attention they brought to the case forced police to “do a proper investigation,” leading to the abusers’ arrest and subsequent jailing.

2. Sometimes they get it Wrong

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via youtube.com

Thanks to their sleuthing ‘powers’, the collective may seem like they’re all-seeing, but even they get it wrong on occasion. In 2012, following years of bullying and online sexual exploitation, 15 year old Amanda Todd committed suicide.

The Royal Canadian Mounted police put around two dozen officers on the case to find her bully, but after two weeks claimed they didn’t have any leads.

Enter Anonymous.

The group soon doxxed a Vancouver-area man, claiming he was the one behind Todd’s suicide. Anonymous released information including his Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts and home address.

Only one problem; they had the wrong house.

While they had found out who they believed was responsible, he didn’t live at that address. This meant they could have been putting innocent residents at risk of attack from vigilantes.

1. Mo’ Masks, Mo’ Money for …

via: businessinsider.com

via businessinsider.com

Remember the end of the movie V for Vendetta, where a crowd gathers, all wearing Guy Fawkes masks? Doesn’t it remind you of every Anonymous protest march you see on TV these days?

Every Anonymous video features three elements; an Anon with a voice changer, a dark hoodie and that wide-smiled, mustached mask. Anons identify with the title character, V as he seems to share a similar ideology i.e. “People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”

But the mask itself which is used to obscure their faces in their videos and during protests, has an unlikely beneficiary. The V for Vendatta mask is a cash cow for Time-Warner Inc, as they own the rights to the image. Every mask bought, anywhere in the world, is an extra dollar in Time-Warner’s pocket.

The manufacturer of the iconic mask, Rubies Costume Company, sells around 100,000 a year for for $6.49, £5.16 or €10.50. That’s a lot of extra money that Anonymous is inadvertently putting back in the coffers of the ‘big business’ they oppose.

#makesyouthink

Source: whitehouse.gov, businessinsider.com, express.co.uk, news.yahoo.com, slate.com

10 Shocking Things You Didn’t Know About Anonymous

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